Guitar Gear Gems this week feature the Tune Voodoo Skull, a simple product that helps with your Gibson Les Paul and tuning stability. Then we check out the new Great Eastern FX Co Focus Fuzz, a high-quality fuzz with a vintage voice. And finally, we take a quick peek at the new Epiphone Chris Stapleton signature acoustic.
Tune Voodoo Skull
The Tune Voodoo Skull was designed to fix your Les Paul-style guitar tuning issues. This custom skull design straightens the angle of the D and G strings on a three-a-side guitar headstock.
Essentially acting like a string tree that straightens out the string pull over the guitar nut.
Tune Voodoo Skull is handmade in Finland and uses the existing truss rod cover screw holes to affix in place. This means you don not have to permanently modify or add any new holes to your guitar, which is great news.
Its design means that it will only work on guitars that have straight-slotted nuts, and will not be effective if used on ones that have angled nut slots.
Great Eastern FX Co Focus Fuzz
The Great Eastern FX Co Focus Fuzz is a high-quality fuzz pedal built in the UK. The circuit design features both NOS germanium and modern silicon transistors.
Fuzz & Focus
It comes with a super simple set of controls for Focus, Fuzz and Level. Level sets the overall output volume, Fuzz adjusts gain and bias voltage simultaneously. When set to lower gain it is biased like a standard overdrive/distortion pedal. But if you turn the gain up then the bias drops and gives you asymmetrical square-wave clipping like a vintage fuzz.
Finally, the Focus gradually adds more gain and bite. Perfect for helping you stand out in the band, helping to cut through in the mix.
MSRP – £249/€299
Epiphone Chris Stapleton
The new Epiphone Chris Stapleton Frontier is a signature acoustic and comes with a very bold ornate dual pickguard featuring a classic Frontier lariat and cactus motif.
Only 300 guitars will be made, but at $5k each these Epiphones aren’t exactly cheap. Each one is made in Bozeman, Montana, by Gibson luthiers.
It has a Thermally Aged Sitka Spruce top, Traditional Hand Scalloped X-bracing plus AA figured maple back and sides. The neck has a rounded C profile and an Indian Rosewood fretboard with 20 frets.
The guitar includes an L.R. Baggs VTC pickup and preamp system with soundhole-mounted Volume and Tone controls. They come finished in a Frontier Burst gloss nitrocellulose lacquer and come in a nice plush hard case.
MSRP – USD 4999/EUR 4999 *
Epiphone Chris Stapleton Frontier
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- A skull for your Les Paul: Tune Voodoo
- Focus Fuzz: Great Eastern FX Co
- Chris Stapleton Frontier : Epiphone