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  1. THE MARSHALL AMP JTM45

     THE MARSHALL AMP JTM45

    THE MARSHALL AMP JTM45

    This model was named the JTM45, (only 1/2 as good as a 90).
    One of the earliest production models, this head's main claim to fame was its left-justified control panel and indeed, completely offset chassis.
    This was from the days when the central placement of the handle was absolutely the most important cosmetic feature!

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  2. MAESTRO FUZZ TONE

    MAESTRO FUZZ TONE

    MAESTRO FUZZ TONE

    No, not a 60's 45 record player, but actually one of the earliest fuzzboxes available.
    Designed by synth guru Tom Oberheim, these very simple fuzz tone pedals are now extremely rare.

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  3. Yamaha G10 Midi Guitar Synth & Controller

    Yamaha G10 Midi Guitar Synth & Controller

    Yamaha G10 Midi Guitar Synth & Controller

    Hot on the heels of their DX7 success, Yamaha came out with this.
    Looking more like a modern day rifle grenade, this axe utilized ultrasonic fretboard tracking and required both a midi converter unit and sound module to operate.
    The G10's lack of commercial success goes to prove that not everything that looks like a DX7 will sell like a DX7.

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  4. KRUNDAAL BIKINI GUITAR

    KRUNDAAL BIKINI GUITAR

    KRUNDAAL BIKINI GUITAR

    Nicknamed "THE BUGGERLUGG" because of its resemblance to a human ear, this extremely handsome self-contained unit was brought to us by Davoli. .
    Similar in style to other Italian instruments of the early 1960's, the egg shaped pod suspended underneath the guitar body is actually the guitar's built in amplifier.
    Ideal Bourke St. Mall busker's axe.

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  5. THE VOX GUITAR ORGAN

      THE VOX GUITAR ORGAN

    THE VOX GUITAR ORGAN

    Designed by Vox engineer Dick Denny in the very early 60's and based on the Phantom Guitar, this was actually a genuine Vox Continental Organ within a guitar body.
    The fretboard had a whole passle of thin wires running through it to each fret and by using a hard wired metal plectrum to complete the circuitry .
    It was possible to play organ sounds, guitar sounds, or a combination of both. 
    "Incredibly rare"!!!

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  6. GUITAR RESTRING TUTORIAL

    GUITAR RESTRING TUTORIAL

    GUITAR RESTRING TUTORIAL

    Tuning Key - The Locking Hold  Fig 1

    Proper stringing of your guitar is critical to how well your instrument stays in tune and performs.
    Follow the simple steps below for electric, acoustic, and classical guitar to maximize string stability.

    Steel String Acoustic Bridge Fig2

    The locking hold - The most secure method of wrapping around the tuning peg is to bring the extra string back around and under the string as it winds around the peg.
    This is especially critical on strings that have no windings (plain steel or classical nylon treble strings).

    Classical /Nylon Bridge Fig 3

    On steel string acoustic guitars, make sure the ball end of the string is firmly seated under the bridge by pushing down on the bridge pin while pulling up on the string.
    At the bridge, it is essential to create a l

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  7. Buyer Beware

    Buyer Beware


    BUYER BEWARE

    WHY DO PEOPLE PLAY MUSIC?

    There are many different reasons why people become involved in music and many types of musical instruments and playing levels attainable.
    It is the “journey” we take in music that makes creating music so special and the instruments we use to create our music carry the expectations of all our emotions.

    INSTRUMENT MAKING IS A FINE ART

    The manufacture of musical instruments is a fine art, of which there are many aspects and considerations. The very nature of the materials used requires expertise and extreme skill to manufacture a playable instrument.
    A guitar is not just a guitar, a violin is not just a violin and a saxophone is not just a saxophone. It must be playable!

    UNPLAYABLE AND INFERIOR QUALITY INSTRUMENTS

    With the industrialisation of China, a large number of businesses have emerged masquerading as manufactu

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  8. How To Set Up Your Drums

    How To Set Up Your Drums

    How To Set Up Your Drums

    If you want to avoid injury, sound your best, and get the maximum efficiency and enjoyment out of your playing, you owe it to yourself to start with a properly arranged drum set. Keeping in mind there are almost as many strongly held opinions on this subject as there are drummers in the world, if you understand some basic principles, finding a setup that works with you rather than against you will be much, much easier. For this little ergonomics primer, we’re using a basic 5-piece kit with a crash, ride, and hi-hat. Once you get that core setup where you want it, the sky’s the limit for the ambitious percussive architect.

    THRONE

    The first thing you’ll want to do is get your throne adjusted to a comfortable height. This is your centre of power, so make sure you feel centered and balanced at all times. A good place to start is with your thighs n

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  9. SLIDE GUITAR TIPS

    SLIDE GUITAR TIPS

    SLIDE GUITAR TIPS

    1. Begin by resting the slide on strings to achieve the proper sound. Remember it is not necessary to press down hard against the strings to get a good tone.

    2. Position the slide directly over the fret for proper intonation (not in front as in normal playing).

    3. When beginning slide, keep the slide perfectly perpendicular to the strings and parallel to the fret when sliding up and down the neck. (For best control keep the fingers of your slide hand together, thumb on the back of the guitar neck).

    4. To dampen any overtones that may occur while playing, try dragging one of your free fingers behind the slide.

    5. Experiment to find the most comfortable slide and finger position. In songs where the slide frets every note, the slide can be worn on any finger. However, when the music combines conventional chord frett

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  10. POWER ADAPTORS WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR GEAR

    POWER ADAPTORS WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR GEAR


    POWER ADAPTORS WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR GEAR

    Most keyboard effect units and some other electronic accessories have a DC socket which enables them to be plugged into a wall power socket via a power adaptor to save on batteries. It is important to ensure the correct power adaptor is used in order to avoid damaging your equipment.
    Does your unit operate on AC or DC power? Voltage, mA rating and plug polarity must be correct, your operating manual usually contains this information.
    Should you be using a regulated adaptor? - rule of thumb: most keyboards will operate with an un-regulated adaptor, whilst most effect units require a regulated source.
    MMC power adaptors are purpose built to meet Australian Government requirements, fully approved and carry a 12 month warranty - if indoubt give us a call on 03 95782426 or email us at info@mel

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