Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Imperial

DBZ Guitars is a new guitar company founded by guitar visionary Dean Zelinsky.  Dean was the creative force behind the original Dean Guitars and in many ways launched and drove the hard rock guitar market.  Rock players in the 80s and 90s that were looking for an alternative to Gibson found solace in the stylings of Dean Guitars.  Great classic Dean guitars included the Dean Z and the Dean V.

Fast forward to 2008 and Dean is no longer with Dean.  Enter DBZ Guitars, a Northbrook, IL guitar company that again is putting out very awesome rock guitars.  But there are new guitar ideas brewing over at DBZ that take rock in a new, creative direction.

The DBZ Imperial is a solid body guitar that cleverly employs both new and classic style elements to create a playable guitar that is at home with many styles of music.  In fact, a jazz player looking for warm tones will find a guitar with numerous ES-335 elements and a warm sound.  A rock player will love the V neck and the sustain from the mahogany body and neck.  A Blues player will love the humbuckers and the full tone that flows from the axe.

DBZ Imperial Premier AB in Goldtop

DBZ Imperial Premier AB in Goldtop

The true uniqueness of the Imperial comes out when you view the profile of the guitar.  It seems to taper into nothingness…creating a comfortable playing surface that never interferes with your right arm.  It’s truly special and cool.

DBZ Imperial FM in Trans Wine profile

DBZ Imperial FM in Trans Wine profile

DBZ Imperial FM in Trans Wine at Fat Tone Guitars

DBZ Imperial FM in Trans Wine

Check out the DBZ Guitars currently in stock at Fat Tone Guitars

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Fuzz Of The Week November 5, 2009

Welcome to Fuzz Of The Week.  Today, we’re examining the Barber Electronics Trifecta Fuzz.  The Trifecta Fuzz pedal is a vintage sounding fuzz that with a small amount of tweaking, you can get to sound like 3 different fuzz boxes and giving the pedal it’s name.

While the Trifecta is laid out in a standard way, the player can navigate the pedal and dial in different sounds.  Barber uses a knob they call the “Sludge” knob which in essence, gives you control of the bass frequencies.  In application, the Sludge knob makes the Trifecta sound great with all kinds of pickups–humbuckers and single coils.

Next, the Trifecta includes a 3 way switch (Trifecta) that connects you with 3 different vintage style circuits.  At the end of the day, guitar players can grab lots of vintage sounds that run the gamut from smooth and silky to giant overdriven fuzz.   Great Big Muff style sounds abound.

Barber Electronics Trifecta Fuzz

Barber Electronics Trifecta Fuzz