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Pole Position pickup rides the rail for tweakable tone

By - May 20, 2015 4 Pictures

Mike Canavan is on a mission to bring guitarists the "greatest possible range and control over their tone" on a single instrument. The patented Pole Position Sliding Pickup System allows players to change the position of a guitar's pickup relative to the strings on the fly. This means a string-picker can opt for a bright bridge tone or a fat, warm neck tone, or anything inbetween – all with just a light touch from the picking hand.

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Hyundai's Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept boasts extendable bed

By - January 12, 2015 17 Pictures
Hyundai is targeting what it calls "Urban Adventurers" with the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept unveiled at the North American International Motor Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Designed to be small and maneuverable enough to navigate city streets and cramped parking lots during the week, but big and versatile enough to ferry cargo on the weekends, Hyundai calls the concept a re-imagining of the truck utility for the Millennial generation. Read More
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Ford spikes adrenaline with special edition SEMA trucks

By - October 27, 2014 2 Pictures
When it introduced the vehicle earlier this year, Ford said the all-new F-150 was its "toughest, smartest and most capable ever," a line it's still eager to reiterate. With a few aftermarket tweaks, it can effectively add "most thrilling" to that list of superlatives. In preparing for next month's SEMA Show, Ford has previewed two F-150 special editions aimed at adrenaline junkies. Read More
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A Little Thunder rocks beyond your guitar's bottom end

By - October 9, 2014 6 Pictures
For the last few years, guitarist Andy Alt has been chipping away at a new kind of electric guitar pickup that allows a player to add a separate low end signal to the two lowest strings. A Little Thunder has been designed as a humbucker replacement and is reported to take only 5 minutes to install, without harming your precious guitar in the process. At the press of a button, git-fiddlers can bring a touch of funky bottom to a solo picking performance, making it a good fit for dark metal gods with hands too small for a 7 or 8 string shred machine or sonic scientists on the lookout for a new six-string laboratory for wacky riff-offs with the band's bass player. Read More
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Nissan cobbles together a Frontier and Leaf to create a tiny electric pickup truck

By - September 25, 2014 10 Pictures
Beyond the polished concept cars and design studies, automakers sometimes build unique vehicles simply because they have all the parts and tools lying around and, as Nissan says, "why not". That type of open-minded thinking recently gave way to a one-of-a-kind vehicle that blurs the lines between the Frontier pickup truck and the Leaf EV. The new concept joins the ranks of unlikely tiny pickup truck concepts from the likes of Mini and Smart. Read More
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VW's Tristar concept puts a mobile office inside a rugged Transporter pickup truck

By - September 23, 2014 17 Pictures
If your work carries you over the rugged ground of desert, forest or tundra, a rolling office like the Brabus Business Lounge is likely to break down before getting to the job site. What you need is a mobile office built into something more rugged; something like the Volkswagen Tristar concept. In place of the luxury van typical in roadtrip-ready office spaces, the Tristar is underpinned by a specially built 4Motion pickup truck. Read More
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Tom Doyle completes the late, great Les Paul's final project

By - August 13, 2014 10 Pictures
When guitar virtuoso and tech innovator Les Paul died five years ago, one of his last projects was an attempt to create high impedance humbuckers that matched the clear, dynamic sparkle of his beloved low impedance pickups. Sadly, the Reaper took the Master before his endless experiments hit pay dirt. But his collaborator and guitar tech for over four decades has picked through Les Paul's numerous experimental models and prototypes, his extensive notes and hotchpotch of parts and joined the dots to realize his friend and mentor's dream and create the Tru-Clones PAF 57 humbucker. Read More
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