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Cooperstand introduces Hand-Crafted Wooden Instrument Stands

Posted by sarabdeep Saturday, October 31, 2009 0 comments

If your instrument is too precious for just an ordinary stand then Cooperstand has the answer with their handcrafted wooden stands. These are designed and engineered by Daniel Cooper, an award winning sculptural artist, guitarist, and songwriter.
Cooperstand addresses the typical stringed instrument support device in a non typical way. It's a great choice for the performing musician looking for a professional stringed instrument stand that securely supports acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, banjo, or mandolin. Cooperstand has full sized, function, compatibility, flexibility, portability, good looks, and versatility. All of this is now available in one very small package.

Cooperstand is not the same old thing. It is a uniquely contoured, and finely hand crafted enhancement, to the instrument that sits on it. In addition, it provides a professional overall appearance to the performer.

Key Cooperstand Features:

* Convenient: opens and closes with one hand.

* Versatile: accommodates acoustic or electric guitar, bass, banjo, or mandolin.

* Portable: fits in the headstock of a guitar case or gig bag.

* Compact: folds from full size down to a 4" x 9" x 1-1/2" area!

* Stable: wide 4-footed base, low center of gravity.

* Secure: non-slip neoprene padding protects your instrument, holds it in place.

* Safe: no exposed sharp edges that could damage your instrument.

* Durable: light weight and flexible design easily absorbs impact.

Suggested retail price for the Cooperstand wooden guitar stand is $89.95. Street price ranges between $69.95 and $79.95.

Ultimate riff power is yours with the FullBore Metal Distortion pedal from MXR. This compact but powerful device is all you need to unleash the most devastating contemporary metal guitar tones ever heard. The FullBore pedal turbocharges your guitar signal with lethal amounts of ultra high gain. This is combined with a built-in Noise Gate to knock out the noise associated with extreme gain levels while also adding definition and tightness to syncopated metal riffs.

Extensive EQ controls, with Bass, Mid, sweepable Mid-Freq, and Treble knobs let you sculpt your tone with fiendish precision. The additional Scoop switch provides an instant high and low frequency boost that'll rumble the room while also adding clarity. Available from MXR, the world leader in analog pedal technology.

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Last weekend at the Arlington Guitar Show in Dallas Texas, Grosh Guitars have announced their first ever Amp - The Grosh Reserve Limited Edition DG-50 Amplifier.

Here's what they have to say about it and a picture!

The Grosh DG-50 amplifier delivers legendary Grosh quality in a 50-watt British style head. As the Grosh Retro Classic represents a traditional California style guitar taken to the highest possible level, the DG-50 is a classic amplifier with every practical detail improved upon. The result is an amplifier that is simple and versatile, brimming with best-in-class tone.

The DG-50 features immaculate hand-wired build quality and high tolerance recreations of period-correct components. Every part used is very simply the best available, from the SoZo signal caps and Heyboer magnetics to the military spec potentiometers. The result is an articulate signal path, full of sparkling harmonics, with enough touch sensitivity to hear the ridges of your fingerprints.

The key to making the most of this amp is realizing that with no master volume, there are usable tones through the entire range of the preamp volume controls. With 50 watts from the Winged “C” EL-34’s, the amp can be pushed into power amp distortion at usable sound levels.

Channel I is voiced like a traditional 1969 lead circuit. It goes from tight and twangy through a quick break up. The middle of the dial yields classic 70’s arena rock bite. Dimed out, it delivers an authoritative brown sound, bristling with crunchy overtones.

Channel II is mellow and less aggressive, but brighter than a stock bass channel to be more usable throughout the range of the preamp. With more headroom, it starts clean and glassy, has a smooth spongy break-up, with warm and wooly overdrive.

A 4-input amp, both channels sport high and low sensitivity inputs for added versatility. These can be used separately with an A/B box, as wet/dry inputs, daisy chained with other amps, or jumpered to combine the tones of both channels.

Despite its versatility, the DG-50 is not a bells-and whistles amplifier. Like Grosh guitars, it is a traditional offering, improved upon through a meticulous tone-oriented design process and executed with uncompromising detail. The result is an amplifier that finally does justice to the nuances of a Grosh guitar.

Amplifier Specifications

  • All hand-wired, point-to-point construction
  • Amphenol power tube sockets, made of Bakelite
  • Laser-punched steel chassis 1.5mm thick
  • Speaker Cabinet
  • Baltic Birch Cabinet
  • Celestion Heritage Series G12H 30 watt Greenbacks
  • 60-watt Bluesbreaker Style 2x12 Speaker Cabinet
  • Custom silver face plate with DG logo
  • SoZo "Mustard" capacitors
  • Heyboer 50-watt laydown power transformer (recreation of the 1202-118 Drake)
  • Vintage-style PTP red swirl tag board
  • Carling toggle switches
  • Black Cougar Tolex, Salt & Pepper Grill Cloth
  • Carbon film resistors
  • F&T multisection can cap, dual 50uf at 500V, made in Germany
  • Precision Electronics Components 2-watt military spec carbon potentiometers;
  • sealed pots with solid 1/4" shaft and gold plated terminals
  • DG-50 Plexi-style 50-watt amplifier
  • Heyboer replica of the Dagnall C1999 8H choke
  • Heyboer output transformer built to plexi specs (replica of the 784-139)
  • Winged "C" EL-34 power tubes, matched duet
  • Solid state rectifier
  • Mullard Reissue 12AX7 and Tung Sol Reissue 12AX7
  • 5A Flame maple faceplate with nitrocellulose lacquer finish

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arshall Amplification is proud to introduce its all-new MA Series guitar amplifiers. At a budget-conscious price point, they offer entry into the realm of all-valve amplification. True to form, the MA Series amps are dressed in the traditional Marshall black and gold, and emblazoned with the white Marshall logo. While accessible to all, the MA Series amps are far from stripped down.
Each of the two channels – Clean and Overdrive – features independent volume control and its own three-band EQ for serious tone shaping. The Overdrive Channel is equipped with an additional Gain knob, a Boost switch, and Crunch Balance knob. The Gain knob adds an additional level of gain staging, providing the classic Marshall crunch sound. Engaging the Boost switch delivers a mean Marshall grind for effortless soloing or powerful metal riffing. The Crunch Balance knob sets the level difference between the Overdrive and Boost levels, effectively yielding a three-channel sound. An included footswitch allows switching between the current channel settings.
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Give your Strat a lift with Tone Lifter

Posted by sarabdeep Friday, October 30, 2009 0 comments

PRESS RELEASE: East UK, famous for developing drop in pre-amp and EQ modules for workhorse bass guitars has developed Tone Lifter, for the Fender Stratocaster.
Tone Lifter features a Stack Knob which replaces the middle pick-up tone control (lower control) offering substantial mid or combined bass and treble boost, with continuously variable frequency adjustment. A switch on the upperknobactivates a high quality relay to bypass the electronics, reinstating the original pure, passive sound. The relay will bypass the electronics automatically in the event of low battery.
Unlike many other solutions, the Tone Lifter module includes a bespoke lithium polymer battery which sits inside the guitar and will provide 40 hours of power even at full-gain. Tone Lifter is charged via an external, universal power supply which plugs into the instrument's jack socket. An LED indicates when the battery is fully charged.

Inspired by feedback received from session players who had come across East UK's world acclaimed range of bass modules, John East has developed a module which adds extra character and timbre to even the most modest of instruments.
Designer, John East says, "Many famous Strat players have upgraded their instrument electronics to create their individual sounds, the very versatile Tone Lifter helps to imitate many of these, and adds enough scope for players to create their own classic sounds."
Tone Lifter is supplied with clear concise installation instructions and is easy to fit with no soldering required. The self-contained design means an instrument can be returned to stock condition at any time.
Tone Lifter is available now from and many guitar outlets priced just £169.95 including VAT. (Includes UK shipping when ordered on-line)

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Arnoud Faber has started building a newly designed bass in series: The Faber PaddleBass. It is described as a 'pragmatic bass guitar with very distinctive looks, sound and playability'. The main objectives for the design were functionality, ergonomics and sound. Compared to other designer-build basses it's quite affordable, too.
The bass is made of a single piece of mahogany and a bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, wich results in a rich sound combined with the two singlecoil pickups. The exact placement is the result of extensive testing and the addition of a series/parallel switch results in a wide and usefull range of sounds. This is further enhanced by a modified tonecontrol in the passive electronics, wich gives extended control over the high frequencies.
The eyecatching design is ergonomically clever, giving the bass exellent balance both in standing and sitting playing positions. The handy ridge on the body can be used as a thumbrest: The strings can be played over the full length of the body very easily. Furthermore, the PaddleBass is an ideal tool for hitting back flying lager in festivaltents.
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Pedulla Guitars has announced a new addition to their line of bass guitars, the Nuance. The aptly named guitar was designed as a responsive extension for the player's artistic and tonal subtleties and techniques. It has been fully field tested with a number of Pedulla Artists, including Tim Landers, Mark Egan, and David Buda. Tim Landers used the Nuance live and in the studio and sums up the sound saying, "It exudes a boutique quality but with a much more useful array of tones. A bass that not only sounds fantastic on it's own but remains punchy and distinct even through a dense mix, a winning combination for me!”
The Nuance bass was initially designed by Michael Pedulla as an acoustic instrument: A bolt-on-neck design was selected for it’s warmth; a soft maple back with stunning Maple Burl, Arbutis Burl, and Red Heart Quilted Maple tops that add to the distinctive high end; a hard maple two-piece quartersawn neck for clarity and stability; and a unique grade of ebony for the 22 fret fingerboard, which adds a midrange that contributes to the clarity and glassy high end. A fully adjustable brass bridge and the standard Pedulla tuning gears round out the hardware. The electronics are powered by two custom-voiced Bartolini humbuckers, complimented by an on-board active tone system which includes controls for volume, pickup pan, bass boost and cut, treble boost and cut, and a midrange boost and cut switch, all powered by a single 9 volt battery. Other features include an ebony backplate, easy access battery box, and the truss rod/stiffening bar design that is used in all Pedulla basses. A Pedulla oil/urethane finish tops it off.
Available as 4-string or 5-string (5-string with 17.5mm or 19mm string spacing). Options include choice of Maple Burl, Arbutis Burl, or Red Heart Quilted Maple top and choice of black, chrome, or gold color hardware. Available fretted or fretless.
MSRP: $4995.00USD.
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Taylor Guitars and Taylor Swift announce the arrival of the Taylor Swift Baby Taylor guitar (TSBT), a model that is sure to inspire players of all skill levels with its compact size, full-voiced tone and a top that features Swift's design touches. Aspiring preteen with a Taylor guitar and big musical dreams, country pop superstar Taylor Swift has made her mark on the music industry. After spending much of 2009 on her first headlining tour and celebrating the milestone success of 10 million total albums sold and over 20 million paid downloads, Swift is now adding to her repertoire as a singer, songwriter and actress with her very own signature guitar.
Based on the best-selling Baby Taylor guitar, the TSBT is ideal for both promising players and accomplished pickers. At three-quarters the size of a standard dreadnought, with a slim 1 11/16-inch neck and a comfortably compact shape, the guitar is just right for both the littlest player's hands and anyone who likes to pick up and play on the go. With the new model, Swift hopes to inspire others to express themselves through music. "I wanted to share my passion for playing guitar with my fans," she says. "For a beginner, finding the right guitar can be intimidating, but this guitar, it's the perfect size. Even if you've been playing for years, it's a great size to travel with."

Swift, who shares a close relationship with Taylor Guitars and regularly uses a variety of Taylor guitars when both performing and recording, fondly remembers her own Baby Taylor as a go-to guitar during her early days of touring. "I used to sit in the back seat of the rental car while I was on my radio tour at 16, writing songs on my Baby Taylor guitar," she reflects. "I love the sound, and I love those memories."
It's not just Swift who is excited about this guitar. Taylor dealers everywhere are also eagerly anticipating its arrival, like Bryan Rankins from Fazio's Frets and Friends in St. Louis, Missouri. "It's not often that I get excited about another 'signature' guitar, but when I heard about the Taylor Swift Baby Taylor, my reaction was much different," Rankins says. "Here you have an incredibly gifted young woman who is inspiring young people through her words and music. When I first saw a picture of the guitar, I knew right away that it would help spawn a whole new breed of young musicians and give them something positive that will stay with them for the rest of their lives."
In addition to Taylor's global network of dealers, the Taylor Swift Baby Taylor is available now for pre-orders at "We're thrilled to work with Taylor Guitars to make the new Taylor Swift Baby Taylor available to our customers," said Noah Herschman, director of Home Electronics and Musical Instruments for "Taylor Swift is one of the hottest stars in country and pop music, and her collaboration with Taylor Guitars has resulted in a product that we think our customers will love. Now they can pre-order it and ensure they'll get it in time for the holidays."
Introduced in 1996, the Baby Taylor was designed to be the ultimate musical travel companion and set the standard for how good a small guitar could sound. Delivering impressive volume and tone for its compact dimensions, the Baby Taylor quickly became the favorite "road guitar" for many professional musicians, including rock legends Bono (U2) and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), pop artist Katy Perry, and country music hit makers Clint Black and Tim McGraw.
The TSBT will be offered at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $398 and comes ready to rock in a cushioned Taylor Guitars gig bag. The Taylor Swift Baby Taylor guitar is available for purchase at authorized Taylor Guitars dealers, and soon, at

Bell Custom Guitars has added a new series to it's custom line of handbuilt guitars, the SS series uniquely designed with affordability in mind. Some of the more labor intensive features of the existing CTS series of Bell Custom Guitars have been eliminated from the building process, making the SS line more affordable without compromising the Bell Custom Guitars' signature tone

The SS base-model is priced as shown from $1,300 and may be customized to suit personal preferences including electronics, hardware, and paint. With a maple or mahogany and acrylic fused body, the tone of the wood is maintained while making a more clear, focused sound. This fusion of materials provides crisp, sharp highs and smooth, rounded lows.
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Washburn Guitars has announced the launch of their new Cracked Mirror Series with the introduction of the PS1800CMK and WV1800CMK guitars. The cracked mirror concept for a guitar originally stemmed from an idea that Paul Stanley had in the '70s. Now, over thirty years later, Washburn has perfected the art of assembling the broken pieces of reflective glass onto the top of a guitar, giving these finely crafted instruments a signature look at an affordable price.
The Washburn PS1800CMK is one of Paul Stanley’s signature models and is carefully crafted out of a mahogany body with a mahogany set neck, a rosewood fretboard, and abalone mother-of-pearl split block inlays. With its Tune-O-Matic bridge, custom star tailpiece, Grover Exclusive tuners, Buzz Feiten Tuning System, Randall UL neck and Ultra XL bridge pickups, this guitar epitomizes the Glam Rock God himself. The $2,079.90 list price includes padded gig bag.

you prefer the look and feel of a flying V, then the Washburn WV1800CMK is for you. It offers all of the same features as the PS1800CMK, but with a stop tailpiece in lieu of the custom star. This guitar is sure to deliver all of the tone that you expect from Washburn, but with a unique cracked mirror look. The list price on this model is $1599.90. Includes padded gig bag
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Squier releases Biffy Clyro signature guitars

Posted by sarabdeep Thursday, October 29, 2009 0 comments

PRESS RELEASE: Squier Guitars are extremely proud to release details of the Biffy Clyro Signature models. The instruments designed in collaboration with Simon Neil and James Johnston from the band will be available from 20 October 20 2009 in Europe only.
The Squier Simon Neil Signature Stratocaster (£359.99) and the Squier James Johnston Jazz Bass (£419.99) are based on their number one instruments. The Stratocaster is colour matched to Simon's '60s Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster and features a custom set of pickups which are a blend of Alnico III & V magnets - Giving classic Biffy Stratocaster tones with great clarity and a full-sounding bridge pickup.
The Squier James Johnston Jazz Bass features a Lake Placid blue finish with matching headstock features a modern radius neck with medium jumbo frets and a set of Custom Jazz Bass Single-Coil Pickups. Both guitars feature a Biffy Clyro logo on the front of the Headstock and the guys' signatures on the back of their respective instruments, both instruments have made appearances on the bands' recent live dates.

Formed by Simon Neil (guitar/vocals) and twins James Johnston (bass/vocals), and Ben Johnston (drums/vocals) in the mid '90s, Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro have been entering into the hearts of rock fans all over the globe.
Biffy Clyro are known for complex and interwoven guitar riffs, chord sequences and melodies, and an intense, exciting live show. With the release of Puzzle in 2007 the band gained mainstream success, reaching number two in the UK album charts and a string of successful singles.
In July 2008, the band released a new single entitled Mountains, which reached number five in the UK Singles Chart and are about to release the highly anticipated album Only Revolutions on 14th Floor Records.

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On Thursday 10 December, PMT Birmingham's House Of Rock music store will play host to axe maestros Dave Kilminster and Guthrie Govan. And this is your chance to grab a limited ticket…
The evening is hosted by Guitarist Magazine who'll be there to talk gear and give playing advice (and, of course, storm the stage themselves in the shape of rockin' outfit Deluxe-O-Matic!). There's also a special solo performance from Guitarist's 2002 Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year, Stuart Ryan.
All this, plus a massive range of guitars, amps and effects to drool over (as you'd expect from a great music shop!), for £5. Tickets are strictly limited to 300, so you probably shouldn't hang around.
For tickets call PMT Birmingham UK on 0121 359 5056136 Lawley Middleway,Birmingham,West MidlandsB4 7XX
Doors open 18:30, music at 19:30.

PRESS RELEASE: Gibson Guitar, the world's premier musical instrument maker and leader in music technology is proud to be partnering with Apple for the launch of their Pro Studio Series 2009. The latest releases of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Server and Logic Studio contain powerful new features that make video production and music creation easier and more intuitive than ever. Combined with Mac OS X Snow Leopard - the latest version of the world's most advanced operating system – and high performance Apple desktops and notebooks, you get the ultimate studio set up.
Join Apple experts at The Printworks in Manchester on 24 November to experience the latest advances in video production and audio creation on the Mac or in a city near you to learn powerful products in action. George Vjestica lead guitarist with Groove Armada will perform on a Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop at all ten Apple Pro Studio demonstrations which will take place in cities across Europe, India and Russia beginning in Paris on 21 October. In addition there will be a separate Gibson demo area at each location to showcase a selection of new Gibson models such as the Gibson Dark Fire and Gibson Zoot Suit SG. To attend this special event in Manchester or any of the other events, please visit
With more than 100 new features, the new Final Cut Studio advances the art and technology of film making with innovations that help you work faster, collaborate more efficiently and finish brilliantly. Adding Final Cut Server frees up even more time for creative work,with new features that make it exceptionally flexible and easy to use. In the Final Cut session we will follow a project through post production with the new Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Server. Edit faster than ever in Final Cut Pro 7, add excitement to your motion graphics with Motion 4, repair common audio problems using SoundtrackPro 3, grade in Color 1.5 and deliver with Compressor 3.5 - all managed with Final Cut Server 1.5.
The new Logic Studio includes over 200 new features that let you write, record, edit, mix and perform your music. It also comes with thelargest collection of software instruments, effect plug-ins and Apple Loops ever packed into a single box. In the Logic Studio session we will explore everything you need to make great music even better with the most advanced creation and production tools in the industry, including new Flex Time tools that allow you to quickly manipulate the timing and tempo of your recording for the tightest performance possible. Guitarists will see how the new Amp Designer and Pedalboard plug-ins make it easy to re-create realistic versions of the most iconic guitar tones. Learn how Mainstage 2 lets you sound as good live as you do in the studio and see why your Mac is the best live rig you'll ever have.

PRESS RELEASE: Sound Technology and Washburn Guitars are pleased to announce the shipping of new Washburn Cracked Mirror models.
Due to popular demand the Cracked Mirror top is now available on two production Washburn Guitars. Previously only available on the £7000 USA Custom shop Washburn PS2000 (Paul Stanley Model), this much sought after finish can now be found on the V-shaped WV1800CM and the award-winning Idol-shaped WI1800CM.
Both Guitars feature a Mahogany body, set Mahogany neck and striking Split block pearl-abalone neck inlays. A Rosewood fingerboard is included on the WI1800CM model whilst the WV1800CM's is upgraded to Ebony.
Both models also include the new Randall pickups, specifically a UL in the neck position and an Ultra XL in the bridge. These new landmark pickups were created in conjunction with Randall Amplifiers to cater to all of the tonal needs of the modern rock or metal guitarist whilst also capturing some of the famous tones of the now legendary Randall MTS modules.
As if this wasn't enough, both models also feature the Buzz Feiten Tuning System. Washburn is the only major guitar manufacturer to incorporate the system as a standard feature on production guitars.
Both the Washburn WI1800CM and WV1800CM are available now at £713 and £816.50 RRP inc VAT respectively.
For more information please visit or call Sound Technology on 01462 480000.

PRESS RELEASE: With a definite reflection of the 'modern retro' flair and vibe of the Trev Wilkinson-designed Italia catalogue of guitars and basses, a brand new range of stylish and affordable Italia 'Retro' guitar combos willprovide further thankful light relief amongst a proliferation of 'black box' designs.
Taking inspiration from some of the more colourful amplifier liveries of the 1950's and 60's, the cream and red combination colour scheme of Italia Retro amps certainly makes them stand out in style. The amps also feature grey check grille cloth and chrome plated corner protectors, and the 'chicken head' rotary controls certainly add to the retro looks.
Compact and easily carried, thanks to the large cream colour, shaped folding handle on the amp, Italia amps are perfect for anyone who needs a practice/rehearsal unit that's as attractive to look at as it it is to play through.
Using solid state circuitry, the Italia Retros are available in 10, 15 and 25 watt versions, with the 25 watt unit featuring a sweet-sounding short pan spring reverb.
All the amps are twin channel units with switchable clean and overdrive settings.
ITR10 Italia Retro 10 watt combo, £59.99 rrp.ITR15 Italia Retro 15 watt combo, £79.99 rrp.ITR25R Italia Retro 25R 25 watt combo w/reverb, £119.99 rrp.
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Meet the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard acoustic

Posted by sarabdeep Wednesday, October 28, 2009 0 comments

PRESS RELEASE: Gibson Acoustic, the leader in acoustic guitar manufacturing continues to meet the demand of musicians worldwide with the extraordinary Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard Acoustic guitar. This acoustic guitar from the legendary Gibson factory in Bozeman, Montana is designed with superior levels of features that give unparalleled benefits to acoustic players around the world.
These benefits include a clean even-grained AAA-grade solid Sitka spruce top with elegant abalone rosette and finished in an antiqued natural lacquer that gives this instrument a striking golden-toned hue. It also comes with a modern sculpted Dove-style pickguard created by the division's master luthier. The blueprint of this new 2009 model is based on Gibson's original Songwriter Deluxe, which was first released in 1999 and now comes with a new modern look matched with classic 1930s Gibson tone.
The performance and studio needs of today's professional players is also addressed by the addition of Fishman's Aura Ellipse Pickup system which reproduces the natural sound. Additional features include the incorporation of Gibson Acoustic's very first compound radius fingerboard. This type of fingerboard has a smaller radius at the nut, and a larger radius at the neck and body joint to accommodate an exceptionally low playing action, while also creating a playing surface perfect for string bending techniques used commonly in blues and rock. This all makes this Gibson Acoustic model an innovative and popular model from the division in Bozeman, Montana.
Adding even more trademark detail to the Songwriter Deluxe Standard's already distinctive look is its ebony fingerboard and new mother-of-pearl inlaid "diamond-eye" position markers. A matching engraved truss rod cover also adds a final accent of quality and professional design to the guitar. Other standard appointments include a tapered shoulder body design and lightweight mini gold Grover tuners. The new Songwriter Deluxe Standard is also offered with a cutaway body design for those who prefer the full range of the guitar neck.
The cutaway edition – the Songwriter Deluxe Standard EC – is available at no additional charge, which allows you to choose freely which option is best for your style of playing. The master craftsmen of Gibson Acoustic are very proud and excited to add the new Songwriter Deluxe Standard to its legendary array of handmade acoustics under the banner of the new Songwriter Series, which also includes the Songwriter Deluxe Studio, the Songwriter Deluxe Custom, and the legendary Hummingbird. Other features include Red Spruce top Bracing bonded to the top and a unique ergonomic ebony bridge, carved and rounded for additional playing comfort.
MSRP – Gibson Songwriter Deluxe Standard: $4,083

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VESICA Design has introduced the VL Neck for Strat, the bolt-on replacement neck for the Fender Stratocaster that is a simple and cost effective way to expand the musical capabilities of your current guitar. The VL Neck design was first introduced with the Vesica Lead electric guitar, now the VL Neck for Strat provides the guitarist with the same expanded lead opportunities without any modifications to their existing guitar body.

The VL Neck for Strat offers a semi-tone of outward bending capabilities in the upper register of the neck. This additional capability permits the inner strings to continue to produce sound while the outer strings are bending, a freedom of string movement designed for both traditional playing techniques and the creation of new licks, riffs and ultimately new music.


- Maple VL Neck

- Rosewood fingerboard

- Two-way action steel truss rod

- 22 medium frets: .092” w .048” c

- Pre-drilled mounting holes

- Clear satin polyurethane finish

- Graph Tech nut

Price: $399 U.S.

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Gibson Guitar has announced the anticipated release of the 7-String Gibson Explorer as part of their Rocktober Celebration. The Gibson Explorer was the most radical electric guitar ever unleashed upon the unsuspecting music world of 1958. Way ahead of its time, it failed to gain a foothold among the generally conservative players of the day, but became a major rock icon by the late ’60s, and has been taken up by countless guitar heroes over the course of the intervening decades such as U2’s the Edge, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl.

Fast forward to the 21st century, and the 7-String has become the choice of an increasing number of thrash and nu-metal players, who seek eviscerating tones with the gut-rumbling potential of an added low-B string. Enter Gibson’s 7-String Explorer, a natural marriage of rock’s most radical shape and the specs demanded by the most adventurous 7-string players on the music scene today. This new addition to the line for Gibson’s “Rocktober” celebrations combines the proven tonal advantages of mahogany neck and body with the scorching performance of EMG pickups, all the solid playability of Gibson construction and hardware, and a black gloss Ebony nitrocellulose finish, resulting in an unrivalled package for the heavy rocker.

The body of each 7-String Gibson Explorer is crafted from solid mahogany, a legendary tone wood has yielded some of the most classic tones in the history of rock. The 7-String Gibson Explorer follows the classic lines of the original Explorer, with its radical “lightning bolt” shape and distinctive slanted headstock. In addition to creating a revolutionary look, the Explorer body offers superb upper-fret access due to its high neck/body joint, and contributes to a unique resonance and tonal response.

The neck of the 7-String Gibson Explorer is constructed from solid mahogany, cut using the superior orientation for improved strength and resonance, and glued to the body at a 3.5-degree angle (pitch). Mahogany is the most traditional wood for Gibson electric guitar necks, and offers an outstanding combination of strength and resonance. It makes an excellent sonic and visual partner to the solid mahogany body. Gibson’s traditional truss rod, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments which you can make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain. The 7-String Gibson Explorer carries the classic headstock of the original Explorer, but with seven Grover Mini Rotomatic tuners on its upper side. These tuners are recognized as one of the finest in the industry, and represent a high-performance option on any guitar. The headstock of the 7-String Explorer is adorned with a simple Gibson logo, silkscreened in silver at its furthest extent.

The 7-String Gibson Explorer carries an unbound rosewood fingerboard, the traditional fingerboard of the original Explorer, and countless classic Gibson electric guitars. Rosewood is both hardwearing and sonically superlative, adding sweetness and depth to the guitar’s overall sound. The 12-inch radius of the 7-String Explorer’s fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates “dead” or “choked out” notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses. The 7-String Gibson Explorer sports 22 jumbo frets, all immaculately dressed and polished for speed and performance. In order to preserve its dark esthetics, the 7-String Gibson Explorer’s fingerboard carries no inlays, only side-dot position markers are provided.

A pair of EMG active pickups, long popular with thrash, nu-metal, and heavy rock guitarists, equip the 7-String Explorer for serious action on delivery. A high-output EMG 81-7 in the bridge position and a smoother EMG 707 in the neck position ensure an excellent balance between pickups, and deliver a wide range of contemporary tones, from a warm, singing, vocal neck tone to a punchy, snarly and aggressive bridge tone. The 9V battery required to power them yields upwards of 3,000 hours of use, so battery changes are infrequent. These pickups yield outstanding clarity and an unusually broad frequency range, with an extremely dynamic response throughout the spectrum. They excel at high-gain rock styles, but also purr beautifully when applied to smokier clean tones. The 7-String Gibson Explorer uses an individual volume control for each pickup, for a smooth, natural volume roll-off and a single tone control that is shared between pickups.

In 1954, Gibson revolutionized guitar hardware when it debuted the Tune-o-matic bridge, setting a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. Included on the 7-String Explorer, where it has been updated for the 7-string requirements, the tune-o-matic provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain. Every Tune-o-matic bridge is combined with a separate “stopbar” tailpiece, which is essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge that’s designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. The 7-String Explorer’s stopbar tailpiece is made from Zamac then plated with chrome, and had been updated to load seven strings. The guitar is fitted with genuine Gibson strings, sizes .010 - .059.

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Mack Amps and Mollenhauer Guitars has announced the launch of our first Combo Pak that saves you over $800! This guitar and amp combo package is the perfect solution to help you get BIG TONE with BIG SAVINGS!

The S3LP is a Les Paul style guitar that features pickup and control wiring that provides 36 tone options using split coil humbuckers that can be switched in and out of phase and in series or parallel - that's 12 tone options for each of the 3 pickup positions!

From clean, warm jazzy tones to hard driving metal crunch to classic rock or country this guitar will do it all. It's almost like having 3 guitars in one.

Pairing the S3LP with the Gem's unique power switching technology means you can dial in overdrive, crunch or high-gain distortion so that even at low volume the tone of your Mollenhauer guitar and Gem amp will not change.

Easy to carry in your backpack or gig bag the Gem Amp is just what you need for recording, rehearsals and gigs in small venues.

Check out the Mack Gem and Mollenhauer S3LP!

This combo pack is available with either the Mollenhauer Quilted Red or Flamed Black S3LP Guitars.

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Graph Tech Guitar Labs is now supplying Liquid Metal Guitars with Black TUSQ XL self lubricating nuts for all of their guitars and String Saver saddles for their LMG "T" models. Black TUSQ XL nuts are designed to boost guitar tone and performance. This precision engineered nut is made with a specially formulated material which couples the strings' vibrations to the neck and brings out the hidden harmonics and richness in every note. It is based on the highly resonant TUSQ man made ivory, but is impregnated with Teflon to improve the tuning performance of the guitar.

String Saver saddles are made with a unique combination of materials which enhance tone and dramatically reduce string breakage. As a string moves and vibrates against a String Saver saddle, a thin Teflon™ film is created. Teflon eases the grip of the saddle on the string and microscopically spreads the stress over a greater portion of the string. For string breakage reduction the difference can be dramatic.

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Kramer announces the Pacer Classic Guitar

Posted by sarabdeep Tuesday, October 27, 2009 0 comments

Kramer Guitars has announced the upcoming release of the Pacer Classic. This new model‘s specs’ are off of the famed 1983 USA Pacer and is a classic shredder’s guitar! The Pacer Classic’s body, neck and electronics layout is spot on to the 1983 Kramer Pacer, which was famed for its versatility and playability. No wonder every guitar player from that era were Kramer endorsees!
A little modern history: The Pacer’s beak headstock and classic 80’s block logo top off this classic Kramer with a locking nut to keep you in tune. You vintage Kramer nuts will notice we moved the truss rod adjustment to the headstock, but that’s the only difference in the Classic’s neck from the original. Just so you know Kramer was the #1 selling guitar brand in the world in the mid 80’s!

The playground: Classic dot inlays on a satin finished, thin tapered Maple neck with jumbo frets. No splice joint here folks, it’s all one piece topped with a Maple board.

The guts! A Mahogany body loaded with classic Alnico magnet pups, with a volume, volume, tone control layout with a 3-way mini-toggle. The variety of tones are MANY! We’ve also added a treble bleed mod to the volume controls to keep that sparkle when you back down the decibels. It’s topped off with a Floyd Rose TM tremolo system for all the dive bombs you can handle while staying in tune.

Body Material: MahoganyNeck Material: Hard Maple, Satin FinishNeck Shape: Thin Taper C-ShapeNeck Joint: Bolt-onTruss Rod: 2-way adjustableScale Length: 25.5”Fingerboard: MapleNeck Pickup: 900RBridge Pickup: 910TControls: Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Tone and 3-way mini-toggle selection switchFingerboard Radius: 12"Frets: 22; medium-jumboBridge: Floyd Rose TremoloNut Width: 43mmHardware: BlackMachine Heads: Die castColors: Pearl White, Candy RedWarranty: Kramer Limited Lifetime
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Jet City Amplification has announced the release of the all-new “design by Soldano” lineup of all-tube guitar amplifiers. Featuring simple controls, cool cosmetics, and sensible pricing the new line-up launched worldwide in September.

All amplifiers and extension cabinets in the ‘design by Soldano’ series feature rugged multi-ply hardwood cabinetry, 16-gauge steel chassis, custom transformers, and 2-oz copper traces on thick PCBs for durable, roadworthy performance. The company has also formed strategic alliances with other prominent designers and will launch several new products in 2010 as a result.
Products shipping in Q4 2009:
JCA20H 20 watt all-tube head
JCA100H 100 watt 2-channel all-tube head
JCA2112RC 20 watt combo with reverb and 1x12” Jet City Custom Eminence driver
JCA12S 1x12” extension cabinet with Jet City Custom Eminence driver
JCA24S 2x12” extension cabinet with Jet City Eminence drivers
JCA48S 4x12” extension cabinet with Eminence drivers
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Marshall launches MA Series amplifiers

Posted by sarabdeep Thursday, October 8, 2009 0 comments

PRESS RELEASE: For the best part of 50 years the sight and sound of a Marshall valve amplifier has been the envy and dream of many a guitarist. Legendary artists such as Slash, Jeff Beck and the late great Jimi Hendrix, plus rising stars like Ray Torro (My Chemical Romance) and Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) continue to inspire with their raw talent and mighty valve-powered Marshall backlines. So when it comes to tone, it's clear that professional guitarists love valves.
Now Marshall invites you to experience valve tone for yourself with our most accessible range of valve-driven guitar amplifiers ever – introducing the all-new, all-valve MA Series.
Heart of tone
With a classic ECC83/EL34 pre and power amp combination at its heart, the UK designed and engineered MA range is indeed built on solid pure-valve foundations. The MA Series provides both head and combo versions in either 100 Watt or 50 Watt outputs, all sharing the same trusty feature set.
The dual channel design provides an abundance of tonal possibilities, while the straightforward front panel layout and individual EQ sections means achieving the sounds you want couldn't be simpler.
With single coil pickups the Clean channel delivers clear bright notes, whilst switching to humbuckers and cranking the volume pot leads to natural signal break up, ideal for both cutting Indie-style rhythm and vintage rock riffing respectively.
Hit the Channel selection switch and the uniquely voiced Overdrive channel lets you experience the full potential of Marshall valve power, from glorious bluesy crunch to hard driving rock and all points in-between. Engaging the Overdrive's Boost function provides extra gain for both pounding metal madness and fret-burning solos alike.
The right balance
The difference between your overdrive and 'boosted' sound is governed by the MA's Crunch Balance control. Increasing the Crunch Balance moves your normal overdrive sound closer to that of your 'boosted' tone. Alternatively, backing off the Crunch Balance control decreases the amount of gain
and volume in your unboosted overdrive tone only, allowing the jump from say crunch to metal instantly, via either the front panel or the included 2-way footswitch. Used in this manner, the Crunch Balance has the ability to create a pseudo third channel from the Boost function, further increasing the MA Series' tonal spectrum and versatility.
Finishing touches
Additional tonal fine tuning is provided by a Master section consisting of Presence, Resonance and Reverb, and if pedals, FX boards and stomp boxes are your thing, then a serial FX loop is also included across the range.

The 2x12" MA100C (UK RRP £663) and 1x12" MA50C (UK RRP £548) combos both contain the newly developed AX-75 speaker, custom-voiced to match the tone, feel and response of the whole MA Series perfectly. These speakers can also be found in the new full-sized M412A and M412B 4x12" speaker cabs.
Finally, both the MA100H (UK RRP £599) and MA50H (UK RRP £480) heads feature semi-transparent baffles and illuminated chassis, allowing your valve-powered tone to literally shine. Whether you're finally realising a full Marshall stack dream, searching for a rugged gigging workhorse, looking for your first valve amplifier, or all three, the Marshall MA Series provides the answer.
Now is the time to discover valve tone.
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The Thinline Deluxe combines two of the guitar world's most classic designs – the Telecaster and Gibson's ES-335. In the construction stakes Fender has excelled with all the Classic Player series guitars, but the Thinline is even better.
The overall fit and finish is genuinely superb, especially considering its price. Moreover, a silky black finish is entirely blemish-free, even around the tricky f-hole.
Just like the original, you can have a more traditional slab Tele body – unlike the solid Deluxe there's no belly contour. However, thanks to its semi-solid design, it's light and comfortable; even lighter than many originals were encountered.
"Blues players, this is your Fender/Gibson hybrid sound."
Meanwhile, its distinctive and shapely, off-white pickguard gives this Thinline that desirable vintage vibe, enhanced by its correct, early seventies-style Tele neck and headstock.
For Fender's modern, flatter-than-vintage 9.5-inch radius with bigger frets along with the original-style six saddle bridge. In addition, the neck features four, rather than three bolts.

Strummed acoustically, although the Thinline's intrinsic character is very similar to the solid, humbucker-equipped Deluxe, because of its semi-hollow construction it's less dense sounding with an airy, swirly tone.
Clean, the bridge pickup's soft low-end and bumped mids help mellow this sprightly guitar. More gain gives individual notes plenty of cut and thrust, while open chords sound lush, thick and resonate in typical semi-hollow fashion. There really are few limits tonally.
Sticking with the overdrive, the middle position offers sweet and snappy Gibson-type tones, perfect for edgy rhythms – blues players, this is your Fender/Gibson hybrid sound.
The neck offers a creamy mid-range with ES-335-like thickness, which carries a similar single-note, airy resonance. Overall, the Wide Range humbuckers aren't as hot as a modern ES-335 and are brighter and snappier, in true Fender style.
This guitar represents astonishingly good value. It takes two iconic models and brings a real Fender-y take on the ES-335 format that will surely appeal to both traditional Tele and Gibson semi-hollow lovers.

Collings OM1AV £5364

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Guitarists often feel that an instrument's look is the all-important factor. Pickups and hardware can be upgraded, and almost anything can be set up to play just as you want. That's when highly figured maple tops on PRSs and Les Pauls enter the picture, or exotic timbers on top-end acoustics. Some cheaper guitars even use flashy cosmetics to tempt the eye and mask inferior materials and construction.

Well, it's a Collings, so that means top-flight construction, relatively limited numbers and all that the word 'boutique' implies. But is that enough to turn a simple mahogany (albeit Honduran)-bodied, folk-sized guitar into something worth a King's ransom? No; it's two other things actually.
First is the guitar's top. It's Adirondack, or red spruce, a timber prized by early 20th century aeroplane builders and musical instrument makers alike for its strength and elasticity.
"It could represent the Holy Grail of tone."
Collings' UK distributor, Doug Chandler, elaborates: "Adirondack was the tonewood of choice for top instrument makers before the Second World War [Gibson's Lloyd Loar mandolins and L-5s used it, as did the best Martins]. Over-harvesting saw it almost disappear, but it's gradually become available again after 50 years of re-investment. It's still hard to get large enough trees for clear, full-size tops though."
Adirondack is generally louder than other spruces, with more of the natural overtones that a good acoustic needs for a full, dynamic tone. But it's also one of the plainest looking, with rarely any 'bear claw' figuring or interesting medullary rays that Englemann or Sitka spruce – the latter as used on most Collings and other high-end brands – can exhibit. Sitka is also very available and so a lot cheaper. So what's the charge for this 'special' material? To you, sir, a nifty £815!
The second, and perhaps even more interesting, facet to this particular OM1 is its finish: it's shellac. Shellac is the classic varnish or French polish, and was only replaced by nitrocellulose as the favourite for instruments and furniture around the 1920s and 1930s.
Made from the secretions of the shellac beetle, or 'lac bug', the product is harvested, dried and then dissolved in alcohol to be applied in thin, multiple coats by the most highly skilled of hands.

Introducing the Squier J5 Telecaster Guitar

Posted by sarabdeep Tuesday, October 6, 2009 0 comments

The new J5 Telecaster has all the brains, brawn and beauty of its Fender big brothers, but with a standard Telecaster headstock and a very friendly price tag. It’s based on 5’s frequently modded workhorse Telecaster pieced together at the Fender Custom Shop.

OK, make with the features: The J5 Telecaster has a double-bound alder body with a gloss black polyester finish, a polished stainless steel pickguard and chrome hardware. That means it’s extremely cool looking. The one-piece maple neck has a modern C shape, a matching black Telecaster headstock and a 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets.

The custom-designed humbucking pickups use a special dual-volume setup with the bridge pickup control in the front position and the neck pickup control in the back position—John 5 prefers this setup because he spends much time giving the bridge pickup a workout. Rapid toggling the upper-bout three-way pickup switch gives you 5’s signature “kill” effect by turning off the neck pickup volume and leaving the bridge control full up.

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The mighty Angry Troll from Way Huge Electronics serves up gorgeous portions of volume and gain to pummel the input of your amp with up to +50dB of gain. It adds bite and punch while transforming your mild mannered tone into a beastly sonic onslaught!

The Angry Troll’s two controls interact like a vintage mic pre amp. The Anger knob—a rotary switch with six Fists of Fury positions—adjusts the amount of gain created by the Troll’s op-amp, while the Volume knob regulates the overall output level. High grade components are used for a precisely tuned circuit that works like an extension of your amp. Another tone monster from the mind of Mr. Huge!

- Delivers up to +50dB of boost

- Precisely tuned to work like an extension of your amp

- Adds a little dirt at higher settings

- Heavy duty foot switch with quiet relay based true bypass

- High grade components for low noise operation

Described as an English sound with an American twist, PRS Guitars' new amp, the PRS 30, is the first 30-watt cathode biased amp in a series of lower wattage amps that started with the Sweet 16 model earlier this year. The PRS 30 model features a quartet of EL84 tubes with a control layout similar to the Dallas model PRS amp.

PRS 30 amps are handmade in Stevensville, Maryland, and will be available in head and combo versions. Other features include reverb and a special master volume that's dialed out of the circuit as the amp's volume is at max setting. PRS 30 amps will be available this winter at authorized PRS Signature Dealers and PRS Amp dealers nationwide.

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In honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary and the launch of the new acoustic program in 2009, Paul Reed Smith Guitars is proud to offer an exclusive limited run of 25th Anniversary PRS Acoustics. Only 30 will be available stateside and another 20 will be available overseas. Models available domestically will include 4A spruce tops, Madagascar spider web rosewood backs and sides, Brazilian fingerboard and bridge, 25th anniversary bird spanning between the11th and 13th fret, mammoth ivory, rare curly mahogany neck, and a proprietary pickup system.

Models available in export markets will feature 4A red spruce top, quilted mahogany backs and sides from "the log" (the famous quilted log featured in the Sept/Oct 1985 issue of Fine Woodworking magazine), ebony fingerboard and bridge, 25th anniversary mammoth ivory bird between the 11th and 13th fret, rare curly mahogany neck, and a proprietary pickup system.

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Designed to embody a blend of beauty, refined craftsmanship, and playing comfort, Taylor Guitars is introducing a special 35th Anniversary edition guitar series that showcases a sculpted armrest, marking the first time such a feature has been included on a Taylor guitar. The XXXV-GS, simply known as the "Armrest Series", incorporates Taylor's popular body style, the Grand Symphony (GS), and features the magnificence of select exotic tonewoods as the perfect match to an elegant, yet practical handcrafted armrest.

The armrest, located on the bass side of the guitar's lower bout, replaces the hard edge where a guitar's top meets the sides with a softer contour for one's picking arm to comfortably rest upon while playing. Beyond the ergonomic appeal, an armrest applies a premium aesthetic touch that complements the GS body shape's sensuous curves. It also demands the highest level of guitar craftsmanship.

To complement the armrest, Taylor's development team scoured the company's substantial wood reserves to find the most striking premium grades of wood, which normally would be saved for the company's custom Build to Order program. The exotic selections include a back, sides and decorative backstrap choice of fiery cocobolo (XXXV-GS-C), AA-grade Macassar ebony (XXXV-GS-M), golden quilt maple (XXXV-GS-MP), or feathered walnut (XXXV-GS-W). All four models feature tops of Sitka spruce, voiced with Taylor's proprietary, tone-enhancing CV bracing, and the Expression System pickup to deliver superb amplified tone.

Additional premium appointments for the XXXV-GS models include a 900 Series abalone rosette, a bone nut and saddle, gold Gotoh tuners and an all-gloss finish. The XXXV-GS-C, -M and -W feature a Florentine cutaway and ebony armrest, binding, headstock overlay and truss rod cover, while the XXXV-MP features a Venetian cutaway and Indian rosewood armrest, binding, headstock overlay and truss rod cover. On the fretboard, a single inlay of "35" between the 11th and 12th frets pays homage to the company's anniversary.

The XXXV-GS models will be offered at a suggested retail price of $7,498 and, as with all 35th Anniversary models, will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by Taylor co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug. The 35th Anniversary guitars are expected to be available in North America in early fall and internationally in late winter.

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Line 6 announces M9 stompbox modeller

Posted by sarabdeep Friday, October 2, 2009 0 comments

PRESS RELEASE: Line 6, the industry leader in digital modeling technology for music creation products, announced today the launch of its new M9 Stompbox Modeler, a portable and powerful multi-effect unit that gives guitarists access to a comprehensive collection of historic stompbox tones.
"M9 Stompbox Modeler channels the souls of celebrated modern and vintage stompboxes," remarks Line 6 product manager Mike Murphy. "It's a no-nonsense and easy to use pedal, just like the original stompboxes, but it has great updated features like true bypass and a 28-second looper with dedicated controls."
Over 85 sought-after stompbox effects are packed inside M9 Stompbox Modeler, including many from the world-famous DL4™ delay modeler and other best-selling Line 6 pedals. The collection includes juicy delays, vibey reverbs, tangy mods, sweeping filters, essential distortions, compressors and more. M9 Stompbox Modeler can run three effects simultaneously. To accommodate the most subtle or grand changes in tone or dynamics, each of its three channel-strip-style FX Units can have two effects at the ready, each effect with a dedicated footswitch. Six different arrangements of effects, or "scenes," can be created.
Inspired by the simplest stompboxes, M9 Stompbox Modeler is incredibly easy to use. Each effect parameter can be accessed in real time with dedicated knobs and an easy-to-read LCD window. There's no digging for menus, no saving, no hassles.
Complete with a full-featured 28-second looper, M9 Stompbox Modeler allows for extended in-the-moment looping. Each looper function, including Record Record/Overdub, Play/Stop, Play Once, Undo/Redo, Half Speed and Reverse, boasts a dedicated footswitch. Looping has never been easier.
M9 Stompbox Modeler features 1/4" mono and stereo inputs and outputs, MIDI in and out and two expression pedal inputs for added control and functionality. Plus, with its rugged construction designed to endure, M9 Stompbox Modeler can withstand the rigors of the road and the demands of the working musician.
M9 Stompbox Modeler - £378.35 MSRP
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John 5 on his signature Squier Telecaster

Posted by sarabdeep Thursday, October 1, 2009 0 comments

Following the success of his full-blown Fender signature Telecasters, the latest model to bear solo artist, Rob Zombie and former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5's name is an even more affordable proposition in the shape of the Squier J5 Telecaster.
Retailing at £379.99 in the UK, the J5 features familiar black and chrome cosmetics, a polished stainless steel scratchplate and a dual volume control setup that allows the pickup selector to be used as a killswitch.