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GuitarSlinger presents the Dario Lorina Custom Overdrive Pedal

Posted by sarabdeep Tuesday, January 12, 2010 2 comments

GuitarSlinger Products has collaborated with Dario Lorina (of Lizzy Borden), to produce the Signature Model Dario Lorina Custom Overdrive Pedal.


Dario Lorina Custom Features:

- Signal processing like best tube amps
- True Bypass
- Strictly limited edition
- Classy "vintage" wiring
- Alpha pots with metal shafts
- Status LED for battery check
- Runs on the DC power supply
- Hand selected condenser and resistance
- Hand selected op amps and transistors
- Heavy duty, well-shielded casing
- Full control with guitar volume
- Totally handcrafted in Tokyo/Japan
- Retail Price €289 (incl. VAT)
- 2 Year Guarantee

For more information, please visit www.guitarslingerproducts.com

Catlinbread presents the Ottava Magus II, octave fuzz effect pedal. Everything you loved about the original, and some really cool new refinements that we think discerning players will appreciate. The first thing folks will probably notice is the new Saturation control – in a nutshell, this feature alters the playing feel making it more saturated (duh!) and spongy. It also adds some more gain into the mix giving you those "Holy crap – mah amp is fixin' to 'splode!" sounds.


The Intensity control has been refined, providing better control over the usable range of sounds. Catlinbread also altered the original circuit a bit allowing it to sound more appealing plugged into a completely clean amp, a little more meat, less rasp and an even more articulate octave up sound. But don't let these changes worry you! We left all the original's good stuff alone! No glitching out when your signal starts to decay, and you can still use any pickup you wish and play anywhere on the neck you want. Try THAT with a dentist's "conversation piece" octave fuzz!

For more information, please visit www.catalinbread.com

Diamond Pedals has announced the availability of the highly anticipated Bass Comp pedal, a powerful new tool for bassists. Based on the highly succesful Diamond Compressor, the Bass Comp is the first Diamond product designed specifically for use with bass instruments.

Combining a very low-noise optical compression circuit with a powerful and musical tilt EQ circuit, the Bass Comp is ideal for enhancing the sound of any bass. Developed with the needs of 4-, 5-, and 6-string bassists in mind, the Bass Comp offers extended frequency response and exceptional headroom via 18V operation (power supply included) to provide smooth compression that enhance the tone of any bass. The Diamond Bass Comp has a MSRP of $249US.

Specifications:

- Optical compression circuit
- Tilt EQ section offers selectable frequency center of 250/900Hz
- True bypass signal path
- Bi-color LED provides visual indication of compression
- 18-volt operation for exceptional headroom

Diamond Guitar Pedals are handmade in Canada and available through a worldwide dealer network. All pedals are backed by a 5-year manufacturer warranty. Visit Diamond Pedals at the 2010 NAMM Show, booth #3097, Hall D.

For more information, please visit www.diamondpedals.com

Wicked Tools has announce they are now shipping the new Spellbinder pedal. The Spellbinder pedal provides a wide range of classic sounds running from the rich soft symmetrical distortion found in a “Tube Screamer*” to the dynamically limited hard distortion of a “Rat*” or “Fuzz” using the Drive control but the Spellbinder does not stop there. The Warp Drive™ control opens up a fresh range of distortion by taking the distortion asymmetrical, adding dynamic range and major Overdrive capability. The interaction of the controls provide a rich range of harmonics and tonal qualities we believe to be unmatched by any other pedal. True Bypass and a Level out control ensure the Spellbinder plays well when mixed with other pedals.

The Wicked Tools Spellbinder is a pure analog effect inspired by some of the most popular overdrive distortion pedals ever made. While preserving the original sound, the Spellbinder also incorporates some of the best boutique modifications right out of the box. In the overdrive distortion class, this is one of the most versatile and sweetest pedals made to date. Designed and hand crafted in the USA, using solid Oak, steel, and high quality components, each Spellbinder is made to exacting standards without sacrificing the individual uniqueness of each Spellbinder’s appearance. The Spellbinder with its Etched Steel shell, solid Oak side panels and robust serviceable electronics not only sounds and looks good but is professional grade equipment designed to survive on the road, gig after gig.

The Spellbinder controls include Drive for symmetrical distortion, Warp Drive for asymmetrical distortion, Tone for frequency response, and a Level control for separate Overdrive level control. The Spellbinder includes True Bypass, and operates from a 9 Volt battery or an AC adaptor (included FREE for a limited time). A demo sound clip and the owners manual are available for download. The Spellbinder may be ordered direct from the Wicked Tools website at a MSRP of $225.00.

For more information, please visit http://myweb.cableone.net/ankh/

Mellowtone has announced the official release of the Party Favor series of affordable handmade boutique guitar effects pedals. Each pedal is a reworking of a classic Mellowtone design, refined for simplicity and affordability. All pedals are true bypass with status LED and run off of a 9-volt battery or AC adapter.

Mini Wolf CPU

A quick and simplified version of the original Wolf Computer pedal, the new Mini Wolf CPU has the same snarling heart. With it's Texture control you can achieve a cutting ragged fuzz sound, then dial it down to get varying degrees of glitchy Atari-like down arpeggiation. Just like Pitfall!

New Hi Five

Reworked for quieter operation, this simple clean booster gives you the gusto you need to pop out a hot lead melody. Use it to warm up your tone a little, or crank the Gain and really overdrive your tube amp!

Singing Tree Lite

The ever evolving pedal, the Singing Tree Lite is actually the sixth variation of the original Singing Tree overdrive, the first pedal Mellowtone produced. With a further refined Threshold control, which offers warm chewy overdrive turned left, and turned right it increases headroom by reducing the amount of diode clipping as well as attenuating the input slightly, allowing you to get a more open sound which works great with an amp just on the edge of breakup.

Trumpet Fuzz

Named for it's brassy sound when played staccato at low gain, the Trumpet Fuzz is a harsh nasty octave up fuzz in classic form. The Attack control alters the gain and sustain. Max out the attack and get a great sustaining octavia type sound with an octave up that comes through even on the bridge pickup (best results achieved with the neck pickup of course). Turn the Attack control down for a broken guitar sound or play it staccato high up on the neck for some trumpet like tones.

Party Favor pedals are shipping to dealers now at an estimated street price of $85 each.

HipKitty Products has announced the release of their latest effect pedal, the Glaze. The Glaze is a unique boost/overdrive pedal created for warmth and clarity to each note and chord played. The Glaze’s ability to expand and add to the upper harmonic content “Glaze” the upper register notes while allowing the lower register notes to retain clarity and focus.

The Gain control can allow for the most minimal boost level up to an overdriven tube sound at higher Gain settings. The Gain control has been described best as the “magic” control on the Glaze.

The Volume control circuit has enough volume boost to allow driving the amp’s preamp section into overdrive. Increasing this control past “unity” level can bring the amp’s sweet spots alive.

The Glaze made its initial debut at the 2009 Nashville Amp Expo in Nashville, Tennessee as a prototype test unit. Overwhelming feedback brought the Glaze to life.

MSRP: $180.00 U.S.D.

For more information, please visit www.HipKittyProducts.com

gig-fx inc has announced that the SubWah, a bass version of the popular MegaWah, is now available for sale. The new SubWah captures the signature wide-sweep range and funky low end of the Megawah, but has tailored the frequency ranges for bass guitar. The SubWah was developed with cooperation from top professional bass players in Boston, Nashville and LA, including Bootsy Collins.

The all-analog pedal features four settings: a classic wah sound, a very deep bass 'Sub' wah, a funky envelope wah with adjustable trigger sensitivity, and an auto-wah with adjustable rate. Special care was taken to ensure preservation of bass frequencies, including five / six string low B response and at the same time to maximize 'quack' and 'ping'. Many months were spent with professional players perfecting the sweep to optimize the effect and still retain bass response.

The SubWah uses optical switching and is noiselessly by-passed when the pedal is all the way back and switches on noiselessly when the pedal is pressed forward. The SubWah features a user-adjustable off-delay so that the effect turns off exactly when the musician wants it to.

The pedal features the new 'better than true by-pass' circuitry proven to be superior to a true by-pass in terms of preserving the instrument's tone and harmonics through instrument cables. gig-fx has published test results on their web site which support that claim.

For more information, please visit www.gig-fx.com

Introducing the Anthem from L.R. Baggs

Posted by sarabdeep Monday, January 11, 2010 0 comments

After 30 years of effort we have done the very thing that every amplified acoustic guitarist has dreamed about and the very thing that no other pickup manufacturer has been capable of- unlocking the potential of a microphone to capture the very essence of your guitar with high feedback resistance for demanding stages.

At the heart of the Anthem is the Tru-Mic, a patent pending revolutionary new type of microphone. Unlike previous mic systems, the Tru-Mic captures the majority of the sound of the guitar while eliminating any annoying honky or boxy qualities that have been previously associated with internal mic’ing.


For the Anthem we used no modeling, no illusions, it’s not “like” a mic, it’s not “like” your guitar. This is a mic and what you will experience is your guitar- loud with the fidelity and dynamics that come from a real microphone. The sound quality and feedback resistance of the Anthem Tru-Mic now allows the mic to be the primary sound source in a mic/pickup system with only the very lowest frequencies being augmented by our Element undersaddle pickup.

The Anthem’s feather-weight control unit contains all of the essentials: volume, mix and phase. It nestles securely inside of the soundhole for easy fingertip access.

Check out www.lrbaggs.com for more information on the Anthem and other LR Baggs products.

When six strings seem too conventional and seven strings still just aren't enough, Seymour Duncan announces the release of the latest version of our hugely successful Blackouts series, the 8-string Blackouts for 8-string guitars. For the new generation of 8-stringed guitars, 8-string Blackouts provide more headroom while still generating thick and full lows without sounding muddy or dull. Designed from the ground up specifically for the need of 8-string players, these metal beasts contain ceramic magnets for both the neck and bridge versions, specifically voiced for heavy rock with greater dynamic range, less scooped mids, and less compression than other active pickups.

For anyone who has tried to record using an 8 stringed guitar, the biggest complaint has been that most pickups deliver a thudy sound, chopping off the dynamic range. The results can be clearly seen, like a "flatline" effect in the recording wave. 8-string Blackouts allows each register to have its own character, like you expect from any six string sound, but now with deeper bass lines and no flat-lining. It simply allows the player be more expressive.

The industry agrees that 8-string Blackouts are clearly an improvement, evident by the fact that many guitar makers like Schecter?? Guitars, who are delving into the 8-string guitar world, are offering the 8-string Blackouts. Their latest, offering the Schecter BlackJack ATC-8 limited edition guitar comes with 8-string Blackouts installed.



Like the full line of Blackouts, the 8-strings provide a tone that sounds less compressed with a more extended frequency response. Blackouts active humbuckers are up to 14dB quieter than the competition, but they also have more lows, more highs, and more output. Blackouts 8-string are designed to direct retrofit any 8-string electric guitars and are available in individual neck and bridge models, or as a two-pickup set. All versions come with all necessary mounting hardware, including pots, jack, and a battery clip.

Neck Model

- Resonant Frequency 700 Hz
- Average output voltage 0.65 Volts RMS (1)
- Max. output voltage 2.60 Volts RMS (2)
- Noise -97dBV
- Output Impedance 1K Ohm
- Current consumption 350 micro-amperes
- Battery life 1420 hours (3)
- Preamp topology Discrete hybrid differential, FET input
- Preamp Gain 16 dB
- Preamp Thd @ 1Vo .003%

Bridge Model

- Resonant Frequency 650 Hz
- Average output voltage 0.65 Volts RMS (1)
- Max. output voltage 2.60 Volts RMS (2)
- Noise -96dBV
- Output Impedance 1K Ohm
- Current consumption 350 micro-amperes
- Battery life 1420 hours (3)
- Preamp topology Discrete hybrid differential, FET input
- Preamp Gain 18 dB
- Preamp Thd @ 1Vo .003%

For more information, please visit www.seymourduncan.com

Building upon the long-term success of the Thunderbird bass, Epiphone introduces the new professional series Thunderbird PRO's. Available in both 4 and 5 string versions, THE original "rock and roll" bass with the distinctive shape combines traditional design elements with new technology - all for a price that the working bassist can afford.

The Thunderbird PRO's feature a rock-solid, 7-piece (Walnut/Maple) neck with through-body construction for amazing sustain and tone. Add to that, Epiphone's new T-Pro bass humbucking pickups with custom active electronics and EQ and suddenly, the Thunderbird transforms into a very versatile bass capable of a wide variety of tonal options.
Other features include premium die-cast 14:1 bass machine heads, a "bad ass" fully-adjustable bridge and SlimTaper neck profile with Epi-designed straight-string pull headstock. Add to that black hardware and black pickguard with silver Thunderbird logo and you've got the NEW Epiphone Thunderbird PRO's. Available in 3 striking colors - Vintage Sunburst, Translucent Black and Natural Oil.

Specifications:

Body Wings: Mahogany
Neck: 7-piece (Walnut/Maple/Walnut/Maple/Walnut/Maple/Walnut)
Neck Joint: Through-Neck
Truss Rod: Double-Action, 2-Way
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Frets: 20-Medium/Jumbo, nickel/silver alloy
Scale Length: 34"
Nut Width: 1.50" (4-string), 1.93" (5-string)
Neck Pickup: Epiphone T-PRO Bass Humbucker
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone T-PRO Bass Humbucker
Bridge: Flush-Mount, fully adjustable
Controls: Master Volume, Blend, High-EQ, Low-EQ
Tuners: Premium Die-Cast Bass
Outputs: 1/4" Mono, Metal Jack Plate
Hardware: Black
Options: Hard Case
Warranty: Limited Lifetime (US only, Void where prohibited.)

For more information, please visit www.epiphone.com

In the past two years Framus' product developers have made an effort to redefine Diablo and Panthera series guitars. In close cooperation with our endorsers and Framus players, key points on the instruments were refined, both ergonomically and technically. Both series now include six base models all of which feature significant upgrades and improvements from their predecessors.

Considerable investments in machinery as well as actual the production process have resulted unmatched manufacturing quality. Among other things, a new lacquering-machine now allows a quality of lacquering unique in the modern world and does so while being much more ecologically friendly than traditional methods.

The instruments will be unveiled in January 2010 at the winter NAMM show in Anaheim. The European public will get their first glimpse of all 12 new models at the Frankfurter Musikmesse. Delivery of the new Framus Diablo and Panthera models will start in February 2010 through selected dealers worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.framus.com

Makassar is a dark, warm sounding wood belonging to the species of ebony woods and can be found on the Corvette $$ Special Edition Makassar. The body of this particular special edition is made from Swamp Ash with a 3/8" Makassar top. Features include a matched headstock, Bolt-on Ovangkol neck and Tigerstripe Ebony fingerboard. The instrument is sealed with a Natural Oil finish. Black hardware adds a nice touch to the overall look of the instrument.

2 Bartolini MM-style pickups fueled by an MEC 2-way EQ give this bass its thunder. Two mini switches allow the pickup inductors to be connected parallel, serial, or in single-coil mode, which adds some flexibility to the sound of the Corvette $$ Special Edition Makassar. This Special Edition is available as 4-string, 4-string fretless, 5-string, and 5-string fretless.

Features:

- Available as 4-string, 4-string fretless, 5-string and 5-string fretless
- Bolt-on with matched headstock
- Just a Nut III
- Scale: 34"
- 24 frets / fretless
- Tigerstripe Ebony Fingerboard
- Ovangkol neck
- Swamp Ash back w 3/8" Macassar top
- Natural Oil finish
- Bartolini MM/MM Pickups
- MEC 2-way electronics
- 2 mini toggle-switches for inductor connection (parallel, serial or single coil)
- Black Hardware

For more information, please visit www.warwick.de

Martin Guitars has announced the launch of the “Performing Artist Series,” an innovative line of acoustic/electric guitars set to debut in 2010. The three models that form the foundation of the new series include the “DCPA1” Dreadnought, “OMCPA1” Orchestra Model, and the new Grand Performance “GPCPA1.” These acoustic/electric models provide flexibility and professionalism for guitarists, from small coffee houses to large arenas to simply recording with your laptop or in a professional studio.

These new models combine Martin’s legendary tone and styling, while adding player comfort and on-stage performance capability. The DCPA1, OMCPA1 and the modern Grand Performance GPCPA1 all share the same aesthetic blend of contemporary and traditional features. Additionally, all Performing Artist Series guitars are equipped with Fishman’s newly designed onboard sound reinforcement system, the F1 Aura.


Each model in the Performing Artist Series offers its own distinctive acoustic and plugged-in sound for the discerning player. The DCPA1 offers the powerful and resonant Martin Dreadnought tone. The OMCPA1 is well balanced, offering warm bass response with crisp clear trebles. The new GPCPA1 shares characteristics from the big rich sound of the Dreadnought and the clarity of the Orchestra model and combines them into a new sonic signature all of its own. All three guitars share the same well-known Martin construction including solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, a solid Sitka spruce soundboard with hybrid scalloped bracing, a genuine ebony headplate, fingerboard and bridge, and a patented mortise and tenon neck joint.

The Performing Artist Series features many firsts for the company, including a more parallel neck profile with a slimmer taper at the 12th fret, giving the guitar comfortable width in the first few frets plus a faster feel for lead-work as you move up the neck. The new smaller bridge design reduces mass and increases the soundboard’s tonal response.


Striking new aesthetic features include a pearl Martin block-style logo inlaid into the ebony headplate. New fingerboard inlays use traditional squares in colorful blue paua, flanked by arrow designs adding to the guitar’s sleek modern style. A newly-designed two ring rosette borders the soundhole with a stunning combination of blue paua and wood fiber inlays. Finely polished gloss lacquer highlights the body’s beauty, while a durable satin finish on the guitar’s neck adds to the quicker feel and player’s comfort.

The new Fishman F1 Aura features the stunning realism of award-winning Aura Acoustic Imaging technology in a distinctive and easy to use onboard preamp system. State-of-the-art features include: digital chromatic tuner, volume and blend controls, independent 3-band EQ for both pickup and image signals, compressor, phase control and an automatic anti-feedback filter with up to 3 notches. The heart of the F1 Aura is its ability to replicate the sound of nine different world-class studio microphones. Fishman engineers have carefully captured images of the sound that these high-quality microphones "hear" and allow you to blend it in with the legendary Gold+Plus under saddle pickup. The preamp design utilizes low-noise components, 32-bit internal processing and 24-bit audio conversion for an incredibly clean and quiet output.

A Limited Lifetime Warranty covers all “Performing Artist Series” models purchased from authorized Martin dealers in the U.S. and Canada. To protect your investment, each guitar includes a brown hardshell case.

For more information, please visit www.performingartistseries.com and www.martinguitar.com

Beginning January 2010, WALDEN will enable guitarists to make purchasing decisions that benefit our environment and take part in reducing the overconsumption of world resources. Its all-solid wood MADERA line will be built with 100% FSC-Pure certified tonewoods such as Sitka spruce, Western Red cedar, and South American "True" mahogany. With an FSC Chain-of-Custody ("COC") certification, all woods on the MADERA are tracked from forest to finished instrument thereby guaranteeing its sustainable origins. With a target street price USD$999, the all-solid WALDEN MADERA is the most affordable sustainable wood guitar in the market.

WALDEN chose the name MADERA for its association with the Spanish word for "wood." Guitars in this line can be easily recognized by a distinctive headstock embellishment shaped like the Chinese character "???" meaning wood. At the 2010 Winter NAMM Convention, WALDEN will present five acoustic guitars in the MADERA line with Dreadnought and Grand Auditorium models in natural and sunburst finishes as well as a classical guitar.

For more information, please visit www.waldenguitars.com

PRS Guitars' New Grab-and-Go Amplifier - The PRS 30 Combo

Posted by sarabdeep Saturday, January 9, 2010 0 comments

Described as an English sound with an American twist, PRS's newest amplifier package, the PRS 30 Combo, is the first 30-Watt cathode biased combo in a series of lower wattage amps. The series kicked off with the 16-Watt PRS Sweet 16 model earlier this year.

The new 30-Watt Combo features a quartet of EL84 tubes with a control layout similar to PRS's Dallas model and a 1 x 12 cabinet with ET65 WGS speakers. PRS 30 Combos are handmade in Stevensville, Maryland. Other features include reverb, bright switch, and a special master volume that is dialed out of the circuit as the amp's volume is at max setting.

For more information, please visit www.prsguitars.com

Fender has introduced the next step in the ongoing evolution of its acclaimed G-DEC (Guitar Digital Entertainment Center) amp series, the G-DEC 3. Available in 30-watt and 15-watt versions, the G-DEC 3 takes an exciting leap forward in technology and content, with easy computer connectivity and with many of its 100 presets and audio performance loops created by the world's top artists and session aces.

The G-DEC 3's wealth of backing tracks consist not of generic presets and loops, but rather a stylistically diverse sonic smorgasbord of tracks created specially for Fender by top rock, blues, metal and country artists and session players. These include Eric Johnson, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello (Anthrax), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy), Brad Paisley, Dweezil Zappa, Jim "Rev. Horton Heat" Heath, Keith Urban, Hatebreed, Nils Lofgren, Gary Hoey, Crooked X, Strung Out and many others.


Consequently, the G-DEC 3 can be easily configured as an "all rock," "all metal," "all blues," "all country," etc., amp personally tailored to the user's own musical tastes.

The G-DEC 3 also includes the exclusive Fender FUSE™ software interface, which lets the amp connect to a computer as easily as a digital camera, without need for any special adaptors or hardware. Fender FUSE lets the user download and upload backing tracks, edit performance parameters and swap files with a worldwide community of players.

Other versatile G-DEC 3 features include:

- Digital amp and effects models that let the user create a personalized arsenal of guitar tones suited to every style of playing.
- Onboard mp3 and wav file storage and playback.
- Ableton Live Lite 8 Fender Edition studio-quality recording and editing software.
- AmpliTube Fender LE modeling software, which recreates classic Fender amp tones and delivers ultra-realistic speaker, mic and effects models.
- Multi-function SD card slot for unlimited storage of presets and audio content.
- Rugged Fender Special Design speaker (plus high-frequency tweeter on 30-watt model).
- Onboard phrase sampler with overdub and export functions.
- Onboard chromatic tuner.

For more information, please visit www.fender.com

VHT has introduced The Special 6, a 6-watt handwired combo or head and cabinet combination that offers players extra features, superior sound quality, and exceptional value. The Special 6 is the first handwired amp to be offered for a list price below $300. Boutique amp players will love the Special 6's combination of handwired tube goodness, unique features, and unparalleled value. The mod-friendly Special 6 is easy to customize for home amp builders and tube amp enthusiasts.

The Special 6 gets its powerful tube sound from one 12AX7 preamp tube and one 6V6 output tube. It boasts a footswitchable Gain Boost feature that significantly expands its range of tones — it's the only amp in its class that excels at both clean and overdriven tones, and it's the only amp in its class to offer a footswitchable boost. With the Gain Boost, players can instantly toggle between clean rhythm tones and overdriven leads, essentially duplicating the footswitchable functions of a 2-channel amp in an all-tube, handwired, simple, 2-knob package.



To further expand its range of tones, the Special 6 also features a High/Low power switch that enhances low-volume tones with extra-smooth richness (when in half-power mode). It's a great feature for recording, or for low-volume "bedroom" players. In high-power mode, it's one of the few amps in its class that is loud enough to compete with a strong drummer.

The Special 6 will be available as a combo and also as a head. The combo will feature a special high-sensitivity VHT special design 10" speaker. The Special 6 head will be offered with a separate Special 1x12 speaker cabinet, featuring the player's choice of a VHT special design 12" speaker or a premium Celestion G12H30 speaker.

The VHT Special 6 combo has a MAP of $199.99; the Special 6 head has a MAP of $179.99 and the 1x12" Special 6 Cabinet starts at $149.99. All three are available now.

For more information, please visit http://www.vhtamp.com/

The GNR8-130 is 130W powered stereo guitar amplifier cabinet designed specifically for use with any DSP- or analog-based direct recording device or preamp.

The current crop of guitar modelling and effects units offer incredible realism and versatility to guitarists. Some of the most sought-after vintage tones and effects are now just a button push away. These incredible amp simulations are at our disposal for the first time without the prohibitive expense and bulk associated with classic hardware units. The problem in a live environment is that traditional guitar amps were never designed to reproduce the types of signals these units generate. Direct splits to the PA is acceptable for some, but this rarely delivers what guitarists truly desire — the feel of a real amp pumping air behind them and that unmistakeable up-close and personal feel.

The GNR8-130 solves these problems by delivering a full range frequency response system with headroom, dynamics, low distortion and the familiar feel and form of a guitar amp. Constrained layer cabinet design and construction ensures the closest possible neutral response. Whatever goes in, comes out a lot louder and unadulterated by amp and cabinet coloring. Tailored to be in line with the GNR8-130's preamp and amp, 2 x 12" specially selected full range speakers from Lorantz Audio Services (C304P/PA) have been employed to ensure accurate reproduction of any modeller. The flat response of the cabinet, coupled with the true sonic reproduction of the amp and speakers perfectly complements the quality of today's top modelling devices.



The Bass, Middle, & Treble controls have been voiced specifically for guitar. Conceptually, we have included this EQ to provide the user with the ability to tailor the overall tone to suit the room/ environment in use. The same may also be applied to the particular rack equipment chosen. This ???global' EQ is an active design ensuring a true boost & cut of 6db with virtually no interaction between the 3 bands. In addition, ultra low distortion Burr Brown™ op-amps, and high quality Audio Grade Capacitors have been employed to transparently carry your guitar's tone.

The cabinet offers 4RU rackmount bays in which to house your favorite devices. Designed with a comfortable viewing angle of 25 degrees, the internal rack bay is perfect for adjusting your settings at a glance. It also offers protection during transportation of your amp and makes for a simple and speedy setup. A heavy duty, Tolex covered and removable faceplate acts as an access point for rack installation and finishes the amp with a traditional look and feel. Cable and utility storage space can be conveniently found on either side of the 19" rack bay.

The new GNR8-130 will be showcased along with the full range of DVK Technologies products at the NAMM 2010 International trade show. Visitors are welcome Jan 14 - 17, 2010 at the DVK Technologies stand, Hall A - booth #6809 Anaheim Convention Center, CA, USA.

For more information, please visit www.dvktech.com

Gibson Acoustic has announced the availability of the long awaited Keb Mo Signature Acoustic Blues Master guitar. No other musician embraces the blues like the legendary Keb Mo. His post modern playing blues styling stretches to fully electric blues, jazz, and R&B while constantly referencing the Delta fueled acoustic music that forms the beating heart of every one of his inspirations. The blues was born as an acoustic music and its roots still run deep in that direction today. Gibson Acoustic has taken the sounds, the tradition and the history of blues music and produced an acoustic model that will inspire musicians throughout the ages.'

Body

Crafted from two pieces of solid Adirondack red spruce, a rare and highly prized tonewood that featured in the tops of many instruments from the golden age of the flat-top acoustic guitar. Available in Vintage Sunburst and Antique Natural finishes.


Body

Crafted from two pieces of solid Adirondack red spruce, a rare and highly prized tonewood that featured in the tops of many instruments from the golden age of the flat-top acoustic guitar. Available in Vintage Sunburst and Antique Natural finishes.



Accessories

The Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster is protected by a Gibson hardshell case and each of the Limited Edition of 300 guitars carry a sequentially numbered inside label signed by Keb’ Mo’ himself.

For more information, please visit www.gibson.com

Dan Donegan, guitarist for multi-platinum band Disturbed, has teamed up with Schecter Guitars to produce a signature artist guitar. The Dan Donegan artist model is currently in the development stage but Schecter notes that it will truly be a union of mind over matter.

Expect a debut at 2010 NAMM by Dan himself making an appearance. Pricing TBD.

For more information, please visit schecterguitars.com

Robin Finck, guitarist of preeminent band Nine Inch Nails deploys his signature Schecter Guitars Robin Finck artist model. Finck has been linked to some of the biggest bands in the world. Having penned several tracks for the on-off-on again and much gossiped Axl Rose project known as the Guns & Roses Chinese Democracy album. It is his tenure in Nine Inch Nails that has brought him accolades from fans, musicians and industry vets alike.

The Robin Finck artist model is based on the innovative body style of Schecter’s Ultra series. A raised center 25.5” scale Mahogany body features a Mahogany set neck with a Rosewood 24 Jumbo fret board. However, this guitar employs Robin’s pickup combo, Duncan Designed FG-101’s in both neck & middle position with a Seymour Duncan mini humbucker in the bridge. An Ultra Cure reverse headstock and a stunning Nitro Red color with a Bigsby B-50 vibrato round out the guitar. Pricing n/a.

For more information, please visit schecterguitars.com

Epiphone announces the release of the new 'Epiphone Tak Matsumoto Signature DC Custom' available exclusively in Japan on December 25th 2009. Tak Matsumoto is one of the Japan's leading guitarists and a member of the popular rock band B'z.
This guitar features a beautiful Double Cutaway Mahogany body with a glued-in Mahogany neck using a Long-Neck-Tenon (Deep Set) ultimately resulting in sweeter tone and longer sustain. Traditional Les Paul Custom "Split Diamond" Inlay on the multi-bound headstock and a gold metal trussrod cover featuring an engraved "Tak Matsumoto" name on it combined with a bound Rosewood fingerboard and multi-bound body makes it’s beautiful ebony finish even more attractive.
At the heart of this new guitar are "Gibson USA Burstbucker 2" (Neck) and "Gibson USA Burstbucker 3" (Bridge) humbucking pickups. Made in the USA by Gibson, these pickups give guitarists a replica of the sound and tone from Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" pickups - the same pickups that give the '59 Les Paul Standard its legendary sound. BurstBuckers feature unpolished magnets and non-potted coils. Just like the originals, these reproduce the variations found among vintage Gibson humbuckers.
Other premium features including gold hardware, vintage style tuners with "tulip" buttons, Epiphone PAF LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece and Epiphone's own StrapLocks. Additionally, each new "Tak Matsumoto Signature DC Custom" comes with a custom hard case featuring the "Tak Matsumoto" signature on it and a certificate of authenticity.
For more information, please visit www.epiphone.com

Every musician knows that late ’50s Sunburst Les Paul Standards are hard enough to come by as it is. Obtaining a pristine and exemplary ’59 ’Burst and modifying it for heightened performance and vastly expanded tonal options? Unheard of… unless, of course, you’re Jimmy Page. That’s exactly what the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist, perhaps the world’s most iconic Les Paul player, did with his own ’59 Les Paul Standard, and now—thanks to the extreme efforts of Gibson’s Custom Shop and the intimate cooperation of Jimmy Page himself—the artist’s hallowed “Number Two” Les Paul is available to mere mortals, in the form of the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul. Produced in strictly limited numbers, with two levels of aging, this guitar captures the look, feel, sound, and versatility of one of the greatest artist-owned Les Pauls of all time, and it is likely to disappear from authorized Gibson dealers in record time.

The 1959 Les Paul that has come to be known as “Number Two” was purchased by Page in 1973 after trying for some time to acquire an exceptional second Les Paul. This was several years after having acquired his other legendary Les Paul—“Number One”, a ’59 ’Burst with shaved-down neck profile and no serial number—from Joe Walsh. “Number Two” was essentailly all original when he aquired it. Jimmy did have some modifications done to the neck shape so that it would more nearly match the feel of his "Number One". The neck is certainly slim but not to such extremes as the now-ultra-slim neck on “Number One”. It had a strong, beautiful sunburst finish with a red element that had faded to a dusky amber-brown, along with a clear serial number dating it to 1959. Page played this Les Paul frequently through his days with Led Zeppelin, and in the early ’80s decided to make it an even more versatile instrument. Page also added that he wanted to "explore the full range of what the two humbuckers have to offer". He designed a switching system for coil splitting, series/parallel, and phase-reverse options for both pickups, and employed a skilled electronics technician to devise a working schematic and make his sonic vision a reality. The result comprised a push/pull pot on each of the guitar’s four standard controls, plus two push-button switches hidden beneath the pickguard, all mounted on a ’59 Les Paul Standard that is otherwise a superb example of the breed, both in tone and playability.

The Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul was recreated with intense, inch-by-inch examination of Page’s original guitar, inside and out. The process of getting it right involved the production of a number of hand-built prototypes, each of which was checked and critiqued in detail by Page himself. Approval of the final iteration was only offered after the legendary artist had intricately examined and extensively played this last prototype in his London home—after which it was given the thumbs-up, worthy of being the template for the Custom Shop Jimmy Page “Number Two” Les Paul. Only 325 examples will be produced in total: The first 25 instruments are to be aged by vintage-reproduction master Tom Murphy then inspected, played and hand signed and numbered by Jimmy Page personally. An additional 100 guitars will be given the extensive aging treatment and 200 will be finished to Gibson’s VOS specs.

For more information, please visit http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-Custom/Jimmy-Page-Number-Two-Les-Paul.aspx

Gaskell Guitars is discontinuing it's headless left handed "Sage" model from 2010. Serviceable replacement parts will continue to be available from Gaskell Guitars indefinitely. The discontinuing of this model makes way for new models to be released in 2010.

For more information, please visit www.gaskellguitars.com

Epiphone Guitar has announced the anticipated release of the Limited Edition and New "Inspired by" John Lennon Casino offering the professional musician the same key features of Epiphone's acclaimed John Lennon signature U.S.A. Casinos but at a more affordable price. Also based upon the "1965" Casino and the "Revolution" Casino, these two "Inspired by" versions combine the cost-effective workmanship of Epiphone's own factory in Asia with original Gibson U.S.A. electronics including classic P-90 pickups with dog-ear, nickel plated covers and a Switchcraft(tm) made toggle and output jack.

The Inspired by "1965" Lennon Casino: In 1966, during the recording of "Revolver," John Lennon and George Harrison each acquired vintage sunburst Epiphone Casino guitars. The 1965 Casino is a reproduction of the original guitar John purchased with its sunburst finish and stock hardware. Attention to detail includes the correct "burst" pattern and front and back, neck joint at the 16th fret (instead of the 17th), vintage style tuners with small metal buttons, black washer around the toggle switch and the historically accurate rectangle "blue label" inside the sound hole.

In 1968, John had his Casino sanded down to the bare wood and covered with a thin, dull finish. During that time, he also replaced the tuners with Gold Grovers and removed the pickguard. He first used this "natural" Casino during "The White Album" sessions in 1968. The "Inspired by" Revolution Casino is a reproduction of this stripped guitar and as it also remains today. Both "Inspired by" Casinos include a hard case while the Revolution version also includes the unattached pickguard and mounting bracket.


As with all Epiphone Lennon guitars, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each goes to the BMI Foundation for the John Lennon Scholarship Fund which supports music education. Backed by Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 day Customer Service, these new "Inspired by" Casinos capture the essence of the 1960's and the Beatles with their authentic looks, specifications and one-of-kind sound and feel that only a Casino has. Pickup one today and start a Revolution!

For more information, please visit www.epiphone.com

Reverend has released the Six Gun guitar. Part of the Bolt-On Series, the Six Gun is designed to deliver "S" style tones but bigger. The T-style bridge pickup and custom S-style middle/neck pickups are all wound slightly hot for classic shimmer and twang but with more body.

The Bass Contour control can be dialed back for a leaner more traditional tone, making this a very versatile guitar. Other key features include a solid korina body, 25.5" bolt-on maple neck, and Pin-Lock tuners. Available in Metallic Blue, or Vintage Clear.

The Six Gun will be on display at NAMM booth 1372.

List price $839, Street $699. Available left handed.

For more information, please visit www.reverendguitars.com

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