NAMM 2009: Dean Zelinsky launches DBZ Guitars

Whoa. Dean Zelinsky has officially launched his new brand, DBZ Guitars, with a new website ahead of the coming NAMM trade show. Check out that Cavallo V. I mean, it’s obviously a 3D computer rendering, but imagine what that’ll look like in person, with all that carved wood and flamed-as-all-get-out maple.

Equally cool is that DBZ street prices will range from $350 – $6,000.

Check out the website to see all 68 guitars.

Here’s the press release:

DBZ Guitars, Inc. founders Dean Zelinsky and Jeff Diamant announced today the official launch of their debut web site, DBZGuitars.com. Zelinsky, who also founded and eventually sold Dean Guitars, is taking a decidedly more sophisticated direction with his 2009 guitar designs, while still evoking those edgy, sexy Zelinsky style cues for which he has been world-renowned for more than 30 years. The site premieres Zelinsky’s roughly 68 new guitar models — electrics and acoustics, imports and USA-made guitars produced in DBZ Guitars’ new Chicago area facility — with street prices ranging from $350 to $6,000.

Highlights of the new DBZ line are the Cavallo V, with lines and carves clearly inspired by Ferrari, the DBZ Croc Skin Bolero, the first guitar ever to obtain the look and feel of crocodile skin, and the Imperial, with a super-thin body design which Zelinsky claims to be an “acoustically perfect” solid body electric guitar.

DBZGuitars.com will link to an equally important DBZ site, “The Dark Side of Dean,” which exclusively caters to the heavy metal fans who value Zelinsky’s craftsmanship, and will be debuting 21 new guitar designs. Zelinsky stated that this will be an exclusive club. The Dark Side of Dean will be password protected, and only die-hard Dean Zelinsky fans will be admitted. Clues to unlock the mystery of the Dark Side will be located on the DBZGuitars.com site as well as various Internet sites. The Dark Side will also host its own DBZ Dark Side guitars forum.

Zelinsky, along with co-founder Jeff Diamant, launched DBZ Guitars August 26, 2008. Diamant, who founded Diamond Amplification, and Zelinsky will be hosting the DBZ/Diamond Booth #3290, Hall D at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California on January 15, 2009.

NEWS: Official Paul Gilbert/Freddie Nelson bootlegs for preorder

CDJapan will offer limited-release official bootlegs of all four shows on Paul Gilbert and Freddie Nelson’s mini tour of Japan. As an avowed CDJapan junkie, this makes me kinda dizzy with glee.

Here are the links to preorder the individual shows:

Official Bootleg Tokyo 1 [Cardboard Sleeve] (Title subject to change) [Limited Release] / Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson

Official Bootleg Osaka [Cardboard Sleeve] (Title subject to change) [Limited Release] / Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson

Official Bootleg Nagoya [Cardboard Sleeve] (Title subject to change) [Limited Release] / Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson

Official Bootleg Tokyo 2 [Cardboard Sleeve] (Title subject to change) [Limited Release] / Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson

And you can CLICK HERE to buy Paul and Freddie’s CD, United States, from CDJapan.

And apologies for the link overload, but you can CLICK HERE to preorder the new Ibanez PGM401 guitar from Thomann.de.
I’m planning to buy the hell out of these bootlegs. United States was one of my favourite CDs of 2008, and I can’t wait to hear how it translates in a live setting.

If you’re heading to NAMM in a couple of weeks, here are Paul’s scheduled autograph signings:

HomeBrew Electronics (2:00 pm Fri)
Ibanez Guitars (3:30 pm Fri)
Marshall Amps (10:30 am Sat.)
Ernie Ball Strings (Noon Sun.)
Alfred Publishing (1:00 pm Sun.)

NAMM 2009: Peavey NAMM schedule, including Devin Townsend appearance

Are you going to NAMM? If so, I’m insanely jealous and maybe somehow I’ll make it there next year. Peavey has released details of their endorsers’ NAMM appearances, and the press release is below. Most interesting to me is Devin Townsend, who has recently been photographed with a Peavey HP. Devin has used Peavey 5150 amps but most recently was seen using Mesa Boogie. Could he be going back to Peavey for amps? Is he leaving ESP for guitars?

Also of note is that Joe Satriani will be officially launching his new Peavey JSX amp. The one you can read about here.

Anyway, here’s the press release and schedule.

Legendary guitarist Joe Satriani will introduce his new signature Peavey JSX guitar amplifier during a special press conference during the NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show on Friday, January 16, at 1 p.m., in the middle of the Peavey exhibit (5740) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gary Rossington and metal legends Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), David Ellefson (MEGADETH) and Greg Christian (TESTAMENT) are also slated to appear during the show.

Peavey NAMM artist schedule:

Friday, January 16:

* 11:00 a.m. – Rudy Sarzo (DIO, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) autographs
* 12:00 p.m. – Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) autographs
* 1:00 p.m. – Joe Satriani press conference, middle of booth
* 1:00 p.m. – Alex Skolnick and Greg Christian (TESTAMENT) autographs, rear of booth
* 3:00 p.m. – BLACK STONE CHERRY autographs
* 3:00 p.m. – Shagrath (DIMMU BORGIR, CHROME DIVISION) autographs, rear of booth

Saturday, January 17:

* 11:00 a.m. – David Ellefson (F5), Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Rudy Sarzo autographs
* 1:15 p.m. – Joe Satriani autographs
* 3:00 p.m. – Flynnville Station autographs, rear of booth
* 4:00 p.m. – Gary Rossington (LYNYRD SKYNYRD) autographs

Schedule subject to change; please visit exhibit to confirm dates and times

CLICK HERE to buy Devin Townsend albums on Amazon.com.

CLICK HERE to see Peavey JSX items on eBay.

NAMM 2009: New Kerry King B.C. Rich

For those into the growlier side of axemanship, check out the new 2009 Kerry King Beast V model from B.C. Rich.

The Beast V combines the Beast and Speed V body shapes (kinda like the Gibson Zakk Wylde ZV, which combines the back of a V and the front of an SG. For more information, see Dean Splittail).

The Beast V NT have neck-through construction, active B.C. Rich pickups and a Khaler Tremolo. The standard Beast V will have a string-through/tune-o-matic bridge setup and B.C. Rich B.D.S.M. humbuckers.

I met Kerry about 7 years ago at a CD launch party for Machine Head, who were supporting Slayer on an Australian tour. Once upon a time I was way into Slayer, so I marched over to him and said “Hey man, it’s so cool to meet you, I used to play ‘Dead Skin Mask’ in my high school band.” He looked me up and down and said “Yeah, but I bet you didn’t play it right.” What? Here I am meeting a dude I rocked out to big-time when I was 15, and he was cussing me out? I shot back “Dude, I could show you how to play it right.” I immediately realised the folly of what I’d done: though he’s shorter than me, he’s shorter in the way that a pitbull is shorter than a standard poodle. As the terrible reality started to sink in (preceding in short order, I was sure, the sinking of Kerry King’s fist into my temple), I quickly changed the subject, telling him I was excited about the following night’s Slayer/Machine Head gig because I’d never had the chance to see Slayer before, as I grew up in a small town a million miles away from anywhere they’d ever played. He said this was no excuse. At this point I bade him farewell and shuffled off to chat with some dudes who ran a metal show on public radio – while keeping one eye on Kerry King, lest he send his Slayer-fan minions to pummel me in the parking lot.

(In the interests of correct linkage and good manners, which do matter very much according to Kenneth Graeme in Wind In The Willows, I read about the new guitars on Blabbermouth but they got the news from Gearwire.)