NAMM 2009: Daisy Rock Bangles guitars

I’m not ashamed to say that when I was about 9, I thought the Bangles were great. I mean c’mon, look at Susannah Hoffs. The Bangles have teamed up with Daisy Rock Girl Guitars to offer a pair of new guitars (an acoustic and an electric). 

Press release:
Long time Daisy Rock supporters and one of the most legendary all-female groups The Bangles stopped by the Daisy Rock Girl Guitars Booth on Friday January 16th, 2009 to perform a few songs and debut Daisy Rock’s latest high-end acoustic: the Wildwood Artist Deluxe Acoustic/Electric Guitar. Attendees of the event had the opportunity to see Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, and Vicki Peterson perform select songs such as “Manic Monday” and “Rain Song” at the Daisy Rock Girl Guitars product demo stage at the 2009 NAMM Show.

Daisy Rock endorsee Vicki Peterson took the time the showcase her band’s own inspired guitar, The Bangles Signature Model, as well as debut the new sound of Daisy Rock’s newest high-end acoustic, the Wildwood Artist Deluxe Acoustic/Electric, to a crowd of onlookers. Available in Royal Purple Burst, Atomic Pink, and Sunset Burst, the Wildwood Artist Deluxe has a solid spruce top for better tone, Fishman electronics, and is lightweight with a slim & narrow neck profile, designed with the female form in mind.

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NAMM 2009: Sparrow Von Drat

Despite my well-known geekiness for pointy shred axes and stuff, I’m not shy about admitting I love old-school axes with that Made In Japan, pawnshop-prize charm, and this is one of the charmiest I’ve seen in recent times. Sometimes you’ve just gotta put down that sleek Ibanez RG and pick up something that looks like it was drawn for a cartoon. Especially if it’s avocado green.

Man, now I want Mexican food.
Press release:

Sparrow Guitars is proud to have introduced the Von Drat surf guitar at the 2009 NAMM Show. The Von Drat is the newest addition to Sparrow’s family of retro guitars which includes the Big Daddy, Primitive, Rat Rod and Twangmaster models. The Von Drat debuted at the 2009 NAMM Show Hall D Booth #3394 in Anaheim, California from January 15-18th 2009 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Von Drat joins Sparrow’s Rat Rod and Twangmaster as available in the premium “Continental” line. Made in Vancouver, BC Canada, the Von Drat surf guitar features Burns Tri-Sonic pickups, Grover tuners, bone nut and Wilkinson tremolo. With an alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, the Von Drat is a 21-fret, 12″ radius, 25½” scale length guitar with the volume and tone top-hat knobs and three-way selector switch located at the lower bout for versatility and playability. The Von Drat is currently available in Tudor Black and Avocado Green, with custom pickguard.

The guitar is the namesake of Toronto, Canada-based surf outfit The Von Drats. The Von Drats were hired by Sparrow Guitars to play an event as part of the 2008 MIAC Show in Toronto, Canada and became instant favourites of Sparrow staff. From that meeting, Sparrow President Billy Bones began planning and designing what would become Sparrow’s Von Drat guitar.

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NEWS: Tech 21 creates Private Stock division

Has anyone else noticed the growing trend for gear designers to become mini-celebrities? When I was a kid I remember being aware of only a few names: James Brown at Peavey, Ritchie Fliegler at Marshall (and later Fender); Steve Blucher at Dimarzio. Now it seems we’re so much more aware of the designers who make us sound great. Andrew Barta’s Tech 21 has been making guitarists sound awesome for years with his preamps and stompboxes, and now he’s offering a Private Stock division.

Here’s the press release.

Andrew Barta started Tech 21 with a product he originally designed for his own personal use, the highly-acclaimed SansAmp. Being a constant tinkerer, there are times he is inspired to build creations for his own enjoyment that are outside the realm of being mass produced and commercially viable.With the encouragement from a select few who have witnessed some of these products, Andrew has decid- ed to open the door to his Private Stock.

The Tech 21 Private Stock division will offer a diverse range of products, the first of which is the Vacuum Tube Bass Pre-Amp Head. Each product will be custom-designed by Andrew, hand-built, tested and tweaked at their factory in the United States, and available directly for purchase on a per order basis.

Interested parties for these unique and limited products should check the Tech 21 website periodically for updates.

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