NAMM 2009: Airline ’59 Custom Series

Whatever one’s opinion on Jack White, it can’t be denied that the popularity of The White Stripes a few years ago worked wonders in prompting Eastwood to revive Airline guitars (and for the record I dug White Stripes, so don’t mistake my flippancy for cynicism). After several years and a lot of great reviews, they’re zeroing in even closer to the ultimate modern Airline reissue.

Press release time:

Eastwood Guitars debuted their new AIRLINE® ’59 Custom Series guitars to rave reviews at NAMM 2009 earlier this month. The Airline ’59 Custom 2P and 3P are the first guitars in the new Airline Custom Series and have elevated the quality reputation of Eastwood Guitars to a whole new level.

The ’59 Custom guitars deliver many new features to the AIRLINE brand. These guitars feature a unique rubber binding which surrounds the entire body, and replicates the esthetics of the original Airline Res-O-Glas guitars. Additional cosmetic details include a striped pickguard, aluminum tone switch plate and available NOS Valco knobs. Both the ’59 Custom 2P and the ’59 Custom 3P guitars are fitted with the high output Airline Vintage Voiced Single Coil pickups. These models ship in the new Vintage Style Deluxe form-fit AIRLINE hardshell case with steel plate logo.

“It has been five years since I asked our engineering team for that rubber binding”, stated Mike Robinson, President of Eastwood Guitars, “and I can say it was definitely worth the wait. Over the past six years, our AIRLINE series has built a great reputation for playability and tone, but now we are setting a new standard in guitar esthetics with the new ’59 Custom Series”.

The Airline ’59 Custom 2P is available in red and the Airline ’59 Custom 3P comes equipped with a BIGSBY tremolo and is available in black or seafoam green. Both new models are in stock now and are shipping worldwide.

For more information, visit their web site at http://www.eastwoodguitars.com/.

NEWS: Buy Josh Pyke’s guitar boat!

When is a dreadnaught not a dreadnaught? When it’s Australian singer/guitarist Josh Pyke’s guitar boat. Remember it from a few months back? Well now the bragging rights of the luxirious SS Maton are up for grabs, with the vehicle to be auctioned off in support of the Indigenous Literacy Project.

CLICK HERE to see or bid for the boat, and scroll down to see the video.

Here’s the press release from Pyke’s record company.

JOSH PYKE TO AUCTION HIS GUITAR BOAT FOR CHARITY

Josh Pyke’s headline-grabbing guitar boat will be auctioned on eBay next month with the majority of proceeds going to an event Josh is launching in support of the Indigenous Literacy Project.

The extraordinary vessel was created for the music video for Josh’s single ‘Make You Happy’, which saw Josh cruise around Sydney Harbour in the custom-made SS Maton. The clip was the #1 featured video on YouTube worldwide, and created waves across the globe. During filming, images of the guitar boat made their way into international newspapers and spread rapidly across the internet, with praise for the guitar boat flowing from all corners of the world.

Josh Pyke’s headline-grabbing guitar boat will be auctioned on eBay next month with the majority of proceeds going to an event Josh is launching in support of the Indigenous Literacy Project.

The extraordinary vessel was created for the music video for Josh’s single ‘Make You Happy’, which saw Josh cruise around Sydney Harbour in the custom-made SS Maton. The clip was the #1 featured video on YouTube worldwide, and created waves across the globe. During filming, images of the guitar boat made their way into international newspapers and spread rapidly across the internet, with praise for the guitar boat flowing from all corners of the world.

“Seeing the guitar boat clip spread around the world has been one of the highlights of releasing this album so far,” says Josh. “I love the idea that its charm will now go towards helping something I’m passionate about. Later this year I’ll be launching an event called ‘Busking For Change’ in conjunction with the Indigenous Literacy Project, and the sale of the guitar boat will help to fund this.”

More information will be available on ‘Busking For Change’ in the coming months, but please head to worldwithoutbooks.org for more information on the Indigenous Literacy Project.

The guitar boat auction will go live on February 2, 2009 and end on Friday, February 12, 2009 the day that Josh kicks off his national ‘Chimney’s Afire’ album tour in Fremantle, WA. The album, Josh’s second, hit the charts at a phenomenal #3 (#1 on the Australian chart) and has been a favourite with critics and fans alike.

For your chance to own your very own guitar boat (there isn’t another like it!), head here. Become a member of ivyleague.com.au to be sent an alert when the auction goes LIVE on February 2.

And if you’d like to see the guitar boat in the flesh before it sets sail for a new home, the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney, will have it on display for the duration of the auction and following week. Head on down to see a piece of Australian music history!

DOUBLE NECK GUITAR WEEK – Day 2: Ernie Ball Silhouette 6/12

Check this out. This sweet custom doubleneck guitar originally designed exclusively for Steuart Smith of the Eagles, but now it’s being made available to players everywhere.

The Silhouette 6/12 doubleneck features a 6-string guitar on top with a 12-string guitar below. DiMarzio custom pickups, 3-way switching top and bottom, alder body and 24 frets.

This is almost as cool as Eddie Van Halen’s EBMM double necks with the six string bass on top and regular guitar on the bottom.

CLICK HERE for more!

DOUBLE NECK GUITAR WEEK – Day 1: "That Jimmy Page one."

Wow, February crept up quick. After last month’s trial of Sparkly Guitar Week, my new theme weeks find their permanent home here, at the first week of each month.

At the risk of being a bit predictable (and also to get it out of the way early), the first double neck guitar is the Gibson EDS-1275, forever to be known informally as the Jimmy Page model. 12 string on top, 6 string on the bottom, and a whole lotta love in between. If by love you mean mahogany.

When I was a kid, a local music store had an Ibanez copy of this model. I used to stare at it for what felt like hours but never plucked up the courage to ask to play it. Add that to my list of guitars I’ll treat myself to if I ever get insanely rich.

CLICK HERE to buy the Gibson EDS-1275 from Music123
or CLICK HERE to buy the Epiphone version.

Random awesome double necks on eBay:

1979 Ibanez ST1300

CLICK HERE to see other double neck guitars on eBay.

NEWS: Mr. Big 20th anniversary reunion!

So I was just sitting around trying out my new iPhone, and I tested out the Google Reader. The very first heading I saw was Mr. Big Confirms 20th Anniversary Reunion, Plans To Tour Japan over at the Random Chatter Music blog.

Click the link for the full story, but here’s a little excerpt:

Feb. 1, 2009: It is the 20th anniversary of Mr. Big’s debut release (and also the 20th anniversary of Paul Gilbert’s first PGM signature guitar, the PGM 100). What better way to celebrate this then to re-form and then tour Japan, the beloved home-away-from-home of Mr. Big for many years? It will be exciting!

HMS interview, Jan. 31, 2009
Verbatim transcript follows:

“Hello listeners of Kosa Kai, Burrrn presents Heavy Metal Syndicate. Kosa Kai, who was there at the very beginning for Mr. Big, and we’re so happy to have a friend like him in Japan. And we’re very happy, and thankful, to have all of you, as our friends. So, Mr. Big’s coming back soon to play for you, we’re excited to see you all, Kosa Kai, domo arigato, for 20 great years, my brother. Take care, see ya soon, This is Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big, over and out.”

The article continues with similar statements from the other members of Mr Big.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. I love Mr. Big (there, I said it), but I really hope this will just be a one-off Japanese tour or something. I’d much rather hear Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan continue with their own music.

CLICK HERE to buy Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson’s ‘United States’ from CDJapan.co.jp

CLICK HERE to buy Billy Sheehan’s ‘Holy Cow’ from CDJapan.co.jp