NAMM 2010: Seymour Duncan YJM FURY – Yngwie Malmsteen signature pickups

Remember a few months ago when Yngwie Malmsteen abruptly left DiMarzio? Well check this out. While it’s gonna be hard to adjust to Yngwie no longer being a DiMarzio guy, I find it endearingly hilarious that not only is the pickup called the FURY, but Yngwie’s such a force of nature that they seem to be going with an official all-caps spelling of FURY.

Yngwie Malmsteen and Seymour Duncan create a brand new signature model pick up YJM FURY.

Yngwie Malmsteen will also be attending the Namm show. You lucky fans will get a chance to meet the guitar legend up close and personal..

Come meet Yngwie Malmsteen in person at the Seymour Duncan and at the Fender Guitar Booths:
Meet Yngwie Sat Jan 16th…
Fender Guitars Booth 4:00 PM Saturday, Booth 304 A 3rd Floor
Seymour Duncan Booth 5:00 PM on Saturday, Booth #4358 in Hall C.
When Yngwie J. Malmsteen set out on a quest to bring his tone to a higher level, he turned to Seymour Duncan. The result of hundreds of hours of intense tone pursuit is the YJM Fury: only available from Seymour Duncan.

Hum-canceling single-coil-sized pickup based on our original Stack® pickup design. Recommended for rock, neo-classical, shred, hard rock, power metal, and heavy metal.

The bridge pickup is aggressive and handles Yngwie’s hard-hitting chordal onslaught. The neck pickup balances Yngwie’s fluid left hand technique with his broad mix of right hand pick attack for a tone that’s sweet and fluid, but with great articulation and responsiveness to dynamics.

Complete setup
The YJM series includes a dedicated bridge pickup and a separate neck/middle pickup. Pickups can be purchased individually, in a three-pickup set, or in a pre-wired pickguard ready to drop into your Strat guitar with an 11-screw hole “USA” pattern. The loaded pickguard includes a “no lube” volume potentiometer that meets Yngwie’s demands for a very fast and responsive pot.

The YJM Fury will directly retrofit most single-coil equipped guitars. Though originally designed for a Fender® Strat with a scalloped maple fingerboard, the YJM Fury will work well with any bolt-on guitar that utilizes traditional single-coil-size Strat pickups. The YJM Fury is the same pickup that Fender installs in their YJM Strat guitars.

Available Mods
Available in off-white, white or black.

Yngwie J. Malmsteen

NAMM 2010: 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass

So who’s a sucker for a good Jazz Bass? I know I am. The only thing cooler than a Jazz Bass is a Jazz Bass with the big ‘ol bridge cover and block inlays. Well thanks a lot, Fender: you just made saving up for my next trip to the US so much more difficult by announcing the 50th Anniversary Jazz bass.


The Fender Jazz Bass guitar was first delivered to the world in 1960. If the Precision Bass® was a muscle car, the new Jazz bass was a sports car, and it proved incredibly popular with bassists of all styles worldwide.

Although remarkably unchanged since its introduction half a century ago, the Jazz Bass did see a very gradual succession of subtle design refinements over the course of the past five decades. Accordingly, our limited edition 50th anniversary Jazz Bass is a truly distinctive instrument in that it boasts design touches from several periods in Jazz Bass history, including ’60s-era lacquer finish, headstock logo, chrome bridge and pickup covers; ’70s-era thumb rest and bridge pickup positioning; and modern-era high-mass bridge and graphite neck support rods.

Comes in a deluxe black hardshell case containing cable, strap, polishing cloth and collectible 50th Anniversary Jazz Bass brochure.

NEWS: Elvis Costello and the 65amps Lil Elvis

Here’s some cool news from 65amps. I’ve always enjoyed the guitar playing of Elvis Costello (yes, I do like stuff that isn’t shred), and his recommendation is certainly more than enough to get me excited about this amp. Gots to check it out a NAMM!

Elvis Digs Elvis

North Hollywood, CA, January 11, 2010 – Legendary, eclectic rocker Elvis Costello has found the perfect guitar amplifier in the eponymous Lil Elvis from boutique amp crafters 65amps. Costello, who is perhaps best known for hits like “My Aim is True,” “Everyday I Write the Book,” and “Alison,” currently hosts a hit show for the Sundance Channel, entitled Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… There you’ll find him talking and performing with some of the biggest names in music, including Bono and The Edge, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow and more. He’ll be touring throughout 2010 in support of his newest release, Secrets, Profane & Sugarcane, and has found the low Watt, but toneful and versatile 65amps Lil Elvis to be the perfect complement to his spartan style.

Elvis shares, “65amps [Lil Elvis] is now my main stage amp. I don’t play a lot of notes, so the sound has got to count. Whether I’m using my original Jazzmaster, my ‘52 Tele or overdriving the amp with a super evil, Super 400 from 1970s, the “65” delivers the sound I expect and hope to hear, regardless of whatever my fingers are doing. It’s a real boon, since I discovered my ‘54 Tweed Fender Deluxe doesn’t travel as well as a singer of the same vintage.”

The compact but authoritative, handwired Lil Elvis perfectly suits any musician who desires inspired tone in a portable form. Rooted in some lost designs from the early ‘60s best amp designer, the Lil Elvis is based on a 2xEL84 power section, 12AX7 front end and a clean output of 12 Watts. The feel is surprisingly huge and visceral. Lil Elvis also features 65amps’ proprietary Master Voltage power technology, which keeps the entire vocabulary, authority, and response down to 2 or 3 Watts, making Lil Elvis an outstanding recording, small club or large stage amp, especially when in-ear monitors are required. The Lil Elvis is available in both a 1×12 combo or a head with matching 1×12 cabinet. Other features include a passive FX loop, 2 speaker outs, a unique tremolo and tone for days…

65amps was conceived in 2004 when partners Dan Boul and guitarist Peter Stroud created a custom amp for Peter to use on stage with Sheryl Crow. Today 65amps’ range of guitar and bass amplifiers delivers surprising power at low volume, amazingly versatile tone and meticulous, road-worthy craftsmanship. You’ll find 65amps on stage and in the studio with a wide variety of players including Richie Sambora, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, and Peter Frampton, just to name a few.


NAMM 2010: Reverend Reeves Gabrels signature

When I was 16 probably my greatest guitar hero was… actually it was Steve Vai. But my second-greatest was the unfathomably incredible Reeves Gabrels. I fell in love with Reeves’ playing on David Bowie’s 1.Outside album – check out his amazing Fripp-on-shrooms solo in ‘A Small Plot of Land.’ I was also blown away by his playing on Tin Machine II, especially the snaky melodies of ‘Shopping For Girls.’

Reeves has used many different guitars throughout his career, including Steinberger and Parker models, but now he’s working with Reverend. Here’s the press release about this new sig. I’ll make sure to check it out in person at NAMM in a couple of days

Reeves Gabrels to Unveil new Reverend Signature Guitar at NAMM
January 11, 2010

David Bowie/Tin Machine/solo guitar legend Reeves Gabrels will be appearing at the Reverend booth to unveil his new signature electric guitar. Gabrels will also be performing in the Allstar Guitar Night Concert on Saturday night. Visit the Reverend booth for concert details.

The new guitar fulfills Reeve’s desire for a guitar that can cover everything from high-gain shred to avant garde rock to heavy blues. The uncovered Reverend bridge humbucker and Dimarzio Fast Track 1 neck pickup deliver clarity with power, and the push-pull phase switch adds unique tone options. Other key features include a solid korina body, flame maple top, 25.5″ bolt-on maple neck, Pin-Lock tuners, and Bass Contour control. Available in Trans Red, or Trans Black. List: $1199, Street $999.

Visit the Reverend booth (#1372) for appearance schedule.

LINK: Reverend Guitars