MUSIKMESSE 2011: New Yamaha Pacificas

Check out this very, very shredworthy new Yamaha Pacifica 510V – rocking a special Seymour Duncan P-Rails too! Scroll down to the end of the post for a video of the guitar. The Pacifica is a real rock workhorse – can you believe they’ve been around for 17 years now?


When Yamaha introduced the first Pacifica models in 1994 it brought high quality, high performance no-compromise instruments within reach of many thousands of discerning guitarists on a budget. These highly affordable instruments were characterised by high-quality hardware and a superb solid wood body.

Since that time Yamaha has gone on to introduce a wide range of Pacifica variations many of which have since received international awards and as a result of this relentless pursuit of quality the Pacifica is one of the world’s most popular guitar brands.

The Pacifica story continues to evolve and innovate with the introduction of four new models at this years’ Frankfurt Musikmesse – The Pacifica 611HFM, 510V, 311H and 120H.

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MUSIKMESSE 2011: Ampeg GVT guitar amps

Remember those cool Ampeg Lee Jackson amps back in the day, which Zakk Wylde and Paul Gilbert played, and which came with an actual ignition key for turning them on? Those were badass. Well Ampeg is back in the guitar game now with the GVT series. Check it out!


Ampeg Brings All-Tube Tone to Guitarists With New GVT™ Series Amps

Wed, 06 Apr 2011

Ampeg today re-enters the world of premium guitar amplification with the announcement of the GVT series guitar amps, due out this summer. Each head, cab and combo offers all-tube guitar tone in a sleek design inspired by classic Ampeg guitar amps from the ‘70s.

The comprehensive line of Ampeg GVT Guitar Amps range from an ultra-compact 5-watt head, all the way up to a gig-friendly 50-watt, 2×12 combo. GVT heads and combos are all-tube by design, including 6V6 and 6L6 power tubes for unmistakable American feel and tone.

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MUSIKMESSE 2011: Three new Ibanez X Series models

Check these out! It’s about time Ibanez came out with some more cool shapes to complement the awesome Xiphos. These new axes – the Halberd, Falchion and Glaive, all feature Ibanez’s CAP Active LZ10 humbuckers.

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The HALBERD’s body design is inspired by the flow curves. Not only beautifully lined, the body is also functional. It offers easy access to high frets, a sleek, body-fitting back contour, and great balance, all which lead to excellent playing comfort. The original CAP active pickups in both neck and bridge positions create massive, full-bodied tone. The headstock design is based on the legendary Ibanez Iceman with an additional cut to sharpen it up. Among all the X-series models, the HALBERD is suited to a broad range of music due to its appearance and hard-tail bridge/tailpiece. Available colors are “LUNA SHADOW (LSH)” and “MARS SHADOW (MSH)”, which highlight the beautiful contrast between the body outline and contour.

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NEWS: King Of The Blues search kicks off

I’d love to know if any I Heart Guitar readers enter the King Of The Blues search this year!



World’s Largest Guitar Competition to feature a performance by Grammy Award-Winning Guitarist Warren Haynes at Competition’s Finals + Offers Career-Altering Prize Package Including $25,000 Cash, Gear, Endorsements and Studio Time

Westlake Village, CA, April 5, 2011 – Continuing its support of aspiring artists, Guitar Center ( the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, today launched its fifth-annual King of the Blues (, the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. Starting today, guitarists can sign-up at any of Guitar Center’s 216 stores across the country for the chance to compete for over $50,000 in prizes including studio time with Grammy Award-winning producer Pete Anderson. Five finalists will perform for a panel of celebrity judges at the King of the Blues finals at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, playing alongside guitar titan Warren Haynes.

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