Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar signature model!

Whoa! MusicRadar and Total Guitar have a heck of a scoop: Fender is releasing a Kurt Cobain signature Jaguar to commemorate 20 years since the release of Nevermind. The guitar is just like the 1965 Jag that Kurt used, and is authentically tricked out with DiMarzio PAF and Super Distortion humbuckers, a second volume control, black three-position toggle switch and a chrome Gotoh bridge. It has a Strat-sized headstock and a non-period-correct ‘spaghetti’ logo. It’ll be available in both lefty and righty models.

Check out Music Radar for more info, and look for the full story in issue 220 of Total Guitar magazine, out on October 3. I know, I know, October 3 is still over a month away. Put a reminder in your phone!

New Fender US-made acoustic!

Wow, this is neat. Fender has announced its first USA-made acoustic guitar since the 90s, limited to 30 pieces.

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Fender Introduces All-New Limited Edition U.S.-Made Acoustic Guitars

Fender proudly introduces all-new, limited edition acoustic products for 2011. With nine different models to choose from, the new additions to the Fender acoustic family promise to deliver cosmetic elegance and full, high-quality tone at an exceptional value.
The new models boast the USA Select 1, Fender’s first acoustic guitar made in the United States since the ´90s. With only 30 pieces being released worldwide, this dreadnought masterpiece oozes with style with its spruce top, flame maple back and sides, forward shifted X bracing, elegant gold hardware and a Fishman® Sonitone pickup system. This limited model is loaded with a nice classic, punchy and woodsy tone and is rare to come by.
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Rush signs to Roadrunner Records

Oh cool! Maybe the extra push Roadrunner will give the band will increase my chances of ever seeing Rush live here in Australia. Bring it on!

And y’know what this means? Rush and Dream Theater are now labelmates!

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Roadrunner Records has announced a new worldwide partnership with Anthem Records and rock trio Rush. The band will remain on Anthem/Universal Music in Canada only.

“We have tremendous respect for Roadrunner Records and what Cees Wessels and Jonas Nachsin have built on a worldwide level. After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky presented a deal that worked and the timing was right. We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre — and that’s Roadrunner,” said Ray Danniels, manager of Rush.

“In another life I worked with Rush and their great management team more than 30 years ago and to have Rush finally on the Roadrunner label is a dream come true. I am grateful for Ray Danniels’ confidence in this new partnership,” said Cees Wessels, Roadrunner Records Chairman.

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