Check this out from the Fender Custom Shop! Select Alder body, tinted maple neck, rosewood fretboard, large “C” neck shape, 9.5″ Radius, 6105 frets, 1960 Strat pickups, 5-way switch and of course colour matched headstock. MSRP $4,600 USD. Wow.
I first wrote about this a few weeks ago but I just got to check it out in person. Dean Dimebag ‘Concrete Sledge’ ML based on the guitar that Dime tuned to Drop D and used to play, you guessed it! Dime’s original had a Washburn neck on a Dean body, with a custom graphic finish covering the whole body. The new Dean version has the finish on the front and back, but not wrapping around the sides like the real deal. They’ve also changed the headstock shape. How do I know?
Cos they had Dime’s actual guitar there. See?
Oh and to the NAMM attendee next to me who saw it and said “Oooh look! A guitar with a KISS sticker on it,” you’re fired from metal.
One thing that really, really stood out to me at NAMM this year was the prevalence of Sea Foam Green. It’s not quite blue, it’s not quite green, but it’s definitely cool this year. Hell, Steve Vai seems to like this shade so much that it features on his new signature Ibanez Jem70V Premium model and his new Carvin Legacy III amplifier. See?
One of my favourite sights at NAMM this year was the sight of the wall of Line 6 amps. Something about the particular colours they’ve chosen and the overall shapes of the cabinets and heads feels very comfortable and homey to me. And seeing a wall of them kicked me into ‘wall of amps on an arena stage’ daydream mode. Couldn’t you just imagine ripping out some blues licks on one of these? This series is the latest evolution of the relationship between Line 6 and legendary amp man Reinhold Bogner.
Line 6 DT25™ Guitar Amplifiers Combine Boutique Tube Design with HD Modeling
–New more portable and affordable family of tube amps from Line 6 and tube-amp legend Reinhold Bogner combine reconfigurable analog components and HD modeling technology to deliver boutique tone, feel and touch response, and multiple amplifier voicings–
ANAHEIM, Calif. – January 19, 2012 – Line 6 (room 212A/B) is showing the DT25 family of amplifiers at Winter NAMM 2012. The portable, new 25W/10W tube amps, which include DT25 112 Combo, DT25 Head, and DT25 112 Extension Cab, deliver boutique sound and performance via a uniquely versatile design by renowned amp designer Reinhold Bogner and advanced HD modeling technology from Line 6.
“DT25 is like four boutique tube amps in one,” remarked Elliot Chenault, Line 6 Product Manager. “Bogner’s innovative design applies reconfigurable analog components to provide incredible sonic flexibility and the rich tone, feel and touch response his amps are known for.”
The Cure’s Robert Smith has long been known as one of the most visible proponents of the six string bass. Or the baritone guitar. Or whatever you want to call it. Of course, back in the day Smith used a Fender Bass VI to achieve the distinctive low end warmth of certain Cure tracks, but today he gets those sweet, sweet low sounds courtesy of a Schecter signature model. Smith has been playing his regular UltraCure guitar for years. But now there’s this:
Check it out. Grover Rotormatic tuners with an improved higher 18:1 ratio gearing. Mahogany body. Maple fretboard. Seymour Duncan SJAG-1 pickups. Three-piece mahogany neck with carbon fiber rods for reinforcement. TonePros bridge system with custom brass saddles. Stars and moons inlays. 24 Jumbo frets. 30″ scale length. Want!
Check this out! Bryan Beller, solo artist, member of The Aristocrats, Dethklok and low-end overlord for Mike Keneally and Steve Vai gets his own signature model from Mike Lull Custom Guitars. It has a AAAAA flamed maple top, asymmetrical neck carve, diamond control layout, signature card, and utterly spectacular! More info here. That’s it above, of course, but coffee not included.
Yngwie gets a pair of acoustics via Ovation at NAMM this year. YM68 (steel string) and YM63 (nylon string) feature a solid chambered Mahogany body, five-piece mahogany and maple necks, and preamp circuitry specially designed to deliver natural acoustic tone with absolutely no feedback – even at Yngwie volumes. And because this is Yngwie, the steel string Viper has a hand scalloped fingerboard.
They’re available in White or Rosso Corsa Red (which is the colour of one of – ONE of – Yngwie’s favourite Ferraris).
They’re not cheap: US RRG is $3149. Pics from NAMM below!
2013 Update: A new ‘Lightning Storm’ version was released at Winter NAMM 2013. Check it out!
Yesterday Vivian Campbell stopped by for a signing to launch his Buddy Blaze Shredder VC 25th Anniversary model, based on the Shredder he used in his Whitesnake days. That’s the original on top in the pic above, and the new version below. Only 25 will be made, with Seymour Duncan pickups including a Full Shred humbucker which will be signed by Seymour Duncan himself. A Titanium Floyd Rose is an option. Buddy’s about to relaunch his website but you can hit up his social media links for more info or to get your hands on one.
PRS continues to go from strength to strength with their SE line. The quality of these babies just keeps going up and up, and the variety and creativity of the sig models is pretty impressive too.
Opeth’s Fredrik Åkesson joins bandmade Mikael Akerfelt as an SE artist with this classy little number (Pics below). Single extra-deep cutaway for better upper fret access, maple top with quilted maple veneer and thick mahogany back, 24.5” scale length, 22 fret wide fat mahogany neck with ebony fretboard and PRS bird inlays, and TonePros adjustable stoptail bridge. As per Åkesson’s request the controls are flipped around with the treble pickup controls in front of the bass pickup controls. Makes sense to me, dude.
Check out the Randall Headhunter amp by George Lynch. George has been doing his Mr Scary customisation to guitars for a while now and he has just branched out into amps. These aren’t going to be cheap, but each one will be unique and each one will be super-cool. Nice huh? Couldn’t seem to find spec info but I’ll look around on Sunday!
Okay, so the other day I posted some pics of a pair of Charvel 7-strings at NAMM, and a lot of people want to know more about them. Here’s the score.
These two (and another one you can see above) are Charvel Custom Shop one-offs for the NAMM show. They’re not for sale. While I was checking them out, a Charvel fan tried very very hard to convince the Charvel guys to let him buy one but they wouldn’t bite. There are no current plans to make a production version of these, and if you would like to order one from the Custom Shop you are very welcome to do so, however the waiting list is currently at about two years.
So here are some more pics of the two I originally posted about:
Awww. Look at the little Carvin Legacy III. Well, when I say little, I only mean in size, because this is a 100 watt amp. Or a 50 watt amp. Or a 15 watt amp. And it has EL34 power tubes! It’s a three-channel, rack mountable amp with foot switchable boost, and it’s available in optional Vai green which seems to match Steve’s new Sea Foam Green Ibanez Jem. Here’s some info from Carvin:
Carvin and legendary guitar virtuoso Steve Vai are proud to introduce the new Legacy 3 Series Amplifiers. This 100W all-tube 3-channel amp is the result of countless hours of design and development by Carvin engineers, working closely with Steve Vai, to develop the sound Steve demands and any guitarist can appreciate. The Legacy 3′s circuitry combines the best elements of the Legacy I and Legacy II, in a compact chassis. Channel 1 & 2 are the same as the original channel 1 & channel 2 circuitry found on the Legacy I. Channel 3 is a 2nd lead channel with a high gain switch. Features of the Legacy 3 include a master volume control, which controls the volume of all 3 channels without affecting preamp gain settings; a variable, footswitch controlled master boost; variable, channel-assignable reverb; and internal LED lighting which can have different colors assigned to each channel, MIDI in/through compatible with standard MIDI controllers, effect loop, bias and impedance switches, and much more.