A lot of people want to know what the deal is with the new Marshall Joe Satriani signature amp. It wasn’t unveiled at NAMM like many had hoped, and there’s no release date yet, at least not that I’ve seen anywhere. Well let the Tone King give you the answer!
Finally, the Parker 7-string that I always thought should exist, does exist. Parker unveiled this beauty at NAMM, and in person it looked like a pretty well-hewn axe. The particular natural tone and attack of the Parker Fly is something I’ve always thought would translate particularly well to seven strings. Of course, at RRP $5,999 USD it won’t be cheap…
It has a mahogany body reinforced with carbon fiber glass epoxy with a Parker 7 string bridge, a Seymour-Duncan Distortion SH6N pickup in the neck position and a Seymour-Duncan Distortion TB6 in the bridge position. Oh and there are Ghost piezo saddles with a MIDI preamp. Available in dusty black, galaxy grey, and metallic red, all in gloss finish.
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 Ultra Cure 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.