Gretsch Tim Armstrong Electromatic models

PRESS RELEASE
GRETSCH® RELEASES ALL-NEW TIM ARMSTRONG ELECTROMATIC® SIGNATURE MODELS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Aug. 21, 2012) – Gretsch is proud to honor Rancid founder Tim Armstrong with the release of two new signature models, the G5191MS Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollow Body, and the G5191TMS Tim Armstrong Electromatic Hollow Body with Bigsby® tremolo tailpiece. Both models bear the personal stamp of the punk godfather, as well as a new color inspired by Armstrong’s personal specifications, Man Salmon.

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New Fender American Vintage Series guitars!

One of my favourite guitars in my personal collection is my Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster Reissue, a real workhorse of a guitar which does an incredible job of capturing the vibe of a’62 Strat. It’s a very soulful axe with plenty of personality. And as a fan of 60s Strats in general and the fatter logo in particular, I’m super-stoked that Fender has beefed up the American Vintage Series offering with a bunch of all-new models, including a ’65 Stratocaster with the very logo that sends me into conniptions. One of these in sunburst is now riding very high on my wish list.
Here’s the press release and plenty of pics.

Last Chance to Enter the AmpKit “Setup Smackdown” Contest

Quick! Post your AmpKit Setups for a chance to win gear from Ashdown, Sonic Edge and Peavey! This is your last week to enter the AmpKit “Setup Smackdown” contest, so get ‘em in now! AmpKit users can submit their setups until August 23, 2012 in three categories and have a chance to win real, physical guitar and bass gear.
The categories include:
Best Clean / Acoustic Setup (prize: Sonic Edge Tumbleweed compressor and clean boost pedal)
Best High Gain Setup (prize: Peavey AT-200 autotuning guitar)
Best Bass Setup (prize: Ashdown MiBass 220 compact bass amp head).
Find out more about the Setup Smackdown contest at http://ampkitapp.com/contest/

REVIEW: DiMarzio Gravity Storm Steve Vai humbuckers


Steve Vai has used various signature DiMarzio pickups over the years: the Evolution, the Breed, the Blaze, Evolution 7 and Evolution 2 (as well as the set made exclusively for the transparent acrylic 20th Anniversary Jem). And his pickups have something in common with his music: they all seem to be designed to explore and address a specific sonic question. The Evolution is bright, middy and somewhat hyper, for instance, while the Breed is warmer and more vintage. Steve’s new Gravity Storm set comes from a different place to the Evo, Blaze or Breed. Read More …