COOL GEAR ALERT: Ibanez KIKO Signature

KIKO100_RRB_00_01_CU_Body_TopNow this is cool. Available in made-in-Japan (KIKO100) and Premium (KIKO10P) versions, Ibanez presents a pair of Kiko Loureiro signature models. Each features a unique scoop cutaway at the back of the body on the treble side, original Edge (KIKO100) or Edge-Zero II (KIKO10P) tremolos, Alder bodies with flamed Maple tops, recessed control knobs, tilt-in jacks, and DiMarzio KIKO original pickups. According to the description, “Kiko plays a wide range of music, from metal to jazz fusion, and the pickups were designed to reflect this range of sound. The neck and bridge pickups both humbuckers have medium output and a balanced sound in terms of frequency response. The single-coil middle pickup is more powerful and warmer-sounding than a typical vintage single-coil, in order to balance well with the neck and bridge pickups.” More info here. Read More …

Two New Perri Ink Custom Guitar Models

C&M_both_2Nick Perri’s PERRI INK. Custom Guitars company has done the seemingly impossible: burst out of the gate with a really clear, defined style which they’ve been able to successfully imprint upon everything they do, no matter what style of guitar they apply it to. In other words, in almost no time at all PERRI INK. has made it so that you can spot a PERRI INK. guitar before you even see the name on the headstock. This is especially true of the new Capistrano model, launched simultaneously with the new Mojave. Here’s a press release about the new models, but make sure you check out the video too, alright? Cool. Read More …

MY TOP FIVE GUITARISTS – by Kate Hunter

Kate HunterFor the latest in an occasional series on I Heart Guitar I’ve asked super-talented San Francisco luthier Kate Hunter to list her five favourite guitarists. If you happen to follow Kate on Twitter you’ll know she has rather varied tastes in guitarists as well as in guitar design, and her list certainly reflects that! So without further ado, here’s Kate’s list. Enjoy! 

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So, When Peter suggested I do this list I responded with “Oh, I am ALL over it!” and then proceeded to spend the rest of my day and following night fretting my guts out. All the people I was going to have to leave off the list! It suddenly felt as if Yngwie Malmsteen was going to furiously barge in, shriek “How DARE you!” and crack a scallop-necked rain of tonal pain over me for my insolence, then float off on an angry neoclassical hairspray cloud back to Sweden. Read More …