NAMM: New Godin Montreal Models & Empire Black HB

godinsPRESS RELEASE: Montreal based Godin Guitars is getting ready for the upcoming New Year with the introduction of a number of exciting and versatile guitars at this year’s Winter NAMM show, from January 23rd to the 26th in Anaheim California. Introduced in 2013, the Montreal Premiere certainly stuck a chord with players looking for something new in the thinline, semi-hollow body electric guitar market. This has further expanded with the addition of four new models to the Montreal Premiere line-up. The Montreal Premiere Sunburst P90 HG features a set of Godin Kingpin P90 pickups and a custom tailpiece. Read More …

NAMM: Reverend Reeves Gabrels Spacehawk

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Reeves Gabrels is one of my all-time favourite guitarists. I don’t think I can ever truly get along with a person unless they too get chills from Reeves’ solo in “A Small Plot Of Land” from David Bowie’s Outside album. Reeves is currently playing in The Cure, and his latest signature guitar looks perfect for the job. The semi-hollowbody Reverend Reeves Gabrels Spacehawk is Reeves’ latest signature guitar with the company and it features a Bigsby vibrato bridge, Railhammer pickups designed by Reverend founder Joe Naylor, Pin-lock tuners (a thumbwheel under the tuner pushes a steel pin up through the post, locking the string in place for exceptional tuning stability and super-fast string changes), a Korina body, a bass roll-off pot, sealed body for controlled feedback, on-off toggle switch, custom soft-touch tremolo spring, and push-pull phase switch (in the tone control). Read More …

NAMM: Ibanez 7 And 8-string Acoustics

ibanez1One of my big ’causes’ is to remind players that 7 and 8-string guitars don’t just have to be for djent – you can play all sorts of styles on these instruments. Classical guitars with extra strings may not be super common but they’re nothing new. Yet when Ibanez makes them, it’s big news. Ibanez knows probably better than anyone how to make extended-range instruments, and these guitars are bound to inspire new musical styles and explorations. At NAMM this year Ibanez showed three extended-range acoustics: two 7s and an 8. Here they are:  Read More …

NAMM: GJ2 Guitars =MM=

mmmPretty much the very first thing I saw as I walked into Media Preview Day at NAMM was the Triple M – the new signature model for Mick Murphy of My Ruin and Chevy Metal. (Mick’s wife and My Ruin vocalist Tairrie B Murphy was there too and it was really cool to meet her, since a few of my friends introduced me to My Ruin about 10 years ago). The Triple M is based on Grover Jackson’s Concorde design but stripped back and simplified, and it sounds killer. This is one of those guitars that will really excite fans of Mick’s killer guitar playing but will also strike some guitarists as ‘Whoa… that’s the perfect Concorde.’ Mick played it at NAMM and it sounded incredible – lots of detail and clarity but also just enough of an edge.  Read More …

NAMM: ArtistWorks Goes Over-The-Counter

artistworksYou may be familiar with ArtistWorks, the leading interactive lifestyle social learning platform which features teachers such as Paul Gilbert, John Patitucci, and Nathan East. Well now ArtistWorks has launched a new retail program for credit card-sized cards which grant access to their 23 online interactive Video Exchange™ music schools. With these new tangible cards, musical instrument and supply resellers can now conveniently offer every advantage of a superior online subscription-based instruction with a physical card at the checkout counter. And you can buy a kickass gift for the guitarist in your life. Paul Gilbert, harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy and vocal coach to the stars Jeannie Deva joined forces for a great NAMM press conference to launch the new service and to talk about their experiences with the school.  Read More …

NAMM: Seymour Duncan Jason Becker, Black Winter 7/8

unnamed-1Seymour Duncan had some really cool new stuff on show at NAMM, though you won’t find them on the SD website or social media pages yet –  the formal, official announcements will take place a little closer to the products’ respective release dates. But how’s this for cool: SD is releasing a Jason Becker signature humbucker, the Perpetual Burn. It’s a bridge humbucker with a relative moderate output, and it’s based on pickups that Jason was developing with Seymour Duncan back in the David Lee Roth A Little Aint Enough era before ALS took his ability to play. But Jason was very involved in the prototyping process of the new pickup, with Michael Lee Firkins playing the pickups and Jason giving feedback. It’s a 12k Alnico V pickup which fits in there somewhere between the ’59 and JB. Read More …

NAMM: Ibanez Paul Gilbert 25th Anniversary FRM250MF

frm1This year Paul Gilbert celebrates 25 years of being an Ibanez guy, and to celebrate Paul and Ibanez are releasing the FRM250MF, a new version of Paul’s signature Ibanez line featuring an HSH pickup configuration (the other current Fireman is SSS), a Flamed Maple top on a three-piece Mahogany body, a set neck joint, and a cool cherry red back which contrasts nicely with the yellow of the top. The pickups are a DiMarzio Air Classic in the bridge and neck positions with an Area ’67 noiseless single coil in the middle. Interestingly, the pickup wiring has no setting to select the single coil by itself: available options are neck humbucker, middle and inner neck single coils, both humbuckers, middle and inner bridge single coils, and bridge humbucker. Here are some pics! Read More …

NAMM: Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Overdrive & More

yjmodYngwie Malmsteen is one of those players who are in the enviable position of being able to put their name on pretty much anything because fans trust them, trust their ears and trust their choices. And if they make a change, it’s more about the tone and the support than anything financial. Yngwie has more experience than most in putting gear through utterly devastating real-world testing – ever seen that dude chuck a guitar or consign one to the fiery pits of hell? – and he’s just lent his name to a series of Fender accessories (to go with his signature Strat and Seymour Duncan YJM Fury pickups, of course) including new strings, cables, a guitar bag (with leopard-print lining of course) a clip-on tuner and, most interesting of all, a new overdrive pedal which is an update of the design he has used previously. Compared to his old DOD YJM308 signature overdrive, this new one features increased gain. And it looks cool, of course. Here’s Fender’s press release. Read More …