Vaughn Skow Pickups At WGS

Warehouse Guitar Speakers (WGS) is now carrying Vaughn Skow Pickups. David from WGS says “Vaughn Skow, a longtime friend of ours, is now producing very fine hand-wound guitar pickups. All his pickup designs harken back to the times when some of the finest electric guitars on earth were made, 1954-1969. What Vaughn has going for him is that he can produce pickups with far more precision than was available to manufacturers in the 50’s and 60’s, while retaining all the mojo those classic pickups have to offer. He uses the finest materials available, and has a very well tuned ear for detail. The pickups sound phenomenal.” You can check out the range here.

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Moniker Customizable Bass Guitars & Online Giveaway

Moniker Guitars has launched a new line of customisable basses, and they’re celebrating the launch with a giveaway in association with D’Addario where you can win the bass you design! There are two body shapes available: the Zuma and the Dixie. I’ve taken a bash at a few bass designs here. Try your own! Below is the press release.

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PRESS RELEASE: Custom guitar manufacturer Moniker Guitars has made a name for itself by allowing customers to design and purchase Moniker electric guitars online at MonikerGuitars.com. Now Moniker is expanding its offering by adding customizable bass guitars. To celebrate the launch of the bass guitar line, Moniker has teamed up with string manufacturer D’Addario to giveaway a custom bass to one lucky winner who designs a bass at MonikerGuitars.comand shares the design on Twitter. The giveaway kicks off today and runs through October 30th. “A lot of work goes into creating a line of customizable bass guitars. We choose the types of wood, scale length, electronics, pickups and parts. Choosing D’Addario XL strings was easy. American made bass guitars deserve American made strings.” says co-owner Kevin Tully.   Read More …

Positive Grid BIAS Desktop Amp Matching Modeler

For the last couple of months I’ve been messing around with Positive Grid’s BIAS Desktop Amp Matching Modeller and I’m utterly blown away. It’s fast, it’s responsive, it’s punchy, it’s flexible, and it sits in a mix incredibly well. I’ll post my review shortly by in the meantime here’s the press release.

San Diego, CA (Oct 21, 2014) (ictw) — Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com) proudly announces the launch of BIAS Desktop, a groundbreaking guitar amp modeler with Amp Matching™ technology that offers an entirely new concept of putting any tube amplifier tone and feel into a plug-in (AAX/RTAS/AU/VST) for Mac and PC. BIAS Desktop features the most accurate, thorough and versatile guitar-amp modeler and designer engine, and it can accurately capture the tone of any tube amplifier, users can then share or download amp models from BIAS’s built-in ToneCloud® amp-sharing platform. Read More …

Hurley And Fender® Present “Strat: 60 Years Of The Stratocaster”

ryanadamsmainPRESS RELEASE: Through a unique blend of artists and musicians – including Donald Edward Hardy, Brandon Boyd, Thomas Campbell, Johnny Marr and Shawn Stussy – Hurley and Fender will recognize the unparalleled heritage of the world’s most popular guitar on its 60th anniversary. Twenty American-made, hand-painted Stratocaster guitars will be auctioned off to raise money for Waves For Water, which in turn will save lives through water-based initiatives. Read More …

Bogner Enters The Pickup Market

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Bogner is known for massively high quality amps (there was also the Bogner Alchemist line, now discontinued, which sounded great but had a few quality control problems, if the emails I received from people who read my review are anything to go by). Their pedal line with Rupert Neve Design transformer has just made it to stores, and now they’re entering the pickup biz with a PAF-style humbucker. They’re available in bridge and neck versions (Bridge – Alinco II at 8.5k;  Neck – Alnico III at 7.9k), in Traditional or F Spacing. They have 4-conductor wiring and a Bogner “B” etched into the cover. These are actually being made by Arcane, which is an interesting choice: Bogner’s a pretty small operation so I guess they don’t have the capacity to do these in-house. I imagine folks would be pretty excited about these if Reinhold Bogner himself was winding them in the brief moments in between designing incredible amp after incredible amp. Speaking of Bogner, this has always been one of my dream amps. Some day, Bogner, some day…

 

Fender Releases Adam Clayton Jazz Bass

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Fender is welcome to deposit one into my iTunes account.

PRESS RELEASE: Fender is extremely proud to introduce the Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar. Throughout the entire phenomenal history of the band, the groundbreaking music of U2 has been underpinned by the gracefully muscular bass work of Adam Clayton. His impeccable groove and expansive tone form the sonic foundation of one of the biggest bands in the history of rock music, never more powerfully than today. Fender’s Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar puts his rock solid sound and style in bassists’ hands, with elegant appointments and elemental tone, including two potent Fender Custom Shop pickups and a beautiful Sherwood Green Metallic gloss finish with matching headstock. Read More …