Whoa. Schecter’s PT Pro looks killer.

Spotted something pretty spectacular on Schecter’s Instagram today: the 2019 PT Pro. It’s available in two colours (Trans Purple Burst and Trans Blue Burst) with an Alder body, Roasted Maple neck, Ebony fingerboard, glow-in-the-dark side dots and Schecter USA Z-Plus humbucking pickups. There’s coil-splitting via a push-pull pot, and a Graph Tech XL Tusq nut and a nice straight string-pull to keep everything operating smoothly. These little babies are made in Indonesia so the price won’t be inaccessible, but if you’ve played some Indonesian guitars over the last few years you’d know there’s some damn fine stuff coming out of that part of the world right now.

Introducing Fos, a tube guitar overdrive by Eon Research

Here’s a press release I just received about something that looks pretty badass!

Eon Research, a new audio design and manufacturing house from Greece, is announcing its debut product, Fos. It is a tube guitar overdrive created to draw a new path in the musician world. Fos is using a vintage russian miniature tube as the active part of its fully analog design while it utilizes a nixie tube for display purposes. This extreme high gain design has the ability to drive (and overdrive…) any amplifier with its deep, fat sound. The whole circuit is built with selected high quality parts and is housed in a chassis made from mirror-polished steel and exotic wood hand finished with beeswax. 

Fos will be released in 99 numbered pieces at the end of October 2019.

Eon Research is a company specialized in design and manufacturing of innovative, transparent sounding audio gear for the professional and musician market. Eon uses specially selected parts and techniques in order to provide that bit of warm, organic sound that is usually missing from most modern gear.

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EHX brings back the V2 Violet Ram’s Head Big Muff

EHX is reissuing the venerable 1973 V2 Violet Ram’s Head Big Muff, a pedal that currently goes for ridonculous figures on the vintage market. You absolutely will not find one below $1,000 and you’re more likely to pay in the range of of $1,500-$2,500. The new version will set you back a much more reasonable $99.

EHX founder Mike Matthews says “Prices of original Ram’s Head Big Muffs have reached astronomical heights.This reissue nails the classic V2 tone heard on legendary recordings and famous guitar solos, and does it at a price any working musician can afford.”

Watch as Bill Ruppert takes you on a journey through time and tone as he explores what makes the ’73 V2 Violet Ram’s Head Big Muff so sought after.

Two new Solar Guitars distressed models

SOLAR GUITARS Announces Two New Type A “Limited Edition” Distressed Models

Solar Guitars – is very proud to announce the addition of two new Type A “Limited Edition” distressed guitars.

A1.6D LTD: 1199 $/€ suggested street pricing. Distressed Natural Matte finish

Limited Edition to 300 pieces, 6 string Type A – Alder body – 3 piece maple neck (Thin C profile) with ebony fingerboard – 25,5” scale – 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – EverTune bridge – Duncan Solar pickups – 1 volume control – 1 tone control- distressed hardware and body finish – Includes gigbag and hand signed / numbered certificate.

A1.7D LTD: 1299 $/€ suggested street pricing. Distressed Natural Matte finish

Limited Edition to 200 pieces, 7 string Type A – Alder body – 3 piece maple neck (Thin C profile) with ebony fingerboard – 26,5” scale – 24 stainless steel frets – Luminlay side dots – Solar locking tuners – EverTune bridge – Duncan Solar pickups – 1 volume control – 1 tone control- distressed hardware and body finish – Includes gigbag and hand signed / numbered certificate.

Both models are available for preorder from the Solar Guitars web store: www.solar-guitars.com, and selected dealers.

Introducing the Cort X700 Duality

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — With the introduction of the X700 Duality, Cort has designed an electric guitar that can seamlessly transition from shred machine to chic refinement. The new flagship of the venerated X Series brings together boutique-quality materials and hardware components with custom-wired electronics that unleash the beast or quickly reign them in, making this guitar suitable for virtually any musical genre and style.

At first sight, the design of the X700 Duality conveys “speed,” with its flamed maple top on a swamp ash body. These materials complement each other to produce a warm, yet punchy high-midrange sound that cuts through the mix with authority. Imaginations will be sparked by the Light Blue Burst finish and chrome hardware, but there’s so much more to the X700 Duality than its visual pizzazz.

The X700 Duality’s Seymour Duncan TB4 bridge humbucker and SH2N neck humbucker, combined with a special 5-way wiring, present all of the modern and classic humbucker tones as well as two exceptional single-coil sounds for unmatched versatility. The X700 Duality achieves clarity and depth, whether the player is tearing it up on a metal riff or riding the wave with a sparkling, clean tone. This model’s “duality” comes into play through its unique electronics. The 5-way switch is custom-wired to provide glassy and sparkling single-coil sounds in the second and fourth positions, as well as full-bodied and powerful humbucker sounds in the bridge, middle, and neck positions. So as the player is driving with over-the-top metal tone, they can just as easily dial down to a jazzy warmth. A simple, yet versatile control layout, 1 volume and 1 tone knob, allows the player to focus on making music.

The X700 Duality’s hardware also has a significant influence on its sonic character. This guitar features the Cort CFA-III Tremolo System made from a metal injection molding manufacturing technique with stainless steel on the saddle, bridge plate and block for a big, solid, bold and articulate sound as well as enhanced sustain. The recessed tremolo bridge allows for pull-ups to raise the pitch as well as for push-downs to lower it, providing even more sonic versatility. Staggered locking tuners provide excellent tuning stability by eliminating string slippage at the posts while facilitating quick string changes.

Cort’s world-class craftsmanship is evident throughout the X700 Duality, but especially with high-quality materials where they matter. On the neck, the strength and brightness of the 3PC maple is balanced by the warm midrange of panga panga, resulting in super playability, feel and tonal definition. The ebony fingerboard provides jet-black beauty and slick smoothness, while the Luminlay side dot position marks make it easy for players to see the fretboard position markers while performing on dark stages. As another road-friendly feature, the 24 stainless steel frets (25.5’’ scale) boast excellent resistance to corrosion. The wide and tall fret-type offers a quick response with good articulation when playing chords as well as a clear tone when playing single notes.

Learn more about Cort’s X700 Duality and watch demos by world-renowned guitarist Hedras Ramos at www.cortguitars.com.

MSRP $1299.99 USD

Seymour Duncan Blackened Pickup Booster

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The Pickup Booster is one of Seymour Duncan’s ‘must-have’ pedals, and I loved relaunching it in its new design when I worked with Seymour Duncan a while back. Now that same kickass pedal is available in a limited edition ‘Blackened’ finish which matches that of pickups like the Nazgul, Sentient, Pegasus and the mighty Blackened Black Winter.

The Pickup Booster is a clean boost pedal with a few tricks up its sleeve in the form of a three-way voicing switch which can either fatten up weak single coils or brighten up dark humbuckers – although I found that the ‘beef up a single’ setting works great on humbucker lead tones too.

More information here.