IK Multimedia UltraTuner for Apple Watch

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PRESS RELEASE: IK Multimedia, the pioneer and leader in mobile music creation, is pleased to announce that the latest version of UltraTuner™ for iPhone is now compatible with Apple’s newest device, Apple Watch. Now musicians can accurately tune their instruments straight from their wrist — UltraTuner’s highly visible “STAGE mode” can be viewed on Apple Watch via 2 easy-to-see visualizations. Now it’s even easier than ever before for musicians to keep their instruments in tune no matter whether they’re on stage, in the studio or anywhere in between. Read More …

BC Rich Returns to Acoustic Roots

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PRESS RELEASE: After a long hiatus, B.C. Rich is back in the acoustic guitar market with a brand new acoustic line.  The all-new collection will include five models and a total of eight SKUs. These guitars touch upon and evolve from the classic beginnings of B.C. Rich’s history and will be available through dealers and distributors worldwide.

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Damn, Check Out Mark Holcomb’s New PRS 7-String

PRS Mark Holcomb 7 StringPeriphery guitarist Mark Holcomb’s limited edition PRS was one of the most talked-about guitars at NAMM, with its killer range of finishes, 20″ fretboard radius and 25.5″ scale length, and Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega pickups. Now PRS has made mark a 7-string version with 7-string Alpha and Omega pickups and a 26.6″ scale length. Here it is from Mark’s Facebook. Pic by Misha Mansoor.

Where Did Fender Japan Go?

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Recently there’s been some chatter online about the status of Fender Japan. There were many great guitars coming out of Fender Japan – indeed you may remember this post from 2012 in which I had a look at some particularly beautiful Fender Japan instruments. There’s currently a discussion over at TalkBass.com about Fender Japan. It started with forum member GazzBass, who said “I guy in my local music store in Osaka told me there will be no more stocks of Fender Japan guitars and once they are gone that will be it. I also heard they were closing the factories. That’s all the info I could get from him. Anyone else heard about this?”

Several other members go on to say they’ve spoken to folks working in Japanese music stores who have confirmed that the distribution agreement has ended and that Fender Musical Instrument Corp is taking over. This would certainly explain why the Japanese website for Fender now looks very much like the FMIC site instead of its own unique design like it was up to quite recently.

Once upon a time I was a finance journalist, so I dug into Fender’s prospectus from their abandoned IPO a few years ago (filed on March 8, 2012) and found the stuff that sheds some light on exactly who Fender Japan is/was, for those who are unfamiliar. Read More …

The Return Of The Epiphone Tony Iommi SG

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Aaah this is great news: Epiphone is reviving a version of its Tony Iommi SG. There are a few changes compared to the previous model. According to Epiphone.com: Later this summer, Epiphone will formally announce the new Ltd. Ed. Tony Iommi Signature SG Custom, which will be Tony’s second signature guitar for Epiphone. It features the historic SG profile–now a Tony Iommi trademark–with a Mahogany body finished in beautiful gloss Ebony. The Mahogany neck has a 1960’s SlimTaper™ D- profile and a black graphite nut and the Ebony fingerboard has Pearloid “Cross” inlays with white binding and a Tony Iommi signature on the back of the headstock. Read More …

Aristides Instruments 080 8-String

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PRESS RELEASE: After many requests, Aristides Instruments releases the eight string 080 guitar. The new 080 continues Aristides’ tradition of using a one piece body and neck construction, integrally layered with Arium. This model is also the first Aristides Instrument to be constructed of 100% man-made materials and features no wood – not even the freatboard. The new model made its first appearance at Musikmesse in Frankfurt Germany this month. Customers can place orders now through authorized dealers or direct from the factory.

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