Fender releases the George Harrison ‘Rocky’ Strat.

FENDER® CUSTOM SHOP RELEASES MASTER BUILT GEORGE HARRISON’S ROCKY™ STRATOCASTER®, A REPLICA OF ONE OF HARRISON’S ICONIC GUITARS

A Faithful 100 Piece Global Recreation of Harrison’s “Rocky” Stratocaster From Master Builder Paul Waller, With Abigail Ybarra Pickups To Honour The Legendary Musician’s Famously-Nicknamed Guitar 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (September 29, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released their highly anticipated recreation of George Harrison’s iconic “Rocky” Stratocaster initially previewed at Winter NAMM 2020. With only 100 being made available worldwide, its debut sparked major conversation that only further emphasises its ultimate, limited-edition status. The “Rocky” Stratocaster is considered to be one of music’s most celebrated guitars, known for several iconic appearances including the live performance of “All You Need Is Love” on Our World, the very first global satellite TV program. Harrison’s spontaneous psychedelic paint job continues to serve as a special homage to the late ‘60s and to Harrison’s artistry.

Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller worked hand in hand with the Harrison estate to personally examine the original version himself in order to create this identical replica. Everything about the original was measured in exacting detail—body, neck (with a rare asymmetrical C-shaped profile), pickups, wiring and everything else—right down to Harrison’s famous DIY paint job. Even the “Grimwoods” decal remains in place on the back of the headstock. With these features and more, it’s a meticulously-crafted Fender Custom Shop tribute to a truly magical guitar, played and loved by one of rock’s greatest guitarists.

“The Rocky Stratocaster has been recreated to perfectly emulate George Harrison’s signature sound and voice,” said Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller. “A big part of owning a guitar and playing one is finding your own voice and creating your own sounds with the instrument. That’s what I call a guitar player’s voice. George initially customised his 1961 Stratocaster based on his musical influences in the ‘60s, such as the semitones of the sitar and the slide solos he incorporated into his solo music. That became a large part of his voice. Capturing that, and honouring that special moment in time, is what makes this guitar so important.”

When the sessions for the Help! album got under way in early 1965, George Harrison and John Lennon sent roadie Mal Evans out to get a Stratocaster for each of them, and Evans soon returned with a matching pair of Sonic Blue Strat® guitars. Harrison’s guitar, serial number 83840, still bore a decal from a music store where it was purchased at one point — “Grimwoods; The music people; Maidstone and Whitstable.” Thus, Help! marks the first appearance of a Stratocaster in the band’s music.  In 1967, sometime between the end of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sessions and the June 25 live worldwide telecast of “All You Need is Love,” Harrison took up the paint and brush himself to give his Stratocaster a multicoloured psychedelic dayglo paint job. It also appeared prominently in the “I Am the Walrus” segment of 1967’s Magical Mystery Tour film. The guitar remained a favorite of Harrison’s for the rest of the decade. By December 1969 Harrison had painted “Bebopalula” on the upper body, “Go Cat Go” on the pickguard and “Rocky”—the guitar’s nickname—on the headstock.  

At $41,699, The “Rocky” Stratocaster is an iconic addition to any collection. Each and every Limited Edition George Harrison Rocky Strat® comes complete with vintage 1961 hand-wound pickups by Abigail Ybarra, a Fender legend who was winding pickups at the time George Harrison’s original Stratocaster was produced. The replicated dayglo details from George Harrison and pickups emulating the same tones of the original, make this guitar a true work of art. Other notable specifications include: 21 vintage-style frets, chrome hardware, a 6-saddle vintage-style synchronized tremolo, nitrocellulose lacquer finish, a 2-piece select Alder body and a rare 5A Flame Maple neck with a 1960 Oval “C” shape and 7.25” (194.1 mm) radius.

The Fender Custom Shop Limited Artist series celebrates the storied guitars of legendary musicians by building recreations of their instruments in exacting detail. Based on close examination of the original guitars, every nuance is noted and incorporated into the build. Reverse-engineering the model, vintage, wood, hardware, electronics, finish and player customizations are all vital to the process. Most importantly, the player’s wear patterns are recorded: every nick, scratch, gouge and bump are vital to the authenticity of the recreation–they are mapped and documented with precision.  

The Fender Custom Shop is proud to include the Rocky Stratocaster in the Dream Factory Series, a collection of short documentaries that showcase the journey of custom-built guitars created at the Fender Custom Shop. 

For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.  

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ABOUT FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION: 

Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)–whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®–follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest-quality instruments and digital experiences across genres. Since 2015, Fender’s digital arm has introduced a new ecosystem of products and interactive experiences to accompany players at every stage of their musical journey. This includes innovative apps and learning platforms designed to complement Fender guitars, amplifiers, effects pedals, accessories and pro-audio gear and inspire players through an immersive musical experience. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of musical expression for all players, from beginners to history-making legends. 

ABOUT FENDER CUSTOM SHOP: 

Since 1987, the Fender Custom Shop and its esteemed builders have astounded players and collectors worldwide with marvels of creativity, ingenuity and artistry. From its humble Southern California beginnings, the Fender Custom Shop has grown to become the world’s preeminent maker of highly-collectible custom instruments operating in Corona, Calif. Known as the “Dream Factory,” the Fender Custom Shop is also home to an honored group known as the Master Builders – some of the most skilled luthiers in the world – who craft Fender’s legendary instruments and push the boundaries of possibility. The distinguished Master Builders make dream guitars a reality for players – from Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, H.E.R. and Jimmy Page to collectors, working professionals and guitar enthusiasts. As the epicenter of innovation at Fender and the pinnacle of the brand, the ideas and production techniques devised in the Fender Custom Shop for both Masterbuilt and Teambuilt guitars go on to inspire and influence Fender’s other production line models. 

New Boss Octave pedal

My trusty BOSS OC-2 Octave pedal is probably the only thing that’s stayed on my pedalboard ever since I got it (in 1997, yikes!). It’s a great pedal but it’s notoriously finicky when it comes to note-tracking. The latest iteration of the BOSS Octave has those legendary OC-2 sounds built in, but with improved tracking, but it can also do a lot more, including enhanced polyphonic and octave-up features. Here’s the press release.
Next-Generation Compact Pedal with Vintage and Polyphonic Modes, Lightning-Fast Tracking, and Extended Range
 
Los Angeles, CA, September 17, 2020 – BOSS announces the OC-5 Octave, the latest generation of the long-running OC series of octave pedals for guitar and bass. Offering the most advanced BOSS octave performance to date, the OC-5 features a new Vintage mode, polyphonic enhancements, and an octave-up feature for extended range. And with the latest tracking technologies, users can enjoy smooth, accurate playability with no latency. Highly versatile and easy to use, the OC-5 covers a wide variety of octave sounds in one high-performance pedal.
Introduced in 1982, the OC-2 Octave was the world’s first modern octave pedal for guitar and bass, and its characteristic voice can be heard in many famous songs. The OC-5’s Vintage mode delivers the OC-2’s iconic mono sound, coupled with improved response thanks to the new tracking engine. Dedicated level controls are provided for -1 and -2 octave effects and the direct sound, giving quick access to a variety of sub-octave colors.
The OC-5 also features an evolved version of the smart Poly mode first introduced with the OC-3 Super Octave, letting users play full chords with octave effects. The variable Range knob restricts the effect to only the lower notes on an instrument, perfect for playing octave bass lines alongside normal chords and melodies in the higher registers. In addition, it’s now possible to isolate the octave effect to the bottom note in a chord by turning the Range knob to the “Lowest” setting.
The OC-5 introduces a new octave-up effect, which is available in both Vintage and Poly modes with a dedicated +1 OCT knob. Players can use the octave-up effect on its own for faux 12-string sounds and unique solo tones, or blend it with the octave-down effects for extended chord voicings and super-fat leads.
Via a dedicated switch, the OC-5’s tracking engine can be optimized for either guitar or bass. And with the Direct Out jack, users can route dry and effect sounds to different destinations, such as two stage amps or discrete channels on a mixer or audio interface.
Availability & Pricing
The BOSS OC-5 will be available for $129.99 in late September 2020.
To learn more about the OC-5 Octave pedal, visit www.boss.info.

The BOSS Pocket GT. Rock it from your pocket

Personal Amp/Effects Processor with Integrated YouTube Learning, Bluetooth Streaming, and Much More
 
Los Angeles, CA, September 17, 2020 — BOSS introduces Pocket GT, a powerful and innovative new solution for learning and jamming with guitar. Combining premium BOSS guitar tones with integrated YouTube® learning, this pocket-size amp/effects processor pairs wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet to create the ultimate go-everywhere lesson studio. Pocket GT works seamlessly with the companion BOSS Tone Studio app for iOS and Android, which features a YouTube browser and deep editing tools for crafting tones with over 100 amps and effects. Adding in Bluetooth® music streaming, USB audio interface capability, and more, Pocket GT is a must-have companion that no guitar player should be without.
YouTube has become the most popular music learning source for guitarists around the world, and Pocket GT makes working with the platform’s content easier and more productive than ever. The Pocket GT hardware provides the sound engine and audio connections, while the BOSS Tone Studio app offers a YouTube browser that streams sound to Pocket GT, plus an intuitive interface for shaping sounds. This integrated approach simplifies set up and eliminates switching between apps, giving players a hassle-free way to enjoy premium guitar tones while watching online lessons and jamming with videos.
BOSS Tone Studio comes loaded with tools to supercharge practice sessions. Users can create YouTube song lists for quick recall, and loop sections for focused study. They can also set up markers to automatically switch Pocket GT memories as a video plays back, perfect for jamming with backing tracks and other songs on YouTube.
Equipped with the same sound engine as the best-selling GT-1 floor processor, Pocket GT puts over 100 world-class amps and effects in an ultra-compact package. The 99 user memories come filled with ready-to-play sounds, but players can customize them or craft their own from scratch. And since Pocket GT and the GT-1 share the same DNA, stored amp and effects setups can be exchanged via their respective BOSS Tone Studio editors.
Pocket GT’s simple-yet-powerful interface puts an array of essential functions at the player’s fingertips. They can scroll through user memories with a dedicated knob, tweak amp gain and effects levels, and activate the built-in tuner with a quick press. Remote control buttons are provided as well, providing fast access to YouTube playback. And with the Center Cancel switch, users can instantly reduce the volume of vocals and guitar solos in songs for minus-one playing.
Pocket GT doesn’t only work with YouTube. Users can wirelessly stream nearly any music app over Bluetooth and play along, and there’s also an Aux In jack for connecting a non-Bluetooth music player, drum machine, or other device. Pocket GT functions as a Mac/Windows USB audio interface too, ready to record mix-ready guitar tracks in a computer DAW. And for fresh sonic inspiration, players can find a wide selection of free patches for download at BOSS Tone Central.
Availability & Pricing
The BOSS Pocket-GT will be available for $249.99 in September / October 2020.
To learn more about Pocket GT, visit www.boss.info.

The new Kenny Wayne Shepherd Strat can get it

FENDER® INTRODUCES THE ALL-NEW ARTIST SIGNATURE STRATOCASTER®  WITH BLUES, ROCK LEGEND KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD 

Second Fender Launch, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature Stratocaster® Custom “Hot” Vintage Pickups, Block Inlay Neck and Unique Faded Transparent Blue Finish

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (September 15, 2020)— Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released the all-new Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster®, the newest result of Fender’s collaboration with one of the most powerful guitarists in Blues-Rock today. It features a chambered ash body, Transparent Faded Sonic Blue lacquer finish and early ‘60s “C”-shaped maple neck. This guitar delivers a punchy, full-throated Stratocaster® tones with three custom voiced pickups created with design input from Shepherd himself to meticulously complement his personal sound. Today, fans can own and play a part of that legacy with the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster®.

“I have been playing Fender guitars for essentially my entire life. To me, Fender defined the sounds of countless music genres and was played by most of my musical heroes. The playability of Fender guitars is unmatched, and the quality of instruments unsurpassed. Our new creation is one I’m exceptionally proud of,“ said Kenny Wayne Shepherd. “I was heavily involved in every aspect of the guitar – from specs to design, especially the Custom “Hot” Vintage Pickups – carefully designed to have a very natural sound; the block inlay neck which really sets this Stratocaster® apart visually; and the matching headstock which I just think has an unbeatable aesthetic. I can’t wait to see what this guitar can do in the hands of other players – I hope this guitar is a tool that inspires others to find their own voice and to truly express themselves and their own love of music.”

There are only a handful of artists whose name is synonymous with the guitar, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd is one of them. Shepherd was inspired to pick up the guitar at the age of 7 after hearing the likes of legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, B.B. King and Muddy Waters – still some of his current musical influences . “Listening to, and consequently learning, their music gave me the foundation and the knowledge to learn the instrument, which freed me up to explore further and find my own identity within the guitar.” Louisiana’s guitarist and songsmith now boasts a 20-year-strong recording career and has established himself as the leading force behind the blues-rock revival, bringing renewed commercial success to the much-loved genre. A consistently in-demand live act, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has headlined tours worldwide as well as played on major tours with the likes of Buddy Guy and The Rolling Stones in addition to his solo recording career, which now spans nine critically acclaimed studio albums and radio hits including “Blue on Black,” “True Lies”, “Dark Side of Love” and “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway.” Kenny discusses his inspirations, playing style and a glimpse into his new Signature in an episode of Fender’s serialised social video series, Fender Demos. Fender Demos is an educational video series focused on providing a deep dive into Fender’s newest products. The series focuses on showcasing not only the key features and benefits but also the sonic quality of Fender’s instruments, amplifiers and pedals. In addition to product demos, the series also provides valuable beginner, intermediate and advanced tone tips, set-up and maintenance guides and insights to getting the most out of your Fender gear.

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster® features a chambered ash body for a vibrant and resonant tone, while the Transparent Faded Sonic Blue lacquer highlights a beautiful ash grain. The early ‘60s “C”-shaped maple neck and bound rosewood fingerboard – with a 7.25” radius – offer comfort and playability straight out of Fender’s golden age. Kenny Wayne Shepherd himself worked on the design of the three custom pickups, giving the sound of the guitar its unmistakably striking tone.

“Fender has worked with Kenny Wayne Shepherd for over twenty years and he is an artist who constantly strives for better and never stops innovating, so it’s a perfect match,” said Justin Norvell, EVP Fender Products. “In 2008, we brought fans his first Signature Series model, which offered up Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s legendary playing power at an accessible price point. We see this brand-new Stratocaster® as the next evolution – a testament to what we can create together when the sky is the limit. This guitar is all about quality and personalisation and we can’t wait to see what fans make of it.”

In true tradition, the Fender Artist Signature Series honors iconic musicians through product progression and storytelling, creating instruments inspired by the unique specifications of the world’s greatest guitarists and bassists. Learn more about the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster® here; product and images of Kenny Wayne Shepherd with his Signature Stratocaster® can be found here

For additional information on new Fender products or to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.

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KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD STRATOCASTER® – $3,999 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s fiery leads, meaty rhythms and hard-driving songs have propelled his robust career through nine solo records –three certified platinum, major tours with Buddy Guy, Van Halen, and The Rolling Stones, and an ongoing collaboration with blues-supergroup The Rides, a band he co-founded, with Stephen Stills. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster® features a chambered ash body for vibrant and resonant tone, while the Transparent Faded Sonic Blue lacquer finish highlights the beautiful ash grain. The early ‘60s “C”-shaped maple neck and bound rosewood fingerboard—with a 7.25”radius—offer comfort and playability straight out of Fender’s golden age. Loaded with three Kenny Wayne Shepherd custom pickups, this guitar delivers punchy and full-throated Stratocaster® tones

ABOUT KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD:

Kenny Wayne Shepherd is over two decades into a recording career that began when he was just 16. He has sold millions of albums worldwide and, in addition to his five Grammy nominations, he has won two Billboard Music Awards, a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards. He’s had eight #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles. His latest release, The Traveler debuted at # 1 on the Billboard Blues Charts and remained in the top 10 for over 26 weeks.

ABOUT FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION:

Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)–whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®–follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest-quality instruments and digital experiences across genres. Since 2015, Fender’s digital arm has introduced a new ecosystem of products and interactive experiences to accompany players at every stage of their musical journey. This includes innovative apps and learning platforms designed to complement Fender guitars, amplifiers, effects pedals, accessories and pro-audio gear, and inspire players through an immersive musical experience. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of musical expression for all players, from beginners to history-making legends.

The new Kemper OS is out now and it has some neat new effects

KEMPER PROFILER OS 7.5 released – New Features for the PROFILER and Rig Manager 3.0
Acoustic Simulator, Phase Widener, Delay Widener, Autoswell, etc.

KEMPER GmbH/ Ruhr Area/ August 27th, 2020 (ictw) – KEMPER announce the immediate availability of the KEMPER PROFILER OS 7.5 adding Acoustic Simulator, Phase Widener, Delay Widener, and Autoswell to the PROFILER’s arsenal of FX.  The KEMPER Rig Manager Version 3.0 brings next level Library management and detailed Rig editing features. Both are free downloads for PROFILER players.

Acoustic Simulator 
This is a simple Stomp that turns an electric guitar signal into a pretty authentic acoustic sounding tone. This is designed for the in-between strumming or fingerpicking parts during a live performance: The exact situation where guitarists would step up to an acoustic guitar mounted on a stand. PROFILER players from now on just switch their rig.

For the right seasoning and setting it up for the various guitar and pick up models, the Acoustic Simulator offers the parameters Pickup, Body, Bronze, and Sparkle.

Don‘t expect perfect results, as the mechanics of an acoustic guitar are quite different. The Acoustic Simulator though will simulate the characteristic body resonance and crispness of an acoustic guitar so closely that you might feel able to leave your acoustic guitar at home when you only need it for two or three songs that night.

Phase Widener
The Phase Widener is an effect invented by KEMPER. It creates a wide stereo signal from a mono signal without coloring the result at all. Even when summed back to mono, no coloring will occur.

Delay Widener 
This is the condensed version of the well-known stereo-widening trick of delaying one side of a stereo signal by several milliseconds. In contrast to the Phase Widener, the Delay Widener is not mono-compatible and should be checked for coloration when used on a recording. Additionally, the Delay Widener will tend to emphasize the non- delayed side – this is a psychoacoustic artifact. Setting the Delay Widener to about 30 ms should lead to a pleasing result. For all Widener effects, it is mandatory to place them after the Stack section, where the effects are processed in stereo.

Auto Swell 
Auto Swell mimics a volume pedal swell with every new strike of the strings. The parameter Swell Rate controls the time of the swell, up to a maximum of 4 seconds. While the Swell Rate controls the attack, a complimentary compressor is also included, to shape the decay of the instrument once it has faded in. The Compressor parameter controls the intensity of the compression.

And then some … 

Output Filters – Low Cut and High Cut filters are available. These will affect all outputs.

S/PDIF Slave Mode
Recent models of the classic PROFILER units (Head, Rack, PowerHead, and PowerRack) now provide the option to run as a slave to an external clock, as all PROFILER Stage units do. This is based on a hardware modification introduced during 2018 and enabled by this OS revision. Units with this capability will show an additional option “Auto/Internal” in the Output Section — this can be found on the same page as SPDIF Volume and SPDIF Clock.

Audio and clock signals are sharing one S/PDIF cable per direction. To avoid crackles and other artifacts two SPDIF cables need to be connected if your PROFILER follows an external clock and sends an audio signal for recording. Two cables need to be connected, too, if the PROFILER is configured as clock master and receiving an audio signal via SPDIF. We recommend affording two SPDIF cables and leaving them plugged in.

For further information please visit: www.kemper-amps.com

Factory-Evertuned Jackson 7-string brings some joy into this hell-year

JACKSON® EXPANDS PRO SERIES DINKY™ DK PLATFORM; ADDS NEW COLOR FOR X SERIES SOLOIST™ SLX DX 

Scottsdale, Ariz. (August 26, 2020) – Jackson® today announces the expansion of its Pro Series Dinky™ platform with the brand new Pro DK Modern EverTune® 7 and Pro DK Modern HT6 MS, new finishes for the Pro DK Modern HT6 and Pro DK2 Ash, as well as a fresh new finish for the X Series Soloist™ SLX DX.

The Pro Series Dinky™ DK Modern EverTune® 7 model provides the ultimate high-performance experience for today’s modern players.

Featuring a 26.5” scale length, this modern 7-string guitar’s basswood Dinky body is paired with a sturdy graphite-reinforced bolt-on three-piece maple/wenge/maple neck. The satin finish on the back of the neck creates greater playing comfort, while a heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel makes for quick and easy neck relief tweaks. Designed for fast and intricate playing, the 12”-16” compound radius bound ebony fingerboard hosts 24 jumbo frets and offset pearloid dot inlays, while Luminlay® side dots provide fretboard guidance even on the darkest of stages.

Active multi-voiced Fishman® Fluence® Open Core PRF-CO7 bridge and neck humbucking pickups give this powerful instrument its dynamic tone — capable of over-wound hot-rodded crunch or vintage snap. With the five-way blade in pickup positions one (full bridge) or five (full neck), leverage the tone control with push/pull activation to switch from voice one to voice two. Pickups positions two, three and four all feature voice 3’s single-coil tone.

The EverTune® F7 bridge never goes out of tune, making this DK Modern the perfect instrument for both the studio or live performances. Other next-level features include a single volume control, Gotoh® locking tuners, Graph Tech® TUSQ® XL nut and Dunlop® dual-locking strap buttons.

No-nonsense style also arrives in the form of a Primer Gray finish, complete with a reverse 3×4 AT-1 color matched headstock and black hardware.

The Pro Series Dinky™ DK Modern HT6 MS features premium appointments catering to highly technical playing, multi-dimensional tone and ergonomic design.

The HT6 MS accommodates two scale lengths on one fingerboard (25.5”-26.5”) and improves overall playing comfort while improving tension and intonation. Its basswood Dinky body is paired with a sturdy graphite-reinforced bolt-on three-piece maple/wenge/maple neck, featuring a satin finish on the back for greater playing comfort. The 12”-16” compound radius bound ebony fingerboard hosts 24 jumbo frets, offset pearloid dot inlays, Graph Tech® TUSQ® XL nut and Luminlay® side dots.

A pair of multi-voiced Fishman® Fluence® Modern PRF-MH7 pickups are directly mounted to the body for improved vibration transfer. This re-imagined set delivers the most sought-after humbucking tones, from modern active pickup sounds to super-hot high-output humbucking tones. This instrument’s versatile voice can be explored with a five-way blade switch, single volume control and tone control with push/pull knob to switch from an active to passive tone for more dynamic picking attack.

The HT6 MS also features Gotoh® locking tuners and a Hipshot® 6 fixed bridge for improved intonation and enhanced sustain.

Unparalleled style arrives in the form of a dazzling Snow White finish, complete with a reverse 3×3 AT-1 color matched headstock and black hardware.
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The Jackson Pro Series Dinky™ DK Modern HT6 is now available in a Baked White finish with a color matched reverse 3×3 AT-1 headstock and black hardware.

This next-level model features an ash body, sturdy graphite-reinforced bolt-on three-piece maple/wenge/maple neck, Graph Tech® TUSQ® XL nut, heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel and 12″-16″ compound radius bound ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, offset pearloid dot inlays and Luminlay® side dots.

Active multi-voiced Fishman® Fluence® Open Core PRF-COC bridge and neck humbucking pickups provide dynamic tone. With the five-way blade in pickup positions one (full bridge) or five (full neck), leverage the tone control with push/pull activation to switch from voice one to voice two. Pickups positions two, three and four all feature voice 3’s single-coil tone.

The versatile HT6 also features a single volume control, Gotoh® locking tuners and a Hipshot® 6 fixed bridge for improved intonation and enhanced sustain.
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The Jackson Pro Series Dinky™ DK2 Ash is also now offered in a Baked White finish with a color matched pointed 6-in-line headstock and black hardware.

The Pro DK2 Ash features an ash body with sculpted shredder’s cut heel, bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint and a heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel for convenient neck relief tweaks. The 12″-16″ compound radius ebony fingerboard features 24 jumbo frets and offset pearloid dot inlays.

A pair of direct mount Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups—JB™ (bridge) and ’59™ (neck)—deliver powerful punch while retaining clarity with enhanced note definition. This instrument is also equipped with single volume and tone controls plus five-way blade switching to tweak and refine tone, and a recessed Floyd Rose® 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system for improved tuning stability.
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The Jackson X Series Soloist™ SLX DX is a distinctive and affordable model offering many fine features desired by today’s shredders, including a poplar body and a through-body maple neck with graphite reinforcement and tilt-back scarf joint headstock. Hosting 24 jumbo frets and pearloid sharkfin inlays, its 12”-16” bound compound radius laurel fingerboard curves more dramatically at the nut for easy chording and flattens out as it approaches the neck joint for low-action bends without fretting out.

Duncan Designed™ alnico HB-103N neck and high-output ceramic HB-103B bridge humbucking pickups power this metal beast with an expansive voice loaded with crunchy, full-bodied tone ideal for brazen lead work or punchy rhythms runs.

Tone is fully customizable with three-way blade switching and single volume and tone controls, while a Floyd Rose® Special double-locking tremolo bridge system provides excellent tuning  stability and dynamic tremolo action.

Sleek and sinister, the SLX DX is available in a new Silverburst finish with black hardware and pointed 6-in-line black headstock.

The new Bill & Ted movie is gonna be loaded with Gibsons

Remember Bill and Ted’s customised Flying V and SG from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey? I sure do. That movie was huge for me as a teenager, loaded with cool guitars and badass guitar playing (and even a cameo from Jim Martin of Faith No More). I’m sure every guitar company in the world tried to attach themselves to the new Bill & Ted Face The Music (I even helped one get a meeting with a producer) but it looks like Gibson was the lucky one to clinch the deal, with the movie featuring Gibson, Epiphone, Steinberger and Kramer instruments. Here’s a press release about the movie’s guitars, including a list of everything you’ll see onscreen. Cool huh?

Gibson: The Official Guitar Brand Of ‘Bill & Ted Face The Music’
New Film In Theaters And On Demand On August 28

Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer Guitars To Be Featured In The Movie

Iconic American Guitar Maker Collaborates With Creators Of Film, TV And Pop Culture

NASHVILLE, TN (August 26, 2020) Gibson Brands–the iconic American instrument maker–has partnered with Orion Pictures on the new film Bill & Ted Face the Music as the official guitar brand of the movie. The film finds the duo–now middle-aged best friends who have yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny–as they head out for a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, the Wyld Stallyns will be helped by their families, old friends, and a few music legends. The third installment in the film franchise starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter is due out on Friday, August 28, in theaters and on demand, pre-order here: https://billandted3.com/watch.

Over 30 guitars from Gibson, Epiphone and Kramer are featured throughout Bill & Ted Face the Music including “Bill” S. Preston ESQ. (Winter) and “Ted” Theodore Logan (Reeves) epic Wyld Stallyns hero guitars, the classic Gibson SG Special, and the Gibson Flying V (see full list below).

To celebrate the release of Bill & Ted Face the Music, Mark Agnesi of Gibson TV recently sat down with Alex Winter to discuss the making of the film and what it was like to reunite with his co-star Keanu Reeves after 29 years; watch the clip HERE.

For the release of the film this week, fans can enter to win the following guitars below, as well as codes to watch Bill & Ted Face the Music for free. Open to U.S. residents only.

Enter to Win a Gibson SG Special just like Alex Winter aka Bill S. Preston ESQ. plays in the new Bill & Ted Face the Music film: HERE.

Enter to Win the Kramer Baretta in Purple played by WEEZER’s Rivers Cuomo in Weezer’s video for “Beginning of the End” the lead single from the film soundtrack to Bill & Ted Face the Music, HERE.

Gibson’s Entertainment Relations team worked with the producers of Bill & Ted Face the Music to get the right look and feel for the film. “Gibson Brands have been a huge part of the Wyld Stallyns story from the very beginning,” says Jonathan Leahy, Music Supervisor, Bill & Ted Face the Music. “When Rufus presents Bill & Ted with Steinbergers at the end of ‘Excellent Adventure’ that’s just an iconic movie moment, especially for all the guitar players in the audience. The customized Gibson SG and Flying V that Alex and Keanu play at the end of ‘Bogus Journey’ were a perfect match for the second film. In ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’, we wanted to deliver for the fans and get the gear details right. Gibson came through for us in a big way; you can’t make a third Bill & Ted film without Gibson.” Bill & Ted Face the Music film producers Scott Kroopf and Alex Lebovici added, “Gibson has been a part of Bill & Ted since its inception and they have been amazingly supportive in the making of Bill & Ted Face the Music” (Kroopf); “You don’t need to know anything about guitars to be totally blown away by the Gibson guitars featured in the film. Gibson really made its mark on the film” (Lebovici). Ashley Waldron, Executive in Charge of Music/Co-Producer added, “Having Gibson continue to be an integral part of the Bill & Ted story has been a testament to their vision and brand.”

For the Gibson Entertainment Relations team, collaborating with filmmakers and producers is all about character development and working with both the actors and the film producers to find the right match, tone, and validity for the narrative. The guitar itself can take on a character of its own and help the story come alive. “Bill & Ted Face the Music celebrates the power of music to unite and save the world, which is a message we believe in and share at Gibson” says Beth Heidt, Global Director of Entertainment Relations at Gibson Brands. “This film is a great partnership and it’s been a lot of fun to explore the instruments that best fit these beloved characters and the music they create.”

Gibson Brands’ guitars have starred in thousands of Films, TV shows, and commercials across the world. Gibson specially created the two guitars which Bradley Cooper performed with in A Star Is Born including an acoustic guitar, the Gibson J-45 (“Shallow”), and an electric guitar in the film’s opening scene, a custom Gibson ES 345 in olive drab. Look out for Gibson in the forthcoming Bob Dylan film Going Electric, as well as the new Elvis Presley biopic, Elvis, co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. Other recent film collaborations include Many Saints of Newark (Sopranos prequel), Crazy Heart (Jeff Bridges), Blaze (Ethan Hawke), Ray (Ray Charles, guitars and pianos), I Still Believe, Coda (doc), School of Rock, Iron Man (1-3), among many more. TV collaborations for Gibson include, The Voice, This is Us, Silicon Valley, Nashville, Empire, Dead To Me, Jeff Garlin Comedy Special (Netflix), Songland, Daybreak, and Neighborhood, to name a few. In addition, global ads have taken center stage, including the Apple (Elvis), DHL (Bryan Adams) filmed at Gibson USA Nashville), Dior (Johnny Depp), and more.

Following is a list of the Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer and Steinberger instruments featured in Bill & Ted Face the Music:

TED (Keanu Reeves) HERO GUITAR – Gibson Flying V – Classic White
BILL (Alex Winter) HERO GUITAR – Gibson SG Special – Vintage Sparkling Burgundy
WEEZER MUSIC VIDEO – Rivers Cuomo – Kramer Baretta Special – Purple
Gibson Les Paul Standard 50s – Tobacco Burst
Gibson ES-335 – Pelham Blue
Gibson ES-355 – Custom Blue/Black Smoke
Gibson Les Paul Standard 60s – Bourbon Burst
Epiphone Slash Les Paul – Tobacco Burst
Epiphone PR-150 – Vintage Sunburst
Epiphone DR-100 – Ebony
Epiphone Faded G-400 – Worn Cherry
Epiphone Ltd Ed 1958 – Korina Flying V
Epiphone Casino – Vintage Sunburst
Epiphone Ltd Ed Bjorn Gelotte Jotun Les Paul Custom Outfit
Kramer – Voyager
Kramer Pacer Classic – Fl Green
Epiphone Ltd Ed 1984 Explorer
Epiphone Olympic
Epiphone DR-212 – Natural
Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro
Kramer Parra Nite V
Steinberger Spirit GT PRO – Hot Rod Red
Steinberger Spirit GT PRO – White
Epiphone Ltd Ed Electra Century Amplifier
Epiphone Dave Rude Signature Flying V
Epiphone Lzzy Hale Signature Explorer
Gibson 5-string EB Bass – Wine Red
Gibson HP Acoustic
Epiphone Hummingbird Pro

Across all of Gibson’s brands and collections, the story continues to be told with iconic and emerging artists that inspire the now and nurture the next generation of Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer, and Steinberger fans.

About Gibson:
Gibson Brands, the world’s most iconic guitar brand, has shaped the sounds of generations of musicians and music lovers across genres for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Nashville, TN, Gibson Brands has a legacy of world-class craftsmanship, legendary music partnerships, and progressive product evolution that is unrivaled among musical instrument companies. The Gibson Brands portfolio includes Gibson, the number one guitar brand, as well as many of the most beloved and recognizable music brands, including Epiphone, Kramer, Steinberger, and the Gibson Pro Audio Division, KRK Systems. Gibson Brands is dedicated to quality, innovation, and sound excellence so that music lovers for generations to come will continue to experience music shaped by Gibson Brands. Learn more at Gibson.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Gibson TV, and Instagram.

About MGM:
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco, and digital distributors. In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms, interactive ventures, and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit https://www.mgm.com.

Listen to Jack Bratt’s new single

JACK BRATT ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE + VIDEO THE OUTSIDER

Vast storyteller, and rocking troubadour Jack Bratt has today announced the release of his ripping new single The Outsider, a song about self-identity and perception [Listen: The Outsider], complemented by an entertaining spaceman-themed video clip [Watch: The Outsider].  

A grand, existential exploration of fitting in when feeling like an outcast, The Outsider hits notes of timeless rock that will have fans of Holy Holy and Foo Fighters salivating. Recorded and produced by Joel Myles at Hunting Ground Studios in Brisbane, and mastered by Mat Bartlem (Matt Corby, Jarred James, Boo Seeka), Bratt’s timeless new single is a thoughtful and moving piece; an exciting next step from one of Australia’s favourite newcomers.

Jack Bratt’s emotive vocal strikes a chord from the outset with sharp, moving lyrics that reflect on feelings of isolation widely felt during this worldwide pandemic. “It’s about being left of centre, about not fitting in,” the Brisbane musician says about the song, “it’s about perception. You may have an idea about how others view you, but that’s not necessarily who you are. It’s easy to think somebody might be doing really well, but that could just be a front, while they’re dealing with a lot of problems. I think what I’ve learned from being in lockdown and having conversations with friends, is that nobody is really okay; we all have our own struggles.”

With plans of heading to New York City in June for a three month artist residency (thanks to his recent Grant McLennan Fellowship accolade) momentarily quashed due to the virus, Bratt’s new single speaks to the current halted state of the music industry and the effect it has had on mental health, explaining, “Anxiety is at the core of the song. It’s really about trying to get by, but everybody is carrying around some sort of pain with them. It’s alarming how many people I know especially in the music industry who suffer with anxiety and mental health.”

The video clip for The Outsider brings an extra-terrestrial element into the fold, spaceman cometh! Directed by Bradley Murnane from Spilting Films, the video tells a story of an astronaut who has fallen to Earth and is trying to find his way home, only to find love along the way. “I was just thinking about the most extreme version of somebody who doesn’t fit in and stumbled on the idea of a man who falls from space and is trying to find his way home,” Bratt says of the charming clip, “but in the end, he transitions into a normal life on earth, adding a fun little twist.

Jack Bratt has begun work on his debut album which is set for release in early 2021, and with new music on the way his fans are champing at the bit to hear more from this exciting rocker.

The Outsider is out now.