Order Your Prestige Guitars Devin Townsend ‘Empath’ Acoustic

One of the nicest damn guitars I saw at NAMM last month was the prototype for Devin Townsend’s new Prestige Guitars ‘EMPATH’ signature acoustic. The neck and the body bevelling are ridiculously comfortable and the sound is gorgeous: clear, full and sweet. Prestige is now taking advance orders for this beauty, which is limited to 100 guitars worldwide.

The Empath Acoustic is a hand built Dreadnought cutaway guitar, featuring a Torrefied Adirondack Spruce Top, Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, and 3A Flame Maple Bevels on the Arm Rest, Back Rest and Cutaway. Following an all-organic build, each Empath guitar is built with a hand carved Mahogany Neck; Ebony Fingerboard, Ebony Bridge, Bone Nut and Saddle, and a natural Satin Finish. This combination results in a rich soulful sound, with crisp overtones and Loud sonic definition.

And how’s this for cool: each guitar will include a numbered, handwritten autographed letter from Devin, hidden inside the soundhole. Each letter is a fragment of a bigger story arc which is revealed when each letter is placed in numerical order. Empath owners are encouraged to register their guitar online to connect the story.

If you’d like to order one and be part of something really cool, visit this page on the Prestige website.

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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Taylor Ushers in Redesigned 900 Series Models

Taylor 900PRESS RELEASE: Today at the Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, Taylor Guitars is proud to debut the redesign of its popular rosewood/spruce 900 Series. Developed by Master Guitar Designer Andy Powers, the guitars boast a refined package of premium appointments crafted from natural materials and incorporate many of the tone-enhancing innovations found in Taylor’s 600 and 800 Series models, giving this luxurious class of rosewood guitars an updated voice and look.  Read More …

Taylor Expands New 600 Rollout


PRESS RELEASE: After unveiling a transformative redesign of its maple 600 Series acoustic guitars earlier this year at the Winter NAMM Show, Taylor Guitars is expanding the rollout this spring. The new 600s, which were revoiced to bring out a richer, warmer maple sound and given a major aesthetic makeover, made their debut with an initial release of four models – the 614ce, 616ce, 618ce and 12-string 656ce. In the wake of rave reviews from industry leaders, dealers and media, two Grand Concert models join the series this spring: the 612ce and 612ce 12-Fret.  Read More …

MUSIKMESSE: Taylor 2014 Spring Limited Editions

819PRESS RELEASE: Taylor Guitars has unveiled its 2014 Spring Limited Editions, offering players a fresh acoustic voice and premium appointments. This year’s collection features a sumptuous baritone Dreadnought, the 320e-Baritone SLTD, and a suite of upgraded, full-gloss 400 Series models. On the baritone Dreadnought, the rich pairing of sapele back and sides with a mahogany top makes a striking impression. The combination of the baritone’s 27-inch scale length, tonewood selection, and Dreadnought body yields low-end richness with touches of warmth in a booming voice. It’s a tone profile that Taylor Master Builder Andy Powers describes as filled with “loads of growl and midrange gnarliness.” Read More …

MUSIKMESSE: New Martin Models

e75dd9955407ad7f1c238e520276f85c_MPRESS RELEASE: C. F. Martin & Co. (www.martinguitar.com) will unveil four outstanding new models at Musikmesse 2014, Hall 3.1 Stand F81, in Frankfurt, Germany March 12-15.  Two new retro-inspired models, the 000-18 and OM-28, both highlight distinct vintage design and include features that can be found on coveted Martin pre-war era guitars.  Additionally, two new cutaway models are being introduced, the DC-Aura GT and GPC-Aura GT,both of which will come equipped with Fishman F1 Aura Plus electronics.

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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 …