Ola Englund Gets Washburn Signature Model

WashburnWashburn has announced that monster guitarist, gear expert and all-round nice guy Ola Englund (Feared, Six Feet Under and now The Haunted) is being honoured with his own Washburn signature line called the Parallaxe Solar Series. Ola posted a pic to Facebook the other day of one of these in-development axes, with a Seymour Duncan TB-6 Duncan Distortion trembucker in the bridge position, an SH-2 Jazz at the neck and a Stephen’s Extended Cutaway. This is bound to be a high-performance guitar of the greatest quality and I can’t wait to check them out in person when they’re launched next year. Here’s the press release: Read More …

NAMM: Washburn Time Traveler Series


Still have a couple of bucks left over after buying up a crate of KISS ice-cream? Well this guitar is probably the greatest KISS-related tie-in ever, and it’s the kind of thing that you don’t need to be a huge mega KISS fan to appreciate: the Washburn Limited Edition Time Traveler series. Taking some cues from the Gibson Firebird but going in a different direction, the Time Traveler, features Seymour Duncan mini humbuckers, Buzz Feiten Tuning System and very impressively applied ageing. These guitars attracted a lot of attention at NAMM, regardless of their connection to KISS and Paul Stanley: folks were just digging the fact that they were killer guitars.


Here’s the press release.

Washburn Guitars Presents the Limited Edition Time Traveler Series

Chicago, February, 2013 – Washburn Guitars is proud to introduce the Time Traveler series with the model PS2012R, a classically inspired guitar for the ages. Designed in conjunction with Paul Stanley of Kiss, the Time Traveler guitars are hand crafted and aged to look, feel and play as if they’re 40 years old.

Read More …

NEWS: Earvana compensated nut for Floyd Rose coming soon

I was just cruising the Earvana website after following a link from Strat-O-Blogster, and I noticed that Earvana is working on a compensated nut for Floyd Rose guitars. This is great news for those of us who love their whammy bar freakouts but wish their guitars had better intonation. 

The Earvana nut optimises the scale length of each string for better intonation between the 1st and 12th frets, so chords sound more in tune and notes ‘sit’ easier in a mix. I’ve tried the Earvana system on a bunch of guitars (including many ESPs) and I find it to be a really useful, unobstructive way of attaining vastly improved intonation.
Perhaps the only option out there that beats it is the True Temperament system, but the Earvana system is by far the cheapest and easiest option. Let’s not forget the Buzz Feiten method though, while we’re having an intonation-improving love-in, but Earvana certainly beats Buzz in terms of bucks and ease of implementation.