Cool Gear Alert: Pettyjohn PreDrive

Man, this thing looks so cool! The PreDrive is a studio grade, dual foot-switchable guitar preamp designed to be the first pedal in your chain. Built in the USA with two discrete opamp chips and audiophile components throughout, the PreDrive will preserve every detail of any instrument plugged into it. Its preamp was designed to serve the unique needs of a matching impedances of magnetic pickups, and can be used as a preamp for almost any instrument outfitted with a magnetic pickup. With a full frequency range and a transformer coupled Direct Output you can capture great direct in tones in the studio, perfect for reamping, using virtual amps or even use the PreDrive in front of digital effects units to add extra dimension and clarity to your tone. More info on Pettyjohn here. Read More …

Keeley Limited Release Black Glass British Fuzz

BlackGlassSplashPRESSS RELEASE: Keeley Electronics today announced it is building the Black Glass British Fuzz effect pedal. The pedal will be limited to 150 units.  The 100% hand-built Black Glass is a modern compact circuit of the classic OC81 based design and was created for the most demanding fuzz effects lovers. The Black Glass offers a wealth of tone bending vintage musical MkIII sounds with reduced noise and treble response and a modern power supply. With controls for FUZZ, TONE, and LEVEL the Black Glass makes it easy for players to dial in very wild amounts of fuzz. Modifications to the circuit allow for an increased high frequency not heard of before as well as ultra-low noise.  Furthermore, design modifications have solved temperature problems that can affect vintage fuzz units.  Players have the needed power supply inversion so that they can use a regular 9 Volt power supply.  Read More …

Dean Markley USA Debuts 30th Anniversary Guitar Amplifiers

jpegPRESS RELEASE: For the past three decades, the Dean Markley CD30 and CD60 tube guitar amplifiers have been used and sought after by studios and elite guitarists around the world. Due to their limited production runs over the years, they have been hard to come by but their high headroom clean channel and warm lead channel have made them a go to choice for artists such as Eric Clapton, Alex Lifeson, Andy Summers and many others. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of these amps and Dean Markley has committed to full time production to celebrate the occasion. The amps will debut at NAMM and be available worldwide in February.

Read More …

Gibson Memphis Rich Robinson ES-335. Whoa.

ARRRSCNB1-Glam-ShotOh sweet zombie Jesus. Not 24 hours after posting my review of the Gibson 50th Anniversary 1963 ES-335, this is brought to my attention and entered my ‘Guitar Crush’ list: the Gibson Memphis Rich Robinson ES-335. Now, Rich is a dude who knows his vintage guitars very well indeed, so you know that when he specs out an ES-335 it’s going to be pretty damn sweet. This one has some cool niche features like a slightly wider nut, a pair of Burstbucker pickups (BurstBucker 1 at the neck, 2 at the bridge) and a Bigsby with cool ‘Custom Made’ plate to cover the stop bar stud holes, just like if this was an actual old ES-335 that had been Bisgby-fied. You can read more about it here, but here’s a little more info from Gibson.com, followed by a bunch of pics. Read More …

Michael Kelly Guitars 1950’s Series

MK1953BJWMichael Kelly Guitars announces the new 1950’s Series line of single cut guitars.  They’re available in five distinct models, and following their unique “Boutique Within Reach” approach of producing instruments, Michael Kelly Guitars builds these axes with the features, fit, finish and playability of those respected high end, low quantity builders but at affordable prices.
From the press release:
The electric guitar dramatically changed the world of popular music during the 50’s and this new line pays tribute. The 1950’s Series offers features and sonic capabilities of those memorable sounds but with modern day appointments and production techniques.  All five models feature an exotic wood top and contoured arm cut, master volume and master tone controls, a three way pickup selector, and coil taps for sonic range and versatility.

Read More …

Majik Box Shipping Doug Aldrich Rocket Fuel LTD5 5th Anniversary

RocketFuel5thPRESS RELEASE: In celebration of  the 5th Anniversary of the venerable Rocket Fuel pedal and their association with guitarist Doug Aldrich, Majik Box begins shipping the RF-LTD5 today. Sonically identical to the original Rocket Fuel, the RF-LTD5 features a special anodized treatment that Majik Box developed together with a Los Angeles area hot rod shop. This special process conforms to the Mil-A-8625, ASTM , military and automotive standards, and is known for its durability and beauty.  The special finish chosen for this special run pedal is called Atmospheric Blue. Read More …

New Pro Tone Pedals Bulb Deluxe Overdrive

BulbIf you missed out on Pro Tone Pedals’ limited edition Misha Mansoor Bulb Deluxe overdrive, good news! Thanks to overwhelming demand this pedal is back! But now the Attack switch has been changed from a little toggle to a foot switch, so you can kick it in and engage more definition and tightness during opportune moments. They’re available at the special price of $225 until Sunday April 13, after which the price will be $275. The pedal also sports a snazzy new look as well, and there will be a few knob options including black, red and white.

Below is a video of the first iteration of the pedal. The circuitry of the new version is the same with the exception of the move to a footswitch for Attack, so these tones are still perfectly cromulent. Read More …

Graph Tech Ratio Tuners For German Framus Models

Framus_graphtech_webPRESS RELEASE: From now on, all “Made in Germany“ Framus guitars will be equipped with Graph Tech Ratio tuned machine heads. The only exception to that rule is the Framus ES-model, which will still come with Framus Vintage mechanics. Graph Tech Ratio tuned machine heads offer a decisive advantage: For every string, the gear ratio is adjusted individually, ranging from 20:1 to 39:1. This means that with every turn, the pitch level changes by one tone on all strings. You will no longer need to turn all strings at different ratios to tune them – as is the case with conventional tuning mechanics. Tuning the high strings, in particular, is now quicker and easier than ever before. Read More …