Ormsby HypeGTR & SXGTR Production Models

HypeGTR

If you haven’t checked out the incredible guitars being made by Perry Ormsby, where the hell have you been? Every Ormsby guitar I’ve played has been utterly flawless in its construction and tone. His Hypemachine and SX models are world-class instruments and if you’ve never played a multiscale instrument before and are a bit skeptical about the idea, these will quickly win you over. Of course, getting in on a Hypemachine run is pretty tricky and an Ormsby Customshop instrument is a pretty pricey endeavour, so Perry has announced the GTR Production Models which are still very high quality but more affordable and with solid finishes. Available in six and seven-string HypeGTR and SXGTR models, the specs were nutted out by an invited group of Ormsby fans online and the initial run of 175 guitars was presold in 19 hours. This first run is being increased to 250 total. Read More …

Schecter Blackjack Collection Shipping Now

blackjackOne of the coolest product lines of 2014 has gotta be the Schecter Blackjack Collection, which is shipping now. Schecter has taken almost a custom shop approach to these instruments: on the surface they appear to be pretty stripped-back, but when you look closer all of the guitars have Crimson Red binding and inlays, combined with Glow-In-Dark Side markers and passive Seymour Duncan pickups. The Avenger and C models each have five variations 6-string with HipShot USA fixed bridge, Floyd Rose or Floyd Rose with Sustainiac, plus fixed-bridge 7 and 8-string models. And there’s also a 6-string Tempest, a very cool Schecter design that I’m glad to see back in the line. If you’d like to order one from Amazon.com, here are some links (and each is also available left-handed):

C-1
C-1 FR
C-1 FR-S
C-7
C-8
Avenger-6
Avenger-6 FR
Avenger-6 FR-S
Avenger-7
Avenger-8
Tempest

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NAMM 2012: Parker Maxx Fly Bass

Here’s the fretless version from the NAMM floor. Scroll to the end to see a press shot of the fretted version.

The MAXXimum In Basses

The new Maxx Fly Bass represents the culmination of Parker’s finest work in a bass. Sacrificing nothing in terms of design and aesthetics, this bass is the ultimate in its class and is a powerhouse of features. It is a bass that a professional musician will turn to time and time again. It will be debuted at Winter NAMM 2012 and be available for $5999.99.

The body is crafted of swamp ash. It’s built to sound big, featuring an EMG® ‘P’ Split-Neck pickup, an EMG® ‘MMCS’ bridge pickup, and an EMG® Piezo Buffer. The Parker designed Hipshot® Bridge also houses the Ghost® Piezo saddles. It is available in a gloss finish, with colors including dusty black, 3-tone sunburst, and candy lemon yellow.

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FEATURE: 8 Is Enough… for now – Production 8-string guitars

The 8 string electric guitar isn’t a totally new phenomenon – Meshuggah fans have been lusting after their own readily available version for years now – but since Ibanez made the brave move into the mass-produced world of the low F# string, other companies have stepped up with their own monstrous creations. Here are a few readily available production 8 strings. All feature EMG 808 active pickups, and all are tuned F#-B-E-A-D-G-B-E at the factory, but of course you’re free to come up with your own tunings. Personally, I’d probably drop the F# down to E. You’ve already gone down that far, why not get all the way down to bass territory? Then again, following that philosophy, I’d probably want a 9 string so I can go as low as a 5 string bass… Hehehe.

Ibanez RG2228
SPECS:
basswood body, 5-piece maple/wenge neck w/rosewood fretboard,
24 jumbo frets
27” Scale
Gotoh Tuners
Edge III-8 fixed bridge,
2x EMG 808 pickups

CLICK HERE to see the Ibanez RG2228 on eBay.

ESP LTD FM-418
SPECS:
Neck-Thru-Body
Basswood Body, Maple Neck w/ Rosewood Fretboard
24 XJ Frets
25.5″ Scale
Grover Tuners
Hipshot Fixed Bridge
EMG 808 pickups

CLICK HERE to see the ESP LTD FM-418 on eBay.

Schecter Hellraiser C-8
SPECS:
Manhgay body, Mahogany Neck w/Rosewood Fretboard
26.5” Scale
Schecter Locking Tuners
Hipshot Fixed Bridge
EMG 808 Pickups

CLICK HERE to see the Schecter Hellraiser C-8 on eBay.