MUSIKMESSE 2011: Blackstar HT-5 reboot

The HT-5 was the amp that really kickstarted it all for Blackstar. This year they’ve given the line a reboot with a bunch of cool new features. Check it out!


Blackstar Amplification (Halle 4.0, Stand C40) is extending their popular HT-5 line of all-tube amplifiers to include three new models equipped with a stereo digital reverb. Additional enhancements have also been made.

The new, innovative HT-5R combo and HT-5RH head offer real tube sound in a compact format. While the preamp uses a traditional 12AX7 tube, the power section uses the dual-triode 12BH7 tube wired in a push-pull circuit. This configuration produces the crunch and break-up characteristics of a traditional 100 Watt amp, delivering a sound rich in tube harmonics and compression even at the lowest volume levels.

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MUSIKMESSE 2011: Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler

Here’s another cool offering from Line 6 in addition to the POD HD Desktop.



— A single stompbox with over 100 guitar effects that will supercharge your pedal board

CALABASAS, Calif.—April 5, 2011—Line 6, Inc.(, the industry leader in digitalmodeling technology for music-creation products, announced today the launch of M5 Stompbox Modeler, a portable and powerful multi-effectthat gives guitarists access to a comprehensive collection of historic stompbox tones in the space of a single stompbox.

M5 is a compact, professional-grade, super-easy super-stompt hat will provide access to over 100 coveted guitar effects in the footprint of a standard pedal, running effects one at a time, just like the classics pedals that inspired it.

“M5 Stompbox Modeler will become the secret weapon on your pedal board” remarked Mike Murphy, Category Manager for POD and Effects Products at Line 6.  “It channels the souls of over a hundred modern and vintage stompboxes into a single pedal, giving you the ability to completely transform your rig with this one stompbox.”

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—    The next generation of iconic “bean”-shaped direct-recording effects processorsfeatures HD amp modeling, over 100 M-class effects and an essential array of ins and outs —

CALABASAS, Calif.—April 6, 2011—Line 6, Inc.(, the industry leader in digital modeling technology for musicians, announced today POD® HD desktop multi-effect, the latest addition to the award-winning family of POD products.

“POD HD will add the truly exceptional tube-like tone and feel of new HD amp modeling to the classic POD benefits of convenience, simplicity and flexibility,” remarked Michael Murphy, Category Manager for POD and Effects Products at Line 6.  “Plus, POD HD will feature over 100 M-class guitar effects and ins and outs that are perfect for any project studio.”

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MUSIKMESSE 2011: New Yamaha Pacificas

Check out this very, very shredworthy new Yamaha Pacifica 510V – rocking a special Seymour Duncan P-Rails too! Scroll down to the end of the post for a video of the guitar. The Pacifica is a real rock workhorse – can you believe they’ve been around for 17 years now?


When Yamaha introduced the first Pacifica models in 1994 it brought high quality, high performance no-compromise instruments within reach of many thousands of discerning guitarists on a budget. These highly affordable instruments were characterised by high-quality hardware and a superb solid wood body.

Since that time Yamaha has gone on to introduce a wide range of Pacifica variations many of which have since received international awards and as a result of this relentless pursuit of quality the Pacifica is one of the world’s most popular guitar brands.

The Pacifica story continues to evolve and innovate with the introduction of four new models at this years’ Frankfurt Musikmesse – The Pacifica 611HFM, 510V, 311H and 120H.

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MUSIKMESSE 2011: Ampeg GVT guitar amps

Remember those cool Ampeg Lee Jackson amps back in the day, which Zakk Wylde and Paul Gilbert played, and which came with an actual ignition key for turning them on? Those were badass. Well Ampeg is back in the guitar game now with the GVT series. Check it out!


Ampeg Brings All-Tube Tone to Guitarists With New GVT™ Series Amps

Wed, 06 Apr 2011

Ampeg today re-enters the world of premium guitar amplification with the announcement of the GVT series guitar amps, due out this summer. Each head, cab and combo offers all-tube guitar tone in a sleek design inspired by classic Ampeg guitar amps from the ‘70s.

The comprehensive line of Ampeg GVT Guitar Amps range from an ultra-compact 5-watt head, all the way up to a gig-friendly 50-watt, 2×12 combo. GVT heads and combos are all-tube by design, including 6V6 and 6L6 power tubes for unmistakable American feel and tone.

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MUSIKMESSE 2011: Three new Ibanez X Series models

Check these out! It’s about time Ibanez came out with some more cool shapes to complement the awesome Xiphos. These new axes – the Halberd, Falchion and Glaive, all feature Ibanez’s CAP Active LZ10 humbuckers.

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The HALBERD’s body design is inspired by the flow curves. Not only beautifully lined, the body is also functional. It offers easy access to high frets, a sleek, body-fitting back contour, and great balance, all which lead to excellent playing comfort. The original CAP active pickups in both neck and bridge positions create massive, full-bodied tone. The headstock design is based on the legendary Ibanez Iceman with an additional cut to sharpen it up. Among all the X-series models, the HALBERD is suited to a broad range of music due to its appearance and hard-tail bridge/tailpiece. Available colors are “LUNA SHADOW (LSH)” and “MARS SHADOW (MSH)”, which highlight the beautiful contrast between the body outline and contour.

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MUSIKMESSE 2011: Orange Dark Terror


Dark forces have been stirring at Orange Amps where mysterious alchemy has created the beast to be unleashed. Striding out of the shadows is the new Dark Terror, guitars amps will never be the same again!

Menacingly small, easily recognisable, this aggressive little amp comes with a mind blowing sound which combines the shape control of the Thunder series with the weight and size of the monster Terror family. This Frankenstein like amp has creepy amounts of gain on tap with disturbingly pleasurable responsiveness. It is uncompromisingly brutal, doubtless unhinged, even ferocious!

The Dark Terror rises from the ethereal depths to fulfill the every desire of the Heavy Metal and Rock guitar players. With its characteristic fearless Orange Amp looks, heavy duty construction and portability, guitar players everywhere will quickly become attuned to this scary dark force of nature.

The Dark Terror is highest gain Terror amp ever and comes with:-

New High Gain Preamp 3 x ECC83/12AX7
Valve Driven FX Loop 1
x ECC81/12AT7
Four Stages of Gain
15 Watts Class A, Switchable to 7 Watts
Weighs in at only 7kg/15lbs
A Gig Bag
The Dark Terror is available from the end on May 2011 and priced at £399 (inc. VAT). Hear its distinctive Orange Amp sound and you will feel this mysteriously attractive force pulling you into the shadow of the Dark Terror. It’s everything you want from a Black Orange Amp. Prepare to ride the Dark Terror storm.



The much anticipated Orange OPC, the musician’s personal computer, has been upgraded and is ready for Pre-Order from the new website for delivery within the UK by the end of April and will be shipping outside the UK shortly after.

Fresh from its triumphant demonstration at the CES Show on the INTEL stand, the OPC now features the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ series i3-2100 CPU (3M Cache, 3.10 GHz). Featuring the very latest Intel technology, the new platform uses less power and has vastly superior integrated graphics and raw power ideal for audio processing. Further improvements announced today include 1 VGA and 2 HDMI interfaces and a precision cut laser aluminium chassis.

The OPC hit the headlines last year when the revolutionary all-in-one hybrid was announced. The first computer of its kind to have built-in high powered speakers, the OPC delivers superb full range studio and authentic vintage guitar sounds. The OPC is designed for musicians and songwriters offering one stop playing, recording, editing and computing capabilities, with premium software pre-installed. The OPC works straight out of the box with no setting up necessary… just plug in, play, record and share!

The OPC comes with well over £700/$1000 of premium software, including the following packages;

IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 including Custom Shop Orange Amps – Amp and Effects Modelling Software

Presonus Studio One Custom Orange Edition – DAW

Acoustica Mixcraft 5 – DAW

Toontracks EZdrummer Lite

Lick Library Player – Guitar learning and jamming centre for included guitar lessons

The OPC retail price is £1020 + VAT (£1224 inc) with free delivery and can be ordered from the new website

The Orange OPC revolution starts here!

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