Musikmesse 2012: Gibson Custom Kirk Hammett Flying V

Everyone knows Kirk Hammett used a Gibson Flying V extensively with Metallica before he started using ESPs – and he still works with ESP, releasing several cool new signature models this year – but Hammett has also returned to his roots in the form of this new Gibson Custom V, a replica of his old axe. Read More …

MUSIKMESSE 2012: Jackson Mille Phobia, Adrian Smith models

Check out these monstrous new models from Jackson at MusikMesse. Kreator’s Mille Petrozza gets a long, long overdue signature V, the Mille Phobia King V. Part of the wallet-friendly X-Series, it’s a basswood-bodied, maple ‘speed neck’ beastie with recessed Floyd Rose Special, 24 jumbo frets, compound radius 12″-16″ radius fretboard, EMG 81 active humbucker, and custom inlays including a Kreator logo at the 12th fret.

And Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith gets a new toy, the Adrian Smith Signature SDX. Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: ADA APP-1 preamp

A/DA relaunched a few years ago (in fact, that was one of the first ever news items on I Heart Guitar) with a brilliant reissue of their classic flanger. The company was already highly respected for their flangers and phasers when they released the classic MP-1 tube preamp, and I’ve been waiting to see the latest on their next big preamp statement Well, here it is! The APP-1 Pedal Preamp is now ready to go. This sounds like an incredible piece of kit. It’s designed to be extremely reactive to the input signal, which sounds like a very good thing to me – I’m kinda tired of everyone using the same ultra-compressed, ultra-distorted tone at the expense of good old fashioned playing dynamics, and the APP-1 goes out of its way to take your tone to expressive new dimensions.

What’s it sound like? Well check out this batch of demos, particularly the second one, where you’ll hear how the APP-1 goes from sparkly clean to roaring overdrive simply with harder pick attack. Y’know, just how it’s meant to be.

 

Here’s the press release:

 

A/DA Launches New APP-1 PEDAL PREAMP With Groundbreaking D-TORSION CORETM Technology

 

WALNUT CREEK, CA – MARCH 20, 2012 — A/DA announces the release of the new APP-1 Pedal Preamp, a guitar preamplifier built around A/DA’s new patent-pending player-responsive D-TORTION CORE technology, which reacts to the signal level of the strings to deliver more volume, dynamics, timbre, faster transients and richer harmonics than any amplifier available today.  The APP-1 is A/DA’s first product based on the newly invented D TORSION CORE technology, which features user-adjustable dynamic range and threshold levels for signal limiting, compression, distortion and harmonic expansion.  The APP-1 allows the guitarist to express, through his or her fingers, dynamics and tone like never before, going from ultraclean to overdrive to heavy distortion without turning a single knob on any amp, signal processor, recording console, stomp box or guitar.

 

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