REVIEW: Yngwie Malmsteen @ 170 Russell

Yngwie

There’s no question that Yngwie Malmsteen is one of the greatest, fastest and most excessive rock guitarists of all time. But you don’t really get an appreciation for just how good he is until you experience it in person. Yngwie just continues to get better and better, which is no mean feat when you consider how great he was right out of the gate. So, having missed his last Australian tour and his clinic tour, I was really excited to catch Yngwie this time around. Read More …

FMIC Sells Ovation

Yngwie Malmsteen Ovation

Here’s an interesting development. Fender subsidiary KMC Music has sold the Ovation guitar brand as well as its owned and licensed percussion brands to Drum Workshop. Fender sold Guild a little while ago, and in 2014 they ceased U.S. production of Ovation’s New Hartford plant, shifting Ovation production to China, South Korea and Indonesia. No word yet on whether DW will re-open U.S. production of Ovations.

So hey FMIC, while you’re in a divesting mood, howzabout selling Hamer so somebody can bring it back to life?

Here’s the press release. Read More …

NEWS: Eastwood Breadwinner Tribute

Wow! I’ve heard rumours that Eastwood were hoping to reissue the Ovation Breadwinner, and it seems this is as close as they’re gonna get – the Breadwinner tribute guitar.

There are a few changes compared to the original Ovation classic (especially the headstock), but ya gotta hand it to Eastwood for making it happen. Electric Light Orchestra tribute bands, start your credit cards.
CLICK HERE to see real vintage Ovation Breadwinner guitars on eBay.

Here’s the press release.

Eastwood Guitars debuted the new Breadwinner tribute guitar at NAMM 2009 last month to much praise and excitement. The distinctive shape and unmistakable look of this classic model is a showstopper. It brings back memories of the most diverse cast of players like no other guitar, including David Cassidy, Glen Campbell, Robert Smith, Colin Newman, Wally Bryson, Steve Marriot, Tom Morello and Ace Frehley. We can’t imagine that crowd has anything else in common other than the weird and wonderful Breadwinner.

The Breadwinner is available in white or black with white pickguard. The unique form fitting solid mahogany body and 24 ¾” scale maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and 1 11/16″ nut, make this guitar one of the world’s most ergonomic designs with unsurpassed comfort and balance. The cutaway shape allows full access to the 24th fret. This is the first Eastwood model to feature Active Mini Humbuckers with a 3-way and an active on/off switch. The Breadwinner comes with a traditional custom hardtail or an optional Strat style tremolo bridge. To protect this six string 70s dream-machine, Eastwood has created a custom fit deluxe hardshell case, which will be included with the first 48 guitars (so order today).

“The Breadwinner has been one of the most requested models that fans have wanted us to recreate”, stated Mike Robinson, President of Eastwood Guitars, “and from the response at the NAMM show, it will become a very popular model for Eastwood”.

The Eastwood Breadwinner tribute guitar is in stock now and is shipping worldwide.

For more information, visit their web site at www.eastwoodguitars.com.

DOUBLE NECK GUITAR WEEK – Day 3: Ovation Celebrity CSE225

I dunno if it’s cool to mention Richie Sambora or not (in fact I’m pretty sure it’s not, sorry Richie), but the dude sure did a lot for the visibility of Ovation double neck and triple neck guitars over the years.

The CSE225-8TY isn’t an official Sambora model or anything like that, but it sure does remind me of being about 12 years old, watching Bon Jovi videos on late night TV. Jimmy Page also used double-neck Ovation models on the ‘Page & Plant – ‘Unledded’ project of the mid 90s.

Specs are:

6/12-String Acoustic/Electric
Body Type: Custom Super Shallow depth
Top: Solid Spruce
Bracing: Modified Quintad
Scale Length:
Fretboard: Rosewood
Fret Inlay: Abalone, Elite Style
Bridge: Walnut
Rosette: Multi Soundhole 5-Piece Epaulet
Pickup: Thinline
Nutwidth: 6 String 1 11/16, 12 String 1 7/8
Machines:
Case: GC9115


CLICK HERE to buy the Ovation Celebrity Doubleneck CSE225 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Blue Transparent Flame Maple from Guitar Center