Oh hells yes! 7 and 8 string Eclipses! Rosewood-freboard ST-203FR! Eclipses with P90s! ESP is pulling out some pretty cool LTD stuff for Summer/Fall 2011. Let’s take a look, shall we?

EC-407, EX-307, and V-307

ESP gives a nod to the djent djeneration with these 7-stringers, all with mahogany bodies, maple necks, rosewood fretboards and EMG 81-7 and EMG 707 pickups.

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SUMMER NAMM 2011: Radial Reamp JCR

Aaah! This is cool! I have a Radial Pro-RMP reamping unit and I love it – very sturdy and useful. Nice to see the continued evolution of the design.


Radial announces the Reamp JCR™; a tradition has been updated!

Vancouver BC – Radial Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce the latest generation Reamp® – a passive Reamper™ that follows the traditional design set out by inventor and patent holder John Cuniberti.

According to Radial president Peter Janis: “With over 10 years legacy and customers as diverse as Joe Satriani, Eddie Van Halen and the Rolling Stones, we were careful to retain the original circuit design that John created after we purchased the brand. We sourced the original custom made USA transformer and stayed true to John’s original circuit.”

“But as you all know, our team at Radial can never just leave well enough alone! The new JCR Reamp has been equipped with some fun extras that we think will set the Reamping bar another step higher! This includes a handy mute switch that enables the engineer to turn off the signal coming from the control room and allow him to move mics around the studio without the amp blasting away. We also added a switchable high-cut filter to help tame overly bright amps and a low-cut filter to reduce unwanted resonance.”

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SUMMER NAMM 2011: Ampeg GVT Series amps

Ampeg Brings All-Tube Tone to Guitarists With New GVT Series Amps GVT debuts at Summer NAMM 2011

Nashville, TN – July 20, 2011 – Ampeg 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.

“Over the years, Ampeg guitar amps have delivered an alternative to the standard tones of the time,” remarks Ampeg’s Director of Amplification, Pyotr Belov. “The all-new GVT line is no different. It can easily handle a wide range of playing styles, but does so with pure Ampeg guitar tone that easily outshines the leading tube amps.”

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SUMMER NAMM 2011: Blackstar adds reverb to HT-5 series


Blackstar Adds Reverb Models to Popular HT-5 Series of Guitar Amplifiers

— New models include HT-5R Combo, HT-5RH Head, HT-5RS Mini Stack and HT-112 Cabinet —

SUMMER NAMM SHOW, NASHVILLE, TN, July 21, 2011 — The Blackstar Amplification (booth 800) HT-5R Combo, HT-5RH Head, HT-5RS Mini Stack and HT-112 Cabinet are recent additions to their popular HT-5 line of tube amplifiers and include a stereo digital reverb and other enhancements.

The 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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COOL GEAR ALERT: Line 6 Midi Mobilizer II

YES! I’m sure my fellow iPad geeks will be psyched about this. I’d love to be able to plug my MIDI keyboard into my iPad for an easily portable rig.


—Connect any MIDI keyboard to GarageBand® for iPad® and other music apps—

CALABASAS, Calif.—July 21, 2011—Line 6, Inc. (, the industry leader in digital modeling technology for musicians, introduces MIDI Mobilizer™ II, its latest portable MIDI interface that connects all classic and modern MIDI equipment to Apple® iPhone® and iPad®. Descended from the first-generation MIDI Mobilizer (the world’s first MIDI interface for Apple iOS devices), MIDI Mobilizer II is the ideal MIDI interface for GarageBand® for iPad® and other CoreMIDI music apps.

“MIDI Mobilizer II makes portable music production easy,” remarked Chris Grigg, Line 6 mobile products manager. “Anyone with an iPhone or iPad and a MIDI controller can connect MIDI Mobilizer II and be recording and playing music in seconds. And with new apps being developed all the time, users can access an incredibly wide variety of instruments, software and more.”

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SUMMER NAMM 2011: Taylor To Help Players Find Their Fit at Interactive, In-Store Events


Taylor To Help Players Find Their Fit at Interactive, In-Store Events

NASHVILLE – July 21, 2011 – This summer, Taylor Guitars is inviting players to a one-on-one guitar consultation to discover the Taylor guitar that fits their playing profile at a series of Find Your Fit sales events. From late July through the month of August, the Find Your Fit event will make stops at 65 authorized Taylor dealers across the nation. At each store, Taylor’s team of factory experts will offer players personal insights to help them better understand how guitar body shapes and woods interact with one’s playing style to affect tone. The end goal is to help each player identify the pairing of shapes and woods that best complements their playing profile to give them the tones they crave. Both new and existing players will benefit from the advice and knowledge of the factory staff, all while enjoying access to many different guitars from the Taylor line. Factory staff will also help players dial in their amplified acoustic tone using Taylor’s on-board Expression System®, an award-winning pickup which faithfully reproduces a Taylor’s natural acoustic voice.

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SUMMER NAMM 2011: RapcoHorizon i-JAM 3-n-1 Smart Phone Interface


Company’s Latest Product to Interface with the iPhone will be Shown at Summer NAMM 2011

NASHVILLE, JULY 21, 2011 ― The RapcoHorizon Company a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, is exhibiting the i-JAM 3-n-1 Smart Phone Interface at Summer NAMM 2011 (Booth 411). The i-JAM 3-n-1 is a three-in-one smart phone solution, ideal for every electric instrument player. In addition to its ability to interface with iPhone apps, such as recording and instructional play software, the i-JAM 3-n-1 also features a built-in amplifier and MP3 play along practice device.

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SUMMER NAMM 2011: Boss Micro BR BR-80 Digital Recorder


A Jam-Along Device and Pro Eight-Track Studio That Fits in Your Pocket

Los Angeles, CA, July 21, 2011 — BOSS is now shipping the MICRO BR BR-80 Digital Recorder, an updated and improved version of its popular MICRO BR multitrack recorder. The first MICRO BR, launched in 2006, was a big hit among musicians, offering pro-quality multitracking in a handheld device only slightly larger than an iPod™. With an eight-track upgrade, the latest BOSS guitar and vocal effects, built-in rhythms, onboard stereo mics, fun jamming and practice features directly inherited from BOSS’ eBand® JS-8, and a Live Record mode that instantly turns the BR-80 into a stereo handheld field recorder, the BR-80 is sure to become an indispensable companion for guitarists, songwriters, and musicians everywhere.

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