SUMMER NAMM 2012: Gibson Grace Potter Flying V

Awesome to see Grace Potter (from Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, obviously) honoured with her own very stylish Gibson Flying V signature model. I like the art deco vibe of the pickguard, although if this was my axe I’d echo that on the truss rod cover as well. Interestingly, the fretboard wood is Chechen (also known as Poisonwood or Caribbean Rosewood).
Here’s some info:
“Crafted from Grade-A tonewoods and loaded with premium hardware and two of the finest contemporary recreations of legendary PAF humbucking pickups, the Grace Potter Signature Flying V is the hippest tone machine to head down the pike in a long time. Its unique look, designed by Grace, includes a hand-sprayed Nocturnal Brown gloss nitrocellulose top finish and satin natural back, sides and neck, and cream-painted Lexan pickguard with custom silkscreened art deco border.
More details here.

SUMMER NAMM 2012: Dean Markley Carl Verheyen strings

If you’re a Stratocaster user, you’ve probably seen that video above by Carl Verheyen. It’s been passed around on forums for a few years, and it explains how to perfectly balance the string tension and spring tension of your Stratocaster so that when you float the bridge you can achieve specific intervals by bending the bar up, and so you can maintain better return to pitch and some rather nice vibrato sounds as well.

Now Carl has teamed up with Dean Markley to create what appears to be the ultimate set of Strat-friendly strings for players who prefer this type of setup. Check it out! He explains it even further in this new video:


Dean Markley and Carl Verheyen Tame the Strat

SANTA CLARA, CA – July 10, 2012 – Dean Markley today announces the release of the new Carl Verheyen Balanced Bridge Helix Electric strings. This partnership brings a unique string set intended to balance the six screw and two screw Strat-style bridges. The new string set features a unique blend of gauges and features the new Helix patent-pending hyper-elliptical windings.

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SUMMER NAMM 2012: New VoiceLive Touch, VoiceLive 2 Features


TC-Helicon releases firmware updates that include new features for its bestsellers: VoiceLive Touch and Voice Live 2.

(Nashville, Tennessee, 12 July 2012) VoiceLive Touch, the ultimate stand-mountable, hands-on vocal effect and looper unit, and VoiceLive 2, the flagship, floor-based effects solution for singers, have been rocking the singing word for years. Still, even great things can be improved upon, and with this in mind, TC-Helicon decided to do a lot of listening – not a listening test, but listening to the users. A ‘share-an-idea’ page was set up on the TC-Helicon website and also users have been posting suggestions and ideas on the company’s Facebook page and via the vocal community, Voice Council.

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SUMMER NAMM 2012: Blackstar Gus G Blackfire 200 amp


Blackstar have been working closely with guitar hero Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) to create the ultimate heavy metal amp. Based on Blackstar’s award winning Series One 200 amp design, this 200-watt, limited edition amplifier has been voiced in partnership with Gus G.

Four switchable channels are offered: a Clean channel with Warm and Bright modes,
a Crunch channel with Crunch and Super Crunch modes, plus Fire and Fury overdrive channels specially voiced in partnership with Gus G. for a devastating full metal assault.

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Summer NAMM 2012 Public Day

The Summer NAMM Show is only a few weeks away, and unlike the 100% industry-only Winter NAMM Show, the Summer version includes a day for the general public to attend. So if you’ve ever wanted to see what NAMM is like, check out a bunch of killer gear before it hits the stores, catch some rare live performances, attend seminars and workshops, and generally hobnob with your fellow musicians, I highly recommend making the trip to Nashville.

The details of Public Day are at the end of this post, but here are a few experiences I’ve personally had at the last few Winter NAMM shows, to give you an idea of the stuff that generally goes on at these events. These are just from my experiences. Your NAMM experience may vary, but is likely to be awesome.

Performances I’ve seen: Mike Keneally, Frank Gambale, Stu Hamm, Orianthi, Coheed & Cambria, Testament, Steve Vai/Steve Morse/Paul Gilbert/Blues Sarasceno/Joe Bonamassa/Albert Lee/Dave LaRue, David Grissom, Paul Reed Smith Band, The Aristocrats, Eric Johnson, Lee Ritenour…

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