Music Radar previews 2013 Ibanez line

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Wow! Didn’t expect these to be announced so soon, but Music Radar has the scoop on several killer new Ibanez models for 2013, including the RG550-XH, effectlively a new version of the RG2011SC, theĀ 30-fret beast released a few NAMMs ago (and used in the studio by Dragonforce, according to Herman Li in my April 2012 interview), the new Iron Label series and … a Premium version of the venerable ‘green dot’ Universe 7-string!!! The UV70 features DiMarzio Blaze pickups and the same basic styling as one of the most missed early Universe models. Get the lowdown here.

Fender Kurt Cobain Jaguar signature model!

Whoa! MusicRadar and Total Guitar have a heck of a scoop: Fender is releasing a Kurt Cobain signature Jaguar to commemorate 20 years since the release of Nevermind. The guitar is just like the 1965 Jag that Kurt used, and is authentically tricked out with DiMarzio PAF and Super Distortion humbuckers, a second volume control, black three-position toggle switch and a chrome Gotoh bridge. It has a Strat-sized headstock and a non-period-correct ‘spaghetti’ logo. It’ll be available in both lefty and righty models.

Check out Music Radar for more info, and look for the full story in issue 220 of Total Guitar magazine, out on October 3. I know, I know, October 3 is still over a month away. Put a reminder in your phone!

NEWS: Total Guitar gets an overhaul

Total Guitar magazine has just had a bit of a refresh, and you can check out a preview here. Man, I’ve got Total Guitars stretching back years and years. See that pick tin in the I Heart Guitar banner? That was a freebie with Total Guitar a few years ago. I’ve used their cover CDs to teach dozens of students, and I’ve always liked their snappy review style. The new-look mag features 20 pages of gear reviews and advice, and there’s a new regular feature, the Head To Head review, where two similar products are compared.

The first issue of the new-look Total Guitar magazine is on sale from 18 March to 14 April.