COOL GEAR ALERT: Washburn N4CV Nuno Bettencourt

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PRESS RELEASE: The Nuno Bettencourt N4 has long been a popular model in the Washburn line. The combination of the Stephens Extended Cutaway with a Floyd Rose has proved irresistible to shredders the world over. Now Washburn ups the ante with the addition of a carbon fiber fretboard and stainless steel frets. The N4CV’s 22 stainless steel frets are silky smooth and will last the life of the owner without needing replacement. The carbon fiber fretboard is extremely fast and slippery so bends and dives never bind your fingers. Read More …

Check Out These D’Angelico 2014 Models

IMG_2728PRESS RELEASE: D’Angelico Guitars, the finest builder of archtop guitars and iconic brand in the music space, announces the introduction of its new guitar lineup for 2014.  In response to the tremendous success of the D’Angelico Standard Series, the company has expanded the product line with the introduction of the EX-59 and EX-175 models. D’Angelico Guitars also welcomes the Style B model to its “stunningly crafted” (Guitar Aficionado) USA Master-Builder Series. Read More …

Dean Markley USA Debuts Helix Pure Nickel Guitar Strings

jpegPRESS RELEASE: Dean Markley USA introduces the addition of new pure nickel guitar strings to the Helix line. Helix strings are made with a new patented hyper-elliptical winding technique, creating a tighter wrap and more mass, which seals the strings without the need for coating.  By using pure nickel, the strings will offer a warmer, clearer tone all while extending the life of the string. Pure nickel strings have long been sought after by guitarists in pursuit of the ultimate tone.  But manufacturers have stopped manufacturing or limit their production due to the high cost.  The Dean Markley team takes a different approach and firmly believes in giving the musician every tool they need to achieve their goals.  Pure nickel strings immediately start out with a warm tone and keep their tone much longer than strings using other materials.  Besides being easier on the frets and gentler to the touch, pure nickel creates less distortion allowing tone aficionados to clearly distinguish notes within chords and high speed run-throughs of scales and arpeggios.   Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: TronicalTune

IMG_3229A while back, Gibson unveiled its Robot Guitar. It was a pretty cool instrument with self-tuning technology, although it was pretty fiddly and while it was impressive at the time, in retrospect the tuning time was a little longer than most players would like. It also had to be built into the guitar, required a unique tailpiece, tuners, internal processor and pot system to operate, and was a bit fiddly to use. The latest self-tuning system used by Gibson (called Min-ETune) was developed by Tronical, and it’s not just available on a bunch of different Gibson models: you can also buy it separately to install in the axe of your choice, and it’s available in a variety of three-a-side and six-a-side versions. That’s right, you can install this system on your Strat, your Ibanez RG, your Taylor acoustic, your Gibson Flying V, your D’Angelico jazzbox and a huge variety of other instruments. There are downloadable templates for you to figure out which of the many available models suits your guitar. Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: Epiphone Reissues The Double-Neck!

sgEpiphone has announced a whole bunch of new guitars for 2014 including some brand new designs as well as some reissues of some much-loved favourites. Perhaps most exciting of all is the return of the mighty G-1275 Doubleneck. Inspired by the iconic guitar Jimmy Page used to inspire millions of guitarists with, this is definitely one of those instruments that encapsulates the glory and power of rock! There’s also a pretty damn nice Joe Bonamassa Les Paul in Pelham Blue, amongst other things. Here’s the press release:

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COOL GEAR ALERT: IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD

irig mic hdPRESS RELEASE: IK Multimedia, a global technology company and leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories, today announcediRig® Mic HD, the first high-quality digital handheld microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. iRig Mic HD improves on IK’s groundbreaking and highly popular iRig Mic, by offering pristine digital audio quality and multi-platform compatibility for all generations of iOS devices and Macs, in addition to its practical handheld form factor and other convenient features. Read More …

NAMM: Schecter Booth Visit

IMG_3029Schecter has really knocked it up a notch in 2014, especially with the KM-7 Keith Merrow signature, which was one of the big hits of the show. Schecter has really reigned in the abalone-trim look that some players were really turning away from, and in its place they’ve unleashed a whole bunch of new guitars with simple-but-deadly finishes. There are also models such as the new Banshees which are available with Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient pickups – even the 6-string versions, which is notable because the Nazgul and Sentient were designed for 7 and 8-string players, and right now they’re only available on these Schecters. Schecter also used NAMM to showcase their USA guitars, including some pretty wild Custom Shop models. Let’s take a look. Settle in! Most of the pics are clickable, either to their respective product pages, I Heart Guitar news stories or the Schecter Custom Shop page. Read More …

NAMM: Line 6 AMPLIFi Series

Line 6 AMPLIFiPRESS RELEASE: Line 6, Inc. (NAMM room 212A), leading manufacturer of innovative solutions for musicians, today unveiled AMPLIFi, an entirely new kind of guitar amplifier. By combining a high-performance guitar amp, a streaming Bluetooth® speaker system and a breakthrough iOS app into one powerful device, AMPLIFi will change the way guitarists practice, perform and enjoy music. “Eighteen years ago, Line 6 revolutionized the guitar amp market by releasing the world’s first modeling amplifier,” said Paul Foeckler, CEO of Line 6. “And now we’re doing it again. AMPLIFi completely redefines the guitar amplifier, bringing together our customers’ musical and personal lives like no other device.”