Cool New Stuff From PRS

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PRS Guitars has announced a few very cool new instruments recently: the S2 Vela and the  SE Alex Lifeson Thinline Angelus. PRS says “Anchored by PRS playability and craftsmanship, the Vela is perfect for players who want PRS build quality and reliability with a fresh aesthetic. The Vela is the maiden voyage into an offset body shape for PRS and is both elegant and edgy. Loaded with a PRS-designed Starla humbucker in the bridge and the newly designed PRS Type-D single coil in the neck, the Vela has a bright, punchy tone that sounds great plugged into your pedalboard or straight into an amp. A coil-tap on the tone control allows the Starla pickup to split into single coils and explore a whole new range of tones. The newly designed plate-style bridge holds two brass saddles specifically designed for great sustain and perfect intonation so both rhythm and lead tones sound great no matter where you are on the fretboard.” More info and pics here. Read More …

Taylor Guitars Kicks Off 2015 Road Shows

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PRESS RELEASE: The award-winning Taylor Guitars Road Show is back and making its way around the globe at Taylor Guitars dealers. The fun and informative in-store event gives fans the opportunity to connect with Taylor factory staff, play exceptional one-off custom Taylor guitars, and meet like-minded players. The Road Show also brings players the latest guitar developments from the company, including the redesigned and award-winning maple 600 Series and rosewood 800 Series models. Read More …

Ormsby HypeGTR & SXGTR Production Models

HypeGTR

If you haven’t checked out the incredible guitars being made by Perry Ormsby, where the hell have you been? Every Ormsby guitar I’ve played has been utterly flawless in its construction and tone. His Hypemachine and SX models are world-class instruments and if you’ve never played a multiscale instrument before and are a bit skeptical about the idea, these will quickly win you over. Of course, getting in on a Hypemachine run is pretty tricky and an Ormsby Customshop instrument is a pretty pricey endeavour, so Perry has announced the GTR Production Models which are still very high quality but more affordable and with solid finishes. Available in six and seven-string HypeGTR and SXGTR models, the specs were nutted out by an invited group of Ormsby fans online and the initial run of 175 guitars was presold in 19 hours. This first run is being increased to 250 total. Read More …

Buy This Fracking Album

PRESS RELEASE: John Butler Trio, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Franti, Indigo Girls, and many more are lending their voices in an effort to shed light on the dangers of hydro-fracking – a method of extracting natural gas from the earth’s shale that also jeopardizes and contaminates the water table – on a 24 track, two disc benefit compilation, ‘Buy This Fracking Album’ (June 16th). Read More …

The New Aristocrats Album Is Called…

Photo By Mike Mesker

Photo by Mike Mesker

PRESS RELEASE: Fresh off their wildly successful 2013-2014 Culture Clash world tour, The Aristocrats – by any measure the hottest new band in instrumental rock/fusion today – rewrote their own rules for their third studio album, Tres Caballeros, which is slated for release in late June.
After two fairly raw trio albums, guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS), bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) set up camp at legendary Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, CA, where Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Van Halen all recorded landmark albums.
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Meet The EHX Octavix

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The new EHX Octavix is designed to deliver a late ’60’s Octavia-style vibe with an octave up and classic fuzz to transport you to a world of bell bottoms and purple haze. Sounds good, right? The Volume, Boost and Octave controls let you dial in the right vintage tone while 21st Century updates for the modern player include switchable 24/9volt power rails that bring on a tight or saggy sound, as well as true bypass. More info here

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