Meet The Fender Ultra Luxe Series

Today, Fender is unveiling the American Ultra Luxe series for players who demand the ultimate in performance and tone with the most advanced series of guitars and basses.

The addition of four new American Ultra Luxe models in 2021 will bring the guitar playing experience up a major notch.  These elevated models in this series feature versatile, state-of-the-art specs that will inspire players to push their skills to new heights. 

The American Ultra Luxe series features a unique Augmented “D” neck profile with Ultra rolled fingerboard edges for endless playing comfort and a tapered neck heel that allows easy access to the highest register. A speedy 10”-14” compound-radius fingerboard with 22 stainless steel medium-jumbo frets means effortless and accurate soloing.

Models include:  

·         American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster® ($4,499 AUD). The American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster features Ultra NoiselessTM Vintage pickups and advanced wiring options providing endless tonal possibilities – without hum. Available in 2-Color Sunburst (Rosewood fingerboard) and  2-Color Sunburst and Plasma Red Burst (Maple fingerboard). 

·         American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster® Floyd Rose® HSS ($4,699 AUD). The American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster Floyd Rose HSS features Ultra NoiselessTM Hot single-coil pickups and Ultra Double TapTM humbucking pickup, along with advanced wiring options, providing endless tonal possibilities – without hum. The Original Floyd Rose Tremolo system allows for precision vibrato effects while staying perfectly in tune. Available in Silverburst (Maple fingerboard) and Mystic Black (Rosewood fingerboard).

·         American Ultra Luxe Telecaster® ($4,499 AUD) This model features Ultra NoiselessTM Vintage pickups and advanced wiring options providing endless tonal possibilities – without hum. Available in Transparent Surf Green and 2-Color Sunburst. Available April. 

·         American Ultra Luxe Telecaster® Floyd Rose® HH ($4,699 AUD) Featuring an Original Floyd Rose Tremolo system, stainless-steel frets and eye-catching custom colors with matching painted headcaps, the American Ultra Luxe Telecaster Floyd Rose HH is Ultra – elevated. This model features Custom Double TapTM humbucking pickups and advanced wiring options, providing endless tonal possibilities  – without hum. The Original Floyd Rose Tremolo system allows for precision vibrato effects while staying perfectly in tune. The sculpted rear body contours are as beautiful as they are functional. Available in Mystic Black (Maple Fingerboard).

Check out Jared James Nichols’ new ‘Gold Glory’ Les Paul Custom

NASHVILLE, TN (April 6, 2021) Epiphone, the leading accessible guitar brand For Every Stage, is proud to release the new Jared James Nichols “Gold Glory” Les Paul Custom; available worldwide now via www.epiphone.com.
The new Jared James Nichols “Gold Glory” Les Paul Custom, is a limited edition take on the Black-finished “Old Glory” signature model by the rising star who is originally from Les Paul’s hometown. The Jared James Nichols “Gold Glory” features a classic 1955 style Les Paul Custom body with a distinctive Double Gold Aged finish, a single Seymour Duncan P-90 Dogear pickup, an ebony fingerboard with traditional block inlays, Grover Rotomatic tuners, and an EpiLite case.
“’Gold Glory’ is an ICON of a guitar,” says Jared James Nichols. “Between the beauty of the tone, and glitter of the gold, it is breathtaking and bold. It’s simplistic, and powerful, a complete classic, yet rooted in today. I am honored to continue my ‘Glory Days’ with this incredible new signature model. I cannot wait to get this guitar out into the world and into the hands of players looking to find their own unique voice. Simply put, ‘Gold Glory’ inspires me to play, create, and perform at my very best.”
“2021 is going to be a big year for Jared James Nichols,” says Elizabeth Heidt, Vice President of Cultural Influence at Gibson Brands. “We are so inspired by Jared’s artistry and can’t wait to hear and support his new album. Jared James Nichols embodies everything that we are about at Epiphone and we are proud to have him as part of our family, and to bring the next evolution of Jared’s guitar to his fans.”
Over the past few years Nashville, TN-based singer-songwriter-musician rock artist Jared James Nichols has performed over 400 live dates traveling around the worldwith his band. Known for his high-energy, pick-less guitar-playing Jared James Nicholssigned his first record deal with Black Hill Records–a new label dedicated to rock, owned by independent publisher Round Hill Music and distributed worldwide by The Orchard–and will release new music later this year. The rising rock musician first collaborated with Epiphone in early 2019 on his first-ever signature guitar, the “Old Glory” a Les Paul Custom with an Ebony finish which quickly became a best-seller for Epiphone.
Watch and share the interview as Jared James Nichols talks about the “Gold Glory”guitar today, live on Epiphone Instagram and view his signature guitar video: HERE.
In other news, tune in to watch the first live concert in a year with Jared James Nicholsand his full band on Saturday, May 8 at 12pm PT/3:00pm ET via: https://www.ursalive.com/jared-james-nichols.

Check out these new pointy Deans!

DEAN GUITARS STRIKE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE; RELEASE VENGEANCE & ZERO MODELS
Guitars feature Fishman Fluence pickups; EverTune, Floyd Rose or TonePros bridges, ebony fingerboards, 24 stainless steel frets and glow-in-the-dark side markers

TAMPA, Fla. (March 2, 2021) – Dean Guitars® is proud to announce its Vengeance and Zero models are back with a vengeance thanks to new player-demanded features, including Fishman Fluence pickups and push/pull pots; EverTune, Floyd Rose or TonePros bridges, 24 jumbo stainless-steel frets and glow-in-the-dark side markers.
Vengeance models feature Dean’s aggressive “V” shape mahogany body, flame maple tops (trans finishes), three-piece slim-“C” shape maple set-thru necks, ebony fingerboards complete with 12” radius and pearloid ultra diamond inlays, Grover Mini tuners with 18:1 tuning ratios and black dome knobs.
The Vengeance Select EverTune Fluence Black Cherry Burst comes with two Fishman Fluence pickups and an EverTune bridge; the Vengeance Select Floyd Fluence Charcoal Burst also features two Fishman Fluence pickups with a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge; the Vengeance Select Fluence Black Satin has a single Fishman Fluence bridge pickup, TonePros Tuneomatic bridge and single volume knob.
Zero models share the same specifications and options as their Vengeance counterparts, but feature “Z” shape mahogany bodies with flame maple tops. The Zero Select EverTune Fluence Black Cherry Burst features an EverTune bridge and the Zero Select Floyd Fluence Charcoal Burst has a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge. The Zero Select Fluence Black Satin has a single Fishman Fluence bridge pickup, TonePros Tuneomatic bridge and single volume knob
“We’re extremely pleased to offer these new Vengeance and Zero guitars,” said Dean Guitars Vice President of Products, Eric Stewart. “For years, we’ve been asked to build them with these features and specifications, and here they are – pairing performance, aggression and class!”
Dean Vengeance and Zero guitar prices are to be determined and are available with a variety of case options at authorized Dean Guitars dealers. For more information, go to www.deanguitars.com.
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About Dean Guitars: Dean Guitars build the finest guitars in the world, allowing musicians to be as passionate about making  music as the company is about making musical instruments. Established in 1977, Dean’s iconic electric and acoustic guitars, basses and other musical instruments are built to the highest standards in the industry, and are played on the most prestigious stages and studios in the world. For more information, go to www.deanguitars.com. #DeanGuitars

Meet the new Kiesel Jason Becker guitar

Here’s Kiesel’s latest collaboration with Jason Becker: the Yin Yang Tribute Guitar. Unlike other Kiesel Jason Becker guitars, which are all made based on instruments Jason played, the Yin Yang guitar is a new design, for which Jason took colour inspiration from Eric Clapton’s ‘Blackie’ Strat while developing a very modern shred-friendly instrument.

“Although I love the meaning of unity/duality in the yin yang symbol, my desire to design a guitar like this came from my love of Eric Clapton’s ‘Blackie’ guitar,” Jason says. “When I was 9, I saw The Band’s movie, The Last Waltz. Clapton and Robbie Robertson made me want to become a lead guitarist. I eventually got a black and white Strat in junior high and used it on Cacophony’s first album, Speed Metal Symphony.

“This yin yang design of mine was meant to capture the look of Clapton’s Blackie. To me, every line and curve is beautiful. I worked really hard on getting the perfect balance of black and white and artistic movement. My caregivers followed my picky requests. Without copying a Strat, it feels just as cool or cooler. The neck is the same size as my original Bluey, so I know it feels good. I am so grateful to Kiesel Guitars for bringing my design to life.”

From the Kiesel website:

The Jason Becker Yin Yang Tribute guitar has an mahogany body with a black/white Yin Yang finish on the front, and black back and sides with a clear gloss top coat. Mahogany is a medium weight high-quality tone wood used for its fine resonating warm tone. The bolt-on Eastern hard rock maple neck has a tung-oil finish and thinner neck profile ideal for fast playing. All of our necks and fingerboards undergo a long conditioning process in our de-humidification chambers to remove any stress in the wood and prevent future warping or twisting. Additionally, the dual-action, fully adjustable truss rod helps keep the neck straight and true, and allows you to set the action just the way you like it. Dual carbon-fiber rods further strengthen the neck.

The JBYY has a reverse inline angled pointed headstock, with black finish and white Kiesel headstock logo. Jason’s exclusive multilaminate Jason Becker truss rod cover, in white, is installed. A locking nut for the Floyd Rose tremolo is standard.

The standard roasted flamed maple fingerboard features a 24.75″ scale length, with exclusive matching Yin Yang dot inlays. Luminlay SuperBlue glow-in-the-dark side dots are also a standard feature. Stainless steel jumbo frets are standard equipment.

Kiesel Guitars new M12SD humbucker with black polepieces is installed in the bridge position. This pickup is similar in tone to the original M22SD pickup found in Jason’s original guitars from the 1990s. The coils are black and white zebra, to match the aesthetic of the rest of the instrument. Our new Mark’s Single pickup, with white coil, is installed in the neck position. Electronics are passive, with a 5-way pickup selector switch and master volume and tone controls with white knobs.

Introducing the D’Angelico Deluxe 175 LE

Re-introducing the D’Angelico Deluxe 175 Limited Edition, a dizzying display of modern aesthetics and vintage-inspired features. Hosting two TV Jones DA-Tron humbuckers and coil-splitting push/pull tone knobs, the 175 ranges from throaty rockabilly to feathery acoustic tones with ease. A fully-hollow sixteen-inch-wide and nearly three-inch-deep body paired with the D’Angelico Shield Tremolo offers acoustic warmth and waves of sustain, all while a slim neck profile and ebony fingerboard promise player-friendly comfort. Available in Matte Charcoal, Matte Walnut and Matte Surf Green—only 50 pieces each, worldwide.

Now available at select dealers. US MAP $1999.99

Solar Guitars announces its first basses

Solar Guitars -the brand created by Ola Englund – who’s recognized as a member of notable Swedish metal groups The Haunted and Feared, is very proud to announce the introduction of a new line of basses. This new line is aimed at Rock / Metal bass players, featuring aggressive, pointy lines, combined with sleek necks and powerful active electronics. This is only the beginning of our new bass line, with more models under development.


AB2.4BOP: 699 $/€ suggested street pricing. Black Open Pore finish.
4 string Type A bass (bolt on neck) – Sungkai body – 5 piece maple / jatoba neck (thin C profile) with ebony fingerboard – 34” scale – 24 super jumbo frets – Solar tuners – high mass bridge – Solar Tesla active pickups – 1 volume , 1 pickup balance, 1 active bass w/ center detent, 1 active treble 2/ center detent.


AB2.5RB: 849 $/€ suggested street pricing. Roasted Brown finish
5 string Type A bass (bolt on neck) – Sungkai body – 5 piece maple / jatoba neck (thin C profile) with ebony fingerboard – 35” scale – 24 super jumbo frets – Solar tuners – high mass bridge – Solar Tesla active pickups – 1 volume , 1 pickup balance, 1 active bass w/ center detent, 1 active treble 2/ center detent.

AB2.5NA: 899 $/€ suggested street pricing. Natural Aged finish
5 string Type A bass (bolt on neck) – Alder body – 5 piece maple / jatoba neck (thin C profile) with ebony fingerboard – 35” scale – 24 super jumbo frets – Solar tuners – high mass bridge – Solar Tesla active pickups – 1 volume , 1 pickup balance, 1 active bass w/ center detent, 1 active treble 2/ center detent.

All basses are immediately available from the Solar Guitars web-store:
www.solar-guitars.com, and selected dealers.

Solar Guitars is owned by Chugs & Hugs AG located in Zug, Switzerland. Chugs & Hugs AG is an international M.I. company that manufactures and distributes products worldwide.

For more information on Solar Guitars, visit www.solar-guitars.com

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Gibson and Adam Jones announce signature Silverburst Les Paul

NASHVILLE, TN (October 27, 2020) Gibson and Adam Jones are pleased to announce the kick-off of their partnership and collaboration with the Gibson Custom Shop Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom guitar.
“I’m proud to finally show the world the first release in our multi-year partnership with Adam Jones,” says Cesar Gueikian, Gibson Brands. “Adam is one of the most talented and sonically innovative guitarists; I call him modern riff lord and sonic architect. His creativity and technical ability in music, visual effects, production, videography and beyond is second to none and our collaboration is a true reflection of Adam. The Gibson Les Paul Custom Adam Jones 1979 Silverburst Aged replica version is the first-ever artist collaboration done at the newly created Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab. I hope that fans fall in love with the guitars, starting with this initial release.”
The Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom is a limited-edition guitar offering from Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab that exactly recreates Adam’s #1 guitar, his prized original Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul, seen everywhere during the world tour for the group’s blockbuster Fear Inoculum album, which became one of the highest selling albums of 2019. A limited offering of 79 Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom replicas have been precisely aged by the expert luthiers and craftspeople of the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab–led by Tom Murphy–then signed and numbered by Adam himself. An additional 179 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom replicas for 2020 feature exclusive silkscreen artwork on the back of the headstock, created by Joyce Su and Adam. The two also collaborated on the design for the custom hardshell guitar cases housing each instrument.
Each Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom replicates not only the look, but the exact feel of the neck profile down to the unique electronics of Adam’s original–like a hand-wound Seymour Duncan Distortion bridge pickup, a Dimarzio volume potentiometer, and custom capacitors. Even the diamond-shaped strap buttons seen on Adam’s original guitar were painstakingly recreated, as well as the mirror he affixed to the headstock – included with each.
One of rock’s most talented artists, Adam is renowned as the guitarist for the multiplatinum and multiple GRAMMY Award® winning band Tool, as well as his work as a visual artist, sculptor, videographer, producer, and special effects designer(Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Edward Scissorhands, Ghostbusters 2, Batman 2, A Nightmare On Elm Street). Adam was heavily involved in re-creating the new guitar, working with Gibson’s luthiers in Nashville, TN to ensure the instrument was a clone of his #1 guitar. Utilizing his extensive experience in visual art, special effects and design, Adam Jones is both the director of the majority of Tool’s music videos and creates the visual experience on stage for the band. For the world premiere of the new Gibson Custom Shop Adam Jones Les Paul Custom, a special animated short film, The Witness, was created and scored by Adam and mixed by Joe Barresi.

Dean Guitars Unveils Kerry King V Limited Edition Signature Guitar

TAMPA, FL — Dean Guitars presents the USA made Kerry King V Signature Guitar, an eye-catching and sonically captivating electric guitar that honors one of the most respected players to walk the planet. As founding guitarist of the band Slayer, Kerry King has written some of the most brutal and revolutionary music ever created. With the Kerry King V, Dean celebrates the culmination of King’s career with the pinnacle of craftsmanship in an all-new guitar handmade in the Dean USA Custom Shop. Limited to only 50 pieces, this signature guitar arrives with a custom leather-bound Certificate of Authenticity signed by the man himself, along with a customized hardshell case. From every edge and angle, the Kerry King V Signature Guitar is a legacy instrument worthy of the artist, the dedicated player, and the serious fan.


“I’m super stoked to be part of the Dean Guitars family. This has been an insane long time coming!” said Kerry King celebrating the official launch of his model, the latest addition to Dean’s renowned Artist Series. “Together we’re going to create some amazing guitars that Dean, Slayer, and Kerry King fans will be as excited as I am to play them. It’s gonna be a wild ride for years to come!”
Designed with a unique V-shape cut with remarkable precision, the Kerry King V Signature Guitar pairs an instrument-grade mahogany body with a beveled North American maple flat top. The guitar is painted in a stunning satin black finish with a powerful gloss red Kerry King sigil. The contoured heel allows for easy neck access during blistering solos, while the 3-piece maple neck-thru design with dual-action truss rod provides added stability. The C-shape neck (12-inch radius) at 24 5/8-inch scale length has been sculpted to King’s specifications. The ebony, 24 jumbo-fret fingerboard is detailed with handcrafted pearl, stone, and ebony custom inlays, accompanied with ultra-vibrant LED fret markers along the side.

Electronically, Dean takes the already amped-up design of the Kerry King V to the next level with an intense Sustainiac neck pickup and an EMG 81 with PA2 preamp booster bridge pickup that’s ideal for volume-boosted solos and overdrive. This powerful combination has excellent articulation that’s further enhanced by King’s own signature Kahler KFK Tremolo System with vibrato arm. This one-of-a-kind bridge is paired with the Floyd Rose R2 nut at 1 5/8-inch width for added tuning stability reinforced by Grover tuners.

Whether maniacally shredding or passively riffing, players have all the control they need, including on/off switches for each respective pickup, a 3-way toggle switch, and a Sustainiac mode switch, along with volume and tone. Dome black knobs and black hardware polish off the edgy esthetic, complete with Dean’s distinct logo on the V-shaped headstock.
The 50-piece limited edition Kerry King V Signature Guitar is now shipping and available at MSRP $8666. Learn more and behold the beast at www.deanguitars.com.