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Fender EOB Sustainer Stratocaster

Guitar Lifestyle - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:08

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Another new entry into Fender’s artist line of guitars is the Ed O’Brien Sustainer Stratocaster:

Ed O’Brien’s ambient, ethereal and orchestral guitar style is an essential part of the sonic identity of Radiohead. Fender partnered with the groundbreaking player to create the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster — an instrument as unique as his sound. The EOB Sustainer Stratocaster offers a wide palette of tones thanks to its Seymour Duncan® JB Jr. humbucking bridge pickup, Texas Special™ single-coil middle pickup and Fernandes® SustainerTM unit in the neck position. The Sustainer works some technical magic to create near-infinite sustain on one or more strings, making it easy to achieve thick, textured sounds. The Sustainer’s controls include an on/off switch, intensity control and three-position switch to select the mode: Fundamental-only, Harmonic-only or Blend. A mix of modern and classic, this Stratocaster features a 6-saddle vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuning machines, a “10/56 V” neck profile, 21 narrow-jumbo frets, a synthetic bone nut and a special neck plate engraved with a custom “Flower of Life” emblem.

I never got into Radiohead that much so I’m not very familiar with Ed O’Brien, but this looks like an interesting and versatile Strat.

Categories: General Interest

Supro 1699R Statesman

Guitar Lifestyle - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 08:39

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KMC Music is introducing the Supro 1699R Statesman:

“The Supro 1699R is a stunning combination of vintage tone and state-of-the-art technology that delivers sound quality that is worthy of the largest arenas and stages,” Hart said today. “David Koltai and designer Thomas Elliott have created a new modern masterpiece that is going to set the industry on its ear. We are thrilled to bring this remarkable new amp to our customers. We are fully stocked and ready to ship!”

The 1699R Statesman is a two-channel, 50W amplifier that unites vintage Supro tone with modern channel switching functionality, tube-driven reverb and a multi-purpose, all-tube effects loop. The red channel found in the Statesman uses the two-knob preamp from the legendary Supro Thunderbolt amplifier for high-headroom rock & roll power. The Statesman’s blue channel contains the high-gain preamp, 2-band EQ and all-tube reverb section of Supro’s acclaimed Comet model.

The Statesman provides A/B/Both channel switching operation, allowing the two channels to be run in parallel, creating a massive, dual-preamp sound where each channel contributes part of the overall texture. In addition to the tube-driven spring reverb, the Statesman’s blue channel contains an all-tube, switchable effects loop that provides a set of useful functions — including wet only reverb effects, which can be independently dialed in and blended with the dry sound from the red channel. The variable send-and-return levels allow the effects loop to function as a level and/or gain boost when engaged, even when nothing is plugged into the loop. The effects loop can also act as a master volume for the blue channel when bedroom levels are desired.

As a final touch, both the effects loop and the reverb on the Statesman feature a relay-controlled spill-over effect, allowing reverb and delay trails to decay naturally when switching between channels. The 50-watt power amp in the Statesman is switchable between Class A and Class AB operation. The Class-A (cathode bias) setting provides the distinctive midrange growl that has been the cornerstone of the Supro sound since the company was founded in 1935. The Class AB (grid bias) configuration presents less compression along with additional headroom, more punch and faster attack. The Statesman comes loaded with military-grade Sovtek power tubes that are precision-matched at the Supro factory in Port Jefferson, New York.

The Supro Statesman is available in a 1×12 combo format or as a compact head, covered in black rhino hide tolex and sized to sit perfectly atop the 1×12 and 1×15 Black Magick speaker cabinets, as well as the new, 2×12 Statesman speaker cabinet. Designed by Thomas Elliott, this all-tube masterpiece is equipped with 16-ohm, 8-ohm, and 4-ohm speaker outputs with enough power to drive up to four 2×12 cabs simultaneously for a look and sound worthy of the biggest stadiums and arena stages.

Here’s a video of Mark Lettieri playing through the amp:

Categories: General Interest

Peavey HP2 Guitar

Guitar Lifestyle - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 08:27

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Peavey has announced that it is re-entering the American-made guitar market with their new release, the HP2:

Building upon the legacy of its award-winning, USA made guitars, Peavey Electronics® proudly introduces the HP™2 Guitar at the 2017 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The HP2 is constructed with leading-edge technology, traditional handcrafted methods, professional-quality upgrades, and customizations. When a USA-made guitar bears the initials of Peavey founder and CEO Hartley Peavey, players can expect an iconic design with its own unique flair.

While the esthetic is classic, the HP2 undoubtedly stands out with its carved top and offset, asymmetrical body design that offers comfort, proper balance, and maximum playing ease. Maple was chosen for the top and basswood for the back; solid basswood construction is also available. Peavey selected these hardwoods not only for their natural beauty and weight characteristics, but also for their specific tonal qualities. Cream or black-edge binding accents the body.

At the select birdseye maple neck and fingerboard, players will find unmatched stability and playability. Dual graphite reinforcement bars and an easy-access, adjustable steel torsion rod provide additional strength, as does the bolt-on construction with contoured neck heel. The oil-finished fingerboard is cut from the same piece of wood as the single-piece neck, keeping the color and grain patterns consistent. The stress-relieved lamination also adds increased stability. The HP2 has a 25 ½’’ scale length, 22 jumbo frets and 15’’ fingerboard radius. The 10-degree tilt-back headstock has a 3+3 tuning machine configuration featuring Schaller® tuning machines with pearloid or cream buttons. The chrome-plated hardware finish completes the look.

The HP2’s construction and electronics work in harmony. Two custom-wound Peavey humbucking pickups supply optimal output and tonal response. They’re made using a two-step wax-dipping process that provides ultra-low noise operation and resistance to microphonic feedback. The pickups are mounted directly to the body, further reducing feedback at high volume levels and enhancing response. A Switchcraft® 3-way toggle switch allows selection of pickups in up, center and down configurations. Players will also find either a Peavey/Floyd Rose® licensed, double-locking tremolo assembly or tune-o-matic/stop tailpiece fixed-bridge to complete the guitar. Finishing off the guitar are two push-pull knobs for volume and tone, with the ability to split the pickups individually.

Given that EVH took this design with him to his own company, it will be interesting to see how well Peavey is able to compete with such a similar design. I’ve heard good things about the old Peavey Wolfgangs, though. I’m curious how these will be received.

Categories: General Interest

Charvel Unveils New Artist Signature Models at Summer NAMM

Charvel Guitars - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 07:57

Charvel continues its long-held partnerships with Warren DeMartini and Jake E Lee with the upcoming release of brand-new signature models. The Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie and the Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst will be unveiled this week at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn., and available to consumers in October 2017.

Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie

Fans have long clamored for a replica of Warren DeMartini’s famed and beloved “Frenchie” guitar, as seen live on tour and on a slew of magazine covers throughout Ratt’s reign in the 1980s. Charvel has responded with the Warren DeMartini USA Signature Frenchie, available in a Snow White and a Gloss Black finish. Both are detailed with cross decals and a tribute quote to James Dean in French that translates “too fast to live, too young to die.”

The Frenchie also offers premium features such as a Dinky™ alder body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck and a 12″- 16″ compound radius maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo stainless steel frets and black dot inlays.

Custom-made for the legendary lead guitarist, the Seymour Duncan® Warren DeMartini RTM (“Rattus Tonus Maximus”) bridge pickup is a powerful high-output humbucker that naturally compresses for a well-balanced and even tone, perfect for complex chording and precision soloing. The RTM is boosted by an SSL-4 Quarter Pound neck pickup, adding fat, supercharged punch and extra sustain.

The Frenchie also features a single volume control knob, three-way toggle switching, a Floyd Rose Original locking bridge and Gotoh® tuning machines.

 Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst

Jake E Lee’s original Blue Burst guitar gained notoriety during his stint with Ozzy Osbourne, as he recorded and performed live with the famous instrument throughout the band’s pivotal Bark at the Moon and Ultimate Sin years. Charvel® has recreated an unmistakable replica of Lee’s original model down to the very last detail.

The Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst features a poplar body, one-piece bolt-on quartersawn maple neck and a 12” radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and white dot inlays.

Equipped with a versatile customized Seymour Duncan® JB Alnico II humbucking bridge pickup, this model can handle a diverse range of tones from sweet and warm to aggressive and distorted. It’s also supercharged with two powerful single-coil DiMarzio® SDS-1 pickups in the middle and neck for extra gain with a deeper, darker tone. The pickups are controlled with a five-way blade switch and single volume knob.

Available in a mesmerizing Blue Burst, this signature axe also features a brass Charvel hardtail bridge and output jack plate, and black Gotoh® tuning machines.

Categories: Manufacturers

JHS Sweet Tea v3

Guitar Lifestyle - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 15:59

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JHS Pedals have announced an update to their Sweet Tea pedal:

The Sweet Tea V3 is JHS Pedals’ “Everything medium-to-high gain 2-in-1” pedal and it covers all the bases from light breakup, blues, rock, heavy grind and more.

The Sweet Tea V3 is for anyone who wants a versatile overdrive/distortion that covers all the bases you need plus more. You’ll find medium-to-high gain tones and the ability to stack for the perfect way to melt faces.

The right side is the brand new Moonshine V2 which is a unique and massively tweaked version of the most famous overdrive ever created housed in a little green enclosure. The Moonshine V2 has the classic mid-heavy tones that you’d expect but with more gain, volume, and tones available than you ever thought possible. The Moonshine V2 has the same core tone as the Moonshine Version 1 but we have added a new “Clean” knob to blend in the perfect amount of clean signal with your overdrive signal.

On the left side is the newest version of the Angry Charlie which is the Angry Charlie V3, one of JHS Pedals’ most popular pedals of the last few years. High gain JCM 800 type “Brown” sound tone that we believe is the most accurate Marshall tone ever put in a stomp box! It has volume, drive, and the full bass, mid, treble tone stack like you’d find on the amp. With the full tone stack and the amazingly accurate amp tones in this circuit you’ll be begging for more!

The Sweet Tea V3 features JHS Pedals’ classic order switching toggle so that you can choose which circuit is first in the chain for the perfect stacking tones you’ve been searching for.

With these tones combined or used separately, the Sweet Tea V3 is a gallon-and-a-half of overdrive that goes down easy on a summer night!

I’ve owned a Sweet Tea v2 for quite a while, and it’s one of my favorite Marshall-style overdrives. The Angry Charlie circuit can go from medium-to-high gain and it sounds good all the way along the spectrum. I suspect the new version will be even better since it has expanded tone shaping capabilities.

I also really like the JHS 808 circuit used in the previous version, so I’m curious how different the Moonshine circuit will sound in comparison. The “Clean” knob should also add some interesting new sounds.

It looks like the Sweet Tea v3 will start shipping in August with a retail price of $315.

Categories: General Interest

Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe

Guitar Lifestyle - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 15:35

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Introduced a number of months ago, Catalinbread has finally released the Belle Epoch Deluxe, an updated version of their Belle Epoch pedal.

The first units sold out almost immediately from Pro Guitar Shop, so it looks like they’re still backordered at the moment. Here’s PGS’s description of the pedal:

The original Belle Epoch was, to put it bluntly, a triumph. It was an all-digital recreation of the Maestro Echoplex that sounded, by and large, like the original unit. But it was digital! Gasp! How can that be? Well, noted tone snob Eric Johnson had not one, but two on his board, set slightly differently. If it’s good enough for EJ, it’s good enough for just about anybody, and so it was.

However, there’s still some room for improvement: How about that legendary preamp that exists within the Echoplex? How about the original’s odd operating voltage of 22 volts? What about an expression pedal? Well, friends, your prayers have been answered in the form of the Belle Epoch Deluxe.

Starting with the Echo Program control, you’re presented with six individual modes. Mode 1 is the stock EP-3 setting, but there’s so much more. Modes 2 through 6 give you a dark analog delay, rotary-speaker affected repeats, resonant filtered repeats, and two separate Deluxe Memory Man settings with different modulation effects on each mode. Each mode has a specific function that is controlled by the Depth knob, as well as one that is controlled by expression pedal when the toggle is set to the left.

The Delay Time ranges from 80 to 800 milliseconds, just like a real EP-3. And in the quest for EP-3 authenticity, not a detail was spared. The preamp of the Belle Epoch Deluxe is no slouch. Everyone knows that the Echoplex preamp makes up half the magic, and it’s all here, using high-quality parts and the original 22-volt operating voltage for real EP-3 preamp tones with no corners cut. The Record Level control on the front adjusts the heat of this preamp.

No special adapters are needed to convert the voltage to 22, it’s all taken care of by the internal circuitry. Just plug in your standard nine volts and away you go. Have an expression pedal? The V/D toggle on the front changes whether or not it controls the Delay Time control, or the special function outlined on each mode. Want true bypass or trails? How about both? A special slide switch on the inside lets you choose.

An internal trimpot lets you set the oscillation rate, for use with the Echo Osc[illation] footswitch on the front. Holding this switch down lets the repeats run away for some expressive blasts of feedback that really show off the tone of the Belle Epoch Deluxe.

Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe features:

  • Ultra-realistic recreation of the Maestro EP-3 with 5 other modes
  • Original preamp operating voltage of 22 volts with period-correct parts
  • Expression jack and toggle let you change between hands-free parameters
  • Made in USA
  • Standard 9v center-negative power operation (adapter not included)

I owned the original Belle Epoch and really liked it. I don’t use much delay, so I sold it, but this has piqued my interest.

The pedal retails for $329.99 and hopefully a second batch will be produced soon.

Categories: General Interest

Fender George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster

Guitar Lifestyle - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 14:49

GEORGE HARRISON ROSEWOOD TELECASTER

Fender is introducing the George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster today:

To honor Harrison’s venerable career, Fender has created the George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster, a limited edition commemoration that embodies Harrison’s elegantly restrained playing style and sound. Based on the original Telecaster created for Harrison by guitar luthier, Roger Rossmeisl, this model remains true to its heritage with a classic look and the unique tone only an all-rosewood guitar can produce. The body is chambered for reduced weight and increased resonance. Other features include a rosewood neck with a laminated 9.5″ radius rosewood fingerboard and a custom neck plate engraved with an Om symbol. A classic in every way, this refined instrument was born in the era that defined rock n’ roll. George Harrison’s legacy is one of innovation and creativity, and the rosewood Telecaster became one of his primary instruments of choice. Only 1,000 units will be available worldwide.

The Harrison Telecaster will be available on August 22, 2017 and will retail for $2499.99.

Categories: General Interest

Way Huge Doubleland Special

Guitar Lifestyle - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 14:28

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Way Huge have announced a new pedal based on the Overrated Special. This one was also created in conjunction with Joe Bonamassa and is called the Doubleland Special. (Note: it’s not on Way Huge’s site yet, so I linked to Sweetwater’s site.)

Here are some of the details:

The only thing better than getting Joe Bonamassa’s signature tone in a pedal is getting twice as much of it. And that’s just what the engineers at Way Huge give you with the limited-edition Doubleland Special dual overdrive. Onboard you’ll find two of Bonamassa’s signature Overrated Special overdrive circuits that you can use individually or for blending to taste. Joe prefers to have one set for humbuckers and one for single-coils. However you choose to push your Doubleland Special, you’ll want to make sure you grab this limited-edition pedal from Sweetwater.

Designed for Joe Bonamassa, the Way Huge Overrated Special overdrive pedal sounded bold and punchy. A 500Hz control allows you to beef up your midrange tone, while Volume, Tone, and Drive controls give you a wide sonic range to explore. Use it to add some boost and grit to a clean amplifier, or put it in front of an already overdriven amp for epic lead tones. And Way Huge crammed two of these sweet-sounding overdrives into the Doubleland Special, giving you instant access to a variety of gain levels.

The Overrated Special was $199, so getting two of them in one container with additional tweak-ability for $299 isn’t a bad deal. No official release date yet, but I suspect they’ll be available soon.

Categories: General Interest

Friedman ASC-12 Powered Monitor

Guitar Lifestyle - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 10:40

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Friedman Amplication have recently introduced a new powered monitor to their lineup, the ASC-12:

The Friedman ASC-12 powered monitor was designed and voiced for use with today’s guitar amp modelers and profilers including Fractal Audio Axe-Fx, Kemper Profiler, Line 6 HD Series and others. The ASC-12 delivers rich authentic tones, allowing you get the most out of these systems in live use and playback applications. The ASC-12 is identical to the ASM-12 electronically, the only difference being that the ASC-12’s shape makes it more useable as a regular rectangular speaker cabinet (IE: with your amp modeler on top the cabinet it looks like any other amp head/speaker cab set-up), whereas the ASM-12 functions more like an angled floor monitor or mounts to a pole.

The ASC-12 features a Celestion 12″ loudspeaker with a 2.5″ edge wound voce coil and a premium Celestion high frequency compression driver. At the heart of the ASC-12 is a robust 500w Bi-Amp Class-G amplifier that is anything but digital. This proprietary amplifier design delivers rich, full tone and a wide frequency response making it suited for backline, stage monitoring or even as your main PA speaker.

Key features include: Bi-Amp power module with high efficiency Class G low frequency amplification with a high current output stage and custom signal processing; clip/limit, thermal, and short circuit protection; line level output for linking multiple speakers ; optimized acoustic designs using a PETP film compression driver diaphragm; heat vented low frequency drivers; and a hand crafted in the USA, sturdy Baltic birch construction. Controls include level knob, low-cut filter switch, ground lift and power switches.

The Friedman ASC-12 powered loudspeaker was designed using advanced acoustic and audio techniques with premium components, comprehensive protection circuitry, and robust construction to provide years of consistent, reliable performance.

I haven’t delved that much into amp modeling yet, but I’m getting more curious about it. This looks like a nice way to use a modeler, but still get a great sound from a monitor.

Categories: General Interest

Fender ’64 Hand-wired Custom Deluxe Reverb

Guitar Lifestyle - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 10:06

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Per Music Radar, Fender is announcing a hand-wired ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb amp:

As per the original, the ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb offers Bright and Normal channels (with tube-driven spring reverb and tremolo on both), hand-wired AB763 circuitry and 20 watts of output.

The amp’s pine cabinet boasts an extra-heavy textured vinyl covering and lightly aged silver grille cloth, and houses a 12” Jensen C-12Q speaker.

Also included are Fender Vintage Blue tone capacitors, four 12AX7 and two 12AT7 preamp tubes, a 5AR4/GZ34 rectifier tube, a matched pair of 6V6 output tubes, as well as a footswitch and amp cover.

This isn’t much other information available about this amp yet, but it looks like it will retail for around $2500.

Categories: General Interest

Fender Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster

Guitar Lifestyle - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 09:37

JIMI HENDRIX MONTEREY STRATOCASTER FRONT

Another Summer NAMM introduction by Fender is the new Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster:

It’s been 50 years since Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm with his incredible Monterey Pop Festival performance, which he concluded with the sacrificial burning of his now-iconic hand-painted Stratocaster. Destroyed during the fiery culmination of his set, this one-of-a-kind guitar survived only in photos and film. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this milestone in music history, Fender created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster. A trio of vintage-style single-coil Stratocaster pickups give this Strat® its classic Fender sound. Bell-like and articulate, it has plenty of singing sustain for soloing. The “C”-shaped maple neck bears a vintage-style 7.25”-radius pau ferro fingerboard with 21 vintage-sized frets for a playing feel just like the original. The six-screw synchronized tremolo is perfect for unleashing dive-bombs and other sonic expression. An homage to Hendrix’s spectacular Strat, right down to the hand-painted nail-polish artwork that burned its way into our memories, the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster also features an exclusive etched Hendrix neck plate.

Like the regular Hendrix Strat, this model will be made in Mexico and will have a street price of $899.99. Not bad for an artist guitar these days. The guitar will debut on August 15, 2017.

Categories: General Interest

DigiTech SDRUM

Guitar Lifestyle - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 09:00

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DigiTech has announced a new drum machine pedal for guitarists and bassists called SDRUM:

SDRUM is the world’s first intelligent drum machine for guitarists and bassists. By simply scratching across your guitar strings, you teach the SDRUM a kick and snare pattern that forms the foundation of the beat you want to hear. Based on this pattern, the SDRUM supplies a professional sounding drum beat with different embellishments and variations to perfectly complement your beat. Gone are the days of having your creative flow disrupted by searching through lists in a frustrating attempt to find the beat you want.

The SDRUM stores up to 36 different songs. Beats are played from a choice of 5 different kits covering a wide range of genres. The pedal also supports three different parts (e.g. verse/chorus/bridge) for each song that can be switched on the fly for enhancing live performances and exploring song ideas.

SDRUM is the fastest way to go from a beat idea to a working drum track.

Features

  • BeatScratch™ Technology creates drum patterns by strumming your strings
  • 5 kits and studio quality samples for professional sounding drums
  • 36 song memoriesVerse/Chorus/Bridge parts
  • 12 different hats/rides styles
  • Alternate instruments/voicings
  • Dedicated Amp and stereo Mixer outputs
  • Kick/Snare pads for tapping in a beat
  • External FS3X support
  • JamSync™ connectivity for interfacing with JamMan loopers

Here’s a video of how it works:

Categories: General Interest

Peterson StroboClip HD

Guitar Lifestyle - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 08:36

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Peterson has announced an upgraded version of their StroboClip tuner, which they’re calling the StroboClip HD:

This summer, Peterson Strobe Tuners will roll out its latest innovation, the StroboClip HD – a powerful, upgraded version of its revolutionary StroboClip clip-on tuner, released in 2009. The StroboClip HD features an ultra high-definition, real-time tuning display that sports nearly twice the pixel resolution of its predecessor. The SC-HD features the same .01 cent (1/1000th of a semitone or fret) tuning accuracy and comes complete with alternate temperaments for a vast array of string, brass, and wind instruments. Over 50 exclusive, preset Sweetened Tunings are onboard to help correct inherent tuning issues exhibited by many instruments. Soft, rubber lined jaws protect an instrument’s finish while offering a firm grip for maximum signal tracking. The wide viewing angle of the display is enhanced by the SC-HD’s three points of rotation that permits comfortable monitoring of your instrument’s tuning from a multitude of angles. Greatly increased battery life using a standard CR2032 battery makes sure you are always ready to enjoy pro-level grade tuning anywhere. A “stealthy” matte black finish blends in with many instruments finishes and doesn’t detract from your instruments beauty. The StroboClip HD will also support Peterson’s exclusive Peterson Connect online utility where users can connect via USB to update the latest firmware or create a custom configuration if desired.

At a street price of about $60 it’s not a cheap headstock tuner, but it is comparable in price to the TC Electronic Polytune Clip. Additionally, Peterson has a great reputation and this looks like a nice upgrade.

Categories: General Interest

STAY TUNED: THANK YOU, SINCerely YOUR GUITAR

The Martin Guitar Blog - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 05:00

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For many guitarists, including myself, changing strings can seem like a daunting task.  While a new set of strings only costs a few dollars and stringing your guitar only takes a few minutes, many of us will avoid changing our strings for weeks, months, or evens years.  Then, after we’ve finally decided to subject ourselves to the grueling, pain-staking task of changing our strings, we take one strum and usually say out-loud -- “I should have done this a long time ago.”  For a few days you seem to be playing a completely new guitar which stokes the artistic flame of your soul and in turn sparks creativity and rekindles your love for the instrument, but over time we forget how good that first strum sounded and the cycle repeats.

When is the appropriate time to change one’s strings?  The answer to that question differs from player to player due to several variables: your sweat’s acidity, humidity, pick gauge (if any), how hard you fret and/or pick, bending frequency, the amount of time you play, type of string, etc. – basically, the amount of abuse you subject your strings to and the type of strings you use.

Luckily, there are few signs that your strings have been through enough and it is time change them. One of these signs would be the need to tune your guitar on a frequent basis.  Once a string has been put on a guitar, stretched, and tuned, it should hit a sweet spot where it does not need to be tuned very often.  Eventually, after a lot of playing, a string will lose the ability to hold its tuning, and therefore, need to be changed.  A second sign would be the loss of treble frequencies/attack.  This can be hard to discern for beginners, but over time your ear will develop and you’ll be able to pick-up on this key bit of sonic information. This sign is also subjective because every player prefers a different amount of trebles/attack, but there is a point for all strings where the attack and trebles have degraded to the point that the string sounds dull or “muddy” – time to change those strings.  A visual sign to look for is wound string’s wrap wire separating at a fret position(s).  Typically, this only occurs if you are a player that frets really hard which is commonly known as “digging in”.  Often, this sign is accompanied by a buzzing sound when you play the affected string at the compromised fret position.  The most obvious sign that it is time to change your strings would be when a string breaks.  Keep in mind that strings can break due to technique, or guitar defects such as a saddle burr, but even the strongest strings will eventually break.  The last sign, and probably the most talked about, is string corrosion.  Strings can corrode on the inside between the core wire and wrap wire. This is called galvanic corrosion and is nearly impossible to detect. Fortunately, corrosion can also occur on the outside of the string where it is very easy to see due to oxidation.  Commonly known as rust, oxidation is a clear sign that it is time to change your strings.

These signs can occur together or at different times depending on the aforementioned situational variables and the type of string.  For example, strings made with high tensile strength core wires, like Martin’s SP Acoustic strings, offer much more tuning stability and break resistance than traditional guitar strings, but do not have a corrosive barrier.  Therefore, corrosion may appear before the loss of tuning stability or before a string breaks. Whereas treated/coated strings inhibit corrosion, but do not necessarily address the mechanical wear of a guitar string.  In that situation, a string could break or not hold its tuning long before corrosion appears.  Then of course, there’s the best of both worlds –Martin’s SP Lifespan strings.  These strings are made with the high tensile strength SP core wire and are treated for corrosion resistance which addresses both mechanical and corrosive string wear.

All in all, knowing when to change your strings is not an exact science.  Just do your best to recognize the signs of string wear and your guitar will thank you.

From: Rory Glass, Sales Representative, Martin String Division

Categories: Manufacturers

Peavey’s New USA-Made HP2 Looks Familiar…

I Heart Guitar - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 19:14

Look, there’s no way to get around this so let’s just dive in: Peavey has returned to building guitars in the USA again, in the form of the HP 2 Guitar. And It looks very much like the Peavey Wolfgang. Eddie Van Halen took the Wolfgang design with him when he left to set up his own company working with Fender, but I’m pretty sure Peavey wouldn’t have taken this step without some kind of legal justification for using the design. One thing’s for sure though: this thing looks hot. Seriously, look at it in this pic. 

It’ll be interesting to see what happens from here. When EVH left Peavey, large chunks of the Wolfgang design lived on in the form of the brilliant HP Special guitar for a while. Those things were phenomenal. Does the market have space to sustain two Wolfgang-shaped guitars, one of which has ‘Wolfgang’ on the headstock? I guess we’ll see. I can’t wait to try one of these though.

Here’s the press release.

Peavey® Builds Legacy of Innovation with USA Made HP™2 Guitar

MERIDIAN, MS — Building upon the legacy of its award-winning, USA made guitars, Peavey Electronics® proudly introduces the HP™2 Guitar at the 2017 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The HP2 is constructed with leading-edge technology, traditional handcrafted methods, professional-quality upgrades, and customizations. When a USA-made guitar bears the initials of Peavey founder and CEO Hartley Peavey, players can expect an iconic design with its own unique flair.

While the esthetic is classic, the HP2 undoubtedly stands out with its carved top and offset, asymmetrical body design that offers comfort, proper balance, and maximum playing ease. Maple was chosen for the top and basswood for the back; solid basswood construction is also available. Peavey selected these hardwoods not only for their natural beauty and weight characteristics, but also for their specific tonal qualities. Cream or black-edge binding accents the body.
At the select birdseye maple neck and fingerboard, players will find unmatched stability and playability. Dual graphite reinforcement bars and an easy-access, adjustable steel torsion rod provide additional strength, as does the bolt-on construction with contoured neck heel. The oil-finished fingerboard is cut from the same piece of wood as the single-piece neck, keeping the color and grain patterns consistent. The stress-relieved lamination also adds increased stability. The HP2 has a 25 ½’’ scale length, 22 jumbo frets and 15’’ fingerboard radius. The 10-degree tilt-back headstock has a 3+3 tuning machine configuration featuring Schaller® tuning machines with pearloid or cream buttons. The chrome-plated hardware finish completes the look.

The HP2’s construction and electronics work in harmony. Two custom-wound Peavey humbucking pickups supply optimal output and tonal response. They’re made using a two-step wax-dipping process that provides ultra-low noise operation and resistance to microphonic feedback. The pickups are mounted directly to the body, further reducing feedback at high volume levels and enhancing response. A Switchcraft® 3-way toggle switch allows selection of pickups in up, center and down configurations. Players will also find either a Peavey/Floyd Rose® licensed, double-locking tremolo assembly or tune-o-matic/stop tailpiece fixed-bridge to complete the guitar. Finishing off the guitar are two push-pull knobs for volume and tone, with the ability to split the pickups individually.

Get a closer look at the HP2 at peavey.com, or if you’re at the Summer NAMM show through July 15, stop by booth #623.

About Peavey Electronics®
Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics®, Budda®, and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. Chief Operating Officer Courtland Gray says, “We are striving every day to produce the world’s finest music and audio equipment.” To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.

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EarthQuaker Day 2017

Guitar Lifestyle - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 14:55

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If you can’t make it to see EarthQuaker Devices here in Nashville this week at Summer NAMM, you can still see them at EarthQuaker Day 2017, to be held on August 5 in EarthQuaker’s hometown of Akron, Ohio. It looks like quite a party.

There will be live music, clinics, workshop tours, food & drinks, games, giveaways, and prizes. There will also be a Riff Contest to win a PRS SE Custom 24 guitar. Sounds like a lot of fun!

The event goes from 1:00 to 8:00 with an afterparty to be held at Annabell’s Bar & Lounge. Check out the EarthQuaker Devices site to learn more about the event and to register for the Riff Contest.

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Fender Brad Paisley Signature Road Worn Telecaster

Guitar Lifestyle - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 14:26

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Ahead of the NAMM show this week, Fender has announced their new Brad Paisley Signature Road Worn Telecaster. It has a number of interesting features.

Most noticeable is the silver sparkle relic’d finish with the paisley pick guard. This finish sits on a Paulownia core body with spruce top and back. This wood combination is an interesting choice. Fender says this combination creates a “lightweight instrument with acoustic-like resonance.” I’ve never played a guitar with Paulowinia before, so I’m curious to hear what it sounds like.

The neck is maple with a custom “Enhanced V” shape and a 9.5″ radius. About the neck, Fender says “Crafted to Paisley’s personal specifications, the “Enhanced V”-shaped neck rounds out higher up the neck, making it great for chording or soloing.” Brad further discusses the neck in the video below.

For pickups the Brad Paisley model has a custom-wound ’64 bridge and a Twisted Tele neck.

I’m not really into a lot of modern country, but I do enjoy listening to Paisley’s music and I appreciate his approach to recording with his own band rather than Nashville session musicians. I’m glad to see Fender collaborating with him on this model.

At a street price of $1199, it’s fairly expensive for a made-in-Mexico guitar. But, it’s also more affordable than most of Fender’s other artist guitars, which should make it more accessible to fans.

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Angel Vivaldi Joins Charvel Artist Family

Charvel Guitars - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:27

Charvel is proud to welcome solo American guitarist and songwriter Angel Vivaldi to the artist family.

“Working with Charvel has been incredible,” he said. “It’s an honor to work with a historic company that has had such an impact on the guitar community. What we’re currently designing together is nothing short of breathtaking… this prototype is already seeing a lot of miles on it! Humbled and excited to enter into this new era of my career with Charvel.”

Fans can catch Vivaldi out on the road with Andy James this fall on THE WAVE OF SYNERGY TOUR. The duo will hit 22 cities, which will also include joint VIP guitar clinics, complete with Q&A sessions, meet and greets, tour memorabilia and more.

Fans can also expect to hear brand new material from Vivaldi’s upcoming album Synapse. Get the details and tour dates here.

 

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MARTIN MONDAY: GPC-16E

The Martin Guitar Blog - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 08:09

Martin Guitar has expanded the popular 16 series with the addition of the GPC-16E. 

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Each model in the 16 series is designed with tone wood that best compliments the body size and shape of that particular model. With the new GPC-16E, which is a Grand Performance size with the depth of a 000, Martin selected a solid koa back and sides to enhance the easy, natural resonance of this guitar, making it great for recording.

You can learn even more about the GPC-16E here.

Come fall 2017 you will be able purchase a GPC-16E at an authorized Martin dealer, by finding a certified online Martin dealer, or exploring the buy from factory program.

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