•January 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Sources of what musical gear was hot at NAMM 2011. From guitars, guitar pedals, guitar amplifiers… and more.

Vox Night Train 50

RANDY RHOADS Les Paul Guitar

Godin Guitars

Orange Amps DIVO (Digital Intelligent Valve) TubeSync

Fender Wayne Kramer Stratocaster

Jackson Dave Ellefson Signature Bass Guitar

Buddy Blaze Guitars Launches Indonesian Factory

Daring Audio Pro Grade Bass Effect Pedals

Orange Terror Bass Combos

Fret-King Black Label Series JD guitar

Vintage V100AFD Paradise Les Paul Guitar

Black Cat Mini Trem Guitar Pedal

Fender Road Worn Player Series

Orange TH100 guitar amp head

Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissued Guitars

Chris Broderick JACKSON Soloist Guitar

Fender Bass Amplification Rumble Heads and Cabs

Fender Updates Classic Design Series Acoustic Guitars

Fender Classic Design Series Acoustic Guitars

Fender Mustang III, IV and V Guitar Amps

Ernie Ball Music Man Game Changer Guitar

TC-Helicon VoiceTone Singles Vocal Processing Pedals

3rd Power British Dream 112 Tube Amp

Marshall YJM100 Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Valve Amplifier

3rd Power Switchback 3×12 Amp Cab

Toadworks DECO Effects Pedals

Amptweaker Introduces TightMetal Distortion Pedal

TC Electronic Guitar Effects & Distortion Pedals

Dean Guitars John Entwistle Signature Bass Series

DBZ Z-Glide Guitar Neck

Way Huge Green Rhino Overdrive MkII

Dean Guitars Bret Michaels Guitar Series

PRS Guitars electronics, hardware, neck shape and finish

Marshall Slash AFD100 Guitar Valve Amp

AweSome Hyper-Mod Telecaster Control Plate
TC Electronic Blacksmith Bass Guitar Amp

Vox TB35C1 and TB35C2 Guitar Amps

Akai Pro New Line of Analog Guitar Pedals

Ampeg Heritage B-15 Flip-Top Bass Amp Combo

Ampeg Portaflex Series Bass Amps

Ampeg BA Series Combo Practice Amps

Guild Standard Series Acoustic-Electric Guitars

Fender Time Machine 1953 Heavy Relic Telecaster

Fender Time Machine 1960 Relic Stratocaster

Fender Time Machine 1967 NOS and 1967 Relic Telecaster

Fender 2011 Closet Classic Pine Telecaster Pro

Fender 2011 Custom Deluxe Stratocaster

Fender 1960 NOS Jazz Bass and 1960 Relic Jazz Bass

Fender Limited Closet Classic 1960 Precision Bass

Fender 2011 Custom Deluxe Telecaster

Fender Limited Closet Classic 1955 Precision Bass

Fender Limited Closet Classic 1951 Precision Bass

Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb FSR Guitar Amp

Fender 2011 Closet Classic Pine Stratocaster Pro

Fender Limited Closet Classic 1958 Precision Bass

Fender 2011 Closet Classic Precision Bass Pro

DigiTech Fusion Modelling Guitar Amp Range

Fender 2011 Custom Deluxe Stratocaster Flame Top

Fender Limited Relic Bigsby Telecaster

HardWire SP-7 Stereo Phaser Pedal

HardWire HT-6 Polyphonic Guitar Tuner

DigiTech LE Eternal Descent Lyra Guitar Pedal

Peavey Triple XXX II Guitar Amp

Peavey TransTube Special 212 Guitar Amp

Peavey Composite Acoustics Guitars

Peavey Xport USB Guitar Interface

Peavey ReValver MK III.V

Vox Dynamic Looper Guitar Pedal

Vox Series 22 Solid Body Electric Guitars

Vox TB35C1 and TB35C2 Guitar Amps

Vox AC30C2-RD Limited Vintage Red Edition

Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer

Rivera Rockcrusher Attenuator

Trace Elliot Trace Acoustic Amps

Roland Cube-XL Bass Amp Series

Budda Mark Nason MN-100 Guitar Amp

Boss RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station Pedals

Mesa Boogie Royal Atlantic RA-100

PRS Guitars Studio Electric Guitar

PRS Guitars Recording Amplifier


Takamine Introduces 11 New Guitars

Blackstar HT-1 All-Tube Guitar Amp

Blackstar Amplification Series One

Gretsch George Harrison Tribute Duo Guitar

Albion Amplification TCT100H and ABH300H

Martin Guitar Pete Seeger Custom Editions

Korg Pandora Mini Processor

Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face JBF3

New Dunlop MXR Guitar Pedals

Phil Collen Jackson PC Supreme

Taylor Guitars Doyle Deluxe

PRS Dweezil Zappa Private Stock Guitars

EVH Wolfgang Stealth Guitar

Zoom G2.1DM Dave Mustaine Multi-FX

EVH 5150III Mini Amp

Zoom G3

Jack Deville Mod Zero

Ashdown 220 Dual Tube Bass Amplifier

Ashdown Drophead LB 30 and 200 Bass Combos

New Yamaha Guitars and Basses

Laney Ironheart Amps

PRS Channel “C” and “H” Amps

Rivera Shaman Guitar Pedals

Martin Guitar expands Performing Artist Series

Red Witch debut Seven Sisters

Martin Guitar introduces the D-45 Authentic

Tech 21 unveils three new guitar pedals

Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30

Strymon Lex Rotary Guitar Pedal


The T-Style 3-way Switch Mod

•December 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I like electric guitar tips that are easy for the DIY-minded guitar player, particularly modifications that are totally reversible. Today’s electric guitar modification is focused on “T-Style” electric guitars and their control plate. As many T-style guitarists know, the 3-way pickup selector control can frequently get in the way of your picking hand, and it is incredibly easy to mistakenly change pickups in mid-windmill. Unexpectedly your righteous neck sound is changed into an icy sound. Dang it.

So here’s an easy modification that will help you fix your 3-way switch troubles: Rotate your control plate a hundred and eighty degrees. Then your pickup selector control is well out of the way of your picking hand. Now you can re-position your volume and tone controls anyway you desire. Some electric guitars are less complicated to modify than others, and it all relies upon on how much wire slack you got. The pictures below should help clarify the idea. Read Guitar & Gear Reviews
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Electro-Voice ZXA1 compact loudspeaker

•June 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

electro-voice-ZXA1EV — Electro-Voice engineers have set the standards for portable sound yet again, including to the triumphant ZX loudspeaker class with the all-new ZXA1 – the self-powered version of the great-selling ZXA1 compact loud-speaker.

ZXA1 is driven by an 800-watt amplifier module designed by the same crew that created EV’s world-class Tour Grade collection – the selection of the world’s largest events and tours and an business benchmark for hefty durability and audio superiority.

EV loud-speaker enclosure designs are sometimes cloned, however, never equaled. ZXA1’s light-weight, super-sturdy molded enclosure ensures it will be as good as it sounds – a classy-yet-stable choice for a variety of applications including live-sound, stage monitoring, mobile DJ and everlasting installation.

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ZXA1’s pro-grade 8-inch woofer and 1-inch titanium compression driver fulfill the ZXA1, offering a level of sonic performance beforehand unheard of in few compact 2-way loudspeaker.

At 19-pounds – more than 25% lighter than the closest adversary – ZXA1’s power-to-weight mixture is in a group of its own. Put in a rotate-able horn and an essential monitor angle to the combo and you’ve got a transportable loudspeaker that’s equally versatile as it’s powerful. Check for price.

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30 Seconds To Mars Sued For $30 Million By Virgin

•August 20, 2008 • Leave a Comment

30 Seconds To Mars has been hit by a lawsuit that claims the band owes its record label, Virgin Records America, three albums. The $30 million suit, filed August 15 in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges the band “repudiated” its 1999 contract in July by refusing to deliver the albums, according to an Associated Press report.

The band, fronted by actor Jared Leto, sold a million copies of their last album, A Beautiful Lie and hit the mainstage at Warped in 2006.

A spokesperson for the band told TMZ that 30 Seconds To Mars has sold more than 2 million albums for Virgin and has not been paid accordingly.

Jared Leto has responded to the lawsuit. In his open letter, he explains:

“We had been signed to our record contract for 9 years. Basically, under California law, where we live and signed our deal, one cannot be bound to a contract for more than 7 years. […] It is a law that protects people from lengthy, unfair, career-spanning contracts. […] We have been sued because roughly 45 days ago we exercised our legal right to terminate our old, out of date contract, which, according to the law is null and void.

“If you think the fact that we have sold in excess of 2 million records and have never been paid a penny is pretty unbelievable, well, so do we. And the fact that EMI informed us that not only aren’t they going to pay us AT ALL but that we are still 1.4 million dollars in debt to them is even crazier.

“We have lost many of the people that were near and dear to us at Virgin/EMI and crucial to the success of 30 Seconds to Mars. There is not a single employee at Virgin Records who was working at the company when we signed.”

AXL Guitars Mayhem Shadow Electric Guitar

•July 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

AXL Guitars twisted together a vicious electric guitar that will astonish players and tramatize the audience with its sharp and sleek pandemonium body. AXL’s Mayhem Shadow features incredible detailing with blistering hot looks.

The Mayhem Shadow (AXL-003-BK) features a contoured solid alder body, sleek 1mm aluminum pickguard for brilliant design, two EMG-designed Alnico humbucker pickups for hot, aggressive metal tones and an original M.O.P. dragon claw fretboard inlay.