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Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - June 29, 2018

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today officially announced the expansion of its artist signature electric guitar and bass offerings at Summer NAMM 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. Catering to seasoned players across genres, new additions include: the Flea Jazz Bass® Active, Albert Hammond Jr. Stratocaster®, Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster, and Johnny Marr Jaguar® in Lake Placid Blue. These artist-inspired models come off the heels of this month’s introduction of the Player Series, an all-new, accessibly priced line of electric guitars and basses for aspiring players who represent the future of guitar.

Launching in Summer and Fall 2018 is an expansion of Fender’s artist signature line with two new models—Flea Jazz Bass Active (which we previewed at the Fender Sydney dealer event last week), Albert Hammond Jr. Stratocaster. In addition to these two new models, the Johnny Marr Jaguar, originally released in 2012, is being released in a new color—Lake Placid Blue.

“The artist signature electric guitar and bass models we’re unveiling at Summer NAMM are both dynamic and eclectic in style and musical taste—spotlighting top players, from Albert Hammond Jr. and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Johnny Marr,” said Justin Norvell, SVP Fender Products. “Our second artist signature active bass with Flea was designed to complement the Shell Pink Flea Jazz Bass—a reproduction of his beloved recording bass we recreated with him in 2016. This new active model is a complete 180 from the super vintage-style of the other; it’s hyper-modern and ready for the stage. Albert Hammond Jr. helped bring the Stratocaster back to the fore in the early 2000s. He has a keen melodic sense and rhythmic playing style that we wanted to honor—as a member of a huge, stadium-level band in the past 20 years—The Strokes—and as a solo artist, who puts out great records.”

“We’re also adding new a new colour to one of our most successful artist signature models, the Johnny Marr Jaguar. “Johnny’s a fan and collector of guitars in ‘60s era vintage colors and we’re always making him one-offs of his signature model in those unique colorways—like Lake Placid Blue; and when he plays them live, the phone starts to ring with fans asking for them.”

These highly collectible Artist Signature models include:
Flea Jazz Bass Active – $2,999 (Launching October 2018) sports a satin finish with matching headstock. The custom-shaped Jazz Bass body and a hot Fender humbucking pickup with an Aguilar OBP-1 18-volt preamp allows this bass to crank out massive output, perfect for pounding a stadium with the power of funk. The brainchild of Flea and Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Jason Smith, also a Flea/Red Hot Chili Peppers fan and bass player himself—this is the bass Flea plays live in concert.

Albert Hammond Jr. Stratocaster—$1,499 (Launching October 2018) is a 1985 reissue of a ‘72 Strat® with a unique touch. It features replicated Hammond Jr. customized pickups switching: pickup switch position four activates the neck and bridge pickups in tandem, while positions one and three are reversed from the traditional layout. Hammond Jr.’s signature graces the back of the large ‘70s-style headstock, while other ‘70s-inspired features include bullet truss rod nut, 3-bolt “F”-stamped neck plate with period-correct Micro-Tilt™ adjustment and a ‘70s-era logo.

Johnny Marr Jaguar—$3,849 (Launching Summer 2018) is based on Marr’s modified 1965 Jaguar. Originally launched in 2012, the Johnny Marr Jaguar—one of Fender’s more successful signature models—is getting a limited run in a new ‘60s vintage-era color: Lake Placid Blue, which coincides with the release of his new album, Call The Comet. Dual custom-wound Bare Knuckle® Johnny Marr single-coil pickups crank out incisive tone that’s just the thing for slashing through a sonically dense mix. Also featured are a four-position blade pickup, thicker tone and higher output, dual upper-horn slide switches, and a 7.25”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets.

Also new to Fender’s electrics lineup in Summer 2018 is the Player Series. Respecting Fender’s heritage while maintaining an innovative spirit, the Player Series blends authentic Fender tone, sound and style with a modern edge that’s versatile enough to handle any style of music. The Player Series is the long-awaited successor to the Fender Standard Series and sets a new benchmark for quality and performance, with upgraded and cool updated features, including: new pickups for legendary vintage tones heard on some of the world’s most influential records; updated body radii for improved comfort and feel; 22-fret necks for extended range; upgraded bridges for improved performance and easier setup; as well as new colors, the classic logo and “F”-stamped neck plate for a more authentic Fender look. These guitars are the best the brand has built in the $1,149—$1,349 price range, with the often imitated, but never duplicated iconic Fender sound, feel, and classic look that’s helped shape popular music for more than 70 years. With 94 SKUs across 21 models and hero colours including Sage Green, Polar White, Tide Pool, Butter Cream, and Sonic Red, artists and players can express themselves in limitless ways.

Fender’s new electric guitar and bass offerings will be available at local dealers and on

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Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - June 29, 2018

Gretsch® honoUrs the late Malcolm Young, whose rock-solid rhythm guitar swagger and songwriting provided the unshakeable foundation for monumental rock titans AC/DC, with the G6131-MY Malcolm Young Signature Jet™.

The G6131-MY pays homage to Young’s famously battle-hardened Gretsch Jet. Nicknamed “The Beast,” Malcolm certainly made the instrument his own, not least by removing two of the three pickups, stripping away the finish, and pounding out some of the hardest and most memorable rhythms the world has heard.
“I mean, as soon as you hear that first… chord, you know it’s him,” said his brother Angus Young. “To do this… you have to be a master of rhythm, and that’s exactly what Mal [was].”

This model features the essential hallmarks of one of rock’s most iconic instruments including “DIY” pickup routes with simulated screw holes, chrome switch plugs, Space-Control™ bridge with ebony base and ‘60s-style tailpiece. Open-cavity thunder roars from the thin-skin satin finished chambered mahogany body and is magnified by a high-output TV Jones® Power’Tron™ pickup.

“AC/DC had a sound of their own and this guitar was the foundation of the sweet and nasty tone we all know them for,” said Social Distortion’s Mike Ness.
Malcolm Young’s fiery rock ‘n’ roll spirit lives on through AC/DC’s enduringly timeless music, and it is Gretsch’s great privilege to pay fitting tribute to him with a finely crafted instrument bearing his name.

The G6131-MY Malcolm Young Signature Jet will be available November 2018.
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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - June 28, 2018

The month of August offers up a guitar lover’s dream when major guitar shows occur in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

First up is the 4th consecutive Melbourne Guitar Show August 4 & 5 Caulfield Racecourse. Drawing over 5,500 guitar fans and enthusiasts to last year’s exhibit, the Melbourne Guitar Show is growing year on year and is gearing up for the biggest event yet. MGS is a two day event which takes place on 3 levels under one roof, over one weekend. Australian Musician, in conjunction with the Australian Music Association present the all-indoor event, which is proudly supported by by Triple M and community radio sponsor 3PBS.

A major feature of the annual Melbourne Guitar Show is Australasia’s biggest pop up guitar shop. The show provides a hands-on chance to see, hear, play and buy a broad range of the world’s favourite brands. It will also see exhibitors offering great show deals, plus an opportunity to get close to some hand-crafted, locally made instruments and epic guitar and gear collections.

Plus you’ll be able to experience performances, demos and chat sessions on several stages by some certified guitar legends such as: UK’s Albert Lee (in the first gig of his Australian tour), Jeff Lang, Daniel Champagne, Dave Leslie, Brett Garsed, Bob Spencer, Phil Manning, Nick Charles, Shannon Bourne, Fiona Boyes, Rackett, Alison Ferrier, Cat Canter, Nat Allison, Abbey Stone and many more.

A highlight of the show every year is the Triple M jam which this year will include: James Ryan (MD), Brett Garsed,  Bob Spencer, plus more to be announced soon.

At last year’s MGS, punters not only enjoyed scheduled performances and demos from the awesome artists on the lineup, but also witnessed surprise on-stand appearances from some of Australia’s finest artists, including Ian Moss, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Paul Dempsey, Oscar Dawson and Ali Barter. Both the promoters of the show and the exhibitors are constantly wrangling acts right up until the very last minute. You never know which legendary artists you’ll stumble upon at the Melbourne Guitar Show, it’s a guitar god magnet.

Melbourne Guitar Show ticket info here


The Sydney Guitar festival is the newer of the 3 events occurring in August and takes place in various venues around Sydney over a 10 day period.

Featured artists at this year’s SGF include: Tommy Emmanuel, Kaki King, Grigoryan Brothers and the Beijing Guitar Duo, Albert Lee, The Brewster Brothers, Marc Ribot, The Turner Brown Band, Pedro Javier Gonzalez & Paco Lara and more, plus the inaugural Sydney Guitar Festival Gala, showcasing some of the best guitarists doing what they do best.

The inaugural SGF Gala, taking place on Thursday, August 9 at the Concourse in Chatswood promises to be an event like no other; an expertly curated showcase of world-class guitarists including;  Kaki King (US), Derek Gripper (RSA), Daniel Champagne, Turner Brown Band (US/Aus), Z-Star Trinity (UK) Pioneers of Rock n Roll showcase and MC Luke Escombe, and more.

SGF 2018 Headliner Tommy Emmanuel was to have his brother Phil Emmanuel join him at both SGF shows as a special guest. Following Phil’s recent and sudden passing Tommy now intends to incorporate a very special tribute to honour one of this country’s greatest guitarists who has just recently been posthumously awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia OAM for his service to music.

Venues housing the diverse lineup of events include Marrickville’s largest hub of arts and culture, The Factory Theatre, Northern Sydney’s performing arts gateway The Concourse and Sydney’s most iconic music venue The Enmore Theatre.

PLUS The Sydney Guitar Festival invites you to take part in the World Record attempt for the Largest Guitar Ensemble playing AC/DC’s Highway To Hell at The Concourse in Chatswood on Sunday, 12th August.

Tickets for all Sydney Guitar Festival events are on sale now.  
For more information regarding lineup, tickets, venues and more visit


The Adelaide Guitar Festival (AGF) (formerly the Adelaide International Guitar Festival)  is a four-day biennial festival, curated by internationally renowned Australian guitarist, Slava Grigoryan. Unbound by genre and acclaimed for its outstanding quality, its concerts span rock, jazz, folk, classical, experimental, blues and roots music.

One of the headliners this year is Australia’s own world conquering guitar hero Tommy Emmanuel. Whether he’s blistering through the classics or finger-picking the most delicate of melodies, Tommy Emmanuel’s artistry and precision is obvious and enticing. This year, he brings immaculate guitar skills and virtuosic guest stars Pedro Javier Gonzalez and Richard Smith for this special musical treat.

Other featured artists this year include: Albert Lee, Marc Ribot, Kaki King, Beijing Guitar Duo, Grigoryan Brothers, Tony McManus, Turner Brown Band, The Yearlings and many more.

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - June 28, 2018

Soulful Melbourne artist Sannia has recently released her debut single Go And Get Over, a strikingly vulnerable track that documents the trying and slow process of moving on, set for release on June 15. The newcomer has also announced a clip to accompany the track, directed by Giulia Giannini McGauran…

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Posted in MGS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - June 28, 2018

Sunday August 5 at 12.45pm Aon Mezzanine stage British Bassist Dean Gaudoin has made a name for himself in Melbourne, where he now resides, as a leading player and composer in the Fusion and Progressive Rock scene. Dean is a graduate of Box Hill Institute of Music and a touring,…

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Posted in MGS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - June 28, 2018

Sunday August 5 at 12.45pm Aon Mezzanine stage Bernardo Performs on Godin Multi- ac midi Nylon and Godin Electric 6 String, Bernadro is endorsed By Godin Guitars Bernardo Soler award Winning Filipino Guitarist from Melbourne, Victoria, offering a selection of unique music that reflects the true Mediterranean culture: Bossa nova,…

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Posted in MGS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - June 28, 2018

Saturday August 4 Winners Circle Workshop Room 12.30pm Boss Tone Design Sunday August 5 Winners Circle Workshop Room 12.30pm Boss Tone Design Joshua Munday has been a BOSS/Roland user for most of his guitar playing life and has been working directly with Roland Australia for many years performing demos and…

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Posted in MGS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - June 28, 2018

Sunday August 5 at 2pm Aon Mezzanine Stage in World of Acoustic Guitar feat Nick Charles, Daniel Champagne, Jeff Lang, Adam Miller, Van Larkins If the name of Peter Baylor is not familiar to you, you have probably heard his guitar before. He played with bands like The Dancehall Racketeers,…

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Posted in MGS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - June 28, 2018

Saturday August 4 at 3pm Meet the Players session. cafe corner, ground floor Fingerstyle Guitar with Van Larkins and Thomas Leeb Sunday August 5 at 12.30pm Exclusively Acoustic Stage Phisha performs a unique style of percussive fingerstyle acoustic guitar with intriguing techniques, But then takes it a step further by…

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Posted in MGS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - June 28, 2018

Saturday August 4 at 3pm Cafe corner, ground floor Meet The Players session Fingerstyle guitar with Van Larkins and Phisha Sunday August 5 exclusively acoustic stage at 1.30pm Thomas Leeb picked up the guitar for the same reason as every thirteen-year-old boy: he wanted to meet girls. He soon fell…

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