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NAMM SHOW 2019: YAMAHA CP73 SYNTHESIZER

Posted in Blog, Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - February 15, 2019

Yamaha’s Blake Angelos shows us the new CP73 synthesizer, released at Winter NAMM 2019 long with the CP88 key model. Powered by over 100 years of piano craftsmanship and 45 years of synthesizer innovation, the CP73 and CP88 stage pianos boast authentic acoustic and electric piano sound, realistic piano touch and an intuitive one-to-one user interface.

https://au.yamaha.com/index.html

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HERBIE HANCOCK FOR MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 15, 2019

Innovative, influential and a living legend — the Melbourne International Jazz Festival is honoured to present the master of modern jazz, Herbie Hancock.

With an illustrious career spanning into its sixth decade and a staggering 14 GRAMMY® Awards there are few artists who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz, R&B and Hip Hop than Herbie Hancock.

Miles Davis said in his autobiography “Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him.”

The author of modern day standards such as Cantaloupe Island, Chameleon and Rockit in addition to hundreds more, Hancock’s appeal transcends genres while maintaining an unmistakable style.

Hancock’s standing and influence on modern music has produced iconic partnerships with artists ranging from Wayne Shorter, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner and Annie Lennox to Snoop Dog, Flying Lotus and Pink.

Any opportunity to see Herbie Hancock live should never be missed. See this icon of modern music take to the Hamer Hall stage with a hand picked band to close the Melbourne International Jazz Festival for 2019.

Saturday 8 June 2019, 7:30pm
Sunday 9 June 2019, 7:30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

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FENDER UNVEILS CHRIS STAPLETON SIGNATURE AMP

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 14, 2019

62 Princeton – Chris Stapleton Edition

Fender unveiled its first signature artist amp collaboration with Grammy award winning musician Chris Stapleton: the all-new Fender ‘62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition amplifier. This is the first artist signature amp ever released by Fender for a country artist. Stapleton remains one of Country music’s favorite artists receiving multiple nominations and awards from the Grammys, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and more. The natural collaboration came together from Stapleton’s love for Fender amps and the ‘62 Princeton amp in particular. Fender set out to recreate and revamp Stapleton’s favourite amplifier not just cosmetically, but also internally and sonically, all kept to the specs of his original find.

Chris’s take on the iconic Fender Princeton amp features a retro aesthetic with rough textured brown vinyl covering and an engraved brass plate with Chris Stapleton’s signature. You can check out Chris Stapleton explaining the story behind the collaboration and his love for the ‘‘62 Princeton amp in the video below. The amp also features a retro-styled Filson™ Rugged Twill fabric cover. Rugged Twill is preferred for its durability and dependability in the field.

As part of the collaboration, Stapleton personally requested all artist royalties be donated to his charity, “Outlaw State of Kind.” OSOK is Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s charitable fund that supports a variety of causes that are close to their heart. The Outlaw State of Kind Fund was founded in 2016 and is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

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NAMM Show 2019: LINE 6 RELAY G10S WIRELESS SYSTEM

Posted in Blog, Gear, Sound (PA, mixer, mics, recording)    //    Post Date - February 14, 2019

Michael Lewis from Line 6 shows us the new Relay G10s wireless system.

The Line 6 Relay G10s wireless system features 24-bit quality, 130′ line of sight range and a solid metal construction pedal format. It is simple to use, similar to their G10 model and still offers the high-quality features required by gigging musicians. It includes large ‘stage friendly’ RF and battery status indicators, so you know what is going on when using it. The unit has both a 1/4″ main output t pedalboard/amp and an XLR output, which means you can send your signal to FOH or a PA system.

https://au.yamaha.com/index.html

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NAMM SHOW 2019: NEW FROM GUILD GUITARS

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 13, 2019

Ryan from Guild Guitars shows us what’s new at Winter NAMM 2019.

Guild Guitars distributed in Australia by https://zenithmusic.com.au/

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NAMM SHOW 2019: FENDER AMERICAN PERFORMER SERIES

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - February 13, 2019

Fender’s Allen Abbassi shows us the new American Performer Series at Winter NAMM 2019

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) recently debuted its 2019 electric guitar and bass offerings at Winter NAMM in Anaheim, Calif. The robust lineup is a true reflection of Fender’s dedication to electric innovation; it includes: American Performer, a series catering to performers’ on-stage demands; the Rarities Series – featuring limited-edition, upscale, boutique-style models with high-end finishes and unique woods; and the Alternate Reality Series – a celebration of iconic Fender models of the past with futuristic trends in mind. In addition, the highly-acclaimed American Elite and American Professional Series have expanded to include new finishes.

“We’re very excited to showcase one of our most diverse electrics offerings at Winter NAMM,” said Max Gutnik, VP of Fender Electric Guitars, Basses & Amplifiers. “Our leading electric guitar and bass series for 2019 is American Performer, which resets the standards for quality, craftsmanship and tone in our entry-point American guitar series with newly designed Yosemite™ single-coil pickups and an innovative DoubleTap™ humbucking pickup. The Alternate Reality Series continues our recent tradition of creating limited runs of uniquely compelling guitars with interesting body styles and tonal configurations; and finally, our limited-edition Rarities guitars are crafted from exotic woods, with high-end finishes and electronics to create an extraordinary line of instruments for the most discerning player. As our electrics lineup continues to evolve, we look forward to players of all genres and backgrounds making music as inspired and imaginative as the instruments themselves.”

Recently launched, the American Performer Series celebrates both the boom in live musical performances and the demand for a roadworthy instrument that can handle any artist’s demands, no matter the arena. Featuring 36 SKUs, the American Performer Series brings the Jazzmaster®, Mustang® and Mustang Bass into the US-made line in the A$2,149 – $2,249 price range. The Performer Series blends traditional Fender design with new elements for modern tone and performance. Together, the updates deliver sonic versatility and ease of use for performers, helping them hone their tone across musical genres.

www.fender.com.au

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NAMM SHOW 2019: FENDER ALTERNATE REALITY SERIES

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - February 13, 2019

Fender’s Allen Abbassi shows us the new ALTERNATE REALITY Series at Winter NAMM 2019

The limited-edition Alternate Reality Collection (A$949 – $1899) will be available beginning March of 2019 and features Fender’s tradition of purposeful innovation. Offering eclectic models that mix and match multiple Fender design cues within a single instrument, the Alternate Reality Series instruments feature unique and unusual models that are “not just another Strat®”. These guitar and bass models are a brave new entry with one foot in the past and eyes to the future.

• Powercaster™ (launching March 2019) features the giant sound of an Atomic™ humbucking pickup with the articulate voice of a single-coil soapbar pickup, giving this guitar’s tone a bit of an edge—perfect for slashing through a dense mix. A roasted maple neck and sweeping pickguard adds some visual flair to this unique instrument.

• Sixty-Six™ (launching April 2019) has a unique visual style, which makes a bold statement with its down-sized Jazz Bass® body. The flexible HSS pickup configuration can crank out anything you ask, from fat leads to funky rhythm tones. Combining vintage-inspired appointments with modern, player-oriented features, it’s packed with a ton of useful, unique sounds.

• The Meteora® HH (launching May 2019) sports a sleek body shape that carries on our tradition of arresting aesthetic design. The sound is as propulsive as its visually stimulating lines—it wants to roar on stage, thanks to the two fat-sounding Player Series humbucking pickups. With its retro-modern offset body shape, the Meteora HH has guts and grace.

• Electric XII (launching July 2019) is designed for performance with dual split-coil pickups, a special 12-string hardtail bridge and a 3-position pickup selector, this jangly offset will definitely get attention onstage.

• Tenor Tele® (launching August 2019) is a modern take on the 4-string tenor guitar, with a huge sound that belies its small size. Tuned to the same pitches as the top 4 strings of a 6-string or any of a number of popular alternate tunings, guitar players will feel right at home on this fun-to-play tiny Telecaster.

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

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NAMM SHOW 2019: FENDER JIMMY PAGE TELECASTER

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - February 13, 2019

Fender’s Allen Abbassi shows us the Jimmy Page Telecaster at Winter NAMM 2019

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) recently announced it is collaborating with one of rock’s most legendary guitar players – Jimmy Page – to recreate his famous 1959 Fender Telecaster 50 years after Led Zeppelin formed in October 1968. Among music’s most iconic guitars is Jimmy Page’s Telecaster, known for its two “mirror” and “dragon” designs. It helped launch Page’s career in The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, and the guitar was used to record “Led Zeppelin I” along with countless hit songs on world-renowned albums. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin and Page’s storied career as a guitar icon, Fender will release four artist signature guitar models throughout 2019, giving fans and collectors the chance to own a piece of history. Two models will be made on Fender’s production lines, and two will be produced in the Fender Custom Shop – dubbed the “Limited Edition Jimmy Page Telecaster Set.”

“It’s an incredible honor that one of the most-respected rock legends has entrusted Fender to recreate one of his most-prized guitars,” said Mike Lewis, VP of Product Development at Fender Custom Shop. “Some of the most-esteemed artists in the world work with the Fender Custom Shop, because it is the pinnacle of craftsmanship for the Fender brand and the guitar-building community.”
“This unique Fender Telecaster has an amazing backstory and helped inspire some of the greatest rock music of all time, both in the later years of The Yardbirds and at the genesis of Led Zeppelin,” added Justin Norvell, EVP Fender Products. “Now we’re giving a new generation of players access to two great instruments in honor of Jimmy, his storied career and amazing musical body of work created and performed on this guitar.”

Page originally received the Telecaster in 1966 from Jeff Beck, who gifted it to Page for recommending him to The Yardbirds. Through the years, the Telecaster took on several looks and personas, as Page customized it aesthetically and sonically. When he first received it, the guitar was undecorated in its factory white blonde finish and remained that way until February 1967, when he added eight circular mirrors to the body. Page played his mirrored Telecaster only briefly in the final years of The Yardbirds, and by mid-1967 he was ready to change the look. He removed the mirrors, completely stripped and repainted the instrument himself, this time hand-painting a mystical dragon on the body.

When Led Zeppelin was formed in October 1968, the Dragon Telecaster became Page’s go-to instrument and he played it on stage and in the studio until 1969. It was also the main guitar used on the legendary Led Zeppelin I album. Page went on tour in 1969, and upon his return, he discovered a friend had kindly stripped the body and painted over the dragon paint job. The paint job compromised the sound and wiring, leaving only the neck pickup working. He salvaged the neck and put it on his brown string bender Tele, and has since re-stripped and restored the body in full.
“This guitar is so special and has so much history, so I approached Fender to see if they’d be interested in recreating it,” Page said. “They really got it 110 percent right, or 150 percent right. It’s so absolutely as it is, as it should be, and as it was.”

“Visiting the Fender Custom Shop to sign and paint the guitars with Paul Waller was a real thrill,” he added. “To see all those absolute gems on the wall, it’s a pretty amazing experience.”
Among the four artist signature models will be two highly collectible, limited edition Fender Custom Shop versions masterbuilt by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller – one with mirrors and the other with the painted dragon. For nearly eight months, Page has worked closely with Paul Waller, Master Builder at the Fender Custom Shop, to advise throughout the process, assuring every detail was accurately recreated. Only 50 units of each Fender Custom Shop model will be made available with personal touches from Page himself, including a handwritten signature on the headstock and hand-painted flourishes on the guitar body’s dragon artwork. Known for its world-renowned quality and craftsmanship, the Fender Custom Shop has built instruments for some of the world’s most-esteemed guitar and bass players over the past 31 years.

“Jimmy first approached us in February with the idea to recreate this Telecaster, and as we were planning, I could feel his passion throughout the process,” said Paul Waller, Fender Custom Shop Master Builder. “To achieve his vision, I wanted to get every little detail replicated exactly, so you couldn’t tell the difference from the originals and these models. That’s what we’re known for in the Fender Custom Shop: quality craftsmanship and authenticity.”

Fender will also build both mirror and painted versions on its production lines, which will be more accessibly priced for a broader base of fans to purchase. While these will not be hand-signed and hand-painted by the artist, Page did consult with Fender throughout the design process to ensure the guitars are true-to-spec of the original Telecaster.

All Jimmy Page models will be released throughout 2019 and will be available at local dealers.

www.fender.com.au/

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NAMM SHOW 2019: NEW FENDER PEDALS

Posted in Blog, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - February 13, 2019

Rodrigo from Fender shows us the new range of effects pedals at Winter NAMM 2019

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) recently announced the expansion of their successful effect pedals line as part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to the category. Debuting at Winter NAMM 2019 in Anaheim, Calif., Fender is taking its pedal offerings to the next level with the introduction of six all-new models featuring original designed circuits including: Bubbler Chorus, Lost Highway Phaser, MTG Tube Distortion, Downtown Express, Tre-Verb, and The Pinwheel. Priced from A$299 to $469, these additions provide players looking to enhance their sound and expand their tone a wide variety of expressive options.

Designed in Southern California, these new Fender pedals were engineered with insight from professional gigging and studio musicians, artists and some of the industry’s best minds. At the helm is in-house expert Stan Cotey, who spent 25 years in professional audio, as well as 13 years designing and engineering many of Fender’s digital and tube guitar amplifiers; he leads a team of engineers that are behind some of Fender’s most innovative modern pedals and amplifiers.

“The initial launch of our effects pedals line in 2018 was very successful. Our first wave of pedals featured a lot of distortion and overdrive effects, knowing that this year we would be able to focus on modulation effects to help further broaden a player’s palette,” said Richard Bussey, Director of Product Development – Accessories. “These new additions to our effects pedals play well into Fender’s rich history with amplifiers and amplifier effects, while also catering to the bass community with our first official bass effects pedal – The Downtown Express.”

These effects pedals are engineered for artists who are looking for stage-ready features and Fender’s signature sound and aesthetics, including sleek and modern exteriors crafted from lightweight, durable anodized aluminum. The enclosures are engineered for heavy-duty use, while switchable LED-backlit knobs show control settings at a glance, perfect for every performance environment. These six all-original circuits all have enhanced feature sets that provide players with maximum tonal possibilities, including:

• Bubbler Chorus (A$299) is a great way to add some dimension to your guitar tone—thick, wide and rolling, it’s been the foundation of many classic guitar sounds. It breathes new life into this classic analog effect, offering new ways to shape your tone. Switchable Slow and Fast speeds with independent Rate and Depth controls let players dial in the perfect sound for your music, while the Wave toggle switch lets you select between traditional Sine and Triangle waveforms. The Sensitivity control allows modulation rate changes based on your playing dynamics.

• Lost Highway Phaser (A$299) brings powerful, flexible analog phasing to your rig. Foot-switchable Fast and Slow speeds— each with their own independent Rate and Depth controls—let you easily alternate between slow, moody phase shifting all the way to rapid and warped modulation. The Wave toggle switch selects between Sine and Triangle waveforms while switchable 4- and 8-stage phasing makes it easy to add extra resonance on the fly. The Sensitivity control allows modulation rate changes based on your playing dynamics.

• MTG Tube Distortion (A$399) is co-designed with Bruce Egnater and is an all-original Fender circuit. Instead of trying to emulate the sound of tube breakup; we decided to use actual vacuum tubes and give players the real deal in a compact pedal. The heart of the MTG’s design is a NOS (New Old Stock) American made 6205 preamp tube. 3-Band EQ with Tight control and switchable boost—with its own Level and Boost controls—makes it easy to dial-in just the right sound.

• Downtown Express (A$449) is a one-stop shop for bass tone-shaping by putting everything a player would need for killer bass tone right
at their feet. All the bass essentials are there— compressor, 3-band EQ and overdrive—each switchable on its own, or kill the signal for silent tuning. The Direct Output makes it easy to integrate this pedal into any performance situation—stage or studio. This pedal also includes a switch that lets players reorder the compressor and overdrive circuits to taste.

• Tre-Verb (A$469) brings players the sound of genuine Fender amplifier Tremolo and Reverb effects. These lush, dynamic amp effects inspired entire genres of music. Included in the Tre-Verb are classic reverb voicings based on Fender’s renowned spring reverb units from 1963 and 1965 and multiple tremolo modes to make sure players can get the exact sound they need for their music. A full suite of tone-shaping controls, including tap tempo for the tremolo effect, make this pedal sonically flexible, while the stereo inputs and outputs ensure it’s easy to connect to any pedalboard or amp.

• The Pinwheel (A$469) gives a classic sound achieved with an organ speaker and amplifier. Featuring three different rotary speaker voices, including Fender’s very own Vibratone effect. Switchable Slow and Fast speeds let players spin up the perfect sound for their music, while the onboard Overdrive adds some texture to the tone. The Sensitivity control allows modulation rate changes based on playing dynamics

Fender’s new effect pedals will be available in 2019 at local dealers.

www.fender.com.au/

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NAMM SHOW 2019: FENDER AMERICAN ACOUSTASONIC TELECASTER

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 12, 2019

Matt from Fender shows us the new American Acoustasonic Telecaster at Winter NAMM 2019.

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) celebrates the release of a new state-of-the-art acoustic guitar series and the expansion of the ever-growing California Series at Winter NAMM 2019 in Anaheim, Calif. The additions include the powerful, American-made Acoustasonic Telecaster and the beach-inspired California Series in satin finishes.

Equipped with a fully-hollow body and Fender’s patent-pending Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS), the American Acoustasonic Telecaster is designed to deliver a naturally loud voice with spirited harmonics. This hybrid acoustic-electric guitar boasts an Acoustasonic Noiseless™ magnetic pickup – designed for authentic, hum-free Fender electric tone – helping artists transition from a smooth acoustic voice to a bold electric tone at the flip of a switch, as well as omitting feedback and eliminating many of the complications associated with playing acoustic guitars live. A mahogany Telecaster neck with ebony fingerboard and open-pore satin finish make this contemporary guitar comfortable and easy to play.

New, sleek satin finishes come to California Series acoustic guitars inspired by and born from the lifestyle and laid-back culture of Southern California. Catering to the diverse aesthetic tastes of Fender’s artists, these guitars present a distinct, bold look and sound that disregards acoustic guitar conventions while bringing the character and feel of Fender’s famous electric guitars to the category. From the Stratocaster® headstocks and vibrant colors, to the distinctive Fender body shapes – Malibu™, Newporter™ and Redondo™ – that make players stand out, the introduction of the satin line brings new style to performers on stage and off.The expansion of the California Series now includes six additional colors, including: Satin Slate, Satin Bronze, Satin Olive, Satin Ice Blue, Satin Midnight and Satin Burgundy.
“We are proud of the purposeful innovation we put into each of our products, especially when it comes to the game changing American Acoustasonic Telecaster,” said Billy Martinez, Fender VP Category Manager, Acoustic and Squier Divisions. “The Acoustasonic Telecaster is powered by the Fender and Fishman®-designed Acoustic Engine, which melds classic analog with future technologies like never seen before. We’re super excited to see what artists do with this unprecedented range of acoustic and electric tones made possible by a single instrument.”

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