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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.

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NAMM SHOW 2019: ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN NEW GUITARS & BASSES

Posted in Bass, Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - February 11, 2019

Drew from Ernie Ball Music Man shows us the new guitar and bass models at NAMM Show 2019 including: StingRay Short Scale basses, ‘Tiger Eye’ Majesty, Jason Richardson Artist Series 7 string Cutlass, Hunter Hayes Artist Series Cutlass, Dustin Kensrue (Thrice)  StingRay guitar.

Ernie Ball Music Man distributed in Australia by CMC Music.

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NAMM SHOW 2019: NEW FROM EASTMAN GUITARS

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - February 11, 2019

Dan Skatvold from Eastman Guitars show us the new El Rey mandolin, T484 electric, SP Series, E2D acoustic and Double Top series guitars at NAMM Show 2019
www.eastmanguitars.com

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NAMM 2019: HAGSTROM ULTRA MAX & FANTOMEN GUITARS

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - January 26, 2019

Thomas from Hagstrom shows us the new Ultra Max and Fantomen (developed in conjunction with Swedish band Ghost) guitars at NAMM 2019.

Hagstrom distributed in Australia by www.promusicaustralia.com.au

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NAMM NEWS 2019: FENDER CUSTOM SHOP DEBUTS ALL-NEW COLLECTIONS

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - January 24, 2019


Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the introduction of its Annual and Prestige collections, as well as the addition of the long-time Artist Signature series Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Stratocaster and Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster to the Fender Custom Shop lineup – all debuting at Winter NAMM in Anaheim, Calif.

Each year, an Annual Collection of models are conceived and created in the Fender Custom Shop to showcase the latest innovations and developments—everything from pickup design, wiring and finish processes, to wood combinations and more. “The Annual Collections give our Master Builders and Fender Custom Shop Teambuilt craftspeople a chance to experiment with new ideas,” said Mike Lewis, VP of Product Development at Fender Custom Shop. “There’s a reason everyone in the guitar world calls Fender Custom Shop ‘The Dream Factory.’ We create guitars players never thought were possible, and continue to step up our game, surprising them with something new each year.”

Annual Teambuilt collections making their debut at Winter NAMM are the Limited Edition, Time Machine, Postmodern and Vintage Custom; in its second year, the Vintage Custom Series celebrates beloved Fender classics and unearths truly unique rarities, such as the flat-lam slab maple cap fingerboard on the Vintage Custom `62 Strat®. Joining the Teambuilt collections is Masterbuilt Custom, which features Masterbuilt designs – all made-to-order for dealers.

In addition to the annual collections, the Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Stratocaster and Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster both make their way into the Fender Custom Shop Artist Signature series lineup after a long run in Fender’s production line. Beginning 2019, both models will be available at Authorised Custom Shop Dealers. See below for full descriptions.

Also debuting at Winter NAMM 2019 is the 2019 Prestige Collection, featuring one-of-a-kind Masterbuilt guitars and basses from the Custom Shop’s most-esteemed Master Builders. “Our Fender Custom Shop Master Builders continue to amaze players with the unique talent and creativity they pour into the annual Prestige Collection,” Lewis said. “In the last year, we’ve added two new Master Builders at the Shop – Ron Thorn and Kyle McMillin, who have added new twists and flavors to our lineup.”

Fender Custom Shop’s 11 innovative Prestige Collection models – with one conjured up by each Master Builder – include:

•Paul Waller: Building Block Strat®
Paul Waller’s Building Block Strat® guitar is made of toy building bricks. Paul Waller has toyed with the idea of making a guitar like this since his buzz-worthy Cardboard Strat was released in 2015. “I love working with different materials to create guitars that are extremely unique,” Waller said. “LEGO® was a huge part of my youth, and undoubtedly had a huge impact on my career path.” Features include handmade hardware that emulates traditional brick pieces, only made of materials suitable for guitar construction. The vibrant traditional colors of toy building bricks work so well in blending the two mediums. “This guitar will appeal to the young at heart,” he said. “Most guitar players feel a connection to their youth, cranking out sounds of past experiences. For me, music is emotion in the form of a sound wave that carries us through a feeling. The fact that you can ride the emotion on a toy, provides a fun aspect to the emotion, bringing a smile to face of everyone who plays it.” Two guitars will be made with two matching amps masterbuilt by Jim Dolmage – dubbed the Building Block Deluxe™ Amp. This is a one-of-a-kind showpiece built on the framework of a ’57 Custom Deluxe amplifier. Thousands of toy bricks were painstakingly arranged to approximate the look of Fender’s iconic tweed-covered amplifiers. LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this project or product. Guitars and amps are not for sale.

•Jason Smith: Luna Y Sol – A$19,999
Jason Smith’s Luna Y Sol is a custom Precision Bass® inspired by his meeting with artist Madeline Hanlon at last year’s Winter NAMM show. Hanlon is known for her artistic style of wood burning, which was integrated into the Mexican folk art sun and moon design. Smith’s favorite aspect of the bass is its overall aesthetic appeal – from the detailed wood-burned image and thematic red coral inlays to the rich, warm wood tones, smooth blend of colors and the feel of the satin lacquer topcoat. “This bass feels amazingly comfortable, has a nice medium weight, and the sound of the Josefina Campos overwound pickups just gives the player a sonic experience like a P-Bass® on steroids,” Smith said. “This bass just seems to have it all, style, class, and tone!”

•Dennis Galuszka: Hawaiian Fish Hook Telecaster® – A$24,499
Dennis Galuszka’s Hawaiian Fish Hook Telecaster was inspired by Galuszka’s love of Hawaiian culture, where his in-laws are from. The Telecaster features a vintage pickup and rope binding on the hook – the first of its kind on a guitar. “I wanted to build something masculine and tough-looking, but still simple,” Galuszka said. “This instrument is for players that feel in charge when they walk on stage with a minimalist guitar.”

•Dale Wilson: Spalted Maple Telecaster – A$13,399
Dale Wilson’s Spalted Maple Telecaster was inspired by a singular piece of wood and unique acoustic vibe of Fender Custom Shop Founding Master Builder Fred Stuart’s Founders Design Herringbone Telecaster. The guitar features a Violin Burst that highlights the beauty of the spalted maple top, herringbone binding and P90 pickups in conjunction with a handwound Josephina Broadcaster pickup. Ideal for any player or collector who appreciates exotic wood guitars with a wide range of tones, the Spalted Maple Telecaster makes its debut at Winter NAMM 2019.

•Todd Krause: Goldfish Stratocaster – A$25,999
Todd Krause’s Goldfish Stratocaster was inspired by two guitars he previously built for NAMM, a Trout guitar and Weiner Dog Stratocaster, with the two ideas colliding into one. The guitar features inlay work from Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn and detailed goldfish-inspired artwork by Sarah Gallenberger.

•Greg Fessler: Battle of Missionary Ridge Tele® – A$18,899
Greg Fessler’s Battle of Missionary Ridge Tele was inspired by the famous Civil War battle fought November 25, 1863 near Chatanooga, Tennessee. The wood tells a unique story and was sourced from Capital Park, which is located alongside the California State Capitol building in Sacramento, Calif. In 1897, The Daughters of the Army of the Grand Republic donated several saplings that were gathered from major battlefields of the Civil War and carefully transplanted into the rich California soil as a lasting memorial to those who lost their lives in the war. Those trees reside in an area of Capitol Park called “Memorial Grove.” This guitar is made from wood derived from tree No. 125, which was removed due to heart rot and instability of limbs. The tree and its memory live on in this exemplary Telecaster guitar.

•John Cruz: Exotic Thinline Stratocaster – A$22,899
John Cruz’s Exotic Thinline Stratocaster uses beautiful exotic hardwoods with character as well as a custom inlay design. The orientation of the Claro walnut combined with the Inlay scheme help glorify the natural beauty of this wood. Ideal for players and collectors that appreciate breathtaking hardwoods, this guitar combines ultimate playability, a classic body shape and the feel of a Fender Stratocaster.

•Yuriy Shishkov: Silence – $92,899
Yuriy Shishkov’s Silence Stratocaster is an abstract art guitar piece with watercolor painting, silver cloisonné, rubies, diamonds and sapphires. It can be viewed from 360 degrees, and Shishkov encourages those witnessing it to create their own “meaning” as an observer.

•Ron Thorn: Coronado Antigua Burst – A$31,499
Ron Thorn’s Coronado is his fresh take on the classic Coronado model using a laminated/pressed arch top and back with an alder rim and center block. Custom-made pickups were designed specifically for this guitar, while the RSD J-Bridge and tailpiece round out the hardware. A unique dove-tail bolt-on neck joint, tilt-back headstock, and a variety of other refinements make this a finely crafted instrument worthy of the “Custom Shop’s Finest” designation.

•Kyle McMillin: The Exotic Hybrid – A$13,399
Kyle McMillin’s The Exotic Hybrid was inspired by a design he made in his garage nine years ago. “I made some minor changes that I wish I had done back then, and also redesigned the guitar to incorporate Fender’s traditional body shape and headstock,” McMillin said. The guitar features a Stratocaster body and Telecaster headstock; a directly mounted TB4 humbucking pickup; and a custom control configuration designed so the switch is out of the way when strumming. “In the past, I would accidentally hit the selector switch on a Stratocaster while playing,” he said. “In this design, the switch is still within the swing of your arm’s reach, but just a little further from your standard strumming region, so you can’t accidentally bump the switch.” The Exotic Hybrid is ideal for players who love an exotic look and variation on Fender’s traditional designs.

•Scott Buehl: Prestige Frosted Duco Tele® – A$17,299
There are many compelling features about this Tele starting with the Red frosted duco lacquer finish. Duco finishes were first made popular in the 1930s. As the duco paint dries, it crystalizes and creates a stunning look. The guitar hosts an alder body, mahogany neck, original Blackguard Tele (bridge) and a TV Jones Classic Filtertron® (neck) pickups. There is an RSD Tele bridge and Schaller® M6 mini tuning machines for ultimate stability and intonation. Buehl added a custom clear pickguard to allow the duco finish to shine through. All these features together create a classic Tele with a host of never-before-seen features.

Finally, Fender will also debut three unique amplifiers and respective sets:

One of A Kind Walnut Double Champ Amplifier 120V – USD$12,000
Masterbuilt by Shawn Greene, this amp is one-of-a-kind featuring all-solid walnut construction, hand-rubbed oil finish. It also acts as musical furniture or an end table for use in the living room or studio. The amp also includes a ’57 Champ circuit; hand-wired with Fender “yellow” tone caps; two custom Celestion G8 speakers for “double champ” performance; and a slotted walnut grille. It’s backed by “sound suede” grill cloth and has a tasteful black ebony feather inlay on top corner.

`64 Deluxe Tiki Amp & Stratocaster Set – A$21,999
Light those patio torches and grab that Strat, because the Fender Amp Custom Shop has combined the exotic spirit of the South Sea islands with a sonic slice of Fender history in the gorgeous form of the ’64 Deluxe Tiki amplifier. Elegantly designed and crafted by Amp Custom Shop Master Builders Shawn Greene and Jim Dolmage, the amp’s rustic select-pine cabinet is beautifully laser-etched with stylized Polynesian Tiki imagery inspired by the work of Fender designer Mike Whelan. The amp also features “torched” wood-burnt cabinet edges, hand-wired `64 Deluxe Reverb circuitry, a single 12” Celestion® Cream speaker and a Custom Shop logo on the back. This unusually distinctive one-of-a-kind amp is paired with a matching Tiki Stratocaster guitar that will have you soloing over “My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua” in no time (if you can after all that rum punch).

`64 Deluxe Kraken Amp & Telecaster Set- A$21,999
From the bottomless creative depths of the Fender Amp Custom Shop comes a most unusual one-of-a-kind piece combining perhaps the most fearsome of all fabulous sea beasts with a classic sonic slice of Fender history—the ’64 Deluxe Kraken amplifier. Elegantly designed and crafted by Amp Custom Shop Master Builders Shawn Greene and Jim Dolmage, the amp’s rustic select-pine cabinet features exquisitely laser-etched imagery (inspired by the work of Fender designer Mike Whelan) depicting a deep-sea diver of old in truly dire straits—­entangled in the formidable tentacles of the enormous Norwegian sea monster that once struck stark terror into the hearts of seafarers everywhere: The Kraken. The amp also features “torched” wood-burnt cabinet edges, hand-wired ’64 Deluxe Reverb circuitry, a single 12” Celestion® cream speaker and a Fender Custom Shop logo on the back. This unusually distinctive one-off amp is paired with a matching Kraken Telecaster guitar with which you can explore untold musical depths.

For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.

2019 Annual Collections Include:

Vintage Custom:

•Vintage Custom ’57 Strat®

•Vintage Custom ’62 Stratocaster®

•Vintage Custom ’58 Telecaster

•Vintage Custom 1958 Jazzmaster

Postmodern:

•2019 Postmodern Strat® Maple – Journeyman Relic®

•2019 Postmodern Strat® Rosewood – Journeyman Relic®

•2019 Postmodern Tele® – Journeyman Relic®

•2019 Postmodern Bass – Journeyman Relic®

Time Machine:

•1959 Heavy Relic® Stratocaster®

•1965 Journeyman Relic® Stratocaster®

•1967 Stratocaster® Rosewood Relic®

•1952 Telecaster® Relic®

•1956 Telecaster® Journeyman Relic®

•1965 Custom Telecaster® Relic®

•1959 Jazzmaster® Rosewood Journeyman

•1964 Jaguar® Lush Closet Classic

•1960 Precision Bass® Heavy Relic®

•1961 Jazz Bass® Heavy Relic®

Limited Edition:

•Limited Edition Roasted Pine Double Esquire® Relic®

•Limited Edition Big Head Strat® Rosewood Journeyman Relic®

•Limited Edition Roasted Tomatillo Strat® Relic®

•Limited Edition Roasted Tomatillo Strat® Rosewood Relic®

•Limited Edition Thinline Loaded Nocaster Relic®

Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Stratocaster – A$7,299 (Available January 2019)
If there were a Mount Rushmore of Stratocaster Masters, Stevie Ray Vaughan would be one of the greats enshrined there. Almost single-handedly responsible for the electric blues revival of the 80s and 90s, he used his beloved Strat® to blaze his way to the top of the charts. Only the artisans at the Custom Shop could craft this guitar that Vaughan co-designed with us before his untimely passing. It’s one of the most revered guitars in the world, and we’re proud to make it a permanent addition to the Custom Artist Collection. SRV heavily modified his Strat to match his energetic, yet controlled, playing style. We included a trio of hot, high-output Custom Shop Hand-Wound Texas Special™ pickups for fiery, authentically Fender tone that’s as big as the Lone Star state. As an homage to his personal hero, Jimi Hendrix (who’s also been known to pick up a Strat) SRV used a left-handed vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge on his guitar, allowing him to work the tremolo arm with his elbow—a modification we cheerfully recreated. The two-piece body is crafted from alder selected for its weight and grain, and its NOS lacquer finish will age and wear in a distinctly personal way, just like the original. The tinted riftsawn maple neck has an “Oval C” profile that’s slightly thinner on the treble side, making it easier to bend those strings into the stratosphere—a precise recreation of his favorite guitar’s neck profile. Other features include 5-way pickup switching, vintage-style wiring, 3-ply Black “SRV” pickguard, vintage-style tuning machines, bone nut and round string tree. Includes deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster® – A$8,699 (Available January 2019)
Nobody brings the fury to the fingerboard like Yngwie J Malmsteen, the legendary guitarist who single-handedly invented the neo-classical shred genre on his modified Vintage White Stratocaster. As only the artisans at the Custom Shop can do, we co-designed this guitar with Malmsteen, constantly refining the design until he loved it, right down to the special pickups and the distinctively scalloped fingerboard. Originally released in 1988, the Yngwie Malmsteeen Stratocaster was one of the first official Fender signature instruments, and we’re proud to add this Custom Shop model as a permanent part of the Custom Artist Collection. Balancing dynamic response and articulation, the custom Seymour Duncan® YJM Fury single-coil pickups are voiced for their positions, reinforcing each other to create a high-performance, responsive set of pickups. The two-piece select alder body wears a NOS lacquer finish with WLS undercoat while the tinted maple neck sports a “Custom C”-shaped profile that’s designed for fleet-fingered playing. Not just for shredders, the 9.5”-radius fingerboard is scalloped, just like Malmsteen’s original, which provides more control along with enhancing your ability to bend and manipulate notes. Combining the vintage-inspired style of a “big” headstock, vintage bridge and “F”-stamped tuning machines with player-oriented enhancements like 21 super-jumbo frets, brass nut and special strap locks drilled into the guitar for extra security, this instrument will bring new life and ideas to any player’s music. Other features include 5-way pickup switch, vintage-style wiring, 3-ply Eggshell pickguard, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge and wing string tree with metal spacer. Includes Yngwie Malmsteen Signature .008-.046 light gauge electric guitar strings, deluxe hardshell case, strap and Certificate of Authenticity.

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NAMM NEWS: GIBSON REVEALS NEW PRODUCT LINE-UP AND ARTIST COLLABORATIONS

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - January 18, 2019

As previously announced, in 2019, after more than a century, GIBSON artists, players and fans will experience the all American-made instrument brand rejuvenated. The guitar of choice for artists in rock, pop, country, blues, folk, jazz and beyond, the new GIBSON era celebrates iconic models while looking to the future with instruments that will nurture new players across generations, genders and genres of music. GIBSON will showcase the new line-up and artist collaborations next week at NAMM in Anaheim, CA, January 23-27. The new GIBSON guitars will be available for purchase later this year.

“We’re paying tribute to the Golden Era of Gibson by restoring authenticity for musicians with our new lineup of Classics,” says Cesar Gueikian, GIBSON’s Chief Merchant Officer. “True to our DNA, our new Les Paul Standard returns to the classic design that made it famous. And the same can be said of other models” adds Gueikian. Designs like the Les Paul and the SG once again embrace the features and construction details that made them legends in the first place: a Les Paul Standard ‘50s spec and a Les Paul Standard ‘60s spec as well as one with P90 pickups; a Les Paul Special in TV Yellow and Les Paul Junior Tobacco Burst; an SG Standard and two new 61 spec SG’s with “maestro” and “sideways” Vibrolas.

Les Paul Standard 50’s spec.

Les Paul Special in TV Yellow.

“We’re refocusing on our core range of guitars that will become the foundation for our future,” Gueikian says. “And that will give us the ability to bring new ideas to market with limited runs.

The new Contemporary lineup includes a Les Paul Tribute Double Cut Junior with a single P90 and a Les Paul Tribute Double Cut Special with dual P90’s, both offer fans an accessible price point with the quality and craftmanship of a GIBSON guitar made by our luthiers in Nashville, TN. “The Contemporary line also introduces a new concept with the Les Paul and SG Modern,” adds Gueikian. “We did a listening tour visiting with dealers, artists and guitar enthusiasts and took the best ideas into the new Modern offerings. They incorporate many contemporary updates that players have embraced such as lighter-weight bodies, innovative slim taper neck profiles for full-access to the high frets, ebony fingerboards, high output versatile pickups and a push-pull control system to pivot between the humbucker and the P90 sounds, both of which have defined so many genres of music since we invented them.”

“This refocusing extends well beyond GIBSON’s electric guitar designs onto our acoustic designs,” adds Gueikian. For starters, there is the new Gibson Generation line of acoustics–high-quality, USA-made guitars built by the same hands that make the J-200 and J-45’s by providing premium access aimed to younger, or newer, “generations” of players. This new Gibson Generation line’s first offerings, the G-45 Studio and G-45 Standard, priced at $999 and $1299 respectively, feature solid Sitka spruce tops and walnut back and sides and exquisite finishes. “We are very excited about the new Gibson Generation line offering the Gibson craftmanship at an accessible premium price point.”


Gibson Generation: G45 Standard.

At the pinnacle of GIBSON, is the Gibson Custom Shop which is currently making the most historically-accurate vintage re-issues ever made. “We have recently put our Custom Shop re-issues in the hands of some of the most knowledgeable vintage experts and collectors, who inspected every detail and put them through the lens of the ‘ultimate guitar geek test’ and they were blown away by our craftmanship, accuracy, aging techniques and sound,” says Gueikian. “And then you have our made to measure custom program, where our artists and fans can design their own guitar, which today represents a large and growing share of our Custom Shop production. That’s a testament to the quality, craftmanship and innovation being driven out of the Custom Shop.”

“The future of GIBSON will see a much more holistic, integrated approach to working with our artists.”

GIBSON teamed with Chuck Berry’s Son and Grandson to create Berry’s famed ES-350T which will be out this year. “We x-rayed the original down to the micro-level to recreate it,” adds Gueikian. GIBSON will also release a limited-edition, Chris Cornell Tribute Model ES-335; only 250 will be available with a portion going to charities in his name. Over the years, GIBSON partnered with Chris to work on his original ES-335 Artist Model and it was immediately clear that he had an innovative eye for guitar design. Features like the aged Lollartron humbucking pickups, clear “no number” Top Hat knobs, Olive Drab Satin finish, and Mother-of-Pearl Chris Cornell ‘signature’ peghead inlay make this guitar one of GIBSON’s most distinct artist offerings to date and more importantly a fitting tribute to Chris Cornell.

Across all of GIBSON’s product lines, the story will continue be told with the brand’s greatest partners–its musicians. In addition to receiving input and advice from legendary players like Slash, who tested the new line of Les Paul classics and has taken them on his new tour, GIBSON currently has a wide array of exciting signature models in development with musicians (see the list below with more to come later in the year). “Our artists are going to be an integral part of what we do,” Gueikian says. “Our solutions for guitarists will continue to leverage the past and set up the future at all levels. We’re excited about musicians from the past, present and future at all levels. We work for the artist, it all starts with our musicians.

There is a renewed commitment to additional guitar brands under the GIBSON umbrella, including Epiphone, Kramer and Steinberger, the first of which GIBSON President and CEO James “JC” Curleigh says will play a significant role in the company’s new vision. “If you look at Epiphone’s heritage, it dates back to 1873—and its full story is yet to be told. And who played Epiphone? Paul McCartney. Bob Dylan. John Lennon. There’s an incredible lineage there, and Epiphone guitars are some of the highest-quality accessible guitars in the world. They’re amazing instruments, especially for the price, which is why so many working musicians play Epiphone. The Epiphone story is one that we can’t wait to tell through a modern-day lens.”

Signature Artist Guitar Announcements 2019
George Thorogood – Epiphone Ltd Ed Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC
Jared James Nichols – Epiphone Limited Edition Jared James Nichols ‘Old Glory’ Les Paul Custom Outfit
Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell Tribute Gibson ES-335
Dave Rude – Epiphone Limited Edition Dave Rude Flying V Outfit
Dave Amato – Custom Shop Dave Amato Signature Axcess Les Paul
Brian Ray – Custom Shop Brian Ray 62 SG Jr.
Lee Roy Parnell – Custom Shop Lee Roy Parnell Signature 1959 Les Paul Standard
Slim Harpo – Slim Harpo ’62 ES-330
Michael Clifford – Michael Clifford Signature Melody Maker
Chuck Berry Estate – Custom Shop Chuck Berry Tribute ES-350T

Gibson guitars distributed in Australia by Australis Music Group

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GIBSON ANNOUNCES LIMITED-EDITION CHRIS CORNELL TRIBUTE GUITAR

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - January 16, 2019

GIBSON announced today, Tuesday, January 15, the release of a limited-edition Chris Cornell Tribute ES-335 guitar. The guitar will officially be unveiled at “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” the star-studded concert event honoring Chris Cornell’s legacy and contribution to music history on Wednesday, January 16 at The Forum in Los Angeles. For more information, visit: http://www.chriscornell.com.

“Chris Cornell was not only one of the most iconic singer songwriters of all time, he was a modern innovator who left a legacy that transcends music genres and generations,” says Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer, GIBSON. “It is our honor to release this tribute ES-335 in his memory. It’s a guitar Chris fell in love with and which became a part of his creative expression. Chris was a special artist and we hope that this guitar will inspire fans to find their sound, and inspiration, just like Chris did, for many years to come.”

GIBSON partnered with Chris to work on his original ES-335 Artist Model and it was immediately clear that he had an innovative eye for guitar design. Features like the aged Lollartron humbucking pickups, clear “no number” Top Hat knobs, Olive Drab Satin finish, and Mother-of-Pearl Chris Cornell ‘signature’ peghead inlay make this guitar one of GIBSON’s most distinct artist offerings to date. Available in a limited release of only 250 pieces available for purchase worldwide in Spring 2019.

The “I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” will feature members of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, as well as, special performances from the Foo Fighters, Metallica, Ryan Adams, and more. Jimmy Kimmel will be on hand to host the concert. Tickets will benefit The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, and The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for this painful and debilitating genetic disorder. GIBSON will donate two of the limited-edition Chris Cornell ES-335 models in partnership with the show to raise additional monies for both foundations.
Gibson distributed in Australia by www.australismusic.com.au

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NAMM NEWS: FRAMUS 2019 GUITAR RELEASES

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - January 15, 2019

This year’s Framus novelties, to be revealed at NAMM are dominated by three-dimensional tops and strikingly curved contours, which are already familiar from the Framus Idolmaker and which make the Diablo II and Panthera II models unmistakable and extremely aesthetic. The Stormbender Devin Townsend model will also be available as a 7-string Masterbuilt from 2019.

The Framus model Diablo was completely revised and now presents itself as Diablo II, with carved top like the Idolmaker.
All instruments of the Masterbuilt and Teambuilt model series feature Plek Fretwork with IFT – Invisible Fretwork Technology. The fret edges of all Masterbuilts are rounded in addition.

1. New Framus 2019 – Masterbuilt Custom Shop


Panthera II Studio Supreme Masterbuilt
The Panthera II Studio Supreme features a mahogany body with matching wooden electronic compartment cover, carved AAAA flamed maple top, flamed maple neck with tigerstripe ebony fingerboard with 22 Jumbo frets and fluorescent side dots, Graph Tech Ratio locking tuners with wooden knobs, Graph Tech Black Tusq Low Friction nut, Seymour Duncan pickups: APH-1N Alnico II Pro (neck), APS-1 RW/RP Alnico Pro II staggered single coil (middle), SH-5 Custom (bridge), volume and tone controls (push/pull for humbucker splitting, 5-way pickup switch, 2-way “lead free” switch, TonePros Tune-o-Matic bridge, stop tailpiece and Warwick security locks.


Diablo II Supreme Masterbuilt
The Framus Diablo II Supreme is equipped with carved AAAA flamed maple top with mahogany back and matching electronic compartment cover made of wood, set-in mahogany neck with tigerstripe ebony fingerboard with 22 Jumbo frets and fluorescent side dots, Graph Tech Ratio Locking tuners with wooden knobs, Graph Tech Black Tusq Low Friction nut, Seymour Duncan pickups: Sentient (neck) / Nazgûl (bridge), volume and tone controls, Framus 5-way switch, TonePros Tune-o-Matic Bridge, string through body and Warwick security locks.


Diablo II Supreme X Masterbuilt
The Framus Diablo II Supreme X is equipped with US swamp ash body with matching wooden electronic compartment cover, carved AAAA flamed maple top, bolt-in flamed maple neck with rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium standard frets and fluorescent side dots, Graph Tech Ratio Locking tuners with wooden knobs, Graph Tech Black Tusq Low Friction nut, Seymour Duncan pickups: SCR-1N Cool Rail (neck), SSL-1 RW/RP (middle), TB-4 JB Trembucker (bridge), volume and tone controls (push/pull for humbucker split), Framus 5-way switch, Wilkinson by Framus vibrato system and Warwick Security Locks.


Diablo II Progressive X Masterbuilt
The Framus Diablo II Progressive X features a mahogany body with matching wooden electronic compartment cover, a carved AAAA flamed maple top, a bolt-in flamed maple neck with tigerstripe fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and fluorescent side dots, a Graph Tech Ratio locking tuners with wooden knobs, a locking nut, Seymour Duncan pickups: SH-2N (neck), TB-4 JB Trembucker (bridge), volume and tone controls, a Framus 5-way switch, an original Floyd Rose vibrato system and Warwick Security Locks.

Stormbender Devin Townsend Signature 7-String Masterbuilt (No pic available yet)
The Framus Stormbender 7-String is equipped with carbon fiber center, maple top with mahogany back with matching wooden electronic compartment cover, flamed maple neck with tigerstripe ebony fingerboard with 22 Jumbo frets and fluorescent side dots, Graph Tech Ratio locking mechanics with wooden knobs, Graph Tech Black Tusq Low Friction saddle, active Fluence humbuckers, controls for volume and tone (push/pull for voice selection), toggle switch for pickup selection, Evertune Bridge system and Warwick Security Locks.

2. News Framus 2019 – Teambuilt Pro Series

Panthera II Studio Supreme Teambuilt
The Panthera II Studio Supreme features a mahogany Body with carved AAA flamed maple top, maple neck with tigerstripe ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and fluorescent side dots, Graph Tech Ratio Locking Machines, Graph Tech Black Tusq Low Friction nut, Seymour Duncan pickups: APH-1N Alnico II Pro (neck), APS-1 RW/RP Alnico Pro II staggered Single Coil (middle), SH-5 Custom (bridge), volume and tone Controls (push/pull for humbucker splitting, 5-way pickup switch, 2-way “lead free” switch, TonePros Tune-o-Matic bridge, stop tailpiece and Warwick Security Locks.

Diablo II Pro Teambuilt
The Framus Diablo II Pro is equipped with carved US swamp ash body, bolt-in maple neck with rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium standard frets, Graph Tech Ratio Locking machines, Graph Tech Black Tusq Low Friction nut, Seymour Duncan pickups: SCR-1N Cool Rail (neck), SSL-1 RW/RP (middle), TB-4 JB Trembucker (bridge), volume and tone controls (push/pull for humbucker splitting, Framus 5-way switch, Wilkinson by Framus vibrato system and Warwick Security Locks.


Diablo II Supreme Teambuilt
The Framus Diablo II Supreme is equipped with carved AAA flamed maple top with mahogany back, mahogany neck with tigerstripe ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and fluorescent side dots, Graph Tech Ratio Locking machines, Graph Tech Black Tusq Low Friction nut, Seymour Duncan pickups: Sentient (neck) / Nazgûl (bridge), volume and tone controls, Framus 5-way switch, TonePros Tune-o-Matic Bridge, string through body and Warwick Security Locks.
Diablo II Progressive X Teambuilt

Among the features of the Framus Diablo II Progressive X are mahogany body, carved AAA flamed maple top, bolt-in maple neck with tigerstripe ebony fingerboard with 22 jumbo Frets, Graph Tech Ratio Locking Machines, locking nut, Seymour Duncan pickups: SH-2N (neck), TB-4 JB Trembucker (bridge), volume and tone controls, Framus 5-way switch, original Floyd Rose vibrato system and Warwick Security Locks.

Upgrades for all Teambuilt instruments from 2019
All Framus Teambuilt guitars will be delivered with certificate of authenticity and original photo from 2019.

For more information, please visit: www.framus.de

Framus distributed in Australia by Amber Technology

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