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NAMM NEWS 2019: NEW ROLAND FP10 DIGITAL PIANO

Posted in Blog, Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - January 23, 2019

When inspiration strikes, take a seat at the latest model in Roland’s renowned FP piano series; the entry-level FP-10. This affordable digital piano is always ready to play, with a reassuringly authentic feel from the 88-note PHA-4 Standard keyboard, joined by Roland’s evocative SuperNATURAL piano tones through onboard speakers or headphones. With its portable, space-saving design, the FP-10 is the ideal instrument for home use, whether you’re practicing techniques in the spare room or giving performances in the living room. Plus, with Bluetooth® connectivity and powerful onboard features not offered by any other digital model at this price, the FP-10 is the ideal second piano for more experienced players.

*The Bluetooth feature may not be available, depending on the country where the product is purchased

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NAMM NEWS 2019: ROLAND & BOSS GUITAR PRODUCT RELEASES

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - January 23, 2019

WAZA TUBE AMP EXPANDER
First-of-its-Kind Tube Amp Command Center
Bringing together a diverse range of professional tone tools for the very first time, the Waza Tube Amp Expander elevates the tube amp experience to a new level of versatility for stage performing and studio recording. This amazing device does it all—it’s a variable reactive load box, active analog power stage, mic’d cab emulator, IR loader, and recording interface, all in one integrated unit that’s road-ready and easy to use.
Backed by our advanced Tube Logic approach, you’re able to crank your amp to its sweet spot and play at any volume while faithfully retaining the core tone and feel you love. And with extensive connectivity, built-in BOSS effects, 10 fully customizable rig setups, and deep real-time control, you have unparalleled creative command for any scenario. Packed to the max with breakthrough BOSS innovations, the Waza Tube Amp Expander is an essential companion for every tube amp player.

BOSS GT-1000 VERSION 2 FIRMWARE
Free Update Adds More AIRD Preamps, Overdrive and Distortion Effects,
and New Master Delay Types

Delivering unmatched sound quality and musical expression, the GT-1000 ushers in a new era of performance in amp/effects processors. This premium tone machine debuts the groundbreaking new AIRD (Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics) technology, realized with decades of advanced BOSS research and supported by an ultra-fast DSP engine, 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating-point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate throughout.
Based on BOSS’s acclaimed Tube Logic approach, the comprehensive AIRD system in the GT-1000 brings unparalleled musical response and flexibility to a digital guitar processor. AIRD amplifiers live and breathe like real tube amps, providing inspiring feel and authentic tonal dynamics that were previously unattainable. And with sophisticated AIRD Output Select functionality, you’re able to consistently achieve this amazing sound with any setup, from standard guitar amps to full-range playback systems.
The GT-1000 also features a huge range of cutting-edge BOSS effects to enhance your tones, with numerous routing options and extensive real-time control at your command. And with the convenience of built-in Bluetooth®, you can adjust sounds, configure control assignments, and organize patches wirelessly from your mobile device using the BOSS Tone Studio app. Packing immense creative power in a streamlined pro design, the GT-1000 is a game changer that brings new levels of musical expression to guitarists everywhere.

Download info HERE

NEW ROLAND BLUES CUBE SPARKLE CLEAN TONE CAPSULE
Transparent Clean Tones, Tuned by Jeff “Skunk” Baxter
The Blues Cube Sparkle Clean Tone Capsule brings yet another premium voice to your Blues Cube amplifier. Designed in collaboration with renowned guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, this expressive Tone Capsule delivers a versatile range of clean tones with punch, presence, and clarity. Our ever-evolving Tube Logic approach fully captures the sonic nuances and dynamic feel of the KT66, a vintage output tube noted for its big, full sound and high headroom. The Sparkle Clean Tone Capsule is ideal for any guitarist who shapes their sound with pedals, and is also great for country and jazz players, pedal steel guitarists, and anyone who loves to play with rich clean tones.

SSP $299

“Blues Cube amplifiers are revolutionary and the Tone Capsule concept is brilliant. I’ve been working with Roland for over 40 years, and they’ve unlocked the secret to creating a guitar amplifier with superb features, extraordinary capabilities, and unmatched tone. Instead of spending hours modifying and tailoring the electronics to get the sound, features, and performance I need, all I have to do is plug in my Tone Capsule and the amp is instantly customized exactly the way I want it. I have been waiting for a guitar amplifier like this for a long, long time.”—Jeff “Skunk” Baxter

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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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NAMM NEWS: WARWICK & ROCKBASS 2019 RELEASES

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

Warwick will be presenting a number of new bass products worth seeing and hearing at booth 4636 in Hall D at this year’s NAMM Show 2019, taking place from 24th to 27th January in Anaheim/California. Warwick Masterbuilt, Warwick Teambuilt and RockBass novelties await you there.

1. New Warwick 2019 – Masterbuilt Custom Shop

Corvette $$ Neckthrough LTD 2019 Masterbuilt
The Masterbuilt LTD 2019 model is a very distinctive Corvette $$ NT, which will be available as 4 or 5 string bass. The eye catcher of the Corvette $$ Neckthrough LTD 2019 Masterbuilt is a top and matching headstock from Californian Buckeyeburl, with natural satin / multicolor chrome acrylic finish. The body is made of Swamp Ash and the machine knobs are made of wood. The maple neck with ekanga veneer stripes meets the body in a hidden neck through construction, the tigerstripe ebony fretboard features 24 jumbo bronze frets, Yin Yang fretboard inlays and illuminated side dots.
Two passive MEC MM-Style humbuckers with metal housings work together with an active Warwick 2-way electronics, rechargeable lithium battery and controls for volume, balance, treble & bass as well as two 3-way mini-switches for the two humbuckers (in series / parallel / single coil).

Upgrades for all Masterbuilt instruments from 2019
From 2019 all Warwick Masterbuilt Custom Shop basses will be equipped with pickups with metal housings and Schaller tuners.

2. New Warwick 2019 – Teambuilt Pro Series

Corvette $$ Bolt on LTD 2019 Teambuilt
As in previous years, the Masterbuilt Corvette $$ LTD model is accompanied by a “Made in Germany” Teambuilt Pro Series model.
Just as attractive as its Masterbuilt counterpart, the Corvette $$ Bolt on LTD 2019 Teambuilt will be available as a 4 or 5 string bass. The body is also made of swamp ash, with a spectacular textured Californian Buckeye burl-top with natural satin / multicolor chrome acrylic finish. The 3-piece maple neck with ekanga veneer stripes is bolt on; it carries a tigerstripe ebony fingerboard and is equipped with 24 jumbo frets and illuminated side dots.
Like the Masterbuilt model, two passive MEC MM-style humbuckers with active Warwick 2-way electronics and controls for volume, balance, treble & bass as well as two 3-way mini-switches for the two humbuckers (in series / parallel / single coil) are installed.

Sklar Bass I Artist Series Teambuilt
The magnificent Warwick Masterbuilt Sklar Bass I Signature will also be available from 2019 as an Artist Series Teambuilt 4 string model, optionally in vintage sunburst transparent high polish or burgundy blackburst transparent high polish finish.
The body of the Sklar Bass I Artist Series Teambuilt consists of mahogany with AAA flamed maple top and carved body shape, the set neck is made of maple with ekanga veneer stripes. The tigerstripe ebony fingerboard is equipped with 21 frets and illuminated side dots, the electronics consists of two active MEC vintage single coils as well as an active MEC 2-way electronics with controls for volume, balance, treble and bass.

Upgrades for all Teambuilt instruments from 2019
All Warwick Teambuilt basses will be shipped with a certificate of authenticity and original photo from 2019.

3. New Warwick 2019 – RockBass

Idolmaker 4 string / 5 string RockBass
Last year the Framus Idolmaker got a Warwick Masterbuilt and a Teambuilt model counterpart each. In 2019 the Idolmaker Bass will be also available as a 4 string and 5 string RockBass instrument.
The RockBass Idolmaker is equipped with mahogany body, carved body shape, bolt-on maple neck, wenge fingerboard, Warwick Just a Nut III Tedur nut, 20 nickel silver frets, Warwick security locks as well as passive MEC vintage single coil pickups, active RockBass 2-way electronics and controls for volume, balance, treble & bass.

Sklar Bass I Artist Line RockBass
Under the RockBass label there will also appear a Sklar Bass I in the Artist Line this year. The body of this unmistakable instrument consists of mahogany with AAA Flamed Maple top and Carved Body Shape, the set neck consists of maple. The tigerstripe ebony fingerboard is equipped with 21 frets, the electronics offers two passive MEC vintage single coil pickups, an active RockBass 2-way electronics and controls for volume, balance, treble & bass.
Other features include chrome hardware, a two-piece Warwick bridge and Warwick security locks.

Updates for all RockBass Alien Models
From 2019 all RockBass Alien models will be manufactured exclusively with a solid spruce top, in satin finish and with thumb rest. Included is a high quality RockBag.

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

Warwick distributed in Australia by Amber Technology

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NAMM NEWS: EARTHQUAKER DEVICES SWISS THINGS PEDALBOARD RECONCILER

Posted in Blog, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - January 10, 2019

Welcome to Swiss Things™! Swiss Things is an all-in-one pedalboard reconciliation solution designed to really tie your rig together without resorting to some confusing loop-switching contraption bigger than a meatball party sub that eats up the entire bottom row of your board and kind-of-but-not-quite does what you need it to do.

Swiss Things™ combines two true-bypass Flexi-Switch™ enabled effects loops, a Flexi-Switch™ AB-Y box with transformer isolation between outputs, a buffered tuner output, 20dB of clean boost with adjustable gain, an expression pedal output for volume control and a quiet, high headroom output buffer into a compact pedalboard-friendly signal routing junction box that lives at the top-right corner of your pedalboard and really ties your rig together without any signal loss.


This is what you can do with it:
• Use as many pedals as you’d like without tone-suck
• Quickly and easily bypass or engage all of your effects with one click
• Use Flexi-Switch™ Technology with every pedal in your setup
• Eliminate volume pedal tone-suck by using any expression pedal to control volume
• Use multiple amps without phase issues, ground loops, or extra noise
• Tidy up your rig, shorten cable runs, and reduce tone loss by keeping all inputs and outputs in one location

EarthQuaker Devices products distributed in Australia by Yamaha Music

https://www.earthquakerdevices.com/swiss-things

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NAMM NEWS: NEW KITS FROM GRETSCH DRUMS

Posted in Blog, Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - January 10, 2019

Today Gretsch Drums have announced a few new additions to their range of kits

Gretsch Debuts USA Custom Limited Edition Exotic
For over 6 decades, USA Custom has defined “That Great Gretsch Sound” and is considered to be one of the most recorded brands in music history. The highly acclaimed shell which combines a hybrid formulation of maple and gum wood, offers a warm articulate tonality that helped define the music of the 50’s,60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Today, USA Custom remains a sought after sound by many of today’s top professional drummers, producers and studios.

To celebrate this long and historical lineage, Gretsch recently announced the release of a Limited Edition USA Custom Exotic Red Gum drum kit.  Only 50 kits will be produced worldwide, each with the 6-ply Gretsch-formula maple/gum shell, 30-degree bearing edges, exclusive silver interior finish, die-cast hoops, double tom holder and Satin Millennium Burst nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

Gretsch Drums Brand Manager, Andrew Shreve, explains, “Because gum wood is a key ingredient of the Gretsch USA Custom shell, adding an additional outer ply of Red Gum, which is indigenous to the Southeast United States, pays respect to this coveted series and to the factory here in Ridgeland, South Carolina.”

USA Custom Red Gum Exotic sizes and pricing as follows:

GR-E8256-RG: 25 Sets Available Worldwide
7×10 Rack Tom
8×12 Rack Tom
14×16 Floor Tom
18×22 Bass Drum
5.5×14 Snare Drum

GR-J484-RG: 25 Sets Available Worldwide
8×12 Rack Tom
14×14 Floor Tom
14×18 Bass Drum
5×14 Snare Drum

Gretsch Drum Introduces the USA-made Brooklyn Micro Kit
Inspired by a rich legacy and paying homage to Gretsch’s manufacturing history in Brooklyn, NY Gretsch Drums proudly announced the release of the Brooklyn Micro Kit™. The versatile set delivers “That Great Gretsch Sound” in an extremely small footprint. The Micro is excellent for small venues, studios, rehearsal rooms and other situations where space is at a premium.

Proudly hand-crafted in Ridgeland, South Carolina, the set produces a warm, articulate tonality courtesy of a 6-ply Poplar/Maple shell that’s outfitted with 302 counter hoops. A 4825 tom bracket mounted directly to the shell, single tom mount, and removable bass drum riser are included with the travel-friendly outfit.

The compact set is finished in a Satin Gray lacquer and is accented with Satin Natural bass drum counter hoops and snare drum to offer a striking appearance that is suitable for all musical genres and playing situations. Last but certainly not least, the artist-designed configuration (GB-M264-SG ) includes 12×16” bass drum, 7×10” rack tom, 12×13” floor tom, 4.5×13” and snare drum.


 Gretsch Drums Expands Catalina Series
Since its initial launch in 2001, Gretsch Catalina has received many high marks from students, educators, and performing drummers alike. Since inception, Catalina Maple and Club series drums continue to offer exceptional value to drummers of all skills levels. Next year, Gretsch Drums has announced the launch of several new colors and configurations, as well as a special edition kit that will be a welcome addition to the complete line of Full Range offerings.

The aforementioned Catalina Special Edition delivers on the sound, feel and look of Catalina with the additional of a 7-ply all birch shell. A 30-degree bearing edge, round “gas cap” bass drum mount plate, ultra-low profile GTS mounting system, classic Gretsch t-wing screws and bolts all round out the Catalina SE look. A limited number of USA Custom-inspired Ebony Satin and Blue Silver Duco sets will be available in two different configurations.

CS1-E625-ES   Catalina SE 5-pc shell pack (22/10/12/16/14sn) in Ebony Satin- Retail

CS1-E625-BSD Catalina SE 5-pc shell pack (22/10/12/16/14sn) in Blue Silver Duco- Retail

CS1-E405-ES   Catalina SE 5-pc shell pack (20/10/12/14/14sn) in Ebony Satin- Retail

CS1-E405-BSD Catalina SE 5-pc shell pack (20/10/12/14/14sn) in Blue Silver Duco-Retail

At the same time, Catalina Maple will now be available in a 5-piece shell pack featuring a 22” BD, 10” & 12” RT’s, 16” FT and 14” SN. These sizes are tailored towards drummers who require optimal versatility. The CM1-E825 pack is compact enough for smaller stage settings, yet capable of delivering ample volume and projection. A stunning, new Black Stardust lacquer finish will also be added to the line.

CM1-E825-BS Catalina Maple 5-pc shell pack (22/10/12/16/14sn) in Black Stardust-Retail

Also available in all CM1 finishes. SS/DSCB/WG/DCB

Last but certainly not least; all six popular Catalina Club configurations are now available in a stunning Bronze Sparkle lacquer finish. Sizes and pricing as follows:

CT1-J483-BS  Catalina Club 3-pc shell pack (18/12/14) in Bronze Sparkle-Retail

CT1-J484-BS  Catalina Club 4-pc shell pack (20/12/14/) in Bronze Sparkle-Retail

CT1-J403-BS  Gretsch Catalina Club 4 Piece Drum Set (20/12/14/) in Bronze Sparkle

CT1-J404-BS  Catalina Club 4-pc shell pack (20/12/14/14sn) in Bronze Sparkle-Retail

CT1- R443C-BS Catalina Club 4-pc shell pack (24/13/16) in Bronze Sparkle-Retail

CT1-R444C-BS Catalina Club 4-pc shell pack (24/13/16/14sn) in Bronze Sparkle-Retail

CT1-J403-BSF Catalina Club 3-pc shell pack (20/12/14) in Satin Blue Flame-Retail

CT1-J404-BSF Catalina Club 4-pc shell (20/12/14/14sn) in Satin Blue Flame-Retail

Gretsch Drums distributed in Australia by www.promusicaustralia.com

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NAMM NEWS: SUPRO RELEASE DAVID BOWIE 61 DUAL TONE

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - January 8, 2019

In NAMM Show 2019 news, Supro has announced a reissue of its 1961 hardtail Dual Tone guitar, which was famously used by David Bowie on his Reality album and tours thereafter.

David Bowie’s love of the Dual Tone was strong, as evidenced by the guitar’s frequent appearance in promotional photos from his post-9/11 era in New York City. Bowie’s Dual Tone guitar features prominently on the cover of the New Killer Star single, echoing the cover art for Link Wray’s iconic “Rumble!”. With Bowie’s face just out of view, the focus of the image becomes the guitar itself. This begs the question: why is Bowie’s face cropped out of the image? Why is the focus on the guitar? Maybe we aren’t supposed to know? Then we remember the album title: Reality.

“I feel that reality has become an abstract for so many people over the last 20 years. Things that they regarded as truths seem to have just melted away, and it’s almost as if we’re thinking post-philosophically now. There’s nothing to rely on any more. No knowledge, only interpretation of those facts that we seem to be inundated with on a daily basis. Knowledge seems to have been left behind and there’s a sense that we are adrift at sea. There’s nothing more to hold onto, and of course political circumstances just push that boat further out.”  – David Bowie from “Recording Reality” – Sound on Sound Magazine, October 2003

The first batch of four hundred David Bowie 1961 Dual Tone guitars will be released on January 8th, 2019 in honour of David’s birthday. Each instrument is numbered by hand and comes with a Supro deluxe gig bag and certificate of authenticity.

Specs:
• Mahogany Body, Maple Neck with Pau Ferro Fingerboard
• Individually numbered
• Mirror-finish Bowie headstock inlay
• Supro Vistatone pickups
• 24 ¾” scale length
• 12” fretboard radius
• Ergonomic set-neck design
• Signed and numbered certificate of authenticity included

Supro distributed in Australia by www.dynamicmusic.com.au

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JACKSON® WELCOMES GUITAR MAESTRO JEFF LOOMIS TO THE FAMILY

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - December 13, 2018

Jackson is honored to welcome incredibly talented guitar genius Jeff Loomis of Nevermore and Arch Enemy to its artist roster.

“I’m very excited to announce that I will be working with Jackson guitars on many upcoming projects,” Loomis said. “We are underway designing a Jeff Loomis signature model that will be unveiled at the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.”

Emulating the brisk fretwork of his guitar idols, Loomis first burst on the music scene in his home state of Wisconsin as a teenager. After being crowned the winner of a Guitar Wars competition and a battle of the bands with his first band, Fear-Tech, Loomis landed an audition with Megadeth. Then only 16 years old, he was deemed too young to join, and instead went on to craft a complex playing style all his own.

Loomis has since seared his mark on multiple subgenres of metal with his distinctive rhythmic style, smooth technique and breakneck speed. His uncommon guitar style and sharp songwriting prowess became central to Seattle-based progressive metal band Nevermore’s sound, as heard on acclaimed albums Dead Heart in a Dead World and This Godless Endeavor.
Loomis said his connection with Jackson dates all the way back to the early ’90s and his earliest days with Nevermore.

“I started playing Jackson guitars early on in my youth and in the early stages of my first band, Nevermore,” Loomis said. “To be able to work with their excellent staff of amazing luthiers and craftsman on a one-to-one basis now is really a dream come true.”

After departing Nevermore, Loomis released two solo albums bursting with intricate fretboard action and soaring solos. Now, as guitarist for world-renowned Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy, he adds brute force to his masterful and complex playing, and he continues to build on his legacy with truly astonishing riffs.

Loomis’s spellbinding playing is heard on the latest Arch Enemy release Will to Power, which the band is now touring behind through mid 2019.

For more information about Jackson, visit www.jacksonguitars.com.au

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