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Ibanez debuts Paul Gilbert Signature 'Fireman' guitar

Possibly the most famous collector of classic Ibanez guitars has added one more to the lot, this time with another of his own designs. The PGMFRM1 Paul Gilbert "Fireman" is the doppelganger answer to the famous Ibanez Iceman. The Fireman has the signature Iceman horn on the top instead of the bottom, korina instead of mahogany body wood, and single coils instead of humbuckers.

Eastwood Guitars introduces the BREADWINNER tribute guitar

Eastwood Guitars debuted the new BREADWINNER tribute guitar at NAMM 2009 last month to much praise and excitement. The distinctive shape and unmistakable look of this classic model is a showstopper. It brings back memories of the most diverse cast of players like no other guitar, including David Cassidy, Glen Campbell, Robert Smith, Colin Newman, Wally Bryson, Steve Marriot, Tom Morello and Ace Frehley. We can't imagine that crowd has anything else in common other than the weird and wonderful BREADWINNER!

The Fly Mojo MIDI Guitar now available from Parker Guitar

Parker Guitars has announced the availability of the Fly Mojo MIDI Guitar to their stellar line of electric guitars. Designed for the professional player, the Fly Mojo MIDI combines cutting edge MIDI technology with the innovative breakthroughs pioneered by Parker Guitars.

V-Picks releases the SNAKE Pick

V-Picks has released the V-Pick SNAKE. Weighing in at a whopping 4.10mm thick, this pick plays like none other. A cast acrylic pick, the same material that all V-Pick players have fallen in love with. This pick is very easy to hold. It actually feels like it is holding on to you. It has three symetrical points to play with.

Fender University announces 'Guest Faculty' for Spring 2009 session

For its spring 2009 session, Fender University has announced that the March 4-8 education program in Corona, Calif., will be topped with special appearances and performances by guitar heroes James Burton, G.E. Smith and John 5, and legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer.

Two new sizes of Drapester guitar covers for bass and parlor-sized guitars

Lanthum Products introduces two new sizes of Drapester guitar covers to fit bass and parlor-sized guitars. Like the standard Drapester guitar covers, these new sizes are available in both solid colors and prints.

Avenged Sevenfold guitar tuition DVD released

Lick Library has released the ultimate guide to playing Avenged Sevenfold tracks. The multi-million selling metal band are well known for their virtuosity, and lead guitarist Synyster Gates technical ability has seen guitarists all over the world trying to learn his riffs and solo’s... now you can learn the easy way!

Orange launches Tiny Terror Hard Wired Edition

Orange Amplification have announceed the launch of the Tiny Terror Hard Wired Edition. Introducing the new, all UK manufactured, point to point, all hand wired Tiny Terror, this amp offers a step up on the already legendary best selling Tiny Terror. With high specification transformers, ‘carbon comp resistors’ and ‘mustard capacitors’ this is truly a boutique amplifier which comes in a special leather padded gig bag.

AlumiSonic Guitars showcases the new 1100 Custom Aluminum Archtop Guitar

The 1100 Custom is a technologically advanced 8-1/2 pound aluminum and mahogany hybrid guitar design. Like its predecessor the Ultra 1100, the 1100 Custom is the world's only Aluminum archtop guitar with classic carve top contours and proportions.

Aguilar Amplification announces Master Class with Gerald Veasley

Aguilar Amplification announces the continuation of their Artist Series Master Classes on Saturday, March 7, 2009 with endorsing artist, Gerald Veasley. The clinic, entitled "Improvisation for Everybody", will focus on demystifying some of the concepts and approaches to soloing.

Hughes and Kettner releases Edition Tube Combo 25th Anniversary

Hughes and Kettner is launching a new and improved version of the highly-acclaimed Edition Tube with the 25th Anniversary Edition Tube as a limited Silver Jubilee series. The Edition Tube 25th Anniversary, equipped with two channels and two EL84 tubes in the power amp, delivers 20 watts of pure tube power, impressively brought to life by a painstakingly optimized cabinet in conjunction with a Celestion G12T100 speaker.

Orange Amplification launches Dual Terror

Orange Amps launched the Tiny Terror amp in 2006 and has already sold over 30,000 units, making it one of the most in-demand amps in the world. The concept of the Tiny Terror was simple: squeeze every drop of Orange’s unique signature tone into a lunch-box sized amp to create 15 watts of unmistakable Orange Class A Tone weighing only a few kilos - and at a price every guitarist can afford.

On-Stage Gear adds 15 new guitar straps to its accessory line

On-Stage Gear has added 15 guitar straps to its line. The straps fall under three models and are woven from either durable polypropylene or nylon. Like its sister brand, On-Stage Stands, On-Stage Gear products are tough, stylish, and made for the working musician.

Orange Amplification launches Terror Bass

You can feel the rumble, tremor and quake.... but when you see the size of the new Orange Terror Bass you will find it hard to believe the sound that comes from this diminutive amp. Punching well above its weight, the new amp joins the famed ‘Orange Terror’ family, which has won the hearts of guitarists the world over.

What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Lorenzo Petrocca

by Doc Dosco This week we feature the fine German jazz guitarist Lorenzo Petro

Dunlop unleashes the MC-404 CAE Wah Pedal

The MC-404 CAE Wah was developed by Bob Bradshaw of Custom Audio Electronics and the Crybaby design team with the goal of creating a highly versatile wah-wah of top-grade components. It features dual Fasel inductors with two distinct voices (high-end emphasis or low to mid resonance), and a built-in MXR MC-401 Boost/LineDriver adds even more flexibility.

MXR announces M-288 Bass Octave Deluxe Pedal

The M-288 Bass Octave Deluxe is a dual-voice octave pedal from MXR Bass Innovations that offers organic analog tone, true bypass, and a wide variety of tone-shaping options. Powered by a single 9-volt battery, MXR's 18-volt Constant Headroom Technology(TM) (CHT) provides studio-performance headroom and superior tracking. Use the Dry knob to mix your direct bass signal with the octave effect, or hit the Mid+ switch to add up to +15dB of internally adjustable low-mid punch (400Hz) or midrange pop (850Hz).

New Visionary 85CE Acoustic from Michael Kelly Guitars

The new top of the line Visionary 85CE acoustic starts with your choice of either a solid cedar or solid spruce top. Back and sides are solid rosewood for a full tone. "What sets the Visionary apart is that it features the patented Variable Set Neck design. This allows the player to adjust the entire neck height by physically moving the neck up and down vertically" explains Tracy Hoeft the company's founder. This advancement in guitar design means the action can be adjusted with the simple turn of an allen wrench.

B.C. Rich announces the Double Neck Bich

B.C. Rich Guitars has announced the release of the Double Neck Bich. The Double Neck Bich features a standard double neck 6/12 configuration with neck-through construction, Grover Super Rotomatic tuners, B.C. Rich custom quad bridge, 24 jumbo frets and a 24 5/8”scale length. This Bich doesn’t disappoint with its enormous tone provided by four award winning Rockfield Mafia humbuckers.

Gibson introduces the limited edition 1954 Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood Guitar

Gibson Guitar has announced the limited edition Gibson Jeff Beck Les Paul “Oxblood” guitar. The new Oxblood model is available in very limited numbers. The first 50 of these historic guitars have been put through an extensive aging and wear process by the master luthiers at Gibson Custom to closely match the look and feel of Beck’s original instrument.

Michael Kelly introduces the Patriot Supreme Guitar

Michael Kelly Guitar Company has introduced the newest edition to their Patriot series of guitars, the Patriot Supreme. The simplest way to describe the Michael Kelly Patriot Supreme could be that it’s like owning that perfect classic ride…just with better steering and a more modern feel!

Focusrite and Overloud unveil new Guitar FX Suite

The Focusrite Guitar FX Suite puts quality over quantity, providing eleven professional VST/AU plug-ins that are sonically equal to, or better than any Guitar FX plug-ins on the market.

The Bangles debut Daisy Rock Wildwood Artist Deluxe A/E Guitar

Long time Daisy Rock supporters and one of the most legendary all-female groups The Bangles stopped by the Daisy Rock Girl Guitars Booth on Friday January 16th, 2009 to perform a few songs and debut Daisy Rock's latest high-end acoustic: the Wildwood Artist Deluxe Acoustic/Electric Guitar. Attendees of the event had the opportunity to see Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, and Vicki Peterson perform select songs such as "Manic Monday" and "Rain Song" at the Daisy Rock Girl Guitars product demo stage at the 2009 NAMM Show.

Eastwood introduces the upscale AIRLINE 59 Custom Series

Eastwood Guitars debuted their new AIRLINE '59 Custom Series guitars to rave reviews at NAMM 2009 earlier this month. The Airline '59 Custom 2P and 3P are the first guitars in the new Airline Custom Series and have elevated the quality reputation of Eastwood Guitars to a whole new level.

New Supercharger Kits from Graph Tech Guitar Labs now available

Acoustic and electric guitarists can now get high-end performance and sound from any guitar thanks to new Supercharger Kits made by Graph Tech Guitar Labs, the world’s largest guitar nut and saddle manufacturer. Each easy-to-use upgrade kit contains the right mix of Graph Tech’s proven performance products like TUSQ saddles for acoustic guitars and String Saver saddles for electric guitars.

Interview with Carbon 9 guitarist Darwin DeVitis

The Los Angeles, CA-based quintet, Carbon 9 – which includes Stacey Quineatly (vocals and sequencing), Danny Cistone (backing vocals), Darwin DeVitis (guitars and vocals), Omar D. Brancato (bass and vocals), and Matty Milani (drums) - are set to issue their latest release, ‘The Bull,’ via World Sound Music on February 24th. Mixed by Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie, Perfect Circle, Tommy Lee, etc.) ‘The Bull’ manages to balance electro rock sounds with strong pop melodies and anthemic choruses – resulting in a sound that sounds custom-made for crossover success. Darwin recently took time out to talk guitar with Guitarsite.com.

FH(fx) releases the 1134 Fuzz Pedal

FH(fx)has released the 1134 fuzz, an angry, punishing fuzz, but one that does it with a grin on its face and its tongue in its cheek! It's a multi-textured fuzz with many faces! Full on, it's a blistering, splattery synth fuzz explosion...back things off and you'll find several growly fuzz textures and even some great overdrives. There's nothing else like it!

MythFX debuts Midas Clean Boost Pedal

MythFX has announced the debut of its Midas Clean Boost Pedal. The Midas is a boost pedal that provides up to 32dB of CLEAN, transparent, full frequency boost, all in a compact enclosure that saves precious pedalboard space. An internal voltage boost circuit provides a massive amount of headroom while operating the pedal on a standard 9V AC adapter.

Lace debuts Helix Electric Guitar at Winter NAMM 2009

Lace Music Products has announced the debut of its long awaited Helix guitar.

Sparrow Guitars Launches Von Drat Surf Guitar

Sparrow Guitars has introduced the Von Drat surf guitar at the 2009 NAMM Show. The Von Drat is the newest addition to Sparrow's family of retro guitars which includes the Big Daddy, Primitive, Rat Rod and Twangmaster models. The Von Drat debuted at the 2009 NAMM Show Hall D Booth #3394 in Anaheim, California from January 15-18th 2009 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Interview with Sacred Oath guitarist Rob Thorne

Looking for good old fashioned metal in the style of Iron Maiden, King Diamond, and vintage Metallica? Then Connecticut’s Sacred Oath is the band for you. But there’s a reason why the band sounds they way they do – they’re not Johnny-come-latelys, but rather, originally formed back in the mid ‘80s, when those aforementioned acts were still trailblazing. A few quiet spots occurred for the band subsequently, but in recent years, the group – which is comprised of Rob Thorne (vocals, guitar), Bill Smith (Guitar), Scott Waite (Bass), and Kenny Evans (drums) - have made up for lost time, and will soon be issuing their latest offering, ‘Sacred Oath.’ Recently, Rob Thorne answered some questions for Guitarsite.

GuitarStorage.com unveils new session guitar rack

GuitarStorage.com has announced the release of its new Session Guitar Rack, a more economical version to its recently unveiled line of Session Deluxe Guitar Racks that were announced in December.

What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Ben Monder

by Doc Dosco This week we feature NY jazz guitarist Ben Monder. A musician

Vox Amplification introduces AC4TV Guitar Amplifier

VOX Amplification has introduced the AC4TV, a 4-Watt, Class A Tube Amplifier based on the popular VOX AC4 from the 1960s. The AC4TV combo, as well as the AC4TVH head version (with matching V112TV 1 x 12" extension cabinet), is an all-tube practice amp that has been factory-modded with a premium transformer and select components for optimum tone.

Marshall is now shipping additions to the MB Series of Bass Amplifiers

Marshall Amplification is now shipping its entire range of MB Series bass amplifiers, including eight featured models — four combos, one head and three extension cabinets. These units join the MB15 and MB30 models to provide bass players with Marshall's legendary power, sound and reliability. Developed and engineered by the company's world-renowned R&D department, the MB series is the result of end user feedback, plus stringent design, construction and quality control testing.

AmpliTube Fender announced: The official Fender software amp and fx suite

AmpliTube Fender is the only official Fender guitar/bass amp and FX software suite, made by IK Multimedia in cooperation with music icon Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.

Ultrawave Multimedia Studios releases Ultrawave Guitar Racks v1.0

Ultrawave Guitar Racks is a live guitar effects processor, which adds effects to your guitar in real time. Asio: v2 is supported for low latency recording and playback.

Taylor Guitars offers luthier experience through Build To Order program

Guitar enthusiasts dreaming of lustrous tone wood combinations, exquisite inlay details and custom features now have the opportunity to bring their dream guitars into sweet, musical existence through the Taylor Guitars’ Build To Order (BTO) program.

Blackbird Guitars launches full-size Carbon Fiber Hollow Neck Acoustic

Blackbird Guitars are launching their first full-size acoustic. Dubbed the Super-OM for its physics-defying tonal power, and durability in a comfortable Orchestra Model (OM). Blackbird’s proprietary one-piece, hollow body, neck, and head carbon-fiber construction transforms the entire guitar into a resonator–enhancing loudness, frequency–range and sustain while reducing resonance-robbing weight. The striking Asymmetric Acoustic Design with off-set sound-hole (patent-pending), maximizes resonance even more. With these innovations working in harmony, the Super-OM is among the most resonant and resilient acoustic guitars available.

IK Multimedia announces StealthPedal

IK Multimedia has presented the StealthPedal, the first guitar audio interface/software controller in a compact wah-style pedal, allowing users to record, play and control the included “Powered By AmpliTube” software, or any other MIDI controllable software, with the same feel and ease of use as a traditional guitar pedal.

Alvarez announces new guitars

Alvarez has announced a host of fantastic new guitars to substantially extend its range and provide more choice and options to discerning guitarists. The all-new FCC and FCF models are part of the Alvarez Fusion Series, which feature onboard electronics and sport a slim body, reducing fatigue during long gigs.

Taylor introduces the T3 and T3B

The new semi-hollowbody guitar from Taylor Guitars combines performance, beauty and tone in an electrifying machinez. Following the success of the T5 and SolidBody models, and born from a love of innovative design and classic electric tone, Taylor Guitars is expanding its electric line with the company’s first purely electric semi-hollowbody guitar, the T3.

Peavey launches the all-tube 3120 guitar amplifier

Peavey has announced the debut of the new Peavey 3120 high-gain guitar amplifier head, a versatile three-channel amp with 120 watts of power and a trio of distinct voices capable of producing guitar tones from crisp and clean to total high-gain saturation.

Gretsch unveils Fall Out Boy signature Electromatic Corvette guitar

Gretsch, Fall Out Boy lead singer/guitarist Patrick Vaughn Stump, and TV Jones teamed-up to create the latest signature model from Gretsch – the G5135PS Patrick Vaughn Stump Signature Series Gretsch Stump-O-Matic Electromatic Corvette Guitar.

Vox launches Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah

Big Bad Wah is one in a series of pedals designed by VOX and guitarist extraordinaire Joe Satriani. The Dual-mode design offers two distinct wah sounds in a single pedal.

Native Instruments announces Guitar Rig Mobile

Native Instruments has announced GUITAR RIG MOBILE, a highly affordable all-in-one solution that turns any computer into a powerful and easy-to-use guitar recording and performance setup.

New Adrian Smith signature San Dimas Dinky guitar from Jackson

Jackson Guitars has announced the Adrian Smith Dan Dimas Dinky guitar, a true labor of love between two cornerstones of heavy metal – Jackson guitars and Iron Maiden.

Interview with Joetown

If you’re looking for manly metal, you’ve come to the right place, dear friends. The gentleman who opts to go solely by the name of Joetown is all about the rawk – whose style/approach is sure to please fans of vintage blues metal sleaze. With a new album, ‘Pills and Ammo,’ the singer/guitarist recently answered some questions for Guitarsite.

DC Voltage announces the P3 Phantom Powered Pedal System

The P3 Phantom Powered Pedal system is revolutionary new way to power almost any number of 9-volt effects pedals without the need for batteries, "wall-wart" style power supplies, extension cords, or power strips. With the P3 system, nothing is lost — a player can always turn P3 off and use their gear "stock."

Citron Guitars release three new models

Citron Guitars are launching three new models at NAMM 09. The HG, the AGE-12 and 4-string J Bass. The Citron HG is 2 1/2″ thick, mostly hollow Acoustic/Electric 6-string guitar, whose body is Mahogany, with a Quilted Maple top, one-piece Mahogany neck with Rosewood fingerboard. The bridge is Rosewood with a wide custom-compensated bone nut, and strings go through the body. The pickups are custom-blended humbuckers that I personally wind by hand in a formula using multiple gauges of wire in each pickup. Each pickup is voiced for its position.

Pro Tone Pedals presents the Rusty Cooley Signature Overdrive Pedal

Rusty Cooley and guitar effects manufacturer Pro Tone Pedals have joined forces to create an overdrive pedal designed to operate under the highest of gain situations. Rusty is a frequent columnist in all of the major guitar magazines and is consistently named one of the top shredders of all time.

Overloud announces TH1 Triode guitar effects suite

Overloud announces TH1 Triode, its Essential Guitar Effects Suite. TH1 Triode features the same technologies and features found in the flagship product TH1, giving access to technologies never seen before in its price range.

Radial Engineering presents four new Tonebone pedals

Radial Engineering has announced the launch of four new Tonebone pedals, the London, the Hollywood, the Texas, and the Twin-City. All of the Bones features dual-mode functionality in a compact enclosure and employ standard Boss-type 9V power supply.

Tanglewood Guitar introduces MasterDesign Series

Tanglewood will introduce its MasterDesign Series to North America at the 2009 Winter NAMM Show. Launched last year to European markets, the MasterDesign guitars have garnered rave reviews overseas; one model (TSR-2) has even been selected as 2008’s “best electro-acoustic over £500” by UK-based Guitar and Bass Magazine.

Introducing the Fender Road Worn Series

Some things just get cooler with age. It’s especially true of electric guitars and basses—they develop an unmistakable mojo that makes them look cooler, sound better and feel even more comfortable than when they were brand new. Hence the winter 2009 arrival of Fender’s new Road Worn series—Stratocaster, Telecaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass guitars that, while new, are designed to look like they’ve borne the wear, tear, blood, sweat and beers of thousands of miles on the road.

Eastwood introduces Monolith guitar with pickups from rebelSonic

Eastwood Guitars will introduce the new Monolith guitar, the only guitar in the world to feature the revolutionary three voice Monolith pickup from rebelSonic. This incredible game changer in the guitar world will be unveiled on January 15 at NAMM 09 in Anaheim, CA, at the Eastwood booth #1331, Hall E.

New Hex Deluxe and Vex Deluxe models from Michael Kelly Guitars

Michael Kelly Guitar Company has announced new versions of its popular Hex Deluxe and Vex Deluxe double cutaway models.

B.C. Rich announces New Kerry King Model Guitars

The kings of uniquely shaped guitars have once again teamed up with the king of metal to introduce the next legendary guitar design. The B.C. Rich Kerry King Beast V and Beast V NT. Inspired by Kerry King, the Beast V is an unholy alliance between B.C. Rich’s famous Beast body shape and Speed V design.

Interview with Judas Priest guitarists K. K. Downing and Glenn Tipton

Judas Priest have accomplished just about everything that a metal band could hope for during their career. However, one missing addition to their resume was ‘the concept album.’ With the recent release of their double disc set, Nostradamus, Priest has now gone where few metal bands dare to go. A double disc album, the set tells the true-life story of Nostradamus, a 16th century physician and astrologer, who is also believed to have been a prophet – having supposedly predicted such subsequent historical events as the Great Fire of London, the rise of Napoleon I and Adolf Hitler, and most recently, 9/11.

What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Peerless Imperial

by Doc Dosco This week I continue with my series on affordable jazz guitars with an evaluati

New Marcus Henderson Apparition Signature Guitar from Epiphone

Marcus Henderson has joined forces with Epiphone Guitar of Nashville, TN to design and create the new "Apparition" signature guitar. With a shape reminiscent of an Explorer or Futura, the new Apparition takes guitar design to the extreme with sharper angles, a unique "patent-applied-for" All-Access heel contour and high-performance pickups, controls and hardware to create a guitar that's perfect for every guitar hero.

Guitar Institute launches 2009 guitar scholarships

The Guitar Institute has announced the launch of its 2009 guitar scholarship programme. The lucky winner will receive a free place, worth £5,250, on the Institute’s famous Higher Diploma course starting in October 2009, whilst the runner-up will receive a £2,600 award for study on the same programme. Applications are invited from students both from the UK and internationally.

New Robot Flying V and Robot X-plorer guitar

A Robot Flying V and the Robot X-plorer have emerged from Gibson's Robot Guitar line. These new Robots had their beginnings all the way back in 1958, when Gibson debuted the iconic Flying V and Explorer and turned the guitar world upside down. Similarly, the Robot Guitar essentially redefined the power and possibility of a guitar when it hit stores last year. Gabriel J. Hernandez for Gibson writes:

What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Robert Conti

by Doc Dosco This week we feature guitarist Robert Conti. I saw him play several years ago at the L

What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Esmond Selwyn

by Doc Dosco This week we feature a very interesting jazz guitarist from the UK named Esmond Selwyn

7 reasons to know Vic Flick (and then read his biography)

by Kaiser Nelson As if being responsible for the famous James Bond theme twang wasn't enough, here's seven other reasons to know Vic Flick and then read his biography.         

What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Peerless Monarch Evaluation

by Doc Dosco This week we feature a long promised evaluation on the Peerless Monarch. I am now well

Carl Martin announces new pedals for Winter NAMM 2009

Carl Martin has announced a handful of new pedals in preparation for January's NAMM Show. The new available pedals are the Vintage DC Drive, Vintage Series Flanger and Rock Bug.

The new Eddie Van Halen Wolfgang Guitar has been launched

Eddie Van Halen has launched the all-new EVH Wolfgang electric guitar and it will be available worldwide beginning Jan. 2009. The EVH Wolfgang guitar represents Eddie's 35 years of experimenting with guitars, over two years of intense research and development, and a full year of brutal road testing during the top-grossing Van Halen 2007-2008 tour.

Gibson announces new delivery dates for Dark Fire Guitar

Gibson Guitar has announced that the anticipated Gibson Dark Fire guitar will ship in limited quantities to select dealers with additional shipments later in the month and early 2009. Gibson's retail partners will not acquire the anticipated limited number on Monday, December 15, 2008 due to the high demand for the remarkable new guitar and the production process for installing the proprietary technology. Production will be limited to only a select number of units per day.

Reverend releases Pete Anderson Signature Guitar

Reverend has teamed up with guitarist and producer Pete Anderson for Reverends first full hollow model. The guitar projects a vintage look, but has upgraded performance features designed to appeal to todays players. The satin finish and vintage appointments project a low key pawnshop prize look that belies the guitars high performance design, similar in concept to an old sleeper street rod with a hidden nitrous tank.

What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Dave Woods

by Doc Dosco This week we feature my friend Dave Woods. Dave has

Aguilar Amplification announces new DB Series bass cabinet color

Aguilar Amplification has announced the expansion of their DB series bass cabinets to include a new color: White Hot. The new color will make its debut at booth 5270 during the 2009 winter NAMM show in Anaheim. Aguilar's DB series cabinets are a proven hit with bass players.

BC Rich Guitars offers a sneak preview of 2009 line

B.C. Rich Guitars, who are also celebrating there 40th Anniversary, will be hosting a private online “Grand Unveiling” featuring all of their new guitar models for 2009. These new models have never before been seen by anyone outside of B.C. Rich headquarters!

Story of Tommy Bolin told in new book 'Touched by Magic'

To many, Tommy Bolin was the legitimate heir to Jimi Hendrix’s rock guitar throne. Stints with the James Gang and Deep Purple – as well as solo albums and a groundbreaking release with jazz-rocker Billy Cobham – certainly proved that the adulation was rightly deserved. And with a techno-color fashion sense, he certainly stood out from the pack.

Sweetwater and Guitar Tricks to giveaway Robot Les Paul Studio

Sweetwater and Guitar Tricks have partnered this month to give away a Gibson Limited Edition Robot Les Paul Studio. This guitar, a $3,999 retail value, can automatically tune itself to standard or alternate tunings, and is equipped to be a great aid in intonating as well.

Kirk's Weekly Guitar Lesson: Happy Holidays 2008

Happy Holidays! Hi, fellow picker, I trust you're well and that the twangin' is good. If you hail from the US, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving break and that you managed to get some playing in.

Fender University announces its Spring Session

Fender University has announced that the spring session of the program is set to take place March 4—8, 2009 in Corona, Calif. Fender University is an exclusive music education program for guitar enthusiasts worldwide. The program offers exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to Fender's manufacturing headquarters and world-renowned Fender Custom Shop, in addition to a series of music workshops, hands-on educational experiences, performance opportunities and special guest appearances.

Rees F2 Chambered Guitar has been updated

The second generation of the Rees flagship model F2 guitar continues to be made in Cambridge, England. Changes have been made to simplify and speed up construction, without sacrificing any of the guitar's fine tone and sustain. The cost savings are being passed on to customers. The neck joint has been made more conventional, without using carbon fibre, and the korina wood control cover on the back is an elegant oval shape. Carbon fibre neck joints for easy highest fret access continue to be available on Rees custom guitars.

Eastwood Guitars opens Players Lounge

Eastwood Guitars has just opened the Eastwood Players Lounge in their newly renovated showroom, just northwest of Toronto, Canada. This comfortable 2,000 square foot demo space is incorporated into the company’s distribution headquarters. Eastwood artists and preferred customers alike can schedule an appointment to tryout the complete Eastwood and Airline product line of guitars and basses.

Marquet Guitar introduces the Renaissance Classic Inlay Guitar

Marquet Guitars ave introduced the Renaissance classic inlay guitar, crafted in the USA. The body and neck are carved out of Equatorian mahogany into a traditional design. Scale length is 25" with 24 frets and a 12" radius. This gives this vintage style guitar modern playability. Fret wire is 18% high alloy nickel-silver for superior tone and fret life. The fret board is made of fine Indian rosewood. Pickups are Lindy Fralin Tone Masters with gold covers.

What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Ralph Patt

by Doc Dosco This week's article features my jazz guitar friend fro

Moog brings back the Taurus Bass Pedals

Moog Music is bringing back the Taurus Bass Pedals in a limited edition, and for a limited time only. Long sought after as the ultimate bass synthesizer, used Taurus pedals from the seventies have been known to sell for as much as $5,000. The new edition of this classic instrument will reproduce the Taurus I sound engine and combine it with modern features, reliability and an affordable price.

ValveTrain Amps introduces the Concord Amplifier

ValveTrain Amplification has announced the release of the Concord Amplifier. Retail priced at $499 the Concord boasts all point to point hand wiring and delivers a blistering 6 watts RMS through a custom designed 10" speaker. Designed in the tradition of the masters, the Concord features a 12AX7 dual-triode preamp tube driving the signal through a 6V6 power tube.

Highland Guitars releases the HAG-240 Acoustic Guitar

With its striking lasered top design the HAG-240 is the latest addition to the Highland Guitar Company’s acoustic guitar series.

Graph Tech Guitar Labs showcases its ghost LB63 locking bridge pickup

Graph Tech Guitar Labs is to showcase its ghost LB63 locking bridge pickup system for the Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo System this spring. With so many loyal Floyd Rose shredders, Graph Tech took pains to ensure its ghost for Floyd Rose electronics tracks as fast as the fingers of the famous tremolo’s most prolific users. Because the Floyd Rose Tremolo encourages experimentation with sound, its users can expect to take their play or performance to a whole new level with the MIDI and acoustic features of Graph Tech’s industry-leading ghost system.

MILLS Acoustics releases Afterburner 412B Classic Cabinet

MILLS Acoustics has introduced the latest addition to their lineup of Pro-Tour Guitar Cabs, the Afterburner 412B Classic. It is based on the Company’s award-winning Afterburner 412 Cab series but addresses the issues where cabinet size is a concern. The cab comes in at a trim 29” x 29” x 14.75” which is 3” shorter and narrower than the original model. In fact, it is actually slightly smaller than many of the traditional 4x12 cabs.

Guyatone introduces new 'Mighty Micro' effects

Godlyke has announced the release of the new Guyatone mighty micro series of compact effect pedals. Based on Guyatone’s award-winning Micro Series effects, the mighty micros offer professional-grade features and exceptional sound quality in an ultra-compact, lightweight chassis that is 33% smaller and 50% lighter than the average stompbox.

Vigier introduces its first single cut electric guitar

Vigier has introduced a new addition its family-the very first Vigier single-cutaway electric guitar. This elite baby will deliver the hottest sounds of all guitars in Vigier's product line. The single-cut body design reflects a combination of modernism and tradition, which is exactly what this new Vigier model is about.

Diamond Vibrato Pedal is now shipping

Diamond Pedals has announced that the Diamond Vibrato pedal is now shipping to dealers worldwide. The Diamond Vibrato is a pitch modulating design using analog bucket brigade technology, offering guitarists a wide range of sonic possibilities. Expression pedal inputs for both effect depth and speed allows for unprecedented sonic control along with the inclusion of a Chorus control for blending wet and dry signals, for lush analog chorus effects.

What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Gene Bertoncini

by Doc Dosco This week we feature the extraordinary jazz guitarist Gene Berton

Recording King announces Century Jubilee Series Guitars

Recording King continues the revival of the classic 1930’s look and sound with the Recording King Century Jubilee Series. With a vintage 2-tone tobacco sunburst finish and classic Recording King Crown peghead, the Century Jubilee Series guitars add greater stylistic and tonal variety to the Century line.

Eastwood Guitars upgrades Sidejack Models

The Sidejack DLX has just been upgraded for 2009 and began shipping this week. The 2009 Sidejack features a new and improved tremolo system, a professional grade roller bridge and a new look headstock that closer reflects the guitars Mosrite origins. In 2006 the Sidejack won the prestigious GUITAR of the YEAR award in UK's Guitar & Bass Magazine.

Introducing Zoybar: Open source guitars and instruments

Zoybar is a modular hardware platform for creating custom electric string instruments and effects. The Zoybar components provide research and development tools as a sustainable prototype platform. The same modular parts can be assembled as different instruments, can be changed during the performance and also be mounted with numerous special effects, just by adding and changing their position across the profile groves.

What's Hot With Jazz Guitar: Mick Goodrick

by Doc Dosco This week we feature jazz guitarist Mick Goodrick. "Rick Goodr

$899 American made set-neck electric guitar released by U.S. Masters

U.S. Masters challenges import price points with their Avada SFT, a fully American-made set-neck guitar at an $899 street price, including case. The substantial quality of design, construction, materials and workmanship makes the Avada SFT one of the best price/performance values in the entire electric guitar industry. It is completely made in the USA in U.S. Masters’ Middleton, WI factory using the same manufacturing processes and neck profile as their high-end set-neck guitars.

‘100 Greatest Metal Guitarists’ Book Review and Author Interview

Respected UK music journalist Joel McIver certainly had his work cut out for him when he decided to assemble his brand new book, ‘100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.’ As stated in his intro in the book, McIver makes it clear that this is not going to be your average listing – there will be no Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, nor Angus Young, because according to the author, these players were not pure metal players. Although this point can be argued (especially since McIver does include players like Fast Eddie Clarke, Rudolf Schenker, and Tony Iommi on the list - all of which have incorporated non-metal styles into their playing), the list that McIver comes up with is an interesting one. And it becomes clear from right off the bat that McIver has put a lot of research into this – and countless late nights analyzing shred-heavy solos.

Studio Devil releases Virtual Bass Amp

Studio Devil has announced the release of Virtual Bass Amp, the newest addition to their line of vacuum tube modeling guitar amplifier plug-ins.

Get your hands on Elliott Randall's personal guitars

Here's an opportunity that doesn't come along everyday. Elliott Randall has partnered with LiveAuctioneers to auction off seven of his personal guitars - many used on tour. The guitars up for sale include a Vulcan New Yorker, Fender Jazzmaster, Fender Telecaster, Guild Starfire Emerald III, Kramer American Showster Savant III and a Brian Moore MC/1. The auction house is known to have handled some of Jimi Hendrix's best-known guitars, numerous instruments, manuscripts and memorabilia from The Beatles, The Doors, Sinatra, Springsteen and Elvis.

Woodello Industries introduces the Mastery Bridge

Woodello Industries has announced the Mastery Bridge, a completely new bridge design specifically made to replace the problematic OEM Fender Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Mustang, Bass VI, Jag-Stang and Bigsby-equipped Telecaster bridges. The Mastery Bridge eliminates the buzzing associated with previous saddle designs. Your strings won't fall out of their grooves - no matter how hard you play. The new post design has a dramatic effect on the transfer of string-to-body energy, giving your guitar great resonance.

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