I like it when a manufacturer creates a product without resorting to crazy titles to describe their pedals, the MXR Reverb is a great example of a straight up, no nonsense, does what it says on the tin pedal. Except of course it does far more than just a single reverb it has 6 different types of Reverb backed in which you can select at the push of a (Tone) knob.
The MXR Reverb retains their signature simple three-knob setup and a hi-fi analog dry path with a massive 20 volts of headroom thanks to Constant Headroom Technology™. To step through the different reverb types just push the tone knob and the LED next to the selected effect illuminates.
Watch the video below from NAMM 2016 where Brian Kehoe gives an overview of the MXR Reverb pedal hooked up to an external expression pedal for added versatility:
Well this is an interesting release from BOSS, last year they released a few special edition WAZA Craft pedals (more coming this year too) but this year they are taking it a step further with the release of 150 Watt Solid State amplifier, a 2×12 and a 4×12 Cabinet! Now this is a bit of a gamble, I can see Roland selling heaps of the updated Blues Cube combo amps but a full sized solid state amp head and 4×12 cab? I personally haven’t seen many manufacturers crack the solid state amp market in the past decade…
Here are the specs:
Amplifier selector knob for amp character variation: the legendary rock tone in the Internal position, the “Waza Brown Sound” in the Amplifier A position as a pre-installed Tone Capsule, and one more empty socket for the future expansion.
Four switchable channels (Clean, Crunch, Lead 1, and Lead 2) for each amplifier character
Composed of a 3U rack-mountable unit and a dedicated wooden head-cabinet
Reliable, maintenance-free 150-watt solid-state power amp designed with discrete circuitry
Four-way Power Control (1 W, 50 W, 100 W, Max) allows for sweet power tube distortion at any volume
Modern expandability for various situations with EFX loops, line out with Air Feel control function, foot controller, and more
Strymon make, in my opinion, some of the best looking pedals on the market. It is no surprise then that when they decided to create a couple of power supplies to help hook up on your pedalboard they applied the same design aesthetics to those too. The crazy thing is that you can also hook up the smaller Ojai to the Zuma with the 24V Out jack to power even more pedals! With that anodized midnight blue aluminum chassis I think it would be a shame to hide them under your pedalboard.
“With the Strymon Ojai you get five high-current, individually isolated, ultra-low-noise outputs—each with its own dedicated regulator and custom transformer. Each output provides a massive 500mA of current. Ojai’s dual-stage topology, pre-regulated outputs, optically isolated feedback, and advanced multistage filtering result in a power supply that allows your pedals to achieve their highest possible dynamic range.” Gain more outputs by connecting additional Ojai units to the 24V Thru jack.
“Zuma is the highest horsepower, most technologically advanced effects pedal power supply of its kind. Zuma offers nine high-current, individually isolated, ultra-low-noise outputs—each with its own dedicated regulator and custom transformer. Designed to meet the needs of today’s players, each output provides a staggering 500mA of current.”
Washburn Guitars are expanding their Ola Englund signature Parallaxe Solar series with a few very nice looking V shape guitars. I think that takes the tally of available Ola Englund signature guitars up to about 14 including the various price points!
First up is the PX-SOLARV16ETC which features an EverTune bridge will keep the guitar perfectly in tune under any circumstance. The specs include a 25 ½” scale, Mahogany body and neck, ebony fingerboard, Buzz Feiten Tuning System™, full access neck, Super Jumbo frets, EverTune bridge, Grover 18:1 tuners, Duncan Solar pickups (custom made for the Solar series), 3 way toggle switch and a coil cut.
Next is the PX-SOLARV160FRWHM which has the addition of a Floyd Rose trem. Its specs include a 25 ½” scale, Mahogany body and neck, ebony fingerboard, Buzz Feiten Tuning System™, full access neck, Super Jumbo frets, Floyd Rose Special, Grover 18:1 tuners, Duncan Solar pickups (custom made for the Solar series), 3 way toggle switch and a coil cut.
Finally the PX-SOLARV170C which is the first 7 string V in the Parallaxe Solar Series. It features 7 strings, a 25 ½” scale, Mahogany body and neck, ebony fingerboard, Buzz Feiten Tuning System™, full access neck, Super Jumbo frets, Tune-o-matic with string thru bridge, Grover 18:1 tuners, Duncan Solar pickups (custom made for the Solar series), 3 way toggle switch and a coil cut.
January 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm | Posted by Jon in NAMM
Washburn Guitars is pleased to announce the Sonamaster Series of double cutaway guitars and basses. Aimed at entry level players seeking the perfect marriage of quality and value, the Sonamaster Series consists of the models S1, S2, S3 guitars.
Do they look familiar? Well to me it looks like Washburn have taken their Nuno Bettencourt signature model (N4) and given it a more traditional, rounded Fender-y look. I don’t think they can say they are not the Washburn equivalent of a Strat but with the sharper cut of the headstock and the N4 shape which is actually very different to a Stratocaster.
“The S1 is available in tobacco sunburst and black and features a basswood body with 3-single coil Sonamaster pickups and wired with a 5-position switch, 1 Volume and 1 Tone control. A maple neck sports a rosewood fingerboard and a reverse headstock with Washburn engraved die cast tuners for easy and precise tuning. The fulcrum style tremolo is perfect for gentle vibrato or full on dive bombs. The S1 is full of the classic tone single coil equipped guitars are famous for.”
“The S2 comes in metallic black, metallic red and metallic blue. The alder body features slightly hotter Sonamaster + single coil pickups and a Washburn humbucker in the bridge position for meatier lead tones. The control layout and hardware is identical to the S1.”
“The S3 comes in 2 flavors; the 3 single coil S3XTS with flame maple tobacco sunburst top and the 2 single coil/1 humbucker S3HXRS with cherry sunburst flame maple top. Both guitars feature alder bodies and the hotter Sonamaster + single coil pickups. All other features are the same as the S1.”
Well it’s been a long time in the making, John Petrucci has been using Mesa Boogie amps for ever so it is about time he worked with them on a signature model. This is what Mesa say about the upcoming MESA Boogie JP-2C, “The new John Petrucci inspired JP-2C takes our legendary II-C+ MARK series platform beyond anything before it.”
All-Tube Amplifier: 4x6L6 Power Tubes / 5x12AX7 Preamp Tubes
Class A/B Power Amp delivers exceptional power, punch & clarity
100/60 Watt Selectable Global Power Switch
Fixed Bias for consistent, maintenance free performance
3 Fully Independent Channels with 5 Modes:
Channel 1 Features: Mark IIC+ Clean – Independent Gain, Treble, Mid/Boost (patent applied for; doubles as a standard Midrange Tone Control from 1 to 5 AND a Variable Gain Boost Control from 5 to 10, providing precise levels of sweet harmonic overdrive, from subtle to blistering), Bass, Presence, Reverb (rear panel), Assignment Switch for Dual 5-Band Graphic EQs (EQ 1 or EQ 2 – On, Off or Footswitchable) & Master Controls
Channel 2 Features: Legendary Mark IIC+ Lead or Shred Modes – Independent Gain w/Pull Gain Boost, Treble, Middle, Bass, Presence w/Pull Frequency Shift, Reverb (rear panel), Assignment Switch for Dual 5-Band Graphic EQs (EQ 1 or EQ 2 – On, Off or Footswitchable) & Master Controls
Channel 3 Features: Legendary Mark IIC+ Lead or Shred Modes – Independent Gain w/Pull Gain Boost, Treble, Middle, Bass, Presence w/Pull Frequency Shift, Reverb (rear panel), Assignment Switch for Dual 5-Band Graphic EQs (EQ 1 or EQ 2 – On, Off or Footswitchable) & Master Controls
Two 5-Band Graphic EQs, each are Footswitchable or Channel Assignable
Footswitchable All-Tube, Long-Tank, Spring Reverb with Independent Channel Control (rear panel)
DiMarzio Gravity Storm™ humbuckers were designed for Steve Vai wo has used them since their introduction in 2012. Vai has now teamed up with DiMarzio to design two special edition pickup covers for the Gravity Storm™ pickups, the Dark Matter & Velorum neck and bridge pickups.
The Dark Matter™ humbuckers feature a custom pickup grill, with a host of gear patterns reminiscent of a clock. The design is cut all the way through the satin nickel cover, allowing the pickup bobbins below to show through.
The Velorum™ pickup covers depict Steve’s custom Vai logo etched into a polished gold cover and nestled in a burst of lines radiating out from the logo.
DiMarzio’s Dark Matter™ and Velorum™ Neck and Bridge pickups are made in the U.S.A., and may now be ordered for immediate delivery. Suggested List Price for Dark Matter™ is $199.99 each (MAP/Street Price $139.99). Suggested List Price for Velorum™ is $169.99 each (MAP/Street Price $124.99). For more information about the new special edition Dark Matter™ and Velorum™ Gravity Storm™ pickups, please visit our website at www.dimarzio.com.
DiMarzio have announced a fun set of signature Steve Vai Cliplock straps, I prefer the swirl straps myself what about you?
“Steve Vai helped pioneer DiMarzio® ClipLock® Quick Release Guitar Straps and has used them for over twenty years. Naturally, we were delighted and honored when Steve agreed to collaborate with us to produce three new Steve Vai ClipLock® Guitar Straps. The Universe design features an immediately recognizable swirl pattern, inspired by Steve’s signature Ibanez Anniversary Universe 7-string guitar. It’s available in two colors: Blue Universe and Green Universe.”
660 Guitars announced today the introduction of their new Patriot model guitar for 2016. The Patriot, as well as 660 Guitars, will make their debut at the 2016 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California this January. Customers can place orders directly from the factory while they work to establish dealers and distributors worldwide. The Patriot launches 660 Guitars’ up and coming robust line of American-made instruments, featuring all-aluminum bodies.
The 25.5” scale Patriot design captures bold engineering and modern playability, while maintaining the principle build features consistent in all 660 Guitars. Handcrafted with USA parts, the Patriot’s body is constructed from one piece of aircraft-grade aluminum, paired with a shallow-oval 16” radius solid graphite/carbon fiber neck. The finish is a resilient powder coat, available in multi-color options. The bridge on the Patriot is a TonePros wraparound bridge that is piezo loadable. The pickups are 16.50K Dimarzio Dominion Humbuckers with ceramic magnets, mounted on ‘mini-rails’ to allow for numerous user-adjusted tonal variations. Smoked acrylic black glass is standard for the rear cover plate with optional red glass available. Hennessy NSL-7200 strap locks are standard, and the guitar ships in an RB Aero low-profile case.
660 Guitars was forged on the friendship of builders Drew Emory and Myke Wilkerson, both independent builders who found they shared the same ideas in constructing guitar bodies out of metal, namely aircraft-grade aluminum. Aluminum is an extremely rugged and durable building material, and offers the guitar world a change from traditional wood construction. The results are warm and resonant guitars with tank-like construction, and minimal weather-related issues.
Traditional instruments are subject to many issues ranging from humidity, airline handling, and general use. The Patriot, along with all of 660 Guitars’ instruments, is handcrafted with pride in the USA, precision engineered, and built to exacting standards to minimalize maintenance and downtime, while ensuring the instruments are around for generations.
MSRP $3400 USD
To learn more about the Patriot and the 660 Guitars building process, please visit www.660guitars.com.
To experience The Patriot guitar at NAMM, visit booth #1389.
“The Rail Tail Tremolo is a full contact, dive-only tremolo designed to retrofit your existing Strat-style 6-point tremolo with no modifications to your guitar; a clever design merging the feel and reliability of a hardtail bridge with the flexibility of a tremolo system.”
This seems like quite a nice tremolo design from Floyd Rose, lets face it they know a thing or two about designing trems so they have turned their attention to people who want to retrofit their strat style guitars with a non-floating tremolo called the Floyd Rose Rail Tail, so called because it uses a specially designed rail to pivot the tremolo on rather than the traditional floating Floyd Rose design that pivots on a bevel located under the screw heads.
“The Rail Tail plate cradles the entire rail with precision as if they were one unit improving sound quality and tuning stability. This union also creates a greater breakpoint allowing open strings to maintain pitch when bending another, much like a hardtail.”
I like the fact that the Rail Tail trem block is angle cut at the end so that you get a little extra diving space without having to route your trem cavity more. It actually gives you 15 degrees more diving angle than conventional tremolo bridges. The string block also consists of mid-positioned tapered string holes to assist in true string saddle contact. The direct-to-plate designed string saddles transfer greater vibrational energy from the strings to the guitar body resulting in better overall sustain and tonal qualities
This design is a not a locking tremolo so I would advise investing in some Big Bends Nut Sauce and ensure that your nut slots are cut correctly so there is no friction that will snag the strings when dive bombing otherwise you might find this trem just as frustrating as a traditional Fender trem.
See the unveiling of the Floyd Rose Rail Tail Tremolo at NAMM 2016 in Booth 4860 Hall C.