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Summer NAMM 2015: Electro-Harmonix introduces the 22500 Dual Stereo Looper

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Press Release
The brand-new EHX 22500 Dual Stereo Looper is flexible, extensively-featured pedal looper that allows for easy operation of two loops at the same time. Expanding upon EHX’s looping legacy, the 22500 employs two high-quality, uncompressed audio tracks that can be played in parallel or series to enable the player to punch in and out harmonies and rhythms, or use each loop as different sections of a song. The pedal is capable of recording up to 12 hours with the supplied 8GB SD card.

The 22500’s user interface is intuitive and in depth. Loop A and Loop B footswitches engage recording and toggle between playback and overdubbing for each loop with a single tap or double tap to stop. A third footswitch can be programmed to function as a master Stop, Tap Tempo or Rhythm Start/Stop switch. Control sections for each loop include individual level control knobs and Reverse and Octave buttons to expand creative possibilities. Three loop status LEDs include Record, Playback and Memory. The multifunction Mode knob gives access to 100 loop banks, control over rhythm options and operational functions of the pedal including Series/Parallel looping, rhythm Quantized/Free Form looping and much more. Input Gain knob controls the level of input. Rhythm button engages the built in drum loops.

The 22500 is completely stereo/mono capable. The Left/Mono Input is switchable between ¼” and XLR MIC inputs with selectable phantom power and a separate microphone gain knob. SDHC memory card slot supports 4GB to 32GB cards. The included 8GB memory card holds up to 12 hours of total recording time. Included USB port enables backup/restore to a PC or MAC. An optional Bank-Up/Bank-Down Foot Controller is available for increased onstage ease (sold separately).

The 22500 Dual Stereo Looper expands EHX’s looper legacy in both form and function. The new 22500 comes in a rugged die-cast chassis and comes standard with an EHX 9.6-Volt/DC200mA AC adapter and carries a U.S. list price of $359.97. The 22500 Foot controller is powered by the main pedal and has a U.S. list price of $117.15.

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PRS Guitars SE 30th Floyd Custom 24

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Not as hard to remember as one of Ibanez’s long winded codenames but it certainly is a mouthful, the PRS SE 30th Floyd Custom 24! This guitar is available in a number of finished including Black Cherry, Grey Black, Santana Yellow, Trampas Green but I thought that the Whale Green was the most classy looking. I think the SE colours are just a bit too bright which, in my opinion, looks a bit cheap. But that’s just me, this Whale Green finish looks amazing especially with the curly Maple top.

“The 30th Anniversary SE Custom 24 features the striking 30th Anniversary commemorative bird inlay package, quilt maple veneer, SE HFS and SE Vintage Bass pickups and a push/pull tone control for coil-tapping with 3-way blade switch in a gig-ready package. The guitar also comes equipped with a “1000 Series” Floyd Rose tremolo, which is made to the exact specifications and with the same high-quality materials as the “Original” Floyd.”

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Summer NAMM 2015: Return of the Ibanez Talman

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Well I know one man who will be very happy about this (although these Talman’s don’t quite have the bling factor of Peter’s). ‘

At Ibanez’s return to Nashville for the first time in a while for Summer NAMM they introduced the new Ibanez Prestige 1702 series Talman which features two single coil pickups and the Prestige 1730 series Talman which features 3 single coil pickups.

I couldn’t find anything on the Ibanez website as yet but I keep getting redirected to the Aus version of the site so maybe I’m missing something,

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Summer NAMM 2015: Yamaha Debuts New SLG200 Silent Guitar Series

Yamaha have announced the release of the new SLG200 Silent Guitar Series at Summer NAMM 2015 equipped with special SRT (Studio Response Technology) preamp and pickups, which models studio quality tones created with high-end microphones and top-quality Yamaha acoustic guitars to create the sonic illusion of playing a full-bodied acoustic guitar.

SLG200 guitars are available in both a steel and nylon versions with three color options. They all include ear buds and a headphone jack for near-silent playing, making them perfect for dorm and apartment dwellers. A ¼ inch jack provides connectivity with an amplifier, loudspeaker, PA system, audio interface or mixing board. The removable top bout design allows the SLG200’s to collapse into a slim, sturdy gig bag, which makes for the ultimate on-the-go guitar, see photo above.

“Other upgraded features include a new satin mahogany neck profile, all-wood (Rosewood/Maple) top bouts, a reconfigured easy-access control panel, an on-board tuner and a redesigned battery cavity powered by two AA batteries for longer life. In addition to the proprietary SRT pickup and preamp system, the SLG200 series also comes with a 6-crystal under-saddle piezo pickup that can be blended with the modeled SRT sounds along with onboard reverb and chorus effects to dial in just the right tone. The design eliminates feedback in a live performance setting.”

The SLG200S (steel string) and SLG200N (nylon string) have an MSRP of $1,015 and will ship in September 2015.

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PRS Add 2 New Metalic FInishes To S2 Range

PRS are celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the S2 Series of guitars with 2 new metallic finishes, ‘Egyptian Gold’ and ‘Ice Blue Fire Mist’. While this is nothing really ground-breaking I thought that the Egyptian Gold in particular was really nice so wanted to post this nice group photo above. The new finishes have been added to the all-mahogany guitars in the S2 line, including the S2 Mira, Mira Semi-Hollow, Singlecut Standard, Standard 22, Standard 24, Starla and Vela.

“Each model offers the fit, feel and attention to detail the craftsmen of PRS are known for in a more accessible price point: $1,179 – $1,579 USD”.

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Rivera Venus Recording Rack Tube Amp With Built-in Rockcrusher

This is an interesting development from Rivera Amps, a couple of years ago Rivera introduced a power attenuator/load box/speaker emulator called the Rockcrusher which has the unique inclusion of an EQ to tune the speaker emulation tone. Now Rivera have created an all in one recording 2 channel 6V6 powered 25 Watt tube amp with the Rockcrusher built into it called the Rivera Venus Recording.


There’s a lot of features built in to this rack amp but here is a brief overview from Rivera, click on the link at the end of the description for more in-depth details:

Channel 1 can go from super spanky clean to a hot blues overdrive or classic rock tone. The combinations of the Treble “pull Bright” and Middle “pull Notch” can give you 4 different clean voicings and allows you to get tweed or blackface tones. Crank up the Volume knob for more gain and get “Clean Sustian” giving all those Gilmour, EJ and Carlton tones.

Channel 2 lead channel can be voiced for either classic rock, hard rock, metal or progressive shred. You can also adjust the interaction of the 3 band passive tone controls with the Voicing control to give you a wide tone range from our knucklehead series, tweed 2 knob Fender champ, to a vintage 60’s Marshall top, JTM-45 Combo, Vox AC-30 or classic blackface Fender.

The 11 bands of EQ frequencies in the onboard EQ are all in the guitar speaker range and were chosen to allow you to mimic most of the common guitar speakers used for classic, vintage and modern tones. The 11 band EQ can be positioned before the internal power amplifier-after either channel and pre-effects loop, allowing fine tuning of guitar tones and heard through the speaker, and also through the recording output.

The Venus Recording has 2 effects loops, one fully buffered between the pre & power amp and the other after the power amp for maximum versatility. There are two recording outputs provided, a balanced and transformer isolated XLR, and a unbalanced phone jack output. Both can be used simultaneously. Also included are 2 speaker outs, 4/8/16 impedance switch, High and Low power switch (25watts or 7watts) and a Silent (internal load) or External (cabinet) load switch.

This sounds like a serious piece of kit for silent recording that also has the ability to power speaker cabinets. For more details check out the Rivera website.

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TC Electronic’s BodyRez Will Transform Your Acoustic Pickup Tone

Now this is a fantastic idea from TC Electronic, the BodyRez Pedal, designed to transform your Piezo or onboard Acoustic pickup tones of your plugged-in Acoustic guitar back to it’s natural full tone. I have played many guitars with Piezo or soundhole pickups and they do sound very thin and lack the natural harmonics of the guitar.

“With extra features like phase-reversal for getting rid of that nasty low-end feedback and a mute function for quiet removal of cables, BodyRez alleviates all tone related worries and lets you focus on what’s most important… your performance”


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Bohemian Guitars Vintage Series

Bohemian Guitars
I love Bohemian Guitars, they might not feel like a high end guitar (they are factory made in China) but they are perfectly playable, sound great and look fantastic. I was so impressed when Bohemian Guitars when they officially launched their business after a successful crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter that I dropped a few hints to my wife and was lucky enough to get a Bohemian Guitars Moonshine as a Christmas present, check my video demo at the bottom of the page.

Bohemian Guitars have just announced their new Vintage Series which are hand made in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Bohemian have used authentic vintage oil cans such as the Castrol Oil cans in the photo above to create four new models, from left to right in the image above: Super Mario which features a single P90 in the bridge position, The Inferno with a single coil pickup,  The Green Behemoth with a single P90 pickup in the neck position and El Torro with dual humbuckers. These guitars start at $480 so roughly $200 more than the Boho series due to them being hand made in the US.

If you want to purchase one of these guitars you can use the following link Bohemian Guitars and the promo code “BOHO15” to get 15% off the purchase price.

Check out my quick & dirty demo of the Bohemian Guitars Moonshine which is available as part of the Boho Series:

For more info check out the Bohemian Guitars website.

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Summer NAMM 2015: ESP New LTD SN Series

More news from ESP Guitars for Summer NAMM 2015, they are releasing this very cool looking SN Series which come in 2 different versions. The first version comes with a Floyd Rose trem, the second version which have more vintage styling come with a Wilkinson VSVG vintage tremolo system and mainly single coil pickups. Here are all the details from the press release:

The new SN Series comprises six new guitars under the LTD Deluxe “1000 Series” range, and several of the new models mark the first time that the highly-acclaimed Fishman Fluence pickups have been incorporated into LTD offerings. The LTD SN-1000FR/FM/Maple comes in Aqua Marine finish, and includes a lightweight and tonal basswood body with a flamed maple top along with a maple fingerboard with 24 extra jumbo frets. It features a Floyd Rose tremolo, and is powered by a set of EMG 85 (bridge) and SA (middle/neck) active pickups. Similarly, the LTD SN-1000FR/FM/Rosewood offers the same feature set with a rosewood fingerboard and a gorgeous Copper Sunburst finish. Another Floyd Rose equipped model, the LTD SN-1000FR/Rosewood, features an alder body and maple neck with 24-fret rosewood fingerboard, and includes two Fishman Fluence modern humbuckers (ceramic bridge and alnico neck). It’s available in Charcoal Metallic finish.

For less extreme playing styles, the SN Series is also being offered with a Wilkinson VSVG vintage tremolo system. The LTD SN-1000W/Maple/PW offers an alder body and maple neck/fingerboard with 22 extra jumbo frets and a set of Seymour Duncan Custom 5/ SSL-3/ SSL-3 pickups, and is finished in Pearl White. The LTD SN-1000W/Rosewood offers the same feature set with a rosewood fingerboard and a great-looking Charcoal Metallic finish with white pickguard. The LTD SN-1000W/Maple/TSB is another traditional alder-bodied model using the Wilkinson tremolo, and includes Fishman Fluence single pickups. It comes in Tobacco Sunburst finish.

All LTD SN Series guitars employ bolt-on construction and a fast-feeling thin U-shaped neck. They will be available at authorized ESP dealers in the USA and international distributors this fall. More information on the LTD SN Series is available at

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Summer NAMM 2015: ESP Guitars LTD Deluxe Koa Top Models

ESP Guitars will be showing some new guitar models at Summer NAMM (booth 1232) including these two new LTD Deluxe “1000 Series” guitars, the EC-1000 KOA and the M-1000 KOA, which have one of my favourite woods for their tops, Hawaiian Koa. The new koa models will have limited availability through select ESP dealers and international distributors.

The LTD EC-1000 KOA provides a koa veneer top on a mahogany body, with set-through construction at 24.75” scale. It offers a 5-piece mahogany/bubinga thin U-shaped neck with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard, and black hardware. It includes a set of Seymour Duncan Custom 5 (neck) and Jazz (bridge) pickups.

The LTD M-1000 KOA adds a koa veneer top on to its mahogany body, with neck-through-body construction at 25.5” scale. Its 5-piece maple/bubinga neck has an ebony fingerboard with 24 extra jumbo frets, and adds a Floyd Rose tremolo as well as DiMarzio ST-2 custom passive pickups.

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