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Toontrack releases Metal Guitar Gods 2

Toontrack  Metal Guitar Gods 2
Two years ago I posted a demo of Toontrack’s Metal Guitar Gods expansion pack for EZMix 2, you can watch that demo here, it features clean and high gain tones from some of the biggest names in modern metal guitar. Well Toontrack have just announced a new version with more heavy metal heavyweights lending their tones including Chris Broderick of Megadeth, Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders and Jeff Loomis of Conquering Dystopia.

“Metal Guitar Gods 2 EZmix Pack includes 50 custom amp and cab simulated tones, all of which were personally designed by the guitarists themselves. Find the soaring, saturated leads, the pummeling rhythm tones and all the tight semi-clean, ambient and effect soaked tones you’ll need for any spur-of- the-moment creativity.

This collection is a speed-dial to the tones you hear on albums and that the artists use themselves in their own recording and creative processes. Now, you too can sound like a god.”

Find more information and audio demos here:
Toontrack Metal Guitar Gods 2

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Jackson Limited Run Yellow Tiger Pro DK2M

Jackson Pro DK2M Limited Run Yellow Tiger
There seems to be heaps of companies reliving the 80’s with tiger stripe guitars at the moment but Jackson guitars were huge in 80’s and this style of guitar used to have me looking in awe at magazine photos & shop windows when I was a young teenager.

Now there’s only a pretty small percentage of people who will want a guitar this garish & flamboyant so Jackson are sensibly making the Pro DK2M Tiger Yellow guitar a limited run.

The DK2M Pro Series Dinkyfeatures an alder body, flat-sawn graphite-reinforced bolt-on maple neck with wrap-around heel, 24-fret compound radius (12″-16″) maple fingerboard with offset black dot inlays, black neck and headstock binding, direct mount Seymour Duncan® JB Zebra (bridge) and ’59 Zebra (neck) humbucking pickups with five-way blade switching, Floyd Rose® bridge, black hardware and Dunlop® strap locks.

For more information and to find a dealer near you, go to www.jacksonguitars.com.

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PRS Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 4 New Models

30 years! Wow I can still vividly remember seeing photos of Phil Hilborne in Guitarist magazine for the first time back in 1989/1990 and thinking that his PRS was amazing. I used to go to Musical Exchanges in Birmingham (UK) as a young teenager and stare at these rare, beautiful and very expensive guitars hanging on the wall and think, you will be mine, oh yes, you will be mine. 25 years later and I’ve never owned a PRS… go figure, I did buy a Patrick Eggle in ’94 which, at the time, was a poor man’s PRS before the SE or S2 range existed. I should point out that I’ve never owned a Fender or Gibson guitar either, yes I know, I’m weird. Anyway enough reminiscing from me, congratulations to Paul Reed Smith on successfully growing a boutique guitar brand into the number 3 guitar brand in the US. So let’s check out the new 30th anniversary models.

“PRS is offering a series of 30th Anniversary Custom 24 guitar models in each of their electric guitar product families including the US-made Private Stock, the distinguished US-made Core line, the vintage-inspired US-made S2 and the PRS designed SE guitar, each incorporating the visionary design and masterful craftsmanship that has become synonymous with the brand.”

“Based on PRS’ iconic, top-selling model, the 30th Anniversary Custom 24 features a highly figured maple top with mahogany back, a 25” scale length, 24 fret mahogany neck and PRS’s patented tremolo system with locking tuners which enhance the playability and feel of the guitar. The alluring carved body shape of the 30th Anniversary Custom 24 is available in 18 finish colors that deliver a delicious depth to the natural wood grain with colors such as Blood Orange, Jade, and Vintage Sunburst. PRS 30th Anniversary bird inlays on a rosewood fretboard further enhance the beauty of the model. PRS’s new 85/15 treble and bass pickups come standard with a 5-way blade switch and volume and tone controls, providing exceptional clarity and a killer versatile voice.”

PRS 30th Anniversary Private Stock Custom 24
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PRS 30th Anniversary Custom 24
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PRS S2 30th Anniversary Custom 24
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PRS SE 30th Anniversary Custom 24
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For more info – http://www.prsguitars.com/.

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Fender Brown Derby & Top Hat Resonator Guitars

Fender Top hat Resonator
Fender have decided to expand the Fender Resonator range with two new models, the Brown Derby Resonator and Top Hat Resonator pictured above.

Both guitars feature a mahogany body and maple top, dual screened soundholes and a special Eastern European “Continental” cone of handspun aluminum. For an unmistakable Fender touch, a Telecaster headstock tops the mahogany neck, which also features a comfortable “C”-shaped profile and elegant French heel. The neck features a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with 16” radius and black binding, and other appointments include aged white body binding with black-and-white purfling, bone nut, maple biscuit bridge, nickel hardware, and vintage-style tuners with aged white plastic buttons.

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Hutchinson Guitar Concepts announce the Limulus

HGC Limulus
Press release
James Hutchinson of Hutchinson Guitar Concepts has stepped away from the worn metal and Viking axes he’s best known for, to produce a more ‘standard’ looking guitar and the first true HGC model.

While the majority or Hutchinson’s work is based on existing guitars, that are stripped and thoroughly reworked, this is the first standard model to come out of HGC built from scratch. Thanks to followers on Facebook who came up with suggestions; it has now been named the Limulus, and it does bear a resemblance to the ancient crab of that name!

The uniquely shaped solid mahogany body has been deeply carved to accentuate the arch top look and tail, while the maple neck seamlessly joins the body allowing easy access to all 24 frets.

Hutchinson’s method of custom mounting the Seymour Duncan pickups does away with the usual legs and gives a very clean look to the design. The Schaller tuners are paired with HGC’s own hardtail bridge with a brass through body string retainer block giving solid tuning and ample sustain.

Specifications:

Mahogany body
3 piece maple/walnut neck glued in dovetail join
25.5” scale length
14” radius ebony fretboard
24 jumbo frets
Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz set
Schaller Vintage tuners
HGC hardtail bridge, string through body design.

Hutchinson Guitar Concepts accept requests for new custom concepts and designs, offering extensive modifications to existing guitars, or complete concept instruments built to the highest standard. Contact james for quotations and design requests.

To learn more about Hutchinson Guitar Concepts visit: www.hutchinsonguitars.com.

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Review: The Ultimate Guide to Memorizing the Guitar Fretboard by Erik Buljan

The Ultimate Guide to Memorizing the Guitar Fretboard
“The Ultimate Guide to Memorizing the Guitar Fretboard” is a new ebook by Erik Buljan with the sole aim to help you memorise every note on the fretboard using specially designed exercises. Each exercise expands and unlocks a little more of the fretboard so that you are not trying to take on too much at a time. With most of the exercises they concentrate on a patten on a string and then repeat on all other strings and Erik encourages you to say each note as you play the exercises to further enhance your ability to commit the notes to memory.

It is really beneficial to know the notes on the fretboard, you might not realise when you are beginning to learn the instrument but as you progress and want to improvise or write music it will enable you to be more creative and fluid transferring the ideas from your head to your guitar. If you don’t already feel comfortable naming the notes on the fretboard I highly recommend spending the money on this book, after all it is just $2.99 (unless you live in Australia where we even have to pay more for downloads).

“The Ultimate Guide to Memorizing the Guitar Fretboard” is available as a Kindle edition ebook from Amazon.com.

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DigiTech Polara Reverberation Pedal

Digitech Polara Reverb
Back when I started playing guitar, yes the good old days when racks the size of a fridge were commonplace, every article I read that talked about Reverb mentioned Lexicon. Of course Lexicon rack reverbs were very expensive and way out of reach for a spotty teenager so I made do with whatever crappy reverb was built into my amp or everntually my Zoom multi-fx processor. Nowadays you young’uns have never had it so good, there’s many pedal manufacturers creating affordable reverb stomp boxes but the DigiTech Polara piqued my interest because it contains 7 Lexicon® reverbs:

  • ROOM – Fast decaying reverb; great for a touch of ambience
  • PLATE – Renowned studio reverb found on classic recordings
  • REVERSE – Reverb in reverse; quietly crescendos to full volume
  • MODULATED – Lush modulating reverb ideal for chords
  • HALO – Shimmering reverb with cascading octave shifts
  • HALL – Large encompassing reverb with warm decay
  • SPRING – Classic “surf” reverb; great for Rockabilly too!

“With its new, compact size and vacuum-style footswitch, the Polara truly represents the latest evolution in DigiTech pedal design. We’ve put years of experience into every detail of its mechanical and sonic blueprint. The Polara offers independent Level, Liveliness, Decay and Type controls; Stereo Inputs and Outputs; a Soft Click Footswitch; and a Reverb Tails On/Off Toggle Switch. It is true bypass and uses a 9V DC power supply to easily integrate into your existing pedalboard.”

Digitech Polara Stomplock
The Polara also comes with a StompLock™, pictured above, which you place over the Polara’s control knobs to protect your settings from being disturbed by your foot or in transit.

For more information check out http://digitech.com/en-US/products/polara.

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Taurus Stomp-Head 2.CL 60 Watt Guitar Amp


I’ve posted about a couple of Taurus Stomp-Head amps before, the high gain 2.HG , check the link for an awesome demo, and the 1.BL 50 Watt Amp, again check the link for a great demo. The 2.CL is voiced for jazz, blues and rock and I have to say that the demo above isn’t as good as their previous product demos, but I think this is just the particular setup used for this song.

taurus 2.CL

Features

  • Power output: 60W RMS with a power brake to 25W
  • 2 channels: CLEAN and LEAD
  • 3 different sounds: CLEAN, CRUNCH and LEAD
  • 2 foot-switches: CHANNEL (Clean/ Lead), MUTE
  • Input GAIN BOOST
  • Effect loop
  • LINE OUTPUT with speker simulationExternal controlel input for CLEAN/LEAD channel select LINE OUTPUT with speaker simulation
  • Additional input for external channel selector/controller
  • Dimensions: [H x W x Dl] 80 x 290 x 190 mm
  • Weight: 1.8kg

Designed and Manufactured in Sopot, Poland

Retail Price Retail Price Retail Price – 500EUR /US $620.00 500EUR /US $620.00 500EUR /US $620.00

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Esoterik Guitars unveils new mid-level 2015 model: The DR1

Esoterik DR-1
Esoterik Guitars has just released their new 2015 mid-level series. The first release of the new series is the DR1.

“The Esoterik DR1 delivers excellent tone, comfort, performance and sustain by means of its neck-through and string-through design. It features a spoke nut truss rod (with easy access), a carved body top and concave back. It comes with a mahogany body and a five-piece walnut/figured maple neck. A 25.5” scale length. 24 jumbo stainless steel frets on an ebony fretboard. The fretboard has a 16” radius, centered pearl dots and glow in the dark side dots. It’s topped with a natural satin finish and the very best in hardware. The DR1 features a TonePros tune-o-matic bridge with graphite saddles and a GraphTech nut, Gotoh 510 mini tuners and Seymour Duncan Distortion/Jazz pickups. The headstock is topped with an ebony overlay with a mother-of-pearl inlaid logo. It comes with a separate bridge volume and neck volume knob, one master tone knob and a three way toggle. The wood matched electronics cavity cover plate also features our laser engraved Phoenix logo. All new Esoterik Guitars include a hard-shell case.”

Temporary/Direct Wholesale Price $1006

DR1 video:

The DR1 features:
• Mahogany Body
• Neck Through Design
• 5 Piece Walnut and Figured Maple Neck
• 24 easily accessible Jumbo Stainless Steel Frets
• 25.5” Scale Length
• Glow In The Dark (Luminlay) Side Dots
• Spoke Nut Truss Rod
• Seymour Duncan Distortion/Jazz Pickups
• TonePros Tune-O-Matic Bridge
• GraphTech Nut
• Gotoh 510 Tuners
• Amazing Body Contours – Carved Top/Concave Back
• Laser Engraved Cover Plate
• Natural/Clear Finish

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All Esoterik Guitars are designed and setup in San Luis Obispo, CA before being shipped direct to the customer.

All 2015 models can be purchased direct at temporary wholesale prices at www.esoterikguitars.com.

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Gearphoria Vol 3 No 2 available now

Gearphoria
The latest issue of the always excellent and free Gearphoria is online now for your reading pleasure featuring a great interview with the legendary Steve Stevens and the incredibly talented Josh Smith. The cover features TK Smith, a luthier who favours vintage styling a with modern techniques and you can see his beautiful instruments inside. Gearphoria have picked their top 10 effects pedals of the decade so far, Saul Koll gives an old guitar build a fresh makeover and there is a wrap up from the LA Amp Show with lots of enticing photos!

Check it out now at http://www.gearphoria.com/e-mag/v3n2/.

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