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NAMM: Yamaha Guitars and Basses Unveiled – Reviewed

January 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 



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NAMM 2011 — Launched in 1987, Yamaha’s APX range was designed to be the ultimate performance electro-acoustic guitar – combining great on-stage tone thanks to a unique body design and the latest pickup and preamp technology with incredible on-stage comfort.

Joined later by the bigger bodied CPX series, designed to give a fuller, louder unplugged tone and a different look and voice, the combined ranges have defined the benchmark for electro-acoustic for over 20 years.

For 2011, the APX and CPX ranges get a full overhaul with new electronics and updated cosmetics while remaining true to the original design brief – an acoustic guitar that’s born to be on-stage. Read more

NAMM 2011: Phil Collen Introduces the new Jackson PC Supreme

January 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Guitarist of Def Leppard, Phil Collen, introduces the all-new Jackson PC Supreme guitar during the NAMM 2011 Jackson Showcase in Anaheim California. Watch the YouTube video below. Read more

NAMM 2011: Albion Amplification TCT100H and ABH300H

January 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Albion Amplification TCT100H and ABH300H

NAMM 2011Albion Amplification is a new venture between International Audio Group and Steve Grindrod. Based in Huntingdon, England, International Audio Group is a manufacturer of consumer electronics, professional audio and lighting products.

It is no secret that their entire product line is produced in their Shenzhen, China facility and it is reported to be one of the largest custom designed electronics and audio manufacturing facilities in the world staffing 2000 full-time employees.

IAG has a product portfolio ranging from high-end HiFi brands, Pro P.A., stage and club lighting, M.I. products, and more recently a record company with state-of-the-art custom-built studio facilities. Plus, a luxury yacht division for when you have made your multi-million selling album!

Over the coming year, we will be unveiling the new line which offers the TCT hand wired, tube guitar amplifiers, the AG hybrid guitar amplifiers and the ABH bass amplification with tube based preamps and solid state power amps. Read more

NAMM 2011: Blackstar Amplification Series One Guitar Amps

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NAMM 2011 — The award-winning Series One range has quickly become established as the ultimate in professional valve amps. Following endless requests from the market we are proud to announce the introduction of three new heads, a 2×12-inch cabinet, a standard-sized 4×12-inch cabinet and a 4×8-inch cabinet to the range. Read more

NAMM 2011: PRS Guitars Studio Electric Guitar

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NAMM 2011 — PRS Guitar’s new 22 fret, 25-inch scale length Studio model electric guitar is a fresh, modern rendition of a traditional single-single-hum guitar set up with the beauty and brightness of a maple top. Read more

NAMM 2011: Lâg Tramontane Acoustic/Electric Guitars

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lag-tramontaneT66D-guitarsNAMM 2011 — Lâg Guitars is exhibiting its Tramontane line of acoustic and acoustic/electric guitars. The line includes both steel string and nylon string guitars, which are distinguished by their use of fine woods, quality craftsmanship and finishes, beveled corner bindings and proprietary preamp/pickup systems.

Of special note are the following models:

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T66D

From the Tramontane Standard Range, this beginner guitar is distinguished by its deep gloss finish and bold black and ivory rosette. The dreadnought-style body features a spruce top and mahogany back and sides, an Indonesian Rosewood fingerboard, rolled bindings and a distinguished relieved headstock. Read more

NAMM 2011: Boss RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station Pedals

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boss-rc-3-loop-stationNAMM 2011 — Boss is proud to announce the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Station pedals, the latest additions to its industry-leading line-up of pedal-based loop recorders.

Featuring high-powered digital signal processing, stereo operation, and useful new cutting-edge features, these battery-powered loopers are worthy successors to top-selling RC-20XL and RC-2 Loop Station pedals.

Live looping has become an increasingly popular means of creative expression for musicians everywhere, and Loop Station products have played a pivotal role in the rise of this new type of performing. Now, powered by Boss’ proprietary ESC2 DSP chip, the RC-30 and RC-3 Loop Stations offer looping musicians the most powerful and best-sounding tools yet for recording and manipulating audio loops live and in the studio. Read more

NAMM 2011: Trace Elliot Trace Acoustic Amps

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TE-trace-acoustic-seriesNAMM 2011 — British amplifier designer Trace Elliot proudly announces the availability of the full Trace Acoustic guitar amplifier line.

Over two decades ago, Trace Elliot revolutionized the world of acoustic instrumentation with its original TA Series. Trace Elliot brought studio-quality acoustic reproduction to the stage through designs that incorporated very high-impedance (piezo pickup) inputs, notch filters, phantom power, DSP effects and Dynamic Correction, unique circuitry that reproduces the sparkling top end of an acoustic instrument without relying on high-frequency horns (which can produce harsh, unwanted overtones).

While the influence of Trace Acoustic is still widely felt throughout the industry, today acoustic musicians can experience a new generation of Trace Acoustic models more evolved than their classic forebears, yet still endowed with their original engineering spirit of innovation. Lighter and more powerful than ever, with a wealth of cutting-edge features, the new generation of Trace Acoustic amps again sets the standard for acoustic amplification.

Designed in the UK and produced in the USA, the Trace Acoustic TA Series consists of three models: the TA-300, TA-200 and TA-100. All models feature Trace Elliot’s signature Shape circuit and built-in auto-compressor on each channel, as well as customizable DSP effects with parameter and setting adjustment with separate reverbs that can be assigned to each channel.

These versatile new amps include two modes of switchable features for presets and performance variable controls, all of which are also conveniently footswitchable using the supplied six-function foot controller with 25-foot cable. New FET circuitry ensures switching is extremely quiet and not audible during a performance.

In addition, the TA-100 and TA-200 include a rugged, ballistic nylon shoulder bag, so players can carry both their amp and guitar at the same time. The TA-300 includes a high-quality amp cover to protect it during transit. Trace Acoustic TA Series amplifiers are available now.

Trace Acoustic TA Series Features

  • Built in auto-compressor on all channels
  • Signal level LED on all channels
  • Shape switch for instant EQ’d sound on all channels (footswitchable on Channel 1)
  • Footswitchable Phase switch on all channels
  • Effect Parameter and Setting rotary encoders
  • Allows for separate levels of Reverb to be applied to each channel
  • Tap tempo (from either front panel or footswitch)
  • FLS Feedback Locating System on each band of EQ using LEDs to indicate where feedback is occurring
  • Master Volume and Mute switch (footswitchable) that mutes all outputs except Tuner Out
  • Tuner output, Left and Right Preamp Outputs and Power Amp Inputs (to use as effects loop)
  • Two DI outputs; can be configured as dry Channel 1 and Channel 2 out, or processed Left and Right channels out
  • Illumination switch for turning front panel lights on or off
  • Power amp featuring Dynamic Correction

TA-300

  • Two preamp channels with 300 watts total power output
  • 2 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers and 1 x 12″ G12 Century Vintage neodymium Celestion speaker
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon protective cover included

TA-200

  • Two preamp channels with 200 watts stereo total power output
  • 4 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers connected in stereo
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon bag included

TA-100

  • Two preamp channels with 100 watts stereo total power output
  • 2 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers connected in stereo
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with Phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon bag included

Trace Elliot Trace Acoustic Amps


NAMM 2011: Peavey Xport USB Guitar Interface

January 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

peavey-xport-guitar-interfaceNAMM 2011 — Peavey Electronics proudly announces the Xport, a high fidelity, ultra-portable 1/4″ jack-to-USB audio interface for electric guitar and bass. Xport uses a standard USB cable to connect your guitar to a personal computer or laptop.

The Xport’s high-quality ASIO and Core Audio drivers offer rock-solid performance for both Windows and Mac OS X. Powered by the USB bus and featuring both Headphone and Line outputs, the Xport provides musicians with a simple, hassle-free digital recording solution.

Included with Xport is Peavey ReValver amp modeling software, the only virtual amplifier that captures the true tone characteristics of vacuum tubes. This state-of-the-art software can be used as a stand-alone virtual amplifier or with your favorite recording software. Read more

10 Fender Custom Shop Strats and Teles for 2011

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Fender Custom Deluxe Stratocaster Flame Top

The previous guitar’s sibling, the 2011 Fedner Custom Deluxe Stratocaster Flame Top, shares those features and finishes but boasts the additions of a scorching AA flame maple veneer top and an equally scorching Seymour Duncan TB-11 humbucking bridge pickup. Price check Read more

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