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bieke, June 13, 2016 in Summer NAMM 2016
Epiphone kicks off the summer by introducing four spectacular new guitars for NAMM 2016. This June, Epiphone will present the Inspired by "1966" Century Archtop, the Les Paul Special VE™, the Les Paul Traditional PRO-II™, and the Ltd. Ed. Inspired by "1955" Les Paul Custom™ Outfit.
Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Inspired by "1955" Les Paul Custom™ Outfit Featuring Gibson USA Soapbar P-90 pickups and a vintage style hard case
Street Price: $799
Epiphone Inspired by "1966" Century Archtop
Historic mid 60s archtop featuring the new P-90 PRO™ single coil pickup
Street Price: $599
Epiphone Les Paul Special VE™ electric guitar
With new Vintage Worn finishes and powered by Open Coil Humbuckers
Street Price: $149
Epiphone Les Paul Traditional PRO-II™
Featuring Coil-Splitting, 15 db Boost, and Alnico Classic PRO™ & ProBucker™ Pickups
Street Price: $499
Vintage King Pedal Summit Panel at Summer NAMM 2016
Derrick Simpson of Analog Outfitters, Joel Korte of Chase Bliss Audio, John Cusack of Cusack Effects, Josh Scott of JHS Pedals and Brian Wampler of Wampler Pedals will be sharing their pedal design strategies and philosophies, which is an absolute must-see for guitarists, bassists and gearheads alike.
Teye Guitars will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary at the Summer NAMM
G7th, the Capo company, mentioned that they will have something of real interest to vintage Strat and Tele players
Guitarist, Todd Sharp, announces the launch of Todd Sharp Amplifiers, custom-made amplifiers
JAM Pedalsre happy to announce that they will be doing their first summer NAMM show in Nashville along with Dogu Custom Guitars & Amps.
Whitfill Custom Guitars has been kind enough to give VVT (Vintage Vacuum Tube Amplifiers) some space to share in their booth and will showcase the Whitfill custom relic guitars, the Whitfill Combo Amp, and the DUI (Driver Under the Influence) OD Pedal
Held on Saturday, June 25, at Nashville’s Music City Center, Music Industry Day will open the doors to NAMM’s members-only trade show to learn and connect at professional workshops, see the latest in new gear from leading musical instrument manufacturers, and to enjoy a multitude of artist performances and events. Professional Workshops:
On Music Industry Day, music pros can experience the robust lineup of NAMM Idea Center educational sessions, as well as panels carefully curated to enhance the careers of artists, musicians, and songwriters. Industry experts, thought leaders, and Nashville names will cover topics ranging from cutting-edge social media strategies, to an insider’s look at guitar building, and insights on getting songwriting “cuts” from top names. Sessions will include:
· Social Media Strategies for Your Music Career
· DIY Marketing for Musicians
· Into the Sound Hole: Insights from Top Guitar Builders
· The Targeted Hit Songwriter: Increasing Your Odds of Getting Cuts
· The Pedal Summit
· Songwriting Tips from Nashville Pros
Also on Saturday, Advanced Audio + Applications Exchange (AE3) will present the Future of Audio Summit during Summer NAMM’s TEC Tracks. Catering to all sound, studio, and stage professionals, these future-focused sessions will explore disruptive innovations in music and audio, hosted by leaders in the field. Sessions will include:
· Breaking the Fear of Machine Intelligence and Virtual Reality
· The Future of Country Music with Kelsea Ballerini
· The Future of Music City and Technology Innovation
· The Future Guitarist
· The Future of Metadata and Business Intelligence for Music Row
· The Future of Instrument and Amplifier Modeling
Nearly 500 of the top musical instrument, accessory, and pro audio companies will be on hand offering attendees the chance to pick up and play. Exhibitors include Fender Musical Instruments, Gibson Brands, Martin Guitar, Pearl Drums, Roland, Taylor Guitars, Yamaha, along with emerging companies like Bourbon Barrel Guitars and StompLight Pedals. The big names in pro audio, including Alesis, American Music and Sound, Casio, Presonus, and Tascam will showcase new advancements in pro audio technology and must-have products.
Along with great products and sessions, Music Industry Day will also welcome the American Eagle Awards and its honorees: Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and the Grand Ole Opry. Produced by the National Music Council, the 33rd Annual American Eagle Awards recognize individuals that have made significant contributions to American music.
Craig Anderton will join the Future of Instrument and Amplifier Modelling session
The Future of Instrument and Amplifier Modeling [h=2]While amp modeling has been available for many years, the ability to digitally capture the tone of your own personal amplifier collection and create a high-quality library of your own personal studio gear is brand-new to most. This panel of leaders in the field of modeling technology will discuss the best techniques to model your own instrument collection, and explore the future of physical modeling hardware, software and mobile apps.[/h]
Craig Anderton, Gibson
Marcus Ryle, Line 6
Michael Wagener, Multi-Platinum Producer
Dan Boatman, IK Multimedia
Bob Bailey, Roland
Gretsch revamps Electromatic guitar range with 5 new hollowbodies
Bieke - Hopefully I am not intruding. This came today from The Music Trades, and felt we could add it to the list of things you are posting.
Washburn Ships Heritage Acoustics
The all-new Heritage range of Washburn acoustic guitars that debuted at Winter NAMM 2016 is now available for immediate delivery from KMC Music, Washburn's exclusive U.S. distributor. The line comprises four series of guitars primarily distinguished by the back and side woods: Heritage 10 is made from mahogany; Heritage 20 from rosewood; Heritage 30 from quilt ash; and Heritage 40 from flame maple. Most models feature a solid spruce or cedar top. All guitars in the series have been upgraded with cathedral Peak advanced-X scalloped bracing, which improves tone while maintaining stability. In addition, all models feature an environmentally friendly UV-cured polyester finish, and with the addition of the Washburn classic tortoiseshell pickguard, Heritage guitars are optimized to meet the needs of the Americana, country, and strumming musician.
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Players Music Distributes Unique Cool Wind ABS Horns
Players Music has been appointed exclusive U.S. distributor for Cool Wind ABS Horns. Cool Wind horns are the next generation of plastic wind instruments in a fast-growing category. These high-performance instruments offer all-metal, high-precision valves, surprising tonal fidelity, and excellent reliability at highly competitive price points. Cool Wind instruments will initially be available in five different models including a trombone with F attachment (F trigger), trumpet, euphonium, tuba, and piccolo trumpet. Each model is available in five different colors.
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Hammond Unveils New Flagship XK-5 Portable
Hammond's new XK-5 Organ draws on original blueprints of Hammond's classic B-3 organ to capture its sound and feel with unmatched accuracy and soul. An all-new sound engine combines modeling and sampling to reproduce every nuance of the electro-mechanical tone wheel generator, while a custom keyboard action duplicates the heft, bounce, key travel, and multi-contact behavior of classic Hammond console organs. Other features include four full sets of drawbars, plus pedal drawbars, a controls layout identical to a B-3, a new and ultra-realistic digital Leslie effect, and the ability to duplicate individual organs down to the model, year, condition, and serial number--with downloadable tone wheel profiles upcoming from famous Hammond organists. MAP $3,695. Also, Hammond's new Heritage series of manual console options expands the XK-5 into a full transportable B-3 console. The XK-5 Pro System has a modern look and comprises the XLK-5 lower manual (with same key action and multi-contact system as the XK-5). Its vertically extended side panels replace those on the XK-5, creating a gapless dual-manual organ that can be carried as one piece. The optional XPK-250BK 25-note pedalboard in black finish with EXP-250 expression pedal, and open-footprint black aluminum folding stand with matching bench, complete the Pro System. The Model A-3 looks like a traditional B and includes the A-3 lower manual with thicker side panels than the XLK-5, matching wooden A-3 legs and wooden bench, and XPK-250W pedalboard in red walnut finish.
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Levy's Ryder Strap Features Untreated Veg-Tan Leather
The new Ryder guitar strap from Levy's Leathers, model PM22RYD-NAT, is a veg-tan guitar strap with a 1" piece of natural untreated veg-tan leather and a brown veg-tan leather pad with suede backing decorated with orange thread. The pad is 2" wide and adjustable from 38" to 52". As untreated veg-tan leather ages it develops a patina not possible with treated and dyed leather. It is also affected by sunlight and the naturally occurring oils in a person's hands. All these factors contribute to subtle nuances and shading and a unique look for every strap.
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KoolMax Cooler Has Bluetooth Audio System
Sondpex Corp. of America's KoolMAX 40-quart cooler features a powerful 350-watt wireless sound system. It can hold 48 cans or 28 beer bottles, and its advanced insulation technology keeps ice frozen for up to three days. KoolMAX has wheels and an extra-long telescoping handle for easy transport. An iPad or tablet can be safely placed in its top compartment, and an iPhone or smartphone can be stored and charged at the same time in a water-resistant slot in the front panel. Described as "the ultimate party machine for outdoor enthusiasts," the KoolMax can play streamed music from any Bluetooth-enabled device wirelessly within 30 feet through two 6.5" passive hi-fi outdoor speakers and two high-performance 2" tweeters. It can also perform as a pro-grade p.a. system with its XLR microphone input, 1/4" instrument input, 3.5mm auxiliary input, USB data port, and SD card slot. The KoolMax is ideal for all outdoor uses including beach parties, backyard BBQs, camping, boating, fishing, music events, conferences, seminars, etc. MSRP $299.99
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New Hal Leonard Titles Focus On Legendary Jaco Pastorius
In Play Like Jaco Pastorius ($19.99), Hal Leonard offers a new book with online audio that helps players learn the legendary bassist's technique. This title digs deep into the artist's trademark songs, lines, and tones. Also available is Jaco Pastorius Play-Along ($17.99), comprising eight songs with sound-alike audio tracks.
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Vandoren Reinvents V16 Alto Mouthpiece
After 17 very successful years, Vandoren's V16 alto mouthpiece is getting some exciting new improvements. After listening to musicians in New York and in Paris, Vandoren re-envisioned the chamber design of the V16 small chamber alto sax mouthpiece. The new S+ chamber, the next step in the evolution of the V16 alto mouthpiece, offers a richer depth of sound while keeping the free-blowing nature and projection that characterize the V16 alto models. The S+ chamber accommodates more air, providing the musician greater flexibility and a wider array of tonal colors to work with. The new S+ chamber will take the place of the current V16 alto S series mouthpieces.
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Mad Professor Sweet Honey Overdrive Deluxe
To celebrate its ten-year anniversary, Mad Professor Amplification Ltd. making its best-selling product, the Sweet Honey Overdrive Deluxe pedal, even better, with two extra tone knobs for Bass and Treble next to the classic Focus knob. Now players can get more bass, more treble, and more overdrive out of this favorite pedal, making it an even more versatile performer. In addition, the Sweet Honey Overdrive Deluxe has a wider range on Focus, providing more control over upper mid emphasis, as well as more bass and low midrange. The pre-distortion Bass control helps to control how the low midrange is distorted. The new boost/cut Treble control adds even more versatility to shape the tone. Sweet, touch-sensitive, dynamic tones range from very mild break-up to medium overdrive/distortion.
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Sacco Adds Six-String With Revolutionary Neck Design
After unveiling his revolutionary Butterfly Wing Neck Through technology on a five-string bass in late 2015, Michael Gerard Sacco, its inventor and builder, has now applied it to a new a six-string electric guitar. This truly new--and patented--type of neck eliminates shortcomings associated with bolt-on, set, and conventional neck through designs by fully integrating the instrument's neck into the body. Designed specifically for each instrument's type, size, and shape, Sacco's "butterfly wings" extend out into the body through carved resonant chambers to produce far superior amplitude and sustain, verified in testing by acclaimed veteran audio engineer, producer, and KAP Audio owner Pete Pantelis, as well as a much fuller and richer sound. The guitar is featured in Black Cherry Burst finish and is equipped with EMG's best electronics: an 89XR in the neck position with single coil tap and an 81TWX in the bridge position with coil tap; separate volume and active tone controls for each pickup; EMG presence control, Exciter, and 20db boost switch, all active; along with a three-position Switchcraft Selector switch. The bridge is a fixed Babicz, and the tuners are Grover Rotomatics. Abalone diamond fret markers are inlaid into the 24-fret 12-degree-radius fingerboard.
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Nici's Picks Custom Handmade Metal Guitar Picks
After a highly successful introduction of its custom handmade metal guitar picks and music-themed accessories, Nici's Picks will be showcasing an expanded line featuring new shapes, materials, and marking techniques at Summer NAMM. Nici's new sharkfin and tear drop shapes, produced in aluminum, copper, brass, bronze, sterling, and gold, are already instant hits. Nici's Picks is dedicated to handmade custom and personalized metal guitar picks, music-inspired jewelry, and promotional items designed for both aesthetics and serious playing. In just its first year, the company sold more than 10,000 picks and was launched to the #1 spot on Craftcount's handmade music category for Etsy. Originally from Leipzig, Germany, creator Nici Laskin is a New Mexico freelance artist. Through Nici's Picks, she's created and filled orders ranging from a single aluminum pick as a Valentine gift to a unique winged-guitar necklace, a 14K gold custom cuff bracelet, and 500 sterling silver picks as a promotional program for a major resort chain. "All work is designed and crafted with passion in our studio," said Laskin, "and every item is handmade right here using sheet metals supplied by only local producers. Our attention to quality and customer service has rewarded us with a solid following and repeat customers."
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Jo-Ral Debuts New Website
Jo-Ral Mutes has launched a new website with a simple and intuitive layout that makes researching its products fast and easy and clearly outlines the differences between the various Jo-Ral models as well as the design and production attributes that set Jo-Ral mutes apart. Jo-Ral dealers report happy customers along with solid margins relative to most mutes on the market, and the majority of musicians who buy one Jo-Ral eventually buy at least one more. Retailers can apply to be a Jo-Ral dealer from the company's new website (www.Jo-Ral.com/dealers). Jo-Ral can also accommodate international dealer requests: Having partnered with The British Band Instrument Company, Jo-Ral now has product warehousing and distribution channels that make it easy for dealers worldwide to take on the Jo-Ral line.
Danelectro Debuts Vintage 12 String Guitar
The new Danelectro Vintage 12 String Guitar is now available to authorized Danelectro dealers. Manufactured in Korea, the Vintage 12 String features the traditional Danelectro D59 double-cut design. A semi-hollow body with F-hole and two '56 vintage lipstick pickups help to re-create the familiar vintage 12-string jangle and tones. Danelectro's Vintage 12 String is available in three hot vintage finishes: Aqua, Metallic Red, and Vintage White. Street price $449.
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Acoustic Treatments By Overtone
Overtone Acoustics aims to elevate the listening experience of musicians, recording engineers, producers, etc. with a lineup of handcrafted acoustic treatments. Combining concepts of form and function, these products were created for performance and design, transforming the way the artist's creative space looks and feels. Overtone acoustic panels, bass traps, and sound diffusers are priced for the entry-level musician and deliver sound solutions suited for even the most critical listener. Man-made in the USA from the highest quality, furniture-grade materials, every product is built to last for years. Available in a variety of premium fabrics and finishes, they are sure to complement any décor. Choose from readily available Room Kits or request a free room analysis and receive custom-tailored solutions.
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Gitar Quick Pick Keeps Spare Picks Handy
The Gitar Quick Pick, a novel new accessory that comes in two models for guitar and banjo, clips onto a guitar strap much like a money clip and holds a supply of picks at the ready for when the player needs another pick. "Picking up a dropped pick is a nuisance, and the Gitar Quick Pick is an easy-to-use solution," explained Bruce Paterson, the inventor. "If you drop your pick, you can reload in about a second. You never miss a beat." Paterson has been playing the guitar for 60 years and still performs regularly. The attractively designed guitar-shaped piece, which can hold three picks, is made from stainless steel and plated with nickel.
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New Loar Archtop Has Loar-a-Tron Pickups, Bigsby Tremolo
New from The Loar, the LH-306T is a fully hollow electric archtop with Loar-a-Tron pickups and Bigsby tremolo. Its maple top, back, and sides deliver a resonant, fully hollow body sound. Meanwhile, surf-y, swampy, rockabilly dreams come with the addition of two Loar-a-Tron pickups (traditional low-output, parallel-wired humbuckers) for bright tone and clarity and a classic Bigsby B70 tremolo for swampy bends. The 1-11/16" nut width, 24-3/4" scale, and C-shape mahogany neck make electric players comfortable from the first note. Turning heads with tons of retro style, the LH-306T has a Florentine cutaway for easy upper fret access, Kluson tuners to keep it in tune, and eye-catching matte Orange or Green finishes.
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STRINGTone For "New String" Sound
SoundSynergies' STRINGTone maintenance and conditioning formula helps musicians restore the big, warm, clean tone that comes with putting on a new set of strings. Unlike other messy and largely ineffective liquid silicone string cleaners, STRINGTone's carrier component evaporates in minutes after each quick and easy application, leaving strings and fretboard ready to play. A micro-thin dry film remains to lubricate and guard against oxidation and corrosion, extending string performance life significantly. There are no troublesome build-ups or migration with repeated applications. Guitar and other instrument strings can be notoriously difficult to clean properly, particularly wound strings that by design have many cracks and crevices that dust particles can find their way into. STRINGTone penetrates through these tiny openings down to the core layer of strings. From strings of acoustic and electric guitars to mandolins and ukuleles to pianos to classical violins, violas, and cellos, STRINGTone works regardless of string type, including on variations like coated or gut violin strings.
Amptweaker Introduces FatMetal Pro Pedal
Amptweaker's new consumer-requested FatMetal Pro is an enhanced version of the top-selling TightMetal Pro. Featuring all the same boost features and multiple effects loops, but voiced like the FatMetal, it's particularly well suited for use with brighter amps or for thicker metal tones used in sludge, doom, and black metal. The boost system includes a Gain Boost and Volume Boost, as well as an extra effects loop that comes on with the Boost footswitch, for adding delay or other effects with a single click. The proprietary SideTrak Loop provides quick A/B to clean effects or another distortion pedal. Three-band EQ, smooth switch, fat switches, and a Thrash switch deliver a lot of tonal flexibility, and Amptweaker's Tight control helps dial in the tightness and aggressiveness of the pick attack. All of Amptweaker's drive pedals use true bypass switching, operate from 9 to 18VDC for varying dynamics, and offer battery access with no tools required.
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[TD=colspan: 1]Kyser Quick-Clip Chromatic Tuner Attaches To Kyser Quick-Change Capos
The Kyser Quick-Clip features an easy to use and accurate chromatic tuner that seamlessly attaches to existing full-size Kyser Quick-Change capos magnetically. This combo eliminates the need to have multiple items clamped onto the guitar. The all-in-one device, the Kyser Quick-Clip will keep the player in tune whether the capo is on a fret or simply parked on the headstock. Residing on the capo's rear boot, the tuner sits hidden behind the guitar neck when the capo is in use or hidden behind the guitar's headstock when the capo is not is use. The audience won't even know the tuner is there. Held in place by a powerful magnet, the Quick-Clip tuner is adjustable by 360° and the screen can flip to accommodate left-handed guitarists. Also, the tuner is easily detachable from the capo when not needed. The Kyser Quick-Clip will be sold by itself at MSRP: $21.95 or as a combo with a new black Kyser Quick-Change capo at MSRP $39.95.
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"Your Music, Your Style" Polishing Cloths From Beaumont
Beaumont combines quality and style with its microfiber polishing cloths. With a selection of colorful and patterned designs, these lint-free, machine-washable cloths do the job and stay looking great. Customers don't just buy the one they need; they buy two or three at a time to brighten up what is otherwise a chore! Perfect for polishing any brass or precious metal, these cloths are a great add-on item and have proven extremely popular. From Black Marble to Wild Roses and Polka Dots, there is a cloth--or three!--for every customer. Available in two sizes and numerous designs, these cloths are a breath of fresh air from Beaumont, whose products are distributed across the USA by American Way Marketing.
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Air Violin Case From Aileen Music
The new Air Violin Case from Aileen Music offers a high-tech design in environmentally sound, recyclable material. With its light outer shell and strategically placed plastic panels, this case provides superior protection for the valuable instrument inside. Unlike conventional fiberglass cases, which can be prone to scratching, the Air Violin Case features new reinforced ABS material that also looks great. At only 4.5 lbs., it's ultra-light yet exceptionally strong. Built to protect the instrument from every kind of damage, the Air Violin Case is shock-proof and resists compression. An innovative neck brace allows the violin to be strapped in and remain stabilized during transport. The headstock is suspended inside the case, saving the violin from impacts that could otherwise snap the neck. Inside, the deluxe velvet lining protects delicate custom finishes, letting the instrument ride first-class on the bumpiest journeys. The sturdy and comfortable handle, high quality latch, anti-slip backpack, and padded carrying straps offer both durability and comfort. Available in white, black, red, and blue.
Peavey RBN Speakers Now Shipping
Peavey Electronics' RBN Series speakers and powered subwoofers are driven by highly efficient power amps designed specifically for powered speaker enclosures, combining best-in-class audio quality with Peavey's acclaimed reliability. The ultra-reliable 1,500-watt RBN 112 speaker enclosures feature Peavey's proprietary 120mm true ribbon high-frequency driver on a low-coloration wave-guide. Used in studio environments for decades, this design results in crystal-clear audio. 12" dual voice coil neodymium Scorpion speakers have Peavey's exclusive field-replaceable basket technology. Other cabinet features include program EQ presets, side and top handles, multiple side and top fly points, and an ultra-braced molded enclosure. Incorporating modern digital signal processing, the RBN series enclosures features two XLR/1/4" combination inputs, a 3.5mm input, and a mic/line level selection. Each input features digital infrasonic high-pass filters, a nine-band graphic EQ, and delay. Each output features a sophisticated compressor/limiter and fourth order high-pass/low-pass filters for crossover function and external subwoofer incorporation, bass enhancement, and auto-off power down. RBN 215 powered subwoofers maintain full output down to 36Hz with 2,000 watts total peak power. Constructed of heavily braced 18mm birch plywood, RBN subs also feature dual 15" woofers, assignable crossover, heavy-duty locking casters, ultra-braced cabinet assembly, ground lift, pole mount, and a heavy-duty steel perforated grille.U.S. MSRPs $1,499.99 (RBN 112) and $1,999.99 (RBN 215).
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Republic Guitars Redefines The Resonator
The resonator guitar was the first attempt to amplify a guitar in a pre-electronics era and it became the choice instrument for the traveling Bluesmen in the '30s and '40s because of its volume and rugged metal body. When Texas teenager Frank Helsley heard Johnny Winter playing acoustic blues on a resonator it signaled the start of a lifelong obsession, both as a player and designer. In 2007 he founded Republic Guitars. Two years later, he introduced the Highway 61, a travel-sized guitar with a single cut-away that's both loud and highly playable. The Republic Reso-phonic Guitar range covers both classic single-cone and tri-cone models, adding features that give a modern dimension to these very traditional instruments, such as body cutaways and options like classic nickel or "distressed" metal finishes. Republic offers a baseline of materials from wood to brass or steel with options for full or parlor size bodies and a selection of cover plates. All guitars are equipped with mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, adjustable truss rod, and bone nut.
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ESP Signature Models For Bill Kelliher
In honor of Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher, the newest member of its artist family, ESP Guitars is creating two new Signature series models: the ESP Bill Kelliher and the LTD BK-600EC. Both models will be available later this year. The new ESP Bill Kelliher and LTD BK-600EC are single-cutaway designs employing a mahogany body with a traditional full thickness and no waist cut. The three-piece mahogany neck is joined to the body with set-thru construction at 24.75" scale for smooth and comfortable fast access to the upper frets. These guitars feature an ebony fingerboard with pearloid "ESP Flag" inlays and 22 frets, as well as binding on the body, neck, and headstock. Both Bill Kelliher models are powered by two of Kelliher's own signature Lace Sensor "Dissonant Aggressor" pickups, a sonically versatile humbucker set with excellent dynamic response, sustain, and tone. They also feature locking tuners and a TonePros locking bridge. The signature guitars will sport a distinctive Military Green Sunburst Satin finish.
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MEL9 Tape Replay Machine From EHX
Using the same technology that powers the award-winning B9 and C9 Organ Machines, Electro-Harmonix' new MEL9 Tape Replay Machine emulates classic Mellotron sounds. Nine of the most distinctive are included: Orchestra, Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Low Choir, and High Choir. The MEL9 has been designed to work on guitar without any modifications, special pickups, or MIDI implementation--and tracks bends, slides, even whammy dive bombs. It will also work with bass down to the open A string, as well as with keyboards. A rotary switch allows users to select the sound of their choice. The pedal includes independent Effect and Dry volume controls so users can create the perfect mix at the Effects output jack, plus an always-active Dry output jack that outputs the input signal at unity gain. The MEL9 Tape Replay Machine comes equipped with a standard EHX 9.6DC 200mA power supply.
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Drumeze Stick Grips From A.R. Products
Drumeze Drumstick Grips by A.R. Products are the original patented (#9,111,512) drumstick grips that help reduce the shock of playing drums. This innovative product was created to help beginners and professionals reduce the potential of injury while playing. An available Extra Grip version offers even more shock reducing benefits. Drumeze Drumstick Grips also wick away sweat when you play, so the drummer will never drop a stick. With these grips, drummers can relax and be in the pocket, letting them play harder, faster, and longer.
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Advanced Earphones, Monitors From 64 Audio
64 Audio (formerly 1964 Ears) A-Series Custom In-Ear Monitors and U-Series Universal Fit Earphones have the patented ADEL (Ambrose Diaphonic Ear Lens) technology--billed as the world's first and only patented in-ear technology that safely delivers a louder, more spacious, and richer sound while minimizing the risk of hearing damage. 64 Audio will also be using a new process called 3Dfit Technology, a new in-ear impression manufacturing method designed to create a more accurate and comfortable fit for custom in-ear monitors. The A-Series offers a custom in-ear monitor featuring a variety of speaker options from 2-speakers (in each ear) up to 12-speakers (in each ear). Prices range from $599 USD to $1,999 USD. The U-Series offers a complete line of universal-fit earphone products--designed for consumers but from the same family and sound signature of the A-Series. Prices range from $399 USD to $1,599 USD. U-Series products come with a specially angled universal-fit spout and four different sizes of comfortable tips to ensure the perfect fit.
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Fusion Self-Contained Electric Guitar
Launching at 2016 Summer NAMM, the Fusion Guitar is a portable, self-contained electric guitar that combines an iPhone dock, amplifier, battery, and speakers, all built into the body of the instrument. With a high-capacity rechargeable lithium ion battery, the Fusion Guitar gives guitarists total freedom to play, practice, and perform anytime, anywhere. Fusion Guitar inventor David Auld partnered with Outerspace Design and renowned automotive stylist Antony Stolfo to refine the model for the consumer market. The design incorporates the latest microelectronics technology and modern production methods to achieve an affordable price. "Having an iPhone connected means powerful apps are available onboard the guitar, with the interface within sight and reach. Users can control amplifier and simulators, stream tutorials or backing tracks, loop and layer and even record full songs with an eight-track recorder. The phone's internet connection facilitates collaboration, or for a more private experience, the headphone jack lets the player create powerful sounds without disturbing the neighbors.
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StompLight Expands Product Line
StompLight International has added four new products to its line. The flagship StompLight Professional is a self-contained sound-responsive performance lighting solution that can set up in seconds and is ideal for singer-songwriters, electric and acoustic guitar players, working bands, and DJs who require minimal stage set-up. StompLight creates dozens of colorful lighting effects at the click of a button. The StompLight Professional model has a built-in microphone with adjustable input gain and a spectrum analyzer capable of interpreting frequency and producing lighting effects synched to the performer's instrument or DJ's music. With the StompLight Professional or the new StompLight Mini set as the Controller, an artist can quickly daisy-chain to multiple StompLight Slave Lights--expanding the performer-controlled and sound responsive light show. The StompLight DMX Adapter allows for integration of the StompLight Professional's artist-controlled and sound-responsive lighting and effects with DMX lighting systems. The small yet powerful rechargeable StompLight Power Brick provides "off the grid" operation of all StompLight products, which is perfect for street performers.
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S7G Medusa Headless Multi-Scale Guitar
Best known for its extensive range of custom shop configurations and responsiveness to discerning artists' requests, S7G USA Guitars enters the headless guitar market with Medusa. The seven-piece maple and walnut neck-through construction with full-size swamp ash body, ebony fingerboard, and custom Lundgren slanted pickups combine to deliver monstrous tone not typically associated with headless guitars. The 27.5" - 25.5" multi-scale fret design takes playability to another level while matching an optimal scale length to the bass and treble sides of the sonic spectrum. Handcrafted entirely in the USA, Medusa is available in six-, seven-, and eight-string versions. As with all S7G custom shop builds, it can be configured with a wide range of wood choices, finishes, scale lengths, and other design options.
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Radial's Jensen Twin-Servo 500 Series Preamplifier
New from Radial Engineering, the Jensen Twin-Servo is a remake of Deane Jensen's classic preamp that incorporates two 990 op-amps cascaded in series, two servos and two Jensen transformers, hence the Twin-Servo name. One listen and you will immediately hear a bottom-end response like no other with a smooth, natural rendering that extends from 0.2Hz to 150kHz. Delivering up to 60dB of gain, this new 500 series version can features a convenient front-panel Neutrik Combo connector with choice of XLR and 1/4" inputs, a dual-gang potentiometer for level adjustment, and a ten-segment LED meter for viewing. This is supplemented with a 180° polarity reverse switch that toggles the absolute phase, a gentle high-pass filter to eliminate excessive resonance, a -15dB pad, and a 48V phantom power activation switch. Made and distributed globally by Radial Engineering Ltd., the Jensen Twin-Servo's 100% discrete design follows Radial's high standards with all-steel construction, rugged powder-coat finish, a fully enclosed-back box, and dual-sided gold contacts for positive connection to the 500 series back plane. MAP $999.99 USD.
UV III Debuts New High-Speed Curing System
UV III Systems' new Ecocure 3D UV curing system is designed and built especially for high-speed guitar drying. The latest in a line first developed 15 years ago, these units feature built-in polycarbonate reflective side walls, a filtered air cooling system, and multiple curing units. Various versions, with speeds depending upon type of coating and film thickness, can cure instruments from ukuleles to oversized double basses. Major global builders use UV III systems. In fact, one customer turned to UV III equipment to cure a composite cello he constructed for the renowned cellist Yo-yo Ma. UV III offers the largest range of handheld UV units--great starters, good for touch-up and repair, and inexpensive alternatives to the larger-volume cabinets and production lines. The company also custom-builds lines running up to 16 units per minute drying capacity.
Mojotone Studio One Amp Kit
New from Mojotone, the Studio One Amplifier Kit is a one-watt, high-gain amplifier designed to produce a big, saturated guitar sound at a manageable volume level. Players and engineers with in-home studios should benefit greatly from the amp, as it can drive anything from a 1x8 speaker cabinet all the way up to a 4x12 without breaking noise ordinance regulations. The Studio One is also a great fit for live-tracking situations where players need a dirty guitar sound without excessive microphone bleed. Available only as a kit, the Studio One Amplifier has an estimated build time of only five hours and is appropriate for experts as well as first-time builders. Once complete, the amp has a clean channel with volume and tone controls and a dirty channel with volume, treble, middle, bass, and gain controls. It is built on a Mojotone 18-watt chassis and can also fit into a Mojotone 20-watt style head cabinet. The stock setup includes a 12BH7 power tube, two 12AX7 preamps tubes (dirty channel), and one 12AY7 preamp tube (clean channel). MSRPs start at $324.99.
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Journey Collapsible Travel Bass Guitar
Journey Instruments has introduced a new carbon fiber acoustic bass model to its line of full-sounding collapsible Overhead Series travel guitars designed to meet airline carry-on luggage size and weight requirements. Ideal for business and frequent travelers, the new OB660 Overhead Carbon Fiber Acoustic Bass eliminates the hassle of traveling on an airplane with a great-sounding bass guitar. The TSA-approved travel case safely encloses the bass guitar within the 22" x 14" x 9" backpack with ergonomically designed pockets for laptops, tablet computers, pedals, cables, accessories, and clothing. Practically everything needed for a business trip or live performance can fit within the overhead bin requirements. Other features include: patented removable thin-profile neck with dual actual truss rod; extra deep Manzer wedge design; under-bridge transducer pickup; unidirectional carbon fiber radiused soundboard; beveled back rib-rest and soundboard armrest; offset sound hole and radiused soundboard; 27" scale, 1-23/32" nut width, 2.2" nut width at 12th fret; Grover 18:1 hi-precision tuners; D'Addario 45/100 flat wound strings; and premium-grade bone nut and saddle with ebony bridge pins. Street price $1,199.99 with travel bag. Available only through authorized dealers.
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Music Trades Continued:
New Yamaha Portables Offer Professional Features
Yamaha PSR-E453 and the PSR-EW400 portable keyboards offer a host of serious yet easy-to-use professional features to help beginners and intermediate musicians take their live performance, composing, and recording to the next level. The 61-key PSR-E453 provides both audio and MIDI transfer via the USB to HOST port, a first at this price point and previously available only on professional-level keyboards. Assignable Live Control Knobs allow for on-the-fly manipulation of Voices and Styles, similar to an analog synth. The PSR-E453 includes more than 750 high-resolution instrument Voices, giving players an excellent palette of sounds to choose from, whether creating or performing live. DJ Pattern Mode puts a wealth of powerful loops and beats at the user's fingertips to instantly and spontaneously create dynamically varied music like a DJ. Rounding out the features is a powerful, six-watt onboard speaker system. Designed with the piano-focused player in mind, the PSR-EW400 is the first keyboard in the PSR-E series to incorporate 76 touch-sensitive keys in a wider design, which provides extra room for Split Keyboard and piano playing. It features a high-resolution Live! Grand Piano Voice, an Arpeggio function, a robust 12 watts per side sound system, as well as auxiliary line outputs for connecting to external amplification, making it a solid choice for the gigging musician. Many easy-to-use professional features allow the user to tailor the sound and effects to their needs, then save it to a Registration button for instant recall. Banks of Registrations can be saved to a USB drive and reloaded at will.
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Hawaiian Ukulele Out With Aumakua Line
After two years of development and production, Hawaiian Ukulele & Guitar (H.U.G.) is now offering its exclusive "Hawaiian Aumakua" line of finely crafted ukuleles for wholesale distribution. Built to Hawaiian Ukulele & Guitar's exacting standards and specifications, these ukes feature all solid tonewood construction and a fully articulated bone saddle, making them a pleasure to play and a joy to listen to. Each instrument in the Hawaiian Aumakua series is then tattooed and with exclusive Polynesian tribal designs of "Aumakua"--in Hawaiian tradition, ancestral spirits often appearing in the forms of animals. The designs that adorn these ukuleles were created for H.U.G. by some of the Big Island's leading tattoo artists to authentically honor the islands' heritage. Hawaiian Aumakua line instruments are designed and finished in Hawaii by Hawaiian Ukulele & Guitar.
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On-Stage B&O Care Accessories
Just in time for the upcoming student rental season, On-Stage has added a new line of Band & Orchestra Care Accessories. This must-have assortment includes everything from brass/woodwind swabs, brushes, and cleaning kits to cork grease and valve oil. The line adds 38 new products in total, and all have been manufactured in the USA. So now, along with the popular On-Stage sheet music stands, dealers can select and bundle all of their go-to care accessories from one source. The line includes: brasswind/woodwind brushes and swabs; 12 cleaning tools for brasswind and woodwind instruments; a choice of ten Super Saver Care Kits with everything necessary to maintain brasswind, woodwind, and bowed instruments; and brasswind/woodwind and bowed instrument accessories such as case ID tags, violin/viola foam shoulder pads, cork grease, and slide/valve oil.
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New Hal Leonard Titles "For Kids"
New to Hal Leonard's "For Kids" method series is Piano for Kids ($12.99), a fun, easy course that teaches children to play piano or keyboard faster than ever before. Popular songs such as "Let It Go," "Over the Rainbow," and "We Will Rock You" keep kids motivated while they learn. Providing the same style of fun and easy instruction is Drums for Kids, with its easy-to-read page layouts ensure their attention remains focused on one concept at a time. Kids will love pounding out such popular favorites as "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Surfin' U.S.A." ($12.99) Both books also feature fully orchestrated online accompaniment tracks with PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that lets users slow down the audio, change keys, and more.
Cotten Patch Brings Back Burns Guitars
The famed Burns of London Ltd. guitars and basses are back on the market in the U.S. and Canada thanks to a new business relationship between Cotten Patch Sound Design of Waco, Texas and Burns of London owner Barry Gibson. The Burns brand is steeped in the traditions of the British Invasion-era instrument of 1960s England, yet makes the most of new technology and manufacturing processes. Many of the lines come with the iconic rez-O-tube tremolo system, and all include the Burns-only Tri-sonic or RezoMatik pickup systems, including the basses. Uniquely, all Burns bass instruments also come with a three-pickup system that has the same five-position plus push/pull pickup selection that most Burns guitars share. The Burns Club Series will run from entry-level guitars, such as the Cobra, to professional full-time gigging guitars like the Sonic and Marquee Pro. The Custom Elite class will include The Dream noiseless and Marvin Legend, modeled on the original Burns guitar that started it all. Standard retail prices range from $400 to $1,200 in the Club Series and $2,000 to $2,500 in the Custom Elite.
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Idiopan Tunable Steel Tongue Drums
New from Mid-East Manufacturing, the Idiopan Tunable Steel Tongue Drum is the first steel tongue drum capable of being tuned to hundreds of scales with its unique magnet tuning system. The Idiopan Tunable Steel Tongue Drum provides warm, pure, rich tones ideal for harmonizing with any instrument. Mid-East's new Opus Series features the 8" Lunabell, 12" Domina, and 14" Dominus models. The Lunabell is the highest voice in the series, ideal for beautiful high melodies. The Domina is the female voice and can be tuned to the keys of C4, B3, and Bb3. The Dominus is the male voice of the Opus Series, making it great for harmonizing with instruments in keys of E and G, especially guitars. All three models are available with passive piezo pickups.
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JamTec U.S.A. Launches Drum Accessories Line
JamTec U.S.A., a new source for innovative, lightweight, and reliable drum accessories, is now offering its product line through The Stic Shop, a newly launched online store. Soon to release its line through retail stores across the U.S., the company is also seeking new distributors and retailers everywhere. JamTec U.S.A. offers the Stic and Tec-Lite product lines. Robust Stic Series premium brand products are built to last and have been road-tested for years of reliable service. Available as a lower-cost alternative to the Stic Series is the Tec-Lite brand product line. Sharing many of the same features, the Tec-Lite line costs less, weighs less, and is also made of high-end, high-quality robust components. JamTec U.S.A. was founded by drummer and product developer Dominic Vaglica, who set out to build a reliable and adjustable drumstick holder to outperform products available at the time.
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TechDeck Workstation For Guitar Techs
The new TechDeck Workstation from StringTech is a revolutionary patented, multi-adjustable platform that simplifies and speeds up all operations from basic set-ups, fretwork, and maintenance to full-fledged building and restoration. Simple, intuitive adjustments allow the technician to maintain undivided attention on the delicate instrument at hand. The TechDeck shadows every move the technician makes, adjusting instantly and effortlessly to accommodate instruments of different sizes and shapes. Ideal for both home guitar enthusiasts and professional repair shops, the TechDeck will radically reduce the effort while increasing the efficiency and accuracy of all instrument-related tasks. TechDeck's team will be doing onsite demos ranging from lightning fast string changes and set-ups to complete fret jobs. Units will be available for order at the show, and Canadian musician Dayna Manning will perform. Arrive early to score a free setup!
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Killer Quick-Release Saxophone Strap
The Killer Quick-Release Saxophone Strap from Killer-Q combines the custom look of picture quality polyester and ribbon with the convenience of an easy-to-use side-release buckle. Now changing to a new instrument on stage on the fly is easier than ever. (Just ask The Saxations. They use it and they love it!) Sets with multiple lower sections are available. This strap is easily adjustable for size with Killer-Q's strap adjuster and includes a sturdy plastic rotating snap hook. It comes in a myriad of different patterns and colors but can be customized with a name, band logo, or any imagery desired.
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Introducing The Duke Banjo Ukulele
New from New Zealand-based Duke is a first-of-its-kind acoustic/electric banjo ukulele. Weighing in at an ultra-light 1lb 13oz--with a Schatten Design precision pickup, tenor fretboard, 3/1 geared tuning pegs, armrest, 8" drumhead, colorful gig bag, and shoulder strap--the Duke is designed to be a pleasure to hold and play. It strikes an elegant pose: shining black from top to tail. Unique, one-piece, headstock-to-tail spine construction also guarantees that every Duke arrives in exact alignment and stays that way forever. Designed and built in New Zealand using high-quality components sourced from the U.S., Canada, China, New Zealand, and Italy, the Duke is a truly international instrument. Its appeal is equally varied and makes a great new sound for ukulele players and banjo pickers alike. Great sound samples can be heard on the Duke website.
LD Systems MAUI 5 Portable P.A.
Easily portable, set up in seconds, and conveniently fitting onto a car seat, the most recent addition to LD Systems' MAUI family offers comprehensive connectivity and a powerful, dynamic performance. Providing both sound reinforcement and monitoring from a single system, the MAUI 5 sports a mighty 800 watts of peak power yet weighs less than 24 lbs. Its ported 8" subwoofer and three-piece column p.a. boasts extra-wide dispersion, extended vertical directivity, and superior feedback resistance while custom multi-pin connectors facilitate ultra-fast, cableless assembly. The all-in-one MAUI 5 incorporates a four-channel mixer with LD Systems' proprietary LECC digital processing, Bluetooth technology and microphone, and line level and hi-Z inputs that can be used simultaneously. Individual level controls and subwoofer and master volumes enable substantial sound balancing, and a high shelf filter allows for room correction. The built-in Class D amplification features overcurrent, short circuit, and thermal protection for secure, reliable operation. MAP $599.99.
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Beach Boys' Foskett Gets Italia Model
Italia Guitars has teamed up with solo artist and Beach Boys guitarist Jeffrey Foskett to develop Italia's first-ever signature model, the JF12. This distinctive 12-string is wired with a master volume and master tone, the same way all of Foskett's guitars are wired. The traditional pickup selector switch found on most guitars was replaced with a "Blend" control knob with center detent. This unique feature allows for smooth, unlimited pickup control and tonal variation. Independent on/off switches were added for each pickup, with corresponding LED indicators located directly under each pickup to make it clear at a glance which pickups are on. With he JF12's FosQ enhancement circuit, the "Jangle" and "Boost" controls offer great tonal shaping and boost control to get the "shimmery" classic 12-string tone.
iMusician Apps Helps Companies Go Mobile
iMusician Apps, a specialist in developing apps for the music industry, will be giving away two custom mobile app builds at the Summer NAMM Show: one for a musician or band and one for a merchant or music business professional. iMusician Apps aims to put businesses and brands in the pockets of their customers. An estimated 64% of Americans now have smartphones, and 19% of those rely on their smartphone for all their online access. iMusician apps are designed with state-of-the-art features and graphics customized to each brand and business profile. Once completed and approved by the client, they will be published on the App Store for the iPhone and iPad and the Google Play store for Android devices. NAMM attendees can register for the free app giveaway at the iMusician Apps booth. The drawing will take place at the iMusician booth on Saturday, June 25, at 3 p.m.
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Genzler Adds New BA210-3 Bass Array
New to Genzler Amplification's innovative Bass Array line of bass guitar cabinets, the BA210-3 a 2x10" model. Its innovative design blends the punch and quickness of premium Neodymium dual 10" drivers in a vented bass reflex enclosure and the performance and pattern control of a 4x3" neodymium driver line array element. Full, deep low-frequency response is delivered by the high-efficiency dual 10" woofers, providing excellent support of the fundamental for the lower strings of the instrument. Its selective crossover point overcomes the "beaming" (pattern narrowing) effects of a full-range signal being reproduced by larger low-frequency drivers--which is common in many current small cabinet designs. Packed into a lightweight (38 lbs) 500 watt, 8 ohm cabinet, the BA210-3 also lowers midrange and high-frequency distortion by allowing the use of small, 3" high-performance cone transducers that would be unsuitable without the increased acoustic sensitivity obtained by the array design. Additionally, it provides a much more open, smoother midrange and high-frequency response. MAP $1,069.
BrownBox Voltage Optimizer From AmpRX
BrownBox from AmpRX is the first power correction unit designed exclusively for use with vintage as well as modern tube amplifiers. By supplying the correct operating voltage to the amp, BrownBox performs the critical first step in tone-shaping, allowing for a harmonically rich tone night after night. Built-in features include back-lit LED display for real-time voltage and amperage monitoring/diagnostics; tough, road-rugged construction; filament soft-start; in-rush current-limiting and overload protection; silent operation; and a custom-wound 5 amp transformer. Designed with pro musicians in mind, the BrownBox promises a lifetime of trouble-free operation. Made in the USA.
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KMC Shipping DigiTech TRIO Effects
DigiTech's TRIO Band Creator pedal "listens" to what is being played and automatically generates bass and drum parts that match chord progressions and rhythmic feel. Users simply plug their guitar into TRIO, press the footswitch to teach TRIO the chords and rhythm, and press the footswitch again to start playing with a customized personal band. DigiTech TRIO provides seven musical genres to choose from. Up to 12 song styles are available for each genre and the player can select between 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures. TRIO can learn up to three different song parts--for example, verse, chorus and bridge--which can then be recalled on the fly as the song plays back. DigiTech TRIO+ further allows players to loop and custom-sequence looped guitar parts to create full songs on the fly. Press the TRIO+'s Looper footswitch to record a loop along with an unlimited number of overdubs. The Loop level can be individually controlled using the TRIO+'s Loop knob. Loops can be recorded by themselves, operating just like a traditional looper, or along with the band. The TRIO+ provides 12 music genres to choose from including: blues, R&B, rock, alternative rock, metal, pop, electronic pop, hip-hop, country, folk, Latin, and jazz. Twelve song styles are available for each genre and can be selected using the TRIO+'s Style encoder, including selection between 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures. The TRIO+ can learn up to five different song parts that can be recalled on the fly as the song plays back or pre-programmed as a sequence for automated playback. Up to 12 songs, along with loops, can be stored to the TRIO+'s Micro SD Card (included). The TRIO+ offers independent Tempo; Genre; Style; Loop Level; Bass Level; Drums Level; Headphone Output Level controls; Guitar, FX Return and Control Inputs; Amplifier, Mixer, FX Send and Headphone Outputs; Built-in Guitar Effects (relative to music genre); and a Soft Click Footswitch. A 9V DC adapter is included.
Zymöl Instrument Care Products
Zymöl offers a whole family of musical instrument care with special formulations for particular applications: GBCb is for satin-finished guitars and violins; GBC# is designed specifically for high-gloss finishes; Bridge targets guitar and violin fingerboards; Solo, a spray-on cleaning and waxing compound, is designed for high-gloss finish drums; and Edge is a spray-on cleaning and high-gloss pomade for piano. All Zymöl products are made entirely from ingredients found in nature and contain no silicon, formaldehyde, or petroleum-based solvents that can penetrate and erode instrument finishes. The Zymöl music product line is now being used by many instrument manufacturers. For music retailers, the products are offered in eye-catching packaging with floor and countertop point-of-purchase displays and offer MAP protection.
Top Voice Coach Catona Offers Educational DVD
Gary Catona's Ultimate Voice Builder, an educational DVD by the acclaimed voice coach, will make its debut at the Summer NAMM Show. In his stellar three-decade career, Catona has worked with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, Whitney Houston, Seal, Tony Bennett, and Steven Tyler. Combining science (physiology) and art, Catona has developed a unique system for developing the voice: by building the muscles that determine all aspects of the voice. With this DVD, the identical techniques Catona uses with his A-list clients are available for anyone who wants to raise their voice in song. Gary Catona's Ultimate Voice Builder is a personal video/workbook program that features Maestro Catona and two of his clients (a male and female for specific programs aimed at men and women) as they demonstrate proven voice techniques.Gary Catona's Ultimate Voice Builder is available in DVD format, or in streaming format on the web, for $34.95.
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[TD=colspan: 1]Dialtune Drum System To Debut At NAMM
In a new concept for acoustic drumming, Seattle startup Bedson Drum Co. is introducing "dialtune," a proprietary system that replaces traditional lugs and tension rods, transporting a 100-year-old design into the 21st century. The dialtune system ensures even tuning across the surface of any drumhead, offering drummers unmatched precision when tuning their drums. The ease of use and consistency of dialtune drums allow for optimal tuning to be achieved effortlessly, resulting in better resonance and consistent sound regardless of the shell materials or drumhead types used. Replacement of the tension rods allows the drumhead to be removed and replaced quickly and with minimal effort, letting drummers spend more time playing and less time tuning or replacing heads. Bedson Drum Co. founder Bryan Bedson theorized that a cable and pulley system would apply even tension to a drumhead, while allowing a drummer to raise or lower the pitch of the drum at a single point. A prototype--using a drum shell, drum hoop, steel cable, and scrap parts from Home Depot--proved the system worked beautifully. Later designs refined the look and feel, and the final product is set to debut in Nashville.
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Unique Cusack Cable Tester
Unlike other cable testers that only test for continuity, Cusack Music offers a simple and inexpensive unit that tests for continuity and resistance. What difference does this make? A cable that tests "good" for continuity may still have excess resistance causing it to perform improperly. The Cusack Cable Tester eliminates the need for fumbling with an ohmmeter by checking resistance to make sure that cables are operating at maximum capacity. Small, easy to use, and handy to have, the Cusack Music Cable Tester is the perfect addition to every musician and technician's toolset.
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Lil' Darlin 5 Watt Combo Amp From Colby
Great for both clean and overdrive sounds, the new Lil' Darlin five-watt combo amp is Colby Amplification's take on a prime small tube amp for both home use and recording. Based on a highly sought-after 1950s three tube, single 6V6, 8" speaker combo, the hand-wired Lil' Darlin takes the design to a new level of tone and usability. This amp combines classic build quality and high-quality parts with strategic circuit modifications and a high-quality Weber Alnico magnet speaker to deliver superb clean sounds and Class A overdrive at living room levels. The Lil' Darlin has been carefully fine-tuned so users can tap into many "sweet spots" while only using a single volume control. Like all Colby and Park amplifiers, the Lil' Darlin is hand-built in New York City by Mitch Colby. MSRP $1,200.
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StickTwirl Tool Boosts Drumming Technique
Made to increase speed and agility while reducing fatigue, the StickTwirl is a new percussion accessory to help drummers improve their playing and their showmanship. This NASA-grade ring/sleeve slides onto drumsticks and securely stays in place at the thickest diameter of the stick. The tension of the ring clamps onto any type of drumstick, benefitting drummers from beginner up to elite levels. With StickTwirl, drummers can control and maneuver a drumstick with precision and ease, twirling a stick on the attached index finger without fear of losing control or dropping the sticks. StickTwirl also adds more "snap," or force, to a drummer's playing, as well as more pivot control, power, and precision. With a consistent fulcrum point, the index finger slides through the ring of the StickTwirl naturally--no need for the drummer to change their grip. A consistent fulcrum point also provides more power and better control over the sticks, letting drummers perfectly balance their sticks for 360 degrees of rotation around the finger.
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Custom Plates For Labeling Cases & Racks
Since 1998 Germany's Production-Plate GmbH has produced self-adhesive production plates, an uncomplicated solution for labeling cases and racks for equipment and gear. It has served approximately 25,000 customers all over the world. Unlike conventional case labels, original production-plates are made of a 1.000-micron-thick industrial PVC and guarantee outstanding stability even under highest pressure. If required, they can be removed without leaving any residue. Available in five standard sizes, Production-Plates can also be custom-designed to any shape or size and include a company logo, address, or any other information. They can easily be written on with any permanent marker and removed by an alcohol-based cleaner for re-use. Production-Plate also produces smaller-sized badges suitable for just a company logo or address on equipment for a professional look. The company also produces self-adhesive Production-Plates made of aluminium or stainless steel engraved by laser. Exceptionally stable, wear- and corrosion-resistant, and insensitive to detergents and solvents, they promise durability even under extreme conditions. Standard PVC formats: 120 x 60mm, 145 x 100mm, 177 x 127mm, 207 x 145mm, and 290 x 190 mm. Standard aluminium/stainless steel format: 177 x 127mm.
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Updated Clamps And Couplers From Doughty
Doughty Engineering, a leader in rigging, suspension, and lifting equipment for film/TV, theaters, and concert halls, has updated its Superlight Weight Coupler. Constructed from high tensile aluminum extrusions, Doughty's clamps are TUV tested with an emphasis on quality and safety. To receive the TUV stamp, each product is subjected to the most rigorous testing possible. The Superlight Weight Coupler is designed to fit diameters between 48 and 51 mm (1.89-2.00"), and slotted to hold captive a M10 nut or bolt head. This enables users to create fixings suited to their needs and requirements. With the new Captive Handle, Doughty engineers have increased the SWL to 100 kg (220 lbs.) from 75 kg (165 lbs.), equipping their products to take on even more jobs in the industry. The range of Superlight Weight Clamps includes couplers, hanging clamps, swivel couplers, and Beamer Clamps. Each of these comes in either polished aluminum or black powder coated and can be laser-engraved with a company logo.
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Portable Amp & Battery Solutions From Ansmann
Ansmann Rechargeables and Fischer Amps are now out with "The Stick," billed as the smallest portable headphone amplifier available. This lightweight professional headphone amp is designed for use on stage with a balanced mono or unbalanced stereo signal. Its simple but high-end design provides maximum audio performance with 2 ohms output impedance, minimum distortion, and an absolutely flat frequency response. Input signal is delivered via a Neutrik Combo XLR-1/4" jack-connector. Built with maximum "touring-quality" standards, it includes an aluminum housing and a rugged stainless steel belt holder. Also new are Ansmann's Max E Pro money-saving rechargeable batteries. These professional grade batteries set a standard for powering wireless gear with more than eight hours of run-time and unmatched 2100 recharge capability.
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[TD=colspan: 1]Techra Carbon Fiber Drumsticks
Italy-based Techra has developed drumsticks that offer drummers far superior durability and consistency as well as great feel and sound. Over the years Techra has developed and tested many different synthetic compounds and tuned some specific composites, not trying to replicate wood, but to offer drummers a superior stick that also helps the environment. Techra now offers six lines of innovative drumsticks, all equipped with a rubber insert that absorbs the stick's vibrations: XCarb exploits a new kind of carbon fibers recently developed for the aerospace industry that is 20% lighter and four times more durable, making a powerful drumstick for fine and precise playing. Hammer of the Gods is Techra's most powerful and durable drumstick, dedicated to hard hitters and heavy metal. Carbon PRO is a popular all-around carbon fiber drumstick suitable for any kind of music from jazz to pop and rock. E-Rhythm is a low-noise drumstick designed for electronic drums and warm-up.
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Guitar And Bass Titles From Berklee Press
New Berklee Press jazz guitar and bass titles were written by a power team of past and present Berklee instructors. With Berklee Jazz Bass ($19.99), students learn the intricacies of playing jazz by expanding basic technique to create interesting and grooving bass lines and melodically interesting solos. Access to 166 online tracks is included. Contemporary Jazz Guitar Solos ($16.99) teaches 12 contemporary jazz guitar solos from six great artists: Jim Hall, John Scofield, Pat Martino, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Biréli Lagréne, and Mike Stern. Each solo includes a technical introduction. Jazz Guitar Fretboard Navigation - From Bach to Bebop($19.99) helps students develop a fingerboard facility fusing the classical guitar tradition with the improvisational language of the modern jazz guitarist. Online tracks are included. Jazz Swing Guitar ($19.99) is for guitarists looking to master the rich and varied world of jazz guitar. These 47 lessons and etudes present a comprehensive course of in harmonic sensibility, fingerboard scholarship, essential repertoire, and stylistic nuance. Accompanying recordings with PLAYBACK+ demonstrate performances of the etudes.
Yamaha TransAcoustic Guitar Has Built-In Reverb, Chorus
Yamaha's new TransAcoustic Guitar re-creates the experience of playing in a rich, live room without needing any external amplification or effects. Originally developed in the company's acoustic piano division, TransAcoustic technology is now available in the Yamaha LL-TA handcrafted dreadnought and LS-TA concert acoustic guitar. When the guitar is played, the strings' vibration is picked up by an actuator inside the guitar that conveys it to the guitar body and to the air around the guitar, resulting in stunningly authentic reverb and chorus effects. Three knobs located on the side of the guitar provide easy adjustment of the level of the effect. Other controls include a line out volume level and an on/off switch. The two models are available in Vintage Tint and Brown Sunburst finishes, with clear pick guards and ebony fingerboards. Each features a solid Engelmann spruce top that has been aged with Yamaha A.R.E. technology as well as rosewood backs and sides, a combination that produces a warm yet powerful vintage-quality tone. Five-ply mahogany and rosewood necks are climate resistant, and they intonate and stay intonated over time.
GoTune AppClip For Smartphones
The new GoTune GT1 AppClip, available from Onboard Research, offers an affordable and creative solution for those musicians wishing to use their smartphones, tablets, and tuning apps in a much more efficient manner. AppClip isolates the instrument from a noisy surrounding environment and allows it to be tuned faster and more accurately. With an ever growing library of free and paid apps to choose from, musicians and music students have the ultimate flexibility to tune anytime, anywhere. AppClip works with all smart devices, with all tuning apps, with any instrument, and requires no batteries. An MSRP of $14.95 and an aggressive Dealer Net guarantees excellent margins for music store owners across all categories.
Timber Tones Laser-Etched Picks
Timber Tones, a world leader in luxury guitar pick design, has hit a home run once again with its range of laser-etched guitar picks. Primarily manufactured from exotic timber off cuts, they come with options such as flags, symbols, patterns, or the Timber Tones logo and offer an exceptional level of grip. Timber Tones picks are distributed into the USA and Canada by SFM.