NAMM19 – Ibanez adds lots of new AZ signature guitars

New AZ models for Andy Timmons, Marco Sfogli, Tim Henson, Scott LePage, Mario Camarena & Erick Hansel

After introducing the AZ line of electric guitars at last year’s NAMM show, with Tom Quayle and Martin Miller being the first signature artists, it seems like more Ibanez players are liking the AZ style and features. Andy Timmons and Marco Sfogli are adapting to AZ models and Polyphia’s guitar players Tim Henson & Scott LePage are getting their own AZ signatures as well.

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NAMM19 – Ibanez PGM333 Paul Gilbert 30th Anniversary

30 Years of shred!!!

We are currently in a period of time, where many Ibanez artists celebrate anniversaries due to the companies history and influence in the iconic 80’s. Shredmaster and Mr. Big guitarist Paul Gilbert celebrates his 30th anniversary with a really special model, sporting the body and neck design of his very first Ibanez signature.

The PGM333 comes with three DiMarzio PG-13 mini humbuckers, which have been designed for Paul who seems to use this pickup format most of the time recently. Further specs are:

  • African Mahogany body
  • 5-piece Maple/Walnut neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh MG-T locking tuners
  • Gotoh GTC101 bridge
  • Volume control, 3-way lever switch
  • Gold hardware

pgm333_00_01It wouldn’t be a PGM model, if it didn’t have the classic f-hole designs on top, so of course this one does.

Now that I think about it…I was just 7 years old when Paul started his relationship with Ibanez Guitars. 30 years with one company definitely says a lot about the player and the company.

 

Current info says that the PGM333 will be available in late June this year and should sit around 2600€.

 

All info on Ibanez’ website and oh…did I mention that he also talked about this new model in a recent video? Check it out below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAMM19 – Ed Sheeran launches own guitar brand

Globally-acclaimed singer-songwriter hits the world with a surprise

Award-winning musician Ed Sheeran and highly respected luthier George Lowden came together with guests at a private event yesterday at NAMM 2019 to present a new range of guitars with the Sheeran name on. The brand is called “Sheeran by Lowden” and aims to make quality guitars in Ireland with great features, playability and tone at accessible prices.

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No more Fuzztration… with the new Wampler Fuzztration!

Wampler launches new 2-button Fuzz/Octave pedal

The search for the perfect fuzz can be an exercise in frustration. On one hand, there’s always the desire to emulate the classic, vintage-inspired tones like the Rock God’s before us. They used what was available at the time to forge some of the most memorable songs in history with unbeatable sustain. On the other hand, there are players who desire to break outside of the norm and push their own boundaries, using fuzzes that are over the top, like a tsunami of fuzz ready to envelope their guitar’s signal.

The Fuzztration isn’t a pedal designed to really play “nice.” It’s brash, raspy, doomy, in-your-face fuzz from top to bottom. This is not to say it can’t get some intensely classic Floyd sounds, but this isn’t just another classic with some added EQ options. It’s rough, it’s gruff, and it’s like an angry lion trying to bust out of its cage. When the search for the perfect fuzz leads to a plethora of choices, the end of your Fuzztration comes when everything is packed into one, do-it-all fuzz box. Want the classic sounds? Done. How about some raunchy doom metal or sludge rock? Yep, it does that too.

Wampler Fuzztration top

Controls

The volume knob is pretty self-explanatory, but it controls the overall output of the Fuzztration. The Bass controls the overall low-end response of the Fuzztration. Noon is standard, counterclockwise it removes some of the bottom end that warrants a more searing tone, where taking it clockwise will increase the bottom end tremendously, going from a raspy fuzz to full-on doom machine. Mids controls the mid presence of the circuit. Center is fairly flat, counter-clockwise will scoop the mids and become much more aggressive and cutting, almost distortion-like. Clockwise will add in some mids, which helps combat the scoop that lead many of those old classic fuzzes to be lost in the mix with the full band.

The treble control effects the overall high-end and brightness of the circuit and has a tremendous effect on the overall way of shaping the tone of the fuzz. Noon is standard, going counter-clockwise will yield in a much thicker, saturated fuzz tone that sounds like a wall of wool coming from the speakers. Clockwise will increase the brightness, and thus the raspiness and spit of the fuzz depending on where you have the voicing switch set. The Voicing switch gives you two very different but usable sets of tones.

The huge Fuzz knob controls the overall amount of fuzzy goodness. This pedal isn’t designed for sparkly edge-of-breakup tones, so even fully counterclockwise it yields a thick, sputtering result that works great for alt-rock and grunge. Turning the fuzz knob clockwise unleashes a torrent of fuzz, leading to massive sustain combined with some compression, classic velcro sputters and everything in between.

Independent Octave

The octave effect is completely independent, so it works great with other pedals as well as alongside the fuzz in the Fuzztration. It works great for adding some extra zing to your lead playing, or an added dimension to your rhythm playing. It’s kind of glitchy and can get into ring-mod territory depending on where you’re playing at on the neck. This effect is all about dynamics, so the softer you play it doesn’t “trigger” it as much as has more of a glitch effect. Dig in with your playing and the octaves will seem to jump directly out of your fingers. Having the octave set pre-fuzz (or dirt) will yield a more classic octave tone, one that jumps out the higher you move up the fretboard. Setting the octave post-dirt yield’s a much trippier, harmonic onslaught that isn’t for the faint of heart, but provides a truly unique and wild sound that you have to play to understand.

Wampler Fuzztration angle

Features

  • Built in the U.S.A.
  • High-grade components selected for their superior sound and response
  • Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Fuzz controls with selector switches for voicing and pre- and post-fuzz octave effect
  • Standalone Octave effect
  • Convenient top-mounted input and output jacks and soft-relay switching
  • 9V-18V DC operation with optional 9v battery adapter
  • Power draw: Between 18mA (9v) and 23.3mA (18v) (LED will flash 3 times when power from battery is getting low)
  • 3.5” x 4.5” x 1.5″ (88.9mm x 114.3mm x 38.1mm) – height excludes knobs and switches

The Wampler Fuzztration will be officially released on November 19th and will be available in stores for $199.97 MAP/MSRP in the US.

More info on Wampler’s website!

Friedman releases BE-OD Deluxe & Golden Pearl pedals!

Because what’s better than one BE-OD? Right, two BE-ODs!

Friedman released news about two new pedals joining the line-up. The one that really got me all excited was the new BE-OD Deluxe, which will be priced at $269.99 MAP/MSRP in the US.

This “BE” dual overdrive pedal captures the tone of the now legendary Friedman BE-100 amplifier, which has graced the stages of world class musicians the world over.  The original Friedman BE-OD single channel pedal took the industry by storm. Tens of thousands of pedals sold worldwide and it’s still going strong!  This new BE-OD Deluxe pedal employs the exact same circuit but adds another channel and dual midrange controls. The top row (Channel 1) is identical to the original BE-OD pedal while Dave voiced the bottom row (Channel 2) with slightly lower gain.  Dual “BE” channels in your arsenal allow you to perfectly set both your rhythm and lead sounds.  The BE-OD Deluxe delivers authentic tube amplifier sound with the controls needed to shape your tone. Controls include: 3 position tight switch, volume, gain, bass, middle, treble and presence knobs.

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Bogner releases Ecstasy Red & Blue Mini pedals

Big Bogner tone, small & compact format!

Bogner Amplification announced two new pedals, which will be officially released on November 19th. The Ecstasy Mini Blue & Red pedals are smaller versions of the popular Red & Blue pedals, bringing you the same great Bogner tone in a smaller and more pedalboard-friendly format.

Pedalboards are increasingly crowded situations these days, and real estate-hungry pedals often find themselves being pushed out. That’s why Bogner created the Ecstasy Blue Mini & Red Mini. They boast all of the touch-sensitive character and massive gain range of their predecessors but are ideally suited to your setup.

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NAMM 2015 – Hughes & Kettner introduces the TriAmp MKIII

42 Different Amps under the hood

Hughes & Kettner’s flagship model, the TriAmp, already looks back on a long legacy. It started with the idea of combining 6 different channels and putting them into one amplifier. Then, with the help of German session player and designer Thomas Blug, the second version came with improved functionality and even more flexibility.

But the new Hughes & Kettner TriAmp Mark III operates on a complete new level! While the older models would share controls for a pair of channels, the newest incarnation holds fully individual controls for every single channel. But it doesn’t stop there!

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NAMM 2015 – Laney IRT-Pulse guitar tube interface

At the heart of your tone

Laney’s Ironheart series has been well received so far, especially in the Rock/Metal scene with artists like Joel Stroetzel, Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage), John Browne (Monuments) and many others. The british manufacturer combines awesome sounding multi-channel amplifiers with innovative features and consistent quality in a price range where others still struggle. The Ironheart IRT-Studio with its USB connectivity and reamping features is an absolute no-brainer for the price of 499€.

The new IRT-Pulse is a tool for many purposes

The compact IRT-Pulse connects directly to your DAW via USB and serves as a recording preamp with Ironheart tone, but also offers a reamping function. The headphone jack makes it a perfect practicing tool for the road and thanks to the Aux input, you can jam to your favorite tracks or playback songs.

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NAMM 2015 – Peavey releases 50th Anniversary & Mini models

It’s all gold!

Happy Birthday to Peavey’s 50th Anniversary! The American audio company celebrates this event with some new additions to the amplifier line-up and some special editions of their most popular amp models.

Peavey Classic 30 50th Anniversary Gold (click to enlarge)

Peavey Classic 30 50th Anniversary Gold (click to enlarge)

Peavey’s Classic 30 combo amplifier has been on the market for ages and its happy users certainly know why. The Classic 30’s compact dimensions paired with two great sounding channels, which are capable to produce a wide range of sounds, have been a major point to choose it over similar models.

On the occasion of Peavey’s jubilee and NAMM 2015, the Classic 30 comes with a limited edition look in black tolex with golden panel and anniversary plate. The classic specifications remain the same of course:

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