Blackstar Amplification is celebrating its five-year anniversary by expanding its popular HT-5 line of tube amplifiers with a very limited-edition anniversary model, the HT-5TH. The new 2x10 combo amp features custom cosmetics including cream covering, paired with custom colored grille cloth. The chassis top panel is marked as an HT-5 Anniversary Edition, and the 5th Anniversary logo is featured on the back. Only 2,500 units will be available worldwide.
Roland has introduced its GA-212 and GA-112 guitar amplifiers. Unlike modeling amps that set out to recreate the sound of multiple vintage classics, the GA series leverages Roland’s COSM technology to create newly voiced amplifiers with versatile tones and simple, intuitive operation.
Guitarists in '60s cover bands, rejoice. The UK-based Rotosound has brought back its Vintage Fuzz Pedal, which uses the same circuit configuration as their original 1960s design, with the addition of modern resistors and capacitors.
Fender’s American Standard series guitars and basses have been upgraded for 2012, resulting in the latest iterations of the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass. The new instruments now feature Fender Custom Shop pickups, as well as other new design touches.