In 1985 Paul Reed Smith officially opened PRS Guitars offering a limited number of guitar models. Throughout the years, these instruments gradually changed the walls of guitar shops with their figured maple tops and eye-catching stains.
"When I first got to LA, I had that creme Les Paul, which is an amazing-sounding fiddle," Wylde said last week. "So I had the blonde hair and the creme Les Paul -- and it was gonna look like a Randy Rhoads tribute band when I get up there with Ozzy. So I wanted to get something painted on it. Eddie Van Halen had the stripes and Randy had the polka dots.
All three DB-11 Hot Stone power supplies feature a Toroidal transformer and short circuit protected isolated outputs to eliminate hum or interaction between pedals. Each Hot Stone power supply provides flexible options to satisfy the power demands of the latest high-current guitar pedals and are backed with a five-year warranty.
When the Rev. Billy Gibbons isn’t playing a Gretsch Billy-Bo or a Pearly clone on the road, there's no telling what the Texas guitar connoisseur might be sportin’! A short YouTube clip from a July 2011 show in France features Billy with a sexy T-type by TAO Guitars of Brussels, Belgium. The El Mirage axe is a one-off guitar for Gibbons springing from TAO’s T-Bucket platform, a sort of space-age, George Jetson, retro-modern T-type interpretation.
Designed in response to players’ demands for a pickup that embodied the transparency and output of an active, with the character and wide dynamic control of a passive, Bare Knuckle has launched the Black Hawk humbucker.
Guitar designer Dean Zelinsky -- the founder of Dean Guitars who has designed models for Billy Gibbons, Dimebag Darrell and Leslie West -- has started a new company, Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars.
When Line 6 introduced its Variax technology back in 2003, guitarists were immediately knocked out by its ability to produce the sounds of various guitars and stringed instruments in numerous alternate tunings. However, many players were somewhat lukewarm about the solidbody guitars that housed the technology, which were decent and playable but not particularly sexy.
Fast, bright, sleek, accurate and polyphonic, the TC Electronic PolyTune chromatic tuner is pretty hard to top. Even so, TC refused to rest on its laurels. First, it developed the ultracool PolyTune iPhone app; now it’s introducing the PolyTune Mini, which provides many of the PolyTune pedal’s features in a box that’s about half the size of the already compact original.
Recording King has introduced the all-solid RD-310 with an Adirondack Spruce top. It has a street price of $499. Adirondack Spruce -- aka Red Spruce -- which has been employed for guitar tops since the 1920s, has been making a comeback lately. Adirondack is considered more resonant than Sitka and has a unique wide-grain pattern.