With all the new guitars and basses, it's easy to lose track of all the amazing innovations happening in the string world at this year's NAMM show. Case in point, the brand new cobalt alloy guitar and bass strings from the folks at Ernie Ball.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario reviews two of Yamaha's A Series acoustic-electric guitars, the A1M and the A3R. Both models are dreadnought cutaways that feature built-in preamps and saddle piezo pickups.
Pigtronix has introduced the all-new FAT Drive pedal, which sets a new standard for tube distortion in stompbox form. The pedal's name represents the essence of the Pigtronix mission, and its unique overdrive circuit hits the mark in every way.
Finding that perfect guitar can also be choosing a certain style of playing. Naturally, you should be able to play any style of music on any guitar, but the glaring truth is some guitars are better suited for certain musical styles than others. You wouldn’t necessarily show up at a Wes Montgomery covers gig with a B.C. Rich, much less play Slipknot’s songs with a D’Aquisto hollow body.
This Fender Custom Shop '58 Relic Stratocaster is one of the new arrivals here at Guitar World, along with a beautiful '67 NOS Telecaster. Here are some photos to tide you over until it makes an appearance in the pages of GW.