Schecter Guitar Research has announced an addition to its new website, a new monthly feature called “Conquering RIFFtopia” featuring Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow of Conquering Dystopia. The videos will include lessons, guitar play-throughs and reviews of new Schecter models, plus tips and tricks from both guitarists.
Dean Zelinsky, CEO of Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars, has announced the issuance of his patent for a new guitar neck design. Intellectual property rights include the strategic texturing of the backside of a guitar neck to reduce friction and increase the playability of a guitar.
Fender has announced its new line of MLB-themed electric guitars. Each Fender Stratocaster guitar will feature official team logos along with custom designed landmark imagery unique to the team’s market, as well as a “MLB” logo adorning the neck plate.
String Dog has announced its new Sonic Hybrid 946 electric guitar strings. The new strings — the company's first hybrid gauge product — offer a quality nickel wrap over a hexagonal core for strength and durability.
Not too long ago, when guitarists wanted great sounding, studio-quality reverb, they had to haul around a big rack and pay a fortune for a MIDI foot controller if they wanted to access more than one preset while performing.
Strymon has solved this problem once and for all with the Big Sky reverb pedal, which places powerful, studio-quality processing into a compact pedal format, much like the company's previous TimeLine and Mobius pedals did with delay and modulation effects, respectively.
The Loar has introduced the LH-301T archtop electric guitar. Building the LH-301T was an easy decision for The Loar's workshop after successes with numerous vintage-style archtop and small-body models.
Among historic Gibsons, Tom Scholz’s 1968 Les Paul “Goldtop”—the first of two that he purchased in the Seventies—certainly ranks high. It’s the guitar heard on every massive Boston hit and all six of the group’s albums to date. As such, it was an ideal instrument for Gibson to replicate as part of its Collector’s Choice Series.
Canadian-based Fairfield Circuitry released what it thinks a guitarist’s compressor should be. The Accountant, which is based on a JFET feedback compressor, gives you everything from barely noticeable to full-on squashed compression. With a fixed Threshold, it offers just a pair of three-way toggle switches to adjust the compression levels.