Fender has added four new models to its Pawn Shop Series, which the company calls a line of "guitars that never were but should have been.” There's the Pawn Shop ’70s Strat Deluxe, Pawn Shop Super-Sonic, Pawn Shop Mustang Bass and Pawn Shop Bass VI.
Gretsch has added five models to its Roots Collection, a series of banjos, mandolins, resonator guitars, ukuleles and Rancher acoustic guitars that evoke the time before the company made its entry into the electric guitar world in the 1950s.
At this month's 2013 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Orange Amplification will launch its new Custom Shop 50 amp. The hand-wired amp has a vintage flavor, much like its predecessor, the Retro 50, which the new circuit is based on. Each Custom Shop 50 is built in the Orange custom shop.
Fender and Kenny Wayne Shepherd have been working together since the blues artist was a 17-year-old phenom and heir apparent to the SRV throne. Since then, Shepherd has established himself as both a singular contemporary blues guitarist and a master of the genre’s established forms and tones. His signature Fender Strat is made of the same stuff, combining modern components with features inspired by some of Shepherd’s favorite vintage Strats. The result is a powerhouse blues guitar at a wallet-friendly price.
PRS Guitars has announced its new Brent Mason signature model guitar. Mason, a Nashville session pro, worked with Paul Reed Smith for several years to arrive at this unique model that meets the need for a versatile and reliable, recording and gigging instrument.
Computers have become the de facto platform for recording music, but the average PC is far from specialized for the task. PCs and Macs are designed for general computer functions and have a multitude of features and software programs that are unrelated to the endeavor of making music. Furthermore, you can spend a bundle of cash adding audio interfaces, monitors and recording programs to your computer, not to mention plug-ins for effects, amp emulations, instrument libraries and so on.
The Aero series really blurs the line between a hardshell case and a gig bag. The problem with a hardshell case is the weight and bulkiness, while the problem with a gig bag is the lack of protection. Reunion Blues calls its method of protection Flexoskeleton technology. Unlike most empty gig bags, you cannot fold an Aero case in half.
Neal Schon of Journey is joining the PRS family of artists with two distinct signature models: the NS-14 and NS-15. Schon was intimately involved in the design of nearly every aspect of these instruments, from the stylized f-holes to the hardware details.
Just in time for Winter NAMM, Orange Amplification has launched its new Twin Channel OR100 amp. This guitar amp, which delivers up to 100 watts, is the first OR model to feature two channels. Drawing on the heritage of the original ‘Pics Only,’ which was launched in 1972, the OR100 has applied the best of the original features in terms of tone, construction and design and added new technology to improve the amp.