If you want to improve your guitar’s tone, the best place to start is at the source—the strings. In recent years, almost every major string manufacturer has made enhancements to its products—from more precise windings to advanced coatings—that can make your guitar play and sound like an entirely new instrument. Here are six recent product breakthroughs worth checking out.
Guitar Center introduced the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection Tuesday morning at its 14th Street location in New York City. The limited-edition collection features five Clapton tribute, replica and signature guitars, all of which will be available in North America exclusively at Guitar Center stores and at GuitarCenter.com starting March 21.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the Ernie Ball/Music Man booth to check out some new guitars. This video profiles the company's newest John Petrucci signature model, the JP13. As an added bonus, the Dream Theater guitarist was on hand to introduce the guitar himself.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the Ernie Ball/Music Man booth to check out some new guitars. This video profiles the company's Armada model, the company's new neck-though solid-body guitar.
Ernie Ball has announced M-Steel electric guitar strings, a new patent-pending premium line of strings made from a defense grade alloy known as Maraging Steel. The new Ernie Ball M-Steel Slinkys will hit the shelves in mid-summer 2013 and will be available in five gauges: Super, Regular, Hybrid, Power and Skinny Top Heavy Bottom.
Here's a video of Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci playing and discussing Ernie Ball's new Cobalt guitar strings. Ernie Ball recently announced the new line of electric bass and guitar strings, which is made out of cobalt, the most magnetically active material. Ernie Ball's patent pending advancement in technology stems from a nine-year pursuit in researching materials that give guitarists and bassists a new-and-improved voice.