ISP Technologies went to Winter NAMM 2013 armed with several exciting new products. The all-new THETA Preamp Pedal, Stealth Power Amp, G112 Passive Guitar Cabinet, Vector 210 Guitar Subwoofer and the Bass Vector 210 Bass Guitar Cabinet all made excellent first impressions with everyone at the show.
Seymour Duncan has announced the worldwide launch of its Whole Lotta Humbucker pickups. More than a year ago, the company launched the set as a limited-edition UK exclusive. It was based on Duncan's experience working at the Fender Soundhouse with artists like Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and many others.
Decibel Eleven has introduced the Pedal Palette, the first fully analog loop bypass switcher, router and mixer. It provides guitar players with the ability to instantly swap pedal effects order at any time. Features include four pedal effects loops with true relay bypass, ability to swap pedal order instantly and assign any effects loop to parallel mix bus. Also includes optional Class A discrete input buffer, ability to store and recall up to 128 preset configurations and sync multiple Pedal Palettes with MIDI.
Radial Engineering Ltd. has announced the StageBug SB-1, an ultra-compact direct box designed to fit inside the string pocket of a guitar case. Radial Sales Manager Roc Bubel explains: "Radial already makes more types of direct boxes than any other manufacturer. So adding another model to our line up is not something we would do unless we had good reason. In this case, it really came down to getting inside the case! Today, more and more musicians are traveling light in order to keep costs down.
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 LR Baggs booth to check out some new gear. This video profiles the company's new Lyric Acoustic Microphone for acoustic guitars.
As musicians, we go to extremes to get the best possible sound from our instruments. Don’t think this quest is limited to guitar players. A quick Internet search shows drummers burying their cymbals in the back yard to achieve a darker timbre, or a community theater in California letting anyone in off the street to come play their new grand piano to help log the 100 hours of time needed to properly break it in.
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.
D’Addario has introduced XL Nickel Wound Balanced Tension string sets. Responding to consumer demand, D’Addario XL Nickel Wound Balanced Tension sets have been optimized to have a comparable tension string to string allowing for greater dynamic control and a more evenly balanced effort while fretting, bending, strumming and picking on guitar, as well as plucking, slapping and bending on bass.
In January, DiMarzio will release its three new Ionizer 8 pickups, all of which were designed for Animals As Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi's new signature 8-string Ibanez guitar. The pickups are two years in the making.