In 1985 Paul Reed Smith officially opened PRS Guitars offering a limited number of guitar models. Throughout the years, these instruments gradually changed the walls of guitar shops with their figured maple tops and eye-catching stains.
Blackstar Amplification is celebrating its five-year anniversary by expanding its popular HT-5 line of tube amplifiers with a very limited-edition anniversary model, the HT-5TH. The new 2x10 combo amp features custom cosmetics including cream covering, paired with custom colored grille cloth. The chassis top panel is marked as an HT-5 Anniversary Edition, and the 5th Anniversary logo is featured on the back. Only 2,500 units will be available worldwide.
Roland has introduced its GA-212 and GA-112 guitar amplifiers. Unlike modeling amps that set out to recreate the sound of multiple vintage classics, the GA series leverages Roland’s COSM technology to create newly voiced amplifiers with versatile tones and simple, intuitive operation.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario takes a look at the new Eric Clapton series of amps from Fender. The EC series marks Fender's first signature series amp, fittingly granted to the man who also had the first signature model guitar from the company.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario checks out the new GVT52-112 amplifier from Ampeg, which features two channels -- each with a highly interactive three-band Baxandall tone circuit that produces a wide variety of EQ-shaping possibilities.
Guitar World stopped off at the Celestion booth last week during the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, to speak to John Paice about the company's new offerings, including the G12M-65 Creamback speaker.
New Vox gear includes the Delay Lab pedal, which offers 30 presets and a 28-second looper (There's so much more to say about the Delay Lab; to read more about it -- and see another video -- head here); the Handwired Wah, which offers more mid-range than usual; the AC4 C1 amp in blue; the AC4 Handwired amp and the Tony Bruno TB18 amp.
Most of the updates include EVH's Wolfgang USA series of guitars and the 5150-III amp. The Wolfgang now offers flame maple tops, plus ebony fingerboards on five of the eight available models. They're all available with Floyd Rose or double-locking hard-tail.