Fender’s American Standard series guitars and basses have been upgraded for 2012, resulting in the latest iterations of the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass. The new instruments now feature Fender Custom Shop pickups, as well as other new design touches.
Here's a photo gallery of one of the recent arrivals here at the Guitar World office in New York City: a Reverend Sensei RA in Satin Black. The new RA model, part of Reverend's set-neck series of electric guitars, is aimed at the heavy rock player and has a faster feel, tighter tone and more aggressive attack. Features include the new Railhammer Chisel pickups, ebony fretboard and a satin finish.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario reviews a unique item, the Super-Vee Mag-Lok anti-deflection device. The Mag-Lok uses rare-earth magnets to keep a floating tremolo system from moving when strings are bent, so that double-stop bends remain in tune.
In the video below, we check out the new Dimebag Concrete Sledge ML guitar. Actually, you'll notice Dimebag's original ML hanging on the wall; that, of course, was the inspiration for the new model. The new version features an exact rendering of the colorful airbrush job on the original guitar. It's got everything but the Kiss sticker!