Guitar World visited the Ibanez booth at last week's Winter NAMM show to see two versions of their new Mick Thomson Signature model guitars. Slipknot are headlining the Mayhem Festival this summer, and Thomson will actually be using the black version of the guitar with the "Seven" inlay. It features a neck-through design and Seymour Duncan pickups. On the left in the video is a Blood Red budget version of the model.
As part of a whole slew of new products being introduced at this year's Winter NAMM, ESP has unveiled two new signature models for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, the ESP Jeff Hanneman EC and the LTD JH-600EC.
ESP is all about the Big Four this year, now adding new signature model guitars and basses for Anthrax's Frank Bello and Rob Caggiano, on top of new signature models for Metallica Kirk Hammett and Slayer's Jeff Hanneman.
Finding that perfect guitar can also be choosing a certain style of playing. Naturally, you should be able to play any style of music on any guitar, but the glaring truth is some guitars are better suited for certain musical styles than others. You wouldn’t necessarily show up at a Wes Montgomery covers gig with a B.C. Rich, much less play Slipknot’s songs with a D’Aquisto hollow body.
Fender is proud to introduce three highly distinctive new additions to its acclaimed Blacktop series, a family that expands the sonic horizons of classic Fender models with high-powered features and design modifications. The three new instruments are the Blacktop Telecaster Baritone, Blacktop Stratocaster HSH and Blacktop Jaguar 90.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario takes a look at the Steve Smyth signature model guitar from B.C. Rich, an ideal axe for technical guitarists who prize precision and music definition in a high-gain setting.
The Fender Custom Shop honors the famous Nocaster with the release of the 1951 New Old Stock (NOS) Nocaster and the 1951 Relic Nocaster. Both models feature a hand-selected ash body with a Nocaster Blonde finish and include all-new Twisted Tele pickups designed by Fender’s Master Builders, giving the model’s historical significance and modern performance. For added authentic feel, the 1951 Relic Nocaster features special aging treatment, evoking the magic of an aged, Fender classic.