Neal Schon of Journey is joining the PRS family of artists with two distinct signature models: the NS-14 and NS-15. Schon was intimately involved in the design of nearly every aspect of these instruments, from the stylized f-holes to the hardware details.
Just in time for Winter NAMM, Orange Amplification has launched its new Twin Channel OR100 amp. This guitar amp, which delivers up to 100 watts, is the first OR model to feature two channels. Drawing on the heritage of the original ‘Pics Only,’ which was launched in 1972, the OR100 has applied the best of the original features in terms of tone, construction and design and added new technology to improve the amp.
Solidbody sensations like the Panthera Studio Supreme, Diablo and Earl Slick signature model have introduced a generation of players to the heirloom-quality instruments of Germany’s Framus company. But players who are new to the brand, especially in the United States, may not realize that Framus originally achieved worldwide notoriety for the hollowbody electrics that were faithfully played by legends such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jan Akkerman, Charlie Mingus and the Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman, to name a few.
It's hard to imagine that 10 years have gone by since Tommy Thayer officially took over as the “Spaceman” in Kiss. It seemed only fitting that the Spaceman should don the Les Paul. However, as fate would have it, Thayer has been a longtime Les Paul player, even back in his days in Black and Blue.
If you consider yourself a staunch traditionalist, play only the blues or neoclassical shred, and think The Edge’s playing sounds weird, turn the page now. On the other hand, if Radiohead, Sonic Youth and David Torn are on your iPod’s playlist, read on. The Electro-Harmonix Superego is a category-defying effect pedal that falls into a foggy region between reverb, sustainer and synth engine and generates some of the most mysterious and ethereal textures ever to emanate from a guitar. Offering simple but powerful controls and an effect loop, the Superego delivers a seemingly endless variety of textures, keyboard-like tones and soundscapes that will inspire adventurous players for a lifetime.
Seven-string players generally fall into one of two categories: those who use the low B string primarily to create crushing bass chunk, and shredders like Rusty Cooley, who deftly apply their extensive musical vocabulary and virtuoso technique to the guitar’s full, extended range. Cooley’s contributions aren’t limited to awe-inspiring musical prowess—his recent work with Dean Guitars has advanced the art of seven-string construction and resulted in some of the style’s most playable and tonally balanced instruments. Newest among these collaborative creations is the Dean Rusty Cooley signature RC7X Wraith, an import accompaniment to his USA models that offers custom graphics and inlays, high-end components, effortless playability and a street price under $1,100.
DigiTech has introduced several new generations of the Whammy pedal since the first version was discontinued, in 1993. Despite the new features and improvements introduced with each new model, Whammy connoisseurs still consider the original the one to own.
I reviewed Hughes & Kettner’s Tubemeister 5 mini amp a few issues ago, and was impressed by both its feature set and huge sound. The new Tubemeister 36, with 36 watts of output and three channels, offers considerably more features in a compact package that’s only about twice the size of the Tubemeister 5. The Tubemeister 36 may still qualify as a mini amp, but the only things small about it are its physical dimensions and affordable price. It offers versatility, performance and functions that aren’t available on many three-channel amps nearly four times its size.
Power outage, foot cramp, too afraid to lick that 9-volt you found in the bottom of your cable bag? Sometimes you just need to step away from the world of electronics altogether and express yourself with just an acoustic guitar. The Aspri Acero is a compact reverb tank that can be added to your acoustic guitar without any modifications or use of batteries.