When the Rev. Billy Gibbons isn’t playing a Gretsch Billy-Bo or a Pearly clone on the road, there's no telling what the Texas guitar connoisseur might be sportin’! A short YouTube clip from a July 2011 show in France features Billy with a sexy T-type by TAO Guitars of Brussels, Belgium. The El Mirage axe is a one-off guitar for Gibbons springing from TAO’s T-Bucket platform, a sort of space-age, George Jetson, retro-modern T-type interpretation.
Designed in response to players’ demands for a pickup that embodied the transparency and output of an active, with the character and wide dynamic control of a passive, Bare Knuckle has launched the Black Hawk humbucker.
Guitar designer Dean Zelinsky -- the founder of Dean Guitars who has designed models for Billy Gibbons, Dimebag Darrell and Leslie West -- has started a new company, Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars.
When Line 6 introduced its Variax technology back in 2003, guitarists were immediately knocked out by its ability to produce the sounds of various guitars and stringed instruments in numerous alternate tunings. However, many players were somewhat lukewarm about the solidbody guitars that housed the technology, which were decent and playable but not particularly sexy.
Fast, bright, sleek, accurate and polyphonic, the TC Electronic PolyTune chromatic tuner is pretty hard to top. Even so, TC refused to rest on its laurels. First, it developed the ultracool PolyTune iPhone app; now it’s introducing the PolyTune Mini, which provides many of the PolyTune pedal’s features in a box that’s about half the size of the already compact original.
Recording King has introduced the all-solid RD-310 with an Adirondack Spruce top. It has a street price of $499. Adirondack Spruce -- aka Red Spruce -- which has been employed for guitar tops since the 1920s, has been making a comeback lately. Adirondack is considered more resonant than Sitka and has a unique wide-grain pattern.
The Elkridge, Maryland-based Oktober Guitars has introduced its new Pktober XP guitar, which they're calling a new take on -- and improvement of -- a classic design. The Oktober XP is available worldwide and can be ordered directly from the Oktober Guitars website.
While software developers have created some cool guitar apps for the iPad, they’re not exactly easy to use onstage due to the lack of foot controls and the fragility of the typical guitar-to-iPad audio interface. However, DigiTech’s new iPB-10 elevates the iPad’s live performance functionality to professional quality by using the device as a processing engine and command center for DigiTech’s impressive effects, amp and cabinet modeling software and placing it in a durable, roadworthy floor-mounted controller with heavy-duty footswitches, a sweepable control pedal and numerous output options.
As anyone who has ever experimented with lots of pedals can attest, some of the coolest sounds are created by using two identical or similar effects together. Savvy pedal designers have exploited this phenomenon by developing stomp boxes that place two effects in the same box but provide extra flexibility and capabilities that two individual stomp boxes together can’t match. The Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay is a great example of this approach, harnessing the power of two independent delay units to produce effects that are greater than the sum of their parts.