Many guitar players — at some point — can't help but fall under the spell of the sounds found on classic rock albums of the mid- to late '60s. Players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and Robby Krieger were synonymous with wah, fuzz, univibe and/or tremolo. Throw George Harrison and Brian Jones into the mix and you get sitars and other sound- (and mind-) altering effects. They were always experimenting, changing things up, trying to top each other.
Paul Reed Smith and bassist Gary Grainger began collaborating on what would become Private Stock Gary Grainger basses a decade ago. Now, in 2013, the Maryland-based manufacturer is proud to announce the evolution of this line as they add two new basses to its Core product offering: the Grainger 4 and Grainger 5.
Limited to 2013 production only, the guitar is a meticulously crafted replica of the black Fender Stratocaster Blackmore played with Deep Purple in the early ’70s, including the recording of seminal album Machine Head and the band’s greatest hit single.
Loog Guitars, the line of 3-string guitar kits that revolutionized the way parents and kids bond with musical instruments, announced the launch of updated versions for its three models. But first things first!
In January, DiMarzio will release its three new Ionizer 8 pickups, all of which were designed for Animals As Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi's new signature 8-string Ibanez guitar. The pickups are two years in the making.
Schecter Guitar Research has announced its new partnership with bassist Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe and Sixx: A.M. "It was an exciting and creative process to work with Schecter on the new Schecter Sixx Signature Series Bass," Sixx said.
Henretta Engineering has released a line of handmade pedals that won’t break the bank or hog up unnecessary real estate. Out of the seven pedals in the series, I checked out the Green Zapper Auto Filter, which, like its kin, sizes up at 2 inches by 2 inches.
Fender has added four new models to its Pawn Shop Series, which the company calls a line of "guitars that never were but should have been.” There's the Pawn Shop ’70s Strat Deluxe, Pawn Shop Super-Sonic, Pawn Shop Mustang Bass and Pawn Shop Bass VI.
Gretsch has added five models to its Roots Collection, a series of banjos, mandolins, resonator guitars, ukuleles and Rancher acoustic guitars that evoke the time before the company made its entry into the electric guitar world in the 1950s.