For the last 25 years or so, Randall amplifiers have played an influential role in shaping the sound of modern metal. Dimebag Darrell’s preference for Randall amps like the RG-100 and his signature Warhead model completely changed metal guitarists’ minds about the virtues of solid-state amps.
Fender has announced the American Design Experience, a new offering on Fender.com that allows consumers to design electric guitars and basses based on Fender’s instruments — the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass models.
In response to players who prefer the tonal flexibility of a tremolo system, the Choptank Trem features the company’s proprietary solid steel bridge plate and hinge tremolo, driving increased string vibration into the center of the body and enhancing harmonics, response and sustain only the player can feel.
Schecter Guitar Research has announced an addition to its new website, a new monthly feature called “Conquering RIFFtopia” featuring Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow of Conquering Dystopia. The videos will include lessons, guitar play-throughs and reviews of new Schecter models, plus tips and tricks from both guitarists.
Dean Zelinsky, CEO of Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars, has announced the issuance of his patent for a new guitar neck design. Intellectual property rights include the strategic texturing of the backside of a guitar neck to reduce friction and increase the playability of a guitar.
Fender has announced its new line of MLB-themed electric guitars. Each Fender Stratocaster guitar will feature official team logos along with custom designed landmark imagery unique to the team’s market, as well as a “MLB” logo adorning the neck plate.
String Dog has announced its new Sonic Hybrid 946 electric guitar strings. The new strings — the company's first hybrid gauge product — offer a quality nickel wrap over a hexagonal core for strength and durability.
Not too long ago, when guitarists wanted great sounding, studio-quality reverb, they had to haul around a big rack and pay a fortune for a MIDI foot controller if they wanted to access more than one preset while performing.
Strymon has solved this problem once and for all with the Big Sky reverb pedal, which places powerful, studio-quality processing into a compact pedal format, much like the company's previous TimeLine and Mobius pedals did with delay and modulation effects, respectively.
The Loar has introduced the LH-301T archtop electric guitar. Building the LH-301T was an easy decision for The Loar's workshop after successes with numerous vintage-style archtop and small-body models.