At the Summer NAMM Show, Taylor Guitars is introducing the 300 Series Shaded Edgeburst (SEB) editions, a limited run of 300 Series models featuring three popular Taylor guitar shapes, as well as Baritone and 12-String Dreadnought models. The guitars pair sapele back and sides with a deeply shaded edgeburst mahogany top. The tonewood combination yields a focused, well-balanced midrange, while the edgeburst top and black pickguard evoke an earthy, vintage aesthetic.
Guitarist Billy Zoom, a founding member of seminal L.A. punk band X, has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and will bow out of the group’s tour to undergo treatment after several shows this weekend in Orange County, California. The 67-year-old musician/producer/electronics wiz will begin chemo next week.
To celebrate the second anniversary of the PRS S2 Series, PRS Guitars is introducing two new metallic finishes, “Ice Blue Fire Mist” and “Egyptian Gold," to the all-mahogany guitars in the S2 line, including the S2 Mira, Mira Semi-Hollow, Singlecut Standard, Standard 22, Standard 24, Starla and Vela.
Amy Winehouse received so much acclaim for her voice that everyone forgot that she was also a fairly decent guitarist. Winehouse was a devoted Strat player, and she appears in several videos—with her Strat—as in the “Stronger Than Me” video below.
After the successful introduction of two new LTD Signature Series basses for jazz fusion bassist Bunny Brunel at the NAMM Show in January, ESP Guitars (Summer NAMM booth 1232) is adding to the bass player’s arsenal with two more signature instruments at the 2015 Summer NAMM Show.
The new models are the EC-1000 KOA and the M-1000 KOA, and they make use of exotic Hawaiian koa wood tops. The new koa models will have limited availability through select ESP dealers and international distributors.
ESP Guitars (Summer NAMM booth 1232) has introduced an entirely new series to the LTD guitar brand. The new SN Series, with six new guitar models, is based on a popular ESP model often requested but never before available outside Japan.