Gretsch has announced the G7593T Billy Duffy White Falcon guitar. The new guitar, named and designed for The Cult guitarist, has unique aesthetic differences that separate it from the rest of the “Falcon” flock.
Ernie Ball has announced M-Steel electric guitar strings, a new patent-pending premium line of strings made from a defense grade alloy known as Maraging Steel. The new Ernie Ball M-Steel Slinkys will hit the shelves in mid-summer 2013 and will be available in five gauges: Super, Regular, Hybrid, Power and Skinny Top Heavy Bottom.
Electro-Harmonix Introduces Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi, an enhanced version of the company's Bass Big Muff. The new bass-specific pedal adds to the Bass Big Muff’s Volume, Tone and Sustain controls, beginning with a pad on the input that is switchable between 0dB and -10dB. This ensures that the pedal is equally effective with passive and active pickups.
On March 5, Rounder Records will release Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, a deluxe, seven-disc box set. The set, which will sell for $139.98, contains Allman's best-known and most commercially successful recordings with the Allman Brothers Band and Derek and the Dominos, plus session work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs, Clarence Carter, King Curtis, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Arthur Conley, John Hammond, Doris Duke, Eric Quincy Tate, Herbie Mann and others.
C.F. Martin & Co. has tapped Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers to design his version of “the perfect guitar." The result — the Martin D-35 Seth Avett Custom Signature Edition – is an updated version of Avett’s tried and true stage/studio Dreadnought guitar, a model he has been a fan and user of for nearly a decade.
Ah, how young and innocent we all were when Fender introduced its first signature model — the Eric Clapton Stratocaster — in 1988. Of course, Chet Atkins' signature appeared on several Gretsch models (the Tennessean, for example) long before then, and let's not forget that Les Paul -- the name that appears on millions of headstocks — was actually a person.