As always, Fender has introduced a plethora of new models of guitars and amps to heat things up in the middle of January. One of the coolest -- or perhaps coolest looking -- is the new Kurt Cobain Mustang Guitar. Guitar World paid a visit to the NAMM booth yesterday and got to check out a few of these guitars in person, including a very nice Fiesta Red model.
There's more acoustic guitar news from the 2012 Winter NAMM show. Recording King, the Hayward, California-based guitar manufacturer, has updated its line of Century Jubilee Series Slope Shoulder guitars with an extended scale length and more of the vintage styling the brand has become known for.
Fender Amplification has just announced the release of a cool little pair of combo amps, Greta and Excelsior, which make up the new Pawn Shop Special line of amplifiers. Made for the tabletop, you won't have to spend countless hours scouring pawn shops to take home one of these beauties.
As part of a whole slew of new products being introduced at this year's Winter NAMM, ESP has unveiled two new signature models for Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, the ESP Jeff Hanneman EC and the LTD JH-600EC.
Gretsch has just unveiled a beautiful new line of Rancher acoustics, including Rancher Folk, Orchestra, Jr., Dreadnought and Jumbo Cutaway Electric. Of course, the Rancher should be familiar to most of you Gretsch fans out there, as the models first rose to prominence in the early 1950s.
This year is all about exciting new pedals for Dunlop, and you can add the MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe to that list. Combining the best elements of vintage bass fuzz pedals with modern technology, the MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe offers a clarity that's hard to find in the bass fuzz department.
Taylor Guitars unveiled several lineup changes at this week's 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California. Most of the changes involve new aesthetic treatments across much of their acoustic/electric line. They've also added mahogany versions of their baritone and 12-fret models, unveiled a mahogany-top GS Mini and debuted changes to their nylon- and steel-string series.
ESP is all about the Big Four this year, now adding new signature model guitars and basses for Anthrax's Frank Bello and Rob Caggiano, on top of new signature models for Metallica Kirk Hammett and Slayer's Jeff Hanneman.
In honor of 25 years of partnership, ESP is launching a brand new line of Kirk Hammett signature guitars, including the KH-DC, LTD KH-DC, and LTD KH-25, just three of ESP's 19 new products featured at this year's Winter NAMM.
As we reported earlier, DigiTech introduced its new iStomp pedal at the 2012 Winter NAMM show. DigiTech is calling the pedal the "future of the stompbox." It looks like a typical stombox -- a footswitch and four knobs -- but the difference is it can become virtually any pedal you like.