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NAMM 2017: Ibanez Introduces New Contemporary Archtop Series

For 2017, Ibanez is introducing a new line of hollowbody archtop jazz guitars to its lineup, the Contemporary Archtop series. From the company:

Consisting of three models, AFC155, AFC151 and the AFC125, these guitars are designed with features usually only found on instruments costing much more.

NAMM 2017: Ibanez Introduces New Iron Label Bare Knuckle Models

Ibanez is introducing two new RGA models to its "Made for Metal” Iron Label series. From the company:

The RGAIX6U, and its 7-string companion model, the RGAIX7U, are high-performance electric guitars fitted with Bare Knuckle pickups, designed for hard rock and metal.

Both models feature an Antique Brown Stained ash body with matching headstock, and a 3-piece maple/ bubinga Nitro Wizard neck with a bound ebony fretboard. Gotoh MG-T locking machine heads provide excellent tuning stability and expedite string changes.


NAMM 2017: Ibanez Introduces Poplar Burl RG Premium Models

Ibanez is introducing two new RG models, designed for the serious, experienced lead and metal guitarist. From the company:

As part of the acclaimed Premium Series, the RG1070PBZ, and its 7-string, hardtail companion model, the RG1027PBF, are high-performance electric guitars with distinctive features designed to inspire, and bring out the best in a player.

NAMM 2017: Michael Kelly Guitars Introduces 3D Grand Auditorium

Michael Kelly Guitars has introduced the 3D Grand Auditorium. From the company:

While Michael Kelly’s design team takes great pride in all of the company's instruments, they’ve never stepped back and declared a model their “best acoustic guitar ever”—but that’s exactly what they said once the 3D Grand Auditorium (MK3DG) was completed.

Guitarist Plays “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Guitar and Keyboard Simultaneously

Simultaneous guitar/keyboard shredder Gabriel Guardian is back with a mind-blowing rendition of Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

Filmed entirely in one live take, the video demonstrates Guardian’s ambidextrous abilities as he plays the song’s piano melody with his right hand on a keyboard while handling the soulful leads with his left hand on guitar.

Gibson Just Unveiled a Strange New Body Shape at CES

Gibson showed a new guitar at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, and the few photos of it that are circulating are generating quite a buzz. 

The new model was apparently first revealed in this January 5 post from Twitter user Francisco Rivera.

Ozzy Osbourne Hears Isolated Randy Rhoads “Crazy Train” Solo for First Time in 36 Years

Ozzy Osbourne recently heard the raw, unmixed master tape of his hit song “Crazy Train” for the first time since he recorded it on March 22, 1980. And by all appearances, it was an emotional moment for the heavy metal legend. 

Intervals Premiere "Libra" Music Video

Today, presents the exclusive premiere of “Libra,” the new music video by Intervals.

The video, which was directed by Randy Edwards—a mad-editing videographer and photographer who tours with Intervals, Animals As Leaders and Plini—was shot during Intervals' 2016 tours of Europe and North America.

NAMM 2017: Four New Colors for St. Vincent's Signature Guitar

Ernie Ball Music Man recently introduced its 2017 Spring Collection, just in time for the Winter NAMM Show, which takes place in Ahaheim, California, next week.

NAMM 2017: Morley Releases DJ Ashba Signature Skeleton Wah

Morley, makers of pedals, switches and Ebtech audio solutions, has released the DJ Ashba Skeleton Wah.

This new signature Wah is switchless; simply step on to engage Wah and step off to go to bypass. It also is Electro-Optical, meaning there are no pots to wear out and get scratchy.