Electric Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/19/new_bay_media/espguitars.com/espguitars.com en Review: Musicvox Space Cadet Custom Floyd Rose Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-musicvox-space-cadet-custom-floyd-rose-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Musicvox may have concocted some of the most far out and wacky guitar body styles of anything out there today, but generally speaking their guitars’ features are actually somewhat traditional. </p> <p>In fact, until now all of their models have featured stop tailpieces, with nary a tremolo, vibrato, or whammy bar to be seen. While the Floyd Rose tremolo has been around long enough to be considered vintage or even antique, the addition of a Floyd Rose brings the Musicvox Space Cadet Custom into the modern era and opens up a whole new world to players who have always wanted to try a Musicvox guitar but can’t live without their whammy.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The Space Cadet model may be one of Musicvox’s more conservative designs, but it still has very distinctive styling that’s sure to appeal to players who are tired of the same old thing. Construction features include a mahogany body and maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. </p> <p>Our example was decorated with a limited-edition custom two-tone black and white finish, with contrasting black binding on the body and headstock and white binding on the neck, and gold-plated hardware adding a touch of class.</p> <p>In addition to the licensed Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo system, the Space Cadet Custom Floyd Rose is equipped with a pair of Musicvox vintage-style humbucking pickups, master volume and tone controls, and a three-position pickup selector switch. The bolt-on neck has 22 medium-jumbo frets, pearloid block inlays, a 25 1/2-inch scale, and a relatively slim and flat C-shaped profile. </p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Musicvox guitars have previously found happy homes in the hands of garage rock, punk, new country, and surf guitarists, but this may be their first model ideal for metal and hard rock guitarists. The vintage-style humbuckers produce loud and proud twang through a clean amp, but when treated with delicious doses of overdrive and distortion they deliver a snarling tone that falls between the honk and howl of a Gretsch Filtertron and the dominant mids of a Gibson PAF. This guitar does both surf and turf equally well.</p> <p>The Floyd Rose is set up perfectly out of the box in a floating configuration for performing dive bombs and raised pitch shrieks. The flat profile makes the neck comfortable for shredders, and the medium jumbo frets provide plenty of metal to latch onto for sweep picking or over-the-top bends. This is by far Musicvox’s most hot-rodded model to date.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $999<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Musicvox, <a href="http://www.musicvox.com/">musicvox.com</a></p> <p>The licensed Floyd Rose tremolo is set up in a floating configuration and features a gold-plated finish.</p> <p>Musicvox’s vintage-style humbuckers provide an alluring balance between twangy clean surf tones and aggressive midrange distortion.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> If you’ve always loved the looks of Musicvox guitars but wanted a whammy bar or even more shred-friendly features, the Space Cadet Custom Floyd Rose is the one you’ve been waiting for.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience4243223196001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="4243223196001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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The bolt-on one-piece maple neck has 22 jumbo frets, a 12- to 16-inch compound radius, 25 1/2-inch scale, comfortable shallow C-shaped profile, oiled natural finish, and spoke wheel truss rod adjuster located above the 22nd fret. </p> <p>Electronics consist of a pair of direct-mounted Wolfgang humbuckers, master volume and tone controls, and a three-position pickup selector. Hardware includes an EVH-branded Floyd Rose Special tremolo, EVH brand tuners, and oversized strap buttons. There are a few notable differences between the Wolfgang WG Standard and the Wolfgang USA models, such as the lack of a D-Tuna, nickel frets instead of stainless steel, regular pots instead of low-friction versions, and no multi-layer binding, but the Standard model’s features offer the same basic essentials as the flagship USA version.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Thanks primarily to its maple fretboard, the Wolfgang WG Standard sounds slightly brighter than its USA counterpart, but its fierce tone and expressive responsiveness is virtually identical. The jumbo frets will likely please shredders more than the small vintage-style frets found on the USA model as well. In fact, with its lighter weight and forearm contour, the Wolfgang WG Standard is overall more comfortable to play. </p> <p>Attention to detail is quite impressive for a guitar in this price range. The fretboard edges are rounded to maximize playing comfort, and the fretwork is simply perfect. The transparent finish versions add an extra dimension of class with their quilt maple tops with unstained edges that simulate the look of natural wood binding. </p> <p><strong>LIST PRICES</strong> $733.32 (gloss black); $799.99 (transparent black or transparent red)<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> EVH, <a href="http://www.evhgear.com/">evhgear.com</a></p> <p>A pair of direct-mounted Wolfgang humbuckers provides fierce tones and expressive responsiveness. The flat-top body features a contoured lower bass bout that enhances playing comfort by providing a smooth surface where the forearm contacts the top.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> The Wolfgang WG Standard may lack a few of the high-end details of the flagship EVH Wolfgang USA model, but its sound and playability are essentially the same, making this model an incredible bargain.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience4243292195001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="4243292195001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Bridge and neck models are available, in six-, seven- and eight-string configurations. </p> <p>For a limited time you can upgrade your Custom Shop Kiesel or Carvin guitar to these pickups for no charge. Buy them online at <a href="http://www.carvinguitars.com/group/kiesel_passive_pickups">carvinguitars.com</a> or call 858-GUITARS. Pickup prices range from $89 to $109.</p> <p>Lithium Series humbucker pickups were made for the demanding modern music, where clarity, focus and articulation is needed. From standard to drop tuning, this series offers great versatility and has an excellent balance between power and clarity. Patented six-point, star-headed (also known as Torx) adjustable pole pieces give the proper amount of mass to add the needed focus and get amazing attack. The expensive Alnico V magnets produce a rich, powerful sound with warmth that is not available from less-expensive ceramic magnets. </p> <p>These pickups feature one coil that's loaded with adjustable pole pieces and the other coil loaded with non-adjustable slugs. Lithium Series pickups feature industry-standard sizing so these are direct replacements for brands such as Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, Bare Knuckle and Lundgren.</p> <p>The standard color is black, but white coils, cream coils and zebra coils (white/black or cream/black) are available. The six-string versions also can be ordered with black or cream mounting bezels.</p> <p>The Kiesel pickups were designed in-house and are made in the company's Southern California Custom Shop. For a limited time, Carvin is offering these new pickups as a free upgrade in any humbucker-equipped Custom Shop guitar.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/carvin-guitars-introduces-kiesel-passive-lithium-series-pickups#comments Carvin Guitars Kiesel Guitars Accessories Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 18 May 2015 18:45:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24501 at http://www.guitarworld.com Annie Shred Demos Ibanez RGKP6 Guitar with Mini Kaoss Pad — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/annie-shred-demos-ibanez-rgkp6-guitar-mini-kaoss-pad-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the brand-new video below, guitarist <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/annie-shred-demos-seymour-duncan-full-shred-pickups-video">Annie Grunwald</a>—better known in online land <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/annie-shred-plays-medieval-style-hammered-dulcimer-music-guitar-video">and on GuitarWorld.com</a> as Annie Shred—demos a guitar that's a bona fide conversation starter, the Ibanez RGKP6.</p> <p>What are all the conversations about? The guitar comes standard with a built-in Korg Mini Kaoss pad 2s.</p> <p>"This guitar/control pad combo is a sick way to fuse extreme guitar with electronic music and real-time performance FX," Annie says. </p> <p>"I wrote this piece [in the video] a while ago, and it ended up working perfectly for this demo. Playing around with this thing is ridiculously fun!"</p> <p>Used extensively by DJs, the Korg Kaoss pad is a touchpad MIDI controller that allows real-time manipulation of its internal effects engine for line-in signals or audio samples. Despite its intended audience, the Kaoss has made its way into the rigs of some noteworthy guitarists, including Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Nels Cline of Wilco, and Muse’s Matt Bellamy, who had one built into his custom guitar so he could manually trigger synthesized sounds.</p> <p>The innovative folks at Ibanez have taken this to the next level with the RG Kaoss RGKP6, an affordable guitar that integrates Korg’s mini kaoss pad 2S to give players a great way to manipulate effects, samples and loops in real time. </p> <p>For more about this guitar, <a href="http://www.ibanez.co.jp/eu/news/f_products/2014/KP/index.html">head here.</a> Also be sure to check out <a hre="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-ibanez-guitars-rg-kaoss-rgkp6-guitar-video">Paul Riario's official GW video and text review right here.</a></p> <p><strong>For more about <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/annie-shred-demos-seymour-duncan-full-shred-pickups-video">Annie Shred</a>, follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/annieshred">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://www.twitter.com/annieshred">Twitter.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5QYTR-5oVVw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/annie-shred-demos-ibanez-rgkp6-guitar-mini-kaoss-pad-video#comments Annie Grunwald Annie Shred Ibanez Korg Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 18 May 2015 18:15:01 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24499 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-gretsch-g6128t-1962-duo-jet <!--paging_filter--><p>Gretsch has built a solid reputation with its impressive line of popular archtop hollowbody guitars, like the Country Gentleman and the White Falcon. But what’s often overlooked is the company’s superb line of solidbody guitars, such as the Duo Jet. </p> <p>Introduced in 1953 with a single-cutaway body, the elegantly styled Duo Jet was a competitive response to the Fender Telecaster and the Gibson Les Paul. </p> <p>Its unique-sounding DeArmond Dynasonic pickups offered the raucous twang needed for rockabilly and just enough jangle for rock, making it the choice of guitarists like George Harrison and, in his early Nineties rockabilly phase, Jeff Beck. </p> <p>Over the years, the Duo Jet has evolved into many different models, including a double-cutaway version, introduced in 1961, frequently used by AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young. </p> <p>The new Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is an inspired reworking of that version, complete with modern updates, vintage cool looks and authoritative tones that will help set you apart from the rest.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The G6128T-1962 features a short 24.6-inch/625mm scale length, but where it departs from a traditional Duo Jet is in the symmetrical double-cutaway that makes it look somewhat longer-scale. Appearances aside, the guitar is well balanced, with a solid mahogany body, an arched laminated maple top and a sleek black gloss-urethane finish. </p> <p>The set neck is mahogany and includes premium touches, like a bound headstock, a bound ebony fingerboard, Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays, 22 frets (including a “zero fret”), a 12-inch fretboard radius and a slim C-profile neck shape. Hardware consists of a Bigsby B3C vibrato, an ebony-based Space Control roller bridge and Grover Sta-Tite slotted peg-head tuners with an 18:1 ratio for rock-solid tuning. Instead of DeArmonds, the guitar is wired with a pair of High Sensitive Filter’Tron pickups. Electronics consist of two volume controls (bridge and neck), a master volume (located at the lower-bout cutaway) and two three-position toggle switches for pickup switching and master tone.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> The vintage styling of this Duo Jet immediately feels in the pocket thanks to its springy feel and low action. But there’s nothing quite like the sound of a Gretsch guitar, which is why this is a must-have for tone aficionados. To be fair, the Filter’Tron pickups combined with the master tone three-way switch can be a maddening or appealing experience, depending on your choice of rig. The High Sensitive Filter’Trons have more output, and they sound dark, with a very pronounced midrange, but with a brighter amp and a combination of EQ and overdrive, they have incredible sparkle that cuts though any mix. Using the master tone circuit cuts the high-frequency tone in half and gives notes a honky midrange, but most players will probably opt to take it out of the circuit altogether. </p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $3,050<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Gretsch, <a href="http://www.gretschguitars.com/">gretschguitars.com</a></p> <p>The master tone switch lets you choose from two high-frequency roll-off options or disable the circuit altogether.</p> <p>The Bigsby B3C vibrato is ideal for half-to-whole-step dives that stay in tune, thanks to the 18:1 ratio of the Grover tuners. </p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> The stylish G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is pure magnetic charm, with enough raw tones to make it perfect for aggressive rock or rockabilly twang.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2Gub53CmmX4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-gretsch-g6128t-1962-duo-jet#comments Gretsch November 2014 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 14 May 2015 14:43:05 +0000 Paul Riario 22312 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: ESP USA Eclipse Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-usa-eclipse-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>While I own, play and love more than my fair share of imported guitars, I still prefer electric models made in the good ol’ U. S. of A.</p> <p>After all, Americans invented the electric guitar, and we design and build them like no one else. So it deeply warmed my heart earlier this year when ESP announced its USA Series Eclipse, Horizon and M-III models, which are the company’s first guitars made at its brand-new factory in North Hollywood, California. </p> <p>We took a look at ESP’s classic-inspired single-cutaway Eclipse model.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The overall features of the Eclipse USA present a familiar formula—figured maple top, mahogany neck and chambered body, dual humbuckers, 24 3/4–inch scale, and so on—but several details make this model stand out from the usual classic clone. </p> <p>The “set-thru” neck joint is particularly impressive, featuring contours that smoothly and seamlessly bring the neck and body together as if they were one continuous piece of wood. The ebony fretboard, 22 extra jumbo frets, 12-inch radius and thin U-shape neck profile provide the fast action and silky playability today’s players demand. </p> <p>Hardware consists of Sperzel Trim-Lok locking tuners, TonePros locking bridge and stop tailpiece, Schaller Security Lock strap buttons and Seymour Duncan APH-1 passive humbuckers. Controls include separate volume knobs for the bridge and neck pickups, master tone with push/pull coil splitting and a three-position pickup selector.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Our test example had a Vintage Natural finish (Tea Sunburst and See-Through Black Cherry are also available) that reveals every glorious detail of the high-grade materials and first-class workmanship. The figuring of the maple top and headstock overlay is drop-dead gorgeous, and the seams of the two-piece mahogany back and neck joint are almost invisible. The rounded edges of the fretboard and body (including a comfortable rear-body contour) give the guitar the luxurious feel of the finest handcrafted goods, and as a result the guitar plays like a dream.</p> <p>The Eclipse USA’s tone is stellar. Classic warm, sustaining dual-humbucker tones abound, but the maple top delivers crisp, detailed attack that complements the mahogany’s fat midrange and resonant bass. The simple control configuration delivers a rainbow of textures, from full-throttle metal punch to velvety jazz warmth to single-coil sparkle.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $3,999<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> The ESP Guitar Company, <a href="espguitars.com/">espguitars.com</a></p> <p>The set-thru-neck construction provides a smooth, seamless transition between the neck and the body, as if they were one continuous piece of wood.</p> <p>Hardware includes Sperzel locking tuners, TonePros locking bridge and stop tailpiece, Schaller Security Lock strap buttons and Seymour Duncan APH-1 humbuckers.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> Providing a compelling blend of vintage design and modern features, the ESP USA Eclipse is the ideal single-cutaway dual-humbucker solidbody for players seeking a high-performance classic.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PD4jigVBM90" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-usa-eclipse-guitar-video#comments ESP ESP Guitars ESP USA Holiday 2014 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Magazine Wed, 13 May 2015 14:58:35 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 22771 at http://www.guitarworld.com PRS Guitars Introduces Four All-Mahogany "SE Standard" Guitars for Less Than $500 http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-introduces-four-all-mahogany-se-standard-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>PRS Guitars has announced four new models in its SE Standard series. </p> <p>These all-mahogany instruments, the SE Standard 22, the SE Standard 24, the SE Standard 245 and the SE Santana Standard, are designed for beginners or players operating on a budget and will start at $499. </p> <p>The SE Santana Standard is named, of course, after Carlos Santana, one of the main forces behind the creation of the SE Standard series. </p> <p>"The SE Series started with Carlos [Santana] and the desire to make PRS Guitars available to a larger number of players," said Paul Reed Smith, founder and owner of PRS. "To be able to maintain the quality we demand and be able to get these sold through our dealers for less than $500 is remarkable." </p> <p>The new SE Standards are the most affordable PRS Guitars to date, and they include familiar PRS hallmarks such as bird inlays and PRS stoptail tremolo bridge designs. They also feature all-mahogany bodies and set mahogany necks with rosewood fretboards. </p> <p><strong>To learn more about the individual features of these instruments, visit <a href="http://prsguitars.com/">prsguitars.com.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-introduces-four-all-mahogany-se-standard-guitars#comments PRS Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 12 May 2015 18:40:42 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24455 at http://www.guitarworld.com Andy Aledort Demos and Discusses the John Page Classic Ashburn Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/andy-aledort-demos-john-page-classic-ashburn-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Some of you might know Andy Aledort as the guy from hundreds of <em>Guitar World</em> lesson videos and the writer of countless GW lessons and features.</p> <p>But he's also the author of more than 200 guitar instruction books; he performs and records with Dickey Betts &amp; Great Southern, not to mention Double Trouble (Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon) and appears on the <em>Experience Hendrix</em> DVD with Buddy Guy, Mick Taylor and other guitar legends.</p> <p>Today, Aledort is demoing the new John Page Classic Ashburn guitar.</p> <p>Designed by John Page, co-founder of the Fender Custom Shop, the Ashburn is a production guitar ($1,499 MSRP) with all the features in the high-end custom guitars Page builds himself. It’s produced to spec in a state-of-the-art workshop in Japan, then set up in the U.S. by authorized John Page Classic techs. </p> <p>Page has created guitars for artists including Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, David Gilmour, Elliot Easton and Cesar Rosas. He has designed guitars in conjunction with Harley Davidson, <em>Playboy</em> and Jaguar. Page is featured in <em>The Dream Factory: Fender Custom Shop</em> by Tom Wheeler (Hal Leonard, 2011) and other books on Fender and the Fender Custom Shop.</p> <p><strong>For more information about John Page Classic and the Ashburn, visit <a href="http://www.johnpageclassic.com/">johnpageclassic.com</a>. For more Ashburn specs and photos, check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/john-page-classic-guitars-introduces-ashburn">"John Page Classic Guitars Introduces the Ashburn."</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RYHxtgZXxqU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/andy-aledort">Andy Aledort</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/andy-aledort-demos-john-page-classic-ashburn-guitar-video#comments Andy Aledort John Page John Page Classic Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 12 May 2015 17:43:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24454 at http://www.guitarworld.com John Petrucci Demos Signature Ernie Ball Music Man JP13 Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-signature-ernie-ball-music-man-jp13-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this brand-new video below, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci walks you through the features of his Signature Ernie Ball Music Man JP13 guitar.</p> <p>Intrigued? Watch the video and visit <a href="http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/jp13.html">music-man.com.</a></p> <p>Still intrigued? Watch <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/node/24377">Petrucci's demo of the Ernie Ball Music Man JPBFR6 John Petrucci Ball Family Reserve guitar.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/omGrS_uNbmw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dream-theater">Dream Theater</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-signature-ernie-ball-music-man-jp13-guitar-video#comments Dream Theater Ernie Ball John Petrucci Music Man Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 11 May 2015 19:48:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24442 at http://www.guitarworld.com Meet the Pole Position Sliding-Pickup Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/meet-pole-position-sliding-pickup-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>We have another new product for you—something that recently appeared on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1165874210/the-pole-position-sliding-pickup-guitar">Kickstarter.</a></p> <p>It's the Pole Position guitar, which features a sliding pickup.</p> <p>We'll let the manufacturer take it from here:</p> <p>The patented Pole Position guitar was specifically designed to offer guitarists the greatest possible range and control over their tone. Whereas other guitars have a stationary pickup (or pickups) offering a limited number of tone choices, the Pole Position utilizes a single moveable pickup to offer unlimited choices. </p> <p>The player can slide the pickup to any position from the bridge to the base of the neck to achieve subtle or dramatic changes in tone as often as desired, even while playing.</p> <p>Canavan Musical Products has been developing the Pole Position guitar for two years, producing a series of designs that culminated in the current prototype featured in the video below.</p> <p>It features:</p> <p> • Patented slider mechanism with humbucker pickup<br /> • Superior construction details, including 1 3/4" thick body<br /> • Natural wood finish, maple neck and fretboard, 3-ply (b/w/b) pickguard, and signature CMP headstock design.</p> <p><strong>For more about the Pole Position Guitar, visit its page on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1165874210/the-pole-position-sliding-pickup-guitar">Kickstarter.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1165874210/the-pole-position-sliding-pickup-guitar/widget/video.html" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/meet-pole-position-sliding-pickup-guitar-video#comments Kickstarter Pole Position Guitar Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 11 May 2015 15:54:47 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24436 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar Gallery: Steve Vai’s Ibanez Jem http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-gallery-steve-vai-s-ibanez-jem <!--paging_filter--><p>Feast your eyes on Steve Vai’s Ibanez JEM guitar he named “Evo” after the Dimarzio Evolution pickups installed in it. </p> <p>Photographed by Lisa S. Johnson in Los Angeles, August 28th, 2010, for the pictorial masterwork, <em>108 Rock Star Guitars</em>, “Evo” was hand-selected by Vai. </p> <p>Guitars are like snowflakes in that no two are exactly alike. Steve tested four identical production models of the Ibanez Jem before choosing this particular one to be his main squeeze. There was just something about her feel that moved him. </p> <p>He replaced her standard-issue pickups with DiMarzio Evolutions, and to distinguish her from his three other Jems, he christened her with a hand-lettered “Evo.” </p> <p>Even after countless tours and recordings, his heart goes pitter-patter whenever he sees her, and regardless of what is going on in his life, he finds solace when she’s in his arms. Sure, Steve knows that Evo is nothing but wire and wood, but when you connect with a guitar the way he has with Evo, when an instrument is for so long the voice of your heart and you have cried, screamed, prayed, and raged through her, when she has been with you through your darkest depressions as well for your most joyous, love-filled moments—well, it’s no wonder that Steve is afraid of how emotionally invested he is in Evo. </p> <p>She’s only on loan to him for a limited time; one day she’ll be dust. But for now, there’s still quite a bit they have to say together.*</p> <p>Here’s Johnson talking about her experience shooting Vai’s guitar:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/p-o7BOauzFk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Check out the gallery below!</p> <p><em><br /> *Adapted from <a href="http://www.vai.com/minisites/EVO/history_frameset.html">http://www.vai.com/minisites/EVO/history_frameset.html</a>. Accessed February 9, 2011.</em></p> <p><strong>About the Photographer, Lisa S. Johnson:</strong><br /> <em>Armed with a macro lens, an incredible eye for detail and a truly ground breaking vision, Lisa Johnson’s guitar art, is taking the world of fine art photography on a rock and roll ride. Far from still life, Lisa’s work conjures the abstract, yet also possesses a very sensual and ethereal feel that intentionally illustrates the intimate wear and tear details of the instrument. Her unique presentation undoubtedly personifies the musician and captures their true spirit in these wooden extensions of their own iconic flesh.</em></p> <p><em>Her debut book titled </em><a href="http://www.108rockstarguitars.com">108 Rock Star Guitars</a><em> was released in hardcover edition, October 2013, and a softcover edition was released by Hal Leonard on November 2014 in which the foreword was written by Les Paul.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-gallery-steve-vai-s-ibanez-jem#comments 108 Rock Star Guitars Steve Vai Electric Guitars Blogs Galleries Gear Mon, 04 May 2015 16:25:06 +0000 Lisa S. Johnson 24415 at http://www.guitarworld.com Prestige Guitars Launches Five New Models http://www.guitarworld.com/prestige-guitars-launches-five-new-models <!--paging_filter--><p>Prestige Guitars has announced the launch of five new models, including three from the Heritage Premier Series plus the Classic P90 and the Heritage Hollow TR. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Heritage Premier Series is the newest evolution in our Heritage Series of solid-body electric guitars. The Premier series consists of three models: the Premier Burl, the Premier Spalt and the Premier P90. </p> <p>Each one features a solid, carved, Canadian maple top. Aptly named, the Premier Burl features a burl maple top; the Premier Spalt features a spalt maple top; and the Premier P90 features a “AA” or “AAA” flame maple top. </p> <p>With each of these models, you get a combo of natural-finish maple top, solid mahogany body and ebony fretboard, providing all the tone and sustain you’d expect. </p> <p>The Premier P90 and Burl models come loaded with a pair of Seymour Duncan P90’s, giving you every ounce of that extra growl and bite you’ve been looking for, while the Premier Spalt features a classic combo of Seymour Duncan Humbuckers (’59 in the neck and a JB in the bridge). The icing on the cake is a set of Grover 18:1 micro tuners to ensure that you stay tuned up at all times. </p> <p>The Classic P90 takes our thin-line and lightest solid body electric guitar in our production line, the Classic, and reinvents it with a couple of major changes; the addition of a Trans-Black finish and a pair of Seymour Duncan P90’s. The secret of the Classic’s unique shape and feel lies in its carved mahogany body. Unlike our Heritage Series guitars, where the mahogany body supports ¾-inch carved flame maple top; the Classic supports a streamlined flame maple top on its fully contoured body. This guitar is so light and sounds so great; you’ll never want to put it down.</p> <p>Finally, Prestige introduces the newest addition to our Heritage Hollow Series; the Heritage Hollow TR. To introduce an updated version of “The Hollow," Prestige decided to go with a few simple changes to this existing production model, which happens to be one of our most popular to date. </p> <p>The new, Heritage Hollow TR (Trans Red), features a trans-red quilted maple top with ebony fretboard, abalone and mother of pearl block fretboard inlays, abalone body neck and headstock binding, and a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers (’59 in the neck and a JB in the bridge).</p> <p><strong>For more about Prestige Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.prestigeguitars.com/">prestigeguitars.com.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prestige-guitars-launches-five-new-models#comments Prestige Prestige Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:59:02 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24408 at http://www.guitarworld.com .strandberg* 6-, 7- and 8-String Headless Guitars — Scientifically Engineered for Comfort http://www.guitarworld.com/strandberg-6-7-and-8-string-headless-guitars-scientifically-engineered-comfort <!--paging_filter--><p>With a client list including Tosin Abasi, Devin Townsend, Guthrie Govan, Allan Holdsworth and Misha Mansoor, and signature models by Chris Letchford, Paul Masvidal, Per Nilsson and Plini, Sweden-based <a href="https://strandbergguitars.com/">Strandberg Guitars</a> isn't exactly a secret anymore. </p> <p>Luthier and founder Ola Strandberg uses interviews and player analysis to choose specifications that not only provide unsurpassed playability and sound, but that are adapted to the player’s body and playing style for optimal ergonomics.</p> <p>The ergonomics, in turn, minimize the risk of repetitive stress injuries and facilitate ease of play throughout the most grueling stage sets and practice sessions.</p> <p>“Two of the pillars of an ergonomic guitar are low weight and balance, and the key to achieving both is a headless design. By removing the weight at the headstock, we can create a lightweight guitar that balances well," Strandberg says. </p> <p>“We designed our own aircraft-grade aluminum modular hardware and carbon fiber reinforcements to achieve our goals, and by using a fanned layout of the frets, we allow playing with a more relaxed wrist angle as well as get a better tone. But the key is our <a href="http://strandbergguitars.com/strandberg-endurneck/">patented EndurNeck profile</a> that really reduces stress on muscles, joints and tendons.”</p> <p>The <a href="http://strandbergguitars.com/">.strandberg* custom headless guitar line</a> has recently been complemented by the more accessible <a href="http://strandbergguitars.com/product/boden-os-7/">seven-string Boden OS line of production guitars</a> that provide all the ergonomics, playability and sound of the custom-made counterparts, with the specifications chosen from leading players. Six- and eight-string versions are soon to be released.</p> <p><strong>For more about .strandberg*, see the specs and video below and visit <a href="https://strandbergguitars.com/">strandbergguitars.com.</a></strong></p> <p>To see .strandberg* guitars in action, check out Scale The Summit guitarist Chris Letchford's demo of his signature guitar, courtesy of EMGTv:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DhpJ9bRxHvA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Boden OS 7 Specs:</strong></p> <p>• Bolt-On construction<br /> • Book-matched Flame Maple top<br /> • Chambered Swamp Ash body<br /> • EndurNeck™ profile neck<br /> • 5-pc (3x) Birdseye Maple neck with Carbon Fiber/(2x) rosewood fillets<br /> • Birdseye Maple/Rosewood fretboard<br /> • 26.25” – 25.5” scale<br /> • 20” radius<br /> • 24 x stainless steel frets<br /> • Glow in the dark side dot markers<br /> • Glow in the dark fret markers (offset low > 12th &lt; high)<br /> • .strandberg* EGS Series 4 fixed bridge &amp; string locks, Black<br /> • EMG 707X pickups<br /> • 3-way switch<br /> • Ebony Volume/Tone controls<br /> • 2.3 kg / 5 lbs approximate weight<br /> • .0095– .064 .strandberg* Optimized Tension strings<br /> • Natural/Red/Black Matte Poly finish</p> <p><strong>Price:</strong> $1,895</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/strandberg-6-7-and-8-string-headless-guitars-scientifically-engineered-comfort#comments Strandberg Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:05:07 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24395 at http://www.guitarworld.com John Petrucci Demos Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-signature-ernie-ball-music-man-majesty-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video posted by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Wd_EiD8gAly1qwF4OZSSA">Ernie Ball,</a> Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci demos and discusses the John Petrucci Majesty electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man. </p> <p>"The Majesty guitar symbolizes the very reason why I am so proud to be a Music Man artist," Petrucci says. "I had the idea for this guitar a couple of years ago, but it is because of their innovative spirit and dedication to the art of guitar building that it is now a reality. </p> <p>"I am so grateful that I am able to collaborate with the best guitar company on the planet and so incredibly proud that together we have created what is to me, the perfect musical instrument for guitar players. I really hope you get a chance to play one and am confident that you will feel the same!"</p> <p>For more about the Majesty, visit <a href="http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/the-majesty.html">music-man.com.</a></p> <p><strong>Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty Specs:</strong></p> <p>• <strong>Size:</strong> 6 string: 12" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 37" long (30.4 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 94.0 cm long) 7 String: 12" wide, 1-3/4" thick, 38" long (30.4 cm wide, 4.5 cm thick, 96.5 cm long)<br /> • <strong>Weight:</strong> 6 string: 6 lbs, 12 oz (3.06 kg) - varies slightly 7 String: 7 lbs, 8 oz (3.29 kg) - varies slightly<br /> • <strong>Body Wood:</strong> Basswood with maple top and mahogany through neck<br /> • <strong>Body Finish:</strong> Matte<br /> • <strong>Body Colors:</strong> Polar Noir, Glacial Frost, Iced Crimson, Siberian Sapphire, Arctic Dream, Copper Fire, Goldmine, Silver Lining<br /> • <strong>Bridge:</strong> Custom John Petrucci Music Man® Piezo floating tremolo, made of black pearl plated (chrome for Precious Metal Series), hardened steel with stainless steel saddles.<br /> • <strong>Scale Length:</strong> 25-1/2" (64.8 cm)<br /> • <strong>Neck Radius:</strong> 17" (43.2 cm)<br /> • <strong>Headstock Size:</strong> Angled &amp; Only 5-7/8" (14.9 cm) long<br /> • <strong>Frets:</strong> 24 - Medium Jumbo profile, Stainless Steel<br /> • <strong>Neck Width:</strong> 6 string: 1-11/16" (43.0 mm) at nut, 2-1/4" (57.2 mm) at last fret 7 String: 1-7/8" (47.6 mm) at nut, 2-7/16" (61.9 mm) at last fret<br /> • <strong>Neck Wood:</strong> Honduran Mahogany<br /> • <strong>Fingerboard:</strong> Ebony<br /> • <strong>Fret Markers:</strong> Custom JP Majesty Inlays<br /> • <strong>Neck Finish:</strong> Matte<br /> • <strong>Neck Colors:</strong> Color matches body<br /> • <strong>Tuning Machines:</strong> Schaller M6-IND locking with black pearl buttons (Chrome on Precious Metal Series)<br /> • <strong>Truss Rod:</strong> Adjustable - no component or string removal<br /> • <strong>Neck Attachment:</strong> Through neck design<br /> • <strong>Electronic Shielding:</strong> Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum control cover<br /> • <strong>Controls:</strong> Custom Music Man active preamp; push/push volume for gain boost, 500kohm push/push passive tone for custom 2 pickup configurations - .022µF tone capacitor<br /> • <strong>Switching:</strong> three-way toggle pickup selector, with custom center position configuration; three-way toggle piezo/magnetic selector, momentary mono/stereo output knob (Piezo Volume)<br /> • <strong>Pickups:</strong> HH - DiMarzio Illuminators; Piezo bridge pickup<br /> • <strong>Left Handed:</strong> No<br /> • <strong>Strings:</strong> 6 String: 10p-13p-17p-26-36-46 (RPS 10 Slinkys #2240) 7 String: 10p-13p-17p-26-36-46-56 (RPS 10 Slinkys #2240 with added P01156)</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cnRrxk3vUks" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dream-theater">Dream Theater</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-signature-ernie-ball-music-man-majesty-guitar-video#comments Dream Theater Ernie Ball John Petrucci Music Man Videos Electric Guitars News Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:44:13 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24393 at http://www.guitarworld.com