Cleartone en Cleartone Introduces Dave Mustaine Signature “Monster" Guitar Strings <!--paging_filter--><p>California-based Cleartone has announced it will release Dave Mustaine Signature “Monster" guitar strings, a set of strings that pays tribute to the Megadeth frontman. The strings come as a .010-to-.052-gauge set.</p> <p>"The first time I played Cleartone strings, I noticed a ton more volume," Mustaine said. "They were bright, felt solid and durable, but really loud. I really feel Cleartone strings are amazing. They are the best-sounding strings out there, which is why I use them exclusively on all my guitars." </p> <p>From a Cleartone press release:</p> <p>All Cleartone strings, including the heavy metal-centric Monster series, employ VolumeBOOST. According to an independent sound lab, VolumeBOOST gives Cleartone strings up to 36 percent more loudness compared to uncoated strings.</p> <p>In addition to VolumeBOOST, all Cleartone strings also include ToneLOCK technology. With ToneLOCK, Mustaine's strings last three to five times longer than other non-coated strings. Because the coating is less than one micron thin, Cleartone Monster strings don’t shred or peel or suffer from the “feel” issues associated with other coated strings. </p> <p>“I didn't even know they were treated until I realized how long they were on the guitar," Mustaine added. "They last much longer than other strings I’ve used.” And unlike other coated strings, the Cleartone treatment is applied to all six strings, including the unwound ones.</p> <p>Mustaine used Cleartone Monster strings exclusively on Megadeth’s newest album, <em>Super Collider</em>. He’s using them throughout the Gigantour heavy metal music fest, which Megadeth headlines. It also features Black Label Society and Death Division. </p> <p>The Cleartone Monster Mustaine .010-to-.052 set will have a US MSRP of $19 and a US street price of around $12.99 per set.</p> <p>Cleartone Monster strings are owned by Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, and the company is run by his son, Jason Everly. Cleartone manufactures strings in its Burbank, California, production facility. In addition to Cleartone and Monster, Everly owns the B-52s brand of un-coated alloy-52 strings, Red copper-bronze acoustic guitar strings and Sevilla classical guitar strings.</p> <p>For more about Cleartone, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//" 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="/dave-mustaine">Dave Mustaine</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/megadeth">Megadeth</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Cleartone Dave Mustaine Megadeth Accessories News Gear Thu, 08 Aug 2013 01:37:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18977 at New Strings Roundup: Six New Designs Redefine String Science <!--paging_filter--><p>If you want to improve your guitar’s tone, the best place to start is at the source—the strings. In recent years, almost every major string manufacturer has made enhancements to its products—from more precise windings to advanced coatings—that can make your guitar play and sound like an entirely new instrument. Here are six recent product breakthroughs worth checking out.</p> <p><strong>Cleartone Monster Heavy Series</strong></p> <p>Designed for guitarists that tune down one or even four whole steps, Cleartone’s Monster Heavy Series feature heavier gauges and extra tension to keep your sound tight and in tune. The series includes five six-string sets ranging from .010–.052 to .014–.080, as well as two seven-string sets in .009–.052 or .010–.056 configurations. Each set features Cleartone Treatment to extend string life by three to five times.</p> <p><strong>D’Addario Balanced Tension Set EXL111</strong></p> <p>Introduced in 1974, D’Addario EXL110 strings have been the choice of many guitarists. The new EXL111 Balanced Tension Regular Light 10–46 strings deliver the bright tone, excellent intonation and long life of EXL110 strings but with consistent tension from string to string that significantly improves the guitar’s feel and playability, particularly on the A, D and B strings. </p> <p><strong>Dean Markley Carl Verheyen Signature Balanced Bridge Helix </strong></p> <p>L.A. session ace Carl Verheyen developed this set for Strats with floating synchronized tremolo bridges to ensure perfect tuning when the bar is released. Dean Markley’s Helix strings feature a precise elliptical winding that increases the number of wraps on a string to maximize mass without changing diameter, resulting in fuller tone and a smoother feel. </p> <p><strong>DR Strings Neon</strong></p> <p>Coated to last three to four times longer than typical strings, DR Neon strings are available in neon green, orange, pink or yellow colors (with blue and red coming soon). They glow dramatically under a black light and look dazzling and brilliant even in broad daylight and normal stage lighting. If you own a neon B.C. Rich, Ibanez or Jackson guitar from the Eighties, you need these strings, preferably in a contrasting color.</p> <p><strong>Ernie Ball Cobalt</strong></p> <p>Ernie Ball Cobalt strings are the first and only guitar strings made from an alloy of cobalt, a ferromagnetic transition element that produces an extremely hard and lustrous silver-colored metal. These are the most magnetic strings available (22 percent stronger than nickel-wound strings), providing boosted signal output that improves clarity while making the guitar’s overall tone bigger and bolder. The strings’ low-tension slinky feel makes bending notes easier. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>GHS Burnished Nickel Rockers</strong></p> <p>The first-ever GHS “low-friction” string, the Burnished Nickel Rockers receive a light polishing during the winding process, making for a smoother and faster-playing string than the regular GHS Nickel Rocker sets. Available in extra light (.009–.042), light (.010–.046) and medium (.011–.050), the Burnished Nickel Rockers are designed for lower tension and easy bending, and their mellow sound makes them perfect for vintage blues and country playing. </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> </div> </fieldset> Cleartone D'Addario Dean Markley DR Strings Ernie Ball GHS Accessories News Features Gear Magazine Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:48:05 +0000 Chris Gill 17282 at