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.
If you're following along with Guitar World's Winter NAMM coverage on Twitter, you know we've been taking a ton of gear photos. We've posted a massive gear photo gallery, and today we bring you another gallery. Most of these pics capture the mood of the NAMM Show and give you an idea of what an average "NAMM day" is all about.
The 2013 Winter NAMM Show kicked off Thursday, January 24, in Anaheim, California, and Guitar World is there, keeping you up to date on the latest new-gear introductions and news, plus updates via Twitter and Facebook.
D’Addario has introduced XL Nickel Wound Balanced Tension string sets. Responding to consumer demand, D’Addario XL Nickel Wound Balanced Tension sets have been optimized to have a comparable tension string to string allowing for greater dynamic control and a more evenly balanced effort while fretting, bending, strumming and picking on guitar, as well as plucking, slapping and bending on bass.