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.
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.
The famed singer/songwriter and frontman for the iconic folk/rock band The Lovin’ Spoonful pays tribute to his lifelong passion for roots music through his exquisite namesake dreadnought sloped shoulder guitar.
Peavey Electronics has announced its new ValveKing series of tube guitar amplifiers. The original award-winning ValveKing line was designed to feature all of the tonal qualities and attention-to-detail circuitry of a boutique amplifier, but with a price point real working guitarists could afford.