Last week, we visited the Ibanez booth at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, to get a good look at the company's new offerings. Among them is the Ibanez 2012 Steve Vai Jem guitar. The guitar, which comes in a beautiful Sea Foam Green finish ("A color that Steve is very fond of"), features a cool Tree of Life neck inlay. Despite its good looks, it's actually the most affordable Jem model that Ibanez makes, with a street price of around $1,399.
Most of the updates include EVH's Wolfgang USA series of guitars and the 5150-III amp. The Wolfgang now offers flame maple tops, plus ebony fingerboards on five of the eight available models. They're all available with Floyd Rose or double-locking hard-tail.
This past week, Ovation announced the release of two new signature Viper models designed by and for Yngwie Malmsteen. The two models will come in two colors, white and Rosso Corsa Red, which Ovation points out matches one of Yngwie's favorite Ferraris.
Guitar World visited the Ibanez booth at last week's Winter NAMM show to see two versions of their new Mick Thomson Signature model guitars. Slipknot are headlining the Mayhem Festival this summer, and Thomson will actually be using the black version of the guitar with the "Seven" inlay. It features a neck-through design and Seymour Duncan pickups. On the left in the video is a Blood Red budget version of the model.
Guitar World paid a visit to the ENGL booth at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, to check out some new amps -- including the Gigmaster 30. In this video, guitarist AC Alexander of Warrior and Lizzy Borden does the playing as Michael Berger of ENGL does the talking, dishing out details about the Gigmaster 30. The amp features a 12-inch Celestion Super 65, plus reverb and two channels.
Vox has just unveiled their new DelayLab pedal, which aims to combine all the classic delay sounds and more into one handy pedal. In addition to 30 diverse delay effects, the DelayLab offers a stereo looper that can capture up to 28 seconds.
Yesterday, we stopped by Taylor's booth at Winter NAMM 2012 to take a look at the Builder's Reserve III, an ultra-limited edition acoustic guitar/amp pairing. Check out the video below for an up close and personal look at an amp/guitar combo that won't last long!
Seymour Duncan just announced the release of a new Joe Bonamassa Signature dual-humbucker set based on the pickups in Joe's favorite '59 Les Paul. Joe himself was on hand to demonstrate the new pickups, taking part is a special jam with Seymour Duncan himself.