Review: Mitchell Guitars MD400 and MS400

All
GOLD AWARD Whether you’re a first-time guitar buyer or a professional with G.A.S. and a limited budget, there’s never been a better time to be in the market for an affordable new guitar than the present. While it’s been pretty easy to find a good electric solidbody with basic features and above average playability in the sub $500 range for the last 10 or 15 years, most of these instruments featured hardware, electronics and materials that placed them in the entry level category, making them useful only as temporary solutions before necessary upgrades. Recently the gap between entry level and professional guitars has become a lot narrower, as have the choices in the sub $500 range. When we looked at Mitchell’s HD400 and TD400 models a few issues ago, we…
Read More

Joyo Audio Unveils BanTamP Atomic Guitar Amp

All
Joyo has unveiled its new BanTamP Atomic amp, which offers guitarists a classic American tone. From the company: There are few amps that have remained almost unchanged throughout the years. We immediately think of some American classics—but one amplifier stands out. There is an amp that gives you the British clean sound, the one that has hollow mids and a beautiful bell-like character. This amp delivers a brilliant bite and has shaped the history of rock music through the ages. Its drive channel has a great mid gain sound and is just perfect for pop/rock sounds and indie rhythms. The Atomic brings all of that history into your living room in a very compact way. You’ll be amazed by the crystal-clear cleans and the cutting drive sounds. The amp operates with a single…
Read More

Epiphone Announces SG-Special VE Electric and AJ-210CE Acoustic/Electric

All
Epiphone has debuted the SG-Special VE Electric and the AJ-210CE Acoustic/Electric at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. With high-tech features and superb design, these guitars fit right in with Epiphone's impressive line of instruments. Epiphone AJ-210CE Acoustic/Electric Outfit A superb professional dreadnought guitar that’s perfect for singer songwriters, the AJ-210CE features a select spruce top with classic cutaway, a state of the art Shadow Performer Tuner Preamp and a NanoFlex under saddle pickup system, plus a hard case. It will be available starting July 2017.  Street Price: $299 Epiphone SG-Special VE™ Electric Guitar A rock classic at a price anyone can afford. The SG-Special VE features Epiphone open-coil humbuckers with ceramic magnets, and will be available in five beautiful vintage worn finishes including Cherry, Ebony, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Vintage…
Read More

Ibanez Introduces New Prestige 7-String RGD3127 Model

All
Ibanez has unveiled the Prestige 7-String RGD3127 at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville. Designed to be the ultimate Ibanez metal machine for down-tuning, the RGD is based on the RG body, and was developed to optimize the rich, desirable thickness of tone produced by down-tuning. The body shape features a contoured top, that not only looks sleek, but also creates a softer, more comfortable edge where the player’s right forearm rests, and a deep cutaway allows easy access all the way up to the 24th fret. The RGD3127 includes an extended 26.5” scale to provide precise, even string tension and sustain with regular strings. Other notable features of the RGD3127 include: •    5pc Maple/Wenge Wizard-7 neck w/ KTS Titanium rods - for optimal performance and stability•    Basswood body•    Birdseye…
Read More

Modulus Graphite Unveils the Funk Unlimited RevOLite Bass

All
Modulus Graphite has expanded on their Funk Unlimited model with the RevOLite version. Designed by master builder Joe Perman, the Funk Unlimited RevOLite carries the same shape with advanced carbon fiber reinforced construction that increases rigidity and reducing weight. The bass weighs in at just 6.5 pounds. The RevOLite’s body is built with carbon fiber-reinforced... via no treble http://ift.tt/2ujy4hS
Read More

SUMMER NAMM 2017: EVH/New Left-Handed Models

All
SUMMER NAMM 2017: EVH/New Left-Handed Models July 14, 2017 EVH has announced a new pair of left-handed EVH Wolfgang WG Standard models at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The EVH Wolfgang WG Standard LH (Left Hand) boasts the same style and massive sound Eddie Van Halen created at a price the everyday southpaw musician can afford.Offering many of the premium features as its more expensive brethren, the Wolfgang WG Standard LH has a basswood body with special “comfort cut” forearm contour for maximum playing ease, quilt maple top on transparent finish, two-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods to hold strong against the ravages of temperature and humidity, a convenient truss rod adjust spoke wheel at the base of the neck, and a speedy 12”-16” compound radius maple…
Read More

Martin Guitar to Debut Several New Models at Summer NAMM 2017

All
Nazareth, PA (June 29, 2017) -- C.F. Martin & Co. (Martin Guitar) will introduce a re-imagined D-28, bringing forward the guitar’s unrivaled legacy with vintage appointments and a new neck profile for comfort and modern playability. Additionally, Martin will debut four custom signature edition models, including the newest Ed Sheeran LX1 and a Jason Isbell D-18. Also featured in the Summer NAMM lineup is a limited edition Art Deco model, the all new FSC Certified Model America 1 dreadnought, and several exciting series expansion models that are sure to delight guitar enthusiasts worldwide. Martin will now offer the LR Baggs Anthem pickup system in select standard series models. Further details on all of the new Martin Guitar models that will be featured at 2017 Summer NAMM are below and at…
Read More

Framus Releases the Teambuilt Pro Series Panthera II Supreme

All
Markneukirchen, Germany (July 6, 2017) -- The stunning 3D top of this Framus model is an absolute eye catcher and unique at the same time! The Framus Teambuilt Pro Series Panthera II Supreme is an excellent-processed solidbody guitar made from exquisite woods and equipped with first-class pickups and hardware. The mahogany body features an carved AA Flamed Maple top. The set mahogany neck features a Tigerstripe ebony fingerboard. It features a Seymour Duncan APH-1 in the neck position and a Seymour Duncan SH-11 in the bridge position. Other features of this stunning Framus Panthera II Supreme include Graph Tech Ratio Locking Machine Heads, Graph Tech Black Tusq Low Friction Nut, 24.75” scale, 22 nickel-silver jumbo frets with rounded edges, Tune-O-Matic Bridge, Warwick Security Locks, Cleartone Strings, Framus User Kit, and…
Read More

Córdoba Unveils the C4-CE

All
Santa Monica, CA (July 7, 2017) -- Córdoba proudly introduces its newest nylon string acoustic-electric guitar, the C4-CE. This modestly styled cutaway features a solid African Mahogany top for a crisp, articulate tone, and African mahogany back and sides for balanced volume and sustain. Its construction references a traditional Spanish classical guitar, enhanced with a soft cutaway and a slightly thinner 50mm-width neck designed for comfortable playability and easy upper-register reach. Additional design elements include maple binding, abalone rosette, and an attractive satin edge burst finish. The Fishman Sonitone active pickup system produces a rich and natural sound when amplified and puts the soundhole mounted controls at your fingertips - perfect for gigging and recording. Available now. Córdoba C4-CE - $329.99 Street Price For more information: Córdoba Guitars via Everything…
Read More

Blue Horizons: How to Mix Major and Minor Pentatonics

All
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn when and how to use the minor and major pentatonic scales in a blues progression. • Understand how to phrase like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King. • • Develop a better sense of call and response. Click here to download a printable PDF of this lesson's notation. Contrast offers a potent way to create sparks in your solos, and one of the simplest techniques for generating contrast is to play minor and major pentatonic scales off each other. In this lesson, we’ll check out a few classic examples of using contrast in blues, and then learn how to incorporate such contrast into your own playing. Like many guitarists, I began exploring lead by first learning the minor pentatonic scale. Initially,…
Read More