Cort’s Gold Mini promises the best of a dreadnought at 3/4 the size

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Cort has announced the Gold Mini, a downsized version of its Gold D6 dreadnought, which aims to provide its best features at a three-quarter size.The Gold Mini features all-solid woods throughout, boasting a torrefied ATV (Aged To Vintage) Adirondack spruce top - complete with “sonically enhanced” UV finish - and mahogany back, sides and neck.Two strips of walnut are used to reinforce the neck, which also features the Gold Series’ new neck profile, with rounded fingerboard edges.A 19-fret, 22.8-inch scale length promises to make this one a good choice for travellers or players with small hands.Also of note is the double-lock neck joint - a dovetail reinforced by an added bolt - while Macassar ebony is used for the fretboard and bridge.Image 1 of 5Image 2 of 5Image 3 of…
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Framus debuts Diablo II Supreme X and Pro electric guitars

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Framus has unveiled the Diablo II electric guitar, a new version of the Diablo that adds the Idolmaker’s distinctive contours.As per other Framus models, the Diablo II is available in Masterbuilt and Teambuilt configurations.The Masterbuilt model features a swamp ash body with matching electronic compartment cover, plus a carved AAAA flamed maple top and bolt-on flamed maple neck with rosewood fingerboard.Swamp ash still forms the body of the Teambuilt version, which does away with the flamed maple top and offers a regular maple neck with rosewood fingerboard.Both guitars feature Graph Tech Ratio locking tuners, a Graph Tech Tusq nut, Wilkinson by Framus vibrato and Seymour Duncan SCR-1N Cool Rail (neck), SSL-1 RW/RP (middle) and coil-splittable TB-4 JB Trembucker (bridge) pickups.The Diablo II Supreme X Masterbuilt and Diablo II Pro Teambuilt…
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Solar Guitars Announces Two New Seven-String Models

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Solar Guitars has announced two new seven-string models, the E1.7FBB and V1.7FBB.Both models boast mahogany bodies, three-piece maple necks with Luminlay side dots, ebony fingerboards and a 25.5-inch scale. Hardware includes Duncan Solar pickups, stainless steel frets, locking tuners, an EverTune bridge, a three-way toggle switch and volume and tone controls with push-pull for coil cut.Both guitars feature a Flame Black Burst Matte finish and are offered for $1,299.The E1.7FBB and V1.7FBB begin shipping at the end of March and are available for pre-order now at Solar-Guitars.com. via guitarworld https://ift.tt/2TyaHhe
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Fender Unveils New Powercaster Guitar

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Fender has unveiled its new Powercaster guitar, the first model in the company's recently-announced Alternate Reality series.The Powercaster features an Atomic humbucking pickup and a single-coil soapbar pickup, plus a Modern C-shaped roasted maple neck with a 9.5”-radius fingerboard, 22 medium-jumbo frets and a 24.75" scale length.The guitar also includes an Adjusto-matic bridge with stop tailpiece, and comes with a deluxe gig bag. The Fender Powercaster is available beginning this month for $899.99.For more info, head on over to fender.com.(Image: © Fender) via guitarworld https://ift.tt/2XMq4C3
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Relish Guitars Unveils New Mary One Aluminum Core Model

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Relish has unveiled the new Mary One, which, similar to its higher-priced Mary model, boasts a sandwich-style body construction and magnetic back lid that makes it possible to achieve “light-speed” pickup swapping, according to the company.The crux of the Mary One is its three-layer body and aluminum core. The top and back are separated from the center with industrial rubber rings, allowing the aluminum center to vibrate freely. The back is attached to the center using industrial magnets for easy access to the electronics.Features on the Mary One include custom-wound Relish Buckers XV pickups, a modern “C” shape maple neck, 10-inch bamboo fretboard and 24 medium jumbo nickel silver frets. There’s also a graphite nut, Gotoh SG 381 tuners and Emerson electronicsThe guitar is available with different wood tops and…
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Meet Relish’s Mary One, a guitar with a two-second pickup-swapping system

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Swiss co Relish has released its third guitar, the Mary One, which gives its existing Mary model a lower-priced makeover but retains the company’s two-second pickup-swapping system.The Mary One is built around Relish’s Floating Sandwich Construction, with an aluminium core and magnetic back lid, which is what makes its pickup swapping quite so easy.Elsewhere, there’s a C-shape maple neck, 24-fret 10”-radius bamboo fretboard, graphite nut, Gotoh SG 381 tuners and Emerson electronics.The guitar comes fitted with Relish’s own Bucker XV humbuckers, but these can be swapped out for nine different pairs of Bare Knuckle or Seymour Duncan pickups.There’s also an onboard Graph Tech GHOST piezo setup with separate output and midrange boost, while the guitar is available in 18 different styles.The Mary One clocks in at $3,799, a full $1,000…
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G&L Guitars Announces New CLF Research Doheny V12

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G&L CLF Research Doheny V12G&L has announced the CLF Research Doheny V12, a new guitar that the company says “digs deep into the rapid pace of technical development that was the hallmark of Leo Fender’s years at CLF Research, with particular focus on his late Seventies to early Eighties development of MFD guitar humbuckers.”The MFD humbucker can be set to series-humbucking, parallel-humbucking and single-coil modes individually or combined.The CLF Research Doheny V12 is being offered in two models: Old School Tobacco Sunburst over okoume with Caribbean rosewood fingerboard; and Pharaoh Gold Firemist over basswood with Caribbean rosewood fingerboard.Other features include original CLF black wrinkle powder-coating on a one-piece aluminum control plate/pickguard, chrome-plated CLF knobs for volume, treble and bass, a Dual Fulcrum Vibrato with a CLF 3/16-inch machined stainless steel…
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Ibanez Debuts New Jake Bowen JBM10FX Signature Model

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Ibanez has announced its new Jake Bowen JBM10FX signature guitar. A more affordable version of the Periphery guitarist’s JBM100 model, the guitar features a maple top on a nyatoh body, making it noticeably lighter than the JBM100. Aside from that though, it still features the JBM100's DiMarzio Titan humbuckers, Gotoh MG-T locking tuners and Gibraltar Standard II bridge.The guitar also features a maple Wizard III neck, bound jatoba fretboard and a reverse headstock. It comes factory-tuned to DAFCGC and is strung up with .011-.056 strings.The guitar's five-way selector switch goes between the bridge, inner coils, both pickups, the parallel-connected neck humbucker and the neck.“This isn’t just an affordable-priced version of my JBM100,” Bowen said of the guitar. “This is a guitar I bring to stage every night and I can count on to play like…
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Ernie Ball Music Man Release February Ball Family Reserve Collection

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Ernie Ball Music Man's Ball Family Reserve series is a celebration of the company's heritage in instrument craftsmanship. These rare pieces are offered in limited production runs and allow Ernie Ball Music Man to present instruments to the public that were previously reserved for family and loyal artists. This month's collection features the Majesty in Charred Silver, Valentine in Baby Blue, StingRay Special Bass in Dargie Delight 3, and the John Petrucci 15 in Paradise Pink. You can find out more about these unique guitars below. Majesty in Charred SilverThis John Petrucci Majesty features a striking Charred Silver Sparkle finish covering the entire body, headstock, and back of the neck. The streamlined fretboard comes with two strips of pearl inlays, replacing the traditional Majesty shield position markers. Each guitar is also hang…
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The oral history of the Telecaster

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Fender Broadcasters were only made between Autumn 1950 and March 1951, and are the most coveted and valuable models in the Telecaster family tree This is the insider’s story of the birth of the Fender Telecaster, the first commercial solidbody electric guitar. The Telecaster was a factory product, stripped down to its essentials, built from easily assembled parts, and made at a relatively affordable price. Guitarists of every stripe have come to love the Tele for its elegant simplicity and for its dry bite and twangy punch. Back when it first appeared in the early 50s, it was, quite simply, a revolutionary instrument. This oral history about the birth of the Telecaster comes from interviews I’ve done over the years for my various books about Fender. Bob Perine’s famous portrait…
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