Universal Audio Unveils Ox the Amp Top Box

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Scotts Valley, CA (July 16, 2017) -- Universal Audio is excited to debut the OX Amp Top Box at Summer NAMM 2017. This premium reactive load box allows guitarists to play and record their tube amp in its ideal sweet spots — from the edge-of-breakup to fully cranked — at any volume level, and with instant album-quality mic, room, and speaker cabinet emulations at the turn of a knob. “OX is like no other box on the market,” says Universal Audio CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam, Jr. “It removes the barrier of getting perfect tone from tube guitar amps, at any volume. At its core is the world’s finest speaker attenuator and reactive load. But then we took it several steps further with UA’s own ‘secret sauce’ — namely Rig…
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PRS Guitars Introduces McCarty 594 Soapbar Limiteds

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Stevensville, MD (July 16, 2017) -- PRS Guitars is proud to offer the acclaimed McCarty 594 and McCarty Singlecut 594 with PRS/Seymour Duncan Soapbar pickups. McCarty 594 models were designed to rival the best vintage instruments, meticulously spec’d with a 24.594” scale length, Pattern Vintage neck carve, tweaked Phase III locking tuners with modified collars and set screws, and a two-piece zinc bridge. Soapbars are one of the most classic pickup designs and add another tonal option for players that is at once incredibly familiar and effortlessly playable. “There are a lot of folks out there, myself included, who absolutely love the sound of a good P90 soapbar – they have all the character of a singlecoil with a bit more heft. The PRS/Seymour Duncan soapbars in these models have…
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The 4 Best Pickups For Gibson SG Guitars – Reviews 2017

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Photo by Freebird / CC BY The Gibson SG can be described as a truly legendary guitar. As every single part of it is high-quality and durable, it really stands out no matter the genre of music for which it is used. However, if you seek a slightly different sound from this guitar, an alternative pickup solution is your best bet. Modifying your Gibson SG can sometimes be a challenge. If you’re a beginner and want to change the pickups on your SG, it is normal for you to worry about messing something up in the process. However, the gains of a good, new pickup combination are well worth the risk. By getting the optimal combination of pickups you can go a step further, and shape the sound to the…
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SUMMER NAMM 2017: Jackson/New Models, Including Pro Series Soloist SL7Q

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Jackson has unveiled several new products at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, including additions to Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian’s and Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith’s signature collections. Check them out below.X Series Signature Scott Ian King V KVXT A co-founder of New York “Big Four” thrash metal institution Anthrax, guitarist Scott Ian has pummeled audiences with his huge sound and formidable chops for close to four decades. Experience the veritable thrash godfather’s signature tone with the X Series Scott Ian King V KVXT in an all-new Black finish with mirror pickguard.The KVXT features a 24.75” scale, mahogany body, maple neck with neck-thru construction, 12”-16” compound-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and pearloid block inlays, Duncan Designed pickups, Jackson compensated and adjustable TOM-style bridge with anchored tailpiece, Jackson die-cast tuners…
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Reverend Matt West Signature Model

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Reverend Matt West Signature Model Posted onJune 22, 2017AuthorPeter Hodgson PRESS RELEASE: TOLEDO, OH (June 14, 2017) –   Reverend Guitars and Matt West united to create a signature model just in time for Neck Deep’s Warped Tour jaunt. Based on the Jetstream platform that West loves, the guitar has a single Reverend CP90 pickup and a Wilkinson tremolo. It’s topped off with a reverse headstock and West’s wizard logo on the back. The model is available in Midnight Black and Powder Yellow, both with tortoise pickguards. The guitar will be released this Friday, June 16, 2017, in conjunction with West’s Warped Tour appearance. Matt West is a member of the Welsh pop-punk band, Neck Deep, known for their intense and philosophical lyrics as much as their riff-driven music.  The band…
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Peavey’s New USA-Made HP2 Looks Familiar…

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Look, there’s no way to get around this so let’s just dive in: Peavey has returned to building guitars in the USA again, in the form of the HP 2 Guitar. And It looks very much like the Peavey Wolfgang. Eddie Van Halen took the Wolfgang design with him when he left to set up his own company working with Fender, but I’m pretty sure Peavey wouldn’t have taken this step without some kind of legal justification for using the design. One thing’s for sure though: this thing looks hot. Seriously, look at it in this pic.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens from here. When EVH left Peavey, large chunks of the Wolfgang design lived on in the form of the brilliant HP Special guitar for a while.…
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SNAMM ’17 – Swope Guitars 6-String Prototype and Dakota Demos

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Cort Unveils G280DX Electric Guitar

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Cort has unveiled the G280DX electric guitar, the flagship model of the company's revamped G Series. From the company: With its meticulous workmanship and stylish flame maple top, Cort’s new G280DX JSS (Java Sunset) combines the classic design and modern improvements that reflect the instrument’s sonic versatility, making it an ideal choice for both classic and modern musical genres. Experienced players know that the tonal quality of an instrument is reliant on the materials used. The G280DX delivers a time-proven alder body for excellent sonic character with a classic, warm, and full tone. Even the guitar’s neck takes sonic performance into account. The choice of Canadian hard maple contributes to a beefy and punchy tone with a strong upper midrange. The maple fingerboard with dot inlay has 22 medium jumbo…
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Gear Review: Minarik Guitars Inferno

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Even Jimi Hendrix had to dial back his stage presence while backing up Little Richard. However, if you need all eyes on you, I’ve got the answer right here: the Inferno by Minarik Guitars. Sure, it’s the most attention-grabbing, extroverted guitar you’ve ever seen, but there’s a method behind the madness. Each flame is mathematically plotted to boost specific frequencies of the guitar. Along with, well, let’s just call them “tone flames,” the body is chambered, which helps give the Inferno its unique voice. The first question that came to my mind when I saw the Inferno was, how am I going to play this thing? I had flashbacks of that time I tried to play a Flying V while sitting down. It probably won’t become your favorite couch guitar, but…
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Fender Launches Hand-Wired ’64 Custom Blackface Deluxe Reverb Amp

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Fender has announced the launch of the hand-wired, ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb amplifier at Summer NAMM 2017 in Nashville. More than 50 years after its first release, the Blackface Deluxe Reverb amplifier is still one of the most indispensable workhorse guitar amps ever made—played by guitarists on countless stages and in studios worldwide. Representative of those used at the time, the ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb amplifier recreates that timeless, classic Fender sound heard on countless hit recordings—all in a roadworthy package ideal for vintage tone enthusiasts, session musicians and serious gigging guitar players. The '64 Custom Deluxe Reverb carries on Fender’s amplifier legacy with incredible vintage-style tones stemming from modified all-tube, hand-wired AB763 circuitry; the hand wiring sets this amp apart from the ubiquitous Blackface ’65 Deluxe Reverb amp Fender…
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