Blackstar HT-BlackfireCo-developed by Gus G, who is currently tearing it up with Ozzy Osbourne, the HT-Blackfire is a two channel, tube-powered distortion pedal aimed at metal players. Its Fire channel delivers a more classic high-gain classic distortion sound,
while the Fury channel heads to the metal zone with ridiculous amounts
of gain. That said, the pedal is very dynamically responsive and could
be used for any style of music where a wide range of distortion textures
are needed. The pedal has a durable finish that feel a bit like suede
leather, along with an ISF control, Gain and Volume controls for each
channel, and speaker emulation on the output.For more information
Traveler Escape EG-2The all-new EG-2 ($450 street), which come in a white finish, features a 25.5"-scale neck, a double-cutaway body, a pair of single-coil pickups, and a built-in headphone amp with selectable distortion. Above it is the Escape MK-II ($449 street), which is designed for acoustic-electric players and sports an L.R. Baggs Custom Element hybrid pickup. Both instruments are very compact, but they have the playing feel of standard instruments because of their full-sized necks.For more information visit www.travelerguitar.com.
Also available: the new Taylor designed V-Cable (price TBA), which is perfect when using the ES-Go pickup, as this unique cable features a Volume control on the end that plugs into the GS Mini's endpin jack “It’s brilliant and simple,” says Bob Taylor. “It allows anyone with a guitar but no volume knob to add a volume control. You can find it in the dark, you can turn your cable off to unplug noiselessly, and you can use it on any guitar you have.”
Ernie Ball Gigbag AmpThe accessories team at Ernie Ball hit a homer at summer NAMM with the Gigbag Amp (price TBA), which not only gives
your guitar the protection it deserves, but also features a built-in
two-channel Marshall amp that allows you to jam along to whatever songs you like via its iPod/mp3 input. The case also doubles as a stand when the guitar is
out. Very cool and clever!For more information visit www.ernieball.com.
Saint Blues 61 SouthSt. Blues makes some sweet guitars, and the nice playing 61 South ($970 direct) features a a 25.5"-scale one-piece hard-rock maple neck, a semi hollow mahogany body with a cherry burst finish and double binding, a nickel-plated Wilkinson WTB bridge with brass saddles, and a Kent Armstrong P-90 in the neck position and a tapped single-coil at the bridge. If you like the idea of a P-90-loaded T-style hybrid, the 61 Blues is a cool way to go.For more information visit www.saintblues.com.
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