BY MARK C. DAVIS AND THE GP STAFF
AXL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Designed by Steve Grindrod of Marshall and Vox fame, this affordable
100-watt amp features two footswitchable channels, EL34 power
tubes, hand-wired tube sockets, digital reverb, and an effects loop.
AMERICAN BADWATER 1216
This U.S. assembled and setup guitar looks fab and plays
great. It sports Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbuckers,
and a TonePros Tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece.
V3M AMP HEAD
The micro-sized tube amp packs three channels,
digital reverb, parametric EQ, and can
operate at 7, 22, or 50 watts.
ELEVEN RACK EXPANSION PACK
BEHRINGER USA, INC./BUGERA
New cabinets, effects, and emulations of a Marshall
JTM45, a Matchless D/C-30, a ‘65 Fender Super Reverb,
The TriRec features three channels, 100 watts of tube
power, Tri-Mode rectification, and a Varipower function
thart adusts the power from 1 to 100 watts.
This 12” speaker is built to the
the demanding specs of metal
legend George Lynch.
$185 retail, $125 street
Featuring the Aura F1 system
with nine microphone images,
this Grand Performance-sized
guitar has solid rosewood back
and sides and a solid Sitka
Sporting a chambered mahogany
body with a quilted maple top, the
M-Custom also comes with TonePros
hardware, Duncan humbuckers, and
a Fishman PowerBridge.
GHC 200 GUITAR
With an EXL111 set on your guitar,
every string feels the same, tension-
wise, regardless of the pitch
you’re tuned to.
Featuring “Gauntlet” custom
graphics and black hardware,
the MB4 looks drop-dead cool.
$748 retail, $469 street
Swooping body lines, “coke
bottle” headstocks, and lipstick
tube pickups, make the Wild
Things the most radical Danos
Black: $399 retail, Candy Apple
color $449 retail
The reissue CD30 is a channel
switching 30-watt tube
combo with Overdrive Voicing,
Drive, and Mid Boost
$998 retail, $699 street
These nickel-plated strings
feature a special coating
that extends string life and
glows fiery bright.
The two-channel Vengence head has
selectable power (120W/60W) and
sports Tight/ Bright, Hi/Low gain, and
Boost/Cut switches on each channel,
assignable effects loop, and a secondary
master that can work like a footswitchable
volume boost on either channel.
EPIPHONE WORN 1966
WILSHIRE WITH TREMOTONE
Sporting an updated Tremotone vibrato
with a spring-loaded return system, the
1966 Wilshire features a double-cuyaway
mahogany body with a SlimTaper
mahogany set neck, original-style mini
humbuckers with nickel-plated covers,
and a classic “batwing” headstock
$748 retail, $449 street
JOE BONAMASSA SIGNATURE FUZZ
The JBF3 is equipped with Russian military-grade germanium
transistors and its housing wears a gleaming
polished copper finish.
STEREO TALKING MACHINE,
VOCAL FORMANT FILTER
ESP GUITAR COMPANY
This stereo pedal does amazing vowel shaping effects
that are controlled by your picking dynamics. Details
include nine selectable voices, Bassballs and wahtype
filters, an expression pedal input, effects loop,
and nine user-programmable presets.
LTD XTONE SERIES AC-5E
ESP’s most affordable acoustic-electric
model has a cutaway body with a spruce
top and mahogany back and sides. It also
features an onboard ESP preamp with an
EQ and Tuner
AMERICAN SPECIAL TELECASTER
Made in the U.S., the American Special Tele features
an alder body and maple neck, Texas Special pickups,
and a vintage-style bridge with brass saddles. It’s
affordably priced too, which is way cool.
BLACK STACK SOUNDHOLE PICKUP
A magnetic stacked humbucker for acoustic players
who want to rock. Run it into a P.A. or right
into a tube amp.
The first significant
update to the oud in
some 2,000 years features
geared tuners, a
ergonomic body shape,
and onboard electronics.
$1,895 retail, $1,579
MUSTANG AMP SERIES
This series of new amps offers a variety
of price points, a bunch of onboard
amp models and effects, and computer
$90 to $499 street
EARL SLICK SIGNATURE
This guitar is custom built to the David
Bowie guitarist’s specifi cations. Options
include DiMarzio P-90- style or humbucking
pickups, fixed bridge or Bigsby.
$5,584 to $5,976 retail
G6128-GH GEORGE HARRISON
TRIBUTE DUO JET
This spot-on replica of Harrison’s classic
Gretsch comes with extensive documentation
This classic Guild dreadnought
sports a Sitka Spruce
top with Red Spruce bracing,
solid Indian rosewood back
and sides, and a D-TAR Wave-
Length™ pickup system.
MOFO 55 HEAD
This 55-watt, 2-channel, all-tube head is
all the rage in England. Watch for Hayden
to conquer America soon.
$1,299 retail, $1,049 street
FOR IPHONE, IPOD
TOUCH AND IPAD
A powerful tone shaping, practicing,
and recording app for
guitarists on the go, with Ampli-
Tube quality and Fender tone!
This vibey reissue has a hollow maple
body with f-holes, a bound maple neck,
a rosewood fretboard with 20 frets
and dot inlays, and two super-cool
Harmony Mustache pickups.
BB9 BOTTOM BOOSTER
A stompbox that doesn’t
just boost, but beefs up low
end as well—all in the classic
$128 retail. $90 street
158 amp models and effects, 100
built-in rhythms, and it fits in the
palm of your hand.
$225 retail, $99 street
IRONHEART AMP HEAD
This 2-channel amp is designed for metal players, and comes
with separate Drive, EQ, and Volume controls for each channel,
and shared Tone, Reverb, and Enhance controls.
DT50 AMP HEAD
This advanced collaboration between Line 6 and Reinhold
Bogner lets the amp’s tube section “communicate” with
the digital modeling section for optimal tone.
ROYAL ATLANTIC AMP HEAD
The ultimate amp in Boogie’s TransAtlantic line, this fullfeatured
monster even has a Multi-Soak channel-assignable
power attenuator to go from 3 watts to 100 watts.
JENNON/MCCARTNEY LYRIC STRAPS
Levy’s had a cool collection of straps inspired by various
Lennon & McCartney tunes.
AFD100 SLASH SIGNATURE AMP
A painstaking recreation of Slash’s Appetite for Destruction
tone, only 2,300 of these babies will be made.
MAVERICK MINI SWITCHLESS WAH
Put your foot on this pedal and it automatically turns on
and gives you Morley’s hybrid vintage/modern wah tone.
$149 retail, $99 street
CUSTOM BADASS ‘78 DISTORTION
A distortion pedal that sounds and feels like
an amp, the ‘78 sports Output, Tone, and Distortion
knobs and a Crunch switch.
$136 retail, $79 street
TH100 AMP HEAD
A bigger, stronger version of the TH30, this amp has
switchable power options that can take you from 35
watts up 100 watts.
COMPOSITE ACOUSTICS GX
Peavey’s Composite Acoustics GX guitars
are constructed entirely from carbon fiber
materials in the U.S., with lots of hand
workmanship, and feature heelless neck
joints and atypical body shapes.
LS-7 POCKET LINEAR
Olympus’ latest portable recorder boasts
an uncompressed 24-bit, 96 kHz Linear
PCM recording format for digital stereo
recordings with a frequency response of
20 Hz to 20 kHz.
DF842 ADRIAN BELEW SIGNATURE
Sporting Parker’s new DF body style, the DF824
has all the features of the pricier Adrian Belew
Signature guitar other than the Line 6 electronics.
Includes a Sustainiac Stealth Pro neck pickup
and MIDI capability.
ACOUSTIC QUICK-RELEASE GUITAR STRAP
Made using a process called Jacquard Weaving, the
designs on these nylon straps are woven directly into
the webbing. They are fitted with easy sliding shoulder
pads and are adjustable from 35” to 59.5”.
$9 to $32 retail
RANDALL DIAVLO RD50H
Randall’s new dual-channel 50-watt Diavlo Series amps were a hot item.
They ship with a pair of EL34s, but the fixed bias design allows you to
swap them for 6L6, KT88, 6V6, KT77, 6550, and other power tubes.
Cagey pickup “tone shifter”
adds kick to single-coils via
EQ and gain controls.
The chrome-plated Meteor Mic USB condenser sports a
25mm diaphragm, a 16-bit converter with 44.1 or 48kHz
resolution, a 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, a built-in
tripod, and even a headphone jack with a volume control.
EMPIRE MAHOGANY HG
The latest edition to the retro-styled Empire series, the Mahogany HG features
a solid mahogany body, a bolt-on mahogany neck, and a combination
of single-coil and humbucker pickups.
$699 retail, $595 street
GR-55 GUITAR SYNTHESIZER
Roland’s latest addition to its renowned line of guitar synths
tracks faster than ever before and includes COSM guitar
modeling, effects galore, and even an onboard looper.
$1,199 retail with GK-3 pickup, $979 retail with no GK-3
This sporty guitar is constructed of maple – save
for the rosewood fretboard–and comes with
Grover Rotomatic tuners, SuperRock ceramic
pickups, and a TonePros TOM bridge with a
Schecter Vintage S Tailpiece.
STERLING BY MUSICMAN
Only 35 of these magnificent replicas of
Seymour W. Duncan’s personal “TeleGib”
guitar–based on the one he built for Jeff
Beck in the early ’70s–have been built.
The guitars are a joint effort between
Duncan, Duncan’s resident luthier (and
VP of Products) Frank Falbo, and the
builders at Larrivee Guitar.
Get your prog on with this newcomer to the
John Petrucci signature models, featuring
a basswood body, quilted-maple top,
maple neck with 24-fret rosewood fretboard,
dual Sterling hi-output humbuckers,
and a Sterling Modern trem bridge.
$898 retail, $629 street
PORTASTUDIO FOR iPAD
How bitchin’ is an iPad recording app
of the 1984 vintage, cassette 4-track
SOUNDBLOX GUITAR ENVELOPE FILTER
This pedal provides 21 different filter types and lets you adjust
the center point of the frequency sweep, the depth and direction
of the sweep, and the filter’s attack and decay times—and
it may be used with the Hot Hand Motion Controller.
$169 retail, $119 street
Created in the Japanese spirit of Iki, which promotes an emotional
connection between the person and the object, this handcrafted
instrument is adorned with fi ne inlay work and boasts an, um, cool
CTP-2 Cool Tube preamp.
New to the SolidBody series is this
gorgeous guitar with cherry sunburst
finished quilted-maple top, mahogany
body, sapele neck, ebony fretboard,
and choice of seven pickup
GREAT DIVIDE OCTAVE UNIT
This extraordinarily hip pedal pairs multiple
analog octave dividers (including
1.5 and 2.6 octaves down!) with digital
programmability and internal trim pots
and DIP switches, an Envelope mode,
and a Synth voice that mashes up various
Designed by boutique amp guru Tony Bruno,
this amp blends British and American tonal
concepts, most notably a quartet of 6V6
power tubes for a more classic Stateside
sound and feel, and features extra touches
such as Bass Boost, Master Volume bypass,
tube-driven reverb, and a Macho switch.
A3R A-SERIES ACOUSTICS
These four fab instruments feature
dreadnought and concert-size
bodies, solid mahogany or rosewood
back and sides, premium
Sitka Spruce tops, and Yamaha’s
flagship System-63 SRT pickups
paired with onboard SRT preamps.
DH40H IRONHORSE HEAD
A “lunchbox” amp designed for gigging, the 40-watt IronHorse employs
EL34s and a cascode input stage utilizing a low-gain 12AU7 triode tube
to get hi-gain sensitivity and tones without the volume. You can also
switch between fixed or cathode bias, resulting in additional tone options.
VHT SPECIAL 6 ULTRA AMP HEAD
VHT pumped up its popular Ultra 6 amp with
an additional preamp gain stage, a Watts
control for scaling back volume, a multiposition
Depth control, and a tube-driven
effects loop. The handwired head ships
with a 6V6 output tube, but also accepts
other tube types.
NUNO BETTENCOURT N4
This limited-run (25), American-made Custom Shop model has
an extended cutaway 5-bolt neck joint, Seymour Duncan ’59
neck and Bill Lawrence L500 bridge pickups, an Original Floyd
Rose tremolo, and utilizes the Buzz Feiten Tuning System.
ZOOM G3 GUITAR EFFECTS
AND AMP SIMULATOR
Bridging the gap between stompboxes and multi-effects
pedals, the G3 packs more than 100 effects and amp
models, a drum machine, a looper, three LCDs, a USB
interface, and much more into a compact package.