BY MARK C. DAVIS AND THE GP STAFF
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.
AXL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
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
New cabinets, effects, and emulations of a Marshall JTM45, a Matchless D/C-30, a ‘65 Fender Super Reverb, and more.
BEHRINGER USA, INC./BUGERA
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 spruce top.
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 HUMIDITY CONTROLLER HOT LIST
EXL111 BALANCED TENSION SET
With an EXL111 set on your guitar, every string feels the same, tension- wise, regardless of the pitch you’re tuned to.
MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO SIGNATURE MAB4 “GAUNTLET”
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 in decades.
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 switches.
$998 retail, $699 street
NEON HIDEF SUPERSTRINGS
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
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.
ESP GUITAR COMPANY
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 street
MUSTANG AMP SERIES
This series of new amps offers a variety of price points, a bunch of onboard amp models and effects, and computer connectivity.
$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 and memorabilia.
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
AMPLITUBE FENDER 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 Ibanez enclosure.
$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 PCM RECORDER
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 FLY
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.
ROCKTRON BOUTIQUE SERIES
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 pickup
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.
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.
STERLING BY MUSICMAN
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 Portastudio?
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.
SOLIDBODY STANDARD DOUBLE CUTAWAY
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 combinations.
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 octave waveforms.
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.