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Bare Knuckle Pickups Introduces Cobra Model

 

The Bare Knuckle Cobra is a high-gain single-coil pickup with annealed, nickel-plated steel blades powered by ceramic magnets. It is designed to replace standard Strat-style single-coils and is available in six- and seven-string formats as a calibrated trio or as individual coils for use in HSH or (more…)

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Marshall Reissues Silver Jubilee Head/Cabs

 

Marshall is set to reissue the model 2555 stack, which includes the 2555X head plus the angled-front 2551A and straight-front 2551BV 4×12 cabinets. The head uses three ECC83 (12AX7) preamp tubes and four EL34 power tubes, has silver vinyl and silver front panel, High/Low output (more…)

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Carvin Announces Formation of Kiesel Guitars, Brand Separation

 

Carvin Corporation today announced the formation of Kiesel Guitars, a new and separate company that will take control of guitar and bass manufacturing, as well as instrument sales, starting February 1. Mark Kiesel and Jeff Kiesel formed the company with the intent to focus exclusively on instruments. The instruments will continue to be produced at the current […]

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Robinson Issues Statement on Black Crowes Disbanding

 

The Black Crowes have disbanded, per an announcement today from founding member Rich Robinson, the group’s guitarist and songwriter who founded the band with his brother, Chris. Their first album, Shake Your Money Maker, yielded several hit singles and was certified as a multiplatinum (over 5 million) seller.  Their follow up, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion was multiplatinum and rose to #1 on Billboard’s Top 100 […]

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Park, EarthQuaker Devices Introduce Park Fuzz Sound

 

Park Amplifiers and EarthQuaker Devices have teamed to offer the Park Fuzz Sound, a variation of the British-made three-knob fuzz pedals from the ’60s. Hand-made in Ohio, it uses matched new old stock (NOS) and germanium transistors to re-create authentic tones, and its Treble-Bass control (more…)

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Yamaha Bringing Three More Pacifica Models to U.S.

 

Yamaha is set to bring its Pacifica 611, 510, and 311 guitars to the U.S. market, joining the 012, 112, and 212. All have alder bodies, rosewood fingerboards, and maple necks. The PAC611HFM has a flamed-maple top, Graph Tech String-Saver saddle, color-matched headstock, Grover locking tuners and (more…)

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PRS Introduces Mark Holcomb Signature Model

 

The PRS Mark Holcomb signature model is based on the Custom 24, but has a 25.5”-scale maple neck with ebony fretboard and 20” radius, a new plate-style bridge, green abalone “J” bird inlays, Hipshot O-ring controls, glow-in-the-dark side dots, and the guitarist’s signature Seymour Duncan (more…)

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Fender Sells Ovation Guitars to Drum Workshop

 

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that its subsidiary KMC Music, Inc. has sold its Ovation guitar brand along with all of its percussion brands, including Gretsch Drums and Gibraltar Hardware, to Drum Workshop, Inc., the manufacturer of DW drums, hardware, and accessories. “We are extremely proud of our team’s effort to nurture and grow each of the individual brands […]

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Guitarist Jeff Golub Passes

 

Jeff Golub, a multi-genre guitarist whose career included stints with Rod Stewart, Billy Squier, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford, Marc Cohn, Tina Turner, and many others, died January 1. He was 59. In late 2013, he was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a degenerative brain disease (more…)

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Floyd Rose, Graph Tech Release New Tremolo

 

Floyd Rose and Graph Tech have combined to create the first Floyd Rose Tremolo System with Graph Tech’s Ghost saddles, which use custom-engineered piezo crystals encapsulated in the pickup’s String Saver material, which the companies say makes it impervious to the elements while (more…)

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