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NAMM 2013 New Gear Preview

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NAMM 2013 New Gear Preview

Electrics

D’Angelico Expands Brand With Introduction of Four New Standard Archtop Reissues, a D’Angelico Bass and Limited Edition USA Masterbuilt Series
The limited run USA Masterbuilt Series is being built for D’Angelico by Premier Builders Guild. Read more...
Epiphone Announces New TV Silver Collection
The collection features the world famous Les Paul Standard, the Les Paul Custom PRO, the 1966 G-400 PRO, the Explorer PRO, the Wilshire PRO and the Thunderbird-IV Bass. Read more...
Fender Custom Shop Introduces the Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster Guitar
Limited to 2013 production, the guitar is a meticulously crafted replica of the black Fender Stratocaster Blackmore played with Deep Purple in the early ’70s. Read more...
Fender Custom Shop Unveils 2013 Custom Collection
The offerings include eight guitars and two basses. Read more...
Fender Introduces 2013 Select Series Models
Fender adds a Jazzmaster, Thinline Tele, HH Tele, SH Tele, and Active Jazz Bass to its Select Series. Read more...
Fender Introduces New Additions to the Pawn Shop Series in 2013
Additions include the Pawn Shop ’70s Strat Deluxe, Pawn Shop Super-Sonic, Pawn Shop Mustang Bass and Pawn Shop Bass VI. Read more...
Framus Announces New Models for 2013
The Wolf Hoffman signature model, Panthera 8-string, AK 1974 S, 24-fret Diablo, and 5/168 Golden Strato De Luxe comprise Framus' 2013 lineup. Read more...
GJ2 Guitars Announces Zora and Glendora Models
A bolt-on version of their Arete, a new single-cut in collaboration with No Doubt's Tom Dumont, and Habanero pickups. Read more...
Godin Announces 2013 Models for Winter NAMM
The 40th Anniversary Norman B20 acoustic and the Limited Edition Anniversary Godin Acousticaster join the Godin Montreal Premiere, MultiUke, 5th Avenue Composer GT, and more. Read more...
Gretsch Introduces the Custom Shop G6118T 130th Anniversary Electric Guitar
The guitar is a striking beauty with its two-tone gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish in Metallic Gold on the top and Black on the back and sides, with multiple silver-sparkle bindings. Read more...

Gretsch Introduces Billy Duffy White Falcon
The guitar features period-correct ’70s Baldwin-era styling, pure White gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, V-shaped Falcon headstock, Silver Sparkle binding, custom wound hot "Black Top" Filter’Tron pickups with three-point adjustable ’70s-style metal bezels and Duffy’s preferred Bigsby tailpiece. Read more...
Gretsch Introduces the New Anniversary, Professional Collection, and Center Block Model Guitars
In celebration of Gretsch’s 130th anniversary, the iconic guitar company is releasing two limited anniversary models. Read more...
Höfner Launches Gold Label Guitars and Basses
Hofner Gold label Guitars are single instruments or very small runs of high quality instruments handmade in Germany by our master luthiers. Read more...
Kauer Guitars Introduces the Starliner Electric Guitar
Doug Kauer set out with a simple goal, to build a guitar that would appeal to traditionalists without sacrificing the aesthetic and ergonomic benchmarks of the Kauer Daylighter. Read more...
MTD Introduces the Kingston Rubicon Electric Guitar
The first electric guitar from bass builder Michael Tobias. Read more...
Peerless Releases the Retromatic Guitar
A new line of small-bodied, thinline guitars. Read more...
Perri Ink Guitars Announces Christina Perri Signature Model and Show and Tell
The new Perri Ink "Show & Tell" was designed in part to pay homage to the band and record that gave company owner Nick Perri his start in the music industry. Read more...
PRS Artist Package Now Available on Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, and Amplifers
New for 2013, PRS Guitars is expanding the popular Artist Package program to include select models across their full Core product line of electrics, acoustics, and amplifiers. Read more...
PRS Guitars Introduces Neal Schon Signature Models
Neal Schon of Journey is joining the PRS family of artists with two distinct signature models: the NS-14 and NS-15. Read more...
PRS Introduces "Paul's Guitar" and "Paul's MDT" Amplifier
Designed to Paul Reed Smith’s exacting specifications and built to match his own gear. Read more...
PRS Guitars Releases Brent Mason Signature Model
Brent worked with Paul Reed Smith for several years to arrive at this unique model that meets the need for a versatile and reliable, recording and gigging instrument. Read more...
PRS Reintroduces SC245 and Custom 22
The Paul Reed Smith SC245 is a vintage-inspired Singlecut perfect for more traditional single-cutaway players.
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PRS SE 245 Soapbar Brings Single-Coil Sounds Back to PRS’s 2013 SE Lineup
Adaptable to nearly any musical style, PRS SE Soapbar pickups provide additional midrange growl and tight bass response not normally associated with traditional single coils. Read more...
Red Rooster Guitars Launches Rat Rodster and Crop Circle
West Coast-based Red Rooster Guitars’ new retro-inspired Rat Rodster and Crop Circle models tap into the fashion and excitement of vintage cars and rock & roll. Read more...
Reverend Guitars Introduces the Stu D Baker Electric Guitar
Reverend Guitars took the bats and sideburns off of the Unknown Hinson Signature Model, took it out of the Coffin case, and came up the Stu D Baker. Read more...
Roland Announces the G-5A VG Stratocaster
Built in the Fender factory in Corona, California, the G-5A is a 100-percent authentic American Standard Stratocaster guitar. Read more...
RS Custom Guitars Introduces the new Red Special Model Guitars for 2013
The LL25 features a 25" scale with 24 frets 2-1/8" spacing at the bridge. A deeper body at 1.75" A wider neck with no Zero fret. Read more...
Schecter Announces 2013 Guitar Line
Damien Platinum 6, Kenny Hickey Signature, TSH Classic, Hellraiser C-1 FR S, PT Fastback-II, Hellraiser 006, Banshee 6 FR, Corsair Special Edition, Damien Platinum 8, S-1 Custom II, Omen Active 8, and Solo Custom III. Read more...

Rumors

  • We've heard there are an astounding 20 new models from Jackson Guitars—including new configurations of signature models for guys like Chris Broderick and David Ellefson—and a lot of options for 7- and 8-string players.
  • We don't have official news and specs, but Fano has posted photos of their new Starcaster-inspired GF6 on Facebook
  • DBZ Guitars is launching an entire new line for 2013 and has photos on Facebook 
  • Reverend Guitars has been trickling out teasers for new models on their Facebook page as well. 
  • We hear Dean Zelinsky will be on site talking about his latest project, but details are slim at this point.
  • The EVH Striped Series was briefly posted on the EVH site and picked up by blogs. We have confirmation that it's coming and the pictures look pretty good.
  • AXL will be unveiling variations on the PG Award winning USA Bulldog.
  • We expect a closer look at the striking Ernie Ball Music Man Armada.
  • There are John Petrucci models a plenty over at the Sterling by Music Man Facebook page.
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