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Musikmesse 2011: Day 1

April 6, 2011
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Frankfurt, Germany
(April 6, 2011) -- PG editors Shawn Hammond and Charles Saufley are on the ground in Frankfurt checking out all of the cool international gear and important new releases as they happen. You can keep up live during the day on our Facebook and Twitter pages and check back here for nightly roundups.

Here are the gear releases we've gotten for the first day of Musikmesse:
- Blackstar Adds Reverb to HT-5 Series Amps
- Korg Releases PC-1 Pitch Clip Guitar and Bass Tuner
- Line 6 Introduces POD HD Desktop
- Line 6 Introduces M5 Stompbox Modeler
- Orange Announces the Dark Terror Amp
- TC Electronic Introduces RH750 Bass Head
- Vox Announces USA Custom Shop Guitars
- Vox Announces Valvetronix Pro VTX150 Neodymium Amp
- Yamaha Introduces New Pacifica Guitars

Here are some photos of new and cool gear from the first day of Musikmesse:


Jozsi Lak's (jozsi-lak.de) guitars at Musikmesse 2011 included electrics and this acoustic designed for Gypsy Kings founder Chico Bouchikhi.


Line 6 unveiled the new M5 Stompbox Modeler, which enables you to use any pedal from the M13 one at time. line6.com


The new Line 6 Pod HD brings the power of the Pod HD500 pedalboard to the company's famous, studio-friendly bean-shaped unit. line6.com

Click here for Day 2 news and photos!



Eric Clapton's 1963 Gibson Firebird I on display at the MJ Guitar booth at Musikmesse 2011. Note the three filled holes from the removed Vibrola tremolo.


A few of the basses at Luthman's Musikmesse 2011 booth. Luthman.fr


Curvaceous new carved-top single-cutaway from the Gain series by FGN (Fujigen)--builder of numerous guitars for Fender, Ibanez, and more. fgnguitars.com


Not suitable for ripping the solo to "Tales of Brave Ulysses" but pretty cool looking for an 8" guitar....Indus 3D's (indus3d.com) scale model guitar's also included Noel Gallagher's Union Jack Epiphone and Tom Petty's signature Rickenbacker.



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French bass builder Paul Lariat (lariat.com) brought vintage-inspired and more radical designs to Musikmesse 2011.


Palmer, best known to many for their speaker simulators, showcased their new Drei head at Musikmesse 2011.


Berlin's Stark Amplifiers showcased new models at Musikmesse including this Stark 2, which can run at 20, 35, or 50 watts and has switchable power tube capability.



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Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de) displayed this Hoyer copy of a Rickenbacker 4001 at their Musikmesse display.


More Hofner Beatle basses than you can shake a stick at from German vintage dealer Guitar Point.


Hughes & Kettner's new TubeMeister 18 has Rhythm and Lead channels, a shared 3-band EQ, a Lead Boost function, and an EL84 power section.


The ever-prolific T-Rex gets into the wah business with the Gull, which has two wah voices, a yoy-yoy filter, and boost function.

Click here for Day 2 news and photos!