November 2008 New Products
October 13, 2008
|Parker Acoustic Bass PAB40
Parker promises that the PAB40, an acoustic/electric bass, gives a new level of quality and sound to a performance bass. Utilizing the same groundbreaking body shape as Parker’s Event Series guitars, the PAB40 uses the Soundslot design and features customized Fishman Matrix Bass System electronics. American Black Walnut was chosen for the body because of its deep sound qualities, and Parker says the ebony fingerboard and bass balanced bridge add solid punch and sustain to the bass.
|Custom Tones Ethos Overdrive
The Ethos Overdrive was inspired by a very famous, and much sought-after, boutique guitar amplifier. All of its features were designed to emulate the tone and responsiveness of this amplifier. The key to the Ethos tone is its ability to transition from clean to overdriven tones with just the articulation of the guitar pick or guitar volume control. It features three Tone Stack Toggle Switches: Brite, Modern/Classic and Jazz/Rock. It also provides two independent channels with an integral boost function, resulting in three different footswitch-selectable sounds.
|Kluson Super Tuners
These classic gold and pearl Kluson Super tuners have been re-released. Also known as the Waffle Back and Radiator Back, they have been off the market for around forty years. These tuners were featured on numerous high end Gibson Les Pauls, ES- 355s, Super 400s, L5s and early Les Paul SG Customs. They are also available with metal and oval buttons as well as a nickel finish.
Gallien-Krueger’s Fusion 550
Gallien-Kruger introduces its first bass head featuring an all tube preamp. The Fusion 550 bass head incorporates a uniquely-designed six-stage tube preamp paired with a 500-watt version of the high current solid state power amp used in the 1001RB-II. The Fusion 550 includes motorized knobs which allow you to store two different settings. This bass head also features a simplified version of GK’s exclusive 50-watt Horn Bi-Amp System. Other features include tube-driven four band active EQ and voicing filters with a frequency select for the contour control. The rear panel features Neutrik Speakon and 1/4” speaker output jacks, effects loop, tuner out and a footswitch input jack. Also on the rear panel is a DI output, which uses an isolated transformer for ultra-quiet operation.
T-Rex is introducing its own take on the legendary chorus effect with the release of the T-Rex Twister. The pedal combines two classic effects, the chorus and flanger, into a single box. In chorus mode the light/heavy switch lets you quickly switch between two classic variations of the chorused sound, while the Tone control lets you take some of the top off for a subtler effect. Features include: controls for Depth, Rate, Level, Tone and Regeneration; chorus/ flanger and light/heavy buttons; Mono and Stereo output options; and an input level knob located on the side of the Twister to help maintain a clean signal.
Campbell American FuZix
Campbell American Guitars is releasing the FuZix, custom built for guitarist David Fiuczynski to accommodate his unique playing style. It offers one 21” scale fretless neck and one 25 1/2” scale fretted neck. The guitar is equipped with Seymour Duncan nickel covered SH-1 pickups in bridge and neck positions, Seymour Duncan STR-1 in the middle position, two 12” radius rosewood fretboards, coils splitters, Sperzel tuners, Kahler Bridges and premium “ribbon grain” Sapele tone wood with matching headstocks. A single neck version of this instrument is available.
MSRP $5250 (double-neck)
MSRP $2250 (single-neck)
|Roger Mayer Updated Effects
Roger Mayer has announced the release of four new effects: the Classic-X, the Stone-X, the Mongoose-X and the Spitfire-X. Each pedal is an updated version of the Rocket series of pedals. Additional features for each include a “Fatness” Control, hard wire (true bypass) or two buffered outputs, and a standard DC power jack with internal filters to ensure low noise performance. The front end buffering of the two fuzz pedals, Classic-X and Stone-X, allows the fuzz circuitry to interface better with standard wah pedals, and full tonal capabilities of pickups can be heard without the loss of low impedance input details.
MSRP $ 239.95 (each pedal)
|ESP LTD EC-1000 STP
ESP is psyched to introduce their newest edition to the EC-1000 serious, the LTD EC-1000 STP. The STP stands for See-Thru Purple, and this single-cutaway purple monster is ready to rock. Like other EC-1000 models, this guitar features a mahogany body and flamed maple top, a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. You’ll also get full binding on body, neck and headstock, along with components like an Earvana compensated nut and TonePros locking bridge and tail. The STP comes with an EMG 81 active pickup in the bridge and an EMG 60 in the neck.
|Guyatone Mighty Micros
Godlyke, Inc. has announced the release of the new Guyatone Mighty Micro series of compact effect pedals: HDm5 Hot Drive, MDm5 Micro Digital Delay, WRm5 Wah Rocker and VTm5 Veri- Trem. Based on Guyatone’s award-winning Micro Series effects, the Mighty Micros’ lightweight chassis is thirty-three percent smaller and fifty percent lighter than the average stompbox. They offer many improvements and additional features, all packed into a rugged enclosure that retains the same footprint as the original Micro Series effects.
MSRP $127.50 – $190