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The Cordoba Fusion Orchestra 12 is the first full body guitar in the Fusion series. It features Indian rosewood back and sides, a lightweight cedar neck, and an ebony fingerboard and the option of either a solid Canadian cedar or European spruce top. The multiple ringed rosette is made of 100% natural woods and inlaid by hand, along with the Maple and ebony purfling that outlines the soundboard. A light mahogany binding accents the body shape of the Orchestra, which is slightly altered from a traditional nylon string guitar. The tone is dark and punchy in the basses, with strong, round trebles and balanced mids.
The 14 Maple is very similar to the Fusion 12 Orchestra, but its differences include a joint at the 14th fret, flame maple back and sides, mahogany neck, and a single cutaway body configuration.
The HT-BLACKFIRE is the first artist signature product by Blackstar, developed with influential guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind). It's a dual channel valve metal distortion pedal. The channels are named after the fan-favorite Firewind track "The Fire And The Fury." The Fire channel delivers a high gain classic distortion, while the Fury channel takes you to screaming lead and beyond.
With its black finish, orange and red LEDs, black grille and Blackstar designed Gus G. logo, the HT-BLACKFIRE looks as serious as it sounds.
This little Class A rocker is loaded with 2-EL84s and clocks in at 22 watts. It isn't as big or gnarly as its big brother Diamonds, but this is a no-joke tone machine with only two controls--Tone and Volume. It has crystal cleans, but it begs to be dimed so it can create some Mike Campbell-esque rock 'n' roll.
For this demo, we have North of Memphis' guitarist Carl Bradychok.
The TR-7 is a true stereo tremolo, rotary, and vibrato pedal. Tones range from traditional tremolo to a highly-detailed rotary cabinet. Vibrato effects finish the mix for the world's most advanced pedal of its kind. With its high-voltage operation, the TR-7 is at home both on a pedalboard or in the effects loop of an amp where standard pedals distort due to the large signal from the amplifier's loop. The TR-7 also features true stereo I/O allowing for complex connections and sounds with extreme flexibility.
The GuitarJack connects instruments, stereo line inputs and microphones to the iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPod Touch (2nd generation) via 1/4 inch instrument and 1/8 inch stereo mic/line inputs. GuitarJack makes both level control and input monitoring possible when using a GuitarJack enhanced app like FourTrack.
The Hi-Plains Drifter is a single-channel, 150-watt amplifier with spring reverb designed for the bluesy rock players of the SRV and Eric Johnson school. Bludotone's Brandon Montgomery describes the amp's tone as "going from a sparkly, spankin' clean to a medium roar overdrive, but still retaining the guitar's original tone. Even though the amp is 150 watts, it still produces those overdriven tones at a reasonable volume... it doesn't have to be loud, but it sure likes to be loud."
The Pathmaker SB Maple is a new solidbody from Abe Wechter, a luthier known for his forward-thinking acoustic designs. Equipped with dual Seymour Duncan humbuckers and Graph Tech's Ghost Acoustiphonic saddle-pickup system, this versatile guitar can move from scorching leads to shimmering, quasi-acoustic timbres with a flick of switch. Particularly exciting: It's the first production guitar to offer Seymour Duncan's Triple Shot pickup mounting rings, which have two mini switches that allow you to turn each coil on or off. As a result, you can quickly put the 'buckers in series, parallel, or a tapped single-coil configuration.
Trev Wilkinson, the brains behind the UK-based Fret King and Vintage brands, debuted a brand-new auto-tuning bridge that can store five user-programmable tuning presets, in addition to the pre-loaded standard E, open G, DADGAD, and open D. It's very easy to use, and tunes very quickly and accurately. The bridge comes installed on the Fret King Super-Matic, but will also be available for all manufacturers to install in their models.
The all new CUB HEAD gives players access to British valve tone. The retro styled Cub Head features a top mounted control panel consisting of the following; Gain, Treble, Middle, Bass, Volume, Tone and Reverb.
The Cub Head houses 3-ECC83s in its preamp and 2-EL84s in the power amp section. The Cub Head has two input options, one giving you 15W RMS of valve tone, the other giving you a valve sound, but cutting the output down to .75 of a watt.
The rear panel of the Cub Head houses two speaker out sockets in 8 & 16 Ohm options, a footswitch socket for switching the reverb and an effects loop consisting of a Send/Line out socket and a return socket. The Cub Head can be paired with any Laney cabinet.
They DynaLead pays homage to both "blackface" and "plexi" amplifiers of the '60s, this footswitchable two-channel amplifier takes the art one step further by creating a quasi-third channel, one that links the two, creating a very high gain lead option with its own gain and volume control.
This amplifier also sports a 6-spring reverb tank with vintage reverb circuit and PowerStep, a circuit that reduces power to 50% or 90%, with no loss of tone quality. Additionally, this class AB amp allows the user to switch output tubes as it is factory biased for 6V6, 6L6 and the EL34 tubes it comes with. This is facilitated with two externally accessed switches. External bias adjustment and unique tone circuits round out the package.
Dynamic amplifiers are all-tube, turret board construction, hand wired, and fitted with custom transformers. Available in head or combo format.
This new Ernie Ball accessory allows a guitarist to plug and play anywhere. It has a built-in custom two-channel Marshall amp that features three controls--Tone, Volume, and Gain. It also has a dedicated MP3 input so you can jam along to your favorite tracks and a headphone jack so you can practice privately. And to boot, the gigbag doubles as an amp stand because when it is empty the bottom of the bag and be clipped to the top, creating a triangular amp stand that can help project your tones.
The GS Mini features a solid Sitka top, a back and sides of sapele laminate, an ebony fretboard and bridge, and a tortoise shell pickguard. The Mini comes ready to go anywhere in a specially engineered Taylor GS Mini Hardbag and will be available at domestic Taylor dealers starting in late July. The ES-Go and V-Cable will also be available in late July through Taylor's online merchandise and accessories store, TaylorWare. Players can also purchase the Taylor V-Cable through RapcoHorizon, the manufacturer of the V-Cable.