The 26.5-to-28-inch multi-scale fretboard aims to keep the tension even across all the strings.
Seoul, South Korea (May 14, 2019) -- Cort has broken the 7-string barrier with the introduction of the 8-string KX508MS. Featuring many of the same boutique-level materials and specs as its KX series counterpart, the KX508MS offers a new Fishman pickup and a stunning Mariana Blue Burst finish on the poplar burl top. With a series-signature double-cutaway design for easy access to the 24-fret neck, the KX508MS model is as sonically powerful as it looks.
Overall, players will find that the 26.5-to-28-inch multi-scale construction of the KX508MS produces a more defined, punchier, tighter and deeper low end. The stunning poplar burl top is perfectly complemented by the swamp ash body, producing a warm yet punchy high-midrange sound that will cut through the mix with authority.
The neck on the KX508MS is 5-piece maple inlaid with two long streaks of purpleheart. This combination provides strength and stability, with a strong and focused tone in conjunction with the body’s acoustic resonance. The Macassar ebony fingerboard produces a deep rich sound with sweet, yet cutting highs. Esthetically, ebony also complements the guitar’s black nickel hardware and the distinct “raindrop” fingerboard inlay. On the stylishly carved headstock, Cort’s locking machine heads provide excellent tuning stability and facilitate quick string changes through the single hardtail bridge.
For pickups on the KX508MS, Cort has called upon its reliable electronics partner, Fishman, for the Fluence Modern Humbucker. Designed for an 8-string guitar, this modern ceramic humbucker offers players the multi-voice soul of their favorite passives with the power and brutal aggression they’d expect from an active humbucker. The pickup has two distinct and useful sounds onboard, starting with the revolutionary Fluence Core, the heart of the Fluence tone. From the Fluence Core, Fishman creates the classic timbres and tone with colors players will expect—and some that will surprise them.
There are no hidden secrets to the controls on the KX508MS, however. Cort’s simple 1-volume, 1-tone and 3-way toggle switch controls provide a variety of great sounds and allow the player to focus on their playing.
Built for the thoroughly modern player who also appreciates time-tested designs and features, the KX508MS respects the classics while pushing new boundaries. Learn more about this guitar and other models in the KX Series by visiting www.cortguitars.com
MSRP $1199.99 USD
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Flare is a dual-function pedal with a tube-like booster and a 1970s-style ring modulator effect that can be played separately or together.
Flare’s ring modulator is based on the iconic tone of the original Dan Armstrong Green Ringer. This vintage classic was made famous by Frank Zappa who loved the unusual modulations created by generating a harmonic octave over notes. Messiah’s version offers two control knobs: a “Sparkle” tone attenuator and output Level control. Its taupe-gold body, purple and green knobs and stick-figure rock ’n’ roller holding up a flame convey an appropriately rockin’70s vibe.
In a unique twist, Messiah’s Flare pairs the ringer with a warm tube-style boost instead of a fuzz. Flare feeds the booster into the ringer for an extra punch, while preserving the Green Ringerspirit. The ringer side also turns any fuzz into an octafuzz, and it has the ability to quiet signal background noise fed through it.
The booster side features a single Boost knob to control the MOSFET circuit, making it very tube-amp-friendly with a warm, organic boost and gain of up to 32dB.
The pedal is a distinct improvement over the 1970s pedal that inspired it. “Most ringer pedals don’t track well,” Tom Hejda, owner of Messiah Guitars. “The player can’t rely on repeating the same effect even with the most consistently played notes. We carefully matched the components, so our ringer follows your every move, producing that slightly dirty octave you expect on demand.”
Messiah developed this vintage octave pedal with flexible features so that people who love that messy, dirty Zappa-esque sound can get there with ease but there’s also something for those who have not fallen in love with fuzz or the Green Ringer alone. Flare offers an array of sonic options while retaining simplicity in the controls.
Each Flair Pedal Includes:
- 3 control knobs: Boost, Sparkle, and Level
- Two effects – Ring Modulator and Boost – can be used together or separately
- Space-saving top side jacks
- Durable, cast aluminum alloy 125B enclosure with fun artwork
- Easy to see, illuminated True-bypass foot switch
- Standard 9V pedal power input
Flare Pedal Demo
Messiah Guitars pedals are designed with an explorative player in mind. Like their custom guitars and amplifiers, Messiah’s pedals are hand-crafted in Los Angeles for a long life with guaranteed quality.
Flare retails for $199.00 and can be purchased directly at Messiah Guitars or you can hear it in person at Impulse Music Co. in Canyon Country, CA.
For more information, please visit messiahguitars.com.
This feathery little guy is a joy to play because of its incredibly quick response to your right hand - much faster and more expressive than your typical auto-wah pedal.
If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck, and QUACKS like a duck, then it must be a duck. That's how we came up with the name for our new envelope filter. This feathery little guy is a joy to play because of its incredibly quick response to your right hand - much faster and more expressive than your typical auto-wah pedal. Trevor explains how this is possible in the launch video, as well as gives a demo on Le Canard’s operation.
The attack control determines how quickly the filter responds to the envelope, and the decay sets how quickly the filter releases afterward. The range controls which frequency spectrum the filter does its magic on. Add to this relay-based full-bypass switching with failsafe, and you've got one crazy little quacky beast. It is so expressive that you'll want to give up on your rocker-wah forever.
The MayFly Le Canard envelope filter features:
- Super fast responding envelope follower. Touch it and it jumps!
- Range control to dial in the character of the filter
- Attack control to control how fast the filter moves on that first touch
- Release control to control how slowly the filter slides back to baseline
- Full bypass using relays with Fail SafeTM (automatically switches to bypass if the pedal loses power)
- Cast aluminum enclosure with groovy artwork
- MSRP $149 USD ($199 CAD)
Introducing the MayFly Le Canard Envelope Filter
All MayFly pedals are hand-made in Canada.
For more information, please visit mayflyaudio.com.
Outlaw Effects introduces their next generation of NOMAD rechargeable battery-powered pedal boards.
Available in two sizes, NOMAD ISO is a compact, versatile tool that offers the convenience of a fully powered board plus the additional freedom of not having to plug into an outlet. NOMAD ISO is ideal for stages with limited outlet availability, quick changeovers, busking outdoors, temporary rehearsal locations, and more.
NOMAD ISO builds upon the legacy of the ultra-convenient and reliable NOMAD rechargeable pedalboard line originally launched in 2018. The brand new NOMAD ISO editions feature eight isolated outputs (1 x 9V DC, and 1 switchable 9V/12V DC) for even more versatility and clean, quiet power. With an integrated lithium-ion battery pack boasting 12800mAh capacity, NOMAD ISO can fuel a wide array of pedals, and will last over 10 hours* on a single charge.
Each NOMAD ISO pedal board includes adhesive hook & loop pedal-mounting tape, eight (8) standard DC connector cables, and one (1) reverse polarity DC cable, giving you everything you need to build your ultimate "off-the-grid" rig. A rugged, road-ready padded gig bag with shoulder strap is also included, to safely protect your gear while you're on the move.
NOMAD ISO S
NOMAD ISO S: MSRP $309 / MAP: $249
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 5 ¼"
NOMAD ISO M
NOMAD ISO M: MSRP $349 / MAP $279
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 11"
More info: https://www.outlawguitareffects.com.