December 2008 New Products
November 10, 2008
New products to drool over from Ernie Ball, Dean, Hartman, Goodsell, Breedlove, Jensen, Way Huge and more.
|Ernie Ball Titanium Electric Strings|
Ernie Ball is introducing new titanium coated electric strings. Ernie Ball’s titanium-reinforced coated electric strings combine the latest technological advances in string manufacturing. All wound strings are treated with a micro-thin layer of an exclusive enamel that prevents decay and corrosion up to five times more than uncoated sets. Titanium’s inherent strength prevents string breakage, string slippage, and is proven to keep your strings in tune better than conventional plain strings.
|Dean/Buddy Blaze ML|
Dean guitars and famed guitar designer and builder Buddy Blaze have teamed up and jointly created a custom Dean ML guitar. The Dean/Buddy Blaze ML is decorated with a chrome flame graphic and features a top-mount Floyd Rose tremolo similar to the one that Buddy installed in Dimebag’s world famous Dean From Hell. Other features include signature middle and bridge pickup positions loaded with a custom-wound Dean DMT pickup.
MSRP $1625 Street: $999
|Hartman Electronics Tommy Bolin Signature Fuzz|
With the assistance and cooperation of the Bolin family and estate, Hartman has recreated Tommy’s legendary fuzz tone. Beginning with an original model of Tommy’s go-to fuzz and refined against the original, isolated guitar tracks of Bolin master reels, the result is a 3-knob box of dynamite featuring a definitive palette of tones from deep within the Bolin zone. Controls include Attack, Tone and Volume.
|Goodsell Black Dog 50|
From Richard Goodsell comes an all-new EL34-equipped amplifier that continues on the previously successful platforms of the Super 17 and 33 Custom amplifiers; simple and sensibly-priced tone, but this time with a little bite. The Black Dog 50, Goodsell’s first high-gain model, is a hand-made, point-to-point-wired guitar amp. Based on his favorite tones from the golden era of seventies rock, the Black Dog has the all the power and more, yet it can be dialed back to calm clarity using only your hands and the knobs on the guitar.
MSRP Head Only $1899
MSRP 2x12 combo w/Reverb $2799
|New Breedlove Atlas Series|
The all new Breedlove Atlas Series comes in four packages: Stage, Studio, Solo and Retro. These newly voiced instruments feature the all new LR Baggs Stage Pro Element pickup with a stealthy chromatic tuner. Each Solo model includes a fully voiced monitor side sound hole, which helps project a balanced sound. The Stage, Studio and Solo models are all braced for balance and reinforced with the bridge truss. Breedlove says all models are based upon traditional designs, and the geometry is focused on balance and power for bluegrass and spanky blues. Pictured: Stage C250/EF.
|Jensen Jet Electric Lightning|
Jensen Musical Instrument Speakers is announcing their latest addition to the Jensen Jet series: the 12”, 70-watt Electric Lightning. Jensen says, the electric Lightning’s tone is straightforward and powerful with fat lows, throaty mids and crisp, bright highs. They say it is a true in-yourface rock n’ roll speaker that can handle the heaviest of playing styles and is designed for loud applications.
|Voodoo Labs Wahzoo|
Voodoo Lab has announced the release of Wahzoo, which combines vintage wah tones, a funk-approved Autowah, and a unique programmable Stepwah. Wahzoo delivers three filter-based effects all in a single, versatile pedal. Vintage mode has all the clarity and expressiveness of classic sixties-era pedals. Autowah mode is the classic dynamic-based effect, but rather than utilizing a generic bandpass filter, it’s based around the vintage wah’s voicing. Stepwah mode automatically jumps through different wah treadle positions as a rhythmic pattern. You can create and save four sequences of up to 28 different wah positions each.
|Way Huge Reissues|
Way Huge pedals is reissuing some updated classics: the Swollen Pickle MkII, the Fat Sandwich and the Pork Loin.
The Swollen Pickle MkII adds a tone stack Scoop control that elicits classic Swollen Pickle mid-scoop or a flat mid-frequency sweep, and a Crunch knob to adjust the compression intensity of the fuzz. Under the hood, the Swollen Pickle MkII has two internal mini controls; Voice sets the intensity of the external scoop control from light to heavy mid cut, and Clip varies between two sets of clipping diodes for smooth or opened fuzz sustain.
The Fat Sandwich has an innovative multi-stage clipping circuit. The passive tone stack was tuned to bring out the “sweet spot” with any guitar and amp combination. The Volume control produces tons of output, making it ideal for driving the headroom out of the most powerful tube amps. Additionally, the Fat Sandwich has two internal mini controls: the Curve knob lets the user fine-tune the corner frequency of the overdrive filtering and the Sustain control adjusts the gain of the final distortion stage.
The Pork Loin incorporates two distinct tonal pathways that are blended together—a modern soft clipping overdrive and a modified classic British preamp for clean. At the heart of the overdrive path is a soft clipped BiFET overdrive gain stage with a passive Tone control, rounded out by a Curve function that fine-tunes the corner frequencies. The Volume control regulates the output while the Clean control blends in its warm glistening clean tones. Additionally, the Pork Loin has three internal mini controls: Filter and Voice deliver extensive tonal shaping possibilities, while the overdrive Mix control allows the Pork Loin to be run as a clean preamp.
Swollen Pickle MkII Street: $159.99
Fat Sandwich Street: $179.99
Pork Loin Street: $169.99