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July 2008 New Products

Warwick Starbass II Warwick has announced the “ultra-retro-cool” Starbass II, a reissue of the Framus Star Bass. Merging traditional hollowbody design with modern technology, the top and back of

Warwick Starbass II

Warwick has announced the “ultra-retro-cool” Starbass II, a reissue of the Framus Star Bass. Merging traditional hollowbody design with modern technology, the top and back of the Starbass II are made from bubinga and the glued neck is made from ovangkol with a wenge fingerboard. Electronics consist of two passive MEC CRB single-coil pickups delivering warm and full sound without traditional single-coil hum.

Prices start at £1739

Warwick Starbass II

Crash CabsCrash Cabs

Offering high quality, handmade guitar and bass cabinets at affordable prices, Crash Cabs are made from 9-11 ply, void-free Baltic birch plywood constructed with dado, finger and mortis joints. Crash Cabs are made to withstand the day-to-day trials of a performing musician and are available in multiple configurations such as 1x12, 2x12 and 4x12 for guitar rigs and 2x10, 4x10, 2x12 and 1x15 for bass use. They are also available with Eminence speakers or unloaded.

Starting at $179 (unloaded)

Fender Elvis Costello Signature Jazzmaster

Fender Elvis Costello Signature Jazzmaster

Released as part of Fender’s 2008 Jazzmaster 50th Anniversary Celebration, the Elvis Costello Signature pays homage to the famous musician’s career. Modeled after the guitar he used in the late seventies and early eighties, Fender went to great lengths to recreate Elvis’ guitar as it was in that era. Features include a post-’68 neck design, a walnut stain finish and a tremolo with easier and greater travel for what Costello calls that “spy movie” sound.

MSRP $2149

The Kluson SuperThe Kluson Super

Kluson has reintroduced the Super model as used on Les Paul Customs, the ES-350, Martin guitars and many others. Often referred to as the Waffleback or Radiatorback, these tuning machines feature a 1/4” tuner post, die cast housing, improved 15:1 ratio, steel worm gear and brass ring gear. The tuning machines and exact replacement bushings are designed to replace original tuners without modifications. The Supers come complete with peghead bushings and mounting screws, and are available in nickel and gold plating, with a wide variety of vintage button styles.

Starting at $120

Framus Peter Fischer Signature Diablo Guitar

The new Peter Fischer signature model features a two-piece swamp ash body; a bolt-on, one-piece maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and 22 jumbo frets; mother-of-pearl dot inlays; and a 25 1/2” scale length. The Seymour Duncan pickups include a STK-S4N and an STK4-S4M in the neck and middle positions, respectively, and an Antiquity humbucker in the bridge position. Like all Framus guitars, the Peter Fischer Signature has been PLEK’d.

MSRP £1549

Framus Peter Fischer Signature Diablo Guitar

The Wah from BBEThe Wah from BBE

Based on a 1967 Class A circuit design, The Wah features a “halo” inductor to recreate sounds made famous by Clapton and Hendrix. The halo inductor is integral to The Wah’s unique vocal qualitites, the same sounds found in high-priced vintage wahs. A custom potentiometer provides a natural sweep response while a unique Harmony control allows guitarists to tailor the wah sound to their individual tastes. The Wah also features an LED indicator, hardwire bypass, hand-wired components and a five-year guarantee.

MSRP $209

TC-Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-G

TC-Helicon’s VoiceTone Harmony-G is a vocal harmony and effects pedal for singing guitarists that analyzes the voice and guitar input to produce musically correct, tight harmonies, as well as intelligently mixes effects, EQ, dynamics and levels. Solo acoustic guitar performers will appreciate the ability to create an automated mix of guitar, harmonies and effects at the stereo output; electric players will appreciate having the guitar pass-thru to their amplifiers.

MSRP $395

TC-Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-G

Halo Guitars XS1 10-StringHalo Guitars XS1 10-String

Designed by Erick Lovett, the XS1 features a mahogany body and deep socket set neck, EMG active pickups, the N-Tune onboard tuning system, Gotoh tuners and a Kahler tremolo. The XS1, like all Halo guitars, comes with a limited lifetime warranty on all hardware and electronics.

List $4500 Armor Gold Cable

The Armor Gold instrument cable is specifically designed for extreme durability, warm but clear tone, and value. Handmade in the USA, features include double layer heat shrink, G&H Show Saver plugs, industrial polymer mesh jacket and medium-low capacitance. The Armor Gold is available online only in lengths of 10 or 20 feet.

MSRP $29-$36 Armor Gold Cable

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Available in 4-string and 5-string versions with unique finish options. Each purchase includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Wimbish.

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PG contributor Tom Butwin highlights 7 preamp options for your acoustic guitar. Wherever you’re looking to plug in your acoustic, these stomps have you covered with a wide range of functionality, sounds, and applications.

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A stripped-down small-bodied acoustic that punches well above its price class.

Midrange-focused voice. Smaller body and scale delivers easy playability. Excellent craftsmanship.

If you love big, boomy jumbos and dreads, you might want to look at a different body style.



As much as I love fawning over expensive vintage and boutique gear—which is a lot—when it comes to spending my money, I look for the highest-end tone at the kind of prices my modest gigs can pay for. With vintage gear, I want to find “player-grade” stuff: the amp that has some long-broken-up band’s logo spray-painted on it, totally devaluing it to collectors, or the guitar with a refin that was done by the last owner’s buddy who paints motorcycles. Sometimes, though, new gear is the only path to what you need. And once you enter the world of boutique, handmade instruments player-grade prices aren’t usually an option.

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