New gear and cool sights from the first day of Frankfurt''s Musikmesse show
Frankfurt, Germany (April 6, 2011) -- PG editors Shawn Hammond and Charles Saufley are on the ground in Frankfurt checking out all of the cool international gear and important new releases as they happen. You can keep up live during the day on our Facebook and Twitter pages and check back here for nightly roundups.
Here are the gear releases we've gotten for the first day of Musikmesse:
- Blackstar Adds Reverb to HT-5 Series Amps
- Korg Releases PC-1 Pitch Clip Guitar and Bass Tuner
- Line 6 Introduces POD HD Desktop
- Line 6 Introduces M5 Stompbox Modeler
- Orange Announces the Dark Terror Amp
- TC Electronic Introduces RH750 Bass Head
- Vox Announces USA Custom Shop Guitars
- Vox Announces Valvetronix Pro VTX150 Neodymium Amp
- Yamaha Introduces New Pacifica Guitars
Here are some photos of new and cool gear from the first day of Musikmesse:
Jozsi Lak's (jozsi-lak.de) guitars at Musikmesse 2011 included electrics and this acoustic designed for Gypsy Kings founder Chico Bouchikhi.
Line 6 unveiled the new M5 Stompbox Modeler, which enables you to use any pedal from the M13 one at time. line6.com
The new Line 6 Pod HD brings the power of the Pod HD500 pedalboard to the company's famous, studio-friendly bean-shaped unit. line6.com
Click here for Day 2 news and photos!
Eric Clapton's 1963 Gibson Firebird I on display at the MJ Guitar booth at Musikmesse 2011. Note the three filled holes from the removed Vibrola tremolo.
A few of the basses at Luthman's Musikmesse 2011 booth. Luthman.fr
Curvaceous new carved-top single-cutaway from the Gain series by FGN (Fujigen)--builder of numerous guitars for Fender, Ibanez, and more. fgnguitars.com
Not suitable for ripping the solo to "Tales of Brave Ulysses" but pretty cool looking for an 8" guitar....Indus 3D's (indus3d.com) scale model guitar's also included Noel Gallagher's Union Jack Epiphone and Tom Petty's signature Rickenbacker.
French bass builder Paul Lariat (lariat.com) brought vintage-inspired and more radical designs to Musikmesse 2011.
Palmer, best known to many for their speaker simulators, showcased their new Drei head at Musikmesse 2011.
Berlin's Stark Amplifiers showcased new models at Musikmesse including this Stark 2, which can run at 20, 35, or 50 watts and has switchable power tube capability.
Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de) displayed this Hoyer copy of a Rickenbacker 4001 at their Musikmesse display.
More Hofner Beatle basses than you can shake a stick at from German vintage dealer Guitar Point.
Hughes & Kettner's new TubeMeister 18 has Rhythm and Lead channels, a shared 3-band EQ, a Lead Boost function, and an EL84 power section.
The ever-prolific T-Rex gets into the wah business with the Gull, which has two wah voices, a yoy-yoy filter, and boost function.
Click here for Day 2 news and photos!
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This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
Adding to the company’s line of premium-quality effects pedals, Missing Link Audio has unleashed the new AC/Overdrive pedal. This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal – the only Angus & Malcom all-in-one stompbox on the market – brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
The AC/OD layout has three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone. That user-friendly format is perfect for quickly getting your ideal tone, and it also offers a ton of versatility. MLA’s new AC/OD absolutely nails the Angus tone from the days of “High Voltage” to "Back in Black”. You can also easily dial inMalcom with the turn of a knob. The pedal covers a broad range of sonic terrain, from boost to hot overdrive to complete tube-like saturation. The pedal is designed to leave on all the time and is very touch responsive. You can get everything from fat rhythm tones to a perfect lead tone just by using your guitar’s volume knob and your right-hand attack.
- Three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone
- Die-cast aluminum cases for gig-worthy durability
- Limited lifetime warranty
- True bypass on/off switch
- 9-volt DC input
- Made in the USA
MLA Pedals AC/OD - Music & Demo by A. Barrero
Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters are designed to offer a fat midrange and a smooth top end.
Billy Corgan was looking for something for heavier Smashing Pumpkins songs, so Joe Naylor designed the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One pickup. Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters have a fat midrange and a smooth top end. This pickup combines the drive and sustain of a humbucker with the percussive attack and string clarity of a P90. Get beefy P90 tone plus amp-pummeling output with the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One.
Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level with rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows, and poles under the plain strings offer fatter heights. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.
Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Z-One Pickup Demo
For more information, please visit railhammer.com.
Designed for utmost comfort and performance, the Vertigo Ultra Bass is Mono’s answer to those who seek the ultimate gigging experience.
Complete with a range of game-changing design features, such as the patent-pending attachable FREERIDE Wheel System, premium water-resistant and reflective materials, shockproof shell structure and improved ergonomic features, the Vertigo Ultra Bass takes gear protection to the next level.
The Vertigo Ultra Bass features:
- Patent-pending FREERIDE Wheel System that allows for wheels to be attached on the case in no time, giving you the option to travel with it seamlessly
- Upgraded materials, including a water-resistant 1680D Ballistic Nylon outer shell, plush inner lining and new reflective trim for maximum backstage and night visibility
- Enhanced protection with a shockproof shell structure and heavy-duty water-resistant YKK zippers for protection from the elements
- Improved ergonomics and functionality including added back support and load-lifting detachable shoulder straps with side release buckles
- Flexible storage options with added space for touring essentials