Take a look at the PG editors' top picks from Day 2 of NAMM.
PG editors pick their top gear from the first day of NAMM. See everything from day 2 in our photo gallery.
Jim Dunlop Guitar Products MXR came to NAMM with the brand-new Reverb pedal in tow. It delivers six distinct reverb styles from plate to spring to mod, all from a standard-sized MXR box with a simple 3-knob setup and a hi-fi analog dry path. Other features of the Reverb include a 100 percent wet mode, stereo input and output capability, and true relay or trails bypass.
Cole Clark CCFL2EC-RDBL-AE
Cole Clark Guitars brought along a gorgeous new addition to their Fat Lady series with the CCFL2EC-RDBL-AE. This dread is built from 100 percent sustainable timber: Queensland maple for the neck, Australian blackwood for the back and sides, and Australian redwood for the top. Cole Clark's 3-way pickup system comes standard.
Yamaha Guitars debuted their first new solidbody design in 10 years with the Revstar series of guitars at NAMM. Inspired by vintage cafe-racer motorcycles and Japanese craft, the new Revstar models boast distinctive colors and a variety of handwound pickup options. Each model features a deep belly cut, hidden forearm contour, and a newly designed neck joint for playing comfort. And the available hardware appointments from unique pickup covers to raw-copper pickguards to custom floating aluminum tailpieces make these new instruments true head turners.
The Loar LH-1280-CBK
Oh my. The Loar was in town with this black beauty LH-1280-CBK archtop. It's a fully hollow axe that boasts maple for the top, back, and sides, and is outfitted with Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers and CTS pots for classic PAF sound delivery.
Guild Guitars will officially resurrect the S-200 "T-bird" this year. Though then-Guild subsidiary DeArmond did a version back in the '90s, this prototype is the first Guild-branded version of the solidbody since the '60s and comes complete with slider switches and Hagstrom-style trem just like the original. Looks like a very nice MAP too--right around $799.
Stone Deaf SD 50
Manchester's Stone Deaf Effects have been impressing us for years with their stomp boxes (and they brought a few new ones to NAMM.) But their line of new amps, which includes the SD50, are super intriguing and sound really cool. The digitally controlled 6L6-powered unit enables programming of up to 32 control presets. Look for it in May at a street price around $1,750.
Walrus Julia and Contraband
Walrus Audio 's prodigious output continues to impress. These two new pedals, the Julia chorus/vibrato is fat, lush, and warblingly rich--better still it's got a chorus/vibe blend control that helps you dial in very specific modulation shades. It'll be about 200 bucks. The Contraband is as simple as they come...a one-knob silicon fuzz and a fat/thin switch that transforms the fuzz from merely searing to face ripping. Nice work as always Walrus!
Mojo Hand FX M3 Wonder Filter
Mojo Hand FX, which is now run by Cusack Music's John Cusack, brought the M3 Wonder Filter to NAMM. It's a pretty great-sounding take on the Mu-Tron that packs a lot of versatility into a much smaller enclosure.
WMD ProtoStar, Geiger Counter Pro, and Goldilocks Planet
WMD brought three super-cool new stomps to NAMM. The ProtoStar (top left) combines powerful filter sounds (four modes) with modular-synth-like 9mm-jack routing options that exponentially expand the possibilities. The Geiger Counter Pro fuzz (top right) features 16 footswitchable presets, assignable CV inputs, MIDI control, and a randomizer—and, despite appearances, we're assured it's simpler to operate than previous Geigers. Meanwhile, the Goldilocks Planet is a straightforward distortion with three diode-clipping modes.
Kick off the holiday season by shopping for the guitar player in your life at Guitar Center! Now through December 24th 2022, save on exclusive instruments, accessories, apparel, and more with hundreds of items at their lowest prices of the year.
We’ve compiled this year’s best deals in the 2022 Holiday Gift Guide presented by Guitar Center.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.
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About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
- This year's Mystery Stocking will cost $44.95. ($39.95 + $5 Flat shipping)
- Each box will be guaranteed to contain $40 or more in value.
- US only. (Sorry World.)
- Make sure your shipping address is correct.
- Have your credit card ready to go before you refresh the page. Paypal is not available. Autofill may not fill in your information.
- There will be NO REFUNDS given.
- There has been a huge demand for these in the past. We really did sell out in less than 4 minutes last year. When they are gone, they are gone.
- One per household, one per person.
Q: What's in the Mystery Stocking?
A: It wouldn't be much of a surprise if we told you, now would it?
Q: Will I definitely get my money worth?
Q: Can I return it if I don't like it?
A: Nope. All sales final.
Q: What if I live outside the US?
A: Sorry, US only.
Q. How much is it?
A. $39.95 Plus $5 shipping
Q. When will it ship?
A. On or before December 10, 2022.
Q. What form of payment do you accept?
A. Credit cards only. Sorry, no Paypal for this.
Q. Can I ship to a different location than my billing address?
Q. I tried last year and didn't get one. Will I get one this year?
A. There is an overwhelming demand for Mystery Stocking. Be sure you have a fast internet connection and be ready when they go on sale. Last year we sold out in 3 min 33 seconds.
Q. I want to buy 5. How can I buy 5?
A. You can't. This year, we're limiting to one per household, so more people can get in on the fun!
Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.