First Look: Ernie Ball Music Man Kaizen
A new, evolutionary seven string is made approachable with help and a guiding hand from the Animals As Leaders maestro.
Offered with a decidedly contoured alder body, roasted figured maple neck, and ebony fretboard, the multi-scale length fretboard also features an “infinity radius” that provides improved visibility of the fretboard in any playing position. The electronics include a new Music Man HT bridge humbucker, custom offset neck humbucker, and a 3-way switch wired with a custom middle position. Each guitar comes equipped with a MusicMan tremolo, Steinberger gearless tuners, and a G&G hardshell case.
Multi-Scale Neck - 24.75” to 25.7” (E to B or 1st to 7th string) multi-scale design provides affirmative string tension for thick and chunky rhythms on the bass strings, with a traditional feelon the treble strings for smooth bends and solos.
Infinity Radius Fretboard - Conical fretboard radius peaks along the treble-side edge of the fretboard and folds towards the player for an unobstructed view of the entire fretboard in playing position.
Steinberger Gearless Locking Tuners – Contemporary low profile, accurate and lightweight tuning machines feature smooth rotation and allow for a straight string pull.
Multi-Scale Tremolo – Super smooth modern Music Man tremolo with spring dampeners to alleviate unwanted overtones and ringing.
New Music Man Pickups – Music Man designed custom HT (Heat Treated) humbucker in the bridge position features powerful lows with remarkable definition resulting in one of the hottest pickups on the market. A slanted mini-humbucker in the neck position has been specifically designed to compliment the Kaizen bridge humbucker, offering an array of dynamic tones with outstanding sonic clarity.
Ernie Ball Music Man Tosin Abasi Kaizen | NAMM 2022
Aristides Debuts Raw Series Guitars
The new lineup of guitars aim to give players the same quality and design, but with a simple and rugged finish process that lowers price while also decreasing build time.
Haarlem, Netherlands (April 25, 2019) -- Over the last 10 years, Aristides Instruments have established themselves as a trusted source for alternative-material guitars used by touring musicians worldwide. Their proprietary material “Arium” & one-piece injection-molded construction makes for well-balanced, sustaining tone & a neck resistant to movement in any climate. Of course, this comes at a substantial manufacturing cost, & their new Raw-Series guitars aim to give players the same quality & design but with a simple & rugged finish process that lowers price & decreases build time.
"The Raw Series is the most exciting development for us so far. Raw models are unpainted - dyed in the mold, then hand-sanded & sealed. They’re the exact same quality of instrument with a lower cost & shorter build time. Built with the same design by the same people with the same method & high quality standards. It's a great option for someone who doesn't need a crazy finish. We’re happy that guitarists really see the merit in both our unique construction method & our attention to detail, which can now be brought to more people.”
Aristides Raw-Series Instruments feature:
- Available in 6, 7, or 8 strings - straight scale or multiscale
- Choice of Red, Blue, Pink, Orange, or Anthracite solid textured satin colors
- One-piece injection molded construction for optimal resonance & durability
- Arium - exclusive material for balanced tone & long sustain
- Stainless steel frets, Hipshot hardware, locking tuners, compound radius, TUSQ nut
- Milled steel string-thru sustain block, translucent backplate, Luminlay side dots
- Fishman Fluence Modern or Classic + Rechargeable USB pack included in base price
- Lundgren or Bare Knuckle Pickups for multiscale instruments included in base price
- Includes Mono sleeve, strap, strap locks, & other case candy
- Versatile Tone - cover any genre with a great-feeling easy to play instrument
- Durable Construction - never worry about neck warp again
- Luthier Built - intense attention to detail & quality control from start to finish
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As demonstrated by Timo Somers (rock) & Jackel Pun (metal). Aristides R-Series start at €2190
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The new models feature a solid swamp ash body with a black open pore finish, EverTune bridge, and Grover locking tuners.
Sant Gregori, Spain (July 3, 2018) -- Led by Ola Englund, Solar Guitars is creating quite a stir in the global metal guitar community, with a new guitar line clearly focused towards the rock and metal player. Solar Guitars makes instruments designed for both studio and stage use, with simple yet elegant designs and powerful specs.
After the initial success and quick sell out of the very first Artist Limited Edition Series, Solar Guitars launches the next generation of the Artist LTD series, consisting of two new models: 6 and 7 string Type A- , all based around a solid swamp ash body with a stunning Black Open Pore finish, EverTune bridge, Grover locking tuners, Luminlay side dots, Duncan Solar pickups shipping in a deluxe gigbag.
A1.6 BOP Artist LTD: 1199€ /US$
A1.7 BOP Artist LTD: 1299€ /US$
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