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Warwick announces RockBass Idolmaker four-string and five-string basses

March 6, 2019

By Michael Astley-Brown https://www.musicradar.com/news/warwick-announces-rockbass-idolmaker-four-string-and-five-string-basses Warwick’s Idolmaker Bass, first unveiled last year, is now available in a more affordable RockBass format. Four-string and five-string versions will be available, both of which feature a mahogany body, three-stripe laminated maple neck with Ekanga veneer stripes, and a wenge fingerboard. Two MEC vintage soapbar single-coil pickups are onboard, paired with active RockBass two-band electronics, controlled via volume, balance, treble and bass knobs. There’s a push/pull function on the volume to disable or enable the active electronics, too. The Idolmaker Bass is available from late 2019 in Black, Burgundy Blackburst or Vintage Sunburst finishes. Features: Warwick RockBass...

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Roland opens hybrid drumming up to the masses with the TM-1

February 21, 2019

The TM-1 is the newest addition to Roland’s vast hybrid drumming arsenal!

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Tech 21 develops Geddy Lee Signature SansAmp pedal for Rush bassist’s “new projects”

February 21, 2019

Tech 21 has announced the Geddy Lee Signature SansAmp YYZ pedal!

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KRK’s new Rokit G4 monitors promise more precise and reliable mixes

February 21, 2019

KRK unveiled the latest generation of its hugely popular Rokit range!

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NAMM 2019 - Fender refreshes entire Squier Classic Vibe line

January 29, 2019

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (JANUARY 25, 2019)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today announced the refresh of the Squier® Classic Vibe Series, which now includes decade-specific Stratocaster®, Telecaster®, Jaguar®, Mustang®, Jazzmaster®, Jazz Bass® and Precision Bass® models. The first refresh to the Squier Classic Vibe offering, which originally launched in 2012, these additions are a tip of the hat to `60s and `70s features, as well as design elements from Fender guitars developed in the Southern California factory through the years. “We used our in-house expertise to redesign all the pickups for the Classic Vibe Series, which are also Squier-branded now,” said Billy...

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NAMM 2019 - Yamaha CG-TA TransAcoustic guitar

January 29, 2019

ANAHEIM (January 24, 2019) Yamaha today unveiled the CG-TA TransAcoustic nylon-string classical guitar, bringing the company’s groundbreaking TransAcoustic technology together with the rich tone, superior playability, and classic design of its top-selling CG series guitars. The CG-TA is among the newest additions to the family of Yamaha hybrid guitars, joining the CSF-TA, LL-TA/LS-TA, FG-TA/FS-TA and SILENT Guitars™. The CG-TA incorporates an actuator completely hidden inside the guitar, a unique Yamaha technology. When the instrument’s strings are played, the actuator senses the vibrations, enhances them, and conveys them back to the guitar body and the air in and around the guitar to create...

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HAWORTH GUITARS - TOP 10 TREMOLO SYSTEMS!

January 29, 2019

I like to brainstorm a lot with other guitarists about gear, music, tone and other assorted subjects when one subject came up which can be summed up in one simple question: what are the top 10 tremolo systems on the market, right now? There have been many, many tremolo systems for the past decades and with modern technology, insights and metallurgy, the list of great tremolo systems seems to be nearly limitless. One remark beforehand: even though we as guitarists call this device a tremolo, it’s technically a vibrato! A ‘real’ tremolo effect is a rhythmic variation in volume and a...

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NAMM 2019 - HOTONE RELEASES THE AMPERO AMP MODEL AND EFFECTS PROCESSOR!

January 24, 2019

HoTone has unveiled its new Ampero amp and effects processor – a digital multi-fx and circuit modeler that should retail at a more wallet-friendly price, while offering similar functionality to it's major competitors.

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NAMM 2019 - ROLAND ANNOUNCES FP-10 DIGITAL PIANO

January 24, 2019

Hamamatsu, Japan, January 23, 2019 — Roland announces the FP-10 Digital Piano, a new entrylevel instrument with premium sound and playability. The FP-10 features Roland’s acclaimed piano sound and an expressive 88-note weighted-action keyboard, delivering top-tier performance that was previously unavailable in its price class. The instrument’s portable design makes it easy to move, while built-in stereo speakers and support for headphones allow users to play anytime and anywhere. Providing an authentic piano experience at an exceptional value, the FP-10 is ideal for both serious piano students and advanced players who need a portable instrument for gigging, teaching, and playing...

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NAMM 2019 - GIBSON HITS BACK WITH A 23-STRONG GUITAR AND BASS LINE-UP!!

January 24, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn.Jan. 18, 2019 -- Winter NAMM Room #207 -- As previously announced, in 2019, after more than a century, GIBSON artists, players and fans will experience the all American-made instrument brand rejuvenated. 

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NAMM 2019 - FENDER TAKES SONIC INNOVATION TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH CALIFORNIA-MADE AMERICAN ACOUSTASONIC™ SERIES!

January 24, 2019

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today unveiled the first in a new generation of American-made acoustic guitars. Dubbed the American Acoustasonic Series Telecaster, this powerful guitar embodies the spirit of purposeful innovation that Fender was built on.

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Gibson 2019

September 21, 2018

Gibson have announced their full 2019 range! Glenn takes a look at every model and outlines what we love about each of them. From electrics to acoustics, basses to semi-hollows, Gibson has something for everyone in 2019.

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