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NAMM Roundup: All things Guitar

Published: Mon January 24, 2011  News Feed


Guitars

There were hundreds upon hundreds of guitars released at this years NAMM, all of which are pretty awesome. Unfortunately we can't show you them all here so we've picked out our absolute favourite new models. If you want to see all new guitar releases you can visit our NAMM page

Fender 60th Anniversary Signature Series

Amongst the 40 new product releases from Fender at this years NAMM, they celebrate their 60th anniversary with two of their classic models. A 60th Anniversary Precision Bass and a 60th Anniversary Telecaster. They might be slightly more pricey than the original P-Bass and Telecasters but here's why you should have one...

Precision Bass

Since its birth in 1951, the Fender Precision Bass guitar has redefined popular music, and continues to in the hands of contemporary artists worldwide. The 60th Anniversary Precision Bass guitar embodies six decades of Fender bass legacy in a collectible U.S.-made instrument. Features include an ash body, maple neck and fretboard with modern 9.5” radius and medium jumbo frets, vintage Precision Bass split single-coil pickup, modern tuners, high-mass vintage bridge, knurled control knobs, black pickguard, Blackguard Blonde thin-skin lacquer finish, commemorative neckplate, and Fender/SKB® molded case.
The 60th Anniversary P-Bass is available for pre-order now.

 

Telecaster

Officially named the Telecaster in February 1951, the world’s first successful solid-body electric guitar turns 60. The Tele revolutionized guitar playing, changed the sound of music and has become a signature instrument for guitarists worldwide. The 60th Anniversary Telecaster packs more than half a century of classic sound and design into one collectible U.S.-made instrument. Features include an ash body, tinted maple neck and fretboard with modern 9.5” radius and medium jumbo frets, American Vintage Telecaster single-coil pickups, modern tuners, American Standard bridge with bent steel saddles and stamped brass plate, black pickguard, Blackguard Blonde thin-skin lacquer finish, commemorative neckplate, and Fender/SKB® molded case.
The 60th Anniversary Telecaster is available for pre-order now

 

 

Fender Road Worn Player Series

The popular Road Worn series instruments struck a chord with guitarists with their aged, well-played look and feel and their incredible value. New Road Worn Player series guitars take the experience a step further with modern player-centric modifications including hotter pickups for smoldering, gritty tone and a flatter fingerboard for smooth, effortless bends. Lightly aged with care, Road Worn Player guitars feel immediately comfortable and familiar, offering endless miles of musical inspiration.

Stratocaster

The Fender Road Worn Player Strat is available in 2-Tone Sunburst and Olympic White. With an alder body and a lightly worn lacquer finish, modern "C"-shaped maple neck and maple fretboard, they're available to pre-order now and come with a free deluxe gig-bag! View 2-Tone Sunburst or Olympic White

 

 

 

Telecaster

The Fender Road Worn Player Telecaster is available in either Black or Candy Apple Red. The Road Worn Player Telecaster guitar includes an alder body with a lightly worn lacquer finish, modern “C”-shaped maple neck with lightly worn urethane finish, maple fretboard with 9.5” radius and medium jumbo frets, Tex Mex™ single-coil bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan® ’59 humbucking neck pickup, three-way switching, aged knobs and switch tip, three-ply pickguard, Road Worn six-saddle strings-through-body bridge, and deluxe gig bag. View Black or Candy Apple Red.

 

 

 

Artist Series Signatures

Fender already have a massive range of artist signature guitar and bass guitars from the likes of John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Green Day and Ritchie Blackmore. In celebration of their 2011 reform and world tour, we are introduced to Blink-182's Mark Hoppus Jazz Bass Guitar

Mark Hoppus Jazz Bass

Fender’s Mark Hoppus Jazz Bass guitar is the perfect punk-pop bass—as powerful and addictive as a Blink-182 hit. Distinctive since its 2002 introduction as a Jazz Bass with a split single-coil Precision Bass® pickup, it now has a new sonic formula. For the updated version of his signature model, Mark has reversed the pickup, with the upper half now on the treble side, delivering supercharged throat and fullness from the D and G strings; and the lower half now on the bass side, adding focused snap and brightness to the E and A strings. A unique modification for nonconformists. The Mark Hoppus Jazz Bass comes in Surf Green or White Blonde.

 

 

Fret King Super-matic Self-tuning Guitar

Simply put, the Super-matic is a guitar that tunes itself – in seconds and at the touch of a button. Beginning in standard E tuning, you can switch to open G, DADGAD, or open D, or even create up to five of your own personal tunings. The choice is yours with the Super-matic. The price and ETA is yet to be confirmed, but you can reserve your order now and we'll let you know as soon as we have a price and estimated time of arrival! Read more

 

 

Ibanez ARZ 800 Transparent Deep Black

The 24 frets, 25 inch scale ARZ takes it beyond the boundaries of traditional single cutaway guitars. The smooth neck heel provides unrivaled playability, while the rigid Tight-Tune bridge and EMG® Pickups make the ARZ ideal for today's metal players, who demand both heavy power chords and shredding solos. We're still waiting to hear for prices on the ARZ 800 however, you can reserve yours now and we'll email you as soon as we have ETA and price confirmation. Read more and pre-order yours now

 

 

Amplifiers

Fender Mustang

 

Mustang IV

The Fender Mustang IV guitar amp combo is a 150-watt open-back combo with two 12" Celestion speakers that sound great and pump serious volume. Driven by incredibly authentic amp models and a huge bank of built-in effects, the Mustang IV comes equipped with USB Connectivity and Fender FUSE software, allowing your musical creativity and imagination to run wild. Pre-order yours now

 


Mustang III

The Fender Mustang III guitar amplifier raises the standard for modern guitar versatility and muscle. Driven by incredibly authentic amp models and a huge band of built-in effects, the Mustang III comes equipped with USB connectivity and Fender FUSE software, allowing your musical creativity and imagination to run wild. Pre-order yours now.

 

 

Ampeg BA-108 Bass Combo

This 25-watt bass combo is perfect for beginning bassists, live performing and practicing with its offering of tools like 3-band EQ, MP3 input and a headphone out for silent practice. The impact resistant, tilt-back cabinet design features durable black tolex, white piping and Ampeg’s classic logo badge. It’s the very definition of what a practice amp should be — Ampeg BA-108.
We're yet to receive pricing or ETA on this bass combo amp but remember you can reserve your order and receive details as soon as we do!


Orange TH100 Bass Amp Head

Orange Amps continue to advance their guitar amps range with the new TH100 head, the 100 watt big brother of the TH30. The TH100 head gives the best of both world's, with two channels allowing for a gorgeous clean tone on one hand and a classic overdrive crunch on the other - just like its little brother. With exactly the same controls and preamp section as its smaller sibling, but when running in class AB1 (half power) it makes 35 watts on two output tubes, and 70 watts on four output tubes. Put it to full power (AB2 position) and the amp makes 50 watts with two output tubes and 100 watts with four. Being able to switch to half power means you can reduce the listening volume while preserving the power tube distortion.
Reserve yours now!


Ashdown 220w Touring 112 Hybrid Combo Amp

First heard in the 427 Small Block, Ashdown’s Dual Tube bass preamp was an instant hit, thanks to its solid, articulate bottom end and sparkling highs. The 220W Ashdown 220 Touring 112 takes this stunning tube preamp design and partners it with an uprated and tour proven EB power stage, delivering the payload via a custom 12” driver.
Pre-order yours now

 

Ashdown 550 Head

The sound of Ashdown's Dual Tube Series 550 575w head was was first heard in the 427 Small Block. Its solid, articulate bottom end and sparkling highs formed the basis of this stunning tube preamp design which has been partnered with an uprated and tour proven MAG power stage. The discerning bass player gets high and low gain inputs, front panel-mounted FX send and return, rotary bass, middle and treble controls with mid shift, bass shift and bright switching, mute switch, rotary gain and master volume controls and a DI output.
Read more

 

 

Effects Pedals

TC Electronic Dark Matter Distortion

Dark Matter Distortion aims to give you that powerful, super-musical roar of an early plexi - a sound that will satisfy even the pickiest players out there. From cleans with an attitude and warm bluesy tones to a crunch with grit for days and fully saturated lead sounds full of harmonics and overtones, it’s all here in spades and instantly available by riding your guitar’s volume knob. Dark Matter distortion is built from the highest-grade components, features an easy-access battery hatch and has a conveniently small footprint.
Read more

 

 

BOSS RC-30 Loop Station

The RC-30, a Twin Pedal multi-track looper with two synchronized stereo tracks and built-in loop effects. Plug in your instrument of choice, or even a microphone; an XLR input is provided, complete with phantom power. Twin Stereo Tracks, Built-In Effects, & Pro I/O BOSS celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Loop Station with an exciting new lineup of RC-series loopers! First out of the gate is the RC-30, a Twin Pedal multi-track looper with two synchronized stereo tracks and built-in loop effects.
RC-30 Loop Station

 

 

You can see all of the guitar gear released at this years NAMM here

 
 
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