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Positive Grid Announces BIAS Amp 2


San Diego, CA (January 30, 2018) — Positive Grid, makers of the award-winning BIAS line of guitar hardware and software, today announced BIAS Amp 2, the first major update to their flagship virtual amp designer. BIAS Amp 2 features a groundbreaking component emulation engine that allows users to design their own custom amp from the circuit level, swapping tubes, transformers, tone stacks and more to create a custom amplifier designed specifically for the individual needs of each guitarist.

“BIAS Amp’s revolutionary engine has the potential to remove the barrier between guitarists and their ideal tones”, said Sean Halley, Director of Product Marketing. “The major updates and new features we’ve added to BIAS Amp 2 offer a greater level of customization than has previously been possible in the world of digital guitar processing”. He continues, “The new features and updates in BIAS Amp 2 – including our partnership with Celestion – have all been developed with an eye on increased dynamics and touch sensitivity, and a more refined and complete tone-making experience.”

BIAS Amp 2 features a completely redesigned user interface, new tubes and transformers, a new speaker cabinet module with multi-mic capability and open back/closed back emulation, new custom Celestion speaker cabs, new RTA eq, and a new updated Amp Match process designed to get better results in less time.

Pricing and Availability

BIAS Amp 2 is available in three different pricing tiers: Standard ($99), Professional ($199), and Elite ($299). Upgrade pricing is available.

Watch the company’s video demo:

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2018 BFG Humbuckers


Its back and it’s badass! The 2018 BFG from Gibson is a fully upgraded version of the now legendary model introduced over 10 years ago. Loaded with humbucker pickups for legendary Gibson tones and huge leads this BFG also boasts refinements not seen on this guitar before such as a truss rod cover and classic Gibson controls. Wearing its unique look with pride the 2018 BFG is the fast, easy playing beast that will set you out from the crowd.

2018 BFG P-90


It’s back and it’s badass! The 2018 BFG from Gibson is a fully upgraded version of the now legendary model introduced over 10 years ago. Loaded with P-90 pickups for classic Gibson tones and screaming leads this BFG also boasts refinements not seen on this guitar before such as a truss rod cover and classic Gibson controls. Wearing its unique look with pride the 2018 BFG is the fast, easy playing beast that will set you out from the crowd.

Ernie Ball Music Man Launches the Expression Tremolo Pedal and Updates the the StingRay4 and StingRay5


Anaheim, CA (January 26, 2018) — Ernie Ball (Booth 5220, D5), the world’s premier manufacturer of guitar strings, musical instrument accessories and volume pedals, introduces the new Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo Pedal, designed specifically to deliver foot-sweepable tremolo control, all without taking your hands off your guitar. The Expression Tremolo Pedal gives players more sonic expression than traditional stomp pedals in a roadworthy stunning violet and gold gloss metal casing. The Expression Tremolo Pedal features a sleek, compact design that maximizes playability, while providing a minimized footprint on stage or as part of a pedal board. Incorporating a virtually limitless tonal palette that simply can’t be matched by traditional “on/off” stompboxes, the Expression Tremolo Pedal is constructed with a sealed aircraft-grade aluminum chassis that offers improved mechanical and electrical protection.

Features include:

  • Five different tremolo waveforms: Slow Rise, Slow Fall, Sine, Square, Harmonic
  • Control depth, rate, or both simultaneously with foot control
  • Spring reverb level adjustment
  • Mono Input/Mono Output
  • 9V Input (power supply not included)

The Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo Pedal is available now at $249.00 SRP

Ernie Ball Music Man (Booth 5220, D5), one of the world’s premier guitar and bass manufacturers, has redesigned its acclaimed line of StingRay instruments with the StingRay4 (4-string) and StingRay5 (5-string) Bass Guitars.

For 2018, the StingRay4 and StingRay5 have been reimagined with new features and appointments that provide a new level of playing comfort while retaining that revered iconic StingRay sound. Updated improvements include an enhanced contour that is rounded for more comfort in any playing position, a sculpted neck joint for uninhibited upper fret access to all 22 stainless steel frets, new Ernie Ball Music Man streamlined bridge and saddles, and lightweight aluminum hardware providing a more balanced instrument. The new and improved StingRay electronics feature powerful neodymium magnets for higher output and a new 18-volt three-band preamp for extra clean headroom. Solid roadworthy construction, elegant pickguard, 3+1 (StingRay4) or 4+1 (StingRay5) tuning key configurations, and the ever-popular Ernie Ball Music Man humbucker, all together produce a look, feel and sound that is unmistakable.

The StingRay4 and StingRay5 have the following features:


  • Active Three-band preamp: Treble, Mid, Bass (Boost and Cut)
  • 18V of headroom


  • New Neodymium magnets


  • Offered in H and HH configurations
  • Contoured neck joint with five-bolt neck plate
  • New rounded arm contour for more comfort at different playing positions


  • Oil and Wax finish
  • 22 stainless steel frets
  • Ernie Ball Music Man Compensated nut
  • Lightweight Ernie Ball Music Man-designed tuning machines


  • New lightweight bridge with nickel-plated steel saddles

The StingRay4 and StingRay5 will be available in the following colors: Classic Natural, Vintage Tobacco Burst, Ivory White, Chopper Blue, Black or Jet Black, Cruz Teal, Aqua Sparkle, Charging Green, Burnt Apple, Charcoal Sparkle, Dropped Copper and HD Yellow.

The Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay Basses will be available with the following pricing:

StingRay4 starting at $1999.00 SRP/MAP

StingRay4 HH starting at $2099.00 SRP/MAP

StingRay5 starting at $2099.00 SRP/MAP

StingRay5 HH starting at $2199.00 SRP/MAP

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Gretsch Celebrates 135th Anniversary with Two New Limited-Edition Models


Scottsdale, AZ (January 28, 2018) — For well over a century the Gretsch sound has been recognized as big and powerful, loud and clear.

In the early 1950s, Chet Atkins’ flawless finesse and Duane Eddy’s infamous twang jolted the airwaves with a sound that would forever mark That Great Gretsch Sound as one to be reckoned with.

When George Harrison led the British Invasion to American shores a legacy of sound soared, fueling decades of icons in Billy Duffy, Tim Armstrong and, of course, the thundering rhythms of the late Malcolm Young.

Owner Fred Gretsch particularly emphasized the pivotal golden years of the 1950s and the dawn of rock and roll.

“In the 1950s when rock ‘n’ roll started, Gretsch was there defining a new sound and a new look for a new kind of music,” said Fred Gretsch. “Sixty years later, Gretsch is still the guitar of choice for players demanding cool looks and a wide range of sounds.”

To commemorate 135 years of remarkable sound, Gretsch proudly presents a pair of new models with the Limited Edition G6118T-135 Anniversary guitar and the G5420TG Electromatic 135th Anniversary LTD Hollow Body Single-Cut with Bigsby and Gold Hardware.

The Limited Edition G6118T-135 Anniversary model begins with a 16-inch, 3-ply maple hollow body with ’59 trestle bracing that is powered by the acclaimed High Sensitive Filter’Tron pickups. Together, this combination provides the big-body power, crisp snap and exceptional fidelity that has made Gretsch famous for over 100 years.

This guitar features an opulent 2-Tone Casino Gold on Dark Cherry Metallic finish and is adorned with matching pickguard and pickup bezels to create a look and style as big and unmistakable as its sound.

The G6118T-135 has plenty of “go” with its “show,” and is equipped with a String-Thru Bigsby B6CP tailpiece, locking tuning keys, master volume with treble bleed circuit, master tone and individual pickup volume controls. Additional premium features include a three-piece maple neck, 12″-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, pearloid Neo-Classic “thumbnail” inlays, matching mother of pearl Gretsch logo on the headstock with an Anniversary model plaque, chrome “G-Arrow” control knobs and hardware, rocking bar bridge on pinned ebony base and Gotoh locking tuners. Also includes a deluxe hardshell case.

The G5420TG Electromatic 135th Anniversary LTD Hollow Body Single-Cut with Bigsby and Gold Hardware features a 16-inch maple hollow body for the full, “big body” resonance that made Gretsch famous. Coupled with Black Top Filter’Tron pickups, this guitar captures that powerfully pristine Gretsch hollow body tone.

Tone and style collide with a 2-Tone Dark Cherry Metallic over Casino Gold finish with matching pickguard, pickup bezels and lustrous gold hardware. Additional features include a maple neck, 12″-radius compressed ebony fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, aged pearloid Neo-Classic “thumbnail” inlays, matching mother of pearl Gretsch headstock logo, gold G-Arrow control knobs and hardware, gold pickguard and a gold Adjusto-Matic bridge with pinned compressed ebony base topped off with a gleaming Bigsby B60 tailpiece. The G5420TG-135 Limited Edition will be produced in 2018 only.

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Supro Celebrates David Bowie with Limited-Edition Dual Tone Guitar


Port Jefferson Station, NY (January 26, 2018) — Developed by Supro with assistance from the David Bowie Archive, the David Bowie Limited Edition Dual Tone is based on the main guitar David Bowie played on the Reality album and throughout his final world tour, “A Reality Tour”, in 2003-2004. Although he played a variety of guitars throughout his career, Bowie enjoyed a special relationship with the iconic vintage 60’s Supro Dual Tone he had customized to his specifications. Bowie’s guitarist Earl Slick says, “Of all the electric guitars that David played and owned over the many years that we worked together, he loved the Supro best. He was quite proud of it actually. I’ve never seen him get attached to a guitar, except that one.”

During the recording of the Reality album in New York City in early 2003, Bowie purchased two early-60’s Supro Dual Tone guitars on EBay. One of them, which is prominently featured on the cover art of the New Killer Star single, was a 1961 hardtail model. A second Dual Tone was modified by master luthier Flip Scipio, who inlaid the top five fret slots with rainbow colors after installing a Bigsby vibrato at Bowie’s request. “They brought me the second guitar and needed it done very fast, within one day,” recalls Scipio. “That is why I did not reinstall the top frets. The fret filler is made of dyed Japanese maple. David loved the way this guitar looked and sounded, so I chose the colors based on what I thought would look cheerful. I felt that if I can be happy with the guitar, then David would be happy with the guitar as well.” It was this highly customized Supro Dual Tone that became Bowie’s favorite guitar and main live instrument, appeared on the cover of the “A Reality Tour” live album, and inspired this limited edition 2018 re-creation.

Why did Bowie choose the Dual Tone? Guitarist Gerry Leonard, who played on both the Reality album and tour, says: “David was a discerning collector of not only art, but all things to do with music, music artifacts and specific instruments. The Supro was a guitar that nailed a few of these criteria for him. It’s a very stylish guitar and it has a great vibe and sound. It was a fantastic guitar and David loved it so much, it was the only one he wanted to play, even though we had many other great instruments from famous makers available to him.”

Although we know that the guitar’s Art Deco style appealed to Bowie’s well-known flair for design, we also know that he had a fascination with the instrument’s early legacy. He advised James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem to get a Supro Dual Tone specifically because it was the guitar played by power-chord pioneer Link Wray. The Dual Tone famously appears in the promotional artwork for Wray’s 1958 hit song “Rumble”: a recording noteworthy for being the only instrumental song ever to be banned from US radio. Bowie even chose to pay homage to Link Wray, using “Rumble” as a musical interlude during the Reality Tour. Clearly, the rock and roll mythology of Link Wray and his affinity for Supro guitars made a lasting impact on David Bowie.

he Dual Tone model first appeared in Supro catalogs in the early 1950s. The distinctive tone of the Supro Vistatone pickups has been a consistent highlight of this instrument throughout its evolution. Supro’s 1953 catalog boasted: “We sincerely believe the pickup system to be the finest we have ever produced in over two decades of electronic development. Make an honest comparison with any instrument for tone, volume, and performance–you’ll be truly surprised.” Over the subsequent five years after ’53, the neck was improved, headstock changed, body widened, pickup wiring changed, and contoured bevels added to the body. By 1958, the Dual Tone was totally dialed in, and became a bestseller for Supro.

In keeping with the spirit of innovation that evolved the 1953 Dual Tone into the 1958 model favored by Link Wray, the construction of the Bowie guitar has been further developed with subtle tweaks and refinements to carry the torch into the present day—while retaining the vibe of the original instrument. This incarnation of the Dual Tone guitar features a 24 ¾” scale maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and set-neck construction. The alder body has a tummy cut for increased playing comfort, as well as an ergonomic neck joint, allowing full access to the high frets. Hardware appointments include Bigsby vibrato, roller bridge, butterfly tulip tuning pegs and a matched set of vintage-correct Vistatone pickups, designed to replicate the genuine Supro sound that David Bowie loved.

As a final touch, the David Bowie Limited Edition Dual Tone features a mirror-finish Bowie lightning bolt insignia on the face of the headstock. In further tribute to Bowie’s personal favorite Supro guitar, the top five frets have a multi-colored rainbow pattern inlaid into the fretboard to replicate the look of the custom work done by master luthier Flip Scipio for the Reality album and subsequent world tour.


  • Official David Bowie Supro Dual Tone
  • Individually numbered limited edition
  • Mirror-finish Bowie headstock logo
  • Rainbow fret lines on top 5 frets
  • Authentic Bigsby vibrato
  • Supro Vistatone pickups
  • 24 3/4” scale length
  • 12” fretboard radius
  • Ergonomic set-neck design
  • Supro/Bowie hard case included
  • Signed and numbered certificate of authenticity included

Only 300 pieces of the Supro David Bowie Limited Edition Dual Tone guitar will be made. The instrument will retail for $1,199 USD. Contact your Supro dealer to reserve one today.

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Godin Guitars Launches the Doyle Dykes Signature Edition Guitar


Montreal, QC (January 26, 2018) — Godin Guitars is proud to unveil the Doyle Dykes Signature Edition guitar at the 2018 Winter NAMM show. Built to Doyle’s specifications, the Doyle Dykes Multiac Steel comes with tons of tonal possibilities, thanks to a custom voiced LR Baggs Electronics system, which offers the possibility of blending an LB6 saddle transducer with a Lyric acoustic guitar microphone.

This highly-anticipated signature model comes with a solid Spruce top on a dual chambered mahogany body, mahogany neck, Richlite fingerboard, white binding as well as beautiful white rose inlays at the 12th fret.

Winter NAMM show attendees will not only have the opportunity to experience the new model, but they will also be able to watch a performance of Doyle playing his signature guitar.

Multiac Steel Doyle Dykes Signature Edition ($1995.00 USD street price)

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Tanglewood Guitars Launches the Union Series


Melville, NY (January 25, 2018) — Leading acoustic guitar brand Tanglewood has just announced the Union Series, an affordable, quality driven series of solid top acoustic guitars. A direct complement to the Crossroads series, the new Union Seriesarea perfect choice for entry-level guitarists.

Constructed from classic Mahogany tone woods, includingpremium grade Solid African Mahoganytops, the Union Series provides superior tone and quality, all at an affordable price. Each Union model has a maple hardwood binding to the body front and headstock, with a maple inlay forming the soundhole rosette.

“The Crossroads Series was a milestone for Tanglewood Guitars, offering exquisite sounds with top-notch quality craftsmanship,” says John Stippell, Product Manager for Guitar Brands at Korg USA. “The Union Series is all that and more with impeccable artistry, at an incredibly affordableprice, making this model the new go-to for beginners and entry-level guitarists everywhere,” Stippell concludes.

The Tanglewood Union Series will be available in February 2018, starting at $249.00. They will make their global debut at the Korg USA WNAMM booth, #8802 Hall B.

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PRS MT15 (Mark Tremonti)


Continuing one of PRS’s longest collaborations, PRS and Mark Tremonti have announced the new signature Mark Tremonti amp, called the MT15:

The MT 15 is a commanding two channel amp with balanced aggression and articulation. Powered by 6L6 tubes, the MT 15 has a large, bold sound, so you can dig in heavy with rhythms but also get singing lead tones out of one amp. Whether recording, practicing, writing, or playing a small room, this amp has everything you need.

The MT 15’s design started with heavier players in mind, but in the end, it has a lot to offer players of all genres. Like the PRS Archon amplifier, the MT 15 features five gain stages before the Master for full, lush distortion. The gain channel gets big, chunky tone with massive, tight low end, but it never loses its articulate note definition or great lead tone. The clean channel is bright and chimey, good with chords and fingerstyle playing – whether with a pic or not. The clean channel also features a push/pull boost control that adds a little overdrive for old school crunch. No matter what tone you dial in, the MT 15 stays balanced across the spectrum with a sweet, smooth tone that won’t bite your head off.

Additional features include an effects loop and bias adjusters that are accessible from the back panel for ease of servicing. Despite its 15 watts, the MT 15 sounds more like 50, so a half power switch that takes the MT to 7 watts is a welcome edition. Bottom line, the amount of features, the hugeness of the sound, and the raw horsepower of the circuit make the MT 15 an impressive lunchbox hero.

This amp manages to pack a lot of features into a relatively low price point ($650 street). It’s a little surprising that it’s a lower watt amp given that Tremonti plays fairly heavy music. Maybe a higher watt amp is in the works? At any rate, this looks like a solid starting point. I’m interested to hear how versatile it really is.

Fender American Original 60s Telecaster


Fender recently announced that they’re discontinuing the American Vintage line and replacing it with the American Original series. An updated version of the American Vintage series, the American Original guitars feature a modern fingerboard radius, narrow, tall frets along with features such as vintage-voiced pickups and a nitrocellulose finish. The series includes Stratocasters, Jazzmasters, Jaguars, and, of course, Telecasters, as well as new Jazz and Precision basses.

The Telecaster is especially interesting to me because it brings back the double-bound body from the ’62 American Vintage Reissue that was discontinued several years ago. I think a double-bound Tele looks great, so this is a welcome addition in my opinion.

Here are the details of the new American Original 60s Telecaster from Fender:

The American Original ’60s Telecaster combines period-accurate sound and style from this electrifying decade with modern, fast-playing feel and pickup switching. The Pure Vintage ’64 single-coil Telecaster pickups are as period-correct as possible, from the enamel-coated coil wire to the cloth-covered output wires, fiber bobbins and alnico 5 magnets. The bridge pickup’s copper shielding plate adds some zing to your tone, while the pole pieces are staggered for balanced volume between the strings. The mid-’60s C-shaped neck profile gracefully fills the fret hand, while the 9.5″-radius round-lam rosewood fingerboard will feel familiar to any player.

Other authentic touches include vintage-tall frets, original-era body radii, vintage-style hardware—including three steel saddles—vintage-style hardshell case and a lacquer finish that not only lets the wood breathe naturally with resonant tone, it also wears in a distinctively appealing way.A legendary instrument, the American Original ’60s Telecaster is the best way to experience the performance, style and tone that made Fender the foundation of modern music.

If you have 48 minutes to spare, the folks at Andertons have a pretty good overview of the entire American Original series: