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NAMM 2016: Washburn Sonamaster Series Guitars

Washburn Guitars is pleased to announce the Sonamaster Series of double cutaway guitars and basses. Aimed at entry level players seeking the perfect marriage of quality and value, the Sonamaster Series consists of the models S1, S2, S3 guitars. Do they look familiar? Well to me it looks like Washburn have taken their Nuno Bettencourt… Keep Reading

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NAMM 2016: BOSS Announce the WAZA Amp Head & Cab

Well this is an interesting release from BOSS, last year they released a few special edition WAZA Craft pedals (more coming this year too) but this year they are taking it a step further with the release of 150 Watt Solid State amplifier, a 2×12 and a 4×12 Cabinet! Now this is a bit of… Keep Reading

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NAMM 2016: Washburn Ola Englund Signature Solar Series V’s

Washburn Guitars are expanding their Ola Englund signature Parallaxe Solar series with a few very nice looking V shape guitars. I think that takes the tally of available Ola Englund signature guitars up to about 14 including the various price points! First up is the PX-SOLARV16ETC which features an EverTune bridge will keep the guitar… Keep Reading

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NAMM 2016: MESA Boogie JP-2C John Petrucci Signature Amp

Well it’s been a long time in the making, John Petrucci has been using Mesa Boogie amps for ever so it is about time he worked with them on a signature model. This is what Mesa say about the upcoming MESA Boogie JP-2C, “The new John Petrucci inspired JP-2C takes our legendary II-C+ MARK series… Keep Reading

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Lindert Loco-Motive T Guitar

guitarz.blogspot.com: This Lindert Loco-Motive is a decidedly individual take on guitar design and that’s the kind of approach we admire here at Guitarz. According to Linderts guitars (unofficial) fan site, Linderts were built in Chelan, Washington in the 1990s and were the brainchild of Charles Lindert.  Along with their plastic-like, textured bodies and their grillcloth… Keep Reading

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Harmony Roy Smeck H73 signature guitar from 1966

guitarz.blogspot.com: I didn’t know who Roy Smeck was until I bought a bunch of parts from 2 Harmony Roy Smeck lapsteels a while back. Born in 1900, Smeck, who was known as the Wizard of Strings died in 1994. He was known for his skills on guitar, lapsteel, banjo, and ukulele. He was even inducted… Keep Reading

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DiMarzio Steve Vai Signature Cliplock® Guitar Straps

DiMarzio have announced a fun set of signature Steve Vai Cliplock straps, I prefer the swirl straps myself what about you? “Steve Vai helped pioneer DiMarzio® ClipLock® Quick Release Guitar Straps and has used them for over twenty years. Naturally, we were delighted and honored when Steve agreed to collaborate with us to produce three… Keep Reading

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DiMarzio Dark Matter & Velorum covers for Gravity Storm Pickups

DiMarzio Gravity Storm™ humbuckers were designed for Steve Vai wo has used them since their introduction in 2012. Vai has now teamed up with DiMarzio to design two special edition pickup covers for the Gravity Storm™ pickups, the Dark Matter & Velorum neck and bridge pickups. The Dark Matter™ humbuckers feature a custom pickup grill,… Keep Reading

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Phoenix Phantom Headless Bass. 1980s Made In Japan

guitarz.blogspot.com: I’d never heard of Phoenix guitars before. Clearly they were part of the Japanese invasion of the 1980s. This Phoenix Phantom looks to be a solid example of the quality that was going into all the made in Japan guitars of the time. If you can get past the lack of a headstock you… Keep Reading

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Floyd Rose Rail Tail Non-Locking Tremolo

“The Rail Tail Tremolo is a full contact, dive-only tremolo designed to retrofit your existing Strat-style 6-point tremolo with no modifications to your guitar; a clever design merging the feel and reliability of a hardtail bridge with the flexibility of a tremolo system.” This seems like quite a nice tremolo design from Floyd Rose, lets… Keep Reading

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660 Guitars New Patriot Guitar For NAMM

Press release 660 Guitars announced today the introduction of their new Patriot model guitar for 2016. The Patriot, as well as 660 Guitars, will make their debut at the 2016 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California this January. Customers can place orders directly from the factory while they work to… Keep Reading

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This New York Pro has been abused

guitarz.blogspot.com: The seller of the guitar keeps it short and simple.  “New York Pro, refinished, new strings, tuned, sounds awesome” Let’s dissect it a little: It’s a New York Pro –  Hard to dispute or confirm as the headstock is not shown, but it looks like it’s likely low range Korean offering. Refinished – Well… Keep Reading

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10 Guitar Gift Ideas that aren’t a waste of money

Thank you to Bobby Kittleberger of Guitar Chalk for this guest post, I hope you find the gift ideas useful this Christmas. Gifts are their own type of product, what constitutes a “gift” is often not useful, practical or even worth keeping after the dust settles… The mystique wears off. A lot of what passes… Keep Reading

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Ibanez Prestige Uppercut Series With Bare Knuckle Pickups

Well now, what do we have here? A few years back Ibanez introduced the Iron Label series firmly aimed at Metal guitarists who wanted a solid, simple instrument without breaking the bank. This year that Iron Label series was embellished with some new fancy finishes and will continue to do so into 2016 with a… Keep Reading

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