Alesis released at Summer NAMM a very similar device to the Control Pad released in the last year show, the Alesis Performance Pad. This drum pad includes a built-in classic drum machine and could be a very helpful tool to record your own drum tracks in your home studio or to mount it as an addition of your drum kit and play different sounds.
The Alesis Performance Pad features 8 velocity-sensitive pads, 50 factory presets and 50 user banks, 233 different sounds that can be assignable to any pad, built-in rhythm patterns, Dynamic Articulation technology that adds reverb and ambience to give more realistic results, two inputs for external pedals (hi-hat and kick), stereo aux input (to play along your MP3 files or CD tracks) and MIDI and headphones outputs.
The external pedals are not included in the package, but I’m sure this device will be in a lot of home studios. The Alesis Performance Pad will be available in late 2007 and its price will be $299.
The first non Summer NAMM new in 4 days, at least! (some of you are saying). Today’s tuesday so the 28th model of Guitar of the Week series is here, its name is Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom 2 P-90 Pickups. This guitar with the antique ebony finish and the gold edge… I’m sorry but I don’t like it very much.
The Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom 2 P-90 Pickups features mahogany body with maple top, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, two P-90 pickups (although the official site says ’57 Classic and ’57 Classic Plus), 3-way pickup switch and two volume and two tone controls.
Of course, the production run will be limited, as always, to 400 units. Price and availability of the Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom 2 P-90 Pickups have to be announced yet.
Although in the next ten models of Guitar of the Week there are some SG, Flying V and Explorer, I think Gibson has a lot more guitars that all the Les Paul flavours, I’d like to see some archtop models or maybe some acoustic guitars, not more Les Pauls with different finishes.
One of Ibanez’s last releases is this new bass series, the Ibanez Left-Handed SR500BM Bass that include 4-, 5- and 6-string bass models for left-handed guitars. The 6-string version will be the first 6-string bass for left-handed players that Ibanez releases.
There are three models, Ibanez SR500BML, Ibanez SR505BML and Ibanez SR506BML. All the models feature mahogany body, wenge/bubinga neck, rosewood fingerboard, 24 medium jumbo frets, 34″ scale length, Accu-Cast bridge, two Bartolini MK1 pickups and Bartolini MK1 3-band EQ.
Left-handed Ibanez bass players now have no excuse to get profit of all the possibilities of a 6-string bass guitar. The prices for the three models are, $799.99 for the Ibanez SR500BML, $839.99 for the Ibanez SR505BML and $906.65 for the Ibanez SR506BML.
Tregan Guitars were at Summer NAMM to introduce some of their new guitars that are designed to be used by beginner and intermediate guitar players. One of the guitars they were introducing was the Tregan Guitars Syren, this guitar is available in standard and signature versions whose main differences are the bridge, the fingerboard and the preamp, standard models feature a Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, ebony fingerboard and no preamp, while signature models feature licensed Floyd Rose Tremolo bridge, rosewood fingerboard and active/passive switch preamp.
The Tregan Guitars Syren features mahogany body with quilted maple (Signature I model) or flamed maple (Signature II model) top, mahogany neck, ebony/rosewood fingerboard, 24 frets, 25.5″ scale length, two alnico V humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and one volume and two tone controls.
These guitars feature a special design with deep cut-aways to easily reach all the frets. The price of the Tregan Guitars Syren models has to be announced yet but they will be available in September.
Martin has released at this year’s Summer NAMM a limited edition guitar to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the summer of love that made the hippie culture come into public. The guitar is the Martin Limited Edition 00X Hippie and have traditional peace and love hippie images designed by Don Oriolo in the top.
The Martin Limited Edition 00X Hippie features HPL textured finish body, natural stratabond neck, black micarta fingerboard, 20 frets, 25.4″ scale length, black micarta bridge and Gotoh Cosmo black tuners.
The production run of this guitar will be limited to 200 units, but left-handed version is available with no additional charge, and all of them come with a hippie case. The list price of the Martin Limited Edition 00X Hippie, $1,249, is not affordable for all the “hippies”.
Another company that was in Summer NAMM was SWR, the Arizona bass amp company which bass amps are used by musicians like Roger Glover, Phil Lesh, Jason Newsted or David Pastorius (the nephew of Jaco Pastorius), has released a new 1,500-watts bass head amp from the Classic Series. The SWR SM 1500 can provide 1,500-watts or 750-watts per side in mono or stereo mode with the SWR clear tone.
The SWR SM 1500 features two 750-watts power modules, tube compressor with threshold, ratio, attack and release controls, boost circuit, 12AX7 power amp tube, dual 3-band semi-parametric EQ, direct, post-compressor or post EQ line output with level control, Speakon and 1/4″ speaker outputs and master bass and treble controls.
The bass head amp includes a footswitch that can do bass intensifier, boost, EQ select and effects loop adjustment functions. The SWR SM 1500 is now available and its price is $1,995.
There were some more models released by Guild in Summer NAMM under the Contemporary series, the Guild Contemporary CV-2 and the Guild Contemporary CV-2C. These are acoustic and acoustic/electric guitars respectively, and their main differences are the Florentine singe cut-away, the D-TAR Wave-Length pickup and preamp system and volume and tone controls and two adjustable trim pots (low and high frequency).
The guitars feature solid flame maple body with solid red spruce top, 1-piece bolt-on mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, 21 frets, 25.5″ scale length, ebony bridge and high gloss finish.
The Contemporary guitars are available in antique burst, blonde and ice tea burst finishes and include a hardshell case. The MSRP for these guitars are $2,799.99 for the Guild Contemporary CV-2 and $2,999.99 for the Guild Contemporary CV-2C.
Guild introduced at Summer NAMM some new acoustic and acoustic/electric guitars including the Guild Contemporary CO-2 acoustic and the Guild Contemporary CO-2C acoustic/electric guitars. Both guitars have similar features but the main differences are CO-2C model features a single venetian cut-away, D-TAR Wave-Length pickup and preamp system and volume and tone controls and two adjustable trim pots (low and high frequency).
The features for these New Contemporary Series Guitars are solid mahogany body with solid red spruce top, 1-piece mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, 21 frets, 25.5 scale length, ebony bridge and high gloss finish.
Both guitars include a hardshell case and are available in natural, antique burst and ice tea burst (only CO-2 model) The MSRP are $2,499.99 for the Guild Contemporary CO-2 and $2,699.99 for the Guild Contemporary CO-2C.
The Summer NAMM 2007 show is over, but there also some news that we couldn’t introduce you. During the next days we’ll posting these ones before returning to a normal situation of post frequency and news.
This guitar was released some time ago, but popular demanding has made possible to have a black finish on this metal guitar. The Ibanez Xiphos XTP700 is a radical body shape guitar that will be in the stage of many metal bands.
The Ibanez Xiphos XTP700 features mahogany body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, 24 jumbo frets, 25.5″ scale length, Edge III double locking tremolo bridge, DiMarzio D Activator pickups and one tone and one volume controls.
The guitar is also available in red and blue chameleon finishes. The list price of the Ibanez Xiphos XTP700 black is $866.65.