The Kustom amp company has released a new model for those who need overdrive and huge overdrived sounds but with a very big range of tones. The Kustom Double Cross All-Tube Amp is a tube-switchable head amp with a flexible tone configuration including switches for gain, tight stage, thick stage and bright sounds.
The specifications of the Kustom Double Cross All-Tube Amp includes 100 watts power output, 3-channels (rhythm, lead I and lead II), 6L6 / EL34 bias switch, 3-band EQ and volume and gain controls per channel, master level and boost controls, cross-like 4 function switches, normal and tight (with huge attack) guitar inputs and speaker emulated output.
The amp includes a 5-function footswitch for switching 3 channels, controlling boost and effects loop. The Kustom Double Cross All-Tube Amp will be available in April and its price will be $1,600.
Another model on the Inspired By series by Gibson Custom Shop, Gibson Alex Lifeson Inspired By ES-355 Guitar is the ES-355 version of the Rush guitar player, Alex Lifeson. The guitar is based on a ’76 ES-355 semi-hollow body model, although we could better say a re-creation model.
The Gibson Alex Lifeson Inspired By ES-355 Guitar features maple body and neck (3-pieces), ’60s neck profile, ebony fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, Tune-o-matic bridge with Maestro Long vibrola tailpiece, 2 â€˜57 Classic humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup and 6-way Vari-Tone bypass switches and 2 volume and 2 tone controls.
The guitar comes with Custom Shop case, certificate of authenticity and an alpine white finish. As Cary announced the Gibson Alex Lifeson Inspired By ES-355 Guitar will be available next March 3rd and its price will be $3,700, only affordable for wealthy pockets.
We are constantly introducing to you recording devices for your home studio but few times we talk about the monitors of the studio, a really important thing, so today we are introducing the new Avant Electronics Avantone Active Mixcubes, recording/mixing monitors based on the famous MixCubes monitors.
This new version is, obviously, an active monitor with Class A/B amp and 35 watts power output, 5.25″ paper cone, 90 Hz to 17 kHz frequency range, 94db sensitivity, combo (XLR and TRS) balanced and -10dB line inputs, rear system gain knob and a sink-aluminum fins cooling system.
The Avant Electronics Avantone Active Mixcubes has a 7mm thick neoprene pad and polyurethane high gloss butter-cream finish. The introductory price of this monitor pair is $359 but its availability has not been announced yet.
PreSonus worries about those who want to convert his bedroom in a “best quality possible” studio releasing affordable products that can be used with computers because the USB connection, the last one is the PreSonus AudioBox USB Interface, USB-powered, compact size and many more features that will fit your desktop.
The PreSonus AudioBox USB Interface features 2 channels, 2 mic/instrument preamps, 2 combo (XLR and 1/4″) inputs, with level control per channel, and 2 balanced TRS and headhones outputs (rear), +48V phantom power, mixer, headphones and main level controls and USB and MIDI connections.
The AudioBox USB ships complete with the PreSonus Propak software suite including Cubase LE 4 as well as a bundle of third party plug-ins, loops and drum samples.
This compact interface comes with PreSonus Propak software suite that includes Cubase LE 4, third party plug-ins, loops and drum samples. The PreSonus AudioBox USB Interface will be available in April but its price has not been unveiled yet.
The handmade and hand-selected guitars from Ribbecke Guitar Company have a new brother, the Ribbecke Thinline Halfling Jazz Guitar an acoustic guitar that looks like an electric, specially an ES335 model, and the sound it produces is between an acoustic and an electric guitar.
The Ribbecke Thinline Halfling Jazz Guitar features are big-leaf maple body with carved arched red cedar top, birdseye maple neck, ebony fingerboard, 22 frets, 25″ scale length, ebony bridge, tailpiece and pickguard and Kent Amstrong floating pickup. Other interesting features are X bracing, first quality bone nut and D’Addario XL jazz light nickel electric strings.
Of course this guitar is not reachable for all pockets so if you are one of those who have the possibility of acquiring one of these beautiful guitars you should know that the shipping time is 5 or 6 months and its price is $6,800.
Allen & Heath mixer product line is growing every day providing devices for any kind of musician, from beginners to professionals. Its last model is specially designed for professionals, the Allen & Heath Xone:42 Mixer includes a X-FX function that allows to send the input signal to an external effects processor and return to the mixer.
Other specifications of the Allen & Heath Xone:42 Mixer are 4 dual stereo channels, filter effects (high-pass, band-pass and low-pass filters), 1 fader and cue button per channel, mix and booth master controls, VCA crossfader, mic XLR, phono and line inputs and headphones outputs (1/4″ and 1/8″), 3-band EQ per channel, 2-band EQ for mic input and USB connection.
This mixer will be useful for live shows or to use with a DAW and its USB port allows to not only record but also play audio from any USB-capable device. The Allen & Heath Xone:42 Mixer is now available and its approximate price is $1,000.
ESI has released a new product in its keyboard controller product line that can be used with many different software or hardware devices because its USB connection, including synths (using the knobs and faders). The ESI K.ON Controller Keyboard‘s environment can be studio (professional or home) or live stages, where the aluminum cabinet gathers importance.
The ESI K.ON Controller Keyboard features 88 hammer action keys, 8 endless rotary knobs (for effects or parameters adjustments), 9 faders, modulation and pitch wheels, editing and selecting controls, numeric LED display, transport controls and 4 expansion slots (on the back) that are compatible with many vendors synth modules. The controller can be powered through the USB connection or via an external power supply.
This controller works with Windows (XP or higher) and Mac OS X and comes with ubiquitous Cubase LE 4.0 software. The ESI K.ON Controller Keyboard is now available and its approximate price is $675.
The company Heavy Electronics comes here again, only a few days after the release of an overdrive and a fuzz models, with a new boost effect, the Heavy Electronics Ascend Clean Boost Pedal is a guitar/bass boost pedal with analog design that provides clean and transparent effect.
The specifications of the Heavy Electronics Ascend Clean Boost Pedal are only a few, only 1 boost knob, mechanical true-bypass, on/off footswitch and bright-adjustable LED and a circuit that allows to reduce the input voltage down to 0.1 volts. This stompbox can work with any previous effect (like reverbs or delays) and also can be used as a distortion in a tube amp when the knob is at its highest level.
This pedal comes with 5-year warranty, is available in different colors and as it’s a handmade model, modifications and customizations can be ordered. The Heavy Electronics Ascend Clean Boost Pedal is now available and its MSRP is $129.
I’ve been very pleased to read that Electric Guitar Review is back “on the road” and coming back with an interesting release, a tribute model by Eastwood Guitars of the guitar usually played by Mark Farner of the Grand Funk Railroad band. The Eastwood Messenger Tribute Guitar is a hollow-body model, with solid center block, and cat-eye like f-holes that looks really good, lets take a look at their features.
The features of the Eastwood Messenger Tribute Guitar are maple body (with a spruce top) and neck, rosewood fingerboard, 21 frets, 25.5″ scale length, dual mini-humbuckers pickups, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume and 2 tone controls. The guitar doesn’t include many of the original features of the Messenger guitar like the aluminum neck or the additional stereo output, so don’t expect an exact replica, expect a similar looking axe but simplified to avoid the feedback problems that had the guitar.
This guitar is available in greenburst and cherry finishes and a limited number of models will be produced. The Eastwood Messenger Tribute Guitar will ship in April, but now preorders are accepted, and its price is $849.
The Monster Factory Amplification has released a new model on its catalog, the Swamp Thang Amp, a handmade head amp, well all their models are handmade and built when you order it, so expect a long shipment time, with a noisy, nasty and hellish sound, so if you want a powerful amp that combines high with low end tones, this is your amp.
The Monster Factory Amplification Swamp Thang Amp features 120 watts power output, 2 channels (clean and overdrive), 3-band EQ and presence, volume and gain controls on the overdrive channel and 2-band EQ, volume and saturation controls on the clean channel, high gain American-voiced preamp, ECC83 dual triodes preamp, 12AT7 dual triode effects loop and 4 x 6L6GC power amp tubes and 4, 8, 16, or 20 ohms output. The amp has a matching 4 x 12″ cabinet with up to 600 watts that features Eminence Swamp Thang speakers.
The footswitch to change between both channels (that can be also done in the front panel) is included in the amp package. The Monster Factory Amplification Swamp Thang Amp is now available and its price is $2,199, $2,700 if you want it with the cabinet and $1,100 for the cabinet only.