Continuing with the advance released models of the Guitar of the Month, August one will be the Gibson Shred V Guitar the Gibson’s Flying V version for shredders. This guitar allows you to play from the fastest solos with low dives on the tremolo to the power chords that will blow the audience away because of, mainly, its active pickups. The production of this model will be 1,000 units.
The features of the Gibson Shred V Guitar are mahogany body and neck, Flying V profile, ebony fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, Kahler 2214K Tremolo bridge and stoptail, 2 RMG 85 active humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume and 1 tone controls.
This model is only available in ebony gloss lacquer finish and comes with a hardshell case. The Gibson Shred V Guitar will be available in August and its price will be $2,300.
Akai takes care of those who may need any where they are a device to record or practice some lines, specially drummers who can’t carry the drum kit everywhere, with the Akai XR20 Beat Production Station that can produce almost any instrument or vocal sound using only its controls, you also have a jog wheel to make easier the changes (tempo, pattern, sound, …).
The main features of the Akai XR20 Beat Production Station are over 700 sounds (including drums, bass, synth, vocal, …), built-in effects (reverb, EQ and compression), patterns (that can be triggered with one pad), drum roll and note repeat functions, backlit pads (that bright with the music rhythm) and blue LCD display and mic input and headphones output.
This station can save you in some situations when you need a quick melody or drum track, you can dot it just in seconds. The Akai XR20 Beat Production Station will be released very soon and its msrp will be $499.
If you ever used the classic U 67 mic in a studio you probably found out what a great tool it is, and if you want one of those but you don’t want to spend a lot of money or waste a lot of time searching for one you could take a look at the new Neumann TLM 67 Studio Mic, released for the 80th anniversary of the Neumann brand, that has been based on the U 67 model. This model is specially good at vocal or orchestral tasks.
The main features of the Neumann TLM 67 Studio Mic are 3 switchable directional polar pattern (omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8), 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, transformerless circuit, condenser mic, double large-diaphragm capsule (inside a large wire mesh grill), 10dB pre-attenuation (switchable), high-pass filter (switchable) and XLR output.
There are a lot of accessories available for this model, from floor mount kit to elastic suspension shock mount. Price and availability of the Neumann TLM 67 Studio Mic have not been announced yet.
Another of the unveiled-but-not-yet-released model from Guitar of the Month, this one is the guitar that should be released during the month of July, the Gibson Longhorn Double Cutaway Guitar is a strange version of the Les Paul model with some interesting features like double cutaway, bridge with piezo pickup and separate outputs for the magnetic and the piezo signals.
The specifications of the Gibson Longhorn Double Cutaway Electric Guitar are mahogany body with AA maple top, mahogany neck, 50s rounded profile, ebony fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, L.R. Baggs Piezo Tune-o-matic with stop bar tailpiece, 2 EMG 85 humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and 1 volume, 1 tone and 1 piezo volume controls.
This model is only available in transparent blue finish and comes with a hardshell case, if you want one of this models you should be fast only 1,000 units will be produced. The Gibson Longhorn Double Cutaway Guitar will be available in July and its price will be $2,250.
Martin increases its, already big, artists series with a new acoustic signature model, this time it’s the turn of the rock and country star Steve Earle that enters the Martin’s artist list with the Martin M-21 Steve Earle Custom Edition Guitar, a very good looking guitar made of the highest quality woods to assure a superb tone.
The Martin M-21 Steve Earle Custom Edition Guitar features M body style (jumbo 0000 size and 000 depth), East Indian rosewood body with Italian alpine spruce top, mahogany neck, low profile neck, East Indian rosewood fingerboard, 20 frets, East Indian rosewood bridge
There are some extra-cost options available for this model, built-in electronics and sunburst finish, and also free-charge left-handed version is available. The price and availability of the Martin M-21 Steve Earle Custom Edition have not been announced yet.
Maybe tired of releasing one model each month, we must remember that last year was one per week, Gibson has unveiled all the models from the Guitar of the Month that will be released during this year. The next month model is the Gibson Shred X Explorer Guitar that adds more power to the classic and already powerful Explorer guitar
The Gibson Shred X Explorer Guitar features mahogany body and neck, ’50 rounded neck profile, ebony fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, Kahler 2215K tremolo system bridge, 2 EMG 85 humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch (placed where it used to be in the 80s) and 2 volume and 1 tone controls.
This guitar comes with a hardshell case and ebony finish, we don’t know if there will be any more finishes (probably not), but the production run of this model will be 1,000 units. The Gibson Shred X Explorer Guitar is now available and its price is $2,270.
Pro Tone is one of the most original pedal effects maker for the designs featured on the product and the way of introducing it, a pedal caricature very similar to some comic books’ style. Their last model is the Pro Tone Rams Skull Fuzz Pedal has been based on the good but expensive Ram’s Head pedal with some re-design but basically with the same components.
The specifications of the Pro Tone Rams Skull Fuzz Pedal are true hardwire bypass, zero noise, sustain, tone and volume controls, on/off super bright LED and footswitch and is powered by a 9V battery or a BOSS style adapter. The original pedal was heavily used by David Gilmour on the 70 and 80’s, so if you like his tone… you must think about this pedal.
Although you only see a draw of the pedal, this model is built to last almost until you die with durable aluminum housing and extremely hard stomp switch. The Pro Tone Rams Skull Fuzz Pedal is now available and its price is $199.
JZ adds one model to the Black Hole mic series, we talked about them before, becoming the third one. The JZ Black Hole PE Mic, that how it has been called, works in almost any kind of situation from acoustic to high-gained electric guitars or even a soprano’s voice.
The specifications of this JZ Black Hole PE Mic are fixed cardioid polar pattern, 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, single capsule, 27mm diaphragm, -5db and -10db options pad, +48V phantom power, electrostatic transducer and 3-pin XLR output.
This mic has a matching shock mount which price is $360, so this will make you realize, you probably realized before, that this is not a cheap mic, the JZ Black Hole PE Mic has a msrp of $2,000.
Retro-King has released a new model in the Plexi product line that is, like its “brothers”, hand-made. The Retro-King Amps “Plexi 100” Head Amp has been designed to be a replica of the 60’s Marshall 100w head amp that was widely used by some of the most popular rock stars. The amp is also hand-wired with teflon wire and steel chassis to make it durable, let’s take a look inside.
The Retro-King Amps “Plexi 100” Head Amp features 2 channels (bright and normal), 3 JJ 12AX7 preamp and 4 matched JJ EL34 power tubes, 1 solid state rectifier, 2-band EQ, volume and presence controls, 4 inputs (high and low per channel) and 2 speaker outputs with resistance switch (4, 8 or 16 ohms).
There are 4 mods available for this to, if possible make it more custom, cathode cap (that increase the midrange gain like in the 70’s), gain stage, negative feedback control and master volume mods. The Retro-King Amps “Plexi 100” Head Amp is now available and its list price is $1,745.
Based on one of the most successful studio mics released by AKG, the C 414 model, and using all the feedback that during 30 years they have received from its users (maybe they could release a new version earlier, but…), AKG has released the C 214 Condenser Recording Mic, that includes some of the features of the models which is based on and some improvements that does not make it a expensive mic affordable only for big studios.
The AKG C 214 Recording Mic is a single capsule model that features cardioid polar pattern, 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, from 12 to 52V phantom power, 1 edge-terminated large diaphragm, ultra low noise circuit (that includes a suspension to reduce the mechanical noise), rugged double mesh grill (to protect it from high radio-frequency signals), switchable bass cut filter, switchable pre-attenuation pad (up to -20 dB) and 3-pin XLR output.
This mic is specially good for vocals and miking instruments or amps, both in stage and studio, and comes with a shock mount and a carrying case. The AKG C 214 Recording Mic will be available after the AES show and its price will be $600.