It looks like Gibson will never stop from releasing new guitar models and the last one is a good-looking one, the Gibson Custom ES-330 Long-Neck Electric Guitar is a hollow body guitar that was originally released in 1959 with the same features as the Epiphone Casino, but the released model is slightly different, although it has some of the original features, to improve playability and musical feedback.
The features of the Gibson Custom ES-330 Long-Neck Electric Guitar are laminated maple body, 1-piece Honduran mahogany neck, 30/60 neck profile and long narrow tenon, rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, ABR-1 bridge, trapeze tailpiece, 2 vintage P90 single-coil pickups, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume and 2 tone controls.
This guitar comes with Custom Shop hardshell case, certificate of authenticity and custom care kit. The Gibson Custom ES-330 Long-Neck Electric Guitar is now available for preorder and its price is $2,500.
If you didn’t have enough of PRS guitars with the Starla and the Al Di Meola Prism models, PRS has released a new one called PRS Guitars Modern Eagle II Guitar that also comes with the rights-recently recovered humbucker pickups that have been on all PRS new models. This guitar covers a huge range of sounds, from vintage to modern ones and has some of the features that made famous PRS in the 50’s.
The features of the PRS Guitars Modern Eagle II Guitar are mahogany body with curly maple top, Modern Eagle shape, rosewood neck, wide fat profile, rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, 25″ scale length, PRS stoptail or PRS tremolo (obviously only one of these), 1957/2008 treble and bass humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and volume and tone controls.
This model comes with a very cool finishes: faded blue jean (the one in the picture), charcoal, red tiger and yellow tiger, and with a custom case, only for this guitar model. The PRS Guitars Modern Eagle II Guitar release date and price have not been unveiled but knowing that the first version’s price is near $8,000, you can imagine…
There have been a lot of talking lately about the release, and its date, that was delayed some days ago, about the new device from Dave Smith and now here we have it, the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Desktop Synth. A compact desktop unit with monophonic analog circuitry that is the small brother of Prophet ’08 model because its functionality is based on a single voice of that model but with some interesting improvements like 2 sub-octave generators and external audio input to mix any music you want.
The specifications of the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Desktop Synth are 2 oscillators, Curtis low-pass filter, 3 envelope generators, arpeggiator, pitch, cutoff, resonance, attack, decay/release, input gain, volume and program selector knobs, write, program mode and assign parameters button, gated 16 x 4 step sequencer, 384 included programs, audio Input and stereo audio and headphones outputs.
All the 4 assignable controls from Mopho can be controlled via MIDI (including from the Prophet ’08) and if you use gear from your computer, there is a free editor software for Windows and Mac users. The Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Desktop Synth is now available and its price is $440, so if you want to feel how is play a analog synth you should really check it.
Pearlman Microphones have released a new model that is a component-by-component reproduction of the mic created by Stanley Church in the 50’s for the Metro Goldwin Meyer. The Pearlman Church Mic incudes some featres that have been discontinued in nowadays mics like Triad transformer and although the sound is not identical the results are very optimal.
The Pearlman Church Mic is a vacuum tube condenser mic that features Neumann M7 (or optional K47) capsule, GE 5-star 6072 dual triode (12AY7) vacuum tube, and NOS Triad transformer. This mic is being fully hand made and the production run has not been unveiled but I’m sure there won’t be too much models.
The only part that is not a reproduction is the housing that has been replaced for a durable one, same as TM-1 model. The Pearlman Church Mic, being a very limited edition reproduction for such famous mic, its price could not be an affordable one, but $4,500 it may be excessive, although it’s a lot less that auctioned original models. Orders can be taken now.
It looks like PRS is renewing its product line with some new models, besides the Al Di Meola signature model released some days ago, today they have introduced a new model called PRS Starla, a solid body single cut-away guitar with Bigsby tailpiece with custom pickups that looks like a really interesting model for guitar players.
The PRS Starla Guitar features mahogany body and neck, Indian rosewood fingerboard, 22 wide fat frets, 24.5″ scale length, Tune-O-Matic bridge, Bigsby B5 Tailpiece, Starla Treble and Bass Alnico double-screw pickups, 3-way blade switch and volume and tone controls.
The model is available in vintage cherry, vintage mahogany, vintage orange and black finish. We have no info about availability nor price of the PRS Starla Guitar, but I hope it’s not very expensive because it looks like a very good option.
Here we have another signature model, this time a collaboration between Fender and Jimmy Eat World’s axeman Jim Adkins was created after Adkins challenged Fender to build his perfect guitar, the result is a semi-hollow body telecaster model with soapbar P-90 pickups that has been called Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline Guitar, so let’s take a look at its specification.
The Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline Guitar features ash body, mahogany neck, C neck profile, rosewood fingerboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, 25.5″ scale length, Adjusto-matic bridge with anchored tailpiece, Seymour Duncan SP90-1NRWRP Vintage (neck) and SP90-3B Custom (bridge) P-90 pickups, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume and 2 tone controls.
This signature guitar, that comes signed by Adkins in the back of the headstock, is not one of those $3,000 model that makes the fans think I wish I have $3,000, because the price of the Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline Guitar is $750, and is now available.
For the tube sound lovers Fortin Amplification has released a new model that will fulfill their demands on stage or in the studio. Low noise but powerful sound in this all-tube head amp called Fortin Bones Tube Amp that assures highest quality with ceramic tube sockets and metal jacks and switches but keeps it simple when talking about controls.
The features of the Fortin Bones Tube Amp are Class AB, up to 180-watts power output, 4 12AX7 preamp, 1 12AT7 in the effects loop and 4 power tubes (here you can choice between EL34, 6CA7, 6L6 among others), 3-band EQ, presence, depth, gain and master volume controls, voicing L/M/H switch (2, 3 or 4 stages of gain) MIDI connections, FX send/return loop, 4, 8 and 16 ohms (2 speakers can be connected) and footswitch input.
This amp is also very customizable so if you have special needs like extra controls or more footswitchable functions you only need to contact Fortin Amplification. The Fortin Bones Tube Amp price in a standard mode will be $2575 but its availability has not been announced yet.
Talking about guitars, but this can not be pretty for everyone, PRS has released a new signature model for jazz guitar player Al Di Meola, that have been always very supportive to PRS. The PRS Al Di Meola Signature Prism Guitar is somehow a tribute to the guitar player for trusting in PRS.
The PRS Al Di Meola Signature Prism Guitar features mahogany body with curly maple top, mahogany neck, custom neck profile, black Mexican rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, 25″ scale length, PRS Tremolo bridge, PRS 1957 and 2008 humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and volume and tone (with push/pull function) controls.
The finish of this model make it very original but some could feel it’s too striking but that is what taste is about. There is no info about this PRS Al Di Meola Signature Prism Guitar‘s price and availability will be, so stay tuned for updates.
This is probably one of the most beautiful guitars I’ve seen lately and will probably be one of the most desired from next months, the new model by Ovation. The Ovation iDea Guitar is not only a guitar with a preamp… it’s a recording and playback unit, like having your iPod and a Edirol R-09 inside the guitar. It plays (from the USB port) and records to MP3 files (with the included memory), not only from your guitar but with the on-board mic and with the aux input, even at the same time, but if you though that was not enough it also has a built-in tuner, guitar lessons, jam tracks, do you want more?
Talking only about guitar features these are mid-depth body with spruce top, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, 25″ scale length and rosewood bridge. But talking about what makes different the Ovation iDea Electric Acoustic Guitar, it comes with Ovation iDea OPi-1 preamp, Ovation saddle pickup, built-in condenser mic (you have to look pretty close to see it), 3-band EQ and volume control, repeat (loops a part of the track), rec (starts the recording) and play/stop buttons, USB port, headphones output and LCD panel with joystick for navigation.
Nothing is known about Ovation iDea Electric Acoustic Guitar availability date or price but first I hope it’s soon, but second I know it won’t be cheap, but it probably worths the money.
Mackie has just announced 2 new products in their mixer product line that will make things easier on the studio or on the stage, specially if you are using it with a PC or a Mac. The Mackie U.420 & U.420d Mixers that come with a cool design, probably original in studio, are zero-latency devices for instant recording, just plug and play… and record.
The features shared by both products are 4 channels (U.420 for line inputs and U.420d for mic/line inputs), 24 bit audio resolution, 96 kHz sampling rate, 3-band full-kill acitve EQ per channel, gain and volume controls per channel, 30mm crossfader and large master volume knob, firewire input with dedicated level control, RIAA phono preamp for turntables, built-in DI box for instruments, headphones output and Tracktion 3 software.
The U.420 also comes with 4 high-headroom stereo line inputs for electronic devices. While the U.420d model comes with +48V phantom power and 2 mic channels with 3-band EQ. The Mackie U.420 & U.420d Mixers are now available and their prices are $229 and $279, respectively.