T-Rex, in case you didn’t know, is a Danish company that wants to give us next generation effect pedals that match perfectly with some of the most powerful tube amps and their modern sound, and their last release is the T-Rex Twister Chorus/Flanger Pedal a dual pedal effect that features both chorus and flanger effects inside a stompbox, 2 different effects that can help us to build a great tone.
The T-Rex Twister Chorus/Flanger Pedal features are level, depth, regen, tone and rate controls, chorus/flanger and light/heavy switches and on/off footswitch, mono (for amp connection) and stereo (for recording) outputs and this pedal is powered by battery or 9V DC power adapter.
But be sure to not go to a show with only the batteries because they only last for 1 hour, so you’ll probably get mad when no power adapter is available. The T-Rex Twister Chorus/Flanger Pedal is now available and its price is $340.
Tascam has made another effort in the compact recording device field, where they had previously released some products like the DR-1, the DP-02 and DP-02CF, with the Tascam DP-004 Digital Pocketstudio that reminds somehow to the 4-track tape devices where some of us recording so many cool and awful songs.
This compact recording system has been born with 30 years of innovations in the Portastudio product line, so don’t think of it as an amateur tool. The specifications of the Tascam DP-004 Digital Pocketstudio are 4 tracks, 2 sources at the same time recording function, built-in stereo condenser mic, bounce function to consolidate tracks to allow overdubs, autopunch function for fixing recording problems, mixing functions that allows you to send your mix to your computer through the USB port, 3 instrument/mic/aux 1/4″ inputs and headphones/line output.
This recording device comes with a 1GB SD card and its battery (one of the worst features in compact and portable devices) lasts up to 8 hours in recording mode. The Tascam DP-004 Digital Pocketstudio will be available in few days and its approximated price is $200.
This cool and little box released by Black Lion is a new product that wants to bring the vintage sound of some console’s transformer-less circuits to your home studio, with the Black Lion Audio Auteur Mic Preamp. This design has been based on a fully-balanced mic preamp, let’s take a look at the features to see if it is worth.
The features of the Black Lion Audio Auteur Mic Preamp are 2 channels, +48V phantom power, phase, from 0 to 66 dB gain, 10dB output signal pad, 600 ohm-impedance M-6 silicon steel output transformer, XLR (input) and TLS (output) connections and this preamp is powered by a 24VAC power supply.
The device comes with a very easy-to-use design with simple controls, you have the power of a professional preamp inside a amateur-like device. The price, by now, of the Black Lion Audio Auteur Mic Preamp is $325 plus shipping rates, but it will be more expensive soon, so if you’re interested… think getting one now.
Another one in the box… Carl Martin has released a new pedal in its long-listed Vintage Series, this one is for those who prefer the tape flange sound, Carl Martin thinks like you and has made available the Carl Martin Classic Flange Vintage Pedal, an effect pedal that produces the same magnetic tape flange sound but packed in a vintage stompbox.
Some of the specifications of the Carl Martin Classic Flange Vintage Pedal are speed, depth, pre-delay and feedback controls, 2 footswitches, one for activate (or deactivate) the effect and one for setting one of the 2 speeds of operation (fast or slow), chicken-head knobs and the device is powered by 9V battery or DC power adapter.
Besides the lack of features in the official site, the pedal has the same design than the other Vintage Series pedals and also the diecast housing featured by them. The price and availability of the Carl Martin Classic Flange Vintage Pedal has not been announced yet.
One of the most known and respected guitar builder, the Hawaiian Buddy Blaze, has teamed with Dean Guitars to release a new model on the based on Blaze requirements but with the typical Dean look-alike. The Dean Guitars Dean Buddy Blaze ML Guitar is a cool looking guitar but with the same body shape from almost all Dean guitars, maybe we’d like to see some real changes on a special model like that.
The features of the Dean Guitars Dean Buddy Blaze ML Guitar, although there not all out here, are V-neck carve with 2 octaves, rosewood fingerboard, top-mount Genuine Floyd Rose tremolo bridge, Dean DMT custom humbucker pickups (placed on bridge and middle positions, one of the signature features of Buddy Blaze) and design graphic made by Blaze himself.
This model combines only top-quality components and the hand of one great guitar builder, so the result must be an extraordinary guitar and it will probably be also a very limited edition model. The availability and price of the Dean Guitars Dean Buddy Blaze ML Guitar will be soon announced so let’s wait to make it clear but the price will be really high.
Gibson has unveiled its last release from its Custom Shop brand, they are not reissue models but they have some features that made these models, back in 1958, great success. We could say that there are 2 groups in these new models, on one hand the 2008 ’58 Explorer and the 2008 ’58 Flying V, and on the other hand the 2008 ’58 ES-335 and the 2008 ’58 Les Paul, both groups share some features, let’s see the common and the specific ones.
The first group (with the Explorer and the Fying V) share korina body and neck, rounded neck profile, rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, ABR-1 bridge, BurstBucker 1 and 2 humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume 1 tone controls. While the specific features of the 2008 ’58 Explorer Guitar are solid body and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece; and the specific features of the 2008 ’58 Flying V Guitar are 2-pieces body and string-through-body tailpiece.
The shared features of the second group are maple top, 1-piece mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, 3-way pickup switch and 2 volume and 2 tone controls. The specific features of the 2008 ’58 ES-335 Guitar are maple body with laminated top, 1959 rounded neck profile and 2 ’57 classic humbucker pickups; but the features of the 2008 ’58 Les Paul are solid mahogany back, carved figured top, long neck tenon, ’50s rounded neck profile, BurstBucker 1 and 2 humbucker pickups and CTS pots and bee capacitators.
Not Price nor availability have been announced for these models.
Some nice moves by Retro-King lately, the last one is the new amp model in its product line, the Retro-King 50 Watts Combo Amp, that is based on a 60’s plexi amp specs and is hand wired point to point. There is also available a head version.
The Retro-King 50 Watts Combo Amp features 50-watts power output, 2 channels (high treble and normal, both with high and low inputs), 3 JJ 12AX7 preamp, 2 Matched Svetlana EL34 power tubes and 1 solid state rectifier (than can be change to GZ34 by request), plexi output transformer, 3-band EQ, 2 volume controls, 2 x 12″ speakers
The amp is speaker customizable with Weber (Ceramic Blue Dog, Ceramic Silver Bell, Ceramic 1230 and Ceramic 1230-55) and Celestion (12″ G12H30, 12″ Greenback and 12″ Vintage 30) ones; and there some available accessories like .68 bypass, gain stage mod (increases the amp’s gain) and negative feedback control. The Retro-King 50 Watts Combo Amp is now available and its price is $1,900 and $1,545 for the head version.
Some days ago we got news from Carl Martin, they were announcing a new effect pedal, but again just like other times the official site is not updated yet, I’d like to see some info of its newest products. But let’s get into it, the new product is the Carl Martin DC Drive Effect Pedal is a drive pedal that belongs to the vintage series that looks like a regular drive pedal, but it’s not, just see its features.
The Carl Martin DC Drive Effect Pedal is an effect that can be used for almost any task because of its flexibility for create tones for rhythm or lead guitar parts. It features chicken-head boost, level, tone and drive controls, on/off and boost footswitches and blue LEDs and regular/fat (chunky and old-school or modern warm tones) switch; the boost control and footswitch controls and activates the clean boost section after the drive to give it a special character.
The stompbox is powered by a 9V battery but it’s highly recommended a power adapter for heavy use. The price and availability of the Carl Martin DC Drive Effect Pedal have not been announced yet but stay tuned for more info.
Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I was all last week in London and this week I’ve been doing all the delayed job, so tomorrow this blog will come back to its normal post frequency.
Some days ago Gibson announced that they were adding 2 new models to the Robot guitar series, so if the previous Robot models were not for you you should check this ones, Gibson Flying-V & X-Plorer Robot Guitars, because they rock with this red metallic finish.
The features of these models are mahogany body and neck, C neck profile, ebony fingerboard, 22 frets, 24.75″ scale length, fixed bridge, 496R (neck) and 500T (bridge) Gibson humbucker pickups, 3-way pickup switch and 1 volume, 1 tone and 1 MCK tuning controls.
But besides these features the most important one is, like all the other Robot models, the possibility of tuning up to 6 different tunings in just a second only by pressing a button. The Gibson Flying-V & X-Plorer Robot Guitars come with harshell case, battery charger and power plug, battery pack and lacquer finish, and the price for both models is $2,500.