Friday, August 31, 2007

Danelectro Dano Pro Electric Guitar

Danelectro Dano Pro Electric Guitar Tan



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Danelectro Dano Pro Electric Guitar
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ESP LTD EC-500

ESP LTD EC-500 Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups Black



ESP LTD EC-500 Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups Black



ESP LTD EC-500 Electric Guitar with EMG Pickups
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Gibson ES-339 30/60

Gibson ES-339 30/60 Neck Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Antique Vintage Sunburst



Gibson ES-339 30/60 Neck Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Antique Vintage Sunburst




Classic semi-hollow sound from a solidbody-sized guitar. The ES-339 is the next generation of Gibson's iconic ES guitars with some exciting enhancements including reduced dimensions and weight, Memphis Tone electronics, and the 30/60 slender neck profile.


Reduced dimensions and weight The ES-339 builds on the success of the semi-hollowbody guitars first introduced by Gibson in 1958 with the ES-335. Lighter, more compact and comfortable than a traditional semi-hollow guitar, the ES-339 feels like a Les Paul but sounds like an ES-335. It still retains that distinct semi-hollowbody electric tone that powered so many hit records and landmark performances. If you own a solidbody guitar, the 339 will feel like an old friend.


Memphis Tone electronics Memphis Tone circuitry utilizes 500K audio taper pots that operate with an interactive load that preserves high end as you turn down the volume. The loading effect preserves the full-bodied tone with rich midrange and signing sustain from the '57 Classic humbuckers while adding a very sweet bite. Another difference is the volume is very smooth, rolling off in even increments along with the numbers on the knobs. Since they operate more like how we hear (logarithmically), the controls work the way the player thinks they should. So when the guitarist turns down the volume the highs are still there!


30/60 Neck Developed in assistance from guitar guru Jon Schwartz. The 30/60 slender neck is a '60s style neck with an extra .030" front-to-back to preserve the semi-hollowbody tone, sustain, and feel while providing smooth playability (The rounded '59 neck profile is also available on the ES-339 '59 Neck - product #515255).


Outer rim output jack Here's one ES players have been wanting: The output jack is mounted on the outer rim. No more cable crossing the body, spoiling the guitar's clean looks and and getting in your way.


Two '57 Classic Humbuckers with 3-way pickup selection plus individual volume and tone controls provide the incredibly versatile sounds that make the semi-hollow electric famous for its use in jazz, rock, blues, country, and nearly every other style you can think of. Quality Kluson tuners keep retuning time to a minimum, and nickel hardware enhances the great looks.


To show off its vintage vibe, the ES-339 is available in a choice of three finishes: Antique Cherry, Antique Vintage Sunburst, and Light Caramel Burst. The lacquer finish is applied with a light, even touch, allowing the guitar's wood to resonate naturally while providing a protective, mirror-like shine.The Antique Cherry and Antique Vintage Sunburst both come with aged bindings to further enhance the proud ES tradition.

Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar Vintage Sunburst Nickel



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Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500M Advanced Jumbo Acoustic Guitar
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Danelectro '59 Dano

Danelectro '59 Dano Electric Guitar Black



Danelectro '59 Dano Electric Guitar Black



A seriously fun axe with swingin' 50s style.

The '59 Dano reissue electric guitar is based on the guitar model first released in 1959 and sold through the mid-'60s. Just because this guitar is inexpensive and a tad outr‚ doesn't mean it's not a serious instrument. The '59 Dano guitar features professional-level playability, intonation, and electronics. The '59 Dano is a guitar that will withstand the rigors of the road and continuous stage work in addition to inviting curious glances and knowing nods of approval.

The '59 Dano comes in finishes inspired by classic car colors of the day and have zero gloss, which helps convey the retro vibe. The glossless colors, swooshing pickguard, lipstick pickups, ridged knobs, and vertical headstock logo all help to create the immediate impression that this is an instrument from another time.

The body is a double-cutaway, and features the familiar plastic tape that runs around the edge of the guitar. Originally, this was to hide the seam in the two-piece body construction. Modern Dano's are not made using this clamshell method anymore, but the tape remains, as it is such a distinctive part of the look. The tape is affixed using a self-adhesive, and is aged with a shellac to give it a slightly brown-streaked or discolored look which adds to the vintage vibe. The pressed-particle pickguard is covered in the same material and cut precisely to fit.

The Alnico pickups are the lipstick variety, and have the same design as the ones that appeared in the '50s, when actual lipstick tubes (purchased from cosmetics makers) were used to house the electronics. One modern improvement is the bridge, which, on the reissue, is capable of being intonated.

Also an improvement over the original is the tuners, which are die cast and hold the tuning well. The nut is made of aluminum and contributes to the twanginess and uniqueness of tone that the Dano's were known for. In addition to sitting in a nut slot, the nut itself is screwed into the top edge of the fingerboard.

The playability is one of the most impressive aspects of this guitar— the action is low enough for velocity playing, yet was buzz-free on every fret. The neck is not speed-demon shallow, but its depth adds to the sustain, tone, and general feeling of substance.

The '59 Dano's pickups are bright and sparkly, but not shrill. The manufacturer reports that the 2007 reissue features a warmer wind on the pickups, which increases the output and provides a less high-endy tone. The jangly pickups and aluminum nut work well when playing open-position chords and single lines. Very versatile is the neck pickup—mellow and strong but not dull, perhaps due to the extra windings and its placement midway down the string length. The three-position switch and volume and tone knobs are rugged and stand up well to aggressive swiping and twisting.

Aside from being a definite conversation starter, the '59 Dano is a quality, low-priced instrument. It would be great as a second guitar, set up for a particularly twangy sound (owing to the pickup quality and the aluminum nut, which sounds particularly good when using open-string chords), or for slide. Or it would be good for a rhythm-playing front person, especially if your band plays retro or neo, jangle, pop, or surf music.

Danelectro '59 Dano Electric Guitar Features:

* Body: Double cutaway masonite/plywood
* Top Wood: Masonite
* Scale: 25"
* Neck Joint: Bolt-on
* Neck Wood: Maple with double acting truss rod
* Fretboard: Rosewood
* Neck Shape: C
* Frets: 21
* Nut: 1.65"
* Fretboard Radius: 14"
* Bridge: 6 saddle adjustable
* Pickup Bridge: Lipstick, single coil
* Pickup Neck: Lipstick, single coil
* Controls: Master volume, master tone
* Tuners: 3 on a side, sealed
* Harware: Nickel
* Pickup selector: 3-way toggle
* Finish: Matte

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Ibanez S470DXQM

Ibanez S470DXQM Electric Guitar Red Viking



Ibanez S470DXQM Electric Guitar Red Viking


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Ibanez brings a luxurious quilted maple top to one of the world's most dangerous guitars. To make the most of its appearance, a special S inlay is used, as well as 2 new finishes. Has all the standard S series components. Maple Wizard II neck, mahogany body, 22 jumbo frets, bound rosewood fretboard, special ZR tremolo, and the unbelievably versatile H/S/H Powersound pickup set.

Ibanez S470DXQM Electric Guitar Features:

* Maple Wizard II neck
* Mahogany body w/quilted maple top
* 22 jumbo frets
* Bound rosewood fingerboard
* Zero Point tremolo
* H/S/H Powersound pickup configuration
* Special S inlay

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Ibanez AX220QM

Ibanez AX220QM Electric Guitar Transparent Lavender



Ibanez AX220QM Electric Guitar Transparent Lavender




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Hot looks and a hard rockin' design!

Based on the Classic Artist, the AX220 was designed for contemporary rock. Its light, double-cutaway body is perfect for heavy rhythm work. Crafted of mahogany with a quilted maple veneer top, it projects a visual impressiveness beyond its affordable price. 2 humbuckers. 2 volumes, 2 tones, and 3-way switching. Full tune bridge.

Ibanez AX220QM Electric Guitar Features:

* Comfortable, sculpted body
* Mahogany body with a quilted maple veneer top
* Two humbucking pickups
* Two volumes, two tones, and three-way switching

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fender American Deluxe Series Telecaster

Fender American Deluxe Series Telecaster Electric Guitar Montego Black Rosewood Fretboard



Fender American Deluxe Series Telecaster Electric Guitar Montego Black Rosewood Fretboard




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A righteous version of the classic original! The Telecaster is an undeniable force in all styles of guitar-based American music and the Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar is the top of the Tele chain! It offers stunningly accurate noiseless vintage sounds through 2 SCN (Samarium Cobalt Noiseless) pickups, as well as new variations through the versatile S-1 switching system. Its highly detailed fret and nut work make it incredibly easy to play. Other features include a bound-top alder body with a comfortably contoured back, abalone dot inlays, and aged plastic parts. Includes Fender hardshell case.

Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups

It's no secret that pickup designers have been striving to develop the ultimate noise-free single-coil replacement pickup. In pursuit of as little 60-cycle hum and extraneous noise as possible and the classic bell-like tones and fidelity of the original Fender designs, Fender has poured their energy into discovering a new world-class pickup for the ages. With open minds and a willingness to seemingly question everything, Fender partnered with legendary pickup designer Bill Lawrence. The pickup that was birthed from this extraordinary partnership is the Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickup. It has no hum, no microphonics, close to zero magnetic interruption of the string path, and the widest sonic parameters possible from Fender classic single coils to tones not yet imagined. Truly a revolutionary design in guitar pickups.

Epiphone PR-150 Acoustic Guitar

Epiphone PR-150 Acoustic Guitar Vintage Sunburst



Epiphone PR-150 Acoustic Guitar Vintage Sunburst



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A sweet beginner's guitar. For such an easy-to-afford guitar, the PR-150 is a amazing—a perfect instrument to get started on. It is a dreadnought and features a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a mahogany with rosewood fretboard. It sounds great and is nice looking.

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A retro inspired funk machine that anybody can afford. The Vintage Modified '70s Jazz Bass from Squier features a one-piece hard maple neck, maple body, and Duncan Designed Jazz Bass pickups. It can deliver punchy tone for the ultimate funk sound whether you play fingerstyle or slap-n-pop. Black binding and block inlays, black pickguard, and chrome hardware give it a true-to-the-'70s visual style.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Product Spotlight: Marshall JVM Guitar Amplifiers

Product Spotlight: Marshall JVM Guitar Amplifiers
A new top-of-the-line Marshall loaded with kick-assitude
By Jeff Kramer

Marshall JVM amplifiers

The real “heart of rock-and-roll” has to be the Marshall all-tube super-lead amp. From the Hendrix era down to today’s current crop of guitar-wielding Wylde men, Marshall amps have provided the power and tone needed to rage onstage.

The JCM, JTM, TSL, DSL, and Vintage Modern are the Marshalls that have ruled the rock stage and established this long and proud Marshall tradition. With so many great amps setting the standard, coming up with a new flagship amp had to be a challenge. Marshall has risen to the task—admirably. The new JVM410H 100-watt head fills big boots. It is an extraordinary amp—everything you love about an all-valve, high-gain Marshall and more. It has more gain than any Marshall ever, more channels, more switching, more versatility. It is quieter, stronger, and amazingly easy to drive. In short, it lives up to its promise on all counts.
Classic and classy

The look is standard Marshall trad: black case, gold panel, and big white Marshall logo to provide rock cred. You can’t mistake it for some poser amp. The most obvious difference between the JVM and other Marshall amps is the front panel. It’s filled with knobs—a control freak’s delight. There are 28 to be precise plus eight switches.

So many controls might make you assume that it’s complicated, but it’s not. It has four independent channels, and most of its knobs are Marshall’s standard channel set (gain, bass, mid, treble, and volume) repeated four times. There are also individual channel reverb level controls. In the master section, there are two gains that you can switch between. The last two knobs are global resonance (it’s the first Marshall amp to have a resonance knob rather than just a switch) and presence. Once you understand the layout, it seems simple and straightforward in spite of the number of knobs.

In addition to the four sets of panel controls, each channel has a three-way mode switch that changes the preamp gain structure, adding gain stages as you move from green to orange to red. This, in effect, makes the JVM410H a 12-channel amp. It’s the number of channels you find in modeling amps, but these aren’t modeled versions of anything. All 12 are pure, real Marshall tube. You have the basic clean, crunch, and overdrives that have shaped rock music over decades. And the modes add three variations of each. With all of this to work with, the JVM can match the tone of any Marshall of yore and come up with new tones that take high gain to new highs.


I tried out the JVM410H atop a 4x12 Celestion Vintage 30 cab and started pumping out riffs in the clean channel. One thing that impressed me immediately was how quiet the JVM’s clean channel is. It’s almost as if it’s off until you make sound on your guitar. And when it is making sound, the clean channel is incredible—glassy and pure. Switching from green to orange to red modes bumps up the gain in increments, so that in red you have a sweet bluesy tone that is great for leads and responds nicely to the tone knobs, allowing you to focus the distortion at a desired frequency.

The crunch channel has the standard preamp topology of gain first, tone second; so in green mode it’s like the legendary Plexi but with a bit more gain. Switching to orange mode makes it tonally similar to a JCM800. Switching to red ups the gain more, so that the amp performs like an 800 on steroids.

With the overdrive channels, the gain starts high and goes insane. OD1 and OD2 are similar, both clearly in the metal and hard rock zone. The difference is even more gain in OD2 and a lower frequency center, dropped from Marshall’s standard (around 650Hz to around 400Hz). The effect is more power and more punch for leads that slice and rhythms that grind and churn. Cool.
Bitchin’ switchin’

The JVM comes with a six-button footswitch that is itself a marvel. First, it’s programmable. In switch assign mode you determine which button switches what. A lot of things on the JVM are switchable: Master Volume 1, Master Volume 2, channel and mode, reverb on/off. Even one of the amp’s two FX loops, the series/parallel circuit, can be switched. In its preset memory mode, the footswitch accesses JVM’s memory. In this mode, you can lock in a full setup, assign it to a footswitch, and save it. When you tap the footswitch it recalls all the settings—channel, mode, and effects. You can even use a channel multiple times with different settings.

The footswitch has another really cool feature. It connects to the amp with a regular guitar cable. No multiwire, hex-headed special cable to hang you up bad if it goes south during a gig or you forget to pack it. With this footswitch, you just plug in a spare guitar cable. If you need a longer cable on a big stage, you can sub a longer guitar cable.
Other pro features

In addition to its six-button footswitch, the JVM can be controlled from a MIDI footcontroller to make it even more facile onstage. If you’re running a MIDI effects unit, for example, you can set up MIDI commands that change the channel and effects unit in tandem, thus reducing the amount of tap dancing required to get you there.

Vintage purists will bemoan the use of digital rather than spring reverb, but there are bad digital reverbs and good ones, and this is a good one—very natural, smooth, and easy to precisely adjust. And of course, it won’t freak out when the floor starts bouncing. Separate level controls for each channel and on/off footswitching make it easy to use onstage, and it has natural decay when you switch to another channel or turn the reverb off.

JVMs provide an emulated line out for recording or feeding a board. Both the JVM410H head and the JVM410C 2x12" 100-watt combo have speaker outs for all relevant impedances, and the JVM410C combo is equipped with two different Celestian Marshall/Celestion 12" models (one Vintage, one Heritage) to make the sound richer.

With its pro features, tour-tough build, extensive switching, four channels with modes that give it vast tonal range, and insanely high gain, the JVM410 is a worthy flagship to carry the Marshall standard. It is classic Marshall with modern refinements. The Marshall roar is alive and kickin’, and rockin’ louder than ever.
Marshall JVM410C Tube Combo
Marshall JVM410C Tube Combo
Features & Specs

* 100-watt all-valve
* Valve complement: 5 x ECC83 (12AX7s) in preamp, 4 x EL34s in power amp
* 4 independent, footswitchable channels – Clean, Crunch, OD1, and OD2
* Each channel boasts 3 footswitchable modes – Green, Orange, and Red
* Studio-quality, footswitchable digital reverb with level controls for all 4 channels
* 2 footswitchable Master Volumes
* Internal amp memory remembers most recent switch selection for all 12 modes
* 2 FX loops: series/parallel and parallel
* Series/parallel FX loop is footswitchable
* Emulated line out
* 6-way, 7-LED footswitch that’s programmable
* Footswitch connects with standard guitar cable
* All switching can be done via MIDI
* Made in England
* JVM4410C combo features 2 Celestion 12" speakers

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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