NAMM: Furch Guitars showcases their Limited Edition Travel guitar for 2020

Furch Guitars, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium-quality acoustic guitars, presents their one-of-a-kind, solid-wood guitar “Little Jane” as a limited edition for 2020. This instrument stands-out by combining first-class material, precision craftsmanship and a unique assembly system that allows for quick and easy assembly in to a fully functioning instrument and then disassembly to a compact size which fits in a travel bag the size of a standard backpack. This guitar is always ready for an adventure.
The main assembly design feature is the robust latching mechanism made from high-quality stainless steel and aircraft-grade aluminum. This provides robust and reliable attachment of the removable neck to the guitar’s body. A special recess in the guitar’s side serves to protect the neck of the guitar during transport. This also enhances the enjoyment for the player by directing a surprisingly projecting sound towards the player’s ear. The uncompromising, compact transport size of the instrument is also achieved via removable headstock, which can be safely stored after disassembly in a special pocket in the travel bag. Further convenience is illustrated by a 45mm(1 3/4″)-wide fretboard and 55mm (2 3/16″) bridge string spacing, which do not correspond to travel guitar dimensions, but to those of full-size acoustics. For more information, please see the attached document. Those interested can view the guitar at NAMM 2020 at Furch Guitars booth 2307.

www.furchguitars.com

Guitarists: Finding the sound to fit your style

” So you want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star?
Well listen now, hear what I say
Just get an electric guitar
Take some time
And learn how to play

The Byrds
photo: AWelding

” So you want to be a rock ‘n’ roll star?
Well listen now, hear what I say
Just get an electric guitar
Take some time
And learn how to play
“- The Byrds

Admit it. You’ve daydreamed of being on that stage with a guitar slung low, rocking out. If you were anything like myself, you even used a tennis racket as a kid in front of that mirror blasting some Led Zep and thinking you could be Jimmy Page. Ah, and then reality sits in!

Re-watching the documentary It Might Get Loud and The Edge’s crazy soundscapes inspired this article in that The Edge was really not so different in his raw playing than Page or White, but it was his use of effects that made him stand apart, yet he is no less of a musician.  If you at least understand the basics, then you can progress to finding elements that give you the tone and sound of certain players.  While it may give you the sound though there is no ignoring that skill cannot be replaced by effects.  There is an old story of how Ted Nugent picked up Eddie Van Halen’s guitar and thought he would “sound” like Eddie and his ‘brown sound’.  Let’s just say it didn’t work in the least.  Your style is your style, but try to find the sound that fits your style and you may have a winning formula.

Let’s stick to the economic decisions for the purpose of this article then.  Pedals offer a myriad of different sounds to make your tone more like Hendrix or even more like Denver if that’s your goal.  The faves of electric axe players seem to be distortion, overdrive, fuzz, and wah to start with.  Each offers a learning curve and you want to do your research.  But, don’t just look up pedals on Google, your best bet is to go to a particular company with a great reputation like Aclam Guitars or the like.  Acoustic players should not ignore the ability to toy around as well, some of the best live acoustic performers I’ve witnessed these days like Howie Day and Ed Sheeran can command a crowd by themselves due to their use of pedals.  Check out a looper, delay, or drum machine to have some real fun and if you want to play live definitely invest in a chromatic tuner.  And if you are running multiple pedals and do not want to look like a chump then you certainly want to invest in a quality custom pedalboard.

But if pedals are elementary to you or you are more into the studio thing then you definitely want to get into mods and maybe even a rack if you are super serious about playing live.  To see how pedals and a rack work together you should check out the aforementioned film, It Might Get Loud, or YouTube to get a true feel.  But be aware that when it comes to modulation and effects racks, you pay for what you get.  Good is never cheap and cheap is never good.

Furch Guitars Adds Zebrawood Models to Its Blue Series

Furch Guitars, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium quality guitars, is introducing two new models. Featuring zebrano back and sides, the two new solid all-woods guitars will complement the Blue Series. Zebrawood is an exotic tonewood that has a striking natural appearance, and delivers a pleasing full sound with darker overtones.

The new Furch Blue SA and Furch Blue Plus SA models feature a specially tuned Sitka spruce soundboard, its light color is tastefully complemented by a striking and deeply resonant African zebrawood back and sides. Zebrawood owes its name to its dark brown to black stripes that are reminiscent of a zebra. This combination of Sitka spruce and zebrawood translates into a pleasing sound with balanced mids and an even
response across the entire acoustic spectrum. The natural look of these instruments is underscored by a host of additional stylish appointments.
The top is decorated by binding and pickguard made from artificial tortoise.
The pickguard also features a transparent extension toward the soundhole. The FurchBlue Plus SA model has a fully transparent pickguard to underscore the fine natural grain of the soundboard. The soundhole is surrounded by a double concentric ring rosette with black walnut inlays. The fingerboard has white mother-of-pearl front and side dot position markers to facilitate orientation. The guitars are protected by the proprietary Open-Pore Finish, which enhances the natural and visual characteristics of the tonewoods and provides excellent protection. The soundboard of the Furch Blue Plus SA model also features High-Gloss
Finish, which consists of an ultra-thin (160 µm) layer of consistent high-gloss UV lacquer that enhances resonance and provides unmatched protection.
The new Furch Blue SA and Furch Blue Plus SA models are now available from all Furch authorized dealers.

About Furch Guitars: Established in 1981, Furch Guitars (Furch) has worked its way up to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of all-solid-wood acoustic guitars and acoustic bass guitars. The company’s production complex and head office are located in Velké Němčice near Brno, Czech Republic. Furch instruments combine the company’s extensive know-how in building handmade guitars with state-of-the-art technologies, production processes, and proprietary innovations. Thanks to that, the company is able to bring to the market premium-quality musical instruments with outstanding acoustic properties and excellent design parameters. Covered by a three-year warranty, Furch guitars are sold in 32 countries on five continents. Furch employs over 60 luthiers and craftsmen and makes in excess of 8,000 instruments annually. Furch guitars are the preferred choice of such artists as Al di Meola, Suzanne Vega, Per Gessle, Glen Hansard, and Calum Graham. For additional information, visit http://www.furchguitars.com.

Furch Guitars Introduces Luxury Guitar Straps

Velké Němčice, the Czech Republic – 31 October 2018 – Furch Guitars (Furch), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium quality guitars, is introducing proprietary handmade leather guitar straps designed to provide players with excellent comfort and unmatched playing stability.

Furch’s new handmade guitar straps combine exquisite craftsmanship, high-quality Furch Guitars - Black Strap 1materials, and an ingenious design that allows evenly distributing the weight of the instrument without inhibiting the player’s technique. The straps are made of two layers of premium nubuck bovine leather featuring an extra-large width of 6.4 centimeters (2.52 inches). The inside is filled with a four-millimeter (0.16 inches) layer of anti-deformation foam, which, in combination with the soft leather, guarantees maximum playing comfort. The strap length is adjustable within a range of 100 to 120 centimeters (39.37 to 47.25 inches).

Furch Guitars - StrapsFurch straps are available in black and brown. Their streamlined stylish design is underscored by a pressed silver or brown Furch logo and lining rendered in the same color. The straps are available already now at all Furch Guitars authorized dealers.

Furch Guitars

Established in 1981, Furch Guitars (Furch) has worked its way up to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of all-solid-wood acoustic guitars and acoustic bass guitars. The company’s production complex and head office are located in Velké Němčice near Brno, Czech Republic. Furch instruments combine the company’s extensive know-how in building handmade guitars with state-of-the-art technologies, production processes, and proprietary innovations. Thanks to that, the company is able to bring to the market premium-quality musical instruments with outstanding acoustic properties and excellent design parameters. Covered by a three-year warranty, Furch guitars are sold in 32 countries on five continents. Furch employs over 60 luthiers and craftsmen and makes in excess of 7,000 instruments annually. Furch guitars are the preferred choice of such artists as Suzanne Vega, Per Gessle, Glen Hansard, and Calum Graham. For additional information, visit www.furchguitars.com.

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper/The Iron Maidens/Femme Fatale)- Guitar Center Clinic in Pittsburgh 10.25

Nita Strauss will be hosting a Guitar Center Clinic, presented by D’Addario, Marshall and Boss in Pittsburgh (Robinson) on October 25th!

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Nita has shared that these clinics have drawn crowds far beyond what they have ever expected. Ranging from beginners to older, established players, Nita is able to make an impact on so many different people within the music community. These clinics are free to the public and happen on Nita’s off days during a massive tour with Alice Cooper, highlighting just another way that Nita truly never stops.
Known as a member of The Iron Maidens and Femme Fatale, Nita is also currently the touring guitarist with Alice Cooper in addition to being an incredible solo musician. We are working with Nita surrounding her debut solo album, Controlled Chaos, due out November 16th via Sumerian Records. More detailed information is below if you’d like to share the announce with your readers. No words I can type will jump off the page the way you just understanding by watching this video here: “Our Most Desperate Hour” – Nita released it last week and WOW – it is unreal.

 

Debut Solo Album
Controlled Chaos

Due Out on Sumerian Records November 16th

 

Releases New Song and Music Video
Our Most Desperate Hour
U.S. Tour Dates This Fall
Tickets Available Here

Nita Strauss, the incredibly talented guitarist who has rocked out on stage with Alice Cooper, Femme Fatale, Jermaine Jackson, The Iron Maidens and more, announced today that she will be releasing her debut solo album, Controlled Chaos. She has joined the Sumerian Records family and will be giving fans 11 tracks of epic musicality on November 16th. The electric and quite literally “fire” music video for Our Most Desperate Hour” is the first look into what’s to come from this new chapter of Nita’s career.

 
On the upcoming album, Nita shares “From bright and fun to aggressive and dark, from peaceful to chaotic, this album is a way for me to give the listener a glimpse into my personality and what goes on inside my mind.” Controlled Chaos is available for pre-order at http://www.nitastrauss.com/.
 
Nita has been fighting to make a name for herself in the guitar world for years. She is one of the most sought-after clinicians in the industry and has done extensive clinic tours across multiple continents. Her consistent touring schedule has shown her to play in front of over a million audience members per year consistently for the past several years. 2018 has already proven to be a banner year for Nita with her being named as the first-ever female Ibanez signature artist in the company’s 60-year history. She played WWE Superstar Shinsuke Nakamura’s entrance music at WrestleMania in New Orleans in front of an audience of 78,000 fans and millions streaming worldwide just before surpassing her Kickstarter campaign 8x over, allowing her to self-produce and record Controlled Chaos.
The 11-track album was a challenge to Nita and an opportunity for her to reconnect with what inspired her to pick up a guitar in the first place. “I started playing guitar because of instrumental guitar music. All my real heroes made instrumental albums. All my own career has been spent playing in bands, but I never forgot that dream of what inspired me to pick up the guitar in the first place.” 
Controlled Chaos Track listing
1. Prepare for War
2. Alegria
3. Our Most Desperate Hour
4. Mariana Trench
5. Here With You
6. The Stillness At The End
7. The Quest
8. Hope Grown
9. Lion Among Wolves
10. Pandemonium 2.0
11. The Show Must Go On
This Fall, Nita will be hitting the road for her first solo tour in support of Angel Vivaldi. The tour will be hitting cities from coast to coast in the United States beginning November 19th and will wrap up on December 21st. A full list of tour dates can be found below with tickets and more details available at http://www.nitastrauss.com/.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
11/19 – The Vault @ Greasy Luck – New Bedford, MA
11/20 – Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
11/21 – Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
11/23 – Brooklyn Bazaar, Brooklyn, NY
11/24 – The Outpost – Kent, OH
11/25 – The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI
11/27 – Wire – Berwyn, IL
11/28 – Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
11/29 – Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
11/30 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
12/1 – Club X – Salt Lake City, UT
12/2 – The Shredder – Boise, ID
12/4 – Club Sur Rocks – Seattle, WA
12/5 – Paris Theatre – Portland, OR
12/6 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
12/7 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
12/8 – Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
12/9 – 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
12/11 – Come and Take It Live – Austin, TX
12/12 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
12/13 – Trees – Dallas, TX
12/14 – The Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN
12/15 – The Masquerade (Purgatory) – Atlanta, GA
12/16 – Haven Lounge – Orlando, FL
12/17 – O’Malley’s – Margate, FL
12/18 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL
12/19 – Ground Zero – Spartanbug, SC
12/20 – Canal Club, Richmond, VA
12/21 – House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ
Nita’s skill, exuberant stage presence and love for all things about her instrument have earned her a stellar reputation in the music industry and endorsements including Ibanez Guitars, Marshall Amplification, DiMarzio pickups, Monster Energy and more. For more information on Nita Strauss, please head to http://nitastrauss.com/.
Photo Credit: Larry Dimarzio

Cort Guitars Grand Regal Series Offers Royal Treatment

With the introduction of the GA-QF acoustic-electric guitar, Cort Guitars adds an elegant aesthetic to the popular Grand Regal Series. With striking workmanship on the series-signature Grand Auditorium body, the GA-QF offers multiple luxurious features without the fancy price tag.

When players first encounter the GA-QF, their eyes are drawn immediately to the highly figured maple top, available in Trans Black Burst or Coral Blue Burst finishes. They’ll also note the special design of the fingerboard inlay on the merbau fretboard, specifically designed for the overall aesthetics of this model. An abalone rosette completes the high-end look. Just as much thought and detail was put into the strength and playability of the chosen materials. The maple top contributes to this model’s unique sonic character, which is bright and tight with a strong focused projection that complements the strong, warm midrange of the mahogany back and sides.

Like other models in the Grand Regal Series, the GA-QF was carefully designed for playability. The grand auditorium body with Venetian cutaway is sized perfectly between the large dreadnought and the more intimate grand concert models. This makes the Grand Regal ideal for both strumming/flatpicking and for fingerstyle playing. The Fishman Isys T preamp system features a LED tuner and phase control, along with a Sonicore pickup, will relay all the acosutic tones naturally and organically.

Also enhancing the GA-QF’s playability is the 45 mm Graph Tech NuBone XB nut and saddle, specially formulated to produce more bass harmonics. Manufactured under high heat and pressure, NuBone XB is strong, durable and consistent throughout to ensure superior vibration transfer. The dovetail neck joint reinforces the vibrational transfer, while diecast machine heads provide tuning stability.

Cort’s Grand Regal Series offers acoustic-electric guitars for versatile players who prefer to have one guitar capable of covering a variety of sounds and styles. The feature-packed GA-QF is an ideal addition for players to want to enjoy that versatility with some frills, at a surprisingly affordable street price of $299.99.

Learn more about the Grand Regal Series and other Cort acoustic guitars at www.cortguitars.com.

About Cort Guitars

Cort designs, manufactures, and delivers some of the finest guitars and basses to musicians and music enthusiasts all around the world. Over the past 50 years, the company has worked with some of the largest and most well-recognized guitar companies in the industry, as well as artists of international recognition. Cort remains focused on providing instruments that will last generations with the best workmanship possible, the best materials and components, and the best service long after the instruments have been purchased. For more information, visit www.cortguitars.com.

 

Michael Kelly Guitar Co. to Kickstart Lightweight Electric Guitar Collection

CLEARWATER, FL (Mar 21, 2017)— For Michael Kelly Guitar Co., innovation is more than a market experiment—it comes down to listening to the community of players and their needs. After analyzing customer interactions across multiple platforms, Michael Kelly determined there was a pressing need for a lighter weight electric guitar option. In listening to these needs, Michael Kelly is using Kickstarter to bring a brand new series of guitars to their community.

“Our players’ community has been a guiding force in the development of many of our recent collections,” says company founder Tracy Hoeft. “Repeatedly, we heard from many players who, because of various health reasons, truly needed a lighter guitar option. Some were ready to give up playing altogether. Now we are excited to be able to fill this need for players who want to keep making music.”

The company embarked on a two-year research and development effort that resulted in the Michael Kelly Enlightened Series collection, which will pre-launch on Kickstarter at the end of March before launching globally this summer. Each guitar in this series has a target weight of 6 pounds—30% lighter than traditional electrics—without compromising sonic quality or styling.

The Michael Kelly team of guitar experts knew the challenges before they embarked on this mission. But, the team was determined to addresses every challenge head-on with the goal of optimizing the player experience.

Starting with the body, Michael Kelly’s designers began to interview experts in tone wood from around the world. After testing a dozen varieties, they decided on a species of mahogany that delivered excellent tone while being significantly lower in weight than more commonly used tone woods. The body was also designed to be thinner than normal, providing a dual benefit of added comfort as well as weight reduction. The risk of negatively affecting the instrument’s tone as a result of removing weight was mitigated by lightening the area behind the bridge. The development of four ports further allowed the team to reduce weight while retaining the instrument’s tone.

Additionally, these guitars feature parts that have been tooled up with aluminum, rather than standard steel guitar parts. Aluminum also proved to be ideal for tone and improving instrument performance. In terms of balance, no detail was overlooked in trying to solve the neck-heavy weight problem. Adjustments included finding an alternative set of locations for the strap buttons to overcome the issue.

Of course, an expertly engineered, lightweight design is only as practical as the sonic quality it enables. Michael Kelly worked to identify the natural sonic profile of each guitar in the Enlightened Series. Each model has customized pickups to enhance sonic performance, as well as special electronics modifications that increase the selection of sounds to allow each player to fine-tune their favorites.

The Michael Kelly team can’t wait for players to try out this innovative “light-done-right” collection that won’t break the bank—or their back! Enlightened Series guitars will be priced beginning at MSRP $850. Stay tuned and visit the Kickstarter project page, www.MichaelKellyGuitars.com/ultralight to learn about exclusive incentives and rewards for pledges.

About Michael Kelly Guitar Co.
Founded in 1999, Michael Kelly Guitars is an American guitar, bass, and mandolin company that imports quality instruments manufactured to their specifications. “Built on Sound,” the company has earned a reputation for excellent aesthetics, value, and overall performance. For more information, visit www.MichaelKellyGuitars.com or call (727) 793-9059.

 

Cort Guitars Introduces NDX Baritone Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Cort Guitars Introduces NDX Baritone Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Seoul, South Korea — Cort’s new NDX Baritone acoustic-electric guitar is designed for guitarists who want to play in lower-than-standard tuning, but struggle with intonation and thicker strings on standard acoustic models. The Baritone is the latest addition to Cort’s NDX Series, and has a slightly elongated scale length of 27’’, making it easier to play and stay in tune in the lower B tuning. With excellent sonic balance and unique design elements, the NDX Baritone provides an unique playing experience for guitarists of various styles.

Like other models in the NDX Series, the Baritone is a deep Florentine cutaway that allows unfettered access to the highest frets. It has a special deep body shape with exceptional depth (up to 125mm) and width (lower bout of 412.5mm, upper bout of 292mm), providing a big, deep and lush soundscape. The rich tone further resonates with Cort’s advanced scallop x-bracing, as well as the high-quality materials used.

The NDX Baritone’s solid Sitka spruce top has superior strength and flexibility, allowing the tone to resonate freely. A beautifully balanced sound is achieved with a low-end that’s deep and tight, complemented by a warm, rich midrange and a brilliant and clear high-end. The mahogany back and sides, a standard for premium acoustics for many decades, further expand the bright, natural tone.

The NDX Baritone’s ivory-bound body is finished in Natural Satin, NDX Series guitars also feature a double abalone rosette for a modern take on a classic design. The rosewood fingerboard has a unique, ring-type design inlay that’s exclusive to this series. Grover tuners with black buttons provide a bold accent on the headstock. The NDX Baritone comes with D’Addario EXP23 Coated Phosphor Bronze Baritone Acoustic Guitar Strings (B-E-A-D-F#-B).

Players can share the NDX Baritone’s rich tone with large audiences by using the built-in Fishman Presys Blend EQ with Sonicore pickups. This onboard preamp includes a microphone that can be blended in with the under-saddle pickup for a wider range of sounds. A notch filter control is also included to eliminate feedback. The small-footprint Blend also has a built-in tuner with LED display, a Phase switch, and a unique pivot design for instant 9-Volt battery access.

Offering high-end construction, design and electronics, the NDX Baritone is priced at an MSRP of $699.99. To learn more about Cort’s NDX Series, visit www.cortguitars.com.
About Cort Guitars

Cort designs, manufactures, and delivers some of the finest guitars and basses to musicians and music enthusiasts all around the world. Over the past 50 years, the company has worked with some of the largest and most well-recognized guitar companies in the industry, as well as artists of international recognition. Cort remains focused on providing instruments that will last generations with the best workmanship possible, the best materials and components, and the best service long after the instruments have been purchased. For more information, visit www.cortguitars.com.

Dj Ashba of Sixx:A.M. Teams Up with Dean Markley

Dj Ashba of Sixx:A.M. Teams Up with Dean Markley

“To be a true guitarist isn’t about anything except the art of playing guitar.” — Dj Ashba

Dean Markley USA announces the addition of guitarist Dj Ashba to their artist roster along with the Dj Ashba Artist Series of strings. Ashba joins many musicians who proudly play Dean Markley strings.

The Dj Ashba Artist Series is a custom set of gauges that feature .010, .013, .017, .028, .038, and .048 from the longtime favorite, Dean Markley Signature Series of nickel plated strings.

unnamedDj Ashba is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and graphic designer. He grew up in Fairbury, Illinois, where he worked in the cornfields to earn enough money to buy his first guitar. Influenced by Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen, he practiced tirelessly, sometimes 17 hours a day. By the time he moved to Los Angeles at 18, he was proficient enough to become an in-demand session and touring guitarist. He released a well-received solo album, Addiction to the Friction, composed music for film scores, and in 2007 partnered with Nikki Sixx and James Michael to form Sixx:A.M. From 2009 to 2015, Ashba also played lead guitar in Guns N’ Roses. As a co-producer and songwriter, he has worked with a diverse list of talent ranging from Motley Crue to Neil Diamond. Most recently, Dj scored the title song to Eli Roth’s 2015 hit movie The Green Inferno. Dj has been featured on hit TV shows such as History Channel’s Counting Cars and Animal Planet’s Tanked. This Fall, see Dj Ashba touring arenas with Sixx:A.M. to bring the band’s two 2016 releases, Volume 1, Prayers For The Damned and Volume 2, Prayers For The Blessed live to fans across North America.

“Being a guitarist means being true to what you do,” says Dj Ashba. “Guitar is an art, and it takes a lot of years and dedication. It’s not an overnight thing. It’s a super-long road, and you’re going to hit the ground, but at the end of the day, what makes you a true guitarist is honing in on a unique style and never giving up.”

To learn more about Dj Ashba, visit www.Djashba.com and www.djashbaguitars.com

About Dean Markley USA

Established in 1972, Dean Markley USA is recognized as an innovator and leader in the world of musical instrument strings. Over the years, the company has expanded its product line to include guitar amplifiers, pickups and accessories. Celebrated by retailers for their sales performance and endorsed by an elite caliber of musicians, Dean Markley products are the smart choice. For more information, visit www.deanmarkley.com

Cort Launches Action DLX AS Bass Guitar

Cort Launches Action DLX AS Bass Guitar

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (Oct. 12 2016) — “Deluxe” isn’t always about high-gloss and highly figured tops; sometimes it comes down to excellence in sound and simplicity. Cort introduces the new Action DLX AS, an electric bass guitar model that delivers a deluxe sound and feel, along with a simple, yet attractive esthetic. With updated electronics and a rustic Ashwood, the Action DLX AS is ready to accommodate players of various styles who desire high-quality tone supported by solid construction.

With the new Markbass MB-1 EQ preamp, the Action DLX AS model advances the active electronics of its series counterpart, the Action DLX.  This new setup features a three-band EQ, pickup balancer and master volume, and Active/Passive conversion switch that complements the PDX-5 pickups. The result is a wide range of controls that allow players to craft their unique sound according to their preferred style.

The advanced sonic control of the Action DLX AS is reinforced by its 34’’, bolt-on body constructed of Ashwood. This wood is known for its warm mid-range, as well as its appealing, grainy look that has excellent compatibility with clear coat finishes. These features are evident in the open pore natural color. Black hardware and diecasting tuners add bold accents to the wood’s natural beauty.

Much like its DLX counterpart, the Action DLX AS has a Canadian hard maple neck featuring a rosewood fingerboard (15 3/4’’ radius) with white dot inlays. The 34’’ scale is comprised of 24 large frets. Available in a four- or five-string model, the Action DLX AS delivers a range and tone that will benefit bassists of various genres.

The Action DLX AS is priced competitively at $499.99 MSRP. To learn more about Cort’s Action Series of bass guitars and to find a dealer, visit www.cortguitars.com.
About Cort Guitars

Cort designs, manufactures, and delivers some of the finest guitars and basses to musicians and music enthusiasts all around the world. Over the past 50 years, the company has worked with some of the largest and most well-recognized guitar companies in the industry, as well as artists of international recognition. Cort remains focused on providing instruments that will last generations with the best workmanship possible, the best materials and components, and the best service long after the instruments have been purchased. For more information, visit www.cortguitars.com.

Brett Berhoff Making Impact with Paul Reed Smith Interview

Brett Berhoff Making Impact with Paul Reed Smith Interview

SAN FRANCISCO When two thought leaders come together for a feature on the front page of the Huffington Post, there’s a genuine opportunity for enlightenment. A recent example took place when entrepreneur and influencer Brett Berhoff decided to interview Paul Reed Smith, master luthier and founder of PRS Guitars.

PRS guitars are played by countless musicians of different genres, including guitar legends Carlos Santana and John Mayer. After a private tour at PRS headquarters, Berhoff spent quality time with Smith in the factory’s exclusive wood vault for hisLegends of Music Series. For Berhoff, a contributor to the Harvard Business Review, it was the opportunity to introduce his audience to a highly specialized industry where passion, above all, drives profits. For Smith, it was an opportunity to discuss his thoughts on the business of music while sharing personal stories the world has yet to hear. Accompanied by exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, the historic interview reached a mainstream audience via The Huffington Post, where Berhoff is a front page contributor.

A seasoned keynote speaker, Berhoff builds on the new series and will expose the music industry to the world in a way that everyone can understand. Millions of people share a passion for music, and millions more share a passion for business and brand-building. There’s an excellent conversation to be had deep inside these two worlds, and Berhoff presents it in his unique form for all to learn and enjoy.

To listen the full audio, visitwww.BrettBerhoff.com.

About The Brett Berhoff Experience

Brett Berhoff is an entrepreneur and influencer. He is sought after by corporations and individuals for his innovative thought leadership and strategic expertise.  The Brett Berhoff Experience introduces the world to the most influential and pivotal people on the planet.To learn how Berhoff can be a positive influence on your business or brand, visit him on the web atwww.BrettBerhoff.com or connect with him on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/ in/brettberhoff.

Peavey Teams Up with Pedal Steel Icon Robert Randolph

Peavey Teams Up with Pedal Steel Icon Robert Randolph
Robert Randolph with his Signature Peavey PowerSlide®
Peavey is proud to announce the release of the Robert Randolph Signature PowerSlide®. Incorporating all of the features of the original Peavey PowerSlide, the Robert Randolph signature model includes an adjustable belly rest, allowing users to adjust the distance between the instrument and themselves, an added single-coil pickup, and upgraded hardware.
The Peavey PowerSlide is a revolutionary approach to playing slide guitar. Not a traditional lap steel, not a resonator, and not a conventional steel guitar, the ergonomically designed PowerSlide combines the best of all three in a unique instrument that can be played in multiple vertical and horizontal orientations, thanks to its four-point suspension and patented multipoint “Y” strap system. Designed to position the fingerboard to the left of the player’s body, the shape allows total access to the playing surface.
The Robert Randolph Signature PowerSlide is available in a metallic silver finish. Features include volume control, “sail” patterns to help easily identify octaves while playing, and a unique magnet-loaded pickup with exclusive variable-coil mode control. The PowerSlide ships with Robert Randolph signature DR .013-.056 nickel wound strings, “Y” strap, padded bag, and polished-finish steel slide.
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Pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph is best known as the founder of the funk/blues/rock/soul group Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Rolling Stone listed him as one of their “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” As to why he went to the efforts of creating a signature model, Randolph commented: “ I’ve been wanting something with more versatility, mobility, and comfort.  Something I could really get into while performing live.  With four different pickup sounds and more sustain than any other lap steel ever made, the Peavey PowerSlide gives me everything I want!”
Learn more about Robert Randolph at www.robertrandolph.net 
For more information about the Peavey PowerSlide guitar, visit www.peavey.com
U.S. Retail: $499.99
About Peavey Electronics® 
Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics®, Budda®, and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. Chief Operating Officer Courtland Gray says, “We are striving every day to produce the world’s finest music and audio equipment”. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.

Dean Zelinsky Guitars New Engraved Paisley Dellatera Guitar With Antiqued Metalized Finish

Chicago, IL August 23, 2016 – World-renowned guitar designer, Dean Zelinsky, announces the release of his Engraved Paisley Dellatera in an Antiqued Nickel finish. Utilizing an exclusive metalizing process, Zelinsky achieves a realistic engraved metal look on a traditional alder wood body. Guitars are only available factory direct through Zelinsky’s ecommerce site, www.deanzelinsky.com.

Marrying the aesthetics of metal with the feel and tonal properties of wood was the maker’s inspiration. “I have been working on perfecting this look for several months,” stated Zelinsky. “Engraved metal guitars currently on the market have a sexy appeal but are extremely expensive. Additionally, they have other less desirable qualities associated with the metal bodies. We have 100% achieved that look ‘in wood’ without the lofty price tag. In a test at a local music store, players looking at my Dellatera side-by-side a metal body guitar were not able to tell the difference.”

The Engraved Paisley Dellatera comes standard with Zelinsky’s patented Z-Glide™ Reduced Friction Neck. Z-Glide™ utilizes a laser-textured design to eliminate that sticky/tacky feel by removing 70% of the neck surface. Z-Glide™ puts a little air between players and their guitar letting hands glide up and down the neck.

Players can custom configure their guitar with the choice of rosewood or maple fingerboards, various hardware packages, pickguards, and pickup options including Zelinsky’s revolutionary SideKick™ Pickup. SideKicks are the first pickups that enable a player to have a true single-coil and vintage humbucker in the same space. Players can switch from single to humbucker and the volumes absolutely match.

Additional features include a rock hard Canadian maple neck, 9.5” – 12” compound radius fingerboard, 20:1 locking tuners, Zelinsky’s Hi-Tail single-coil bridge pickup and Broad-Tone neck single-coil, master volume and tone control with 3-way switch, graphite nut and string retainer. Players can customize and order their Engraved Paisley Dellatera directly from Zelinsky’s website, www.deanzelinsky.com, starting at $1299.

About Dean Zelinsky Guitars:

Dean Zelinsky Guitars is the creation of master guitar builder Dean Zelinsky. Dean Zelinsky Guitars represents the crowning point of Zelinsky’s four decades as a guitar designer to the stars. The Dean Zelinsky Guitar collection includes the Tagliare, Dellatera, StrettaVita, Zenyatta, and LaVoce. Selected models feature new guitar technology options, such as his patented Z-Glide™ (Reduced Friction) Neck and SideKick™ Pickup. Celebrated guitarists such as Johnny Winter, Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Michael Schenker, Sammy Hagar, Elliot Easton of The Cars, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, Leslie West, Kerry Livgren of Kansas, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and scores of others have all played guitars designed and built by Zelinsky. Now, musicians can buy the same quality instrument direct from the man who created such luminary guitars.

Zelinsky launched his new line of Dean Zelinsky Guitars in August of 2013 through his ecommerce website, www.deanzelinsky.com. The company has a USA facility in the Chicago, IL suburbs, offshore manufacturing and worldwide distribution. Dean Zelinsky Guitars range from $369 to $6,000.

For more information, please visit www.deanzelinsky.com.

660 Guitars Unveils CT/52 Guitar

GILMER, TX June 8, 2016 – 660 Guitars announced today the introduction of their latest guitar design, the CT/52. The CT/52 has been engineered as a modern slant on a classic, single cut guitar design. The CT/52 extends 660 Guitars’ already robust line of American-made instruments, featuring all-aluminum bodies. Customers can place orders directly from the factory at www.660guitars.com
The 25.5” scale CT/52 captures bold engineering and modern playability, while maintaining the principle build features consistent in all 660 Guitars. Handcrafted with USA parts, the CT/52’s body is constructed of one piece of aircraft-grade aluminum, paired with a shallow-oval 16” radius solid graphite/carbon fiber neck, and weighing in at 7.5 lbs. The finish is a resilient powder coat, available in a multitude of color options. The bridge on the CT/52 is a Hipshot USA bridge and a Kahler Tremolo bridge is optional for an additional price. The pickups are 16.50K Dimarzio Dominion Humbuckers with ceramic magnets, mounted on ‘mini-rails’ to allow numerous user-adjusted tonal variations. Smoked acrylic black glass is standard. Hennessy Secure strap locks are also standard, and the guitar ships in an RB Aero low-profile case.
660 Guitars was forged on the friendship of builders Drew Emory and Myke Wilkerson, both independent builders who found they shared the same ideas in constructing guitar bodies out of metal, namely aircraft-grade aluminum. Traditional instruments are subject to many issues, from humidity, airline handling, to general use. Aluminum is an extremely rugged and durable building material, and offers the guitar world a change from traditional wood construction. The results are warm and resonant guitars with tank-like construction, and minimal weather-related issues.
The CT/52, along with all of 660 Guitars’ instruments, is handcrafted with pride in the USA, precision engineered, and built to exacting standards to minimalize maintenance and downtime, while ensuring the instruments are around for generations.
MSRP $3400 USD
To learn more about the CT/52 and the 660 Guitars building process, please visitwww.660guitars.com

Cort MBC-1 Matt Bellamy Signature Model Now Available in Red Sparkle Finish

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (June 7, 2016) — In  2015, Cort teamed up with Manson Guitar Works and musician Matthew Bellamy, the frontman and lead guitarist of Muse, to develop the Cort MBC-1 Matt Bellamy Signature Model electric guitar. The award-winning MBC-1 was built to replicate Bellamy’s custom-made Manson guitar, down to the resilient Matte Black (MBLK) finish. Now, the MBC-1 is available in Red Sparkle (RS), another signature Bellamy look that features a bright red base coat with holoflake finish. The MBC-1 RS promises the same sound and feel as its series partner, but with a stunningly vibrant color.
Manson developed special pickups for the MBC-1 model based on more than two decades of experience working with Bellamy. The versatile setup includes a fully voiced humbucker in the bridge and a true single coil neck pickup that reflects his stage and studio custom guitars. Simple and versatile, the MBC-1 features a single-volume control, master tone, and three-way switch that controls the humbucker/single coil pickup combination. These controls work together with the MBC-1’s discrete kill button that allows the player to creatively expand the guitar’s already wide range of sounds. The result is a big full tone with a rock-solid feel.
A fully adjustable tune-o-matic style bridge and stop tailpiece anchor the MBC-1’s basswood body. The single-cutaway instrument features a bolt-on, hard maple neck with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard and 25.5’’ scale length. On the headstock, the MBC-1 is equipped with die-cast locking tuners that are important to the character of the guitar’s sound and assure stage-ready tuning stability. Chrome hardware completes the look.
Just like the MBC-1 MBLK model, MBC-1 RS has been built to the exact and demanding specifications of Matt Bellamy, who has been recognized as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. Bellamy is the principal songwriter for Muse, an influential English rock trio formed in 1994. To date, the band has won two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Rock Album—The Resistance (2009) and Drones (2015). Bellamy was named a Cort signature model artist in 2015.
The MBC1-RS is priced at $649 MSRP.
For more information, and to find a Cort dealer, visit the manufacturer’s website byclicking here.
About Cort Guitars 
Cort designs, manufactures, and delivers some of the finest guitars and basses to musicians and music enthusiasts all around the world. Over the past 50 years, the company has worked with some of the largest and most well-recognized guitar companies in the industry as well as artists of international recognition. Cort remains focused on providing instruments that will last generations with the best workmanship possible, the best materials and components, and the best service long after the instruments have been purchased. For more information, visit www.cortguitars.com.

MotherBrain Oozes Delay from Dr. No Effects

It doesn’t take a genius to know the importance of a good delay pedal. Just use your brain.
The limited run MotherBrain Analog Delay is the latest creation from the always unpredictable Dr. No Effects.  The hand crafted pedal is an excellent sonic tool for guitarists, bass players, keyboards and vocal.
The MotherBrain is an insanely high-end quality delay that produces classic, classy tones. With three easy-to-adjust functions, it’s easy to achieve rockabilly slapback or insane oscillation — just grab hold of a cerebrum, dial in, and you’re ready to go. Present runs your signal from “Wet” to “Dry.” Insanity sets your delay time. Memory locks in your feedback for “Long Term” or “Short Term.” When the MotherBrain is engaged, it has no influence on the actual send through signal, that stays at the same level and clarity as your original signal. To achieve maximum results, Dr. No suggests using as the last effect in your pedal chain.
As is the case with all Dr. No Effects, you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to dig into the MotherBrain. It’s user-friendly, simple, and easy to use. All a player needs is a 9-volt battery and they’re on their way to robust tone.
From the circuit to the silkscreened housing, custom brain knobs, box, and brain keychain, The MotherBrain is entirely handmade and built to last a lifetime. It’s also a limited edition: only 350 are available, each one signed and numbered by Dr. No.
To learn more, please visit www.DrNo-Effects.com and Shop.DrNo-Effects.com
MSRP: €239/$272.