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.

Michael Kelly Guitar Co. Unveils Custom Collection 50 Deluxe Model with 12 Sonic Options

Why settle for just any tone when you can choose among 12? That’s the opportunity that Michael Kelly Guitar Co. presents with the new Custom Collection 50 Deluxe (CC50DLX) electric guitar model. The perfect tone is just a click, pull or push away with a 4-way switch that drastically expands sonic options. Combining cutting-edge electronics with the classic look of Michael Kelly’s 1950s Series, the versatile CC50 Deluxe is designed at the intersection of modern and vintage, embodying the best of both worlds.

The design of the CC50 Deluxe began as an extended collaboration between the Michael Kelly team and the sonic experts at Seymour Duncan. At the center of this model are Duncan’s Hot Rail pickups. These humbucking pickups have the ability to switch to a more traditional single-coil tone, enabling the player to enjoy a fat, heavy rock tone one moment before transitioning to a traditional, surf-style tone the next. These are combined with Michael Kelly’s new 12-Tone Mod to open up the full sonic palette.

One key to the 12-Tone Mod on the Deluxe is the use of a 4-way switch instead of the typical 3-way switch. The 4-way blade switch delivers the typical neck, bridge or both settings of a 3-way, while adding a fourth position as a “series” option. Two push-pull pots on the master volume and master tone knob help expand the tonal variations. One splits the neck pickup from humbucker to single coil when pulled up; the other splits the bridge pickup. The pickups can be positioned 12 different ways for unique sonic settings. To see a diagram of the different options, visit the CC50 Deluxe product page by clicking here.

 

The CC50 Deluxe doesn’t forsake beauty for brains. An exotic striped ebony finish tops the maple-bound alder body. The bolt-on maple neck has a rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and dot inlays. A dual-action truss rod stabilizes the Modern C neck profile, while a vintage bridge with brass saddles, die-cast tuning keys and chrome hardware finishes round out the classic esthetic. The model shares many of the same dimensions as other Michael Kelly 1950s Series guitars, including the 10.5’’ fretboard, 25.5’’ scale length, and a standard bone nut at 43mm width.

Offering brains, beauty, and excellent value, the CC50 Deluxe is priced at$1,100.00 MSRP, and a $699.99 introductory special price. For a closer look at this model and the rest of the 1950s series, visit www.MichaelKellyGuitars.com.
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.

Real Guitars Made from Real Skateboards

Real Guitars Made from Real Skateboards

From Skate Park to Studio: Prisma Guitars Makes Musical Dreams a Reality

SAN FRANCISCO —What started as a love for two hobbies is evolving into a passion for one business. Today, Prisma Guitars is driven by the goal of building custom guitars with a one-of-a-kind style where instruments are all 100% handcrafted from the wood of recycled skateboard decks and custom engineered for the highest quality sound.

Prisma offers musicians the opportunity to customize every feature in building their dream guitar, from body shapes and pickups to necks, bridges, and knobs. Prisma electric guitars have six body shapes that can be built entirely with skateboards, a skateboard top and mahogany or alder back, or with a hollow body. In addition to using their own stock of skateboards, Prisma is able to build a guitar with a customer’s skateboards at no extra charge.

Necks are available in multiple profiles in four styles: skateboard, mahogany or maple with rosewood fingerboard, or one-piece maple. Each neck has a 12’’ inch radius and 25.5’’ scale length with a hand-shaped Graph Tech nut at 1 5/8’’ width. Prisma uses only hand-wound pickups from McNelly Pickups and David Allen Pickups, and all guitars are built exclusively with Emerson Custom electronics. Tone Pro or Mastery bridges are available, and an Allen key Hot Rod truss rod anchors the body, which has a 100% nitrocellulose instrument lacquer finish.

Prisma also builds custom bass guitars in two body styles with three wood options: mahogany back with skate top, alder back with skate top, or full skateboard. A maple neck with rosewood or maple fingerboard is available along with three finish types and several other customizable features.

 

Pricing for custom guitars begins at $2,500 and orders take approximately eight to twelve weeks to complete. Left-handed models are available at no extra cost, and all instruments come with a travel-ready MONO bag. Guitars can be shipped internationally.

Tapping into local SF culture, Prisma also offers pre-built series guitars with select customizable features. The Sunset Series pays homage to Prisma’s Sunset District neighborhood, home to Ocean Beach, where surfing and skateboarding are a way of life. Each guitar in this series is a vibrant pastel that is meant to represent a house in the neighborhood. Loaded with McNelly x Prisma pickups, the series features handmade skateboard knobs and a custom Decoboom pickguard inspired by 1970s surf culture.

“Skateboards are made with seven layers of hard rock maple— a familiar guitar wood— and some of the layers are randomly dyed colors. Through working the materials, we get the colors to come through,” says Nick Pourfard, founder of Prisma Guitars. “Every single time I build one, it’s a different result. I never make the same guitar twice.”

For a behind-the-scenes look at the Prisma design process, check out this video that features a demo by professional skateboarder and musician Tommy Guerrero. To learn more about custom Prisma Guitars, visit www.PrismaGuitars.com.

About Prisma Guitars 

Prisma Guitars was founded in 2015 by 24-year-old Nick Pourfard, a self-taught woodworker and industrial design student based in San Francisco. Inspired by his love of skateboarding and music, Nick decided to combine the two to create colorful guitars using broken and used skateboard decks. He has created custom guitars for stylistically diverse musicians at home and abroad, including international icon Steve Harris of the band Iron Maiden. Prisma Guitars are all 100% handmade in the USA, and the colors are completely one-of-a-kind for every build. To learn more, visitwww.PrismaGuitars.com.

Barrage 8 coming to Pittsburgh

Barrage 8 is the latest project from John Crozman, Dean Marshall and Tony Moore, the original creators of the hit show Barrage. Utilizing the same energy, panache and innovative stage performance that Barrage was known for, Barrage 8 features all the instruments in the modern string family. The “8” in the name represents a re-imagining of the string octet: 5 violins, viola, cello and double bass. This instrumentation drives a rich and powerful sonic palette that further explores the musical diversity in the Barrage 8 compositions and arrangements. Barrage 8 presents what the Barrage name has come to represent worldwide:

“a memorable presentation of music, from many genres and cascading generations, delivered in a way not seen or heard before.”

Chartiers Valley Middle School and High School Orchestra will be performing with the musicians of Barrage 8 on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Intermediate School at7pm.

Buy tickets here

 

Michael Kelly Guitars Announces Crowd-sourced Product Development For New Electric Bass Guitars

The development of new products is typically done in the strictest secrecy within guitar companies. Breaking with the old guitar industry standard of springing new products on players at the time of launch, Michael Kelly Guitars is crowd-sourcing the development of a new collection of electric bass guitar models. Confident in allowing players to define the new product and guide the development, the guitar maker is throwing the curtain wide open.

Starting Aug. 22, Michael Kelly Guitars will begin sharing design ideas with the public for their next generation of bass guitars. At least once a week, they will post different insights and samples on the special Player’s Voice section of the MK website as well as on their social media accounts, asking for community insights and opinions. This new and engaging content will further open the dialogue between the company and bass players.

“We are inviting players to join a community that will guide the development of several new Michael Kelly products,” explains company founder Tracy Hoeft. He continues, “This group will nurture these products from the initial basic product concept to a completed collection of products.”

Through videos, photos, and shared data, players will be able to differentiate how certain elements of the instruments will look and sound compared to others. This conversation will continue through November. The resulting products will be introduced at the 2017 National Association of Music Merchants Show in Anaheim, California,January 19-22.

Considering that so many of their customers share the passion for excellence, this team effort has unlimited potential. To access the special site and join this community visitMKPlayersVoice.com.

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.