Tiny & Full Of Twang: Gretsch's Mini Diddley

Hehe... I'm guessing you may have come across Gretsch's infamous Electromatic Bo Diddley guitar before, but have you ever seen its diminutive offspring, the Mini Diddley? What can I say – it's Friday, folks, and the Mini Diddley seemed like a fun way to cap off the week! Yeah, it may look a lot like the original, but the Mini Diddley is inc…

Epiphone Giving Away A Les Paul Studio!

Well, if you haven't already done so you'll be happy to know that there are still a few days left to get in on Epiphone's Les Paul Studio Giveaway (actually, they call it a “Contest,” but since you don't really have to compete in any way I'm not sure that's a fair description.) Anyways, the “Contest” runs until Jul 31st, w…

Custom NBA-Finals Themed Les Paul Is Going, Going, Gone!

Sold! A two-of-a-kind NBA Finals themed Les Paul built by Gibson's famous Custom Shop has sold in auction for the surprisingly (to me at least) low price of $4,800. Proceeds from the sale will go to NBA Cares – the NBA's worldwide community outreach program which is dedicated to supporting education, youth & family, and health-related ca…

Dream Machine: Marshall's 1974X Reissue

Another Dream Amp From Marshall I've been considering a number of amps recently, and one that's really caught my eye is Marshall's reissue 1974X -- a hand-wired recreation of their classic 18-watt tube amp, the 1974 -- which, ironically enough, was produced during the mid to late '60s. The 1974X is getting phenomenal reviews, and its no wonder w…

Best Of NAMM Summer 2006

Ok, it looks like I could write a week's worth of posts just covering the new guitar-related gear released at last week's Summer Session of NAMM in Austin, so instead I'm opting for a “Best of” look at what's most important to guitar players – guitars and amps! Fender Releases A Ton Of New Gear New instruments from Fender this year include …

Gretsch Reveals New G5120 Electromatic Hollowbody

Apparently not content to be offering one of the coolest, most affordable hollowbodys on the market, at last week's NAMM 2006 Summer Session Gretsch announced their newly upgraded G5120 Electromatic – a guitar that absolutely screams good old-fashioned American Rock & Roll. The earlier version of the G5120 has been quite popular, due mo…

REVIEW: Fender '69 Telecaster Thinline

One of the best performing, and most under-appreciated guitars I've ever had the pleasure of owning and playing was Fender's semi-hollowbodied '69 Telecaster Thinline reissue. Originally conceived and sold as a lighter-weight alternative to Fender's standard Tele, the Thinline is actually much more than just an easier-on-the-arms Telecaster -- it…

Fender Unveils New Highway One Strats, Teles, And Basses

New Guitars From Fender! Fender has announced their latest line of guitars and basses -- the newly redesigned Highway One Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazz Bass, and Precision Bass. According to their website, the upgraded Highway Ones sport a host of new features, including new pickups, new necks, new frets, new bridges, and even an all new satin-…

Wanna' Learn Some Robert Johnson? Notation & Tab For Love In Vain Blues

Well, I can see I'll be busy this weekend... I'm a huge fan of Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, and while I've always wanted to learn my way around some of his more difficult licks, it's never been easy to find a decent transcription, and well, let's just say my own attempts at figuring them out have been frustrating at best. Anyways, I came ac…

New Release: Guitar Pro 5 For Mac OS X

The Wait Is Over! This morning Arobas Music announced the release of Guitar Pro 5 for Mac OS X – a Mac-native version of their popular guitar workshop software. This is super-cool! I've been waiting oh-so patiently for this release. We'll have an in-depth review sometime in the next few weeks, but in the mean time here are a few of Guitar …