Fender To Produce 300 Limited Edition '57 Amps

Well, Fender may be far from what you'd call a small-time player, but in spite of their stature (not to mention the general hoopla around NAMM,) I had to dig around quite a bit to discover this beauty––the '57 Amp. According to their website the '57 Amp––a 12-watt, all tube guitar amplifier based on Fender's 5E3 circuit ci…

Come On… Show Us Your Gear!

Hey, we've been having some fun showing off our guitars and gear over at the new Tube Freaks Guitar Forum, and I just wanted to invite you all to join in––you're welcome to post photos of your guitars, amps and the like, or just cruise the threads or even start one of your own. Guitars of all ages, makes and models are welcome. The fo…

Gibson Announces Guitar Of The Week #2 :: Les Paul Classic Antique

As expected, today Gibson announced the latest guitar in its new Guitar Of The Week series––the Les Paul Classic Antique. Like the other guitars in the line, this beauty will be produced in a limited run of just 400 instruments, making it a pre-determined collector's item if there ever was one. According to Gibson's website the new li…

Vintage Guitar Magazine Reviews Budda's 10th Anniversary Twinmaster

If you're a boutique amplifier junky like myself you'll definitely want to check out Vintage Guitar Magazine's recent review of Budda's 10th Anniversary Twinmaster––a made-to-order 18-watt class A/B combo with just a single 12“ speaker and tons of tone. For those who haven't followed Budda's gear, the 10th Anniversary Twinmaster…

Epiphone Debuts Nick Valensi Riviera P94

Well, NAMM has come and gone, and I certainly didn't have time to keep up on all the announcements, so this week I'm going to try to dig out some of the unsung jewels that got overshadowed by the big boys at this year's conference. While they're not exactly a small time player, somehow I missed any word of Epiphone's new Nick Valensi Riviera P94&…

See The Marshall Vintage Modern & JVM Series In Action

A number of readers have been asking for more information on Marshall's new Vintage Modern and JVM series of amplifiers, so I was pleasantly surprised this morning to find that Marshall has posted some fairly in-depth mpeg demos of these two eagerly-awaited new amp models on their website. The demo includes a nearly 20-minute hands-on look at wha…

Gibson Betting On 'Limited Run' Guitars–52 New Models For 2007

Well, if you're into what I call the pre-determined collector's item thing you'll be interested to know that Gibson has announced its new Guitar Of The Week program which will see the guitar maker pumping out a brand new guitar model each week for 2007 (tip of the hat to Matt at Guitar Stuff.) And what's the catch? Each new model in this series w…

REVIEW: ESP's LTD EC-400AT Archtop

Intro The LTD EC-400AT Archtop is Japanese guitar maker ESP's low-cost answer to the much more expensive Gibson Les Paul or even LP Studio. While it comes in two different finishes (Gold and Black,) the metallic Gold model is clearly aimed at guitar players like myself who long for the classically stylish good looks of the mighty Les Paul Goldto…

'59 Fender Bassman In A Box… Am I The Only One Scared, Here?!

OK, really, I'm the farthest thing from a Luddite folks––I'm a computer professional and blogger for gawd's sake––but this move towards 'digital everything' is really starting to get on my analog-lovin' nerves. Yesterday I discovered Fender's new digital modeling Stratocaster, and this morning I got an e-mail from BOSS poi…

Photo Spread: I've Got Serious NAMM Envy

OK, just a quick note to all of my gearhead friends out there: if you aren't fortunate enough to be at NAMM this week (don't feel too bad––neither am I!) you can always live vicariously through the lucky folks over at Modern Guitars Magazine who've posted a great spread of guitar photos right from the conference floor. Drool inducing …