Gibson Launches New ES Model, ES-339 Semi-Hollowbody

Brand New ES Series From Gibson Well, Gibson this morning released full specs on its latest six-string creation––the ES-339––and it's looking like a real beauty. The guitar is basically an ES-335 packed into a Les Paul sized body, and includes all of the traditional accoutrements of the classic 335, including its hardware, body shape (if q…

Epiphone Giving Away A Broadway Archtop

Before I sign off for the day I just wanted to point you all towards the latest "contest" from Epiphone––they're giving away a beautiful blonde Broadway Archtop, paired with a copy of the book "Epiphone: The House of Stathopoulo." The guitar features a top of select spruce, laminated maple body, maple set neck (25.5" scale length,) rosewood fi…

A Closer Look At Ampeg's Newly Reissued Dan Armstrong Plexi

Considering its unique place in the history of electric guitars, the re-release of Ampeg's classic “see through” Dan Armstrong Plexi at last Summer's NAMM show really didn't get very much coverage. I mean, it's one of the most distinctive guitars on the planet... who can forget a guitar built of transparent acrylic? As it so happens, I went d…

Speed Linking: Gibson Goes Blogging, WSJ Discovers The Wonders Of The Relic

Gibson's New Website - A couple of days ago I logged onto Gibson's website only to discover that they'd done a massive overhaul. The new site is divided into two parts––the old “Products” section, and the new-fangled “Lifestyle” section... it's basically a blog in form, but minus the most basic blog-like function––conversation. Ther…

Randall's George Lynch Signature Series Preamp Modules Now Available

Well, we've got it on good authority that tomorrow Randall will be announcing the general availability of four new pre-amp modules for its innovative MTS Modular Tube Guitar Pre-Amp System––the highly-anticipated George Lynch MTS Signature Series. If you're lucky enough to own one of Randall's MTS amps, or of course the custom Lynch Box, you'l…

Line 6 And Bogner Unveil Hybrid Tube/Digital Modeling Amplifier

And They Call It The Spider Valve Well, it looks like the cat's finally out of the bag... Line 6 has been alluding to something big for the last few weeks, and today they finally let us in on it. In a collaboration with renowned tube-amp maker Bogner, Line 6 has apparently developed a whole new line of hybrid guitar amps––dubbed Spider Valve…

Gibson Announces Guitar Of The Week #32 :: SG Special With EMGs

Gibson this morning pulled the veils off its latest Guitar Of The Week offering––a smooth new SG Special armed with a pair of active EMG humbuckers. I like the stripped down look... the guitar is part of Gibson's low-cost SG Special line, so while it shouldn't dent your pocketbook too much, being a Limited Edition GOTW model it still manages t…

First Look: Guyatone Ultron & Ultrem Optical Hybrid Effects

Just got these two beauties in from the good folks over at Godlyke, and I thought I'd better give you all a sneak peek before we get too deep into the review process. Ultrem Optical Tremolo & Ultron Optical Auto Wah What you're looking at here are the Guyatone Optical Hybrid Effects––a pair of pedals that mix the best of both worlds, anal…

Building The BYOC TriBooster: Part 4 – Finishing It Up

OK, so at this point all of the various parts and pieces have pretty much been installed into our BYOC Tri-Booster, short of two things––the vast majority of the wiring, and of course the star of the show, our Germanium transistor. Clip, Solder, And Repeat Probably the single most annoying step in this whole build is the wiring... I don't k…

Vintage Guitar Magazine Reviews The PRS 513

PRS's newly updated 513 is named for it's unique electronics layout––namely, five proprietary single-coil pickups, producing a full thirteen different tonal configurations via two separate pickup switches: a traditional 5-way pickup selector, and en extra 3-way "mode" switch (for your choice of: single-coil, clear humbucking and heavy humbuckin…