Gretsch Releases New Double Cutaway Electromatic Hollow Body

Nice... over the weekend Gretsch announced the latest addition to its popular low-cost Electromatic line of guitars––the Double Cutaway G5122DC Hollow Body. While I haven't a clue what actual sales figures have been like for this line, I can tell you that my posts covering earlier Electromatic releases continue to get more hits per day than ju…

Speed Linking: Marshall's Lemmy Signature Stack, EH Gets A New Site, More…

Wow... slow posting this week as my *offline life* gets increasingly chaotic. Hope to be back up to par on Monday. Still, came across a few fun things this morning, and thought I'd drop you all some quick links. •  Marshall 1992LEM – Yep, Marshall has produced a Signature Series Super Bass 100-Watt Head in honor of Motorhead madman Lemmy Kil…

Chop Shop: Building The BYOC Optical Compressor

Wow... I had originally planned on writing a whole series of posts on my experience building the BYOC OptiComp Optical Compressor –– but the build had so few parts, and was so easy to put together that I think I can cover it all on one shot. Total build time for me was about three hours. In comparison, I spent at least five hours soldering tog…

Gibson Unveils Robot Les Paul Studio & Robot SG Special

After the scorching success of their limited edition Robot Guitar launch in December––in which some 4,000 self-tuning instruments sold-out in just four days––Gibson is back with a robotic guitar for the masses. Make that two robotic guitars for the masses––the Robot Les Paul Studio LTD and the Robot SG Special LTD. As I understand it, …

First Impressions: Gibson's ‘67 SG Special Reissue w/P-90’s

Intro OK, I know I promised photos, but so far I haven't had a chance to take anything decent... still, I wanted to give you my first impressions since receiving my latest toy––Gibson's Guitar Of The Week #37. First off, while you should never judge a book by its cover, or a guitar by its finish, I have to say that the ‘67 SG Special Reissue…

ESP Adds Seven More Models To Their 2008 Lineup

Good gawd, these guys just can't be stopped... hot on the heels of the outrageous 50 new models they released at this Winter's NAMM Show, ESP this week announced the addition of another seven new guitars to its 2008 lineup. The instruments made their debut at Europe's Musikmesse 2008 Conference, and included five new low-cost LTD models: the flash…

Gibson Announces Guitar Of The Month #2 :: 50-Year Commemorative Flying V

Over the weekend Gibson officially unveiled the latest addition to their 2008 Guitar Of The Month series––the 50-Year Commemorative Flying V. Marking a full half-century since the first batch of Flying V's left Gibson's Kalamazoo, Michigan facilities in 1958 (and immediately tanked in the marketplace,) this 50th Anniversary Flying V i…

It's Chop Shop Time! Building The BYOC Optical Compressor

OK, I had so much fun building my TriBooster pedal last year that I've decided it's time to bust out my trusty old soldering gun and start working on a new project––the BYOC Optical Compressor. If you've ever wanted to build your own pedal then I highly recommend you join me on this adventure. The complete kit from BYOC will set you back $69.9…

Reader Poll: What's Your Favorite Pedal Board?

Well, for the first time in ten years I'm finding myself using a decent number of effects pedals again, so I thought I'd pose this question to you all: what's your favorite pedal board? I'll be in the market for something soon––smallish, for maybe four or five pedals tops––and I like the idea of a board with a lid you can just snap on so y…

Squier Releases Deluxe Series Strats & Jazz Bass Active V

OK, last time I mentioned Squier on this blog I absentmindedly referred to their instruments as “beginner's guitars,” which turned out to be a really bad idea––I got an earful from some very rabid Squier fans! Hehe... my apologies, I promise not to make that mistake again ;) Anyways, today Squier announced what appears to be their three n…