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NAMM 2019

Music World is once again attending the NAMM show which runs from January 24th to 27th, 2019. One of the biggest music trade shows in the world, the NAMM show serves as a meeting place for all music related businesses where the newest innovations in music, recording, and sound are showcased. Music World will keep you up-to-date with all the new music gear during the show.  Follow our Facebook account for up-to-date pictures and videos. 

Here are some of the new products unveiled at NAMM 2019:

PRS Graveyard Limited Edition PRS "Graveyard" Limited Edition: PRS Private Stock is offering a McCarty 594 "Graveyard II" Limited Edition model, based on the 80-piece limited edition "Graveyard" guitar introduced last year. The Graveyard II boasts one of 150 curly maple tops from the outskirts of a graveyard on top of a mountain on the East Coast of the USA. The PRS Private Stock Graveyard II is a 60-piece limited run of McCarty 594 models that utilizes this unique maple for the tops. Notable specifications include an ebony and faded gray maple fretboard with ebony "Ravens in Flight" inlay, Raven headstock veneer, and Raven's Heart high-gloss nitro finish, all inspired by the story of these maple tops.
Alfred Little Mozart Series Alfred Celebrates Little Mozarts Series: Alfred Music is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its best-selling Music for Little Mozarts series in 2019. Written by Christine H. Barden, Gayle Kowalchyk, and E. L. Lancaster for children ages four through six, the method balances an introduction to piano study with the simple enjoyment of music making. Books center on the adventures of Beethoven Bear, Mozart Mouse, and their friends as they learn all about music, including major composers and key playing concepts.
Gibraltar Stealth Side V Rack Gibraltar Stealth Side V Rack: The Gibraltar GSSVR Stealth Side V Rack and the SC-78ASE, SC-1ASE Accessory Shaft Extender are designed to dramatically reduce the time drummers spend in setting up and breaking down their drum kits in performance settings. Equipped with a 33" V shaped bar and 14.5" vertical legs, it can be used as a companion to the GSVMS-KIT or as a right and left-side side rack. It enables drummers to reduce the number of stands, while increasing the mounting capability without widening the drumkit footprint. The V shaped side rack also enhances on-stage aesthetics, providing a sleek, low-profile look.
Godin Debuts First Acoustic Guitar Line Godin Debuts First Acoustic Guitar Line: Canada's Godin Guitars has launched its first-ever line of Godin acoustic guitars. Conceived and designed by Simon Godin, the line was two years in the making and a real labor of love for the young CEO. The line comprises three unique models: the dreadnought-size Metropolis, the concert hall-size Fairmount, and the parlor body-size Rialto. Premium tonewoods include rosewood or mahogany back and sides coupled with select solid spruce or cedar tops. Metropolis and Fairmount models are equipped with LR Baggs Anthem electronics, and the Rialto is amplified with the Q-Discrete preamp. Unique characteristics include reimagined body bracing, stunning inlays, and never-before-seen finishes, Satina Gray and Havana Burst. Built entirely in Canada.
RAT Tail Distortion Cable From Rapco RAT Tail Distortion Cable From Rapco: Built using the same clipping diodes that drive Vintage RAT pedals' signature distortion tones, the new RAT Tail distortion cable offers guitarists and bassists an alternative solution for achieving audio effects. Musicians can shift seamlessly between settings with the connector's easily accessible dial and built-in, directly selectable distortion circuitry. The RAT Tail distortion cable comes equipped with three settings, including true bypass, distortion overdrive with unity gain, and distortion overdrive (+3dB gain).
Hal Leonard's New Mary Poppins Songbook Hal Leonard's New Mary Poppins Songbook: Hal Leonard is introducing a new line of Mary Poppins songbooks to coincide with the release of the Disney movie, Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the 1964 classic. Mary Poppins Returns songbooks feature ten new songs from the film's soundtrack as well as several pages of beautiful color photos from the film. PVG and Easy Piano songbooks are currently available for purchase, and ukulele and instrumental play-alongs will be available soon.
Ibanez Introduces Steve Vai JEM7VP Premium Ibanez Introduces Steve Vai JEM7VP Premium: Steve Vai's JEM guitar has been a fixture in the Ibanez Signature Artist roster since the '80s. New for 2019, Ibanez is introducing the JEM7VP "Premium," which enables players to obtain all of the features of the Prestige JEM in at a more attainable price. The guitar features a five-piece Wizard maple/walnut neck with KTS titanium reinforcing rods, an ebony fingerboard with a "Tree of Life" inlay, and an alder body. These time-tested tonewoods combined with the HSH DiMarzio Evolution pickups give the JEM7VP all of the tone and intense sustain one would expect of a guitar bearing Steve Vai's name.
Nevermore's Loomis New Jackson Artist Nevermore's Loomis New Jackson Artist: Jeff Loomis, guitarist of Nevermore and Arch Enemy, has joined the Jackson Guitar artist roster. Jackson is currently designing a Jeff Loomis signature model that will debut at NAMM. Loomis said his connection with Jackson dates all the way back to the early '90s and his earliest days with Nevermore. "I started playing Jackson guitars early on in my youth and in the early stages of my first band, Nevermore," Loomis said. "To be able to work with their excellent staff of amazing luthiers and craftsman on a one-to-one basis now is really a dream come true."
Electro-Harmonix Flatiron Fuzz Electro-Harmonix Flatiron Fuzz: The New Electro-Harmonix Flatiron Fuzz is an extremely versatile classic op-amp-powered fuzz/distortion unit housed in a pedalboard-friendly die-cast chassis. Its distinctive sound comes from classic, late-'70s-style circuitry, which delivers symmetrical hard clipping reminiscent of the old Rat pedal. The Flatiron Fuzz features three controls: Volume, Drive, and Filter. Volume sets the output level and Drive adjusts the amount of sustain and distortion. The unique Filter control is actually a low pass filter with a movable cut-off frequency. This lets the player dial in the precise amount of high-end they prefer, from dark to raunchy. At lower drive settings the Flatiron Fuzz remains fairly clean and adds a pleasing, mild distortion. Turning Drive up produces very dense, thick, meaty tones. It features true bypass switching for maximum signal path integrity in bypass mode.
Graph Tech Ratio Machine Heads For Uke The New Graph Tech Ratio Machine Heads For Uke: Graph Tech Guitar Labs' Ratio Guitar Machine Heads are being installed on more and more major guitar brands, including Washburn, Martin, Framus, Riversong, and Fretlight. Graph Tech CEO Dave Dunwoodie has now designed Ratios for ukulele. Pointing out why ukuleles are "such a pain to tune," he observed, "Ukes have a shorter scale, nylon strings, and weigh a lot less. No wonder they're so hard to tune! And most ukes have heavy machine heads originally designed for guitar, with a 14:1 or 16:1 gear ratio!" Claimed to be the world's lightest machine heads, Graph Tech's new Ratio Tune-A-Leles have a uke-friendly 6:1 gear ratio. Super-light yet strong, they make the uke balanced, not headstock-heavy, and tune with "zero back drive and zero backlash."
D'Addario Upgrades NS Micro Headstock Tuner D'Addario Upgrades NS Micro Headstock Tuner: D'Addario Accessories' new and improved NS Micro Headstock Tuner is an accurate, feature-packed tuner made so small that only the player sees it. With a display that has a 360° rotation and with 90° screen orientation options, players can dial in the perfect viewing angle for their performance needs. A bright, full-color screen makes it easy to read, and the advanced piezo reduces ambient noise feedback, focusing only on the strings vibrating on the guitar, with +/- .5 cent accuracy. The body has a sleek matte black finish with an intuitive rubber button pad that makes it easy to power on/off, and scroll-through calibration settings and screen orientation options without error. The easy-to-use attachment ratchet has a wide frame that fits virtually any headstock and the strength to grip tightly through the most animated playing.
Nord Updates, Enhances Stage 3 Nord Updates, Enhances Stage 3: Nord has enhanced its electric pianos and electric piano filters for the Nord Stage 3. These enhanced EPs have been refined for optimal sound quality, and the new L and XL versions feature additional velocity layers for extended and more detailed dynamic response. Accompanying the enhanced EPs, brand new EP filters exclusively designed for Nord's vintage electric pianos broaden the player's sonic palette. The dedicated EP filters include five modes: Soft, Mid, Bright, Dyno 1, and Dyno 2.
Washburn Guitar Series With New Body Size Washburn Guitar Series With New Body Size: Washburn's new Bella Tono Studio Series guitars feature a new smaller "studio" sized body that delivers full-sized body tone. With its full 25-1/2" scale and compact 39" overall body length, Bella Tono Guitars are innovative, visually stunning, and sonically excellent.
Boss Offers Katana Amp Upgrade Boss Offers Katana Amp Upgrade: Boss is making available a free "Version 3" update that enhances the stage-class models in the popular Katana guitar amplifier series. This update adds three new effect types that are perfectly matched for the Katana's Brown amp character, bringing the onboard effects total to 61. Other improvements include the ability to assign favorite parameters to the front-panel effects knobs and connected expression pedals, as well as the option to record with stereo effects when tracking in a DAW via USB. The Version 3 update also provides the ability to assign favorite parameters to the front-panel effects knobs, giving users greater flexibility for shaping their own unique effects tones on the fly.
G7th Capo With New Radius Technology G7th Capo With New Radius Technology: G7th's new Performance 3 Capo features revolutionary Adaptive Radius Technology (ART). The ART active string pad adapts perfectly to match the radius over the strings on any guitar, delivering outstanding tuning stability by applying even pressure across all the strings. Coupled with its unique tension control system, the Performance capo provides a near-perfect experience without any of the problems associated with capos in the past. Available in a choice of Silver, Satin Black, or 18kt Gold Plate finishes.
Promark Shira Kashi Oak In Select Balance Promark Shira Kashi Oak In Select Balance: Promark Drumsticks has expanded its Shira Kashi Oak drumstick line to include its popular Select Balance acorn tip models. Since Promark's founding in 1957, Shira Kashi drumsticks have been considered the company's premium oak offering. Shira Kashi Oak drumsticks are denser than the hickory that is traditionally used, so they offer more power, strength, and durability. The Select Balance line of drumsticks was designed to let players explore different balance options on their preferred models to fit different playing styles and techniques. Forward models feature a short, 2-1/4" taper, which shifts the weight and momentum of the drumstick toward the front for improved power and speed. Rebound models feature a longer, 3" taper, giving the stick great bounce for optimized finesse and agility. The new Shira Kashi Oak Select Balance sticks will be available in 5A, 5B, and 7A in both Forward and Rebound models.
On-Stage Expands Keyboard Bag Line On-Stage Expands Keyboard Bag Line: On-Stage has introduced the KBA4000 Keyboard Bag Series which includes three different models to accommodate 49-, 61- and 88-key keyboards. Constructed of a heavy-duty, weather-resistant nylon exterior for protection against the elements, the bags boast a dense 3/4" interior foam padding that guards against dings and drops. The KBA4000 Series bags make transportation easy thanks to built-in backpack-style straps and carry handles on the 49- and 61-key models and sturdy wheels on the 88-key model.
Hal Leonard Releases New Volume Of Charlie Parker Omnibook Hal Leonard Releases New Volume Of Charlie Parker Omnibook: The Charlie Parker Omnibook is an iconic songbook that anyone who wants to learn the music of the Bird turns to. Featuring exact transcriptions of his recordings for all types of instruments, these books became the standard of jazz transcriptions and led to a slew of Omnibooks for other jazz legends. The new Charlie Parker Omnibook - Volume 2 features transcriptions of over 50 more of his own songs as well as his versions of jazz standards. Charlie Parker Omnibook Vol. 2 is available for C, B-Flat, and E-Flat instruments.
Metallic Finish Zildjian Sticks Metallic Finish Zildjian Sticks: New Zildjian Chroma Series drumsticks are finished with a pearlescent paint that interacts with light sources for a one-of-a-kind dazzling look. They will be offered in four metallic finishes: Chroma Blue, Chroma Pink, Chroma Silver, and Chroma Gold. Made of American hickory with an oval, wood tip, the Chroma Series is 16" in length and .560" in diameter and available in Zildjian's recently redesigned 5A profile.
New Mel Bay Mandolin Series New Mel Bay Mandolin Series: Mel Bay's newly released Theory and Improvisation for the Modern Mandolinist by Tommy Norris is a two-volume series that teaches improvisation in many musical styles, plus theory concepts and their application to the mandolin. Each book provides access to online play-along backing tracks and solo examples; every chapter includes scales presented in standard notation, tablature and fretboard charts. Volume 1, Building a Foundation, requires only that the reader play single notes and simple chords. It presents basic skills necessary for improvising over chord progressions found in all types of music. Whether they play bluegrass, rock, pop, or jazz, this book will take students' solos to the next level. Volume 2, Jazz and Beyond, teaches advanced scales and chord progressions.
Alfred Cajon Drummer Book Alfred Cajon Drummer Book: New from Alfred Music, The Cajón Drummer: Applying Drumset Techniques and Grooves to the Cajón. This title offers a practical approach for learning to play drumset grooves on the cajón, now a staple on concert stages and for singer/songwriters in acoustic settings. The Cajón Drummer covers basic techniques and exercises; sections on adding a brush, shaker, and other accessory instruments; and tips on playing with a singer/songwriter with little or no rehearsal.
RapcoHorizon Volume Control Cable RapcoHorizon Volume Control Cable: The updated RapcoHorizon Volume Control Cable (V-Cable) is perfectly suited for acoustic and electric instruments built without tone or volume knobs, and its improved design enhances its existing strengths. The V-cable also provides performers with the ability to adjust their own volume directly. It also comes equipped with built-in "off" position, which allows for a complete system mute on any instrument. With a "pop-free" guarantee, players can interchange instruments without worrying about unplugging sounds that can infringe on their performances. A 500K Ohm version ensures compatibility with virtually any pickup configuration on the market.
Roland's Unique Vocal Effects Device Roland's Unique Vocal Effects Device: Roland's new VT-4 Voice Transformer is an effects processor expressly designed for manipulating the human voice. Compact and easy to use, it allows the user to connect a microphone and quickly craft unique vocal sounds with performance-oriented controls. Harmony, vocoding, pitch shifting, hard tuning, ambience, and other high-quality effects are available, providing everything from subtle augmentation to radical transformation. Battery-powered and ready to travel, the VT-4 is perfect for singers, DJs, web broadcasters, and all those who use their voice in a creative application. Users can manipulate their sound in real-time, constantly altering the effect to suit the track and enhance the performance.
Lee Oskar Lower Key Harmonicas Lee Oskar Lower Key Harmonicas: Lee Oskar Harmonicas has added models in lower keys to its Major Diatonic series. Available now, the new keys in Low E and Low F# feature the same quality, design, and construction that Lee Oskar Harmonicas have been known for throughout the world for the past 35 years. These new low tunings are perfect for folk, country, blues, pop or rock and widen the pallet for musicians, allowing them to truly express themselves without boundaries.
Alfred Releases Music From New Hit Movie A Star Is Born Alfred Releases Music From New Hit Movie A Star Is Born: Alfred Music has released music from the original motion picture soundtrack of the current hit movie A Star Is Born. A Star Is Born, piano/vocal/guitar songbook, features the soundtrack to the current box-office hit starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Original, full-color photography and movie artwork within this beautifully packaged portfolio help provide a glimpse into the music and visual aesthetic of a Hollywood classic's third remake. Also, "Shallow," the first single from A Star Is Born, has been arranged for piano/vocal/guitar.
New JUNO Reeds From Vandoren New JUNO Reeds From Vandoren: Vandoren has expanded the JUNO reed family to include reeds for bari sax, soprano sax, and Eb clarinet--all available in a variety of strengths on Vandoren's new three-reed card design. JUNO reeds by Vandoren are designed to meet the specific needs of beginning students, helping them produce a full, consistent sound early in their development.
Yorkville Adds New Elite Passive Speakers Yorkville Adds New Elite Passive Speakers: Yorkville Sound will introduce three new passive speakers to the Elite family at the NAMM show: the EF10, EF12, and EF15. "A lot of our customers were looking for Elite level performance in a passive speaker for installations and venues with existing power amps," said Jeff Cowling, Yorkville sound's vice president of sales and marketing. "Based on the market success and positive user reaction to the Elite powered cabinets, introducing passive versions of the EF10P, EF12P, and EF15P is the next logical next step.
Ibanez Altstar Acoustic Guitars Ibanez Altstar Acoustic Guitars: The new Ibanez Altstar guitar is an acoustic guitar with the soul of its electric cousins not only visually but in design as well. It is designed for players who typically play electric guitar but want to explore the world of acoustics while maintaining a familiar feel. Every Altstar has a spruce top, sapele back and sides, and a maple neck topped with a laurel fingerboard, combining to generate a bright and present tone. The Altstar also comes equipped with an Ibanez AEQ2UT onboard preamp and an onboard tuner, making it more than capable in a live performance situation. Available finishes include: Indigo Blue Burst, Natural Browned Burst, Red Choral Sunburst, and Transparent Choral Burst.
ESP Expands LTD 1000 Series ESP Expands LTD 1000 Series: The popular ESP LTD Deluxe "1000 Series" has been expanded for 2019 with several distinctive new models. The Arrow-1000, offered in Snow White and Violet Andromeda finishes, offers neck-thru-body construction and high-end components including Grover tuners, a Floyd Rose bridge, and an EMG 85/EMG 81 pickup set. The aggressive arrow body shape is also available in LTD Black Metal Series with the Arrow Black Metal. The LTD EC guitar shape, based on the single-cutaway ESP Eclipse, is getting three new models. The EC-1001T/CTM is being offered in silver sunburst satin and snow white finishes. The EC-1000T is another chambered full-thickness model, available in honey burst satin finish. This model is the first production guitar to offer the innovative Fishman Fluence Open Core Classic Humbucker pickups with three voicings. The new LTD TE-1000 EverTune is the first TE guitar shape ESP has offered outfitted with the EverTune constant tension bridge. The classic-shaped SN-1000FR, offered in pearl white finish, has a traditional bolt-on roasted maple neck on an alder body, a Floyd Rose bridge, and an H/S/S pickup set with two Seymour Duncan Hot Strat single coils and a Seymour Duncan Custom 5 humbucker with a push-pull coil split control.
Electro-Harmonix Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff Pi Pedal Electro-Harmonix Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff Pi Pedal: The new Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff Pi combines the Civil War and Green Russian Big Muff signature tones with the enhanced sound shaping control of the Deluxe Big Muff in a single, integrated pedal. EHX founder Mike Matthews stated: "The Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff delivers the devastating low end, crisp highs, and non-scooped mids players love in the Civil War and Tall Font Green Russian with the powerful sound shaping control of our Deluxe Big Muff."
Zildjian Offers In-Ear Monitors Zildjian Offers In-Ear Monitors: The Avedis Zildjian Company has introduced the Zildjian professional in-ear monitor, designed for musicians on stage, in the studio, or at practice. The first Zildjian monitors feature a Dual Dynamic Driver that delivers a smooth frequency response for all listening applications. They include both medium and large premium soft silicone "SpinFit" ear tips whose design provides 360° range of motion, superior noise isolation, better audio performance, and lasting comfort. A 1/4" adapter and cleaning tool are also included as a part of the round carrying case that holds the monitors. Sound characteristics include a round low end, a detailed mid-range, and smooth high end.
Hal Leonard Expands Lesson Goldmine Series With 100 Banjo Lessons Hal Leonard Expands Lesson Goldmine Series With 100 Banjo Lessons: Hal Leonard's latest Lesson Goldmine Series book, 100 Banjo Lessons by Greg Cahill and Michael Miles, covers a wide array of topics via 50 lessons for bluegrass-style banjo and 50 more for clawhammer-style banjo. With 100 individual modules, each lesson features detailed instruction along with playing examples presented in banjo tablature.
Hohner Billy Joel Signature Harmonica Hohner Billy Joel Signature Harmonica: Hohner is releasing a Billy Joel Signature Harmonica to commemorate one of the world's most influential songwriters. Based on the Hohner Marine Band he used in "Piano Man," the song that helped launch his career, the Billy Joel signature harmonica was designed in close collaboration with the artist and features custom-engraved stainless-steel cover plates mounted on a Doussie wood comb, plus original Hohner Brass reed plates, and is in the key of C Major. For fans, collectors, and players alike, the harmonica is packaged in a beautiful display case, which also holds the score of the famous intro to "Piano Man."
Alfred Expands Basic Adult Piano Course Alfred Expands Basic Adult Piano Course: For Alfred Music's Basic Adult Piano Course, the publisher is introducing Popular Hits, Level 2. Arranged by Tom Gerou, this series provides supplemental material in many different popular styles, letting students play attractive versions of today's best-known music. Correlated page-by-page with Lesson Book 2 of Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course, these selections reinforce concepts in a fun and motivating way. Titles range from "As Time Goes By" (from Casablanca) to "Firework" (Katy Perry), "Hedwig's Theme" (from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), and "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin).
LP Bongo Throne Attachment LP Bongo Throne Attachment: The innovative LP Bongo Throne Attachment (LP330D) clamps onto most drum thrones and holds bongos securely in the seated play position allowing for comfortable play and freeing up space. It features LP's patented Camlock tensioning system and a heavy-duty nylon strap to hold bongos firmly in place by the drums' center block. The Camlock top has a rubber-lined seat that protects the drums and provides additional stability.
Ibanez Artwood Unbound Series Ibanez Artwood "Unbound" Series: The Ibanez Artwood series represents a "modern approach to tradition," employing cutting-edge woodworking technology to reproduce the bracing techniques of revered vintage instruments. The new AC150CE offers a full sound, thanks to a solid spruce top paired with Okoume as a back-and-side material. The elbow contour of the Grand Concert body shape provides increased playing comfort. The Ibanez T-bar under-the-saddle pickup equalizes the volume from each string and delivers a well-balanced signal, while the Ibanez AEQ-TP2 preamp provides the extra punch of an on-board EQ. Other features include an ovangkol bridge and fretboard, laser-engraved rosette, bone nut and compensated bone saddle, and chrome die-cast tuners.
VOX AC15C1-G12C Amplifier VOX AC15C1-G12C Amplifier: Handmade in the heart of Kentucky, the AC15C1-G12C amp is equipped with a Warehouse Guitar Speakers GC12C, emanating a Western style to the iconic British chime of the original. These speakers provide a punchy low end and a clear top end, a combination that maintains the perfect balance of power and clean tone. Available in limited quantities only, this new AC15 is the perfect complement to any guitarist's rig.
LP Celebrates 55th Anniversary With Limited-Edition Instruments LP Celebrates 55th Anniversary With Limited-Edition Instruments: Latin Percussion is commemorating more than half a century as the largest hand percussion brand in the world with the release of the Limited Edition 55th Anniversary Quinto, Conga, and Tumba set with matching Bongos. The drums' ultra-lightweight shells are constructed of select New Zealand pine. The lumber is treated utilizing a process that literally burns it with a torch to bring out and enhance the natural grain of the wood. The shells are then accented with a Candy Black Fade lacquer finish for a durable, one-of-a-kind look.
Hal Leonard Really Easy Guitar Songbooks For Beginners Hal Leonard Really Easy Guitar Songbooks For Beginners: Designed to give all players the opportunity to play popular and recognizable songs while learning to play the guitar, Hal Leonard's new "Really Easy Guitar" series features simplified arrangements that are perfect for everyone, even absolute beginners. Songs are arranged in a stripped-down style to be accessible with no music reading necessary. Arrangements are presented on two pages and feature chord frames, lyrics, and big-note tab for main riffs in each song. Beginners can use these easy-to-play, easy-to-read, and easy-to-follow arrangements as they learn the instrument for a perfect supplement to any method.
Godin Summit Classic On Tap For NAMM Godin Summit Classic On Tap For NAMM: Godin Guitars' new Summit Classic A/E Havana Burst provides extreme tonal versatility thanks to a pair of Seymour Duncan humbucker pickups and an L.R. Baggs T-Bridge that enable the chambered guitar to provide acoustic tones at the switch of a button. Offered in a new Havana Burst High-Gloss finish and adorned with a single F-hole, the Summit A/E offers striking looks. Other features include a chambered mahogany body, swamp ash top, mahogany neck, Richlite fingerboard, and a long 25.5" scale length. True to Godin's long-standing philosophy of innovation, the Summit Classic A/E will appeal to players looking for a rocking electric guitar that can also deliver accurate acoustic tones.
DW Crafts First-Ever Pure Almond Drumsets DW Crafts First-Ever Pure Almond Drumsets: Drum Workshop Inc. recently has added a new wood choice to its award-winning Collector's Series line. Pure Almond, the hardest wood currently offered in the California Custom Shop assortment, possesses a bright sonic personality in the same family as Pure Oak and Pure Purpleheart. Handcrafted in DW's California Custom Shop, the groundbreaking Pure Almond drums feature a new Staggered Tandem Core shell design that puts less tension on the shell and balances the inherent attack and brightness of the almond wood. Each hand Timbre Matched drum is finished in a distinct Toasted Almond to Natural Burst Lacquer Specialty finish and can be complemented with any Custom Shop hardware color (chrome/satin chrome/nickel/black nickel/gold).
Rotosound Ultramag Premium Strings Rotosound Ultramag Premium Strings: Rotosound is introducing a new range of high-end Ultramag guitar strings, made with Type 52 Alloy. Ultramag strings will initially be available in 9, 10, and 11 gauges for electric guitar. Rotosound materials expert John Doughty explained the science behind the strings, saying: "With a composition of 52% nickel and 48% iron, this highly magnetic string will accentuate those middles and lows over their steel counterparts."
Blackstar Studio 10 Series Amps Blackstar Studio 10 Series Amps: Blackstar Amplification has launched the Studio 10 Series; a range of 10-watts Class A tube combos equipped with a footswitchable boost, series effects loop, studio quality reverb, and more. The series includes two models--the Studio 10 EL34 and Studio 10 6L6--each designed to fully capture the magic of the Class A, single-ended tube power stage. With the emphasis on simplicity and sonic purity, the Studio 10 series has been crafted to provide the guitarist with the widest range of superior guitar tones.
Electro-Harmonix Nano Battalion Bass Preamp/Overdrive Electro-Harmonix Nano Battalion Bass Preamp/Overdrive: Electro-Harmonix' new Nano Battalion Bass Preamp and Overdrive features a MOSFET drive circuit that delivers a broad range of distorted tones plus a three-band EQ with three EQ position modes for greater flexibility. Its three-band EQ includes Treble (boost/cut above 1kHz) and Bass (boost/cut below 200Hz) controls, plus a Mid switch, which provides a 9dB boost or cut at 500Hz. Three signal path options determine where the EQ is applied.
Easy To Install Grover 505F Tuners Easy To Install Grover 505F Tuners: The Roto-Grip 505F tuners series is the latest addition to the guitar accessory offerings of Grover Musical Products. The new tuners allow users to upgrade a vintage Fender to a more modern-style locking tuner without any modifications to the guitar. The overlapping ear design makes it possible to utilize the existing screw holes and push in bushings, eliminating the need for screws or routing. Easy to install and easy to use, 505F tuners are available in nickel, chrome, or gold finishes.
DW Adds New Single-Chain Pedal DW Adds New Single-Chain Pedal: Drum Workshop Inc. is paying tribute to its classic 5000 Series bass drum pedal by adding the new model AH4 Single Chain Pedal to the line. Available in both single and double pedal models, the new 5000AH4 is a single-chain Accelerator cam model complete with the original retro 5000 footboard shape. It offers all the latest design features including the Tri-Pivot Toe Clamp, lightweight aluminum bass plate with new rubber grip surface, a Dual-Bearing Spring Rocker, Accelerator cam, the popular 101 two-way beater, and more.
Hal Leonard Releases Boney James Saxophone Play-Along Hal Leonard Releases Boney James Saxophone Play-Along: Over a nearly 40-year professional career, Boney James has become one of the premier contemporary jazz saxophonists. He's sold over three million albums, had six albums reach #1 on the jazz album chart, and received four Grammy nominations. Hal Leonard celebrates this modern jazz icon with the Boney James Saxophone Play-Along. Featuring easy-to-follow notation, Boney James Saxophone Play-Along includes eight of James' biggest tracks of his career for players to play along with easily.
Hal Leonard Releases Steve Vai's First Music Theory Book, Vaideology Hal Leonard Releases Steve Vai's First Music Theory Book, Vaideology: Hal Leonard is releasing guitar virtuoso Steve Vai's first music theory book, Vaideology, at the 2019 NAMM show. Designed to help both beginners and veteran guitar players, Vai takes a deep dive into the basics of music theory to help players better understand the language of music and become more musically literate. Through in-depth discussions of music theory fundamentals, Vai combines practical exercises, diagrams, tips, practice methods, and various ways of looking at music to help kickstart a new view of the guitar for readers.




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