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Fender Introduces New California Series Acoustic Guitars

Fender has introduced its new California Series, a new family of acoustic guitars designed to evoke the lifestyle and culture associated with the region and the company's Southern California roots.The series features three original Fender body shapes—Malibu, Newporter and Redondo— at three price points: the California Classic ($799.99), the California Special ($699.99) and the California Player ($399.99). T ...

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Vox Debuts New Starstream Type 1 Plus, Giulietta Archtop Guitars

Vox has brought two new electric guitars to the table for 2018, the Starstream Type 1 and the Giulietta Archtop. Vox Giulietta ArchtopVox Giulietta ArchtopThe Giulietta archtop features Vox’s AREOS-D Digital Modeling System, which includes a wide range of acoustic, electric and synth models, and uses the guitar's magnetic pickup to create the electric guitar models and synth sounds for greater realism and a ...

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Ernie Ball Music Man Debuts New Cutlass, StingRay, St. Vincent Guitars, StingRay 4 and 5 Bass Guitars

Ernie Ball Music Man has unveiled some of its newest creations. These include the updated Cutlass and StingRay guitars, a new line of St. Vincent guitars, the StingRay 4 and StingRay 5 bass guitars and some new colors for its Signature Valentine guitars. Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent HHErnie Ball Music Man St. Vincent HH (SRP $2,199)Ernie Ball Music Man has expanded its St. Vincent guitar line to include ...

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Led Zeppelin Announce 'How the West Was Won' Reissue

Last month, Jimmy Page stated in an interview that new "product" would be arriving from Led Zeppelin in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. Though we're just a few weeks into 2018, it certainly seems that Page is making good on his promise. First, it was announced that an illustrated book would arrive this year in celebration of their semicentennial. Now, the band has announced that their 2003 live ...

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Investigating the Hirajoshi Scale

All rock guitar players play repetitive sequences in their solos, and I have found it very useful to utilize a systematic approach. Last month, I introduced a few approaches based on the standard minor pentatonic scale, spelled 1 b3 4 5 b7.This month, I’d like to expand our look at minor pentatonic phrases to a more unusual minor pentatonic scale, what’s called the Hirajoshi scale. The Hirajoshi scale is of ...

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Watch Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and Phil Collen Play Deep Purple's "Highway Star" with Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-HkpxUYvAo&w=560&h=315]Though Joe Satriani's 2018 G3 Tour, with John Petrucci and Phil Collen, only started two weeks ago, it has already seen a couple of all-star jams for the ages. Last week, at the Fox Theater in Oakland, the trio was joined by Journey's Neal Schon for a rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." Those who attended the G3 show at the Or ...

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The DIY Musician: Turn Your Bathroom Into an Echo Chamber in Five Easy Steps

I sat down with Mark Pirro, bass guitarist for the Polyphonic Spree and Tripping Daisy, to talk about the greatest of DIY recording techniques: recording something in the bathroom. Pirro had a completely unique take on the subject, using the bathroom as a mixdown echo chamber!Some background first: Pirro is one of those sonic geniuses who always has an ear for the unique. When Polyphonic Spree frontman Tim ...

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Fender Introduces Limited-Edition Tim Armstrong Sapphire Hellcat

Fender has introduced its new Limited-Edition Tim Armstrong Sapphire Hellcat acoustic guitar. The guitar, which is based on the Rancid frontman's own concert acoustic, will be limited to 500 pieces worldwide. It features high-quality onboard electronics, a solid mahogany top, a satin-finish maple neck and a Fishman Isys III pickup system with active preamp, tuner, volume and tone controls. The solid mahogan ...

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Tech 21 Introduces New dUg Pinnick DP-3X Signature Pedal

Tech 21 has introduced its new dUg Pinnick DP-3X Signature pedal. A super-compact adaptation of his Tech 21 Ultra Bass 1000 Signature head, it merges high-end distortion with low-end bass. Wanting to further streamline his gear for occasions when his full Tech 21 rig simply isn’t practical, Pinnick collaborated on the development of the diminutive, all-analog DP-3X pedal. Personally beta-testing the DP-3X o ...

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Beth Hart Premieres Live "Leave the Light On" Video

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr2RUfarw1c&w=560&h=315]Beth Hart is set for a busy 2018, having already announced a new album with Joe Bonamassa, Black Coffee, that is set for release this Friday, January 26. Hart recently found time though, for an intimate live performance that was filmed by PBS for an episode of its popular concert series, Front and Center. Today, GuitarWorld.com present ...

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