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PRS Guitars Announces New John Mayer Signature Model: The Silver Sky

March 5, 2018

  PRS have announced a new John Mayer signature model: The Silver Sky. Check out the details below: The PRS Silver Sky is the result of a close collaboration between Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer and Paul Reed Smith. More than two and half years in the making, the Silver Sky is a vintage-inspired instrument that is both familiar and uniquely PRS.  This model, which has been a highly-anticipated announcement since Mayer was first seen with one back in the spring of 2017, was inspired by Mayer and Smith’s favorite elements of 1963 and 1964 vintage instruments, resulting in an idealized version of a vintage single-coil guitar. The attention that was paid to every detail sets this guitar apart.  “It’s been a dream of mine for years to design a guitar that includes some of my favorite vintage specifications but with a modern spirit and aesthetic. After two years of study and refinement, the Silver Sky is my vision of what a reboot of the electric guitar should look and feel like,” said John Mayer. [Read More]

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Roland to Unveil Many Instruments During Online Gear Festival. September Festival 2017

August 31, 2017

Check out the latest news from Roland and their unveiling of new instruments! Hamamatsu, Japan, August 31, 2017 — Roland Corporation today announced details for “The Future. Redefined. September Festival 2017,” a weeklong online festival showcasing many new musical instruments from Roland, September 7-14, 2017. Product debuts are scheduled for percussion, piano, wind, organ, and guitar categories, with special events planned in celebration of the legendary D-50 Synthesizer’s 30th anniversary. The latest news and information about Roland’s special six-day event are available beginning August 31, 2017, on the festival’s dedicated web page, Roland.com/TFR. Music lovers and musicians from all over the world are invited and encouraged to participate.    The September Festival 2017 officially begins at 7:00 (UTC), September 7, with the unveiling of Roland’s newest digital wind instrument—a product for beginning wind players designed to both inspire and enhance musical creativity. Successive new product introductions will follow through September 14, including a new guitar-related product from BOSS on September 8, two new digital organs on September 12, two new electronic percussion products on September 13, and [Read More]

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PRS Guitars Releases S2 Vernon Reid Signature Vela

August 8, 2017

  PRS Guitars Releases S2 Vernon Reid Signature Vela (STEVENSVILLE, MD) August 8, 2017 – PRS Guitars is pleased to announce a new limited edition model in the S2 series of US made electric guitars: The S2 VR Vela. Developed with Living Colour founder, Vernon Reid, the VR Vela is a commanding instrument with a cult personality and tons of tonal textures. Initially attracted by the Vela’s offset body shape, Vernon took the S2 Vela to another level through a unique set of appointments. Loaded with two HFS pickups, the S2 VR Vela has an aggressive sound with clear highs and strong mids and bass. The Floyd Rose 1000 Series tremolo adds new sonic options for players and provides the confidence to dive bomb without going out of tune. The S2 VR Vela also features a “V-shape” neck that feels full and strong in your hand and a unique pickguard designed by Vernon himself. “I love the way it looks, the way it feels, the way it sounds. I think it’s really meant for the player [Read More]

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Galactic Playground Music Switch To EVE Audio Monitors

August 8, 2017

Audio Engineer Randy Copus rediscovers the joy of mixing  with EVE Audio SC407 Monitors Dallas, Texas – Randy Copus has composed, performed, produced and engineered in nearly all genres of popular music over the past few decades. Best known for his work in progressive new age group 2002, which is currently producing their 20th album, he has also worked in rock and pop music since as a singer, producer and engineer. Copus now runs Galactic Playground Music, an award-winning recording studio located just north of Dallas, Texas that records and mixes everything from Billboard-charting albums and soundtracks to voiceovers for e-learning, interactive training and multimedia. A wide variety of work keeps Copus on his toes when it comes to gear. “We always strive to make the studio better,” he says. This means continually searching for gear that not only sounds great, but also sounds great across a wide range of sound sources and genres. His most recent quest for the ultimate in gear prompted him to make the switch to EVE Audio from another prominent manufacturer that [Read More]

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Composite Acoustics® Unveils Improved High End Guitars at Summer NAMM

July 14, 2017

Exciting news from SUMMER NAMM! Check out the news about how Composite Acoustics® Unveils Improved High End Guitars. MERIDIAN, MS (July 14, 2017) — Composite Acoustics® proudly introduces their revamped acoustic guitars at the 2017 Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. These one-piece neck/body construction guitars made of carbon fiber are known for their durability, sleek design, and consistent tone. Now featuring an easy-to-clean black satin finish on the back for more durability, these guitars are the ideal choice for touring musicians in all climates. “A significant benefit of carbon fiber guitars is their ability to withstand extreme variations in climate conditions. This means that even in intensely hot or humid conditions, the instruments will stay in tune longer than traditional wooden guitars while also retaining their precise setup,” said Courtland Gray, Chief Operating Officer of Peavey Electronics Corp. Easily fitting into airline overheads, the Composite Acoustics Cargo guitar is the perfect partner for summer travel. Already offered in a range of colors, these guitars will now be available with a stunning transparent red or transparent blue finish. [Read More]

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Paul Stanley featured in new episode of String Theory by Ernie Ball

July 11, 2017

Watch a new episode of String Theory by Ernie Ball. This week you can check out Paul Stanley. “Guitar has always been the messenger of rock and roll. That is the voice, the bullhorn, the call to arms and the foundation of rock and roll. I’ve always been incredibly enamored and taken by it, before I could even play.” In this episode, Paul Stanley discusses his influences, playing in KISS, and his Ernie Ball guitar strings. Check out the new episode below: Watch additional episodes of Ernie Ball: String Theory here: http://ernieb.al/1QtdTx9 Paul Stanley plays Ernie Ball Regular Slinky electric guitar strings: https://www.ernieball.com/guitar-strings https://www.facebook.com/ernieball

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PRS Guitars introduces McCarty 594 Soapbar Limiteds, Singlecut with Sweet, Transparent Soapbar Tones

July 11, 2017

Check out the news release from PRS Guitars and their introduction of McCarty 594 Soapbar Limiteds. (STEVENSVILLE, MD) July 11, 2017 – PRS Guitars is proud to offer the acclaimed McCarty 594 and McCarty Singlecut 594 with PRS/Seymour Duncan Soapbar pickups. McCarty 594 models were designed to rival the best vintage instruments, meticulously spec’d with a 24.594” scale length, Pattern Vintage neck carve, tweaked Phase III locking tuners with modified collars and set screws, and a two-piece zinc bridge. Soapbars are one of the most classic pickup designs and add another tonal option for players that is at once incredibly familiar and effortlessly playable. “There are a lot of folks out there, myself included, who absolutely love the sound of a good P90 soapbar – they have all the character of a singlecoil with a bit more heft. The PRS/Seymour Duncan soapbars in these models have nice bite and grind, single notes are sweet and clean but still have plenty of heft to them, and they are very responsive to where you pick on the [Read More]