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Gibson Les Paul Recording

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This is an interesting reissue that I missed a few weeks ago. Gibson is bringing back a limited edition version of the Les Paul Recording guitar:

A major part of Les Paul’s original vision for the solidbody electric guitar was to incorporate features crucial to studio musicians, and that dream was realized in the famed Les Paul Recording Model of the 1970s. The new Les Paul Recording guitar from Gibson USA—hand-crafted, American-made, and impressively affordable—pays tribute to Les’s original concept while adding key updates for superior sound and performance.

The Les Paul Recording couples Gibson’s legendary tone and playability with the very best of today’s electronics to create a dream instrument for studio guitarists. Two versatile new pickups route through a premium, industry-standard Jensen audio transformer for a balanced low-impedance output that can go direct into pro mixers or computer audio interfaces. Or, select the High-Z out for traditional guitar amps. “Fat Tap” coil splitting on each pickup, a phase-reverse switch, and ground lift switch for the Low-Z output dramatically extend the Les Paul Recording’s versatility.

Select Grade-A mahogany and a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard, with frets over binding for extended playing surface, form an unbeatable foundation; Grover™ kidney-button tuners, a Tune-o-matic bridge, and a classic Bigsby™ B-7 vibrato tailpiece provide accurate tuning with serious sustain. The high-gloss natural nitrocellulose lacquer finish lets the wood’s natural beauty shine through, while a multi-ply bound body and headstock, “Custom” style split-diamond headstock inlay, and small pearloid block fingerboard inlays complete this first-class musical instrument.

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NAMM 2014: New Martin Models

Speaking of Martin, they have announced all of the newest 2014 models on their website. A few that stuck out to me are the CS-00S-14, the SS-000S-14, and the 000-28K Authentic 1921. Like I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for a slot head. None of these are very cheap, but they sure do look nice!

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000-28K Authentic 1921

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NAMM 2014: Private Stock Alex Lifeson Thinline Signature Acoustic

For fans of Rush, PRS and Alex Lifeson have teamed up to create the Private Stock Alex Lifeson Thinline Signature acoustic guitar:

“During the 2013 Rush Clockwork Angels Tour, I had the opportunity to spend some time with a PRS Angelus Cutaway. It quickly became my pre-show warm up guitar, and I spent many hours in many hotel rooms lost in the gorgeous sound and tone of that beautiful instrument. I’m very happy to announce that I have collaborated with PRS to develop an Alex Lifeson Signature model based on this superlative platform. If you’re like me, you won’t be able to put it down,” Alex Lifeson.

While the craftsmanship and attention to detail are very consistent with other PRS Private Stock acoustics, this instrument embodies some new design elements that take the instrument in a unique direction. The Alex Lifeson signature PRS acoustic is slightly thinner than the company’s Angelus Cutaway and Tonare Grand and is constructed in such a way that it lends itself to louder stage volumes and the rigors of the road. The Alex Lifeson signature acoustic features a bearclaw spruce top and koa back and sides with a mahogany neck and ebony bridge, fretboard, and headstock veneer. It is adorned with Mother of Pearl and Paua “Birds in Flight” inlays and Paua purfling along the top, fretboard, and headstock veneer.

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NAMM 2014: Suhr 2014 Collection

Suhr Guitars have unveiled their 2014 collection of guitars, and the theme of the guitars is “Design Inspired by Nature”. I’ve never owned or played a Suhr, but I’ve always heard great things about their guitars. The Classic T shown below looks exceptionally nice!

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NAMM 2014: Reverend Reeves Gabrels Spacehawk

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Reeves Gabrels and Reverend Guitars have teamed up again to create the Reverend Reeves Gabrels Spacehawk signature guitar:

The second signature Reverend from The Cure guitarist Reeves Gabrels (formerly with David Bowie, Tin Machine) takes semi-hollow design to another level. The highly resonant body coupled with the revolutionary Railhammer Chisel pickups make for a versatile and uniquely responsive guitar that handles everything from woody clean to high gain mean. Unique features include: forearm contour, sealed body for controlled feedback, on-off toggle switch, custom soft-touch tremolo spring, and push-pull phase switch (in the tone control) to push the sonic boundaries. Finally, an innovative semi-hollow for cutting edge players!

I really like how Reverend keeps coming up with interesting new models, and the new Spacehawk looks pretty interesting indeed.

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NAMM 2014: Martin OM-ECHF Navy Blues

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Martin is releasing a new Eric Clapton signature guitar called the OM-ECHF Navy Blues:

The OM-ECHF Navy Blues is the third in a series of collaborations with Eric Clapton and Hiroshi Fujiwara. This OM edition incorporates the longer 25.4″ scale for added string tension and tonal projection. The neck and body are lacquered and polished with a striking dark navy coloration combined with East Indian rosewood back and sides and a European spruce soundboard.

That blue looks really nice.

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NAMM 2014: Ibanez Paul Gilbert FRM250MF 25th Anniversary Guitar

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Ibanez have announced a limited edition 25th anniversary Paul Gilbert Signature model guitar, the FRM250MF (description from Sweetwater):

Paul Gilbert is an ace guitarist who’s always spot on with his tone and technique, and his signature Ibanez solidbody electrics are spec’d to facilitate that level of uncompromised performance. The FRM250MF Limited Edition rocks an eye-catching (and comfortable) “Fireman” mahogany body with a gorgeous flame maple top. The lightning-fast neck topped is with a rosewood fingerboard and medium frets. A trio of DiMarzio pickups in an HSH configuration serve up a universe of tone, while the Tight Tune bridge and stoptail deliver prodigious sustain.

Check out Gilbert himself talking about the guitar:

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NAMM 2014: Gibson Jeff “Skunk” Baxter Firebird

Another interesting new signature guitar from Gibson, the Jeff “Skunk” Baxter Firebird:

This features a traditional mahogany body and through-neck construction that has been part of the heritage of the iconic Firebird for decades. It has three mini-humbuckers with a pickup switching system designed by Baxter himself, allowing for any pickup combination on top of a coil tap system. You also get a classic chrome Lyre tail piece and cutting edge Steinberger tuners.

I’ve never been that much of a Steely Dan or Doobie Brothers fan, but I’ve always found Baxter’s playing very tasteful. An interesting side note…according to Wikipedia, Baxter has recently been serving as a military defense consultant.

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NAMM 2014: Taylor T5z

Taylor Guitars are introducing another guitar to their T5 line, the T5z:

ANAHEIM, Calif. – January 24, 2014 – Taylor Guitars is expanding its groundbreaking electric/acoustic hollowbody T5 Series with a sleek new sibling, the compact T5z. Like the original T5, the T5z boasts incredible tonal versatility, enabling players to shift from pristine acoustic to growling electric with the flip of a five-way switch. The difference is a scaled-down body size and a fretting experience that will feel familiar to electric players.

Among the T5z’s distinctive design features are a 12-inch fretboard radius (compared to the T5′s 15-inch radius) and jumbo frets, which make bending strings easier. Otherwise the T5z retains all the great performance features of the original T5: a three-pickup configuration, five-way switching, tone controls that dial in a full-range of tonal flavors, from heavy riffs to delicate fingerpicking, and dual compatibility with acoustic and electric amps.

For 2014, both the T5z and T5 will be released in a series of four models, each distinguished by the top wood: the Custom (koa top), the Pro (curly maple top), the Standard (Sitka spruce top), and the Classic (mahogany top). The Pro is available in four colors: Borrego Red, Gaslamp Black, Pacific Blue, and Tobacco Sunburst; the Standard is offered in Black, Honey Sunburst, and Tobacco Sunburst.

The original T5 was released in 2005 to rave reviews, winning both the “Best New Electric Guitar” and the”Best New Acoustic Guitar” from industry publications, and was named the “Product of the Year” by The Music and Sound Retailer magazine. Its versatility as a performance tool has made it an essential addition to the guitar rigs of many artists, including Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Miyavi and others.

I’ve never played any of Taylor’s T5 guitars, but I’ve heard great things about them.

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NAMM 2014: Gibson Memphis Trini Lopez Signature

Gibson is re-introducing the Trini Lopez Signature guitar. There aren’t many details available online yet, but Greg Koch and Wildwood Guitars have posted a quick video about the guitar:

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