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PRS Guitars Debuts the Starla Stoptail PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2009 14:21
PRS Guitars Debuts the Starla Stoptail


(STEVENSVILLE, MD) June 25, 2009 – The all new Starla Stoptail has the same retro-inspired vibe as its predecessor with one noticeable difference: it features a two-piece, adjustable stoptail bridge that dramatically alters the look and feel of the original Bigsby fitted Starla model while bringing out more of a mid-range woodiness in the tone. Exclusive double-screw Starla Treble and Bass Pickups are currently standard on all models in the Starla series and offer a bright high-end bark that allows these guitars to cut through the mix.


The Starla Stoptail’s solid mahogany body is accented with a 24 ½” scale rosewood fingerboard, a solid mahogany neck and dot inlays or optional bird inlays. Proprietary Alnico magnets incorporated into the pickup design contribute to the guitar’s unique clean and crisp sound but are also capable of rich harmonic overtones when driven.


Other features include a uniquely shaped black plastic pick guard, tone and volume pots and a three-way pickup selector. Color options include Vintage Cherry, Vintage Mahogany, Vintage Orange and Black as well as the new metallic colors including Gold Sparkle, Silver Sparkle and the new metallic Hot Hues colors Twilight, Catalina Dream, and Sinful Cinnamon. Starla Stoptail models are currently shipping to authorized PRS dealers around the world.


“The Starla is inspiring to customers and to PRS employees. We wanted to open the door to players who might shy away from the tremolo version,” said PRS Sales Manager Rick Hodgson.


The Starla model featuring the Bigsby tremolo bridge was originally unveiled as part of the Experience PRS 2008 open house event.  Similar in spirit to the double cutaway Mira model introduced at Experience PRS 2007, the single cutaway Starla and Starla Stoptail have many vintage themed appointments.


About PRS Guitars:

Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high-quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has been providing some of the world’s most renowned guitarists with instruments since 1985. More than 290 highly skilled craftspeople produce more than 70 guitars each day for worldwide distribution. PRS Acoustics and PRS Amps were introduced as new product lines in 2009 with support from renowned artists Ricky Skaggs and Derek Trucks. Carlos Santana, Linkin Park, Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down and Mark Tremonti of Creed are also among the artists currently playing PRS guitars.


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Godin Unveils N-Tune Onboard Chromatic Tuner PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2009 15:23
Montreal based Godin Guitars recently unveiled a roomful of new models at this past Winter NAMM in Anaheim, including the Godin Performance Series which are now available with the optional add-on of the innovative N-Tune Onboard Chromatic Tuner. Godin’s Performance Series guitars to offer the optional N-Tune system are the SD, Exit 22, Freeway Classic, Redline HB, LG HB, and LG P90.

“Every once in a while a product comes along and you just ‘get it’”, says Godin Sales Manager, Mario Biferali.  “N-Tune is clever in design, simple to use, and works. It provides guitar players with a no-hassle solution to tuning. Our guitars, being made in North America, offer tons of value, and the N-Tune tuner adds to that—and customers can easily see that value and appreciate it. Godin has always been open to new ideas and concepts, so it was an easy decision for us to partner with N-Tune.”
Eddie Van Halen Launches the All-New EVH Wolfgang Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2008 03:59
LOS ANGELES -- Eddie Van Halen launches the all-new EVH® Wolfgang electric guitar, available worldwide beginning Jan. 2009. The EVH Wolfgang guitar represents Eddie’s 35 years of experimenting with guitars, over two years of intense research and development, and a full year of brutal road testing during the top-grossing Van Halen 2007-2008 tour.
It was during the massive 2007-2008 Van Halen tour that the all-new EVH Wolfgang guitar went through extensive live “road testing” performance trials. The tour kicked off in fall 2007, and Eddie punished early versions of the new Wolfgang each night; playing every updated prototype onstage under the full, unfiltered spotlight of his fans. The results are reflected in the EVH Wolfgang guitar; produced to Eddie’s exact specifications and with features identical to the Wolfgang guitars he records and performs with.
Hartman Releases Tommy Bolin Fuzz Pedal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 October 2008 20:35
Whether taking the stage with Zephyr, The James Gang, and Deep Purple or recording alongside jazz greats Billy Cobham and Alphonse Mouzon, Tommy Bolin’s incendiary guitar playing broke stylistic and sonic boundaries.  To this day, his musical legacy continues to influence and inspire.

With the assistance and cooperation of the Bolin family and estate, Hartman has recreated Tommy’s legendary fuzz tone.  Beginning with an original model of Tommy’s go-to fuzz and refined against the original, isolated guitar tracks of Bolin master reels, the result is a 3-knob box of dynamite featuring a definitive palette of tones from deep within the Bolin zone.
Fender Intros JA-90 Telecaster Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2008 23:41
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Fender and Jimmy Eat World guitarist/frontman Jim Adkins have collaborated to debut a remarkable new Fender model, the JA-90 Telecaster guitar.

Based on Fender’s distinctive double-cutaway TC-90 Thinline guitar, the JA-90 puts Adkins’ own personal spin on the classic model, resulting in a single-cutaway, semi-hollow ash-body instrument all its own. Features include a mahogany set neck with a 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard and 22 medium jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan® Custom SP90-3 and Vintage SP90-1 “soapbar” pickups with volume and tone controls for each and three-way switching, a three-ply black/white/black pickguard and an Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with stop tailpiece. It comes in Crimson Red and Ebony transparent finishes.
PRS Guitars Debuts a New Electric: The Starla PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 22:42
The Starla, the newest addition in a line of retro inspired solid-body electrics from Paul Reed Smith Guitars, is being unveiled as part of the Experience PRS 2008 open house event.  Similar in spirit to the double cutaway Mira model introduced at Experience PRS 2007, the single cutaway Starla has many vintage themed appointments and is PRS Guitars’ first solid-body electric guitar featuring a standard Bigsby B5 tail piece and a Grover Tune-O-Matic bridge. The guitar also includes exclusive double-screw Starla Treble and Bass pickups.
PRS Guitars Announces New Lines and New Execs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 September 2008 02:46
Paul Reed Smith Guitars is proud to welcome Frank De Fina and Jamie Mann as new members of the executive management team. The pair adds nearly 40 years of combined marketing, sales, management and organizational leadership experience to PRS as the company prepares to bring new product lines to market in 2009. PRS Guitars’ new state of the art manufacturing facility is scheduled to open early next year and will increase the current manufacturing and research and development footprint by five times. PRS is dedicated to finding new ways to incorporate cutting edge technology and even more old world craftsmanship while taking great care to ensure that customer satisfaction, innovation and quality remain at the forefront of every product bearing the PRS name.
Fender Intros New Guitar: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Strat PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 19:50
For nearly twenty years Fender and modern blues sensation Kenny Wayne Shepherd have shared a stage and they are now officially announcing the September 2008 release of his new signature model, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster® guitar.

A sleekly elegant addition to Fender’s stable of artist Strat models, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster is based on Shepherd’s own ’61 instrument (which will soon be on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum) and welds vintage style to modern features. Most distinctively, Shepherd’s new signature model boasts a blueswailing voice of its own thanks to its three custom-voiced Kenny Wayne Shepherd pickups.

Other features include an alder-body, maple neck with 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard and 21 jumbo frets, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge with Graph Tech® saddles and Fender vintage-style tuning machines. The guitar comes in three polyester finishes—a Black model with a three-ply black-white-black pickguard and racing stripe body graphic, and Three-color Sunburst and Arctic White models that each have a three-ply mint green pickguard (with cross graphic on the Arctic White model).

“It’s an honor to be a part of the Signature Series guitar line. My goal throughout the design process was to combine top notch quality with unique appearances and road proven components at an affordable price. These guitars will help a new generation of guitarists develop their own signature sound the way Fender has helped me to develop mine.
Jensen Intros New Jet Tornado Speaker PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 August 2008 01:27

tornado1.jpgCE Distribution, LLC of Tempe, AZ and SICA Altoparlanti of Italy, the manufacturer of Jensen Musical Instrument Speakers, are announced their latest addition to the Jensen Jet series, the "Tornado", a modern speaker offering defined and articulate sound.

The Tornado produces crystal clear, clean tones accented by shimmering highs. When presented with overdrive distortion, the notes remain well defined with lots of bite. The 12" Jensen Tornado generates this defined and articulate sound with 100 watts of power and a neodymium magnet.

PRS Guitars Intros the Mira Maple Top PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008 17:22
(STEVENSVILLE, MD) - Paul Reed Smith Guitars is pleased to introduce the Mira Maple Top model; an instrument that combines the retro vibe of the PRS Mira with the figured maple tops that PRS customers have come to expect. This new model is an evolutionary instrument stemming from the increasingly popular Mira. The maple top provides the guitar both a distinctive visual and tonal identity.

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