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New Mustangs and Duo-Sonics announced at Summer NAMM 2016

Via Reverb.com video (embedded below)

New Duo-Sonics

  • single coil and humbucker pickup versions
    • coil split on humbucker
  • 9.5″ neck radius with medium jumbo frets
  • small headstock
  • hard tail bridge
  • 3 way toggle pickup selector

New Mustangs

  • single coil and p90 pickup versions
  • larger headstock
  • other features similar to new Duo-Sonic

New Mustang Bass

  • 30″ scale
  • P/J pickup configuration

NAMM 2016 – Guitars of Interest

Here are some guitar highlights from NAMM 2016. If you’re looking for more in-depth coverage off all the NAMM happenings please check out news sites like MusicRadar.

We posted these guitars to our facebook page over the last week and it was interesting to see which guitars received the most interest and engagement. The order below is from most interest to least according to our facebook stats.

1 – Squier – Ryan Jarman model – There was no “official” info on this guitar but a lucky instagram user got a look.


2 – Ibanez Talman line – new finishes and configurations

3 – Ibanez NDM4 – Noodles Signature updates

4 – Earnie Ball Music Man St. Vincent model

5 – Reverend Billy Corgan Signature

New Jaguar and Jazzmaster models from Fender for 2015

Fender has announced 5 new Jaguar and Jazzmaster models for 2015!  Details on each of the 5 new models are below, including links to the official Fender pages. At the very end of the post is a video review of some of the models by Guitarist magazine.

Fender introduces Kurt Cobain Mustang guitar

Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth
Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth

So you’ve been asking for it for years and years and Fender has finally made it available.  The latest NAMM press release has recently come out introducing the Kurt Cobain Mustang. (Also reported in the jag-stang.com forum and by many sites inc musicradar and premierguitar)

With the Kurt Cobain Jaguar released last year and now the Kurt Cobain Mustang Fender has made available both the guitars jag-stang.com visitors have been asking for for many years. While the Jaguar retails for $1299.99 US it is expected the Mustang will retail around $999.

Press release and guitar images copied below.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 16, 2012) — When Kurt Cobain hit the stage, it was very often with a Mustang® guitar—an enigmatic anti-hero figure with an esoteric anti-hero instrument. It’s with great pride then that Fender introduces the Kurt Cobain Mustang, which evokes the man, the band, the sound and the times, and gives an authentically crafted nod to one of the most unlikely guitars to ever find itself at the center of a musical maelstrom.

Cobain liked Mustangs a lot. For one, he preferred offbeat guitars that didn’t cost zillions of dollars, and the Mustang certainly fit those two criteria. Also, being somewhat physically diminutive himself, he liked to perform live with slightly more diminutive guitars, like Fender Mustang and Jaguar® guitars, which better fit his hands and his reach.

See for yourself—go back and watch the famous 1991 video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and there heis and there it is slung over his shoulder. Or think back to when you saw them on the ’93-’94 In Utero tour, when he seldom went onstage with anything but a Mustang. Quite often and especially later on, Mustang guitars were a big part of what Kurt Cobain was all about, musically.

Inspired by his arsenal of modded guitars, the new Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang takes you back there, with highly distinctive features including an angled single-coil Mustang neck pickup and ferocious Seymour Duncan® JB humbucking bridge pickup mounted directly to the body, dual on-off/phase in-out switches for each pickup, a polyester-finished alder body and an Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with dynamic vibrato tailpiece.

Other features include the classic 24” Mustang scale length, C-shaped maple neck with urethane finish, 7.25”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets and vintage-style ivory dot inlays, four-ply pickguard (Aged White Pearl on Fiesta Red and Dark Lake Placid Blue with stripe models; Tortoiseshell on Sonic Blue model), master volume and tone controls, vintage-style tuners, and chrome hardware. Finish options include Fiesta red, Sonic Blue and Dark Lake Placid Blue with stripe. Available in right and left-handed models. For more information, go to www.fender.com.


Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth
Cobain Mustang in Fender Booth

Above from Fender Japan blog: http://fenderjapan.co.jp/blog/?p=770

Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang
Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang
Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang
Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang
Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang
Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang

Ten New Guitar Pedals From Akai

We love guitar pedals! And Akai has announed 10 new guitar pedals at the Winter NAMM show.

From the press release:

The Analog Custom Shop consists of these ten pedals: Phase Shifter, Analog Delay, Blues Overdrive, Chorus, Compressor, Tri Mode Overdrive, Deluxe Distortion, Flanger, Tri Mode Fuzz, and Tri Mode Distortion.

Check out entire Akai pedal line at this page.

Akai Deluxe Distortion
Akai Deluxe Distortion

Full press release is copied below.

The Analog Custom Shop line of guitar products from Akai Professional Bring ‘Boutique’ Sound to All with a Collection of Ten Premium Guitar Pedals.

Cumberland, R.I. (Jan 13, 2011) – Akai Professional, the name synonymous with music production, announce their new Analog Custom Shop line of guitar pedals. Akai Pro will unveil the collection of ten pedals at booth #6400 of the 2011 NAMM Show from January 13-16, Anaheim, CA.

As with previous Akai Professional guitar pedals like the E2 Headrush and SB1 Deep Impact Bass Synth, the Analog Custom Shop line is a collection of pedal effects designed to exacting standards, using the highest quality components. Analog Custom Shop pedals provide rich tone, texture and character to immediately enhance and inspire players of any musical style.

The Analog Custom Shop line uses all-analog design to deliver the sound quality of boutique pedals, and does so at an extremely affordable price . No matter the desired guitar sound or musical genre, the Analog Custom Shop line has the right pedal, or combination thereof, to achieve the best tone possible, from the studios of Nashville to the Blues clubs of Chicago to the heaviest of metal bands.

The Analog Custom Shop consists of these ten pedals: Phase Shifter, Analog Delay, Blues Overdrive, Chorus, Compressor, Tri Mode Overdrive, Deluxe Distortion, Flanger, Tri Mode Fuzz, and Tri Mode Distortion.

“The Analog Custom Shop from Akai Professional brings high quality, classic, rich guitar tones to all,” said Glen Darcey, Director of Product Management, Akai Professional.

WNAMM 2010: New Source Audio Distortion Pedals

Some new distortions to check out. Below is an excerpt from the Source Audio press release.

For the sonic explorer, the Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion offers 23 distinctive and modern effect types. What makes the Multiwave unique is its use of multi-band processing, which offers a clear distortion with unprecedented note articulation. Sounds range from basic tones to aggressive synth-like, octave heavy, and extreme foldback effects that go far beyond traditional distortions. The pedal is used on tour by artists ranging from Chuck Garvey of moe. to Brad Whitford of Aerosmith to Reeve Gabrels.

Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion
Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion

For the vintage guitar tone enthusiast, the Soundblox Pro Classic Distortion features 4 tube amp and 8 fuzz box overdrive tones in the same powerful control format as the Pro Multiwave. The sounds are organic and enormously customizable via pre- and post-mid control drives and the EQ. Unlike other products, which attempt to digitally clone, model, or emulate vintage gear, the Pro Classic is the result of a five-year listening study and iterative algorithm design process involving over 40 classic pedals and extensive artist evaluation.

Soundblox Pro Classic Distortion
Soundblox Pro Classic Distortion

Fender Introducing American Special Series

Fender American Special Series
Fender American Special Series

The latest incarnations of Fender’s famous Telecaster and Stratocaster models comprise the new American Special series-built “by the people and for people” as value-conscious “guitars for the times.” They are designed specifically to bring the full Fender experience of a terrific-sounding, smooth-playing, rock-solid-built U.S.-made Fender guitar to the workingman without emptying his bank account.

The three instruments in the new series—the American Special Telecaster, American Special Stratocaster and American Special Stratocaster HSS—are highly affordable Fender electric guitars that are within the reach of an entire spectrum of players. As such, they share many features with their cousins in the acclaimed Highway One™ and American Standard series.

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