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GearCheck – December 2016

Jazzed Magazine • GearcheckNovember/December 2016 • December 13, 2016

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Prestige Guitars Zebrawood

Prestige Guitars announced The Zebrawood, the latest addition to the Premier Series of guitars, which also includes The Premier Spalt, Premier Burl and Flame Maple Premier P90. The Zebrawood features a solid mahogany body with ¾” solid carved Zebrawood top finished in natural gloss. The balance of the body is solid Mahogany. The neck is comprised of three pieces of solid mahogany, with the centre piece reverse-grained, for greater stability. The C-Shaped neck starts with a 1 11/16th TUSQ XL Nut and maintains a 14” radius throughout the length. This is topped off with an ebony fingerboard, featuring mother of pearl and abalone fret markers and modern jumbo, nickel silver frets. Standard hardware includes all-gold TonePros locking bridge and saddle and 18:1 Grover tuners. The Zebrawood will feature a set of Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates pickups, which are an Alnico 2 humbucker.


Spector Timbre Series Acoustic Bass Line 

Spector announced their new series of Timbre (Tim-Bur) acoustic basses. Designed and engineered in the Woodstock, New York workshop by Stuart Spector, the Timbre bass features a solid Sitka Spruce top, a three-piece mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard, mahogany back & sides, and a Fishman Presys on-board preamp.

The Timbre is available in three finishes (black, natural & walnut stain), features a Fishman Sonicore pickup and Presys Plus on-board preamp, and includes a Spector gig bag, all for a street price of $699.99.


Michael Kelly Guitar Co. Introduces Three New 2017 Acoustic Guitars 

Michael Kelly Guitar Co. is introducing its 2017 acoustic guitar line, which features the 3D Grand Auditorium, the Forte Exotic in Java Ebony, and the Koa Special in Hickory Sunset. These brand-new models offer eye-catching designs and Fishman electronics for reasonable prices.

The 3D Grand Auditorium cutaway has a slightly deeper design than usual and a torrefied solid spruce top that’s specially treated with an aging process that results in the mature tone of a vintage guitar. Michael Kelly adds an arched back and scalloped, hand-finished bracing for a bold tone. The sides and back are made from java ebony while a black ABS binding with triple-ply purfling to add a touch of sophistication and is finished in natural gloss.

The Forte Exotic in Java Ebony has the distinct feature of an offset soundhole with an enhanced soundboard area. It features a  java ebony top and sapele wood back and sides with a solid black satin finish. Accents define the Java Ebony including black diecast machine heads and hardware. It also includes black binding with bright white purfling.

The Koa Special in Hickory Sunset is a grand auditorium cutaway that brings the popular look and performance of a koa wood acoustic to the Michael Kelly line for the first time. The figured, flame koa top is finished in an aged cherryburst to highlight the wood’s natural beauty. The back and sides are sapele wood with dark red finish. A three-ply bright white top binding, white button tuners, and gold hardware add a lighter touch to this model.

All three guitars are equipped with the Discrete Fishman Sonitone Active System. Mounted within the soundhole, this system tucks away volume and tone control to avoid any holes in the side of the instrument. The single side soundport provides a personal monitor for players. Other shared features include X-scalloped bracing, mahogany neck with dovetail neck joint, rosewood fingerboard with dot-inlayed nickel frets, dual-action truss rod, and a Michael Kelly Zero End Pin Bridge specially designed to enhance sound while making it easier to change the strings.

The 3D Grand Auditorium is priced at $745 MSRP; the Forte Exotic in Java Ebony at $449 MSRP; and the Koa Special in Hickory Sunset at $580 MSRP.



Kanstul Committee Trumpet 

Kanstul is announced that the Committee Trumpet is back. Based on their original design, they are now handcrafting a re-issue of this trumpet as the Model 1603. The Committee adheres to the classic #3 bore specs with the Kanstul commitment to 100 percent USA-built quality.



Manhasset Stands 1060 LED Lamp II 

The new #1060 LED Lamp II fetures 15 LED bulbs built into the construction for glare-free, full-width, audience-shielded illumination in an attractive design.  The two settings of illumination allow more flexibility for the individual needs of musicians when reading their music or for the amount of light needed as required for the venue where they are performing.  The new lamps fit easily and securely onto Manhasset stands and many other models, with clearance for taller music scores.  The new Model #1060 uses 3 – AA batteries (not included).   A choice of AC adaptors is included for U.S., E.U. or Australia’s electrical needs.  Price: $44.95


SoundSynergies BRITETone

SoundSynergies BRITETone is a dry lubricant for brass and woodwinds. BRITETone is a non-oil based product formulated to remove old oil deposits, saliva, and other undesirable debris, leaving a protective dry lubricant for long-term protection from humidity and other environmental hazards. It is designed to prevent oxidation, corrosion, and tarnish. BRITETone is applied with a lint-free cloth, and designed to not harm plastics, cork, lacquer, wood, and vinyl finishes. BRITETone complies with all California “VOC” regulations. SoundSynergies BRITETone is available in a 2 fluid oz. aerosol, eco-friendly 4 oz. pump trigger, and 7 fluid oz. aerosol can. Also available in convenient 12-pack retail display box.


EHX  Bass Clone Chorus Pedal 

Electro-Harmonix released the Bass Clone, a chorus pedal with core circuitry that is nearly identical to the legendary Small Clone chorus, but with added features especially for bass

Chorus is a combination of modulated and dry signals. The Bass Clone’s Crossover switch cuts low end from the modulated signal so the pedal delivers a more accurately articulated bottom end with excellent note definition. The Bass Clone’s Treble control affects the whole signal while the Bass control only affects the dry half. Together with the Crossover switch, they provide precise sound shaping that lets the player achieve a tight, focused bass guitar sound with a well-defined low end and shimmering chorus on top. The Bass Clone features a compact footprint plus true bypass switching for maximum signal path integrity when in bypass mode. It runs on a 9V battery or an optional EHX 9.6DC/200mA AC adapter. Price: $90.40.


MusicNomad Premium Workstation

The MusicNomad Premium Workstation is a combination pack that includes everything a player needs to outfit a repair bench whether it be for a retail establishment or home. This kit contains the Cradle Cube and Instrument Work Mat. The Cradle Cube is a five-sided, multi-angled, soft-gel covered neck support to securely hold all guitars, ukuleles, orchestral strings, and other instruments in place while repairing and maintaining them. The Cradle Cube’s gel covering is desinged to be safe on finishes including nitrocellulose and has angles that support acoustic, bass, and electric guitars. When flipped over it acts as a caddy for tools and cleaning supplies. The Instrument Work Mat is for guitar and other musical instrument maintenance tasks. The 36” x 17” biodegradable TPE material is safe on finishes, is odorless, and contains no rubber, PVC, lead, latex, dioxins or chloride. The closed-cell construction is designed to make the mat chemical and bacteria resistant. The  textured surface keeps small items from moving about. Retails between $32.99 and $36.99.


AIM Gifts Music Themed Gloves

AIM Gifts released their functional winter music themed gloves.  Included are three top-selling designs; touch screen which works with mobile devices, fingerless, and stretch.  AIM Gifts carries 1000’s of  other music gift accessories found in their new Music Gift Catalog as well as their website.



On-Stage Foam Speaker Platforms 

On-Stage Foam Speaker Platforms are designed to create separation between speakers and the work surface. Included are two wedges (per base platform), which allow you to customize the angle of your speakers. They are sold in pairs and include three sizes.


Manhasset Stands Matte Finish New Colors

Manhasset Stands announced the introduction of four new matte finish colors to  its line of music stand products.  “The introduction of Manhasset’s new matte finish colors is the result of requests from distributors and dealers located around the world for special finishes on our music stands with reduced reflectivity from stage lighting when the stands are being used in performances,” according to Dan Roberts, president and general manager.

Print and Digital


Hal Leonard Wynton Marsalis Omnibook

Hal Leonard released the Wynton Marsalis Omnibook, featuring 35 of his most popular tunes transcribed exactly from his recorded solos for all B-flat instruments, with solo analysis sections and a complete discography.

The Omnibooks are collections that feature note-for-note transcriptions for all instrumentalists and are spiral-bound for easy usability. They also include chord symbols and metronome markings.

The Wynton Marsalis edition includes: “Au Privave,” “Black Bottom Stomp,” “Caravan,” “Cherokee (Indian Love Song),” “Donna Lee,” “Embraceable You,” “Free to Be,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “In Walked Bud,” “Johnny Come Lately,” “La Vie En Rose,” “Loose Duck,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Rubber Bottom,” “Stardust,” “A Train, a Banjo, and a Chicken Wing,” “Union Pacific Big Boy,” “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South,” “You Don’t Hear No Drums,” and more. Price $19.99


eMedia’s Guitar, Bass, Piano, and Singing Method Classroom Software

eMedia Music Corp. has begun shipping classroom license and lab pack versions of its eMedia Guitar Method, eMedia Bass Method, eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method, and eMedia Singing Method software.

The classroom license covers IP use for presentations and academic-level support. Price: $199.95.

The lab packs are designed for a school music lab with a small to medium number of computers. Guitar and Bass Method pricing is: 5 computers, $199.95; 10 computers, $399.95; 20 computers, $749.95

eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method and eMedia Singing Method feature enhanced performance assessment and their pricing is: 5 computers, $299.95; 10 computers, $499.95; 20 computers, $849.95.


Universal Method for Saxophone

Carl Fischer Music announced the release of Universal Method for Saxophone by Paul DeVille. The student will find a full gambit of saxophone technique exercises and a wide selection of repertoire examples, the DeVille method has been a training method for saxophone players since 1908. This spiral-bound edition serves to continue this well-known tradition of excellence. Price: $39.99



Carvin Audio Amplifiers VX BirchSeries

Carvin Audio VX series cabinets are designed to allow great detail to be heard by audiences and at recording sessions. The series features rugged internally-braced premium Baltic Birch cabinets ready for the road, a black grill cloth designed for a clean look on stage, 100-watt speakers designed for full tone, removable back ports for sealed and open back tuning sounds, standard black vinyl or the option to select from several vinyl coverings, jack plates featuring two 1/4-inch phone jacks and a stereo/mono switch for splitting the cabinet for stereo or wet/dry operation using two amplifiers. (except for the VX112)     www.


Hughes & Kettner’s GrandMeister Deluxe 40 

An evolution of the GrandMeister 36, the 40-watt GrandMeister Deluxe 40 pairs analog all-tube tone with smart control features.

GrandMeister Deluxe 40 uses Deluxe Tone Technology, a new circuit design developed by the Hughes & Kettner R&D team, and used in conjunction with tone-shaping components inspired by the brand’s multiple award-winning TriAmp Mark 3 flagship.

Every knob and switch setting can be easily saved, stored, and recalled in up to 128 memory slots at the touch of a button, and the studio-quality on-board effects settings are saved along with the gain and EQ knob values.

The standard Hughes & Kettner technological innovations are also included; an on-board Power Soak, Tube Safety Control, and the Red Box AE’s DI speaker simulation. Plus, there’s a free optional GM40 Remote App for iPad that lets players watch, touch, and control all of the amp’s features on one screen, as well as backing up and sharing their favorite sounds. Price: $1,199.



BSP Limited Edition Mercury Series Snare Drums

Black Swamp Percussion has assembled a set of five limited edition 3.5” x 13” Mercury Series snare drums.  Each features a special resin fiber shell wrapped in a distinct wood veneer. The veneers include Zebrawood, Walnut Burl, Sapele, Figured Anigre, and Birdseye Maple.


Dream Cymbals Bliss Paper Thin Series

Dream Cymbals announced the arrival of their Paper Thin series. The flagship Bliss series is designed to attract players with a sensitive ear and demanding touch. Since 2008 the Bliss Paper Thin 20” and 22” cymbals have been available. They are now available as a series including 14”, 16”, 17”, 18”, and 19”, as well as the original 20” and 22» sizes.

The Bliss Paper Thin series are thin B20 hand hammered cymbals designed to create a rich sound with outstanding control and decay envelopes. Featuring a medium articulate bell, low profile and micro lathing—these cymbals are especially suited to studio work. Starting from $95 for a 14” paper thin crash.


Universal Percussion’s New SPIZZ Cymbals

Universal Percussion announced that it is now the exclusive worldwide distributor of SPIZZ Cymbals. These cymbals will be available in limited quantities, in keeping with Spizzichino’s philosophy of quality over quantity. This line includes 14” matched hi-hats, 16”, 17”, 18”, 19” crashes, 20” and 21” crash rides, along with 22” and 24” rides.

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