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Gearcheck: October 2018

Jazzed Magazine • Current IssueGearcheckOctober 2018 • November 16, 2018

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New Releases from Sher Music

Jazz Scores and Analysis, Vol.1 by Richard Lawn features full annotated scores, analysis, lead sheet reduction, interviews, and much more. It is ideal for large ensemble jazz compositions by Vince Mendoza, Bob Mintzer, Jim McNeely, John Hollenbeck, Darcy James Argue, and John Fedchock. $45 list price.

Decoding Afro-Cuban Jazz: The Music of Chucho Valdes and Irakere by Chucho Valdes and Rebeca Mauleon is described by Sher as, “the most authoritative guide to Afro-Cuban jazz ever published.” Written by two masters of the genre, it includes scores and analysis of 11 of Chucho’s best compositions. $34 list.

Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Solos from Hal Leonard

Sean McGowan’s expertly arranged book Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Solos includes standard notation and tab for solo guitar for a dozen songs. McGowan also includes performance notes for each song in the collection, giving players unique insight into how to effectively master each arrangement.

In addition to the songs, the book includes access to audio examples online, which are available for download and streaming using a code found in the book. Unique to this book, the demonstration tracks included are full versions of each solo performed by McGowan himself. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right. Price: $19.99.


New Strings from Martin Guitars

Martin Authentic Acoustic strings are engineered with the performer in mind and they will always stand up to rigorous practice and performance schedules.  Available in 80/20 Bronze and 92/8 Phosphor Bronze.

Martin has added a soft silk wrap to the ball ends of our Authentic Acoustic strings to prevent wear and tear on the bridge and bridge plate as you play. The silk wrap puts a comforting layer of protection in place every time you change your strings. Available in 80/20 Bronze and 92/8 Phosphor Bronze.

Martin’s next generation Lifespan 2.0 strings are engineered using a new, patented technology only available from Martin, developed to protect the core wire and the wrap wire to prevent corrosion without compromising tone. Authentic Acoustic Lifespan 2.0 strings look better, sound better, and feel better, providing a smooth playing experience that reduces finger drag. Available in 80/20 Bronze and 92/8 Phosphor Bronze.

New Yellow Submarine-Themed D’Addario Accessories

D’Addario Accessories’ Yellow Submarine anniversary collection comes in a collectible tin with four straps and one pick pack with three different gauges. The straps come in four designs printed on polyester. The designs are inspired by the appearance of each Beatle in the movie. The straps come in a commemorative tin that features art, characters, and imagery from the movie. The picks come in five designs inspired by art from the film printed in 4-color on celluloid picks. They are available in three gauges: light, medium, and heavy. The straps are retailed at $60 MSRP, and the picks are retailed at $11 MSRP.

KORG’s New Accessories

The Rimpitch C2 from KORG is an evolution of KORG’s innovative acoustic guitar tuner, now in an even more compact package. The Rimpitch C2 has been designed specifically for the acoustic guitar, fitting perfectly in the instrument’s sound hole. This unique construction allows for high visibility and limited distraction as it’s placed within the player’s natural field of vision. In addition, the Rimpitch C2 comes equipped with a highly visible LED display, making the player’s tuning experience easier and more convenient than ever.

Also new is the MA-2, an electronic metronome further improved on from its predecessor, the MA-1. The MA-2 performs all key functions of a standard metronome, this time with a larger display and enhanced volume for easier detection. It provides user-friendly features including “timer mode,” a helpful tool for prolonged practicing, and “sound out mode,” which provides various tones for tuning. With up to 400 hours of continuous use, the MA-2 is a necessity for all musicians.

Tone Vise Locking Nut from Floyd Rose

The new Tone Vise keyless locking nut assembly offers a design that uses three spring-loaded vise grips that surround the nut clamping screw, allowing you to tighten and unlock your Floyd Rose-style locking nut without the need for an Allen wrench. The retrofitting Tone Vise locking nut is made of hardened steel with steel clamps, making for a more durable and reliable alternative to the many licensed versions on the market. The Tone Vise locking nut kit includes the nut base, clamping blocks, springs, keyless vices, and 2 mm hex wrench for one-time installation.

Brass & Woodwind

Phaeton Trumpet’s Las Vegas Model

The Las Vegas model, designed by famed Trumpet Artist, David Perrico, has an exclusive conical bore .460 at valve cluster to .470 beyond main tuning slide. The trumpet comes standard in Brush Brass, Amado type water keys, large heavy finger rings, advance taper lead pipe, monel pistons and heavy brass receiver. A custom saddle leather designer case included. Price: $3,250.

PMT-75 Custom Trumpet

P. Mauriat’s PMT-75 Custom trumpet is on the cutting edge of today’s manufacturing capability by its use of a titanium copper alloy. This alloy produces a lush, complex harmonic sound and is incredibly responsive to tone production, yielding a vibrant and efficient player experience. These trumpets are also customizable based on the needs of the player. The bell is detachable and is available in both yellow brass or titanium copper. These trumpets are also available by either an attached yellow brass leadpipe or titanium copper leadpipe.

E.K Blessing’s New Trumpet

E.K. Blessing’s new BTR-1460M trumpet features a new Matte finish, a unique feature for instruments of this price point.  The BTR-1460M stands out with its unique, distressed finish, achieved by hand to give each instrument a distinct look. The trumpet features a 460” ML bore, 5” Bell Diameter, Rose Brass Lead Pipe, Yellow Brass Body and Two-piece bell, Nickel Silver Outer Slides and Monel Valves. It’s a perfect companion to the 1541 Flugelhorn in both look and completing a player’s spectrum of tones.


New Guitars from Ernie Ball

The Bongo 6HH Guitar boasts a dual humbucking basswood body, finished in a custom medium metallic “Grabber” green finish. It also features a roasted maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard.

The Albert Lee HH offers a dual humbucking lightweight mahogany body with an exclusive Orange Crush sparkle finish, as well as a matching orange headstock and an ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl block inlays and hand fitted white binding.

Ernie Ball’s Cutlass SSS has a lightweight Alder body that’s finished in an opaque off-white custom “Cornsilk” finish with a polyester clear coat. Its figured maple neck is accented by a matching painted headstock with Schaller locking tuners, and the rosewood fingerboard features mother of pearl block inlays and hand-fitted white binding.

Breedlove’s New Guitars and Ukuleles

Based on the ever-popular Pursuit Concert platform, the smaller-bodied Concertina E from Breedlove sounds warm and beautiful with a solid red cedar top and mahogany back, but offers additional sound and projection from the Concertina body. This guitar is ideal for the player looking for a more nuanced sound with more tonal complexity, and a very comfortable playing experience. Featuring the popular LR Baggs EAS electronic system, it can also be plugged in for amplification.

Kim’s Breedlove Lu’au Concert Ukuleles are designed in Bend, Oregon, and crafted in China from Oregon myrtlewood, with a design based on Kim’s custom shape and bracing.

Cases & Stands

New Cases from Sequenz

The CC-Volca and CC-Nano cases from Sequenz provide a soft-shell structure with a distinctive mesh design that delivers cushioning and support. Both cases securely protect each product and even offer a variety of colors to further accentuate the player’s style. In addition, Sequenz has also released the SC-EK and SC-PA, a carrying case for the 61-note EK-50 keyboard or KORG’s acclaimed Pa300 arranger. The surface is made of rip-stop materials, providing durability while remaining light-weight and portable.

The MP-TB1 is a sturdy, multi-purpose backpack for the traveling musician. With three main compartments in total, the main section accommodating larger equipment, such as compact synthesizers. The second compartment is ideal for laptops and other recording devices and lastly, the third compartment holds all other personal items like smartphones, cables and other necessities. With style and support, the MP-TB1 is the ideal backpack for musicians of all types.

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