Lots of announcements coming from NAMM 2017.
I had posted about my renewed interest in looking at pedalboard modellers like the recently announced Headrush as well as existing modellers like the Line 6 Helix.
Helix Native is a software plugin that is powered by Line 6’s HX modelling engine which means that the patches you create in the studio can go directly to the physical Helix pedalboard and back again.
Helix Native will be released in the spring for around $400 USD.
Studio to stage presets would open up some interesting workflows for a guitarist.
It is similar to the one pictured above although the guitar is described this way:
This special CL Jazz features some of the most beautiful and richly figured mahogany we have ever used on a guitar. Created for the 2017 NAMM show this CL Jazz illustrates the pinnacle of materials and craftsmanship available in a Collings electric archtop.
When it comes time for me to focus on just jazz, which I intend to do in a few years time, this would be my choice of guitar.
Without a doubt, Collings makes an incredible guitar. And this one really shines.
There it is. My race number for the 2017 Tour of Sufferlandria. And what a tour of pain and suffering that will be.
60 is a good number. I hope to turn 60 soon after the Tour of Sufferlandria ends.
If I survive the tour.
I caught this little tidbit on Fender’s future plans from a recent Forbes article:
Most ambitious, perhaps, is Fender’s plan to launch a subscription-based guitar learning system in late spring which will include 500 hours of theory and guitar practice content for any device, priced at $19.99 per month. Says Mooney: “When we looked at the overall market, what’s interesting is the lessons side of the business is roughly double the size of the sale of new instrument business. You couple that with the fact that 90% of guitarists abandon the instrument in the first few months, if not the first year at the latest. We felt there was a commercial opportunity to develop the brand in the digital learning space because clearly the trends in learning are heading towards digital, as are many other parts of life.”
Mooney? Oh, yes. I remember now. Fender hired Andy Mooney as CEO back in 2015.
He had spent 20 years with Nike where he ultimately rose to the senior ranks as chief marketing officer and head of Nike’s global apparel organization. In 2000, he was made chairman of Disney Consumer Products. He left Disney in 2011 and had a bit of a mixed experience with Quiksilver. Well, to put it in clearer language, he was fired from Quiksilver. Something about the stock falling from $9 to $2 under his leadership.
And now, he is the CEO of Fender. I think the Edge sits on the board of the company as well. Fender is privately owned so it is a bit hard to peer into the corporate side of the business.
I love my Fender guitars. I hope Mooney takes good care of the company. He has about 50 Fender guitars so he must like the brand.
I have had the frameset for a while now. The 30th Anniversary Master was built in 2013. I am now getting it built out in time for my 60th year on the planet. Really looking forward to getting this one out for a ride. More details on the build to come.
For now, this is how it started out. A few pieces of steel.
I love the tones that Troy over at Guitar For His Glory gets out of his Kemper rig. He fronts it with a big pedalboard and goes out from the Kemper to the PA.
For most of the playing that I do, I would love to be able to open up an amp without overwhelming the room. I currently run a small, 5-watt Swart amp for these dates and I still find it difficult to really open up that amp without becoming too loud. A modeller would go a long way to getting a full sound without overpowering a stage or a hall.
The Kemper is the most expensive unit of the ones I have been looking at. The Fractal AX8 looks interesting to me and it seems more like an amp and effects rig for live work — perhaps an all in one unit which could reduce the amount of gear I currently move around.
The Line 6 Helix came out a bit buggy with the Black Screen of Death and freezing issues. I’ve never been a fan of the Line 6 units from the past but the Line 6 Helix seems to be a big step up from their older products.
It was way back in 2008 when I did my first quick and dirty demo on Eleven. I still have that recording.
I am looking forward to hearing more about the Headrush. Availability is in the next few months.
This video gives a bit of a glimpse into the pedal itself.
I came across a video of the 10 most expensive guitars in the world. Those 10 instruments sold for a little over $14 million.
Eric Clapton seems to have the magic touch on propelling the price of a guitar. Three of his guitars made this list and together they sold for $2.6 million.
The top ten most expensive guitars ever sold:
10. Eric Clapton’s 1939 Martin 000-42: sold for $792,000
9. Eric Clapton’s 1964 Gibson ES335: sold for $848,000
8. Jerry Garcia’s Tiger: sold for $958,000
7. Eric Clapton’s Fender Stratocaster (Blackie): sold for $960,000
6. Bob Dylan’s 1965 Fender Stratocaster: sold for $965,000
5. Keith Richards’ 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard: sold for $1 million
4. Bob Marley’s Washburn Hawk: sold for $1.6 million
3. Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster: sold for $2 million
2. John Lennon’s 1962 Gibson J-160E: sold for $2.4 million
1. “Reach Out To Asia” Fender Stratocaster: sold for $2.7 million
And here is the video:
Came across this announcement from Premier Guitar:
Legendary electric guitar and bass pickup maker Tom “TV” Jones is proud to announce the release of the Ray Butts Ful-Fidelity Filter’Tron guitar pickup – made to Butts’ exact personal specifications. Butts is the inventor of the Gretsch Filter’Tron electric guitar pickup. “This is the most original and authentic re-issue of a Filter’Tron guitar pickup to date. Period,” said Jones. These pickups are made according to Ray’s personal journals, notes, designs and Jones’ extensive analysis of the original Filter’Tron.
I have a Gretsch and I like the look of the PowerTrons:
The Ful-Fidelity Filter’Trons look cool as well. They will be available in the next few weeks on the TV Jones Reverb web shop. I may pick some up and give them a try.