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The California Rebel is a tribute replica to the extremely rare 1967 Domino Californian Rebel. This definitive ‘60s surf style guitar was a hybrid of the VOX Phantom, the EKO Violin, and Mosrite and in a class of its own. The Eastwood model features a lightweight German carved top, tone chambered mahogany body and is available in Redburst and Vintage White. The vintage sound is delivered through a pair of custom designed EW RTG Single Coil pickups.

Read more: Eastwood Guitars California Rebel >>>

Keyboards

The Rototron is an all-new rotary speaker simulator effect that achieves 3D realism in a compact, easy-to-use pedal, recreating the sounds of dual-rotor 122 and 147 Leslie cabinets. Independent Slow and Fast speed controls with adjustable ramp time control the speed of the would-be rotary cabinet. A remotely switchable Brake function completes the experience, while independent expression pedal jacks for the low and high rotors enable new variations.

Read more: Pigtronix Rototron >>>

Supplier Scene

Platinum-selling alternative R&B futurist THE WEEKND enlisted GoPro to exclusively film his recent sold out performance at the O2 Arena in London using their new HERO3+ Black Edition camera. The show happened during the artist and producer’s critically lauded “The Fall” European tour in support of his 2013 chart-topping sophomore opus, Kiss Land. (Video after the break).

Read more: GoPro Partners with The Weeknd for O2 Film >>>

Upfront

Working toward its mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan, The NAMM Foundation has pledged a $10,000 grant to the Anaheim City School District (ACSD). The grant helps to support the district’s budding school music and orchestra programs. Anaheim is home to the NAMM Show, the world's leading trade-only event for the music products industry, held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center.

“The success of the NAMM Show provides the funds for the NAMM Foundation's many efforts to support music education,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “And while our members come from around the globe to attend NAMM, we all have a very special connection to the Anaheim community. It is gratifying to be able to assist the children and the inspiring music teachers in the Anaheim City School District.”

Read more: NAMM Foundation Helps Anaheim City School District’s Music Program >>>

Band Instruments

The Odyssey Premiere Series has been expanded to include the OBS800 Eb Baritone Saxophone, OFG1300SG Flugel Horn, OCR1000 Eb Soprano Cornet and the OTR1250 D/Eb Trumpet, providing even more options for intermediate to advanced players. There is also the new OFL300C Curved Head Flute, which features a closed key, offset G design and includes additional straight headjoint with silver plated nickel tube and French keywork.

Read more: Odyssey Brasswind Range >>>

DJ & Lighting

The LSA7700P u-mount elliptical enveloping clamp design can be moved freely up, down, and around the stand quickly and securely. Without obstructive bracing, more fixtures can be mounted in limitless configurations. This also means fixtures can remain clamped during transport. Compatible with 1-1/2” and 1-3/8” poles, its elliptical design ensures round-to-round contact, spreading force evenly around the stand’s primary pole.

Read more: OnStage Stands U-Mount Lighting Arms >>>

Fretted

Both new cases from Gundorf hold as many as six guitars when open, yet they are compact and easy to transport and store. The new Grundorf G-GSC guitar case features a vintage vinyl finish while the PRO-GSC employs aluminum extrusion edge protection and a durable, impact resistant laminated finish that is resistant to scratches, weather, and other variables that flight cases typically encounter. As a secure means of storing as many as six guitars, both models utilize a leather strap with a snap to hold one’s valuable instruments securely in place.

Read more: Gundorf G-GSC and PRO-GSC Guitar Stand Cases >>>

Supplier Scene

FOH engineer John Garber says his recent assignment to The Band Perry's first ever world tour has been a pleasure after leaving his nine-year stint with Rascal Flatts. "The Band Perry are perfectionists, which I love," he says. "Both the Perrys and Flatts put on a high impact show." 

Garber is now set to tour over 170 shows per with The Band Perry. "The main challenge I have right now is that we are on a different PA every night," he says. "So making it consistent night after night is what I strive for. For me new gear is something I really take my time to research"

For his current setup, Garber is using Radial J48 DI boxes, the Radial Reamp JCR, and the JCR Isolation transformers. 

Read more: The Band Perry Tour Equipped with Radial Engineering >>>

Supplier Scene

D’Addario has announced the launch of its next generation of electric guitar strings: NYXL.  To celebrate the unveiling of these strings, a special launch event featuring performances by Vernon Reid, Robben Ford, Oz Noy, Earl Slick, Alex Skolnick, and Guthrie Trapp will take place at the Carle Place Guitar Center on Long Island on Thursday, May 1st at 6:30 PM. Attendees will have the chance to meet the artists, hear from industry icon Jim D’Addario, win prizes, re-string their guitars, and more. 

Read more: D'Addario Unveils NYXL Strings at Long Island GC on May 1 >>>

Drums

Pearl's new Task-Specific Free Floating Snare Drums are offered in a 14” width by 3.5”, 5”, 6.5”, and 8” depth, each made utilizing specific shell materials to optimize each drum’s sonority with respect to depth.

The Task-Specific 14x3.5 Piccolo Free Floaters feature 1.2 mm Stainless Steel or 6 ply Birch, both known for their brightness, which complement the bright, penetrating sound of piccolo snares. 14”x5” Free Floaters feature 1.5 mm Brass or 6 ply Maple shells known for their smooth and even frequency distribution. 14”x6.5” Free Floating Snare Drums are equipped with 1.2mm Phosphor Bronze or 6 ply Maple with an inner ply of African Mahogany. The 14”x8” Free Floater features a 1.2 mm Seamless Aluminum shell with strong lows, smooth mids, and sweet highs.

Read more: Pearl FFS Free-Floating Snare Drums >>>

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