Gear

Pro Audio

The Rain Riser, which debuts at this year’s Summer NAMM show, combines elements of a studio partition — absorption, diffusion, decoupling, and bass trapping — all within the form of a non-resonating elevation system. This design provides acoustical isolation for drums, amplifiers, and any other instruments and performers from the stage surface below.

A road case houses this proprietary vibration-reduction treatment. Electronics packages are also available including LED lighting panels with DMX controls, and onboard XLR audio inputs, returns, and a multi-pin connector output. Standard models are available in a variety of sizes and heights, with all Rain Risers employing locking lids and casters for ease of transport.

Pro Audio

The StageDirect is a unique direct box that combines the standard features of a DI with the ability to mute the signal using a footswitch for silent on-stage tuning or switching instruments. The StageDirect is made from 14 gauge steel and finished in baked enamel for maximum durability. Connections include a ¼" input for the instrument, a ¼" output for the stage amp, and a standard XLR male output to feed the PA system. A separately buffered ¼" tuner output is always on. When the footswitch is depressed all of the outputs other than the tuner are muted to enable quiet on-stage tuning. The mute feature also makes it easy to switch instruments on stage without having to turn down the PA channel or set the stage amp on standby in order to avoid loud popping in the audio system.

 Top panel switches include a -15dB pad to handle extra high output instruments like an active bass, a high-pass filter to eliminate excessive bass and resonance, and a 180° polarity reverse to help tame acoustic hot spots on stage that can cause feedback. Retail price: $250 USD.

www.radialeng.com 

Accessories

The HarpArm™ is a magnetic harmonica holder that can be attached to all standard microphone stands

and boom stands. Its magnetic attachment system allows it to work with virtually all standard harmonicas. This accessory offers the ability of “hands-free” harmonica playing without the usual neck apparatus. The included HarpBand™ secures harmonicas that are not constructed of iron-based steel, and it includes five different adjustment modes for ultimate flexibility.  The HarpArm is easily lowered to rest alongside the mic stand when it is not being used. Retail price: $29.95

Accessories

The new CC37 flat-folding, guitar stand is designed for musicians on the go. Developed on String Swing’s precision CNC automated bender, this sturdy product offers reliable quality along with an affordable price. Its design also allows for quick and easy transport between venues.

www.stringswing.com

Fretted

Walden’s B-1 series – the B-1 and B-1E (Electric) – are based on the Grand Auditorium body shape, have a 26 ¾” scale, a Sitka Spruce soundboard with Rosewood back and sides, a graphite-reinforced soft C profile neck with bone nut and saddle. A unique feature is an offset sound-hole with side port that allows the guitarist to experience the full range of the instrument while allowing space for its baritone specific bracing pattern. The B-1E comes with a Fishman " Prefix Pro system with 3-band EQ, brilliance, notch and phase adjustments to customize the sound to accommodate a wide range of musical settings. B oth the B-1 and B-1E will come standard with a W alden h ardshell c ase. R etail p rice: $1,099 (B-1), $1,429 (B-1E).
www.waldenguitars.com

Fretted

The Retromatic’s distinctive headstock, truss-rod cover, and pick guard design makes a bold statement from Peerless. As a crowning touch, the quirky Peerless logo has been die-cast, set, and attached onto the headstock. The 628mm scaled neck is maple, with rosewood fret board, and angled Mother of Pearl inlay, consisting of 22 polished frets. Neck width at nut is 43mm, and 57mm at end fret, with black binding to match the headstock, giving a sophisticated appearance and a comfortable playing profile. The Retromatic comes with a variety of options – either a single humbucker or a combination of humbucker and P90 pickups, with or without the 6-way varitone.

Read more: Peerless Retromatic Guitar

Fretted

Kala Brand Music has blended the worlds of blues and bluegrass tone with ukulele mellow in the 2013 Kala Resonator Ukulele. An aluminum continental resonator cone has been crafted into a figured mahogany body resulting in a distinctive voice and  " appearance.
The Kala Resonator is available in two colors, Natural Mahogany and Sunburst. Both colors come in both concert and tenor sizes. Other features include a rosewood fingerboard, mahogany neck, satin finish, brass covered cone plated with polished silver-nickel, open geared tuners with black buttons, and a custom Kala headstock logo and tailpiece cover. The resonator models are strung with Aquila Nyglut Strings. All models are set up and tested by Kala’s custom shop team. Retail price: $379 (concert size), $409.99 (tenor).
www.kalabrand.com

Fretted

Tech 21 is issuing a deluxe version of their popular Blonde pedal from the SansAmp Character Series through their Private Stock division. The SansAmp Blonde Deluxe features a combination of an allanalog signal path and convenient digital recall. Changes can easily be made on the fly by turning the knobs, double clicking on a footswitch and saving it in that channel. Users can tailor and program any six sounds, from sparkly  " clean to lead boosted tones.

Read more: Tech 21's Private Stock Blonde Deluxe

Fretted

Powered by Multi-Dimensional Processing technology (MDP), the MO-2 Multi Overtone uses a guitar’s harmonic characteristics to create a wide range of extraordinary new sounds. This nextgeneration BOSS compact pedal with innovative Multi-Dimensional Processing is realized with proprietary technology and custom DSP. It’s  " designed to work well with both clean and distorted guitar tones and bass guitar, and is ultra-responsive to volume changes and playing dynamics.
The pedal works in three different sound modes for wide range of tonal adjustment with simple control, with both mono or stereo output Roland’s innovative Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) analyzes audio signals in many dimensions and applies ideal effects to each. By giving different dynamic changes relative to the input signal in real-time, MDP can create bold, all-new sounds. Retail price: $259.50 www.bossus.com

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Amps

Hailed as one of the true holy-grail amps among guitarists and collectors, vintage examples of the ’57 Bandmaster are rare and highly sought after. The new ‘57 Bandmaster amp now joins the company’s Custom series, with  " alltube hand-wired circuitry and premium components.
It’s faithfully reproduced the classic 5E7 circuit, which pumps about 26 watts through three 10” alnico-magnet speakers, and Jensen’s P10R-F driver (a Fender exclusive) is voiced for warm, sensitive response. The Bandmaster amp’s harmonically rich clean tones are perfect for vintage rock, blues and country styles, and its naturally touch-sensitive overdrive tone sounds electrifying – especially when cranked up.
www.fender.com

 

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