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Kaces recently announced the launch of their newly redesigned hardshell wood case line for electric, dreadnought, classical and bass guitars. These cases feature tough 5-ply wood construction with a durable PVC outside covering. Reinforced outer valences are stitched through the wood to provide maximum durability, and a soft, padded interior and wide neck block cradle the instrument to ensure optimal protection during transport. An ample interior storage compartment provides a convenient place for accessories, and the case is finished with attractive and modern locking black-plated latches, hinges, and feet. All Kaces wood hardshell cases are backed by a one-year limited warranty.

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Levy’s new two-tone leather guitar straps are constructed with two pieces of carving leather in complementary colors, contrasting cable stitching, foam padding, and garment leather backing. Pictured is model MV17TT, available in black with burgundy, russet with cranberry, and dark brown with tan.

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The solidbody piezo-equipped P22 Trem is essentially two guitars in one, providing the same tones as the P22 now with the added versatility of PRS’ prized tremolo bridge. The P22 Trem’s voicing, EQ, layout, and feel as well as the redesigned PRS/LR Baggs piezo board are all maintained in this trem-equipped model, and the materials and design of the bridge have also been upheld. There are two output jacks on the P22 Trem, allowing guitarists to plug into their favorite electric or acoustic guitar amp or DI into a soundboard. By utilizing the separate blend control, the tone of the P22 Trem’s 57/08 pickups can also be combined with acoustic sounds through a single output. MAP: $3,116.

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This new Catala student classical guitar is designed to allow any student to afford a Spanish-inspired nylon-string guitar with a properly proportioned neck and low, easy action. The body is of select birch and the slim, fast neck is of solid mahogany. The bridge and fingerboard are of stained-hardwood and the top is delicately braced with a true Spanish fan-bracing pattern that ensures the optimum tone and volume. The neck is perfectly shaped to promote good technique and practice habits. Retail price: $79.95.

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The new Epitome delivers three of the most popular effects from three of Electro Harmonix’s best-selling products, in one compact pedal. Though designed to work together, the effects in the Epitome can also be used independently with individual footswitches for each. Dedicated, straight forward controls for all parameters mean there is no need to scroll through setting menus.

Read more: Electro Harmonix Epitome Multi-Effects Pedal

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Built by Paul Schwartz in New York City, the Peekamoose Model 3 blends classic design cues with modern features. The Peekamoose 3’s Jazzmaster-like offset body is one obvious nod to the past. Other tried-and-true details include a three-layer tortoise or “vintmint” pickguard and back plate, Tusq bridge saddles and nut, Sperzel locking tuners, Dunlop strap locks, ivoroid knobs, and a Strat-style tremolo bridge.

Read more: Peekamoose Model 3 Guitar

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MOD™ Kits DIY announced the introduction of their new product line for guitar modification - Pre-Wired Assemblies. Used to upgrade your existing guitar electronics, MOD pre-wired assemblies can enhance a guitar’s overall tone and playing experience.

Each MOD pre-wired assembly has a treble bleed volume pot mod which helps retain clarity when you roll back on your volume knob and adds life to any pickups. All assemblies are equipped with high quality parts and components using CTS potentiometers, Switchcraft jacks, vintage Fender®-style switches and high performance “Orange Drop” tone capacitors. MOD pre-wired assemblies are very easy to install. Clearly illustrated wiring diagrams are included with each assembly, making it easy to install. Retail price: $70.

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TriplePlay™ is an advanced MIDI guitar controller that ships with a comprehensive suite of full version software from PreSonus (StudioOne Artist), Native Instruments (Kontakt Elements and GuitarRig LE), IK Multimedia (SampleTank and Amplitude Custom Shop) and Notion Music (PROGRESSION 2).

With TriplePlay and PROGRESSION 2, guitarists can write music in guitar tab or notation for lead sheets and sheet music, and hear it play back instantly with real instrument samples and an audio track of their work. Combined with TriplePlay in live performance, Kontakt Elements and SampleTank XE frees guitarists to play with any virtual instrument or hardware synthesizer with faster, more accurate tracking that virtually eliminates lag. It operates with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery (included). TriplePlay’s powered USB Wireless Receiver interfaces with computers and iOS devices.

Retail price: $399.95.

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Boss’s new RC-505 is equipped with five phrase tracks that can play simultaneously, the most yet in a BOSS Loop Station. Independent record/overdub/play and stop buttons for each track let users capture loop performances with easy fingertip control. Dedicated volume faders allow for quick level adjustment of track playback, while the ALL START/STOP button controls all five loop phrases with a single command. Up to three hours of stereo recording is possible in a single track.

A large selection of built-in effects allows loopers to enhance their sounds as they perform. INPUT FX such as ROBOT and VOCODER offer unique textures while recording loops, while TRACK FX like VINYL FLICK and BEAT REPEAT provide real-time post-processing for dynamic DJ and sampler effects.

 

99 phrase memories provide storage for phrase track data, playback and effects settings, and more. 85 different onboard rhythms can be used as backing for loop recording, with a large selection of odd-measure beats for advanced performing. The rhythm part can be routed to the rear-panel PHONES jack only, giving users a dedicated click track for monitoring purposes.

Inputs include an XLR microphone jack with phantom power, mono/stereo instrument inputs, and an AUX mini-jack for connecting a music player, smart phone, or other stereo device. All inputs can be used simultaneously to capture a variety of different sources into loops. 

The USB port allows users to connect to a computer and import/export WAV audio phrases. This provides backup for RC-505 loop recordings, as well as the ability to load up RC-505 phrases with pre-made tracks for on-the-fly, sampler-style performing. The RC-505’s USB port also provides USB-Audio and USB-MIDI functionality, letting users interface with their favorite DAW software for audio recording and MIDI synchronization. Retail price: $799.

 

 

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Kala’s banjo ukes are available in soprano and concert sizes and are distinctively appointed with a luxuriant black satin finish, a Remo Weatherking Banjo Head, deluxe geared tuners with black buttons, rosewood fingerboard, maple bridge with ebony cap, and a closed back design. The concert’s hoop diameter measures 8 inches and features antique brass hardware with a closed back design. The soprano’s hoop measures 6 inches and comes dressed in chrome with an open back design. The part numbers are KA-BNJ-BK-C (concert) and KA-BNJ-BK-S (soprano).

Meanwhile, the new Cedar Top/Acacia Ukulele Series boasts a solid cedar top, acacia back and sides, and rich gloss finish. Available in concert and tenor sizes , other design details include a distinctive slotted headstock with multi-wood cap; and padauk binding on the body, fingerboard, and rosette. A rosewood fingerboard, Aquila strings, and Grover vintage open geared tuners are also standard on both sizes. Model numbers are KA-ACP-CTG for the concert size, and KA-ATP-CT for the tenor size.

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