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2018 Holiday Buying Guide

  • Products to stock up on for Q4

Fender Mustang GT 40 Connects
Via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

How can a player favorite like Fender’s Mustang digital amplifiers be improved? Fender answers with the Mustang GT 40. New and better amp and effects models make this amp easier to use without sacrificing any power. Using Bluetooth and the exclusive Fender Tone app, players can control a studio’s worth of authentic amp and effects models with a single finger. As the world’s first wi-fi-equipped guitar amplifier, the Mustang GT 40 makes it easy to download the latest updates, access Fender artist-created presets, and connect directly with a community of other music makers. $249.99.

www.fender.com
          

Zildjian Low Volume China Cymbal

The Avedis Zildjian Company has expanded its popular L80 Low Volume collection of cymbals with a new 18" China model. It provides all the effects of a traditional China, but like the rest of the L80 line, it’s 80% quieter than a traditional China without losing the authentic Zildjian feel. L8 cymbals are ideal for quieter gigs, small rooms, practice, or for any noise-sensitive situations where drummers want the real cymbal feel, without the volume. The L80 China is a great stacking option too when paired with the L80 14" crash and L80 10" splash for even more effects.

www.zildjian.com
          

Portable Keyboards That
Pack In The Sound

Casio brings studio-quality sounds to a range of affordable, go-anywhere keyboards in the new CT-X series. These portable, reliable keyboards deliver the sound of a much more expensive instrument with their powerful AiX Sound Source and extensive features, good for years of inspiration. User-friendly enough for beginning players, the CT-X series also offers the professional sounds they’ll need when it’s time to join a band. Even seasoned professionals will be impressed with the feature set of these keyboards, making them a great option for tour buses, hotel rooms, or backups to a stage rig.

www.casiomusicgear.com
          

Discover Breedlove

Three Breedlove Discovery Concert guitars bring the ultra-popular concert body shape to a range of affordable instruments that inspire. As the launching point for this series, the Discovery Concert Sitka Spruce - Mahogany delivers well-balanced tone whether played in fingerstyle technique, as vocal accompaniment, or at a full strum. It’s ideal for entry-level players seeking Breedlove’s renowned balance, clarity, and sustain ($299). Ready for amplification, the Discovery Concert CE Sitka Spruce – Mahogany model features an eye-catching new color and a soft cutaway for ease of playability ($399). The same attractive feature set is also available in an eye-catching new color with the Discovery Concert CE Sunburst Sitka Spruce – Mahogany ($399).

https://breedlovemusic.com/
          

D’Addario Batteries
Turn Up The Power

For when conventional batteries aren’t up to the task, D’Addario has tour-grade AA batteries made to deliver up to 1.5 volts of premium power for high-powered devices. Using the latest technology, these tour-grade alkaline batteries provide dependable long-lasting performance for power-hungry electronic devices. Long-lasting D’Addario batteries come in a pack of four and retail for $4.75. Now shipping.

www.daddario.com
          

Roland Aerophone GO
Digital Wind Instrument

Roland’s new Aerophone GO, a unique and affordable digital wind instrument, features traditional sax fingering, a variety of onboard instrument sounds, and headphone monitoring for quiet practice. Ideal for saxophonists and other wind players of all experience levels, it’s light, runs on batteries for easy mobility, and features 11 high-quality onboard tones that include soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax variations, plus flute, clarinet, violin, synth lead, and more. And by connecting to the Aerophone GO Plus app, many more sounds are available.

www.Roland.com
          

Vandoren Mix Cards Make
Great Stocking Stuffers

Vandoren’s extensive line of mix cards represent an excellent sales opportunity, especially during the holiday season. These profitable and fast-moving stocking stuffers give customers a simple way to try all the different Vandoren cuts. Classical Mix Cards are available for Bb clarinet, alto, and tenor saxophone. Jazz Mix Cards are available for soprano, alto, tenor, and bari sax.

www.dansr.com
          

Kyser Goes Hawaiian
With Uke Capos

Kyser brings Hawaiian style and uke-friendly specs to three new Hawaiian-themed Quick-Change capos for ukuleles: Red Hibiscus, Pastel Hibiscus, and Hawaiian Lei. These Kyser Quick-Change capos are specifically made for the small neck and flat fretboard of the ukulele: With a much smaller body, no curved radius, and lighter spring tension than the original Kyser Quick-Change capo, it’s a perfect fit. Ukulele players can now use a beautiful, island-themed capo to quickly and easily change the pitch of their instrument without changing their chord fingerings. MSRP $24.95, MAP $19.95.

www.kysermusical.com
          

PRS Musician’s Go-Kit
Of Gig Essentials

A perfect add-on purchase and holiday gift, the PRS Musician’s Go-Kit is full of items that every guitarist needs but tends to forget when heading out for a gig. It includes a string winder with drill bit attachment for that horrible moment when you have to restring mid-set, a key chain pick holder so you can easily reload after throwing your pick into an adoring crowd, and premium earplugs from Vibes and PRS to make sure your ears stay at their best.

www.prsguitars.com
          

Clarity Spectrum Rosin
In Fun, Colorful Packaging

Adding fun and color to Super-Sensitive’s original Clarity rosin, Clarity Spectrum is available for violin, viola, and cello in a choice of green, purple, pink, red, and blue. Hypo-allergenic and non-corrosive to instrument varnish, Clarity professional-level rosin is made from a synthetic hydrocarbon resin compound that substantially improves the rosin’s properties and produces a clear string response. This hydrophobic material resists absorption of moisture, so it’s unaffected by humidity and retains its tack and effectiveness over time.

www.supersensitive.com
          

P. Mauriat Debuts New
Custom Trumpet

Representing the culmination of years in research and design with P. Mauriat’s leading trumpet artists, the new PMT-75 Custom trumpet is on the cutting edge of today’s manufacturing capability with its use of a titanium copper alloy. This alloy produces a lush, complex harmonic sound and is exceptionally responsive to tone production, yielding a vibrant and efficient player experience. PMT-75 trumpets are also customizable to suit the needs of the player with a detachable bell that is available in yellow brass or titanium copper. These trumpets come with an attached leadpipe in a choice of yellow brass or titanium copper.

www.stlouismusic.com
          

LD Systems Maui 5 Go
Portable P.A.

New from LD Systems, the MAUI 5 GO column p.a. system is powered by a high-capacity lithium-ion battery pack that provides up to 30 hours of continuous performance. Weighing less than 29 lbs. yet pumping out a total of 800 watts peak power, this four-piece system is ultra-portable and assembles in seconds. Its wide dispersion line array driver configuration extends coverage, and its excellent feedback resistance eliminates the need for monitor wedges. The MAUI 5’s subwoofer integrates a smart charger, and an external charging dock is available as an accessory. With its Bluetooth stereo audio streaming capability and microphone, Hi-Z instrument, and line inputs, it’s ideal for speech and music reproduction at private or corporate events, busking, outdoor parties, and all off-grid applications. Available in a choice of black or white.

www.ld-systems.com/MAUI5GO
          

Warwick pBone And pBoneMini

The pBone is an authentic and robust trombone that is perfect for amateurs and professionals alike. Easy to play and fun to show off, it’s a great jazzer and easy to transport. It comes in nine exciting colors. An easy “how to play” guide online gets the player started. Also from Warwick, the new pBoneMini gets young kids started on a real musical instrument. It can take knocks, bumps, and scrapes in its stride, and it’s strong enough to allow beginners to explore the trombone without the need for lengthy “do’s and don’ts.”

www.pbone.co.uk
          

Amplify Anywhere With
Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge

The new Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge battery-powered acoustic instrument amplifier reproduces the sound of acoustic instruments with absolute fidelity and sonic impact—anywhere. Lightweight, portable, and equipped with a rechargeable battery, it offers dedicated Instrument and Mic channels with Input Gain controls. Battery life is 12 hours at average volume. Bluetooth connectivity lets users add backing tracks and accompaniments on the go. Other features include digital reverb and chorus, mic and 1/8" aux inputs, master volume and phase controls, and a balanced XLR DI output. Carry bag, car chargers, and U.S. and international wall chargers included. MSRP $657.83, MAP $499.95.

www.fishman.com
          

Korg Tuner Updates With
Pitchclip 2

Korg’s Pitchclip guitar tuner delivered accuracy and reliability. The updated Pitchclip 2 adds high tuning precision with excellent visibility and an enhanced clip for better holding power. A reverse display function offers an easier tuning experience for left-handed guitarists or players who keep their tuner behind the headstock. The Pitchclip 2 is even thinner than the compact original Pitchclip, yet it features a larger, easier to read screen and improved detection sensitivity for the low-frequency region, ideal for tuning basses and extended range guitars. It offers up to 24 hours of battery life and comes equipped with an auto-power-off function.

www.korg.com
          

AirTurn DIGIT III Makes
All-In-One Remote

With AirTurn’s DIGIT III Bluetooth wireless remote control for tablets and computers, users can control presentations, page turns, media players, recording studios, cameras, and more. Change functionality with the press of the button. This third-generation remote control, built in the U.S., was designed to satisfy a huge variety of remote control needs—and even custom tasks. The DIGIT III can be customized for nearly any remote control need via tablet or computer. MSRP $39.

www.airturn.com
          

Stock Up With AIM Gifts

For music-themed fashion, novelties, and thousands of other great finds for music lovers, AIM Gifts is holiday gift headquarters. A leader in music gifts for more than 40 years, AIM is offering new hot sellers including the Infinity Piano Design Scarf, G-Clef Hand Sanitizer, Beethoven’s 5th Sriracha Sauce, and Band@ges Bandage Dispenser (all pictured). With no minimum order policy, AIM makes the perfect partner when it’s time to stock up for the holidays.

(800) 233-2800
www.aimgifts.com
          

Spanish Stylings In Alvarez Cádiz

After traveling to Andalucia, Spain to study traditional construction methods, the Alvarez guitars team is introducing new Cádiz Series Classical and Flamenco guitars. These responsive, engaging instruments draw inspiration from the great luthiers of the past. Six models are available in various Flamenco and Concert configurations, including cutaway/electric and hybrid models with a slimmer nut width. Each model features a graduated solid AA grade Sitka spruce top, asymmetric fan bracing, and Spanish heel neck joint. Flamenco models feature cypress backs and sides, while Concert models have walnut backs and sides. MSRPs range from $599 to $839.

www.alvarezguitars.com
          

Tama Star Reserve
Vol. 5 Snare Drum

For the fifth entry in Tama’s Star Reserve series of snare drums, jatoba (also called Brazilian cherry) was selected as the shell material for its robust and powerful sound. To start, this dense wood is cut into 16 individual beveled staves and formed into a 10mm thick shell. Three large vent holes open up the attack, which perfectly complements the already commanding sound of the jatoba wood. Sensitivity and projection are also greatly improved through the use of die-cast hoops and Super Sensitive Hi-Carbon Snare Wire. Other features include MTL160 Tube Lugs, Remo heads, and a natural oiled finish. MSRP $1,366.32.

www.tama.com
          

Triad-Orbit iOrbit Mounts
Tablets And Smartphones

The iOrbit from Triad-Orbit provides professional-grade support with a solid grip clamp for any make, model, or size tablet or smartphone and IO connectivity for quick-change mounting.

www.triad-orbit.com
          

Maloney Unique Reversible Instrument Covers

Building on more than 30 years of experience manufacturing mobility, safety, and convenience products, Maloney StageGear has launched a unique new line of musical instrument and audio gear protective covers. The StageGear line’s reversible covers—with one side silver and the other black—are designed to be used with the silver side out to protect the instrument from the sun’s heat and UV rays, and with the black side out to make it less visible to the audience. Elasticized edges and hook and loop fastener strips ensure a good fit. Covers are offered for keyboards, drums, multi-FX floor processors, guitars, etc.

www.maloneystagegearcovers.com
          

Vox AC30S1 Amplifier, A Modern
Expansion Of Custom Series

Vox Amplification’s AC30 amplifier has been a prominent part of many musicians’ rigs since the 1960’s. Vox’s new AC30S1 features a single channel design inspired by the iconic Top Boost channel of the AC30 as well as a single Celestion 12" speaker, studio-quality digital reverb, an effects send/return for pedal pairing, and an external speaker output for pairing with other speaker cabinets.

www.voxamps.com
          

European Tonewoods
Enhance Kentucky Mandolin

The newly redesigned Kentucky KM-150 Student A-style mandolin has broken almost every Saga sales record since it was first introduced in the early 1980s. Now, almost 40 years later, “America’s Favorite Mandolin” has been upgraded with highly-prized European tonewoods to add even more value and tone. These include Alpine spruce and maple that is naturally dry aged for more than ten years. Once cured and dried to perfection, these materials are meticulously combined into mandolins worthy of any playing situation.

www.sagamusic.com
          

Function + Fashion From Beaumont

Accessorize in style with products from Beaumont Music. For its Tru-fit trumpet cases, Beaumont 3D-scanned a variety of student and semi-professional instruments to create an exceptional fit. A curvaceous exterior displays high-end craftsmanship and attention to detail. An exterior pocket provides ample storage for all accessories. In addition, Beaumont is featuring a growing range of designer-quality cloths ideal for quick and thorough cleaning of flute, clarinet, saxophone, and brass instrument keywork. Beaumont microfiber cloths, available in two sizes, clean gently without detergents. Available in the U.S. from American Way Marketing.

https://beaumontmusic.co/
http://www.americanwaymktg.com/
          

RockBoard Cables To
Max Out Pedalboards

RockBoard has new Looper/Switcher and Y Splitter Cables to help pedalboard users maximize their real estate. Both extra-flat and space-saving, these cables feature a slim rectangular cable and extra-thin plugs. With their angled, compact straight plugs, Looper/Switcher Cables have been optimized for use with looper/switchers or effects pedals with tightly-spaced jacks. Available in four lengths: 20 cm, 40 cm, 60 cm, and 100 cm. RockBoard Y Splitter Cables, with extra-thin angled plugs, let users insert the effects of their choice, broadening the possibilities without taking up unnecessary space. They’re available in 30 cm length.

www.rockboard.de
          

Bach Trumpet Commemorates Centennial

Conn-Selmer celebrates 100 years of Vincent Bach brass with the Bach Stradivarius Centennial Trumpet, model 190S43W2. Features include a professional #43 bell with a side-seam for quick response and a brilliant tone. The combination of two-piece valve construction, nickel silver outer slides, brass valve guides, and a steel bell wire provides a broad sound with a quick response and great feedback. A .459” medium-large bore yields a well-rounded sound. Centennial case badge, gold-plate trim, and deluxe centennial engraving make this trumpet one-of-kind. Deluxe C180AB commemorative woodshell case included.

www.bachbrass.com
          

Pop & Country Hits From Alfred

Alfred arranges favorite contemporary tunes for band and orchestral players in Pop & Country Instrumental Solos, the latest addition to its Instrumental Play-Along Series. A versatile selection of hits is offered for flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, horn in F, trombone, violin, viola, and cello. Each book contains carefully edited arrangements for level 2–3 students, plus fully orchestrated demo tracks on CD, PDFs of piano accompaniments, and Alfred’s Tempo Changer Software. Among the many song selections: “Shape of You” (Ed Sheeran), “Believer” (Imagine Dragons), “Broken Halos” (Chris Stapleton). Each title is priced at $14.99.

www.alfred.com
          

Gig Performer Plug-In Host Boosts Live Performance

Flexible and easy-to-use, Deskew Technologies’ Gig Performer plug-in host helps musicians create the ultimate laptop live rig. Because it uses very little CPU space, users can load in an unparalleled number of virtual instruments and effects. Distributed by ILIO, it’s great for keyboard players with a huge virtual piano-synth rig, guitarists with multiple effects racks, and front of house engineers running sound through an array of compressors and EQs. Its rackspaces let users load many dozens of plug-ins simultaneously with customizable and MIDI-learnable controls, create multiple rackspaces, and switch between them instantly without sound glitches. Users can also control multiple instruments, layer sounds, and employ authentic effects easily, with little power usage, on both Mac and PC.

www.ilio.com
          

JodyJazz SuperJet
Tenor Mouthpiece

Already among JodyJazz’s top-selling mouthpieces, the new Super Jet Tenor model was developed specifically for smooth jazz, contemporary jazz, rock, and funk players, with contemporary sound characteristics JodyJazz has not offered in a tenor model before including more power, edge, and altissimo. This silver-plated brass mouthpiece is available in 6, 7, 7*, 8*, 9*, and 10* tip openings at $395 MSRP. It ships with a Rico H ligature, cap, and pouch. Individually handcrafted to the strictest quality standards, every JodyJazz mouthpiece is fully gauged and play tested by experienced professionals before it leaves the factory.

www.JodyJazz.com
          

Phil Jones Bass Bighead

Barely larger than an iPhone, the new PJB BigHead contains a bass headphone amplifier, A/D converter, and analog preamp with two-band EQ optimized for bass and other instruments. Ideal for plugging into an iPhone and practicing along with tracks, the BigHead delivers more than ten times the power of MP3 players and smartphones for a far more exhilarating listening experience. And as a converter, it has the finest Burr Brown digital components with 48kHz-16Bit digital conversion, making it ideal for recording into Pro Tools. It comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts for eight hours. $249.99 MAP.

www.pjbworld.com
          

Mixer & Multi-Model FX Unit
Combine In “Hybrid”

The Allen & Heath ZEDi-10FX hybrid compact mixer combines the robustness and hands-on control of an analog mixer with a high-quality 4 x 4 USB interface and a multi-model FX unit, making it a perfect choice for musicians and venues. Whether bouncing ideas around at home, performing live, or recording tracks to share online, the ZED makes a versatile companion. The studio quality, 24-bit / 96kHz, 4x4 USB interface makes it easy to capture multitrack recordings direct from the mixer to a Mac or PC without any extra equipment. Two channels feature Guitar DI high impedance inputs, allowing guitars to be plugged straight into the mixer without separate DI boxes. MAP $249.

www.allen-heath.com
          

3D Sound From Floyd Rose
Headphones

Patented 3-D Crystal Stereo Sound headphones from Floyd Rose Marketing and Seca Group LLC feature Dual Speaker Drivers/Sound Coil Technology and frequency divider boards for a luxury 3-D sound experience. These over-ear headphones and earbuds were designed and engineered in Europe and the USA for maximum listening pleasure. The innovative earcups boast a powerful driver for superior bass and midrange, plus a second small high-efficiency driver for high frequencies, creating a dynamic balance of bass/mid/treble. This 3-dimensional stereo sound delivers a broader range with perfect highs and lows. Street price: $99.95 (earbuds), $169.95 (headphones).

www.floydrose.com
          

WingMan Effects Pedal
Foot Controller

WingMan, an effects pedal foot controller that allows players to change effect parameters by foot while playing, is the perfect stocking stuffer for guitar players. Priced just under $10, it comes in a small package but makes a big difference for players. It also makes for a great impulse item placed near effects pedals in any store, providing an easy up-sell to players buying new or used pedals, or just looking for pedal accessories.

www.oknob.com
          

Recording King Lap Steel

The Recording King Lap Steel is perfect for holiday shoppers looking for something unique and affordable. Its solid mahogany body, string-through-body design, and single Alnico P-90 pickup deliver full, powerful sustain and traditional lap steel tone. The single volume and tone controls allow the player to shape its tone easily and effectively, from classic country lines to traditional steel blues licks. Available in classic sunburst. $179.99 MAP.

www.recordingking.com
          

Guitarists Get Options
With Celestion F12-X200

New from Celestion, the F12-X200 loudspeaker is described as the first bona fide guitarist’s speaker designed from the ground up with a full range and live response. It can be used with profiling amps, modelling software, impulse responses, and all technology for emulating coveted guitar amps and speaker cabinets, giving the feel and immediacy of playing a traditional guitar speaker without the harmonic coloration that comes with that kind of setup. MAP $149.

www.celestion.com
          

Sabian XSR Commuter Pack

Designed for the new wave of smaller drum kits, the XSR Commuter Pack ensures that travelling light doesn’t require compromising sound possibilities. 13" XSR hats are highly responsive, very versatile, and perfectly controllable. A 14" XSR Fast Crash is also highly versatile and effective for any type of music. And the 18" XSR Monarch does double duty as a cutting crash and a focused ride.

www.sabian.com
          

Boveda Two-Way
Humidity Control System

Designed for use with both wood instruments and brass instruments, Boveda’s patented two-way control system continually responds to ambient conditions by adding or removing moisture. Perfect for the dry winter months, it maintains a constant 40%-50% relative humidity within the instrument’s closed case, the ideal level for instrument preservation. Best of all, it requires no maintenance. A great impulse purchase item, it’s available through Connolly Music.

www.connollymusic.com
          

Peak Dome French Horn Stand

Peak has created a simple display stand designed to cradle a French Horn and showcase it in a unique way. High-quality materials are used to ensure no harm comes to the instrument, and a unique folding design allows it to fit into the included carrying case. It comes with a one-year warranty. $27.50 MAP.

www.peakmusicstands.com
          

Tortex Picks Show Their Colors

Tortex Picks are part of rock ’n’ roll history, and Dunlop invites dealers to celebrate that with the new Tortex POP Display. Displaying the instantly recognizable Tortex logo and vibrant color palette of Tortex Picks, this POP is sure to draw shoppers’ attention. It takes seconds to set up and can be refilled or recycled as needed. The Tortex POP Display comes stocked with 36 Tortex Standard Picks and 36 Tortex Flex Picks, all gauges represented. Contact a Dunlop sales representative for ordering information.

www.jimdunlop.com
          

RAT fx RAT Tail
Distortion Cable

Built using the same clipping diodes featured in vintage Rat pedals, the Rat Tail boasts two ranges of distortion, managed via an easily accessible dial. Three settings are onboard: true bypass, distortion overdrive with unity gain, and distortion overdrive (+3dB of gain). It operates on two replaceable watch-style batteries now located in the jumbo connector on the amp end, making battery replacement quick and easy for the player.

www.ratdistortion.com
          

Mad Professor Kosmos
Ambient Reverb Pedal

The Mad Professor Kosmos is a small, easy-to-use, and super-versatile pedal for a wide variety of ambient reverbs. All 11 ambient tones are carefully designed and can be further adjusted with four knobs. The special Control knob has a different function on different presets. In addition to turning the pedal on and off, the footswitch can engage a freeze function ambient effect or make beautiful swell effects without the need of a volume pedal. $229.95 MAP.

www.mpamp.com
          

Kahuna Ukes Get
Some “Sparkle”

Sparkling looks and sound are on tap in the new Kahuna Sparkle Soprano Uke, a perfect companion for a hot day on the beach or a winter reminder of warmer days ahead. Featuring a linden body, neck, and fingerboard, these stylish new ukes are available in dark blue, light blue, lime green, and pink. Street price $39.

www.kahunaukes.com
          

Tonebone AC-Driver

The new AC-Driver from Radial Engineering’s Tonebone is an acoustic instrument preamp and DI box designed for use on stage, with helpful features to streamline the performance and ensure the best possible tone from an instrument. It features Radial’s Class-A buffer circuit, which enables connection to longer cables or pedal chains without signal loss or degradation, along with Low Cut and Notch filters to tailor the frequency response and eliminate feedback on stage. For tuning silently or switching between instruments without noise, a mute footswitch silences everything but the tuner output.
$149.99 MAP.

www.radialeng.com/product/ac-driver
          

Capture And Share With
KODAK PIXPRO

With KODAK PIXPRO SP360 4K VR cameras, musicians can capture their set and audience in a full 360° for an unparalleled, immersive experience to share with fans and use in social media and marketing content. For those looking to integrate 360° VR video with minimal post-production efforts, KODAK PIXPRO offers ease of use and internal stitching in its newest ORBIT360 4K camera. With a camera for every creator at any level, KODAK PIXPRO offers invaluable solutions at great prices for musicians and artists of all kinds.

www.kodakpixpro.com
          

Purpose-Built Hardcases
From UDG

Award-winning accessory maker UDG Gear is out with new hardcases for Novation Circuit Mono Station, AKAI MPC X/ Renaissance, Pioneer Recordbox DVS Interface 2, Focusrite Scarlett2 2i4/616/18i8/Clarett 2PRE, and Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt. All UDG hardcases are outfitted with durable lightweight compression DuraShock Technology molded EVA material, offering the protection and impact absorption to withstand drops, scratches, and spills. The interior comes layered with soft black fleece. The exterior cover features 600D polyester with 5 mm EVA durashock molded body. Other features include protective egg-crate foam, convenient carry handles and shoulder strap, and ample storage for cables and accessories.

www.udggear.com
          

George Benson In Hal Leonard
“Hot Licks” Title

Select lessons from Hal Leonard’s Hot Licks guitar instruction video series are now available in book format with online access to classic footage. In the latest—George Benson – The Art of Jazz Guitar—the jazz legend covers such topics as chromatics, scat singing, and much more. Students will find guitar tab and new, accurate transcriptions, along with ten chapters and more than 30 examples to follow while watching corresponding video lessons. Virtuoso solo jazz and blues guitar performances by Benson are also part of the package. An access code to Hal Leonard’s MyLibrary website unlocks the videos. Retail price $19.99.

www.halleonard.com
          

Kuppmen Carbon Fiber Drumsticks

Kuppmen Music carbon fiber drumsticks and drumrods represent a new standard in modern drumsticks. Perfectly balanced and natural feeling, the drumsticks will last up to ten times longer than their wooden counterparts. The revolutionary carbon fiber drumrods are nearly indestructible and will withstand up to 40 times the beating compared to a conventional wooden rod. Kuppmen German-made sticks and rods are available in 7A, 5A, and 5B models.

www.kuppmenmusic.com
www.emdmusic.com
          

Create Your Own Cymbal Tone

Top drummers rely on Cympad Moderators to decrease volume, focus tone, and customize their cymbal sound in a variety of live and recording situations. A handy, indispensable, and practical tool for modern drummers, Cympad Moderators are available in a “Super Set” including two each of the 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 mm models, as well as in separate two-packs. The extra-large, 100 mm Moderator is sold individually. Cympad has just released a new series of promotional videos to showcase its artists’ use of Moderators—see the Cymbad website.

www.cympad.com/customize
          

Fender Strat Gets
“Player Series” Treatment

Classic Strat sound meets innovative spirit in Fender’s sonically flexible Player Stratocaster HSS. Its Player Series humbucking bridge pickup sounds huge and warm, while the single-coil Stratocaster middle and neck pickups are crisp and articulate. The “Modern C”-shaped maple neck features comfortable contours and a smooth finish. A 22nd medium jumbo fret added to the contemporary 9.5"-radius fingerboard promotes even more musical expression. The updated two-point tremolo design has smoother travel for both enhanced playing feel and rock-solid tuning stability. Other features include master volume and tone controls, a five-way pickup switch, three-ply pickguard, synthetic bone nut, dual-wing string tree, sealed tuning machines, and four-bolt “F”- stamped neck plate. $649.99.

www.fender.com
          

D’Addario Custom Series Cables

New Custom Series Coiled Instrument Cables from D’Addario Accessories offer vintage tone plus vintage aesthetics: Due to the extra cable length needed to produce its coiled effect, this cable has a higher total capacitance than straight cables of the same length (30 feet). The result is a slightly warmer tone that retains the player’s desired dynamics, perfect for taming high frequencies of instruments with passive single coil or humbucking pickups. A coaxial oxygen-free copper conductor with two layers of noise-rejecting shielding provides quiet operation and superior strain relief. $66 MSRP/$39.99 MAP. Also check out D’Addario’s Custom Series Braided Instrument Cables.

www.daddario.com
          

The Loar Honey Creek Mandolin

The Loar has hand-carved the spruce top of its new Honey Creek mandolin for authentic 1920s mandolin tone and “chop,” and enough power to cut through in a group or ensemble. The thin “V” profile of the maple neck fits comfortably in the hand, and the fretboard extension has been removed beyond the 20th fret for easy strumming without upper fret hang-ups. Combining quality specs, Grover tuners, and D’Addario strings with the graceful curves of an authentic F-style body makes the Honey Creek an instrument that any player would be happy to receive this holiday season. $299.99 MAP.

www.theloar.com
          

Slide When You Want,
Fret When You Need

The Thimble Slide: Maxim guitar slide enables the guitarist to instantly transition between linear parts, chords, riffs, and playing with the slide without a pause, because there’s no need to remove the slide. Made in the U.S. and available in S, M, L, and XL sizes, its unique patented shape sheaths the finger for a close fit, and its sizing gap allows the slide to be size-adjustable within its size range for a custom fit. The Fretting Angle, visible in profile view, helps keep the front edge off the strings while fretting, while the one-inch Slide Surface allows for easily sliding single string melodies and up to three strings simultaneously on most guitars.

www.ThimbleSlide.com
          

New VocoPro Karaoke System
Has Built-In Projector

VocoPro’s new ProjectorOke is a home-use CD+G (Compact Disc + Graphics) karaoke system with a built-in LED projector for displaying CD+G lyrics on any white wall for a dramatic big screen effect (up to 120"). It requires no A/V cables or bulky TV monitor. When not using CD+G discs, users simply turn off the projector, connect any audio feed via Bluetooth, and use a tablet as a monitor while accessing thousands of karaoke tracks off of the web. Features include vibrant speaker lights that dance to the beat, 1/8" input for personal audio player, and USB input for digital file playback. One wired mic included. $239 MSRP, $179 MAP.

www.vocopro.com
          

Resound Reverb From Cusack Music

The Resound Reverb DSP Reverb pedal is the newest original, U.S.-made pedal from Cusack Music. The Resound features eight reverb programs and eight user-programmable presets arranged in four banks of two. A large 10mm four-color center LED indicates which bank is in use, while left and right footswitch LEDs show the preset selected within the bank. Dual presets mean no loss transitions between two variants of the same program. While a Live mode offers quick programming, controls can also be adjusted in Preset mode. Two Parameter plus Decay controls are specific to each program. Lifetime warranty. MAP/Street price $279.

https://cusackmusic.com/
          

E. Rousseau’s
“New Classic” For Sax

The E. Rousseau New Classic (NC4) Saxophone Mouthpiece has been called “best for band” because of the tonal tools it delivers for advancing players: superior tone, responsiveness, and projection. A great stocking stuffer, it promotes a full range of tonal colors and excellent tonal center. The New Classic is designed for natural reed fit and easier tuning. It’s also a preferred model and facing for advancing concert band saxophonists as they prepare for solo contest.

www.e-rousseau.com
          

GMF Acoustic Interface Goes From Stage To Studio

In the Ai Pro Tube, GMF Music offers an innovative direct interface with preamp that incorporates a switchable vacuum tube circuit in the preamp section to deliver a warm, rich tube tone at the touch of a button. Designed to connect an acoustic instrument into mixers, p.a. systems, and amps, the Ai ProTube offers an array of professional features as a versatile live performance tool or a flexible solution for recording studios. Features include: a high-headroom preamp with footswitchable tube circuit; active four-band EQ with MidShift to dial in the perfect acoustic tone; gain control to accommodate a range of pickup devices; and an EFX Loop.

www.gmfamps.com
          

Triad-Orbit Grav Bags
Stabilize Stands

Triad-Orbit GB-3 Grav Bags are modular (3 - 3.3 lb.) weighted “shot bags” designed to add 10 lbs. of ballast and stabilize conventional lightweight tripod stands.

www.triad-orbit.com
          

Ultra-Pure Black Label
“Classic” Valve Oil

New from Ultra-Pure Oils LLC, Black Label “Classic” Valve Oil is a slightly thicker synthetic oil designed for older instruments with worn pistons or rotors, as well as instruments with larger tolerances, such as some low brass. By filling the space between the valve and its casing, this very long-lasting oil restores valve action and provides a silky-smooth feel. Ultra-Pure Black Label “Classic” Valve Oil for loose tolerances rounds out the company’s valve oil lineup, which also includes Ultra-Pure Professional Valve Oil (standard weight) and Ultra-Pure Ultra-Light Valve Oil (light weight for close tolerances).

ken@ultrapureoils.com
          

Jammin’ Johns
Slow and Easy Series

Jammin’ Johns has added three new guitar-shaped toilet seats to its line. The “Screamer” is available in a popular electric body shape with a traditional sunburst finish. The Guitarlet Natural is shaped like an acoustic, featuring a pickguard and a rosette. The Guitarlet Sunburst offers the same shape with a sunburst finish. All models feature a slow-close hinge and heavy-duty bumpers.

www.jamminjohns.com
          

MagSlide Magnesium
Guitar Slide

“The Weight is Over” with the new MagSlide Magnesium Guitar Slide by ThixoTek. Made from the lightest structural metal on earth, this patent-pending guitar slide is five times lighter than brass and 33% lighter than glass, so it can be played with lower action and lighter gauge strings while offering a warm tone and uncompromising amount of sustain. A great holiday gift for the guitar player who has everything, the MagSlide is designed with interior contours for comfort and is plated in a beautiful black chrome finish. $49.95 MSRP, $39.95 MAP.

www.PlayMagSlide.com
          

Design & Versatility
In Delta Harp

Craftsmanship and cutting-edge audio technology combine in the Delta harp from Lyon & Healy. With a base, stand, or strap, the Delta can be played while sitting or mobile, adapting it to rehearsals, classes, studios, and stages of any size. Through innovative string placement, this harp accommodates an extended bass range in a small-sized, wearable instrument. The strings of the Delta run over a bridge, offering such playing techniques as pitch bending and slides. The bridge pickup system offers a clean sound across the frequency spectrum. Compatible with all effects processors, recording equipment, and p.a. systems, the Delta brings a new dynamic to live performance as well as home and studio use. MAP $4,400.

www.delta-harp.com
          

Lee Oskar Harmonicas
Now In Lower Keys

The Lee Oskar Harmonicas System will soon include 46 different harmonicas in four models and multiple keys. A new series of Major Diatonic models including Low D, Low E, and Low F# will be rolled out in Q4 2018 and Q1 2019. These new harps deliver the same exceptional quality and design as all Lee Oskar harmonicas, which have been manufactured in collaboration with Tombo Mfg. of Japan since 1983.

www.leeoskar.com
          

Versum Solo Cello String Set

The new Thomastik-Infeld Versum Solo Cello String Set offers beautiful tonal balance, a sunny and open sound, and expressive intonation and focus. Ideal for principal and orchestra players as well as chamber music, these strings respond instantly with great conviction and dynamic range. An ideal choice for neutral and bright sounding celli, they support instruments that need more volume in the lower registers. Highly recommended for purchase in full sets, they’re available through Connolly Music.

www.connollymusic.com
          

SE Acoustics From PRS

PRS’s SE Series of affordable and high-quality acoustic guitars can best be broken down into three pairs: the AX20E and TX20E, the A40E and T40E, and the A50E (shown) and T50E. They’re offered in two body shapes—Angelus Cutaway and Tonare Grand—and three unique wood combinations: mahogany, ovankol, and maple, all paired with solid Sitka spruce tops. All 2018 PRS SE acoustics feature a Fishman GT1 electronics system, ebony fretboards and bridges, bone nuts and saddles, and PRS trademark bird inlays.

www.prsguitars.com
          

VHT Vooster Charges
Entire Pedalboard

The Vooster, from VHT, is the perfect gift for the gadget-loving guitar player. Plug the Vooster into a standard 5V cellphone power bank charger, and it powers an entire pedalboard without a power cord. The Vooster fits in most holiday stockings and makes a perfect front counter impulse buy. $29.99 MAP.

www.vhtamp.com
          

Korg Debuts
Spector Bantam 4

Spector’s Bantam 4 Bass adds a new dimension of tone to the Euro Series with its short 30” scale and lightweight design. The Bantam features a carefully chambered alder body with a beautifully figured quilted maple top, a bolt-on, maple 22-fret neck with Indian rosewood fingerboard, two EMG 35DC pickups with an EMG BTS active EQ circuit, and professional-grade Spector hardware. Its classic NS body style, fully carved and contoured, makes the Bantam 4 exceptionally comfortable to play.

www.spectorbass.com
          

Gon Bops Mini Timbale Snare Offers Sound Possibilities

Blending the exciting textures and accents of traditional Latin timbale with a sensitive long-range snare throw-off, this sexy little drum puts barking timbale fills and cutting snare back-beats at the player’s fingertips. The long-range throw-off lets the player slowly add snare tone, from loose rattle to snappy, cracking backbeat. All of this power is projected by a slick, super-lightweight aluminum shell.

www.gonbops.com
          

Care Cloths By Bach

Bach microfiber cloths make the perfect add-on for brass players. Available in treated and untreated versions, these ultra-soft cloths come in 12" and 14" squares as well as glove versions and round varieties (untreated only). Treated cloths, for use on silverplate, nickel, and gold-plated finishes, make it easy to keep instruments clean and polished. Non-toxic and lint-free, they quickly remove tarnish, dirt, dust, and fingerprints. Untreated cloths are lint-free, chemical free, and safe for all instruments. They’re machine-washable and last up to five years. Retail prices range from $6 to $23.

www.bachbrass.com
          

Triad-Orbit Cable Control

Triad-Orbit Cable Control is a support stand cable management system offering easy installation, secure retention, and fluid movement of wrapped cable.

www.triad-orbit.com
          

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