These are the same pickups that have been used in some of the company's new models, such as the DC800 extended-range eight-string guitar and Vader headless six-, seven- and eight-string guitars. Bridge and neck models are available, in six-, seven- and eight-string configurations.
In the brand-new video below, guitarist Annie Grunwald—better known as Annie Shred—demos a guitar that's a bona fide conversation starter, the Ibanez RGKP6. It comes standard with a built-in Korg Mini Kaoss pad 2s. "This guitar/control pad combo is a sick way to fuse extreme guitar with electronic music and real-time performance FX," Annie writes.
Gretsch has built a solid reputation with its impressive line of popular archtop hollowbody guitars, like the Country Gentleman and the White Falcon. But what’s often overlooked is the company’s superb line of solidbody guitars, such as the Duo Jet.
While I own, play and love more than my fair share of imported guitars, I still prefer electric models made in the good ol’ U. S. of A.
After all, Americans invented the electric guitar, and we design and build them like no one else. So it deeply warmed my heart earlier this year when ESP announced its USA Series Eclipse, Horizon and M-III models, which are the company’s first guitars made at its brand-new factory in North Hollywood, California.
We took a look at ESP’s classic-inspired single-cutaway Eclipse model.
Designed by John Page, co-founder of the Fender Custom Shop, the Ashburn is a production guitar ($1,499 MSRP) with all the features in the high-end custom guitars Page builds himself. It’s produced to spec in a state-of-the-art workshop in Japan, then set up in the U.S. by authorized John Page Classic techs.
Feast your eyes on Steve Vai’s Ibanez JEM guitar he named “Evo” after the Dimarzio Evolution pickups installed in it. Photographed by Lisa S. Johnson in Los Angeles, August 28, 2010, for the pictorial masterwork, 108 Rock Star Guitars, “Evo” was hand-selected by Vai. Guitars are like snowflakes in that no two are exactly alike.