Epiphone has been an eye-catching brand pretty much from the company’s inception 140 years ago. In the early part of the 20th century, Epiphone’s ornate, stylish New York City guitars provided stiff competition for the more staid models coming out of Gibson’s Kalamazoo, Michigan, plant. So it is ironic that Gibson ended up owning the Epiphone brand, which it purchased in 1957.
Visual Sound has introduced its VS-XO Premium Dual Overdrive pedal. The pedal offers two unique, flawless overdrives, plus a Pure Tone buffer on/off and separate Input and Output available for each channel.
D’Addario, the world’s premier music accessories manufacturer, has introduced new additions to two of its popular string lines for guitars, including the new Balanced Tension Singles and ProSteel Electric Guitar Medium Gauge Set. These new offerings are the result of listening to customer feedback.
A complete redesign of the guitar strap adjustment allows for easy length changes while wearing the strap. With a tug of the proprietary tailpiece, the strap quickly adjusts to the exact height preference of the player. With a simple maneuver, the strap also can be extended without removing the guitar.
DiMarzio has announced the release of two new Illuminator humbucking pickups for 6-string electric guitars and two new Illuminator 7 humbucking pickups for 7-string electric guitars. The Illuminator and Illuminator 7 pickups were designed for Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s new Music Man JP13 guitar and are also available for retail sale from DiMarzio.