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Winter NAMM Report Part 2 of 5

Squier Standard Series – Tele Custom II

New to the Squier Standard Series are the Tele Custom II. This model features relevant updates drawing from dealer and consumer requests for different pickup configurations and sleek styling, while maintaining the overall “vibe” of the classic Telecaster guitar’s design.

Based on one of the most popular Telecaster designs of all time, the Tele Custom II features two Duncan Designed Soapbar single coil pickups with independent volume and tone controls. The Tele Custom II comes with a maple neck and 22 medium jumbo frets, and is available in Black and Blonde.

Squier Special Run – Black & Chrome

Squier is also very proud to introduce its new offering of top-of-its-line Special Run guitars, which include new Black & Chrome Series Strat, Tele & P-Bass Special guitars with matching headstocks, and new Deluxe Series Stratocasters with flame maple and quilted maple tops with pearl pickguards.

The Black & Chrome Series combine modern looks with a classic feel, and never before has Squier offered so much guitar at such incredible prices! All of the instruments in this series feature a Gloss Black finish with matching headstock and chrome finished pickguards & hardware!

Gibson Chet Atkins L-10

Gibson’s Custom, Art & Historic division has created the Chet Atkins L-10, built to the historical specifications of the original custom-ordered Gibson that Atkins acquired from Les Paul. The model gets its unique tonal capabilities from the traditional late-1930s non-cutaway L-5 body and a fingerboard extended to 25 frets.

The Chet Atkins L-10 has a carved spruce top with special multi-ply white/black checkerboard binding, and carved figured-maple back with single-ply white binding. The mahogany neck features a 19-fret ebony fingerboard with a 6-fret extension and split-diamond inlays. Les Paul custom-ordered the original, with the extended fingerboard, in 1938 because he wanted to access the upper-range notes that he had heard gypsy-jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt play, and the guitar eventually came to Atkins. Chet is pictured with the L-10 (customized with an electric pickup and homemade vibrola unit) in publicity shots from his early days on radio.

Gibson American Series Pioneer and Ranger

Gibson USA’s new Americana Series features the Pioneer, a round-shouldered, cutaway dreadnought, and the Ranger, reminiscent of the L-00 design. The guitars are based on the Chet Atkins SST solidbody acoustic concept and have a new body chambering process for extra resonance.

The Pioneer and Ranger are structured to be lightweight and produce a high volume sound. They have an exclusive chambered mahogany body, bound fingerboard, and traditional Gibson script headstock logo. The Pioneer is available in Antique Natural and Vintage Sunburst, while the Ranger comes in Antique Natural and Saddle Brown finishes. The guitars are equipped with a piezo bridge transducer system.

Gibson X-Factor – Firebird Studio

Gibson USA expands the X-Factor series with the Firebird Studio model, featuring the classic “reverse” body shape but with a conventional “set” neck and full-size, “Hot Ceramic” humbucking pickups.

Gibson’s Firebird guitars of 1963 were designed by automotive designer Ray Dietrich. The originals featured a reverse-body style, with the upper treble bout that is longer than the bass bout – the opposite of conventional guitar design – along with “neck-thru-body” construction and pole-less mini-humbucking pickups. First-generation Firebirds are highly collectible, and the new Firebird Studio maintains the vintage vibe with the reverse-body design, while its conventional glued-in neck makes it the most affordable reverse-body Firebird, and its full-size 496R and 500T humbuckers deliver a crunching tone that the originals never had. The new model sports a slim-taper neck and is available in Ebony, Cherry and Classic White finishes, with a choice of chrome- or gold-plated hardware.

Gibson Duane Eddy Signature Guitar

Gibson’s Custom, Art & Historic division pays tribute to the master of the “twang” electric guitar style with the Duane Eddy Signature model. Eddy, known for his instrumental “Rebel Rouser” theme, had 15 Top Forty hits between 1958 and 1963 and was the first rocker to have a signature guitar.

Eddy’s new Gibson model has a traditional archtop hollowbody design but with many unique features, including a maple top and a combination of magnetic and piezo pickups.

The Duane Eddy Signature model has highly figured maple top, back and sides. The body has the familiar shape of Gibson’s classic L-5 model, with a rounded “Florentine” cutaway horn, but at 16 inches wide, it is an inch smaller than the L-5 and unique in the Gibson line. Two custom-designed single-coil pickups produce a deep, clear voice, perfect for drenching in reverb. An additional L.R. Baggs transducer pickup in the bridge provides pure acoustic tone. The custom-designed controls allow the guitar to be played with a blend of the transducer and magnetic pickups.

Other unique appointments include a maple/walnut slim neck with ebony fingerboard, pearl “moustache” fingerboard inlays, “Duane Eddy” engraved pickguard, nickel-plated hardware and a Bigsby vibrola tailpiece. The guitar comes in a Rockabilly Brown finish.

Hartke KM200 Keyboard Amp

Hartke, the company famous for its aluminum cone bass drivers, has given the keyboard player some much-needed attention. Since keyboard players usually go direct into the main PA, it’s often a challenge for them to they hear what are playing over the rest of the band. The Guitar player has his amp on 11, the bass player is vibrating the stage, and the drummer needs to lay off the caffeine, meanwhile your begging the soundman to give you more keys in your monitor. The simple solution; give the keyboard player his own controllable sound source on stage, the Hartke KM200.

The KM200 has 200 watts of power driving a classic Hartke 15″ aluminum cone driver and a 1″ titanium compression driver, enclosed in an innovative kickback design, giving you a powerful full-range 2-way professional monitoring system. With the Hartke KM200, keyboard players finally have a monitor that does justice to the sound of their gear.

Korg AX10G Processing Floor Modeler

Introducing the new AX10G, a compact multi-effect processor that packs a ton of dead-on amp and effect models generated using Korg’s highly acclaimed “REMS” modeling technology. Plus, it also comes with a built-in expression pedal for realtime control of your sound.


  • Eleven accurately crafted guitar models generated by Korg’s “REMS” technology

  • 26 carefully-selected effects delivering a wide range of tonal variation

  • 40 preset programs covering all musical styles, plus 40 user-editable locations

  • Two models – the AX10G for guitar and the AX10B for bass

  • Expression pedal for realtime control

  • Knob-based interface for intuitive control, and a simple panel layout

  • Tap switch for easy setting of delay time and other functions

  • AMP/LINE select switch for connection to amp, mixer, MTR, or any other destination

  • Built-in Korg Chromatic Auto Tuner with mute function

  • Compact, portable design that fits into the pocket of your gig bag

  • “Program Lock Hold” function eliminates accidental knob turning during on-stage use

  • Two-way power supply: runs on battery or AC adapter

Korg TRITON Extreme Keyboard Workstation

No doubt about it. This is the TRITON with attitude. The aggressive new TRITON Extreme is bursting at the seams with more of everything that has made the TRITON family the workstation of choice for tens of thousands of performers, producers and musicians the world over – but for less than you might imagine! Tricked out with vacuum tube processing, USB audio CD burning and data sharing, CompactFlash data storage, digital I/O and stuffed with sounds, it’s everything TRITON – taken to the Extreme.

When it comes to sounds, the TRITON Extreme is a treasure trove, delivering an out-of-the-box palette of sounds that is second to none. The preload data – created by the top programmers in the game – includes an incredible 1,334 Programs and 50 Drum kits. Add to that another 1,280 Combinations, each composed of up to eight Programs, split, layered, zoned and velocity allocated across the keyboard. We’re still not done; additional banks of GM Level 2 Presets contain 256 Programs and nine Drum kits. Let’s put it this way: say you wanted to spend a mere 10 seconds checking out each preloaded sound…. be prepared to add some overtime to your eight-hour day!

The new TRITON Extreme fits perfectly inside the TRITON family. With a TON of great sounds and features, but not quite everything the TRITON Studio has to offer, the Extreme is sure to be a big hit this year.

Korg EA mkII

The Electribe

  • A mkII is a compact synthesizer that lets you create the sounds and phrases indispensable for today’s club scene, from warm and fat analog synthesizer sounds to aggressively distorted sounds. Simply turn the knobs to tweak the sounds to your heart’s content. You can create sequence phrases consisting of two synthesizer parts, and save the sound of each part together with its sequence phrase (maximum 64 steps) as one of 256 patterns. Combinations of patterns together with knob movements and other settings can be saved as one of sixteen songs.

    Use the Electribe

  • A mkII’s panel knobs and keys to intuitively create synthesizer sounds. In addition to its analog synth sounds that have been acclaimed around the world, the freshly designed Electribe
  • A mkII also contains numerous new patterns perfect for today’s dance music styles.


    • Compact analog synthesizer producing cutting-edge sounds and phrases

    • Powerful Cross Modulation adds a new dimension to your sounds

    • Many new patterns represent the latest dance styles

    • Audio Input for filtering and effecting other sources

    • Step Sequencer for easy pattern creation

    • “Motion Sequence” function records knob movements

    • Effects (distortion, delay, chorus/flanger) for each part

    • Play the 16 step keys like a keyboard

    • Use the Pattern Set Play function to switch patterns on the fly from the step keys

    Korg ER mkII

    The Electribe

  • R mkII is a new generation of rhythm machine that is enhanced by spontaneous knob-based editing of analog drums and sound effects. After you create your ultimate sounds, you can use the Electribe
  • R mkII’s internal step-sequencer to create original rhythms. Sound editing is simple; just turn the knobs to adjust the various elements of the sound. You can use the onboard sounds in conjunction with the external audio input to create unconventional rhythms that have never been heard before.

    The intuitively designed Electribe

  • R mkII is packed with fat, innovative sounds produced by DSP synthesis technology, a classic interface for creating beats and tweaking them in realtime, and the ultimate array of up-to-date dance styles.


    • An amazing rhythm machine with a cool new look!

    • Many new patterns representing the latest dance styles

    • Powerful Cross Modulation adds a new dimension to your sounds

    • Audio Input function can be used to rhythmically gate two incoming signals for cool effects

    • Step Sequencer for easy input of patterns

    • “Motion Sequence” function records knob movements

    • Low Boost and Delay effects

    • Tap Tempo and MIDI Clock for synchronizing with an external sequencer, etc.

    Korg CR-4 Four Track Recorder

    When you plug into the CR-4, you harness the recording expertise of Korg’s acclaimed multi-track recorders in a cost-effective, 4-track cassette alternative. With four 1/4″ inputs – one for each track – you can record up to four tracks at once. Each track is recorded onto a standard, high-quality chrome high-bias (Type 2) cassette tape. Plus, the CR-4 comes equipped with two speakers in bass reflex enclosures!

    The CR-4 delivers a wide range of realistic amp and effect sounds powered by Korg “REMS” modeling technology acclaimed by guitarists and bassists worldwide. It features six essential guitar amp models, two bass amps, an acoustic guitar EQ and even two vocal mic’ simulators, so you can get incredibly realistic sound while recording direct. Plus, when you plug into the CR-4, you can choose from a selection of eleven great ToneWorks effects models like chorus, flanger, tremolo, delay, reverb and more.

    Korg Legacy Collection Software/Controller Synthesizer System

    Welcome to the Legacyh Collection by KORG. It includes software versions of Korg’s classic and ever-popular MS-20, Polysix, and WAVESTATION, plus a dedicated controller for the MS-20 software (not shown).

    The Special Edition MS-20 USB-MIDI controller is a story on its own. It’s dedicated for use with the MS-20 software! The controller provides all the knobs, controls and patch points of the original unit at 84% of the original size, as well as providing a velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard. Actually being able to physically patch in various modules while working on your software is something many musicians are going to really like.

    In addition to replicating the original sounds, the MS-20 and Polysix software synthesizers also provide a wide range of new functionality for contemporary sound creation, such as 32-voice polyphony (max), up to 16-voice unison settings, and freely assignable external modulation settings. The WAVESTATION software synthesizer encompasses all the waveforms, effects, and sound programs of the WAVESTATION series, delivering perfect simulation of the original sound, along with compatibility with user/third-party files (in .SYX format). It features a new graphical user interface that provides a revolutionary leap in ease of operation.

    Line 6 Variax Acoustic 700

    Line 6 launched the Variax Acoustic 700 here at Winter NAMM, an acoustic addition to the Variax family of guitars. Variax Acoustic 700 is the first electric acoustic modeling guitar. Its simple, stand-alone operation offers guitarists 16 acoustic instrument sounds, feedback-resistance, unique tone-shaping options and instant access to alternate tunings.

    Variax Acoustic 700’s output can be sent direct to a recording device or any standard acoustic amplifier. It can also handle high-volume onstage situation without feedback hassles or complex setups.

    Variax Acoustic 700 embodies Line 6’s patent-pending guitar modeling technology to offer guitarists instant access to the sounds of a variety of steel-string acoustic, nylon-string classical, resonator and arch-top guitars, as well as non-guitar stringed instruments. The guitar features a set-in mahogany neck, chambered mahogany body and natural finish cedar top.

    M Audio FireWire 18/14 Audio Interface

    The FireWire 18/14 is an 18-in, 14-out audio interface complete with ADAT Lightpipe for multi-channel communication with other digital devices. It features 8 x 4 analog I/O at up to 24-bit/96kHz, and boasts 192kHz on the first two inputs and all four outputs. Channels 1 and 2 also include high-quality microphone/instrument preamps. S/PDIF optical digital I/O provides 2-channel PCM, as well as pass-through of surround-encoded AC-3 and DTS material. Flexible internal mixing allows virtually any input to route to any output, including an aux bus for effects send or monitor mix. A front-panel momentary switch allows allows DJ-style headphone auditioning between two assignable sources. Other features include two headphone amplifiers, assignable level controller, S/PDIF coaxial/optical digital I/O, 1 x 1 MIDI I/O, and BNC wordclock connectors for synchronization to other digital devices.


    • 18 x 14 FireWire audio interface

    • 8 x 4 24-bit/96kHz analog I/O (1/4″ TS) or 2 x 4 24-bit/192kHz analog I/O

    • 8 x 8 ADAT Lightpipe I/O

    • digital S/PDIF (coaxial) I/O w/ 2-channel PCM

    • digital out also supports pass-through of AC-3/DTS surround-encoded content

    • dual mic/instrument preamps (Neutriks XLR/ 1/4″ TS) with

    • input level controls

    • 20dB pad

    • phantom power

    • signal LEDs

    • dual stereo headphone outputs with individual level controls (1/4″ TRS)

    • flexible software-controlled mixing of hardware and software I/O

    • aux sends on all channels and aux output assign allows for dedicated headphone mixes and sends to external effects

    • user-assignable front-panel level control (output, input, software return, aux send)

    • near zero-latency hardware direct monitoring

    • low-latency ASIO software direct monitoring

    • momentary switch for A/B cueing two software-assignable headphone sources or

    • switching ASIO monitoring on/off

    • 1 x 1 16-channel MIDI I/O

    • wordclock (BNC) for sync to external devices

    • power on/off switch with indicator LED

    • powered via FireWire bus or included DC power adapter

    • two convenient high-bandwidth FireWire ports

    • rugged steel construction

    M Audio Octane 8-Channel Mic Preamp

    Based on M-Audio’s award-winning preamp technology, the Octane is an 8-channel preamp that delivers pristine digital signals to all Lightpipe-compatible devices, providing an exceptional front end to any multitrack digital recording system. Octane is ideal for miking drum kits or bands, and its two mic/instrument channels are perfect for guitar, bass and other instruments. M-S matrix encoding brings stereo miking techniques previously available only in pro studios within the reach of project and home studio owners. Octane even has preamp outs for each channel, making it the perfect upgrade for any digital audio interface or mixer. Word clock I/O provides the ability to sync multiple Octanes to accommodate the needs of a growing studio.


    • award-winning M-Audio preamp technology

    • 8 channels

    • 2 channels are mic/instr preamps (front-panel 1/4″ TS)

    • ADAT Lightpipe output (TOSlink)

    • 24-bit audio resolution throughout

    • selectable sample rate (44.1k and 48k)

    • wordclock I/O (75-ohm BNC) for synchronization to other digital devices

    • line inputs are half-normalled as insert ins or standalone A/D

    • M-S matrix encoding on channels 7 & 8 with in/out and width controls

    • phase reverse switches on even channels

    • low-cut filter on channel 1 (12dB/oct @ 80Hz)

    M Audio FireWire Audiophile Audio Interface

    FireWire Audiophile is a compact, FireWire-compatible audio/MIDI interface that takes the legacy of M-Audio’s award-winning Audiophile line to the next level. 4 x 6 audio I/O combines with powerful on-board mixing in a mobile package that’s perfect for live performance, home recording, and digital DJ work. Stereo headphone output with A/B switching between assignable sources allows pre-cuing for DJs and mobile musicians-and the assignable aux bus is perfect for creating dedicated headphone mixes and effect sends. It also features near zero-latency hardware direct monitoring, ultra-low latency ASIO software direct monitoring, and 1 x 1 MIDI I/O. FireWire Audiophile even has AC-3 and DTS pass-through for surround sound playback.


    • 4 x 6 24-bit/96kHz I/O

    • 2 x 4 analog operation (RCA)

    • digital S/PDIF (coaxial) I/O w/ 2-channel PCM

    • digital out also supports AC-3/DTS pass-through

    • headphone output with dedicated level control

    • flexible software-controlled mixing of hardware and software I/O

    • aux sends on all channels and aux output assign allows for dedicated headphone mixes and sends to external effects

    • user-assignable front-panel level control (output, input, software return, aux send)

    • near zero-latency hardware direct monitoring

    • low-latency ASIO software direct monitoring

    • switch for A/B cueing two software-assignable headphone sources or switching ASIO

    • monitoring on/off

    • 1 x 1 16-channel MIDI I/O

    • power on/off switch with indicator LED

    • powered via FireWire bus or included DC power adapter

    • two convenient high-bandwidth FireWire ports

    • rugged steel construction

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