New Gibson 2016 Limited Editions

Some new limited editions recently launched by Gibson.

Les Paul Voodoo 2016


Bold blood red looking finish plus red/black pickups on this Les Paul makes it look kind of special. Gibson calls this the JuJu finish. Not sure what it means, but the red and black theme is nicely done throughout the guitar.


There are red dot inlays and all black hardware on this one. Body and top woods are ash in that funnily named JuJu sheen finish.


Comes with a really snazzy hardcase in red snake skin finish. Wow.


Retails at US$1699.

Les Paul Studio Swamp Ash


Swamp ash is probably more synonymous with Fenders but this is not the first time we see a Les Paul made using the typically lighter wood. The 2016 limited edition bears much similarity as the previous model so Guitarbear reckons this is more or less a re-issue.


Very typical Les Paul appointments seen here. This is a one piece ash body with a maple neck. Retails at US$1699.

SG Naked


Really hot looking SG here. As the name implies, this is a bare bones guitar without much fuss. A P90 loaded SG is always looks interesting.


Comes in a choice of natural or walnut finish. One thing to note is the unusually narrow nut. Gibson has listed the nut width as 1.55 inch. What? Is this a uke?

Retails at US$1299.

*photos from Gibson


Axl Rose fronts AC/DC?

Internet rumours of Axl Rose joining AC/DC for ten tour dates have been running wild since the GNR frontman was seen in Atlanta.


Guitarbear reckons it will be a great if Axl can get in shape in time for this unusual union. His vocals aren’t too different from Brian Johnson so it does seem like a good match.

Meanwhile, Guitarbear wishes Brian Johnson a speedy recovery.

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*photo from Sky News

Fender The Edge Strat & Deluxe Amp

Sonically iconic. That’s the tagline used for this Fender new launch. So for those who think that The Edge’s iconic sound is from his pedals and such, you’re wrong. It’s always the guitar. Not the player:)


Sarcasm aside, it is always fun to see a signature model released in the name of one of the most recognised lead guitarist of all time.


The Edge Strat features a maple fretboard, large headstock and DiMarzio bridge pickup, not to mention The Edge’s autograph next to the headstock decal.


Read more on the official site:

*photos from Premier Guitar, Fender and

More new Martins

Following NAMM in January, Martin has launched some more new guitars.

D-28 John Lennon


A somewhat simpler version of the 75th Anniversary Edition launched at NAMM earlier this year, the D-28 John Lennon is essentially a D-28 with fancy headstock and fretboard inlays, and the beautiful peace sign on the back. However, this comes without the blingy rosette and pickguard on the more expensive 75th Anni edition.


Also note that the US$5499 retail price would mean that you get Indian rosewood instead of Madagascar rosewood on the more expensive (US$11900 retail) sibling.

New X-Series with Macassar HPL bodies

The X-series sees the introduction of Macassar HPL on its guitars. Martin has continued to produce interesting grain patterns on HPL. Players of the more entry level X series will be familiar with the Koa and Rosewood pattern HPL on previous models.

DX2AE Macassar


Solid sapele top with Macassar HPL body (US$779 retail)


DCX1AE Macassar (US$929 retail) and GPCX2AE Macassar (US$929 retail)


In adding a cutaway on these two models, the retail price is slightly higher as with most other guitar makers.


These should be popular with players who want to own a Martin at lower price points. The X Series typically go for about $1000 here in SG. Having said that, potential buyers should not be overly carried away by the brand on headstock. 🙂

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*photos from Martin