Taylor GS Mini Bass

Taylor has introduced the new GS Mini Bass at Winter NAMM.

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The GS Mini Bass shares the same platform as the popular GS Mini with its 23-1/2 inch scale and tone woods (solid spruce top layered sapele body). It sure looks set to be a hit among bass players who don’t really have much choice when it comes to travel sized acoustic bass guitars.

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Taylor has developed many design elements such as special bridge pins and unique strings developed with D’addario. Master designer Andy Powers has explained that the GS Mini Bass was actually designed for the guitar player in mind.

Let’s see if this little bass will be as hot as the GS Mini.

Read more at Taylor:

https://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/gs-mini-e-bass

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Elixir OPTIWEB Strings

Elixir has announced the new OPTIWEB strings for electric guitars.

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The new strings are said to have the same tone as uncoated strings and this may really sway players to Elixir, since one of the main complains against coated strings has been its tone (or lack thereof).

Looking forward to these.

*photo from Elixir

Ibanez George Benson 40th Anniversary

Launched at NAMM, the 40th Anniversary George Benson models celebrate the long collaboration before the virtuoso and Ibanez.

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Both guitars feature tailpieces with special wood covers and bound ebony fretboards with beautiful inlays.

GB40TH

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The Japan made GB40TH is the premium model of the two. Part of the Prestige Series, it features flamed maple top and body all around, gold hardware and GB Special pickups.

GB40THII

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The more affordable GB40THII sports a solid spruce top and maple body in vintage amber finish.

Read more on Ibanez website:

http://www.ibanez.com/eu/news/f_products/2017/GB40th/index.html

As explained by GB himself in the video (what a voice!!!), both guitars are based on the GB10 model and have a smaller lower bout than many jazz guitar models in order to eliminate feedback.

*photos from MusicRadar and Ibanez

 

Fender Journeyman Relic Eric Clapton Signature Strat

The latest Eric Clapton Signature guitars from Fender Custom Shop gets that weathered look and feel that the man himself favours.

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Featuring 2-piece ash bodies and vintage tint necks, the new guitars also come with more modern features like noiseless pickups and mid boost kit.

Available in Sunburst and Aged White Blond finishes.

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While purists are questioning the lack of a “Blackie” colour option, Guitarbear is drooling over the Aged White Blonde finish.

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Those visible grains are just so lovely.

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Read more on Fender:

http://www.fendercustomshop.com/guitars/stratocaster/journeyman-relic-eric-clapton-signature-stratocaster-2-color-sunburst/

*photos from Fender