We’re constantly hearing about manufacturers’ latest gear unveilings—stuff that’s so new we haven’t personally laid eyes or hands on it yet. We’re as excited
as you when manufacturers tell us about new toys coming down the pike (hello—we’re Premier Guitar, after all!), so we figure the least we can do is pass the
news along. Check back every month to get the scoop, and who knows—maybe we’ll end up reviewing the stuff you’re stoked about when it’s available.
Stets Metal Arts Stetsbar Pro II for Stratocasters
Designed for Strat trem cavities, the Stetsbar Pro II
retains the company’s no-modifications-required ethic
so you can keep your guitar in stock condition. The
Stetsbar Pro II’s bridge, saddle, and string anchors
all glide on roller bearings that reportedly eliminate
string drag and improve stability. Further, its “floating
lock” not only prevents detuning if a string breaks,
but also allows drop tuning on the fly.
Suhr Pro Series Classic T2
One of the newest additions to Suhr’s Pro Series, the Classic T2 features an alder
body, a one-piece, ’60s-style maple neck with a C-shaped profile and a maple fretboard. Hardware-wise, the Classic T2 is outfitted with a three-saddle, vintage-style
bridge, Sperzel locking tuners, and Classic T (bridge) and Neck T pickups.
T-Rex Engineering ToneBug Distortion Don’t let its size fool you–the ToneBug Distortion was engineered to deliver rich, tubey-sounding distortion. According to T-Rex, its simple controls—Gain, Tone and Level—go from a muted, bluesy crunch to a searing wail that’ll slice through anything in its way. MSRP $129 t-rex-effects.com
MXL LSC Condenser Mic
The LSC is MXL’s most affordable handheld
condenser mic for live performance. It
includes three interchangeable capsules for
varied polar patterns—including cardioid,
omnidirectional, and hyper-cardioid—and a
roll-off switch to reduce handling noise and
proximity effect. The LSC comes in nickel or
black finish and includes a 25-foot cable, a
mic stand adapter, and a carrying case.
Tascam DR-2d Portable
The DR-2d offers 96kHz/24-
bit audio resolution and
enables you to capture WAV
or MP3 files to an SD card.
Its new stereo condenser
microphone design has a
74dB signal-to-noise ratio for
dynamic recordings, while
the Variable Speed Audition
feature slows down music
without changing the pitch.
Other features include a
built-in metronome and
Warwick RockBass Alien Deluxe Acoustic Bass
The new RockBass Alien Deluxe acoustic bass is aimed at
the price-conscious player and features a laminated spruce
top, laminated bubinga back and sides, and a set mahogany neck. Its electronics include a Fishman Sonicore piezo
pickup and a Presys preamp. Available in left-handed, fretted, and fretless versions at no additional charge.
Street $799 (4-string); Street $899 (5-string)