When it comes to sexy guitars, Musikmesse offered plenty of opportunities to gawk and twang—from
new companies like France’s Voyage Instruments to the industry’s biggest manufacturers and even
some companies we weren’t even sure still existed. Whether you’re a headbanger or an old-school
cat, you’re bound to find something that whets your appetite here.
James Tyler Variax The next generation of Line 6 Variax guitars combines the company’s piezo-powered modeling technology with magnetic pickups and three sleek new
designs by luthier James Tyler—who has built guitars for the likes of Prince, Michael Landau, and Warren DeMartini. The three new models are available in a high-end US custom
shop line, as well as a more affordable Korean-made line.
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Danou Guitars Serious head turners from Swiss luthier Daniel Meier. Each features a bent outer “lyra” made of several wood layers. Woods include chestnut, walnut,
bot yew, ebony, spruce, and maple. The two electrics (left and right) feature Häussel single-coils, while the acoustic (middle) has a Schertler transducer.