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.
Maxon SM- 9 Pro+ Super Metal and ST- 9 Pro+ Super Tube
Maxon introduces two new Nine Series models—the SM SM- 9
Pro+ Super Metal and ST- 9 Pro+ Super Tube. The SM- 9 is said
to create a wide variety of high-gain tones, from the scooped
midrange of the ’80s to beefy sounds perfect for drop-tuned
metal. The ST- 9 is based on Maxon’s classic “808” circuit and
now offers a Mid control, a diode mode switch, and switchable
9- or 18-volt operation via an internal voltage-doubling circuit.
Both pedals have an easy-access battery compartment, die-cast zinc chassis, and a three-year warranty.
MSRP $275 (each)
BR Custom Pedalboard Covers
BR Custom offers an affordable solution to protect your
valuable pedals without the hassle of unplugging and
moving your pedalboard. BR Custom Pedalboard Covers
are handmade in the US to your exact specifications.
They are constructed from sturdy materials that are
gentle on your pedals and provide protection from moisture, dust, dirt, scratches, unruly pets, and drunken fans’
beverage spills between sets.
Street $30–$50 (depending on pedalboard size)
Warwick Corvette NT LTD 2010
The Corvette NT LTD 2010 bass has a light swamp
ash body with a hard maple neck, maple fretboard,
and a dark ziricote top and matching headstock.
Two active Twin Jazz pickups and active, three-band
MEC electronics aim to give the Corvette NT powerful punch and modern flexibility. Each is personally
signed on the back of the headstock by Warwick
founder and president Hans-Peter Wilfer.
MSRP $3059 (4-string); $3322 (5-string)
Port City Amplifiers Pearl
The 50-watt Pearl head is powered by
two 6L6s and features three JJ 12AX7
preamp tubes. Port City describes it
as “the perfect option for a simple,
clean, mid-wattage amp all in a cabi-
net that doesn’t require a roadie.”
Front-panel controls include Volume,
Treble, Middle, and Bass knobs, as
well as a Bright switch. A tube-buff-
ered effects loop is optional.
Levy’s Leathers MT8MP Destinations Straps Levy’s Leathers expands its popular Urban Prints guitar strap line for 2010 with six original designs based on famous destinations. All of the designs are rendered on a 2"-wide, heavy cotton canvas and feature leather ends. Depicted destinations include London, New York City, Nashville, Las Vegas, Tokyo, and Hollywood. Street $53.78 levysleathers.com
Sweetwood Custom Comet
The Comet has a custom-carved, exotic hardwood
top on a fully bound mahogany body with a tummy
contour. Also, it comes with an ebony fretboard
and quartersawn, multi-laminate neck construction
said to increase stability and tone. It’s loaded
with custom-wound Jason Lollar pickups
and Hipshot tuners and bridge.