THE WATER COOLER
The editors of
Prince Debuts Gold Leaf Strat – Fender master builder Yuriy Shishkov built the guitar
to be 100 percent gilded—frets and all. For anyone else, it would be the ultimate excess, but we’re
onboard for Prince. Besides, it’ll be auctioned for charity after his East Coast shows.
offer up some unsolicited opinions about guitars and 6-string life.
DBZ Gives Away . . . Everything – Gear companies are always hosting cool contests
and giveaways, but we’re not sure we’ve seen anything like DBZ’s current contest. It awards a single
winner one of each guitar in DBZ’s Premier Series Collection—that’s eight axes! What more is there to
say than “Pick me!”
1914 Guitars Smashed for World Record – Smashing an axe in the throes of
rock ecstasy is cool. Smashing thousands of them at a publicity stunt at a casino in pursuit of a
world record? Not so much. Donate those things!
Profiling Amp “Learns” Tones – The new Kemper Profiling Amp claims to mimic
the tone and feel of any amp after being connected with the amp. Screams “too good to be true,”
but it’s intriguing enough for a closer look.
North Korea Wants Clapton – Per one of WikiLeaks’ leaked cables, it seems Kim
Jong-il’s son is such a Slowhand fan that North Korean officials tried to leverage humanitarian
aid access for a Clapton concert in 2007.
A sampling of what we’ve heard on premierguitar.com in the past month
What? No Dean
My name is Ron and I AM the
Intro-Only guy. It’s been two
weeks since my last jam . . .
– Ron, on “The Guitarist’s Guide to
Jam Sessions” (Tuning Up, Jan. 2011)
– CJ, on “GALLERY: Gear
Ads of the 1980s” (Web
Exclusive, Dec. 2010)
Like others above, I couldn’t care less about some daft computer game.
I do, however, want a cheap guitar with MIDI output to control synths.
Current alternatives are prohibitively expensive and don’t really track that
well. Seeing as the technology in this is based on electrical connections
rather than glitchy hexaphonic pickups, it could be the most exciting
thing to happen to guitars in many years.
Has Gibson quality fallen so far that
the company thinks consumers will
confuse a Paper Jamz toy replica
with the real thing? What’s next,
General Motors suing Hot Wheels?
Mattel (Hot Wheels) pays royalties to the auto
manufacturers. That’s how it’s done, and Gibson
Besides, the way trademarks work in this country is that
the owner of the trademark must show efforts to protect
their trademark over time or the courts will force them to
give it up. Gibson would be absolutely crazy not to file.
– Tim Webster, on “Squier Stratocaster Guitar
and Rock Band Controller Review” (Jan. 2011)
Like so many of us I went through more
than a dozen instruments over the years
looking for The One. Picked up a Bongo
and that was it… game over. These guys are
the real deal and terrific people. And where
else in the industry can you interact with the
CEO himself on the company forum?
— Tele Guy and Humbucker Jake, on “Gibson Granted
Injunction Against Paper Jamz Guitars” (Daily News)
—adouglas, on “GALLERY: Ernie
Ball Music Man Factory Tour”
(Web Exclusive, Jan. 2011)