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Gear You Gotta Try #7

Ibanez JEM77WDPCNL Steve Vai Signature Guitar List Price $2,266.65

Ibanez is unveiling a new artist signature model that introduces a fresh aesthetic to the Steve Vai collection. As part of the esteemed Premium series, the new JEM77WDPCNL is created for the working pro, and features a stunning rosewood top with a distinctive wood pickguard that matches its headstock and wooden control knobs.

At the core of the JEM77WDPCNL is a Mahogany body, chosen for its rich, full resonance. The recognizable Tree of Life inlay prominently stretches along the contrasting Rosewood fretboard that caps a 5pc Maple/Walnut Wizard neck. Jumbo frets, finished with the Premium Fret Edge treatment, ensure a smooth, comfortable performance. An Edge Zero II tremolo bridge, with its lower profile design, guarantees comfort, and superior tuning stability.

Electronics include two DiMarzio® Dark Matter 2™ humbucker pickups (one at the neck, one in the bridge) with decorative custom pickup covers, and a DiMarzio® Dark Matter 2™ single coil pickup in the middle position, for a wide array of rock tones. A hard shell case is included.  For more information visit http://www.ibanez.com/products/u_eg_sig_series16.php?year=2016&cat_id=1&series_id=32

 AER Tommy Emmanuel Signature Amp Suggested Retail Price: $1499

Hand-built in Germany, AER amps are widely considered to be the hallmark of acoustic amplification. Over the years, Emmanuel has relied on a number of different AER amps, and has recently incorporated the company’s Colourizer sound-shaping preamp tool into his rig.

AER President Udo Roesner explained the approach taken by the company in developing the Compact TE. “Our relationship with Tommy began organically several years ago. He has always played our amps ‘as-is’,” said Roesner. “No tweaks, no hidden secrets. The signature amp is based on AER’s best-selling Compact 60, the 60W model used most often by Emmanuel.

Aboriginal art  is etched into one side of the cabinet . On the opposite side of the cabinet, Tommy’s “TE” initials are carved into the cabinet as well as “CGP” – a tribute to Tommy’s mentor Chet Atkins, who bestowed upon Tommy the honorable designation of Certified Guitar Player (C.G.P.).

In another subtle personal touch, AER has incorporated a reverb/delay effect setting from the Alesis Midiverb II, long used by Tommy, into the Compact TE’s onboard effects section (in position 3). Additionally, contrary to the standard Compact 60, the DI Out signal will incorporate the effects. Finally, the gig bag strap features signature embroidery. For more information visit www.aer-amps.com

 Electro- Harmonix Wailer Wah Pedal MSP $62.75

The Wailer Wah features the great sound and tone of the award winning Crying Tone Wah in a rugged, lightweight pedal and with a traditional rack and pinion style operating mechanism. It's also extremely affordable.  For more information visit http://www.electro-harmonix.com/products/wailer-wah

Ernie Ball Flextune Clip On Guitar Tuner MSP $29.99

The Ernie Ball FlexTune is a portable clip-on tuner suitable for guitar, bass, and other stringed instruments. Featuring an oversized 2" LCD screen, the FlexTune provides a large, vibrant display that is easy to read from any angle. This is complemented by the tuner's dual-axis 360 degree pivot arm for complete flexibility to position the display to your liking. The FlexTune also features Chromatic, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Violin tuning modes as well as selectable clip and microphone sensors. For more information visit https://www.ernieball.com/guitar-accessories/tuners/flextune#

Tech 21  Bass Fly Rig Multi-effects Pedal  Retail Price $299

Following the overwhelming reception of the Fly Rig 5 and Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig amongst guitarplayers, Tech 21 now offers the Bass Fly Rig. Weighing just over 20 oz. and measuring 12.5 inches long, theBass Fly Rig is overflowing with tonal variety and features. In the sound department, there is the indispensable SansAmp with switchable Pre/Post Boost, a compressor, chorus, and a re-invented dynamic filter, octaver and fuzz section. The Bass Fly Rig also includes a chromatic tuner, headphone capability, XLR output, and 1/4-inch 4.7megOhm/10k Ohm padded input to deliver the full sound of piezos. With the functionality of a full arsenal, the Bass Fly Rig is an easily transportable alternative to getting rich, expressive combinations you can use for any gig --whether it’s around the corner or across the pond, whether the backline is top-drawer or bottom shelf. It's also the perfect instant back-up rig when your gear suddenly goes down.  For more information visit www.tech21nyc.com.

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