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Country Artist Blake Shelton Teams Up With Michael Kelly Guitars

Monday, June 14th, 2010

 

Michael Kelly Guitar Company is proud to announce that it has teamed up with award-winning Country music artist Blake Shelton to create a unique, new signature model guitar. The Blake Shelton model is based on the company’s popular line of Patriot electric guitars but features a distinctive camouflage design motif on its body and headstock.

Shelton, who has charted six No. 1 Country hits to date, has enjoyed considerable success with his song “Hillbilly Bone,” a duet with Country artist Trace Adkins. Shelton recently earned his first Academy of Country Music Award for “Vocal Event of the Year” and is now nominated for a 2010 CMT Music Award for collaborative video of the year.

“We are excited to have Blake endorse our guitars and to present this special instrument to the music community,” said Bill Xavier, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hanser Music Group, the parent company of Michael Kelly Guitar Company. “We believe this signature model reflects Blake’s artistry as a musician and his one-of-a-kind personality.”

The Blake Shelton Signature Michael Kelly guitar is a solidbody electric with a thick, deeply arched Maple top, Mahogany body and neck, Ebony fingerboard, Grover Rotomatic tuners and two Rockfield humbucking pickups. It produces big, rich tones with excellent sustain and – due to its thick Maple top – an articulate treble response. Its retail price is $999, with an approximate “street” price of $699.

To connect the guitar to Blake’s Country worldview, the instrument features a classic “cammo” design that utilizes green, brown and black colors. Unlike the intent of camouflage, this Michael Kelly guitar will make players stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Information courtesy of Michael Kelly Guitars.

Press Release: Lady Gaga Band Goes Coast to Coast with Brace Audio Digital Wireless

Monday, April 26th, 2010

 

Premier bands pretty much have full reign over the gear they choose; and there is no premier artist right now than Lady Gaga! So when the rhythm section looked for a wireless instrument system that would provide the best performance for their recent US tour – regardless of cost – they chose Brace Audio’s DWG-1000 Digital Wireless System. The punctuation mark for this journey was a live performance on the Grammy Awards international telecast.

“I love my Brace wireless. You set it up- it works right out of the box- no RF interference and it didn’t change my tone. It works better than my other wireless which is a lot more than ten times the price!”, stated Adam Smirnoff, guitar.

Producer and bass player ‘Catalyst’ – aka Mitch Cohn – added, “Finally I’ve found a wireless pack that delivers my tone and is reliable night after night. I never have to worry about my sound being compromised with the Brace System. It’s head and shoulders above any wireless system out there. I love it.”

Perhaps the most important opinion was that of guitar tech Chris Vineyard who had to keep everything running smoothly night after night. “I was very skeptical when the guitarist brought me the Brace unit to try. Now I am a believer. With helical antennas. I was amazed. The problems and drop outs were gone. Plus, it sounds a lot better than a standard analog wireless. Adam finally got his tone back!”

The Brace Audio DWG-1000 Wireless Instrument System utilizes 2.4GHz FHSS digital wireless technology and provides rack-mount system performance in a compact format. Frequency response extends from 10Hz to 15kHz; perfect for bass or guitar. Up to six receivers and 12 transmitters per receiver can operate on one stage, so a mega-act such as Lady Gaga can cut the cords of practically every instrument!

Who’s Using Brace?

It might be easier to list who isn’t using the Brace Audio DWG-1000 Digital Wireless System, but here you go…

  • Lex Al – bassist – Michael Jackson, George Lopez Show
  • Bootsy Collins – legendary bassist
  • Mark Farner – Grand Funk Railroad
  • Brandino – bassist- records for Justin Timberlake, Outkast, Christina Aguilera
  • Sheldon Reynolds – guitarist – Earth, Wind, and Fire, Brian Culbertson
  • Brett Scallions – guitarist/vocalist – Fuel
  • Marcus Miller – bassist
  • Kern Brantley – bassist and musical director – Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Lady Gaga
  • Anthony Joyner – bassist – Smokey Lonesome
  • Tracii Guns – guitarist – Brides of Destruction, L.A. Guns
  • Shaunna Hall – guitarist – George Clinton, 4 Non-Blondes
  • Aaron McLain – guitarist – Marc Anthony, Boy Don’t Cry, Beto Cuevas
  • John Montalbano – guitarist – Public Enemy, CoQ10
  • Joel Whitley – guitarist – Stevie Wonder, Everlast, Dr. Dre
  • Catalyst – guitar – Asante, Ashante, Jojo, Lady Gaga
  • Rob Arnold – guitar – Chimaira
  • Adam Blackstone – bassist and musical director – Eminem, Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, Kanye West, Janet Jackson
  • Alex Plays – producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist – Kitaro, Cirque De Soliel
  • Larry Mitchell- Grammy winning producer, guitarist – Billy Squier
  • Joe Lynn Turner – guitar/vocals, solo artist
  • Adam Smirnoff – guitar – Robert Randolph, Lettuce, Lady Gaga
  • Jeremy Carson – bassist – L.A. Guns
  • John Bengtsson – bass – The Sounds
  • Felix Rodriguez – guitar – The Sounds
  • Ric Hall – guitar – Buddy Guy
  • Curt Chambers – guitar – Eminem, P Diddy, Kelis, India.Arie
  • Chuck Gibson Jr – guitar, musical director – Sean Kingston
  • Frank Marino – guitar – Mahogany Rush
  • Josh Dunahm – bass – Prince, The Vivo Club
  • Nathan Watts – bass – Stevie Wonder
  • Melvin (Wah-Wah) Watson – guitar – Stevie Wonder
  • Carl Harvey – guitar – Toots and the Maytals, Carl Harvey Project
  • Ian Crawford – guitar – The Cab, Panic at the Disco, Debate Team
  • Rob Trevino – guitar – Helstar
  • Larry Barragan – guitar – Helstar
  • Julie Slick – bass – Adrian Belew’s Power Trio
  • Paul Cadena – guitarist – The Sleeping
  • Justin Willet – guitar – Willet
  • Jeremy Willet – guitar/vocals – Willet
  • Dug Pinnick – bass – King’s X
  • Mason Tikl – guitar – What’s He Building In There?
  • Steve Fekete – guitar – David Archuleta
  • Hash – bass – Thievery Corporation
  • Don Alder – guitar – solo artist
  • Dhani Harrison – guitar/vocals – thenewno2
  • Mick Dalla-Vee – bass – Randy Bachman
  • JR Blackmore – guitar – Over The Rainbow
  • Jerry Becker – guitar/keyboard – Train
  • Walter Maldonado – bass – Train
  • Nick Trombino – guitar – Sleeping with Sirens
  • Nathaniel Kearney Jr – bass – Brian Culbertson
  • Malcolm Jamal Warner – bass – Miles Long
  • Tony Karlsson – guitar – Nude
  • Clay Sears – guitar – Queen Latifah
  • Dave Immerman – guita r- Allison Iraheta, Lesley Joy
  • Derrick Lee Murdoch – bass – Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • Jervonny “JV’ Collier – bass – Bruce Hornsby, The Pointer Sisters
  • Jin Joo Lee – guitar – Jordin Sparks
  • Tomi Martin – guitar, musical director – Justin Bieber
  • Brent Knudsen – guitar – Randy Bachman
  • Ian Cameron – violin – Randy Bachman
  • Ivan Pierce – guitar – sideman with many country artists

AND YOU!

For more information about Brace Audio, visit their website by clicking Here.

Check Out The Brand New Mapex Voyager Drum Set!

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Mapex announced the introduction of the Voyager Drum Set Series, an entirely new entry-level product line for 2010. All Voyager drum sets are packaged to be “ready to go” and include a full set of all new Mapex 330 Series Hardware, a padded throne, a set of new Mapex Cymbals and a set-up and instructional DVD. The all basswood drums feature newly designed appointments, including lugs, mounts, badges and bass drum claws.

The Voyager features 7.2mm, basswood shells with newly designed, low mass lugs. These small profile lugs are mounted to the shell using only a single point of contact, minimizing the holes drilled into the shell and thereby enhancing resonance. Voyager Series drums also Remo drumheads, including a self-muffling bass drum batter head.The bass drum’s tom mount features new styling and a recessed adapter to accommodate an optional cymbal arm.

All Voyager drum sets feature newly designed Mapex 330 Series Hardware. The 330 Series Cymbal Stand features Multi-Sustain Cymbal Felts, that allow players to use any combination of plastic or felt on their cymbal stands for more precise cymbal sustain. Mapex Voyager drum sets also include an instructional set-up DVD, hosted by Drumming’s Global Ambassador and Mapex Artist, Dom Famularo.

Voyager is available in Black, Burgundy, Dark Indigo, Gray Steel or Snow White covered finishes and three 5-piece configurations: Standard/VR5254TCZ (22×16 bass drum, 12×9 and 13×10 tom toms, 16×16 floor tom, 14×5.5 snare drum), Fusionease/ VR5244TCZ (22×16 bass drum, 10×8 and 12×9 tom toms, 14×14 floor tom, 14×5.5 snare drum) and Jazz/VR5044TCZ (20×16 bass drum, 10×8 and 12×9 tom toms, 14×14 floor tom, 14×5.5 snare drum).

The new Mapex cymbal pack is also available with Voyager kits. The pack includes a set of 14-inch hi-hats and an 18-inch crash/ride.

The Voyager Series replaces the Q Series product line, which has been discontinued.

Features:

  • 7.2mm basswood shells with durable, high-gloss wrapped finishes
  • Double tom holder with auxillary cymbal placement position
  • New Mapex 330 Series Hardware
  • Drummer’s throne included
  • Remo equipped, including self-muffling bass drum head
  • Instructional set-up DVD included
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty on drum shells
  • 5-year Limited Warranty on hardware

Newest AMPUPLUGNPLAY Arrives!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Check out the newest Ampuplugnplay! This video is of the older model Ampuplugnplay VIII. The newest Ampuplugnplay Next Generation now features an MP3 input so you can plug in your MP3 player and play along with your favorite songs or use the Ampuplugnplay as a portable speaker for your MP3 player. It also features a headphone jack for private listening and a two position switch for both clean and overdrive sounds. With all the added features, you would expect the price to skyrocket but the price has remained the same at $29.99. This is one of the hottest products around right now!

Devlin Captain Jack Double Cutaway Electric Guitar

Monday, September 14th, 2009

 

Devlin DVE-3BK Captain Jack Double Cutaway Solid Body Electric Guitar

 

The Devlin DVE-3BK Captain Jack is a double cutaway, set neck instrument with a mahogany body and maple cap. The neck is also made of mahogany with abalone dot markers. There are 22 frets on the rosewood fingerboard making the playability of this guitar smooth, allowing for amazing speed and bends. The Grover Rotomatic tuners ensure that the DVE-3BK will stay in tune under even the most rigorous playing conditions. 

Pickups consist of an Alnico open coil bridge pickup and an Alnico open coil neck pickup. Controls include 2 volume and 2 tone dials along with a 3-way toggle switch allowing for a multitude of amazing tones to choose and transition from. Weighing only 7.75 lbs and a scale of 24 3/4” makes this guitar both light and extremely comfortable to play.

A black matte 3-D texture top gives this guitar not only a great feel but also an awesome appearance. The Captain Jack features a set neck, double cutaway body giving unbeatable upper neck access. The dual humbuckers with exposed coils along with the tune-o-matic bridge, give great sustain.

The playability of the DVE-3BK is smooth, fast, and highly enjoyable due to the lowered action. The open coil humbuckers offer great tones for any style of playing, ranging from smooth fat clean tones all the way to a higher tone allowing for screaming leads and shredding.

Devlin guitars go through rigorous inspections and testing prior to being shipped out to dealers. They strive for perfection in all areas including tone, playability, variety, and most importantly, quality. Devlin is so confident in their products that they offer an unheard of 10 year warranty. 

Check out the Captain Jack here

Craig P.  -  Guitar Tech at ZoZo Music

Review Of Michael Kelly Patriot Premium

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Michael Kelly Patriot Premium Tiger\'s Eye 

We are excited to offer our review of the Michael Kelly Patriot Premium guitar! The Patriot Premium line of guitars from Michael Kelly offers the player an unbeatably powerful tone along with a wide array of advanced features that make the Patriot Premium series one of the best bargains on the market for under $1000.  Fitted with the classic EMG 81/85 combination pickups, the selection of tones is vast and guarantees not to disappoint.  The powerful EMG 81/85’s allow the player to easily transition from clean full sounding rhythm tones all the way through to scorching lead tones.

A Tone Pros bridge, ebony fingerboard, set neck construction along with a mahogany built body and a solid ½” maple cap are just a few of the features that give the Patriot Premium line of guitars a custom metal growl, while still offering dynamic tonal versatility.  Electronics consist of 1 tone, 2 volumes, and a three-way toggle switch to control the EMG 85 neck pickup and the EMG 81 bridge pickup.

The mahogany neck and ebony fretboard offer amazing ease of playability on all 22 medium jumbo-sized frets.  The action is lowered and set to perfection making the experience of playing these guitars seemingly effortless when moving from the lower frets all the way through to the highest fret.  Other great features that come standard include real pearl fingerboard markers and a full abalone binding on the body, neck, and matching headstock, all further enhancing the beauty of this instrument. 

The Grover tuners on the Patriot Premium ensure that your guitar will stay in tune no matter what you can dish out.  The string through body and Tune-O-Matic bridge offer unbeatable sustain, while also making it quick and easy to restring. 

The Patriot Premium is easily worth more than twice the price!  Easy playability combined with outstanding tones makes this one of the best deals on the market right now!  Simply put, this guitar has it all….amazing sound, ease of playability, solid construction, and a beautiful array of different finishes that guarantee to provide any player with a most enjoyable experience! Click Here to check out the Patriot Premium for yourself!

Craig P.
Guitar Tech at ZoZo Music

Ovation iDea CC54i-PL Being Released Nov. 1st.

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Ovation iDea

We are proud to announce the arrival of the new Ovation iDea! This is the latest and greatest guitar to hit the market and singers and songwriters will, no doubt, rejoice. Never has there been a guitar like the iDea which makes this one of the most anticipated Guitar releases we have ever been a part of. The official release date is 11-1-08 and the street price will be $599. We are now taking pre-orders and all orders will be shipped November 1st. There is a very limited supply to start off with so make sure to order now

When the Ovation guitar was introduced in 1966, recording studios occupied entire buildings. Now, an entire recording studio is built into an Ovation guitar! The new Ovation iDea is the first and only guitar of its kind, featuring a built-in MP3 recorder/player. The digital recorder is part of the on-board Ovation preamp. The patented technology makes possible a list of features never before available on any guitar – acoustic or electric.

Songwriters have always desired a simple and convenient way to record song ideas, hooks, melodies and lyrics. With the iDea, players who write on guitar will have an instantly accessible high-quality digital recorder with them wherever they go. The simple and direct recording control makes it easy to record entire songs or fragments, even vocals and commentary.

The iDea can record from the guitar alone, simultaneously from the guitar and built-in microphone, and from an auxiliary input. Any audio signal fed into the auxiliary input is converted to an MP3 file and stored in the iDea memory. Record guitar and voice simultaneously, any song idea, licks, hooks and rhythms, on the MP3 recorder with up to 100 minutes of storage. Playback either through headphones or a guitar amplifier and change playback tempo without changing pitch, also upload songs to recording software to edit and expand on your computer.

The iDea is also a learning tool, with audio lessons pre-installed in the memory. Additional lessons from iDea educational partner, WorkshopLive.com, will be available via download. Guitarists who enjoy jamming will find a tireless band mate in the iDea. Several “Jam Tracks” are pre-installed in the instrument, and others are available online. You also have the ability to download solos from MP3 sources, slow them down and learn note-for-note. WorkshopLive.com has amassed an online catalog of 2,500+ music lessons and 15,000 instructional videos and have teamed up with Ovation to help iDea customers get started down the songwriting path.

Downloading files from a computer or the Internet is easy via USB. Files in the iDea can be moved, renamed, deleted and rearranged right on the computer desktop. Mixes from recording software, rhythm tracks, even songs the player wants to learn can be downloaded and played either through the guitar output or headphones.

The iDea OPi-1 pre-amp can also be ordered individually and inserted into newer model Ovation acoustic/electric models.

Ovation LX Series 6778LX Review

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

 

This review of the Ovation LX Series 6778LX acoustic electric guitar is brought to you by Steven Vee and ZoZoMusic.com. Don’t forget to check out Steven’s latest CD!

The USA made Elite Series was given the full upgrade treatment. They’re lighter, louder, richer and fuller – all the things you want your guitar to be.
 
The smooth, hard composite Lyrachord GS body improves projection and reflects top vibrations better than traditional material and is now even stronger and lighter. The LX features a scalloped bracing pattern that evenly supports the top to provide the ultimate in acoustic output. The exotic wood leaf-shaped “epaulets” are now inlaid into the top with laser precision.
 
Your new Ovation guitar is equipped with the OP-Pro preamp system. Developed to work specifically with the unique Ovation Patented Pickup, this professional grade system has been engineered to compliment the unique character of Ovation guitars. It provides you with that essential “plugged-in” sound and offers a range of features that will enhance your performance in any venue. As the next design in the OP-Pro series, it offers the same great sound as the OP-Pro but also features a unique analog signal processor we call an “Expressor” that brings new versatility to your plugged-in performances.

Ovation 2078T Elite T Series Review

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

 

This review of the Ovation 2078T Elite Series acoustic electric guitar is brought to you by Steven Vee and ZoZoMusic.com. Steven Vee is a 43 year old father of two and 20 year Air Force veteran who knows how to rock! Upon retirement, Steven began pursuing his passion in music by writing and performing original material in various clubs around New Braunfels, San Marcos, and San Antonio. He quickly developed a loyal following of fans attracted to his unique blend of rock, blues, country and jazz. He has mulitiple self-produced CD’s that have created a legion of listeners. Don’t forget to check out his newest CD “Smoother Than Whiskey”. From the opening title track, you’ll find rocking grooves, sultry slide guitar, heartfelt lyrical content, outstanding guitar work and soothing vocal harmonies. We, at ZoZo Music, would like to thank Steven Vee for his contributions.

The USA made Elite T Series is designed as an alternative to the traditional Ovation Elite series. Shedding the classic multi-piece hardwood epaulet sound hold decorations, this new model incorporates a simpler, untrimmed, 11-hole pattern that enhances the low and mid range punch. The rock maple neck profile has also been slimmed down to give it a look and feel more appealing to electric players. An ultra light, yet incredibly durable, textured enamel finish is wrapped around the entire back and top.
 
The Ovation 2078T features a Deep Contour body with a solid spruce top, quintad bracing, and a satin finish maple neck with an ebony fingerboard. Black tuners, a tusq nut and an ebony bridge keep your intonation right on the mark and give your strings the surfaces they need to perform at their best. An Ovation Original Patented Pickup and OP-Pro preamp w/chromatic tuner make plugging in satisfying, not frustrating. Straplok strap buttons keep your baby secure.
 
The new Op-Pro Preamp is voiced to give you arena-sized sound with a minimum of EQ gymnastics. Every improvement comes directly from the needs of pro guitar players and sound engineers. Developed to work specifically with the unique Ovation Patented Pickup, this professional grade system has been engineered to compliment the unique character of Ovation guitars. It provides you with that essential “plugged-in” sound and offers a range of features that will enhance your performance in any venue. As the next design in the OP-Pro series, it offers the same great sound as the OP-Pro but also features a unique analog signal processor we call an “Expressor” that brings new versatility to your plugged-in performances.

TAKAMINE SETS G-SERIES ABLAZE WITH DRAGON THEMED DREADNOUGHT – EG531SCDR

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

We just received Takamine’s newest G-series acoustic electric dreadnought guitar, the EG531SCDR Dragon! It’s an EG531SC with a Dragon motif! This level of artistic detail is normally reserved for much more expensive guitars. Absolutely stunning!

Takamine’s new Dragon themed dreadnought showcases the latest innovation that the brand has become known for — incorporating delicate and stunning graphic overlays on to a variety of extremely affordable guitars.

Takamine’s Dragon EG531SC-DR dreadnought features a menacing dragon fashioned from precisely cut, genuine abalone shell applied to the spruce soundboard and covered by a protective polyester finish. The detail is ferociously vivid and stands in brilliant contrast over the gloss black finish. A fireball serves as the 12th fret marker on the rosewood fretboard. Other features include an abalone rosette, scalloped X bracing, mahogany back and sides and the TK40 preamp. Retail: $849

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