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Musikmesse 2010: New guitars & basses

24/3/2010 [Musikkinstrumenter]

BB BASS GUITARS

Super BB

Long the bass of choice for some of the world’s best know players including Nathan East, Michael Anthony, Marco Mendoza, Glenn Hughes, Geezer Butler and Duff McKagan, the Yamaha BB is known for incredible sound, great playability and classic, vintage inspired looks. When the Super-BB launched in 2009 the bar was raised, with Yamaha launching a bass designed for today’s pro rock players – a no compromise passive, bolt-on bass designed to meet the needs of the most demanding rock bass players on the planet.
For 2010, Yamaha is launching a new range of BB basses boasting exclusive features developed for the Super-BB, making the ultimate passive rock bass accessible to every bassist.

The BB1024 is the production brother of the custom shop, no-holds-barred Super-BB. Featuring the same spline-jointed 3-piece body construction, designed to sound the same as a single piece of wood, and a new 5-ply maple/nato laminated neck, the building blocks of the Super-BB sound are present and correct. Super-BB’s custom wound pickups, developed by Yamaha’s Hollywood custom shop, with a warm, rich alnico split coil and powerful, punchy ceramic blade pickup, feature on BB1024 as does the new Vintage Plus bridge, with its stainless steel baseplate and brass saddles for the perfect combination of brightness and sustain. Super-BB’s revolutionary 45-degree Mitre Stringing, for improved string tension, tone and stability is fitted as standard and BB1024’s hardware package is rounded off with pro-spec chrome hardware, 3 new finishes and a fitted gigbag supplied as standard.
BB1024 is also available with the new BB scratchplate (as the ‘X’ version) and in a 5-string configuration as BB1025.

Completing the new BB range, the BB424 brings the Super-BB design brief of the ultimate passive bolt-on bass to an incredibly affordable pricepoint by incorporating Super-BB construction touches like the 5-ply laminated neck and 45-degree Mitre Stringing into the massively successful BB400 series basses. With solid alder bodies, custom wound pickups and gig-ready hardware the BB424 is a truly affordable bass designed to capture the spirit of the new Yamaha BBs – the perfect bass for today’s rock players.
BB424 is also available as the 5-string BB425.

Available: April

SG 1820 SERIES

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SG1820 Series

Launched in 1974 the Yamaha SG was the guitar that proved that Japanese guitars should be taken seriously. With the classic SG2000 developed in association with Carlos Santana, the SG has long been a players favourite thanks to a combination of incredible sound, outstanding playability and individual styling.

As part of Yamaha’s ‘Generation Rock’ direction for electric guitars and basses, 2010 sees the launch of 3 new SG models – developed in direct response to player requests and what guitarists want Yamaha SGs to be in 2010. Using direct feedback from Yamaha’s London, LA and Tokyo Artist Relations offices, the guitars are specced with the custom-shop parts that artists want and need and finished with new simpler cosmetics that players have been asking for.

All featuring Japanese handmade set-neck construction, African Mahogany body and neck and maple top, the new SGs feature totally updated no-compromise specifications to finally make the stadium-ready guitars that Yamaha have been producing for artists available to the public.

Available: July

PACIFICA 200 SERIES

PACIFICA 200 Series

The Yamaha Pacifica series guitars have long been player favourites amongst guitarists across the world with countless players have cut their teeth with their 112s. For 2010 we take the gig-ready features and set up of the 112V and offer players ‘the next step up’ by introducing the Pacifica 212V. Featuring either a flamed maple or quilted maple top the tone develops with a more punchier and brighter sound. Also featuring a matching headstock – these guitars look as good as they sound…

Available in Caramel Brown, Translucent Black and Tobacco Brown Sunburst.

Available: April

FSX Acoustic Guitars

FSX Acoustic Guitars

Yamaha’s longest-standing guitar line, the FG series was the company’s first foray into steel-string guitars with the classic mid-1960s FG140 and FG180 models.

Today’s FG’s remain true to Yamaha’s original FG principles of making a truly great guitar at an affordable price. With an expanded line including not only FG dreadnought-style acoustics but also FGX cutaway electro-acoustic models, FS folk-sized acoustics and FJX mini-jumbo electro-acoustics, 2010 sees the expansion of the line to include all-new FSX cutaway folk-sized electro-acoustics.

Specified in line with the FGX and FJX720 and 730 models, the new FSX guitars offer the workhorse dependability, outstanding acoustic and amplified performance and effortless playability for which the FG range is known coupled with the more focused, subtler sound of the smaller body style – perfect for fingerpicking, lead work and those looking for a different acoustic voice.

Available as the FSX720SC and FSX730SC models, the new electro-acoustics feature solid Sitka spruce tops, nato or rosewood back & sides, a choice of piezo or Yamaha-exclusive ART contact pickup systems and Yamaha’s own preamp systems featuring class-leading ergonomics, ultra-musical EQ and on-board chromatic tuners.

As part of the FG lineup, the new models also feature Yamaha’s FG construction specification including a hand-fitted dovetail neck joint and 3T Construction – Thinner back & sides (2.5mm total thickness), Thinner neck and Thinner finish (0.25mm thickness) all designed to improved resonance and playability.

Available: April

S.R.T. PICKUP SYSTEM - CPX1200, APX1200 + LJX26CP

CPX Series

The holy grail of acoustic guitar tone is a great guitar recorded using great microphones in a great sounding room. But modern players often forgo the perfect sound in return for the convenience and reliability of an internal pickup system both when recording and on-stage when there is limited time, less than perfect conditions or where the use of high-end studio microphones is simply impractical.

The result of an intensive program to combine the Yamaha’s class-leading DSP technology, as used in cutting edge products like the PM5D digital mixing console and industry standard SPX studio effects processors with Yamaha’s legendary guitar building skills to get the most natural electro-acoustic tone possible, Musikmesse 2010 sees the launch of Yamaha’s all-new Studio Response Technology (SRT) pickup system. Available on 3 models, the LJX26C and the new APX and CPX1200, SRT combines an all-new undersaddle pickup with a preamp featuring exclusive mic models to create the most natural electro-acoustic tone of any system.

Getting a great mic’d acoustic sound is no easy task – and to ensure the mic models for SRT sounded perfect Yamaha’s engineers traveled across the world to record in studios like NRG and East West in Los Angeles and Oceanway and Warner Chappell in Nashville. Using the mic placement techniques of engineers and producers responsible for some of the finest recoded acoustic guitar sounds, together with the best sounding studios in the world, each SRT guitar model has it’s own SRT mic models – so the mic model for a CPX1200 is created from a recording of a CPX1200 using a vintage studio mic in Warner Chappell, Nashville. And if you select the distance mic setting, you’re hearing the guitar, the mic and the room sound of the live room at Warner Chappell. Direct from your guitar’s jack socket, with no mics in sight and on any stage or in any studio.

Of course, along with making the system sound great, making it usable for guitarists was always a priority. So Yamaha’s new System 62 preamp offers simple, easy to use controls – 3 band EQ, choice of 3 mic models and 2 mic position settings (close and distant) together with a blend control that effortlessly sweeps from the powerful, direct tone of the new SRT pickup to the natural, sweet sound of the breathtakingly realistic SRT mic models – perfect for use on stage where some extra presence from an undersaddle pickup helps reinforce the natural mic sounds. System 62 also features a new ‘resonance’ control to dial in an even more realistic sound, emphasizing the natural tone of the guitar, ultra-stable chromatic tuner and 5-band Auto Feedback Reduction.

SRT marks the start of a new era - the sound that acoustic guitarists have long dreamed of is now a reality. Anywhere and for anyone.

Available: May

CG SERIES

CG Series

As the first guitars made by the company, Yamaha takes it’s classical guitar very seriously. Along with the best-selling student ‘C’ range and the professional concert ‘GC’ series, the CG line is renowned for offering all of Yamaha’s trademarks – great playability, excellent sound, flawless build quality and great value for money.

For 2010, the CG series has been completely redesigned to offer simply the best classical guitar at an eminently affordable price. With many features taken from the Japanese Handcrafted GC line, the new CG guitars aim to offer the very best acoustic performance and playability along with subtly updated cosmetics – making these the best CG classicals ever.

Available: May

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