Guitar Tech (best known for their wide range of guitar accessories) . has introduced a new lightweight capo for acoustic, electric and classical guitars. Unusually for a 6-string guitar capo, it is also said to be suitable not only for 12-string guitars, but also for banjos and mandolins.
Capos are popular with beginners and experienced players alike, whether changing the key of songs to suit a singer's vocal range or experimenting with different tonal qualities and chord inversion. The GT capo is designed for easy one-handed operation and with no sharp edges, and soft rubber parts that touch the instrument shouldn't leave any marks on your favourite guitar's neck. Ease of use should also mean that the user can place the capo accurately, essential for avoiding fret buzz with the capo fitted. read more »
With their hook line "Superior guitar strings for superior guitarists", Santa Rosa California-based Sfarzo Strings are launching two new sets of strings in January 2011. According to Sfarzo, both the EMPYREAN acoustic guitar strings and NICKELANIUM for electric guitar give an outstanding bright sound and more sustain than conventional strings.
The NICKELANIUM Nickel Strings are advertised as Outstanding for Screaming Leads and Chomping rhythms. Excellent for live performance and studio sessions.. In addition to conventional sets of 9, 10 and 11 gauge, the NICKELANIUM strings are available in an additional 7 sets of different string gauge combinations - great for guitarists who like to experiment. read more »
Serious guitarists who gig regularly can get through a lot of packs of strings... and he cost can start to be significant. In recognition of this, Elixir Strings has unveiled the "Pro Pack", a cost effective solution for guitarists that get through a large amount of strings. read more »
Guitar string makers D'Addario have warned that Chinese counterfeit strings are now finding their way onto websites and even legitimate music stores all over the world. Fake D’Addario string sets have been found in the UK, Germany, Brazil, Greece, Turkey, Romania and more... and are getting more difficult to distinguish them from the genuine strings.
Early counterfeit versions of D’Addario strings were easy to spot, with poor quality packaging and printing, but modern production techniques mean that modern copies are more difficult to spot. read more »
UK guitar string maker Rotosound have re-branded their famous 'contact core' acoustic guitar strings for 2010. Known as 'Country Golds' since their launch in 1974, the popular strings have been re-christened "Super Bronze" to widen their appeal beyond the Country genre.
James How, Rotosound's founder, pioneered the contact core strings believing that the unusual design with the string's centre core resting on the bridge of the guitar helped to produce a brighter, louder sound with a longer sustain. They also have the side-effect of slightly reducing the action of the guitar without any adjustment! read more »
GHS have teamed up with former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber to produce Signature Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings. Originally from London, England, Juber has lived in California for many years. Since Wings split he has worked as a studio musician and played guitar for numerous television shows and movies, including playing the James Bond theme for the movie The Spy Who Loved Me. read more »
When new guitarists start to learn to play, they take their strings for granted - after all, they came with the guitar! But when the strings start to sound dull, tarnish or break, every beginner has to learn how to choose a replacement set of strings. This is not always as easy as it sounds, because the variety of makes and types can be overwhelming... read more »