Posts From Category: Guitar News

Blackstar Launches HT Venue MkII Series

Blackstar Launches HT Venue MkII Series

After more than 3 years of intensive Research And Development (R&D) and market research, Blackstar are proud to release the stunning next generation of HT Venue valve amplifiers. HT Venue MkII takes this award-winning line and elevates it to a new level of sonic performance, whilst adding every major enhancement that guitarists have requested; resulting …

Morten Lave joins Lunastone

Morten Lave joins Lunastone

Lunastone Scores a TC Hat Trick Joining Forces with Morten Lave (Copenhagen, Denmark, 2 October 2017) Former Head of Development at TC Electronic, Morten Lave, now joins the Danish guitar pedal company Lunastone. He will be the third ex-TC employee to become part of Lunastone, as other former TC profiles Allan Strand and Jesper Dalum …

Kemper release free Ton(e)hammer Rig Pack for the Kemper Profiler

Kemper free Tonhammer Rig Pack

50 rigs for the modern Metal side of things

Kemper GmbH, Ruhr Area/ Germany – September 21st, 2017 (ictw) – Kemper GmbH today released the Ton(e)hammer Rig Pack for the Kemper Profiler. This new free Rig Pack for all owners of the acclaimed Kemper Profiler features 50 profiles of the most sought-after guitar amps for metal and rock.

All the amps were profiled utilizing the direct profiling method (merged(*) profiles) that captures the sonic behavior of the amp and the cabinet independently catering for the possibility to later vary the cabinets used between profiles and also for using the powered Profiler in conjunction with the corresponding cabinets in the studio or on stage.

Here is the list of the profiled amplifiers:

  • Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier – 1992 Rev F
  • Diezel Hagen
  • Diezel VH4 EL34
  • Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Solo Head
  • Diezel Herbert Mk1 EL34
  • Engl Extreme Agression
  • EVH 5150III 50 Watt
  • Marshall JCM800 KK
  • Laney Ironheart 60
  • Marshall DSL100H
  • Peavey 6534+
  • PRS Archon 100
  • Marshall MR2555X Silver Jubilee Reissue
  • Soldano Hot Rod 50+
  • Suhr Badger 35
  • Engl Invader 150 EL34
  • Marshall JCM800 2205
  • Marshall JVM410
  • Laboga Mr. Hector MK2
  • Peavey Triple XXX
  • Orange Rockerverb 50 MK3
  • Randall V2
  • Randall Diavlo RD45
  • Mesa Royal Atlantic RA-100
  • Marshall AFD100 Slash Signature

The free Kemper Ton(e)hammer Rig Pack is available at:

*All product names and company names are trademarks of each respective holders. Kemper GmbH is not associated or affiliated therewith. These product names are used solely for purpose of identifying the specific products, Kemper Profiler has been operating with. 

About Ton(e)hammer

Ton(e)Hammer Kemper Amp Profiles was founded by Lars Lüttge (Deadlight Studio) and Frank Kölbl. Known for “in your face” Metal and Rock profiles Ton(e)hammer were the first commercial Profile sellers releasing merged(*) Profiles that work equally good in recording and live situations. The Amp packs they release usually cover anything a specific Amp can do. All channels in various Gain stages, unboosted + boosted with various cabs. That´s one of the reasons they are so popular and have been used by many famous Metal acts over the years like Katatonia, Eskimo Callboy, Benighted, Any given Day and many more.

about merged(*)profiles / direct profiling
Direct Profiling captures the sound of a tube-amp including its power-amp separately from the cab – even when the cabinet load is active. This works by tapping the sound exactly where it hits the speaker cabinet: The speaker output! As high voltage and high wattage are present, a dedicated DI is required. This specialized DI box is capable of scaling down the tube power amp voltage to a line-level signal, suitable for the Profiler, on a XLR output jack. The high-power signal is forwarded to the speaker cabinet through a different output jack.

The purpose is to capture the amp including the complex impedance behavior of the speaker. This method captures those often discussed interactions between the power tube-amp and the connected speaker cabinet. When the Profile is played back through the Profiler’s built-in class D amp, or an external solid state power amp, it will recreate the same impedance situation to the connected speaker-cabinet. This is the key to making the built-in power-amp sound like a real tube power-amp.

The Direct Amp Profile can later be merged with the respective cabinet portion of a Studio Profile. Alternatively, Direct Amp Profiles can be paired with arbitrary cabinet impulse-responses, imported by the CabMaker software. The result is a complete Profile that can run a physical guitar- cabinet onstage for monitoring, and simultaneously feed the virtual guitar-speaker sound to the main PA.

Cort GB75JH Electric Bass Guitar

Cort GB75JH Electric Bass Guitar

Cort’s GB75JH Electric Bass Guitar Blends Past and Present for Playability of the Future

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (Sept. 18, 2017) ― Balancing timeless design and modernized features, Cort introduces the GB75JH model of electric bass guitar. This new addition to the GB7 series meets 21st century demand by combining a proven body and bridge design with enhanced electronics, machine heads and more. Players will make a statement with a bass tone that lives up to this model’s bold esthetic.

The tone, feel and look of the GB75JH centers around its Swamp Ash body. As one of the most popular and widely used woods for solid-body electric basses, Swamp Ash is lightweight but offers a surprisingly tight and punchy sound with a strong high-midrange. Discriminating bassists will appreciate how the GB75JH’s strong, fundamental tone cuts through a mix. They’ll also be drawn to the natural beauty of Swamp Ash, with its distinctive grain patterns that are visible through the transparent finish and clear pickguard.

Beauty meets power with the GB75JH’s Canadian hard maple neck, which provides stability as well as a warm, beefy tone and reinforced upper midrange. It’s dense and rigid, yet it has just the right amount of tactile flexibility, allowing players to get a sensitive, articulate response from pick attacking and slapping techniques. Players will also find that the GB75JH’s ergonomic neck joint facilitates easy access to the upper register of the maple fingerboard, with dot inlays and 21 frets (47.5 mm scale). They’ll be able to solo away on the highest notes with comfort while reducing tendon stress and awkward positions. In addition, Hipshot Ultralite tuners significantly lighten the load on the neck for proper balance, whether the player is sitting down or standing up with a strap.

Of course, response is also determined by electronics, and the GB75JH is bound to please in this area. This model is equipped with two-band EQ with passive-active push-pull. The new Tone Bass Humbucker pickup provides both power and sensitivity for a variety of playing techniques, and an Alnico V magnet with 41AWG wire maintains rumbling power and clarity. The humbucker is paired with a VTB-ST single coil pickup to cover virtually any bass tonal spectrum. String vibration is critically managed by the solid-steel Omega Bridge, which is machined to the highest level of precision for the utmost in functionality as well as sonic integrity.

Get a closer look at the GB75JH’s specs and the GB Series by visiting Cort’s website.

Street price $899 USD

About Cort Guitars

Cort designs, manufactures, and delivers some of the finest guitars and basses to musicians and music enthusiasts all around the world. Over the past 50 years, the company has worked with some of the largest and most well-recognized guitar companies in the industry, as well as artists of international recognition. Cort remains focused on providing instruments that will last generations with the best workmanship possible, the best materials and components, and the best service long after the instruments have been purchased. For more information, visit

DR.Z Amplification Announces the EMS 2×12 Combo

DR.Z Amplification Announces the EMS 2x12 Combo

DR.Z Amplification Announces the EMS 2×12 Combo Cleveland, OH – Sept. 15th 2017 – On the heels of the release their latest amplifier model, the EMS, Dr. Z Amps introduces a new 2×12 combo configuration to their line-up. This model features two 25 watt Celestion Greenback speakers in a solid birch ply cabinet modelled to …

JAM pedals LucyDreamer Supreme

JAM pedals LucyDreamer Supreme

The LucyDreamer Supreme, comes with a slew of functions that push the envelope and at the some time “make sense”! Dedicated overdrive controls offer complete command over the overdrive sound, with sweet spots throughout its gain range, allowing users to fine tune it to their specific style. The High / Low Gain toggle offers sounds …

Dean Markley Blue Steel Instrument and Speaker Cables

Dean Markley Blue Steel Instrument and Speaker Cables

Dean Markley Takes Cryogenics to New Level with Blue Steel Instrument and Speaker Cables GLENDALE, AZ (September 11, 2017) — Thirty years after introducing one of the biggest innovations in the guitar strings market, Dean Markley USA is taking cryogenics to a whole new level with Blue Steel Cables for instruments and speakers. Applying the same …

Fret Butter Fretboard Cleaner from DMI Guitar Labs

Fret Butter Fretboard Cleaner from DMI Guitar Labs

Fret Butter™ Fretboard Cleaner Picked Up By AP International & Floyd Rose Marketing WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ –  AP International is pleased to announce they will be offering the new Fret Butter™ fretboard cleaner from DMI Guitar Labs.  Fret Butter ™ is a unique patented and proprietary solution for stringed instrument fingerboards, simultaneously hydrating the wood and …

NEXI Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Tremolo Effect with New Pedal

NEXI Industries Tremolo (TRM-01)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — NEXI Industries’ new Tremolo (TRM-01) effect pedal for electric guitar represents the next generation of “lush.” From riding a classic wave or quickening a pulse, Tremolo delivers a vibrant tone with a unique click-and-play design that optimizes pedal board compatibility. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of when tremolo-equipped amps first appeared on …

Sheptone Debuts New 53mm Upshot Bridge Humbucker Guitar Pickup

Sheptone Debuts New 53mm Upshot Bridge Humbucker Guitar Pickup

Modern Design Delivering Vintage Tones SAN MARCOS, CA — With the new Upshot 53mm bridge humbucker pickup for electric guitar, Sheptone incorporates modern design elements to bridge the old and new, delivering vintage tones and incredible sound. Celebrating a decade in business, Sheptone has earned its reputation for high-quality vintage and boutique electric guitar pickups. …