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Because just humming it isn’t really enough! This is where you’ll find everything to do with guitars, keyboards, microphones, recording hardware, software and more. To view an archive of all our earlier gear news and reviews visit our Songwriting Gear Archive pages.

Lucero LC150S classical guitar

02/08/2015

Lucero releases new classical guitar series

The Californian guitar maker introduces the LC150S standard model and LC150SCE acoustic-electric with Fishman pickup and Clásica III onboard preamp…
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GHS Americana Series & Gold Heart

29/07/2015

GHS launches Americana acoustic guitar strings

The Michigan ‘string specialists’ come out with the new Americana Series Acoustic Guitar for all types of US roots musicians…
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Rotosound guitar care products

21/07/2015

Rotosound launches new guitar and bass care products

The British strings brand shows it cares about your instruments, with a new range of polish, oil and cleaning fluids…
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T6 Main

20/07/2015

Review: Tracktion 6

Tracktion gives you surprisingly powerful sequencing capabilities at a reasonable price. Matt Chapman takes the latest version for a spin……
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TC Electronic BodyRez acoustic guitar pedal

14/07/2015

TC Electronic reveals the BodyRez acoustic pickup enhancer

A simple new guitar pedal designed to restore and enhance the amplified tone of acoustic instruments with an under-saddle pickup…
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Taylor Guitars Special Edition 300 series models

12/07/2015

Taylor releases Special Edition 300 series

Nashville’s Summer NAMM Show sees Taylor Guitars introduce the 300 Series Shaded Edgeburst editions, combining sapele and shaded edgeburst mahogany…
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Adam Hall Palmer Pocket Amp MK2

11/07/2015

Adam Hall launches new Palmer Pocket Amp pedal

A second edition of the guitar effects pedal offers an extended range of authentic tube amplifier tones and other improvements…
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Martin Guitar new models for 2015 Summer NAMM

07/07/2015

Martin Guitar to present four new models

C. F. Martin & Co. introduces an acoustic-electric Retro, a watercoloured Cowboy, a limited edition Dreadnought and a Show Special…
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Willcox Atlantis electroacoustic guitar

05/07/2015

Willcox Guitars previews Atlantis electro-acoustic guitar

Atlantis is the first to employ LightWave Optical Pickup Systems, with infrared light technology rather than mics or magnetic pickups…
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Mackie FreePlay personal PA

28/06/2015

Get personal with Mackie’s FreePlay PA

Mackie launch a battery-powerable PA with Bluetooth music streaming, four-channel mixer and a control app for iOS and Android devices…
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The Submarine

24/06/2015

Make one guitar sound like two

Singer-songwriter, Pete Roe announces worldwide release of a new guitar pickup, The Submarine, that applies doubling effects to two strings…
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TC Electronic PolyTune Clip

20/06/2015

The world’s first polyphonic clip-on guitar tuner

TC Electronic reveals the new PolyTune Clip that manages to distil polyphonic tuning technology into its smallest enclosure to date…
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AAS Strum GS-2 screenshot electric play

12/06/2015

Strum GS-2 goes electric

A new version of software developers Applied Acoustic Systems’ guitar track production plug-in now includes both acoustic and electric guitars…
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Sound Magic Blue Grand

10/06/2015

New Blue Grand puts a Steinway piano at your fingertips

Sound Magic has released the third version of its Blue Grand software, a hybrid modeled 1927 Steinway D grand piano…
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NI Komplete Kontrol with Komplete Select

29/05/2015

Native Instruments releases Komplete Select

NI’s Kontrol keyboard now includes Komplete Select – a collection of 10 Komplete instruments and effects, giving producers a ‘complete’…
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IK Multimedia Amplitube 4

24/05/2015

IK Multimedia’s new AmpliTube 4 arrives

The mobile guitar tone studio adds dual 3D mic positioning, Looper feature and an updated interface with improved browsing system…
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PreSonus Studio One 3 screenshot

20/05/2015

PreSonus introduces Studio One 3

The third edition of the music production software becomes available, offering hands-on editing, mixing and arranging via Mac/PC multi-touch displays…
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DigiTech TRIO pedal

15/05/2015

TRIO’s a crowd with DigiTech’s band in a box

DigiTech’s new pedal listens to your guitar and instantly generates bass and drums to match the chord progressions and rhythm…
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Novation LaunchKey keyboard controller

08/05/2015

Novation announces updated LaunchKey

Updated 25, 49 and 61-note Launchkey keyboard controllers, now with RGB velocity-sensitive pads that match the colour of your clips…
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B.C. Rich Acoustic Guitars

01/05/2015

B.C. Rich launches new acoustic line

The long-established American guitar manufacturer returns to its roots, bringing a collection of five new acoustic guitars to the market…
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