Guitar Gear Gems: DarkRay, a smashed Gibson, and a luminous pedal
Modern 5-string basses, a smashed Gibson and a glow-in-the-dark wah
This week on Guitar Gear Gems we take a peek at the latest EBMM Darkwray bass release, a smashed Gibson ES-355 that broke Oasis and the latest George Lynch signature pedal.
Guitar Gear Gems this week’s highlights
NAMM 2022 is just around the corner, which means the rumour mill is in full swing this last week. I’ve already heard plenty of juicy gossip about what to expect from the show this year. Keep your eyes peeled for plenty of rumour articles in the coming week here on Gearnews, as I can’t say anything just yet.
In other news, Alex Lifeson has sold his favourite white Gibson ES-355 at auction and fetched $384,000, and a few other tasty guitars. They were all sold by Julien’s Auctions who also sold the Kurt Cobain ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Mustang over the weekend. There is another famous ES-355 coming up later, so keep reading if you like old Gibson guitars.
Finally, Norman Harris, the founder and owner of Norman’s Rare Guitars is really unwell. Harris’ daughter has posted on social media to inform followers of the news. The man is an absolute legend, with a huge wealth of knowledge and has been at the forefront of helping players source vintage guitars. We here at Gearnews all wish the family the best and hope Norman has a speedy recovery.
Ernie Ball Music Man DarkRay
The EBMM DarkRay is a collaboration with Darkglass that launched last summer. This year the bass range has been expanded with both 4-string and now 5-string offerings, plus a new finish called White Sparkle for 2022. Both basses are equipped with a single neodymium humbucker, a roasted maple neck with an ebony fretboard and 22 stainless steel frets.
The DarkRay gets a new preamp with 2-band EQ along with the onboard Alpha Omega Distortion Fuzz* from Darkglass. Obviously, the recent news that Korg USA now owns a majority in Darkglass Electronics will probably bolster the Darkglass brand from now on. Therefore, we could see a lot more releases with EBMM in the coming years.
Noel Gallagher‘s famous red Gibson ES-355 was broken backstage during the 2009 Rock en Seine festival in Paris, where Oasis were booked to perform. Apparently, the two Gallagher brothers had a squabble and the guitar took the brunt of the damage. Its neck was knocked clean off and so it was written off for the show. This literally ended Oasis, and they never performed that show and the band was over.
This destroyed guitar has just been sold at auction for €385,000. Thankfully, it was restored before the sale and so it is now playable at least. Thankfully, if you are a fan of Gallagher or Oasis and would like an ES-355. Then the news via Instagram that Gibson is recreating another of the guitarist’s favourites was announced only last week. I’m sure it will be expensive, but not quite €385k!
Morley George Lynch Dragon 2
George Lynch has a new Immortal Series Dragon 2 wah pedal. It is now smaller, lighter and features a glow-in-the-dark rubber grip on the treadle. The wah has two extra modes: Wah Lock and WoW mode, activated by footswitches on either side of the treadle.
With Wah Lock, it locks the wah automatically at a selected frequency that is determined by the Notch control. Whilst WoW mode engages a deeper envelope. This makes it go Wow rather than Wah and adds to the lower range wah tones on offer.
RRP – USD 199
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- Alex Lifeson Gibson ES-355: Julien's Auctions
- Kurt Cobain's Fender Mustang: Julien's Auction
- White Sparkle: EBMM
- 4 and 5 string Darkray: EBMM
- Noel Gallagher's smashed Gibson ES-355: Artpeges
- Morley George Lynch Dragon 2: Morely