Guitar Gear Gems this week looks at the new Gibson Publishing division that launches with two very expensive versions of The Collection Slash book. Then we delve into the world of boutique pedals and check out two new amp-style effects from Daredevil Pedals and Silvertone.
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Yes, Gibson Publishing has now officially launched and is offering the new The Collection Slash book in two formats. Neither of them is particularly affordable and it almost seems that Gibson is pricing them high to attract more attention. Will fans buy into this exclusivity, or will Gibson just fan the flames of the haters with this latest venture?
Then we check out two new amp-style boutique pedals. One is a no-fuss single knob design inspired by 1950s RCA schematics and comes from Daredevil Pedals. Whilst the other is a collaboration between Silvertone and Jackson Audio, which attempts to encapsulate a 1960s classic amplifier in a pedal format.
Gibson Slash Collection
Gibson has launched a new Gibson Publishing division. It will focus on publications about artists and Gibson guitars. This new division launches with The Collection: Slash book, which retails at a ridiculous $999 for the Custom Edition. Or a still very expensive $249 for the Deluxe Edition.
I think this latest venture has to be one of the worst money grab ideas from Gibson this year. Though I am sure die-hard fans of Slash and Gibson will disagree with me.
“Launching Gibson Publishing in partnership with Slash for our debut book marks an important milestone for all of us at Gibson Brands.”– Gibson Brand President Cesar Gueikian
To launch the new book Gibson TV has released a new 1 hour 13 minutes long video with Slash. It contains Slash talking about his guitars and you can watch it below. If you like a coffee table book, then you better start saving your pennies for this one.
Aces Hybrid Amplifier
Daredevil Pedals has announced the new Aces Hybrid Amplifier pedal. It combines both NOS germanium and modern silicon transistors, which helps it achieve a warm saturated tone. This pedal was originally inspired by a 1950s RCA data sheets book that contains schematics for old tubes and transistors. They then tweaked the design over a few months and the Aces pedal was born.
The one big knob sets the overall gain and sustain. Dialling this up just adds more rich juicy goodness. Then inside it has two internal trim pots, which can be used to set the bias for each gain stage. These are set to the optimal position by Daredevil Pedals, but if you like to tweak, then you have the ability to tailor the tone to your liking using these extra two controls.
MSRP – USD 169.00
1484 Twin Twelve
Silvertone and Jackson Audio have announced their latest collaboration, the 1484 Twin Twelve. This new pedal is based on the original Silvertone Twin Twelve amp, produced from 1963 to 1967. Those original vintage amplifiers have some famous users including Jack White, Dave Grohl, Beck, Billie Joe Armstrong and Dan Auerbach.
Volume, Bass, Treble and Gain control the pedal and offer a choice of a studio-grade preamp, booster, EQ or overdrive, depending on how you set them. If it is that versatile and sounds anything like the original, then it could be a good deal. Unfortunately, the official demo video doesn’t really offer much in the way of actual sounds and the other demo video is a little lacklustre.
Maybe, one to watch out for though, as potentially it could be a great little pedal to have around.
MSRP – USD 249 *
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- Gibson’s $999 Custom edition of The Collection Slash book: Gibson
- Daredevil Pedals Aces: Daredevil Pedals
- Silvertone and Jackson Audio have announced their latest collaboration.: Silvertone