Owner of the brand Wallpusher, Matthew Rogers is above all a guitarist and a bassist fanatic. Having the same adjustment problems with often stiff straps, he decided to create his own models, handmade. Thanks to a pulley system, these unique straps are perfect to change in few seconds the height of your instrument, in stage for example. The leather design is simple but is easy to clean. And like Matthew said : “Sometimes, it is the simplest design that works the best”. Available on Etsy or on the official website between 33 et $40.
The best software Guitar Pro 6 will bring more than 40 improvements that a lot of people dream about. Guitar Pro 5 leave the place for a 6th version with a new nice design, multiple display options and a rebuild ergonomics: the tools are now on the left in 6 tabs (edition, instrument, audio, mastering, chords, and lyrics), the software is more intuitive and the scores are more readable. The style of these lasts is completely configurable, and it is also possible to use more than one in the same time. GP6 got an advanced and rich RSE2 (Realistic Sound Engine), with more than hundred instruments. And for those who worry about compatibility of the formats, the new GPX format will accept MIDI, ASCII, PowerTab, TablEdit, et MusicXML besides gtp, gp3, 4 et 5. The tools of the 5th version are kept and also developed, like the chords generator or the digital tuner. This opus will be launched in April 2010 for Mac, Windows, and also Linux but the price is unknown.
A frequent problem for many guitarists is the congestion of their pick during a change of technique playing guitar. Pick-Smith created an accessory which prevents this problem: the Jam Kat. The aim of this strange object is to change a play with a pick by a play with fingers – as the picking or the tapping – simply by releasing the plectrum. The spring will allow it not to bother you, and naturally, not to fall. A metallic version of the Jam Kat will be launched, but it is already available in plastic black on Amazon in $19,95. More details at the end of the post, in a video demonstration. And you, will you try it? (via)
The Japanese brand LastGasp Art Laboratories just added 3 new pedals to its little collection. The Toxic Plant is a distortion, the Steroid O.D. is an overdrive, and the Sick Pitch King Jr, as for it, bring another kind of saturation, with a “discordant” effect. The saturation of each model is very strong, and give for example a synthesizer sound to your guitar! You can hear few demonstrations on the website to have an idea of what are their different sounds, very specifics. The price of each effect is between 160 and 210 €. (via)
Couch produces handmade guitar straps, extra durable and very stylish. Here, the originality of the brand is to create some models with car seatbelt material! Among all, the 80′s Mercedes Guitar Strap and the Racer X Strap. Available in Dark Red, Light Blue or Beige, the first is made of vintage vinyl originally used to upholster many late 70′s and early 80′s Mercedes Benz cars! The second is more classic but looks very nice, made up of over 80% of found, vintage, army green vinyl and an orange. Every product is limited, but the prices are corrects: $44,95 for the Mercedes, et $39,95 for the Racer X.