August 20, 2019 14 min read
This August, you are sure to notice a lot of changes here at Adirondack Guitar. We have so many electric and acoustic guitars, basses and amps in stock and scheduled to come in that we’ve had to remodel our sales floor to make space for them all. The next time you come into the store you’ll find a larger selection of new and used, lefty and righty, acoustic and electric guitars and basses, amps and accessories than we’ve ever offered before!
We’ve also added some new products to our guitar and amp lineups. Read on below to find out more about many of the new products that recently arrived in our store, and are available online as well!
We are very excited to announce that Adirondack Guitar is now a Blackstar amps dealer and will be carrying many of their incredibly versatile tube amps. Blackstar amps are known for delivering authentic tube tone with boutique amp looks in a variety of flavors from sparkly clean with lots of headroom, to Classic crunch and supersaturated modern overdrive for face melting leads. These Blackstar amps really are the total package!
The Blackstar HT-5 MKII is a 5watt tube combo with two footswitchable channels -- Clean and Overdrive -- that give you two distinct amp voices, with authentic studio quality Reverb and Blackstar’s patented ISF control that allows you to dial in the precise tube tone you are looking for. The Blackstar ISF circuit allows you to dial in the sonic characteristics of your favorite British and American tube amps, letting you find the authentic tube tone you've always heard in your head.
The HT-5 MKII also features a patented power reduction switch which effectively allows you to enjoy a full and toneful sound even at low volume. Blackstar did this by using a 12BH7 dual triode valve in push-pull configuration producing 5 Watts of output, which is rich in valve harmonics and compression, while the Power Reduction switch allows you to take it down to 0.5 Watts without compromising and tone at lower volume. This feature is perfect for driving the valve power stage at home or in the studio, or wherever high volume is impractical.
The HT-5R MkII also has a fully specified stereo speaker emulated output and USB audio output which allows you to easily record its award-winning valve tone. It also features the unique 4x12/1x12 voicing switch allowing you to change the tonal characteristics of the emulated signal between two emulated cabinet types. The stereo speaker emulated output can be used at the same time as the internal speaker/extension cab, providing headphone free monitoring or the choice to blend a mic'd speaker and emulated signals together, giving the HT-5 MkII unrivalled usability whether you are recording at home or in the studio.
In addition the speaker output can be turned off for "silent" practice or recording, and a stereo MP3/Line in allows you to jam along to your favorite tracks. The Blackstar HT-5 MkII gives you everything you need for recording or practicing, making it ideal at home or in the studio.
With the HT Club 40 MKII Venue Series Tube Amp, Blackstar has come up with the perfect tone machine for club-sized venues. The Blackstar HT Club 40 features a new clean channel that offers true boutique amp tone with plenty of headroom, along with an overdrive channel that can deliver the high gain scream of an American tube style amp, as well as the punchy crunch tones of a classic British Tube amp, all in a handsome boutique amp package that will really stand out on stage.
Equipped with a 40W power section driven by 2 EL34 valves, and 2 ECC83 tubes in the preamp section, the HT Club 40 features two distinct, footswitchable channels. The new clean channel delivers groundbreaking and punchy clean tones with dynamics and tone controls that have been expanded to allow you to cut through the mix in live situations. Studio quality reverb and an effects loop give you all of the versatility you need to get the perfect sound combinations for your music.
The overdrive channel, equipped with Blackstar’s amazing ISF control allows you to dial in the exact type of tube sound you are looking for, from American high gain to classic British crunch, and any combination of these tones that you like.
The amazing Power Reduction feature uses an attenuator to attenuate 40 watts of power down to 4 watts (10%) to really drive the valves, easily providing all of the crunch and super saturated lead tones you will ever need from your amp. The power reduction feature also allows you to drive the valves and get the kind of face-melting tube scream that you want from a tube amp even at low volume, making this Blackstar perfect for recording and rehearsing as well.
This innovative 40 Watt valve combo amp also features digital Reverb with a special light/Dark switch, an effects loop with a level switch, speaker emulated output with 1x12/4x12 voicing, and USB connectivity for digital recording, making this a very versatile valve combo ideal for just about any situation.
The Blackstar Studio 10 EL34 10 Watt tube combo amp is ideal for anyone looking for the classic, low gain British crunch tone that has been a staple of Rock and Blues for decades!
The Blackstar Studio 10 EL34 is equipped with an EL34 power tube which features a pentode design that is the driving force behind what is known as the “British” amp sound. Known for its strong mids and aggressive punch, the Blackstar Studio 10 comes infused with tons of this warm British crunch which is then pumped through a Celestion Seventy 80 speaker, giving it well articulated, controlled lows and punchy, aggressive mid-tones.
Couple that EL34 power tube with an ECC83 in the preamp stage, and you get a flawless boutique crunch that is warm and elegant. The Blackstar Studio 10 also comes with a footswitch that allows you to switch between clean and crunch tones, as well as a preamp boost that delivers an excellent classic rock tone that is great for bluesy leads. Studio quality digital reverb give a spacious ambience to the crunch tone without watering it down, while speaker emulated line-out and an emulated headphone-out make the Studio 10 perfect for practice and recording.
The Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 20 programmable combo amp may be the ideal practice amp for beginning and intermediate guitar players. Offering six inspiring amp voices ranging from classic clean to saturated overdrive, the ID:Core 20 allows you to dial in any sound you need to realize your musical vision.
Featuring the Blackstar ISF control, the Blackstar ID:Core 20 allows you to dial in the perfect blend of American and British tube tone, giving you room to play and experiment with the different flavors and colors, while built in digital effects including phaser, chorus, flanger, and tremolo, delay and reverb, allow you to add ambience, color and dimension to your sound.
The Blackstar ID:Core 20 comes equipped with everything the developing player needs to practice and record incredible music, including and emulated speaker line-out for recording, Blackstar’s Super Wide Stereo technology which immerses and envelops you in sound, USB connectivity that is taylor made for digital recording, and digital MP3 line-in that lets you play along with your favorite tracks.
The Martin X-Series GPC1XRAE grand performance acoustic electric guitar features the grand performer body shape with a solid Sitka Spruce top with Rosewood HPL (high pressure laminate) back and sides, delivering vintage Martin tone and volume with a lightweight, cutaway body style that is extremely comfortable to play. The classic scalloped Sitka Spruce X-bracing and Mortise and Tenon neck joint construction give the Martin GPCX1RAE a rich and lively tone with incredible projection.
The Birch laminate neck has a light finish of hand-rubbed oil, giving it a silky smooth feel, while the high performance neck taper and the performing artist neck shape makes it extremely comfortable to play. The performing artist neck shape is thinner than most Martin necks, making the GPCX1RAE Grand Performer very easy to play.
The X-Series GPCX1RAE comes stage ready, equipped with Fishman Sonitone electronics that allow you to dial in your tone with amazing accuracy. The hardware includes a compensated white tusq saddle, white corian nut, chrome enclosed gear tuners and a faux tortoise pickguard which also contribute to the richness of tone, accurate intonation and overall tuning stability of this beautiful grand performance model.
The left handed Martin D-18 Modern Deluxe Acoustic guitar is undoubtedly a classic Martin, right down to its dovetail neck joint, the protein glue that’s used in the construction and the Sitka Spruce VTS (Vintage Tone System) Top with Adirondack Spruce classic X-bracing that has inspired vintage Martin tone for generations. But this D-18 also has ultra-modern and deluxe appointments that make it unlike anything else in the Martin lineup.
This Martin D-18 has all of the vintage Martin tone that you would expect from its Sitka Spruce top and East India Rosewood back and sides, but with the addition of modern and deluxe appointments that really set it apart including an East Indian Rosewood binding, stylish gold frets, gold finish open-gear tuners and a 1930‘s style script logo pearl inlay on the headstock.
Modern features include a titanium truss rod that reduces the weight of this dreadnought, making it more comfortable to play for long stretches as well as Liquidmetal bridge pins and carbon fiber bridge plates designed to boost volume and projection without adding weight. The carbon fiber bridge plates are sandwiched with layers of Adirondack Spruce which really helps enhance the tonal characteristics of the bridge, giving this D-18 added sparkle and a slight increase in volume without increasing the weight.
The modern deluxe D-18 Martin sports a satin finish Mahogany neck with Ebony fingerboard and a high performance taper with a brand new Vintage Deluxe neck shape designed specifically for the Modern Deluxe series. The vintage deluxe neck shape is slightly asymmetrical, providing improved comfort along the entire length of the satin finish neck.
Modern Deluxe Series Demo:
The Martin X-Series DX1AE Macassar burst acoustic electric guitar features the volume and tone of the Dreadnought body shape with a solid Sitka Spruce with Macassar patterned HPL (high pressure laminate) back and sides, delivering vintage Martin Dreadnought tone and volume with an incredible classic vintage burst finish that looks as good as it sounds. The classic scalloped Sitka Spruce X-bracing and Mortise and Tenon neck joint construction give the Martin X-Series DX1AE Macassar burst acoustic a rich and full tone with lively treble and mids and great volume and projection.
The Brown Birch laminate neck has a light finish of hand-rubbed oil, giving it a silky smooth feel, while the high performance neck taper and the performing artist neck shape makes it extremely comfortable to play. The performing artist neck shape is thinner than most Martin necks, making the Martin X-Series DX1AE Macassar burst acoustic guitar extremely comfortable and a real joy to play.
The Martin X-Series DX1AE Macassar burst acoustic comes stage ready, equipped with Fishman Sonitone electronics that allow you to dial in your tone with amazing accuracy. The hardware, including a compensated white tusq saddle, white corian nut, chrome enclosed gear tuners and a faux tortoise pickguard, also contribute to the richness of tone, accurate intonation and overall tuning stability.
The Chicago Blues sound of the 1960‘s is alive and well and you can tap into whenever you want with this awesome Supro Blues King 12 combo amp. This beautifully styled little combo amp captures the full range of Vintage Supro tones that helped sculpt the sound of early electric Blues that inspired so many of the most influential guitar players from the British Invasion of the 1960‘s.
With the Blues King 12, Supro didn’t stop at recreating the raw tonal characteristics of 60‘s tube amps. Instead they have added a boost feature that adds weight and girth to your tone and is perfect for fattening up single coil tones.
Beyond that, Supro also added a high gain mode with 3band EQ that is perfect for the demands of modern lead playing, delivering the high gain and sustain you need for really sweet lead tones. Real spring reverb adds dimension to your tone and an effects loops lets you use your pedal board to access all of the tones you need for whatever style of music you’re playing. This amp is perfect for gigging and recording!
This extremely rare, and extremely collectible, Supro 1261AW Ozark Single Pickup Electric Guitar is a reissue of a 1950‘s model that is much-sought-after for its unique vintage looks and its Supro Lap Steel pickup. The latest version of the Supro 1261 AW Ozark delivers the same vintage look and Supro Lap Steel pickup with modern appointments that preserve the sought-after retro vibe while modernizing its sound and feel. The unique vintage tone of this Supro comes from its Lace Alumitone Lap Steel pickup which delivers the growl and cut that the original Supro Ozark was famous for. This Supro Ozark checks all of the boxes for anyone who is serious about retro/vintage guitars. Whether you play with a slide or your fingers, the Supro Limited Edition 1261AW Ozark delivers the serious tone and visual style that will really make you stand out. This limited edition Supro is extremely rare -- one of only 60 in the United States and 193/200 that were made -- making it the perfect addition to any serious musician’s collection.
Supro Ozark Headstock
The Vox AC15C1 has been adored by music’s biggest names for decades for its distinctive ‘British’ tone and vintage Vox sound. Known as ‘the amp that started it all’, the AC15C1 Alnico delivers 15 Watts of pure British tube tone power through an authentic Alnico Blue speaker which faithfully delivers every decibel of that incredible Vox tube tone.
The secret sauce responsible for the Vox AC15C1’s sonic awesomeness is its pairing of preamp and power tubes. That incredibly responsive, compressed sound with its distinctive overdrive and sustain when cranked comes from the combination of three 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section, and a pair of EL84 tubes in the power section. When that classic signal is then pumped through a 12“ Alnico Blue speaker the result is pure magic!
Equipped with two footswitchable channels, Normal and Top Boost (footswitch sold separately), the AC15C1 allows you switch easily between crunchy rhythm tones and more compressed Top Boost lead tones, making this AC15C1 extremely versatile. The AC15C1 also comes equipped with footswitchable reverb and tremolo which are especially ambient and bright. Unlike other amps that seem to drown out the amp’s authentic tone with effects, the tremolo and reverb on this Vox AC15C1 only add a bright and ambient quality that must be played to be fully appreciated.
The AC10 was one of the first amplifiers to bear the VOX name, long adored for its ability to achieve rich, articulate tube tone at manageable volumes. Discontinued in 1965, the AC10 has become a highly coveted piece of VOX history and now VOX is proud to introduce the AC10C1, a modern take on the classic AC10 design.
The Vox AC10C1 is perfect for anyone who is looking for the classic Vox Top Boost tone in an amp that is more portable than the classic AC15, and more powerful than the Vox AC4. The new edition of the Vox AC10 now comes equipped with the Vox Top Boost circuit, which takes the classic Vox British Tube tone into new sonic territory, providing the player with an array of classic and modern amp tones.
Further refinements in this edition of the AC10 include a Master Volume control and Vox custom reverb. The master volume control allows you to create degrees of gain staging so you can dial in the perfect high gain tone for recording, rehearsing or playing in small venues. The Vox custom reverb provides a continuum of reverb sounds from very subtle, to ambient and spacious, all super smooth, never drowning out the amplifier’s natural tube tone.
Aesthetically, the AC10 is stunning, featuring the classic '60s-inspired diamond grille pattern with the distinguished black taurus amp covering featured on most Vox models. This little Vox delivers the boutique looks and amazing tone Vox amps are famous for, with volume and tone well above its weight class.
This little 4-Watt Vox is magic! How they get all of that fat tube tone into this little amp is an enduring mystery, but one that has guitarists coming back to it again and again. This Vox AC4C1-12 Custom Series 4 Watt Class A Combo Guitar Amp features two 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section, an EL84 (x1) in the power section and a 12 inch Celestion speaker, as well as the classic Vox styling that makes it look as mesmerizing as it sounds. With its cool vintage aesthetics this Vox really stands out on stage, and with its easy to use controls, you will have no problem grabbing the tones you have been looking for from this compact and authentic Vox tube amp.
Cole Clark guitars feature sustainably sourced tonewoods that are indigenous to Australia where they are made, giving these beautiful guitars a unique look and sound. Read on for more about two of these beauties that came in recently!
The Cole Clark AN2EC-BB ANGEL 2 EC Bunya Face acoustic electric features a single cutaway grand auditorium style body that is internally carved for resonance with a Bunya top and Australian Blackwood back and sides, delivering a unique tone that is all its own. The neck is made from Queensland Maple with a She Oak fretboard that looks and sounds like Rosewood or Ebony and is sustainably sourced. The fretboard features gorgeous timber snowflake inlays and a natural satin finish that is silky smooth, designed for ultimate player comfort.
The electronics in this Australian made Cole Clark Angel 2 EC features the innovative Cole Clark 3-way preamp system which is designed to capture all of the frequencies emitted by the guitar and blend them into the most natural acoustic/electric sound on the market today. The system uses a unique face sensor with a piezo pickup and a condenser mic with a patented blend control that allows you to dial in the exact tone you are looking for. Each element of the 3-way preamp system is designed to hear only specific frequencies which allows you to play on any amp without feedback or annoying hum even at stage volume.
Cole Clark FL2E-BLBL Fat Lady 2 Non Cutaway Australian Blackwood Acoustic Electric Guitar
The Cole Clark FL2E-BLBL Fat Lady 2 E acoustic electric features a full body non-cutaway Dreadnought style body that is internally carved for resonance with an Australian Blackwood top and Australian Blackwood back and sides, delivering a full, warm and unique tone from its sustainably sourced Australian tonewoods. The neck is made from Queensland Maple with a She Oak fretboard that looks and sounds like Rosewood or Ebony and is also sustainably sourced, featuring gorgeous timber snowflake inlays and a natural satin finish that is silky smooth and a real pleasure to play.
The Fat Lady 2 comes equipped with the same Cole Clark patented 3-way preamp system as the Angel 2 (read more above) but has a deeper and richer sound due to the Dreadnought body style and the all Australian Blackwood top, back and sides. The satin finish on these Cole Clark guitars make them incredibly comfortable to play, while the sustainably sourced tonewoods give each guitar grain patterns that make every one of them unique in appearance and tone.Check back with us in a week or so for more new arrivals or drop us a noteif you would like to know more about any of the new guitars and amps that we've featured in this article, and stay tuned to our blog for all kinds of player-friendly articles and content due to come out in the near future!
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