News Bits

The HUB's News Bits hone in on the significant events that help shape the sound and direction of musical instruments and music. From tour and recording news to all the latest product announcements and gear updates that you need to know about. We look at artists and gear from a music-geek perspective that both entertains and informs. Stay tuned for the best in music news with The HUB's News Bits.

Legendary gear maker Jim Dunlop playing a 12-string guitar

In Memoriam: Jim Dunlop

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Musician's Friend reflects on the life of music gear icon, Jim Dunlop.

NAMM 2019 Gear Producers Will Love

NAMM 2019 Gear Producers Will Love

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All of the production and recording product highlights you need to see from the floor at this year’s NAMM show.

Walrus Audio Lillian Analog Phaser

Walrus Audio Lillian Analog Phaser Debuts at Winter NAMM 2019

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The boutique pedal builder has announced Lillian, a new multi-stage phaser

Arturia MicroFreak Hybrid Synthesizer at Winter NAMM 2019

Arturia MicroFreak Synthesizer Announced

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The French synth manufacturer announces MicroFreak, an inspiring hybrid synth that blends the best of analog and digital design

Fender American Acoustasonic Series Telecaster

Fender American Acoustasonic Series Telecaster Unveiled

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Fender has announced an innovative new acoustic-electric guitar capable of delivering a wide variety of gig-friendly sounds.  

Guitar Gear Highlights from NAMM 2019

Guitar Gear Highlights from NAMM 2019

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All of the guitar gear highlights you need to see from the floor at this year’s NAMM show.

Drum Gear Highlights at NAMM 2019

Drum Gear Highlights at NAMM 2019

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Here's a closer look at some of NAMM 2019's most outstanding drums, cymbals and sticks from Zildjian, DW, Sabian, TAMA, Vic Firth and Mapex

Keeley Electronics Synth-1 Guitar Pedal

Keeley Electronics Announces Four New Guitar Pedals at Winter NAMM 2019

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Keeley Electronics, the boutique pedal manufacturer, has announced four new pedals at Winter NAMM 2019: DDR (Drive/Delay/Reverb), ECCOS Neo-Vintage Tape Delay, Fuzz Bender and Synth-1

Taylor Grand Pacific Acoustic Guitar Family Announced

Taylor Grand Pacific Acoustic Guitars Announced

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Taylor introduces the Grand Pacific, a new V-Class braced, round-shoulder dreadnought acoustic guitar line.

Akai Professional Force Music Production System

Introducing Akai Force

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Akai Professional has introduced the latest in music production and live performance.

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