Canadian Music Trade - April / May 2018 - Page 31

5 4 6 4 PRS Silver Sky John Mayer Signature Guitar Paul Reed Smith Guitars has released the Silver Sky John Mayer signature model. This model was inspired by Mayer and Smith’s favou- rite elements of 1963 and 1964 vintage instruments, resulting in an idealized version of a vintage single-coil guitar. Some of the more distinctive specifications include: a “reverse” PRS trademark headstock shape; vintage-style tuners with PRS’s locking design; a 25.5-in. scale length bolt-on maple neck with Mayer’s signature 635JM carve; a 7.25-in. fretboard radius; a steel PRS tremolo bridge with PRS trem arm, saddles, and Gen-III knife-edge screws; a trio of special PRS 635JM single-coil pickups; and precision-tuned electronics. Other specifications include a bone nut, a curved molded metal jack plate that makes plugging and unplugging a guitar cable easier, retooled knobs, fretwire that is slightly smaller than that on most PRS electric guitars (but larger than most vintage frets), and PRS’s double action truss rod that is accessible from the front of the headstock for ease of use. For more information, contact Paul Reed Smith Guitars: 410-643-9970, FAX 410-643-9980,, 5 Alesis Vortex Wireless 2 MIDI Keytar Controller Alesis has released the Vortex Wireless 2 MIDI keytar controller, which features improved ergonomics for better playability, a more durable housing, and an updated control layout. The updated Vortex Wireless 2 offers comprehen- sive MIDI controller functionality in a stage-ready key- tar design with a gloss-black finish. This MIDI keytar controller connects wirelessly to the player’s computer and integrates with popular virtual instruments, plug-ins, and DAWs. For stage and studio mobility, the PC- and Mac-compatible USB dongle uses a USB port to establish a wireless connection. The Vortex Wireless 2 features 37 velocity-sen- sitive keys with aftertouch, eight RGB back-lit velocity-sensitive drum pads, and a row of eight back-lit faders laid out in an accessible, hands-on design. A series of neck controls provides additional performance options. For more information, contact inMusic Canada: 877-981-9910, FAX