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Rebel Trading Company is a UK based manufacturing campaign which specialises in the design and production of some pretty damn glitzy microphone stands. And the worrying thing is, they can manufacture their stands to any specifications, well within vague parameters of normality anyway, so even the most bizarre of vocalist fetishes can be pandered to; a dangerous game indeed. Just take Aled Phillips' (Kids In Glass Houses) flouncy yet chic, rose-adorned stand above as an example.

Each stand is designed exclusively to meet the customer’s preferences. So whether it’s the height, weight, function, colour or finished paint effect, you can really go to town and satisfy your deepest darkest desires. Some wackos even go the whole hog and fill them full of LEDs. And why not?

To get your imaginations warmed up, let’s go through just a few of the fanciful customisation options which can be applied to your mic stand:

•    Rebel custom glitter effect – a bit tame
•    LED lighting – getting warmer
•    Glow effect – ideal for techno
•    Leather effect – now you’re talking
•    Diamante – my word

It will come as no surprise having read the above list that the Rebel Trading Company supply the musical extravaganza that is the X Factor with their custom microphones. So if you choose to splash out on one of these unique little masterpieces you can rest assured that such complete talent mongers like Aiden Grimshaw and Cher Lloyd have warbled into them before you.

You know what I always say, “If it’s good enough for Mary Byrne it’s good enough for me.” An excellent mantra for life - try it yourself. It backfires in the pastry isle of Morrisons though.

On the more wholesome side of music, the company have also supplied microphone stands to the likes of Kids In Glass Houses, Status Quo, My Passion and Dimmu Borgir.

Sadly not everyone can afford their own custom made mic stand, so if you are more interested in finding an affordable microphone stand, then Instrumania provides the perfect resource with which to do so.

With the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) expo recently rolling through the Anaheim Convention Centre in California, there was much anticipation amongst metal fans around the Epiphone display for the unveiling of a particular Machine Head axeman’s new signature guitar.

Frontman Rob Flynn’s multi-year signature deal with Gibson/Epiphone includes the release of the signature “Love Death” baritone scale Flying V, adorned with many a custom graphic and high end parts.

The Baritone V features six Grover machine heads on the painted headstock, and Flynn’s custom heart-skull pearl inlays down the length of the 24-fret rosewood neck. The logo is then featured as a large, eye-popping, full bodied decal wrapping around a tune-o-matic bridge and a pair of active EMG humbuckers, as displayed by Dr. Epiphone below, in an excerpt from Total Guitar’s coverage at the expo.


Also available from Epiphone is a matching flight case adorned with the same “Love Death” heart-skull decal and black and white burst, all available at some point in 2011.

For further news and reviews and all the latest information for the discerning musician, look no further than Instrumania. And if you’re in the market for a new guitar we really are the site for you. We compare the prices of thousands of guitars for sale, bringing the very best deals online.


The long awaited NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) rocks into town next week, kicking off on January 14 in the Anaheim Convention Centre.

Founded in 1901, the NAMM show is one of the largest music product trade shows in the world. With nearly 1,500 exhibitors and 88,000 attendees in 2010 this year’s extravaganza is expected to be even bigger. And what makes these figures even more overwhelming, the show is not open to members of the general public, and accepts only invited guests and members of the music trade.

There has been much excitement building around the introduction of two new guitars for sale, Metallica signature guitars at NAMM 2011, namely the James Hetfield Snakebyte and Kirk Hammett Signature Series.

The James Hetfield Snakebyte is a brand new body style for ESP and LTD in 2011. It has a set-neck construction at 24.75’’ scale, with a mahogany body and neck, and an ebony fingerboard with 22 XJ frets.

The Snakebyte comes with a whole host of high-end components, including Sperzel locking tuners, Schaller straplocks, a Tonepros locking bridge / tailpiece, and EMG 81 (bridge) / EMG 60 (neck) active pickups.

The James Hetfield Snakebite is available in both the ESP and LTD versions, and are available in two finishes: either Black or Snow white, with a pearloid snake inlay on the fingerboard.

The Kirk Hammett Signature Series model is to be introduced as both an ESP KH-2 SE and LTD KH-SE, with both being special edition guitars limited to just 100 and 300 pieces worldwide respectively.

Highlighted by a stunning Metallic Greenburst finish, the ESP KH-2 SE offers neck-thru-body construction, a 25.5” scale, an alder body, and maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, 24 XJ frets (with frets 17-24 scalloped), and green pearloid skull inlays.

Other high-performance features include Gotoh tuners, EMG 81 (bridge) / EMG 60 (neck) active pickups, and an original Floyd Rose bridge. The LTD KH-SE has a bolt-on maple neck, a basswood body, ESP tuners and pickups, and a Floyd Rose Special bridge.

For further news and reviews and all the latest information for the discerning musician, look no further than Instrumania. And if you’re in the market for a new guitar we really are the site for you. We compare the prices of thousands of guitars for sale, bringing the very best deals online.

Legendary guitarist, Eric Clapton is bidding farewell to some of his trusty old Fenders in a charity auction scheduled for late January.

Bidders will be able to choose between a collection of over 70 instruments including a guitar that he played in the 2005 Cream reunion shows in London and New York.

Musical instruments from famous manufacturers such as Fender, Gibson, Martin, Marshall and Music Man will feature and the starting bids are only £190. Don’t expect to win much at the amount though as one Fender Stratocaster is expected to fetch around £19,000.

‘The instruments are a part of his history but most are affordable,’ said a spokesman for Bonhams.

Bonhams in Bond Street, London, will manage the auction from 23rd to 26th January 2011 and proceeds will go to The Crossroads Centre, an Antiguan rehabilitation clinic that was founded by the musician.