World Music Supply | DBZ Guitars

Hey guys, I know its been a long, long time, but Brian of the World Music Supply blog has made his return! I was finally able to move around things in my schedule to yet again reasonably accommodate the blog, so lets get down to business. I am here to today to talk about some awesome guitars we have right now from our good friends over at DBZ. We here at World Music Supply love DBZ Guitars. Its as simple as that. They are high quality guitars, made with high quality parts, with precision workmanship, what’s not to like?
DBZ BARFMPL-FR-NS Barchetta FM Plus Series Electric Guitar

First up on the block today are the Barchetta Plus FM Series, these guys are amazing. I’ve been a big fan of the Barchetta body style since I first saw them a year or so back, their sleek strat style body, with its futuristic carved top body, and the classic vibe of the 3×3 headstock. It all adds up to a very stunning looking guitar. Back in those days though, the only versions of this guitar that I had ever laid eyes on were red, black and gray. Don’t get me wrong, those guitars were beautiful, and they played like a dream, but these guitars though, with their abalone binding, deep flamed maple tops, and matching headstock, they’re just a whole other level.

now of course they still have all of the same appointments as their non flamed maple counterparts, the DBZ signature neck contour, the floyd rose, the DBZ signature pickups with a push pull knob, and that big metal badge on the headstock, all of it puts this guitar some where between a workhorse of a guitar, and a luxury art piece. Form and functionality in harmony.

DBZ BARFM-FR-TBK Barchetta FM Flamed Maple Top Electric Guitar

DBZ BARFM-FR-TBK Barchetta FM Flamed Maple Top Electric Guitar

Amplified, the flamed maple adds a tiny bit to the guitars overall tone, but the big difference in tone seems to come from the mahogany, as opposed to the alder bodies of the LT series I am so familiar with. The tone seemed to be a little thicker, with a much heavier lower midrange bark. Alder had a balanced and almost focused sound, but this guitar paired with its mahogany body and stunning flamed maple top, well… it really growls at you. Chording on it felt nice and smooth, with enough presence to make sure I was heard over even the most over the top of drummers, and single note lines had a ferocity to them, an attitude almost. Someone could make a career off of this guitar, carry it with them from day one, be the symbol their recognized for. That’s the kind of guitar this is, it’s a guitar that will leave an impression.

DBZ BARFMPL-FR-SF Barchetta FM Plus Series Electric Guitar

DBZ BARFMPL-FR-SF Barchetta FM Plus Series Electric Guitar

Overall score, easy 10 out of 10

Long time readers of the WMS Blog will know that when it comes to guitars I have two real weaknesses, Telecasters, and White Lespauls. I really don’t know why its these two guitar styles, but they’re really powerful to me. So when the DBZ Bolero Calavera made its way into the WMS offices I had to look at the thing. Just stare at it. Its just so flashy, with its stylized metal truss rod cover, the old DBZ signature tailpiece, and oh yea, the giant metal tramp stamp (that’s what they call it, not me) that’s anchored to the lower bout of the guitar.

DBZ BOLCAL-WH Bolero Calavera Series Single Cutaway Electric Guitar

DBZ BOLCAL-WH Bolero Calavera Series Single Cutaway Electric Guitar

Other than the unusual appointments at either end of the guitar, this is a fairly typical Bolero. Mahogany body, maple top, ebonized rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and their DBZB and DBZ5 Pickups. Their also given some cool Pearloid purfling around the body as well, which really makes this guitar stand out. It might feel like a normal Bolero, but when I was playing it felt so different, it was almost like the sheer attitude of the guitar, made it another guitar. Like when you listen to some really old classic rock, you know the guitarists really aren’t that good, but you can’t quit listening. Even though their entire education must have come from one or at the most two mel bay guitar method books, you’re just captured by that sheer attitude that is exuded from their guitar.

That’s how this guitar felt, I knew it sounded almost the same as the bolero, maybe a tiny, tiny bit different because of the chunks of metal on the guitar, but this guitar just made me want to play different. It made me really slam into the guitar, dig in with my pick. I was all power chords and grit, sure the clean sound is cool and jazzy, and the single note lines are fat and clear, but look at this thing, your likely never going to play a clean line on this guitar, and sure you might play a solo here and there, but most of the work on a guitar like this is going to be very power chord heavy.

I loved this guitar, if not for the fact that it is a fantastic guitar just like the standard Bolero, but also because of its really heavy attitude. It made me play different, act different, it made me really want to crank up my amp, make my neighbors angry. That’s what this guitar felt like, it felt like what we all thought Rock & Roll was when we were little kids.

Overall score 9 out of 10. Because even though it is almost perfect, it is for a certain kind of guitarist, and that isn’t everyone.

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World Music Supply | B.C Rich Guitars

Hey guys Brian from World Music Supply here, bringing you some more gear and guitar reviews. If you follow us on Facebook, you’ve probably gotten the impression by now, that we are really trying to dial in the Halloween theme, and I’m doing my part by filling the remainder of the month of October with some more metal themed reviews. On Monday it was Jackson guitars, and today I have something just as frightening, because today I finally get to review some guitars from our friends over at B.C Rich.

B.C Rich Guitars

B.C Rich Guitars

B.C Rich actually didn’t start out as the metal guitar creating company they are today,  once upon a time, in the early 60’s a man named Bernardo Chavez Rico exclusively constructed, and worked on flamenco guitars in Bernardo’s Guitar Shop in Las Angeles. He kept at his construction of classical and Flemenco guitars for many years, until around 1969 when he began his first attempts at constructing electric guitars and basses, based around popular designs of the time, few of which survive to this day. However in 1972 he constructed his first original design, the Seagull, and later in 1976, with the help of his growing team of craftsmen came the Mockingbird and the Eagle. The late 70’s saw the rise of the Bich, with its unusual 10 string design, and the early 80’s welcomed the Warlock to the ever growing B.C Rich family.  The transition from classical guitar maker, to metal guitar master is a slow process, but through the years these guitars have gained a level of class and detail that is a signature of the whole brand.

The BC Rich Avenge SOB Electric Guitar

The BC Rich Avenge SOB Electric Guitar

In today’s review, the first guitar I got to put my greedy paws on was the B.C Rich Avenge SOB, which is a much more modern and distinct version of their already distinctive Warlock, with a slimmer, less bulky body than their Beast model. This is important to keep in mind, as even though it might look like a vampiric version of the warlock, the SOB actually translates to Son Of Beast, and boy is this thing a beast. The guitar is surprisingly comfortable, and the light weight basswood body is actually very ergonomic. The sharp pointy body is wrapped in B.C Rich’s signature Onyx black finish, with bright bloody red bevels all over the guitar, which translates to a very ominous appearance.

The electronics are rather straight forward, as is the over all set up of the guitar, just a single high output BDSM humbucker, a single volume, and a string thru body, and Tune-O-Matic bridge. Plugged in this bad boy had loads of cut, with a bright cutting sound. Clean the sound was a little brittle, but nothing some good old EQ couldn’t take care of. Although, if you can’t tell from the shape or over all vibe of this guitar, it probably won’t see much time on a clean setting, so I didn’t test this guitar on one for very long. Dropping the tuning a little, and turning up the gain was everything this guitar needed, as this guitar’s slightly bright sound, translates into thick, destructive distortion when the strings are tuned down a tad.

This guitar was great for hours of down tuned riffing, sweep picking, and chugging, machine gun style riffing, and although it’s not normally my cup of tea, this guitar definitely draws those angry riffs out of you. The neck was super comfortable, and was thin enough that shredding on it was no real problem. The simplified controls weren’t an issue either, because most shred heavy guitarists know you don’t really use a tone control, or a neck pickup all that often, however it would have helped warm the sound up a bit. Overall the Avenge SOB was one beast of a guitar, and easily deserves its 9 out of 10 rating, to be honest the only reason I didn’t give it a 10, is I feel like the lack of tonal options might be a slight turn off to lead guitarists, even though most rhythm guitarists will be over joyed at the simplicty.

The B.C Rich JRV Standard in Metallic Red

The B.C Rich JRV Standard in Metallic Red

Next up is the B.C Rich JRV Standard which is their answer to the standard flying V. With its sharp corners, and fighter jet than lines, this guitar is metal through and through. The metallic red finish was a nice touch, and helps add to the late 80’s shred feel that the most flying V’s tends to give off. The Floyd Rose trem, and blistering Duncan designed pickups also give this guitar all of the power it needs to hang with even the heaviest of shredders.

On a clean setting this guitar is actually pleasing, with big warm tones, and smooth, even sustain, but just like with the last guitar, this one will probably only see, at the most, 10% of its life in a clean channel, because guitars with this many sharp corners just look like they need to be distorted. Cranking the gain, and dropping the tuning a tad, this V screamed to life.

The tone was biting, but with a full, even body thanks to the Duncan designed pickups. There was plenty of output on tap, and the sound of the chugging rhythms this guitar can create are just down right brutal. However this guitar is no slouch when it comes to shred style runs either, with a flatter fingerboard radius, and a full 24 frets of room to run, I had no problem climbing up and down at break neck speeds. This guitar is a metal machine, and most hard rock or metal guitarists wouldn’t go wrong choosing it for their go to guitar. For its bad to the bone sound, and do anything attitude the B.C Rich JRV Standard earns itself a solid 10 out of 10.

World Music Supply | Jackson Guitars

Hey guys, Brian here with World Music Supply again, sorry for the myriad of interruptions with the blog last week, what with me being sick, and my hours being rearranged here at the office in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, the blog accidently just got pushed to the back burner, and you as the reader suffered. Not to worry, because we now return to our regularly scheduled blogging, and today I got a chance to sit and review some products from our awesome friends over at Jackson guitars. First up is the JS32RT Dinky.

The Jackson JS32RT Dinky Electric Guitar Transparent Black

The Jackson JS32RT Dinky Electric Guitar Transparent Black

The JS32RT Dinky features a transparent Black finished flamed top, and a string through Tune-O-Matic style JT390 tailpiece. This guitar is a different beast than most Jackson Dinky’s as many of them feature a more “Fender” esque bridge, rather than a string through  style, this all results in little different sounding guitar, with a slightly different sound than it’s brethren. Add its unique construction, in with the fact that this guitar is armed with Jackson CVR2 humbuckers, with their blisteringly high output, and this guitar just screams rock! The action on the neck is smooth and well balanced thanks to its compound radius fretboard, without any dead frets or buzzing anywhere along the neck. The neck was smooth, and easy to play, and the Dinky body, with its slightly smaller shape fit like a glove.

Plugged into a clean amp, this guy had a lot of cool clean tones, with big warm chord tones, and bright, strident single notes. The Indian Cedro body, had a very unique and warm tone to it, which fit the over all sound of the guitar well, especially when I cranked up the gain on the amp and let this guitar shine. The high output pickups had a big, bold character to them that was never lost in chords or in quick runs along the neck. They stayed clear at all times, never muddying up, or losing their warm, yet cutting edge. Overall for a guitar that costs as little as this one does, to have tones like this, is down right unheard of, but pair the tones, and the price with the stunning looks, and unique hardware and the JS32RT Dinky easily earns itself a solid 9 out of 10.

The Jackson RRXT Rhoads Electric Guitar in Black

The Jackson RRXT Rhoads Electric Guitar in Black

Next up is the RRXT Rhoads with Duncan designed pickups, long time readers will know by now that I love Jackson Rhoads, mainly because I looked up to Randy Rhoads quite a bit in my early days as a guitarist, the image of that offset V is just so powerful to a young mind. Now this one is armed to the teeth, with a Neck through body that features Jacksons Speed Neck profile, a Tone Pros tailpiece and Duncan Designed HB-102 pickups.

Clean this guitar has a unique and interesting character, with lots of sustain and warmth, and a focused sound that had a neat way of cutting and pushing itself through the mix. The neck was just as its name implied, fast. The slim, yet not too slim taper of the neck, as well as the smooth finish lead this neck to feel almost like it wasn’t really there, it was just my fingers and that fretboard. The ability to play fast lines was almost unparalleled and the added sustain of the neck through design was equally amazing. The pickups had a lot of body to them, with a warm, vocal like character.

Distorted, this guitar was more of the same, the tone was still bold and powerful, never muddy, and defined across all the strings. The bridge pickup was fiery, and had more crunch and cut than I could imagine, and the neck pickup was warm and vocal, with a roundness to it that complemented the bridge pickup quite well. At the end of the day, this guitar is amazing, with a comfortable and memorable body shape, a sound that can do anything you ask of it, and sustain for days. The RRXT Rhoads definitely deserves its 10 out of 10 rating.

World Music Supply | DBZ Guitars

Hey everybody, it’s Brian here with World Music Supply, and I’m here to talk to you about some of the cool new stuff that we’re getting here at WMS. Today, I want to talk a little more about DBZ Guitars. As I’ve mentioned before, DBZ is the brain child of Dean B. Zelinsky, who parted ways with Dean Guitars in mid 2008. In order to give Mr. Zelinsky “personal control over design, direction and quality” he started DBZ guitars shortly after his parting ways with his former company. Since then he has been crafting a lot of sleek, beautiful guitars, a few of which I’m going to discuss in today’s blog.

The DBZ Bolero

The DBZ Bolero

First up is the Bolero, a tasteful new take on the classic LP single cut design. This guitar is just different enough to feel interesting and just familiar enough as to not be off putting, it features the iconic mahogany body with a maple top, and a comfortable soft V neck profile on its mahogany neck. It features the DBZB/DBZ5 that I reviewed so favorably on the barchettas a few posts back, and they don’t disappoint here either. They have the right mix of bright and dark from the bridge pickup to the neck pickup so you never run out of useful tones in this guitar, and with the inclusion of a coil split, you also have some decent strat and tele esc tones hidden away in this guitar too. With its more iconic wood combination, of a maple and mahogany body, and a mahogany neck, this guitar tends to sound a little warmer than the Barchetta LT, and a little rounder the fire breathing monsters in the bare bones line. Overall this is a nice choice for the guitarist who wants to have an LP style guitar, but doesn’t want to look like everyone else, with so many powerful tones, and such handsome looks, I give the Bolero a 10 out of 10 easy.

The DBZ Imperial in Cherry Sunburst

The DBZ Imperial in Cherry Sunburst

Next up on the chopping block is the Imperial line, a guitar that I am outright amazed by. It’s a relatively standard looking jazz guitar shape, like a semi hollow body, but without the hollow part, what amazes me is that the Imperial has such a thin body, and when I say thin I mean 5/8 of an inch at the edge thick, that is THIN. 

The DBZ Imperial

The DBZ Imperial

The body curves out a bit more in the middle, but by and large, this guitar is so thin, when you wear an Imperial, it almost doesn’t feel like it’s there, which is an interesting, and comfortable feeling. This guitar sounds a lot snappier than the Bolero thanks to this thinner body, it’s somewhere between a jazz box, and a telecaster, as it has a little bit more of a twangy edge when played clean and a little more presence in the mix when played distorted, but it also has that warm round bottom end that is reminiscent of big body jazz guitars. With the inclusion of the coil splitter this guitar can do basically anything, from twangy country licks, big bodied rock rhythms, and if you drop the tuning a little, it can even grind out some serious metal. The neck is the same as the Bolero, that soft V that fits your hand like a glove, making playing very long sessions so much more comfortable. For its plethora of awesome tones, and its unique razor thin body, the Imperial easily snags a 10 out of 10.

The DBZ Cavallo

The DBZ Cavallo

Then we have the Cavallo, which is a classic V style guitar, with the slight exception of having a heavily sculpted maple top. This carving seemed strange at first, but once you start playing it, you realize that it is thinned only around the controls, and where your arm would naturally either swing when playing standing up, or where your arm would rest when sitting down. The Cavallo is oddly comfortable, and the sounds are just as pleasing. The Cavallo has the same pickup combo as the rest of the guitars thus far in the review. Its tones are a little bit bolder than the Imperial, but not as defined as the Bolero, playing it through a little tube amp, the Cavallo gave me everything from bone dry clean tones, dirty AC/DC style drive, all the way to big hair metal style grind. All in all I like the Cavallo, and as far as V’s go, this one is easily in my top 3. I give the Cavallo a 9 out of 10, only because those carves in the top might be a little off putting to people who like a more traditional V.

The Floyd Rose Equipped DBZ Cavallo

The Floyd Rose Equipped DBZ Cavallo

However, stepping a little more away from the traditional V mold we do have a variant of the Cavallo which sports a locking floyd rose, a welcome change of pace. Now I was able to do light fluttery warbles in the clean setting, Van Halen style dive bombs when I had the amp dimed, and when I used some real distortion I got everything from Dimebag style squeals to Joe Satriani style screaming harmonics. Adding the agility that a floyd affords you to an already amazingly versatile guitar takes it from a 9 out of 10 to a solid 10 out of 10, who would have thought such a little change would bring out so much more potential in this guitar

The DBZ Venom

The DBZ Venom

Lastly in the line up is something way out of the traditional, but what we all honestly expected from DBZ guitars, a solid down to earth metal guitar. The Venom is a V style guitar that more closely resembles a battle axe than it does the 1950s era styling of its cousins. Along with the much more metal stylings, it comes in gun metal grey, and silver, both of which help to accentuate the battle axe feeling of this instrument. Unlike all the other guitars in this review, this guitar is equipped with different pickups, that’s right folks, the Venom is armed with a pair of USA made EMG 81/85s that just scream when you play this thing. Its clean tone is a tad darker than the rest of the DBZs as a result, but this isn’t a bad thing as these guitars probably wont spend much time in a clean, low gain setting. With a distorted tone, these guitars come alive, with full bodied tones that have more than enough output for any situation, and more than enough bark and bite to fulfill any hard rock or metal guitarists wildest dreams. With its Floyd rose trem, and its wickedly hot EMG pickups, this guitar deserves more than the 10 out of 10 I can award it. Lets just say this, if you are hunting for the cream of the crop of metal guitars, the Venom might just be it.

So there you have it folks, some amazingly versatile, and amazingly powerful new guitars from DBZ, all of them with a unique voice, and their own amazingly unique styling,  so how about you go on over to World Music Supply today and order your own DBZ today, and quit looking and sounding like everyone else out there, start being unique with a new DBZ!

World Music Supply | DBZ Barchetta

Hey guys, its Brian here with World Music Supply, and today, I want to talk a little about DBZ Guitars. DBZ is the brain child of Dean B. Zelinsky, who parted ways with Dean Guitars in mid 2008. In order to give Mr. Zelinsky “personal control over design, direction and quality” he started DBZ guitars shortly after parting ways with his former company.

DBZ Barchetta LT Premier Series in Red

DBZ Barchetta LT Premier Series in Red

We here at World Music Supply currently carry the DBZ Barchetta, a guitar with all the sonic fire power and visual flash a modern shredder could ask for. We carry the LT Premier series in both the string through hardtail, and the Floyd Rose Pro equipped versions. This series of guitars all feature a heavily carved top, the signature Dean Zelinsky neck profile that is neither too fat, or too skinny, and a set of great sounding DBZ humbucking pickups. We also carry the Absinthe which is a Barchetta style guitar with a special Absinthe graphic, Grover tuners, a Floyd Rose Special, an ebonized rosewood fretboard and special diamond inlays. Lastly we also carry the Bare Bones Series of DBZ guitars, which are Barchetta style guitars, which all feature sleek graphic finishes, a Floyd Rose Special Tremolo, Grover tuners, and a set neck with an ebonized rosewood fretboard with upgraded bare bones inlays.

DBZ Bare Bones Series Devil Graphics

DBZ Bare Bones Series Devil Graphics

Ive gotten the opportunity to test drive a few of these guitars, and was thoroughly impressed by them in every way. The body style looks far more impressive in person, and pictures just don’t do this guitar justice. It hung comfortably on a strap, and the body bevels made it just as comfortable to play. The tone of these guitars is thick, with no range of the guitar over powering another, and the Floyd Rose worked wonderfully, coming safely back to pitch no matter how far I pushed or pulled it. The ability to coil tap the pickups was a fun feature, and provided me a bit of spanky, single coil tone, which is a nice addition to an already nice guitar.

These were designed by DBZ to be metal and hard rock guitars, and while I understand they were designed to be the guitar equivalent of fire breathing monsters. With the gain turned down I was able to wrangle some rather respectable classic rock tones, and with a clean tone, and the coils split, these guitars even do a fairly impressive impersonation of a strat, so even though they’re marketed as metal guitars, these are very versatile instruments.

DBZ Barchetta FR LT Premier Series in Black

DBZ Barchetta FR LT Premier Series in Black

Because of this amazing versatility, in my book the Barchetta series a pure 10 out of 10, as they are stunning guitars at a jaw dropping price, with features and quality rarely found in a guitar in this price range. So why don’t you do yourself a favor, and head on over to Worldmusicsupply.com and snag yourself one of these fantastic guitars before they’re all gone.