DR’s VERITAS ™ a New Category of Acoustic Guitar String
DR’s VERITAS ™ a New Category of Acoustic Guitar String
DR’s VERITAS ™ a New Category of Acoustic Guitar String

DR’s VERITAS ™ a New Category of Acoustic Guitar String

DR Strings is pleased to announce VERITAS™, a revolutionary and patented new type of Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar string, with longer life and no surface coating or treatment.

Accurate Core Technology© (ACT©) is at the heart of VERITAS™ strings.  DR’s patented Accurate Core Technology© strengthens and perfects any variations of the core wire.  The core wire is far stronger and more accurate along its entire length for highly improved pitch stability and longer life.

Beta testing feedback was particularly positive, with players noting VERITAS™ strings’ robust and resonant tone, excellent sustain and extreme stability in alternate tuning applications, all at an affordable price point. VERITAS™ are available in standard Extra Light, Custom Light, Light and Medium gauged sets.

“I can play 4 or more concerts with one set of VERITAS™.  I used to play one concert with other strings,” notes Stefan Grossman.  “Love the way they sound,” adds Happy Traum.

DR VERITAS Flyer (1)-1

DR VERITAS Flyer (1)-2

Geezer Butler & Ashdown built for ‘The End’ and beyond…
Geezer Butler & Ashdown built for ‘The End’ and beyond…

Geezer Butler & Ashdown built for ‘The End’ and beyond…

We are extremely proud to welcome Mr Geezer Butler to the Ashdown family…

During the past 18 months we have been busy working on a number of new projects and custom rigs for various bass players, but none have been as exciting as this.
 After talking extensively with Geezer’s long standing tech, Terry Welty about Geezer’s touring needs, we had a few ideas for a solution, able to withstand the rigours of the road with some very specific features to meet his needs.


So, we got to work on a rig of Doom, destined for ‘The End’, based on our late great friend John Entwistle’s final touring set up, the premise was to be able to separate the high and low signals to suit his current custom stage cabinets which consists of 4 x 412’s and 4 x 215’s.

We took an original JE pre amp and came up with a few specific modifications; they needed to be able to split the signals to run 4 cabs for the full range signal into the 412’s so we modified the existing two-way crossover to a custom transformer derived crossover able to power 4 outputs to feed the two APM-1000’s that would drive his on stage 412’s.


This was also mimicked with an identical pre-amp and power amp configuration to power the Low pass signals for his 4 on stage 215’s. Geezer also needed a little more grit in his tone, so we increased the current to the pre-amps on board JJ-12-AX7 tube to give it much more of a rich harmonic distortion to suit his legendary tone.

This was quite a challenge in itself as many of the parts originally used to build Entwistle’s rig back in 2001 are no longer available. Luckily one of our engineers had squirreled away a small reserve of parts we had shelved in 2002 after John’s untimely death. So, we got to work and the result is seen below and is being used on stage for ‘The End’ tour. There needed to be two identical rigs due to the touring schedule, so in the end we built 9 custom power amps the APM-1000’s along with 4 Custom RPM-GB pre amps.


We are honoured to have such an in influential and legendary bass player using our amps, especially for this tour. Geezer has always had a very special place in our hearts as bass players, from learning his bass lines to perform at school assemblys in the 70’s to today when we stick on ‘NIB’ or ‘Hand of Doom’ in the office. Geezer laid a path for bass players around the globe, one so unique that to this day he continues to inspire new bass players. Setting a new standard in meaning of LOW-END.

For the past 3 years Geezer has also been using one of our CTM-15 drop head combos as his dressing room rig for his pre show warm up.

On Thursday18th February 2016 we flew over to Detroit to meet up with Geezer and Terry at their show to go through the rig, make a few cosmetic changes and make sure everything was working as expected. It was!… We had a great day running through the rig and changing the front panels to a new custom (just of Geezer) front panel with a new two colour screen with an off white border and a Sabbath purple overlay.


It was a long day having flown over from London the day before, but we got the rig built and ready before line check and sound check… Standing on stage in front of the wall of doom while it was being played really was very special, “ground shaking and devastating” is all we can say, a huge wall of tone with “lots of low end punch and definition. And the mids and top end were clear as a bell” – one person commented.


Post sound check we got to work on the rest of the rig to make sure all was good to send on tour across the world. Show time came and the excitement in the sold out Palace Arena in Auburn Hills was out of this world as they kicked into a greatest hits set, opening with the 1970 single ‘Black Sabbath’. The band were on fine form and wonderful to see them enjoying it as much today as ever before. This show was a special one for Tony Iommi who was celebrating his ‘49th’ Birthday. Ozzy led proceedings by singing Happy Birthday and presenting him with a Birthday Cake. They went on to perform an epic two-hour set full of classics.

After the show we had a nice chat with Geezer who was made up by the custom rig and excited to be using Ashdown on the tour. It really was an honour to shake the ‘hand of doom’ and be able to say thanks for the opportunity of working with him. As you can tell by Dan’s face, he was a little chuffed to say the least! It really does mean the world to us – being a small family run company and getting the opportunity to work with such a legendary bass player.


“It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard. In that moment Heavy Metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England barely out of their teens.

Now it ENDS, the final tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osborne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible BLACK SABBATH story.

Sabbaths’s farewell tour, ‘The End’ began on January 20, 2016 and it promises to surpass all previous tours with their most mesmerizing production ever. When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END. The final chapter of one of most legendary bands in Rock ’n Roll history.” – Black Sabbath Press Release

We are proud to be a part of such a momentous occasion in the history of such a ground-breaking band.

“This combination of amp and preamp is the closest I have found to emulate the ‘old school’ sound I had in the 70’s, with its punch and clarity it has the sound of DOOM I love” – Geezer Butler

Keep an eye out on more news from the tour as it picks up its pace late into the year.
We would like to say a special thanks to Mr Geezer Butler, Terry Welty and Mike Clement for making this dream come true.

Click HERE for tour info.
Click HERE to download the interactive press release.
Click HERE to download high res images and text files from this press release.

Rotosound’s Free Strings On Instagram!
Rotosound’s Free Strings On Instagram!

Rotosound’s Free Strings On Instagram!

Free Strings On Instagram!

 Recently we announced our presence on Instagram, the fastest growing major social media network!

Now it is even more important that you make sure you and your dealers are following our page and sharing our special content!


We are running an ongoing consumer competition on Instagram where end users can win free sets of Rotosound strings!

The consumer takes a selfie with their favourite Rotosound string packs and posts it to Instagram for a chance to win a free set of strings.

The pictures need to be hastgagged #stringpackselfie and linked to @rotosound_uk and each week the factory will chose their favourite, who will then win a free set of Rotosound strings!

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Cort Earth Mini
Cort Earth Mini

Cort Earth Mini

Advanced Scalloped X-bracing

We have carefully scalloped the bracing on the Earth-Mini providing that big tone with the classic bang of vintage acoustics from the golden age of guitar building.

3/4 Scale

The 3/4 scale makes for a professional sounding travel guitar or the perfect first guitar for the young student.


  • Dovetail Neck Joint
  • N/A
  • 3/4 mini Dreadnought(82*101mm body depth), Solid Spruce Top with Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Mahogany
  • N/A
  • Rosewood, 43mm Nut Width
  • 20
  • 22 3/4″ (578mm)
  • White Dot
  • Die cast Nickel with Black Knobs
  • Rosewood
  • N/A
  • D’Addario USA EXP16 Light
  • Advanced X Bracing
  • Included Gig bag
  • Earth-Mini OP – Open Pore

Guns N’ Rotosound!
Guns N’ Rotosound!

Guns N’ Rotosound!

In 1987 Guns N’ Roses released their groundbreaking debut rock album Appetite for Destruction, which went on to become the biggest selling debut album of all time.

Driving along the hard-edged sound of the band was bass player Duff McKagan. Duff used Rotosound Swing Bass strings to achieve the distinctive, punchy sound heard on the album and has relied on our strings ever since!

“One constant in my ever-changing careers and thoughts on rhythm, has been my Rotosound Swing Bass strings. Nothing else comes close!”

– Duff McKagan

It was announced in December 2015 that the original Guns N’ Roses lineup featuring Duff will be reunited for the first time in 20 years to go on tour in 2016.

Following a successful NAMM show Rotosound’s Jason How was invited to attend the band’s rehearsals this week in Los Angeles, to meet with Duff and look to the future together.

Be on the look out for some exciting news from Rotosound later in 2016!

NAMM 2016: Cort Guitars Announces Frank Gambale Signature Model
NAMM 2016: Cort Guitars Announces Frank Gambale Signature Model

NAMM 2016: Cort Guitars Announces Frank Gambale Signature Model

Cort Guitars has announced its new Frank Gambale Signature Model acoustic guitar.

The Frank Gambale Signature Model is a concert-body-shaped acoustic guitar. It features a solid Adirondack spruce top, a flamed blackwood back and sides, a mahogany neck, an ebony fingerboard featuring a custom inlay, an ebony bridge, gold tuners, and a 43 mm nut.

Each Frank Gambale Signature Model is equipped with an LR Baggs EAS-VTC EQ and includes a guitar case with purchase.

Gambale has spent nearly four decades playing, writing, recording, performing and teaching. His sweep-picking technique revolutionized guitar playing and continues to inspire generations of musicians in all genres.

A graduate of GIT and former instructor at the music school, Gambale has released numerous instructional books and DVDs, in addition to 20 studio albums, plus live albums and collaborative projects. A prolific and innovative songwriter, he has published over 200 songs and continues to tour with his various groups internationally.

To learn more about Cort Guitars, visit their NAMM booth #4456 in Hall C or online at cortguitars.com.

Source: http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2016-cort-guitars-announces-frank-gambale-signature-model/26145

Announcing! DR Strings New Packaging Design
Announcing! DR Strings New Packaging Design

Announcing! DR Strings New Packaging Design

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DR Strings New Corrosion Proof Package
DR Strings New Corrosion Proof Package

DR Strings New Corrosion Proof Package

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