Sometimes a pedal is just a special effect that provides a certain texture or sonic surprise that is best used sparingly. Other pedals are designed as practical tools that can form the core of a guitarist’s sound. The Pigtronix Fat Drive and Philosopher’s Rock pedals fall into the latter category and have already earned permanent places on many pros’ pedal boards thanks to their excellent sound quality and no-nonsense designs. Best of all these pedals are sensibly priced, making any player’s quest for the ultimate tone a lot easier to reach.
The Fender bass. I love it, probably more than most, but like the Stratocaster, it is heavily copied. The classic feel and sound have kept those instruments current, even after 60 years. Speed things up to today: Technology says, “Hey, we can make a few minor improvements,” and, with money being tight, sometimes buying a cheaper instrument to upgrade later is the best route.
Everyone from White Zombie to the Allman Brothers Band pulls out the ol’ bottleneck in pop music. When you think about Lynyrd Skynryd’s “Free Bird,” are you humming the lyrics or are you humming the slide guitar line while fumbling for a cigarette lighter to hold in the air?
Peavey has announced its new line of DC Comics Super Heroes guitars. You can check out all three models in the photo gallery below. Available exclusively from Peavey (under license with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment), the new officially licensed instruments will feature Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and more, in highly detailed artwork on guitars, percussion instruments and accessories.
Reverend Guitars and Naked Body Guitars have collaborated on a one-of-a kind instrument, which will be raffled off for charity on April 28. The Reverend Warhawk II, painted to match a 1967 Mustang and equipped with a Railhammer Chisel pickup, will be raffled off along with the car to raise money for The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Rotosound has introduced a new 8-string set to its Roto Yellow series. The new 8-string set (R10-8) delivers a smooth, powerful tone. The gauges are 10, 13,17,30w, 42w, 54w, 64w and 74w ("w" denotes a wound string).