The following content is related to the September 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.
These videos are bonus content related to the December 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been checking out the Drum Thing, a passive, battery-free, output-only percussion box. Think of it as a sound-hole pickup in a metal box that you can stomp on, brush, tap on, sing into or all-out scream at it. I found two distinct uses for it: tapping on it to build metronome-like practice loops, and placing a ton of effects pedals after it and creating maddening noise loops.
The guys at Orange Amplification have just posted a series of new demo videos featuring guitarist Monte Pittman. From Orange: "Monte Pittman has just come out of the studio where he has been recording a series of high-quality videos demonstrating all Orange Amplification products. Monte has also just finished recording his third album, The Power of Three. To celebrate, Orange is debuting five of his most metal video demos!"
Paul Reed Smith guitar’s new permanent home at the Met, thanks to Warren and Kateryna Esanu, is celebrated by the public and dignitaries with a performance demonstration by John McLaughlin in the Met’s Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing. On October 7, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City accepted a PRS guitar into its permanent collection.
IK Multimedia has introduced the iRig BlueBoard, a new wireless MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac that gives guitarists, bassists, vocalists and keyboard players hands-free wireless control of mobile and Mac music apps. The iRig BlueBoard is now available from musical instrument and electronics retailers worldwide.
In this new video created and posted by Roland, Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big, the Winery Dogs) demonstrates the Roland CUBE Lite guitar amplifier. He also discusses how he uses it with the CUBE JAM app to prepare for performing live on tour.
There are many different shades of the Marshall sound, but every Marshall amp—from the Plexi through the JCM800 and Jubilee to the latest JVM models—delivers a certain instantly identifiable quality of tone, crunch and distortion.
Rock stars like Eric Clapton, Slash and Billy Gibbons inspire many custom guitar builders to make instruments, but William Gelvin’s Dice OPS guitar was influenced by an entirely different kind of celebrity: comedian Andrew Dice Clay. “I made a comment to Dice about him being a rock and roll comedian,” Gelvin says.