Using any combination of aftermarket undersaddle and soundhole pickups, or just onboard electronics, will play an important role in amplifying your acoustic guitar. But once your acoustic instrument is plugged into a PA or acoustic amplifier, what gets lost in translation are the overall low-end, upper-end harmonics and warmth from your acoustic.
As the Black Label Society's leader (and Ozzy's guitarist for more years than anyone else), Zakk Wylde has become infamous for his brew-tal riffage and lethal lead style. Remarkably, though, he also has a soul-stirring softer side.
Who doesn’t like a power ballad, that soft underbelly of a hard rocker that's rarely seen in the light of day? You’ve probably heard the story: the power ballad often is the biggest hit for heavier bands, opening up their music to the love-song-loving masses.
A fan of classical music, Randy Rhoads was one of the first American guitarists to successfully incorporate classical music elements into heavy metal. (“Euro-metal” guitarists, including Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth and Michael Schenker, had also experimented with melding the two genres.)
On July 24, 1997, George Harrison dropped by VH1 with his old friend Ravi Shankar to discuss Shankar's new album, Chants of India, which Harrison had produced and played on. According to host John Fugelsang, Harrison had only planned to stop by and “give us a little 10-minute sound byte.”
The acoustic guitar amplifier is an unusual beast. The most ideal designs generally combine the powerful, clean performance of a professional sound system with the tone shaping capabilities, effects, and portability that guitarists demand.
In the decades since his passing, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon’s legend has continued to grow, both for his contributions to the Beatles and his accomplishments as a solo artist. Even so, he is rarely singled out for his acoustic guitar playing. This is perhaps due to the spotlight-grabbing abundance of “stand- alone” acoustic Beatles cuts written by Paul McCartney, such as “Blackbird,” “Yesterday,” “Michelle” and “Mother Nature’s Son.”
When it came time to decide on a project for the 2014 Summers Woodworking 2x4 Contest, Steve Carmichael of the Carmichael Workshop knew immediately what he wanted to make. A guitar. So Carmichael built an acoustic version of a Telecaster using a single 8-foot 2x4.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new "live session" video by the Revivalists. The song is from their new album, Men Amongst Mountains, which was released this summer via Wind-up Records. You can watch the new video—and hear the original album version of the song—below.
Today, Acoustic Nation brings you the exclusive premiere of “Blue Above the Green,” a new song by Canadian singer-songwriter Mike Edel. The song appears on Edel’s new album, India, Seattle, which is set for an an October 16 release.