Without the right tone coming out of your amp, it’s easy to get disappointed during recording sessions, gigging or practicing at home. It’s all about what you hear that counts. And if anyone knows about amplifier tone, it’s Jim Sabella.
As you read along this week, please excuse any typos or grammatical sloppiness you may encounter, as I’ve given myself a limit on the time allotted for the creation of this piece. In efforts to, hopefully, illustrate a point (if only to myself), in exactly T minus 20 minutes I will, despite all completest urges, stop writing.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of my idols, David Spinozza. From 1970 through the '80s, NYC was a hot spot for studio work. I came into the game in the early '80s. But David was one of the names I followed, along with others like Elliot Randall, Steve Kahn and John Tropea. They owned the guitar seats on countless sessions, and David happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Last week, I attended PRS Guitars' sixth annual open-house event known as Experience PRS. If you’re a fan of PRS Guitars or just guitars in general, this free event at the Stevensville, Maryland, factory is a must-see. It truly is meant to be “experienced.” One item that struck me is the SE Custom 24 7-String, which happens to be PRS Guitars' first 7-string production instrument in their SE series of guitars.
Equal parts badass guitar slinger and sweet songstress, Michelle Malone artfully balances her penchant for ripping it through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection and vocals that range from sublime to raucous. On Malone’s latest album, Day 2, which is set to release on October 5, every facet shines.
In the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to have two Top 40 records full of guitar-driven rock and roll in a time when we all hear the "Rock is dead" phrase way too often. That being said, we spend nine months a year on a tour bus and are not able to get into world-class or even local recording studios when the creative juices start flowing.
Back by popular demand, it's Jimmy Brown's classic Guitar World column, Guitar 101. In the first installment, Jimmy begins a 3-part series on one of the first things a new guitarist wants to do: play fast!
Let’s get into some microphone placement techniques. Assuming you’re using a dynamic microphone such as a Shure SM57, here are some general rules and guidelines to keep in mind. Assuming you’re using a dynamic microphone such as a Shure SM57, here are some general rules and guidelines to keep in mind ...
I have an insatiable soft spot for handmade pedals that offer a point of difference as well as killer sound. That combination is incredibly hard to resist, especially when it’s topped off by cosmetics that include glitter, a happy vibe and customer service that completes the package.
A great place to start is the immortal “Hey Joe,” written by Billy Roberts in 1962 and recorded in the mid-'60s by many different bands, such as The Standells, The Surfaris, Love, The Byrds and, most notably, Jimi Hendrix.