D’Addario, the world’s premier music accessories manufacturer, has introduced new additions to two of its popular string lines for guitars, including the new Balanced Tension Singles and ProSteel Electric Guitar Medium Gauge Set. These new offerings are the result of listening to customer feedback.
A complete redesign of the guitar strap adjustment allows for easy length changes while wearing the strap. With a tug of the proprietary tailpiece, the strap quickly adjusts to the exact height preference of the player. With a simple maneuver, the strap also can be extended without removing the guitar.
DiMarzio has announced the release of two new Illuminator humbucking pickups for 6-string electric guitars and two new Illuminator 7 humbucking pickups for 7-string electric guitars. The Illuminator and Illuminator 7 pickups were designed for Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s new Music Man JP13 guitar and are also available for retail sale from DiMarzio.
At this year's Summer NAMM Show, they released their 19:1-ratio line of tuners. The line features a few different varieties; locking and non-locking versions, contemporary versions and a vintage Fender version. I checked out the non-locking, contemporary version, also known as the KCDF-3805CL model.
Rivera Amplification has posted a new demo video for its RockCrusher Recording Power Attenuator, and you can check it out below. In the video, guitarist Joshua Ray records two different Rockcrusher Recording EQ demos against backing tracks, direct into Protools.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary of working with Zakk Wylde, EMG Pickups has announced its new Zakk Wylde Limited Set. The pickups are available in three versions: Buzzsaw, Bullseye and Vertigo. This run is limited to 600 sets, only 100 of each design.
Ronnie Van Zant was known for never writing down any of his lyrics. His logic was, if it’s good, it’s worth remembering. Who am I to argue with the original lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd? In a time when we can squint through a full movie on a cell phone or store an entire discography of a band we’ve never even listened to on our hard drive, why not record more stuff?
Most of us regard changing or replacing strings as arduous and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Depending upon the type of guitar you own, string changing can be accomplished in a matter of minutes. Constant repetition is the key — kind of like practicing — and as a guitarist, that’s what you do.