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?
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).
ISP Technologies went to Winter NAMM 2013 armed with several exciting new products. The all-new THETA Preamp Pedal, Stealth Power Amp, G112 Passive Guitar Cabinet, Vector 210 Guitar Subwoofer and the Bass Vector 210 Bass Guitar Cabinet all made excellent first impressions with everyone at the show.
Seymour Duncan has announced the worldwide launch of its Whole Lotta Humbucker pickups. More than a year ago, the company launched the set as a limited-edition UK exclusive. It was based on Duncan's experience working at the Fender Soundhouse with artists like Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and many others.
Decibel Eleven has introduced the Pedal Palette, the first fully analog loop bypass switcher, router and mixer. It provides guitar players with the ability to instantly swap pedal effects order at any time. Features include four pedal effects loops with true relay bypass, ability to swap pedal order instantly and assign any effects loop to parallel mix bus. Also includes optional Class A discrete input buffer, ability to store and recall up to 128 preset configurations and sync multiple Pedal Palettes with MIDI.
Radial Engineering Ltd. has announced the StageBug SB-1, an ultra-compact direct box designed to fit inside the string pocket of a guitar case. Radial Sales Manager Roc Bubel explains: "Radial already makes more types of direct boxes than any other manufacturer. So adding another model to our line up is not something we would do unless we had good reason. In this case, it really came down to getting inside the case! Today, more and more musicians are traveling light in order to keep costs down.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the LR Baggs booth to check out some new gear. This video profiles the company's new Lyric Acoustic Microphone for acoustic guitars.