Though a half stack is sometimes necessary, it's overkill for the venues where most guitarists play ninety percent or more of their gigs. Most combos are too expensive or powerful, but with the new EVH 5150III 1x12 50-watt combo, EVH has designed a compact, portable combo that doesn't sacrifice the sound and versatility of the 5150III heads that Eddie Van Halen uses on stage and in the studio.
Guitar World Recommends shines the spotlight on new and noteworthy gear for guitarists. This week, Guitar World recommends the MXR Smart Gate Noise Gate pedal. Tame your hissing high-gain amp or silence your string of stompboxes with this ingenious pedal.
Boss has announced the DD-500 digital delay pedal. Filled with newly developed Boss technology, this stompbox offers 12 distinctive delay modes and superior audio quality, along with editing controls, a graphic display, patch memories and MIDI.
Ola Strandberg started work on his truly revolutionary Ergonomic Guitar System in 2007. While his first production series model—the Boden OS—is more of a “one-size-fits-all” instrument, it still offers players outrageously comfortable ergonomics.
Brian Setzer is one of the most famous Gretsch players of all time. The former Stray Cat guitarist has, as of last count, no fewer than one dozen Gretsch signature guitars, 10 of which are based on the celebrated 6120.
The value of Yamaha acoustics doesn’t stop at their entry-level instruments, as the company offers many models that deliver surprising bang for the buck throughout their entire acoustic range. Yamaha’s new AC6R is certainly one such example.
The Pettyjohn Electronics PettyDrive is a studio grade, dual channel analog overdrive pedal. This pedal is engineered to deliver the powerful tone and dynamic feel of boutique tube amps pushed to the edge of breakup.