It’s no surprise that a signature model guitar designed by Megadeth lead guitarist Chris Broderick and Jackson Custom Shop master builder Mike Shannon is a lean-and-mean shred machine. However, the Jackson Chris Broderick Soloist 6 is packed with so many ergonomic and performance enhancements that players who aren’t into Megadeth or even metal in general should check it out as well.
When music aficionados speak of Detroit, they tend to go on and on about the slew of rock bands and R&B groups to come out of the area. When you consider the sheer number of rock legends and near-legends from the area, it's easy to see how one could spend hours discussing the Stooges, the MC5, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, The White Stripes, etc.
The Palmer Pocket Amp is worth its keep by acting as a headphone amp, DI box, overdrive/distortion effects pedal and a re-amp amplifier simulator box. All this is packed inside one rugged box that's tough enough for stage use and can be tossed around in a gig bag until its next use.
Designed for musicians with bigger hands, the Hollow Body is a new take on a classic semi-hollow, double-cut design. The width of the neck is increased to 1 7/8” (47.625mm) at the nut, providing the player an increased string spacing of 0.315” (8mm) to allow all notes of a chord to ring clear and is best for execution of single note runs.
Paul Gilbert combines technical proficiency with incredible musicianship and a deep knowledge of theory. Because he derives most of his tone from his hands and highly refined approach, he requires superbly balanced and quiet pickups that won’t present any barriers to his musical expression.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario tries out the latest high-gain offering from Peavey, the new XXX II, a 120-watt amp sporting four EL34's in the power section and four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section.
If you want to improve your guitar’s tone, the best place to start is at the source—the strings. In recent years, almost every major string manufacturer has made enhancements to its products—from more precise windings to advanced coatings—that can make your guitar play and sound like an entirely new instrument. Here are six recent product breakthroughs worth checking out.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario checks out the curvaceous new Dean Custom 550 Floyd, which featues active EMG 81 and EMG 85 pickups along with a Floyd Rose 1000 locking vibrator unit.