"We’ve been in the studio so long -- a war has come and gone, and we're still stuck in here!" A heavy weariness, quite evident behind James Hetfield's steely gaze, underscores the intense pressure that has been Metallica's constant as they labored over the past few months to record Metallica, their first album in over three years, and fifth overall.
There are probably more than 300 models of overdrive, distortion and fuzz pedals in production today. How do you decide which one is right for you? Well, good readers, it’s time to practice your licks and get ready to blow some tweeters as we show you 10 things you should know before you buy a fuzz box.
PRS Guitars has announced its new S2 Series of instruments. The new models — the S2 Mira, S2 Starla and S2 Custom 24 — offer the fit, feel, and attention to detail of PRS craftsmanship in a fresh, straightforward design.
Electro-Harmonix has reissued its CMOS Hot Tubes Overdrive pedal. Originally released in 1978, the EHX Hot Tubes was designed to replicate the organic overdrive of a vintage tube amp. The reissue Hot Tubes is a faithful re-creation of the original design, but presented in a compact, nano-sized chassis.
Expanding its range of overdrive, fuzz and distortion pedals that began with the iconic LPB-1 Linear Power Booster and Big Muff Pi, Electro-Harmonix now introduces its first pedal designed around a JRC4558 integrated circuit: the East River Drive.
Developed and refined over many years, the PRS David Grissom signature amplifiers “DG Custom 30” and “DG Custom 50” and signature “DG Custom 2x12 cabinet” bring David’s discriminating tone to players looking for a highly-responsive, musical amp rig.
Epiphone has been an eye-catching brand pretty much from the company’s inception 140 years ago. In the early part of the 20th century, Epiphone’s ornate, stylish New York City guitars provided stiff competition for the more staid models coming out of Gibson’s Kalamazoo, Michigan, plant. So it is ironic that Gibson ended up owning the Epiphone brand, which it purchased in 1957.
Visual Sound has introduced its VS-XO Premium Dual Overdrive pedal. The pedal offers two unique, flawless overdrives, plus a Pure Tone buffer on/off and separate Input and Output available for each channel.