There are many different shades of the Marshall sound, but every Marshall amp—from the Plexi through the JCM800 and Jubilee to the latest JVM models—delivers a certain instantly identifiable quality of tone, crunch and distortion.
Rock stars like Eric Clapton, Slash and Billy Gibbons inspire many custom guitar builders to make instruments, but William Gelvin’s Dice OPS guitar was influenced by an entirely different kind of celebrity: comedian Andrew Dice Clay. “I made a comment to Dice about him being a rock and roll comedian,” Gelvin says.
Despite its diminutive size, Martin Guitar’s new Custom Shop LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition guitar comes with several plusses. First there’s the + logo on the headstock and solid sapele top, a reference to the title of the English singer-songwriter’s Platinum-selling 2011 album, which spawned the mega-hits “Lego House,” “The A Team,” “Drunk” and “Give Me Love.”
Truth be told, Leo Fender never intended for the amp to get such an overdriven sound. He much preferred the clean twang of country and Hawaiian lap steels. But guys like Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Eric Clapton and Billy Gibbons had other plans: Crank these low-watt wonders wide open!
Railhammer has released its new Gnarly 90 pickup, which features P90 tone in a standard humbucker-size box. The Gnarly 90 is designed to capture the tone of a vintage P90 and offer the advantages of Railhammer's rail/pole configuration. Using 44-gauge wire and dual alnico 5 magnets, the tone has the signature lower mid whine and raw attack typical of a classic P90.
Below, check out a just-published (September 30) demo video of Epiphone's Ultra-339 guitar. In the clip, Will Jones (aka Dr. Epiphone) and Aljon Go visit Sweetwater to demonstrate the semi-hollowbody model.
It’s probably not a coincidence that effects such as wah pedals and fuzz boxes started appearing en masse about the same time that recreational drugs like marijuana and LSD became popular with rock musicians.