This summer, I built a pro-quality pedal board, but after receiving the Zoom G5 for review, I realize that my summer would have been better spent working on new tunes instead of hunting down parts, soldering cables and grappling with power problems.
If I’m explaining to you what tremolo is for the first time, I might play you CCR’s intro to “Born on the Bayou” or The Black Keys’ “Howlin For You," but hands down, a song you never want to hear while riding that spinning teacup ride at Disney World is “Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James and The Shondells. Tremolo shows up on the guitar, bass and vocals tracks.
Freedom One is the latest wireless unit/tuner pedal combo from Intellitouch. Unlike most wireless receivers that clutter up your stage rig, the Freedom One’s receiver is tucked nicely into a tuner pedal. The tuner can be used simultaneously with the wireless, or it can be used as a standalone pedal tuner, the same way you’d use any others.
MOD Kits DIY has introduced a new effect-pedal kit, the Verb Deluxe. The Verb Deluxe kit, literally a DIY reverb pedal, is built around the Belton Digi-Log Mini Module. Features include Dwell and Mix controls, allowing the dry signal to be blended with the processed signal from just a hint of reverb to deep echoes. The Dwell control adds extra flexibility, providing a full palette of reverb.
Although I still haven’t seen SkyFall, the new James Bond flick, I did have the MI-5 to keep me company. No, none of the UK’s deadliest spies were here to assassinate me. I'm talking about the MI-5, Musicvox’s latest 12-string electric guitar, curiously named after Britain’s internal cloak-and-dagger intelligence agency. I can safely say the only thing undercover about this guitar is how its 12 tuners are slyly arranged on its headstock.
You don’t have to be a fan of Slash to love IK Multimedia’s new AmpliTube Slash app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. But if you enjoy gnarly, aggressive Marshall amp tones, cool effects, and the convenience of working with a portable recording, practice and live performance rig, you’ll want to download this powerful app ASAP. AmpliTube Slash not only provides a wealth of Slash’s signature tones but also offers the best classic rock Marshall tones available in the iOS world, as well as everything you need to record killer guitar tracks or bring those tones to the real world.
Epiphone has announced one of its most anticipated new models, the Tommy Thayer "Spaceman" Les Paul. The new model, which is named after — and designed for — the longtime Kiss guitarist, will be available in January. Thayer recently commented on the guitar on his website.
Jim Dunlop is celebrating Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday (November 27) by releasing a limited-edition series of pedals, the Jimi Hendrix 70th Anniversary Tribute Series. It includes four effects that were a major part of Hendrix’s signal chain: the Fuzz Face, Cry Baby, Octavio and Univibe.