I find that the Speaker Cranker is an essential stompbox if you use a single-ended amplifier, such as the Marshall JCM 800, or a two-channel amp with a rhythm and lead channel to deliver much-needed gain for harmonics and solos. The pedal does color your sound, but in a good way, slightly darkening the tone to take out any high-end harshness.
Based on TC Electronic’s legendary Booster + Line Driver & Distortion stompbox, the Spark Booster features 26 dB of boost, an active EQ consisting of a Bass knob and a Treble knob that provide precise tonal shaping for an extended range of lows and top-end shimmer, a Gain knob that serves up saturation and compression, and a mini-toggle switch offering three settings for Fat, Clean and Mid-Boost.
There's nothing more exciting for guitarists than finding a good distortion pedal, especially one that sounds crushing and is affordable. Distortion is one of those mandatory pedals you’ll need as a glorious boost for rhythms, solos and — most importantly — to summon the gods of feedback.
Every year, the Guitar World Buyer's Guide brings you the hottest women and the hottest new gear. For this year's guide, however, we took the assignment literally. We packed a truck with guitars, loaded an RV with Playboy's 2012 Playmate of the Year, Jaclyn Swedberg, and Playboy's Miss September 2011, Tiffany Toth, and headed west into the California desert.
Chris Thomas of C. F. Martin & Co. recently visited the Guitar World office in New York City. Accompanying him were four new Martin models -- a 00-DB Jeff Tweedy, a new D-18, the GPCPA4 Siris and a Custom Shop CS28-12 -- all of which were debuted by the Nazareth, Pennsylvania-based company at the NAMM show in January.
I did it. I played electric guitar live with the band for the first time. And by golly, it wasn’t as terrifying as I thought it would be. In fact, it was really fun! Honestly, even though I’ve played acoustic guitar for many years, most of the time when I perform live, my duties consist of singing only. No playing. Why? I dunno.
Show us your chops and win a Jimi Hendrix Winterland 4 CD box set and the Hendrix In The West CD and be featured on the homepage of GuitarWorld.com, all courtesy of the Experience Hendrix Tour and Guitar World!
In the video below, Paul Riario checks out the new 200-watt GT6 head and matching cabinet from Texas-based Dynamo Amplification. The amp is part of Dynamo's GTS series, also known as the Grand Tour Series. It is intended for the classic player and is less high-gain than other Dynamo options.
Finding that perfect guitar can also be choosing a certain style of playing. Naturally, you should be able to play any style of music on any guitar, but the glaring truth is some guitars are better suited for certain musical styles than others. You wouldn’t necessarily show up at a Wes Montgomery covers gig with a B.C. Rich, much less play Slipknot’s songs with a D’Aquisto hollow body.
I initially was going to keep this list short and sweet, but when it comes to stompboxes, how do you stop? Effects are like potato chips in that you just can’t expect me to offer you a handful because you’ll want the whole bag -- and besides, there are so many flavors of overdrive, modulation, delay, etc., that it’s nearly impossible to pick a top five. So I’ve decided to make it a top 10.