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.
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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.
This has been an interesting year in amplifiers. Never before have I seen so much tweakability on the front and top control panels of the many amplifiers that have shown up at our door here at Guitar World. The emergence of numerous slider-switches, mini-toggles and push buttons seem to have suddenly taken up real estate normally reserved for control knobs of amplifiers!
During this holiday season, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve been asked to recommend a good acoustic. Considering that there are so many great acoustics to check out, it would be difficult for me to use this space to cover each one because they are available at just about every price point so that the question actually becomes, “Well, how much are you willing to spend?”
This is a climbing legato run that moves across all six strings and up the fretboard, mostly through the A minor pentatonic scale (A C D E G). During the first beat, I add an extra "color tone," the flat-five "blue note" in the key of A, E♭, on the A string's sixth fret. From that point on, it's straight A minor pentatonic.
There are plenty of great, affordable guitars available these days. With all the precise automation in guitar manufacturing, it’s difficult to find poorly made guitars. Here are three of five cool choices for less than $500. Read about the other two guitars right here.