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Positive Grid may be a newcomer to the ever-expanding world of amp-and-effect emulation apps, but it has quickly established a reputation for designing some of the best-sounding apps for guitarists on the market today. Its flagship product—the JamUp Pro XT app for Apple iOS devices—provides six amp models and 16 effects, which can be expanded up to 26 different amp models and 34 effects by purchasing optional expansion packs and individual models.p.
Paul Gilbert combines technical proficiency with incredible musicianship and a deep knowledge of theory. Because he derives most of his tone from his hands and highly refined approach, he requires superbly balanced and quiet pickups that won’t present any barriers to his musical expression.
As director of R&D and Private Stock at Paul Reed Smith, Joe Knaggs designed some of the company’s most compelling guitars—the astonishingly lightweight McCarty Archtop and Hollowbody, the timeless Singlecut and the handsomely retro Mira and Starla, among others. But recently, after two decades at PRS, Knaggs felt it was time to move on. After an amicable split with the company, he started Knaggs Guitars with former PRS Director of Global Sales and Marketing, Peter Wolf.
With their wild, asymmetric shapes and loudly colored bodies, vintage Mosrite and Airline guitars look undeniably cool. And, in the hands of a guitarist like Jack White, they can sound awesome, too. But these are hardly concert-level instruments.