Using any combination of aftermarket undersaddle and soundhole pickups, or just onboard electronics, will play an important role in amplifying your acoustic guitar. But once your acoustic instrument is plugged into a PA or acoustic amplifier, what gets lost in translation are the overall low-end, upper-end harmonics and warmth from your acoustic.
Since I already use TC Electronic’s famed PolyTune polyphonic pedal tuner, which features an intuitive display to let you see all six-strings simultaneously and quickly tune the ones that are sharp or flat, I knew it was only a matter of time before TC would incorporate that technology into a clip-on tuner.
From airline seats to paychecks, it seems like everything is getting smaller these days…and not in a good way.
Even the folks at Dunlop have shrunk their legendary Cry Baby Wah Wah to half its size! But thankfully the company has bucked the less-for-more trend with the Dunlop Cry Baby Mini, and created a pedal that packs all the wacka-wacka-wacka wallop of its standard-sized counterpart in a more travel-friendly, compact housing.
The Mini Wah features a full sweep range, Fasel inductor, Hot Potz potentiometer, true bypass switching and for even more tonal versatility, three internally adjustable voicings (Low, Vintage and “Modern” GCB95). The Mini Wah is sturdy with heavy-duty jacks and switches and is powered by nine-volt battery or AC adapter.
It's not often that guitarists wax poetic at the mention of a trumpet player, but Clyde McCoy is the exception. McCoy is known by guitarists not for his prowess blowing into brass tubes but rather for having his name on the very first production wah pedals.
The new Dunlop Clyde McCoy Cry Baby Wah Wah resurrects this esteemed pedal by duplicating the original Cry Baby sound to the nth degree, while improving the design with modern features and performance.
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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.