The origin of guitar distortion goes back to the earliest electrified blues guitarists. They didn’t care that their primitive tube amps were breaking up and distorting, as long as they were loud. Soon, blues guitarists grew quite fond of those nasty, gnarly distorted tones, and they sought to replicate them by any means necessary.
Has any piece of musical equipment proliferated more, or more rapidly, than the humble electric guitar effect unit? Though there is no official tally, suffice it to say that thousands of stomp boxes, effect devices and processors have been created for the electric guitar over the past 60 years (and that’s not including rackmount effects). Conceivably, more than half of those devices are distortion, fuzz and overdrive effects.
Today we bring you "Sweet and Low: A Roundup of 15 of the Tastiest Seven- and Eight-String Axes on the Market Today," a feature that appears in the all-new July 2015 issue of Guitar World. We've made sure to include models for every budget, not to mention a wide assortment of manufacturers.
In the brand-new video below, guitarist Annie Grunwald—better known as Annie Shred—demos a guitar that's a bona fide conversation starter, the Ibanez RGKP6. It comes standard with a built-in Korg Mini Kaoss pad 2s. "This guitar/control pad combo is a sick way to fuse extreme guitar with electronic music and real-time performance FX," Annie writes.
The mesmerizing four-minute-long video, which was posted April 18 by a YouTube user named DeanSwirled (formerly MrDean2005), shows an Ibanez RG350 guitar getting a custom metallic swirl paint job. In this case, the colors are metallic silver and black.
Playing live might be the best way to hone your performance skills, but when it comes to technique, you need practice, practice, practice. If you play an electric guitar, your woodshedding sessions demand an amp that not only reveals the details and nuance of your playing but also sounds great—so great that it makes you want to practice more and become the best guitarist you can.
Since Ibanez first introduced the Tube Screamer in 1979, it has been one of the most recognizable, respected and employed overdrive pedals on the market.
Anyone who has ever wanted creamy overdrive and added signal boost has definitely tried, and probably owns, one of Ibanez’s many iterations of its green machine.
For all its intended purpose, the Tube Screamer never needed a facelift. But as guitarists continue to jam-pack or streamline their pedal boards, it makes perfect sense that Ibanez now offers its most celebrated flagship pedal in a smaller footprint with the Tube Screamer Mini.
For longtime Ibanez fan Joe Satriani, sketching and drawing have always been as much of a creative outlet as his game-changing, guitar-driven rock music. These two different hemispheres of his artistry converge beautifully in Ibanez’s new, limited 25th anniversary edition of Joe’s iconic signature JS guitar, the JS25ART.
We might've stumbled upon the best Craigslist guitar-for-sale listing of all time. The guitar, which is listed as "REAL METAL guitar for sale - $400 (Union Square)," is an Ibanez DT350. "It's the X series, so it's serious as shit," the seller writes. "Not for wimp rock or doom metal. It's only for serious riffs and metal.