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.
This two-minute-long demo of Ibanez's Iron Label RGIR20E guitar was posted late last month by Ibanez UK. It features plenty of closeups shots of the guitar and its EMG pickup — which is always nice — and a lot more.
The following content is related to the September 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.
From bank-breaking record advances and extravagant arena tours to non-stop parties and girls dancing on cars, a guitarist's gear in the '80s had to be just as over-the-top as his look, whether he was sporting spandex or a nail-spiked armband.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the Ibanez booth to check out several new guitars. On Thursday afternoon at NAMM, guitarist Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders introduced the NAMM crowd to his new signature Ibanez TAM100 8-string guitar.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the Ibanez booth to check out some new guitars. This video profiles the company's new Joe Satriani signature model, the JS2410.