The all-new April 2012 issue of Guitar World counts down the 50 Best Van Halen Songs of All Time. With Van Halen riding high on the release of A Different Kind of Truth, their first new album in 14 years, we celebrate the best tracks in their catalog -- from "Runnin’ With the Devil" to "Tattoo."
“The best music happens when you have a personal connection to it,” My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero says. “That same philosophy can extend to the instrument you hold in your hands: if a guitar means something special, you’re bound to do great things with it.”
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.
Oktober Guitars has announced today the new DevilWing bass, the latest addition to the company's Von Frankenstein Series. The DevilWing is designed by Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, who has been working closely with Oktober for the better part of two years. The DevilWing bass is available now in Production and U.S. Custom Shop models. Both can be ordered via the Oktober Guitars website.
The Hayward, California-based Recording King has introduced their new 13-Fret Greenwich Village acoustic guitar. It has a 4.5-inch deep body for extra tone and projection in a small-body instrument. With its extra-deep body, 13-fret neck joint and classic headstock, the guitar honors Golden Age film troubadours like Nick Lucas and folk singers from the 1960s. The deep body gives it extra projection, the 13-fret neck and bridge placement makes for perfect resonance across all registers, and the 25.4-inch dreadnought-scale length gives it punch and volume.
At the 2012 Winter NAMM show in January, Radial Engineering's Peter Janis gave us an overview of the company's brand-new Radial Firefly. The Firefly is a direct-Input box that's used to run your guitar sound straight into the house mixing console during live shows -- complete with its own built-in tube. The Firefly also has XLR outputs and a piezo input for acoustic instruments.
We caught up with Bruce Egnater of Egnater Amplification at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in January. In the video below, Here, Egnater discusses his company's first foray from the world of boutique amps to pedals.
Ernie Ball recently announced their new line of electric bass and guitar strings, made out of the most magnetically active material – Cobalt. Ernie Ball's patent pending advancement in technology stems from a nine-year pursuit in researching materials that give guitarists and bassists a new-and-improved voice.