Accessories en The DIY Musician: California Drummer Completely Reinvents the Guitar String with the SlapStick <!--paging_filter--><p>While countless other guitar companies introduced their own versions of Strats or dreadnaughts at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show, a California percussionist named Andy Graham had the most adventurous and groundbreaking booth this year with his <a href="">SlapStick instruments.</a></p> <p>The SlapStick is a square-shaped metal tube with a steel band running the length. The steel banding material, similar to shipping bands, acts as a string. Somewhere inside, a handmade pickup is tucked in, transferring the vibrations of the band to an amp. </p> <p>This long, flat metal "string" is tunable via a top knob or hex bolt and is played like a fretless bass. The sound is otherworldly, like a bass or de-tuned guitar run through an envelope filter.</p> <p>Graham has completely reinvented the guitar string.</p> <p>Oh, he won’t admit it. Talk to Graham long enough and he’ll describe his SlapStick as “an electric percussion instrument.” He’s dead wrong. This guy just invented something cataclysmic in the music world. </p> <p>Here, just look and listen:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>I can’t stop thinking about the SlapStick, to the point that I’m continually checking my bank account to see if my tax refund has been direct-deposited yet. This is more than a percussion instrument. This is revolutionary! For crying out loud, I was playing "War Pigs" on his demo model at the NAMM Show. As you know from my previous columns, <a href="">my band</a> performs with the most bizarre and unusual instruments. We need a SlapStick in there. Period.</p> <p>Graham offers several different lengths of SlapSticks, from the guitar scale “N-100 Noodle” (shown in the video above) to the ultra-long “S-100 Pro,” which contains more funk than a ball of teats from outer space.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>My brain wants to explode with so many questions: </p> <p> • What other possibilities are there for a steel-band instrument?<br /> • Can you play it with a violin bow?<br /> • What about other guitar effects?<br /> • How about using a battery-operated hand-held fan to rake against the banding like a hurdy-gurdy?<br /> • Feedback? Marshall stack?</p> <p>Hell, imagine if <em>avant garde</em> guitarists <a href="">Keith Rowe</a> or <a href="">Elliott Sharp</a> got a hold of a Slapstick!</p> <p>Let me point out that in most of this column, I have injected my own opinions of this instrument. To Graham, the SlapStick is a percussion instrument. That’s the way he markets them, and that’s cool by me. It’s his company. Perhaps he’s afraid to call it a guitar/bass type of instrument because of the steel banding’s unpredictability. (To me, that’s one of the features!) What would happen if an iconoclast djent band or freak funk combo ignored the marketing materials and made this their centerpiece?</p> <p>Shane Speal says this is a game-changing instrument.</p> <p><strong>Check out all the SlapSticks and see oodles of videos at <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p>So when is my tax refund going to post?</p> <p>P.S.: This week, my band just introduced the <a href="">greatest shirt…ever.</a> Zep fans with beer bellies will get it.</p> <p><em>Shane Speal is "King of the Cigar Box Guitar" and the creator of the modern cigar box guitar movement. Hear the music, see the instruments and read about his Cigar Box Guitar Museum at <a href=""></a>. Speal's latest album, </em><a href="">Holler!</a><em> is on C. B. Gitty Records.</em></p> Shane Speal The DIY Musician Accessories Blogs Gear Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:48:46 +0000 Shane Speal Gear Review: GMF Ai1 Acoustic Pre-Amp/DI <!--paging_filter--><p>Sending your dry guitar signal to a sound man is a bit like that team-building exercise where a blindfolded individual is instructed to fall backwards into a group of people who might (or might not) catch him or her. </p> <p>GMF's Ai1 offers guitarists more control over their DI tone, with a preamp and headphone amp to boot. If GMF sounds like a new brand to you, the CEO also happens to be the founder of Ultrasound Amps.</p> <p>Let’s take a look at the controls: Treble, Bass, Level and Gain. Toggle switches include a Ground Lift, Phase In/Out and a Shape On/Off. Shape is a mid-scoop when engaged. The ins and outs are ¼-inch jacks, a balanced XLR out, ⅛-inch headphone jack and a pair of stereo RCA in/out. The Ai1 can be powered by 9-volt battery or a power supply.</p> <p>With the RCA ins and the ⅛-inch headphone jack, I was able to jam along with music on my phone. Measurements are roughly 4-by-4-by-2 inches, which fits comfortably into most gigbag or case pockets. </p> <p><strong>Let's go to the audio clips!</strong></p> <p>For all the clips below, I used a Taylor 314 I borrowed without asking. Thanks, Dad!</p> <p><strong>Clip 1</strong>: Is the Ai1 straight ahead with a little onboard EQ’ing.<br /> <strong>Clip 2</strong>: The same as Clip 2, but with the Shape function on.<br /> <strong>Clip 3</strong>: Some fingerpicking to show off the Ai1’s clarity without harshness.</p> <p><strong>Web:</strong> <a href=""></a><br /> <strong>MSRP:</strong> $199</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p><em>You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, but Billy Voight is a gear reviewer, bassist and guitarist from Pennsylvania. He has Hartke bass amps and Walden acoustic guitars to thank for supplying some of the finest gear on his musical journey. Need Billy's help in creating noise for your next project? Drop him a line at</em></p> Acoustic Nation Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown Accessories Gear Blogs Blogs Gear Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:50:57 +0000 Billy Voight Super-Vee Tremolo Systems Upgrades Blade Technology on BladeRunner <!--paging_filter--><p>Super-Vee, manufacturer of tremolo bridges and accessories, announced today that the patented Blade technology found in its current line of tremolo bridges has been redesigned to improve all facets of performance.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The original Blade, bonded between the anchor plate and bridge plate, relied on short penetration on each side. The new Blade design spans the full area of the anchor plate and bridge plate and is secured with the mounting screws and the tone block screws.</p> <p>This new design creates an unobstructed voicing flow from the strings into the body of the guitar through the Blade; allowing greater tonal clarity with an optimal boost in sustain.</p> <p>The new design is found in right handed, two-post and six-screw nickel BladeRunners and will migrate to other models in the near future.</p> <p>For more about Super-Vee, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-02-20%20at%201.59.20%20PM_0.png" width="620" height="384" alt="Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 1.59.20 PM_0.png" /></p> Accessories News Gear Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:11:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff New Pickup Guide: Seeking Unforgettable Tone? Try One of These 11 New Guitar Pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>Whether you play classic rock or modern metal or something in between, one of these new pickups is sure to make your tone unforgettable.</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">DiMarzio</span><br /> <em>PAF Master Neck and Bridge pickups</em><br /> <br /><br /> DiMarzio’s PAF Master Neck (DP260) and Bridge (DP261) pickups are quiet, bright and very dynamic hum-canceling pickups. </p> <p>The PAF Master Neck has a great balance of full richness with a throaty tone, with smooth and creamy highs, while the PAF Master Bridge Model is snarly and thick, with real rock and roll character. </p> <p>The PAF Master Bridge Model uses an Alnico 4 magnet, whose high iron content and energy coefficient lends more body and attack to the sound from a pickup with relatively low output voltage and DC resistance specs. </p> <p><strong>$104.99 | <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-02-04%20at%203.43.14%20PM.png" width="620" height="318" alt="Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 3.43.14 PM.png" /><br /> <br /></p> <hr /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Fishman</span><br /> <em>Fluence Humbucker Classic and Modern Humbucker pickups</em><br /> <br /><br /> Fishman’s Fluence Classic and Modern Humbucker pickups are fully analog active pickups. Unlike passive pickups, which use traditional wire-wound coils, Fluence pickups feature Fluence Core printed “coils,” which are not susceptible to spurious noise, hum, cable capacitance problems and loss in tonal response and clarity due to inductive issues. <p>The pickups’ unique Multi-Voice feature allows players to transform individual pickups from classic vintage to hot, or from hot to “line-in” clean, with the right level, balance and gain for each voice. </p> <p><strong>Modern Humbuckers, $168.77–$194.74; Classic Humbuckers: $168.77–$181.75; Humbucker sets, starting at $311.62 | <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Modern%20Humbucking%20Beauty.jpg" width="620" height="827" alt="Modern Humbucking Beauty.jpg" /><br /> <br /></p> <hr /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Seymour Duncan</span><br /> <em>Black Winter</em><br /> <br /><br /> Extreme metal guitarists like Ola Englund of Feared and Keith Merrow from Six Feet Under favor Seymour Duncan’s Black Winter pickup for its excessively aggressive tone. <p>The Black Winter has the right balance of mids, treble and bass to provide crushing distortion, punishing mids and lots of saturation, allowing players to execute annihilating riffs and articulately cutting solos. The pickup is available for six-, seven- and eight-string guitars. </p> <p><strong>$89.95 | <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-02-04%20at%203.47.06%20PM.png" width="620" height="307" alt="Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 3.47.06 PM.png" /><br /> <br /></p> <hr /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Bare Knuckle</span><br /> <em>Cobra Coils</em><br /> <br /><br /> Bare Knuckle’s Cobra Coils deliver high-gain single-coil tone without compromising dynamics or frequency response. <p>The pickups reflect the look and construction of the Bare Knuckle Black Hawk humbucker but are very much true single-coil pickups. Cobra Coilsare offered in six- and seven-string versions, both individually and in sets.</p> <p><strong>Six-string set, £185; seven-string set, £210 | <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Cobra%20coil.JPG" width="620" height="413" alt="Cobra coil.JPG" /><br /> <br /></p> <hr /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Doyle Coils</span><br /> <em>Tru-Clones PAF Humbucker Pickups</em><br /> <br /><br /> Doyle Coils’ Tru-Clones PAF Humbucker pickups were produced through years of work between Tom Doyle and the late great Les Paul in a quest to deliver the renowned guitarist’s ideal guitar sound. <p>Paul’s personal guitar tech, engineer and confidant for more than 45 years, Doyle has made an extraordinary pickup that delivers clarity and warmth, sweetness and definition, and great fidelity. Each Tru-Clones pickup is hand crafted with vintage-spec 42-gauge wire, butyrate bobbins, nickel-silver baseplates, long-cast magnets, nickel-silver pickup covers and other high-end refinements used in the original PAF style pickups. </p> <p>Tru-Clones are available in a variety of finishes and in vintage unpotted or lightly wax-potted versions.</p> <p><strong>$500–$535 | <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/1-%20Doyle%20Coils%20TRU-CLONES%20Box%20Set.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="1- Doyle Coils TRU-CLONES Box Set.jpg" /><br /> <br /></p> <hr /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Lace Music</span><br /> <em>Alumitone Humbuckers</em><br /> <br /><br /> Lace Music’s Alumitone humbuckers feature a passive design that requires no battery, USB port or circuitry. The pickup is “current” driven, rather than voltage based like standard pickups, and requires 95 percent less copper wire compared to a normal pickup. <p> Alumitone humbuckers can be split for a single-coil option without any drop in output or increase in 60-cycle noise. The pickups do not interfere with effects, tone and volume pots, and they are an excellent conduit when recording direct. </p> <p>Alumitone humbuckers can be installed in any standard humbucker route and include an all-new trim ring as a standard feature, with a choice of black, chrome and gold trim. </p> <p><strong>$112 | <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-02-04%20at%204.05.24%20PM.png" width="620" height="644" alt="Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 4.05.24 PM.png" /><br /> <br /></p> <hr /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Kent Armstrong</span><br /> <em>Icon Series Replacement Pickups</em><br /> <br /><br /> Kent Armstrong Icon Series pickups were created from authentic Fifties and Sixties pickups that are highly responsive and exhibit warm vintage tone and character. <p>The pickups feature components such as Alnico 2 and 3 magnets, and Formvar and plain enamel wire, and they use a stainless-steel baseplate to direct the magnetic field toward the strings. </p> <p>The series includes two humbuckers based on a 1957 set (bridge and neck), a bridge and neck pickup from an early Fifties Fender Broadcaster set, and three different Stratocaster single-coil sets from 1954, 1957 and 1962, with all middle pickups reverse wound for noise cancellation. </p> <p>All the pickups are sold individually and can be mixed and matched. </p> <p><strong>$75–$105 | <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/WD%20pickup.jpg" width="620" height="462" alt="WD pickup.jpg" /><br /> <br /></p> <hr /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">ThroBak Electronics </span><br /> <em>PRO-90</em><br /> <br /><br /> The ThroBak PRO-90 is a humbucker-sized P-90 that delivers authentic Fifties-era P-90 growl. <p>The ThroBak PRO-90 preserves the construction, materials and growl of a vintage P-90 pickup by using ThroBak’s proprietary Vintage Core specifications and MXV components, which include tinned brass baseplate construction, vintage ground lug configuration, long sand-cast Alnico 3 and Alnico 4 magnets, and coils wound with a core of 42 AWG plain enamel wire. </p> <p>The output for each pickup is 7.6K (neck) and 8.2K (bridge). The pickup is available in classic pole screw and Alnico 5 rod magnet P-90 configurations, and with nickel-silver covers in a variety of finishes.</p> <p><strong>$194.50; set, $389 | <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-02-04%20at%203.53.50%20PM.jpg" width="620" height="389" alt="Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 3.53.50 PM.jpg" /><br /> <br /></p> <hr /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Mojotone </span><br /> <em>Two-Face Strat pickup</em><br /> <br /><br /> Mojotone Two-Face Strat pickup is unlike any other Strat pickup ever made. Most typical Strat pickups lack girth and attack when it comes to heavier distortion, especially on the low strings. <p>Mojotone designed the Two-Face to combat that issue without losing focus on the clean and chimey Strat tones as well. The pickup uses adjustable pole pieces with bar magnets for the wound bass strings and Alnico rod magnets for the unwound treble strings (hence the name “Two-Face”). </p> <p>The result is a versatile and balanced pickup—from clean to mean, and everything in between.</p> <p><strong>$63.65 each | <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/two-face-pic.jpg" width="620" height="503" alt="two-face-pic.jpg" /><br /> <br /></p> <hr /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Lundgren Pickups</span><br /> <em>M6, M6 C, M7 and M8 pickups</em><br /> <br /><br /> Lundgren’s M6 pickup is optimized for power and clarity, making it perect for hard rock and metal and especially for detuning. <p>The pickup is also available as the M6C, which features a thin plastic cover. The seven-string M7 pickup is the first pickup Lundgren designed for Meshuggah’s Fredrik Thordendal and features a combination of winding and a ceramic magnet placed under the pickup to deliver more of everything, including harmonics and low end. </p> <p>Featured on some Ibanez production models, the eight-string M8 pickup provides well-defined tone even through a distorted amp. All pickups are also available in neck versions. </p> <p><strong>M6, $169; M7, $179; M8, $195 | <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-02-04%20at%204.03.08%20PM.png" width="620" height="359" alt="Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 4.03.08 PM.png" /><br /> <br /></p> <hr /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">L.R. Baggs</span><br /> <em>Lyric Acoustic Microphone</em><br /> <br /><br /> Engineered for the stage, the Lyric Acoustic Microphone combines the fidelity and dynamics of a studio mic’d guitar with the freedom of a pickup. <p>Unlike other attempts to use an internal microphone, the Lyric employs noise-canceling technology that rejects “boxy” reflections inside of the acoustic chamber, delivering an open and clear performance while providing unprecedented feedback resistance and isolation.</p> <p><Strong>$199 | <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-02-04%20at%204.14.58%20PM.png" width="620" height="327" alt="Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 4.14.58 PM.png" /></p> Bare Knuckle DiMarzio Fishman January 2015 Lace Music LR Baggs Mojotone Seymour Duncan Accessories News Features Gear Magazine Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:09:53 +0000 Guitar World Staff Bipolar Guitar Makes a Guitar Sound Like an Eighties Video Game (But Much Cooler) — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>What's this strange new device that makes a Strat-style guitar sound like the score to an Eighties video game? </p> <p>It's a new creation by guitarist Jeremy Bell, who, it seems, is always experimenting when music and gear are involved. </p> <p>In the video below, you'll meet Bell's most recent hack, which he calls his Bipolar Guitar. It allows him to cut between a live signal from his guitar, and a slightly delayed signal from that same guitar. It's as if the sound were time traveling.</p> <p>"I've always been interested in taking the cutting techniques that turntablists use and applying them to other instruments—in this case, the guitar," Bell says. </p> <p>"So I took this rocker that I originally had built as part of a homemade tape-scratching rig, and I did some experiments using it on the guitar. This is what I came up with. I explain how it's all done about a minute into the video."</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a> Also, be sure to read Mario Aguilar's detailed story on Bell and his hacks at <a href=""></a> The second link is much more helpful, BTW.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Jeremy Bell WTF Accessories Videos News Gear Wed, 04 Feb 2015 19:03:02 +0000 Damian Fanelli How to Install a Super-Vee BladeRunner Tremolo System — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new <em>Guitar World</em> video, GW Tech Editor Paul Riario shows you how to install a Super-Vee BladeRunner tremolo system.</p> <p>The BladeRunner offers the company's patented "Blade" technology, frictionless action and a positionable whammy bar. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>. </p> <p><strong>Also, be sure to check out Riario's reviews of the <a href="">Super-Vee Maverick Telecaster Tremolo System</a> and the <a href="">Super-Vee Mag-Lok Tremolo Anti-Deflection Device</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Super-Vee Accessories Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 03 Feb 2015 22:32:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff Review: TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Pedal — Video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>Whether you grunt like Tom Waits with strep throat or sing like the love child of Luciano Pavarotti and Freddie Mercury, every vocal performance can sound a hell of a lot better with the right processing. </p> <p>This is no problem if you play with a national touring act that has its own sound system, racks of outboard gear, and team of professional live-sound engineers, but the majority of bands that slug it out at smaller gigs usually can’t afford such luxuries. </p> <p>Several companies offer affordable foot-controlled multi-effect units for vocalists, and while these offer good solutions, they can add to stage clutter for singing guitarists who may already have numerous pedals at their feet. </p> <p>The TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 is the ideal solution for singing guitarists as it combines TC’s acclaimed guitar effects and vocal effects in a single foot-controlled unit.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The TC Helicon VoiceLive 3 combines a full-featured vocal processor, guitar processor and sophisticated looper, each with its own independent processor. All three can be controlled simultaneously via footswitches on the VoiceLive 3 unit, and global presets allow users to change entire vocal, guitar and looper settings at once with a single click of a footswitch. Individual inputs and outputs are provided for sending vocals and electric/acoustic-electric guitars to separate sound systems and amplifiers.</p> <p> VoiceLive 3’s capabilities are incredibly deep, so we can only scratch the surface of its capabilities here. Vocal effects include reverb, delay, modulation, harmony, doubling, pitch correction, vocoder and more. Guitar effects are based on TC’s acclaimed TonePrint Series and include Flashback Delay, Hall of Fame Reverb, Corona Chorus and Vortex Flanger, plus amp modeling, distortion/overdrive, compression, wah, pitch shift, tremolo, modulation effects, and much more. </p> <p>The looper allows users to record multiple tracks, and it holds up to 45 minutes of recorded loop material that can be saved to presets and even arranged in separate sections to create songs.</p> <p> While VoiceLive 3 has only 10 footswitches on its control panel, its layer footswitch allows guitarists to re-map six of those footswitches to control only vocal, guitar or looper effects and functions. Presets can also be programmed to mix vocal and guitar footswitch functions together. The rings surrounding the footswitches illuminate in red (vocal), blue (guitar), or pink (looper) to make it easy to know what type of processing is being controlled. The unit includes 250 factory presets plus internal memory locations for another 500 user presets.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Although VoiceLive 3 is incredibly sophisticated and deep, it is surprisingly easy to use. The factory presets enable even technophobic musicians to get up and running within minutes. Chords played on the guitar can automatically guide vocal harmony processing and other effects. An Acoustic mode setting instantly optimizes the VoiceLive 3’s guitar processing section for an acoustic-electric guitar. </p> <p>The vocal, guitar and looper edit screens are instantly accessed via dedicated switches on the front controller panel, and the control knob, four mix knobs and large display make it easy to navigate menus and adjust parameters.</p> <p> Of course, the bottom line with any processor is the quality of its effects, and this is where VoiceLive 3 really delivers the goods. Individually, the vocal, guitar and looper sections are worth the price of admission on their own, and collectively they make VoiceLive 3 an incredible bargain. The vocal effects deliver professional studio-quality processing, particularly the realistic-sounding harmonies, lush reverbs and instantaneous pitch correction. The guitar effects are similarly stellar, as anyone familiar with TC’s TonePrint pedals can attest. The looper may be the Voiceprint 3’s secret weapon, as it is more powerful and sophisticated than most dedicated loopers on the market.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $799.99<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> TC-Helicon, <a href=""></a></p> <p>Vocal and guitar processing and a sophisticated looper are combined in a single unit, allowing guitarists to control vocal and guitar effects at once.</p> <p>Vocal effects include reverb, delay, modulation, harmony, doubling, pitch correction, vocoder and more.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> Providing studio-quality vocal and guitar effects plus a sophisticated looper, the TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 lets guitarists sound like pros without an entourage of live-sound engineers.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> November 2014 Platinum Award TC-Helicon Accessories Effects News Gear Magazine Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:38:33 +0000 Chris Gill Periphery's Mark Holcomb Demos His Signature Seymour Duncan Alpha/Omega Pickups — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this newly posted video below, Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb demos his new signature Alpha/Omega pickups, which will be produced by the <a href="">Seymour Duncan Custom Shop.</a></p> <p>The video was actually posted by guitarist <a href="">Keith Merrow</a> of Conquering Dystopia.</p> <p>"These incredible pickups Mark and I made will be available soon through the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop," Merrow wrote via YouTube. </p> <p>At the moment, this is all the information we have on the pickups, but be sure to stay tuned! For more information about Holcomb's signature PRS guitar, visit <a href=""></a> </p> <p>To follow Merrow on Facebook, <a href="">step right this way.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Keith Merrow Mark Holcomb Periphery Seymour Duncan Accessories Videos News Gear Mon, 02 Feb 2015 22:01:23 +0000 Guitar World Staff Review: Beatbuddy Drum Machine Pedal — Video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>I’ll try my best to refrain from making drummer jokes, but I will say that finding a good one is probably harder than hitting all six numbers on the Powerball lotto. </p> <p>That’s the reason why drum machines were invented, but one dig against drum machines is that it’s nearly impossible to improvise live with them. Instead you have to remain in lockstep with pre-programmed songs and beats. </p> <p>The Beatbuddy drum machine pedal has changed that, however, allowing musicians to engage intros, fills and rhythm changes as they see fit, with a simple tap of the foot. It’s like having a drummer who can read your mind and is completely at your own control—a concept never imagined possible until the Beatbuddy came along.</p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the March 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Beatbuddy March 2015 Accessories Videos Effects News Gear Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:06:16 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario Guitar World at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show: It's That Time of Gear <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Well, it's over, folks! The 2015 Winter NAMM Show took place Thursday, January 22, through Sunday, August 25, in Anaheim, California.</strong></p> <p>As always, <em>Guitar World</em> NAMM-ed it up, shooting photos and videos, gathering endless gear news and trying out (and gawking at) the coolest and newest guitars, amps, effects, devices for 2015.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="">NAMM 2015 section of</a> to catch all the latest gear news, which is still being posted, including our newest videos. We still recommend that you follow <em>Guitar World</em> via <a href="">Twitter</a>, <a href="">Instagram</a> and <a href="">Facebook</a> for access to even more photos.</p> <p>Our coverage will continue with a new round of videos for your viewing pleasure.</p> <p><strong>2015 Winter NAMM Show Wrap-Up</strong></p> <p>• <a href=""> NAMM Show coverage</a><br /> • <a href="">Twitter: NAMM Show photos and news | @GuitarWorld</a><br /> • <a href="">Facebook: NAMM Show photos and news</a><br /> • <a href="">Instagram: NAMM Show photos and more | @GuitarWorldMagazine</a></p> <p>If you have a potential gear addiction and just can't get enough NAMM news, check out <em>Guitar World</em>'s coverage of <a href="">NAMM 2014,</a> <a href="">NAMM 2013</a> and <a href="">NAMM 2012</a>.</p> <p><strong>For more about the NAMM Show, visit <a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Gear Spotlight NAMM 2015 NAMM Show new gear That Time of Gear Accessories Acoustic Guitars Videos Amps Bass Guitars Effects Electric Guitars Home Recording News Features Gear Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:43:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff NAMM 2015: Mogami Cable Introduces Overdrive Series for Electric Guitars <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Follow <em>Guitar World's</em> coverage of the 2015 Winter NAMM Show with gear news and videos on <a href="">,</a> updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a></strong></p> <p>Mogami Platinum guitar cable is recognized as being among the finest instrument cables on the planet, exhibiting extraordinarily neutral, extended and detailed sound from any instrument. </p> <p>Now Mogami has added a ruggedized Platinum cable series to meet the unique demands of electric guitarists. The new Overdrive Series includes guitar cables and speaker cable, designed to work separately or together with synergistic results. </p> <p>Mogami Platinum guitar cables were originally designed for studio and careful stage use. This means, for the extra-active musician or those with abusive roadies, premature breakage can sometimes occur. To give guitarists the sound with the durability they need on stage, Mogami developed the Overdrive Series. </p> <p>Mogami Overdrive Cable, while being more rugged, also reveals even more of the sense of raw drive and dynamics that made Platinum so popular. For tone purists who make the most of the stage, this is your cable. </p> <p>Overdrive Cables contain no electronics, just pure copper. Following the guiding principal of Mogami cable, these cables are constructed to deliver the original sound of the instrument with no coloration. Through careful testing and refinement, Mogami has tailored these cables specifically to the needs of demanding guitarists. </p> <p>Complementing the Overdrive Platinum Guitar Cables are speaker cables designed for sonic synergy, yielding even more midrange energy and punch. Overdrive Speaker Cables and Overdrive Platinum Cables work well independently of one another, but the combination ensures maximum, uninhibited performance from both.</p> <p>Mogami Overdrive Platinum and Speaker Cables are available now in all popular lengths. See the new cable at NAMM at booth 6690.</p> <p>Prices start at $124.95 for a 12-foot guitar cable.</p> <p>To learn more about MOGAMI cable, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM Show coverage, visit <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 section,</a> get updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/cable.jpeg" width="620" height="413" alt="cable.jpeg" /></p> Mogami NAMM 2015 Accessories News Gear Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:40:06 +0000 Guitar World Staff NAMM 2015: Martin Guitar Showcases New Design and Treatment for Martin Strings Line <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Follow <em>Guitar World's</em> coverage of the 2015 Winter NAMM Show with gear news and videos on <a href="">,</a> updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a></strong></p> <p>C. F. Martin &amp; Co. will unveil their newly revamped Martin Strings line at the 2015 Winter NAMM Trade Show this week in Anaheim.</p> <p>The improvements to Martin’s string products will boast new stay-fresh packaging and eye-catching design for all eight major acoustic string product lines. </p> <p>The company also is announcing a new in-house proprietary treatment for their SP Lifespan Acoustic Strings that delivers the longest-possible string life without sacrificing tone or natural feel. </p> <p>All acoustic string packages have been redesigned to showcase a more elegant design, featuring a unique color for each product family, such as SP Lifespan Strings in red and SP Strings in blue. Each package will also feature color-coded corners for quick gauge identification. In addition, Martin will be packaging the strings in individual envelopes inside flow wrap pouches to keep the strings fresh longer.</p> <p>Martin engineered a new proprietary treatment process for the Lifespan family to improve the consistency and compatibility of the treatment with their string wire. Martin players can expect their updated strings to feature a rich natural tone with improved long life—developed by the craftsmen stationed at the Nazareth, Pennsylvania, factory. Martin Artist Craig Thatcher will demonstrate the new high quality Lifespan Strings during NAMM.</p> <p>Joining the Martin Strings family and being featured at NAMM is an addition to the Retro product line called “LJ’s Choice.” The set has been named for Laurence Juber, a two-time Grammy award winner and Martin Signature Artist, and will feature a custom medium light gauge developed with the artist. Retro strings are crafted from a nickel copper blend that brings out the true sound of your guitar.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM Show coverage, visit <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 section,</a> get updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> Laurence Juber Martin Martin Guitar NAMM 2015 Accessories News Gear Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:47:37 +0000 Guitar World Staff NAMM 2015: Seymour Duncan Releases Vise Grip Compressor Pedal — Demo Video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Follow <em>Guitar World's</em> coverage of the 2015 Winter NAMM Show with gear news and videos on <a href="">,</a> updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a></strong></p> <p>The Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor is a studio-grade soft-knee compressor designed for guitarists who want to take control of the dynamics of their sound, from a subtle smoothing-out of peaks and valleys to the most squished and pinched extremes and everywhere in between. </p> <p>The Blend knob lets you add as much or as little of the original signal as you like to the compressed sound, while the Mid/Full/High lets you choose the character of the blended signal by deciding what frequency range of the dry signal is blended in with the wet. </p> <p>The Sustain knob determines how long your notes will ring out and the Attack control regulates how quickly the compressor reacts to your initial pick attack. Higher settings give you a late attack that lets your picking dynamics come through before the compression kicks in. And the Volume control does more than just let you match the output with your bypassed sound: you can also use it as a boost while taking advantage of the Blend and Mid/Full/High controls. </p> <p>The Vise Grip can give you a simple dynamics adjustment—like a subtle or extreme increase in sustain for country "chicken pick'n” or a little extra clarity, body and volume for a clean solo—or you can use it for more intense effects like a classic 'squished funk' rhythm scratch or to introduce a lo-fi, treble-heavy edge which is perfect for a garage-band vibe. </p> <p>Then you can blend in just the right amount of the uncompressed signal and let the Mid/Full/High switch restore sparkle to the high end, fatten up the uncompressed signal for increased harmonic overtones, or simply make sure your effected sound remains consistent with your bypassed guitar tone. It's also useful for keyboard, mandolin or any instrument where excessive dynamic range is an issue. </p> <p>The Vise Grip Compressor is assembled at the Seymour Duncan Factory in Santa Barbara, California, and like all Seymour Duncan Effects Pedals is 100% true-bypass.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM Show coverage, visit <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 section,</a> get updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> NAMM 2015 Seymour Duncan Accessories Videos News Gear Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:16:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff NAMM 2015: Orange Amplification Launches Tangle-Free Twister Instrument Cable <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Follow <em>Guitar World's</em> coverage of the 2015 Winter NAMM Show with gear news and videos on <a href="">,</a> updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a></strong></p> <p>Orange Amplification has solved the perennial problem of instrument cables tangling and kinking, with the launch of the new Orange Twister Cable.</p> <p>This age-old problem has frustrated musicians and inventors since the dawn of electrified music and Orange has had to think outside the box to create a solution that provides freedom of movement on stage without the need for a digital wireless unit. </p> <p>True performers are not static and cables can knot and prevent them from moving and turning on stage. The innovative Twister Cable incorporates a unique Twister module (patents applied for) which rotates freely preventing the cable from tangling and kinking.</p> <p>The Twister module itself is machined from high quality, lightweight, aircraft grade aluminium, incorporating three sealed internal precision ball races ensuring a robust and reliable cable for performing musicians. The signal transmitted remains unaffected and uninterrupted due to the unit’s extremely low noise factor. Featuring the highest grade of oxygen-free copper cabling, the new Twister Cables achieve the same high performance of signal transmission as Orange’s existing Professional Cable range, ensuring optimum clarity and articulation with the additional benefit of tangle-free operation.</p> <p>Features include:<br /> • Prevents cables from tangling in use, without the need for wireless technology.<br /> • Durable precision aluminium casing with three internal ball races.<br /> • Superior low noise transmission of sound with excellent frequency response.<br /> • Available as part of the Orange Professional Cable range in instrument and microphone configurations with genuine Neutrik connectors.<br /> • Twister module is available in black or silver finishings.</p> <p>The Orange Twister Cable is available to purchase from Feb/March 2015.</p> <p>Orange Amplification will be showing the Orange Twister Cable and all its other new products at their Booth 4890 Hall C at Winter NAMM 2015. For more information, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM Show coverage, visit <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 section,</a> get updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Twister_Cables-620.jpg" width="620" height="461" alt="Twister_Cables-620.jpg" /></p> NAMM 2015 Orange Orange Amplification Accessories News Gear Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:42:00 +0000 Guitar World Staff NAMM 2015: D'Addario Livens Up Its Guitar Strap Lines <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Follow <em>Guitar World's</em> coverage of the 2015 Winter NAMM Show with gear news and videos on <a href="">,</a> updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a></strong></p> <p>D’Addario has added new guitar straps with fresh, fashion forward designs. </p> <p>By partnering with top fashion industry designers, multiple new woven and leather strap designs are now being offered. </p> <p>“Investigating the clothing and symbolism of rock, indie, and Americana genres, as well as various world cultures, helped to inspire the design team to lay the foundation of what will be some of the most diverse guitar strap offerings available,” says Mike D’Angelo, D’Addario product specialist. </p> <p>“In addition to having eye-catching designs, we plan to make our line ever-changing so we consistently have a fresh look to our guitar straps.” In addition, feedback was obtained from dealers whose thoughts helped to create designs. </p> <p>D’Addario also surveyed social media followers who helped the company to gather vital feedback. New designs have been added to their various strap lines, including Rock, Indie, Americana, World, Core and Signature. </p> <p>The 2015 Leather Guitar Strap design additions include Racing Stripes, Tooled Embossed, Contrast-Colored Ends, Horizontal Stripes, Paisley Window and Icon Heart and Star designs. Leather Straps retail for $73-$88 and are available now. </p> <p>Woven Guitar Strap design additions for 2015 include Latin Blanket Stripes, Baja Blanket, Buffalo Check, Polka Dot, Tie Stripes, Checkerboard varieties, Guatemalan Woven, Cross Print, and Monterey varieties, as well as Flame Pinstripes, Camo, Optical Art, Mixed Symbols, Tiki Totem Pole, Sugar Skulls, Paisley and Zig Zag patterns. Woven strap designs range from $30.60-$40.80 and are also available now. </p> <p>By consistently updating its product offerings, D’Addario &amp; Company proves its dedication to inspiringhigher levels of creativity and performance for musicians worldwide. Learn more at <a href=";sid=a8d5a13a-63ca-4d1e-80ff-33555a7e65c0"></a></p> <p><strong>For more NAMM Show coverage, visit <a href="">'s official NAMM 2015 section,</a> get updates on <a href="">Facebook</a> and photos and more on <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Instagram.</a> It's like you're at the show!</strong></p> D'Addario NAMM 2015 Planet Waves Accessories News Gear Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:03:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff