Guitarist Andy Alt has introduced a new electric guitar pickup — dubbed "A Little Thunder" — that allows guitarists to play guitar and bass simultaneously. A Little Thunder, which was designed to replace a humbucker, adds a bass signal to the two lowest strings on electric guitars, leaving the signal of all six guitar strings in tact.
Guitar builder J.S. Bogdanovich has released Buzz-Off. Besides simply having a great name, the product is an easy-to-use kit that eliminates fret buzz caused by a high fret. Everything is included — tools, sandpaper, steel wool and instructions. If you can use a level and sandpaper (and have some patience), you can do it all yourself.
Can you make your own pickup out of a wall wart plug in under five minutes and less than $2? Yes, it can be done! I saw a clip on YouTube a while ago where someone made a pickup from pieces of a plug, so I thought I'd give it a try. The method described in the video is a bit dangerous, including separating the metal plates from the coil (I stabbed myself with a screwdriver attempting to do so), so here's a safer, faster way.
In the newly posted video below, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci discusses and demos Ernie Ball's M-Steel guitar strings. Ernie Ball calls the strings, which were introduced earlier this year, "the world's loudest, most expressive strings ever created."
CJ Guitar Tooling offers three-saddle sets that are compensated (angled) for better intonation. Each set is hand-made the “old school” way to bridge the gap between vintage tone and modern convenience.
As always, several members of the Guitar World crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.