News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%22http%3A/soundcloud.com/guitarworld%22%3EGuitarWorld%3C/a%3E%3C/%3Ehttp%3A/%27http%3A/www.kickstarter.com/projects/www.bailbondslosangeles.us/www.itunes.com/apps/%3Ehttp%3A/www.guitartv.com/new_bay_media/new_bay_media/new_bay_media/GUITARWORLD-2809832 en Boss Unveils RC-1 Loop Station Compact Looper Pedal for Guitarists — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-unveils-rc-1-loop-station-compact-looper-pedal-guitarists-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Boss has announced the RC-1 Loop Station, the new entry-level model in the company’s lineup of dedicated loop recording devices. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Battery-powered and affordable, the RC-1’s straightforward operation makes it easier than ever for guitarists, bassists and other musicians to incorporate the fun of looping into their live performances and practice sessions.</p> <p>For more than a decade, Boss has led the industry in loop recording technology. Five current Loop Station products serve the needs of all types of musicians, and looping functions are integrated into many other Boss products. Designed with guitarists and bassists in mind, the RC-1 sheds the more sophisticated features found in other Loop Stations, offering a streamlined approach that will appeal to both beginning players and advanced musicians who like to keep things simple. </p> <p>Built to record loops and nothing else, the RC-1 is all about instant musical satisfaction and creative enjoyment. Housed in the famous, ultra-durable Boss compact pedal case, the stripped-down RC-1 lets players experience the fun of spontaneous loop creation with no complicated controls or features to get in the way.</p> <p>Loop recording has never been more intuitive and hassle-free than it is with the RC-1. Record, overdub, play/stop, undo/redo, and clear operations are all accomplished with one integrated pedal, while the loop level is controlled with the panel’s single knob. The unique circular loop indicator features 24 multi-colored LEDs, providing instant feedback on the operation mode and cycle status of the current loop.</p> <p>The RC-1 offers high-quality sound with up to 12 full minutes of stereo recording time. The last loop session is stored in memory even when the power is turned off, so players can preserve their performances for the next practice session or gig. The pedal can be powered with an optional PSA-series AC adapter or a single 9-volt battery. Up to 4.5 hours of battery operation provides great convenience for busking, street performing, open-mic nights, and other mobile playing situations.</p> <p>Just like other Boss compact pedals, the RC-1 integrates easily onto a pedalboard loaded with other stomps. Dual inputs and outputs let guitarists and bassists with sophisticated effects setups loop in true stereo. By using just one input and one output, the RC-1 can be used in a standard mono rig as well. Stereo operation also allows synth players to loop without sacrificing the rich, full stereo sound of their instruments.</p> <p>Users can connect an optional external pedal to the RC-1 to expand their real-time control options if desired. The new FS-7 Dual Footswitch is an ideal companion, offering control of the looper’s stop, clear, and undo/redo functions in an extremely compact footprint. The FS-7 includes status LEDs, and comes with a DC splitter cable to allow a single PSA adapter to provide power to both the RC-1 and FS-7.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.bossus.com/">BossUS.com.</a> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0DRJKy4hPiM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-unveils-rc-1-loop-station-compact-looper-pedal-guitarists-demo-video#comments Boss Joe Robinson Roland Videos Effects News Gear Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:27:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22246 Johnny Winter and Aerosmith's Joe Perry Premiere New Song, "Mojo Hand" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-aerosmiths-joe-perry-premiere-new-song-mojo-hand-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>The late Johnny Winter's star-studded new album, <em>Step Back</em>, will be released Tuesday, September 2 through Megaforce Records.</p> <p>Below, you can hear a song from the new disc, "Mojo Hand," which features a guest appearance by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. Check it out below and be sure to tell us what you think of it in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><em>Step Back</em> features collaborations with an impressive list of legendary guitarists, including Brian Setzer, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons and more. </p> <p>Along those lines, you might want to check out two other songs from the album, including a searing cover of Elmore James' "I Can't Hold Out" that features Ben Harper <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-ben-harper-cover-elmore-james-i-cant-hold-out-listen">(LISTEN HERE)</a> and "Where Can You Be," a straight-forward blues track featuring ZZ Top axman Billy Gibbons <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-billy-gibbons-premiere-new-song-where-can-you-be-listen">(LISTEN HERE)</a>. </p> <p>Winter died July 16 at age 70.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/noE64hoKB8k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/joe-perry">Joe Perry</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-aerosmiths-joe-perry-premiere-new-song-mojo-hand-listen#comments Joe Perry Johnny Winter News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:05:32 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22245 'Pink Floyd: The Black Strat' Tells History of David Gilmour's Iconic Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/pink-floyd-black-strat-tells-history-david-gilmours-iconic-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Catch a rare inside glimpse of one of the world's most revered guitarists, David Gilmour, and his iconic Black Stratocaster. </p> <p><em>Pink Floyd: The Black Strat</em> was written by Phil Taylor, Gilmour's personal guitar technician and the band's chief backline tech since 1974. He was the only man to know Pink Floyd's equipment better than the band. </p> <p>This expanded edition of the book contains new information and many unpublished photographs that further chart the Black Strat's illustrious history. Amending and elaborating on the previous edition, it also continues the story where the last one left off with all the latest live appearances, information and photographs, including Gilmour testing the Fender Black Strat replica models; performances with David Bowie, Jeff Beck and others; and much more. </p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/mix-books/products/pink-floyd-the-black-strat/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=PinkFloydBlackStrat">Check out this book at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qu9MrAKJWWQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pink-floyd">Pink Floyd</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/david-gilmour">David Gilmour</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/pink-floyd-black-strat-tells-history-david-gilmours-iconic-guitar#comments David Gilmour Pink Floyd News Features Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:15:39 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16535 Gear Review: MC Systems Dynamic Drive, Hybrid Chorus and String Reviver Pedals http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-mc-systems-dynamic-drive-hybrid-chorus-and-string-reviver-pedals <!--paging_filter--><p>It happens. You’re in the middle of playing and need just a little more from your pedal. </p> <p>Do you attempt the balancing act? You know, where you balance on one foot and try to gingerly adjust a knob with your free foot? What if you turn it too much or hit another knob? It can all end like the wire-cutting bomb scene in <em>Lethal Weapon 3</em>!</p> <p>MC Systems has released the Apollo series of pedals, which includes Chorus, Overdrive, Delay, Phaser, String Reviver and Fuzz pedals. They all offer a unique footswitching system called V-Switch.</p> <p>V-Switch can boost or cut certain aspects of the effect, depending on how hard you stomp on the pedal. Set your overdrive pedal to a moderate setting when switched on, or stomp harder for more drive. Below the pedal is a trimpot to adjust depending on how light or heavy of a stomper you are. </p> <p>Alternatively, if gauging your foot dynamics is too much, there’s Alternate Mode. Alternate Mode acts as a secondary setting when the pedal is on. Example: On the Hybrid Chorus, the Alternate Mode allows you to set a second Rate setting on the pedal.</p> <p>All pedals are based on an analog circuit and feature true-bypass switching. Here’s a brief rundown of three of the pedals from the series.</p> <p><strong>Dynamic Drive</strong> is an overdrive pedal with three familiar knobs at the top; Drive, Tone and Level. The V-Switch allows you to boost or cut the amount of drive and Alternate Mode allows you to boost or cut the Level. Alternate Mode works great as a boost for solos. In the clip, I gradually boost the Drive and Volume without blowing out your earbuds.</p> <p><strong>Hybrid Chorus</strong> is a chorus pedal that offers Depth, Level and Rate. V-Switch Mode lets you increase or decrease the Depth. Alternate Mode lets you speed up or slow down the Rate. In the clip, I play the same lick starting with a heavy chorus and mellow it out by the end.</p> <p><strong>String Reviver</strong> is most unique pedal in the series. It adds more presence and punch to dull strings. I also see it useful as a clean boost or tone shaper to help a darker guitar cut. The three basic knobs are Definition, Slope and Level. Definition is comparable to a Presence knob and Slope is comparable to a Tone knob. The V-Switch alters the Definition, and Alternate mode allows you to cut or boost the Level. In the clip, hear how it brightens up the “vintage” strings I left on my Strat way too long.</p> <p><strong>Web</strong>: <a href="http://www.cmcmusic.com.au/brands/mcsystemshomepage">cmcmusic.com</a><br /> <strong>Street Price</strong>: $215</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/48829027&amp;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 thisguyonbass@gmail.com.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-mc-systems-dynamic-drive-hybrid-chorus-and-string-reviver-pedals#comments Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown MC Systems Effects Blogs News Gear Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:52:18 +0000 Billy Voight http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22238 Robert Trujillo Performs Metallica Medley with Rodrigo y Gabriela — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-robert-trujillo-performs-metallica-medley-rodrigo-y-gabriela-live-video <!--paging_filter--><p>On August 17 at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo sat in with his good friends, acoustic guitar rock sensations Rodrigo y Gabriela, at their sold-out show. </p> <p>They performed a medley of Metallica' "Orion," "For Whom The Bell Tolls," "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" and "Battery."</p> <p>Talk about some serious guitar action!</p> <p>Rodrigo y Gabriela are on tour in support of their latest record, <em>9 Dead Alive</em>.</p> <p>Check out the video of this encounter here, and find out more at <a href="http://www.rodgab.com/">rodgab.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZJxKf34B-7E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-robert-trujillo-performs-metallica-medley-rodrigo-y-gabriela-live-video#comments Acoustic Nation Metallica News Robert Trujillo Rodrigo y Gabriela Videos Blogs Videos News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:48:57 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22237 Ghost Pedal Creates Wah Effect Without Physical Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/video-ghost-pedal-creates-wah-effect-without-physical-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p>Recently, a group of students from Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering developed the Ghost Pedal, a wireless device that uses sensors attached to the guitar player's foot to create a wah effect — minus the physical pedal. </p> <p>"Because Ghost Pedal is wireless and does not have a physical pedal, guitar players can activate and use their wah distortion effect anywhere on stage at any time," said Robbie Hoye, part of the the Ghost Pedal team at the university in West Lafayette, Indiana, talking to the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch. "They also have the ability to deactivate the effect whenever they choose."</p> <p>Once the Ghost Pedal is turned on, the user enters a 10-second mode during which the variable resistor calibrates the ability to flex the foot from the floor. After calibration mode, the guitarist enters freeplay mode.</p> <p>"During freeplay, the user actively manipulates the wah level by changing their foot's angle from the floor," Hoye said. "The calibration mode adapts itself to modify the resistance sensor to each user and their foot flexibility at the touch of a button. Ghost Pedal and traditional wah pedals use the same motion to activate the wah effect; the guitarist doesn't have to learn a new motion."</p> <p>For more on this story, give Google a try. For some reason, there's not much out there.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R_GzNPT_8vk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-ghost-pedal-creates-wah-effect-without-physical-pedal#comments WTF Videos News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:04:23 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/14930 Your Signature, Please: Five Essential Pieces of Signature Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/your-signature-please-five-essential-pieces-signature-gear <!--paging_filter--><p>About 10 years ago, a home-furnishings company named a line of rugs after a gorgeous movie and TV actress. </p> <p>It turns out that, aside from walking, sidling and sashaying on them for a few decades, she really didn't know a lot about rugs — or furniture or pretty much anything her name still graces today. But the company put her moniker on the stuff and continues to reap the benefits that a big name (and a pretty face) can provide.</p> <p>Luckily, musicians in search of quality signature gear — from guitars to amps to effects to pickups — don't have to worry about that nonsense. Generally, gear manufacturers work closely with their signature artists, in some cases, right down to the tiniest of details (Some artists repeatedly send back their signature-model prototypes until they're absolutely perfect).</p> <p>So, while acknowledging the plethora of fine signature gear that's available today, here's the cream of the crop: five items that simply get it right. This list was compiled by a group of <em>Guitar World</em> staffers including Gear Editor Paul Riario. </p> <p><strong>Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster</strong></p> <p>Maybe you've read it in forums or heard it from people in the know (maybe even from people whose job it is to try out Fender gear all day long), but Fender's Eric Johnson signature Strat has quietly earned a reputation as possibly one of the best instruments Fender produces on a regular basis.</p> <p>At first glance, the EJ model looks a lot like other U.S.-made Strats. But once you study the details, you start to notice its refinement. In fact, EJ-model connoisseurs tend to agree that it's not one single feature that makes this guitar special — it's the way all the smaller features work together. </p> <p>The guitar has a one-piece, vintage-tinted quartersawn plain maple neck (contours sanded very smooth) with a ’57-style V shape; a light, two-piece alder body with deep ’57-style body contours and cavities. It comes in 2-Color Sunburst, Black, Candy Apple Red and White Blonde. The frets are highly polished. The pickups are Eric Johnson single-coils (not over-wound at all) with countersunk screws and a five-way switch. Other features include a vintage tremolo with silver-painted block and ’57-style string recess. There's no paint between the base plate and the block.</p> <p>Basically, if you're a fan of the Stratocaster in its purest form, you'll truly appreciate this model, which also packs in several practical updates for modern players.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/EJ%20Strat.jpg" width="620" height="209" alt="EJ Strat.jpg" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $2,599.99 | <a href="http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0117702806">Check out this guitar at fender.com.</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte</strong> <p>When it comes to signature guitars made for the rigors of heavy metal, it's hard to beat the LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte from ESP.</p> <p>The Snakebyte is a light-weight guitar that packs the heavyweight punch necessary for one of metal's marquee players. The neck is thin and comfortable, perfect for quick chord changes, and you'll find all of the high-end features of its more expensive Japanese-made cousin without sacrificing quality.</p> <p>And, as an added bonus, the Snakebyte now comes stock with a set of EMG James Hetfield pickups, putting all of the Metallica guitarist's secret weapons — minus his fabled right hand — at your fingertips.</p> <p>For a full test drive and review from <em>Guitar World</em> Gear Editor Paul Riaro, head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-ltd-james-hetfield-snakebyte">here</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/ltdsnakebyte.png" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,570 | <a href="http://www.espguitars.com/guitars/signature/ltd-snakebyte.html">Check out this guitar at esp.com.</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Slash APH-2 pickups</strong> <p>For the die-hard Slash enthusiast, there's a whole boatload of signature gear to choose from, from the "Appetite" Les Paul to a the custom octave fuzz from Jim Dunlop.</p> <p>While you could buy your way to a pretty good replica of Slash's actual rig with enough money, the best place to start might just be the Alnico II Pro Slash APH-2 pickups from Seymour Duncan.</p> <p>These moderate-output humbuckers will give you just the right amount of bite for those gritty riffs while still allowing for the searing sustain necessary to unleash ripping solos. Pop them in any humbucker-friendly guitar and you'll be well on your way to channeling your favorite top-hat-wearing guitar hero.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/slashpickups.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $269 | <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/humbucker/vintage-output/alnico_ii_pro_s_1/">Check out these pickups at seymourduncan.com.</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>Jim Dunlop DB01 Cry Baby From Hell</strong> <p>Take a quick poll of metal guitarists to find out their favorite wah pedal and Jim Dunlop's Cry Baby From Hell will undoubtedly come out on top.</p> <p>Made to the specifications of the late, great Dimebag Darrell, the Cry Baby From Hell features an extended sweep range knob, 6-way range selector and kick-in volume boost to take your solos over the top.</p> <p>Dime, like a number of other guitarists, would often use his wah as a high-end boost for solos, leaving it fully cocked while he tore up the fretboard. Either fully engaged or used as a high-pass filter, the Cry Baby From Hell should meet all your needs and then some. </p> <p>Now start getting those squeals and pinch harmonics down!</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/dimebagcrybaby.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $286.44 | <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/db01-dimebag-signature-wah">Check out this pedal at jimdunlop.com</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>EVH 5150 III 50-Watt Head</strong> <p>Perhaps no one's tone is as sought-after as that of Eddie Van Halen. And fortunately for all you finger-tapping maniacs out there, almost no other guitarist has more quality signature gear on the market.</p> <p>And while his Wolfgang Special guitar is top-of-the-line and the MXR Phase 90 will have you rocking the cradle with the best of them, it's his line of signature amps from EVH that have really made a mark on the world of hard rock and metal.</p> <p>Even if it is a scaled-down version of its 100-watt big brother, there's no denying the EVH III 5150 50-watt head packs a <em>lot</em> into a small package. This three-channel amp matches up nicely with any cabinet, but you definitely can't go wrong with any of the cabs in the EVH 5150 III line. Pair it up with either the 2x12 or 1x12 and you'll have 'em dancing in the streets in no time!</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/evh5150.png" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,333.32 | <a href="http://www.evhgear.com/gear/subpage?partno=2253000400">Check out this amp at evhgear.com.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/damageplan">Damageplan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/your-signature-please-five-essential-pieces-signature-gear#comments Dimebag Darrell Dunlop Eddie Van Halen Eric Johnson ESP EVH Fender James Hetfield Seymour Duncan Slash Guitar World Lists Amps Electric Guitars News Features Gear Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:46:55 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16421 Cigar Box: Build a Guitar Pickup in Under Five Minutes for Less Than $2 http://www.guitarworld.com/cigar-box-make-guitar-pickup-less-five-minutes-under-2 <!--paging_filter--><p>Can you make your own pickup out of a wall wart plug in under five minutes and less than $2?</p> <p>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.</p> <p>If you don’t already know, pickups are made with electric magnets. The string vibrations interfere with the magnetic field around the pickup, and that sound is transferred to your amp. Don’t worry, this is about as technical as I'll get for this part, but it's pretty neat how it works. </p> <p>Note: See the sidebar article below on the live-rig secrets of several pro cigar box guitarists. </p> <p><strong>In terms of parts for this project, here's your recon mission:</strong></p> <p>• One wall wort plug. You know those big, clunky plugs that seem to be on just about everything nowadays. I suggest scoping out your local thrift store for one. That way, you don’t destroy a plug you might need later. I picked up some for 50 cents. Yep!</p> <p>• Three or four (depending on how many strings you have on your CBG — cigar box guitar) Rare Earth Neo Neodymium disc magnets. I used a N35 12mm-by-3mm magnet I got on eBay for less than 40 cents.</p> <p>• Some bits of wire and solder</p> <p>• 1 1/4-inch jack</p> <p><strong>Tools you'll need</strong> </p> <p>• Proper safety gear, including work gloves and protective glasses</p> <p>• A hammer</p> <p>• Soldering Iron</p> <p>The photo gallery below will walk you through the steps to make your own pickup in under five minutes (and less than $2). Note that if you use this pickup in your CBG, you should probably cut hole the size of the metal plates so only the plates will be exposed above the guitar body, leaving the coils hidden under the top of the box. Also, make sure to ground your negative wire to your bridge to prevent unwanted noise. </p> <p>Check out the videos below of testing out our DIY guitar pickup. Also Elmar Zeilhofer of <a href="http://www.original-flatpup.com/">The Original-Flatpup</a> made one as a test video as well from one he made (He separated the coils on his DIY pickup). </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3Uwpt6z0RbI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QPlDnH6uSso" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p><strong>SIDEBAR: RIGS OF SEVERAL PRO CIGAR BOX GUITARISTS</strong></p> <p>Let me talk about the gear some cigar box guitar artists used at this year's Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival. </p> <p>I had a chance to talk to Glenn Kaiser, Shane Speal and Justin Johnson. Playing a cigar box guitar for a gig can be tricky. Cigar box guitars have a great lo-fi sound, but playing them cranked up can create problems with feedback. Here are the amplifiers and effects they prefer. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.grrrrecords.com/welcome.cfm">Glenn Kaiser</a> (Former frontman of REZ Band &amp; Kaiser/Mansfield)</strong></p> <p><strong>Amp</strong>: ”Trimmed &amp; Burnin' Spanky model mostly (a small, 3-watt amp with a Weber speaker) and an original Pignose. I have a lot of amps, but at this point, those two."</p> <p><strong>Effects</strong>: “For non-cigar box or found-object guitars, I always use a Korg tuner and a Blackstone Appliance Mosfet Overdrive. For CBG's, I usually prefer a small amp cranked.”</p> <p>Most of Kaiser's live cigar box guitars are loaded with piezo buzzer pickups, giving him a more acoustic tone. However, he gets some extra buzz, grind and distortion from the Trimmed &amp; Burnin' tube amp. </p> <p><strong><a href="www.shanespeal.com">Shane Speal</a></strong></p> <p>Shane was kind enough to send us a photo of his live rig. Check it out in the photo gallery below.</p> <p>• As for his gear: homemade electric stomp board; provides percussion for Speal's show. It's just a couple pieces of plywood sandwiched together with a large piezo disc inserted in the middle. The piezo acts as a contact mic.</p> <p>• Pre-amp for the stomp board. Speal used an inexpensive acoustic guitar preamp/EQ that is attached to the piezo so he can control the tone of hs stomp board.</p> <p>• An old Ibanez digital delay set for slapback echo only</p> <p>• Arion Octave pedal: Used sparingly in concert, usually during his one-string diddley bow songs or when he wants to kick into a total funk-infused fury.</p> <p>• Fender tuner</p> <p>• Jay Turser Classic 25 amp. Although it's covered with tweed and sports a classic radio wooden face, this amp is just a cheapo solid state. “It has reverb, distortion and a goofy tremolo,” Speal says. “What more do you want?” Speal bought it on eBay for $85. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.justinjohnsonlive.com/">Justin Johnson</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Amp</strong>: “Fender Blues Jr. When I am performing with cigar box guitars, I prefer to keep as much of the natural tone of the CBG as possible. There is something about the tone you get from the cigar box that really distinguishes itself from the electric guitar. They sound more open and unrestrained than a solid-body and more guttural and swampy than a standard semi-hollow."</p> <p><strong>Effects</strong>: “I generally just use a little reverb or some light overdrive before going into my Fender Blues Jr. It’s also a good a idea to have an EQ pedal on hand to make minor adjustments to the volume and tone when necessary.”</p> <p><strong>ONE LAST DOSE OF CIGAR BOXES...</strong></p> <p>You all know I couldn’t write one of these with out letting you hear some tunes. Below is a clip I put together of Shane Speal preforming a version of “Personal Jesus” at this year's Speal's Tavern Guitar-b-Que. The photos are from <a href="www.spealstavern.com">The Cigar Box Guitar Museum</a> in New Alexander, Pennsylvania, inside <a href="http://www.spealstavern.com/fr_home.cfm">Speal's Tavern</a>. More on the Guitar-b-Que and Speal's Tavern along with making winding our own single coil cbg pickup, next time ... </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-rePzYFO17o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p>A big thanks to Glenn Kaiser, Shane Speal, Justin Johnson, Elmar Zeilhofer, Original-Flatpup and Speal's Tavern for being a part of this. </p> <p>Stay tuned ... It's going to get loud!</p> <p><em>Brian Saner owns Saner Cigar Box Guitars, which makes custom handmade guitars and amps using local dry-aged wood in every guitar. These guitars are handmade and might have imperfections, but that's what makes them unique. Once you hear the howl of a CBG, you might not want to play a Fender or Gibson again. Get one at <a href="http://www.sanercigarboxguitars.com/">sanercigarboxguitars.com</a>, <a href="http://www.devildownrecords.com/guitars">devildownrecords.com/guitars</a> and Main Street Gallery. Check out <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saner-Cigar-Box-Guitars/266654393366376">his Facebook page.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/cigar-box-make-guitar-pickup-less-five-minutes-under-2#comments Brian Saner Cigar Box Saner Cigar Box Guitars Accessories Blogs News Gear Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:39:05 +0000 Brian Saner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17141 Led Zeppelin Preview "Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/led-zeppelin-preview-black-dog-basic-track-guitar-overdubs-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, you can stream slightly more than a minute's worth of "Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)," one of the raw, previously unreleased recordings to be included in the upcoming remastered edition of Led Zeppelin's <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em>.</p> <p>The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to an impressive start earlier this year when deluxe editions of <em>Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II</em> and <em>Led Zeppelin III</em> debuted in the top 10 of Billboard's 200 chart. </p> <p>Now, updated versions of <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em> and <em>Houses Of The Holy</em> will be released October 28 through Atlantic/Swan Song. You can check out the track listings below.</p> <p><strong><em>Led Zeppelin IV</em></strong></p> <p>01. Black Dog<br /> 02. Rock And Roll<br /> 03. The Battle of Evermore<br /> 04. Stairway To Heaven<br /> 05. Misty Mountain Hop<br /> 06. Four Sticks<br /> 07. Going To California<br /> 08. When The Levee Breaks</p> <p><em>Companion Audio Disc</em><br /> 01. Black Dog - Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs<br /> 02. Rock And Roll - Alternate Mix<br /> 03. The Battle Of Evermore - Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange<br /> 04. Stairway To Heaven - Sunset Sound Mix<br /> 05. Misty Mountain Hop - Alternate Mix<br /> 06. Four Sticks - Alternate Mix<br /> 07. Going To California - Mandolin/Guitar Mix<br /> 08. When The Levee Breaks - Alternate UK Mix</p> <p><strong><em>Houses of the Holy</em> track listing:</strong></p> <p>01. The Song Remains The Same<br /> 02. The Rain Song<br /> 03. Over The Hills And Far Away<br /> 04. The Crunge<br /> 05. Dancing Days<br /> 06. D'yer Mak'er<br /> 07. No Quarter<br /> 08. The Ocean</p> <p><em>Companion Audio Disc</em><br /> 01. The Song Remains The Same - Guitar Overdub Reference Mix<br /> 02. The Rain Song - Mix Minus Piano<br /> 03. Over The Hills And Far Away - Guitar Mix Backing Track<br /> 04. The Crunge - Rough Mix - Keys Up<br /> 05. Dancing Days - Rough Mix With Vocal<br /> 06. No Quarter - Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal<br /> 07. The Ocean - Working Mix</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UandfyNZxb4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/led-zeppelin-preview-black-dog-basic-track-guitar-overdubs-listen#comments Led Zeppelin News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:23:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22236 Labor Day Sale: Get 25 Percent Off Everything at Guitar World's Online Store! http://www.guitarworld.com/labor-day-sale-get-25-percent-everything-guitar-worlds-online-store <!--paging_filter--><p>Now through September 2, 2014, you can get 25 percent off EVERYTHING at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=LaborDay2014">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</p> <p>Just be sure to use this special code at checkout:</p> <p><strong>LABORDAY25</strong></p> <p>Choose from products from <em>Guitar World, Guitar Aficionado, Bass Player, Guitar Player, Electronic Musician, Keyboard, Guitar Legends</em> and <em>Revolver</em>.</p> <p>Once again, that code is:</p> <p><strong>LABORDAY25</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=LaborDay2014">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> <p>Happy Labor Day from Guitar World!</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/labor-day-sale-get-25-percent-everything-guitar-worlds-online-store#comments News Features Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:13:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22235 Hughes & Kettner Announces 30th Anniversary NOS Limited Edition Tubemeister Amps http://www.guitarworld.com/hughes-kettner-announces-30th-anniversary-nos-limited-edition-tubemeister-amps <!--paging_filter--><p>This year marks the 30th year of Hughes &amp; Kettner’s quest for the perfect guitar amplifier tone, and the brand is celebrating by producing a Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Series of its groundbreaking TubeMeister range — with a difference.</p> <p>The amps, which are set to be available as TubeMeister 18 Head and TubeMeister 36 Head models, feature Soviet “New Old Stock” EL84 power tubes that were built long before Hughes &amp; Kettner was born.</p> <p>Manufactured in the legendary Saratov factories, the tubes comply with military-grade specifications for the aircraft industry (which require the highest levels of reliability and the strictest tolerances), and are built to last for a lifetime with a consistent quality and power. They deliver noticeably more output than standard EL84s, which results in more headroom for clean tones and even more punch for overdrive sounds.</p> <p>TubeMeister itself is celebrating its third anniversary of Rocking on Stage, Playing at Home and Recording at Night in 2014, and these new limited edition models – which also come with a black glossy chassis, and proudly show the 30th anniversary logo on the front panel – are sure to become sought after collector’s items.</p> <p>As well as the NOS tubes, the new models feature everything that has made TubeMeister a global guitar amp sensation: diminutive dimensions, powerful tones from the EL84 and 12AX7 tubes, the industry-standard Red Box DI output for pain-free recording, a flexible Power Soak… and, of course, the ubiquitous blue-lit logo that can now be seen on stages, in studios and in practice rooms across the world.</p> <p>Hughes and Kettner amplifiers are distributed in North America by Yorkville Sound.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hughes-kettner-announces-30th-anniversary-nos-limited-edition-tubemeister-amps#comments Hughes & Kettner Amps News Gear Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:49:13 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22233 Epic and Legacy Announce 'Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' Box Set http://www.guitarworld.com/epic-and-legacy-announce-stevie-ray-vaughan-and-double-trouble-complete-epic-recordings-collection-box-set <!--paging_filter--><p>Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Epic Records will release <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MJFQ24W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MJFQ24W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=legacy_recordings-20&amp;linkId=CHYXZD3UETANYCFN">Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection</a></em> October 28. </p> <p>A definitive, career-encompassing 12-disc library, <em>The Complete Epic Recordings Collection</em> brings together, for the first time, the entirety of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's official studio and live album canon, including the inaugural commercial release of <em>A Legend In The Making</em>, a collectible (formerly) promotional-only recording of SRV &amp; DT's performance at Toronto's El Mocambo club in 1983.</p> <p><em>The Complete Epic Recordings Collection</em> also features two discs compiling rare and hard-to-find archival tracks.</p> <p>Below you'll find the complete contents of the box set.</p> <p><strong><em>Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Disc 1: <em>In The Beginning</em> (KLBJ-FM radio broadcast produced by Wayne Bell</strong></p> <p><em>Recorded April 1, 1980; Austin, Texas</em><br /> In The Open<br /> Slide Thing<br /> They Call Me Guitar Hurricane<br /> All Your Love I Miss Loving<br /> Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)<br /> Love Struck Baby<br /> Tell Me<br /> Shake For Me<br /> Live Another Day</p> <p>Originally released as Epic 53168, 1992 / Peak chart position: #58</p> <p><strong>Disc 2: <em>Live At Montreux 1982</em> (July 17, 1982; Montreux International Jazz Festival)</strong></p> <p>Hide Away<br /> Rude Mood<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> Texas Flood<br /> Love Struck Baby<br /> Dirty Pool<br /> Give Me Back My Wig<br /> Collins Shuffle</p> <p>Originally released as Epic/Legacy 86151, 2001 / Peak chart position: #178</p> <p><strong>Disc 3: <em>Live At Montreux 1985</em> (July 15, 1985; Montreux International Jazz Festival)</strong></p> <p>Scuttle Buttin'<br /> Say What!<br /> Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> Mary Had A Little Lamb<br /> Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)<br /> Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)<br /> Texas Flood<br /> Life Without You<br /> Gone Home<br /> Couldn't Stand The Weather</p> <p>Originally released as Epic/Legacy 86151, 2001 / Peak chart position: #178</p> <p><strong>Disc 4: <em>Texas Flood</em></strong></p> <p>Love Struck Baby<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> Texas Flood<br /> Tell Me<br /> Testify<br /> Rude Mood<br /> Mary Had A Little Lamb<br /> Dirty Pool<br /> I'm Cryin'<br /> Lenny </p> <p>Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen and Double Trouble / Executive Producer: John Hammond / Originally released as Epic 38734, 1983 / Peak chart position: #38</p> <p><strong>Disc 5: <em>A Legend In The Making—Live At The El Mocambo</em> (recorded Toronto, Canada, July 20, 1983, originally released for radio broadcast only)</strong></p> <p>Testify<br /> So Excited<br /> Voodoo Child (Slight Return)<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> Tell Me<br /> Mary Had A Little Lamb<br /> Texas Flood<br /> Love Struck Baby<br /> You'll Be Mine<br /> Hug You, Squeeze You<br /> Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun<br /> Lenny<br /> Wham!<br /> Rude Mood</p> <p><strong>Disc 6: <em>Couldn't Stand The Weather</em> (1984)</strong></p> <p>Scuttle Buttin'<br /> Couldn't Stand The Weather<br /> The Things (That) I Used To Do<br /> Voodoo Child (Slight Return)<br /> Cold Shot<br /> Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)<br /> Honey Bee<br /> Stang's Swang</p> <p>Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, Richard Mullen, and Jim Capfer / Executive Producer: John Hammond / Originally released as Epic 39304, 1984 / Peak chart position: #31</p> <p><strong>Disc 7: <em>Live At Carnegie Hall</em> (Recorded October 4, 1984; New York City)</strong></p> <p>Intro--Ken Dashow/John Hammond<br /> Scuttle Buttin'<br /> Testify<br /> Love Struck Baby<br /> Honey Bee<br /> Cold Shot<br /> Letter To My Girlfriend<br /> Dirty Pool<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> The Things That I Used To Do<br /> C.O.D.<br /> Iced Over<br /> Lenny<br /> Rude Mood</p> <p>Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan / Originally released as Epic 68163, 1997 / Peak chart position: #40</p> <p><strong>Disc 8: <em>Soul To Soul</em> (1985)</strong></p> <p>Say What!<br /> Lookin' Out The Window<br /> Look At Little Sister<br /> Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love<br /> Gone Home<br /> Change It<br /> You'll Be Mine<br /> Empty Arms<br /> Come On (Part III)<br /> Life Without You</p> <p>Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble and Richard Mullen / Executive Producer: John Hammond / Originally released as Epic 40036, 1985 / Peak chart position: #34</p> <p><strong>Disc 9: <em>Live Alive</em> (Recorded July 16, 1985, Montreux International Jazz Festival; July 17-18, 1986, Austin, Texas; July 19, 1986, Dallas, Texas)</strong></p> <p>Say What!<br /> Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love<br /> Pride And Joy<br /> Mary Had A Little Lamb<br /> Superstition<br /> I'm Leaving You (Commit A Crime)<br /> Cold Shot<br /> Willie The Wimp<br /> Look At Little Sister<br /> Texas Flood<br /> Voodoo Child (Slight Return)<br /> Love Struck Baby<br /> Change It<br /> Life Without You</p> <p>Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble / Originally released as Epic 40511, 1986 / Peak chart position: #52</p> <p><strong>Disc 10: <em>In Step</em> (1989)</strong></p> <p>The House Is Rockin'<br /> Crossfire<br /> Tightrope<br /> Let Me Love You Baby<br /> Leave My Girl Alone<br /> Travis Walk<br /> Wall Of Denial<br /> Scratch-N-Sniff<br /> Love Me Darlin'<br /> Riviera Paradise</p> <p>Produced by Jim Gaines &amp; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble / Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California /<br /> Originally released as Epic 45024, 1989 / Peak chart position: #33</p> <p><strong>Disc 11: Archives/Disc One</strong></p> <p>Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)<br /> Empty Arms<br /> Come On (Part III)<br /> Look At Little Sister<br /> The Sky Is Crying<br /> Hide Away<br /> Give Me Back My Wig<br /> Boot Hill<br /> Wham!<br /> Close To You<br /> Little Wing<br /> Stang's Swang</p> <p><strong>Disc 12: Archives/Disc Two</strong></p> <p>May I Have A Talk With You<br /> Boilermaker<br /> The Sky Is Crying<br /> Shake And Bake<br /> So Excited<br /> Slip Slidin' Slim<br /> Chitlins Con Carne<br /> Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun<br /> Boot Hill<br /> Life By The Drop</p> <p>Archives/Disc One, Track 1 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen and Double Trouble; Executive Producer: John Hammond<br /> Archives/Disc One, Tracks 2-12 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, Richard Mullen, and Jim Capfer; Executive Producer: John Hammond<br /> Archives/Disc Two, Tracks 1-8 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble and Richard Mullen; Executive Producer: John Hammond<br /> Archives/Disc Two, Track 9 produced by Jim Gaines &amp; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble<br /> Archives/Disc Two, Track 10 produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jim Gaines</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">If you're interested in this Stevie Ray Vaughan fellow, check out the all-new October 2014 issue of Guitar World, which is available now at the Guitar World Online Store. We count down Vaughan's 30 greatest guitar performances, check in with his Number One Strat, celebrate 60 years of the Strat and more.</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-08-28%20at%204.39.30%20PM.png" width="620" height="458" alt="Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 4.39.30 PM.png" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/epic-and-legacy-announce-stevie-ray-vaughan-and-double-trouble-complete-epic-recordings-collection-box-set#comments Stevie Ray Vaughan News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:31:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22232 Check Out This Gigantic Flying V Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/video-rocking-out-giant-flying-v <!--paging_filter--><p>Holy crap! Is that a giant Flying V, or has someone finally invented the shrink ray?! </p> <p>Nope, we're pretty sure it's just a guy rocking out on a giant Flying V. </p> <p>According to the video's caption, the man in question is Ralph Ciociano from The Guitar Shack in Port Jefferson Station, New York, who is showing off this homemade, super-sized Flying V guitar at a fairly recent New York/Long Island Guitar show.</p> <p>Apparently, the guitar, which is modeled after a Fifties Flying V, took six months to complete and is considered the world's largest, playable guitar.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qTX3CaTWbkM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>P.S: We thought we'd also include this video because we really like it:</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WMKmQmkJ9gg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-rocking-out-giant-flying-v#comments Meytal Cohen WTF Videos News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:55:26 +0000 Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13453 Five Finger Death Punch's Jeremy Spencer Talks Jason Hook and Zoltan Bathory — Exclusive 'Death Punch'd' Videos http://www.guitarworld.com/five-finger-death-punchs-jeremy-spencer-talks-jason-hook-and-zoltan-bathory-exclusive-death-punchd-videos <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents two exclusive videos from Five Finger Death Punch — both of which herald the release of <em>Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem,</em> the new memoir by FFDP's Jeremy Spencer.</p> <p>The book will be published September 2 by HarperCollins.</p> <p>In the top clip, Spencer, FFDP's co-founder and drummer, discusses a wide range of topics — but mainly FFDP guitarist Jason Hook. In the bottom clip, Spencer puts the spotlight on guitarist Zoltan Bathory.</p> <p>Check them out below and be sure to share your opinions in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>Spencer's journey through the wild highs and terrifying lows of the rock and roll lifestyle is told with candor, redemption and enlightenment. The first-time author offers a wry and rollicking tale of music, addiction and recovery, revealing the path that served as a catalyst to make him the man he is today. </p> <p>"The day I left treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, I decided to write my story," Spencer said. "I was feeling raw and exposed and hoped just 'getting it all out' would be therapeutic. And it was. </p> <p>"Sitting on a tour bus with little to do, I found myself writing two or three thousand words a day. It didn’t occur to me until I’d written 50 or 60 thousand that my story might be helpful to others who need encouragement in pursuing their dreams and for those struggling with addiction." </p> <p>The book is available for pre-order at <a href="http://www.deathpunchd.com/">deathpunchd.com.</a> </p> <p><strong>Jeremy Spencer talks Jason Hook</strong>:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/__AADCXJ4U4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Jeremy Spencer talks Zoltan Bathory</strong>:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/THNO8_1WFs8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/five-finger-death-punchs-jeremy-spencer-talks-jason-hook-and-zoltan-bathory-exclusive-death-punchd-videos#comments Five Finger Death Punch Jeremy Spencer Videos News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:57:34 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22230 Musicians Institute Introduces “Bring Your Own Device” Policy, Delivering Lessons Digitally http://www.guitarworld.com/musicians-institute-introduces-bring-your-own-device-policy-delivering-lessons-digitally <!--paging_filter--><p>Musicians Institute, the College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California, is going beyond the classroom in fall 2014 with a new paperless “Bring Your Own Device” (B.Y.O.D.) policy and a "flipped classroom" model. </p> <p>The school's blended learning system will deliver music lessons digitally—anywhere, anytime.</p> <p>Students will utilize their mobile phones, tablets and laptops on any platform of their choosing (iOS, Android, OSX, or Windows) to foster an efficient, 24/7 learning environment. Select lectures will be viewed through online videos, so that class time can be focused on hands-on learning and Q&amp;A sessions. </p> <p>MI’s innovative 360-degree approach to music education is paced unlike any other college, with fully revised Degree and Certificate programs for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard Technology and Vocals. </p> <p>Centered on Harmony, Theory and Ear Training, core subjects in Reading, Technique and Performance will be synchronized on a weekly basis, so that every topic can be explored, mastered and applied by students when they enter the working world after graduation. Performance students will also have access to expert Entertainment Industry Studies instructors for Audio Engineering, Music Business, Guitar Craft and the Independent Artist Program.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://mi.edu/">mi.edu</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/musicians-institute-introduces-bring-your-own-device-policy-delivering-lessons-digitally#comments Acoustic Nation Musicians Institute News News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:29:11 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22229