News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%27http%3A/www.kickstarter.com/projects/realmofobscura/www.facebook.com/casinomadrid en Mass Effect: The Top 50 Stomp Boxes, Devices and Processors of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/mass-effect-top-50-stomp-boxes-devices-and-processors-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p>Has any piece of musical equipment proliferated more, or more rapidly, than the humble electric guitar effect unit? </p> <p>Though there is no official tally, suffice it to say that thousands of stomp boxes, effect devices and processors have been created for the electric guitar over the past 60 years (and that’s not including rackmount effects). Conceivably, more than half of those devices are distortion, fuzz and overdrive effects.</p> <p>So how did we come up with a list of the top 50 electric guitar effects of all time? Actually, it was easy, as most of these stomp boxes and devices turn up in the pages of this magazine on a regular basis every time we ask artists what they use in the studio and onstage.</p> <p>Other effects got the nod for being the first of their kind (like the DeArmond Tremolo Control, which dates back to the Forties and was the first optional effect device) while a few passed muster for being undeniably cool or influential — even if they’re so rare that it will cost you a few thousand bucks to score one on eBay.</p> <p>Popularity also was a critical factor in our choices, although we generally passed over a few best-selling reissues or boutique clones in favor of the real deal. So even though the Bubba Bob Buttcrack Tube Overdrive may sound more soulful than an original Tube Screamer, if it’s little more than a copy with slightly upgraded components, it didn’t make the cut. </p> <p>If you love effects like we do, we hope you'll find this top-50 list a useful guide to discovering the classic effect boxes that have shaped the guitar sounds of rock, metal, blues, punk and many other styles. And if you're like us, it will undoubtedly compel you to plunk down a chunk of cash for a collectible pedal or two on eBay. Don't say you weren't warned.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/mass-effect-top-50-stomp-boxes-devices-and-processors-all-time#comments 2011 Articles Boss GW Archive Ibanez July 2011 Roland Guitar World Lists Effects July News Features Gear Magazine Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:29:23 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17196 D’Addario and Rolling Stone Seek the Next Generation of Guitar Heroes with “The Next Young Gun” Contest http://www.guitarworld.com/d-addario-and-rolling-stone-seek-next-generation-guitar-heroes-next-young-gun-contest <!--paging_filter--><p>D’Addario and Rolling Stone are in search of the guitar greats of tomorrow with “The Next Young Gun.” </p> <p>This contest is a continuation of the 30-week Young Guns series on rollingstone.com, which showcased artists Kurt Vile, Blake Mills, Tosin Abasi, Guthrie Trapp, Gary Clark Jr. and many more. </p> <p>This series premiered in conjunction with the release of D’Addario’s NYXL guitar strings, which were designed to bend farther, sing louder and stay in tune better than any string in history. </p> <p>To be considered for The Next Young Gun, guitarists are asked submit a video of themselves playing their own original songs, licks, riffs or solos to <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/young-gun-contest/submit-video">rollingstone.com/nextyounggun</a> before October 13. </p> <p>D’Addario and <em>Rolling Stone</em> will choose up to eight finalists on October 30 and open online voting from November 5 to November 24, with a distinguished panel of musicians acting as additional judges. Participants and voters on social media can use the hashtag, #nextyounggun to keep the conversation going. The winner will be announced December 8.</p> <p>The grand prize includes a profile and coverage on RollingStone.com, a trip to Los Angeles to record at some of the country’s top studios (including Swinghouse and TRS West), a gig at an LA club and a one-year supply of D’Addario strings. Every entrant will receive a free set of D’Addario NYXLs.</p> <p>Visit <a href="http://daddario.com/DaddarioSplash.Page?ActiveID=1740">daddario.com</a> and <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/franchise/young-guns">rollingstone.com/youngguns</a> to see D’Addario’s commitment to nurturing creativity and performance.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kyqQdQMo-58" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-09-30%20at%203.03.11%20PM.png" width="620" height="467" alt="Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 3.03.11 PM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/d-addario-and-rolling-stone-seek-next-generation-guitar-heroes-next-young-gun-contest#comments Videos News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:05:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22469 Review: Prestige Eclipse Cedar/Rosewood Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/review-prestige-eclipse-cedarrosewood-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. 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For the rest of this story, plus our cover feature on Jeff Beck and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, not to mention features on Eddie Van Halen/MXR, George Thorogood, the guitar pick revolution, Nita Strauss and Black Veil Brides, plus gear reviews (Epiphone, Zoom, Gretsch, TC-Helicon, Mesa and more) and lessons by Marty Friedman and Steel Panther's Satchel, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=WeezerExcerpt">check out the November 2014 issue of Guitar World!</a></em></p> <p><strong>Weezer Heads Prevail: Unfazed by perennial reports of rock’s death, Weezer carry on with <em>Everything Will Be Alright in the End</em>, their ninth, and latest, studio album.</strong></p> <p>“Rock is dead. Guitar is dead.” </p> <p>Weezer’s ninth studio album, <em>Everything Will Be Alright in the End</em>, opens with these two dire statements, both uttered before the opening riff of “Ain’t Got Nobody” kicks in. </p> <p>“All those voices you hear on the record are the voices that we’ve heard in our lives and in our careers in recent years,” explains Rivers Cuomo, Weezer’s primary songwriter, lead guitarist and vocalist. </p> <p>Thankfully, it seems that Cuomo and the rest of the band—guitarist Brian Bell, drummer Patrick Wilson and bassist Scott Shriner—chose to ignore the naysayers whispering in their ears. “Ain’t Got Nobody” is unabashedly rocking and guitar driven, and if anything, <em>Everything Will Be Alright in the End</em> sounds more like a rebirth for Weezer than a last gasp. </p> <p>Hard-edged numbers like the declamatory “Back to the Shack” and the pounding “I’ve Had It Up to Here” are arena-ready anthems, while more emotionally raw numbers like “The British Are Coming” and “Foolish Fathers” feature the plaintive yowl that turned the band’s second album, 1996’s <em>Pinkerton</em>, into a celebrated emo-rock cult classic years after its release and initial commercial failure. </p> <p><em>Everything Will Be Alright in the End</em> also marks the return of producer Ric Ocasek, who previously worked with Weezer on their 1994 self-titled debut (known by fans as the Blue Album) as well as on their also-eponymous 2001 comeback (dubbed the Green Album). The band spent three three-week stretches with the Cars frontman at Los Angeles’ storied Village Recorder studios, and according to Cuomo, this third-time collaboration was a charm. </p> <p>“Recording this record felt like much more of a creative process than making the first album,” he says. “Because when we made that record, we’d been playing the songs for a year and a half in the clubs and there had been several rounds of demos. It felt like the songs were pretty much done and there wasn’t room for much more creativity once we got into the studio. </p> <p>"And then when we made the Green Album, I didn't want to hear from anyone. This time, there were a lot more unfinished parts, and there was a lot more work left to be done, so it was wonderful to have this amazing creative talent sitting there right next to us in the trenches.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PeZeb6stV0c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><Strong>EXCERPT: A lot of the lyrics on the new record seem to explore Weezer’s relationship to their fans and how that relationship has evolved over the years.</strong></p> <p>We’ve gone through many different phases. Even when we made our second record, <em>Pinkerton</em>, I already had a feeling like, Well, we’ve established this amazing style on the first record, but already I want to do something different. And I assumed that everyone was going to come along with me. </p> <p>But a lot of the fans of the first album were not fans of the second album, so then it became this whole issue of, What am I supposed to do here? I have this instinct to try all of these different things and to go off in all of these crazy directions, but at the same time, you can’t really take for granted this amazing connection that happens between us and an audience. I mean, we were really lucky to have that kind of experience on our first record and touch the heart of an audience in such a profound way. And you can’t really take that lightly and just say, “Well, maybe let’s do a hip-hop album next time.” </p> <p>And ever since then, we’ve related to the question of how to find balance in different ways. At times we’ve rebelled and said, “Well, we’re not going to care about anything we’ve done or what anyone’s saying around us; we’re just going to go off and do whatever’s striking us at the moment.” And that was definitely a big part of our process—figuring out how to balance all of the different things that we value. </p> <p><strong>Did you approach songwriting any differently for this album? Some of the tracks have really expansive arrangements. </strong></p> <p>I wrote a lot of the more exploratory music on piano, and the foundation of the song would be one long extremely emotional jam—a rough outline of the emotion—that I would record on a Dictaphone. I’m not very good at piano, and that limitation can be a strength for me, as I don’t have muscle and finger memory and playing habits like I do on the guitar. </p> <p>Also, the piano is wonderful because you’ve got two hands that have equal power to do rhythm, melody and counterpoint, so they can both go off and do whatever they want. Counterpoint is my absolutely favorite part of music, so that was extremely liberating. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eiyczpeHZDc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Does the formal musical training that you received in college come into play when you’re devising the contrapuntal movement?</strong></p> <p>In those moments of composition, it’s all very much flow and not doing things because I was taught them in counterpoint class. But I think there’s a part of my brain that is at least aware when I’m doing parallel or contrary or oblique motion. So part of my mind is watching the process as it’s happening. </p> <p>And I do feel that while I have a natural instinct for counterpoint—a real enjoyment of it—I also have learned a lot in school and from books as well by playing contrapuntal music on both piano and guitar. I have some good books of Bach keyboard music transcribed for guitar, and there’s always a nylon-string guitar hanging on the wall in my house and a bunch of classical guitar books to grab. I kind of do that just for fun. </p> <p><strong>It also sounds like you’re really having fun playing lead guitar on this record. There’s an almost subversive nature to the way that you pepper the solos on songs like “Ain’t Got Nobody” with dissonant phrases and chromaticism. </strong></p> <p>The trick for me was how to make it sound new and not cliché. Rock guitar has been around for decades now, and there are so many strong traditions, and so much of it is just burned into my fingers. So, nine times out of 10, when I pick up the guitar to jam something, it sounds pretty cliché. </p> <p>One way that I get around that is, before I even pick up the guitar, I record myself singing the guitar solo, and then I go back and I learn it on guitar. I sing things that I would never think to play with my fingers. On the solo to “Ain’t Got Nobody,” which I really love, it actually took me a long time to learn how to articulate what I had sung, and I ended up doing some really nontraditional, non-guitaristic things. </p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus our cover feature on Jeff Beck and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, not to mention features on Eddie Van Halen/MXR, George Thorogood, the guitar pick revolution, Nita Strauss and Black Veil Brides, plus gear reviews (Epiphone, Zoom, Gretsch, TC-Helicon, Mesa and more) and lessons by Marty Friedman and Steel Panther's Satchel, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=EVHMXRExcerpt">check out the November 2014 issue of Guitar World!</a></em></p> <p><em>Photo: Emily Shur</em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/1114_Gib%26Beck.jpg" width="620" height="805" alt="1114_Gib&amp;Beck.jpg" /></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="/weezer">Weezer</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/weezers-rivers-cuomo-talks-new-album-everything-will-be-alright-end#comments November 2014 Rivers Cuomo Weezer Interviews News Features Magazine Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Tom Beaujour http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22468 Melvins Guitarists Buzz Osborne and Paul Leary Talk New Album, 'Hold It In' http://www.guitarworld.com/melvins-guitarists-buzz-osborne-and-paul-leary-talk-new-album-hold-it <!--paging_filter--><p>It’s not often you get to work with one of your heroes, but for Melvins guitarist Buzz Osborne, that’s exactly what happened.</p> <p>Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary joined the Melvins for their new album, <em>Hold It In</em>, which will be released October 14. Also joining Osborne, Leary and drummer Dale Crover for this 12-song Melvins outing is Butthole Surfers' bassist JD Pinkus. </p> <p>Osborne says <em>Hold It In</em> is a refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of "fact and bullshit." If Leary’s outside-the-box approach to guitar playing and Osborne’s passion for songwriting are anything to go by, it’s definitely best to just let it ride. </p> <p>The Melvins will kick off a round of U.S. tour dates October 15 in Sacramento, California. Osborne, Crover and Pinkus will be the touring roster for this run of dates.</p> <p>I recently spoke with Osborne and Leary about the new Melvins record. I also asked Osborne about his Nirvana connection.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How would you describe <em>Hold It In</em>?</strong></p> <p><strong>OSBORNE</strong>: It's a good cross-section of a lot of things we've done as well as some things we've never done. It's the first Melvins record I played on where I didn't write a majority of the material. That was a little different than what we normally do. Paul is also one of my favorite guitar players, and I've thought about doing something like this with him for a long time.</p> <p><strong>LEARY</strong>: For the most part, it’s a little fresher and an amalgam album. I wrote three songs on there and we’ve also got Jeff Pinkus, which provided another Butthole element. </p> <p><strong>Buzz, what was it like working with Paul and Pinkus?</strong></p> <p>They're both really good players. Paul is a completely out-of-the-box guitarist that I've admired for the better part of 30 years. They handled it perfectly and are avant-garde to the highest degree.</p> <p><strong>Paul, what was it like working with Buzz and Dale?</strong></p> <p>Most of my recording experience has been as a producer or with the Butthole Surfers. It was refreshing to be with a group of people who were just as anxious and happy to come up with ideas as I was. It was a whole lot of fun. </p> <p><strong>Let’s discuss a few tracks from <em>Hold It In</em>. "Brass Cupcake."</strong></p> <p><strong>OSBORNE</strong>: That was a song I wrote. I had the idea to let Paul do his amazing vocal work on the middle part of it. His thumb print is all over it.</p> <p><strong>"You Can Make Me Wait."</strong></p> <p><strong>LEARY</strong>: I was stuck sitting in traffic when the idea for that song came to me. I’m usually a "cart before the horse" guy who comes up with the music first. In this case, I had the lyrics in my head and then the music came later.</p> <p><strong>"The Bunk Up."</strong></p> <p><strong>OSBORNE</strong>: That was a song I started writing a while ago. I came up with the beginning riff, and the middle part is a lot of Paul. I played the basic guitar parts and left an empty space for him to do whatever he wanted.</p> <p><strong>"Eyes On You."</strong></p> <p><strong>LEARY</strong>: I usually keep the TV turned on in my studio, and one day there was something on the news about surveillance. I had my guitar plugged in recording at the time and the words just started coming out of my mouth. </p> <p><strong>How do you come up with your ideas for song titles?</strong></p> <p><strong>OSBORNE</strong>: I've been a list maker for years, even before I was a musician. I was always writing things down and kept long lists of things that would make good album titles and things like that. I’m constantly thinking in terms of songwriting.</p> <p><strong>Buzz, what can you tell me about your connection with Nirvana?</strong></p> <p><strong>OSBORNE</strong>: We were all friends long before music ever happened. I was the one who introduced Cobain and Novoselic to music of that nature and took them to their first punk rock shows. I also knew Dave [Grohl] when he was in a band called Scream and told him that Nirvana was looking for a drummer. </p> <p>But there's always the good and the bad. The good part is knowing that the things we were involved with had impact on a global level. But the bad part of it (and the thing that overshadows all of it) is the fact that he's dead. </p> <p>So it's hard for me to look at it through rose-colored classes and say, "This is amazing!" I don't feel that way. If you can find the upside to drug addiction and death, let me know. When I think of him [Cobain], I don't think of it in an MTV way. I think of it in real terms. We were there when they played their very last show. I knew what was going on with him and everything that was happening. It was all bad.</p> <p><strong>What excites you the most about this new Melvins album?</strong></p> <p><strong>LEARY</strong>: I haven’t really written or performed on an album like this in a long time. It seems like it’s been forever. I’m excited to see what people think about it. </p> <p><strong>OSBORNE</strong>: The main thing I want to make sure people understand is that this is not a “project." It’s as much a Melvins album as any I've ever done. After the better part of 30 albums, for us to put out a record that's this advanced sounding at this point in our career is crazy. I also can't say enough about how impressed I am to have done a record with Paul Leary. He's one of my all-time favorite guitar players. It's a dream come true. </p> <p><em>For more information, try following the Melvins on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/melvinsarmy">Facebook</a>.</em></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/melvins-guitarists-buzz-osborne-and-paul-leary-talk-new-album-hold-it#comments Buzz Osborne James Wood Paul Leary The Melvins Interviews News Features Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:31:43 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22467 ‘The Tiger Speaks’: Guitarist Jim Peterik Talks New Book, Ides of March and Survivor http://www.guitarworld.com/tiger-speaks-guitarist-jim-peterik-talks-new-book-ides-march-and-survivor <!--paging_filter--><p>Most rock biographies tend to follow a similar pattern. The artist’s road to redemption is paved with tales of debauchery, drug abuse, marital infidelity and a trashing hotel room or two.</p> <p>Although Jim Peterik’s story doesn’t really follow that path, it's even more special. </p> <p>For instance, did you know the founder of such bands as the Ides of March, Survivor and Pride Of Lions was already playing shows alongside Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin as a teen? Or that Peterik’s original role in Survivor was one of dual guitarist and lead vocalist? </p> <p>Peterik’s new book, <em>Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock 'N' Roll Life of Survivor's Founding Member</em>, discusses all of that and much more in a look back at the life and career of one of rock’s best songwriters.</p> <p>With the help of writer Lisa Torem, Peterik reveals stories from his almost 50 years in music. Like the time the Ides of March stole the show from Led Zeppelin or when Peterik unwillingly ceded control of Survivor and took on a diminished role in order to achieve a greater good.</p> <p>There are revelations of his encounters with Hendrix, Sammy Hagar and Brian Wilson; making studio magic with the late Jimi Jamison (one of rock’s greatest voices) as well as the challenges he faced becoming a husband and father. Oh, and then there’s the little matter of a how a phone call from Sylvester Stallone turned into “Eye of The Tiger." </p> <p><em>Through the Eye of the Tiger</em> is more than just the memoir of a songwriting legend. It’s a classic rock and roll story that’s told through the eyes of someone who has lived through it all.</p> <p>I had the pleasure of speaking with Peterik about his new book, career and his amazing guitar collection.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What made you decide to write a book at this stage of your career?</strong></p> <p>It's a good time in my life. I'm feeling good and have a lot of stories to tell. Certainly, there are a lot more stories ahead of me and quite a few stories behind me that I wanted to get out. </p> <p><strong>Did you find it difficult having to recall certain events in your life?</strong></p> <p>Absolutely. When I planned on writing the book, I was wondering who was going to want to read it. There’s no conflict in my life. I wasn't a drug addict or had tour groupies. The whole “rise, fall and redemption” is fascinating but I didn't have any of that. But as I started writing, I soon realized that there really was a lot of conflict in my life that I had just buried. I had always lived in a cocoon of creativity. But when you strip away the shield - I went through a lot of shit. It was painful to talk about Frankie [Sullivan] and the conflicts we had and recalling the troubles in my marriage. </p> <p><strong>Were you worried about what others might think of your revelations?</strong></p> <p>You've got to take a chance. I haven't heard from any other parties and I'm not sure if any of them have read the book or not. All I know is I was honest about my feelings. This is my truth.</p> <p><strong>Most people from the Eighties generation know you as the keyboardist for Survivor, when the fact is you were always a guitarist and frontman. How difficult was if for you to make that transition?</strong></p> <p>That was the big conflict. In the Ides of March, I was the frontman who played guitar and talked to the crowd. Being relegated to keyboards (which I love) was a support position. I learned early on that there was room for only one guitar player in Survivor, and it wasn't me. It was a hard pill to swallow but there was always a greater good. No matter what my personal feelings were at the time, it was a hell of a band and we were making great music.</p> <p><strong>What are some of your best memories of working with Jimi Jamison?</strong></p> <p>I remember when we were doing the video for “The Moment of Truth” [from <em>The Karate Kid</em>]. We were in this park and all of these Japanese tourists started coming up to Jimi because they all thought he was Wayne Newton. We were all cracking up. The chemistry between us was so good. I remember he and I used to go on radio stations and just crack up the disc jockey. We had a lot of wonderful moments like that. He was really one of a kind.</p> <p><strong>Can you tell me about the time you met Jimi Hendrix?</strong></p> <p>When I met him, he was toward the end of his life and didn't really have the energy he had early on in his career. We both had shared a locker room and I remember shaking his huge hand and watching his show. It was a thrill to shake the hand of the master.</p> <p><strong>What's your song writing process like?</strong></p> <p>Every day I'm writing down ideas, hooks, things that cross my mind and things I hear people say into my journals and idea banks. For example, “The Search Is Over” actually started as a news event I had heard. "The search is over for the missing..." Once I heard it, I wrote down "The Search Is Over." The trick is to stockpile these ideas until the time is right to take them out of storage. </p> <p><strong>Let’s talk a little about your guitar collection. How many guitars do you have?</strong></p> <p>182. But who's counting? [laughs]. </p> <p><strong>Which one is your crown jewel?</strong></p> <p>In terms of value, it's probably my '58 Flying V. There were only 93 made in the original Korina. It's a beautiful instrument. But then I have certain guitars that mean more to me than the actual value. Like my '69 Goldtop Les Paul that I played "Vehicle" on. Then there’s my '56 Telecaster, which is my go-to Tele. I also have a '54 Sunburst Strat that just rips! It's an amazing instrument. I’ve also got a '65 Candy Apple Red Strat, which is probably the best-sounding guitar I own. The treble pickup sounds like a humbucker. Sometimes Strats can be kind of thin, but this one is loud and full. </p> <p><strong>What would you say has been the biggest highlight of your career?</strong></p> <p>Believe it or not, it would probably be that Ides of March show with Led Zeppelin in Winnipeg. We proved to ourselves that night that we were the real deal. We took terrible conditions, the shittiest PA and mics, and just killed. We got standing ovations after every song. It was amazing. The headline the next day read, “The Kids From Berwyn Steal the Show." I always go back to that for inspiration.</p> <p><em>For more about Peterik, visit <a href="http://jimpeterik.com/">jimpeterik.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/tiger-speaks-guitarist-jim-peterik-talks-new-book-ides-march-and-survivor#comments James Wood Jim Peterik Survivor Interviews News Features Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:10:37 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22466 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: The Final Showdown — AC/DC Vs. Queen http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-final-showdown-allman-brothers-band-or-acdc-vs-queen <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Vote Now!</h1> <p>This is it! It's the final showdown! It's all come down to this! This is the one you've been waiting for! (Insert your own "This is our last matchup, folks" sayings right here.) <strong>AC/DC</strong> are going head to head against <strong>QUEEN</strong>! </p> <p>As always, it seems the bands' active fan clubs have propelled their beloved artists into this prized spot (for good or for bad). We don't need to tell you guys about AC/DC or Queen. We'll let the recently shot live videos below do the talking! </p> <p>Start voting now! You can vote once per computer/device. See you tomorrow (October 1), when we'll announce the winner! Sorry for all the exclamation points!</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8341564.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8341564/">Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Final Showdown — AC/DC Vs. Queen</a></noscript></p> <h1>Let's Go to the Videos!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xdSbW2IcAks" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ueYy8-j9CVw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winner</h1> <p><strong>AC/DC</strong> (73.34 percent) completely obliterated <strong>THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND</strong> (26.66 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far. Tell your friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far! Surely your friends will thank you for it!</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket!</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View PeruvianBurrito Bracket on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/241456779/PeruvianBurrito-Bracket" style="text-decoration: underline;" >PeruvianBurrito Bracket</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/241456779/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_33601" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a smelly Quebec Nordiques baseball cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are "ranked" or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting matchups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! Once again, we're sorry for all the exclamation points! </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="/queen">Queen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/acdc">AC/DC</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-final-showdown-allman-brothers-band-or-acdc-vs-queen#comments AC/DC ACDC Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Poll Polls Queen News Features Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:19:25 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22456 Look Up and Learn 150 of Your Favorite Songs with 'The Guitar Tab White Pages' http://www.guitarworld.com/look-and-learn-150-your-favorite-songs-guitar-tab-white-pages <!--paging_filter--><p>If you're about to be stranded on a desert island and you can only take your guitar and one songbook with you, make sure it's <em><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/guitar-tab-white-pages-vol-1-songbook/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=WhitePages">The Guitar Tab White Pages!</a></em> </p> <p>This incredible second edition contains 150 note-for-note transcriptions straight from the original recordings: more than 1,000 pages of guitar tab! The primo songlist covers some of the best guitar songs ever from all styles of music. </p> <p><strong>Songs include:</strong> </p> <p> • All Day and All of the Night<br /> • American Woman<br /> • Change the World<br /> • Cliffs of Dover<br /> • Couldn't Stand the Weather<br /> • Dani California<br /> • Don't Fear the Reaper<br /> • Dust in the Wind<br /> • Free Ride<br /> • Gloria<br /> • Heartache Tonight<br /> • Hey Joe<br /> • Layla<br /> • Longer<br /> • Moonlight in Vermont<br /> • Mr. Jones<br /> • Owner of a Lonely Heart<br /> • Papa's Got a Brand New Bag<br /> • Piece of My Heart<br /> • Rhiannon<br /> • Satin Doll<br /> • Sir Duke<br /> • The Space Between<br /> • Sunday Bloody Sunday<br /> • Sweet Child O' Mine<br /> • Time for Me to Fly<br /> • What I Like About You<br /> • You Give Love a Bad Name<br /> • You Were Meant for Me</p> <p>... and more!</p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/guitar-tab-white-pages-vol-1-songbook/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=WhitePages">The largest collection ever of authentic guitar transcriptions is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $29.99.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jvHKjDKY_O8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/look-and-learn-150-your-favorite-songs-guitar-tab-white-pages#comments News Features Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:18:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16631 The Blackfires' Double-A-Side Song Premiere: Check Out "Woman Walks" and "Can't Get Over You" http://www.guitarworld.com/blackfires-double-side-song-premiere-check-out-woman-walks-and-cant-get-over-you <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive, old-school-style, double-A-side premiere of two new songs by New York City rockers the Blackfires.</p> <p>You can hear "Woman Walks" and "Can't Get Over You" below. As always, be sure to tell us what you think of the tunes in the comments or on Facebook.</p> <p>Over the past few months, the Blackfires have opened for Aerosmith at Moscow’s Olympic Arena, not to mention California Breed, which features Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham. The band's high-energy live show has been called “a volcanic, relentless assault [that's] seemingly tailor-made for Ozzfest or Donington.”</p> <p>The current lineup of the band includes frontman Andrey Chegodaev (also known as Cheggi), Anthony Mullin (backing vocals/guitar), Joe Mitch (drums/vocals/guitars), Hector Marin (backing vocals/guitar/keyboard) and Grasebo Doe (bass/guitar). </p> <p>Following the release of their debut EP, <em>Live from the Cutting Room</em>, they competed as finalists in front of Anthrax’s Frank Bello in the Hard Rock Rising International Battle of the Bands and played several sold-out shows around NYC. This garnered attention from Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, who told them, “Your singer’s got some pipes.” </p> <p> For more information and to buy the tunes, visit <a href="https://theblackfires.bandcamp.com">theblackfires.bandcamp.com</a>. For more about the band, visit <a href="http://theblackfires.com">theblackfires.com</a> and follow them on <A href="https://www.facebook.com/theblackfires">Facebook.</a></p> <p><strong>The Blackfires' Upcoming Shows:</strong></p> <p>10/9 CBGB Festival - Reverb Nation Stage - Pyramid Club - 7pm<br /> 10/14 Supporting Dizzy Reed's (GNR) Hookers &amp; Blow - Bowery Electric - 830pm<br /> 10/25 CMJ Music Marathon - Gibson Guitar Showroom - 9pm</p> <p><strong>"Woman Walks"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/167100185%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-0zDsT&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"Can't Get Over You" <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/165070732%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-usyx3&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p> </strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/blackfires-double-side-song-premiere-check-out-woman-walks-and-cant-get-over-you#comments The Blackfires News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:02:30 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22459 The Mojo Gurus Premiere "Bandito" Music Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/mojo-gurus-premiere-bandito-music-video-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>The Mojo Gurus recently filmed a music video for “Bandito,” a song from their Red River Entertainment/RED release, <em>Who Asked Ya?</em>. </p> <p>Below, you can check out GuitarWorld.com's official premiere of the video while enjoying “Bandito,” an instrumental, spaghetti Western-style tune with Tex-Mex horns — the perfect fit for a Quentin Tarantino movie! The video, which pays homage to 1960s Clint Eastwood/Sergio Leone films, was shot on the set of a TV show in Tampa Bay, Florida. </p> <p>"[Singer] Kevin [Steele] and I first sat down to discuss the visual style of 'Bandito' prior to production," said director Christian Moriarty (MTV, HBO, Playboy and WWE). "He then wrote a loose script. I had access to a Western-style town and back lot for texture, and Kevin came up with the band's look and wardrobe.</p> <p>"The video was shot with a 50-50 approach in that we would film the campsite scene first so Kevin could get a feel for his character then edit a comp for review. We also shot the initial bottle pops (real bullets) that day as well and ran a second unit with a drone helicopter cam for the riding footage. I then blocked the shootout scene to be filmed a week later.</p> <p>"A lot of credit goes to the band for coming up with their look and characters."</p> <p>Mojo Gurus have released three albums through E One Entertainment, worked with Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith), played with Joe Perry, Johnny Winter, Blackberry Smoke and David Allan Coe and built their reputation through their live performances. </p> <p>The Mojo Gurus are Kevin Steele on lead vocals and harmonica, Doc Lovett on guitar and vocals, Vinnie Granese on bass and vocals and Sean Doyle on drums and vocals.</p> <p>For more about the band, visit <a href="http://www.mojogurus.com/">mojogurus.com</a> and their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheMojoGurus">Facebook</a> page.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nlTvd1sDauQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/mojo-gurus-premiere-bandito-music-video-exclusive#comments The Mojo Gurus Videos News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:01:34 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22460 Nita Strauss, Alice Cooper's New Touring Guitarist, Gets Into the Act http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-alice-coopers-new-touring-guitarist-gets-act <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=NitaInterview">This interview is from the all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World:</a></strong></p> <p>As the newest guitarist in Alice Cooper’s touring band, Nita Strauss has some large shoes to fill. </p> <p>The 27-year-old Los Angeles native, who assumed the post this past spring following the departure of virtuoso Orianthi, is the most recent in a line of esteemed six-stringers that have played alongside the rock legend. </p> <p> “Alice has had this ridiculous lineup of guitar players,” Strauss says. “Guys like Al Pitrelli, Reb Beach, Steve Hunter, Dick Wagner. To get to be one of the names on that list of players, I still can’t believe it.”</p> <p> Strauss, however, can more than hold her own in this lineage. A self-taught player, she picked up the guitar at 13 after watching the “head-cutting” finale scene in the 1986 movie <em>Crossroads</em>, in which Ralph Macchio’s character battles Steve Vai in an epic guitar duel.</p> <p> “As soon as I saw that, it was like a switch went off in my head,” Strauss says. “After that, it was Vai, Vai, Vai, all the time.”</p> <p> Today, her approach, which mixes arena-rock flash with technique-heavy fretboard acrobatics and searing speed, has made her an in-demand player within guitar circles. </p> <p> And her résumé is incredibly diverse: Strauss has, among other endeavors, logged time with Los Angeles deathcore act As Blood Runs Black, performed with Jermaine Jackson on a run of stadium shows in South Africa, tackled video-game music with the band Critical Hit, played with rejuvenated Eighties hair metalers Femme Fatale and acted as the in-house guitarist for the Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons–owned LA Kiss arena football team.</p> <p> Prior to landing the Cooper gig, Strauss was best known for her work in the Iron Maidens, an all-female tribute act to the British metal masters. Strauss, who handled the rhythm and lead parts originally played by Maiden guitarist Dave Murray (her stage name in the group: Mega Murray), says her three years with the Maidens “has been so much fun. They’re pros, and they give the music the respect it deserves.”</p> <p> The Iron Maidens, in a roundabout way, also helped prepare her for a summer with shock-master Cooper. Says Strauss, “Before the first show with Alice, the guys in his band were giving me all these warnings, like, ‘Be careful, because this is the part where the Frankenstein monster comes out…’ But I just said, ‘Yeah, I know how that is. With the Maidens we have an ‘Eddie’ onstage!’ ” She laughs. “Granted, the Eddie is person-size and the Frankenstein is 20-feet tall. But, you know, other than that it wasn’t such a huge adjustment.”</p> <p><em>Photo: Chris Casella</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gukcbAzkXcY" 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="/alice-cooper">Alice Cooper</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-alice-coopers-new-touring-guitarist-gets-act#comments Alice Cooper Nita Strauss November 2014 Interviews News Features Magazine Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:05:13 +0000 Richard Bienstock http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22340 Michelle Kwan Plays Metallica's "One" on a Guzheng, a Traditional Chinese Stringed Instrument http://www.guitarworld.com/michelle-kwan-plays-metallicas-one-guzheng-traditional-chinese-stringed-instrument <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out this recently posted (September 23, 2014) video of Michelle Kwan covering Metallica's "One" on a guzheng through an Orange guitar amp.</p> <p>What's a guzheng, you ask? Well, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guzheng">according to Wikipedia's guzheng page</a> (which I visit way too often), it's a plucked Chinese zither that has 18 or more strings and movable bridges. </p> <p>And I quote:</p> <p>"The guzheng is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The guzheng should not be confused with the guqin (another ancient Chinese zither without bridges)."</p> <p>Please avoid getting those things confused.</p> <p>For more of this sort of thing, check out this GuitarWorld.com video that shows Kwan performing <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-girl-plays-guns-n-roses-sweet-child-o-mine-guzheng-traditional-chinese-stringed-instrument">Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine"</a> on a guzheng.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TNn-iUT6xh4" 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="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/michelle-kwan-plays-metallicas-one-guzheng-traditional-chinese-stringed-instrument#comments Metallica Michelle Kwan Videos News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:14:56 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22463 Kinks Guitarist Dave Davies to Release New Album, 'Rippin' Up Time,' October 28 http://www.guitarworld.com/kinks-guitarist-dave-davies-release-new-album-rippin-time-october-28 <!--paging_filter--><p>Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies will release a new solo album, <em>Rippin’ Up Time</em>, October 28 via Red River Entertainment.</p> <p>The album, which was produced by Davies and David Nolte, features 10 new original tracks written in the classic Kinks style.</p> <p>According to Davies, <em>Rippin’ Up Time</em> is about “a man's reflections of the past, his fears, anxieties and optimism about the present and hopeful expectations about the future. </p> <p>"I had a lot of ideas in my head thinking about the past and how we started and the Kinks and my own life and the present and what's happening with my life now and concerns and worries, anxieties about the future," he says. </p> <p>"I suddenly had an image of all the times overlapping as if they're all in one place in my mind. I thought I'd just write it from the point of view of a dream. It's a mixture of emotions that I was going through as I was writing the songs, some would be happy or reflective or sad.”</p> <p>Several songs, including “Johnny Adams," “Nosey Neighbours” and the title track, feature some classic Davies riffs and his distinctive singing style. Other tracks, such as “Semblance of Sanity” and “Mindwash,” take the listener to otherworldly, inner-landscapes. Davies' son, musician/producer Russ Davies, can be heard on “In the Old Days” and “Through my Window."</p> <p><em>Rippin’ Up Time</em> is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rippin-Up-Time-Dave-Davies/dp/B00NIR8GNA/">available now for pre-order via Amazon</a>. You can check out the complete track list below. Davies also will embark on a 13-date American solo tour beginning November 11. You can see all the current dates below.</p> <p>For more about Davies, visit <a href="http://www.davedavies.com/">davedavies.com</a>. And be sure to look out for an interview with Davies in an upcoming issue of <em>Guitar World</em>. I should know, because I wrote it.</p> <p>And since we're on the topic of the Kinks ... On October 14, Legacy Recordings will celebrate 50 years of Kinkdom with the release of <em>The Essential Kinks</em>, the band's first-ever career-spanning retrospective anthology. </p> <p>Also, on November 10, Legacy will release an expanded CD/DVD deluxe edition of <em>Muswell Hillbillies,</em> the Kinks' 1971 masterpiece of working class social observation. Newly remastered from the original analog tapes, <em>Muswell Hillbillies</em> includes the original album plus nine bonus tracks (seven of them previously unavailable in North America) and a DVD of rare 1972 TV appearances (never released in North America).</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Jrm1sFVBHLI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><Strong><em>Rippin’ Up Time</em> Track Listing:</strong></p> <p>01. Ripping Up Time<br /> 02. Semblance of Sanity<br /> 03. King of Karaoke<br /> 04. Front Room<br /> 05. Johnny Adams<br /> 06. Nosey Neighbours<br /> 07. Mindwash<br /> 08. Between the Towers<br /> 09. In The Old Days<br /> 10. Through My Window</p> <p><strong>2014 Dave Davies tour dates:</strong></p> <p>11th Nov, 2014-Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI<br /> 12th Nov, 2014-City Winery Chicago. Chicago, IL<br /> 13th Nov, 2014-City Winery Chicago. Chicago, IL<br /> 14th Nov, 2014-The Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI<br /> 18th Nov, 2014-Pullo Center, York, PA.<br /> 19th Nov, 2014-The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick, MA<br /> 20th Nov, 2014-Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT<br /> 21st Nov, 2014-Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT<br /> 22nd Nov, 2014-Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, Bethlehem, PA<br /> 24th Nov, 2014-City Winery, New York, NY<br /> 25th Nov, 2014-City Winery, New York, NY<br /> 26th Nov, 2014-The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA<br /> 28th Nov, 2014-BergenPAC, Englewood, NJ</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/kinks-guitarist-dave-davies-release-new-album-rippin-time-october-28#comments Dave Davies The Kinks News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:09:33 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22462 Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster Pedal — Exclusive Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-pickup-booster-pedal-exclusive-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive demo video of Seymour Duncan's recently introduced Pickup Booster pedal.</p> <p>The video, which you can check out below, features the music and six-string mastery of Steve Booke, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/steve-booke">who writes the What in the World lessons (with tab and video) for GuitarWorld.com and demos tons of gear for Seymour Duncan and other manufacturers.</a></p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Many guitarists want to be able to boost their signal without adding noise or altering their tone. With its class A, low-noise circuit design, the Pickup Booster can do just that and is exceptional at emphasizing a guitar's natural sound while adding some muscle and fatness. </p> <p>It's extremely transparent, adds clarity and has several new improvements that build even further on the original's design. The Gain control can now be turned down to unity (0dB). We also added a discrete push-pull output stage that gives you increased drive capability. So even with the Gain knob down at 0dB and a long cable length, your signal chain will sound cleaner. </p> <p>One of the most exciting features is the Resonance Switch which makes the pedal interact directly with your pickups, allowing those with single-coils to flip a switch for a vintage humbucker sound that's perfect for classic rock or blues. With another flip of the switch you can get a high-output humbucker tone for rip roaring solos or for blasting gain out of a tube amp. </p> <p><strong>Specifications</strong></p> <p><strong>Gain range</strong>: 0 to 25 dB</p> <p><strong>Pickup Resonance Switch</strong>: Makes a single coil sound like a vintage humbucker ("1") or high output humbucker ("2").<br /> "1" - Resonance shifts down by 2-3kHz<br /> "0" - Resonance is not affected<br /> "2" - Resonance shifts down by 3-5kHz</p> <p><strong>Bypass</strong>: True bypass</p> <p><strong>Noise</strong>: -120 dBV (referred to input with gain set at 25dB)</p> <p><strong>Type of circuitry</strong>: Fully discrete, class A, push-pull output stage</p> <p><strong>Distortion</strong>: &lt; 0.1%</p> <p><strong>Power</strong>: DC 9 V battery, or regulated 9-18V DC adapter</p> <p><strong>Current consumption</strong>: 4.27mA @ 9V (when LED is "on"), 2.80mA @ 9V (when LED is "off")</p> <p><strong>Input impedance</strong>: 500K (when effect is "on"), Open (when effect is "off")</p> <p><strong>Output impedance</strong>: 150 Ohms</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 2.61" x 4.90" x 1.40" (W x L x H) (6.63cm x 12.45cm x 3.56cm)</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 0.8 lb. without battery, 0.9 lb. with battery</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">SeymourDuncan.com</a>.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3812178866001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3812178866001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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You get <em>Eclectic,</em> a new album by blues/jazz/rocker Eric Johnson and jazz master Mike Stern. </p> <p>Recorded at Johnson’s studio in Austin, Texas, <em>Eclectic</em> — which will be released October 27 — is a tasty collection of songs highlighting the strengths of both guitarists. It features an infectious rhythm section consisting of drummer Anton Fig (<em>The Late Show with David Letterman</em>) and Johnson’s regular bassist, Chris Maresh.</p> <p>Stern’s body of guitar goodness spans more than four decades. His career includes partnerships with such artists as Blood, Sweat &amp; Tears, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis and Jaco Pastorius.</p> <p>Johnson’s playing has often been compared to that of Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck. His six-string wizardry earned him a Grammy award in 1992 for his instrumental hit, “Cliffs of Dover,” which came in at Number 17 on <em>Guitar World</em>’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitar solos of all time. </p> <p>Johnson and Stern will support <em>Eclectic</em> with an Eastern U.S. tour beginning in November. You can check out all the dates below.</p> <p>I recently spoke with both guitarists about their new album. Johnson also gives a bit of advice for properly playing “Cliffs of Dover.”</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How did this collaboration begin?</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: I've known Eric for years and always dug his playing. Every time I saw him, I’d tell him that it would be great for us to do something together. Finally, I was doing this record called <em>Big Neighborhood</em> and had the idea of doing something with him. </p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: We had so much fun working on that record that one day the Blue Note Club in New York called and asked us if we’d like to do a joint gig together. So we put together a band, rehearsed and learned music. We ended up doing a two-week tour out of that and got offered to do a record and a few other tours that are now slated to happen.</p> <p><strong>How would you describe <em>Eclectic</em>?</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: It’s a pretty honest record. We cut most of the record live and pretty much set everything up in one room. </p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: The thing I like about Eric’s playing and the thing I always try to do is to play from the heart. That's the most important thing about music, and there’s certainly a lot of heart and soul on this record.</p> <p><strong>Let’s discuss a few tracks from <em>Eclectic</em>. "Benny Man’s Blues" (which you can hear below).</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: Mike was saying we should have an up-tempo blues piece for the record, which I thought was a cool idea. While I was figuring out what to do, I started thinking about some of those old Benny Goodman records where there’s just a couple of chord changes, but it still has that blues vibe.</p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: That's a really cool track with a Texas-swing feel to it. I originally didn't know how Eric wanted to do it, but once Anton started playing the back beat, I immediately got where he was coming from.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/169884929&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><strong>"Hulabaloo."</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: It has a crazy rock/swinging Sixties vibe to it. It started off with a “show review”-type of riff and then evolved from there.</p> <p><strong>"Tidal."</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: That song is an homage to Wes [Montgomery]. I actually wrote that song earlier and put it on iTunes. I brought it into our rehearsals and we started re-arranging it. I actually like it a lot better the way it is now. It’s a pretty cool thing.</p> <p><strong>"Wherever You Go."</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: I had a ballad kind of feeling when I wrote that song. The vibe is usually what starts it and gives it inspiration. Eric got it right away and what he plays on it is so beautiful.</p> <p><strong>Eric, I have to ask you about “Cliffs of Dover." When you think about that song, what comes to mind?</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: In a way, I think that song was kind of a gift. It’s one of those songs that just came to me really quickly. I don’t know why, but one day I just sat down and had the whole song finished in five minutes.</p> <p><strong>Do you have a bit of advice for someone attempting play it?</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: There are a lot of different ways to approach it. Just to actually play it is not really that hard, but to play it in its best way is a bit of a challenge. It favors certain string positions to sound clean and they’re not the easiest, most readily accessible ways to go to. </p> <p><strong>What’s your current setup like?</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: I keep it simple. I've got a Signature Yamaha Tele. I usually run it through two amps set in stereo. I also use a Yamaha SPX-90 to fatten the sound up a little bit more and give it more air. My pedals include a BOSS DD3 and a Super Overdrive that Robert Keely modified to help warm it up. </p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: I play Strats mostly, through some manner of Fender amps for a stereo chorus sound. I also use a little 18-watt amp that Bill Webb built. For effects, I use a TC Electronic stereo chorus, fuzz phase and a Belle Epoch echo pedal by Catalinbread. I also use a TunnelWorm flanger by Mr. Black.</p> <p><strong>What are you most looking forward to about the release of <em>Eclectic</em> and this new collaboration?</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: There were some new things I did on this record like singing and writing words to my songs and some of the ideas were really spontaneous. Now we get to go play it live and are very excited about it. We’re both so lucky to be able to do what we do.</p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: I’m turning my attention to creating more spontaneous, live music and being able to paint a picture with my performance. If you want to go back and overdub to fix a note or two, that’s fine. Just be sure to keep it to a minimum and continue to paint that big picture. That’s where all the vibe is. </p> <p><em>For more about Johnson, visit <a href="http://www.ericjohnson.com/">ericjohnson.com</a>. For more about Stern, visit <a href="http://www.mikestern.org/">mikestern.org</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>2014 Eric Johnson/Mike Stern Tour Dates</strong></p> <p>06-Nov-14 Birchmere Alexandria VA<br /> 07-Nov-14 Westhampton Beach P.A.C Westhampton Beach NY<br /> 08-Nov-14 Keswick Theatre Glenside PA<br /> 09-Nov-14 Webster Hall New York NY<br /> 11-Nov-14 Wilbur Theatre Boston MA<br /> 12-Nov-14 Boulton Center Bay Shore NY<br /> 13-Nov-14 Infinity Hall Hartford CT<br /> 14-Nov-14 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH<br /> 15-Nov-14 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH<br /> 16-Nov-14 Infinity Hall Norfolk CT<br /> 18-Nov-14 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River MA<br /> 19-Nov-14 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis MD<br /> 20-Nov-14 Newton Theatre Newton NJ<br /> 21-Nov-14 Beacon Theatre Hopewell VA<br /> 22-Nov-14 Harvester Performance Center Rocky Mount VA<br /> 23-Nov-14 Carolina Theatre Durham NC</p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</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="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/eric-johnson-and-mike-stern-discuss-their-eclectic-new-album#comments Eric Johnson James Wood Mike Stern Interviews News Features Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:52:45 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22457