News en Boss Waza Craft DM-2W Delay Pedal: Analog Delay Is Back, with a Modern Edge <!--paging_filter--><p>Ever since being discontinued back in 1984, the Boss DM-2 Delay pedal has remained highly sought after by players everywhere for its warm, “bucket brigade” analog delay tone. </p> <p>Now the DM is back! With Boss's new <a href="">Waza Craft DM-2W,</a> the coveted stomp has been reborn with switchable sound modes and greater versatility for today’s music styles. </p> <p>Using 100-percent analog circuitry, the DM-2W’s Standard mode nails the lush sound and 20-300 ms delay range of the original DM-2. Flipping into Custom mode instantly changes the sound character to a cleaner analog tone with over twice the available delay time.</p> <p><strong>This special-edition Waza Craft pedal delivers the ultimate Boss tone experience, including:</strong></p> <p>• True reproduction of the vintage DM-2 Delay sound<br /> • Premium all-analog circuit with BBD (bucket brigade) delay line<br /> • Standard mode for authentic DM-2 tone with 20-300 ms delay time<br /> • Custom mode provides warm-yet-clear delay sound and over twice the delay time<br /> • Expression pedal input for foot control of delay time<br /> • Two output jacks allow separate output of delay and direct sounds<br /> • Boss five-year warranty.</p> <p><strong>For more information about the Waza Craft DM-2W, check out the demo video and specs below, and visit its dedicated page on <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="370" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-03%20at%203.04.44%20PM.png" width="620" height="533" alt="Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 3.04.44 PM.png" /></p> Boss March Madness Roland Videos Effects News Gear Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:52:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff 'The Big Four' 8-Bit Video Game Featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>The crafty gang over at Loudwire have posted a new video called "'The Big Four' 8-Bit Video Game Featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax."</p> <p>It is exactly what its title promises — and it's awesome. </p> <p>Here's the info posted along with the video on YouTube:</p> <p>"If there was a NES video game made in the late Eighties about the Big Four of thrash metal, this is what we dreamed up the game intro would be. Since this game doesn't really exist, we broke all rules and put in cameos of some of our favorite retro game characters in as well! Can you identify them all?"</p> <p>All the Chiptune audio and animation is by <a href="">Filthy Frackers</a> in collaboration with Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" 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 class="field-item even"> <a href="/anthrax">Anthrax</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Anthrax Megadeth Metallica Slayer Videos News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:33:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff How Guitarists Sometimes View the Drummer — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>We've all said it: "A drummer is nothing more than a glorified vintage tractor that keeps perfect time."</p> <p>No? Well, I've said it.</p> <p>Anyway, here's a YouTube video that shows how some guitar players perceive drummers — implying that a miked-up vintage tractor can do just as fine a job, minimalist drum solo and all.</p> <p>Watch as the two guitarists and one bassist perform "Sweet Georgia Brown" with the tractor in question.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> WTF Videos News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:22:42 +0000 Damian Fanelli Judas Priest Premiere Live "Jawbreaker" from 'Defenders of the Faith' 30th Anniversary Edition — Exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>On March 10, Judas Priest will release an expanded 3CD version of their classic 1984 album, <em>Defenders of the Faith</em>.</p> <p>This deluxe 30th-anniversary edition includes the original 10-track album (fully remastered, of course!) and a complete live show from the <em>Defenders</em> tour. It was recorded May 5, 1984, at California's Long Beach Arena.</p> <p>The 21-track show, which is split up over two discs, is brimming with then-new material from <em>Defenders of the Faith</em>, the group's ninth studio offering, plus "Metal Gods," "Breaking the Law," "Sinner," "Electric Eye," "The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown)," "Victim of Changes" and "You’ve Got Another Thing Coming."</p> <p>"It's 30 years since we released <em>Defenders of the Faith</em>," the band said in a statement. "We're very proud to say it has become a classic that's beloved by Priest fans throughout the world."</p> <p>Today, we present the exclusive premiere of "Jawbreaker" from the Long Beach show. You can check it out below. Like most of <em>Defenders of the Faith,</em> "Jawbreaker" was written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and K.K. Downing.</p> <p><strong>The album is <a href=";qid=1425388194&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=judas+priest+defenders+of+the+faith+30th">available for pre-order now.</a> For more about Judas Priest, visit <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <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="/judas-priest">Judas Priest</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Judas Priest News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:37:59 +0000 Damian Fanelli Guitarist Films Oscillating Guitar Strings by Putting iPhone Inside His Guitar — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Have you seen this one?</p> <p>A few years ago, a guy put his iPhone 4 into his acoustic guitar (with the camera lens facing sound hole) and recorded the entire experiment on video with the phone's camera.</p> <p>I guess he wanted to see what acoustic guitar strings look like when they're being played. What he captured is mesmerizing, as many would agree.</p> <p>Many, however (as you can see from some very recent 2015 comments on this 2011 video), are calling this a hoax. Here are some examples:</p> <p>* "This is fake. Sounds change speed to accomplish different notes, they don't change shapes. Sounds can have different shapes, but it would sound distorted; not like this."<br /> * "I smell bullshit. Cheesy iPhone technology bullshit."<br /> * "This is fake, the video should be slowed like x20 before that would be even possible (it is not even, if we would do that). 2817 people plz don't look at this kind of bullshit, and most important, don't believe it."</p> <p>What's your opinion? Remember you could always try it yourself — especially if you still have an iPhone 4 (and not a 5 or a 6). </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> WTF Videos News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:54:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff Guild Guitars Re-Releases S-100 Polara in Black and White — Demo Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Guild has announced that the flagship solid-body model in the Newark St. Collection, the S-100 Polara, is now available with Black and White finish options. </p> <p>The S-100 Polara holds its own among the competition, with a slightly offset mahogany body that’s extremely comfortable to play. </p> <p>It features dual “Anti-Hum” neck and bridge pickups, which offer a wide range of sound, including the hard-rocking tone most commonly associated with Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, whose S-100 Polaras have accompanied him throughout his career. </p> <p>Standard features include a one-piece mahogany neck, 24.75-inch scale length, pearloid block inlays, three-way pickup toggle switch, Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines, and Guild’s “stop” tailpiece. One of Guild’s most well-known solid-body guitars, the S-100 Polara evokes the vintage tone and classic vibe of the 1970s. </p> <p><strong>S-100 Polara Black</strong><br /> Street: $799.99</p> <p><strong>S-100 Polara White</strong><br /> Street: $799.99</p> <p><strong>S-100 Polara Cherry Red</strong><br /> Street: $799.99</p> <p><strong>For more about Guild's Newark St. Collection, visit <a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Guild Guild Guitars March Madness Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:37:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff New Book Chronicles 140-Year History of Epiphone Guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>In 2013, Epiphone celebrates its 140th anniversary. To help honor the milestone, longtime Epiphone fan and former Gibson historian Walter Carter has published <em><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=EpiphoneGutiarBook">The Epiphone Guitar Book: A Complete History of Epiphone Guitars.</a></em></p> <p>The epic story of Epiphone spans three centuries, from its old-world roots in the 19th century to the golden age of American guitar makers in the 20th century and onward into the global market of the new millennium. </p> <p>Along the way, the story of Epiphone includes virtually every great artist in popular music including Les Paul, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Joe Pass, Jack Casady, The Band, Paul McCartney, Gary Clark Jr., Slash, Tommy Thayer of Kiss, Zakk Wylde, John Lee Hooker, My Chemical Romance, Joe Bonamassa, Tak Matsumoto, Matthew K. Heafy, Django Reinhardt, Duke Robillard, Paul Weller and Oasis.</p> <p>“Epiphone fans are some of the most dedicated guitar fans in the world,” said Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg. “Walter has been a friend of Epiphone and Gibson for a long time and he’s written an engaging and thorough history of the ‘House of Stathopoulo.’ All of us at Epiphone are grateful and delighted that this book should be published in time for our 140th Anniversary. It will be a resource for generations to come.”</p> <p><em><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=EpiphoneGutiarBook">The Epiphone Guitar Book: A Complete History of Epiphone Guitars</a></em> follows the history of the Stathopoulo family from their home in Greece to their ascension as the premier archtop maker of the jazz age. The story continues as Epiphone becomes part of the Gibson family of instruments and guitars like the Casino and the Wilshire influence the British Invasion, through the modern age as the world’s No. 1 choice for professional, affordable instruments.</p> <p>Carter highlights the fascinating story of how an iconic name helped shape the world of the guitars with beautifully illustrated photographs chronicling the evolution of Epiphone instruments and the extraordinary musicians who played them. The book also features a collector’s section that provides specifications for every Epiphone guitar made from the 1920s to the present.</p> <p>For more information on <em>The Epiphone Guitar Book: A Complete History of Epiphone Guitars,</em> visit <a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=EpiphoneGutiarBook">the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Epiphone News Features Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:34:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff Alex Skolnick Shreds on 'That Metal Show' — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>"Alex, take us out!"</p> <p>And so begins one of Alex Skolnick's shred showcases on last weekend's edition of <em>That Metal Show</em>.</p> <p>You can check out Skolnick's solo in the video below.</p> <p><a href="">As we reported earlier,</a> Season 14 of <em>That Metal Show</em> consists of (a total of) 12 episodes and are being shot at New York City's Metropolis Studios Tuesday nights for broadcast the following Saturday on VH1 Classic. Tickets for upcoming tapings are available via <a href="">Gotham Casting.</a> </p> <p>More guests will be announced in the near future!</p> <p> Season 14 marks the return of several fun segments, including “Metal Modem,” “TMS Top 5,” “Rank” and “Take It or Leave It.” The “Stump the Trunk” segment, where audience members go out of their way to test host Eddie Trunk’s knowledge, is also returning for the new season.</p> <p>Fans can watch previous episodes and bonus clips at <a href=""></a> and on the new VH1 app.</p> <p>For more information about <em>That Metal Show</em>, visit <a href=""></a> and follow <em>That Metal Show</em> on <a href="">Facebook.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" 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="/alex-skolnick">Alex Skolnick</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Alex Skolnick Videos News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:14:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff Watch Shara Lin Play Three Instruments at Once — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the video below, Taiwanese musician Shara Lin plays the piano, violin and guzheng at the same time.</p> <p>Actually, she sort of takes turns with each instrument, although there are a few seconds where she's doubling on piano and guzheng. </p> <p>It's impressive regardless! Enjoy!</p> <p>For more about the guzheng, <a href="">head here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> News Shara Lin Videos Blogs Videos News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:06:31 +0000 Guitar World Staff Van Halen to Release 'Tokyo Dome Live in Concert' — Hear "Panama" and "Runnin' with the Devil" <!--paging_filter--><p>Van Halen have confirmed the March 31 release of <em>Tokyo Dome Live in Concert</em>, their first live album to feature David Lee Roth.</p> <p>The album, which was recorded June 21, 2013, at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, includes 23 songs that span all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It will be released as a double CD, digitally and as a four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl. </p> <p>You can check out the complete track listing below — and hear two songs, "Panama" and "Runnin' with the Devil."</p> <p><em>Tokyo Dome Live in Concert</em> was mixed by Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Roxy Music, Nine Inch Nails) and mastered by Chris Bellman.</p> <p><strong><em>Tokyo Dome Live In Concert</em> Track Listing:</strong></p> <p>“Unchained”<br /> “Runnin’ With The Devil”<br /> “She’s The Woman”<br /> “I’m The One”<br /> “Tattoo”<br /> “Everybody Wants Some!!”<br /> “Somebody Get Me A Doctor”<br /> “Chinatown”<br /> “Hear About It Later”<br /> “(Oh) Pretty Woman”<br /> “Me &amp; You” (Drum Solo)<br /> “You Really Got Me”<br /> “Dance The Night Away”<br /> “I’ll Wait”<br /> “Cradle Will Rock”<br /> “Hot For Teacher”<br /> “Women In Love”<br /> “Romeo Delight”<br /> “Mean Street”<br /> “Beautiful Girls”<br /> “Ice Cream Man”<br /> “Panama”<br /> “Eruption” (Guitar Solo)<br /> “Ain’t Talkin’’Bout Love”<br /> “Jump”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" 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="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Van Halen News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:47:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff Winery Dogs Announce Dog Camp 2015 with Alex Skolnick and Dave Ellefson — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen of the Winery Dogs have announced Dog Camp 2015, their second-annual immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels. It's set for July 27 to 31 at <a href="">Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York.</a></p> <p>This year's Dog Camp also will feature bassist Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) and guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament, Rodrigo Y Gabriela). </p> <p>Here are comments from the Winery Dogs and their Dog Camp guests:</p> <p><strong>Alex Skolnick:</strong> "I'm greatly looking forward to appearing as a guest instructor for my friends the Winery Dogs, guys who prove that serious players of their instruments can rock as hard as anyone. Having co-hosted a camp at Full Moon in the past, I know firsthand that it's a perfect location for combining the focus of a learning intensive with the fun of a vacation.” </p> <p><strong>Mike Portnoy:</strong> "We’ve all done clinics over the years, but it’s always been something that’s primarily centered around one instrument that each of us has typically done on an individual basis. Dog Camp is the first time any of us have hosted or participated in a true band camp. As a result of that, we’ve got some incredible surprises in store for everybody attending.”</p> <p> <strong>Richie Kotzen:</strong> “What's interesting is to talk about music, concepts, objectives, reasons why you're playing the instrument, what you want to achieve, and how to get to that point, rather than talking about major versus minor scales. I love that feeling of sharing concepts with people. In The Winery Dogs, we all have various experiences that a lot of other people don't have. It's an opportunity to share that and grow; the feeling of moving forward and learning and experiencing something new. That's what excites me about Dog Camp. It's the creative process and creativity that make me want to do music, and I want to share that." </p> <p><strong>Billy Sheehan:</strong> "I want to emphasize that players should keep an eye on what we're doing and why during the performances. In between songs or mid-song, I want to stop to make a point about what's going on and why. The expertise of being able to play ensemble is a bit of a lost art with kids today. They don't do what we did when we were growing up. Right away, we just got in a band whether we could play or not. Now, kids want to get up to a level of expertise and then join a band."</p> <p>You can check out Dave Ellefson's comments in the top video below.</p> <p>Produced by <a href="">Dreamcatcher Events</a>, this vacation experience offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with music legends as campers attend instrument-specific clinics, learn songwriting mechanics and enjoy intimate performances and jam sessions. </p> <p><strong>Look for the daily itinerary for Dog Camp to be announced in the coming weeks. Registrations for Dog Camp are on sale now at <a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" 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="/alex-skolnick">Alex Skolnick</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/richie-kotzen">Richie Kotzen</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/billy-sheehan">Billy Sheehan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Alex Skolnick Billy Sheehan Richie Kotzen The Winery Dogs Videos News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:35:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff The Top 10 Uses of Guitar in Hip-Hop <!--paging_filter--><p>So you think rap and the six-string are mutually exclusive? Time to do your homework—which includes reading this list!</p> <p>Be it sampling or guest appearances, there have been countless cool matchups of axemen, MCs and turntablists over the years. After all, hip-hop, at its best, is a musical culture that's all about experimentation and the commingling of styles. </p> <p>(These 10 mentions only scratch the surface; to dig deeper, look for Buckethead's work with the Invisbl Skratch Piklz or Charlie Hunter's recordings with the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.)</p> <p><strong>10. Eminem, "Lose Yourself"</strong></p> <p>It's not the most interesting example of a riff in a rap context, but thanks to 2002's <em>8 Mile</em>, this song was huge. Not since the Run-D.M.C.-Aerosmith tag team had a totally guitar-driven rap song been such a big deal. Interestingly, 50 Cent nicked Ol' Potty Mouth's hooky D-minor riff for his own hit "In Da Club."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>09. Ice-T, "The Girl Tried to Kill Me"</strong></p> <p>Already prone to throwing Sabbath samples in his jams, this O.G.—that's "original gangsta"—provided a taste of things to come when he had guitarist Ernie C. throw down the incessant lead lines and crunchy power chords on this blush-worthy rhyme from 1989's <em>Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say.</em> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>08. Mos Def, "Rock 'n' Roll"</strong></p> <p>Keeping up the East Coast underground tradition of rap and rock crossover, this MC-cum-actor waxes lyrical about the history of African-American rock to a background of sparse yet chimey funk guitar—at least until the piping-hot hardcore beatdown kicks in.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>07. Time Zone, "World Destruction"</strong></p> <p>Formed by original hip-hop DJ Afrika Bambaata and producer Bill Laswell, this early rock-rap alliance found Bambaata matching words with original punker John "Rotten" Lydon. New York session man Nicky Skopelitis' power chords and dive bombs helped put meat on the tune's bones.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>06. The Beastie Boys, "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"</strong></p> <p>The garage-rockin' riff from the smash platter "Fight for Your Right" gets the most recognition, but it's Kenny King's spastic, out-of-left-field lead that steals the show on the band's 1986 debut, <em>Licensed to Ill.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>05. Geto Boys, "Mind Playing Tricks on Me"</strong></p> <p>For all the controversy that has dogged them, these Houston heavyweights did boast some pretty top-drawer sampling. For this number, they conjured the vibe of classic Seventies funk, a la Curtis Mayfield, by mixing layers of octave double stops and choral melodies.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. The Roots, "The See 2.0"</strong></p> <p>They were a live rap band from the start, but with <em>Phrenology,</em> they really brought the guitar to the forefront of their sound. This Stonesy riff, played by Cody Chestnutt, is pure bait and hook. </p> <p>And he's not the only player to get in on the action; free-jazz-rock monsters James Blood Ulmer and Jef Lee Johnson also make an appearance on the disc.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. The whole <em>Judgement Night</em> soundtrack</strong> from 1993</p> <p>At some point during the Nineties, someone finally noticed the kinship between alt-rockers and rappers, and so assembled a whole disc's worth of collaborations, including Helmet/House of Pain, Faith No More/BooYa T.R.I.B.E., and Cypress Hill/Sonic Youth.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. Public Enemy, "She Watch Channel Zero?!"</strong></p> <p>This may be the coolest sample in music history: Slayer's "Angel of Death" recontextualized into angry funk. PE had already taken Run-D.M.C.'s influence to heart when they featured Vernon Reid on "Sophisticated Bitch" from their 1987 debut. Later, with Anthrax, they rerecorded their own "Bring Tha Noize" as a thrash-metal meltdown, with surprising success.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>01. Run-D.M.C., "Rock Box"</strong></p> <p>Pioneers? Hell, yeah! The D.M.C. were the first band to use hard-rock riffs in their raps. </p> <p>Eddie Martinez's searing lead work puts this track from the group's 1984 debut over the top—and ahead of its time. It stood to reason that Run D.M.C. could raise Aerosmith's career from the toilet with a fresh take on "Walk This Way" (from <em>Raising Hell</em>, whose title track featured Rick Rubin's brawny power chords.) </p> <p>Also, check out the early nugget "King of Rock." Point taken? Word.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> GO September 2006 Guitar One News Features Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:23:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff Review: PRS Archon Amplifier Head — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>When PRS introduced its first tube amps a few years back, the products earned praise and acceptance from the company’s core customer demographic of classic rock, blues and even country guitarists. </p> <p>However, the numerous hard rock and metal guitarists that PRS attracted in recent years—thanks to endorsers like Frederik Åkesson, Marty Friedman, Clint Lowery, Zach Myers and Mark Tremonti—might have felt a little left out by the company’s initial amp offerings. </p> <p>With the introduction of the PRS Archon Series, PRS has delivered a line of high-gain amps that will satisfy not only its current hordes of metal guitarists but also a new generation of players who may not have considered PRS products in the past.</p> <p><Strong>FEATURES</strong> The Archon Series includes a 25-watt combo, a 50-watt head and combo, and a 100-watt head. We took a look at the 100-watt Archon head, which features two fully independent Clean and Lead channels each with its own volume, treble, middle, bass and master volume controls and bright switch. Both channels share the presence and depth controls. </p> <p>The head can be powered by a quartet of either EL34 or 6L6 tubes—our test example came with 6L6s. The preamp section features six 12AX7 tubes that provide more than ample gain.</p> <p> Like the Archon’s front panel, the rear panel is similarly uncluttered and straightforward yet powerful. An output power switch selects either full 100-watt output or half output. There’s also a mono series effect loop with 1/4-inch send and return jacks, a pair of 1/4-inch speaker outputs and a four-/eight-/16-ohm output selector switch, and a set of bias jack terminals that lets users adjust the amp’s bias without removing the chassis or panels. The amp ships with a two-button footswitch that plugs into the rear footswitch jack and controls channel switching and loop bypass functions. The footswitch also has LEDs that indicate which settings are selected.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Like all PRS products, the Archon 100-watt head is visually stunning and classy looking, featuring a Paul Reed Smith signature logo in gold on a black-stained and lacquer-finished slab of flamed curly maple on the front panel. The construction is solid and immaculate, and the amp should withstand years of gigging abuse while looking like new and providing trouble-free performance. The rear chassis panel is held in place by four screws, which allows users to change tubes quickly, and the bias terminals allow quick bias adjustments. </p> <p> The control layout is uncomplicated and logical. The Clean channel offers impressive headroom at high volume levels, but it can also deliver satisfyingly gritty overdrive and punch when the volume control is turned past 12 o’clock. The clean tone is tight and percussive, and the EQ controls provide a wide variety of tones that include crisp, jangly treble and fat, warm midrange. The Lead channel is a monster, providing thick, densely saturated distortion, crisp crunch, and tight low-end thump that maintains well-defined attack and individual note definition. The bass on this channel is huge but not overwhelming, allowing the nuances of the midrange and treble frequencies to come through loud and clear. </p> <p> Although the Archon doesn’t have boost functions or a third channel, those features really are not necessary as the Lead channel is so well defined that solos cut through with just a subtle volume boost from the guitar. I’ve long been a believer that the simplest circuit paths result in the biggest tone, and that’s certainly on display in the Archon, which is designed with tone as its foremost consideration. If you want more colors, the Clean channel is an excellent foundation for a pedal setup, while the Lead channel is absolutely killer on its own and needs no further embellishment.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,299</p> <p><strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> PRS Guitars, <a href=""></a></p> <p>Two fully independent channels with separate volume, EQ and bright controls provide outstanding clean and high-gain/lead tones.</p> <p>Bias terminals on the rear panel make it easy to evaluate and adjust power tube bias without removing the amp from its chassis.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> Delivering both killer clean and lead tones, the PRS Archon is a versatile amp head that delivers the high-gain textures that metalheads have always wanted from PRS amps.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> February 2015 PRS PRS Guitars Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:34:37 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario Review: Kramer Guitars Assault Plus and Pacer Vintage — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the Eighties glory days of hair metal and glam rock, Kramer was one of the industry’s leading guitar companies. </p> <p>But the company slipped out of the limelight during the early Nineties, at about the same time that musicians started swapping their spandex for flannel. Although Kramer didn’t disappear, the company’s guitars mostly flew under the radar after Gibson acquired the brand in the early Nineties and started selling its models direct via mail order.</p> <p>Lately, however, Kramer guitars have worked their way into public consciousness once again through a growing artist roster and more aggressive distribution through traditional retail channels. </p> <p>These days you’re much more likely to find a new Kramer guitar on display at your local music store than you were a few years ago, and a growing variety of Kramer models is available from online retailers as well. </p> <p>Today, the company’s line consists of 15 different guitar and bass models. We took a look at a model that represents Kramer’s past—the Pacer Vintage—as well as an entirely new model, the Assault Plus, which represents the brand’s present and future.</p> <p> <strong>FEATURES</strong> The main motivation behind guitar design in the Eighties was the “best of both worlds” combination, with “both worlds” being the Les Paul and the Strat. That spirit is alive in both the Pacer Vintage and the Assault Plus, which present different spins on a combination of classic designs, along with “hot-rodded” enhancements.</p> <p> The main distinguishing attribute of the Assault Plus is its familiar-shaped single-cutaway body made of solid mahogany. The glued-in set neck is mahogany as well, but it features a maple fingerboard with no fretboard markers, 24 medium-jumbo frets, a 25 1/2–inch scale, a 12-inch radius and a SlimTaper profile. The bridge is a recessed Nashville-style Tune-o-matic, but the strings are anchored through the body instead of a stop tailpiece. Hardware includes Seymour Duncan Alternative 8 (bridge) and 59 Classic (neck) humbuckers, individual volume controls with push/pull series/parallel switching, a master tone knob and locking tuners.</p> <p> The Pacer Vintage is based on the best-selling flagship Kramer Pacer model of the Eighties, featuring a slimmed-down offset double-cut- away body made of maple. The bolt-on neck is maple as well and includes a maple fingerboard, 22 medium-jumbo frets, a 12-inch radius, a 25 1/2–inch scale and a thin-taper elliptical profile. </p> <p> The Pacer Vintage features a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers as well, with a JB model at the bridge and a JN model at the neck. Controls consist of individual volume knobs for each pickup, with push/pull series/parallel switching and a master tone control. A .002mf capacitor bleed circuit retains treble frequencies as the volume controls are turned down, and a floating genuine Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo completes the shred-approved design.</p> <p> <strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> While the original Kramer guitars were very well made (hence the reason why they attracted an impressive list of endorsers), the current models are better than ever, thanks no doubt to Kramer’s current parent company. </p> <p> The attention to detail in the construction is quite impressive, particularly in the fretwork, which is among the best we’ve seen for guitars in this price range. The finishes are also stunning. Our Pacer Vintage boasted a Pearl White finish on the body and headstock front, while the Assault Plus had a glowing Candy Tangerine finish applied to the entire body as well as the back of the neck.</p> <p> Both guitars deliver the sparkling treble and tight bass that one would expect from a guitar with a 25 1/2–inch scale, but the Assault Plus is slightly darker and warmer sounding thanks to its mahogany body and neck. The Pacer Vintage’s all-maple construction produces the expected brightness, but unlike many maple guitars, its tone is not piercing but well balanced and articulate, with exceptionally fast attack. The Duncan humbuckers chosen for both models complement the body materials very well, providing exceptional clarity across the entire tonal range and smooth, singing midrange. </p> <p> The series settings on both provided single-coil-style sparkle but without noise. My only criticism is the mini pickup-selector toggle on the Pacer, which some players may find a little difficult to manipulate while others will appreciate how it stays out of the way.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICES</strong> Assault Plus, $1,050; Pacer Vintage, $1,267 </p> <p><strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Kramer Guitars, <A href=""></a></p> <p> Modeled after the best-selling flagship Kramer Pacer model from the Eighties, the Pacer Vintage features dual humbuckers and a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo. The Assault Plus has a classic single-cutaway body design but features a neck with a maple fretboard, 24 frets and a 25 1/2–inch scale. Both models offer individual volume controls for each pickup, with push/pull switching for selecting parallel or series pickup- wiring configurations. Premium USA Seymour Duncan humbuckers are installed on both models: JB and JN pickups on the Pacer Vintage, and Alternative 8 and 59 Classic on the Assault Plus.</p> <p> <strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> No mere throwbacks to the Eighties, these new Kramer models are certain to please players who love the shred- worthy vibe of the original Kramer guitars but prefer the playability and tonal versatility of a modern guitar.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> February 2015 Kramer Kramer Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:27:32 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario In Deep with Andy Aledort: Constructing Solo Phrases in the Style of Jimi Hendrix <!--paging_filter--><p>All things that are truly great only become greater with the passing of time, an attribute that can certainly be applied to the incredible music of the legendary Jimi Hendrix. </p> <p>The power, passion, individuality and influence of Jimi’s instantly recognizable style are more apparent now than ever and his legacy will continue to grow as the years pass. </p> <p>This month, I’d like to explore the intricacies of Hendrix’s soloing style with specific attention on phrasing, melodic content and groove.</p> <p>One of the earmarks of Jimi’s 1969/1970 Band of Gypsys period was a focus on fat, funky grooves, provided by one of the rock’s greatest rhythm sections—drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox. </p> <p>The line-up of Jimi, Buddy and Billy occurred in order to fulfill a contractual obligation for an album, and the three musicians subsequently recorded the truly revolutionary <em>Band of Gypsys</em> album live, on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1969. Throughout each track, Miles and Cox lay down a rock-solid foundation while Hendrix soars above, delivering consistently iconic performances.</p> <p> The album’s opening track, “Who Knows,” consists of a repetitive three-chord progression played over a churning groove. <strong>FIGURES 1 and 2</strong> are played over a “Who Knows”-type feel, offered here in the key of C# and built from a chord progression starting on the four chord, F#7, moving to the flat-three, E7, then to the one, C#7. The majority of the soloing in these examples is based on the C# minor pentatonic scale (C# E F# G# B), with brief reference to C# major pentatonic (C# D# E# G# A#), via the inclusion of the major sixth, A#.</p> <p> A key element to capturing the Hendrix vibe is to seamlessly shift between phrases built from even, or “straight,” 16th notes to phrases played with a triplet feel, either through the use of steady 16th-note triplets or leaning on the swing feel of an eighth- note/16th-note figure within a triplet bracket.</p> <p> Bars 1-4 of <strong>FIGURE 1</strong> are played in ninth and seventh positions and rhythmically phrased with an emphasis on straight 16th notes, with 16th-note triplets adding rhythmic push to the line. Jimi’s crystal-clear sense of melody is emulated here; blazing speed and acrobatic technique are not part of the equation. </p> <p> Bar 5 begins with a shift down to second position after which I work my way back up to ninth position. When playing these lines, strive above all else for rhythmic accuracy and clear note definition.</p> <p> <strong>FIGURE 2</strong> begins with the signature Hendrix technique of bending two strings at once under a single fretting finger: I start with a whole-step bend at the 12th fret on the high E string, and while this string is bent, I catch the B string under the fingertip so that it is pre-bent up a whole step, after which the bend is picked and released; this is then replicated on the B and G strings. Most of this example places the emphasis on a triplet feel, but at the end of bar 4 into bar 5, I switch to straight 16ths, offering contrast to the swinging feel of the bass and drums.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-02%20at%204.10.31%20PM.png" width="620" height="732" alt="Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 4.10.31 PM.png" /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-02%20at%204.10.49%20PM.png" width="620" height="105" alt="Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 4.10.49 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="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/andy-aledort">Andy Aledort</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Andy Aledort February 2015 In Deep Jimi Hendrix Videos News Lessons Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:16:34 +0000 Andy Aledort