News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/www.facebook.com/www.guitartv.com/www.guitartv.com/www.prsguitars.com/%3Ehttp%3A/%3Ca%20href%3D en Caparison Releases Apple Horn 8 Eight-String Guitar, the Mattias “IA” Eklundh Signature Model http://www.guitarworld.com/caparison-releases-apple-horn-8-eight-string-guitar-mattias-ia-eklundh-signature-model <!--paging_filter--><p>Caparison Guitars has released its new Apple Horn 8 model.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>With a walnut-and-mahogany composite tone wood solid-body, the Apple Horn 8 helps to maintain that essential note definition needed when dealing with avant-garde tunings. The highs remain crystal clear with a distinctive bell-like mid-range, and the low notes are tight yet thunderous. </p> <p>The fast and comfortable, hand-finished, five-piece maple–walnut neck fits comfortably into your hand, making extended playing a fatigue-free breeze. Add to this the 27-fret True Temperament system on a 27-inch-scale length select rosewood fingerboard, and the exacting harmonics this guitar produces sing out in perfect intonation.</p> <p>The calculated lunacy is completed with an eight-string Floyd Rose Original tremolo system, for maximum sonic exploration, an articulate and dynamic DiMarzio D Activator 8 pickup in the bridge and a PAF 8 in the neck, each selected by a single "push/push" volume pot.</p> <p>Caparison set out to make the ultimate eight-string guitar, eminently playable, sonically astute and beautiful. The Apple Horn 8 represents the epitome of creative guitar building and stands apart from other instruments of its ilk. Hand made in Japan, the Caparison Apple Horn 8, is available to order now. </p> <p>Priced as follows: </p> <p>U.S.: MAP $5,299 (excluding tax), Europe: €5,019 Euros (inc. VAT), UK: £3,989 (inc. VAT).</p> <p>For more about Caparison Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.caparisonguitars.com/en/">caparisonguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Apple_Horn_8_01.jpg" width="620" height="868" alt="Apple_Horn_8_01.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/caparison-releases-apple-horn-8-eight-string-guitar-mattias-ia-eklundh-signature-model#comments Caparison Guitars Mattias Eklundh Mattias IA Eklundh Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:54:15 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22257 Echopark Guitars Unveils Ghetto Bird FG http://www.guitarworld.com/echopark-guitars-unveils-ghetto-bird-fg <!--paging_filter--><p>Echopark Guitars has added the Ghetto Bird FG model to its line of handmade-in-the-U.S. guitars. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p> Deep in the heart of the naked city, when the street lights burn bright and the noise from another daily grind fades beneath the cover of night, a midnight lady finds her place on the street. </p> <p>Strong and lean with a swagger bathed in the broth of a well-trained hustle; decked to the nines with nothing but the essentials and cut head to toe with echoes of a fine line, red wine with a side of a lick and a promise.</p> <p>It's time for the Ghetto romance to begin, with a Bird that's ready to moan the lullabies of the blistering city streets.</p> <p><strong>Highlights include…</strong></p> <p>• 1 pc. slab light Equatorial Mahogany body<br /> • 1 pc. genuine mahogany neck<br /> • Medium '58 C profile<br /> • 9055 Jescar frets<br /> • Indian Rosewood fretboard<br /> • Echopark / Arcane Inc. '63 bird / '59 P90<br /> • soapbar pickups<br /> • Celluloid Nitrate guard<br /> • Pigtail USA wraparound bridge/Steel Bushings<br /> • TonePros tuners<br /> • CTS 550k custom taper pots<br /> • Vintage 1955 Paper in wax tone capacitor<br /> • Nitro finish<br /> • Custom G&amp;G case<br /> • Pictured in Vanguard burst<br /> • Options and upgrades available<br /> • Handcrafted at Echopark Guitars, the new model carries the following price:</p> <p>The Ghetto Bird FG Model: Street price of $6,300.</p> <p>For more about Echopark Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.echoparkguitars.com/">echoparkguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qvV4E3aHOKQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/echopark-guitars-unveils-ghetto-bird-fg#comments Echopark Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:19:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22256 Streaming Now: 'The Essential Richie Kotzen,' Disc 2 — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/streaming-now-essential-richie-kotzen-disc-2-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, Richie Kotzen is streaming disc 2 of his new album, <em>The Essential Richie Kotzen</em>, right here at GuitarWorld.com.</p> <p>You can check it out below. As always, be sure to tell us what you think of it in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>The album, which was released today, September 2, contains material curated from Kotzen’s entire career (which has spawned 18 solo albums), not including his work with Poison and the Winery Dogs.</p> <p>The new package was purposely designed to give listeners the most comprehensive, concise introduction to Kotzen’s extensive body of work. It includes two CDs of classic Kotzen material as well as two new songs, along with a DVD of music videos, acoustic performances and bootleg material. It’s the ultimate collection of music for Kotzen fans.</p> <p><strong>We recently spoke with Kotzen about the <em>Essential</em> package, his upcoming solo album and some of the most memorable moments of his career. For the rest of this interview, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/richie-kotzen-discusses-new-essential-package-and-memorable-moments-his-career">head here!</a></strong></p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What spawned your new <em>Essential</em> package?</strong></p> <p>It was an idea that actually came from the record label. I have a very nice fan base that's been great to me over the years and has allowed me to tour around the world. But there's also a huge community in the rock world that knows my name but has no idea what it is that I do musically. I remember when I was on tour with the Winery Dogs, people would often come up to me and say, "Man, I didn't know you sang like that and I just found out that you also have a solo career. What record should I get?"</p> <p>I never knew what to say. I wrote my first record when I was 17 (and recorded it at 18), so a lot of time has passed. What we decided to do was make one package that would answer the question. I went through and picked out songs I like to play live and still represent who I am today. So for someone who is curious about what it is that I do, now there's an answer.</p> <p>Another cool thing about the package are the demo and acoustic performances. Particularly, the track “Until You Suffer Some (Fire and Ice)." Not many people realize your contribution to Poison. What can you tell me about that experience?</p> <p>It was such a sideways move for me. Two years before I joined the band, my contract with Shrapnel was bought out by Interscope. That’s what brought me to California, and I spent about a year writing songs for what I thought was going to be my solo record. We really wanted to make this R&amp;B, soul/rock record and even got the budget approved. Then at the last minute, the label said, "Wait a minute. I didn't sign you to do this kind of music. I need you to be a hard rock guy." I remember just losing my mind and insisted on being dropped — which they did.</p> <p>At the same time they were dropping me, the A&amp;R guy said, "You know, Bret Michaels just called me. They're interested in you. I think you should do it and then circle back after the album cycle." So I went out and met Bret and really liked what he had to say. They brought me in as a band member and writer and that song that you mentioned was one of the songs I brought in that would have been on that solo record. I never really played the song live and thought it made sense to do a version of me singing it. That's what's on the record.</p> <p>For more about Kotzen, visit <a href="http://richiekotzen.com/">richiekotzen.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/43896966%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-B3RBa&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> <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="/richie-kotzen">Richie Kotzen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/streaming-now-essential-richie-kotzen-disc-2-exclusive#comments Richie Kotzen News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:05:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22253 ‘World On Fire’: Slash Discusses New Solo Album, Gibson Les Pauls and Guns N’ Roses http://www.guitarworld.com/world-fire-slash-discusses-new-solo-album-gibson-les-pauls-and-guns-n-roses <!--paging_filter--><p>Over the course of his illustrious career—one that includes time in Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver—Slash has amassed album sales of more than 100 million, garnered a Grammy (to go with his seven nominations) and was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.</p> <p>Slash also has seen plenty of success with his solo albums. Both his <em>Slash</em> and <em>Apocalyptic Love</em> offerings landed in the top five of the <em>Billboard</em> albums chart. </p> <p><em>World On Fire</em>, which will be released September 16, is Slash’s second album with his official band, the Conspirators, which features Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass). </p> <p>From the infectious up-tempo aggressiveness of the album’s title track to the sexual politics of songs like “Battleground," “Dirty Girl” and the coming-of-age “Bent To Fly," the 17-song opus delves into a wide range of topics. <em>World On Fire</em> also features a rocking instrumental, “Safari Inn.” </p> <p>Produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus), <em>World On Fire</em> is a diverse record that covers a multitude of musical feels with a rawness and energy that’s reminiscent of Slash’s early work with Guns N’ Roses. </p> <p>Make no mistake about it: <em>World On Fire</em> is not a solo project. It was recorded by a band with all four members contributing their strengths as a whole.</p> <p>Slash is touring with Aerosmith on the “Let Rock Rule” tour. I recently spoke with him about <em>World On Fire,</em> touring, his love of Les Pauls and, of course, some of the most memorable moments from his career.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: One of the first Guns N’ Roses tours was with Aerosmith in 1988. What are some of the differences touring with them now as opposed to then?</strong></p> <p>That was the tour GNR really broke through on. Obviously I’m in a different band now, but the road trips and venues are pretty much the same. It was a blast then and it’s a blast now. I do know I’m not as fucked up as I was! [laughs]. We were at the height of our debauchery back then.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8P1wI6rwnFc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>World On Fire</em> feels similar to <em>Appetite For Destruction</em> in terms of its rawness. Was that your intention?</strong></p> <p>There was never any real etched-out intention. It was really just to go in and do the songs. I think a lot of the rawness comes from Mike Baskette [producer] really knowing what the album should sound like and what we were trying to achieve as a rock band.</p> <p>The sonic landscape has completely changed in the recording world. Mike really cut his teeth working as an engineer in the studio trying to record rock and roll the way that it should be. I think it was a relief for him be able to work with a band that was actually going to play through the songs and then be able to use his own chops to achieve what the band sounds like. It was a really good pairing.</p> <p><strong>What are some of the differences recording live to tape as opposed to digital?</strong></p> <p>The main thing is the warmth of the drums and the amplifiers. Capturing that is the main reason for using tape. I know they’ve tried to make plugins that are supposed to sound like tape, but it’s not something they’ve been able to pull off. Two inches is way better sounding. </p> <p><strong>What’s your writing process like with Myles?</strong></p> <p>While we’re on the road, I’ll record acoustic/electric ideas into the voice memo recorder on my phone. It’s very laid back, with no pressure to make a hit song or even to try to make a record. It’s just me putting ideas down. I’ll do that through the course of the tour, and at the same time Myles will sing melody ideas into his phone. After the tour is over, we’ll collect the ideas and then I’ll go through all the different musical concepts we’ve created and pick out the ones that sound good. </p> <p>While Myles is out with Alter Bridge, I’ll go into a rehearsal room with Bret and Todd and start getting the grooves together and send the loose arrangements to Myles. Once Myles is off the road with Alter Bridge, he’ll come in with us and we’ll work out the arrangements and put it all together. </p> <p><strong>What’s your live setup like these days?</strong></p> <p>I’m using just a few new Marshall JCM800’s along with a couple of cabinets. I’ve learned a lot about Marshalls over the years and have modified the heads so that they have a bit more gain, but nothing that’s over the top. I want it to retain a lot of the punch. </p> <p><strong>Why a Les Paul?</strong></p> <p>Growing up, the guys whose sound I liked typically played Les Pauls, and I think that’s what first drew me to them. I remember the first guitar I ever owned was a Les Paul copy made by a company called Memphis. I had that guitar until it fell apart and then got a late-Seventies BC Rich Mockingbird that became my main guitar. After that, I went through this whole trial-and-error with Strats, Teles and Jacksons and eventually ended up back with a Les Paul. I actually had Steve Hunter’s Les Paul for a while. That was when the honey, flame-top became my thing.</p> <p><strong>You’ve mentioned in previous interviews that Aerosmith’s <em>Rocks</em> album played a huge role in your early years playing. Can you explain how influential that album was to you?</strong></p> <p>I remember first hearing <em>Rocks</em> at a party I was at, and it immediately caught my attention. Then shortly after I started picking up guitar, I was exposed to it again and started listening to it over and over. It had this manic, punk rock attitude and a rhythm and blues sleaziness to it. There was something about that particular album that really hit a nerve with me. It was everything—the vocals, the bass and drums, Brad [Whitford] and Joe [Perry]. Their sound really set me off in the direction I wanted to go.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1w7OgIMMRc4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Can you tell me the origin of “Sweet Child O’ Mine”?</strong></p> <p>After Guns N’ Roses got signed, we had a period where the record company didn’t want us performing live. They just wanted to get us in the studio. A lot of people were scared of the band at the time and didn’t want to work with us. So there was a lot of sitting around. </p> <p>A management company that was courting us thought they would impress us by putting us up in this really big house in LA—which of course, we totaled! [laughs]. One day Izzy, Duff and I were all sitting on the floor in front of the fireplace in the living room. I had been working on that riff for a while and Izzy and Duff started to play along to it. What we didn’t know at the time was that Axl was upstairs and had apparently overheard us and started writing lyrics.</p> <p>The next day, we went in to a pre-production session and Axl said, “Hey, play that thing you guys were playing yesterday.” So I started the riff and Izzy had the chord changes and started to play along with Duff and Steven and it all just suddenly materialized. It came together pretty quickly after that.</p> <p><strong>Duff McKagan has performed a few gigs with Axl’s current lineup of Guns N’ Roses, which leads me to ask: Do you ever foresee a time when you might write and record with Axl again?</strong></p> <p>People have been speculating about it for years, but I really have a hard time picturing it. There hasn’t been any communication along those lines between he and I. I have a hard time picturing it because I’m always focused on the next show. I’m one of those people who lives in the moment. I don’t look too far into the future and I don’t dwell too much on the past.</p> <p><strong>What would you say has been the highlight of your career thus far?</strong></p> <p>There have been a lot of moments dotted all along my career that I would consider memorable. The beginnings of Guns N’ Roses, the gig that that got us the record deal, the first tours with the Cult and Aerosmith, the first Snakepit tour and the beginnings of Velvet Revolver. Those are all moments filled with moments. </p> <p>Then there’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For as much as everybody tried to dismiss it at the time, when it finally happened and we actually got up there and did it, it turned out to be a very poignant, memorable and significant experience. </p> <p>And it just keeps going. We just had a show last night at an arena that was the biggest show we’ve done in the States as a headliner. I appreciate all of them and really take the time to ingest what’s happening while it’s happening. Especially now that I’m not flying drunk all the time! [laughs]. </p> <p><strong><em>For more information, visit <a href="http://slashonline.com/">slashonline.com</a>.</em></strong></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="/slash">Slash</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/world-fire-slash-discusses-new-solo-album-gibson-les-pauls-and-guns-n-roses#comments James Wood Slash Interviews News Features Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:57:28 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22252 Gary Clark Jr. Premieres Intense "If Trouble Was Money" Live Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-clark-jr-premieres-intense-if-trouble-was-money-live-video-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new live video by blues-rock phenom Gary Clark Jr. and his band.</p> <p>The track, an intense cover of the late Albert Collins' blues masterpiece "If Trouble Was Money," is from <em>Live</em>, Clark Jr.'s upcoming double live album, which will be released September 23. </p> <p>The album, the track list for which is provided below, is Clark Jr. first live album and first double album. It features 11 original tunes and four covers, including Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone from the Sun," Lowell Fulson's "Three O' Clock Blues" and Collins' "If Trouble Was Money," which you can check out below. </p> <p>You'll also find the official clip of Clark Jr. performing "Travis County" at the bottom of this story. As always, be sure to take a look and tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>The new album is available for pre-order at <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gary-clark-jr.-live/id906127510">iTunes</a>. Vinyl and CD versions of <em>Live</em> are available for pre-order at <a href="http://www.garyclarkjr.com/gcjlive">garyclarkjr.com</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gary-Clark-Jr-Live-2-CD/dp/B00M8U883Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1407861737&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=gary+clark+jr+live&amp;tag=smarturl-20">Amazon.</a></p> <p><strong>Follow Gary Clark Jr. on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GaryClarkJr">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xH_Z8xb2gvs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Disc 1</strong></p> <p>"Catfish Blues" (Robert Petway)<br /> "Next Door Neighbor Blues"<br /> <strong>"Travis County" WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW!</strong><br /> "When My Train Pulls In"<br /> "Don't Owe You a Thing"<br /> "Three O' Clock Blues" (Lowell Fulson)<br /> "Things Are Changin'"<br /> "Numb"</p> <p><strong>Disc 2</strong></p> <p>"Ain't Messin' 'Round"<br /> <strong>"If Trouble Was Money" (Albert Collins) WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE!</strong><br /> "Third Stone From The Sun"/"If You Love Me Like You Say" (Jimi Hendrix/Albert Collins)<br /> "Please Come Home"<br /> "Black and Blu"<br /> "Bright Lights"<br /> "When The Sun Goes Down"</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bPOLC_Cdtg0" 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="/albert-collins">Albert Collins</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-clark-jr-premieres-intense-if-trouble-was-money-live-video-exclusive#comments Albert Collins Gary Clark Jr. Videos News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:46:28 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22240 Yngwie Malmsteen Performs "Far Beyond the Sun" from New Live DVD — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteen-performs-far-beyond-sun-new-live-dvd-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Later this month, Yngwie Malmsteen will release a new live album — <em>Spellbound Live in Tampa</em> — and a new live DVD — <em>Spellbound Live in Orlando</em>.</p> <p>The two releases represent back-to-back Malmsteen shows.</p> <p>"That's a perfect example of how when I play, it's always different," Malmsteen told CitizensVoice.com. "Because one's from Tampa and one's from Orlando, and it's completely different."</p> <p>Below, you can check out (what seems to be) a just-posted (August 25) seven-minute teaser of the new DVD. It features performances of "Far Beyond the Sun" and "The Star Spangled Banner."</p> <p>The CD and DVD, both of which are named after Malmsteen's latest studio album, 2012's <em>Spellbound</em>, will be released September 17. Stay tuned for more details.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OCks2bpJOY8" 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="/yngwie-malmsteen">Yngwie Malmsteen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteen-performs-far-beyond-sun-new-live-dvd-video#comments Yngwie Malmsteen Videos News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:08:20 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22251 Boss Unveils RC-1 Loop Station Compact Looper Pedal for Guitarists — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-unveils-rc-1-loop-station-compact-looper-pedal-guitarists-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Boss has announced the RC-1 Loop Station, the new entry-level model in the company’s lineup of dedicated loop recording devices. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Battery-powered and affordable, the RC-1’s straightforward operation makes it easier than ever for guitarists, bassists and other musicians to incorporate the fun of looping into their live performances and practice sessions.</p> <p>For more than a decade, Boss has led the industry in loop recording technology. Five current Loop Station products serve the needs of all types of musicians, and looping functions are integrated into many other Boss products. Designed with guitarists and bassists in mind, the RC-1 sheds the more sophisticated features found in other Loop Stations, offering a streamlined approach that will appeal to both beginning players and advanced musicians who like to keep things simple. </p> <p>Built to record loops and nothing else, the RC-1 is all about instant musical satisfaction and creative enjoyment. Housed in the famous, ultra-durable Boss compact pedal case, the stripped-down RC-1 lets players experience the fun of spontaneous loop creation with no complicated controls or features to get in the way.</p> <p>Loop recording has never been more intuitive and hassle-free than it is with the RC-1. Record, overdub, play/stop, undo/redo, and clear operations are all accomplished with one integrated pedal, while the loop level is controlled with the panel’s single knob. The unique circular loop indicator features 24 multi-colored LEDs, providing instant feedback on the operation mode and cycle status of the current loop.</p> <p>The RC-1 offers high-quality sound with up to 12 full minutes of stereo recording time. The last loop session is stored in memory even when the power is turned off, so players can preserve their performances for the next practice session or gig. The pedal can be powered with an optional PSA-series AC adapter or a single 9-volt battery. Up to 4.5 hours of battery operation provides great convenience for busking, street performing, open-mic nights, and other mobile playing situations.</p> <p>Just like other Boss compact pedals, the RC-1 integrates easily onto a pedalboard loaded with other stomps. Dual inputs and outputs let guitarists and bassists with sophisticated effects setups loop in true stereo. By using just one input and one output, the RC-1 can be used in a standard mono rig as well. Stereo operation also allows synth players to loop without sacrificing the rich, full stereo sound of their instruments.</p> <p>Users can connect an optional external pedal to the RC-1 to expand their real-time control options if desired. The new FS-7 Dual Footswitch is an ideal companion, offering control of the looper’s stop, clear, and undo/redo functions in an extremely compact footprint. The FS-7 includes status LEDs, and comes with a DC splitter cable to allow a single PSA adapter to provide power to both the RC-1 and FS-7.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.bossus.com/">BossUS.com.</a> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0DRJKy4hPiM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-unveils-rc-1-loop-station-compact-looper-pedal-guitarists-demo-video#comments Boss Joe Robinson Roland Videos Effects News Gear Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:27:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22246 Johnny Winter and Aerosmith's Joe Perry Premiere New Song, "Mojo Hand" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-aerosmiths-joe-perry-premiere-new-song-mojo-hand-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>The late Johnny Winter's star-studded new album, <em>Step Back</em>, was released today, September 2, through Megaforce Records.</p> <p>Below, you can hear a song from the new disc, "Mojo Hand," which features a guest appearance by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. Check it out below (top video) and be sure to tell us what you think of it in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><em>Step Back</em> features collaborations with an impressive collection of guitarists, including Stray Cats' Brian Setzer, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Leslie West, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and more. </p> <p>Which reminds us: You also might want to check out two other songs from the album. There's a searing cover of Elmore James' "I Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby)" that features Ben Harper <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-ben-harper-cover-elmore-james-i-cant-hold-out-listen">(LISTEN HERE)</a> and "Where Can You Be," a straight-ahead blues-rocker featuring vocals and guitar by ZZ Top axman Billy Gibbons <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-billy-gibbons-premiere-new-song-where-can-you-be-listen">(LISTEN HERE)</a>. </p> <p><strong>But wait, there's more! We've also thrown in a just-posted-to-YouTube song, "Don't Want No Woman," which features Clapton (middle video). Enjoy both clips, plus a preview video for a film called <em>Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty</em> (bottom video)!</strong></p> <p>Winter died July 16 at age 70.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/noE64hoKB8k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/b4Ygm8pWSAE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/--Asd6Pq5gk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/joe-perry">Joe Perry</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-aerosmiths-joe-perry-premiere-new-song-mojo-hand-listen#comments Joe Perry Johnny Winter News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:05:32 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22245 'Pink Floyd: The Black Strat' Tells History of David Gilmour's Iconic Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/pink-floyd-black-strat-tells-history-david-gilmours-iconic-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Catch a rare inside glimpse of one of the world's most revered guitarists, David Gilmour, and his iconic Black Stratocaster. </p> <p><em>Pink Floyd: The Black Strat</em> was written by Phil Taylor, Gilmour's personal guitar technician and the band's chief backline tech since 1974. He was the only man to know Pink Floyd's equipment better than the band. </p> <p>This expanded edition of the book contains new information and many unpublished photographs that further chart the Black Strat's illustrious history. Amending and elaborating on the previous edition, it also continues the story where the last one left off with all the latest live appearances, information and photographs, including Gilmour testing the Fender Black Strat replica models; performances with David Bowie, Jeff Beck and others; and much more. </p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/mix-books/products/pink-floyd-the-black-strat/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=PinkFloydBlackStrat">Check out this book at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qu9MrAKJWWQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pink-floyd">Pink Floyd</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/david-gilmour">David Gilmour</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/pink-floyd-black-strat-tells-history-david-gilmours-iconic-guitar#comments David Gilmour Pink Floyd News Features Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:15:39 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16535 Gear Review: MC Systems Dynamic Drive, Hybrid Chorus and String Reviver Pedals http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-mc-systems-dynamic-drive-hybrid-chorus-and-string-reviver-pedals <!--paging_filter--><p>It happens. You’re in the middle of playing and need just a little more from your pedal. </p> <p>Do you attempt the balancing act? You know, where you balance on one foot and try to gingerly adjust a knob with your free foot? What if you turn it too much or hit another knob? It can all end like the wire-cutting bomb scene in <em>Lethal Weapon 3</em>!</p> <p>MC Systems has released the Apollo series of pedals, which includes Chorus, Overdrive, Delay, Phaser, String Reviver and Fuzz pedals. They all offer a unique footswitching system called V-Switch.</p> <p>V-Switch can boost or cut certain aspects of the effect, depending on how hard you stomp on the pedal. Set your overdrive pedal to a moderate setting when switched on, or stomp harder for more drive. Below the pedal is a trimpot to adjust depending on how light or heavy of a stomper you are. </p> <p>Alternatively, if gauging your foot dynamics is too much, there’s Alternate Mode. Alternate Mode acts as a secondary setting when the pedal is on. Example: On the Hybrid Chorus, the Alternate Mode allows you to set a second Rate setting on the pedal.</p> <p>All pedals are based on an analog circuit and feature true-bypass switching. Here’s a brief rundown of three of the pedals from the series.</p> <p><strong>Dynamic Drive</strong> is an overdrive pedal with three familiar knobs at the top; Drive, Tone and Level. The V-Switch allows you to boost or cut the amount of drive and Alternate Mode allows you to boost or cut the Level. Alternate Mode works great as a boost for solos. In the clip, I gradually boost the Drive and Volume without blowing out your earbuds.</p> <p><strong>Hybrid Chorus</strong> is a chorus pedal that offers Depth, Level and Rate. V-Switch Mode lets you increase or decrease the Depth. Alternate Mode lets you speed up or slow down the Rate. In the clip, I play the same lick starting with a heavy chorus and mellow it out by the end.</p> <p><strong>String Reviver</strong> is most unique pedal in the series. It adds more presence and punch to dull strings. I also see it useful as a clean boost or tone shaper to help a darker guitar cut. The three basic knobs are Definition, Slope and Level. Definition is comparable to a Presence knob and Slope is comparable to a Tone knob. The V-Switch alters the Definition, and Alternate mode allows you to cut or boost the Level. In the clip, hear how it brightens up the “vintage” strings I left on my Strat way too long.</p> <p><strong>Web</strong>: <a href="http://www.cmcmusic.com.au/brands/mcsystemshomepage">cmcmusic.com</a><br /> <strong>Street Price</strong>: $215</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/48829027&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p><em>You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, but Billy Voight is a gear reviewer, bassist and guitarist from Pennsylvania. He has Hartke bass amps and Walden acoustic guitars to thank for supplying some of the finest gear on his musical journey. Need Billy's help in creating noise for your next project? Drop him a line at thisguyonbass@gmail.com.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-mc-systems-dynamic-drive-hybrid-chorus-and-string-reviver-pedals#comments Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown MC Systems Effects Blogs News Gear Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:52:18 +0000 Billy Voight http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22238 Robert Trujillo Performs Metallica Medley with Rodrigo y Gabriela — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-robert-trujillo-performs-metallica-medley-rodrigo-y-gabriela-live-video <!--paging_filter--><p>On August 17 at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo sat in with his good friends, acoustic guitar rock sensations Rodrigo y Gabriela, at their sold-out show. </p> <p>They performed a medley of Metallica' "Orion," "For Whom The Bell Tolls," "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" and "Battery."</p> <p>Talk about some serious guitar action!</p> <p>Rodrigo y Gabriela are on tour in support of their latest record, <em>9 Dead Alive</em>.</p> <p>Check out the video of this encounter here, and find out more at <a href="http://www.rodgab.com/">rodgab.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZJxKf34B-7E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-robert-trujillo-performs-metallica-medley-rodrigo-y-gabriela-live-video#comments Acoustic Nation Metallica News Robert Trujillo Rodrigo y Gabriela Videos Blogs Videos News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:48:57 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22237 Ghost Pedal Creates Wah Effect Without Physical Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/video-ghost-pedal-creates-wah-effect-without-physical-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p>Recently, a group of students from Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering developed the Ghost Pedal, a wireless device that uses sensors attached to the guitar player's foot to create a wah effect — minus the physical pedal. </p> <p>"Because Ghost Pedal is wireless and does not have a physical pedal, guitar players can activate and use their wah distortion effect anywhere on stage at any time," said Robbie Hoye, part of the the Ghost Pedal team at the university in West Lafayette, Indiana, talking to the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch. "They also have the ability to deactivate the effect whenever they choose."</p> <p>Once the Ghost Pedal is turned on, the user enters a 10-second mode during which the variable resistor calibrates the ability to flex the foot from the floor. After calibration mode, the guitarist enters freeplay mode.</p> <p>"During freeplay, the user actively manipulates the wah level by changing their foot's angle from the floor," Hoye said. "The calibration mode adapts itself to modify the resistance sensor to each user and their foot flexibility at the touch of a button. Ghost Pedal and traditional wah pedals use the same motion to activate the wah effect; the guitarist doesn't have to learn a new motion."</p> <p>For more on this story, give Google a try. For some reason, there's not much out there.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R_GzNPT_8vk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-ghost-pedal-creates-wah-effect-without-physical-pedal#comments WTF Videos News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:04:23 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/14930 Your Signature, Please: Five Essential Pieces of Signature Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/your-signature-please-five-essential-pieces-signature-gear <!--paging_filter--><p>About 10 years ago, a home-furnishings company named a line of rugs after a gorgeous movie and TV actress. </p> <p>It turns out that, aside from walking, sidling and sashaying on them for a few decades, she really didn't know a lot about rugs — or furniture or pretty much anything her name still graces today. But the company put her moniker on the stuff and continues to reap the benefits that a big name (and a pretty face) can provide.</p> <p>Luckily, musicians in search of quality signature gear — from guitars to amps to effects to pickups — don't have to worry about that nonsense. Generally, gear manufacturers work closely with their signature artists, in some cases, right down to the tiniest of details (Some artists repeatedly send back their signature-model prototypes until they're absolutely perfect).</p> <p>So, while acknowledging the plethora of fine signature gear that's available today, here's the cream of the crop: five items that simply get it right. This list was compiled by a group of <em>Guitar World</em> staffers including Gear Editor Paul Riario. </p> <p><strong>Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster</strong></p> <p>Maybe you've read it in forums or heard it from people in the know (maybe even from people whose job it is to try out Fender gear all day long), but Fender's Eric Johnson signature Strat has quietly earned a reputation as possibly one of the best instruments Fender produces on a regular basis.</p> <p>At first glance, the EJ model looks a lot like other U.S.-made Strats. But once you study the details, you start to notice its refinement. In fact, EJ-model connoisseurs tend to agree that it's not one single feature that makes this guitar special — it's the way all the smaller features work together. </p> <p>The guitar has a one-piece, vintage-tinted quartersawn plain maple neck (contours sanded very smooth) with a ’57-style V shape; a light, two-piece alder body with deep ’57-style body contours and cavities. It comes in 2-Color Sunburst, Black, Candy Apple Red and White Blonde. The frets are highly polished. The pickups are Eric Johnson single-coils (not over-wound at all) with countersunk screws and a five-way switch. Other features include a vintage tremolo with silver-painted block and ’57-style string recess. There's no paint between the base plate and the block.</p> <p>Basically, if you're a fan of the Stratocaster in its purest form, you'll truly appreciate this model, which also packs in several practical updates for modern players.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/EJ%20Strat.jpg" width="620" height="209" alt="EJ Strat.jpg" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $2,599.99 | <a href="http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0117702806">Check out this guitar at fender.com.</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte</strong> <p>When it comes to signature guitars made for the rigors of heavy metal, it's hard to beat the LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte from ESP.</p> <p>The Snakebyte is a light-weight guitar that packs the heavyweight punch necessary for one of metal's marquee players. The neck is thin and comfortable, perfect for quick chord changes, and you'll find all of the high-end features of its more expensive Japanese-made cousin without sacrificing quality.</p> <p>And, as an added bonus, the Snakebyte now comes stock with a set of EMG James Hetfield pickups, putting all of the Metallica guitarist's secret weapons — minus his fabled right hand — at your fingertips.</p> <p>For a full test drive and review from <em>Guitar World</em> Gear Editor Paul Riaro, head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-ltd-james-hetfield-snakebyte">here</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/ltdsnakebyte.png" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,570 | <a href="http://www.espguitars.com/guitars/signature/ltd-snakebyte.html">Check out this guitar at esp.com.</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Slash APH-2 pickups</strong> <p>For the die-hard Slash enthusiast, there's a whole boatload of signature gear to choose from, from the "Appetite" Les Paul to a the custom octave fuzz from Jim Dunlop.</p> <p>While you could buy your way to a pretty good replica of Slash's actual rig with enough money, the best place to start might just be the Alnico II Pro Slash APH-2 pickups from Seymour Duncan.</p> <p>These moderate-output humbuckers will give you just the right amount of bite for those gritty riffs while still allowing for the searing sustain necessary to unleash ripping solos. Pop them in any humbucker-friendly guitar and you'll be well on your way to channeling your favorite top-hat-wearing guitar hero.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/slashpickups.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $269 | <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/humbucker/vintage-output/alnico_ii_pro_s_1/">Check out these pickups at seymourduncan.com.</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>Jim Dunlop DB01 Cry Baby From Hell</strong> <p>Take a quick poll of metal guitarists to find out their favorite wah pedal and Jim Dunlop's Cry Baby From Hell will undoubtedly come out on top.</p> <p>Made to the specifications of the late, great Dimebag Darrell, the Cry Baby From Hell features an extended sweep range knob, 6-way range selector and kick-in volume boost to take your solos over the top.</p> <p>Dime, like a number of other guitarists, would often use his wah as a high-end boost for solos, leaving it fully cocked while he tore up the fretboard. Either fully engaged or used as a high-pass filter, the Cry Baby From Hell should meet all your needs and then some. </p> <p>Now start getting those squeals and pinch harmonics down!</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/dimebagcrybaby.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $286.44 | <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/db01-dimebag-signature-wah">Check out this pedal at jimdunlop.com</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>EVH 5150 III 50-Watt Head</strong> <p>Perhaps no one's tone is as sought-after as that of Eddie Van Halen. And fortunately for all you finger-tapping maniacs out there, almost no other guitarist has more quality signature gear on the market.</p> <p>And while his Wolfgang Special guitar is top-of-the-line and the MXR Phase 90 will have you rocking the cradle with the best of them, it's his line of signature amps from EVH that have really made a mark on the world of hard rock and metal.</p> <p>Even if it is a scaled-down version of its 100-watt big brother, there's no denying the EVH III 5150 50-watt head packs a <em>lot</em> into a small package. This three-channel amp matches up nicely with any cabinet, but you definitely can't go wrong with any of the cabs in the EVH 5150 III line. Pair it up with either the 2x12 or 1x12 and you'll have 'em dancing in the streets in no time!</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/evh5150.png" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,333.32 | <a href="http://www.evhgear.com/gear/subpage?partno=2253000400">Check out this amp at evhgear.com.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/damageplan">Damageplan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/your-signature-please-five-essential-pieces-signature-gear#comments Dimebag Darrell Dunlop Eddie Van Halen Eric Johnson ESP EVH Fender James Hetfield Seymour Duncan Slash Guitar World Lists Amps Electric Guitars News Features Gear Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:46:55 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16421 Cigar Box: Build a Guitar Pickup in Under Five Minutes for Less Than $2 http://www.guitarworld.com/cigar-box-make-guitar-pickup-less-five-minutes-under-2 <!--paging_filter--><p>Can you make your own pickup out of a wall wart plug in under five minutes and less than $2?</p> <p>Yes, it can be done! I saw a clip on YouTube a while ago where someone made a pickup from pieces of a plug, so I thought I'd give it a try. The method described in the video is a bit dangerous, including separating the metal plates from the coil (I stabbed myself with a screwdriver attempting to do so), so here's a safer, faster way.</p> <p>If you don’t already know, pickups are made with electric magnets. The string vibrations interfere with the magnetic field around the pickup, and that sound is transferred to your amp. Don’t worry, this is about as technical as I'll get for this part, but it's pretty neat how it works. </p> <p>Note: See the sidebar article below on the live-rig secrets of several pro cigar box guitarists. </p> <p><strong>In terms of parts for this project, here's your recon mission:</strong></p> <p>• One wall wort plug. You know those big, clunky plugs that seem to be on just about everything nowadays. I suggest scoping out your local thrift store for one. That way, you don’t destroy a plug you might need later. I picked up some for 50 cents. Yep!</p> <p>• Three or four (depending on how many strings you have on your CBG — cigar box guitar) Rare Earth Neo Neodymium disc magnets. I used a N35 12mm-by-3mm magnet I got on eBay for less than 40 cents.</p> <p>• Some bits of wire and solder</p> <p>• 1 1/4-inch jack</p> <p><strong>Tools you'll need</strong> </p> <p>• Proper safety gear, including work gloves and protective glasses</p> <p>• A hammer</p> <p>• Soldering Iron</p> <p>The photo gallery below will walk you through the steps to make your own pickup in under five minutes (and less than $2). Note that if you use this pickup in your CBG, you should probably cut hole the size of the metal plates so only the plates will be exposed above the guitar body, leaving the coils hidden under the top of the box. Also, make sure to ground your negative wire to your bridge to prevent unwanted noise. </p> <p>Check out the videos below of testing out our DIY guitar pickup. Also Elmar Zeilhofer of <a href="http://www.original-flatpup.com/">The Original-Flatpup</a> made one as a test video as well from one he made (He separated the coils on his DIY pickup). </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3Uwpt6z0RbI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QPlDnH6uSso" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p><strong>SIDEBAR: RIGS OF SEVERAL PRO CIGAR BOX GUITARISTS</strong></p> <p>Let me talk about the gear some cigar box guitar artists used at this year's Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival. </p> <p>I had a chance to talk to Glenn Kaiser, Shane Speal and Justin Johnson. Playing a cigar box guitar for a gig can be tricky. Cigar box guitars have a great lo-fi sound, but playing them cranked up can create problems with feedback. Here are the amplifiers and effects they prefer. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.grrrrecords.com/welcome.cfm">Glenn Kaiser</a> (Former frontman of REZ Band &amp; Kaiser/Mansfield)</strong></p> <p><strong>Amp</strong>: ”Trimmed &amp; Burnin' Spanky model mostly (a small, 3-watt amp with a Weber speaker) and an original Pignose. I have a lot of amps, but at this point, those two."</p> <p><strong>Effects</strong>: “For non-cigar box or found-object guitars, I always use a Korg tuner and a Blackstone Appliance Mosfet Overdrive. For CBG's, I usually prefer a small amp cranked.”</p> <p>Most of Kaiser's live cigar box guitars are loaded with piezo buzzer pickups, giving him a more acoustic tone. However, he gets some extra buzz, grind and distortion from the Trimmed &amp; Burnin' tube amp. </p> <p><strong><a href="www.shanespeal.com">Shane Speal</a></strong></p> <p>Shane was kind enough to send us a photo of his live rig. Check it out in the photo gallery below.</p> <p>• As for his gear: homemade electric stomp board; provides percussion for Speal's show. It's just a couple pieces of plywood sandwiched together with a large piezo disc inserted in the middle. The piezo acts as a contact mic.</p> <p>• Pre-amp for the stomp board. Speal used an inexpensive acoustic guitar preamp/EQ that is attached to the piezo so he can control the tone of hs stomp board.</p> <p>• An old Ibanez digital delay set for slapback echo only</p> <p>• Arion Octave pedal: Used sparingly in concert, usually during his one-string diddley bow songs or when he wants to kick into a total funk-infused fury.</p> <p>• Fender tuner</p> <p>• Jay Turser Classic 25 amp. Although it's covered with tweed and sports a classic radio wooden face, this amp is just a cheapo solid state. “It has reverb, distortion and a goofy tremolo,” Speal says. “What more do you want?” Speal bought it on eBay for $85. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.justinjohnsonlive.com/">Justin Johnson</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Amp</strong>: “Fender Blues Jr. When I am performing with cigar box guitars, I prefer to keep as much of the natural tone of the CBG as possible. There is something about the tone you get from the cigar box that really distinguishes itself from the electric guitar. They sound more open and unrestrained than a solid-body and more guttural and swampy than a standard semi-hollow."</p> <p><strong>Effects</strong>: “I generally just use a little reverb or some light overdrive before going into my Fender Blues Jr. It’s also a good a idea to have an EQ pedal on hand to make minor adjustments to the volume and tone when necessary.”</p> <p><strong>ONE LAST DOSE OF CIGAR BOXES...</strong></p> <p>You all know I couldn’t write one of these with out letting you hear some tunes. Below is a clip I put together of Shane Speal preforming a version of “Personal Jesus” at this year's Speal's Tavern Guitar-b-Que. The photos are from <a href="www.spealstavern.com">The Cigar Box Guitar Museum</a> in New Alexander, Pennsylvania, inside <a href="http://www.spealstavern.com/fr_home.cfm">Speal's Tavern</a>. More on the Guitar-b-Que and Speal's Tavern along with making winding our own single coil cbg pickup, next time ... </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-rePzYFO17o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p>A big thanks to Glenn Kaiser, Shane Speal, Justin Johnson, Elmar Zeilhofer, Original-Flatpup and Speal's Tavern for being a part of this. </p> <p>Stay tuned ... It's going to get loud!</p> <p><em>Brian Saner owns Saner Cigar Box Guitars, which makes custom handmade guitars and amps using local dry-aged wood in every guitar. These guitars are handmade and might have imperfections, but that's what makes them unique. Once you hear the howl of a CBG, you might not want to play a Fender or Gibson again. Get one at <a href="http://www.sanercigarboxguitars.com/">sanercigarboxguitars.com</a>, <a href="http://www.devildownrecords.com/guitars">devildownrecords.com/guitars</a> and Main Street Gallery. Check out <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saner-Cigar-Box-Guitars/266654393366376">his Facebook page.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/cigar-box-make-guitar-pickup-less-five-minutes-under-2#comments Brian Saner Cigar Box Saner Cigar Box Guitars Accessories Blogs News Gear Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:39:05 +0000 Brian Saner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17141 Led Zeppelin Preview "Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/led-zeppelin-preview-black-dog-basic-track-guitar-overdubs-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, you can stream slightly more than a minute's worth of "Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)," one of the raw, previously unreleased recordings to be included in the upcoming remastered edition of Led Zeppelin's <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em>.</p> <p>The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign got off to an impressive start earlier this year when deluxe editions of <em>Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II</em> and <em>Led Zeppelin III</em> debuted in the top 10 of Billboard's 200 chart. </p> <p>Now, updated versions of <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em> and <em>Houses Of The Holy</em> will be released October 28 through Atlantic/Swan Song. You can check out the track listings below.</p> <p><strong><em>Led Zeppelin IV</em></strong></p> <p>01. Black Dog<br /> 02. Rock And Roll<br /> 03. The Battle of Evermore<br /> 04. Stairway To Heaven<br /> 05. Misty Mountain Hop<br /> 06. Four Sticks<br /> 07. Going To California<br /> 08. When The Levee Breaks</p> <p><em>Companion Audio Disc</em><br /> 01. Black Dog - Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs<br /> 02. Rock And Roll - Alternate Mix<br /> 03. The Battle Of Evermore - Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange<br /> 04. Stairway To Heaven - Sunset Sound Mix<br /> 05. Misty Mountain Hop - Alternate Mix<br /> 06. Four Sticks - Alternate Mix<br /> 07. Going To California - Mandolin/Guitar Mix<br /> 08. When The Levee Breaks - Alternate UK Mix</p> <p><strong><em>Houses of the Holy</em> track listing:</strong></p> <p>01. The Song Remains The Same<br /> 02. The Rain Song<br /> 03. Over The Hills And Far Away<br /> 04. The Crunge<br /> 05. Dancing Days<br /> 06. D'yer Mak'er<br /> 07. No Quarter<br /> 08. The Ocean</p> <p><em>Companion Audio Disc</em><br /> 01. The Song Remains The Same - Guitar Overdub Reference Mix<br /> 02. The Rain Song - Mix Minus Piano<br /> 03. Over The Hills And Far Away - Guitar Mix Backing Track<br /> 04. The Crunge - Rough Mix - Keys Up<br /> 05. Dancing Days - Rough Mix With Vocal<br /> 06. No Quarter - Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal<br /> 07. The Ocean - Working Mix</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UandfyNZxb4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/led-zeppelin-preview-black-dog-basic-track-guitar-overdubs-listen#comments Led Zeppelin News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:23:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22236