News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/%3Ehttp%253/www.sunflowerdead.com/shop en The DIY Musician: How to Build a 2x4 Lap Steel Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/diy-musician-how-build-2x4-lap-steel-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>This is one of the easiest homemade guitars I've ever built, and it took me only an hour to make. </p> <p>This lap steel was made from an extra 2x4 I had in my shed, with just a few saw cuts to the wood. I even used a pre-wired acoustic sound hole pickup, so there was no wiring needed. Anybody can build this lap steel guitar!</p> <p>The lap steel plays great, too. It's set up with a standard 23-inch scale, just like the store bought-lap steels! The whole thing feels great on your lap and looks absurdly cool. </p> <p>Here’s a quick video (below). As you can tell, I’m still learning how to play this properly. (I built it so that I could learn how to play it). I love this instrument and will pull it out during my concert this Friday night. (The show is at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1542848029336576/">Liquid Hero Brewery,</a> 50 E. North St., York, Pennsylvania, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 6. Come see me!)</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XdpbspYiOUQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>These plans will give you a very basic, yet absolutely playable lap steel. It might look like a lot of steps, but trust me, this instrument is easy to build. You are basically just marking down a few lines, making a couple cuts to the 2x4 and installing simple hardware.</p> <p>This is my first prototype 2x4 lap steel. I have a second one on the shop table right now. Look for a followup column on installing better pickups and adding some cool “hobo” mods. </p> <p><strong>Parts needed</strong></p> <p>• 32” section of 2x4 pine lumber. (Note: Due to harmful chemicals, do not use pressure-treated lumber!)<br /> • Two (2) 1/2” diameter allthread rods, 3.5” long (Allthread rods are like bolts without a head. You can find these at hardware stores. I found a box of them at a flea market.)<br /> • One pack of guitar tuners, three-to-a-side <a href="http://www.cbgitty.com/cigar-box-guitar-parts/chrome-open-gear-economy-tuners-machine-heads-6pc-3-left-3right/#aid=1328">(such as this $8.29 pack of tuners)</a><br /> • Pre-wired acoustic soundhole pickup <a href="http://www.cbgitty.com/cigar-box-guitar-parts/pickups/teisco-del-rey-gold-foil-clip-in-magnetic-pickup-with-amp-cord/#aid=1328">(such as the $13.49 Gold Foil pickup here)</a><br /> • One pack of medium-gauge electric guitar strings.</p> <p><strong>Tools needed</strong></p> <p>• Electric drill + two drill bits: 3/32” and 5/16”<br /> • Table saw or circular saw<br /> • Small screwdriver.</p> <p><strong>Directions</strong></p> <p>01. Cut a standard pine 2x4 into a 32” length.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2X4%20STEP%201.jpg" width="620" height="198" alt="2X4 STEP 1.jpg" /></p> <p>02. <strong>Cut out the headstock</strong>: Turn the 2x4 on its side and mark a vertical line 4” from the left end. Mark a horizontal line 5/8” from the top (as pictured). Cut away the bottom portion in the headstock area (shaded are in the picture). I used a dado blade on my table saw. You can also do the same thing by running the saw in multiple passes over the shaded area and then using a chisel to remove any extra wood chips. <a href="http://woodgears.ca/shop-tricks/skillsaw_dado.html">(Still unsure? Here’s a link to a quick tutorial.)</a> </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2X4%20STEP%202.jpg" width="620" height="483" alt="2X4 STEP 2.jpg" /></p> <p>03. <strong>Optional</strong>: I smoothed out the underside of the headstock on my belt sander. It also provided a little heel curve.<br /> 04. <strong>Drill tuner holes</strong>: Mark your tuner holes on the underside of the headstock. I went in about 5/8” in on each side and spaced the tuners roughly an inch apart. Use a 5/8” drill bit to drill the tuner holes.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2x4%20step%204.jpg" width="620" height="600" alt="2x4 step 4.jpg" /></p> <p>05. Turn the 2x4 back over and the following marks on the board, starting from the butt end and going up toward the headstock:<br /> a) 1.5” (this will be our through-body string feed)<br /> b) 3” (bridge location)<br /> c) 4.5” (pickup cavity)<br /> d) 6” (pickup cavity)<br /> e) 26” (nut location)<br /> 06. <strong>Cut out the pickup cavity</strong>: Notch out the wood between the 4 ½” and 6” line. Go about ¾” deep. Use the same dado technique as above with the headstock. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2x4%20step%206.jpg" width="620" height="450" alt="2x4 step 6.jpg" /></p> <p>07. <strong>Drill the string feed holes</strong>. Use a 3/32 drill bit to drill six holes for the strings to feed through the body. Quite honestly, I eyeballed these holes. The rough measurements from left to right are: 3/4”, 1 1/8”, 1 ½”, 2”, 2 ½”, 2 ¾”</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2x4%20step%207.jpg" width="620" height="507" alt="2x4 step 7.jpg" /></p> <p>08. <strong>Mark your fret guides</strong>: Measure out the frets by starting at the 26” nut location and making pencil marks for each fret location. Then use a contractor’s square to draw the fret lines. (I used a Sharpie for some quick and dirty fret lines. You also can paint or woodburn them if you want.)</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2X4%20STEP%208.jpg" width="620" height="483" alt="2X4 STEP 8.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Fret markers*:</strong></p> <p> 1 1.29”<br /> 2 2.50”<br /> 3 3.65”<br /> 4 4.74”<br /> 5 5.76”<br /> 6 6.73”<br /> 7 7.64”<br /> 8 8.51”<br /> 9 9.32”<br /> 10 10.0”<br /> 11 10.8”<br /> 12 11.5”<br /> 13 12.1”<br /> 14 12.7”<br /> 15 13.3”<br /> 16 13.8”<br /> 17 14.3”<br /> 18 14.8”<br /> 19 15.3”<br /> 20 15.7”<br /> 21 16.1”<br /> 22 16.5”<br /> 23 16.9”<br /> 24 17.2”<br /> 25 17.5”<br /> 26 17.8”<br /> 27 18.1”<br /> 28 18.4”</p> <p>09. <strong> Optional</strong>: Carve grooves for bridge and nut. Use a wood rasp to notch grooves at the 3” mark and the 26” mark. These grooves will keep the allthread bolts from moving. (You can see these grooves in the picture at Step 13.)<br /> 10. Install the tuners and bushings at the headstock. <a href="http://glennwatt.com/how-to-install-cb-gitty-economy-tuners/">For tips, see this video.</a> </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2x4%20step%2010.jpg" width="620" height="600" alt="2x4 step 10.jpg" /></p> <p>11. <strong>Install the pickup</strong>. Depending on the pickup you choose, installing could be one of many different ways. As you can see, I just bent the cheap mounting tabs down on my pickup and shoved a couple screws into them to mount to the guitar. My pickup cavity was too deep, so I put a little bit of cardboard to raise it up. Ideally, you want the pickup to rest approx. ¼” away from the strings. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2x4%20step%2011.jpg" width="620" height="435" alt="2x4 step 11.jpg" /></p> <p>12. <strong>String up the lap steel, but leave the strings slackened.</strong> If the strings start to pull through the soft pine wood, place a small nail through the ball loop of the string to keep it anchored.<br /> 13. <strong>Carefully wedge the allthread bolts into the 3” and 26” marks.</strong> These will act as your nut and bridge. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2x4%20step%2013.jpg" width="620" height="373" alt="2x4 step 13.jpg" /></p> <p>14. Space the strings evenly over the pickup, using the threads on the nut and bridge bolts as your string slots.<br /> 15. <strong>Tune the guitar.</strong> Try an open D chord to start (D, A, D, F#, A, D, low to high).<br /> 16. <strong>Optional:</strong> If the strings keep pulling out of the threads on the nut, use simple roundhead wood screws to act as string trees. Simply slacken the offending string, position the screw beside the string (so the screw head holds the string down) and insert it just deep enough to provide tension on the string. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/2x4%20step%2016.jpg" width="620" height="483" alt="2x4 step 16.jpg" /></p> <p>17. <strong>Crank it up!</strong> Use your choice of slide or just grab a beer bottle and go. In the video qt the top of this story, I’m using a deep well socket!</p> <p><strong>NOTES:</strong> If you can’t find allthread rods to serve as bridge and nut, try other bolts, pipe pieces with notches cut into them or sections of ham bones.</p> <p>Please spread the word and share this story on Facebook! Wanna build more? Read my story, <a href="http://shanespeal.com/mailbox-guitar">How to Make a Mailbox Dobro.</a></p> <p>*I used the Stewart MacDonald fret calculator for these measurements. (Thanks, StewMac!) They have been rounded off to the nearest hundredth.</p> <p><em>Shane Speal is the "King of the Cigar Box Guitar" and the creator of the modern cigar box guitar movement. Hear the music, see the instruments and read about his Cigar Box Guitar Museum at <a href="http://www.shanespeal.com/">ShaneSpeal.com</a>. Speal's latest album, </em><a href="http://shanespeal.com/holler">Holler!</a><em> is on C. B. Gitty Records.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/diy-musician-how-build-2x4-lap-steel-guitar#comments News Shane Speal The DIY Musician Videos Blogs Blogs News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:11:10 +0000 Shane Speal http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23659 Meet the “Accou-Stick" Guitar-Playing Lizard http://www.guitarworld.com/meet-accou-stick-guitar-playing-lizard <!--paging_filter--><p>Photographer Aditya Permana was observing a forest dragon lizard in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, for an hour-plus, when it suddenly struck a human-like pose, kicking back and appearing to play a guitar made out of a leaf.</p> <p>“I did not directly photograph the lizard at first, until the lizard [felt] calm and comfortable around me,” Permana told Caters News Agency.</p> <p>Obviously, the little fellow felt calm and comfortable. It's completely chilling on a tree root, elbow propped up and "strumming” the leaf.</p> <p>“I noticed it looked like it was playing a guitar—and it didn’t move at all,” Permana said,</p> <p>The Mirror described the pose as a “crazy critter” strumming on its “accou-stick instrument.” It also suggested several songs for the lizard’s set list, such as “Don’t Beleaf a Word” by Thin Lizzy, “You Can Leaf Your Hat On” by Tom Jones, “If You Leaf Me Now” by Chicago, “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club and “Don’t Leaf Me This Way” by Thelma Houston. We'll take our leaf of you now.</p> <p><strong>Photo by Aditya Permana/Mercury Press/Caters News</strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/LIZARD-PLAYING-THE-GUITAR-1.jpg" width="620" height="722" alt="LIZARD-PLAYING-THE-GUITAR-1.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/meet-accou-stick-guitar-playing-lizard#comments Aditya Permana News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:21:42 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23658 Review: Epiphone 1939 Century Guitar Amplifier — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-epiphone-1939-century-guitar-amplifier-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the April 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Back in the late Thirties when the electric guitar was still in its infancy, Epiphone produced a variety of Electar model amplifiers to pair with their electric guitar models. </p> <p>The Century and Zephyr amps were designed to go with Epiphone’s classiest, top-of-the-line electric guitar models with the same names. Unlike most amps produced at the time, which resembled luggage, the Century and Zephyr amps were housed in maple or birch cabinets with tasteful art deco styling that looked right at home on stage in the upscale nightclubs where they were often used.</p> <p>Epiphone recently introduced a reissue of the 1939 Century amplifier. </p> <p>This compact 20-watt 1x12 combo faithfully reproduces the original version’s cabinet down to the six-point screws, grill cloth and chrome-plated carrying handle while offering a newly designed tube amp circuit. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the April 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3MnukGUFpcc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-epiphone-1939-century-guitar-amplifier-video#comments April 2015 Epiphone Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:53:57 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23609 Universal Audio Announces Apollo Twin SOLO Desktop Audio Interface http://www.guitarworld.com/universal-audio-announces-apollo-twin-solo-desktop-audio-interface <!--paging_filter--><p>Apollo Twin brings stunning 24/192 kHz sound quality to your desktop and the ability to record in real time with authentic plug-ins from Ibanez, Friedman, Chandler, ENGL and more. </p> <p>It ships with the UAD Realtime Analog Classics Plug-In Bundle — everything you need for recording, mixing and mastering guitar. The bundle features legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 11 76LN Limiting Amplifier and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, the new 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in and more.</p> <p>Available in both SOLO and DUO models (with either one or two Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively), Apollo Twin is now shipping worldwide with estimated street prices of $699 (SOLO) and $899 (DUO).</p> <p><strong>Apollo Twin Features</strong></p> <p>● Desktop 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface with world-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion<br /> ● Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through vintage Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines, Mic Preamps and Guitar Amp plug-ins with near-zero (sub-2ms) latency<br /> ● Thunderbolt connection for blazing-fast PCIe speed and rock-solid performance on modern Macs<br /> ● New Unison technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps<br /> ● 2 premium mic/line preamps; 2 line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone output<br /> ● 2 digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels<br /> ● Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical connection<br /> ● Includes "Realtime Analog Classics" UAD plug-in bundle, featuring Legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, 610-B Tube Preamp and more<br /> ● Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Audio Units, VST, RTAS &amp; AAX 64<br /> ● Available with UAD-2 SOLO or UAD-2 DUO DSP processing onboard</p> <p>Download the full press kit, including images, here:<br /> www.uaudio.com/apollotwin2014</p> <p><strong>For more about Apollo Twin, visit <a href="http://www.uaudio.com/twin">uaudio.com/twin.</a> For more about UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform, <a href="http://www.uaudio.com/uad-plug-ins.html">head here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1IHLZsK-gsM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/universal-audio-announces-apollo-twin-solo-desktop-audio-interface#comments March Madness Universal Audio Accessories Home Recording News Gear Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:26:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23656 Metallica's Lars Ulrich on New Album: "It's Pretty Close" http://www.guitarworld.com/metallicas-lars-ulrich-new-album-its-pretty-close <!--paging_filter--><p>Metallica might have a few side projects lined up—everything from a few shows this summer to re-releasing their back catalog—but none of it is getting in the way of recording their new studio album.</p> <p>"We are fucking in it," Lars Ulrich <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/metallicas-lars-ulrich-on-new-album-we-are-f--king-in-it-20150304">told Rolling Stone's Kory Grow.</a> "We've got lots of songs, and we're honing them and tweaking them. It's pretty close."</p> <p>Sources say the band members have written nearly 20 songs for the new album, the followup to 2008's <em>Death Magnetic</em>. They''' likely enter the pre-production recording phase in the near future. </p> <p>Ulrich assures fans that Metallica are not planning on pulling a Beyoncé- or U2-style surprise release. "Right now, it's not like we're going to do one of those things where we'll just give it to iTunes on Thursday without telling anybody," he said. "That's not in the cards."</p> <p>"In our world, there's been a distinct difference between the creative phase and the recording phase," Ulrich added. "With this project, we're trying to bridge the two a little more organically and not have there be such a great divide between the processes. We want to see if we can bring some of the creative curiosity, the impulsive stuff that happens when you're first playing a song into the studio.</p> <p>"You want to tweak it and get it good, but you also want to record it in a way where it doesn't feel labored over and overthought," he continues. "We're trying to figure out where that line is." Stay tuned for updates!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xpOw_AmkMGY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/metallicas-lars-ulrich-new-album-its-pretty-close#comments Metallica new album update News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:46:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23655 Review: Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-seymour-duncan-805-overdrive-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the April 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>The variety of overdrive and distortion pedals on the market these days is truly staggering. </p> <p>The vast majority is basically good at one or two applications, such as clean boost, blues overdrive, hard rock rhythm crunch, or metal distortion, but pedals that can do all of this (and do it very well) are very rare indeed.</p> <p>The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive may be based upon the classic 808 Tube Screamer overdrive, but that’s really just a starting point as it does so much more. </p> <p>Instead of building an imitation with perhaps a few circuit changes thrown in for good measure, the 805 Overdrive features an entirely different chip (an MC33178) and provides an expertly voiced three-band EQ section that delivers higher levels of saturated gain, lower noise and increased tonal versatility. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the April 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience4079824462001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="4079824462001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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It's the latest—and perhaps the most successful—attempt at replicating the sound of a 10-string pedal steel guitar using the six-string variety (You know, the thing most of us play). One <em>could</em> even call it a guitar/pedal steel hybrid.</p> <p>While there are guitars with B-benders and G-benders (and both benders at the same time), the ServoBender uses four <a href="http://www.servocity.com/html/what_is_a_servo_.html">servos</a>, all of which are mounted to a metal plate below the bridge. Each one has a spring-and-cam system made from 3D-printed parts. </p> <p>The de-tuning is controlled by an <a href="http://www.arduino.cc/">Arduino</a> and sustain pedals retrofitted with hall-effect sensors.</p> <p>If you want (a lot) more info about the project, plus photos documenting the building process, head <a href="http://imgur.com/a/a0ZlW">here</a>, <a href="http://hackaday.com/2014/07/09/servobender-the-electronic-pedal-steel/">here</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarsite.com/news/features/tele-servo-bender-guitar-pedal-steel-hybrid/">here.</a> Also, be sure to let us know what you think of this guitar in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fSQ9Dg65EFo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em>. He's a B-bending guitarist who collects B-bender-equipped guitars. He has four at the moment. Follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/DamianFanelli">Twitter</a> if you dare.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/servobender-hybrid-replicates-sound-pedal-steel-guitar-demo-video#comments ServoBender The Next Bend Videos Electric Guitars Blogs News Gear Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:39:27 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21785 Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville Festival Announces Tequila World with Metalachi and More — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-energy-welcome-rockville-festival-announces-tequila-world-metalachi-and-more-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Various onsite sponsor activities and an interactive art installation with graffiti artist RISK have been announced for the fifth annual Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville, April 25 and 26 at Jacksonville, Florida's Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River. </p> <p>More details have been confirmed for the new Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville Tequila World.</p> <p>Florida's biggest rock festival kicks off the World’s Loudest Month festival series and features music on multiple stages, autograph signings, interactive experiences, a Monster Energy viewing area with beverage sampling and a variety of food and beverage options, including gourmet food trucks and the new Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville Tequila World. </p> <p>The new Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville Tequila World, with a Mexican fiesta theme, will feature a wide range of tequilas, extreme margaritas, gourmet tacos, mixologists and more. Admission to this area is free and open to those 21 and up.</p> <p><a href="http://metalachi.com/">Metalachi,</a> the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band, will keep the party rolling with three performances on the Tequila World stage each day. Check out our Metalachi video below!</p> <p>Also new in 2015 is the RISK interactive graffiti art installation. Kelly Graval, the multi-talented fine artist, illustrator and graffiti artist known as <a href="http://riskrock.com/blog/">RISK,</a> will be curating an interactive art exhibit to be displayed on site. The exhibit will showcase multiple live demonstrations by RISK and will allow festival attendees the chance to interact and add to the exhibit. </p> <p>RISK has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend. He has come a long way since he pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, signs and billboards, dubbed “heavens.” Although RISK loves aerosol art, he sees it as merely just one genre in his life’s work.</p> <p><strong>Tickets for Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville are available now at <a href="http://welcometorockvillefestival.com/">WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com.</a> Those looking for a VIP experience are encouraged to buy now and save. A limited number of VIP tickets are still available for purchase for the following prices: Weekend VIP: $244.50 + fees; Single Day VIP: $129.50 + fees. On March 9 at Midnight ET, VIP ticket prices will increase to: Weekend VIP: $264.50 + fees; Single Day VIP: $139.50 + fees.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XSWUcaJlD0E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vlWzJp7nV0I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/monster-energy-welcome-rockville-festival-announces-tequila-world-metalachi-and-more-video#comments Metalachi Monster Energy Welcome to Rockville Videos News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:34:05 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23653 Alpaca's Carbon Fiber Travel Guitar Is Built to Withstand the Elements — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/meet-alpacas-go-anywhere-carbon-fiber-travel-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Vermont-based news channel WPTZ (where my late-Nineties girlfriend used to work!) <a href="http://www.wptz.com/news/whats-next-checks-out-a-special-guitar-made-to-withstand-the-elements/31497550">recently published a feature</a> on the Alpaca carbon fiber travel guitar, a "special guitar made to withstand the elements."</p> <p>As always, we thought we'd share!</p> <p>"It can actually be put in the water, and then taken out and played, and be done again the next day. It is impervious to water," Alpaca Guitar Co. founder and designer Chris Duncan <a href="http://www.wptz.com/news/whats-next-checks-out-a-special-guitar-made-to-withstand-the-elements/31497550">told WPTZ.</a></p> <p>Duncan says it can also stand up to extreme temperatures that would destroy a wooden guitar. The Alpaca can also take bumps, whacks and various impacts.</p> <p>"We don't really know to what extent. We don't drop them on purpose any more. So, we know they will take a blow," Duncan said.</p> <p>Company literature adds that the Alpaca is a go-anywhere "adventure guitar." It is made (in Vermont, of course) of carbon fiber, flax fabric and bio-derived resins. This combination produces a lightweight and strong instrument with a resonant sound.</p> <p>"The Alpaca will handle anything a good adventure brings; dirt, water, bumps and bruises. An embedded daisy chain on the back provides a strong universal attachment to any of your outdoor gear," the company says.</p> <p><strong>For more about Alpaca guitars, watch the video below and visit <a href="http://alpacaguitar.com/">alpacaguitar.com.</a> For the WPTZ story, which features WPTZ's own video, head <a href="http://www.wptz.com/news/whats-next-checks-out-a-special-guitar-made-to-withstand-the-elements/31497550">here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WI_jbK9WCCk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/82212263&amp;color=658450&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/meet-alpacas-go-anywhere-carbon-fiber-travel-guitar-video#comments Alpaca Guitar Co. News Gear Acoustic Guitars Videos Blogs News Gear Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:33:25 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23652 The 1969 Album Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham Recorded Before 'Led Zeppelin' http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-1969-album-jimmy-page-robert-plant-john-paul-jones-and-john-bonham-recorded-led-zeppelin <!--paging_filter--><p>Our semi-recent story about <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/little-games-jimmy-pages-five-best-guitar-solos-yardbirds">Jimmy Page's five best guitar solos as a member of the Yardbirds</a> got us thinking about another legendary pre-Led Zeppelin recording featuring Page.</p> <p>This project, however, features all four members of Led Zeppelin—Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham—recording together before there even was a Led Zeppelin.</p> <p>While still in "New Yardbirds" mode, the four pre-Zeps took part in the August 1968 recording sessions for P.J. Proby’s 1969 album, <em>Three Week Hero.</em></p> <p>Page and Jones were successful session musicians at this point, and when Jones got the Proby gig, he invited his fellow New Yardbirds along. A recent <a href="http://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_album_led_zeppelin_recorded_before_led_zeppelin">Dangerous Minds</a> story quotes Jones as saying, “I was committed to doing all the arrangements for the album. As we were talking about rehearsing at the time, I thought it would be a handy source of income. I had to book a band anyway, so I thought I’d book everybody I knew.”</p> <p>The sessions started August 25, 1968, and led to an album that didn't cause much of a stir when it was released the following April.</p> <p>“The boys told me they were going over to play in San Francisco and all that, and I said, ‘Look, from what I’ve heard and the way you boys played tonight, not only are you not going to be my backing band, I’m going to say goodbye right now, because I don’t think I’m ever going to see you again'," Proby says in the DM story. </p> <p>"'That’s how successful you’re going to be. You’re exactly what they want, you play all that psychedelic stuff and everything.' I said, ‘You’re going to go over there and go down so great I don’t think you’re ever going to come home.’ They didn’t ever come back until they changed their name to Led Zeppelin and stayed over there and came back huge huge stars. … I said goodbye that day when I cut that album, and I haven’t seen one of them since.”</p> <p>Check out some samples from the album (and a non-album B-side) below.</p> <p><strong>"Jim's Blues"</strong></p> <p>Is there any doubt this is Led Zeppelin? This is part of the eight-minute medley that closed the album. I admit, this track really "shook me" ... all night long.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LXud3tpDKAI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>“The Day That Lorraine Came Down”</strong></p> <p>Here's track two from the Proby album, which was released on CD in 1994. It's easy to picture Plant on vocals — not that there's anything wrong with Proby's voice.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eXrhPAUr4u8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"Mery Hopkins Never Had Days Like These"</strong></p> <p>Here's a non-album B-side from the same sessions. This song is interesting because Proby calls out each member of the band, who then plays a little solo, starting with bassist John Paul Jones. By the way, for a little more info about about the album, check out good ol' <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Week_Hero">Wikipedia.</a> (PS: It seems the word "Mery" in the song title is supposed to be spelled like that; it's obviously a fun reference to then-popular Welsh singer Mary Hopkin.)</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/W31fraN8lgs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World.<em> <a href="https://twitter.com/damianfanelli">Follow him on Twitter.</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="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/robert-plant">Robert Plant</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-1969-album-jimmy-page-robert-plant-john-paul-jones-and-john-bonham-recorded-led-zeppelin#comments Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin PJ Proby Robert Plant Blogs News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:57:46 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18492 Boss Waza Craft DM-2W Delay Pedal: Analog Delay Is Back, with a Modern Edge http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-waza-craft-dm-2w-delay-pedal-analog-delay-back-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="http://www.bossus.com/products/dm-2w/features/">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="http://www.bossus.com/products/dm-2w/features/">bossus.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="370" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y3KF5rcxHbg" 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> http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-waza-craft-dm-2w-delay-pedal-analog-delay-back-modern-edge#comments Boss March Madness Roland Videos Effects News Gear Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:53:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23646 April 2015 Guitar World: Joe Satriani, Tosin Abasi and Guthrie Govan, Plus Zakk Wylde, Exodus and More http://www.guitarworld.com/april-2015-guitar-world-joe-satriani-tosin-abasi-and-guthrie-govan-plus-zakk-wylde-exodus-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWAPR15">The all-new April 2015 issue of Guitar World is available now!</a></p> <p><em>Guitar World</em>’s April 2015 issue features rock's super virtuosos, <strong>Tosin Abasi, Joe Satriani</strong> and <strong>Guthrie Govan</strong>. These three are the wisest of the wise when it comes to the art of guitar playing and teaching. Now they're joining forces for an epic four-day summer shred summit. </p> <p>Then, read up on GW's 2015 album preview. As <strong>Dream Theater, Anthrax, Jeff Beck, Iron Maiden, Joe Satriani</strong> and others gear up to release new albums, we take a look at the road ahead to see what's in store for 2015.</p> <p>Later, for more than 30 years, guitarist <strong>Gary Holt</strong> has kept Bay Area legends <strong>Exodus</strong> alive and thrashing. Here, Holt and co-guitarist <strong>Lee Altus</strong> get to the heart of the aggression heard on their most recent record, <em>Blood In, Blood Out.</em></p> <p>Also, from amps to axes to pedals and cables, <em?Guitar World</em> picks the most exciting new pieces of gear from the 2015 Winter NAMM Show. </em?guitar></p> <p>Finally, with their third album, <em>Into the Wild Life</em>, <strong>Halestorm's Lzzy Hale</strong> and her hard-rocking crew throw caution to the wind and come out more inspired than ever.</p> <p><strong>PLUS:</strong> Tune-ups: <strong>Zakk Wylde</strong> launches Wylde Audio, <strong>Randy Rhoads</strong> tribute, Dear Guitar Hero with <strong>Jeff Loomis, Revolution Saints,</strong> Soundcheck: Taylor 618E guitar, Roland Cube 10GX amplifier, Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive pedal and much more!</p> <p><strong>Five Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass:</strong></p> <p> • Royal Blood - "Figure It Out"<br /> • Joe Satriani - "Surfing with the Alien"<br /> • Ozzy Osbourne - "Goodbye to Romance"<br /> • The Band - "The Weight"<br /> • Rory Gallagher - "Tattoo'd Lady"</p> <p><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWAPR15">The all-new April 2015 issue of Guitar World is available now at the Guitar Online Store!</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-02-24%20at%2011.11.01%20AM.png" width="620" height="806" alt="Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 11.11.01 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/april-2015-guitar-world-joe-satriani-tosin-abasi-and-guthrie-govan-plus-zakk-wylde-exodus-and-more#comments News Features Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:52:07 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23649 'The Big Four' 8-Bit Video Game Featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/big-four-8-bit-video-game-featuring-metallica-slayer-megadeth-and-anthrax-video <!--paging_filter--><p>The 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="https://www.youtube.com/user/filthyfrackers">Filthy Frackers</a> in collaboration with <a href="http://loudwire.com/">Loudwire.com.</a> Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2ViDbHarteE" 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 class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slayer">Slayer</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/megadeth">Megadeth</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/big-four-8-bit-video-game-featuring-metallica-slayer-megadeth-and-anthrax-video#comments Anthrax Megadeth Metallica Slayer Videos News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:33:54 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23648 How Guitarists Sometimes View the Drummer — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/video-how-guitarists-sometimes-view-drummer <!--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="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cWIi_eewcxs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-how-guitarists-sometimes-view-drummer#comments WTF Videos News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:22:42 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19453 Judas Priest Premiere Live "Jawbreaker" from 'Defenders of the Faith' 30th Anniversary Edition — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/judas-priest-premiere-live-jawbreaker-defenders-faith-30-anniversary <!--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="http://www.amazon.com/Defenders-Faith-30th-Anniversary-Remastered/dp/B00QH21JZK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;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="http://judaspriest.com/">judaspriest.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194038034%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-0IWQo&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> <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> http://www.guitarworld.com/judas-priest-premiere-live-jawbreaker-defenders-faith-30-anniversary#comments Judas Priest News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:37:59 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23639