News en Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive Pedal — Exclusive Demo Video <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="">As we reported earlier this month,</a> Seymour Duncan recently released its new 805 Overdrive pedal.</p> <p>Now the company has made an exclusive demo video — just for readers of The video features the fancy fretwork of guitarist Steve Booke, who creates the <a href="">"What in the World" lessons for</a></p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive is designed using the legendary 808 chip, but with an expanded gain range and an active 3-band EQ that isn't common on overdrives. It's so versatile that you can use it for a smooth, lyrical bluesy overdrive one minute and a modern metal crunch the next. </p> <p>We started with the classic overdrive tones we all know and love but we tightened up the bottom end and added more sparkle in the highs as well as more detailed note articulation. Whether you're after ringing cleans, a subtle boost, fat crunch, or even screaming sustaining solo tones, it's all in there. And unlike other overdrives that become thin when you refine the gain, the 805's 3-band active EQ lets you take back control over the low end while also fine-tuning the mids and highs. </p> <p>The 805 Overdrive can be used to give your sound a boost with full overtones or to provide harmonically rich heavy gain with warm tube character. </p> <p><strong>Specifications</strong></p> <p>Distortion Circuitry: Glass diode, back-to-back stack.<br /> Bypass: True bypass<br /> Gain Control Range: 8dB to 36dB.<br /> EQ Center Frequencies:<br /> • Bass – 90 Hz +/- 11dB<br /> • Mid – 750 Hz +/- 11dB<br /> • Treble – 2.1 kHz +/- 12dB<br /> EQ Center Frequencies:<br /> • Minimum gain, 20 to 20kHz – 112dBV<br /> • Minimum gain, 400 to 20kHz – 114dBV<br /> • Maximum gain, 20 to 20kHz – 97.5dBv<br /> • Maximum gain, 400 to 20kHz – 98 dBV<br /> THD @10mVrms input @ 1 kHz with 12 dB of gain: 0.15%<br /> Max Output before Saturation: 0.6Vrms<br /> Input Impedance: 470k Ohms<br /> Output Impedance: 1k Ohms<br /> Power: 9V battery or external 9 to 18V Regulated DC Adapter (center negative)<br /> Current consumption: 4.5mA<br /> Dimensions: 2.61” X 4.90” X 1.45”<br /> Weight: -90dBV at output, 400Hz to 20kHz </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src=""></script><object id="myExperience3701073256001" 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="3701073256001" /> </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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Also, notice the use of string skipping and varied rhythms throughout.</p> <p> As there is no picking involved, each note has to be either tapped with the right hand, hammered onto with the fretting hand or pulled off from a higher note on the same string. Notice that many of the notes are hammered onto with the fretting hand while the string is silent—"from out of nowhere," as Eddie Van Halen would say. The objective is to make every note sound distinct and at a consistent volume. Make each hammer-on and tap quick and firm to generate sufficient volume. </p> <p> When pulling off with either hand, pull the string slightly downward, toward the floor, before lifting the finger off of it. Doing so will keep the string vibrating enough so that the pulled-off notes don’t "die." Using a heavily distorted tone and some compression will help even out the note attack. </p> <p>Good luck, and have fun.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-07-28%20at%2010.47.04%20AM.png" width="620" height="436" alt="Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 10.47.04 AM.png" /></p> Betcha Can't Play This January 2006 Michael Romeo Symphony X Videos Betcha Can't Play This News Lessons Magazine Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:02:48 +0000 Michael Romero Guitarist Plays Riffs of 40 Power Metal Bands in One Song — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Good morning, guitar people.</p> <p>The folks over at <a href="">gmcguitar</a> recently posted a fairly interesting video titled "40 Power Metal Bands in One Song," and we're happy to present it below.</p> <p>True to its title, the clip, which features one guitarist (Gabriel Leopardi), inserts the lead-guitar-playing styles of 40 different power metal bands into one song.</p> <p>The 40 artists he refers to include Stratovarius, Dragonforce, Firewind, Children of Bodom, Yngwie Malmsteen (Yes, he got Yngwie in there) and Manowar.</p> <p>Check it out and let us know what you think!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Videos News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:24:58 +0000 Damian Fanelli Kenny Wayne Shepherd Discusses Muddy Waters' 'Hard Again' — The Record That Changed My Life <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Kenny Wayne Shepherd chooses (and discusses) the record that changed his life.</em></p> <p><strong>Muddy Waters</strong><br /> <em>Hard Again</em> (1977)</p> <p>"<em>Hard Again</em> is not just one of the greatest blues albums of all time, it's one of the greatest albums of all time. It came out the year I was born, in 1977, on Blue Sky Records. Johnny Winter produced and played guitar on it. </p> <p>"It's packed with great blues musicians: James Cotton on harmonica, Pinetop Perkins on piano, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith on drums and 'Steady Rollin'' Bob Margolin on guitar as well. When I was three years old, my dad took me to see Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. That was my first concert and my introduction to the blues. So even though I was young when I discovered <em>Hard Again</em>, I was already a fan. </p> <p>"My dad was a DJ who did the morning show at a local radio station when I was growing up. I would drive into work with him in the morning and hang out until it was time for me to go to school. Then another DJ who had the overnight shift would take my dad's car and drive me to school... only we would pull around the corner—I was 13 years old at the time—and the guy would jump out of the driver's seat and we would switch places. He would let me drive my dad's car to school. And the first thing I would do is put on this Muddy Waters record and crank it up, man. Every single day, on the way to middle school."</p> <p>"That album changed me in a lot of ways. It has a lot to do with my interest in blues music. But also I decided that, if I was gonna sing, I wanted to sound like Muddy Waters. But I couldn't do it when I was young. That's one reason why I shied away from singing for so long and just focused on the guitar. </p> <p>"So that album definitely changed my life, because for as long as I can remember listening to it, it's been my favorite album and it's made me want to play the blues. It inspires me every time I listen to it. It makes me want to run and pick up a guitar and start playing."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> undefined Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:16:39 +0000 Kenny Wayne Sheperd EarthQuaker Devices at 2014 Summer NAMM: Afterneath, Palisades, Cloven Hoof Pedals and More — Demo Video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>Speaking of which, check out the video recap of our visit to the EarthQuaker Devices booth at the show.</p> <p>In the clip, which you can see below, we get the lowdown on the company's Afterneath, Palisades, Cloven Hoof pedals and more.</p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> EarthQuaker Devices Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Effects News Gear Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:57:06 +0000 Guitar World Staff Reverend Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: Bob Balch Signature, Warhawk RT, Bayonet FM and More — Demo Video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>Speaking of which, check out the video recap of our visit to the Reverend Guitars booth at the show.</p> <p>In the clip, which you can see below, we get the lowdown on the company's Bob Balch Signature model, the Warhawk RT, the Bayonet FM and more.</p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Reverend Guitars Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:48:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff Guitar World's Paul Riario Demos Ninebuzz Modal Buddy App for Guitarists — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video, <em>Guitar World</em>'s Paul Riario demos the new Ninebuzz Modal Buddy app for iPhone and iPod Touch. </p> <p>The app teaches you the modes by letting you jamming along to several backing tracks. </p> <p>Check it out and download it in the itunes app store! The app is available <a href=";ign-mpt=uo%3D4">here.</a></p> <p>For more about Ninebuzz, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Ninebuzz Videos News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:52:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff Big Strokes: A Beginner's Guide to Sweeping <!--paging_filter--><p>Although often regarded as a “shredder’s” technique, the notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce a quick succession of notes has been around since the invention of the pick itself. </p> <p>Jazz players from the Fifties, such as Les Paul, Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow, would use the approach in their improvisations, and country guitar genius Chet Atkins was known to eschew his signature fingerstyle hybrid-picking technique from time to time and rip out sweep-picked arpeggios, proving that the technique is not genre specific. Within rock, Ritchie Blackmore used sweep picking to play arpeggios in Deep Purple’s “April” and Rainbow’s “Kill the King.”</p> <p>Fusion maestro Frank Gambale is widely considered to be the most versatile and innovative sweep picker and the first artist to fully integrate the technique into his style, applying sweeping to arpeggios, pentatonics, heptatonic (seven-note) scales and modes, and beyond. </p> <p>Gambale explains his approach wonderfully in his instructional video, <em>Monster Licks and Speed Picking</em>. Originally released in 1988, it remains a must-watch video for anyone interested in developing a smooth sweep-picking technique.</p> <p>It was Stockholm, Sweden, however that would produce the name most synonymous with sweeping in a rock context, one that gave rise to a guitar movement known as neoclassical heavy metal. </p> <p>Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen was influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore and Uli Jon Roth but was also equally enthralled by 19th-century virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini. Attempting to emulate on his Fender Stratocaster the fluid, breathtaking passages Paganini would compose and play on violin, Malmsteen concluded that sweep picking was the perfect way to travel quickly from string to string with a smooth, fluid sound much like what a violinist can create with his bow. </p> <p>Malmsteen’s style has since influenced two generations of guitarists, including Tony MacAlpine, Jason Becker, Steve Vai, Mattias “IA” Eklundh, Ritchie Kotzen, Marty Friedman, John Petrucci, Vinnie Moore, Jeff Loomis, Synyster Gates, Alexi Laiho and Tosin Abasi, to name but a few.</p> <p>The first five exercises in this lesson are designed to give you a systematic approach to practicing the component movements of sweep picking: from two-string sweeps to six-string sweeps, and everything in between. Practicing each exercise with a metronome for just two minutes every day will improve your coordination and your confidence to use the technique in your own playing. </p> <p>Work from two strings up to six, keeping your metronome at the same tempo. This means starting with eighth notes, and while this will feel very slow, the technique will become trickier with each successive note grouping: eighth-note triplets, 16th notes, quintuplets and, most difficult of all, 16th-note triplets and their equivalent sextuplets. Focus on synchronizing your hands so that your pick and fretting fingers make contact with the string at exactly the same moment. Only one string should be fretted at any time (this is key!), and any idle strings should be diligently muted with your remaining fingers. </p> <p>If you fail to do this and allow notes on adjacent strings to ring together, it will negate the desired effect and sound like you are simply strumming a chord. When it comes to sweep picking, muting is the key to cleanliness. It is also the aspect that will take the most practice to master.</p> <p>The second set of five exercises handles some common sweep-picking approaches. These are shown in one position and based on one chord type each, thus focusing your attention on the exercise until you have become accustomed to the technique. </p> <p>The final piece helps you tackle the various aspects of sweeping while bolstering your stamina, as the bulk of it consists of nonstop 16th notes, with only a few pauses for “breathing.” Break it down into four-bar sections and practice each with a metronome, gradually building up to the 100-beats-per-minute (100bpm) target tempo. </p> <p><strong>Get the Tone</strong></p> <p>In rock, this technique is best suited to Strat-style guitars, using the neck pickup setting for a warm, round tone. Use a modern tube amp with the gain set to a moderate amount—just enough to give all the notes a uniform volume and sustain, but not so much that string muting becomes an impossible battle. </p> <p>The thickness and sharpness of your pick will hugely impact the tone of your sweep picking. Something with a thickness between one and two millimeters and a rounded tip will provide the right amount of attack and still glide over the strings with ease.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>[FIGURE 1] This Cmaj7 arpeggio on the two middle strings works just as well on the top two or bottom two. Lightly drag your pick across (push down, pull up) the two strings so that there’s very little resistance. This teaches your picking hand to make smooth motions rather than two separate downward or upward strokes.</p> <p>FIGURE 2 is a C7 arpeggio played across three strings. Strive to maintain the same smooth down/up motion with your pick used in the previous example. Focus on the pick strokes that land on downbeats, and allow the in-between, or “offbeat,” notes to naturally fall into place. Every three notes your pick will change direction. </p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Now let’s move on to four strings with this exotic C7 altered-dominant lick, reminiscent of one of Gambale’s fusion forays. Remember, sweep picking is most effective when each note is cleanly separated from the last, so aim to have only one finger in contact with the fretboard at a time in order to keep the notes from ringing together.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Now we move on to some five-string shapes, the likes of which you can hear in the playing of Steve Vai and Mattias Eklundh. The phrasing here is 16th-note quintuplets (five notes per beat). Once again, if you focus on nailing the highest and lowest notes along with the beat, the in-between notes should automatically fall into place. Move your pick at a constant speed to ensure the notes are evenly spaced. Say “Hip-po-pot-a-mus” to get the sound of properly performed quintuplets in your mind’s ear.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>This six-string arpeggio is an A major triad (A Cs E), with the third in the bass and a fifth interval added to the high E string’s 12th fret, so we have the right number of notes for 16th-note triplets (six notes per click). When ascending, use a single motion to pick all six strings, making sure only one note is fretted at a time. The descending section includes a pull-off on the high E string, which, although momentarily disruptive to your picking, is preferable to adding another downstroke.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>This major triad shape is an essential part of the Yngwie Malmsteen school of sweeping. Pay special attention to the picking directions in both the ascending and descending fragments. The alternating eighth-note triplet and quarter-note phrasing allows you to focus on the picking pattern in small bursts and then rest for a beat.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>This example includes ascending and descending fragments again, this time played together. Concentrate on the general down-up motion of your picking hand rather than each pick stroke. Once you are comfortable with this shape you can apply the same approach to minor, suspended and diminished-seven arpeggios.</p> <p><img src="" /> </p> <p>This example is reminiscent of players such as Jason Becker and Jeff Loomis. We start with the three-string shapes from the previous example, followed by the six-string shape from FIGURE 5. This is quite challenging for the picking hand, so start very slowly and remember to keep the hand moving smoothly.</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Here we utilize two-string sweeps with pentatonic shapes. Use your first finger on the fifth fret and third finger on the seventh fret. Keep your fingers flat against the two-string groups, and transfer pressure between strings using a rolling action to mute inactive strings and prevent notes from ringing together. </p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>Economy picking requires that your pick take the shortest journey possible when crossing from string to string. This essentially means that when you play a scale, there will be a two-string mini-sweep whenever you move to an adjacent string. This exercise combines the eight-note B whole-half diminished scale (B Cs D E F G Gs As) and a Bdim7 arpeggio (B D F Gs).</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p>This piece is in the key of A minor. The first part is based around a “V-i” (five-one) progression, with the arpeggios clearly outlining the implied chord changes. We begin with some ascending two-string sweeps using alternating E (E Gs B) and Bf (Bf D F) triads. Next come some A minor triads (A C E), played with a progressively increasing number of strings; this is a great way to build your confidence in sweep picking larger shapes. The Bm7f5 (B D F A) arpeggio in bar 4 has a series of three-string sweeps combined with some challenging string skips. Bar 7 is an A minor pentatonic scale (A C D E G) played in fourths using two-string sweeps/economy picking. </p> <p>The second part of the piece has a more neoclassical approach and begins with some Yngwie-style three-string triads incorporating pull-offs. Be sure to follow the indicated picking directions. Bar 12 is the trickiest part of the piece to play and utilizes some Jason Becker–inspired six-string shapes. If you have problems with string muting or note separation, apply some light palm muting to the notes as they are picked. This is an effective way to improve note clarity. The final bar is based on the A harmonic minor scale (A B C E D F Gs) and incorporates economy picking when traveling from the fifth string to the fourth. </p> Avenged Sevenfold Guitar 101 Steve Vai Sweep Picking Tosin Abasi Yngwie Malmsteen News Features Lessons Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:06:12 +0000 Charlie Griffiths Learn Foundations of Jazz Guitar with '20 Essential Jazz Licks' DVD <!--paging_filter--><p>Master the skills and stylistic techniques of jazz guitar playing in this feature-filled lick pack DVD, <em><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=20JazzLicks">20 Essential Jazz Licks</a></em> ($14.95). </p> <p>You'll learn the foundations of jazz guitar, including jazz-blues licks, how to apply the modes over different types of chords, bossa nova guitar style, how to play chords and melody together, chromatic chord tones, chord and passing tones, jazz waltz, and how to move in and out of the pentatonic scale while soloing. </p> <p>Plus, the lessons cover a diverse range of techniques, including Django Reinhardt-style gypsy jazz runs, Wes Mongromery-style strummed octaves, Al Di Meola-style shred, and much, much more!</p> <p><strong>Learn to Play in the Style of:</strong></p> <p> • Al Di Meola<br /> • Wes Montgomery<br /> • Les Paul<br /> • Django Reinhardt<br /> • Jim Hall<br /> • John Scofield<br /> Pat Metheny</p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=20JazzLicks">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> News Features Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:56:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff Metallica's Kirk Hammett Talks Recording "Super Heavy" Riff for Next Exodus Album <!--paging_filter--><p>Tonight, Metallica's Kirk Hammett will jam with his pre-Metallica band, Exodus, at his "Fear FestEvil After Party" at the San Diego Comic-Con International.</p> <p>However, it turns out Hammett has gone one step further in terms of reconnecting with his old band.</p> <p>"I play a guitar solo on the new Exodus album," Hammett told <a href="">Rolling Stone</a>.</p> <p>"It felt really casual, really cool — just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day," Hammett said. "Me, recording a solo on their album was a huge thing for me. Other than the Exodus demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with Exodus. It was a huge thing for me."</p> <p>The song, "Salt in the Wound," will appear on an album that features Steve Souza, Exodus' vocalist from the late Eighties and early Nineties. Hammett calls it a "super heavy" riff. </p> <p>"I play a pretty cool solo, and then Gary [Holt] comes in and plays another solo, and you know what? I listened to that I thought, 'Wow, it's 1982 all over again and here we are, Gary and I are trying to cut each other's heads off with our guitar solos.' Nothing has changed much in the last 30 years. I love it. I love those guys."</p> <p>As for tonight's event in San Diego, Hammett added:</p> <p>"We're going to be playing 10 or 12 cover songs, but Rob [Trujillo] and I are adamant about not playing the usual cover songs that everyone else plays, like 'Communication Breakdown.' People are going to be expecting a bunch of heavy-metal cover songs. There's going to be some of that, but Rob and I, we like to stretch out a little bit so we'll be playing some different stuff, too. We're gonna be playing 'The Real Me' by the Who, which is a song both Rob and I love. And we're going to get funky and play [Kool and the Gang's] 'Jungle Boogie.'"</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="/exodus">Exodus</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Exodus Kirk Hammett News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:33:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff Intervals, "Automaton" Dual-Guitar Playthrough Video — Exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, presents the exclusive dual-guitar playthrough video for "Automaton" by Intervals.</p> <p>The video, which you can check out below, features guitarists Aaron Marshall and Lukas Guyader.</p> <p>The song is from the band's new album, <em>A Voice Within,</em> which is available <a href="">at this location</a> and at <a href="">iTunes.</a></p> <p>Intervals will be on tour with Periphery and the Contortionist this fall! For more info — and everything Intervals related — follow the band on <a href="">Facebook.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Intervals Videos News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:47:05 +0000 Damian Fanelli How Not to Build an Electric Guitar: Hazards of Electricity — Shocking Video <!--paging_filter--><p>As you know, people tend to make videos and post them to YouTube.</p> <p>In this case, a person named Mehdi Sadaghdar made a video — titled "How NOT to Build an Electric Guitar (The Hazards of Electricity)" — and posted it to YouTube. You can check it out below. When you do that, please let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>Sadaghdar added the following info to his clip:</p> <p>"Don't make your electric guitar this way! Just learn to be safe with electricity. For more design details, please visit <a href=""></a>."</p> <p>You also can follow Sadaghdar on Facebook <a href="">HERE.</a></p> <p>Obviously, this video is meant to be a joke; not only that, it's meant to to teach people to respect electricity. Be sure to check out his sites for more info.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> ElectroBoom WTF Videos News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:14:43 +0000 Damian Fanelli Get 'AMPLIFi: The Guitar Amp, Reinvented' Free When You Download Guitar World at the Apple Newsstand <!--paging_filter--><p>Right now, you can get Line 6's <em>AMPLIFi: The Guitar Amp, Reinvented</em> for free when you download <em>Guitar World</em> at the <a href="">Apple Newsstand.</a></p> <p>From <em>AMPLIFi: The Guitar Amp, Reinvented</em>:</p> <p>"We told you that we reinvented the experience you’ll have with your guitar amp, would you believe us? Well that’s what we set out to do, and we think it’s going to rock your world.</p> <p> "AMPLIFi is an entirely new breed of amp, with features you need to see and hear to believe. First of all, it delivers your tone with absolutely stellar sound quality. That’s because it has five speakers that combine to give you full-range tone. That means you’ll hear the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and all that tone-soaked sweetness in between. It’s an incredibly pure way to hear your tone.</p> <p> "There’s also a free iOS app that lets you tweak tones from your iPhone or iPad. This ain’t no ordinary app though. It syncs to your music library, so when you play a song, the app automatically pulls up a guitar tone that matches the tone on the track—instantly."</p> <p>The special section also features <em>Guitar World</em>'s review of AMPLIFi, a complete list of specs and more.</p> <p>Remember that a one-year subscription to <em>Guitar World</em> is only $14.99 at the Newsstand! </p> <p><strong><em>Guitar World</em> is available for download <a href="">right here.</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-07-24%20at%204.50.04%20PM.png" width="620" height="672" alt="Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 4.50.04 PM.png" /></p> Guitar World Line 6 News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:59:11 +0000 Guitar World Staff J.D. Simo: The Best Guitarist in Nashville? — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>J.D. Simo used to hold the highly coveted guitar spot in the Don Kelley Band in Nashville (top video), which has since been filled by the fleet-fingered Daniel Donato. </p> <p>Now Simo has branched out on his own (bottom video).</p> <p>Simo blends the best elements of blazing, tasteful, authoritative country guitar with several thousand spoonfuls of the best of Cream-era Eric Clapton — and a touch of Peter Green.</p> <p> Don't mind the headline; we're merely asking the question. Let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> J.D. Simo Videos News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:01:04 +0000 Damian Fanelli Alter Bridge Premiere “Cry of Achilles” Music Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, Alter Bridge teamed up with to premiere the official music video for "Cry of Achilles," a song off their latest album, <em>Fortress.</em> </p> <p>The animated clip was directed by SiLee films via Genero. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>Alter Bridge will be touring the U.S. in October. Tour dates are listed <a href="">here.</a></p> <p><iframe src="//" height="365" width="620" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></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="/alter-bridge">Alter Bridge</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Alter Bridge Videos News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:21:00 +0000 Guitar World Staff