News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/%3Ehttp%3A/%3Ca en Guitarist Chris Broderick Quits Megadeth http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-chris-broderick-quits-megadeth <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist Chris Broderick has left Megadeth.</p> <p>Around 1 a.m. EST, Broderick posted the following statement via Facebook and Twitter:</p> <p>"Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction.</p> <p>"I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of Megadeth for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on.</p> <p>"I wish Dave [Mustaine] and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it."</p> <p>It is interesting to note that drummer Shawn Drover quit the band yesterday (Tuesday, November 25) "to pursue [his] own musical interests." </p> <p>Broderick, who is 44, joined Megadeth in late 2007 as the replacement for Glen Drover. Before joining Megadeth and while still in Jag Panzer, he was also a touring guitarist for Nevermore between 2001 and 2003 and then again between 2006 and 2007.</p> <p> <strong> The guitarist, who used to write and film the <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/adapting-keyboard-style-arpeggios-fretboard-tapping-part-1">popular Chaos Theory lesson columns</a> for <em>Guitar World</em>, also is responsible for one of the most popular "Betcha Can't Play This" videos in the history of the series. You can check out THE video below.</strong></p> <p><em>Guitar World</em> wishes Broderick success in his future ventures.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zJQbtY9M1Hk" 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="/megadeth">Megadeth</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/chris-broderick">Chris Broderick</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitarist-chris-broderick-quits-megadeth#comments Chris Broderick Megadeth News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:46:25 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22968 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 3: MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Vs. Way Huge Echo-Puss Delay http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-3-mxr-carbon-copy-analog-delay-vs-way-huge-echo-puss-delay <!--paging_filter--><p>GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 3!</p> <p>For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the competition is guaranteed to get even tougher.</p> <p>Therefore, we're pulling out all the stomps! Sixteen stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — leading up to the king of Dunlop/MXR/Way Huge pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the current bracket — with all 32 competing pedals that starting things off in Round 1 — in the <a href="https://www.scribd.com/">Scribd.com</a> window below (Be sure to click on the "full screen" button in the lower-right-hand corner to expand the bracket). </p> <p>The bracket is updated after (almost) every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day, excluding weekends. Each competing pedal will accompanied by a demo video created by the Jim Dunlop company, and you'll always find a photo gallery of the competing pedals at the bottom of each matchup.</p> <h1>Today's Matchup</h1> <p>In today's matchup, the <strong>MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay</strong> goes foot to foot against the <strong>Way Huge WHE 702s Echo-Puss Delay</strong>. Start voting below!</p> <p><strong>YESTERDAY'S RESULTS</strong>: Yesterday, the <strong>MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion</strong> (54.12 percent) defeated the <strong>Way Huge WHE202 Green Rhino Overdrive</strong> (45.88 percent) to advance to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m169-carbon-copy-analog-delay">MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay</a></strong></p> <p>Go from crisp "bathroom" slap echoes to epic, Gilmouresque delays with the MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay. Featuring 600ms of delay time with optional modulation, and a three-knob layout that controls Delay, Mix, and Regen. </p> <p>In addition, there are two internal trim pots that offer user-adjustable width and rate control of the modulation for even more tonal options. All done by a completely analog audio path for authentic rich, warm analog delay—made possible only by old-school analog bucket brigade technology. True bypass.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZU0ct39DeBI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/echo-puss-standard">Way Huge WHE 702s Echo-Puss Delay</a></strong></p> <p>The Way Huge Echo-Puss was designed by delay expert Jeorge Tripps for players who want an organic analog delay pedal that allows them to fine-tune their delay sound with a simple user interface. It serves up 600ms of delay with a pair of gravelly-voiced bucket-brigade chips. Additionally, a fully tweakable LFO modulation circuit allows you to add a liquid texture to the sound of the repeats. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Qm0-cpqlZqw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>Vote Now!</h1> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8477340.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8477340/">Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 3: MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Vs. Way Huge WHE 702s Echo-Puss Delay</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Iron Man Sheet1 on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/248221097/Iron-Man-Sheet1" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Iron Man Sheet1</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/248221097/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_234" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-3-mxr-carbon-copy-analog-delay-vs-way-huge-echo-puss-delay#comments Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown MXR Poll Polls Way Huge News Features Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:33:07 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22963 Thanksgiving Sale! Save 35 Percent at the Guitar World Online Store http://www.guitarworld.com/thanksgiving-sale-save-35-percent-guitar-world-online-store <!--paging_filter--><p>Happy Thanksgiving from <em>Guitar World</em>!</p> <p>Start saving now! All your favorite products at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=35THANKS14">Guitar World Online Store</a> are on sale right now.</p> <p>You save 35 percent when you shop on our store this holiday weekend, starting today!</p> <p>Just be sure to enter code <strong>35THANKS14</strong> at checkout.</p> <p><em>NOTE: This sale does not include Hal Leonard products. The sale will end Sunday, November 30, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST. This offer is also not valid for past purchases.</em></p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=35THANKS14">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/thanksgiving-sale-save-35-percent-guitar-world-online-store#comments Thanksgiving 2014 News Features Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:25:42 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22962 Vox Night Train NT50H-G2 Head — Review http://www.guitarworld.com/vox-night-train-nt50h-g2-head-review <!--paging_filter--><p>It’s been about five years since Vox introduced the 15-watt Night Train amp head, a diminutive lunch-box-format mini amp that packs an impressive punch. </p> <p>Since then, Vox has expanded the Night Train line, most recently with its next-generation G2 Series, which includes the 50-watt Night Train NT50H-G2 head. </p> <p>An upgrade of the previous NT50H head, the Night Train NT50H-G2 is the most powerful, gig-worthy and versatile Vox Night Train amp to date, providing several new features like digital reverb, an XLR speaker-emulated DI jack and more performance-friendly functionality than its predecessor.</p> <p><strong>Features:</strong> The Night Train NT50H-G2 is a 50-watt head driven by two EL34 (power amp) and three 12AX7 tubes (preamp). The amp provides two fully independent channels—Bright and Girth—each with its own set of gain, treble, middle and bass controls, while the Girth channel also includes a volume control. The thick switch now functions on both channels (not just the Bright channel as on its predecessors), and the master section includes reverb, tone cut and master volume controls. The rear panel offers a single 16-ohm and a pair of eight-ohm speaker output jacks, mono send and return jacks for the effect loop, a 1/4-inch footswitch jack for the optional Vox VFS2A footswitch and a new XLR speaker-emulated DI output.</p> <p>The main differences between the Generation 2 and its previous incarnation include its glossy black finish (which replaces the previous flashy chrome-plated housing), digital reverb, XLR DI, thick switch for both channels, and the deletion of the tight and effect loop bypass switches.</p> <p><strong>Performance:</strong> One of the most impressive features of the original mini Night Train amp was its stellar clean tone. The NT50H-G2’s Bright channel delivers similarly excellent clean tones that feature the distinctive Vox chime and the original Night Train’s bite and satisfyingly full body, but with significantly more clean headroom and output. Overdrive crunch emerges when the gain control is above 12 o’clock, but the clean character remains even at full gain. The Girth channel produces ballsy high-gain distortion with a crisp, harmonically complex crushed-glass sparkle, and when the thick switch is engaged it goes into modern metal territory.</p> <p>The built-in digital reverb pairs quite nicely with both clean and high-gain distortion tones, sounding lush and deep on the former and providing a sense of space while retaining clarity on the latter. The thick switch is like a built-in overdrive pedal, providing a preset gain and midrange boost that expands the amp’s tonal palette and functions like additional channels. </p> <p><strong>List Price:</strong> $978.60<br /> <strong>Manufacturer:</strong> Vox Amplification, <a href="voxamps.com">voxamps.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet:</strong><br /> The thick switch functions on both channels, providing the Bright channel with added crunch and bite and the Girth channel with fat sustain and impressive gain boost.</p> <p>Built-in digital reverb provides the Bright channel with lush, deep textures and the Girth channel with an added sense of space, while retaining clarity.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line:</strong> The Vox Night Train NT50H-G2 is a compact but versatile amp head that provides a wide variety of tones and impressive volume output that’s ideal for live gigs and the studio alike. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Xp5NyemXFtI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/vox-night-train-nt50h-g2-head-review#comments July 2014 VOX Amps News Gear Magazine Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:44:04 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21310 Ibanez Introduces Kaoss Guitar and Bass — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/ibanez-introduces-kaoss-guitar-and-bass-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Ibanez has introduced the Kaoss guitar and bass.</p> <p>From the company: </p> <p>For those looking to weave the dynamic elements of electronic music into their sound Ibanez introduces the RGKP6 Kaoss Guitar and the SRKP4 Bass.</p> <p>Each instrument includes a built-in/detachable Korg mini kaoss pad 2S that puts 100 effect programs within fingertips distance. Other mini kaoss pad 2S features include a synthesizer, built-in mp3 player and digital recorder. As if that weren't enough, both axes contain a built-in distortion circuit for additional sonic mayhem.</p> <p>For more information, check out the how-to/demo video below and visit <a href="http://www.ibanez.co.jp/usa/news/f_products/2014/KP/index.html">Ibanez online.</a> The link goes directly to the Ibanez/Korg page.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9OGoybb7iuQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/ibanez-introduces-kaoss-guitar-and-bass-demo-video#comments Ibanez Korg Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:07:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22961 Eventide Launches H9 MAX Stompbox — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/alan-chaput-demos-eventides-new-h9-max-stompbox-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the new video below, Alan Chaput demos the all-new Eventide H9 MAX harmonizer pedal.</p> <p>The H9 MAX comes pre-loaded with all the effects from each of Eventide’s TimeFactor, ModFactor, PitchFactor and Space stompboxes, including the new Looper, plus all H9 exclusive algorithms in perpetuity at no additional cost. </p> <p>H9 MAX comes bundled with 45 effect algorithms and more than 500 factory presets. H9 MAX is full of Eventide’s handpicked algorithms of boundary-smashing effects heard on hit records spanning more than four decades. H9 MAX owners can share these algorithms with up to four additional H9s on a single Eventide.com account.</p> <p>H9 MAX features a simple, one-knob user interface and fully featured as a standalone stompbox.</p> <p>Using H9 MAX with the included H9 Control app for Windows, OSX, or iOS wirelessly via Bluetooth makes creating and managing presets, and live control of multiple H9s a snap. </p> <p>“The H9 MAX is the ultimate bundled H9 for those who want it all,” said Ray Maxwell, Eventide’s VP of sales and marketing. “H9 MAX is a perfect combination with a couple of H9 Cores for a killer Eventide rig that packs maximum flexibility and the huge Eventide sound in a compact, cost-effective set-up.” An upgrade path to H9 MAX from H9 or H9 Core will be announced in early 2015.</p> <p>For more information—and to find out how to win an H9 MAX Limited Edition Harmonizer dipped in 24-carat gold, visit <A href="http://h9max.eventide.com/">eventide.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xkWgl060vP8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iSTyyGmfeew" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/alan-chaput-demos-eventides-new-h9-max-stompbox-video#comments Eventide Videos Effects News Gear Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:09:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22960 Guitarist Plays One-Minute Classical Guitar Mashup of Video Game Themes — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/video-guitarist-plays-one-minute-mashup-video-game-themes <!--paging_filter--><p>Evidently, guitarist Chad Neidt posts a new "One Minute Mashup" video the first Monday of pretty much every month. </p> <p>Here's a good one from a few months ago. It's a medley of popular video game themes—performed on classical guitar. Below, you can see a complete list of the themes he plays in the video.</p> <p>"I decided to make this a classical guitar rendition because it felt like the right way to do the songs justice," Neidt writes. "I love games."</p> <p>For more about Neidt, visit his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ChadNeidtGuy">Facebook page</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/chadneidt?feature=watch">YouTube channel.</a></p> <p><strong>Song List:</strong></p> <p>01. PacMan<br /> 02. Super Mario Bros.<br /> 03. The Legend of Zelda<br /> 04. Tetris — Theme A<br /> 05. Street Fighter II — Guile Theme<br /> 06. Super Metroid — Prologue<br /> 07. Sonic 2 — Chemical Plant Zone<br /> 08. Donkey Kong Country<br /> 09. Pokemon<br /> 10. Crash Bandicoot<br /> 11. Metal Gear Solid<br /> 12. Final Fantasy — "Those Who Fight Further"<br /> 13. Halo<br /> 14. Portal — Still Alive<br /> 15. Skyrim<br /> 16. Red Dead Redemption — Far Away</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GsRvTOKXr2I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-guitarist-plays-one-minute-mashup-video-game-themes#comments Chad Neidt WTF Videos News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:36:19 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20200 Things Guitarists Do and Don't Say — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/things-guitarists-do-and-dont-say-video <!--paging_filter--><p>A few new guitar-centric videos have made their way to the interwebs (or at least come to our attention), and we thought we'd pass 'em along.</p> <p>First, check out "Shit Guitarists Don't Say," followed by "Things Guitarists Say in the Studio."</p> <p>This whole fad of "Shit _____ Say" videos took off a few years ago, starting with a video titled "Shit Girls Say." Since then, people have been making their own versions of the video for any number of subjects: New Yorkers, baseball players—and guitarists.</p> <p>Check them out below and let us know what you think.</p> <p><strong>Shit Guitarists Don't Say:</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/A5ewL09Mne8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Things Guitarists Say in the Studio:</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1hAWr6c9wV4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/things-guitarists-do-and-dont-say-video#comments WTF Videos News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:20:29 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22959 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 3: MXR Super Badass Distortion Vs. Way Huge Green Rhino Overdrive http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-3-mxr-super-badass-distortion-vs-way-huge-green-rhino-overdrive <!--paging_filter--><p>GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 3!</p> <p>For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the competition is guaranteed to get even tougher.</p> <p>Therefore, we're pulling out all the stomps! Sixteen stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — leading up to the king of Dunlop/MXR/Way Huge pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the current bracket — with all 32 competing pedals that starting things off in Round 1 — in the <a href="https://www.scribd.com/">Scribd.com</a> window below (Be sure to click on the "full screen" button in the lower-right-hand corner to expand the bracket). </p> <p>The bracket is updated after (almost) every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day, excluding weekends. Each competing pedal will accompanied by a demo video created by the Jim Dunlop company, and you'll always find a photo gallery of the competing pedals at the bottom of each matchup.</p> <h1>Today's Matchup</h1> <p>In today's matchup, the <strong>MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion</strong> goes foot to foot against the <strong>Way Huge WHE202 Green Rhino Overdrive</strong>. Start voting below!</p> <p><strong>YESTERDAY'S RESULTS</strong>: Yesterday, the <strong>Dunlop 535Q Cry Baby Multi-Wah</strong> (53.58 percent) destroyed the <strong>Dunlop ZW95 Zakk Wylde Signature Cry Baby</strong> (46.42 percent) to advance to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m75-super-badass-distortion">MXR Super Badass Distortion</a></strong></p> <p>Designed by the award-winning MXR Custom Badass team, the <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m75-super-badass-distortion">Super Badass Distortion</a></strong> puts decades of 100 percent analog distortion at your feet. With its highly responsive Distortion control, the Super Badass covers a full spectrum, from early Seventies low gain overdrive to modern “scooped” metal distortion and every shade of dirt in between. </p> <p>Once you’ve dialed in your desired amount of crunch, you can use the Bass, Mid and Treble controls to finely sculpt your sound.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-MnmNi8y_Yk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/green-rhino">Way Huge WHE202 Green Rhino Overdrive</a></strong></p> <p>The legendary Way Huge Green Rhino has returned! The Mk II has all the gorgeous classic overdrive that you crave but it has evolved to include cool new features that make it even more rhinoceriffic. </p> <p>In addition to the Volume, Tone, and Drive controls, you get a 100Hz EQ knob to cut or boost your low end by 12dB. Your low notes can either shake the ground like a stampede across the savannah or cut through the mix like a charging rhino’s horn. This pachyderm of a pedal also sports a Curve control to fine-tune the corner frequencies of your tone. All this amazing tone shaping makes other overdrives seem boring and one-dimensional by comparison. In front of a clean amp, with the Volume and Drive set at noon, you can go from pristine purity to a punchy, dynamic rhythm tone. </p> <p>Set the Drive low and crank the Volume and add tons of boost to wallop the input of any amp. Turn up the Drive control with the Rhino in front of a distorted channel and hear more gain and sustain than you ever thought your amp was capable of. And no matter how you use it, the Green Rhino Mk II will deliver clean operation, quiet relay-based true-bypass switching, and the rock-solid construction that Way Huge is famous for.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lE4ql8MZuWM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p>The <strong>MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion</strong> (54.12 percent) defeated the <strong>Way Huge WHE202 Green Rhino Overdrive</strong> (45.88 percent) to advance to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see the current matchup and all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Iron Man Sheet1 on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/248221097/Iron-Man-Sheet1" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Iron Man Sheet1</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/248221097/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_234" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-3-mxr-super-badass-distortion-vs-way-huge-green-rhino-overdrive#comments Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown MXR Poll Polls Way Huge Effects News Features Gear Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:07:48 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22954 The Enigmatic St. Vincent Talks Technique, Out-of-the-Ordinary Gear Choices and Dimebag Darrell http://www.guitarworld.com/enigmatic-st-vincent-talks-technique-gear-choices-and-dimebag-darrell <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new Holiday 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this interview with St. Vincent, plus our Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin cover story, features on the Kinks' Dave Davies, Mike Stern and Eric Johnson, Primus, Alex Skolnick, Maroon 5 and Machine Head; reviews of new gear from PRS Guitars, Ernie Ball/Music Man, ESP USA, Mesa/Boogie and Vibramate, not to mention columns by Steel Panther's Satchel, Revocation's Dave Davidson, our own Andy Aledort and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-holiday-14-led-zeppelin?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=StVincentExcerpt">pick up the Holiday 2014 issue of GW at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p><Strong>Alternate Reality:<em> From her gear to her tunings to her diverse musical influences, there is nothing ordinary about Annie Clark or the startlingly complex pop music she makes under the <em>nom de plume</em> St. Vincent.</em></strong></p> <p>The first truly 21st century guitar hero? A post-modern chops monster? Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, is an enigmatic artist on many levels. As a player, her influences are all over the map. The niece of new agey jazz guitarist Tuck Andress, Clark had some of her earliest professional experiences as a roadie and, later, opening act for his duet Tuck and Patti. </p> <p>But Clark, born in 1982, is also a fully fledged child of the alt Nineties. One of the biggest honors of her career to date was being chosen to perform the Nirvana song “Lithium” at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. </p> <p>Sporting a funky, thrift-shop Harmony solidbody, she joined surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear for a gig that implicitly positioned her as some kind of new, female incarnation of Kurt Cobain. </p> <p>“I can’t possibly put into words how much that meant to me,” she says, “and how grateful I feel to even be part of that history in the smallest of ways. Nirvana changed the world. You can’t say that about many bands. They changed my life. They changed millions and millions of people’s lives.” </p> <p>But Clark also has a serious metal side. Growing up in Texas, she delved deeply into the music of bands like Slayer, Metallica and Pantera. Dimebag Darrell is one of her all-time guitar heroes. Then again, she also spent three years at the Berklee School of Music mastering harmonic theory and other learned topics. Despite these antecedents, however, her music is devoid of wanky jazz chords or lengthy bouts of virtuoso shredding. She can do all that in her sleep but prefers to employ her considerable talent to create arty, minimalist pop music, as heard on her fourth and most recent album, St. Vincent.</p> <p>“It’s funny that you would categorize it as minimalist,” she says. “In the context of guitar rock, I could see what I do as being minimal. But in the context of pop music, it’s pushing the level of muso—pushing the limits of what people are hearing in pop music.”</p> <p>Fair enough. St. Vincent’s robotic, yet oddly vulnerable, post-modern pop songs are packed with subtle complexities, spiky discordant horn charts, polyrhythmic dance grooves and moments of Bowie-esque alien grandeur. In an overtly electronic landscape, she deploys her guitar as a stealth device, a heat-seeking missile. It sneaks up on you, and startles you at times. What seems like a synth line might turn out to be a guitar. What seems like a guitar might just be the sound of your own imagination. Like a ghost in some Orwellian machine, her guitar is very much an extension of her disarmingly dispassionate, yet somehow highly expressive vocal style. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NsUKQWCzGEc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p> With impeccable underground and alternative cred, Clark is eminently qualified to do this kind of stuff. Before debuting as a solo artist with her 2007 album, <em>Marry Me</em>, she was a member of the Polyphonic Spree and toured with hipster icon singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens. She’s also performed with one of New York avant-garde composer Glenn Branca’s guitar armies. </p> <p>One of her most visible projects to date has been her 2012 album, <em>Love This Giant</em>, with former Talking Head David Byrne. And there’s a clear connection between that band’s subversive Eighties pop and St. Vincent tracks like “Digital Witness,” although Annie insists she was thinking more of Tupac on that one. </p> <p> She is, as stated initially, an enigmatic artist. Even her chosen stage name introduces an element of gender confusion—a young woman with the name of a male saint. Officially, the pseudonym St. Vincent is an oblique reference to a song by post-punk songwriter and novelist Nick Cave, not to mention the middle name of Clark’s great-grandmother. But while her nom d’artiste may not arise from any sense of Catholic piety on Clark’s part, St. Vincent’s lyrics are indeed laced with Christian imagery, which coexists uneasily alongside images of brute violence, quiet tenderness and digitized dystopian ambivalence. </p> <p> You’ll never figure out St. Vincent on a first listen, or over the space of one interview. But it sure is fun to try. </p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD (EXCERPT): To my knowledge, you’re one of the few guitarists employing techniques like two-handed tapping in a context other than shred, metal or any of the other genres where you’d expect to hear that kind of thing. </strong></p> <p>[laughs] Yeah, that’s just a little bit of a party trick. </p> <p><strong>Isn’t that all it ever is? </strong></p> <p>It’s a little more like showmanship for me than pure sound. I mean, I like it; I’m into it. It’s not like I’m doing it for laughs. But it does make me smile, because it reminds me of being 13, being in the guitar store and picking up the Dimebag signature guitar and trying to figure out how he gets that crazy sound from “Cowboys from Hell.” </p> <p>What is that? I’d watch tutorials on YouTube. So tapping makes me smile a bit because it is that super-athletic zone of guitar playing that I totally love. But sometimes you have to do a delicate dance to put everything together in a way that doesn’t just feel like too many notes just for notes’ sake. That’s a big thing that I’ve learned in life. In order to serve the song, maybe it’s best to strip it back as opposed to adding more. </p> <p><strong>Do you always play fingerstyle? Do you never use a pick? </strong></p> <p>No, I’m using a pick more and more. In certain songs like “Cruel” [from 2011’s <em>Strange Mercy</em>], there’s a riff that’s kind of “Ali Farka Toure lite” and it needs that sort of African-style double picking. And there are a lot of other songs, like “Bring Me Your Loves” and “Huey Newton” on my new album, that I definitely use a pick for. I mean, I could play these things with fingers, but sonically it doesn’t read as well. </p> <p><strong>How concerned are you with getting away from any kind of obvious or clichéd guitar tones?</strong></p> <p>Well, I’m not precious about what I write on. I’ve written some of my favorite guitar passages on a computer. Or sung them first as a vocal line and then decided, “Oh, maybe that would be better as a guitar part.” The more you can get out of lizard-brain muscle memory—like the fast-blues idiom we all know as guitar players—the better it is. Because we all learned the same pantheon of rock music, so we all know the same pentatonic scales and riffs. And that’s amazing stuff, but it’s important to get away from it as much as you can. Get away from muscle memory and just let your ear be your guide. </p> <p><strong>What were some of your main guitars for your most recent album, <em>St. Vincent</em>?</strong></p> <p>I was playing this guitar that [producer] John Congleton had, the Thurston Moore edition of the Fender Jazzmaster. It’s super chopped—just a volume knob. You either like the way it sounds when you play it, or you don’t. I really like that on/off kind of thing. You don’t mess around with a million permutations. So I was using that a lot on the record, but I don’t play it live. For live work, I play the Music Man Albert Lee model a lot. I’m not a very large person, so even though I love the sound of a Seventies Les Paul, there’s no way in hell I could ever play one live unless I wanted to have a chiropractor on tour.</p> <p>There’s a lot of functionality in my choice of instruments, especially for playing live. I’m using a Kemper modeling amplifier for live work. Originally I was bringing out vintage ’66 Kalamazoo kind of small amps—the kind of little guy that you could ram a lot of signal through and get a nice breakup and saturation and all of that. But I just stopped. </p> <p>Those weirdo custom and vintage amps need a lot of attention on the road, and I didn’t want to make my guitar tech’s life a living hell. So I decided to go with straight-up Kemper. Which really works well, because my entire show is programmed, in terms of effects. I program my pedal board, and my keyboard player uses Ableton to send cues to switch programs, so I don’t have to look down at my pedal board. So both [co-guitarist/keyboardist] Toko [Yasuda] and I use Kemper modeling amplifiers, because they’re consistent. </p> <p><strong>How did you discover the Kempers? </strong></p> <p>I got turned on to them by my guitar tech, who was on the Nine Inch Nails tour, and that’s what they were using. So I gave them a shot and really liked them. I don’t know if they’d be my go-to amp in the studio, but they’re definitely my go-to live. Hey, if they’re good enough for Trent…</p> <p><strong>Okay, so what are some of the army of small vintage amps you use in the studio but could never bring on the road?</strong></p> <p>Oh, things like a little Sixties Dan Electro. I use a lot of effects, but there are some amps where I just really love the sound of their distortion. I have a couple of little Kalamazoo amps with the built-in tremolo. I never use the tremolo, but the amp is nice. I have a few custom TRVR amps as well. It’s sort of like a boutique silverface Champ, and another one is kind of like a Sixties Deluxe. </p> <p><strong>A lot of effects, you said. Any must-haves? </strong></p> <p>The people at Eventide have been really rad to me over the years, and I’ve been using their H9. I have a couple of those going. I have all the Eventide effects at my disposal with those. So I just program those for synth sounds, tremolos, delays, reverbs…</p> <p><em>Photo: Chris Casella</em></p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new Holiday 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this interview with St. Vincent, plus our Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin cover story, features on the Kinks' Dave Davies, Mike Stern and Eric Johnson, Primus, Alex Skolnick, Maroon 5 and Machine Head; reviews of new gear from PRS Guitars, Ernie Ball/Music Man, ESP USA, Mesa/Boogie and Vibramate, not to mention columns by Steel Panther's Satchel, Revocation's Dave Davidson, our own Andy Aledort and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-holiday-14-led-zeppelin?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=StVincentExcerpt">pick up the Holiday 2014 issue of GW at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-11-04%20at%2010.06.09%20AM.png" width="620" height="807" alt="Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 10.06.09 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/enigmatic-st-vincent-talks-technique-gear-choices-and-dimebag-darrell#comments Annie Clark Holiday 2014 St. Vincent Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:24:58 +0000 Alan di Perna http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22956 Guitar World's Paul Riario Demos Guitar Lick Master App from Ninebuzz — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-paul-riario-demos-guitar-lick-master-app-ninebuzz-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video, <em>Guitar World</em>'s Paul Riario tries out the new Guitar Lick Master app from Ninebuzz. </p> <p>It's a fun and fast way to learn guitar licks on your mobile device.</p> <p>From the company: </p> <p>Guitar Lick Master is the ultimate way to learn and practice guitar licks on iPhone and iPod Touch. Enjoy 50-plus hand-picked licks and a revolutionary "Smart Tab" engine that deconstructs licks into easy-to-play parts. </p> <p>For more information, check out the video below and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/guitar-lick-master-50+-licks/id892538655?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4">head here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8FLByoxdj7I?list=UUqHkFMEmOPFO3ahcrrBAj4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-paul-riario-demos-guitar-lick-master-app-ninebuzz-video#comments Ninebuzz Videos News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:17:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22955 Good Times: Led Zeppelin Guitar Solo Video Challenge Entries — Send More Videos! http://www.guitarworld.com/good-times-led-zeppelin-guitar-solo-video-challenge-entries-so-far <!--paging_filter--><p>Earlier this month, <em>Guitar World</em> and Supro Amps got together to launch the Led Zeppelin Guitar Solo Video Challenge. </p> <p>Below, you can check out the entries we've received so far! In fact, if you DON'T see your video here, please send it again!</p> <p>This also should serve as a reminder to the rest of you: Enter this contest now! The winner will get a new <a href="http://suprousa.com/amplifiers/dual-tone/">Supro 1624T Dual-Tone guitar amp</a> (MSRP $1,459)!</p> <p>The winner also will receive a <a href="http://www.fender.com/guitars/telecaster/classic-series-60s-telecaster-rosewood-fingerboard-black/">Fender Classic Series '60s Telecaster</a>, a copy of <em>Guitar World</em> Editor-in-Chief Brad Tolinski's latest book, <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/light-shade?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=LightShade">Light &amp; Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page</a></em> (signed by Tolinski), and the <em>Guitar World</em> instructional DVD, <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/dvds/products/how-to-play-the-best-of-led-zeppelin-dvd">How to Play the Best of Led Zeppelin!</a></em></p> <p><strong>NOTE: This contest is open only to residents of the United States. You must submit your video to <em>Guitar World</em> by December 10, 2014.</strong></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Here's what's involved:</span></p> <p>Film yourself playing your own version of Jimmy Page's iconic "Good Times Bad Times" guitar solo! Use the studio version of the solo as your guide (You can hear it below), but feel free to put your own spin on the solo. You might get special consideration for originality! You can hear both original solos via the YouTube players below. </p> <p>Next, upload your video to YouTube and send the link — <strong>along with your FULL NAME and COMPLETE U.S. ADDRESS</strong> — to <em>Guitar World</em> at <strong>guitarchallenge@guitarworld.com</strong>. Note that you will not be considered an entrant unless you include your name and U.S. address with your video.</p> <p>The videos will be viewed by members of the <em>Guitar World</em> staff, plus celebrity judges who will be named later. 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He produced the critically acclaimed album The Call of the Flames and also played a big role on Batio's album Intermezzo.</p> <p>A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dave teaches countless students across the globe via live guitar clinics, private lessons and videos and was a recipient of the Berklee World Scholarship Tour award and the Berklee Best award. Dave is an Official artist endorsee for the Dean Guitars, Eminence Speakers, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Mogami Cables, D'Addario Strings and Stone Tone Rock Blocks and has appeared on the covers of Gitar Plus and Heavy Riff Magazines in Asia and Mexico, respectively.</p> <p>Please note: This product includes a PDF booklet on the DVD and can be retrieved by opening the DVD on your computer.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/dvds/products/metal-and-thrash-rhythm-guitar/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=MetalThrashDVD">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-guitar-world-dvd-dave-reffett-teaches-you-metal-and-thrash-rhythm-guitar#comments Dave Reffett News Features Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22953 Soundgarden's Kim Thayil Talks 'Echo of Miles,' a New Collection of Originals, Covers and Oddities http://www.guitarworld.com/soundgardens-kim-thayil-talks-echo-miles-new-collection-originals-covers-and-oddities <!--paging_filter--><p>Since the release of their excellent 2012 reunion album, <em>King Animal</em>, Soundgarden have been spending some time revisiting their storied past. </p> <p>In 2013 came a remastered reissue of 1990’s <em>Screaming Life/Fopp</em> album, itself a compilation of two late-Eighties EPs. Then, earlier this year, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of 1994’s <em>Superunknown</em>, the band released updated versions of the landmark album, including a five-disc “Super Deluxe” edition that included demos, rehearsals, B-sides and more from the sessions. </p> <p>Now, Soundgarden have essentially raided their own vaults for the new <em>Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path</em>, a three-disc release that gathers together rarities under three headings: An “Originals” disc presents Soundgarden compositions that have appeared as B-sides, on soundtracks or other compilations or that have remained unreleased; a “Covers” disc collects their interpretations of other band’s songs from over the years; and “Oddities” includes remixes and other bizarre musical moments from the band’s history. </p> <p>Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has been hinting at a project of this scope for years, and the finished product is a virtual treasure trove of goodies, as well as essential listening for any Soundgarden completest. </p> <p>Just prior to the release of <em>Echo of Miles</em>, Thayil sat down with <em>Guitar World</em> to discuss this trip through Soundgarden’s lesser-known past—and also talk about what’s coming up in the near future.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: <em>Echo of Miles</em> is the Soundgarden compilation album that we’ve been hearing you reference for years. Now it’s finally here. </strong></p> <p>Yes. This goes back at least 20 years. Of course, I’ve never referred to it as a compilation…although it is a compilation. [laughs] But I tend to think of a compilation as songs that have appeared on albums, or things that are arranged for other purposes, like greatest hits records, or best of’s. Or, back in the Fifties and Sixties they made “rocking” albums and “candlelight” albums. </p> <p>But this is kind of a banding together of a bunch of songs that were non-album tracks, with the exception of a couple songs that were on greatest hits compilations. But the band has never been that thrilled about producing things like B-sides, or material for international releases, or songs on movie soundtracks. You know, we enjoy being on movie soundtracks but we also want these songs to be part of a Soundgarden album. </p> <p><strong>You’ve divided the material into three separate discs: Originals, Covers and Oddities.</strong></p> <p>Basically it’s three albums. And we contemplated releasing the three albums in a serialized fashion, perhaps over months, or maybe over a longer period of time. But we thought that ultimately we’d release them all at once. But that’s one of the strange things about this [project]. In my liner notes I had a hard time establishing the identity of this kind of an album. It’s a collection, but 20 years ago I perceived “Originals” as being ultimately another Soundgarden studio album. </p> <p>Because they were loose ends—a song here, a song there. And these were all songs that we loved, because we went through the whole birthing process of writing them, learning them, recording them, mixing them. If we went through that entire process it’s because we believed in a song. And then to see that song as part of an EP that was released only in Japan was a little disappointing. We would have loved to have put those types of songs on an album here. </p> <p>But, of course, back in the day, with <em>Louder Than Love, Badmotorfinger, Ultramega OK</em>, we would orient our recordings toward vinyl and a single disc. So we were limited to only putting 11 or 12 songs on an album. Starting with Superunknown we oriented toward CD. And, if you notice, everything since then on vinyl is a double album—<em>Down on the Upside, Superunknown, King Animal</em>. We decided we were not going to force ourselves to omit material. So that was kind of the impetus for this.</p> <p><strong>When you were putting this material together was there anything that jumped out at you or surprised you?</strong></p> <p>There’s a lot of material that jumped out. The covers album…I really enjoy the way the covers album is set up, the way the songs flow, and listening to some of the performances. Because when we originally did many of those songs we would self-critically compare them to the original versions that we were covering. And you’d always say, “Well, I’m not playing guitar like this guy…” “Maybe this is sloppier…” “I think Chris [Cornell, vocals] is doing something here the original singer wasn’t doing…” Things like that. </p> <p>You’re always evaluating your performance against the original. But given this much time, I can now listen to these covers independently and not have to juxtapose them against the originals and see the flaws. Now I see them standing on their own as being standout performances by Soundgarden. The stuff with Ben [Shepherd, bass] in the band, or some of the early John Peel stuff with Hiro [Yamamoto, original bassist] in the band, it’s all very good. </p> <p>And it surprised me and impressed me that I could appreciate these covers on that level. There’s the whole session of recordings that includes [the Rolling Stones’] “Stray Cat Blues,” [Black Sabbath’s] “Into the Void,” the Devo song “Girl U Want,” “Touch Me” by [Seventies British pop group] Fancy—those were all done pretty much in, like, one day. And the guitar styles are so different from each other. We’re doing Devo, and then an hour later Black Sabbath. Then the Rolling Stones. Then Fancy, which, as far as the guitar playing, is reminiscent of Mother Love Bone. And I’m playing all the guitars on all these tracks in one day. It was fun and it was funny to have to do all these different styles and colors. And it’s like, How could we do that so easily when at other times we struggled with our own songs?</p> <p><strong>Let’s talk about the song “Storm,” on the “Originals” disc. It’s a new song but also an old song. Can you talk about the history of that one?</strong></p> <p>There are individual songs within this collection that have strange stories, and “Storm” is one of them. Chris wrote a demo of it in ‘85 that had some weird vocals and guitar effects. There was no real guitar part but there was a cool bass line. Then he showed it to the band, and Hiro interpreted the bass line into something pretty much like a bass solo, and I wrote those guitar parts with the seventh chords, some ninths in there, some other things. </p> <p>And our drummer at the time, Scott Sundquist, interpreted the drums as, like, rolling thunder. And locally, we played that song live all the time. It was a favorite—I know our peers in Green River, Mother Love Bone, Nirvana, Skin Yard, Melvins, all these bands we played with all heard the song because it was always in our set. Then when we got Matt [Cameron, drums] in the band we started writing new material, so a lot of the old material got pushed back. We tried doing “Storm” with Matt and it was a little bit of a different feel, so it kind of went from heavy rotation to medium rotation to low rotation. And that was it. It kind of got shelved. </p> <p><strong>So how did it come off the shelf?</strong></p> <p>We thought about how we never gave this song a good studio recording. So we decided to try it. We had some spare time, and then in May [producer] Jack Endino was available. He was the one who was so acquainted with our early material, and he loves this song so we thought we’d give him a chance at recording it. So it’s a brand new recording of a song we haven’t played live since ‘86 or ‘87. For all practical purposes it’s a new song, but it’s also something from 30 years ago. </p> <p><strong>I know you’re also currently working on a reissue of [1988’s] <em>Ultramega OK</em>. When will we see that? And is there any new material from Soundgarden on the horizon?</strong></p> <p>Well, a couple weeks ago Jack Endino and I finished up the remaining songs for Ultramega OK. It sounds way better, bigger and warmer than the original. We’re gonna sit on it for a few months and let everyone else hear it, see how we feel about it. We pulled the record from SST so it belongs to us now. So we’ll have to negotiate a new contract with a label and then we’ll hopefully put it out within a year. As for new material, when Soundgarden gets back from Australia in February and Matt’s Pearl Jam obligations are done, we’ll get together again. We’ll definitely start working on new music in 2015, for sure.</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="/soundgarden">Soundgarden</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/soundgardens-kim-thayil-talks-echo-miles-new-collection-originals-covers-and-oddities#comments Kim Thayil Soundgarden Interviews News Features Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:18:09 +0000 Richard Bienstock http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22951 RJ Ronquillo Demos Eastwood Guitars' New Link Wray Tribute Model — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/rj-ronquillo-demos-eastwood-guitars-new-link-wray-tribute-model-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the brand-new video below, guitarist RJ Ronquillo takes Eastwood Guitars' new Link Wray Tribute model for its first test drive. </p> <p>Check out Ronquillo's take on Wray's classic rebel-rousing instrumental, "Rumble."</p> <p>Only 24 of these babies are available, and they'll ship December 18 on a first-come, first-served basis. The next production is scheduled for April 2015.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>"We are very excited to announce the production of this new Link Wray model. Eastwood has partnered with U.K.'s Vince Ray to create a stunning new professional grade electric guitar. Featuring the artwork of Vince Ray, the guitar includes images and song titles that spans Link's career and rekindles our love of his music. </p> <p>"But we did not stop there, we wanted to design a guitar that a professional player can be proud of, with pro-grade tuners, pots, a custom tailpiece and we installed a pair of Airline Vintage Voiced Single Coil Pickups for a that killer Link Wray tone. The guitar includes a custom artwork hardshell case, Airline Black Curly Cord and RUMBLE leather strap. The total package for every Link Wray fan and guitarist alike!"</p> <p>For more about this guitar, visit <a href="http://www.eastwoodguitars.com/link-wray-tribute/">eastwoodguitars.com.</a> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/P6K5FdaoXLI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RLEUSn8y9TI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/rj-ronquillo-demos-eastwood-guitars-new-link-wray-tribute-model-video#comments Eastwood Guitars Link Wray RJ Ronquillo Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:59:58 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22950