News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/0 en Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Distortion Pedal — Eric Gales Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/band-gypsys-fuzz-face-mini-distortion-pedal-eric-gales-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Over the course of 1969 and 1970, Jimi Hendrix appeared at his most noted live appearances — Live at Woodstock, Live at Berkeley, and Live at the Fillmore East — using a mysterious red Fuzz Face Distortion with white knobs. </p> <p>That fuzz box sounded like a completely different animal from any of the other Fuzz Face pedals in Jimi’s arsenal, snarling with a far more aggressive, biting tone.</p> <p>The pedal itself has been lost to history, but its unmistakably unique tone lives on in the recordings of those three iconic shows, and Hendrix aficionados have tried to cop that sound for years.</p> <p>Jim Dunlop is happy to say its tonal quest can finally come to a glorious end.</p> <p>Poring tirelessly over all of the different customized circuit designs Jimi used over the years, our engineers narrowed down this elusive fuzz tone to a version of the Octavio Fuzz without the octave up circuitry. After making a few tweaks, they nailed it with the FFM6 Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Distortion.</p> <p>You can get the same Fuzz Face tone Jimi used to woo the masses at his most famous performances, in a pedalboard-friendly Fuzz Face Mini housing with an AC power jack and an on/off status LED. Like all Fuzz Face pedals, the FFM6 features true bypass switching.</p> <p>Watch the Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini demo video, featuring Eric Gales, below!</p> <p><strong>MSRP</strong>: $171.41</p> <p><strong>Features 'n' Such:</strong></p> <p>• The biting, aggressive fuzz tone used by Jimi Hendrix for the Band of Gypsys show and other iconic performances;<br /> • Based on a rare vintage fuzz circuit;<br /> • Pedalboard-friendly Fuzz Face Mini housing with AC power and on/off status LED;<br /> • True bypass</p> <p>The Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Distortion will be initially available at limited international retailers and exclusively in the U.S. at GuitarCenter.com and MusiciansFriend.com beginning November 1, 2014, through the end of the year. The pedal will see wide domestic and international release in 2015.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/">jimdunlop.com</a>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JgqVHQITciY" 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="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/band-gypsys-fuzz-face-mini-distortion-pedal-eric-gales-demo-video#comments Band of Gypsys Eric Gales Jim Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Videos Effects News Gear Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:59:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22729 Black Veil Brides Premiere "Goodbye Agony" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/black-veil-brides-premiere-goodbye-agony-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Black Veil Brides are in the middle of "The Black Mass 2014" tour with Falling in Reverse, Set It Off and Drama Club (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Blackveilbrides/app_123966167614127" target="_blank">see dates on Facebook</a>). </p> <p>Yesterday, BVB teamed with <em>Revolver</em> to premiere their latest music video, for the song "Goodbye Agony" off their recently released self-titled album. Check out the clip below, and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook.</p> <p>Black Veil Brides' fourth full-length--which was produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, <span class="st">Mötley Crüe) and is the band's heaviest and most metallic effort yet—is available now </span>via <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black-veil-brides/id916248598?ign-mpt=uo%3D4" target="_blank">iTunes</a> and the band’s <a href="http://shop.blackveilbrides.net/" target="_blank">webstore</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="http://cache.vevo.com/m/html/embed.html?video=USUV71402143&amp;sbId=4d61b777-8023-4191-9ede-497ed6c24647" width="620" height="365" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/black-veil-brides-premiere-goodbye-agony-music-video#comments Black Veil Brides Videos News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:35:15 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22728 Foo Fighters Premiere New Song, "Congregation" http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-congregation <!--paging_filter--><p>Foo Fighters have premiered a new song, "Congregation," a raucous tune with a serious hook and a healthy dose of electric 12-string guitar. You can hear it below. As always, be sure to tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook.</p> <p>"Congregation," which features Zac Brown, was recorded at Brown's Southern Ground Studios in Nashville.</p> <p>The song is from Foo Fighters' new album, <em>Sonic Highways,</em> which will be released November 10.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AZHtZrfFuhU" 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="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-congregation#comments Foo Fighters News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:39:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22727 Happy Fangs Premiere New Song, "Fangsgiving" — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/happy-fangs-premiere-new-song-fangsgiving-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the perfect song premiere for Halloween! Check out "Fangsgiving" by Happy Fangs.</p> <p>"Fangsgiving" was recorded by Lance Jackman at the Tree House in Sacramento, California. It'll be released alongside "All I Want for Christmas" on a 7-inch disc titled <em>Holidaze</em> via Pulse Music. Look for it November 17.</p> <p>The band also will release their debut album, <em>Capricorn</em>, in early 2015.</p> <p>Happy Fangs are Rebecca Gone Bad (vocals), Michael Cobra (guitar) and Jess G (drums). For more about the band, follow them on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HappyFangs">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/HappyFangs">Twitter.</a></p> <p>Check out the song and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174645016%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-iqcqy&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> http://www.guitarworld.com/happy-fangs-premiere-new-song-fangsgiving-exclusive#comments Happy Fangs News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:32:54 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22726 Look Out — He's Got an Ax! 10 Scary Halloween-Themed Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/look-out-hes-got-axe-10-scary-halloween-themed-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Some bands — like Gwar, Ghost B.C. or almost any Swedish death metal band, for example — don't need scary-looking gear to be frightening.</p> <p>That said, if they <em>were</em> wielding any of the axes featured in the photo gallery below, well, let's just say it wouldn't hurt.</p> <p>Check out 10 scary-looking guitars that are perfect for Halloween. OK, one of them is just a guitar in the shape of an ax — but who knows how much damage a deranged guitarist could do with that thing!</p> <p>Note that some of these guitars feature unique designs and body shapes; some are just regular guitars with spooky paint jobs or graphics. Either way, all of these guitars are still available in one way or another — from major retailers, manufacturers' websites, eBay, whatever.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/look-out-hes-got-axe-10-scary-halloween-themed-guitars#comments Electric Guitars News Features Gear Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:53:16 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19628 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: Eric Johnson Fuzz Face Vs. Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-eric-johnson-fuzz-face-vs-joe-bonamassa-fuzz-face <!--paging_filter--><p>It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals!</p> <p>In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. </p> <p>Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the beginning bracket — with all 32 competing pedals — 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 will be updated after every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day. 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>Dunlop JBF3B Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face</strong> goes foot to foot against the <strong>Dunlop EJF1 Eric Johnson Fuzz Face</strong>. Start voting below!</p> <p><Strong>YESTERDAY'S RESULTS</strong>: Yesterday, the <strong>Way Huge WHE 301 Fat Sandwich Distortion</strong> (58.26 percent) handily defeated the <strong>Way Huge WHE201 Pork Loin Overdrive</strong> (41.74 percent) and advanced 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/eric-johnson-signature-fuzz-face">Dunlop EJF1 Eric Johnson Fuzz Face</a></strong></p> <p>No one cares more about tone than Eric Johnson, and his choice for getting sweet, singing lead tones is the Eric Johnson Signature Fuzz Face. EJ worked closely with Fuzz Face guru Jeorge Tripps to create his signature pedal. It is inspired by EJ’s prized personal Fuzz Faces and is built to his incredibly strict specifications, featuring hand-selected BC183 silicon transistors (for higher gain), custom repro ’68-’69 knobs, and a vintage-style hammertone finish. </p> <p>The result: a beautifully dynamic, expressive, and powerful pedal. “I first heard the Fuzz Face when I was about 12 and loved playing through it,” he says. “It’s the classic tone used by Jimi Hendrix, one of my greatest influences. No other pedal gets this type of sound. It’s the pinnacle of psychedelic fuzz.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kMEXoo0pKNI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/JBF3B-Bonamassa-Fuzz-Face">Dunlop JBF3B Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face</a></strong></p> <p>Hand wired using NOS Russian military germanium transistors, this pedal is voiced specifically for Joe's humbucker-driven tone, adding sustain and thickness for a rich, creamy fuzz. True bypass, with replicas of vintage top hat knobs, and a deep and rich gloss black finish. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/o0_AlqRDVVo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Vote Now!</h1> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8413330.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8413330/">Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: Eric Johnson Fuzz Face Vs. Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Face</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 Halloween Sheet1 on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/245109608/Halloween-Sheet1" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Halloween Sheet1</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/245109608/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_67751" width="100%" height="400" 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="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/joe-bonamassa">Joe Bonamassa</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-eric-johnson-fuzz-face-vs-joe-bonamassa-fuzz-face#comments Eric Johnson Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Joe Bonamassa Poll Polls Effects News Features Gear Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:51:58 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22718 Guitar World Halloween Sale: Get 30 Percent Off All Guitar-Lesson DVDs! http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-halloween-sale-get-30-percent-all-guitar-lesson-dvds <!--paging_filter--><p>In honor of Halloween, we're offering a 30 percent discount on all our guitar-lesson DVDs at the Guitar World Online Store!</p> <p>Just be sure to use the code <strong>HALLOWEEN14</strong> at checkout!</p> <p>Hurry — before this offer disappears! The offer expires 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 2!</p> <p>Once again, be sure to use this code:</p> <p><strong>HALLOWEEN14</strong></p> <p>... at checkout!</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-halloween-sale-get-30-percent-all-guitar-lesson-dvds#comments News Features Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:48:34 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22724 Ten Amazing Acoustic Guitar Street Performers http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-ten-amazing-acoustic-street-performers <!--paging_filter--><p>Buskers. Street performers. Ever come across one that just blew your mind?</p> <p>We have.</p> <p>In fact, there seem to be loads of supremely talented folk all over the globe with a penchant for sitting on the street corner and playing to apathetic passers-by.</p> <p>Take these 10. Their chops are simply undeniable. From classical dexterity to some slick slide playing and all points in between, these street musicians know how to deliver. Outside. On the street.</p> <p>Check ‘em out and share any links of others you’ve come across in the comments below.</p> <p><strong>Brisbane, Australia</strong></p> <p>Sarah Koppen is a busker in Brisbane, Australia, and an amazing guitarist. This was recorded March 17, 2012, near King George Square. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iV5EXNzDwd4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Oslo, Norway</strong> <p>Here’s a super-slick and speedy take by this street performer of “Besame Mucho.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tigQMK-P9kk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Poland</strong> <p>Amazing street guitarist Mariusz Goli in Poland!</p> <p>He sure can play mighty fast!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GF2-TKfQOsk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Barcelona, Spain</strong> <p>Guitarists Adrian Roman and Tiberiu Eduard Gogoanta are playing flamenco in the Gothic Quarter. Barcelona Street Music Playlist: http://bit.ly/TarKiy.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Zy4mArn9Rkk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>New Zealand</strong> <p>The legendary New Zealand street musician, Andy Blue, displaying his mesmerizing guitar skills at the Whanganui Riverside Market on a Saturday morning in late autumn.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YZ9BPexrYVg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>New York, New York</strong></p> <p>Even if you're not one for banjo, check out Morgan O'Kane. He's out there all by himself, layin' it down!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/E1l5BM31llg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>England</strong> <p>Here’s some sick slide playing by Jack Broadbent.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2fXZ1V0hlqg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Ashville, North Carolina</strong> <p>Here's some banjo and spoons. What? Spoons, you say? Yes indeed. Here Abby the Spoon lady steals the show. </p> <p>That’s some decently good banjo playing, but the spoons were simply mesmerizing. Almost like magic.</p> <p>Here traveling buskers Banjo Ben and Abby the Spoon Lady perform their version of the traditional tune "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss" in front of the Iron sculpture in downtown Asheville. </p> <p>For more information on Abby the Spoon Lady, visit: http://abbythespoonlady.blogspot.com/</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dGbToeovkrg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Paris, France</strong> <p>Jacek Piotrowicz, 19, from Krakow, Poland, plays amplified classic guitar at rue des Abbesses, 224 (224 Abbesses St.), Monmartre, Paris, August 24, 2010.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Sj7TzvrBdI8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>London, England</strong> <p>Here's "Tombstone Pete" on London's South Bank.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/c7QD34-n8OU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-ten-amazing-acoustic-street-performers#comments Acoustic Nation Videos Blogs Videos News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:13:44 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22720 The 13 Most Gruesome Album Covers [NSFW] http://www.guitarworld.com/13-most-gruesome-album-covers-nsfw <!--paging_filter--><p>Let's be real: When I was doing research for this list, I came across some <em>really</em> sick album covers. </p> <p>So sick, in fact, that they made a Cannibal Corpse album look like something you'd frame and give to your parents to hang over their mantel at Christmas.</p> <p>Suffice it to say, there are limits to what we're willing to show here at GuitarWorld.com, so perhaps this list should be subtitled as "The 13 Most Gruesome Album Covers (Within Reason)." </p> <p>If this is still a bit much for you, feel free to check out our guide to the <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/13-creepiest-album-covers">13 Creepiest Album Covers</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/13-most-gruesome-album-covers-nsfw#comments Galleries News Features Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:04:23 +0000 Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13298 The 13 Creepiest Album Covers of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/13-creepiest-album-covers-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p>We at <em>Guitar World</em> have put together a list of what we feel are the 13 creepiest album covers of all time. </p> <p>Whoa — before all you Cannibal Corpse and Cattle Decapitation fans get all riled up, we've also compiled a list of the <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/13-most-gruesome-album-covers-nsfw">13 most gruesome album covers of all time</a>. </p> <p>For this gallery, we weren't looking for blood and gore so much as a general, often-unintentional creep factor. </p> <p>Don't know what we mean? Click through the list and we think you'll see for yourself!</p> <p>And remember — Satan is Real!</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/13-creepiest-album-covers-all-time#comments Aphex Twin Korn News Features Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:02:41 +0000 Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13293 Gear Review: Power Pins Bridge Pins for Acoustic Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-power-pins-bridge-pins-acoustic-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Bridge pins are examples of things you never think about—until something goes wrong. </p> <p>They have potential to break, get stuck or wear just enough to cause tuning issues. I’d suggest a quick once over every string change to keep them in check.</p> <p>Power Pins are new style of bridge pins that boast stability and enhanced tonal characteristics compared to plastic bridge pins. Power Pins actually mount onto the guitar’s bridge by tightening a nut with a supplied allen key. No modifications are needed, and the end result is greater string contact with your acoustic guitar’s bridge.</p> <p>My installation required no additional tools besides the kit’s supplied allen key. While I wouldn’t say it was a difficult install, give yourself at least a half hour and install the pins with all of the strings off your acoustic. </p> <p>First step was to unscrew the head of the pin and place the screw up through the bridge hole. The pins are marked for each string. Additional washers are included to secure proper height. </p> <p>Once in place, take the allen key and secure the pin. Just beyond finger-tight is plenty secure. The reason I suggest doing this without any strings on is you need to stick your hand through the sound hole into the body of the guitar to tighten the pin.</p> <p>The final step is installing strings on the new Power Pins. The ball of the string mounts to the back of the pin, and the string fits right along side of the Power Pin. The process is very similar to a top-loading electric guitar bridge.</p> <p>The guitar I used to demo was an off-the-shelf $200 Yamaha FS700s. Below are a few before and after shots. After a few hours of playtime with the Power Pins installed, stock strings and a few alternate tunings later no problems. Here’s a quick sound clip. </p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174592997&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Web:</strong> <a href="http://www.apintl.com/news/detail/power-pins">apintl.com</a><br /> <strong>List Price</strong>: $64.99 for chrome</p> <p><em>You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, but Billy Voight is a gear reviewer, bassist and guitarist from Pennsylvania. He has Hartke bass amps and Walden acoustic guitars to thank for supplying some of the finest gear on his musical journey. Need Billy's help in creating noise for your next project? Drop him a line at thisguyonbass@gmail.com.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-power-pins-bridge-pins-acoustic-guitars#comments Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown Accessories Acoustic Guitars Blogs News Gear Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:59:09 +0000 Billy Voight http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22717 Genre-Fusing Del McCoury Discusses Taking Bluegrass to Bonnaroo and Beyond http://www.guitarworld.com/del-mccoury-still-spreading-bluegrass-message <!--paging_filter--><p>Del McCoury has been writing, recording and performing bluegrass music for more than 50 years. </p> <p>At 75, he continues touring, making albums and doing session work, bringing the traditional music that he loves to longtime fans and new generations. </p> <p>McCoury sings and plays lead guitar in his band. Joining him are fiddle player Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartram, and sons Rob McCoury on banjo and Ronnie McCoury on mandolin.</p> <p>In this interview, Del McCoury discusses how he has crossed bluegrass music into new genres, how technology has affected tradition and why it makes sense to bring bluegrass to rock's concert and festival scenes.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Very few artists can say they have a foot in every genre of music. Are you able to stand outside of this and realize how much you've accomplished and the impact you have?</strong></p> <p>Not really, but it is kind of amazing. I’ve played with major jam bands like Phish, the String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon. We’ve played venues together, and the reason we’ve done that, I think, is because all music is related. Music is music. There’s good and bad, and that’s subject to taste. There are so many things I like that I heard through the years. </p> <p>I love listening to Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra; they were big when I was a kid. I was interested in Earl Scruggs and the banjo style he played. A lot of times these bands have been to my shows, and they call me and want us to play with them. That’s the way I get to be around all genres of music. </p> <p>When somebody calls me to record and I’m not sure I can do it, I go and try and see what happens. I’m always up for a challenge. I record with a lot of different people and it’s so much fun. I never have a set list onstage. I never know which songs I’m going to do. People request songs, and I try to get new songs if we’re promoting a new record, but mostly I play requests. I’ve got four guys with me, they do their thing, and when someone makes a request, if I’m lucky I remember the words! Otherwise, I’ll just take a solo while I confer with someone in the band about the next verse, and sometimes they give me the verse I just sang!</p> <p><strong>You’ve played every festival from Bonnaroo to Jazz Fest. When you look at someone like Johnny Cash, it took Rick Rubin to put him in front of young audiences and they adored him. Is there a tendency to underestimate the taste of the general public?</strong></p> <p>Exactly. You said it exactly right. I wonder the same kind of thing over and over. It’s exciting to hear something new and different, and the average person feels the same way. </p> <p>I remember the first time we played Bonnaroo. We were in California, and we had to go home and then travel there the next day. We lease our buses now and we were playing on Sunday. We were really worried about traffic and there was none. The road was open because everyone had gotten there on Thursday. I thought, Will they even know what we do? They got so loud; people were screaming requests, which surprised me. Somebody wrote a request down on a piece of cardboard with a Sharpie and held it up, and from there, people began holding up signs with their requests. That was my first experience with Bonnaroo, and it was fun. We played it every other year.</p> <p><strong>After all these years, are there times when you still feel you’re rediscovering the instruments?</strong></p> <p>Yeah, I sure do. You keep learning forever, you never stop. I learned G, C and D when I learned to play, and every song had that. That was bluegrass in the 1970s. Then I started doing different things than what most bluegrass bands do. This interviewer said to me once, “Most bluegrass songs have three or four chords, and one of yours has seven. What you think of that?” I said, “I never thought about it. I recorded it because I liked it, and the only way to do it was with seven chords in it.” </p> <p>Bluegrass people are often purists, and you have to grow. As a kid, the bluegrass banjo — especially Earl Scruggs’ three-finger playing style — excited me the most, but as I grew older my tastes widened. Everyone gets something from somewhere, and again, all music is related.</p> <p><strong>Bluegrass players are known for jam sessions. Do they still go on? Are musicians losing that because of technology and sending files?</strong></p> <p>I wonder about that. Years ago we would jam all night and do a show the next day because we love to play. You don’t see that as much as you used to. There are a lot of bluegrass fests, but I don’t see especially professional musicians getting out there after the show and playing. </p> <p>I used to see Bill Monroe do that when he was in his 60s. We played in Camp Springs, North Carolina, at a bluegrass fest one Labor Day weekend. One night it was real dark, they didn’t light up the places like they do now, and I was jamming with some guys. A guy came up behind me and said, “Don’t you think it’s time for you to be in bed?” </p> <p>Then he played a chord on his mandolin and I knew who it was — it was Bill. I left around 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning and he was still playing! You’re right, we used to do that. I don’t do it as much now because I need some rest, but jamming used to be the normal thing. We all looked forward to playing late at night with everybody else. </p> <p><em><a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/rewind-with-bluegrass-artist-del-mccoury-my-only-advice-is-don-t-give-up">Read more of Del McCoury’s interview here.</a></em></p> <p><em>Alison Richter interviews artists, producers, engineers and other music industry professionals for print and online publications. <a href="http://www.examiner.com/music-industry-in-national/alison-richter">Read more of her interviews right here.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/del-mccoury-still-spreading-bluegrass-message#comments Alison Richter Del McCoury Interviews News Features Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:09:40 +0000 Alison Richter http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22715 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: Way Huge Pork Loin Overdrive Vs. Way Huge Fat Sandwich Distortion http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-way-huge-pork-loin-overdrive-vs-way-huge-301-fat-sandwich-distortion <!--paging_filter--><p>It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals!</p> <p>In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. </p> <p>Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the beginning bracket — with all 32 competing pedals — 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 will be updated after every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day. 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>Way Huge WHE201 Pork Loin Overdrive</strong> goes foot to foot against the <strong>Way Huge WHE 301 Fat Sandwich Distortion</strong> pedal. Start voting below!</p> <p><Strong>YESTERDAY'S RESULTS</strong>: Yesterday, the <strong>MXR Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato</strong> (80.08 percent) destroyed the <strong>MXR Micro Chorus</strong> (19.92 percent) and advanced 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/Pork-Loin">Way Huge WHE201 Pork Loin Overdrive</a></strong></p> <p>Make room for one more Way Huge original! The Pork Loin incorporates two distinct tonal pathways that are blended together—a modern soft clipping overdrive and a modified classic British preamp for clean. At the heart of the Pork Loin’s overdrive path is a soft clipped BiFET overdrive gain stage with a passive Tone control, rounded out by a Curve function that gives the user freedom to fine-tune corner frequencies. </p> <p>The Volume control regulates the masses of pork power that exude from its space age circuitry, leaving room for the Clean control to blend in its warm glistening clean tones. Additionally, the Pork Loin has three internal mini controls: Filter and Voice deliver extensive tonal shaping possibilities, while the overdrive Mix control allows the Pork Loin to be run as a clean preamp. With a wide range of dynamic tones, the Pork Loin is the premier overdrive pedal on the market today!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/i-oPVBuIEvk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/Fat-Sandwich">Way Huge WHE 301 Fat Sandwich Distortion</a></strong></p> <p>The Fat Sandwich represents a new era in pedal design for Way Huge. In addition to carrying on the Way Huge tradition of amazing tone, rugged construction and cool names, the Fat Sandwich delivers heaps of crunchy distortion goodness via its innovative multi-stage clipping circuit. Meticulously designed from the ground up, the passive tone stack was tuned to bring out the “sweet spot” with any guitar and amp combination. </p> <p>The Volume control produces tons of output, making it ideal for driving the headroom out of the most powerful tube amps. Additionally, the Fat Sandwich has two internal mini controls: the Curve knob lets the user fine-tune the corner frequency of the overdrive filtering and the Sustain control adjusts the gain of the final distortion stage. The Fat Sandwich is versatile and over the top—the consummate distortion pedal for any genre or playing style.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0hSb3ncRXNo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p>The <strong>Way Huge WHE 301 Fat Sandwich Distortion</strong> (58.26 percent) handily defeated the <strong>Way Huge WHE201 Pork Loin Overdrive</strong> (41.74 percent) and advanced 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 Jim Dunlop on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/245004897/Jim-Dunlop" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Jim Dunlop</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/245004897/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_25508" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-way-huge-pork-loin-overdrive-vs-way-huge-301-fat-sandwich-distortion#comments Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Poll Polls Way Huge Effects News Features Gear Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:39:31 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22708 December 2014 Guitar World: Slipknot, Slash on 'Fire,' Joe Bonamassa, D'Angelico Jazz Box Phenomenon and More http://www.guitarworld.com/december-2014-guitar-world-slipknot-slash-fire-joe-bonamassa-dangelico-jazz-box-phenomenon-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-december-14-slipknot/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWDEC14">The all-new December 2014 issue of Guitar World is available now!</a></strong></p> <p>In the new issue, we feature <strong>Slipknot</strong>. Between the death and departure of various band members, Slipknot have had a rough few years. With <em>.5: The Gray Chapter</em>, they channel the energy of deceased bassist Paul Gray and return with a brutal but multifaceted album.</p> <p>Then, <em>Guitar World</em> focuses on <strong>Slash</strong>. Everyone's favorite hard-rocking riffmaster returns with <em>World on Fire</em>, his new searing-hot album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.</p> <p>Next, to celebrate the release of his new album, <em>Different Shades of Blue</em>, <strong>Joe Bonamassa</strong> invites us over for a look at his ever-growing collection of vintage axes and amps.</p> <p>Later, <strong>Motionless in White</strong> have been one of metal's most outrageous and audacious bands. On <em>Reincarnate</em>, they bring their vision into focus and wind up with a killer album.</p> <p>Finally, read about <strong>Electric Wizard</strong>. They've been cursed with arrests, accidents and a recent breakup with their label. But with their latest album, <em>Time to Die</em>, the stoner-doomers prove they still have plenty of life left.</p> <p>PLUS: Tune-ups for <strong>Pierce the Veil, Royal Blood, Uncle Acid &amp; the Deadbeats, Lenny Kravitz, Archaon of 1349, Wovenwar, Parquet Courts, Crowbar's</strong> Set List, <strong>Mr. Big,</strong> New EQ The latest and greatest, Lace USA Sensor pickup, Man of Steel, Metal for Life, Acoustic Nation and much more!</p> <p><strong>Five Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass</strong></p> <p>• Blue Öyster Cult - “Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll"<br /> • Trivium - “Strife”<br /> • Joe Bonamassa - " The Ballad of John Henry"<br /> • W.A. Mozart - “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"<br /> • Bad Company - "Can't Get Enough"</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-december-14-slipknot/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWDEC14">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-10-07%20at%2010.21.37%20AM.png" width="620" height="807" alt="Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 10.21.37 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/december-2014-guitar-world-slipknot-slash-fire-joe-bonamassa-dangelico-jazz-box-phenomenon-and-more#comments December 2014 News Features Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:38:53 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22579 Review: Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-ibanez-es2-echo-shifter-video <!--paging_filter--><p>When it comes to echo and delay pedals, guitarists have a choice of analog or digital, each of which has its pros and cons. </p> <p>While analog units typically create the most natural-sounding repeats, they dull the fidelity of the source signal and don’t provide precise control over the timing of the repeated signal. Digital units, on the other hand, offer more finite control and pristine sound processing but lack warmth and are known to inject digital artifacts. </p> <p>Ibanez’s ES2 Echo Shifter combines the best of both worlds by mating a superb, no-compromises, all-analog audio path to a digital control circuit. Better still, the Echo Shifter features unique oscillation and modulation circuits that add greater versatility, letting you create everything from subtle to extreme sonic weirdness. </p> <p><strong>Features:</strong> There’s a lot to love about the Echo Shifter, from its Seventies-style wood-and-stamped-steel housing to its well-placed controls and classic and clean styling. The smooth mixing-console-style center slider governs the delay time (30 to 1,000ms), the feedback control sets the the number of repeats, the mix knob balances the ratio of wet/dry signal, and two clicks of the tap button sets the delay’s tempo/speed through an ultra-accurate digital circuit. </p> <p>So far, it’s pretty familiar stuff, but the Echo Shifter’s oscillation control takes things into an entirely different dimension. Activating it pumps the delay gain by 15db, allowing the Echo Shifter to feedback infinitely and produce extreme and otherworldly delay effects, drones and dissonance. There’s also a modulation feature that can add subtle chorusing, vibrato-like flutters or slow groaning siren sweeps, depending on the depth control setting. The Echo Shifter features 1/4-inch mono input and output jacks and is powered by a nine-volt battery or adapter. </p> <p><strong>Performance:</strong> Hats off to Ibanez for the pure sonic integrity of the ES2 Echo Shifter. It’s one of very few under-$1,000 delay units that doesn’t degrade the signal, add compression or produce changes in feel or response. Whether placed in the effect loop or in front of the amp, the pedal sits in the mix as well as a good tube reverb tank. Whacked-out space effects are easily obtained when you engage the oscillation and modulation switches and venture into the controls’ upper ranges. Serious musicians will also appreciate how the ES2 preserves their signal and note attack, regardless of their amp’s gain setting. </p> <p><strong>List Price:</strong> $214.28<br /> <strong>Manufacturer:</strong> Ibanez guitars, <a href="ibanez.co.jp">ibanez.co.jp</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet:</strong>The all-analog signal path creates organic, accurate repeats from 30 to 1,000ms.</p> <p>Deep layers of unique delay responses are achievable through the oscillation and modulation circuits in combination with the depth control. </p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line:</strong> Ibanez’s multidimensional ES2 Echo Shifter is the tone purists’ budget delay pedal, offering phenomenal sound quality that competes with professional rack units and adds unique oscillation and modulation features. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WsolHDI7ahI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-ibanez-es2-echo-shifter-video#comments August 2014 Ibanez Videos Effects News Gear Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:41:29 +0000 Eric Kirkland, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21589