Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/0 en Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: EVH95 Eddie Van Halen Cry Baby Vs. ZW95 Zakk Wylde Cry Baby http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-evh95-eddie-van-halen-cry-baby-vs-zw95-zakk-wylde-cry-baby <!--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> <p>Remember you can vote once per device! Get started!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup</h1> <p>In today's matchup, the Dunlop <strong>EVH95 Eddie Van Halen Signature Cry Baby</strong> goes foot to foot against the Dunlop <strong>ZW95 Zakk Wylde Signature Cry Baby</strong>. Which one will win? And will the loser be a Cry Baby? Sorry, I couldn't let that one go by.</p> <h1>Yesterday's Results</h1> <p>Yesterday, the <strong>MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion</strong> (53.08 percent) just barely edged out the <strong>MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion</strong> (46.92 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/EVH-wah">Dunlop Eddie Van Halen Signature Cry Baby Wah</a></strong></p> <p>The EVH Wah was developed after intensive design collaboration with the legendary guitarist, Eddie Van Halen. Early on in the process, Eddie handed over his “Holy Grail” Cry Baby—a standard Cry Baby customized in the early Nineties with a more vocal-like, High Q inductor and a wider frequency sweep. </p> <p>Amazingly, we found that over the years Eddie’s unique wah style, which uses mostly the middle range of the pedal’s action, had carved his own curve into the pot’s resistive element, making the middle range even more defined and increased the low-end sweep. Our clones of the worn-in pot and hand-selected inductor give the new EVH Wah Wah the same “Holy Grail” feel and tone, and its true hardwire bypass, dual bright blue bypass LEDs, and graphics based on the black and yellow-striped guitar featured on Van Halen II round out this EVH-approved Cry Baby with a voice and look all its own.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/S46UqM4bumA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/zw45-zakk-wylde-signature-wah">Dunlop Zakk Wylde Signature Cry Baby Wah</a></strong></p> <p>Modern Cry Baby Master Zakk Wylde and Dunlop have joined forces to deliver the toughest, meanest wah pedal on the planet. Built from the ground up with great tone and rugged durability in mind, this pedal can stand up to the crushing stomp of metal's reigning king of lead guitar. </p> <p>The Wylde Wah features a heavy-duty raw-metal casing and road worthy components to withstand years of ass-kicking abuse. With guts that have been finely tuned to Zakk's specs, this wah is specially voiced to deliver an extra thick and cutting tone. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RMPzL7gZROI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Vote Now!</h1> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8389906.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8389906/">Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Readers Poll, Round 1: Dunlop Eddie Van Halen Signature Wah Vs. Dunlop Zakk Wylde Signature Wah</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 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/243691605/Jim-Dunlop-Effect-Pedal-Throwdown" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/243691605/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_18875" 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="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/zakk-wylde">Zakk Wylde</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-evh95-eddie-van-halen-cry-baby-vs-zw95-zakk-wylde-cry-baby#comments Eddie Van Halen Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Poll Polls Zakk Wylde Effects News Features Gear Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:19:25 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22631 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Vs. MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-mxr-m75-super-badass-distortion-vs-mxr-m78-custom-badass-78-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> <p>Remember you can vote once per device! Get started!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Voting Closed!</h1> <p>The <strong>MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion</strong> (53.08 percent) just barely edged out the <strong>MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion</strong> (46.92 percent) and will 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> Thank you for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <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 /> The first in a line from the MXR Custom Badass design team, the <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m78-custom-badass-78-distortion">MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion</a></strong> is a factory-modded pedal that roars with huge amp stack tones and old school tube amp-like distortion. We took a classic distortion circuit and hot-rodded it to the next level for over-the-top soaring leads and rich, saturated rhythms. </p> <p>With only three knobs, dialing in Badass tone is a cinch. The CRUNCH button allows you to choose between two different modes of diode and LED clipping, boosting the harmonic content of the distortion. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZcWb3Ypdk44" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Vote Now!</h1> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8366535.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8366535/">Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Readers Poll, Round 1: MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Vs. MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion</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 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/243691605/Jim-Dunlop-Effect-Pedal-Throwdown" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/243691605/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_18875" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-mxr-m75-super-badass-distortion-vs-mxr-m78-custom-badass-78-distortion#comments Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown MXR Poll Polls readers poll Way Huge Videos Effects News Features Gear Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:50:37 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22562 Steve Stevens Demos and Discusses Supro 1624T Dual-Tone Guitar Amp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-stevens-demos-and-discusses-supro-1624t-dual-tone-guitar-amp-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new <em>Guitar World</em> video, Grammy-winning guitarist Steve Stevens demos and discusses the new Supro 1624T Dual-Tone guitar amp at his home studio in Los Angeles. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>"The Dual-Tone 1×12 combo is the undeniable rock star of the mid-Sixties Supro amplifier lineup. Vintage 1624T amps have been sought-after for decades because they embody the most desirable aspects of the Supro sound. </p> <p>"As the Dual-Tone’s volume knob is turned beyond noon, a fat and compressed clean tone evolves into an immediately recognizable grind that remains articulate and listenable even when turned up to full blast.</p> <p>"This 24-Watt, 1×12 tube combo can easily be driven to glorious saturation at a manageable gigging volume while retaining exceptional clarity and bandwidth, at any level of gain."</p> <p>Although he's best known for his work with Billy Idol, Stevens is a top-flight session guitarist who has worked with a host of artists, including Michael Jackson and Vince Neil. He also recorded the theme song from <em>Top Gun</em>! </p> <p>Idol's new album, <em>Kings &amp; Queens of the Underground</em>, features Stevens and will be released October 21 on Idol's own BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services. It's Idol's first album in almost a decade. </p> <p>For more about Supro amps, visit <a href="http://suprousa.com/">SuproUSA.com</a>. For more about Stevens, <a href="http://billyidol.net/steve-stevens/">head here.</a> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jpttzhOy8QE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-stevens-demos-and-discusses-supro-1624t-dual-tone-guitar-amp-video#comments Steve Stevens Supro Videos Amps News Gear Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:15:43 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22614 Guitar World's Paul Riario Puts D'Addario's NYXL Strings to the Test on the Streets of NYC — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-paul-riario-puts-daddarios-nyxl-strings-test-new-york-city-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this brand-new video, <em>Guitar World</em>'s Paul Riario — armed with a Charvel Jake E. Lee signature model guitar — hits the gritty streets of New York City with D'Addario's new NYXL strings.</p> <p> The goal? To put NYXL strings into the hands of New Yorkers (and a superhero or two) to see if the strings really do "allow you to strum harder, stay in tune better and bend further."</p> <p>Several guest stars — from Testament's Alex Skolnick to the Naked Cowboy to Spiderman to guitarist Wayne Krantz — seem to agree the strings hold up to the test!</p> <p>For more information about D'Addario's NYXL strings, visit <a href="http://www.nyxlstory.com/">nyxlstory.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yePDRnWahLg?list=UUqHkFMEmOPFO3ahcrrBAj4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-paul-riario-puts-daddarios-nyxl-strings-test-new-york-city-video#comments Alex Skolnick D'Addario Paul Riario Accessories Videos News Features Gear Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:58:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22578 Fender Introduces Adam Clayton Jazz Bass Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-introduces-adam-clayton-jazz-bass-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Fender has introduced its Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Throughout the entire phenomenal history of the band, the music of U2 has been underpinned by the gracefully muscular bass work of Adam Clayton. His impeccable groove and expansive tone form the sonic foundation of one of the biggest bands in the history of rock music, never more powerfully than today.</p> <p>Fender’s Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar puts his rock solid sound and style in bassists’ hands, with elegant appointments and elemental tone, including two potent Fender Custom Shop pickups and a beautiful Sherwood Green Metallic gloss finish with matching headstock.</p> <p>Other premium features include a maple neck with a custom “C”-shaped profile and vintage style heel truss-rod adjustment, 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets and white pearloid block inlays, four-ply white pearloid pickguard, vintage-style black plastic Jazz Bass control knobs, vintage-style high-mass bridge (combination string-through-body/top-load), vintage Style “lollipop” tuners and a deluxe black hard-shell case with orange interior.</p> <p>“I played (my Sherwood Green 1965 Jazz Bass) a lot on the ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ tour and I really love it,” said Clayton. “It had a great sound and the pickups were really, really punchy. I got Fender to clone the bass I had, but rather than make it an exact replica of my beat-up Sherwood Green bass, I said, ‘Let’s make it pretty; let’s make it as beautiful as we can and make it all new.’ So, they put this together for me. … This is a great bass. I’ve been using it on the new album and I’m going to be playing it live.”</p> <p>For more information regarding the bass, visit <a href="http://www.fender.com/features/adam-clayton/">fender.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EHGKzT2cfR8" 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="/u2">U2</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-introduces-adam-clayton-jazz-bass-guitar#comments Adam Clayton Fender FMIC Specialty Brands U2 Videos Bass Guitars News Gear Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:41:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22601 It Might Get Weird: The Frirsz Filmocaster Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/it-might-get-weird-frirsz-filmocaster-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>We’ve seen many weird guitars made out of strange materials (a bull’s skull, a girl mannequin and a toilet seat, to name a few), but a film reel is one of the most unusual items we’ve ever encountered used for a guitar body. </p> <p>What’s even more unusual is that this highly unorthodox guitar, called the Filmocaster, was conceived and built by Nicholas Frirsz, who has specialized in building violins for four decades. </p> <p> “I’ve made my living building classic violins by hand,” Frirsz says, “so I was surprised by the enthusiastic reaction to these guitars. I sent photos of the prototype to friends, and they sent them to their friends. Now I get emails from all over the world asking about the Filmocaster.”</p> <p> The Filmocaster’s body is made from a vintage, art deco–style Goldberg Brothers film reel from the Thirties. “I discovered one in an antique shop in Vermont,” Frirsz recalls. “I began to think about saving this little part of film history and bringing it to a brand new audience. This reel reminds me of matinees and audiences that packed cinemas back then. My apprentices found 40 of them in a warehouse, so I’m limiting production to just 40 guitars.”</p> <p> Frirsz offers the Filmocaster with various options. One has a built-in five-watt amp and speaker, and another has a Korg Kaossilator Pro controller. “Every guitar has a little something special added in,” Frirsz explains. “Some have classic vintage humbuckers while others have handwound hot rods. </p> <p>The Stetsbar tremolo does not require a recessed pocket for installation, and it’s smooth as silk. The reel is cast aluminum, so the weight is light and the body is completely grounded and shielded, which makes it a good, quiet ax for the studio and stage. This is a functional piece of art with historical significance, and it’s a really smoking guitar.”</p> <p> The price for a base model Filmocaster starts at $3,000.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://frirszmusic.com/filmocaster">frirszmusic.com/filmocaster</a>.</p> <p><em>Have you created a custom work of guitar art suitable for It Might Get Weird? Email us at soundingboard@guitarworld.com.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/it-might-get-weird-frirsz-filmocaster-guitar#comments It Might Get Weird October 2014 Electric Guitars News Gear Magazine Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:42:49 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22598 Review: Carr Skylark Guitar Amp http://www.guitarworld.com/review-carr-skylark-guitar-amp <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the December 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-december-14-slipknot/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DecemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>The combo amp has gone in and out of style over the years, reaching an initial peak in the mid Sixties before CBS purchased Fender and getting another bump in popularity during the Seventies when Mesa/Boogie hit the scene. </p> <p>Today, numerous combo amp models are available to choose from, but few companies offer variety comparable to Carr, which makes 10 different combo models. </p> <p>The Skylark is the latest addition to the company’s lineup, and it packs a ton of versatile features into its compact chassis.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NQeXiNXaqj0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-carr-skylark-guitar-amp#comments Carr Amplifiers December 2014 Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:27:21 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22526 Review: ESP E-II ST-2 Rosewood RDB Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-e-ii-st-2-rosewood-rdb-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p> Any guitar that features a flat top, double cutaways, dual humbuckers and a locking Floyd Rose is typically pigeonholed as a “shredder’s guitar,” suggesting a predetermined limit of expression and application. </p> <p> In fact, the platform was originally conceived to correct performance-limiting design flaws and, consequently, addressed the requirements of technically proficient virtuosos, helping them to develop their talents fully. </p> <p> A handful of modern luthiers have refined the style over the past 30 years, and ESP now joins this small club with the new, Japanese-built E-II Series ST-2. (The E-II guitars replace the company’s Standard Series.) It’s a true player’s machine that rivals the finest contemporary guitars for playability, and at less than half the typical price. </p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong></p> <p> ESP traditionally builds guitar bodies from alder or ash, largely because these are the tonewoods that look best when stained. However, as a first for the company, the ST-2 offers a basswood foundation topped with flamed maple. (Basswood is preferred by some players for its ability to produce clear, balanced tones through high levels of gain.) </p> <p> The 25 1/2–inch maple neck has a rosewood fingerboard and is bolted into an ideally leveled pocket, maximizing attack characteristics and ensuring that the string action is nearly identical across all 22 extra-jumbo frets. The neck’s U-shaped profile is thin by any standard, but it’s just chunky enough to provide stable resonance and completely formed tones—you won’t find a weak note anywhere on this neck. </p> <p> An original Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo floats on the same angle as the neck in a pull-up-friendly route. DiMarzio’s Steve Blucher created the direct-mounted, split-coil humbuckers to specifically match the ST-2’s intended versatility. The single-coil tap is activated by pulling the tone pot, and the controls are closely spaced below the bridge pickup where the picking hand ends its strumming arc, parallel to the free-hanging whammy bar. The right-angled output jack is another nice touch and is ideally positioned so that the guitar’s cord can be tucked behind your strap.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE </strong></p> <p> Plugged or unplugged, the ST-2 is acoustically correct, presenting tones that sound rich but are never out of balance or lacking definition. Through a clean amp, the guitar exhibits bass attack that is pleasantly soft, with deep and uncolored overall tonality. Singlecoil mode maintains the humbuckers’ volume and is expectedly more crisp but without squawk or Texas spice. </p> <p> As more gain is introduced to the humbuckers, the bass becomes tighter and the DiMarzios’ complexity is more apparent. Clarity isn’t diminished by higher gain. On the contrary, the ST-2 seems to breathe deeper and respond more dynamically when handling a hot signal. </p> <p> For the most part, the ST-2’s voice, attitude and nuance are created by the player’s touch—it does exactly what it’s told.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,558<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER:</strong> The ESP Guitar Company, <a href="http://www.espguitars.com/">espguitars.com</a></p> <p> A push/pull tone pot taps the humbuckers for single-coil operation, offering more tonal cut without altering volume. Low, buzz-free action and consistent note volume are evident across all 22 extrajumbo frets, creating a near-perfect playing experience.</p> <p> <strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong>: Whether you want a guitar that can keep up with your fingers or one that delivers sonic balance and uncompromised performance, ESP’s E-II series ST-2 is the valedictorian of 2014’s midpriced class.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tWaFArudSho" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-e-ii-st-2-rosewood-rdb-guitar-video#comments ESP Guitars September 2014 Electric Guitars News Gear Magazine Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:19:57 +0000 Eric Kirkland, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21793 Review: Lace Pickups USA Ultra Slim Acoustic Sensor Pickup — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-lace-pickups-usa-ultra-slim-acoustic-sensor-pickup-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the December 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-december-14-slipknot/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DecemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>For those of us who dabble on resonator guitars, finding a way to amplify the distinctive sound of these wood- or metal-bodied instruments can be a challenge. </p> <p>Resonator guitars have traditionally been built without electronics because they are designed to be loud enough for acoustic duties, thanks to their intricate metal-cone soundboards that project the instrument’s uniquely complex tone. But if you’re trying to compete with amplified instruments, you’ll invariably want to add a pickup to your resonator. </p> <p>Unfortunately, many aftermarket resonator pickups require professional installation, but thankfully, Lace Music makes the process easy with its USA Ultra Slim Acoustic Sensor pickup. 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The Archon’s lush distortion and singing clean channel tones are all here in a 25-watt package (switchable to 13 watts via the back panel). </p> <p>The Archon 25’s wattage makes the amp easier to push to optimum performance — tube amps sound best when pushed a little — and it gets there at a lower volume, which is a huge benefit not only at home, but also in the studio and on the stage. Recording with an amp at lower volumes allows for a cleaner signal and a truer tone, and keep the soundman happy by not blowing out the other members of the band.</p> <p>The Archon 25 features Volume, Treble, Middle and Bass controls for each channel. There is also a Master Volume control for each channel and global Depth and Presence for added control. The Archon’s 6L6/EL34 tube option is replaced here with 5881’s, which offer extended high end while maintaining the Archon’s signature crunch.</p> <p>PRS Artist Emil Werstler on the Archon 25 Combo, “It’s a pretty surprising amp. One of the main reasons I play this amp is that it has a rare feature for a high gain amp, and that is that it actually has a clean channel. It’s very lightweight, and you can drive external cabinets with it. It feels the same [as the original Archon]. The only difference is it’s obviously very small and you can’t complain about carting it upstairs anymore.”</p> <p>Bottom line, the Archon 25 keeps all the tone and flexibility of the Archon family intact, is a little more forgiving than its 100 and 50 watt big brothers, and won’t break your back every time you load in for a gig. </p> <p>For complete specifications, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/archon25/">prsguitars.com/archon25</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/17IkuQCE-uU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-expands-archon-amplifier-family-archon-25-combo-video#comments PRS Guitars Videos Amps News Gear Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:15:28 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22584 PRS Guitars Announces Dustie Waring Limited Edition Floyd Custom 24 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-announces-dustie-waring-limited-edition-floyd-custom-24-video <!--paging_filter--><p>PRS Guitars has introduced its new Dustie Waring Limited Edition Floyd Custom 24 guitar.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Between the Buried and Me have a sound that is heavy yet melodic, lush but menacing — a tone that rhythm guitarist Dustie Waring achieves with PRS guitars and amps. </p> <p>Since 2008, Waring has traditionally used a PRS Custom 24 outfitted with Floyd Rose tremolo system on tour and in the studio. Recently, Waring and PRS Guitars got together to create a limited-edition signature model that would look and sound even more vicious than his current PRS guitar.</p> <p>The new PRS Dustie Waring Limited Edition takes the ‘Floyd’ Custom 24 platform and adds unique features Waring specified to make his perfect PRS, including Dustie Waring signature DiMarzio humbucking pickups. Waring’s signature pickups were designed to cover the spectrum from pristine cleans to heavy rhythm chords, all with no harsh trebles or mushy bottom end. Paired with black hardware and a satin finish, these guitars have a look that is as sophisticated and menacing as Waring’s tone.</p> <p>“I can’t see myself playing anything else. They are perfect instruments that you can get any tone you want out of, and they look absolutely baddass,” Waring said.</p> <p>Other features of the new Dustie Waring Signature limited edition model include carved figured maple top, mahogany back, 25” scale length, 24 fret rock maple neck, an “Original” Floyd Rose tremolo, PRS Phase III locking tuners, glow-in-the-dark sidedots and PRS Bird inlays. </p> <p><strong>While there is no cap to the number of Dustie Waring signature guitars that will be made, the order window is limited to October 8 through December 15, 2014. Contact your Authorized PRS Dealer to place your order. For more about this model, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/dustiewaring/">prsguitars.com</a>.</strong></p> <p>The announcement of Waring’s model comes on the heels of Between the Buried and Me’s release of their new DVD, <em>Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium</em>. This project is in contrast with the band's live stage productions and features the band in a small studio that provides an intimate setting for their performance of <em>The Future Sequence</em> in its entirety. </p> <p>The DVD is available at <a href="http://www.metalblade.com/us/">Metalblade.com</a> and through <a href="http://www.betweentheburiedandme.com/">betweentheburiedandme.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RECrKRsohcs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-announces-dustie-waring-limited-edition-floyd-custom-24-video#comments Between the Buried and Me Dustie Waring PRS Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:47:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22583 EVH Launches 5150III 1X12 50-Watt Combo Guitar Amp http://www.guitarworld.com/evh-launches-5150iii-1x12-50-watt-combo-guitar-amp <!--paging_filter--><p>After nearly three years in development, EVH is pleased to announce the launch of the 5150III 1x12 50-watt combo amplifier. </p> <p>This is not your average 1x12 combo by any stretch. In line with Eddie Van Halen’s legacy, this 1x12 is a true game changer, making players swear they’re standing in front of a half-stack.</p> <p>The EVH 5150III 1x12 is an all-tube combo amp, featuring three channels of pure 5150-III high performance tone (clean, crunch and lead). Fitted with a single 12-inch Celestion, 16-ohm speaker and powered by seven JJ ECC83 (12AX7) preamp tubes and two JJ 6L6 power tubes, it also features front-panel adjustable power output from 50 watts down to one watt. The adjustable power feature is especially useful in achieving “fully cranked” sounds while maintaining reasonable overall volume levels.</p> <p>Features include a single input, rear-panel selectable output impedance (4, 8 or 16 ohms), versatile controls (gain, low, mid, high, volume, master presence, rear-panel master resonance, power level, reverb), built-in DSP reverb, rear-panel MIDI input and preamp output, two rear-panel parallel speaker outputs, rear-panel effects loop and headphone jack (mutes power amp), and four-button footswitch (controls all three channels and reverb).</p> <p>Top-notch construction features a custom-shaped birch cabinet with special and exclusive internal baffling, vintage-style chicken-head control knobs, red jewel, plastic top strap handle and casters. A fitted cover is optional. Available in Black and Ivory.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.evhgear.com/">evhgear.com</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/EVH%205150III%201x12%2050W%20Combo.jpg" width="620" height="590" alt="EVH 5150III 1x12 50W Combo.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/evh-launches-5150iii-1x12-50-watt-combo-guitar-amp#comments EVH FMIC Specialty Brands Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:21:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22582 Gibson Introduces Seven-String Les Paul Classic Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/gibson-introduces-seven-string-les-paul-classic-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Gibson has introduced its new Les Paul Classic 7 String — the first ever seven-string Les Paul.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>For too long the luthiers at Gibson have reserved the seven-string guitars for other popular models like the Flying V and Explorer, but no longer! </p> <p>The Les Paul Classic 7-String is here to lay down the low down for the single-cut rock machine, with superb power and versatility, and all the iconic looks that made the Les Paul a Classic in the first place. </p> <p>The mahogany body with traditional weight-relief and carved maple top form the foundation, while the glued-in mahogany neck with one-piece rosewood fingerboard all stick to the 24.75” scale length for the playing feel you’ve come to love. A Seymour Duncan ’59+ in the neck position and hot JB in the bridge blast out scorching humbucker tones, with push-pull coil splitting for brighter single-coil sound, and there’s an onboard 15 dB Turbo Boost when you really need to blow the house down. </p> <p>The popular SlimTaper neck profile helps you maintain speed and playing ease across the full seven strings, and feels great from low-string riffing to high-fret wailing. The Les Paul Classic 7-String comes protected in a Vintage Brown Gibson hardshell case.</p> <p>Check out the photo gallery below, and <a href="http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Les-Paul-Classic-7-String.aspx">head here for more information</a>, including specs 'n' such.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gibson-introduces-seven-string-les-paul-classic-guitar#comments Gibson Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:55:56 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22567 Review: Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor http://www.guitarworld.com/review-boss-gp-10-guitar-processor <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the December 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-december-14-slipknot/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DecemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>A certain school of guitarists have adopted the mantra “WWJD,” which, of course, means “What Would Jimi Dig?” </p> <p>I have no doubt that if Hendrix were still alive and jamming, he’d be all over the Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor for its powerful combination of traditional tones, synth textures and stringed instrument emulations as well as for its instant access to alternate tunings and numerous other features. </p> <p>The COSM V-Guitar technology behind the Boss GP-10 has been around for a while now (since 1995, to be exact), but the GP-10 makes that technology both more affordable and more powerful than ever. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3824043892001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3824043892001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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This is one of those times!</p> <p>Below, check out a 2.5-minute demo video of the Epiphone Wildkat in Wine Red. </p> <p>This smaller-body, semi-hollow guitar has two P-90R Dogear Classic pickups, a Bigsby B70 vibrato <a href="http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Archtop/Wildkat.aspx">and a lot more.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/C9r4mrPgXCA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/epiphone-wildkat-wine-red-guitar-center-demo-video#comments Epiphone Guitar Center Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:50:11 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22555