Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/all en Demo Video: Eventide H9 Core Harmonizer Stompbox http://www.guitarworld.com/demo-video-eventide-h9-core-harmonizer-stompbox <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video, Alan Chaput from Eventide demos the company's new Eventide H9 Core.</p> <p>The H9 Core delivers the sounds of Eventide’s H910 and H949 harmonizers, the prized studio processors used on stage by Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen. All of Eventide’s stompbox effects, including new H9 exclusives, UltraTap Delay and Resonator, can be added to H9 Core.</p> <p>H9 Core features a simple, one-knob user interface and is fully featured as a standalone stompbox.</p> <p>Using H9 Core with the H9 Control app for Windows, OSX (via USB) or iOS (wirelessly via Bluetooth) makes creating and managing presets, live control and in-app algorithm purchases easy. H9 owners can sync up to five H9s to a single Eventide.com account so their H9 algorithms can be used by five H9s simultaneously.</p> <p>For more about the Eventide H9 Core, visit <a href="http://www.eventide.com/AudioDivision/Products/StompBoxes/H9.aspx">eventide.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gp6fEnxm0cU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/demo-video-eventide-h9-core-harmonizer-stompbox#comments Eventide Videos Effects News Gear Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:24:53 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21021 Review: Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbucker Pickups http://www.guitarworld.com/review-seymour-duncan-whole-lotta-humbucker-pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>London in the early Seventies was the center of the guitar universe, the place where some of the greatest players of the classic rock era were living, performing and recording. </p> <p>Seymour Duncan was there too, sought by the famous and soon-to-be-famous for his skills as a guitar tech and his ability to uniquely rewind a pickup so that it matched a player’s voice and style. </p> <p>Duncan’s pickups were an ingredient in the signature tones of guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page and scores of others. </p> <p>One of the era’s most recognizable and iconic sounds came via one of Page’s Gibson Les Pauls that Duncan loaded with a pair of his specially rewound humbuckers, known for their incredibly powerful, clear top end, unbridled midrange and multidimensional crunch tone. Seymour Duncan’s new Whole Lotta Humbucker set of bridge and neck pickups precisely recreates that magical tone and provides access to the legendary sounds that forever changed the world of rock guitar and inspired millions to begin their musical journey. </p> <p><strong>Features</strong><br /> Seymour Duncan builds these pickups with the balanced magnetic field offered by rough-cast Alnico 5 magnets and 42-gauge plain-enamel wire, wound in his special pattern. As is typical, the bridge model is hotter than the neck version, but both have the characteristically raw, overdriven effect on the amp. Four-conductor leads allow players to tap coils or set up phase-inverted tone colorations, and Duncan is offering them with black bobbins or nickel covers. </p> <p><strong>Performance</strong><br /> Tone may be subjective, and it is certainly dependent on the player and other equipment, but playing the Whole Lotta Humbucker set through a Marshall half stack is history incarnate. It’s scary to hear this tone recreated so accurately, and it’s enlightening to experience how much of the player’s intention can be captured by a truly great set of pickups. What’s just as interesting is how nuanced and energetic these medium output pickups of yesteryear sound when combined with modern high gain horsepower. </p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> black, $269 (set); nickel, $319.99 (set)</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Seymour Duncan, <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">seymourduncan.com</a></p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong><br /> Whether you’ve spent a lifetime lusting after this tone or are just now realizing that vintage recreations are the key to discovering your personal sound, Seymour Duncan’s Whole Lotta Humbucker is a timeless work of copper-wound art. </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="myExperience2888632846001" 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="2888632846001" /> </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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All three feature volume and fuzz controls, true-bypass switching, a laser-bright status LED, AC power jack and easy-access battery door while they retain the classic round shape and skip-pad “nose” of the original, albeit at less than one-third the overall size. In fact, using right-angle plugs, one can fit all three Fuzz Face Minis into a space a little larger than the footprint of an original Fuzz Face. </p> <p>The Germanium Fuzz Face Mini uses slightly mismatched germanium transistors just like the first version of the Fuzz Face featured in the Sixties. The Silicon Fuzz Face Mini offers the same specs as an original 1970 Fuzz Face and features a matched pair of BC108 silicon transistors. The Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Mini offers a circuit identical to that of Dunlop’s JHF1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face, based on Hendrix’s own Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face from 1969–’70 and featuring BC108 silicon transistors.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>The magic of a Fuzz Face is how well it integrates into the signal chain, becoming an active, dynamic part of it instead of just a component to switch in or out at will. The square-wave distortion it produces is undeniably over the top, but it’s warm, smooth and one of only a rare few true fuzz effects that sounds good with chords. </p> <p>The distortion cleans up nicely when the guitar’s volume control is backed down just slightly, allowing players to easily dial in the desired fuzz effect, from just a touch of hair to full-on fuzz assault at will. The Silicon and Jimi Hendrix versions deliver the most gain, with the Hendrix being the less aggressive of the two, while the Germanium version sounds sweeter and darker. </p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $170.61 (each)</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Dunlop Manufacturing, <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/">jimdunlop.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong></p> <p>The pedals have circuits identical to full-size Fuzz Face pedals, true-bypass switching, status LEDs, AC adapter jacks, and easy-access battery compartments.</p> <p>The Silicon and Jimi Hendrix versions feature BC108 silicon transistors while the Germanium version has a mismatched pair of germanium transistors</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>Reducing both the size and price of the legendary Fuzz Face, the three Fuzz Face Mini pedals provide three distinct classic fuzz flavors that deserve spots on your pedal board.</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="myExperience2888630536001" 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="2888630536001" /> </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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Black Winter six-, seven- and eight-string versions are available in either a bridge or neck version or in a complete calibrated set.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">seymourduncan.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X-BR30u7En0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-seymour-duncan-releases-black-winter-pickups-seven-and-eight-string-guitars#comments Seymour Duncan Accessories News Gear Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:41:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21004 Review: Tweak and Destroy — Randall Thrasher Head http://www.guitarworld.com/review-tweak-and-destroy-randall-thrasher-head <!--paging_filter--><p>For the last 25 years or so, Randall amplifiers have played an influential role in shaping the sound of modern metal. </p> <p>Dimebag Darrell’s preference for Randall amps like the RG-100 and his signature Warhead model completely changed metal guitarists’ minds about the virtues of solid-state amps. </p> <p>Back in 2005, Randall raised approving eyebrows with their revolutionary MTS Series tube amps, featuring modular preamps designed by Bruce Egnater, which were endorsed by Kirk Hammett, Scott Ian and George Lynch. That led to the development of Randall Signature Series amps for Hammett, Ian and Lynch.</p> <p>In April 2012, Randall announced a new partnership with design engineer Mike Fortin of Fortin Amplification, known for his acclaimed high-gain tube amp designs. As a result, Randall has introduced two entirely new amp lines designed by Fortin—the Thrasher Series and RD Diavlo Series—that usher in a new era of all-tube amps designed for the modern metal connoisseur. </p> <p>With the exception of their current signature models (which include amps designed for Nuno Bettencourt, Ola Englund, Hammet, Ian and Lynch), the Thrasher head is the current reigning flagship overlord of Randall’s current amp offerings, providing a bone-crushing 120 watts of output and some of the biggest, baddest sounds ever to emanate from four glowing tubes.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong></p> <p>The Randall Thrasher head is big beast of an amp, harnessing the power of four 6L6 power amp tubes and six 12AX7 preamp tubes to provide 120 watts of output with incredibly saturated gain. It features two fully independent channels (clean and gain), each with its own volume, gain, bass, middle and treble controls, and three-position shift switch to change each channels voicing. </p> <p>Both channels share a boost switch; when engaged, it boosts Channel 2 by a preset amount, but Channel 1 has a boost knob that lets the user control the amount of gain. Channel 1 (the gain channel) additionally has separate high-frequency and low-frequency gain controls, and Channel 2 (clean) includes a bright switch. </p> <p>The master section has master volume, depth and presence controls. Separate 1/4-inch input jacks are provided for guitars with passive or active pickups, and a channel-selection switch is located beneath the inputs in case you want to select channels without a foot controller.</p> <p>The Thrasher’s rear panel is loaded with professional features that recording engineers and guitar techs dream of alike. In addition to a wide array of speaker output jacks, the rear panel features XLR emulated and 1/4-inch raw line outputs with a ground-lift switch, and an effect loop with series and parallel return jacks and adjustable send level. There are also voltmeter test points and bias controls, and two 1/4-inch footswitch jacks for engaging the effect loop and selecting channels and the boost functions using the included two-button footswitch controller.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE </strong></p> <p>When it comes to modern high-gain metal tones, the Thrasher is simply mind blowing. The preamp’s multiple gain stages produce layer upon layer of harmonically rich textures that sound like several guitars playing at once. Channel 1’s separate low- and high-frequency gain controls provide incredible tone sculpting power. </p> <p>By boosting the high-frequency gain and turning down the low-frequency gain, upper strings benefit from greater sustain and compression while the bottom end retains crunch, definition and fast attack. These controls are particularly useful for guitarists playing seven- or eight-string or baritone guitars. Even with the gain boosted to the max, the amp produces virtually imperceptible white noise, making a noise gate unnecessary unless you need an on/off clamp for palm muting or other rhythmic effects.</p> <p>The clean channel is equally impressive in its own right, producing crystalline highs, robust mids and tight percussive bass. The clean channel’s headroom is impressive, but if you want overdrive crunch, it’s available by engaging the boost switch. I’m not a fan of reverb on high-powered amp heads, so I’m glad it’s absent here, but the clean tones sound phenomenal with a digital reverb unit patched into the effect loop. </p> <p>While the Thrasher ships with 6L6 tubes, it can accommodate EL34 or 6550/KT88 tubes as well. I installed a quartet of 6550s into it, made the appropriate bias adjustments, and was blown away at the massive, chunky and tight tones that emanated forth. If you prefer smoother and more compressed tones, EL34 tubes are the way to go, but no matter what type of tube you choose, the Randall Thrasher delivers the goods when you want the power and the glory of today’s most aggressive high-gain tones.</p> <p><strong>CHEAT SHEET</strong></p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,699.99</p> <p><strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Randall/U.S. Music Corp., <a href="http://www.randallamplifiers.com/">randallamplifiers.com</a></p> <p>A two-channel 120-watt amp head featuring separate gain and clean channels, each with its own boost switch.</p> <p>The gain channel features high-frequency and low-frequency gain controls that allow guitarists to sculpt incredibly complex tones.</p> <p>Voltmeter test points and bias controls make it easy to swap tube types or ensure optimum performance at gigs and on the road.</p> <p>Three-position shift controls for each channel change the voicing of the tone stacks, giving users even greater control over the amp’s tonal character and response.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong></p> <p>Connoisseurs of high-gain tones will immediately want to experience the powerful capabilities of the Randall Thrasher, which is likely to go down in history as a legendary amp in metal guitar circles.</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="myExperience2979780247001" 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="2979780247001" /> </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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There, consumers have been able to hand-select instrument bodies and necks, and personally design their own unique instrument, before having it built and delivered to them within a matter of months. </p> <p><strong>Now, Fender is able to provide this program only to people throughout the United States via an innovative digital platform configurator tool on its website at <a href="http://www.fender.com/american-design/">fender.com/american-design</a>.</strong></p> <p>Several professional artists have designed their own instruments with the American Design Experience, including Neon Trees’ Branden Campbell, the Cult’s Billy Duffy, thenewno2’s Dhani Harrison, Joe Robinson and Taylor Swift’s Amos Heller. Consumers can view these artists’ designs — and others — at Fender’s website for inspiration.</p> <p>"I've always loved the vintage hot rod vibe that Fender brings with their guitars,” Campbell said. “I've often had to buy two different basses to piece together the features I wanted. Now I have the option to get what I want the first time.”</p> <p>Within the new online offering, there are multiple options — including body and neck woods and designs, color finishes, pickup and electronics configurations and more — that lead the user to more than a million potential design outcomes.</p> <p>Check out the photo gallery below.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-announces-american-design-experience-allows-musicians-design-their-own-guitars-and-basses#comments Fender Fender Guitars News Gear Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:10:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20987 Knaggs Guitars Introduces Tremolo Option and "Double Purfling" Finish http://www.guitarworld.com/knaggs-guitars-introduces-tremolo-option-and-double-purfling-finish <!--paging_filter--><p>Maryland-based Knaggs Guitars has added a tremolo option to its Choptank models.</p> <p> In response to players who prefer the tonal flexibility of a tremolo system, the Choptank Trem features the company’s proprietary solid steel bridge plate and hinge tremolo, which drives increased string vibration into the center of the body, enhancing harmonics, response and sustain only the player can feel. </p> <p>This tremolo is now exclusively available for all of Knagg's Choptank and Severn models.</p> <p>In other Knaggs news, the company has introduced its first "double purling" finish. </p> <p> Joe Knaggs has come up with a method to split guitar tops on solid body electrics into sections by inserting channels and dividing tops, allowing them to be stained in different finishes and color schemes. </p> <p>Customers can now choose their favorite color combinations within one instrument. Check out the two photos in the gallery below.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.knaggsguitars.com">knaggsguitars.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/knaggs-guitars-introduces-tremolo-option-and-double-purfling-finish#comments Knaggs Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:07:31 +0000 Melanie Gottshall http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20977 Video: Jeff Loomis Demos and Discusses Schecter Hellraiser C-7 FR-S http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-demos-and-discusses-schecter-hellraiser-c-7-fr-s <!--paging_filter--><p>Schecter Guitar Research has announced a new addition to its website — a monthly video feature called “Conquering RIFFtopia” featuring Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow of Conquering Dystopia. </p> <p>The videos will include lessons, guitar play-throughs and reviews of new Schecter models, plus tips and tricks from both guitarists.</p> <p>The first release, which you can check out below, features Loomis, who demos and discusses the company's new Hellraiser C-7 FR-S. The guitar features a Sustainiac pickup in the neck position and an EMG 81-7 in the bridge. </p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/media-vault/videos/item/356-conquering-rifftopia-webisode-i">here</a> or watch below to see the debut of “Conquering RIFFtopia."</p> <p>For more about Schecter, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/B6ZVou9eYnU" 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="/jeff-loomis">Jeff Loomis</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-demos-and-discusses-schecter-hellraiser-c-7-fr-s#comments Conquering Dystopia Jeff Loomis Keith Merrow Schecter Schecter Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Melanie Gottshall http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20981 Dean Zelinsky Announces Issuance of Patent for Z-Glide Neck http://www.guitarworld.com/dean-zelinsky-announces-issuance-patent-z-glide-neck <!--paging_filter--><p>Dean Zelinsky, CEO of Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars, has announced the issuance of his patent for a new guitar neck design. </p> <p>Intellectual property rights include the strategic texturing of the backside of a guitar neck to reduce friction and increase the playability of a guitar.</p> <p>The new design is marketed as the Z-Glide Reduced Friction Neck. The Z-Glide greatly improves the overall playability and feel of the guitar and addresses that undesirable, tacky neck feel when a sweaty palm meets a conventional, glossy guitar neck.</p> <p>The Z-Glide is available exclusively on Zelinsky's line of Private Label Guitars, sold only factory direct in the U.S. through his online store, <a href="http://deanzelinsky.com/">deanzelinsky.com</a>. Internationally, the guitars are sold through Zelinsky’s streamline distribution channel, an exclusive top retailer in each country.</p> <p>“I couldn’t be more pleased with the issuance of this patent as 70 percent of the guitars we sell have the Z-Glide neck," Zelinsky said. "This number is about to increase as we recently developed the technology to put the Z-Glide on our set-neck single cutaway guitars. </p> <p>"The response to the feel and improved playability of our Z-Glide neck is so good, I can see a day where we no longer build guitars with conventional necks." The company will debut its new line of basses in June, exclusively with the Z-Glide Neck through Thomann Musik in Europe.</p> <p>Patent number 8,637,753 includes altering the surface area on the back of a guitar neck, creating a pattern of depressions and ridges, leaving less surface area for the palm and/or thumb to contact resulting in reducing or eliminating tackiness on the neck.</p> <p><strong>You can check out the Z-Glide neck in the video below. NOTE: The camera shows a close-up around 5:50.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Svjou1B0Qmg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-09%20at%2011.45.38%20AM.png" width="620" height="364" alt="Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 11.45.38 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dean-zelinsky-announces-issuance-patent-z-glide-neck#comments Dean Zelinsky Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars Accessories News Gear Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:48:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20976 Fender Announces Major League Baseball-Themed Stratocasters http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-announces-major-league-baseball-themed-stratocasters <!--paging_filter--><p>Fender has announced its new line of MLB-themed electric guitars. </p> <p>Each Fender Stratocaster guitar will feature official team logos along with custom designed landmark imagery unique to the team’s market, as well as a “MLB” logo adorning the neck plate.</p> <p>The initial group of team guitars available in 2014 includes the Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. Also available is a Minnesota Twins All-Star Game guitar that features unique Minnesota imagery in honor of the team hosting the Midsummer Classic in 2014. </p> <p>In addition, each guitar features an alder body, maple neck with a modern “C”-shape and 21 medium jumbo frets, three standard single-coil Strat pickups, six-saddle vintage-style synchronized tremolo, five-position switch, master volume and tone knobs, and standard gig bag. </p> <p>“Fender and Major League Baseball are all-American originals,” said Justin Norvell, Fender marketing vice president. “Through this relationship, we’re excited to ‘team up’ to provide one-of-a-kind collectibles for musicians and baseball fans alike. The connections are intrinsic — baseball bats and guitars are both made from maple and ash, and tons of ballplayers are guitar players. We’ve had more casual or informal connections with players and teams for years, so this further solidifies a relationship we’ve long valued and enjoyed.”</p> <p>Fender and MLB officially launched their relationship during the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at the New York Mets Citi Field by selling limited edition MLB All-Star Game Stratocaster guitars. Now, baseball fans throughout the United States can craft their own rock ‘n’ roll classics while representing their favorite MLB teams.</p> <p>These instruments are available (to U.S. consumers only) at <a href="http://www.fender.com/features/mlb/">fender.com/mlb</a> and <a href="http://shop.mlb.com/home/index.jsp">shop.mlb.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-announces-major-league-baseball-themed-stratocasters#comments Fender Major League Baseball Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:37:07 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20966 New Gear: Meet the Pykmax "High Performance Guitar Pick" — with Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/new-gear-meet-pykmax-high-performance-guitar-pick-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Pro Music Marketing Inc. has announced the release of its Pykmax High Performance Guitar Picks. </p> <p>The pick, the result of a multi-year design and engineering effort, features a patented ergonomic design that fits the hand comfortably and eliminates traditional muscle pressure associated with gripping traditional picks.</p> <p>“The guitar pick has always been somewhat of an obstacle for many beginning and intermediate players," says Jeremy Milikow, CEO of Pro Music Marketing. </p> <p>"Pykmax enables those players to concentrate more on playing great music and less on gripping the guitar pick.”</p> <p> According to the company, guitarists of all skill levels — who chose to participate in a pre-market trial — agreed that Pykmax "dramatically increases comfort while enhancing picking speed and precision."</p> <p> Pykmax was conceived and developed by Noam Sander, president of Pro Music Marketing, when he was a student at Berklee College of Music. Sander was exploring new tools and techniques that could help advance his playing level. He felt the guitar pick should be redesigned so that it could fit more firmly and comfortably, which could lead to greater speed and control and new techniques.</p> <p>Pykmax is available in two right-handed body sizes, small and medium. </p> <p>From the company: </p> <p>"The small size is perfect for children up the age of approximately 15 and for adults with small hands. The medium size is great for most adult players. Three plectrum gauges are offered for each body size. 0.60mm, 0.88mm and 1.00mm. Pykmax plectrums are precision injected molded from Delrin. Standard Pykmax packaging includes one body and one plectrum mounted on the body." </p> <p>The standard retail price is $12. Pykmax is available in the U.S. on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pykmax-Performance-Guitar-0-88mm-Plectrum/dp/B00FSDB7MO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1396895775&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Pykmax">Amazon.com.</a></p> <p>For more about Pykmax, visit <a href="http://www.pykmax.com/">pykmax.com</a>, check it out on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PyKmax">Facebook</a> and watch the two videos below. The top video explains Pykmax; the bottom is a Pykmax demo featuring a cover of Dream Theater's "The Best of Times" by Bar Bitran.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/i6KKswOW93k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_frW1UMvJ5k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-gear-meet-pykmax-high-performance-guitar-pick-demo-video#comments PykMax Accessories Videos News Gear Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:54:53 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20954 StringDog Announces Sonic Hybrid 946 Electric Guitar Strings http://www.guitarworld.com/stringdog-announces-sonic-hybrid-946-electric-guitar-strings <!--paging_filter--><p>StringDog has announced its new Sonic Hybrid 946 electric guitar strings. </p> <p>The new strings — the company's first hybrid gauge product — offer a quality nickel wrap over a hexagonal core for strength and durability. </p> <p>The set is balanced, providing articulate, bendable highs, with full round lows. As with all of StringDog’s electric strings, Sonics will break in quickly and stand up to rigorous performing.</p> <p>“Sonics are a response to receiving more and more requests for Hybrid and custom gauge sets," says Nathan Ferrarelli, StringDog’s president. </p> <p>"A .10 to .52 gauge is something we are considering adding to the Sonic product line, as well as the viability of offering custom sets," he adds. </p> <p>“There are two acoustic lines we would like to release in 2014. We are now researching the market and developing specifications to test different tonal qualities, variations and materials. Our goal is to offer players quality acoustic strings to go along with our premium electric products.”</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://stringdog.net/">stringdog.net</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/stringdog-announces-sonic-hybrid-946-electric-guitar-strings#comments StringDog Accessories News Gear Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:36:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20953 Review: Strymon Big Sky Reverb Pedal http://www.guitarworld.com/review-strymon-big-sky-reverb-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This video is bonus content related to the May 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://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-may-14-zakk-wylde-joe-satriani/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=MayVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Not too long ago, when guitarists wanted great sounding, studio-quality reverb, they had to haul around a big rack and pay a fortune for a MIDI foot controller if they wanted to access more than one preset while performing. </p> <p>The only portable options were built-in spring reverb (which sounds great but is limited) or small digital reverb pedals (which are more versatile but sound grainy and unrealistic). </p> <p>Strymon has solved this problem once and for all with the Big Sky reverb pedal, which places powerful, studio-quality processing into a compact pedal format, much like the company's previous TimeLine and Mobius pedals did with delay and modulation effects, respectively. </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="myExperience3385421337001" 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="3385421337001" /> </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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We start by creating a drone using a HOG2 pedal in the freeze mode." </p> <p>We also noticed a wooden spoon or two!</p> <p>For all the settings heard in the video, check out <a href="http://www.ehx.com/forums/viewthread/7024/">ehx.com/forums</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2eN5sWRTCaQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-electro-harmonix-effectology-vol-28-far-east#comments EHX Electro-Harmonix Videos Effects News Gear Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:00:59 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20941 The Loar Introduces LH-301T Archtop Electric Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/loar-introduces-lh-301t-archtop-electric-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>The Loar has introduced the LH-301T archtop electric guitar.</p> <p>Building the LH-301T was an easy decision for The Loar's workshop after successes with numerous vintage-style archtop and small-body models. </p> <p>"There's something about an electric guitar with resonant chambers; having a fully hollow soundbox really creates a sound that can't be duplicated by any other means," says Travis Atz, the company's director of product development.</p> <p>"After seeing today's popular artists playing hard-to-find vintage versions of this same type of guitar, we knew we had to build something with the same sound and vibe."</p> <p>The LH-301T is a fully hollow, extremely lively electric archtop with a 1-1/2-inch body depth and 16-inch lower bout.</p> <p>Thanks to the 1-11/16-inch nut width and 24-3/4-inch scale, electric players will feel comfortable from the first note. The Loar's single P-90 pickup covers a broad range of tones, from clean and jazzy to crunchy and overdriven.</p> <p>The maple top, back and sides, and comfortable c-shape mahogany neck provide the ideal foundation for a great-sounding guitar that turns heads with tons of vintage vibe.</p> <p>From smoother acoustic tones to aggressive power chords, the LH-301T delivers style, elegance and power for players who want true vintage inspiration.</p> <p>The LH-301T is available in Vintage Sunburst finish and has a street price of $499.99. It comes with The Loar's industry-leading lifetime warranty. </p> <p>For more information about the guitar, visit <a href="http://www.theloar.com/products/archtop-guitars/thinbody-archtop-lh-301-t">theloar.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Bu0IrQFwTnM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/loar-introduces-lh-301t-archtop-electric-guitar#comments The Loar Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:24:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20931