Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/all en EarthQuaker Devices at 2014 Summer NAMM: Afterneath, Palisades, Cloven Hoof Pedals and More — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/earthquaker-devices-2014-summer-namm-afterneath-palisades-cloven-hoof-pedals-and-more-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>Speaking of which, check out the video recap of our visit to the EarthQuaker Devices booth at the show.</p> <p>In the clip, which you can see below, we get the lowdown on the company's Afterneath, Palisades, Cloven Hoof pedals and more.</p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1VCmQC9xyLQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/earthquaker-devices-2014-summer-namm-afterneath-palisades-cloven-hoof-pedals-and-more-demo-video#comments EarthQuaker Devices Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Effects News Gear Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:57:06 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21950 Reverend Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: Bob Balch Signature, Warhawk RT, Bayonet FM and More — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/reverend-guitars-2014-summer-namm-bob-balch-signature-warhawk-rt-bayonet-fm-and-more-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>Speaking of which, check out the video recap of our visit to the Reverend Guitars booth at the show.</p> <p>In the clip, which you can see below, we get the lowdown on the company's Bob Balch Signature model, the Warhawk RT, the Bayonet FM and more.</p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OPGoR-0Vk5Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/reverend-guitars-2014-summer-namm-bob-balch-signature-warhawk-rt-bayonet-fm-and-more-demo-video#comments Reverend Guitars Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:48:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21949 Gear Review: StellarVerb Reverb Pedal by Center Street Electronics http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-stellarverb-reverb-pedal-center-street-electronics <!--paging_filter--><p>Put a Sixties Fender Twin next to a modern Crate practice amp, and you won’t see or hear many similarities — besides reverb. </p> <p>The effect is used to add dimension to your sound and help smooth out dynamics — to sound less like a textbook, if you will. Reverb is, hands down, the reason terrible singers think they sound great in the shower!</p> <p>The StellarVerb by Center Street Electronics is a two-knob, true-bypass reverb pedal. It claims to sit between a hall and a spring reverb. The two knobs are "Tone" and "Reverb Level." The 9-volt power jack along with input/output jacks are mounted on the sides of the pedal. </p> <p>First impression: I thought the Tone knob would be redundant, but the more I played with the pedal, the more it made sense. Turned up, it cops a bright Fender-style spring reverb; rolled back, it’ll give you a darker, ambient reverb. If you simply want your bedroom to sound like Madison Square Garden, leave the Tone at 12 o’clock, and it won’t alter your tone at all.</p> <p><strong>On to the clips!</strong></p> <p><strong>Clip 1</strong>: Using a Strat, I wanted to see how close I could get my Bassman to sound like a Twin Reverb. The StellarVerb’s Tone is cranked up and the Level is about halfway.</p> <p><strong>Clip 2</strong>: I cranked everything up to get a drenched Sixties surf tone.</p> <p><strong>Clip 3</strong>: Here’s a more subtle reverb sound with the Tone at 12 o’clock and the Level barely on.</p> <p><strong>Clip 4</strong>: (After getting requests for heavier sound clips) Here’s an AMT Metalizer after the StellerVerb set with the Tone and Level both around 9 o’clock.</p> <p><strong>Web</strong>: <a href="http://www.centerstreetelectronics.com/stellarverb/">centerstreetelectronics.com/stellarverb</a><br /> <strong>Street Price</strong>: $149.99</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/44686085&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> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QHOH9_bOZW8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-stellarverb-reverb-pedal-center-street-electronics#comments Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown Center Street Electronics Effects Blogs Gear Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:20:26 +0000 Billy Voight http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21947 ESP LTD AS-1FM LB Alex Skolnick Signature Guitar — Review http://www.guitarworld.com/esp-ltd-1fm-lb-alex-skolnick-signature-guitar-review <!--paging_filter--><p>Alex Skolnick is among a few guitarists who have achieved multigenre success and acclaim, first as a wild young gun with the iconic metal thrash band Testament, and then as a tasteful and technically impressive jazzbo with the Alex Skolnick Trio. </p> <p>In recent years, he has become something of a vintage guitar enthusiast. So when ESP approached him about building a signature guitar with his name on it, Skolnick was skeptical that a modern company could create a guitar capable of matching the refined sounds of aged classics. </p> <p>ESP met this lofty challenge and, after rigorous testing by the man himself, is now offering the Alex Skolnick signature model. I tested the budget-friendly AS-1FM LB, which differs in some details to the high-end version but otherwise offers the same bold response, unblemished build quality and significant tonal versatility. </p> <p><strong>Features:</strong> Make no mistake, the Skolnick signature plank is absolutely a modern-built vintage guitar. Forget about weight-relieving contours and thin necks—this is a thick guitar. Elements of ESP’s Eclipse model are evident in the styling, but its design otherwise harkens back to the roots of great guitar building, demonstrating why it’s so hard to beat the tonal matchup of a thick, single-cut mahogany body topped with flamed maple and married to a beefy but oh-so-comfortable U-shaped mahogany neck. </p> <p>Contemporary performance-enhancing elements include a TonePros locking Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece, precise Grover tuners, Dunlop Straploks and extra-jumbo frets. The Seymour Duncan SH-4 (bridge) and SH-1 (neck) humbuckers have dedicated volume knobs but share the master tone pot, which can be pulled to coil split the neck pickup.</p> <p><strong>Performance:</strong> If handed the ESP Skolnick guitar while blindfolded, I might easily assume it to be a true vintage piece, not just for the Fifties-style neck shape and overall weight but also because of its immediacy and loud acoustic response, which brings to my mind the last few chord blasts from the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” It delivers equally powerful spikes in the low and high mids rather than the centered-midrange focus that makes so many all-mahogany guitars sound similar. This opens the top end beyond mahogany’s typically mellow range, making it highly capable of screaming treble harmonics, pick chirps and serious punch. </p> <p>Both Duncan pickups are well matched to the Skolnick’s tone, offering enhanced lows and searing treble from the bridge bucker and clear but warm neutrality from the neck pickup. Single-coil tones from the tapped neck pickup are surprisingly snappy and sparkling, yet sound almost like a smooth semihollow when the tone is rolled off. </p> <p><strong>List Price:</strong> $1,356<br /> <strong>Manufacturer:</strong> The ESP Guitar Company, <a href="espguitars.com">espguitars.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet:</strong><br /> The chunky 24 3/4–inch-scale mahogany neck is deep but not wide in the hand, with enough mass to transfer rich blasts of volume and resonance into the loud-ringing mahogany body.</p> <p>Pulling the tone pot taps the neck pickup into single-coil mode, ideal for blues, classic rock and old-time jazz tonalities. </p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line:</strong> Mirroring Alex Skolnick’s vast musical range and evolved taste, the economical ESP’s LTD AS-1FM LB signature guitar is a true multi-genre instrument that’s capable of delivering world-class acoustic response, impressive volume and versatility. </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="myExperience3578119067001" 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="3578119067001" /> </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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The amp provides two fully independent channels—Bright and Girth—each with its own set of gain, treble, middle and bass controls, while the Girth channel also includes a volume control. The thick switch now functions on both channels (not just the Bright channel as on its predecessors), and the master section includes reverb, tone cut and master volume controls. The rear panel offers a single 16-ohm and a pair of eight-ohm speaker output jacks, mono send and return jacks for the effect loop, a 1/4-inch footswitch jack for the optional Vox VFS2A footswitch and a new XLR speaker-emulated DI output.</p> <p>The main differences between the Generation 2 and its previous incarnation include its glossy black finish (which replaces the previous flashy chrome-plated housing), digital reverb, XLR DI, thick switch for both channels, and the deletion of the tight and effect loop bypass switches.</p> <p><strong>Performance:</strong> One of the most impressive features of the original mini Night Train amp was its stellar clean tone. The NT50H-G2’s Bright channel delivers similarly excellent clean tones that feature the distinctive Vox chime and the original Night Train’s bite and satisfyingly full body, but with significantly more clean headroom and output. Overdrive crunch emerges when the gain control is above 12 o’clock, but the clean character remains even at full gain. The Girth channel produces ballsy high-gain distortion with a crisp, harmonically complex crushed-glass sparkle, and when the thick switch is engaged it goes into modern metal territory.</p> <p>The built-in digital reverb pairs quite nicely with both clean and high-gain distortion tones, sounding lush and deep on the former and providing a sense of space while retaining clarity on the latter. The thick switch is like a built-in overdrive pedal, providing a preset gain and midrange boost that expands the amp’s tonal palette and functions like additional channels. </p> <p><strong>List Price:</strong> $978.60<br /> <strong>Manufacturer:</strong> Vox Amplification, <a href="voxamps.com">voxamps.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet:</strong><br /> The thick switch functions on both channels, providing the Bright channel with added crunch and bite and the Girth channel with fat sustain and impressive gain boost.</p> <p>Built-in digital reverb provides the Bright channel with lush, deep textures and the Girth channel with an added sense of space, while retaining clarity.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line:</strong> The Vox Night Train NT50H-G2 is a compact but versatile amp head that provides a wide variety of tones and impressive volume output that’s ideal for live gigs and the studio alike. </p> <!-- 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="myExperience3578120454001" 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="3578120454001" /> </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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Regardless, check out the clip and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook.</p> <p>For more information about Celestion speakers, check out <a href="http://celestion.com/">celestion.com</a>.</p> <p>And if you like this sort of thing, be sure to check out Riario's first feature film, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-guitar-worlds-guide-building-pedal-board">How to Build a Pedal Board,"</a> which features a brief appearance by Mick Mars. Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/u32N272kkD4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/how-change-speaker-guitar-amp-video#comments Celestion install Paul Riario Videos Amps News Gear Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:47:41 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21875 Aristides 060 "Arium" Guitar — Demo Video with Ola Englund http://www.guitarworld.com/aristides-060-arium-guitar-demo-video-ola-englund <!--paging_filter--><p>GuitarWorld.com has posted several stories over the years about Aristides guitars, which are made out of something called "arium."</p> <p>Arium is a new material designed by Poort Artistides and Delft University in the Netherlands.</p> <p>While we don't know a lot about it, we know Aristides' arium guitars are formed in a mold. Arium has no fiber structure, which allows it to vibrate three-dimensionally, increasing an instrument's sustain and volume. Arium doesn't contain water, so it is more stable and requires less maintenance.</p> <p>According to Aristides, by creating a one-piece constructed guitars using arium, sound waves can resonate throughout the instrument without disruption.</p> <p>Anyway, although we have posted photo galleries of Aristides guitars (including <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/aristides-introduces-seven-string-guitar-made-arium">THIS ONE</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/aristides-introduces-bass-guitars-made-arium">THIS ONE</a>), we've never posted a high-quality demo video showing the guitar in action.</p> <p>Until now, that is. In this new clip, guitarist Ola Englund demos Aristides' 060 model. As always, check it out and let us know what you think on Facebook or in the comments below!</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.aristidesinstruments.com/">aristidesinstruments.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0PHKPKH6c9s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/aristides-060-arium-guitar-demo-video-ola-englund#comments Aristides Ola Englund Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:22:41 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21913 Peavey to Unveil New 'Star Wars' Guitars at Comic-Con http://www.guitarworld.com/peavey-unveil-new-star-wars-guitars-comic-con <!--paging_filter--><p>Peavey Electronics has released a line of licensed guitars and accessories adorned with graphics based on <em>Star Wars</em>.</p> <p>The products will be unveiled at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>“Star Wars is a giant in the world of film, TV and video games, and the same can be said of Peavey in the music industry — so this collaboration just makes sense,” says Peavey’s Tony Moscal. “I can’t wait for movie fans and musicians to see what we’ve come up with.”</p> <p>Peavey’s line of <em>Star Wars</em> products is perfect for musicians and collectors alike. The products include full-size Rockmaster electric guitars, three-quarter size Rockmaster electric guitars, half-size acoustic guitars, ukuleles and accessories. </p> <p>The line will be on display at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego, at Peavey’s booth (2913-P) in the <em>Star Wars</em> pavilion. Peavey’s regular line of <em>Star Wars</em> products will be available for purchase, in addition to two exclusive light side/dark side collector model guitars. Only 50 guitars have been created for each of these exclusive collector models.</p> <p>With a basswood body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard, Peavey’s Rockmaster guitars provide excellent balance, playability and tone, and feature <em>Star Wars</em> characters in a high gloss finish. A three-quarter size student model of the Rockmaster electric guitar is also available, and both guitars come with cable and picks.</p> <p>Ideal for starter musicians, Peavey’s half-size acoustic guitars are made of genuine wood with steel strings. The guitars include a removable headstock cover with matching graphics that protects fingers from string ends, and come with Peavey picks and a strap. Scenes from the <em>Star Wars</em> films are featured on the instruments in high gloss finish. </p> <p>Also suitable for players of all ages or collectors, the line of products includes 20-inch ukuleles decorated with Star Wars characters. Made of genuine wood and featuring a high gloss finish, the instruments have easy-to-play nylon strings and locking tuning pegs which help to keep the instrument in tune.</p> <p>In addition to guitars, Peavey is producing a selection of <em>Star Wars</em>-themed straps and picks. To learn more about Peavey, visit <a href="http://peavey.com/">peavey.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/peavey-unveil-new-star-wars-guitars-comic-con#comments Peavey Electronics Star Wars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:34:43 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21910 Review: Epiphone Casino Coupe and Riviera Custom P-93 Guitars — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-epiphone-casino-coupe-and-riviera-custom-p-93-guitars-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the September 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-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SeptemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>The thinline double-cutaway may be the most versatile electric-guitar design ever conceived. It works well for many styles of music, from jazz and country to hard rock and punk. </p> <p>Two new thinline models from Epiphone—the Casino Coupe and Riviera Custom P-93—prove there is still room for innovation without sacrificing the basic look and sound of classic examples. </p> <p>These new Epiphone models are so outrageously affordable and appealing that they deserve a closer look from anyone who wants to add a thinline guitar to his or her arsenal.</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="myExperience3676442652001" 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="3676442652001" /> </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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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-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SeptemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Guitarists often prefer the flexibility of having two overdrive pedals in their signal chain: one dialed to increase distortion/gain and another set up strictly as a volume/signal boost. </p> <p>In celebration of the Tube Screamer's 35th anniversary, Ibanez engineered both into one pedal and used the reference-quality TS808 as its platform. The 808 gained almost mythic status when players learned that it was Stevie Ray Vaughan's go-to overdrive pedal. </p> <p>The new Ibanez TS808DX Tube Screamer Overdrive Pro offers the revered TS808 overdrive circuit, an independent clean boost and a few long-awaited performance-enhancing features, honoring the pedal's history and taking its legendary organic tones to new heights. </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="myExperience3676377852001" 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="3676377852001" /> </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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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-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SeptemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <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> <!-- 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="myExperience3676378480001" 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="3676378480001" /> </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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The first is the LTD “Ride the Lightning” limited-edition guitar. It was created to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of Metallica’s second album, which was released July 27, 1984. It features a graphic finish that mimics the cover art of that iconic album. </p> <p>“ESP and Metallica’s guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett have a relationship that goes back more than two decades,” says Matt Masciandaro, president and CEO of ESP. “Last year, we successfully released a limited-edition guitar for the 30-year anniversary of their first album, <em>Kill ‘Em All</em>. We are happy to offer another new Metallica-focused guitar for serious players, collectors, and fans.”</p> <p>ESP plans to produce only 300 of the LTD <em>Ride the Lightning</em> models worldwide, making each one a highly sought-after collectible due to its relative rarity. </p> <p>Its features include an alder body with maple neck (bolt-on construction) at 25.5” scale, and an ebony fingerboard with 24 XJ frets. EMG 60 (neck) and EMG 81 (bridge) active pickups are included, along with TOM bridge and string-thru-body design. The guitar also features a Metallica logo fingerboard inlay, and each guitar includes an ESP form-fit case with the Metallica logo, and a certificate of authenticity. </p> <p><em>Ride the Lightning</em> helped establish Metallica as serious contenders in the metal arena and led to their major label signing later in 1984. Some of the now-classic songs on that album include "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Fade to Black” and "Creeping Death.”</p> <p>More info on the LTD <em>Ride the Lightning</em> model will be forthcoming!</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/esp-announces-limited-edition-metallica-ride-lightning-guitar-summer-namm#comments ESP ESP Guitars Metallica Summer NAMM 2014 Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:21:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21857 Maker of Hammer Jammer Device for Guitars Launches Kickstarter Program — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/maker-hammer-jammer-device-guitars-launches-kickstarter-program-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Some of you might remember <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-hammer-jammer-new-percussive-device-electric-and-acoustic-guitars">we posted a story (with video) about a device called the Hammer Jammer</a>.</p> <p>The Hammer Jammer is a percussive device that fits onto electric or acoustic guitars, producing a different-sounding attack — something in the ballpark of a hammer dulcimer on speed.</p> <p>Our story and its video went viral, which led Ohio-based Big Walnut Productions, maker of the Hammer Jammer, to believe its product is, to say the least, ready for the guitar market.</p> <p>As a result, the company has launched a Kickstarter program to raise $50,000, which would enable them to manufacture the device. You can check out the Kickstarter progam <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigwalnutproductions/hammer-jammer">right here.</a></p> <p>Here's some info from the company:</p> <p>The Hammer Jammer was invented in the Nineties, with about 2,000 samples produced at that time that were never pushed into the mainstream guitar market for a number of reasons. However, Ken McCaw, inventor of the Hammer Jammer, who is also a film composer, used the Hammer Jammer on a trailer for a feature film released in Europe about five years ago. From that, interest for this invention began to grow around the world. </p> <p>The demonstration video in this Kickstarter program was posted on YouTube in January 2014 and went viral. It became obvious that this unique invention is now ready for the guitar market. All Hammer Jammer samples were sold within a couple of weeks, to players in 60 countries, many of them young guitarists. This Kickerstarter program is for the purpose of building new tools for the device, which will include some requested modifications that will provide additional instrument applications.</p> <p>It has also been learned recently that the Hammer Jammer provides a legitimate and highly useful device for handicapped people and players with arthritis and other issues that make finger picking and standard picking technique prohibitive. </p> <p><strong>For more info, visit Big Walnut Productions <a href="http://www.bigwalnutproductions.com/">here</a> and check out the company's Kickstarter program <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigwalnutproductions/hammer-jammer">here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigwalnutproductions/hammer-jammer/widget/video.html" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/maker-hammer-jammer-device-guitars-launches-kickstarter-program-video#comments Big Walnut Productions Accessories Videos News Gear Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:39:57 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21672 Pigtronix Releases Echolution 2 Version 2.0 Firmware and New Application http://www.guitarworld.com/pigtronix-releases-echolution-2-version-20-firmware-and-new-application <!--paging_filter--><p>The world's most sophisticated delay pedal has just become even more powerful. The Pigtronix Echolution 2, launched at the 2014 Winter NAMM show in January, instantly became a top-seller, earning rave reviews and awards worldwide. </p> <p>But now, with the just-released 2.0 Firmware and App update, the pedal has just become capable of even more magic.</p> <p>This new application and firmware allows expression pedal and envelope control of all knobs, simultaneously, with user-definable heel and toe settings as well as independent envelope inversion, strength and decay time parameters for every preset.</p> <p>The five main parameters (Repeats, Delay Time, Delay Mix, Modulation Speed, and Modulation Depth) now support independent mapping from the expression pedal and envelope detection circuitry. </p> <p>The expression and envelope mapping can apply to multiple parameters, with each parameter having independent settings for Expression range/direction and Envelope strength/direction/release time. When a parameter has any of these advanced mapping features enabled the LED for that parameter dimly illuminates to indicate the expression or envelope control. The previous Single Expression/Envelope Mapping now serves as an Advanced Mapping Override allowing E2D users to quickly override or experiment without the use of a computer. </p> <p>This functionality is easily accessed in the newly updated Echolution 2 application using the advanced options controls. When a parameter is assigned expression pedal control, pointers for the heel and toe become visible around that parameter's associated control knob; moving these pointers sets the range of control. Controls in the advanced options menu set the direction of the expression pedal mapping. </p> <p>Envelope control is also accessed through the advanced options controls. Here envelope control of the individual parameters can be enabled, along with the strength of the mapping, the direction, and the release time of each. </p> <p>This unprecedented level of control and tweak-ability is pushed to its limit with the application's inclusion of Preset Blending. Users can select two similar presets and have the application automatically set the expression pedal ranges and directions so that the expression pedal blends between the parameter settings. </p> <p>To round out this paradigm shifting addition, we've added separate global settings for the Sensitivity and Release Time of Ducking, a host of improvements to Preset Management and Switching as well as access to Global Parameters (such as MIDI Channel).</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.pigtronix.com/blogs/echolution2/">These updates are available as a free download right here.</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Full specs on the Echolution 2 suite can be found here:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2/">pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2</a><br /> <a href="http://www.pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2-deluxe/">pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2-deluxe</a><br /> <a href="http://www.pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2-remote/">pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2-remote</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/pigtronix-releases-echolution-2-version-20-firmware-and-new-application#comments Pigtronix Effects News Gear Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:28:23 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21852 Roland Debuts Blues Cube Guitar Amplifiers — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/roland-debuts-blues-cube-guitar-amplifiers-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Roland has announce its Blues Cube Artist and Blues Cube Stage, two new 1x12 combo amplifiers with genuine tube tone and feel. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Featuring Roland’s unique Tube Logic design, the Blues Cube amps deliver the rich sound and musical touch response of finely tuned vintage tube combos, along with convenient modern features and reduced weight for easy portability.</p> <p>The Blues Cube series offers serious guitarists a highly evolved sound experience with the very latest advancements in Roland guitar innovation. Road-tested and fine-tuned with feedback from top players, these gig-ready combos deliver the sweet, magical tone and satisfying feel that makes a great guitar amp a highly expressive musical instrument.</p> <p>Going far beyond modeling, Roland’s Tube Logic approach starts by carefully reproducing the inner workings of the revered tweed-era tube amp in every way, including preamp and output tube distortion characteristics, power supply compression, and much more. Great feel, distortion control with touch and volume, warmth, elasticity, sparkle, power supply “sag,” and more—everything that players love about a dialed-in vintage tube amp is present in abundance with the Blues Cube.</p> <p>The Blues Cube Artist features 80 watts of power, while the Blues Cube Stage is equipped with 60 watts. Designed for performing pro guitarists, both amps have open-back cabinets built from poplar plywood, which provides an acoustically vibrant tone for enhanced presence on stage. Each amp is outfitted with a custom 12-inch speaker that’s been specially designed for maximum tonal response with Tube Logic.</p> <p>Both Blues Cube models offer two independent channels—one voiced for cleaner tones, and the other for crunch. Each channel has its own Boost and Tone switches to shape the character, and the Crunch channel has a variable gain control for setting subtle distortion and response in combination with the volume knobs. A unique Dual Tone mode lets players blend both channels together for expanded tonal possibilities.</p> <p>With Tube Logic, the Blues Cube accurately reproduces the complex output tube distortion characteristics of a tube amp when the volume is turned up. The Blues Cube’s variable Power Control provides settings of 0.5 W, 15 W, 45 W, and Max, allowing users to enjoy this musical, cranked-up tone while matching the volume to any situation, from recording to rehearsals to nightclub gigs.</p> <p>Both amps are equipped with a high-quality reverb effect. The Blues Cube Artist also includes a tremolo effect, as well as an effects loop for patching in an external device. Footswitch jacks are provided for remote control of channel selection and other functions while performing.</p> <p>The Blues Cube Artist and Blues Cube Stage also feature USB connectivity, making it simple for players to capture tones directly into their favorite computer recording applications. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.rolandus.com/">RolandUS.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fl3mg7_XNkE?list=UU4vbiZMU_yrheYVZH393-Zw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/roland-debuts-blues-cube-guitar-amplifiers-video#comments Roland Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Amps News Gear Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:26:02 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21851