Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/all en Review: Dunlop CBM95 Cry Baby Mini Wah Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-dunlop-cbm95-cry-baby-mini-wah-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the May 2015 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-may-15-joan-jett?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=May2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>From airline seats to paychecks, it seems like everything is getting smaller these days…and not in a good way. </p> <p>Even the folks at Dunlop have shrunk their legendary Cry Baby Wah Wah to half its size! But thankfully the company has bucked the less-for-more trend with the Dunlop Cry Baby Mini, and created a pedal that packs all the wacka-wacka-wacka wallop of its standard-sized counterpart in a more travel-friendly, compact housing. </p> <p>The Mini Wah features a full sweep range, Fasel inductor, Hot Potz potentiometer, true bypass switching and for even more tonal versatility, three internally adjustable voicings (Low, Vintage and “Modern” GCB95). The Mini Wah is sturdy with heavy-duty jacks and switches and is powered by nine-volt battery or AC adapter. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-may-15-joan-jett?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=May2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the May 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FRbNqolJ7wA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-dunlop-cbm95-cry-baby-mini-wah-pedal-video#comments Buzz Bin Jim Dunlop May 2015 Videos Effects News Gear Magazine Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:43:34 +0000 Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23832 John Page Classic Guitars Introduces the Ashburn http://www.guitarworld.com/john-page-classic-guitars-introduces-ashburn <!--paging_filter--><p>John Page Classic, a new guitar brand that brings the custom-design genius of John Page, co-founder of the Fender Custom Shop, to the world of production guitars, has announced the Ashburn, its initial production model. </p> <p>The double-cutaway, hard-body Ashburn was designed by Page and produced to his standards in a state-of-the-art workshop in Japan and set up in the U.S. by John Page Classic techs.</p> <p>“The Ashburn has all the design features of my hand-built custom guitars,” Page said. “It’s the culmination of my nearly 40 years building custom guitars. Through John Page Classic, I’m now able to make the Page custom-design experience available to more people.”</p> <p>John Page Classic is a cornerstone brand of <a href="http://www.hrsunlimited.com/">HRS Unlimited</a>, a new company founded by MI veteran Howard Swimmer to bring forward-thinking business models to MI. </p> <p>“In a market characterized by custom guitars on the one hand and production guitars on the other, the Ashburn is a new alternative—the first ‘custom production’ guitar,” Swimmer said.</p> <p>The Ashburn offers several John Page custom design advantages. Its threaded machine bolt neck assembly provides superior tone transfer and a unique complexity to overtones and harmonics. It is equipped with Bloodline by John Page JP-1 pickups, custom voiced by Page and with the bridge pickup reverse-slanted for greater thickness and girth. The Ashburn’s bass-justified fret dots provide greater visibility. Its staggered Gotoh Vintage Style tuners reduce and, in most cases, eliminate the need for string trees. </p> <p>Page co-founded and led the Fender Custom Shop for its first 12 years and created legendary guitars for artists including Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, David Gilmour, Elliot Easton and Cesar Rosas. He also designed guitars in conjunction with Harley Davidson, <em>Playboy</em> and Jaguar. Page is prominently featured in <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Dream-Factory-Fender-Custom/dp/1423436989">The Dream Factory: Fender Custom Shop</a></em>, by Tom Wheeler (<em>Hal Leonard, 2011</em>).</p> <p><strong>Specs: The Ashburn, from John Page Classic</strong></p> <p>• Body: Alder<br /> • Neck: Maple<br /> • Neck/Body Attachment: Machine screws with Threaded Inserts<br /> • Fingerboard: Maple or Rosewood<br /> • Neck Shape: Medium C<br /> • Scale Length: 25.5"<br /> • Frets: 22 Nickel Silver<br /> • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome<br /> • Tuners: Gotoh Staggered Vintage Style<br /> • Bridge: Gotoh 510 Tremolo<br /> • Pickups: Bloodline by John Page JP1 single coil S-style Pickups (3)<br /> • Controls: Master volume/tone, 5-way pickup selector allowing noise cancelling in positions 2/4<br /> • Colors: Black Metallic, Daphne Blue, Fiesta Red, Inca Silver, Olympic White, Shoreline Gold<br /> <strong>MSRP:</strong> $1,499 <em>Optional hard shell case with John Page Classic logo: $100</em></p> <p><strong>For more information about John Page Classic and the Ashburn, visit <a href="http://www.johnpageclassic.com/">johnpageclassic.com</a>.</strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/john-page-classic-guitars-introduces-ashburn#comments John Page John Page Classic Electric Guitars News Features Gear Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:40:15 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23841 Eventide Announces H9 Max Spring Giveaway: Win an H9 MAX Stompbox http://www.guitarworld.com/eventide-announces-h9-max-spring-giveaway-win-h9-max-stompbox <!--paging_filter--><p>Eventide is pleased to celebrate spring in a way that all musicians can relate to—free gear!</p> <p>Simply sign up for Eventide's newsletter to be eligible to win an H9 Max stompbox ($799 MSRP). </p> <p>The contest starts today (April 1) and ends midnight, May 7, 2015. The winner will be announced May 8 on <a href="http://eventide.com/">eventide.com</a> and on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Eventide?fref=ts">Eventide's Facebook page.</a> </p> <p><strong>To enter, <a href="http://eventideplugins.elasticbeanstalk.com">click here.</a></strong></p> <p>The H9 places Eventide's legendary studio-grade effects at your feet. Discover what artists like St. Vincent, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Robert Fripp and producers like Richard Chycki, Tony Visconti and Joe Chiccarelli have known about Eventide effects for years—they are magical, inspirational and sometimes otherworldly.</p> <p>The H9 MAX comes pre-loaded with all 45 effect algorithms and associated presets from the popular Eventide stompboxes: TimeFactor, ModFactor, PitchFactor and Space, plus all future H9 exclusives at no additional cost.</p> <p>All H9 MAX owners can share these effects with up to four additional H9s on a single Eventide.com account.</p> <p>What would all that power be without the ability to shape it to your will? Amazingly, you can control all aspects of the H9 using its simple, one-knob user interface. But Eventide went one giant step further and created H9 Control to allow you to use your computer (Mac or PC) or iOS device to manage settings, presets, lists, purchases wirelessly via Bluetooth. Set up a preset list for your gig at the hotel and just take your H9 to the show, or bring your iOS device with you and use H9 Control's unique X/Y pad features to interactively control effect parameters with your fingers or just by tilting the device.</p> <p>The Eventide sound is a significant component of countless albums, movies, TV shows and live performances around the world for more than 40 years. Eventide’s longevity is due to its single-minded dedication to the art of sound. Just listen.</p> <p><strong>Visit Eventide online at <a href="http://eventide.com/">eventide.com</a>. To enter this contest, <a href="http://eventideplugins.elasticbeanstalk.com">head here!</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xkWgl060vP8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/eventide-announces-h9-max-spring-giveaway-win-h9-max-stompbox#comments Contest Eventide March Madness Videos Effects News Gear Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:39:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23844 The Guitar Drum, a New Percussive Acoustic Guitar Device — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-watch-a-video-demo-for-the-guitar-drum-a-new-percussive-acoustic-guitar-device <!--paging_filter--><p>Check out this clip of guitarist Lenny Hatch demoing his creation, The Guitar Drum. </p> <p>Here’s some info from The Guitar Drum’s official site: </p> <p><em>The Guitar Drum was first created when Lenny Hatch needed a Cajon but he didn't have one. </em></p> <p><em>He was also getting into percussive guitar playing and he thought it would be more convenient to have one on his guitar. After looking for one on the internet he didn’t find what he was looking for so then he set out to create the drum as you see today.</em></p> <p>The Guitar Drum gives players an elevated pad for bass sounds or can serve as a scratch plate. The device can also serve as a snare mechanism, for more consistent snare sounds. </p> <p>What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook!</p> <p>Find out more about The Guitar Drum at <a href="http://ljguitaraccessories.com/">ljguitaraccessories.com</a>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/14El06W_Fcs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-watch-a-video-demo-for-the-guitar-drum-a-new-percussive-acoustic-guitar-device#comments Acoustic Nation The Guitar Drum Accessories Gear Videos Gear Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:47:02 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23840 Review: Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-ibanez-tube-screamer-mini-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the May 2015 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-may-15-joan-jett?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=May2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>Since Ibanez first introduced the Tube Screamer in 1979, it has been one of the most recognizable, respected and employed overdrive pedals on the market. </p> <p>Anyone who has ever wanted creamy overdrive and added signal boost has definitely tried, and probably owns, one of Ibanez’s many iterations of its green machine. </p> <p>For all its intended purpose, the Tube Screamer never needed a facelift. But as guitarists continue to jam-pack or streamline their pedal boards, it makes perfect sense that Ibanez now offers its most celebrated flagship pedal in a smaller footprint with the Tube Screamer Mini.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The TS Mini measures 1 1/2–inches wide and 3 7/8–inches long, and like the rest of the Tube Screamer series, it’s made in Japan. Ibanez pulled out all the stops to create this solidly built, all-analog stompbox in a compact design, while retaining the sonic integrity of their acclaimed TS808 Reissue. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-may-15-joan-jett?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=May2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the May 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></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="myExperience4142756829001" 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="4142756829001" /> </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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Hand Chord takes away the pain and frustration; no more hurting fingers, just a soft cushy rubber feel.</p> <p>"It's also a shortcut for people who don't have the time to learn guitar and can also be a gateway for people learning guitar to help them concentrate on strumming and getting a feel for playing guitar without months of practice."</p> <p>In other words, Hand Chord—which looks a bit like brass knuckles (albeit plastic)—presents itself as an alternative to learning how to play barre chords (What are your thoughts on that?). Hand Chord, which can be set up to "finger" several different chords, lets you just line up the Hand Chord (we don't know what else to call it) on your strings, squeeze it on the neck and strum. </p> <p>There's also an attachment that is said to be suitable for playing slide guitar.</p> <p><strong>You can find out more on the <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1563579549/hand-chord-anyone-can-play-guitar-who-knew">Hand Chord Kickstarter page right here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1563579549/hand-chord-anyone-can-play-guitar-who-knew/widget/video.html" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-hand-chord-presents-alternative-learning-barre-chords-video#comments Acoustic Nation Hand Chord Accessories Gear Videos Blogs Videos News Gear Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:44:27 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23824 Gear Review: Chellee Guitars Odie Overdrive Pedal http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-chellee-guitars-odie-overdrive-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p>Picture a nice Sunday drive on a one-lane country road ... and that idiot in front of you is going 5 mph under the speed limit!</p> <p>Odie by Chellee Guitars began as a Tube Screamer-style overdrive pedal but widened the scope on each end to give you more options, or—to get back to that country road—they hacked down some trees and made a four-lane highway.</p> <p>Drive, Level and Tone are all knobs I’m sure you’re familiar with, but the Odie has two additional three-way switches—Texture and Voicing. Texture selects between asymmetrical diode clipping, clean boost and Mosfet clipping. Voicing selects between a flat EQ response, a mid bump (classic TS sound) and a low-end boost (great for making a smaller amp sound bigger).</p> <p>Each pedal is handbuilt in the U.S., features true-bypass switching and can be powered by a supplied 9-volt battery or a 9- or 18-volt power supply. </p> <p><strong>On to the audio clips!</strong></p> <p><strong>Clip 1</strong> is a Strat with the Texture set to diode clipping and the Voicing set to mid bump to get that classic Tube Screamer tone. I had the Drive set low, the Tone around 12 o’clock and the Volume boosted to about 3 o’clock.</p> <p><strong>Clip 2</strong> is a Les Paul with Texture flipped over to Mosfet clipping and the Voicing on low end boost. It gets a pretty mean modern rhythm tone.</p> <p><strong>Clip 3</strong> is a Strat with everything around 12 o’clock, Texture set to Clean Boost and the Voicing set to Flat. While it’s not 100 percent clean, it really fattens up single-coil pickups.</p> <p><strong>Clip 4</strong> is a Strat with a humbucker in the bridge. Texture was back on diode clipping, Voicing was on mid bump and I turned up the Tone and the Drive to about 2 o’clock to get a more classic Marshall-type overdrive with plenty of finger noise.</p> <p><strong>Web:</strong> <a href="https://chellee.com/product/odie/">chellee.com/product/odie</a><br /> <strong>Street Price:</strong> $149</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/93210507&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><em>You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, but Billy Voight is a gear reviewer, bassist and guitarist from Pennsylvania. He has Hartke bass amps and Walden acoustic guitars to thank for supplying some of the finest gear on his musical journey. Need Billy's help in creating noise for your next project? Drop him a line at thisguyonbass@gmail.com.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-chellee-guitars-odie-overdrive-pedal#comments Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown Chellee Guitars Effects Blogs Gear Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:09:31 +0000 Billy Voight http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23816 Stomping Ground: Third Annual Guitar Pedal Expo in Los Angeles — Review http://www.guitarworld.com/stomping-grounds-3rd-annual-la-pedal-expo-review <!--paging_filter--><p>On March 22, more than 30 effect, guitar and amp manufacturers and retailers descended upon the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, California, for the Third Annual Guitar Pedal Expo. </p> <p><em>Guitar World</em> was on hand to check out all the gear. Yes, we left a little deafer and a little poorer, but we also left with a bone-shakingly awesome rig.</p> <p>The Guitar Pedal Expo, which is open to the public, draws guitarists and bassists of all genres who are eager to add to their effect-pedal arsenal. Since most manufacturers have their own room at the expo, it provides the perfect opportunity to crank up the volume and put each pedal or amp to the test without pissing off passers-by with bits of "Smoke on the Water." </p> <p>I mean, er, we definitely didn't play "Smoke on the Water." We'd never do that. We ripped through Angus Young riffs all day ... because we are cool. </p> <p>Exhibitors included The Amp Shop, Antique Electronic Supply, Boss/Roland, Electro-Harmonix, EarthQuaker Devices, F-Pedal, JHS Pedals, Keeley Electronics, Kemper Profiling, Lapdancer Guitars, Menatone, Moog, Mugzey Music, MXR/Way Huge, Nace Amps, Neunaber Audio Effects, Oddfellows Pedals, Red Planet, Seymour Duncan, Solo Dallas, Strymon, Surreal Amplification, Tone Bakery, Tone Fix Pedalboard Accessories, Truetone Music, Wampler Effects and Xotic.</p> <p>Visitors also got a chance to witness six pedal gurus—Brian Neunaber of Neunaber Audio Effects, Kevin Beller of Seymour Duncan, Brian Wampler of Wampler Effects, Josh Scott of JHS Pedals, Jamie Stillman of Earthquaker Devices and Robert Keeley of Keeley Electronics—speak about the industry, how they got started building pedals and the trials and travails of running an effect-pedal company.</p> <p>Show producer Loni Specter's next event, the 7th Annual New York Amp Show and Custom Guitar Show, will take place June 6 at the Marriott-Hanover in Whippany, New Jersey.</p> <p><strong>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.ampshow.com">ampshow.com.</a></strong></p> <p><em>Photos: Anna Blumenthal</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c0YxwXXGsx8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/stomping-grounds-3rd-annual-la-pedal-expo-review#comments Anna Blumenthal Effects Blogs Gear Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:32:31 +0000 Anna Blumenthal http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23811 Gear Review: The Roadie Automatic Guitar Tuner http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-roadie-automatic-guitar-tuner <!--paging_filter--><p>An automatic tuner that connects to your smartphone might sound gimmicky. </p> <p>Which is why it's surprising that Roadie is such a practical tool.</p> <p>The Roadie automatic guitar tuner, which was created by Seattle-based startup Band Industries, interfaces with your mobile device via Bluetooth and automatically tunes your guitar by physically rotating the guitar’s tuning pegs. </p> <p>To tune up, you simply attach the handheld device to a single peg, select a tuning (standard, open G, etc.) on the Roadie app, pluck the string and let the handheld device do the rest of the work.</p> <p>Roadie is sleek, easy to use and, most importantly, extremely accurate.</p> <p>What really sets Roadie apart is its mobile app, which listens to a plucked note using your phone’s internal microphone before communicating with the tuning device. Despite a smartphone mic’s obvious limitations, the app is as responsive as a high-end floor tuner. Within the app, you can select alternate tunings for a number of stringed instruments, including violin, banjo or mandolin, or even create your own custom tuning.</p> <p>Switching between different tunings is a huge pain in the ass. For intermediate to advanced players, this is where Roadie comes in most handy.</p> <p>I’d been meaning to learn John Fahey’s classic rendition of “Poor Boy a Long Way From Home” for a few weeks, but the thought of getting into open-D tuning always convinced me to put it off for another day. When I got my hands on a Roadie, however, not only was I able to quickly get into tune to learn the song, I found myself jumping between open D, G and standard quickly and without any of the frustration that often accompanies alternating between tunings.</p> <p>Roadie could also be a hugely valuable tool for guitar techs. It’s hard to overestimate how accurate-to-the-cent Roadie really is. That, coupled with its customizable tuning presets and an automatic winder button for changing strings, makes it well worth the investment for anyone needing to maintain a number of guitars.</p> <p>The only real fault I could find with Roadie is that it doesn’t recognize any note lower than A1, meaning it’s not applicable for bass or many seven-plus-string guitars. It’s easy to imagine an update to the app that could make this possible in the future.</p> <p>$99 might be too high a price point for some, but after trying out Roadie myself, it’s hard to imagine wanting to change strings or switch tunings without it.</p> <p><strong>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.roadietuner.com/">roadietuner.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YJ5-uqNlW7M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Ethan Varian is a freelance writer and guitarist based in San Francisco. He has performed with a number of rock, blues, jazz and bluegrass groups in the Bay Area and in Colorado. <a href="https://twitter.com/ervarian">Follow him on Twitter.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-roadie-automatic-guitar-tuner#comments Ethan Varian Accessories Videos Blogs News Gear Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:54:49 +0000 Ethan Varian http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23810 Joe Bonamassa's "Vintage Marshall Amp Shootout" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/joe-bonamassas-vintage-marshall-amp-shootout-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Gear lover and self-declared guitar geek Joe Bonamassa has posted another gear-centric video to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JoeBonamassa?fref=nf">his Facebook page,</a> asking fans to "share it along." </p> <p>So that's exactly what we're doing.</p> <p>This time around, Bonamassa presents a clip called "Vintage Marshall Amp Shootout." </p> <p>In the video, which you can check out below, the guitarist grabs a Gibson Les Paul, channels his inner-Bluesbreaker (which isn't very difficult for him to do) and compares the different sounds you can produce from five vintage pinstripe models.</p> <p>He shot the video especially for the Les Paul Forum in London. Enjoy!</p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.0"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153145507094659" data-width="620"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153145507094659"> <p>JBWM: Attention Fellow Guitar Geeks! Check out Joe&#039;s vintage Marshall amp shootout recorded for The Les Paul Forum in...</p> <p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JoeBonamassa">Joe Bonamassa</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153145507094659">Tuesday, March 24, 2015</a></p></blockquote> </div> </div> <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="/joe-bonamassa">Joe Bonamassa</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/joe-bonamassas-vintage-marshall-amp-shootout-video#comments Joe Bonamassa Marshall Marshall Amplification Videos Amps News Gear Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:44:17 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23793 Jeff Beck Shows Off His Favorite Guitars — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-shows-his-favorite-guitars-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Fans of Jeff Beck—and of vintage gear in general—might get a kick out of the video below.</p> <p>In the nearly 15-minute-long clip, which appears as bonus content on Beck's 2011 <em>Rock 'n' Roll Party</em> DVD, Beck shows off some of his favorite guitars.</p> <p>These include a worn-in Fender Telecaster with humbuckers (which he got from Seymour Duncan), the Fender Strat he got from John McLaughlin, an original Gretsch Rancher, a 1954 Telecaster (which he plugs in and demos), a 1956 Gretsch Duo Jet and more.</p> <p>This is, of course, the same Duo Jet Beck used on his 1993 <em>Crazy Legs</em> album (a tribute to Gene Vincent and Cliff Gallup) and at the 2010 <em>Rock 'n' Roll Party</em> Les Paul tribute show at the Iridium in New York City.</p> <p>Note: In the video, it seems Beck misidentifies his Gibson ES-175 as a Gibson L5. Just pointing it out! Hey, it could happen to anyone!</p> <p>Beck is expected to release a new studio album, the long-awaited followup to 2010's <em>Emotion &amp; Commotion</em>, later this year. Enjoy! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0YB9EX7YpFk" 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-beck">Jeff Beck</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-shows-his-favorite-guitars-video#comments Jeff Beck Videos News Gear Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:51:29 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22657 Caparison Guitars Introduces Limited Edition Angelus Custom Line http://www.guitarworld.com/caparison-guitars-introduces-limited-edition-angelus-custom-line <!--paging_filter--><p>The Classic Angelus returns this year as the Caparison Custom Line 2015 (CL15) model. </p> <p>Every feature that makes the CL series so highly sought after among even the most discriminating of boutique players is represented here. </p> <p>Each guitar is painstakingly hand-crafted to exacting standards and features a stunning master-grade, hand-selected flamed maple carved top and two new color finishes, Violin and Lemon Drop, exclusively limited to 2015. </p> <p>Caparison have refined the tried and tested Angelus into an even more exquisite and luxurious instrument.</p> <p>The CL15 is designed to give you that wonderfully familiar vintage classic feel but with the unique playing experience that you only get with a Caparison. With all the versatility, quality, tonality and superb playing comfort that has come to be expected of Caparison Custom Line Models.</p> <p>• Custom Switching Options<br /> • Limited Edition 2015 Model<br /> • Caparison Designed Pickups<br /> • Select Master Grade 5A Flame Maple Top</p> <p>Designed, manufactured and hand finished in Japan the Caparison Angelus CL15 is now available for this year only at a retail price of $4,499 USD. </p> <p><strong>For more about Caparison Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.caparisonguitars.com/en/">caparisonguitars.com.</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Angelus_CL15_Violin_17032.jpg" width="620" height="413" alt="Angelus_CL15_Violin_17032.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/caparison-guitars-introduces-limited-edition-angelus-custom-line#comments Caparison Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:26:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23757 Eddie Van Halen Tests New EVH Gear 5150IIIS Amp Head — GoPro Video http://www.guitarworld.com/eddie-van-halen-tests-new-evh-gear-5150iiis-amp-head-gopro-video <!--paging_filter--><p>OK, this is kinda cool.</p> <p>Check out this just-posted video of Eddie Van Halen testing the new EVH Gear 5150IIIS amp head. The catch is, everything is shot with GoPro cameras, so you're seeing things from some pretty interesting and revealing angles.</p> <p>In the clip, which you can check out below, Eddie plays some of his most iconic Van Halen licks and riffs, from "Hot for Teacher" to "Dance the Night Away" and beyond.</p> <p>While showing off the gear, Van Halen showcases the differences between the 5150IIIS and its predecessor, the 5150III. The latest version of the amp is the result of Eddie's desire to have a little "more gas in the tank" before Van Halen's successful 2012 tour. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitaraficionado.com/eddie-van-halen-tests-new-evh-gear-5150iiis-amp-head.html">For more about this 120-watt amp (including a lot more details, like the fact that it's 120 watts), head here.</a></strong></p> <p>Van Halen are set to release a new live album, its first-ever with David Lee Roth on vocals. <em>Tokyo Dome Live In Concert</em>, which was recorded in June 2013, will be available March 31 as two CDs, a four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and via digital outlets.</p> <p><strong>For more about EVH Gear, visit <a href="http://www.evhgear.com/">evhgear.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/120203163" width="620" height="365" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen 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="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/eddie-van-halen-tests-new-evh-gear-5150iiis-amp-head-gopro-video#comments Eddie Van Halen EVH Gear FMIC Specialty Brands Van Halen Videos Amps News Gear Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:22:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23751 PRS Guitars Introduces New SE Alex Lifeson Thinline Acoustic — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-prs-guitars-introduces-new-se-alex-lifeson-thinline-video <!--paging_filter--><p>PRS Guitars is pleased to continue its relationship with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson with the announcement of its all-new SE thinline acoustic signature model. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The SE Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic is a road-worthy guitar for players in need of a stage- and studio-ready instrument.</p> <p>Carrying over its unique appointments from the Private Stock Alex Lifeson acoustic, this model features a thinner body depth than PRS’s standard Angelus model and the “Birds in Flight” inlay design.</p> <p> "I was very pleased when PRS presented me with my SE Angelus acoustic, a beautiful guitar of stunning quality," Lifeson says. "It was in response to the challenge of building a guitar that shared the integrity and attention to detail that the Alex Lifeson Private Stock Angelus possesses in a package more broadly accessible. </p> <p>"The SE Alex Lifeson Thinline is that model. Carefully selected materials, expert craftsmanship and a smart approach to concept resulted in a guitar that is beautiful to look at and rewarding to play."</p> <p>As with all SE Series guitars, the Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic is a quality instrument and a great value. The guitar’s thinner body provides an added level of comfort for players and boasts PRS’s Hybrid X/Classical bracing pattern, which gives this guitar a resonance and warmth not found in some thinline models. </p> <p>The addition of an undersaddle pickup with both volume and tone controls gives this guitar a warm acoustic tone when amplified. To hear the SE Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic in action and for complete specifications, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/sealexlifeson/">prsguitars.com/sealexlifeson.</a></p> <p>This announcement is timed with Rush’s R40 LIVE 40th Anniversary Tour, which will be visiting 34 cities throughout North America this summer beginning May 8 in Tulsa, Oklahome, and finishing August 1 in Los Angeles. For a complete list of dates, visit <a href="http://www.rush.com/tour/rush40-tour/">rush.com</a>. Be sure to use #R40 to follow the tour.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xFcVYrYNwLE" 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="/rush">Rush</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-prs-guitars-introduces-new-se-alex-lifeson-thinline-video#comments Alex Lifeson News PRS Guitars Rush Gear Acoustic Guitars Videos Blogs Videos News Gear Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:54:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23748 Maple’s Musical Revival: Taylor Guitars Introduces Inspired New 600 Series — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/maple-s-musical-revival-taylor-guitars-introduces-inspired-new-600-series-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Taylor Guitars is known for advancing the design of the acoustic guitar, setting a modern course for playability, tone and style. </p> <p>In 2014, the company unveiled a comprehensive redesign of its flagship rosewood/spruce 800 Series, adding to its legacy as one of Taylor’s most popular acoustic offerings. </p> <p>This year, Taylor has applied the same vision to its maple 600 Series, connecting maple’s rich musical history with its stable environmental outlook as an important tonewood of the future. </p> <p>The new 600 Series guitars elicit the best of the inherent tonal properties of maple. In 2014, Master Builder Andy Powers began to experiment with how far bracing, thickness, finish and new seasoning processes like torrefaction, a wood-roasting method, could enhance maple’s tone profile. </p> <p>“I wanted playing a maple guitar to be a more gratifying all-around experience,” he says. “I wanted a tone that was richer, more complex, with longer sustain, without giving up the linearity that I like about maple as a builder.” The result is a warmer, more dynamic and more responsive instrument with more broadly appealing tonal properties than any maple guitar before it.</p> <p>As with the 800 Series, Powers re-imagined each component of the maple 600s. Notable design innovations include: </p> <p><strong>Customized Wood Thicknesses and Bracing</strong>: The top and back thicknesses have been specially gauged for each body shape. Powers also optimized the bracing for each shape. The backs feature new maple-specific bracing profiles and patterns to enhance the responsiveness. As a result, he says, “the backs of these guitars work a lot like an archtop guitar or a violin if you were to delete its soundpost. These braces allow the back to move in a much warmer, stronger way."</p> <p><strong>Torrefaction</strong>: This carefully controlled, high-temperature roasting process is applied to the Sitkaspruce tops to give a new guitar an aged or played-in sound. By aging the wood on a molecular level, torrefaction makes the top warmer and more responsive. “There’s less resistance in the wood,” Powers says. “As a result, it allows a more efficient energy transfer from the strings. A new piece of wood has quite a bit of resistance to moving. It’s not used to vibrating at a high frequency like that. An aged or played-in top is just waiting to be set in motion."</p> <p><strong>Hand-Rubbed Color and Finish</strong>: Not only do the new 600s feature the same ultra-thin 3.5-mil clear gloss finish developed for the 800 Series, the maple back and sides boast an additional breakthrough: the inclusion of a proprietary hand-rubbed color application process that adds no additional thickness to the finish. The stain enhances maple’s visual aesthetic without causing any damping in the natural movement of the guitar body, helping to boost the tonal projection and sustain. The new color, “Brown Sugar,” complements the slightly darker color of the spruce tops, a result of the torrefaction process. </p> <p><strong>Expression System 2 Pickup:</strong> The acoustic voicing enhancements designed for the 600 Series translate into amplified form with Taylor’s new Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics. The ES2 incorporates three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. These are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge and effectively capture more of each guitar’s dynamic properties and acoustic energy. </p> <p><strong>First World Tonewood:</strong> Maple is a tonewood that can be harvested specifically for instruments in the U.S., a project that longtime tonewood partner Steve McMinn of Pacific Rim Tonewoods is undertaking. Given its geographical location, maple grows in politically and economically stable environments and is considered to be “conflict free” and well-managed. This is important to Taylor co-founder, Bob Taylor. “Now and in the future, maple forests will be among the healthiest and most sustainable sources of instrument wood,” he says. “This is a species from our own backyard that can be formed into world-class instruments for generations to come."</p> <p><strong>The new 600 Series is available in the 614ce (Grand Auditorium), 616ce (Grand Symphony), 618ce (Grand Orchestra) and 656ce (12-String Grand Symphony). To locate a Taylor dealer, visit <a href="http://www.taylorguitars.com/dealers">taylorguitars.com.</a> For more news from Taylor Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.taylorguitars.com/news">taylorguitars.com/news.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TxKcgugqGNQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/maple-s-musical-revival-taylor-guitars-introduces-inspired-new-600-series-video#comments Acoustic Nation March Madness Taylor Guitars Gear Acoustic Guitars Videos News Gear Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:17:14 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23745