Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/0 en John Petrucci Demos His Ernie Ball Music Man JP15 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-his-ernie-ball-music-man-jp15-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci walks you through the JP15 John Petrucci electric guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man.</p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/jp15.html" target="_blank">here</a> for more info!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MhXTEZIQ8bE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-his-ernie-ball-music-man-jp15-video#comments Videos News Gear Mon, 04 May 2015 19:59:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24416 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar Gallery: Steve Vai’s Ibanez Jem http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-gallery-steve-vai-s-ibanez-jem <!--paging_filter--><p>Feast your eyes on Steve Vai’s Ibanez JEM guitar he named “Evo” after the Dimarzio Evolution pickups installed in it. </p> <p>Photographed by Lisa S. Johnson in Los Angeles, August 28th, 2010, for the pictorial masterwork, <em>108 Rock Star Guitars</em>, “Evo” was hand-selected by Vai. </p> <p>Guitars are like snowflakes in that no two are exactly alike. Steve tested four identical production models of the Ibanez Jem before choosing this particular one to be his main squeeze. There was just something about her feel that moved him. </p> <p>He replaced her standard-issue pickups with DiMarzio Evolutions, and to distinguish her from his three other Jems, he christened her with a hand-lettered “Evo.” </p> <p>Even after countless tours and recordings, his heart goes pitter-patter whenever he sees her, and regardless of what is going on in his life, he finds solace when she’s in his arms. Sure, Steve knows that Evo is nothing but wire and wood, but when you connect with a guitar the way he has with Evo, when an instrument is for so long the voice of your heart and you have cried, screamed, prayed, and raged through her, when she has been with you through your darkest depressions as well for your most joyous, love-filled moments—well, it’s no wonder that Steve is afraid of how emotionally invested he is in Evo. </p> <p>She’s only on loan to him for a limited time; one day she’ll be dust. But for now, there’s still quite a bit they have to say together.*</p> <p>Here’s Johnson talking about her experience shooting Vai’s guitar:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/p-o7BOauzFk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Check out the gallery below!</p> <p><em><br /> *Adapted from <a href="http://www.vai.com/minisites/EVO/history_frameset.html">http://www.vai.com/minisites/EVO/history_frameset.html</a>. Accessed February 9, 2011.</em></p> <p><strong>About the Photographer, Lisa S. Johnson:</strong><br /> <em>Armed with a macro lens, an incredible eye for detail and a truly ground breaking vision, Lisa Johnson’s guitar art, is taking the world of fine art photography on a rock and roll ride. Far from still life, Lisa’s work conjures the abstract, yet also possesses a very sensual and ethereal feel that intentionally illustrates the intimate wear and tear details of the instrument. Her unique presentation undoubtedly personifies the musician and captures their true spirit in these wooden extensions of their own iconic flesh.</em></p> <p><em>Her debut book titled </em><a href="http://www.108rockstarguitars.com">108 Rock Star Guitars</a><em> was released in hardcover edition, October 2013, and a softcover edition was released by Hal Leonard on November 2014 in which the foreword was written by Les Paul.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-gallery-steve-vai-s-ibanez-jem#comments 108 Rock Star Guitars Steve Vai Electric Guitars Blogs Galleries Gear Mon, 04 May 2015 16:25:06 +0000 Lisa S. Johnson 24415 at http://www.guitarworld.com Prestige Guitars Launches Five New Models http://www.guitarworld.com/prestige-guitars-launches-five-new-models <!--paging_filter--><p>Prestige Guitars has announced the launch of five new models, including three from the Heritage Premier Series plus the Classic P90 and the Heritage Hollow TR. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Heritage Premier Series is the newest evolution in our Heritage Series of solid-body electric guitars. The Premier series consists of three models: the Premier Burl, the Premier Spalt and the Premier P90. </p> <p>Each one features a solid, carved, Canadian maple top. Aptly named, the Premier Burl features a burl maple top; the Premier Spalt features a spalt maple top; and the Premier P90 features a “AA” or “AAA” flame maple top. </p> <p>With each of these models, you get a combo of natural-finish maple top, solid mahogany body and ebony fretboard, providing all the tone and sustain you’d expect. </p> <p>The Premier P90 and Burl models come loaded with a pair of Seymour Duncan P90’s, giving you every ounce of that extra growl and bite you’ve been looking for, while the Premier Spalt features a classic combo of Seymour Duncan Humbuckers (’59 in the neck and a JB in the bridge). The icing on the cake is a set of Grover 18:1 micro tuners to ensure that you stay tuned up at all times. </p> <p>The Classic P90 takes our thin-line and lightest solid body electric guitar in our production line, the Classic, and reinvents it with a couple of major changes; the addition of a Trans-Black finish and a pair of Seymour Duncan P90’s. The secret of the Classic’s unique shape and feel lies in its carved mahogany body. Unlike our Heritage Series guitars, where the mahogany body supports ¾-inch carved flame maple top; the Classic supports a streamlined flame maple top on its fully contoured body. This guitar is so light and sounds so great; you’ll never want to put it down.</p> <p>Finally, Prestige introduces the newest addition to our Heritage Hollow Series; the Heritage Hollow TR. To introduce an updated version of “The Hollow," Prestige decided to go with a few simple changes to this existing production model, which happens to be one of our most popular to date. </p> <p>The new, Heritage Hollow TR (Trans Red), features a trans-red quilted maple top with ebony fretboard, abalone and mother of pearl block fretboard inlays, abalone body neck and headstock binding, and a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers (’59 in the neck and a JB in the bridge).</p> <p><strong>For more about Prestige Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.prestigeguitars.com/">prestigeguitars.com.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prestige-guitars-launches-five-new-models#comments Prestige Prestige Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:59:02 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24408 at http://www.guitarworld.com How to Adjust Your Guitar's Truss Rod — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/how-adjust-your-guitars-truss-rod-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new <em>Guitar World</em> video, GW's tech editor, Paul Riario, shows you how to make basic adjustments to your guitar's truss rod. </p> <p>In the clip, which you can check out below, Riario is joined by an Epiphone ES-339 PRO and a Fender Road Worn Strat.</p> <p>Fear no more, folks! You can do this!</p> <p><strong>For the latest and greatest guitar accessories, visit <a href="https://www.amplifiedparts.com/">amplifiedparts.com</a>.</strong></p> <p>P.S.: If you just can't get enough of Paul Riario telling you what to do, check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-guitar-worlds-guide-building-pedal-board">Guitar World's Guide to Building a Pedal Board — Video.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_jchVLCzZF0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/how-adjust-your-guitars-truss-rod-video#comments Paul Riario Videos News Gear Lessons Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:15:00 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22698 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World Recommends: MXR Il Torino Overdrive Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-recommends-mxr-il-torino-overdrive-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Guitar World Recommends</em> shines the spotlight on new and noteworthy gear for guitarists. This week, <em>Guitar World</em> recommends the MXR Il Torino Overdrive pedal.</p> <p>The Il Torino Overdrive, the MXR Custom Shop showroom’s latest addition, serves up smooth, organic grit with the controls you need to adapt its sound to your carefully constructed signal chain.</p> <p>Designed by guest Custom Shop engineer Carlo Sorasio, Italy’s premier boutique amp and pedal builder, the Il Torino Overdrive uses MOSFET technology to recreate the gain structure of classic tube preamps, allowing it to sing with sweet, touch responsive saturation and natural sounding compression. Next, Carlo added a three-band EQ section so you can finely shape the sound of the overdrive.</p> <p>Finally, Carlo added a BOOST/OD switch to toggle between Boost Mode—a cleaner sound with just the right amount of compression and sustain—and OD Mode—a more aggressive, cranked tube amp sound.</p> <p>This pedal uses a sophisticated bypass system in the form of a Class A Low Impedance Output Driver—essentially a form of buffered bypass—to keep your tone sounding warm and natural across long signal chains where signal loss normally occurs.</p> <p>It all comes in a sturdy MXR box with all the high-quality jacks and switches to make it last on the road. </p> <p><strong>For more about this pedal, visit <a hre="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/il-torino-overdrive">jimdunlop.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5wV-prRb6WU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-recommends-mxr-il-torino-overdrive-pedal-video#comments Guitar World Recommends Jim Dunlop MXR Videos Effects News Gear Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:45:37 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24405 at http://www.guitarworld.com Seymour Duncan Releases The Shapeshifter Tremolo Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-releases-shapeshifter-tremolo-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Seymour Duncan has released The Shapeshifter tremolo pedal.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Shapeshifter was designed to be the ultimate tremolo pedal, with all the features players have been asking for.</p> <p>Building on the original Shapeshifter, it's now significantly smaller and features stereo inputs and outputs, Phase control between outputs and an expanded rate range, while a blinking LED knob (like the one found on the Vapor Trail analog delay) gives you a visual representation of the tempo, and stays engaged even when the unit is in bypass so you can alter the rate in between parts of your song. </p> <p>The Shapeshifter provides a natural, first-class sound that is rich, authentic and highly customizable. Wave, Shape, Depth, Speed and Tap Tempo controls allow you infinite ability to craft your own unique signature Tremolo tones, while the Phase control lets you adjust between left and right output channels to find the ideal mix. </p> <p>Whether you're looking for the classic shimmer heard on many hits or some truly mind-blowing severe helicopter chops, piano stabs or backwards swells, the Shapeshifter can do it. </p> <p>True stereo inputs and outputs allow the Shapeshifter to be used in both live and studio applications for all types of instruments. The Shapeshifter joins the Seymour Duncan guitar pedal lineup with the Dirty Deed, Pickup Booster, Vapor Trail, 805 Overdrive and Vise Grip—each pedal is true-bypass and hand assembled at the Seymour Duncan Factory in Santa Barbara, California. </p> <p><strong>For more information, check out the specs and video below, and visit <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">seymourduncan.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CXKx1zxsF08" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Specifications:</strong></p> <p>• Type of Circuitry: Pure analog signal path, Stereo Input/Output, digital tremolo timing<br /> • Bypass: True hard-wire bypass<br /> • <em>Control functionality:</em><br /> Depth: Continuously adjustable from 0 to 30dB<br /> Rate: Continuously adjustable from 0.5 to 15 Beats per second<br /> Rate/Ratio Switch: Changes functionality of Rate Control from direct linear adjustment of rate to a multiplication factor for tapped tempos.<br /> • Shape (Duty Cycle): Continuously adjustable from 10% to 90%<br /> • Wave: Continuously adjustable, sine to triangle to square waves<br /> • Phase Control: Continuously adjust phase between left and right output channels from 0 degrees to 180 degrees<br /> • Input Impedance: 1 Meg Ohm<br /> • Output Impedance: 1.2K ohm<br /> • Max Output before Saturation: 2.5V RMS<br /> • S/N Ratio: 95dB<br /> • Frequency Response: -3dB at 3Hz and 50 kHz<br /> • THD: &lt; 0.3% @ 1 kHz, 1VRMS<br /> • Noise referred to input: &lt;-99dBV, 400Hz to 2kHz<br /> • Power: 9V battery or 18V regulated DC adapter<br /> • Current Consumption: 13mA operate, 12mA bypass<br /> • Dimensions: 3.50” wide X 4.70” deep X 1.60” tall<br /> • Weight: 0.9 lbs.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-releases-shapeshifter-tremolo-pedal-video#comments Seymour Duncan Videos Effects News Gear Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:17:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24402 at http://www.guitarworld.com The Firefly Guitar Pick: Create an LED Light Show Timed to Your Music — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/firefly-guitar-pick-create-led-light-show-timed-your-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a little something we spotted on Facebook recently.</p> <p>It's the Firefly Pick, a guitar pick that lights up as you play guitar. </p> <p>Actually, it's a bit more interesting than that.</p> <p>Here's some of the literature from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KQ7Y2AQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KQ7Y2AQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ffp-vid-1-20&amp;linkId=G5AJDBM5VBAJN2MW">its Amazon.com page:</a></p> <p>"The Firefly Pick allows you to create an LED light show timed to your music. Motion-triggered LED pulses track guitar pick action to add a brilliant visual effect intimately connected to the guitarist's rhythm. The Firefly Pick is the same shape as a normal guitar pick and features a beveled tip optimized by pros, allowing musicians to experience and deliver this brilliant visual effect without compromising the playability or music. </p> <p>"The Firefly Pick is durable and features a USB-rechargeable lithium ion battery as well as a smart monitoring system that automatically shuts down to save energy during travel. Used by professional performers and beginning students. The Firefly Pick Duo flashes with one color on the upstroke and a second color on the downstroke.</p> <p>"The Firefly Pick comes in four light motion styles (Classic, Duo, Insanity, and Air) as well as many different LED light colors." </p> <p><strong>For more information, check out the CNET video below and visit <a href="http://fireflypick.com/">fireflypick.com.</a> The Firefly Pick costs $54.99 on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KQ7Y2AQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KQ7Y2AQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=ffp-vid-1-20&amp;linkId=G5AJDBM5VBAJN2MW">Amazon.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KNe-5rdq73w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/firefly-guitar-pick-create-led-light-show-timed-your-music-video#comments Firefly Pick Accessories Videos News Gear Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:01:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24396 at http://www.guitarworld.com .strandberg* 6-, 7- and 8-String Headless Guitars — Scientifically Engineered for Comfort http://www.guitarworld.com/strandberg-6-7-and-8-string-headless-guitars-scientifically-engineered-comfort <!--paging_filter--><p>With a client list including Tosin Abasi, Devin Townsend, Guthrie Govan, Allan Holdsworth and Misha Mansoor, and signature models by Chris Letchford, Paul Masvidal, Per Nilsson and Plini, Sweden-based <a href="https://strandbergguitars.com/">Strandberg Guitars</a> isn't exactly a secret anymore. </p> <p>Luthier and founder Ola Strandberg uses interviews and player analysis to choose specifications that not only provide unsurpassed playability and sound, but that are adapted to the player’s body and playing style for optimal ergonomics.</p> <p>The ergonomics, in turn, minimize the risk of repetitive stress injuries and facilitate ease of play throughout the most grueling stage sets and practice sessions.</p> <p>“Two of the pillars of an ergonomic guitar are low weight and balance, and the key to achieving both is a headless design. By removing the weight at the headstock, we can create a lightweight guitar that balances well," Strandberg says. </p> <p>“We designed our own aircraft-grade aluminum modular hardware and carbon fiber reinforcements to achieve our goals, and by using a fanned layout of the frets, we allow playing with a more relaxed wrist angle as well as get a better tone. But the key is our <a href="http://strandbergguitars.com/strandberg-endurneck/">patented EndurNeck profile</a> that really reduces stress on muscles, joints and tendons.”</p> <p>The <a href="http://strandbergguitars.com/">.strandberg* custom headless guitar line</a> has recently been complemented by the more accessible <a href="http://strandbergguitars.com/product/boden-os-7/">seven-string Boden OS line of production guitars</a> that provide all the ergonomics, playability and sound of the custom-made counterparts, with the specifications chosen from leading players. Six- and eight-string versions are soon to be released.</p> <p><strong>For more about .strandberg*, see the specs and video below and visit <a href="https://strandbergguitars.com/">strandbergguitars.com.</a></strong></p> <p>To see .strandberg* guitars in action, check out Scale The Summit guitarist Chris Letchford's demo of his signature guitar, courtesy of EMGTv:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DhpJ9bRxHvA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Boden OS 7 Specs:</strong></p> <p>• Bolt-On construction<br /> • Book-matched Flame Maple top<br /> • Chambered Swamp Ash body<br /> • EndurNeck™ profile neck<br /> • 5-pc (3x) Birdseye Maple neck with Carbon Fiber/(2x) rosewood fillets<br /> • Birdseye Maple/Rosewood fretboard<br /> • 26.25” – 25.5” scale<br /> • 20” radius<br /> • 24 x stainless steel frets<br /> • Glow in the dark side dot markers<br /> • Glow in the dark fret markers (offset low > 12th &lt; high)<br /> • .strandberg* EGS Series 4 fixed bridge &amp; string locks, Black<br /> • EMG 707X pickups<br /> • 3-way switch<br /> • Ebony Volume/Tone controls<br /> • 2.3 kg / 5 lbs approximate weight<br /> • .0095– .064 .strandberg* Optimized Tension strings<br /> • Natural/Red/Black Matte Poly finish</p> <p><strong>Price:</strong> $1,895</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/strandberg-6-7-and-8-string-headless-guitars-scientifically-engineered-comfort#comments Strandberg Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:05:07 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24395 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Jericho Guitars Fusion — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-jericho-guitars-fusion-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 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-june-15-van-halen?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=June2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>Tuning a guitar down a whole step or more puts players in the fast lane of the heavy highway, but the downside to down-tuning on a standard guitar is that the strings can get overly floppy and proper intonation can be difficult to attain. </p> <p>Using heavier strings or a baritone guitar with a longer scale length can be a solution, but heavy strings don’t really make it easy to shred on solos. </p> <p>Jericho Guitars offers a variety of models that solve these dilemmas. The necks of these guitars have longer scale lengths but they are set up to accommodate standard light string gauges. </p> <p>We took a look at Jericho’s Fusion model, which is designed to appeal more to traditional-minded players who prefer the look and features of a classic guitar over those of a modern hot rod.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> Jericho describes the Fusion as “a modern hybrid of all classically built American guitars.” The single-cutaway body shape, mahogany body with flame maple top, contoured cutaway, and recessed controls are obviously inspired by certain American guitars, but the sum of these parts is a distinctive and different guitar. </p> <p>Of course, the most distinguishing feature is the neck’s long 26.9-inch scale, which allows players to comfortably tune down to C or even drop the lowest string to Bb (for a drop D-equivalent tuning) while maintaining ideal string tension for playing and perfectly accurate intonation. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-15-van-halen?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=June2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the June 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xXekmYPPpF0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-jericho-guitars-fusion-video#comments Jericho Guitars June 2015 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:16:56 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Nick Vallese 24351 at http://www.guitarworld.com Gear Review: Geppetto Guitars Tiger Shark and Blackguard Pickups http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-geppetto-guitars-tiger-shark-and-blackguard-pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>I can predict my demise: getting mowed down by a bus while browsing the Musical Instruments classifieds on Craigslist instead of paying attention to my surroundings. </p> <p>But hey, that’s how I found out about Geppetto Guitars’ new pickups.</p> <p>Each pickup is handmade by Mike O'Donoghue, the owner. While he offers plenty of customizing options, I went with the Tiger Shark Strat set and Blackguard Tele set. </p> <p>The turnaround time was about a week. Mike was very helpful via phone and email, making sure I was getting pickups that fit my style of playing. </p> <p>The Tiger Shark set is inspired by characteristics of the late-Fifties/early Sixties Strats. I'm not saying you can't play hard rock on these, but I'd suggest these to a player who wants to cop a vintage sound without the vulnerability of playing 50-year-old pickups.</p> <p>The Blackguard set irons out typical stereotypes of other Tele pickups; I’d have no qualms playing a whole gig with these. The neck was bold, punchy and not underpowered compared to the bridge. The bridge cut while still sounding musical and took all the gain I could throw at it.</p> <p>Both sets of pickups are made with Alnico V magnets. Push-back cloth wiring means no wire stripping. Each set came with mounting hardware. The Blackguard set came with a grounding plate for the bridge pickup. Each pickup is dated and labeled by position and Ohms value. </p> <p><strong>On to the audio clips!</strong></p> <p>For the demos, I have the Blackguard set in a Fender Standard Telecaster and the Tiger Shark set in a Fender Standard Stratocaster. No modifications were needed. Everything lined up perfectly. </p> <p><strong>Clip 1:</strong> Starting at the neck pickup, I make my way through the five basic pickup combinations on a clean setting with a bit of reverb and delay.</p> <p><strong>Clip 2:</strong> Here’s how the Tele sounds clean, also starting from the neck followed by neck/bridge and ending with just the bridge.</p> <p><strong>Clip 3:</strong> I go back to the Strat, but this time with some overdrive.</p> <p><strong>Clip 4:</strong> It’s the Tele’s turn for some overdrive.</p> <p><strong>Web:</strong> <a href="http://www.geppettoguitars.com/">geppettoguitars.com</a><br /> <strong>Price:</strong> The Tiger Shark: $75 each, $225 for a set of three; Blackguard: $85 each, $170 for a set of two.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/101984128&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-geppetto-guitars-tiger-shark-and-blackguard-pickups#comments Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown Geppetto Guitars Accessories Blogs Gear Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:17:33 +0000 Billy Voight 24382 at http://www.guitarworld.com John Petrucci Demos Ernie Ball Music Man JPBFR6 John Petrucci Ball Family Reserve Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-ernie-ball-music-man-jpbfr6-john-petrucci-ball-family-reserve-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this brand-new video below, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci walks you through the features of the JPBFR6 John Petrucci Ball Family Reserve (BFR) guitar from Ernie Ball Music Man. </p> <p>Intrigued? Watch the video and visit <a href="http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/john-petrucci-bfr.html">music-man.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D0ib2j3LF48" 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="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-ernie-ball-music-man-jpbfr6-john-petrucci-ball-family-reserve-guitar-video#comments Dream Theater Ernie Ball John Petrucci Music Man Videos News Gear Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:09:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24377 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Strymon Deco Tape Saturation and Doubletracker Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-strymon-deco-tape-saturation-and-doubletracker-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 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-june-15-van-halen?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=June2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>Chances are, many younger guitarists have never recorded with a vintage studio reel-to-reel tape deck, much less witnessed one that wasn’t covered in dust. </p> <p>And it’s a shame, because they’ve missed out on the warm compression analog that tape decks produce as well as the soft distortion that occurs when a guitar signal is overloaded into it. In addition, other natural-sounding tape-based effects, like flanging, chorusing and slapback echo have been replaced with strident digital imitations. </p> <p>All things considered, a reel-to-reel deck is an impractical option for most guitarists. Fortunately, the Strymon Deco Tape Saturation and Doubletracker vividly emulates all of those superb analog sounds in a pedalboard-friendly, digital stompbox that brilliantly enhances your guitar tone with fullness and colorful effects. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-15-van-halen?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=June2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the June 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="myExperience4186638697001" 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="4186638697001" /> </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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A separate Dry output is included which enables the player to split their signal for greater flexibility and control.</p> <p>The Nano POG is equipped with reliable silent footswitching which can be especially useful in various scenarios such as recording sessions or with acoustic musicians whose instruments are mic’d.</p> <p>The Nano POG includes an EHX9.6DC power adapter and also runs on 9V battery. The new pedal carries a U.S. List Price of $270.50.</p> <p><strong>For more about EHX, visit <a href="http://www.ehx.com/">ehx.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YNjeuEugRvA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/electro-harmonix-unveils-nano-pog-pedal-smallest-polyphonic-octave-generator-video#comments EHX Electro-Harmonix Videos Effects News Gear Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:10:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24373 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Fishman Fluence Modern Humbuckers — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-fishman-fluence-modern-humbuckers-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 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-june-15-van-halen?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=June2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>From the introduction of the single-coil pickup in the Thirties through the development of the humbucker during the Fifties to the first active pickup designs that emerged in the mid Seventies, innovations in commercially successful electric guitar pickup designs have been relatively few and far between. </p> <p>Fishman’s new Fluence pickups, however, are truly the most innovative electric guitar pickup design introduced since the first single-coil pickups. We took a look at Fishman’s Fluence Modern Alnico and Ceramic Humbucker set, which is perfectly voiced for drop tunings and modern metal.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-15-van-halen?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=June2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the June 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="myExperience4186667179001" 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="4186667179001" /> </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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Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/M-jP38If6CA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/ritchie-blackmore-shows-his-favorite-guitars-video#comments Ritchie Blackmore Acoustic Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:39:15 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24359 at http://www.guitarworld.com