Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/0 en 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 Boss Introduces Waza Craft Effect Pedals — Super Overdrive, Blues Driver and Delay — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-introduces-waza-craft-effect-pedals-super-overdrive-blues-driver-and-delay-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Boss has announced its Waza Craft series, a new line of special edition compact pedals that offers players the ultimate Boss tone experience. </p> <p>The debut of the Waza Craft series includes the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues Driver, and DM-2W Delay. </p> <p>From the company: </p> <p>All three pedals provide the classic sound signatures of the past and present Boss pedals they’re based on, plus switchable modes for customized tones sought after by discerning guitarists.</p> <p>Designed with a passion for premium sound by the master engineers at Boss in Japan, the Waza Craft series introduces a new chapter in the company’s legacy of exceptional tone. Through meticulously-selected analog components, refined circuitry, and careful attention to the finest design details, Waza Craft embodies the essence of Boss engineering and the spirit of generations of technical and musical wisdom.</p> <p>“Waza” is the Japanese term for art and technique, and each of these special edition pedals proudly carries the Waza symbol to represent the artful wisdom and tech-savvy spirit flowing within Boss design and craftsmanship.</p> <p>In continuous production for over 30 years, the Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive is one of the best-loved stomps ever created. The Waza Craft SD-1W hot rods this players’ favorite with a revised circuit design, all-discrete analog components, and switchable Standard and Custom sound modes.</p> <p>The Boss BD-2 Blues Driver is also one of the most popular overdrive pedals in the world, and the Waza Craft BD-2W takes this classic’s signature creamy grit to a new level. Like the SD-1W, the BD-2W is built with all-discrete analog components and a revised circuit, and features Standard and Custom sound modes. </p> <p>Highly sought after since being discontinued in 1984, the Boss DM-2 Delay is universally revered by tone aficionados for its warm, “bucket brigade” analog delay sound. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the coveted stomp has been reborn with greater versatility for today’s music styles. Using all-analog circuitry and an authentic BBD delay line, the DM-2W’s Standard mode captures the lush sound and 20-300 ms delay range of the original DM-2. Custom mode instantly changes the sound to a cleaner analog tone with over twice the delay time. </p> <p>The DM-2W also includes a jack for controlling delay time with an optional expression pedal. Two output jacks allow for separate output of delay and direct sounds if desired. </p> <p>For more information on the Waza Craft series, visit <a href="http://www.bossus.com/">BossUS.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SaLh_IfBbbw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/y3KF5rcxHbg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BINFsEPuQKE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-introduces-waza-craft-effect-pedals-super-overdrive-blues-driver-and-delay-demo-video#comments Boss Roland Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Effects News Gear Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:19:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21850 Practice Makes Perfect: Five Amazing Practice Amps http://www.guitarworld.com/practice-makes-perfect-five-amazing-practice-amps <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>In the all-new September 2014 issue of <em><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=RolandPractice">Guitar World</a></em>, we round up 17 amazing practice amps that will help you sound better, woodshed longer and become the guitarist you’ve always wanted to be.</strong></p> <p><em>In the excerpt below, we focus on five (plus a bonus amp — for a total of six) of the 17 amps. To see all 17, check out the September 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em> now. <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=RolandPractice">It's available at our online store right here.</a></em></p> <p>Playing live might be the best way to hone your performance skills, but when it comes to technique, you need practice, practice, practice. </p> <p>If you play an electric guitar, your woodshedding sessions demand an amp that not only reveals the details and nuance of your playing but also sounds great—so great that it makes you want to practice more and become the best guitarist you can. </p> <p>Of course, it’s even better if it has built-in effects, a tuner, a metronome, and connectivity to the world of digital apps, downloads and MP3 players. </p> <p>With that in mind, we set out to find the best-sounding and best-outfitted practice amps currently on the market. Over the next pages, you’ll find practice combos and heads that pull double-duty as studio and rehearsal powerhouses and others that offer computer, USB, Bluetooth, iOS and Android connectivity. </p> <p>Whether you love an all-tube rig, solid-state power, or feature-laden digital/modeling amps, you’re sure to find that one of these tone machines makes practice perfect.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/practice-makes-perfect-five-amazing-practice-amps#comments Roland September 2014 Amps News Features Gear Magazine Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:40:18 +0000 Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21835 Out of the Box: Guitar World Celebrates the Time-Honored History of MXR Effect Pedals http://www.guitarworld.com/out-box-guitar-world-celebrates-time-honored-history-mxr-effect-pedals <!--paging_filter--><p>A stomp box may seem like an insignificant item in the history of rock and roll, but it’s hard to imagine how some of the greatest songs of the Seventies and Eighties would have sounded without the influential role of MXR pedals. </p> <p>The MXR Phase 90 was a prominent part of the guitar tones on records by Van Halen and Pink Floyd. Likewise, the MXR Distortion + was a key element in the distorted lead guitar tones of Jerry Garcia, Dave Murray and Randy Rhoads, while the company’s Dyna Comp compression pedal shaped the sound of records by the Police, King Crimson and just about every country-rock hit that came out of Nashville back then. </p> <p>From Jimmy Page’s “Fool in the Rain” solo (featuring an MXR Blue Box) to Keith Richards’ swirling rhythms on “Shattered” (produced by an MXR Phase 100), the sound of MXR effects has been nearly ubiquitous in rock music since the mid Seventies.</p> <p>Before the first MXR products were developed, pedal effects were generally treated as novelties. Most pedals made during the Sixties and early Seventies were housed in absurdly oversized boxes with rather flimsy construction that could barely withstand the abuse of overzealous guitarists wearing stack-heel platform shoes. </p> <p>When Keith Barr and Terry Sherwood opened a repair shop called Audio Services in Rochester, New York, in 1971, most of their early customers were guitarists who brought in their broken pedals. </p> <p>“When I saw the poor quality of the effects devices that were coming in for repair, I was really amazed,” Barr said in an interview published in Art Thompson’s 1997 book <em>Stompbox</em>. “Eager to start designing some things, I made up a few little boxes for my guitar-playing friends. They seemed to like them.”</p> <p>The response was so positive and encouraging that Barr and Sherwood decided to switch from repairing gear to manufacturing electronic devices for musicians. However, the first product that the duo produced was not a stomp box but rather an audio mixer, which also inspired their new company’s name. A friend suggested that they call the company MXR, which was short for mixer. Barr lengthened the name to MXR Innovations to make it sound more business-like and official.</p> <p>Barr made one mixer and found the process rather tedious and boring, so he turned his attention to the effect pedals that his guitar friends raved about instead. The first pedal effect circuit that Barr designed on his own was a four-stage phase shifter. “Guitarists would come into our shop and tell us that the phase-shifting thing was really happening,” Barr told Thompson. “I built one, and people said they liked it.”</p> <p>Barr designed his first phase shifter—named the Phase 90 because it provided 90 degrees of phase shifting—in 1972, but the pedal didn’t go into serious production until late 1973, a few months before MXR Innovations was incorporated in 1974. </p> <p>Sherwood and Barr invested most of the cash reserves from their repair business in a spray-painting kit and parts, including heavy-duty die-cast aluminum boxes made by a company called Bud. Inspired by the paint job he saw on a new Ford Econoline van, Barr selected Ditzler PPG Bold Orange automotive paint for the Phase 90’s finish. He also designed the script MXR logo that was silkscreened on each pedal’s top panel.</p> <p>Initially Barr, Sherwood and some teenagers who worked for minimum wage made the first Phase 90 pedals in a small factory in Rochester. Soon they hired Mike Laiacona to handle sales, and he played an important role in getting the pedals into the hands of pros and music stores across the entire United States before he left in 1975 to start Whirlwind, whose line today includes effect pedals, direct boxes, cables and more.</p> <p>After MXR raised a decent amount of funds, it purchased ads in major national music magazines like Rolling Stone and Downbeat to promote the Phase 90. Guitarists who purchased these early units were impressed by the pedal’s studio-quality sound, rugged build and affordable price, and word of mouth about MXR quickly spread.</p> <p>Realizing that one product would not be enough to sustain their quickly growing company, Barr and Sherwood decided to expand their offerings with three additional products—the Blue Box, the Distortion + and the Dyna Comp—which joined the lineup later in 1974. </p> <p>The new models were housed in the same size Bud boxes as the Phase 90, but each had its own distinctive color that made it instantly identifiable onstage, a concept that was soon adopted by many of MXR’s subsequent competitors. The earliest versions of MXR’s first four pedals were made from circuit boards silkscreened and etched by Barr himself, identifiable by the phrase “hand built by guitarists” printed on the board. </p> <p>A simpler and cheaper two-stage version of the Phase 90 called the Phase 45 followed in late 1974, and in 1975 MXR introduced the Noise Gate Line Driver and the Phase 100, a much more versatile six-stage phase shifter with four selectable preset waveforms. Eventually, they company started making its own die-cast aluminum boxes, featuring an embossed MXR script logo near the rear panel’s lower right-hand corner. </p> <p>MXR grew quickly during this period, and Barr realized that he needed to hire additional engineers to help him design new products. He brought in Tony Gambacurta and Richard Neatour, who previously worked as technicians at Barr and Sherwood’s repair shop, and they helped to expand the product line without compromising quality. </p> <p>Both played an instrumental role in the development of the MXR Flanger, the first pedal flanger to hit the market, as well as the Analog Delay, the Envelope Filter and the Six-Band and Ten-Band Graphic Equalizer pedals, all introduced in late 1976. MXR also started to offer rack-mountable effects designed for studio installations and live sound reinforcement, including the Auto Flanger, the Auto Phaser, the Mini Limiter and one of the industry’s earliest digital-delay units. </p> <p>The pedal models introduced in 1976 had a newly designed MXR logo that is known as the “block logo” for its block text enclosed in a rectangle with rounded corners. The older models retained the original script logo, and the rear plates of every model had an embossed script logo. Eventually, though, around 1978, all of the products had silkscreened and embossed block logos. Today, pedal collectors pay considerably more for early MXR pedals with script logos, but the differences between the script- and block-logo versions of original Seventies MXR pedals are negligible.</p> <p>“The circuits really didn’t change much at all,” says Jeorge Tripps, who helped Dunlop create accurate reissues of MXR’s original script-logo pedals in recent years. “The Phase 90 had only very minor changes over the years, and the Dyna Comp didn’t change significantly at all. When MXR went to the block logo, the circuits were the same as those of the script-logo versions. It wasn’t until near the company’s end that they started using the dual op amp for the Phase 90 and added an LED to their pedals. All of the hype about script-version pedals being better is pretty much a myth.” </p> <p>It’s impossible to determine who was the first major artist to use an MXR pedal on a recording, but Jimmy Page and David Gilmour were certainly among the earliest. Page allegedly used a Phase 90 during overdub sessions for several songs on Led Zeppelin’s <em>Physical Graffiti</em> in 1974, and an MXR Phase 90 played a central role on Pink Floyd’s <em>Wish You Were Here</em> album, particularly on Gilmour’s solos for “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Have a Cigar,” recorded between January and July 1975. </p> <p>During the late Seventies and early Eighties, MXR pedals increasingly showed up on pros’ pedal boards. Many players relied on multiple MXR pedals to shape and define their signature sounds. Among them were Eddie Van Halen (who used a Flanger, Phase 90 and Six-Band Graphic Equalizer), Joe Perry (Dyna Comp, Flanger, Phase 90 and Six-Band Graphic Equalizer), Jerry Garcia (Analog Delay, Distortion + and Phase 100), Randy Rhoads (Analog Delay, Distortion +, Flanger, Stereo Chorus and Ten-Band Graphic Equalizer) and Andy Summers (Distortion +, Dyna Comp and Phase 90). </p> <p>As MXR entered the Eighties, the company abandoned the compact, battery-powered stomp boxes that guitarists loved and instead offered larger, AC-powered pedals like the Distortion II, the Limiter and the Stereo Chorus. </p> <p>While these new products were built to professional standards, they were also more expensive than the compact pedals offered by Japanese companies like Boss and Ibanez, which cut into MXR’s market share. To compete, MXR introduced the Micro Chorus and Micro Flanger pedals as well as the budget Commande Series pedals, which were housed in plastic cases. </p> <p>MXR increasingly focused on rackmount gear, including digital-delay and reverb units, the Dual 15-Band Graphic EQ, the Flanger/Doubler, the Pitch Transposer and an early multi-effect unit called the Omni. The company also began to develop consumer home audio products in hope of expanding its business. By 1984, MXR discontinued its original pedal line, replacing it with the affordable Series 2000 pedals, which were housed in black cases and featured designs more than obviously influenced by those of their Boss and Ibanez competitors. </p> <p>However, the company was soon torn apart by internal labor struggles and disagreements with major shareholders. Before the end of 1984, MXR had closed its doors. Barr went on to found Alesis in Hollywood, California, where he refined his affordable digital reverb and drum machine designs. Gambacurta, Neatour, Sherwood and ex-MXR employees Phil Betette and John Langlois remained in Rochester to found Applied Research and Technology, better known as ART.</p> <p>After a three-year absence, the MXR brand re-emerged when Dunlop Manufacturing purchased rights to the name and resurrected the brand. Dunlop fittingly reissued the same four pedals—the Blue Box, Distortion +, Dyna Comp and Phase 90—that originally launched the MXR line in 1974. Dunlop also updated the reissue pedals with an LED and jack for a nine-volt DC adapter. Over the next decade, Dunlop began to bring back other popular classic MXR pedals that players still considered essential, like the Flanger, Phase 100, Stereo Chorus and graphic equalizer pedals.</p> <p>Around the dawn of the new millennium, Dunlop began to develop and introduce an impressive range of new models that expanded the MXR legacy. In 1999, MXR offered its first line of pedals designed exclusively for bass players. </p> <p>That was soon followed by the introduction of artist signature pedals designed with input from players such as Dimebag Darrell (Dime Distortion), Kerry King (KFK Ten-Band Graphic Equalizer), Eddie Van Halen (EVH Phase 90 and Flanger) and Zakk Wylde (Black Label Chorus, Berzerker Overdrive, Zakk Wylde Phase and Overdrive). New artist models that recently joined the MXR line include the Slash Octave Fuzz and Joe Bonamassa FET Overdrive.</p> <p>In 2008, Dunlop hired Jeorge Tripps to resurrect his Way Huge line of pedals and work with the MXR team, which included senior engineer Bob Cedro, to develop new products and produce accurate reproductions of the original MXR script-logo pedals. One of the team’s first products was the Carbon Copy analog delay, which has become MXR’s most popular new pedal since the release of the originals. Cedro and Tripps also helped MXR establish its Custom Shop line of pedals, which include the Custom Comp, La Machine octave fuzz, Micro Amp + and Phase 99.</p> <p>“When I came to Dunlop, one of my main responsibilities was to revamp the whole MXR script-logo line,” Tripps says. “We wanted to make them by hand the way MXR used to, so we gathered a bunch of old MXR pedals to look at. When we decided to reproduce the original Dyna Comp, I couldn’t find much reference material on it, so I decided to call Keith Barr. </p> <p>That was right before Keith died in 2010. I also have a bunch of old documents and schematics from MXR and even a prototype of a tremolo panner that never came out that I bought in 2006 when somebody sold a trunk of old MXR back stock.”</p> <p>Under Dunlop’s direction, MXR has offered more than 80 different products over the years. Popular and acclaimed new products in today’s MXR line include the Talk Box (MXR originally developed a prototype talk box called the Waak in 1975 that never went into production), the Custom Badass ’78 Distortion, the Super Badass Distortion, the Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato and Custom Shop reproductions of the original script-logo Phase 90 and Dyna Comp. </p> <p>Products like the Smart Gate and the Custom Audio Electronics Boost/Line Driver and MC403 Power System can be found in the touring rigs of countless pros.</p> <p>Thanks to Dunlop, MXR’s legacy is alive and well, as the new products remain faithful to the original company’s ideals of value, sound quality and ruggedness. </p> <p>After 40 years of providing guitarists with innovative tools that influence and inspire new tones, MXR shows no signs of slowing down. “We have a very talented team of engineers and product designers who are always coming up with new ideas,” Tripps says. “We’re keeping true to the original concept of MXR but moving forward at the same time.”</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/out-box-guitar-world-celebrates-time-honored-history-mxr-effect-pedals#comments Jim Dunlop June 2014 MXR News Features Gear Magazine Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:40:11 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21839