Gear en Boss Unveils RC-1 Loop Station Compact Looper Pedal for Guitarists — Demo Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Boss has announced the RC-1 Loop Station, the new entry-level model in the company’s lineup of dedicated loop recording devices. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Battery-powered and affordable, the RC-1’s straightforward operation makes it easier than ever for guitarists, bassists and other musicians to incorporate the fun of looping into their live performances and practice sessions.</p> <p>For more than a decade, Boss has led the industry in loop recording technology. Five current Loop Station products serve the needs of all types of musicians, and looping functions are integrated into many other Boss products. Designed with guitarists and bassists in mind, the RC-1 sheds the more sophisticated features found in other Loop Stations, offering a streamlined approach that will appeal to both beginning players and advanced musicians who like to keep things simple. </p> <p>Built to record loops and nothing else, the RC-1 is all about instant musical satisfaction and creative enjoyment. Housed in the famous, ultra-durable Boss compact pedal case, the stripped-down RC-1 lets players experience the fun of spontaneous loop creation with no complicated controls or features to get in the way.</p> <p>Loop recording has never been more intuitive and hassle-free than it is with the RC-1. Record, overdub, play/stop, undo/redo, and clear operations are all accomplished with one integrated pedal, while the loop level is controlled with the panel’s single knob. The unique circular loop indicator features 24 multi-colored LEDs, providing instant feedback on the operation mode and cycle status of the current loop.</p> <p>The RC-1 offers high-quality sound with up to 12 full minutes of stereo recording time. The last loop session is stored in memory even when the power is turned off, so players can preserve their performances for the next practice session or gig. The pedal can be powered with an optional PSA-series AC adapter or a single 9-volt battery. Up to 4.5 hours of battery operation provides great convenience for busking, street performing, open-mic nights, and other mobile playing situations.</p> <p>Just like other Boss compact pedals, the RC-1 integrates easily onto a pedalboard loaded with other stomps. Dual inputs and outputs let guitarists and bassists with sophisticated effects setups loop in true stereo. By using just one input and one output, the RC-1 can be used in a standard mono rig as well. Stereo operation also allows synth players to loop without sacrificing the rich, full stereo sound of their instruments.</p> <p>Users can connect an optional external pedal to the RC-1 to expand their real-time control options if desired. The new FS-7 Dual Footswitch is an ideal companion, offering control of the looper’s stop, clear, and undo/redo functions in an extremely compact footprint. The FS-7 includes status LEDs, and comes with a DC splitter cable to allow a single PSA adapter to provide power to both the RC-1 and FS-7.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Boss Joe Robinson Roland Videos Effects News Gear Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:27:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff My Personal Guitar World: A Diverse, Sometimes Sweet, Sometimes Hostile Place <!--paging_filter--><p>My personal guitar world is populated by a diverse, sometimes sweet, sometimes hostile, band of strong personalities. </p> <p>They scream at me. Weep at me. Play me, sometimes as a fool, sometimes as their tolerated servant.</p> <p>Ernest Hemingway once said, “I belong to this notebook and this pencil.” Now that’s not to say Hemingway was a tool, but at times the line between artist and tool can be bloody-Mary-blurry. They’re one, each useless without the other.</p> <p>Through my years as a professional musician, I’ve had affairs with Fenders and Gibsons, Gretsches and Rickenbackers, even a plexiglass Dan Armstrong, which I still love even though my bandmate Chris Collingwood dismisses her as looking like a 1960s coffee table. Lately I’ve been playing a custom beauty called the BeachBlaster, which I helped design and will talk about in a few.</p> <p>I’m a bit of a slut for not being monogamous to just one brand, model or guitar and have been collecting since I started at age 6. </p> <p>My first was a "used" '65 Mustang for $75 and then after much repetition of telling my pop, "Dad, I need a Les Paul now," he finally gave in and laid down a cool $150 on a Seventies LP deluxe (before they became referred to as vintage). It was only a few years old at the time, I was 8 and I still have both in my collection today.</p> <p>Then there's the '57 Les Paul Jr that belonged to my father that gets more than her share of my love. Duane Allman offered my dad a nice chunk of change for it back in the Sixties, an offer that was politely declined. Always something nostalgic about your first. </p> <p>Many Gretsches have also shared my bed as well as the stages. My double-cut 6120 has a special place in my heart. It took me through my U.K. days and is now retired from touring in favor of a few reissues for the road.</p> <p>Then there’s this new signature thing we call the BeachBlaster, a Tele body made from 200-year-old Douglas fir wood from the joists of an old school house. My buddy Curt Wilson built it to my specs with three Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbuckers and a Bigsby. </p> <p>There are three in existence so far (lucky me, I have serial numbers 1 and 2). I named it the Schoolhoused BeachBlaster as a tip of the hat to Mr. Fender (and to avoid a lawsuit). One in Sea Foam Green and another in Shoreline Gold. They're light, lovely and loud. Curt is a wizard who builds and fixes guitars in his 1820s schoolhouse (where the wood for the BeachBlaster came from) in Hopewell, New Jersey, a structure he restored just like he does with timeless and well-worn Gretsches and Gibsons.</p> <p>Anyway, what I’m trying to say here is that my guitars (like yours, I’m sure) are so much a part of me that I don't think I really exist without ‘em. When I come off the stage, I feel like a house whose fire has just been put out. Sated and immiserated, all at once. And my companions, they’ve been through it, too.</p> <p><em><a href="">Jody Porter</a> is the lead guitarist in <a href="">Fountains of Wayne</a> and founder of the shoegaze pioneers the Belltower. His second solo album, </em>Month of Mondays<em>, is completed and will be available later this summer.</em></p> Fountains Of Wayne Jody Porter Electric Guitars Blogs Gear Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:10:06 +0000 Jody Porter Gear Review: MC Systems Dynamic Drive, Hybrid Chorus and String Reviver Pedals <!--paging_filter--><p>It happens. You’re in the middle of playing and need just a little more from your pedal. </p> <p>Do you attempt the balancing act? You know, where you balance on one foot and try to gingerly adjust a knob with your free foot? What if you turn it too much or hit another knob? It can all end like the wire-cutting bomb scene in <em>Lethal Weapon 3</em>!</p> <p>MC Systems has released the Apollo series of pedals, which includes Chorus, Overdrive, Delay, Phaser, String Reviver and Fuzz pedals. They all offer a unique footswitching system called V-Switch.</p> <p>V-Switch can boost or cut certain aspects of the effect, depending on how hard you stomp on the pedal. Set your overdrive pedal to a moderate setting when switched on, or stomp harder for more drive. Below the pedal is a trimpot to adjust depending on how light or heavy of a stomper you are. </p> <p>Alternatively, if gauging your foot dynamics is too much, there’s Alternate Mode. Alternate Mode acts as a secondary setting when the pedal is on. Example: On the Hybrid Chorus, the Alternate Mode allows you to set a second Rate setting on the pedal.</p> <p>All pedals are based on an analog circuit and feature true-bypass switching. Here’s a brief rundown of three of the pedals from the series.</p> <p><strong>Dynamic Drive</strong> is an overdrive pedal with three familiar knobs at the top; Drive, Tone and Level. The V-Switch allows you to boost or cut the amount of drive and Alternate Mode allows you to boost or cut the Level. Alternate Mode works great as a boost for solos. In the clip, I gradually boost the Drive and Volume without blowing out your earbuds.</p> <p><strong>Hybrid Chorus</strong> is a chorus pedal that offers Depth, Level and Rate. V-Switch Mode lets you increase or decrease the Depth. Alternate Mode lets you speed up or slow down the Rate. In the clip, I play the same lick starting with a heavy chorus and mellow it out by the end.</p> <p><strong>String Reviver</strong> is most unique pedal in the series. It adds more presence and punch to dull strings. I also see it useful as a clean boost or tone shaper to help a darker guitar cut. The three basic knobs are Definition, Slope and Level. Definition is comparable to a Presence knob and Slope is comparable to a Tone knob. The V-Switch alters the Definition, and Alternate mode allows you to cut or boost the Level. In the clip, hear how it brightens up the “vintage” strings I left on my Strat way too long.</p> <p><strong>Web</strong>: <a href=""></a><br /> <strong>Street Price</strong>: $215</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";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</em></p> Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown MC Systems Effects Blogs News Gear Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:52:18 +0000 Billy Voight Your Signature, Please: Five Essential Pieces of Signature Gear <!--paging_filter--><p>About 10 years ago, a home-furnishings company named a line of rugs after a gorgeous movie and TV actress. </p> <p>It turns out that, aside from walking, sidling and sashaying on them for a few decades, she really didn't know a lot about rugs — or furniture or pretty much anything her name still graces today. But the company put her moniker on the stuff and continues to reap the benefits that a big name (and a pretty face) can provide.</p> <p>Luckily, musicians in search of quality signature gear — from guitars to amps to effects to pickups — don't have to worry about that nonsense. Generally, gear manufacturers work closely with their signature artists, in some cases, right down to the tiniest of details (Some artists repeatedly send back their signature-model prototypes until they're absolutely perfect).</p> <p>So, while acknowledging the plethora of fine signature gear that's available today, here's the cream of the crop: five items that simply get it right. This list was compiled by a group of <em>Guitar World</em> staffers including Gear Editor Paul Riario. </p> <p><strong>Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster</strong></p> <p>Maybe you've read it in forums or heard it from people in the know (maybe even from people whose job it is to try out Fender gear all day long), but Fender's Eric Johnson signature Strat has quietly earned a reputation as possibly one of the best instruments Fender produces on a regular basis.</p> <p>At first glance, the EJ model looks a lot like other U.S.-made Strats. But once you study the details, you start to notice its refinement. In fact, EJ-model connoisseurs tend to agree that it's not one single feature that makes this guitar special — it's the way all the smaller features work together. </p> <p>The guitar has a one-piece, vintage-tinted quartersawn plain maple neck (contours sanded very smooth) with a ’57-style V shape; a light, two-piece alder body with deep ’57-style body contours and cavities. It comes in 2-Color Sunburst, Black, Candy Apple Red and White Blonde. The frets are highly polished. The pickups are Eric Johnson single-coils (not over-wound at all) with countersunk screws and a five-way switch. Other features include a vintage tremolo with silver-painted block and ’57-style string recess. There's no paint between the base plate and the block.</p> <p>Basically, if you're a fan of the Stratocaster in its purest form, you'll truly appreciate this model, which also packs in several practical updates for modern players.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/EJ%20Strat.jpg" width="620" height="209" alt="EJ Strat.jpg" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $2,599.99 | <a href="">Check out this guitar at</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte</strong> <p>When it comes to signature guitars made for the rigors of heavy metal, it's hard to beat the LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte from ESP.</p> <p>The Snakebyte is a light-weight guitar that packs the heavyweight punch necessary for one of metal's marquee players. The neck is thin and comfortable, perfect for quick chord changes, and you'll find all of the high-end features of its more expensive Japanese-made cousin without sacrificing quality.</p> <p>And, as an added bonus, the Snakebyte now comes stock with a set of EMG James Hetfield pickups, putting all of the Metallica guitarist's secret weapons — minus his fabled right hand — at your fingertips.</p> <p>For a full test drive and review from <em>Guitar World</em> Gear Editor Paul Riaro, head <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><img src="" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,570 | <a href="">Check out this guitar at</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Slash APH-2 pickups</strong> <p>For the die-hard Slash enthusiast, there's a whole boatload of signature gear to choose from, from the "Appetite" Les Paul to a the custom octave fuzz from Jim Dunlop.</p> <p>While you could buy your way to a pretty good replica of Slash's actual rig with enough money, the best place to start might just be the Alnico II Pro Slash APH-2 pickups from Seymour Duncan.</p> <p>These moderate-output humbuckers will give you just the right amount of bite for those gritty riffs while still allowing for the searing sustain necessary to unleash ripping solos. Pop them in any humbucker-friendly guitar and you'll be well on your way to channeling your favorite top-hat-wearing guitar hero.</p> <p><img src="" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $269 | <a href="">Check out these pickups at</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>Jim Dunlop DB01 Cry Baby From Hell</strong> <p>Take a quick poll of metal guitarists to find out their favorite wah pedal and Jim Dunlop's Cry Baby From Hell will undoubtedly come out on top.</p> <p>Made to the specifications of the late, great Dimebag Darrell, the Cry Baby From Hell features an extended sweep range knob, 6-way range selector and kick-in volume boost to take your solos over the top.</p> <p>Dime, like a number of other guitarists, would often use his wah as a high-end boost for solos, leaving it fully cocked while he tore up the fretboard. Either fully engaged or used as a high-pass filter, the Cry Baby From Hell should meet all your needs and then some. </p> <p>Now start getting those squeals and pinch harmonics down!</p> <p><img src="" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $286.44 | <a href="">Check out this pedal at</a></em></p> <hr /> <strong>EVH 5150 III 50-Watt Head</strong> <p>Perhaps no one's tone is as sought-after as that of Eddie Van Halen. And fortunately for all you finger-tapping maniacs out there, almost no other guitarist has more quality signature gear on the market.</p> <p>And while his Wolfgang Special guitar is top-of-the-line and the MXR Phase 90 will have you rocking the cradle with the best of them, it's his line of signature amps from EVH that have really made a mark on the world of hard rock and metal.</p> <p>Even if it is a scaled-down version of its 100-watt big brother, there's no denying the EVH III 5150 50-watt head packs a <em>lot</em> into a small package. This three-channel amp matches up nicely with any cabinet, but you definitely can't go wrong with any of the cabs in the EVH 5150 III line. Pair it up with either the 2x12 or 1x12 and you'll have 'em dancing in the streets in no time!</p> <p><img src="" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,333.32 | <a href="">Check out this amp at</a></em></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="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/damageplan">Damageplan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Dimebag Darrell Dunlop Eddie Van Halen Eric Johnson ESP EVH Fender James Hetfield Seymour Duncan Slash Guitar World Lists Amps Electric Guitars News Features Gear Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:46:55 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart Cigar Box: Build a Guitar Pickup in Under Five Minutes for Less Than $2 <!--paging_filter--><p>Can you make your own pickup out of a wall wart plug in under five minutes and less than $2?</p> <p>Yes, it can be done! I saw a clip on YouTube a while ago where someone made a pickup from pieces of a plug, so I thought I'd give it a try. The method described in the video is a bit dangerous, including separating the metal plates from the coil (I stabbed myself with a screwdriver attempting to do so), so here's a safer, faster way.</p> <p>If you don’t already know, pickups are made with electric magnets. The string vibrations interfere with the magnetic field around the pickup, and that sound is transferred to your amp. Don’t worry, this is about as technical as I'll get for this part, but it's pretty neat how it works. </p> <p>Note: See the sidebar article below on the live-rig secrets of several pro cigar box guitarists. </p> <p><strong>In terms of parts for this project, here's your recon mission:</strong></p> <p>• One wall wort plug. You know those big, clunky plugs that seem to be on just about everything nowadays. I suggest scoping out your local thrift store for one. That way, you don’t destroy a plug you might need later. I picked up some for 50 cents. Yep!</p> <p>• Three or four (depending on how many strings you have on your CBG — cigar box guitar) Rare Earth Neo Neodymium disc magnets. I used a N35 12mm-by-3mm magnet I got on eBay for less than 40 cents.</p> <p>• Some bits of wire and solder</p> <p>• 1 1/4-inch jack</p> <p><strong>Tools you'll need</strong> </p> <p>• Proper safety gear, including work gloves and protective glasses</p> <p>• A hammer</p> <p>• Soldering Iron</p> <p>The photo gallery below will walk you through the steps to make your own pickup in under five minutes (and less than $2). Note that if you use this pickup in your CBG, you should probably cut hole the size of the metal plates so only the plates will be exposed above the guitar body, leaving the coils hidden under the top of the box. Also, make sure to ground your negative wire to your bridge to prevent unwanted noise. </p> <p>Check out the videos below of testing out our DIY guitar pickup. Also Elmar Zeilhofer of <a href="">The Original-Flatpup</a> made one as a test video as well from one he made (He separated the coils on his DIY pickup). </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p><strong>SIDEBAR: RIGS OF SEVERAL PRO CIGAR BOX GUITARISTS</strong></p> <p>Let me talk about the gear some cigar box guitar artists used at this year's Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival. </p> <p>I had a chance to talk to Glenn Kaiser, Shane Speal and Justin Johnson. Playing a cigar box guitar for a gig can be tricky. Cigar box guitars have a great lo-fi sound, but playing them cranked up can create problems with feedback. Here are the amplifiers and effects they prefer. </p> <p><strong><a href="">Glenn Kaiser</a> (Former frontman of REZ Band &amp; Kaiser/Mansfield)</strong></p> <p><strong>Amp</strong>: ”Trimmed &amp; Burnin' Spanky model mostly (a small, 3-watt amp with a Weber speaker) and an original Pignose. I have a lot of amps, but at this point, those two."</p> <p><strong>Effects</strong>: “For non-cigar box or found-object guitars, I always use a Korg tuner and a Blackstone Appliance Mosfet Overdrive. For CBG's, I usually prefer a small amp cranked.”</p> <p>Most of Kaiser's live cigar box guitars are loaded with piezo buzzer pickups, giving him a more acoustic tone. However, he gets some extra buzz, grind and distortion from the Trimmed &amp; Burnin' tube amp. </p> <p><strong><a href="">Shane Speal</a></strong></p> <p>Shane was kind enough to send us a photo of his live rig. Check it out in the photo gallery below.</p> <p>• As for his gear: homemade electric stomp board; provides percussion for Speal's show. It's just a couple pieces of plywood sandwiched together with a large piezo disc inserted in the middle. The piezo acts as a contact mic.</p> <p>• Pre-amp for the stomp board. Speal used an inexpensive acoustic guitar preamp/EQ that is attached to the piezo so he can control the tone of hs stomp board.</p> <p>• An old Ibanez digital delay set for slapback echo only</p> <p>• Arion Octave pedal: Used sparingly in concert, usually during his one-string diddley bow songs or when he wants to kick into a total funk-infused fury.</p> <p>• Fender tuner</p> <p>• Jay Turser Classic 25 amp. Although it's covered with tweed and sports a classic radio wooden face, this amp is just a cheapo solid state. “It has reverb, distortion and a goofy tremolo,” Speal says. “What more do you want?” Speal bought it on eBay for $85. </p> <p><strong><a href="">Justin Johnson</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Amp</strong>: “Fender Blues Jr. When I am performing with cigar box guitars, I prefer to keep as much of the natural tone of the CBG as possible. There is something about the tone you get from the cigar box that really distinguishes itself from the electric guitar. They sound more open and unrestrained than a solid-body and more guttural and swampy than a standard semi-hollow."</p> <p><strong>Effects</strong>: “I generally just use a little reverb or some light overdrive before going into my Fender Blues Jr. It’s also a good a idea to have an EQ pedal on hand to make minor adjustments to the volume and tone when necessary.”</p> <p><strong>ONE LAST DOSE OF CIGAR BOXES...</strong></p> <p>You all know I couldn’t write one of these with out letting you hear some tunes. Below is a clip I put together of Shane Speal preforming a version of “Personal Jesus” at this year's Speal's Tavern Guitar-b-Que. The photos are from <a href="">The Cigar Box Guitar Museum</a> in New Alexander, Pennsylvania, inside <a href="">Speal's Tavern</a>. More on the Guitar-b-Que and Speal's Tavern along with making winding our own single coil cbg pickup, next time ... </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p>A big thanks to Glenn Kaiser, Shane Speal, Justin Johnson, Elmar Zeilhofer, Original-Flatpup and Speal's Tavern for being a part of this. </p> <p>Stay tuned ... It's going to get loud!</p> <p><em>Brian Saner owns Saner Cigar Box Guitars, which makes custom handmade guitars and amps using local dry-aged wood in every guitar. These guitars are handmade and might have imperfections, but that's what makes them unique. Once you hear the howl of a CBG, you might not want to play a Fender or Gibson again. Get one at <a href=""></a>, <a href=""></a> and Main Street Gallery. Check out <a href="">his Facebook page.</a></em></p> Brian Saner Cigar Box Saner Cigar Box Guitars Accessories Blogs News Gear Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:39:05 +0000 Brian Saner Hughes & Kettner Announces 30th Anniversary NOS Limited Edition Tubemeister Amps <!--paging_filter--><p>This year marks the 30th year of Hughes &amp; Kettner’s quest for the perfect guitar amplifier tone, and the brand is celebrating by producing a Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Series of its groundbreaking TubeMeister range — with a difference.</p> <p>The amps, which are set to be available as TubeMeister 18 Head and TubeMeister 36 Head models, feature Soviet “New Old Stock” EL84 power tubes that were built long before Hughes &amp; Kettner was born.</p> <p>Manufactured in the legendary Saratov factories, the tubes comply with military-grade specifications for the aircraft industry (which require the highest levels of reliability and the strictest tolerances), and are built to last for a lifetime with a consistent quality and power. They deliver noticeably more output than standard EL84s, which results in more headroom for clean tones and even more punch for overdrive sounds.</p> <p>TubeMeister itself is celebrating its third anniversary of Rocking on Stage, Playing at Home and Recording at Night in 2014, and these new limited edition models – which also come with a black glossy chassis, and proudly show the 30th anniversary logo on the front panel – are sure to become sought after collector’s items.</p> <p>As well as the NOS tubes, the new models feature everything that has made TubeMeister a global guitar amp sensation: diminutive dimensions, powerful tones from the EL84 and 12AX7 tubes, the industry-standard Red Box DI output for pain-free recording, a flexible Power Soak… and, of course, the ubiquitous blue-lit logo that can now be seen on stages, in studios and in practice rooms across the world.</p> <p>Hughes and Kettner amplifiers are distributed in North America by Yorkville Sound.</p> Hughes & Kettner Amps News Gear Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:49:13 +0000 Guitar World Staff Fender Releases Limited American Standard Guitars, New Classic Player Models and Special Edition Blacktop Model <!--paging_filter--><p>Fender has released several new Limited Edition American Standard Series guitars, new Classic Player Series models and a Special Edition Blacktop Series guitar.</p> <p>All the details can be found right here:</p> <p>The venerable <strong>American Standard Stratocaster</strong> now comes in a new limited-edition model featuring Fender’s innovative channel-bound compound-radius fingerboard and the time-honored look of a Dakota Red or Sonic Blue gloss finish. The fingerboard is inlaid into the neck in a design with an elegant appearance and a distinctive fretting-hand feel in which both edges are comfortably rounded, with no side seam between neck and fingerboard. </p> <p>Further, the fingerboard’s 9.5”-14” compound radius graduates smoothly from a more rounded profile at the nut (great for chording) to a more flattened profile near the body (great for soloing).</p> <p>The workhorse <strong>American Standard Telecaster</strong> is also available as a new limited edition model featuring Fender’s innovative channel-bound compound-radius fingerboard and the time-honored look of a Dakota Red or Sonic Blue gloss finish.</p> <p>In addition, Fender introduces two brilliant new limited edition looks for the American Standard Stratocaster—Vintage White with a tortoiseshell pickguard and rosewood fingerboard, and Mystic Aztec Gold with a parchment pickguard and maple fingerboard. All the acclaimed features, sound and style of the archetypal American Standard Stratocaster, now in even more beautiful finish options.</p> <p>Former Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Chris Fleming has taken his previous design for the <strong>Classic Player Baja Telecaster </strong>and upgraded it with full-on 1960s features and vibe, including a rosewood fingerboard and a comfortable ’60s “C”-shaped neck profile. The guitar also features an alder body, 9.5” fingerboard radius and 21 medium jumbo frets, single coil American Vintage ’52 Tele (neck) and ’58 Tele (bridge) pickups with special four-way (including both pickups in series) and S-1 switching, three-ply pickguard, American Vintage string-through body Telecaster bridge with three brass “barrel” saddles, special Custom Shop neck plate engraving and more.</p> <p>Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov has designed an entirely new model for the Classic Player series that blends ’60s and ’70s styling with modern high-performance. The <strong>Classic Player Strat HH</strong> has special touches including dual Wide Range Special humbucking pickups, five-way switching with coil splitting for more traditional single-coil Stratocaster sounds, and a sultry Dark Mercedes Blue gloss finish with a matching headstock. Other features include a maple neck with a comfortable ’60s “C”-shaped profile, bound rosewood fingerboard with 9.5” radius and 22 medium jumbo frets, three-ply black pickguard, two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with modern plate and vintage-style saddles, and vintage-style Fender “F”-stamped tuners.</p> <p>Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Todd Krause has designed an unusual take on the Telecaster for the Classic Player series. The high-performance <strong>Classic Player Triple Tele</strong> rocks three slanted Nocaster single-coil bridge pickups for truly distinctive modern tone and the classic look of a black finish and pickguard paired with a one-piece maple neck/fingerboard. Other features include a thick “C”-shaped neck profile, 9.5” fingerboard radius and 21 vintage-style frets, five-way Stratocaster-style switching, vintage-style string-through-body bridge with three brass saddles, special Custom Shop neck plate engraving and more.</p> <p>Originally created in the Fender Custom Shop by Master Builder Jason Smith, the <strong>Rascal Bass</strong> joins the Fender lineup as a sleek short-scale Classic Player model loaded with distinctive features and personality. With its ’60s-era Bass VI body, three Seymour Duncan lipstick Stratocaster pickups, 30” scale and gorgeous gloss Ocean Turquoise finish with matching Coronado-style headstock, there’s no other Fender bass like the Rascal. </p> <p>Other premium features include a flat-sawn maple neck with a comfortable “C”-shaped profile, 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets and special inlay scheme (bass-side dot markers from 3rd to 9th frets, double dots at 12th fret, treble-side dot markers from 15th to 21st frets), vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment, white pearloid pickguard, five-way pickup switch with chrome “barrel” tip, push-pull master volume control that delivers seven pickup configurations, master tone control, distinctive bridge with four adjustable steel “barrel” saddles, vintage-style tuners and more.</p> <p>The <strong>Blacktop Jazzmaster</strong> is now available in a scorching special edition HH model with dual humbucking pickups for even more supercharged tone. Further, a new all-black look features a Candy Apple Red racing stripe that takes a sleek cue from the great “competition stripe” Fender models of the late ’60s and early ’70s.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a></p> Fender Fender Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:32:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff George Lynch Demos ESP Guitars ESP E-II ST-2 — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>The blokes at ESP Guitars have posted a demo video for the company's new E-II ST-2 model, <a href="">which was reviewed by <em>Guitar World</em>'s Paul Riario in our September 2014 issue.</a></p> <p>Best of all, the video features none other than Mr. Scary himself, George Lynch!</p> <p>In the clip, which can check out below, Lynch puts the guitar through its paces and provides a detailed, helpful demo.</p> <p>The E-II ST-2 is made at ESP's factory in Japan. For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" 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="/george-lynch">George Lynch</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> ESP Guitars George Lynch Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:45:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff BeatBuddy, "First Guitar Pedal Drum Machine" — Demo Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a demo (and informational) video about the BeatBuddy — "the first guitar pedal drum machine."</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>BeatBuddy was invented out of frustration at not being able to find a drum machine that enabled hands-free live control of a beat. </p> <p>Other drum machines were either complicated table-top devices that are difficult, if not impossible, to control while jamming or are loopers that grant no control of a single repetitive beat loop — no fills, no rhythm changes, no accent hits, no tap tempo, no pause/unpause feature, and of course no computer interface.</p> <p>With detailed input from the musician community, the BeatBuddy was designed to be the perfect solution to this frustration: The power of a drum machine with the simplicity of a pedal.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Beatbuddy Videos Effects News Gear Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:01:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff Quilter Labs ToneBlock 200 Pedalboard-Size Head — Demo Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a demo video of Quilter's ToneBlock 200, a lightweight amp fits on your pedalboard.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The ToneBlock 200 is a next-generation guitar head powerful enough to take on even the most heavyweight amp but light enough and small enough to cozy up on your board with your favorite pedals. </p> <p>With rack-mounting options, you can even build the ultimate stereo amplifier for your rack modelers. With all the tone of Quilter Lab's next generation solid state technology, it is going to feel like you plugged into a tube amp. All analog, no emulation, just amazing tone.</p> <p>The most power you have ever experienced in the smallest possible package. From the pedalboard to the rack, the Tone Block delivers on the promise of lightweight, next generation Quilter tone in the most diminutive of packages.</p> <p>From the Quilter proprietary direct out to the jaw dropping tube-like tone, never before has so much clean headroom been put into such a practical application. Set it up with your pedals or your rack mount effects to achieve incredible results effortlessly.</p> <p>Use it anywhere, in any setting. It is everything you love about tube tone without the tradeoffs or hassles. Plug it in there in the studio through the direct out to record late at night. Then crank it into your favorite cabinets at the gig. All the while without giving up on your tone, your way through the front end you already love. Or just bring it along as a backup. Either way, there is no end to the ways the Tone Block has your back at every gig, every night, any place on the face of the earth.</p> <p><a href=";utm_medium=Banner+CPM&amp;utm_term=ToneBlock+200&amp;utm_campaign=Tone+Block+FB+Banner+Campaign">More info can be found in this general area.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Specifications:</strong></p> <p>0 - 200 Watts of real world power with calibrated power markings<br /> Gain, Master and Contour controls<br /> 1/4" high impedance input<br /> Dual 1/4" Mono outputs for variable loads 16 to 4 ohms<br /> Proprietary direct out<br /> 4 Pounds<br /> 8 3/8"W x 3"H x 7 1/2"D<br /> Ultra Compact (Roughly the size of a double wide effects pedal)<br /> Universal power supply. (Take it anywhere in the world without need for transformers or switches.)<br /> Locking power cable</p> Quilter Labs Videos Amps News Gear Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:11:57 +0000 Guitar World Staff Yngwie Malmsteen Demos Signature Ovation Viper Guitar — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>A brief video has turned up online that shows Yngwie Malmsteen demoing and discussing (again, briefly) his signature Ovation Viper guitar. You can check it out below.</p> <p>We hereby present a goodly number of factoids about the guitar, courtesy of the company's website. You'll find even more factoids below the video. Enjoy the video and the factoids!</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>As long time Ovation endorsee, Yngwie has incorporated many Ovation models into his live performances and recordings over the past 25 years, including the stage-friendly Viper. </p> <p>Yngwie's new signature Vipers, models YM68 (steel string) and YM63 (nylon string), feature a solid chambered mahogany body, five-piece mahogany and maple necks and preamp circuitry specially designed to deliver natural acoustic tone with absolutely no feedback, even at the most high-level stage volumes.</p> <p>True to Yngwie’s personal playing preferences, the steel string Viper also has a hand-scalloped fingerboard, which creates less friction between the wood and the string when bending notes or adding vibrato. A light touch is all you need to play fast and articulate riffs with less effort than non-scalloped fretboards.</p> <p>The new models are available in two color options: 6P (White) or RC (Rosso Corsa Red), which matches one of Yngwie’s favorite Ferraris.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>BODY</strong><br /> Body Shape: Chambered Mahogany<br /> Bracing: Quintad “T” Shaped Spruce<br /> Rosette: "F" Holes: Bass and treble side<br /> Body Back: Mahogany<br /> Body Sides: Mahogany<br /> Body Top: Solid Cedar<br /> Purfling: Black/White</p> <p><strong>NECK</strong><br /> Neck Material: 5-Piece Mahogany/Maple<br /> Scale Length: 25.25" (642 mm)<br /> Fingerboard: Deluxe Grade Ebony<br /> Number of Frets: 24<br /> String Nut: Bone<br /> Nut Width: 1.6875" (42.86 mm)<br /> Position Inlays: Diamond</p> <p><strong>ELECTRONICS</strong><br /> Special Electronics: Ovation Viper 3-band</p> <p><strong>HARDWARE</strong><br /> Bridge: Walnut<br /> Tuning Machines: Die-Cast Gold Schaller</p> <p>For more info, visit <a href=""></a>.</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="/yngwie-malmsteen">Yngwie Malmsteen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Ovation Yngwie Malmsteen Gear Acoustic Guitars News Gear Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:02:41 +0000 Guitar World Staff Paul Gilbert Demos DiMarzio PAF Master Pickups — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video (posted to YouTube by DiMarzio August 22), guitarist Paul Gilbert demos and discusses DiMarzio's PAF Master pickups. </p> <p>Lucky for us, Gilbert plays a lot of guitar in the clip, sticking to some heavy, throaty bluesy licks that, we have to say, sound awesome in this video.</p> <p>For more about DiMarzio's PAF Master Bridge pickup, <a href="">head here.</a> For more about the PAF Master Neck model, head in <a href="">this general vicinity.</a></p> <p>In the clip, Gilbert also mentions his new album, <em>Stone Pushing Uphill Man</em>. You can hear two songs from the disc, which was released earlier this month by Shrapnel, <a href="">right here.</a></p> <p>In other Gilbert news, Mr. Big recently released the details of their upcoming studio album, <em>…The Stories We Could Tell,</em> which will be released September 23 via Frontiers Music. More info can be found <a href="">right here.</a></p> <p>But wait, there's more! Late last night, Gilbert announced the birth of his first child.</p> <p>"Please welcome to Earth Marlon Kanzan Gilbert," Gilbert wrote on his website. "He's got long fingers and a loud voice. This is my first time to be a dad. I'm pretty excited. And much love to my wife, Emi, for doing the hard work."</p> <p>Congratulations!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" 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="/paul-gilbert">Paul Gilbert</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> DiMarzio Paul Gilbert Videos News Gear Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:18:41 +0000 Damian Fanelli ESP Guitars' Incredible 'Monster Hunter' Guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the <em><a href="">Monster Hunter</a></em> video game, ESP Guitars in Japan has created a (very pointy) guitar inspired by the game.</p> <p>The guitar features what can only be called a huge blade with several horns protruding from it, which makes it seem like it might be more than a little painful to play.</p> <p>The guitar has a price tag of 2,300,00 yen, which is a little over $22,150. </p> <p>Check it out above and in the photo gallery below!</p> <p>Because we can, we've also included photos of several other guitars from the ESP Custom Shop, most of which were designed by Master Luthier Masao Ohmuro.</p> ESP ESP Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:37:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff Review: Martin D-18 Guitar — Blast from the Past <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 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=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Even if you have only the most basic, rudimentary knowledge of the guitar, you probably already know that the Martin D-18 is one of the greatest steel-string acoustic guitars of all time. </p> <p>As the most basic version of Martin’s initial pre-war dreadnought guitar line introduced in 1931, the D-18 is likely the most copied flattop guitar design and is the acoustic guitar equivalent of the Telecaster in terms of timelessness, functionality and value. </p> <p>Chances are you don’t need some dude like me to convince you that a Martin D-18 is a highly recommended purchase, but I’m reviewing it anyway because the latest version that Martin is making these days is very likely the best the company has ever offered. Read on to find out why.</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 --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src=""></script><object id="myExperience3725952886001" 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="3725952886001" /> </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 body is a single piece made of Polyamide, which is an extremely tough and durable form of nylon. I’ve dropped the guitars a few times without damaging them.”</p> <p>Inside the body frame is a wooden core to which the custom neck, made by Warmoth, attaches, and the core material matches that of the chosen neck material. “Customers can specify mahogany or maple necks and completely customize the electronics. They can also make minor modifications, like having their name, band logo, or other graphics 3-D printed on the back of the instrument at no extra cost. We can even adjust the weight to a player’s preference.”</p> <p>ODD offers five guitar models — the Atom, Hive, Scarab, Spider and Spider LP — and three bass models — Atom, Hive and Spider LP — which range in price from $3,000 to $3,500. More info about ODD Guitars can be found at <a href=""></a> and at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> GW Archive It Might Get Weird March 2013 ODD ODD Guitars Electric Guitars Galleries News Features Gear Magazine Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:24:41 +0000 Chris Gill