Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/0 en Martin Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: D-18 Sycamore, Navojoa, CS-GP-14, DXAE Black — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-martinan-martin-guitars-2014-summer-namm-d-18-sycamore-navojoa-cs-gp-14-dxae-black-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> and <em>Acoustic Nation</em> crews were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were there, we were able to stop by the Martin Guitars booth. Our visit is chronicled in the video below. </p> <p>In the clip, the gang at Martin shows off a number of their beautiful acoustic guitars. These include the new D-18 Sycamore, the Navojoa, the CS-GP-14, the DXAE Black and others. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ocx2gp3S9so" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-martinan-martin-guitars-2014-summer-namm-d-18-sycamore-navojoa-cs-gp-14-dxae-black-video#comments Acoustic Nation Martin Martin Guitars News Summer NAMM 2014 Acoustic Guitars Videos Videos sponsor News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:50:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21966 ToneVille Amps at 2014 Summer NAMM: Broadway Guitar Amp — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/toneville-amps-2014-summer-namm-broadway-guitar-amp-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>Speaking of which, we stopped off at the ToneVille Amps booth! You can check out a video recap of our visit below.</p> <p>The clip shows a searing demo of ToneVille's signature Broadway Amp. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wz5s_UsRlMQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/toneville-amps-2014-summer-namm-broadway-guitar-amp-demo-video#comments Summer NAMM 2014 ToneVille Videos Amps News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:54:25 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21957 D'Addario at 2014 Summer NAMM: NYXL Strings and Artist Capo — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/daddario-2014-summer-namm-nyxl-strings-and-artist-capo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>During the show, we had a chance to stop by and check out the happenings at the D'Addario booth. Our visit is chronicled in the video below. </p> <p>In the clip, D'Addario shows off the company's new and improved NYXL string sets — not to mention its new Artist Capo. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wqwYxo4Bmsw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/daddario-2014-summer-namm-nyxl-strings-and-artist-capo-video#comments D'Addario NYXL strings Summer NAMM 2014 Accessories Videos News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:48:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21968 Taylor Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: Grand Orchestra 718 Fall Limited — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-grand-orchestra-718-fall-limited-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>During our time at Summer NAMM, we stopped by the Taylor Guitars booth. You can check out the video we made of our visit below.</p> <p>The clip shows a demonstration of Taylor's gorgeous new Grand Orchestra 718 Fall Limited acoustic guitar, and we also get the skinny on how Taylor's choice of a specific Tazmanian wood for the body affects the guitar's tone. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7f7-exbmFMM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-grand-orchestra-718-fall-limited-demo-video#comments Grand Orchestra 718 Fall Limited Summer NAMM 2014 Taylor Acoustic Guitars Videos News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:58:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21958 Eventide Pedals at 2014 Summer NAMM: TimeFactor Software Update, H9 Control — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/eventide-pedals-2014-summer-namm-timefactor-software-update-h9-control-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were there, we stopped by the Eventide booth. You can check out our video recap of the visit below.</p> <p>In the video, we get to see a demonstration of the software update of the company's TimeFactor pedal and a look at the new H9 Control application. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ct4PVJzv3KA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/eventide-pedals-2014-summer-namm-timefactor-software-update-h9-control-demo-video#comments Eventide Eventide H9 Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Effects News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:56:01 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21956 Taylor Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: 150E 12-String Guitar — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-150e-12-string-guitar-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were there, we stopped by the Taylor Guitars booth. You can check out our video recap of the visit below.</p> <p>In the clip, we are treated to a demonstration of the company's new 150e 12-string acoustic guitar. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z29jKta3Jgo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/taylor-guitars-2014-summer-namm-150e-12-string-guitar-demo-video#comments 150E 12 String Summer NAMM 2014 Taylor Acoustic Guitars Videos News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:53:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21959 Roland at 2014 Summer NAMM: Blues Cube Stage and Blues Cube Artist Guitar Amplifiers — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/roland-2014-summer-namm-blues-cube-stage-and-blues-cube-artist-guitar-amplifiers-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>Speaking of which, while we were down there, we had the chance to pay a visit to the Roland booth. You can see what we saw at the booth in the clip below.</p> <p>The video features demonstrations of Roland's new Blues Cube Stage and Blues Cube Artist guitar amplifiers. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1_w6hl2mZSI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/roland-2014-summer-namm-blues-cube-stage-and-blues-cube-artist-guitar-amplifiers-demo-video#comments Blues Cube Aritst Blues Cube Stage Roland Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Amps News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:50:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21961 Supro Amps at 2014 Summer NAMM: Coronado, Dual-Tone and Thunderbolt Guitar Amps — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/supro-amps-2014-summer-namm-coronado-dual-tone-and-thunderbolt-guitar-amps-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were down there, we stopped by the Supro Amps booth. You can watch a video recap of our visit below. </p> <p>In the clip, we're treated to demonstrations of the company's signature products, the Coronado, Dual-Tone and Thunderbolt guitar amps. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JTvtKvOtut8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/supro-amps-2014-summer-namm-coronado-dual-tone-and-thunderbolt-guitar-amps-demo-video#comments Coronado Dualtone Summer NAMM 2014 Supro Thunderbolt Videos Amps News Gear Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:49:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21960 Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive Pedal — Exclusive Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-805-overdrive-pedal-exclusive-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-introduces-805-overdrive-pedal-demo-video">As we reported earlier this month,</a> Seymour Duncan recently released its new 805 Overdrive pedal.</p> <p>Now the company has made an exclusive demo video — just for readers of GuitarWorld.com. The video features the fancy fretwork of guitarist Steve Booke, who creates the <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/what-world">"What in the World" lessons for GuitarWorld.com.</a></p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive is designed using the legendary 808 chip, but with an expanded gain range and an active 3-band EQ that isn't common on overdrives. It's so versatile that you can use it for a smooth, lyrical bluesy overdrive one minute and a modern metal crunch the next. </p> <p>We started with the classic overdrive tones we all know and love but we tightened up the bottom end and added more sparkle in the highs as well as more detailed note articulation. Whether you're after ringing cleans, a subtle boost, fat crunch, or even screaming sustaining solo tones, it's all in there. And unlike other overdrives that become thin when you refine the gain, the 805's 3-band active EQ lets you take back control over the low end while also fine-tuning the mids and highs. </p> <p>The 805 Overdrive can be used to give your sound a boost with full overtones or to provide harmonically rich heavy gain with warm tube character. </p> <p><strong>Specifications</strong></p> <p>Distortion Circuitry: Glass diode, back-to-back stack.<br /> Bypass: True bypass<br /> Gain Control Range: 8dB to 36dB.<br /> EQ Center Frequencies:<br /> • Bass – 90 Hz +/- 11dB<br /> • Mid – 750 Hz +/- 11dB<br /> • Treble – 2.1 kHz +/- 12dB<br /> EQ Center Frequencies:<br /> • Minimum gain, 20 to 20kHz – 112dBV<br /> • Minimum gain, 400 to 20kHz – 114dBV<br /> • Maximum gain, 20 to 20kHz – 97.5dBv<br /> • Maximum gain, 400 to 20kHz – 98 dBV<br /> THD @10mVrms input @ 1 kHz with 12 dB of gain: 0.15%<br /> Max Output before Saturation: 0.6Vrms<br /> Input Impedance: 470k Ohms<br /> Output Impedance: 1k Ohms<br /> Power: 9V battery or external 9 to 18V Regulated DC Adapter (center negative)<br /> Current consumption: 4.5mA<br /> Dimensions: 2.61” X 4.90” X 1.45”<br /> Weight: -90dBV at output, 400Hz to 20kHz </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">seymourduncan.com</a>.</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="myExperience3701073256001" 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="3701073256001" /> </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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And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1VCmQC9xyLQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/earthquaker-devices-2014-summer-namm-afterneath-palisades-cloven-hoof-pedals-and-more-demo-video#comments EarthQuaker Devices Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Effects News Gear Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:57:06 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21950 Reverend Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: Bob Balch Signature, Warhawk RT, Bayonet FM and More — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/reverend-guitars-2014-summer-namm-bob-balch-signature-warhawk-rt-bayonet-fm-and-more-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>Speaking of which, check out the video recap of our visit to the Reverend Guitars booth at the show.</p> <p>In the clip, which you can see below, we get the lowdown on the company's Bob Balch Signature model, the Warhawk RT, the Bayonet FM and more.</p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OPGoR-0Vk5Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/reverend-guitars-2014-summer-namm-bob-balch-signature-warhawk-rt-bayonet-fm-and-more-demo-video#comments Reverend Guitars Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:48:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21949 Gear Review: StellarVerb Reverb Pedal by Center Street Electronics http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-stellarverb-reverb-pedal-center-street-electronics <!--paging_filter--><p>Put a Sixties Fender Twin next to a modern Crate practice amp, and you won’t see or hear many similarities — besides reverb. </p> <p>The effect is used to add dimension to your sound and help smooth out dynamics — to sound less like a textbook, if you will. Reverb is, hands down, the reason terrible singers think they sound great in the shower!</p> <p>The StellarVerb by Center Street Electronics is a two-knob, true-bypass reverb pedal. It claims to sit between a hall and a spring reverb. The two knobs are "Tone" and "Reverb Level." The 9-volt power jack along with input/output jacks are mounted on the sides of the pedal. </p> <p>First impression: I thought the Tone knob would be redundant, but the more I played with the pedal, the more it made sense. Turned up, it cops a bright Fender-style spring reverb; rolled back, it’ll give you a darker, ambient reverb. If you simply want your bedroom to sound like Madison Square Garden, leave the Tone at 12 o’clock, and it won’t alter your tone at all.</p> <p><strong>On to the clips!</strong></p> <p><strong>Clip 1</strong>: Using a Strat, I wanted to see how close I could get my Bassman to sound like a Twin Reverb. The StellarVerb’s Tone is cranked up and the Level is about halfway.</p> <p><strong>Clip 2</strong>: I cranked everything up to get a drenched Sixties surf tone.</p> <p><strong>Clip 3</strong>: Here’s a more subtle reverb sound with the Tone at 12 o’clock and the Level barely on.</p> <p><strong>Clip 4</strong>: (After getting requests for heavier sound clips) Here’s an AMT Metalizer after the StellerVerb set with the Tone and Level both around 9 o’clock.</p> <p><strong>Web</strong>: <a href="http://www.centerstreetelectronics.com/stellarverb/">centerstreetelectronics.com/stellarverb</a><br /> <strong>Street Price</strong>: $149.99</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/44686085&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QHOH9_bOZW8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-stellarverb-reverb-pedal-center-street-electronics#comments Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown Center Street Electronics Effects Blogs Gear Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:20:26 +0000 Billy Voight http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21947 ESP LTD AS-1FM LB Alex Skolnick Signature Guitar — Review http://www.guitarworld.com/esp-ltd-1fm-lb-alex-skolnick-signature-guitar-review <!--paging_filter--><p>Alex Skolnick is among a few guitarists who have achieved multigenre success and acclaim, first as a wild young gun with the iconic metal thrash band Testament, and then as a tasteful and technically impressive jazzbo with the Alex Skolnick Trio. </p> <p>In recent years, he has become something of a vintage guitar enthusiast. So when ESP approached him about building a signature guitar with his name on it, Skolnick was skeptical that a modern company could create a guitar capable of matching the refined sounds of aged classics. </p> <p>ESP met this lofty challenge and, after rigorous testing by the man himself, is now offering the Alex Skolnick signature model. I tested the budget-friendly AS-1FM LB, which differs in some details to the high-end version but otherwise offers the same bold response, unblemished build quality and significant tonal versatility. </p> <p><strong>Features:</strong> Make no mistake, the Skolnick signature plank is absolutely a modern-built vintage guitar. Forget about weight-relieving contours and thin necks—this is a thick guitar. Elements of ESP’s Eclipse model are evident in the styling, but its design otherwise harkens back to the roots of great guitar building, demonstrating why it’s so hard to beat the tonal matchup of a thick, single-cut mahogany body topped with flamed maple and married to a beefy but oh-so-comfortable U-shaped mahogany neck. </p> <p>Contemporary performance-enhancing elements include a TonePros locking Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece, precise Grover tuners, Dunlop Straploks and extra-jumbo frets. The Seymour Duncan SH-4 (bridge) and SH-1 (neck) humbuckers have dedicated volume knobs but share the master tone pot, which can be pulled to coil split the neck pickup.</p> <p><strong>Performance:</strong> If handed the ESP Skolnick guitar while blindfolded, I might easily assume it to be a true vintage piece, not just for the Fifties-style neck shape and overall weight but also because of its immediacy and loud acoustic response, which brings to my mind the last few chord blasts from the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” It delivers equally powerful spikes in the low and high mids rather than the centered-midrange focus that makes so many all-mahogany guitars sound similar. This opens the top end beyond mahogany’s typically mellow range, making it highly capable of screaming treble harmonics, pick chirps and serious punch. </p> <p>Both Duncan pickups are well matched to the Skolnick’s tone, offering enhanced lows and searing treble from the bridge bucker and clear but warm neutrality from the neck pickup. Single-coil tones from the tapped neck pickup are surprisingly snappy and sparkling, yet sound almost like a smooth semihollow when the tone is rolled off. </p> <p><strong>List Price:</strong> $1,356<br /> <strong>Manufacturer:</strong> The ESP Guitar Company, <a href="espguitars.com">espguitars.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet:</strong><br /> The chunky 24 3/4–inch-scale mahogany neck is deep but not wide in the hand, with enough mass to transfer rich blasts of volume and resonance into the loud-ringing mahogany body.</p> <p>Pulling the tone pot taps the neck pickup into single-coil mode, ideal for blues, classic rock and old-time jazz tonalities. </p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line:</strong> Mirroring Alex Skolnick’s vast musical range and evolved taste, the economical ESP’s LTD AS-1FM LB signature guitar is a true multi-genre instrument that’s capable of delivering world-class acoustic response, impressive volume and versatility. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3578119067001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3578119067001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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The amp provides two fully independent channels—Bright and Girth—each with its own set of gain, treble, middle and bass controls, while the Girth channel also includes a volume control. The thick switch now functions on both channels (not just the Bright channel as on its predecessors), and the master section includes reverb, tone cut and master volume controls. The rear panel offers a single 16-ohm and a pair of eight-ohm speaker output jacks, mono send and return jacks for the effect loop, a 1/4-inch footswitch jack for the optional Vox VFS2A footswitch and a new XLR speaker-emulated DI output.</p> <p>The main differences between the Generation 2 and its previous incarnation include its glossy black finish (which replaces the previous flashy chrome-plated housing), digital reverb, XLR DI, thick switch for both channels, and the deletion of the tight and effect loop bypass switches.</p> <p><strong>Performance:</strong> One of the most impressive features of the original mini Night Train amp was its stellar clean tone. The NT50H-G2’s Bright channel delivers similarly excellent clean tones that feature the distinctive Vox chime and the original Night Train’s bite and satisfyingly full body, but with significantly more clean headroom and output. Overdrive crunch emerges when the gain control is above 12 o’clock, but the clean character remains even at full gain. The Girth channel produces ballsy high-gain distortion with a crisp, harmonically complex crushed-glass sparkle, and when the thick switch is engaged it goes into modern metal territory.</p> <p>The built-in digital reverb pairs quite nicely with both clean and high-gain distortion tones, sounding lush and deep on the former and providing a sense of space while retaining clarity on the latter. The thick switch is like a built-in overdrive pedal, providing a preset gain and midrange boost that expands the amp’s tonal palette and functions like additional channels. </p> <p><strong>List Price:</strong> $978.60<br /> <strong>Manufacturer:</strong> Vox Amplification, <a href="voxamps.com">voxamps.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet:</strong><br /> The thick switch functions on both channels, providing the Bright channel with added crunch and bite and the Girth channel with fat sustain and impressive gain boost.</p> <p>Built-in digital reverb provides the Bright channel with lush, deep textures and the Girth channel with an added sense of space, while retaining clarity.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line:</strong> The Vox Night Train NT50H-G2 is a compact but versatile amp head that provides a wide variety of tones and impressive volume output that’s ideal for live gigs and the studio alike. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3578120454001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3578120454001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Regardless, check out the clip and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook.</p> <p>For more information about Celestion speakers, check out <a href="http://celestion.com/">celestion.com</a>.</p> <p>And if you like this sort of thing, be sure to check out Riario's first feature film, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-guitar-worlds-guide-building-pedal-board">How to Build a Pedal Board,"</a> which features a brief appearance by Mick Mars. Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/u32N272kkD4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/how-change-speaker-guitar-amp-video#comments Celestion install Paul Riario Videos Amps News Gear Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:47:41 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21875