Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/0 en Gear Review: Power Pins Bridge Pins for Acoustic Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-power-pins-bridge-pins-acoustic-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Bridge pins are examples of things you never think about—until something goes wrong. </p> <p>They have potential to break, get stuck or wear just enough to cause tuning issues. I’d suggest a quick once over every string change to keep them in check.</p> <p>Power Pins are new style of bridge pins that boast stability and enhanced tonal characteristics compared to plastic bridge pins. Power Pins actually mount onto the guitar’s bridge by tightening a nut with a supplied allen key. No modifications are needed, and the end result is greater string contact with your acoustic guitar’s bridge.</p> <p>My installation required no additional tools besides the kit’s supplied allen key. While I wouldn’t say it was a difficult install, give yourself at least a half hour and install the pins with all of the strings off your acoustic. </p> <p>First step was to unscrew the head of the pin and place the screw up through the bridge hole. The pins are marked for each string. Additional washers are included to secure proper height. </p> <p>Once in place, take the allen key and secure the pin. Just beyond finger-tight is plenty secure. The reason I suggest doing this without any strings on is you need to stick your hand through the sound hole into the body of the guitar to tighten the pin.</p> <p>The final step is installing strings on the new Power Pins. The ball of the string mounts to the back of the pin, and the string fits right along side of the Power Pin. The process is very similar to a top-loading electric guitar bridge.</p> <p>The guitar I used to demo was an off-the-shelf $200 Yamaha FS700s. Below are a few before and after shots. After a few hours of playtime with the Power Pins installed, stock strings and a few alternate tunings later no problems. Here’s a quick sound clip. </p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/174592997&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Web:</strong> <a href="http://www.apintl.com/news/detail/power-pins">apintl.com</a><br /> <strong>List Price</strong>: $64.99 for chrome</p> <p><em>You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, but Billy Voight is a gear reviewer, bassist and guitarist from Pennsylvania. He has Hartke bass amps and Walden acoustic guitars to thank for supplying some of the finest gear on his musical journey. Need Billy's help in creating noise for your next project? Drop him a line at thisguyonbass@gmail.com.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-power-pins-bridge-pins-acoustic-guitars#comments Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown Accessories Acoustic Guitars Blogs News Gear Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:59:09 +0000 Billy Voight http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22717 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: Way Huge Pork Loin Overdrive Vs. Way Huge Fat Sandwich Distortion http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-way-huge-pork-loin-overdrive-vs-way-huge-301-fat-sandwich-distortion <!--paging_filter--><p>It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals!</p> <p>In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. </p> <p>Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the beginning bracket — with all 32 competing pedals — in the <a href="https://www.scribd.com/">Scribd.com</a> window below (Be sure to click on the "full screen" button in the lower-right-hand corner to expand the bracket). </p> <p>The bracket will be updated after every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day. Each competing pedal will accompanied by a demo video created by the Jim Dunlop company, and you'll always find a photo gallery of the competing pedals at the bottom of each matchup.</p> <h1>Today's Matchup</h1> <p>In today's matchup, the <strong>Way Huge WHE201 Pork Loin Overdrive</strong> goes foot to foot against the <strong>Way Huge WHE 301 Fat Sandwich Distortion</strong> pedal. Start voting below!</p> <p><Strong>YESTERDAY'S RESULTS</strong>: Yesterday, the <strong>MXR Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato</strong> (80.08 percent) destroyed the <strong>MXR Micro Chorus</strong> (19.92 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/Pork-Loin">Way Huge WHE201 Pork Loin Overdrive</a></strong></p> <p>Make room for one more Way Huge original! The Pork Loin incorporates two distinct tonal pathways that are blended together—a modern soft clipping overdrive and a modified classic British preamp for clean. At the heart of the Pork Loin’s overdrive path is a soft clipped BiFET overdrive gain stage with a passive Tone control, rounded out by a Curve function that gives the user freedom to fine-tune corner frequencies. </p> <p>The Volume control regulates the masses of pork power that exude from its space age circuitry, leaving room for the Clean control to blend in its warm glistening clean tones. Additionally, the Pork Loin has three internal mini controls: Filter and Voice deliver extensive tonal shaping possibilities, while the overdrive Mix control allows the Pork Loin to be run as a clean preamp. With a wide range of dynamic tones, the Pork Loin is the premier overdrive pedal on the market today!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/i-oPVBuIEvk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/Fat-Sandwich">Way Huge WHE 301 Fat Sandwich Distortion</a></strong></p> <p>The Fat Sandwich represents a new era in pedal design for Way Huge. In addition to carrying on the Way Huge tradition of amazing tone, rugged construction and cool names, the Fat Sandwich delivers heaps of crunchy distortion goodness via its innovative multi-stage clipping circuit. Meticulously designed from the ground up, the passive tone stack was tuned to bring out the “sweet spot” with any guitar and amp combination. </p> <p>The Volume control produces tons of output, making it ideal for driving the headroom out of the most powerful tube amps. Additionally, the Fat Sandwich has two internal mini controls: the Curve knob lets the user fine-tune the corner frequency of the overdrive filtering and the Sustain control adjusts the gain of the final distortion stage. The Fat Sandwich is versatile and over the top—the consummate distortion pedal for any genre or playing style.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0hSb3ncRXNo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Vote Now!</h1> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8410530.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8410530/">Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: Way Huge Pork Loin Overdrive Vs. Way Huge 301 Fat Sandwich Distortion</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Jim Dunlop on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/245004897/Jim-Dunlop" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Jim Dunlop</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/245004897/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_25508" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-way-huge-pork-loin-overdrive-vs-way-huge-301-fat-sandwich-distortion#comments Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Poll Polls Way Huge Effects News Features Gear Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:39:31 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22708 Review: Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-ibanez-es2-echo-shifter-video <!--paging_filter--><p>When it comes to echo and delay pedals, guitarists have a choice of analog or digital, each of which has its pros and cons. </p> <p>While analog units typically create the most natural-sounding repeats, they dull the fidelity of the source signal and don’t provide precise control over the timing of the repeated signal. Digital units, on the other hand, offer more finite control and pristine sound processing but lack warmth and are known to inject digital artifacts. </p> <p>Ibanez’s ES2 Echo Shifter combines the best of both worlds by mating a superb, no-compromises, all-analog audio path to a digital control circuit. Better still, the Echo Shifter features unique oscillation and modulation circuits that add greater versatility, letting you create everything from subtle to extreme sonic weirdness. </p> <p><strong>Features:</strong> There’s a lot to love about the Echo Shifter, from its Seventies-style wood-and-stamped-steel housing to its well-placed controls and classic and clean styling. The smooth mixing-console-style center slider governs the delay time (30 to 1,000ms), the feedback control sets the the number of repeats, the mix knob balances the ratio of wet/dry signal, and two clicks of the tap button sets the delay’s tempo/speed through an ultra-accurate digital circuit. </p> <p>So far, it’s pretty familiar stuff, but the Echo Shifter’s oscillation control takes things into an entirely different dimension. Activating it pumps the delay gain by 15db, allowing the Echo Shifter to feedback infinitely and produce extreme and otherworldly delay effects, drones and dissonance. There’s also a modulation feature that can add subtle chorusing, vibrato-like flutters or slow groaning siren sweeps, depending on the depth control setting. The Echo Shifter features 1/4-inch mono input and output jacks and is powered by a nine-volt battery or adapter. </p> <p><strong>Performance:</strong> Hats off to Ibanez for the pure sonic integrity of the ES2 Echo Shifter. It’s one of very few under-$1,000 delay units that doesn’t degrade the signal, add compression or produce changes in feel or response. Whether placed in the effect loop or in front of the amp, the pedal sits in the mix as well as a good tube reverb tank. Whacked-out space effects are easily obtained when you engage the oscillation and modulation switches and venture into the controls’ upper ranges. Serious musicians will also appreciate how the ES2 preserves their signal and note attack, regardless of their amp’s gain setting. </p> <p><strong>List Price:</strong> $214.28<br /> <strong>Manufacturer:</strong> Ibanez guitars, <a href="ibanez.co.jp">ibanez.co.jp</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet:</strong>The all-analog signal path creates organic, accurate repeats from 30 to 1,000ms.</p> <p>Deep layers of unique delay responses are achievable through the oscillation and modulation circuits in combination with the depth control. </p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line:</strong> Ibanez’s multidimensional ES2 Echo Shifter is the tone purists’ budget delay pedal, offering phenomenal sound quality that competes with professional rack units and adds unique oscillation and modulation features. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WsolHDI7ahI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-ibanez-es2-echo-shifter-video#comments August 2014 Ibanez Videos Effects News Gear Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:41:29 +0000 Eric Kirkland, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21589 How to Adjust Your Guitar's Truss Rod — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/how-adjust-your-guitars-truss-rod-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new <em>Guitar World</em> video, GW's tech editor, Paul Riario, shows you how to make basic adjustments to your guitar's truss rod. </p> <p>In the clip, which you can check out below, Riario is joined by an Epiphone ES-339 PRO and a Fender Road Worn Strat.</p> <p>Fear no more, folks! You can do this!</p> <p><strong>For the latest and greatest guitar accessories, visit <a href="https://www.amplifiedparts.com/">amplifiedparts.com</a>.</strong></p> <p>P.S.: If you just can't get enough of Paul Riario telling you what to do, check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-guitar-worlds-guide-building-pedal-board">Guitar World's Guide to Building a Pedal Board — Video.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_jchVLCzZF0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/how-adjust-your-guitars-truss-rod-video#comments Paul Riario Videos News Gear Lessons Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:28:39 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22698 Reverend Guitars and Monster Music Collaborate on Exclusive Sensei HB FM http://www.guitarworld.com/reverend-guitars-and-monster-music-collaborate-exclusive-sensei-hb-fm <!--paging_filter--><p>Reverend Guitars and Monster Music have collaborated on an exclusive Sensei HB FM model.</p> <p>From Reverend: </p> <p>The Reverend Sensei HB FM is a Flame Maple Gloss Rock Machine with raw, midrange warmth for authentic rockers. The Monster Music Exclusive is a Gloss Turquoise Burst with an ebony fretboard. </p> <p>A double-cutaway outfitted with Reverend’s own Classic H Humbuckers, the iconoclastic Korina body is capped with a flame maple top. Like all Reverends, the Reverend Sensei HB FM features Reverend’s bass contour, pin-lock tuners and a graphite nut, all for maximum performance. </p> <p>This model was a natural choice for the exclusive Monster Music Reverend guitar. </p> <p>Ken Haas of Reverend Guitars and Brian Reardon of Monster Music have forged a long-standing business relationship and friendship based on their warm, yet no-nonsense sales style. </p> <p>The Reverend Sensei HB FM in Gloss Turquoise Burst is available only at Monster Music, 3068 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, New York. Visit <a href="http://www.monstermusicny.com/">monstermusicny.com</a> for more information.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/reverend-guitars-and-monster-music-collaborate-exclusive-sensei-hb-fm#comments Reverend Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:57:43 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22710 PRS Guitars Adds Three All-Mahogany “S2 Standard” Models to Lineup http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-adds-three-all-mahogany-s2-standard-models-lineup <!--paging_filter--><p>Weeks before announcing its 2015 lineup, PRS Guitars has introducing three new all-mahogany S2 Series guitars: the S2 Standard 24, S2 Standard 22 and S2 Singlecut Standard. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The original PRS Standard, introduced in 1987, evolved from Paul Reed Smith’s Pre-Factory all-mahogany instruments. Reimagined for the S2 Series, these guitars feature the subtle aesthetic of mahogany and pickguard-mounted electronics for a vintage vibe with modern versatility and playability that is perfect for the gigging musician. </p> <p>All three models have solid mahogany bodies, set mahogany necks, versatile electronics, and tried-and-true PRS quality.</p> <p>Known for its warm, woody tone, mahogany provides the S2 Standard models with a strong fundamental that has been built on to create guitars that play as well and sound as good plugged straight into an amp or run through a modern pedalboard setup. </p> <p>The set neck adds to the tone of these guitars by providing remarkable resonance and lasting sustain while the addition of PRS-designed pickups and push/pull tone controls gives players access to authentic singlecoil sounds in addition to strong, punchy humbucker tones.</p> <p>The only 24-fret model in the lineup, the Standard 24 is a classic PRS reimaged for players who prefer a stripped-down approach to their music. The Standard 22 goes in a more vintage direction, but remains a bare-bones workhorse for the player who needs to cover a lot of ground with their music. The Singlecut Standard boasts a classic body shape and control layout, with volume and tone controls for each pickup and a 3-way toggle pickup switch on the upper bout, giving payers plenty of options to dial in flawless tone.</p> <p>As with all S2 Series guitars, the Standard models feature S2 locking tuners, PRS-designed bridges, as well as PRS nuts, frets, and strings. This means PRS fit, finish, and attention to detail all at a more affordable price. With solid build quality and versatile electronics platform, the S2 Standard lineup can effortlessly go from high gain punk and metal to low, bassy blues, making these guitars a solid choice for players who prefer a straightforward approach to a variety of different musical styles.</p> <p>For full specifications and to see the rest of the S2 Series, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/">prsguitars.com.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-adds-three-all-mahogany-s2-standard-models-lineup#comments PRS Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:37:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22709 Hammer Jammer Key-Hammering Device for Guitars Available for Preorder — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/hammer-jammer-key-hammering-device-guitars-available-preorder-through-new-kickstarter-program-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Gear lovers might might remember when <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-hammer-jammer-new-percussive-device-electric-and-acoustic-guitars">we posted a story (with a video) about a device called the Hammer Jammer</a>.</p> <p>The Hammer Jammer is unique key-hammering percussive device that fits onto electric or acoustic six-string 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 device is available for preorder through Titl Open, <a href="https://hammerjammer.tilt.com/hammer-jammer--7">where you can order the Hammer Jammer for $60.</a> The projected shipping date is January 2015. </p> <p>Here's more information 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 below 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. </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 information, visit Big Walnut Productions <a href="http://www.bigwalnutproductions.com/">here</a>. To preorder the Hammer Jammer, head <a href="https://hammerjammer.tilt.com/hammer-jammer--7">here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HyzuzvWme_Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TB88QLzR8wA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hammer-jammer-key-hammering-device-guitars-available-preorder-through-new-kickstarter-program-video#comments Hammer Jammer Accessories Videos News Gear Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:57:28 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22704 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: MXR Micro Chorus Vs. MXR Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-mxr-micro-chorus-vs-mxr-uni-vibe-chorusvibrato <!--paging_filter--><p>It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals!</p> <p>In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. </p> <p>Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the beginning bracket — with all 32 competing pedals — in the <a href="https://www.scribd.com/">Scribd.com</a> window below (Be sure to click on the "full screen" button in the lower-right-hand corner to expand the bracket). </p> <p>The bracket will be updated after every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day. Each competing pedal will accompanied by a demo video created by the Jim Dunlop company, and you'll always find a photo gallery of the competing pedals at the bottom of each matchup.</p> <h1>Today's Matchup</h1> <p>In today's matchup, the <strong>MXR M148 Micro Chorus</strong> goes foot to foot against the <strong>MXR M68 Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato</strong> pedal. Start voting below!</p> <p><Strong>YESTERDAY'S RESULTS</strong>: Yesterday, the <strong>Way Huge Angry Troll Boost</strong> (53.09 percent) just barely defeated the <strong>Way Huge Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz</strong> (46.91 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m148-micro-chorus">MXR M148 Micro Chorus</a></strong></p> <p>With its simple operation and stellar analog tone—the MXR Micro Chorus joins the ranks of MXR Classics such as the Phase 90, Dyna Comp and Micro Amp. This 80's reissue delivers a stunning range of rich chorus textures, from sparkly watery shimmers to intense rotating speaker simulation with a twist of the Rate control. </p> <p>The Micro Chorus is designed with old-school bucket brigade technology for warm analog tone and features true bypass for pure guitar tone when the pedal is off. Its road-worthy hardware and components are housed in a space saving Phase 90-sized box.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5fr-VCS9HYY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/mxr-uni-vibe">MXR M68 Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato</a></strong></p> <p>The Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato is one of the most iconic effects in music history. Since the late ’60s, groundbreaking guitar players have used it to expand the tonal and textural palette of the electric guitar. The MXR team has just remastered the classic effect for modern players. The MXR Chorus/Vibrato delivers the same chewy, Leslie-sounding goodness with a smaller footprint. </p> <p>With its simple three-knob interface, you can dial up the iconic effect to your taste in short order. First, use the VIBE switch to select either Chorus Mode—dry signal mixed with pitch-shifted signal—or Vibrato Mode—only pitch-shifted signal. Then, use the LEVEL control to set the effect volume, the SPEED control to set the sweep rate, and the DEPTH control to set overall intensity. The MXR Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato comes in a Phase 90-sized housing—a fraction of the size and weight of the original Uni-Vibe pedal—and features true bypass switching. Perfect for taking this lush, swirly pedal out on the road.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HKF3hpHAzD0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p>The <strong>MXR Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato</strong> (80.08 percent) destroyed the <strong>MXR Micro Chorus</strong> (19.92 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see the current matchup and all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Karkwa on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/244796490/Karkwa" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Karkwa</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/244796490/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_55093" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-mxr-micro-chorus-vs-mxr-uni-vibe-chorusvibrato#comments Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown MXR Poll Polls Effects News Features Gear Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:39:38 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22699 Doug Doppler Demos Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/doug-doppler-demos-gretsch-g5620t-cb-electromatic-center-block-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this demo video, which was posted by Gretsch earlier this month, guitarist Doug Doppler spends some quality time with the Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center-Block guitar. Check out his demo below.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The interior solid spruce center block, which runs the length of the guitar's 1 ¾-inch-deep thinline-style body, makes for a lively “high gain-friendly” tone and delivers greater control over the kind of feedback players want.</p> <p>For more details about this guitar, visit <a href="http://www.gretschguitars.com/products/index.php?partno=2509100577">gretschguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Snp0hPnxepo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/doug-doppler-demos-gretsch-g5620t-cb-electromatic-center-block-guitar-video#comments Doug Doppler FMIC Specialty Brands Gretsch Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:31:05 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22696 13 Techniques with Pykmax High Performance Guitar Pick — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/13-techniques-pykmax-high-performance-guitar-pick-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>The gang over at Pykmax, makers of Pykmax High Performance Guitar Picks, have posted a new demo video featuring an extremely talented 16-year-old guitarist named Orion Meshorer.</p> <p> The video, which you can check out below, demonstrates 13 techniques, including slapping, popping, funk scratching, finger picking, hybrid picking, alternate picking, octave playing, pinch harmonics, tapped harmonics, string skipping, sweep picking, tapping and pick tapping.</p> <p> Orion is using a Pykmax J Series 1.40mm sharp-tipped nylon pick. The music was written and recorded by Orion and bassist Or Lubianiker, who tours with Marty Friedman.</p> <p> The pick, the result of a multi-year design and engineering effort, features a patented ergonomic design that fits the hand comfortably and eliminates traditional muscle pressure associated with gripping traditional picks.</p> <p> “The guitar pick has always been somewhat of an obstacle for many beginning and intermediate players," says Jeremy Milikow, CEO of Pro Music Marketing, maker of Pykmax. "Pykmax enables those players to concentrate more on playing great music and less on gripping the guitar pick.”</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.pykmax.com/">pykmax.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GSdHt9UQK5E?list=UUqHkFMEmOPFO3ahcrrBAj4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/13-techniques-pykmax-high-performance-guitar-pick-demo-video#comments Orion Meshorer PykMax Accessories Videos News Gear Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:04:38 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22695 Anna Sentina Demos Roland CUBE-10GX Guitar Amp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/anna-sentina-demos-roland-cube-10gx-guitar-amp-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video, which was posted yesterday by Roland, multi-Instrumentalist and Roland/BOSS artist Anna Sentina demos the new Roland CUBE-10GX guitar amp.</p> <p>In the clip, Anna plays electric guitar, acoustic guitar and electric bass.</p> <p>From the company: </p> <p>"From bedroom practice to jamming with friends to tracking in the studio, the CUBE-10GX delivers top-shelf guitar tones wherever you play."</p> <p>For more about the amp, visit <a href="http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/1326">rolandus.com</a>. For more about Anna, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AnnaSentina">follow her on Facebook.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/W2MiwiP5FKM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/anna-sentina-demos-roland-cube-10gx-guitar-amp-video#comments Roland Videos Amps News Gear Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:03:44 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22692 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: Way Huge Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz Vs. Way Huge Angry Troll Boost http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-way-huge-swollen-pickle-jumbo-fuzz-vs-way-huge-angry-troll-boost <!--paging_filter--><p>It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals!</p> <p>In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. </p> <p>Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the beginning bracket — with all 32 competing pedals — in the <a href="https://www.scribd.com/">Scribd.com</a> window below (Be sure to click on the "full screen" button in the lower-right-hand corner to expand the bracket). </p> <p>The bracket will be updated after every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day. Each competing pedal will accompanied by a demo video created by the Jim Dunlop company, and you'll always find a photo gallery of the competing pedals at the bottom of each matchup.</p> <h1>Today's Matchup</h1> <p>In today's matchup, the <strong>Way Huge Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz</strong> goes foot to foot against the <strong>Way Huge Angry Troll Boost</strong> pedal. Start voting below!</p> <p><Strong>YESTERDAY'S RESULTS</strong>: Yesterday, the <strong>Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Signature Cry Baby</strong> (50.67 percent) just barely defeated the <strong>Dunlop Jerry Cantrell Signature Cry Baby</strong> (49.33 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/swollen-pickle">Way Huge Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz</a></strong></p> <p>The most sought after and corpulent Way Huge pedal is back! The Swollen Pickle MkII surrenders super high-gain fuzz with copious amounts of smooth low-end to all who dare plug into it. With a twist of the Sustain control, you’re taken from mild crunch to Armageddon! The Filter control retains its trademark insane range of heavily band-pass-filtered tones, distinguished by remarkable girth and sizzle, and the Loudness puts out enough volume to clobber any amp! </p> <p>Newly added features include a tone stack Scoop control that elicits classic Swollen Pickle mid-scoop or a flat mid-frequency sweep, and a Crunch knob to adjust the compression intensity of the fuzz. Finally, under the hood, the Swollen Pickle MkII has two internal mini controls; Voice sets the intensity of the external scoop control from light to heavy mid cut, and Clip varies between two sets of clipping diodes for smooth or opened fuzz sustain.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wVO3YfWR-vc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/Angry-Troll">Way Huge Angry Troll Boost</a></strong></p> <p>The mighty Angry Troll from Way Huge Electronics serves up gorgeous portions of volume and gain to pummel the input of your amp with up to +50dB of gain. It adds bite and punch while transforming your mild mannered tone into a beastly sonic onslaught! The Angry Troll’s two controls interact like a vintage mic pre amp. </p> <p>The Anger knob—a rotary switch with six Fists of Fury positions—adjusts the amount of gain created by the Troll’s op-amp, while the Volume knob regulates the overall output level. High grade components are used for a precisely tuned circuit that works like an extension of your amp. Another tone monster from the mind of Mr. Huge! · Delivers up to +50dB of boost · Precisely tuned to work like an extension of your amp · Adds a little dirt at higher settings · Heavy duty foot switch with quiet relay based true bypass · High grade components for low noise operation</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EOQo1yl2iZs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p>The <strong>Way Huge Angry Troll Boost</strong> (53.09 percent) just barely defeated the <strong>Way Huge Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz</strong> (46.91 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see the current matchup and all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Karkwa on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/244796490/Karkwa" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Karkwa</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/244796490/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_55093" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-way-huge-swollen-pickle-jumbo-fuzz-vs-way-huge-angry-troll-boost#comments Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Poll Polls Way Huge Videos Effects News Features Gear Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:49:48 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22682 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: Jerry Cantrell Signature Cry Baby Vs. Joe Bonamassa Signature Cry Baby http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-jerry-cantrell-signature-cry-baby-vs-joe-bonamassa-signature-cry-baby <!--paging_filter--><p>It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals!</p> <p>In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. </p> <p>Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the beginning bracket — with all 32 competing pedals — in the <a href="https://www.scribd.com/">Scribd.com</a> window below (Be sure to click on the "full screen" button in the lower-right-hand corner to expand the bracket). </p> <p>The bracket will be updated after every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day. Each competing pedal will accompanied by a demo video created by the Jim Dunlop company, and you'll always find a photo gallery of the competing pedals at the bottom of each matchup.</p> <h1>Today's Matchup</h1> <p>In today's matchup, the <strong>Dunlop JC95 Jerry Cantrell Signature Cry Baby</strong> goes foot to foot against the <strong>Dunlop JB95 Joe Bonamassa Signaturee Cry Baby</strong> pedal. Start voting below!</p> <p><Strong>YESTERDAY'S RESULTS</strong>: Yesterday, the <strong>MXR M104 Distortion+</strong> (53.15 percent) defeated the <strong>MXR M116 Fullbore Metal</strong> (46.85 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/jc95-jerry-cantrell-wah">Dunlop JC95 Jerry Cantrell Signature Cry Baby</a></strong></p> <p>One of the most influential guitarists to come out of the Seattle rock scene, Jerry Cantrell's epic riffs and searing tone have been the driving force behind Alice in Chains since the late 80's. His melancholy wah-drenched melodies in modern classics like "Man in the Box" and "The Rooster" left an indelible mark on a generation of guitarists. </p> <p>Jerry favored wah-wahs with a wider, darker response, and Dunlop has painstakingly replicated that moody sound to create his signature pedal. It's custom-voiced for a tight, punchy heel-down tone and a rugged side-control knob lets you fine tune the toe-down frequency. And with its antique, oxidized "road worn" brass casting and custom Alice in Chains tread, this is one pedal that looks as great as it sounds.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kPrDdtsKzIY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/JB95-Bonamassa-Cry-Baby">Dunlop JB95 Joe Bonamassa Signature Cry Baby</a></strong></p> <p>Whether he’s blazing through the blues on his own or rocking with Black Country Communion, Joe Bonamassa’s playing is fiery, deep, and powerful. And when he really wants to express himself in a solo, he steps on a Cry Baby wah. That’s why we at Dunlop worked with Joe to develop the Joe Bonamassa Signature Cry Baby, specially engineered to fit in perfectly with Joe’s system, from the way it looks to the way it sounds. </p> <p>On the outside, it sports a classy copper top with a smooth-finish black body. On the inside, it features large, vintage-style thru-hole components, a Halo inductor (for added harmonic content), an output buffer (to prevent impedance imbalance with vintage fuzz pedals), and a switch for true-bypass or non-true-bypass operation (Joe prefers non-True Bypass as it darkens the high end). With its huge vocal sweep range, this is one of the most expressive Cry Babys ever, and it’s Joe’s tool of choice to accentuate every soulful bend and bluesy wail. “The first pedal I ever purchased was a Cry Baby, 25 years ago,” he says. “I am so honored to have my name on this pedal and hope it brings you as much fun as it brings me every night on stage.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aLschwr2Ng0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p>The <strong>Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Signature Cry Baby</strong> (50.67 percent) just barely defeated the <strong>Dunlop Jerry Cantrell Signature Cry Baby</strong> (49.33 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see the current matchup and all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Damien Robitaille on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/244649684/Damien-Robitaille" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Damien Robitaille</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/244649684/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_61375" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></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="/joe-bonamassa">Joe Bonamassa</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jerry-cantrell">Jerry Cantrell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-jerry-cantrell-signature-cry-baby-vs-joe-bonamassa-signature-cry-baby#comments Jerry Cantrell Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Joe Bonamassa Poll Polls Effects News Features Gear Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:09 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22667 Marshall DSL 100H Amp Head — Guitar Center Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/marshall-dsl-100h-amp-head-guitar-center-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Sometimes the guys (and gals) at Guitar Center create demo videos of new or noteworthy gear sold by the chain. This is one of those times!</p> <p>Below, check out a 3.5-minute demo video of the Marshall DSL 100H amp head. </p> <p>From Marshall:</p> <p>From rehearsal room to live performance, the DSL100H all-valve head is truly versatile. With its classic and ultra gain channels, it can take you from brilliant cleans to high-gain shred, and all places in-between. It’s based on the massively popular JCM2000 DSL100H, and has the same valve complement – four ECC83 in the preamp and four EL34 in the power stage – and the same feature set. </p> <p>There are however some significant upgrades: resonance control replaces the deep switch, allowing you more control of the lower-end chunk; studio quality digital reverb instead of spring; there’s a rear panel pentode/triode switch which will drop power from 100 Watts to 50 Watts, and a rear panel series FX loop.</p> <p>The flexibility of the shared five-way EQ section is increased further by a mid-shift button which scoops the mid frequencies, making it ideal for modern metal styles.</p> <p>The DSL100H, with awesome tone and real flexibility, is incredible value for money.</p> <p>For more on the amp, <a href="http://www.marshallamps.com/products/amplifiers/dsl-series/dsl100h/">head here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/d9_qFZWZr_U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/marshall-dsl-100h-amp-head-guitar-center-demo-video#comments Guitar Center Marshall Amplification Videos Amps News Gear Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:27:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22675 Review: Lace Pickups USA Ultra Slim Acoustic Sensor Pickup — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-lace-pickups-usa-ultra-slim-acoustic-sensor-pickup-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the December 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-december-14-slipknot/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DecemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>For those of us who dabble on resonator guitars, finding a way to amplify the distinctive sound of these wood- or metal-bodied instruments can be a challenge. </p> <p>Resonator guitars have traditionally been built without electronics because they are designed to be loud enough for acoustic duties, thanks to their intricate metal-cone soundboards that project the instrument’s uniquely complex tone. But if you’re trying to compete with amplified instruments, you’ll invariably want to add a pickup to your resonator. </p> <p>Unfortunately, many aftermarket resonator pickups require professional installation, but thankfully, Lace Music makes the process easy with its USA Ultra Slim Acoustic Sensor pickup. Anyone can mount the pickup within seconds on most resonator guitars and enjoy amplified tone that is round and clear, with absolutely no noise.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0UdgVhzx2nw?list=UUqHkFMEmOPFO3ahcrrBAj4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-lace-pickups-usa-ultra-slim-acoustic-sensor-pickup-video#comments Acoustic Nation December 2014 Lace Lace Music Accessories Gear News Gear Magazine Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:33:47 +0000 Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22527