Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/0 en Guild Guitars Re-Releases S-100 Polara in Black and White — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guild-guitars-re-releases-s-100-polara-black-and-white <!--paging_filter--><p>Guild has announced that the flagship solid-body model in the Newark St. Collection, the S-100 Polara, is now available with Black and White finish options. </p> <p>The S-100 Polara holds its own among the competition, with a slightly offset mahogany body that’s extremely comfortable to play. </p> <p>It features dual “Anti-Hum” neck and bridge pickups, which offer a wide range of sound, including the hard-rocking tone most commonly associated with Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, whose S-100 Polaras have accompanied him throughout his career. </p> <p>Standard features include a one-piece mahogany neck, 24.75-inch scale length, pearloid block inlays, three-way pickup toggle switch, Grover Sta-Tite tuning machines, and Guild’s “stop” tailpiece. One of Guild’s most well-known solid-body guitars, the S-100 Polara evokes the vintage tone and classic vibe of the 1970s. </p> <p><strong>S-100 Polara Black</strong><br /> Street: $799.99</p> <p><strong>S-100 Polara White</strong><br /> Street: $799.99</p> <p><strong>S-100 Polara Cherry Red</strong><br /> Street: $799.99</p> <p><strong>For more about Guild's Newark St. Collection, visit <a href="http://guildguitars.com/guitars/electric-guitars/newark-st-collection/">guildguitars.com</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wVE-ZLBAiEo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guild-guitars-re-releases-s-100-polara-black-and-white#comments Guild Guild Guitars March Madness Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:59:28 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23637 The Making of Carvin Guitars' Jason Becker JB24 Numbers Tribute Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/making-carvin-guitars-jason-becker-jb24-numbers-tribute-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>This new video, posted March 3, goes behind the scenes of the Kiesel Guitars/Carvin Guitars custom shop in San Diego and shows you how the JB24 Jason Becker Numbers Tribute Guitar is made. </p> <p>The new guitar is a modern take on the "Numbers" guitar that Becker designed but that was never fully produced.</p> <p>"I wanted to make something that was close to the original but put my own spin on it," said Jeff Kiesel, vice president of Kiesel Guitars/Carvin Guitars. </p> <p>"It was amazing to have the original here while I designed this new model with Jason. It was great working with Seymour Duncan to put in something close to the original pickups. With each and every sale, we donate back to the <a href="http://jasonbeckerguitar.com/donation_information.html">Jason Backer Special Needs Foundation to help Jason with his high medical costs."</a></p> <p><strong>For more information on the Numbers Tribute Guitar, visit <a href="http://www.carvinguitars.com/catalog/guitars/jb24">carvinguitars.com.</a> For more about all the current Kiesel Guitars/Carvin Guitars Jason Becker models, <a href="http://www.carvinguitars.com/customshop/jasonbeckertribute.php">head here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QZ7qDQSBLnA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/loYb7bojofs" 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="/jason-becker">Jason Becker</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/making-carvin-guitars-jason-becker-jb24-numbers-tribute-guitar-video#comments Carvin Carvin Guitars Jason Becker Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:09:46 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23669 Universal Audio Announces Apollo Twin SOLO Desktop Audio Interface http://www.guitarworld.com/universal-audio-announces-apollo-twin-solo-desktop-audio-interface <!--paging_filter--><p>Apollo Twin brings stunning 24/192 kHz sound quality to your desktop and the ability to record in real time with authentic plug-ins from Ibanez, Friedman, Chandler, ENGL and more. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/enter-win-apollo-twin-solo-desktop-audio-interface-universal-audio">[[ Enter to Win an Apollo Twin SOLO Desktop Audio Interface from Universal Audio! ]]</a></strong></p> <p>It ships with the UAD Realtime Analog Classics Plug-In Bundle—everything you need for recording, mixing and mastering guitar. The bundle features legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 11 76LN Limiting Amplifier and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, the new 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in and more.</p> <p>Available in both SOLO and DUO models (with either one or two Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively), Apollo Twin is now shipping worldwide with estimated street prices of $699 (SOLO) and $899 (DUO).</p> <p><strong>Apollo Twin Features</strong></p> <p>● Desktop 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface with world-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion<br /> ● Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through vintage Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines, Mic Preamps and Guitar Amp plug-ins with near-zero (sub-2ms) latency<br /> ● Thunderbolt connection for blazing-fast PCIe speed and rock-solid performance on modern Macs<br /> ● New Unison technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps<br /> ● 2 premium mic/line preamps; 2 line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone output<br /> ● 2 digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels<br /> ● Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical connection<br /> ● Includes "Realtime Analog Classics" UAD plug-in bundle, featuring Legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, 610-B Tube Preamp and more<br /> ● Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Audio Units, VST, RTAS &amp; AAX 64<br /> ● Available with UAD-2 SOLO or UAD-2 DUO DSP processing onboard</p> <p><strong>For more about Apollo Twin, visit <a href="http://www.uaudio.com/twin">uaudio.com/twin.</a> For more about UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform, <a href="http://www.uaudio.com/uad-plug-ins.html">head here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1IHLZsK-gsM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/universal-audio-announces-apollo-twin-solo-desktop-audio-interface#comments March Madness Universal Audio Accessories Home Recording News Gear Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:40:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23656 Review: Epiphone 1939 Century Guitar Amplifier — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-epiphone-1939-century-guitar-amplifier-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the April 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Back in the late Thirties when the electric guitar was still in its infancy, Epiphone produced a variety of Electar model amplifiers to pair with their electric guitar models. </p> <p>The Century and Zephyr amps were designed to go with Epiphone’s classiest, top-of-the-line electric guitar models with the same names. Unlike most amps produced at the time, which resembled luggage, the Century and Zephyr amps were housed in maple or birch cabinets with tasteful art deco styling that looked right at home on stage in the upscale nightclubs where they were often used.</p> <p>Epiphone recently introduced a reissue of the 1939 Century amplifier. </p> <p>This compact 20-watt 1x12 combo faithfully reproduces the original version’s cabinet down to the six-point screws, grill cloth and chrome-plated carrying handle while offering a newly designed tube amp circuit. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the April 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3MnukGUFpcc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-epiphone-1939-century-guitar-amplifier-video#comments April 2015 Epiphone Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:53:57 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23609 Review: Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-seymour-duncan-805-overdrive-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the April 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>The variety of overdrive and distortion pedals on the market these days is truly staggering. </p> <p>The vast majority is basically good at one or two applications, such as clean boost, blues overdrive, hard rock rhythm crunch, or metal distortion, but pedals that can do all of this (and do it very well) are very rare indeed.</p> <p>The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive may be based upon the classic 808 Tube Screamer overdrive, but that’s really just a starting point as it does so much more. </p> <p>Instead of building an imitation with perhaps a few circuit changes thrown in for good measure, the 805 Overdrive features an entirely different chip (an MC33178) and provides an expertly voiced three-band EQ section that delivers higher levels of saturated gain, lower noise and increased tonal versatility. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the April 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience4079824462001" 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="4079824462001" /> </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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It's the latest—and perhaps the most successful—attempt at replicating the sound of a 10-string pedal steel guitar using the six-string variety (You know, the thing most of us play). One <em>could</em> even call it a guitar/pedal steel hybrid.</p> <p>While there are guitars with B-benders and G-benders (and both benders at the same time), the ServoBender uses four <a href="http://www.servocity.com/html/what_is_a_servo_.html">servos</a>, all of which are mounted to a metal plate below the bridge. Each one has a spring-and-cam system made from 3D-printed parts. </p> <p>The de-tuning is controlled by an <a href="http://www.arduino.cc/">Arduino</a> and sustain pedals retrofitted with hall-effect sensors.</p> <p>If you want (a lot) more info about the project, plus photos documenting the building process, head <a href="http://imgur.com/a/a0ZlW">here</a>, <a href="http://hackaday.com/2014/07/09/servobender-the-electronic-pedal-steel/">here</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarsite.com/news/features/tele-servo-bender-guitar-pedal-steel-hybrid/">here.</a> Also, be sure to let us know what you think of this guitar in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fSQ9Dg65EFo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em>. He's a B-bending guitarist who collects B-bender-equipped guitars. He has four at the moment. Follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/DamianFanelli">Twitter</a> if you dare.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/servobender-hybrid-replicates-sound-pedal-steel-guitar-demo-video#comments ServoBender The Next Bend Videos Electric Guitars Blogs News Gear Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:39:27 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21785 Alpaca's Carbon Fiber Travel Guitar Is Built to Withstand the Elements — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/meet-alpacas-go-anywhere-carbon-fiber-travel-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Vermont-based news channel WPTZ (where my late-Nineties girlfriend used to work!) <a href="http://www.wptz.com/news/whats-next-checks-out-a-special-guitar-made-to-withstand-the-elements/31497550">recently published a feature</a> on the Alpaca carbon fiber travel guitar, a "special guitar made to withstand the elements."</p> <p>As always, we thought we'd share!</p> <p>"It can actually be put in the water, and then taken out and played, and be done again the next day. It is impervious to water," Alpaca Guitar Co. founder and designer Chris Duncan <a href="http://www.wptz.com/news/whats-next-checks-out-a-special-guitar-made-to-withstand-the-elements/31497550">told WPTZ.</a></p> <p>Duncan says it can also stand up to extreme temperatures that would destroy a wooden guitar. The Alpaca can also take bumps, whacks and various impacts.</p> <p>"We don't really know to what extent. We don't drop them on purpose any more. So, we know they will take a blow," Duncan said.</p> <p>Company literature adds that the Alpaca is a go-anywhere "adventure guitar." It is made (in Vermont, of course) of carbon fiber, flax fabric and bio-derived resins. This combination produces a lightweight and strong instrument with a resonant sound.</p> <p>"The Alpaca will handle anything a good adventure brings; dirt, water, bumps and bruises. An embedded daisy chain on the back provides a strong universal attachment to any of your outdoor gear," the company says.</p> <p><strong>For more about Alpaca guitars, watch the video below and visit <a href="http://alpacaguitar.com/">alpacaguitar.com.</a> For the WPTZ story, which features WPTZ's own video, head <a href="http://www.wptz.com/news/whats-next-checks-out-a-special-guitar-made-to-withstand-the-elements/31497550">here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WI_jbK9WCCk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/82212263&amp;color=658450&amp;show_artwork=false"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/meet-alpacas-go-anywhere-carbon-fiber-travel-guitar-video#comments Alpaca Guitar Co. News Gear Acoustic Guitars Videos Blogs News Gear Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:33:25 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23652 Boss Waza Craft DM-2W Delay Pedal: Analog Delay Is Back, with a Modern Edge http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-waza-craft-dm-2w-delay-pedal-analog-delay-back-modern-edge <!--paging_filter--><p>Ever since being discontinued back in 1984, the Boss DM-2 Delay pedal has remained highly sought after by players everywhere for its warm, “bucket brigade” analog delay tone. </p> <p>Now the DM is back! With Boss's new <a href="http://www.bossus.com/products/dm-2w/features/">Waza Craft DM-2W,</a> the coveted stomp has been reborn with switchable sound modes and greater versatility for today’s music styles. </p> <p>Using 100-percent analog circuitry, the DM-2W’s Standard mode nails the lush sound and 20-300 ms delay range of the original DM-2. Flipping into Custom mode instantly changes the sound character to a cleaner analog tone with over twice the available delay time.</p> <p><strong>This special-edition Waza Craft pedal delivers the ultimate Boss tone experience, including:</strong></p> <p>• True reproduction of the vintage DM-2 Delay sound<br /> • Premium all-analog circuit with BBD (bucket brigade) delay line<br /> • Standard mode for authentic DM-2 tone with 20-300 ms delay time<br /> • Custom mode provides warm-yet-clear delay sound and over twice the delay time<br /> • Expression pedal input for foot control of delay time<br /> • Two output jacks allow separate output of delay and direct sounds<br /> • Boss five-year warranty.</p> <p><strong>For more information about the Waza Craft DM-2W, check out the demo video and specs below, and visit its dedicated page on <a href="http://www.bossus.com/products/dm-2w/features/">bossus.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="370" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y3KF5rcxHbg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-03%20at%203.04.44%20PM.png" width="620" height="533" alt="Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 3.04.44 PM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-waza-craft-dm-2w-delay-pedal-analog-delay-back-modern-edge#comments Boss March Madness Roland Videos Effects News Gear Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:53:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23646 Review: PRS Archon Amplifier Head — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-prs-archon-amplifier-head-video <!--paging_filter--><p>When PRS introduced its first tube amps a few years back, the products earned praise and acceptance from the company’s core customer demographic of classic rock, blues and even country guitarists. </p> <p>However, the numerous hard rock and metal guitarists that PRS attracted in recent years—thanks to endorsers like Frederik Åkesson, Marty Friedman, Clint Lowery, Zach Myers and Mark Tremonti—might have felt a little left out by the company’s initial amp offerings. </p> <p>With the introduction of the PRS Archon Series, PRS has delivered a line of high-gain amps that will satisfy not only its current hordes of metal guitarists but also a new generation of players who may not have considered PRS products in the past.</p> <p><Strong>FEATURES</strong> The Archon Series includes a 25-watt combo, a 50-watt head and combo, and a 100-watt head. We took a look at the 100-watt Archon head, which features two fully independent Clean and Lead channels each with its own volume, treble, middle, bass and master volume controls and bright switch. Both channels share the presence and depth controls. </p> <p>The head can be powered by a quartet of either EL34 or 6L6 tubes—our test example came with 6L6s. The preamp section features six 12AX7 tubes that provide more than ample gain.</p> <p> Like the Archon’s front panel, the rear panel is similarly uncluttered and straightforward yet powerful. An output power switch selects either full 100-watt output or half output. There’s also a mono series effect loop with 1/4-inch send and return jacks, a pair of 1/4-inch speaker outputs and a four-/eight-/16-ohm output selector switch, and a set of bias jack terminals that lets users adjust the amp’s bias without removing the chassis or panels. The amp ships with a two-button footswitch that plugs into the rear footswitch jack and controls channel switching and loop bypass functions. The footswitch also has LEDs that indicate which settings are selected.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Like all PRS products, the Archon 100-watt head is visually stunning and classy looking, featuring a Paul Reed Smith signature logo in gold on a black-stained and lacquer-finished slab of flamed curly maple on the front panel. The construction is solid and immaculate, and the amp should withstand years of gigging abuse while looking like new and providing trouble-free performance. The rear chassis panel is held in place by four screws, which allows users to change tubes quickly, and the bias terminals allow quick bias adjustments. </p> <p> The control layout is uncomplicated and logical. The Clean channel offers impressive headroom at high volume levels, but it can also deliver satisfyingly gritty overdrive and punch when the volume control is turned past 12 o’clock. The clean tone is tight and percussive, and the EQ controls provide a wide variety of tones that include crisp, jangly treble and fat, warm midrange. The Lead channel is a monster, providing thick, densely saturated distortion, crisp crunch, and tight low-end thump that maintains well-defined attack and individual note definition. The bass on this channel is huge but not overwhelming, allowing the nuances of the midrange and treble frequencies to come through loud and clear. </p> <p> Although the Archon doesn’t have boost functions or a third channel, those features really are not necessary as the Lead channel is so well defined that solos cut through with just a subtle volume boost from the guitar. I’ve long been a believer that the simplest circuit paths result in the biggest tone, and that’s certainly on display in the Archon, which is designed with tone as its foremost consideration. If you want more colors, the Clean channel is an excellent foundation for a pedal setup, while the Lead channel is absolutely killer on its own and needs no further embellishment.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,299</p> <p><strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> PRS Guitars, <a href="http://prsguitars.com/">prsguitars.com</a></p> <p>Two fully independent channels with separate volume, EQ and bright controls provide outstanding clean and high-gain/lead tones.</p> <p>Bias terminals on the rear panel make it easy to evaluate and adjust power tube bias without removing the amp from its chassis.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> Delivering both killer clean and lead tones, the PRS Archon is a versatile amp head that delivers the high-gain textures that metalheads have always wanted from PRS amps.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/n8yKfXN5NYI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-prs-archon-amplifier-head-video#comments February 2015 PRS PRS Guitars Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:34:37 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23194 Review: Kramer Guitars Assault Plus and Pacer Vintage — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-kramer-assault-plus-and-pacer-vintage-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the Eighties glory days of hair metal and glam rock, Kramer was one of the industry’s leading guitar companies. </p> <p>But the company slipped out of the limelight during the early Nineties, at about the same time that musicians started swapping their spandex for flannel. Although Kramer didn’t disappear, the company’s guitars mostly flew under the radar after Gibson acquired the brand in the early Nineties and started selling its models direct via mail order.</p> <p>Lately, however, Kramer guitars have worked their way into public consciousness once again through a growing artist roster and more aggressive distribution through traditional retail channels. </p> <p>These days you’re much more likely to find a new Kramer guitar on display at your local music store than you were a few years ago, and a growing variety of Kramer models is available from online retailers as well. </p> <p>Today, the company’s line consists of 15 different guitar and bass models. We took a look at a model that represents Kramer’s past—the Pacer Vintage—as well as an entirely new model, the Assault Plus, which represents the brand’s present and future.</p> <p> <strong>FEATURES</strong> The main motivation behind guitar design in the Eighties was the “best of both worlds” combination, with “both worlds” being the Les Paul and the Strat. That spirit is alive in both the Pacer Vintage and the Assault Plus, which present different spins on a combination of classic designs, along with “hot-rodded” enhancements.</p> <p> The main distinguishing attribute of the Assault Plus is its familiar-shaped single-cutaway body made of solid mahogany. The glued-in set neck is mahogany as well, but it features a maple fingerboard with no fretboard markers, 24 medium-jumbo frets, a 25 1/2–inch scale, a 12-inch radius and a SlimTaper profile. The bridge is a recessed Nashville-style Tune-o-matic, but the strings are anchored through the body instead of a stop tailpiece. Hardware includes Seymour Duncan Alternative 8 (bridge) and 59 Classic (neck) humbuckers, individual volume controls with push/pull series/parallel switching, a master tone knob and locking tuners.</p> <p> The Pacer Vintage is based on the best-selling flagship Kramer Pacer model of the Eighties, featuring a slimmed-down offset double-cut- away body made of maple. The bolt-on neck is maple as well and includes a maple fingerboard, 22 medium-jumbo frets, a 12-inch radius, a 25 1/2–inch scale and a thin-taper elliptical profile. </p> <p> The Pacer Vintage features a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers as well, with a JB model at the bridge and a JN model at the neck. Controls consist of individual volume knobs for each pickup, with push/pull series/parallel switching and a master tone control. A .002mf capacitor bleed circuit retains treble frequencies as the volume controls are turned down, and a floating genuine Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo completes the shred-approved design.</p> <p> <strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> While the original Kramer guitars were very well made (hence the reason why they attracted an impressive list of endorsers), the current models are better than ever, thanks no doubt to Kramer’s current parent company. </p> <p> The attention to detail in the construction is quite impressive, particularly in the fretwork, which is among the best we’ve seen for guitars in this price range. The finishes are also stunning. Our Pacer Vintage boasted a Pearl White finish on the body and headstock front, while the Assault Plus had a glowing Candy Tangerine finish applied to the entire body as well as the back of the neck.</p> <p> Both guitars deliver the sparkling treble and tight bass that one would expect from a guitar with a 25 1/2–inch scale, but the Assault Plus is slightly darker and warmer sounding thanks to its mahogany body and neck. The Pacer Vintage’s all-maple construction produces the expected brightness, but unlike many maple guitars, its tone is not piercing but well balanced and articulate, with exceptionally fast attack. The Duncan humbuckers chosen for both models complement the body materials very well, providing exceptional clarity across the entire tonal range and smooth, singing midrange. </p> <p> The series settings on both provided single-coil-style sparkle but without noise. My only criticism is the mini pickup-selector toggle on the Pacer, which some players may find a little difficult to manipulate while others will appreciate how it stays out of the way.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICES</strong> Assault Plus, $1,050; Pacer Vintage, $1,267 </p> <p><strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Kramer Guitars, <A href="http://www.kramerguitars.com/default.aspx?">kramerguitars.com</a></p> <p> Modeled after the best-selling flagship Kramer Pacer model from the Eighties, the Pacer Vintage features dual humbuckers and a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo. The Assault Plus has a classic single-cutaway body design but features a neck with a maple fretboard, 24 frets and a 25 1/2–inch scale. Both models offer individual volume controls for each pickup, with push/pull switching for selecting parallel or series pickup- wiring configurations. Premium USA Seymour Duncan humbuckers are installed on both models: JB and JN pickups on the Pacer Vintage, and Alternative 8 and 59 Classic on the Assault Plus.</p> <p> <strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> No mere throwbacks to the Eighties, these new Kramer models are certain to please players who love the shred- worthy vibe of the original Kramer guitars but prefer the playability and tonal versatility of a modern guitar.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4L5wW23r99Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-kramer-assault-plus-and-pacer-vintage-video#comments February 2015 Kramer Kramer Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:27:32 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23192 Review: Schecter Guitars Jeff Loomis JL-7 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-schecter-guitars-jeff-loomis-jl-7-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the April 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>A true guitarist’s guitarist, Jeff Loomis is no stranger to readers of this magazine for his work as a solo artist and with the bands Nevermore and Arch Enemy. </p> <p>Eight years ago Schecter introduced its first Jeff Loomis signature model, a seven-string guitar based on Schecter’s C-7 Hellraiser but with various modifications requested by Loomis. </p> <p>The Jeff Loomis JL-7 is Schecter’s most recent Jeff Loomis signature model, which features numerous significant refinements that make it one of the most impressive products in Schecter’s current lineup of nearly three-dozen seven-string models.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the April 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience4079860264001" 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="4079860264001" /> </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 of each guitar bears a full color illustration, hand drawn by Satriani himself. </p> <p>Each one is different and there are only 50 of them, 25 of which are slated for sale in the U.S. Offering a unique opportunity to be a guitar collector and art collector all in one, this very special JS edition commemorates the birth of Satriani’s Ibanez signature model 25 years ago. </p> <p>“Ibanez approached me and asked if I’d do something special for the 25th anniversary,” Satriani recalls. </p> <p>“They didn’t know what I was going to do, but I decided to illustrate some guitars myself. The idea took a lot of setup, because I had to figure out, ‘Am I going to paint them or use pens? What would the process be? Could I erase?’ So I wound up using these color pens. I spent about a week down in L.A. late in 2014 doing the illustrations and it was a lot of fun. But it was intense. With the pens, you can’t really put color on color. Nor can you erase. Some of the ones I did are more detailed; others are just line drawings. They’re all signed.” </p> <p>Technically speaking, the JS25ART embodies all the design refinements distilled over Satriani’s quarter century of collaboration with Ibanez. This includes a maple, JS Prestige neck with hand-rolled fret edges, Satriani’s signature DiMarzio pickups (the Satch Track and Mo’ Joe), a hi-pass filter on the volume pot, a coil tap on the tone pot and a low-profile Edge tremolo bridge. </p> <p>Longtime fans of Satriani’s visual art many recognize some of the bizarre faces and characters depicted on some of the guitars. Many of these characters are soon to come to life in an animated sci-series, tentatively titled <em>Crystal Planet,</em> that Satch is working on with fretless guitarist and digital animator Ned Evett.</p> <p><strong><em>Below, be sure to check out our comprehensive photo gallery of all of Ibanez's current signature Satch guitars, including electrics and acoustics!</em></strong></p> <p><strong>For more about Satch's signature Ibanez electric guitars, <a href="http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_eg_sig_series15.php?year=2015&amp;cat_id=1&amp;series_id=27">head here</a>. For more about his acoustic models, <a href="http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/u_ag_sig_series15.php?year=2015&amp;cat_id=3&amp;series_id=81">head here.</a> For more about Ibanez Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.ibanez.co.jp/usa/index.php">ibanez.co.jp.</a></strong></p> <p><strong><em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SatchArtGuitars">Remember Satch is on the cover of the new April 2015 issue of GW! It's available now!</a></em></strong></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-satriani">Joe Satriani</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/ibanez-js25art-guitars-offer-chance-own-original-piece-joe-satriani-artwork-and-great-instrument#comments April 2015 Ibanez Joe Satriani Acoustic Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Features Gear Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:47:37 +0000 Alan Di Perna http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23606 Tascam Announces Trackpack 2x2 Recording System http://www.guitarworld.com/tascam-announces-trackpack-2x2-recording-system <!--paging_filter--><p>Tascam has announced its new <a href="http://tascam.com/product/trackpack2x2/gw">Trackpack 2x2</a> recording system.</p> <p>The Trackpack 2x2 assembles everything you need to record music on your computer. </p> <p>Included in the complete recording bundle is Tascam’s US-2x2 USB audio interface, TM-80 studio condenser microphone with shockmount and TH-02 headphones, plus Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Ableton Live Lite 9 DAW software. </p> <p>The US-2x2 is a 2-in/2-out USB interface, bus powered from your Mac or Windows computer. A pair of Ultra-HDDA mic preamps provide up to 57dB of gain and the best noise and distortion specs in their class. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/enter-win-complete-tascam-trackpack-2x2-recording-system">[[ Enter to Win a Complete Tascam Trackpack 2x2 Recording System! ]]</a></strong></p> <p>The audio design features high-performance, musical components like NE5532 op amps for rich sound quality without coloring the source. Class-compliant drivers enable use with tablets like the iPad when using an optional power supply. </p> <p>The US-2x2’s all-aluminum case features a pair of “bio-cell” side panels. In addition to their striking design, the side panels ergonomically angle the interface towards you to make the switches and knobs easier to read on a desktop. The US-2x2 includes MIDI in and out, balanced audio outputs, a headphone amp, and two DAW applications to choose from—both Cakewalk SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9. Included with the software are dozens of plug-in instruments, effects, and loops to get you started.</p> <p>Also included is the TM-80, a condenser microphone ideal for vocals, drums and acoustic instruments. The TM-80 includes a shockmount and desktop stand. The TH-02 closed-back headphones provide isolation while recording and a great reference during mixdown. </p> <p><a href="http://tascam.com/product/trackpack2x2/gw">For a street price under $200, the Tascam Trackpack 2x2 is the perfect way to launch your computer-recording studio.</a></p> <p><strong>US-2x2 features:</strong></p> <p>• Two high-quality Ultra-HDDA mic/line preamps with up to 57dB of gain<br /> • Two-in/two-out USB 2.0 interface with up to 96kHz/24-bit resolution<br /> • XLR/1/4” combination input jacks<br /> • Zero-latency Direct Monitoring<br /> • High-quality audio components like NE5532 op amps for 125dBu EIN and 105dB S/N ratio<br /> • USB Audio Compliant 2.0 drivers for iOS compatibility<br /> • Independent line out and headphone level controls<br /> • MIDI Input and Output<br /> • Aluminum body with angled design for better desktop visibility<br /> • Optional power supply<br /> • Includes SONAR X3 LE and Abelton Live Lite 9</p> <p><strong>Pricing/availability:</strong> $199.99 estimated street price, available now.</p> <p><strong>For more information, check out the video below and visit <a href="http://tascam.com/product/trackpack2x2/gw">tascam.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UA7nLgsrx4U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/tascam-announces-trackpack-2x2-recording-system#comments March Madness Tascam Accessories News Gear Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:53:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23625 EarthQuaker Devices Sea Machine: Ultimate Control Chorus — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/earthquaker-devices-sea-machine-ultimate-control-chorus-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://earthquakerdevices.com/shop/Sea%20Machine%20V2/cat/13097">EarthQuaker Devices' Sea Machine</a> is a chorus pedal with ultimate control over parameters rarely seen in a chorus. </p> <p>A hybrid of digital and analog circuitry with a slightly extended delay time allows it to really stand out and shimmer. The heart of the Sea Machine is a short digital delay line, which features controls for Animation, Dimension and Depth. </p> <p>The Animation allows control over the delay time, Dimension adjusts the amount of spatial regeneration and the Depth adjust the mix of the modulated wet signal against the dry analog signal. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/enter-win-four-effect-pedals-earthquaker-devices">[[ Enter to Win Four Effect Pedals from EarthQuaker Devices (Including the Sea Machine)! ]]</a></strong> </p> <p>The LFO section of the Sea Machine is comprised of Rate, Intensity and Shape. The Rate adjusts the speed of the oscillator, the Intensity adjusts how much the LFO modulates the delayed signal and the Shape transforms the wave from a soft triangle to a hard square wave. </p> <p>We also included a small LED, which shows the speed and shape of the LFO, even in bypass. With this mix of standard and unique controls, everything from subtle warble, classic Leslie, seasick pitch bends to strangled alien sounds, stunted arpeggiations and many more far out sounds are on tap. </p> <p>The Sea Machine also was designed to work well following fuzz, distortion or overdrive without getting muddy, reducing volume or breaking up. When engaged, the transparent buffer leaves the all-analog dry signal unaltered and crystal clear. The Sea Machine is true bypass and made by human hands with the highest-quality parts in Akron, Ohio.</p> <p><strong>Controls</strong></p> <p>• <strong>Rate:</strong> Sets the speed of the LFO. The miniature LED will show the tempo even in bypass mode.<br /> • <strong>Shape:</strong> From soft triangle through hard square wave.<br /> • <strong>Dimension:</strong> Adds a slight slap-back at low levels, reverb-like ambiance at mid levels and an echo-resonance at max.<br /> • <strong>Intensity:</strong> How much the LFO modulates the delay time.<br /> • <strong>Animate:</strong> How far the pitch shifted signal swings, lower levels equals a tighter and more focused shift à la traditional chorus. As you increase the control a more wild and animated pitch shift begins to emerge.<br /> • <strong>Depth:</strong> How much modulated signal is blended in with the dry signal.</p> <p><strong>For more information, visit <a href="http://earthquakerdevices.com/">earthquakerdevices.com</a> and follow EarthQuaker Devices on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EarthQuakerDevices">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YqPyuG8v80o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/earthquaker-devices-sea-machine-ultimate-control-chorus-demo-video#comments EarthQuaker Devices March Madness Videos Effects News Gear Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:07:45 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23621 The DIY Musician: California Drummer Completely Reinvents the Guitar String with the SlapStick http://www.guitarworld.com/diy-musician-california-drummer-completely-reinvents-guitar-string-slapstick <!--paging_filter--><p>While countless other guitar companies introduced their own versions of Strats or dreadnaughts at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show, a California percussionist named Andy Graham had the most adventurous and groundbreaking booth this year with his <a href="http://www.slaperoo.com/">SlapStick instruments.</a></p> <p>The SlapStick is a square-shaped metal tube with a steel band running the length. The steel banding material, similar to shipping bands, acts as a string. Somewhere inside, a handmade pickup is tucked in, transferring the vibrations of the band to an amp. </p> <p>This long, flat metal "string" is tunable via a top knob or hex bolt and is played like a fretless bass. The sound is otherworldly, like a bass or de-tuned guitar run through an envelope filter.</p> <p>Graham has completely reinvented the guitar string.</p> <p>Oh, he won’t admit it. Talk to Graham long enough and he’ll describe his SlapStick as “an electric percussion instrument.” He’s dead wrong. This guy just invented something cataclysmic in the music world. </p> <p>Here, just look and listen:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HWH10hLgF3s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>I can’t stop thinking about the SlapStick, to the point that I’m continually checking my bank account to see if my tax refund has been direct-deposited yet. This is more than a percussion instrument. This is revolutionary! For crying out loud, I was playing "War Pigs" on his demo model at the NAMM Show. As you know from my previous columns, <a href="http://shanespeal.com/">my band</a> performs with the most bizarre and unusual instruments. We need a SlapStick in there. Period.</p> <p>Graham offers several different lengths of SlapSticks, from the guitar scale “N-100 Noodle” (shown in the video above) to the ultra-long “S-100 Pro,” which contains more funk than a ball of teats from outer space.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gsYcufE1anU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>My brain wants to explode with so many questions: </p> <p> • What other possibilities are there for a steel-band instrument?<br /> • Can you play it with a violin bow?<br /> • What about other guitar effects?<br /> • How about using a battery-operated hand-held fan to rake against the banding like a hurdy-gurdy?<br /> • Feedback? Marshall stack?</p> <p>Hell, imagine if <em>avant garde</em> guitarists <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Rowe">Keith Rowe</a> or <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Sharp">Elliott Sharp</a> got a hold of a Slapstick!</p> <p>Let me point out that in most of this column, I have injected my own opinions of this instrument. To Graham, the SlapStick is a percussion instrument. That’s the way he markets them, and that’s cool by me. It’s his company. Perhaps he’s afraid to call it a guitar/bass type of instrument because of the steel banding’s unpredictability. (To me, that’s one of the features!) What would happen if an iconoclast djent band or freak funk combo ignored the marketing materials and made this their centerpiece?</p> <p>Shane Speal says this is a game-changing instrument.</p> <p><strong>Check out all the SlapSticks and see oodles of videos at <a href="http://www.slaperoo.com/">slaperoo.com.</a></strong></p> <p>So when is my tax refund going to post?</p> <p>P.S.: This week, my band just introduced the <a href="http://shanespeal.com/shop-clothing">greatest shirt…ever.</a> Zep fans with beer bellies will get it.</p> <p><em>Shane Speal is "King of the Cigar Box Guitar" and the creator of the modern cigar box guitar movement. Hear the music, see the instruments and read about his Cigar Box Guitar Museum at <a href="http://www.shanespeal.com/">ShaneSpeal.com</a>. Speal's latest album, </em><a href="http://shanespeal.com/holler">Holler!</a><em> is on C. B. Gitty Records.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/diy-musician-california-drummer-completely-reinvents-guitar-string-slapstick#comments Shane Speal The DIY Musician Accessories Blogs Gear Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:48:46 +0000 Shane Speal http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23608