Gear en Cigar Box: Build a Guitar Pickup in Under Five Minutes for Less Than $2 <!--paging_filter--><p>Can you make your own pickup out of a wall wart plug in under five minutes and less than $2?</p> <p>Yes, it can be done! I saw a clip on YouTube a while ago where someone made a pickup from pieces of a plug, so I thought I'd give it a try. The method described in the video is a bit dangerous, including separating the metal plates from the coil (I stabbed myself with a screwdriver attempting to do so), so here's a safer, faster way.</p> <p>If you don’t already know, pickups are made with electric magnets. The string vibrations interfere with the magnetic field around the pickup, and that sound is transferred to your amp. Don’t worry, this is about as technical as I'll get for this part, but it's pretty neat how it works. </p> <p>Note: See the sidebar article below on the live-rig secrets of several pro cigar box guitarists. </p> <p><strong>In terms of parts for this project, here's your recon mission:</strong></p> <p>• One wall wort plug. You know those big, clunky plugs that seem to be on just about everything nowadays. I suggest scoping out your local thrift store for one. That way, you don’t destroy a plug you might need later. I picked up some for 50 cents. Yep!</p> <p>• Three or four (depending on how many strings you have on your CBG — cigar box guitar) Rare Earth Neo Neodymium disc magnets. I used a N35 12mm-by-3mm magnet I got on eBay for less than 40 cents.</p> <p>• Some bits of wire and solder</p> <p>• 1 1/4-inch jack</p> <p><strong>Tools you'll need</strong> </p> <p>• Proper safety gear, including work gloves and protective glasses</p> <p>• A hammer</p> <p>• Soldering Iron</p> <p>The photo gallery below will walk you through the steps to make your own pickup in under five minutes (and less than $2). Note that if you use this pickup in your CBG, you should probably cut hole the size of the metal plates so only the plates will be exposed above the guitar body, leaving the coils hidden under the top of the box. Also, make sure to ground your negative wire to your bridge to prevent unwanted noise. </p> <p>Check out the videos below of testing out our DIY guitar pickup. Also Elmar Zeilhofer of <a href="">The Original-Flatpup</a> made one as a test video as well from one he made (He separated the coils on his DIY pickup). </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p><strong>SIDEBAR: RIGS OF SEVERAL PRO CIGAR BOX GUITARISTS</strong></p> <p>Let me talk about the gear some cigar box guitar artists used at this year's Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival. </p> <p>I had a chance to talk to Glenn Kaiser, Shane Speal and Justin Johnson. Playing a cigar box guitar for a gig can be tricky. Cigar box guitars have a great lo-fi sound, but playing them cranked up can create problems with feedback. Here are the amplifiers and effects they prefer. </p> <p><strong><a href="">Glenn Kaiser</a> (Former frontman of REZ Band &amp; Kaiser/Mansfield)</strong></p> <p><strong>Amp</strong>: ”Trimmed &amp; Burnin' Spanky model mostly (a small, 3-watt amp with a Weber speaker) and an original Pignose. I have a lot of amps, but at this point, those two."</p> <p><strong>Effects</strong>: “For non-cigar box or found-object guitars, I always use a Korg tuner and a Blackstone Appliance Mosfet Overdrive. For CBG's, I usually prefer a small amp cranked.”</p> <p>Most of Kaiser's live cigar box guitars are loaded with piezo buzzer pickups, giving him a more acoustic tone. However, he gets some extra buzz, grind and distortion from the Trimmed &amp; Burnin' tube amp. </p> <p><strong><a href="">Shane Speal</a></strong></p> <p>Shane was kind enough to send us a photo of his live rig. Check it out in the photo gallery below.</p> <p>• As for his gear: homemade electric stomp board; provides percussion for Speal's show. It's just a couple pieces of plywood sandwiched together with a large piezo disc inserted in the middle. The piezo acts as a contact mic.</p> <p>• Pre-amp for the stomp board. Speal used an inexpensive acoustic guitar preamp/EQ that is attached to the piezo so he can control the tone of hs stomp board.</p> <p>• An old Ibanez digital delay set for slapback echo only</p> <p>• Arion Octave pedal: Used sparingly in concert, usually during his one-string diddley bow songs or when he wants to kick into a total funk-infused fury.</p> <p>• Fender tuner</p> <p>• Jay Turser Classic 25 amp. Although it's covered with tweed and sports a classic radio wooden face, this amp is just a cheapo solid state. “It has reverb, distortion and a goofy tremolo,” Speal says. “What more do you want?” Speal bought it on eBay for $85. </p> <p><strong><a href="">Justin Johnson</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Amp</strong>: “Fender Blues Jr. When I am performing with cigar box guitars, I prefer to keep as much of the natural tone of the CBG as possible. There is something about the tone you get from the cigar box that really distinguishes itself from the electric guitar. They sound more open and unrestrained than a solid-body and more guttural and swampy than a standard semi-hollow."</p> <p><strong>Effects</strong>: “I generally just use a little reverb or some light overdrive before going into my Fender Blues Jr. It’s also a good a idea to have an EQ pedal on hand to make minor adjustments to the volume and tone when necessary.”</p> <p><strong>ONE LAST DOSE OF CIGAR BOXES...</strong></p> <p>You all know I couldn’t write one of these with out letting you hear some tunes. Below is a clip I put together of Shane Speal preforming a version of “Personal Jesus” at this year's Speal's Tavern Guitar-b-Que. The photos are from <a href="">The Cigar Box Guitar Museum</a> in New Alexander, Pennsylvania, inside <a href="">Speal's Tavern</a>. More on the Guitar-b-Que and Speal's Tavern along with making winding our own single coil cbg pickup, next time ... </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p>A big thanks to Glenn Kaiser, Shane Speal, Justin Johnson, Elmar Zeilhofer, Original-Flatpup and Speal's Tavern for being a part of this. </p> <p>Stay tuned ... It's going to get loud!</p> <p><em>Brian Saner owns Saner Cigar Box Guitars, which makes custom handmade guitars and amps using local dry-aged wood in every guitar. These guitars are handmade and might have imperfections, but that's what makes them unique. Once you hear the howl of a CBG, you might not want to play a Fender or Gibson again. Get one at <a href=""></a>, <a href=""></a> and Main Street Gallery. Check out <a href="">his Facebook page.</a></em></p> Brian Saner Cigar Box Saner Cigar Box Guitars Accessories Blogs News Gear Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:13:53 +0000 Brian Saner 17141 at Joe Bonamassa Plays 1919 Gibson Style U Harp Guitar — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Followers of <a href="">Joe Bonamassa's Facebook page</a> know the gear-loving guitarist likes to shoot quick, spur-of-the-moment videos backstage at his shows.</p> <p>These videos usually show him playing rare, oddball or just plain insane stringed instruments. As evidenced below!</p> <p>In one of his latest (although not <em>the</em> latest) backstage videos, Bonamassa is playing a 1919 Gibson Style U harp guitar.</p> <p>"Some backstage fun with a 1919 Gibson Style U harp guitar," Bonamassa wrote on his harp-guitar Facebook post from March 3. "Please keep in mind it was recorded on an iPad and not in Abbey Road Studios. Enjoy!"</p> <p>Harp guitars like this one (we're not sure if it belongs to Bonamassa, who has a lot of rare guitars—and a lot of rare-guitar-owning buddies, it seems) are early relatives modern doubleneck guitars, offering two stringed instruments in one, even though it's played as a single instrument. The top neck sports 10 sub-bass strings (earlier versions had 12 sub-bass strings).</p> <p>For more information on these guitars, visit <a href=""></a> and <a href=""></a> (<a href="">You might as well try here too.</a>)</p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="" data-width="620"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="">Post</a> by <a href="">Joe Bonamassa</a>.</div> </div> <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> </div> </fieldset> Acoustic Nation Gibson Joe Bonamassa News Acoustic Guitars Videos Blogs Videos Gear Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:30:54 +0000 Damian Fanelli 23675 at PureSalem Guitars Introduces Vintage-Inspired Cardinal <!--paging_filter--><p>PureSalem Guitars adopts an inspired approach and attitude while honoring the electric guitar’s glorious past. It‘s about simplicity in design—wood, wire and strings. It’s rock and roll, not rocket science.</p> <p>To quote David Fair (Half Japanese), "The idea is to put a pick in one hand and a guitar in the other and with a tiny movement rule the world.”</p> <p>PureSalem's Cardinal model combines quality construction and components with off-kilter styling’s and transports us back to an era when rock and roll was free and memories yet to be made. </p> <p>This new 2015 models come equipped with a Bigsby and Vibrola tremolos, Grover tuners, vintage cloth wiring, carved headstock, a new PS logo and the company's custom-wound pickups.</p> <p><strong>TECH SPECS</strong><br /> • Mahogany Body<br /> • Mahogany Neck with binding and Block Inlays<br /> • Rosewood Fret Board<br /> • 24 3/4 Scale Length<br /> • 42.75 Nut Width<br /> • 2 1/16 String Spacing<br /> • Modern C-Shape Neck / Light Satin Finish<br /> • 12 Inch Radius<br /> • Grover tuners<br /> • Vibrola Tremelo<br /> • Roller bridge<br /> • Single coil pickup in bridge, custom wound to vintage specs<br /> • Custom wound PureSalem “MENDIOLA” humbucker in neck<br /> • Vintage style cloth wiring<br /> • 3-Way Toggle with Master Volume and Master Tone<br /> • Med Jumbo Frets<br /> • Dual Truss Rod</p> <p>The Cardinal model carries a retail price of $1,015.</p> <p><strong>For more about PureSalem Guitars, visit <a href=""></a></strong></p> PureSalem PureSalem Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:21:34 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25396 at St. Vincent Debuts Her Custom Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Indie rock icon St. Vincent has revealed her custom signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitar. </p> <p>Envisioned and designed by St. Vincent with support from the engineering team at Ernie Ball Music Man, the guitar was crafted to perfectly fit her form, technique and style. </p> <p>She debuted the guitar to the world as she took the stage at Taylor Swift’s Los Angeles concert this past Tuesday night, <a href="">performing alongside Swift and Beck</a> (check out the video below).</p> <p>“I’m extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to design a guitar this personal with this company, this family, in whom I believe so completely,” said Annie Clark, who's better known as St. Vincent. </p> <p>“The entirety of my experience as a guitarist is invested in this instrument. I sought to create a tool that would help and inspire those who share my priorities in a guitar, namely that it be comfortable and lightweight and that it exhibit clean lines, all without sacrificing tone flexibility. It is with pride that I present the St. Vincent Signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar.”</p> <p>Crafted in Ernie Ball Music Man’s San Luis Obispo, California, factory, the St. Vincent signature is available in black or custom Vincent Blue, a color that was hand-mixed by Annie. </p> <p>Featuring an African mahogany body, Ernie Ball Music Man tremolo, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed rosewood neck and fingerboard, St. Vincent inlays, Schaller locking tuners, five-way pickup selector with custom configuration and three-mini humbuckers, the guitar also comes complete with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings. </p> <p><strong>For more information, head on over to <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Ernie Ball Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:55:11 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25366 at Gear Review: Outlaw Effects 24K Reverb, Quick Draw Delay and Five O’Clock Fuzz Pedals <!--paging_filter--><p>Outlaw Effects recently showed up to the party—the ongoing effect-pedal party, that is—blurring the lines of boutique and budget effects in a micro-sized box. </p> <p>I recently got my hands on the company's 24k Reverb, Quick Draw Delay and Five O’Clock Fuzz. </p> <p> First impression? Everything is well marked. This sounds like a given, but I’ll occasionally try a pedal named something like "The Woodpecker." Next I’ll spend 20 minutes figuring out what the "Beak" and "Sapsucker" knobs do. With Outlaw Effects, Tone is a tone knob, Sustain means sustain. Kudos, Outlaw!</p> <p>Each pedal features staggered input/output jacks, top-mounted 9-volt power jacks and true-bypass switching. The case is a hardy aluminum that's well suited for gigging.</p> <p><strong>24K Reverb</strong> has three knobs; Reverb, Tone and Decay. There's a three-way toggle switch to select between Room, Plate or Spring reverbs. In the clip below, I started with a subtle Spring reverb, followed by a deeper, surf-inspired Plate reverb and finished up rolling the Tone back for a darker deep Room reverb.</p> <p><strong>Quick Draw Delay</strong> features three knobs; Echo, Time and Repeat. Echo is the volume knob of the effect. The overall vibe is more of a vintage-inspired delay than a cleaner, modern delay. Time offers a range of 20ms to 620ms. My clip starts with a cool basic delay to fill out a rhythm guitar part. I end with a lick and crank the Repeat all the way up. By rotating the Time knob, you can channel some self-oscillating madness.</p> <p><strong>Five O’Clock Fuzz</strong> was, by far, my favorite, and not just because it has a mustache drawn on it. The knobs are Level, Sustain and Tone. While many would blow by this thinking it’s a Big Muff copy, hear me out. In the clip hear it goes from a smooth Eric Johnson-style fuzz to a razor-thin thrash tone. To finish up the clip, I wanted to show how it can hang as a fat bass fuzz pedal too.</p> <p><strong>Web:</strong> <a href=""></a><br /> <strong>Average Street Prices:</strong> 24K Reverb, $89; Quick Draw Delay, $59; Five O’Clock Fuzz, $49.99</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown Outlaw Effects Effects Blogs Gear Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:20:11 +0000 Billy Voight 25364 at Guitar Chalk Sessions: Three Nuanced Quality Indicators of a Good Tremolo Pedal <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an abridged and shorter version of a lengthier <a href="">article highlighting seven tremolo pedals</a> that fit the descriptors mentioned here.</em></p> <p><strong>Tremolo is an incredibly simple effect.</strong></p> <p>In its most raw form, it’s little more than the raising and lowering of your signal’s volume.</p> <p>And not only is tremolo one of the oldest and most recognized effects in the electric guitar’s history, it’s also been traditionally implemented via analog circuitry within amplifiers.</p> <p>Today there are still a lot of amps on the market that come packaged with a tremolo effect.</p> <p>To name a few:</p> <p>• <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1440012299&amp;sr=1-16&amp;keywords=guitar+amp,+tremolo&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=theguitblac-20&amp;linkId=4d2738d6d1c783ef89465f9b79ad2fd6">VOX AC15C2</a><br /> • <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1440012313&amp;sr=1-26&amp;keywords=guitar+amp,+tremolo&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=theguitblac-20&amp;linkId=b21b80ab3cf761e7f6223dc78f897544">Fender ‘68 Custom Vibrolux</a><br /> • <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1440012313&amp;sr=1-29&amp;keywords=guitar+amp,+tremolo&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=theguitblac-20&amp;linkId=d7d75bab502f6712c49d908b32cfe046">Marshall 1973X</a></p> <p>These amps (among many others) carry their own tremolo that’s built-into the amp’s channels and ready to use. More often than not, they sound pretty good.</p> <p>But what if we don’t own an amp with tremolo built-in?</p> <p>Further, what if we just don’t like it? A lot of <a href="">guitar players prefer</a> their effects in a stompbox on the floor in front of them. If that’s the team you’re on, you might wonder, “What is there to know about tremolo pedals in the digital age?”</p> <p>Or what quality indicators do you look for if you’re going to buy one?</p> <p>While the difference between a “good” and “bad” tremolo pedal is a smaller gap than a good and bad delay, there are still some quality indicators to be aware of.</p> <p>And they can be difficult to spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for.</p> <p>There are primarily three of these indicators.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>1. The Waveform Selector</strong></p> <p>There’s some digital processing science and mathematics that go into what a waveform actually is, but for our purposes, a tremolo waveform is essentially the pattern that the volume sweep of the effect will follow. </p> <p>There are primarily three different waveforms that a tremolo can take:</p> <p><strong>1. Square</strong><br /> <strong>2. Peak</strong><br /> <strong>3. Sine</strong></p> <p>On cheaper or lower-quality tremolo pedals, the default tremolo waveform will be sine and will likely go unmentioned.</p> <p>Better quality tremolo pedals, that you can get in <a href="">guitar shops like Long and McQuade</a> or from <a href="">boutique manufacturers,</a> will often give you a switch that allows you to toggle between all three. It’s easily spotted on pedals like the <a href=";qid=1440013157&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=wampler+tremolo&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=theguitblac-20&amp;linkId=88a45c8510b19b1d43f07626856372e2">Wampler Latitude Deluxe:</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-08-27%20at%2012.50.13%20PM.png" width="360" height="252" alt="Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 12.50.13 PM.png" /></p> <p>Those three squiggly lines underneath the switch represent the three waveforms. From left to right, <strong>square, peak</strong> and <strong>sine.</strong></p> <p>This gives your pedal a significantly more versatile array of sounds and provides the entire spectrum of the tremolo effect.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>2. Correcting the “Volume-Drop Problem”</strong></p> <p>Though tremolo is a simple effect, it’s notorious for causing what’s known as the “volume-drop problem.”</p> <p>This occurs because of the constant raising and lowering (sweeping) of your signal’s volume. That means your tremolo effect sets a low and a peak, where the peak will always match the volume of your guitar’s signal output.</p> <p>This is fine, except for the fact that a majority of the effect’s time is spent between the peaks, giving the illusion that your guitar’s volume has been lowered.</p> <p>Good tremolo pedals correct this by adding an external volume knob, like the one on <a href=";qid=1440012998&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=keeley+boss+tr-2+mod&amp;linkCode=sl1&amp;tag=theguitblac-20&amp;linkId=44d46134a1ae38d2d083d5ef79b5b94f">Robert Keeley’s Boss TR-2 mod.</a></p> <p>Other tremolo pedals deal with the problem via interior circuitry, but it’s always something to keep in mind when you’re scoping them out.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>3. Depth and Tone Customization</strong></p> <p>It’s tempting to assume that all a tremolo pedal really needs is a depth and rate knob. After all, it is a fairly basic modulation effect.</p> <p>But the higher-quality tremolo pedals pack a lot of customization into their boxes. </p> <p>Consider, for example, the <a href="">Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb</a> with the following parameters:</p> <p><strong>Intensity / Speed / Mix / Decay / Color</strong></p> <p>That’s not even mentioning the three different tremolo modes and the optional expression pedal. All this is not to say that you can’t do well with a more basic configuration, but know that the tweaking options are out there. </p> <p>And in many cases they’re worth the extra investment.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Why not just stick with the amp?</strong></p> <p>A lot of guitarists are strictly analog, which means the tremolo pedals of our day might fall flat as they’re usually analog simulations via digital circuitry. </p> <p>So there’s a case to be made for sticking with what might be considered a simpler and more pure form of the effect.</p> <p>It’s really just a matter of preference.</p> <p>Because there are advantages to both. But if you’re going to go the pedal route (which is my personal preference) it pays to know where you’re going to get the most quality and what the most desirable features of a tremolo pedal are.</p> <p>Besides, waveforms make great dinner-table conversation.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Your Thoughts</strong></p> <p>Have thoughts or insight into tremolo pedals and their quality indicators? Feel free to share them in the comments section or hit us up via <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Facebook.</a> We can always learn more from each other.</p> <p><em>Flickr Commons Image Courtesy of <a href="">GigNroll</a></em></p> <p><em>Robert Kittleberger is the editor of <a href="">Guitar Chalk</a> and a staff writer at <a href="">Guitar Tricks</a>. You can get in touch with him <a href="">here</a> or via <a href="">Twitter</a> and <a href="">Facebook.</a></em></p> Bobby Kittleberger Guitar Chalk Sessions Effects Blogs Gear Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:00:27 +0000 Bobby Kittleberger 25359 at PRS Guitars Introduces 58/15 Limited Edition Custom 24 Pickups — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>When Paul Reed Smith and the R&amp;D team at PRS ramped up their dissection and testing of pickups a couple years ago, it became very clear very quickly that something new was about to be born. </p> <p>Enter the PRS 58/15 pickups, introduced for PRS’s 30th-anniversary year.</p> <p>The 58/15 Limited Edition is a culmination of various features that the Custom 24 has seen throughout the last 30 years and is built around these new vintage-voiced 58/15 pickups. </p> <p>Other appointments on these instruments include solid shell birds, similar to those found on Reed Smith's pre-factory and early production guitars, fretboard binding, a preview of a new headstock signature inlay and the Gen III PRS patented tremolo, which has been updated to further support the fidelity of the guitar’s tone and maximize sustain.</p> <p>Each 58/15 equipped Custom 24 guitar will have an artist grade figured maple top, mahogany back, 24-fret, 25” scale length ‘Pattern Regular’ or ‘Pattern Thin’ mahogany neck with gaboon ebony fretboard, Solid Shell “Blue Purple” Red Abalone Birds (Pattern Regular neck) or Solid Shell “Dark Special” Red Abalone Birds (Pattern Thin neck), gaboon ebony headstock veneer with green abalone signature, Phase III locking tuners, 58/15 treble and bass pickups, one volume and one push/pull tone control with a PRS three-way toggle pickup selector. </p> <p>Guitars are set up with PRS .10-.46 strings and are shipped in a PRS Black Paisley Hardshell Artist Case.</p> <p>The 58/15 Custom 24 limited run will total 150 pieces worldwide: 50 of each color (Faded Whale Blue with Natural Back, Black Gold Burst with natural binding, Charcoal Burst), 25 of each color having a Pattern Regular neck carve with Solid Shell “Blue Purple” Red Abalone Bird inlays and 25 having a Pattern Thin neck carve with Solid Shell “Dark Special” Red Abalone Bird inlays.</p> <p><strong>For more information, watch the video below and visit <a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> PRS PRS Guitars Accessories Videos News Gear Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:32:17 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25345 at 20 of the Best 1x12 Guitar Amps on the Market Today <!--paging_filter--><p>Looking for an amp that'll give your tone some more punch but won't add an extra thousand pounds to your rig? </p> <p>You're in luck, because <em>Guitar World</em> has rounded up 20 of the best single-speaker combo, 1x12 guitar amplifiers on the market today. </p> <p>In the photo gallery below, you'll find offerings from everyone from Carvin to Fender to Orange. Whether you're looking for aggressive overdrive or the most sparkling of clean tones, you'll definitely find a combo amp that suits your needs. </p> <p><strong>NOTE: This list is presented in alphabetical order, <em>not</em> by order of any sort of preference. Enjoy!</strong></p> Carr Amplifiers Carvin Carvin Amps ENGL EVH Gear Fender October 2015 Orange Amps News Features Gear Magazine Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:23:57 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25319 at Review: TC Electronic Helix and Viscous Vibe Pedals — Video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>Back in the heady days of heavy rock and roll, phase shifting effects were all the rage. These weren’t today’s run-of-the-mill, milquetoast sweeps and whooshes, but instead deliciously thick, swirling sounds with fat, chewy texture and a particular voice-like midrange that almost made the guitar seem to talk. </p> <p>Phasing effects of this nature first appeared during the late Sixties with Jimi Hendrix and were heard throughout the Seventies on records by guitarists like David Gilmour, Frank Marino, Pat Travers, Robin Trower, and even early Cheap Trick (“The Ballad of TV Violence,” “Hot Love,” or any other track on their debut album), but vanished about the same time as the ten dollar Thai stick. </p> <p>Over the last few decades, pedal designers have tried to recapture the gnarly sounds of these early phaser effects by using the same or similar obsolete lo-fi analog parts that gave those effects so much of their character, producing pedals in limited amounts with eyebrow-raising prices. </p> <p>Most attempts to duplicate these effects in the digital realm were underwhelming, but the engineers at TC Electronic finally cracked the code, as is evident in their new Helix Phaser and Viscous Vibe TonePrint pedals. Best of all, these pedals are affordably priced—you can buy both for less than one boutique or vintage pedal.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES:</strong> While the Helix and Viscous Vibe are both TC TonePrint pedals, each pedal takes a different approach to its phase shift and vibe effects, respectively. The Viscous Vibe is a modern digital recreation of the original Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe, while the Helix is a multi-personality phaser that is not based on any specific effect but can dial in accurate reproductions of numerous classic phasers with a few careful twists of its knobs. </p> <p>Like the original Uni-Vibe, the Viscous Vibe provides intensity and volume controls, an oversized speed knob, and a switch with separate chorus and vibrato settings. The switch also includes a TonePrint setting that stores downloaded TonePrint vibe effects from TC’s artist library or your own modified preset. </p> <p>The Helix’s mini toggle features a TonePrint setting as well, plus vintage (thick and swirly similar to early Mu-Tron and Electro-Harmonix phasers) and smooth (more like an MXR Phase 90) settings. Controls on the Helix include speed, depth, feedback, and mix, which allow users to dial in a surprisingly wide variety of awesome phase shifting effects.</p> <p>Both pedals offer stereo inputs and outputs, true-bypass switching, and analog dry through circuitry that always passes your guitar’s unprocessed dry tone, whether the pedal is engaged or not, with zero latency and full dynamic response. The pedals operate with either a nine-volt battery or optional external nine-volt 100mA power source. A mini USB jack is provided for downloading updates or TonePrints created with TC’s TonePrint Editor software for Mac and PC.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE:</strong> Most digital phasers and vibe effects I’ve tried were somewhat flat sounding and underwhelming, but the Helix and Viscous Vibe instantly blew me away with their expressive character and dynamic responsiveness. </p> <p>The Viscous Vibe’s chorus effect is the same thick, swirling, psychedelic Uni-Vibe effect guitarists have loved since Jimi played “Machine Gun,” and its vibrato effect is spot on as well. Players who want to go beyond the limitations of the original can do so via the TonePrint Editor software. The Helix absolutely nails almost every classic phaser. </p> <p>The vintage setting delivers thick, growling swirls with throbbing bass, while the smooth setting produces a more subtle midrange-dominated shift that erupts in the background. The speed ranges from flowing molasses throbs to mosquito wing flutters. The only “vintage” aspect missing from both pedals is the noise, but most players will welcome that vast improvement.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE:</strong> $149.99 (each)<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER:</strong> TC Electronic, <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>CHEAT SHEET:</strong>The Viscous Vibe is an accurate modern recreation of the legendary and unique phase shifting effects of the Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe introduced in the Sixties.</p> <p>The Helix reproduces a wide variety of classic phase shifting effects thanks to its versatile controls and vintage and smooth settings.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE:</strong> TC Electronic’s Helix and Viscous Vibe pedals are certain to please vintage effect connoisseurs with their classic sounds that deliver all the character, expressiveness, and vibe of original phasers from the Sixties and Seventies.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> October 2015 TC Electronic Videos Effects Features Gear Magazine Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:07:15 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 25269 at IK Multimedia Releases Cinematic Percussion Instrument with SampleTank Custom Shop Player <!--paging_filter--><p>IK Multimedia has announced the release of Cinematic Percussion, a new SampleTank 3 Instrument collection that's available now on the SampleTank 3 Custom Shop for Mac and PC.</p> <p>This collection is a massive group of samples, loops and MIDI patterns that are taken straight from instruments used to score countless blockbusters. </p> <p>The samples come from Greg Ellis, a percussionist whose work has been featured in <em>Argo,</em> <em>Godzilla</em>, <em>Transformers: Age of Extinction</em>, <em>Iron Man</em>, <em>The Matrix</em> trilogy and other popular films.</p> <p>It has a flexible collection of audio loops recorded at 10 different source tempos, a generous array of MIDI patterns that have been performed and designed by the IK sound design team and Ellis himself. Of course, it also comes with a deep roster of playable single-hit instruments, all of which support multiple velocities and round robin. </p> <p>All of these drums are mapped using an extended General MIDI mapping, which lets users mix-and-match elements from the Cinematic Percussion kit with elements from other SampleTank 3 drum libraries.</p> <p>SampleTank 3 is IK Multimedia’s expandable ultimate sound and groove workstation for Mac and PC. It features an intuitive workflow that allows musicians to quickly and easily get down to the business of making music.</p> <p><strong>For more information about these new libraries, visit <a href=""></a> For more about SampleTank, <a href="">head here.</a></strong></p> IK Multimedia SampleTank Accessories News Gear Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:29:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25311 at PRS Guitars Introduces New 22-Fret SE Models: SE Custom 22 and SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow <!--paging_filter--><p>PRS Guitars has introduced two new 22-fret models to its SE Line: the SE Custom 22 and the SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow. </p> <p>The PRS SE Custom 22 adds an extra vintage tone and feel to the traditional SE Custom platform. </p> <p>This guitar has a pronounced mid-range and clarity that provides a full tonal bass and shimmering treble. Like its 24-fret brother, the SE Custom 22 sports a maple top with mahogany back and 25-inch scale length. </p> <p>Additional appointments include dual humbuckers with a volume, tone, three-way toggle switch and a PRS-designed stoptail bridge. The SE Custom 22 is available in Vintage Sunburst and Whale Blue finishes.</p> <p>The PRS SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow has musical midrange and great resonance. The semi-hollow body provides an airy, sweet tone. Additional appointments include a maple top with a single F-hole and flame maple veneer, chambered mahogany back, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and dual humbuckers with a volume, tone and three-way toggle electronics configuration. </p> <p><strong>You can find out more by visiting <a href=""></a></strong></p> PRS PRS Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:24:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25309 at Latest Gear from Epiphone: Guitars, Basses and Amps — 2016 Guitar World Buyer's Guide <!--paging_filter--><p>This month, we’re showing off the hottest gear from the all-new <a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=EpiphoneBuyersGuide">2016 Guitar World Buyer's Guide,</a> which collects the latest and greatest gear from a host of manufacturers. </p> <p>Today, we present a host of new guitars—electric and acoustic—plus basses and guitar amps from Epiphone.</p> <p>Be sure to check out the photo gallery below. Remember to click on the magnifying glass icon to take a closer look at each image. </p> <p>Also be sure to watch a new video of Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi demoing and discussig his brand-new Epiphone Limited Edition Tony Iommi Signature SG below. </p> <p><strong>For more about Epiphone, visit <a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> 2016 Guitar World Buyer's Guide Buyer's Guide Epiphone Gear Spotlight Acoustic Guitars Amps Bass Guitars Electric Guitars News Features Gear Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:10:37 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25296 at Ernie Ball Music Man's New Guitars, Basses, Amps and More: 2016 Guitar World Buyer's Guide <!--paging_filter--><p>This month, we’re showing off the hottest gear from the all-new <a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=EBallBuyersGuide">2016 Guitar World Buyer's Guide,</a> which collects the latest and greatest gear from a host of manufacturers.</p> <p>Today, we present a host of new products from <A href="">Ernie Ball</a> and <a href="">Ernie Ball Music Man</a>. </p> <p>Be sure to check out the photo gallery below. Remember to click on the magnifying glass to take a closer look at each item. Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>For more about Ernie Ball Music Man, visit <a href=""></a>.</strong></p> 2016 Guitar World Buyer's Guide Buyer's Guide Ernie Ball Gear Spotlight Music M. Accessories Amps Bass Guitars Electric Guitars News Features Gear Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:43:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25279 at The Cowcaster Guitar Is a Texas-Size Tribute to ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons <!--paging_filter--><p>The Cowcaster is guaranteed to turn heads. That’s because it is one. </p> <p>The one-of-a-kind guitar, designed and built by artist Brent Gandy of Amarillo, Texas, brims with custom features—from <a href="">Von Dutch</a>–style pin striping on the back of the neck to a hand-carved bull’s head headstock—all of which are connected to an authentic bull skull.</p> <p>“I’ve been messing with bull skulls since I was little kid,” says Gandy, the ranch-raised son of a former professional bull rider. </p> <p>“My brother and I would put bull heads in ant beds, and the ants would clean them down to the bone.” Gandy, who runs an auto body shop, began creating works of art with the skulls, polishing them with the same process he employs to finish cars and inlaying the natural indentations with turquoise.</p> <p>But with the Cowcaster, a bovine ode to his idol, fellow Texan Billy Gibbons, Gandy cranked things up a notch. Along with friend and guitar builder Bud Herber, he put together a wish list of Gibbons-preferred components and specs. Then the duo went to work. </p> <p>“We knew Billy used <a href="">Seymour Duncan</a> BG-1400 Pearly Gates pickups, so we called and spoke to Maricela Juarez,” says Gandy, referring to Seymour Duncan’s custom shop manager. “She said she was winding two Pearly Gates pickups for Billy. We asked her to wind a third for us.”</p> <p>The 11-pound guitar has a beefy Warmoth maple neck with a “boat-neck” profile, 22 stainless frets, abalone inlays and Steinberger gearless tuners. Other features include abalone-capped volume and tone knobs and a billet aluminum spine to support the neck. This raging bull blows smoke from its nose and ears, and its eyes and nose light up with red LEDs. </p> <p>So how does it sound? “Badass,” Gandy says. “It’s throaty and has lots of sustain. Because of the pine body that’s integrated into the skull, it resonates like no other guitar.” </p> <p><em>Photo: Ralph Duke</em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/caw1.jpg" width="620" height="1183" alt="caw1.jpg" /></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="/zz-top">ZZ Top</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/billy-gibbons">Billy Gibbons</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> 2011 Billy Gibbons Damian Fanelli GWLinotte May 2011 ZZ Top Electric Guitars Blogs Features Gear Magazine Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:40:50 +0000 Damian Fanelli 11902 at Kiesel Guitars & Carvin Guitars Custom Shop Announce New Inline Headstock Shapes <!--paging_filter--><p>Kiesel Guitars &amp; Carvin Guitars Custom Shop are offering new six-string and seven-string pointed inline headstock shapes.</p> <p>This comes in response to customer requests to add a seven-inline headstock to go along with the 4x3 standard headstock, 4x3 CT-style headstock and 4x3 pointed headstock.</p> <p>While designing the new seven-string headstock, the company decided to make a six-string version, which adds a sleek and aggressive component to many of our guitars. </p> <p>Each version offers straight string pull, which helps eliminate binding on the nut when bending strings. Both the six- and seven-string versions are available standard (tuners on top) or reversed (tuners on bottom), and are offered on many Custom Shop guitars. Like all standard and optional headstocks, they come in a wide selection of options, including headstock woods, finishes, Carvin Guitars and Kiesel Guitars logos, and different colored truss-rod covers (including personalized engraved versions). </p> <p>Visit the <a href="">Kiesel Guitars/Carvin Guitars USA Custom Shop</a> for more information.</p> Carvin Guitars Kiesel Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:43:47 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25284 at