Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/0 en It Might Get Weird: Sex-String Solidbody — The Rock ’n’ Wood Marilyn Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/it-might-get-weird-sex-string-solidbody-rock-n-wood-marilyn-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>If you agree that guitars and women are two of the sexiest things in the entire universe, then the Marilyn guitar is for you. </p> <p>It considerably ups the ante by combining the two, with a hand-carved body that perfectly duplicates every curve and detail of Marilyn Monroe’s famed pinup photo in the 1953 debut issue of Playboy magazine.</p> <p>Appropriately, the Marilyn guitar made its own debut in the May 1979 issue of Playboy, which featured Monroe on the cover as well. “Stan Farr of Rock ’n’ Wood Guitars in Chicago carved the body,” says Jeff Johnson, the guitar’s current owner. </p> <p>“Rock ’n’ Wood originally planned to make 100 Marilyn guitars, but they only completed three. This one is number 003. One week after I bought her, Rock ’n’ Wood called me and asked for it back as the other two, which weren’t as perfected as mine, were stolen from their showroom window and they didn’t have a template to make a fourth one.”</p> <p>The Marilyn guitar’s body was carved from cherry (what else?) and features a maple set neck with an ebony fretboard, abalone inlays, and matching cherry headstock overlay. The knobs are also carved out of cherry, giving new meaning to hardwood. The pickups are a pair of mini DiMarzio Super Distortion humbuckers. </p> <p>“They told me they used the smallest humbuckers available to cover the body as little as possible.” </p> <p>Over the past few decades, Johnson has generously shared Marilyn with numerous rock stars, including Frank Zappa, the members of Mötley Crüe, Ronnie Wood, Angus Young and others, all of whom autographed her backside. Longtime Guitar World readers may also recall seeing Marilyn in ads for Johnson’s company (Paradise Woodworks, known today as Louderspeaker) in the mid Eighties, cradled in the hands of Johnson’s sister Joy. </p> <p>“My phone rang off the hook and my mailbox was filled,” says Johnson. “Half of the inquiries were about either my sister or the guitar.” (<em>Editor's note: <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-guitar-world-magazine-ads-1980s-part-1">You can see the original Paradise Woodworks ad right here</a>.</em>) </p> <p>Johnson is working on building 100 USA-made guitar and bass duplicates of the original Marilyn guitar, which he plans to sell later this year. He is considering Kickstarter or Indiegogo as a means to fund the project. “The Marilyn centerfold came out 60 years ago, and I bought the guitar about 35 years ago,” he says. “This is where Marilyn’s future begins.”</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://marilynguitar.com/">marilynguitar.com</a>.</p> <p><em>Photos: Paul Crisanti/Photogetgo/Philamonjaro Studios</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/it-might-get-weird-sex-string-solidbody-rock-n-wood-marilyn-guitar#comments April 2014 GW Archive It Might Get Weird Electric Guitars News Features Gear Magazine Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:29:12 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21085 Review: Randall RG13 Guitar Pedal Amplifier http://www.guitarworld.com/review-randall-rg-guitar-pedal-amplifier <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 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://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-14-motley-crue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=MayVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>The Randall RG13 may very well be the most ambitious amp-in-a-stomp box product ever conceived. </p> <p>This sort of thing is usually just a preamp or distortion box marketed with claims that it can perform like a real amp. </p> <p>The RG13, however, truly is a standalone solid-state guitar amp that can be connected straight to a speaker cabinet or placed in front of a guitar or power amp like a stomp box or preamp. </p> <p>While the RG13 is much bigger than the average stomp box, it’s very small for a three-channel amp, especially one that boasts a wide variety of professional features.</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="myExperience3496418472001" 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="3496418472001" /> </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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For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-14-motley-crue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=MayVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>The EVH Wolfgang guitar is the only way to go if you want what Eddie Van Halen plays today. </p> <p>Of course, there are still vast numbers of guitarists who want what Eddie was playing in the Seventies and Eighties, and to satisfy that desire EVH recently introduced the EVH Striped Series. </p> <p>Based on Van Halen’s legendary Frankenstein guitar, the EVH Striped Series is a stripped-down speed machine with a single humbucker and volume control, plus Van Halen’s trademark striped finish in three different motifs—black and white, yellow and black, and red, black and white.</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="myExperience3496413523001" 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="3496413523001" /> </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 Complete Pack offers every currently available feature, which includes 13 alternate tunings, eight doubling settings, a virtual capo covering a range of 12 half-steps up/down, and 10 guitar and pickup modeling settings. </p> <p>The Pro Pack offers nine alternate tunings, four doubling settings, the same 12 half-step up/down virtual capo range and six guitar/pickup models, while the Essential Pack includes five alternate tunings, one doubling setting, a two half-step up/half-step down virtual capo range, plus five half-step down baritone settings and three guitar/pickup models.</p> <p>The Complete Pack’s alternate tunings include popular tunings like DADGAD, drop D, several open tunings and even bass tunings. Doubling settings provide various pitch-shifted effects from 12-string guitars and polyphonic octave up/down to fourth and fifth up. The guitar/pickup modeling feature includes outstanding emulations of various humbucker, single-coil, acoustic and bass tones.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>Whereas the initial release of the Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune guitar required some rather complicated chord fingerings to select certain alternate tunings, the new software’s Fret Control feature significantly simplifies the process of selecting tunings as well as virtual capo and guitar/pickup modeling settings. </p> <p>Now all you need to do to select settings is press down the guitar’s volume knob to engage the string-tune function and pluck a single note. Notes on the low E string select modeling settings, while the A string controls alternate tunings, the D string controls doubling and transposition, the G and B strings control the virtual capo, and the high E string accesses presets. Fret Control makes the AT-200 much easier to use onstage and is worth the upgrade price alone.</p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $299</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Antares Audio Technologies, <a href="http://www.antarestech.com/">antarestech.com</a></p> <p>The Fret Control feature lets guitarists select different settings simply by engaging the string-tune function and plucking a single note.</p> <p>New guitar/pickup modeling settings provide access to a wide variety of humbucker, single-coil, bass and acoustic guitar tones.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>Antares Auto-Tune Complete Pack software significantly upgrades the versatility, ease of use and sonic palette of the game-changing Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune guitar.</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="myExperience2742970163001" 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="2742970163001" /> </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 is 4.7 inches long, 3.7 inches wide and 1.2 inches tall and will fit under most standard pedalboards, including the PT-2 from Pedaltrain. </p> <p>It has eight total, 9vdc outputs; six outputs are 100mA and two outputs are high-current outputs (250mA). The 250mA outputs are for higher-current-drawing pedals like Line 6's 4 series modelers, the Boss Twin Series pedals and many digital modulation pedals. </p> <p>It comes with a detachable 120V AC power cord and has a 120VAC complimentary power output (UL approved). This unit comes with eight individual 2.1mm barrel black power cables and two black-to-red (Line 6) power cables. </p> <p>The case is a textured steel blue color and boasts the sketch of the Aetos (Eagle) in a muted sky blue color. </p> <p><strong>Features are below:</strong></p> <p>• Fully isolated DC power (Toroidal transformer-based supply)<br /> • 8 each – 9VDC outputs (2.1mm jacks) including two outputs that are 250mA<br /> • Solid Aluminum Diecast Enclosure<br /> • 120VAC Complimentary Output<br /> • Small footprint (4.7”long x 3.7” wide x 1.2” height)<br /> • Includes eight standard power cables and two reverse polarity cables<br /> • Made in Oklahoma, USA<br /> • Five-year warranty.</p> <p>The Walrus Audio Aetos Power supply carries a retail price of $169. It's available at multiple outlets or at <a href="http://walrusaudio.com/">walrusaudio.com.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/walrus-audio-introduces-aetos-power-supply#comments Walrus Audio Accessories Effects News Gear Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:18:15 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21064 Review: Jericho Avenger Long-Scale Electric Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/review-jericho-avenger-long-scale-electric-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Long-scale electric guitars are a logical choice for modern guitarists who crave more depth, resonance and sonic authority yet prefer to avoid the hand-cramping neck width of most seven- and eight-string axes. </p> <p>Studio engineers’ routinely utilize them to thicken anemic tracks, but onstage applications have understandably been limited by their typically larger bodies and equally unwieldy 28- to 30-inch-scale necks. Jericho Guitars is a relative newcomer that hopes to change this paradigm with its sleek and stylized Avenger. </p> <p>The Avenger is a 27-inch-scale guitar that looks and feels like any standard-scale guitar and is designed to complement the tonal curve of today’s high-gain super amps. </p> <p><strong>FEATURES </strong></p> <p>According to the old joke, guitar players are willing to try anything new, as long as it’s identical to what they’re currently using. Thus, with some careful design and construction choices, Jericho made the Avenger’s length and body size identical to those of any standard-scale guitar and kept its weight in the six-and-a-half-pound range. Specially selected mahogany from a reserve stock in British Columbia ensures that the body delivers the Avenger’s full range of tones, and the short headstock allows for the extra fretboard length without extending the instrument’s dimensions. </p> <p>In order for the Jericho’s neck to produce clear notes and still withstand the tension exerted by massive strings, Jericho affixes flat-sawn maple to the sides of a rock-solid quarter-sawn maple core and tops the neck with an ebony fretboard. The guitar’s hardware, likewise, is selected for musicality and stability. It includes a Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut, Grover tuners and a TonePros Tune-o-matic bridge. The pickups are Seymour Duncan’s Full Shred humbuckers, which are mated to a three-way switch and master controls for volume and tone. Although not expressly built for a baritone guitar, the pickups’ overwound gain, magnet strength and EQ curve are an ideal match for the Avenger’s weighty voice. </p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> </p> <p>There’s no rule that says you have to string the Avenger with baritone-sized wires. In fact, Jericho encourages players to experiment with string gauge. I ultimately preferred it set up heavy on the lows and light on top. The Avenger is smooth, fast and highly responsive, with the conventional feel of low action paired to a C-shaped neck. When plugged into a high-gain amp channel—preferably one with enough power and damping to deliver the Avenger’s full spectrum of low-end tone—the Avenger delivers extreme levels of low-end thrust, yet it remains musical and expressive. The Full Shred pickups are less focused in the lows, so there’s no need to worry about blowing out your speakers. The highs, however, will scream off the ebony fretboard with tone that is fully developed and three-dimensional, unlike guitars with a higher resonant peak. </p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $1,249 </p> <p><strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Jericho Guitars, <a href="http://www.jerichoguitars.com/">jerichoguitars.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong></p> <p>Flat-sawn sides and a quarter-sawn core ensure that the maple neck is stable enough to handle the strings’ higher tension, yet has enough bounce to produce organic tones. </p> <p>Seymour Duncan Full Shred humbuckers deliver their famously hot highs and control the lows without compromising clarity and dynamics. </p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE </strong></p> <p>Jericho’s 27-inch scale Avenger vastly expands the guitar’s range while maintaining the physical dimensions, feel and weight of more commonly scaled guitars, opening a new door into the realm of deep-toned musical expression. </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="myExperience2979990770001" 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="2979990770001" /> </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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All of Eventide’s stompbox effects, including new H9 exclusives, UltraTap Delay and Resonator, can be added to H9 Core.</p> <p>H9 Core features a simple, one-knob user interface and is fully featured as a standalone stompbox.</p> <p>Using H9 Core with the H9 Control app for Windows, OSX (via USB) or iOS (wirelessly via Bluetooth) makes creating and managing presets, live control and in-app algorithm purchases easy. H9 owners can sync up to five H9s to a single Eventide.com account so their H9 algorithms can be used by five H9s simultaneously.</p> <p>For more about the Eventide H9 Core, visit <a href="http://www.eventide.com/AudioDivision/Products/StompBoxes/H9.aspx">eventide.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gp6fEnxm0cU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/demo-video-eventide-h9-core-harmonizer-stompbox#comments Eventide Videos Effects News Gear Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:24:53 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21021 Review: Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbucker Pickups http://www.guitarworld.com/review-seymour-duncan-whole-lotta-humbucker-pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>London in the early Seventies was the center of the guitar universe, the place where some of the greatest players of the classic rock era were living, performing and recording. </p> <p>Seymour Duncan was there too, sought by the famous and soon-to-be-famous for his skills as a guitar tech and his ability to uniquely rewind a pickup so that it matched a player’s voice and style. </p> <p>Duncan’s pickups were an ingredient in the signature tones of guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page and scores of others. </p> <p>One of the era’s most recognizable and iconic sounds came via one of Page’s Gibson Les Pauls that Duncan loaded with a pair of his specially rewound humbuckers, known for their incredibly powerful, clear top end, unbridled midrange and multidimensional crunch tone. Seymour Duncan’s new Whole Lotta Humbucker set of bridge and neck pickups precisely recreates that magical tone and provides access to the legendary sounds that forever changed the world of rock guitar and inspired millions to begin their musical journey. </p> <p><strong>Features</strong><br /> Seymour Duncan builds these pickups with the balanced magnetic field offered by rough-cast Alnico 5 magnets and 42-gauge plain-enamel wire, wound in his special pattern. As is typical, the bridge model is hotter than the neck version, but both have the characteristically raw, overdriven effect on the amp. Four-conductor leads allow players to tap coils or set up phase-inverted tone colorations, and Duncan is offering them with black bobbins or nickel covers. </p> <p><strong>Performance</strong><br /> Tone may be subjective, and it is certainly dependent on the player and other equipment, but playing the Whole Lotta Humbucker set through a Marshall half stack is history incarnate. It’s scary to hear this tone recreated so accurately, and it’s enlightening to experience how much of the player’s intention can be captured by a truly great set of pickups. What’s just as interesting is how nuanced and energetic these medium output pickups of yesteryear sound when combined with modern high gain horsepower. </p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> black, $269 (set); nickel, $319.99 (set)</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Seymour Duncan, <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">seymourduncan.com</a></p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong><br /> Whether you’ve spent a lifetime lusting after this tone or are just now realizing that vintage recreations are the key to discovering your personal sound, Seymour Duncan’s Whole Lotta Humbucker is a timeless work of copper-wound art. </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="myExperience2888632846001" 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="2888632846001" /> </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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All three feature volume and fuzz controls, true-bypass switching, a laser-bright status LED, AC power jack and easy-access battery door while they retain the classic round shape and skip-pad “nose” of the original, albeit at less than one-third the overall size. In fact, using right-angle plugs, one can fit all three Fuzz Face Minis into a space a little larger than the footprint of an original Fuzz Face. </p> <p>The Germanium Fuzz Face Mini uses slightly mismatched germanium transistors just like the first version of the Fuzz Face featured in the Sixties. The Silicon Fuzz Face Mini offers the same specs as an original 1970 Fuzz Face and features a matched pair of BC108 silicon transistors. The Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Mini offers a circuit identical to that of Dunlop’s JHF1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face, based on Hendrix’s own Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face from 1969–’70 and featuring BC108 silicon transistors.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>The magic of a Fuzz Face is how well it integrates into the signal chain, becoming an active, dynamic part of it instead of just a component to switch in or out at will. The square-wave distortion it produces is undeniably over the top, but it’s warm, smooth and one of only a rare few true fuzz effects that sounds good with chords. </p> <p>The distortion cleans up nicely when the guitar’s volume control is backed down just slightly, allowing players to easily dial in the desired fuzz effect, from just a touch of hair to full-on fuzz assault at will. The Silicon and Jimi Hendrix versions deliver the most gain, with the Hendrix being the less aggressive of the two, while the Germanium version sounds sweeter and darker. </p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $170.61 (each)</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Dunlop Manufacturing, <a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/">jimdunlop.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong></p> <p>The pedals have circuits identical to full-size Fuzz Face pedals, true-bypass switching, status LEDs, AC adapter jacks, and easy-access battery compartments.</p> <p>The Silicon and Jimi Hendrix versions feature BC108 silicon transistors while the Germanium version has a mismatched pair of germanium transistors</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>Reducing both the size and price of the legendary Fuzz Face, the three Fuzz Face Mini pedals provide three distinct classic fuzz flavors that deserve spots on your pedal board.</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="myExperience2888630536001" 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="2888630536001" /> </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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Black Winter six-, seven- and eight-string versions are available in either a bridge or neck version or in a complete calibrated set.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">seymourduncan.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X-BR30u7En0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-seymour-duncan-releases-black-winter-pickups-seven-and-eight-string-guitars#comments Seymour Duncan Accessories News Gear Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:41:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21004 Review: Tweak and Destroy — Randall Thrasher Head http://www.guitarworld.com/review-tweak-and-destroy-randall-thrasher-head <!--paging_filter--><p>For the last 25 years or so, Randall amplifiers have played an influential role in shaping the sound of modern metal. </p> <p>Dimebag Darrell’s preference for Randall amps like the RG-100 and his signature Warhead model completely changed metal guitarists’ minds about the virtues of solid-state amps. </p> <p>Back in 2005, Randall raised approving eyebrows with their revolutionary MTS Series tube amps, featuring modular preamps designed by Bruce Egnater, which were endorsed by Kirk Hammett, Scott Ian and George Lynch. That led to the development of Randall Signature Series amps for Hammett, Ian and Lynch.</p> <p>In April 2012, Randall announced a new partnership with design engineer Mike Fortin of Fortin Amplification, known for his acclaimed high-gain tube amp designs. As a result, Randall has introduced two entirely new amp lines designed by Fortin—the Thrasher Series and RD Diavlo Series—that usher in a new era of all-tube amps designed for the modern metal connoisseur. </p> <p>With the exception of their current signature models (which include amps designed for Nuno Bettencourt, Ola Englund, Hammet, Ian and Lynch), the Thrasher head is the current reigning flagship overlord of Randall’s current amp offerings, providing a bone-crushing 120 watts of output and some of the biggest, baddest sounds ever to emanate from four glowing tubes.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong></p> <p>The Randall Thrasher head is big beast of an amp, harnessing the power of four 6L6 power amp tubes and six 12AX7 preamp tubes to provide 120 watts of output with incredibly saturated gain. It features two fully independent channels (clean and gain), each with its own volume, gain, bass, middle and treble controls, and three-position shift switch to change each channels voicing. </p> <p>Both channels share a boost switch; when engaged, it boosts Channel 2 by a preset amount, but Channel 1 has a boost knob that lets the user control the amount of gain. Channel 1 (the gain channel) additionally has separate high-frequency and low-frequency gain controls, and Channel 2 (clean) includes a bright switch. </p> <p>The master section has master volume, depth and presence controls. Separate 1/4-inch input jacks are provided for guitars with passive or active pickups, and a channel-selection switch is located beneath the inputs in case you want to select channels without a foot controller.</p> <p>The Thrasher’s rear panel is loaded with professional features that recording engineers and guitar techs dream of alike. In addition to a wide array of speaker output jacks, the rear panel features XLR emulated and 1/4-inch raw line outputs with a ground-lift switch, and an effect loop with series and parallel return jacks and adjustable send level. There are also voltmeter test points and bias controls, and two 1/4-inch footswitch jacks for engaging the effect loop and selecting channels and the boost functions using the included two-button footswitch controller.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE </strong></p> <p>When it comes to modern high-gain metal tones, the Thrasher is simply mind blowing. The preamp’s multiple gain stages produce layer upon layer of harmonically rich textures that sound like several guitars playing at once. Channel 1’s separate low- and high-frequency gain controls provide incredible tone sculpting power. </p> <p>By boosting the high-frequency gain and turning down the low-frequency gain, upper strings benefit from greater sustain and compression while the bottom end retains crunch, definition and fast attack. These controls are particularly useful for guitarists playing seven- or eight-string or baritone guitars. Even with the gain boosted to the max, the amp produces virtually imperceptible white noise, making a noise gate unnecessary unless you need an on/off clamp for palm muting or other rhythmic effects.</p> <p>The clean channel is equally impressive in its own right, producing crystalline highs, robust mids and tight percussive bass. The clean channel’s headroom is impressive, but if you want overdrive crunch, it’s available by engaging the boost switch. I’m not a fan of reverb on high-powered amp heads, so I’m glad it’s absent here, but the clean tones sound phenomenal with a digital reverb unit patched into the effect loop. </p> <p>While the Thrasher ships with 6L6 tubes, it can accommodate EL34 or 6550/KT88 tubes as well. I installed a quartet of 6550s into it, made the appropriate bias adjustments, and was blown away at the massive, chunky and tight tones that emanated forth. If you prefer smoother and more compressed tones, EL34 tubes are the way to go, but no matter what type of tube you choose, the Randall Thrasher delivers the goods when you want the power and the glory of today’s most aggressive high-gain tones.</p> <p><strong>CHEAT SHEET</strong></p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,699.99</p> <p><strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Randall/U.S. Music Corp., <a href="http://www.randallamplifiers.com/">randallamplifiers.com</a></p> <p>A two-channel 120-watt amp head featuring separate gain and clean channels, each with its own boost switch.</p> <p>The gain channel features high-frequency and low-frequency gain controls that allow guitarists to sculpt incredibly complex tones.</p> <p>Voltmeter test points and bias controls make it easy to swap tube types or ensure optimum performance at gigs and on the road.</p> <p>Three-position shift controls for each channel change the voicing of the tone stacks, giving users even greater control over the amp’s tonal character and response.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong></p> <p>Connoisseurs of high-gain tones will immediately want to experience the powerful capabilities of the Randall Thrasher, which is likely to go down in history as a legendary amp in metal guitar circles.</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="myExperience2979780247001" 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="2979780247001" /> </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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There, consumers have been able to hand-select instrument bodies and necks, and personally design their own unique instrument, before having it built and delivered to them within a matter of months. </p> <p><strong>Now, Fender is able to provide this program only to people throughout the United States via an innovative digital platform configurator tool on its website at <a href="http://www.fender.com/american-design/">fender.com/american-design</a>.</strong></p> <p>Several professional artists have designed their own instruments with the American Design Experience, including Neon Trees’ Branden Campbell, the Cult’s Billy Duffy, thenewno2’s Dhani Harrison, Joe Robinson and Taylor Swift’s Amos Heller. Consumers can view these artists’ designs — and others — at Fender’s website for inspiration.</p> <p>"I've always loved the vintage hot rod vibe that Fender brings with their guitars,” Campbell said. “I've often had to buy two different basses to piece together the features I wanted. Now I have the option to get what I want the first time.”</p> <p>Within the new online offering, there are multiple options — including body and neck woods and designs, color finishes, pickup and electronics configurations and more — that lead the user to more than a million potential design outcomes.</p> <p>Check out the photo gallery below.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-announces-american-design-experience-allows-musicians-design-their-own-guitars-and-basses#comments Fender Fender Guitars News Gear Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:10:10 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20987 Knaggs Guitars Introduces Tremolo Option and "Double Purfling" Finish http://www.guitarworld.com/knaggs-guitars-introduces-tremolo-option-and-double-purfling-finish <!--paging_filter--><p>Maryland-based Knaggs Guitars has added a tremolo option to its Choptank models.</p> <p> In response to players who prefer the tonal flexibility of a tremolo system, the Choptank Trem features the company’s proprietary solid steel bridge plate and hinge tremolo, which drives increased string vibration into the center of the body, enhancing harmonics, response and sustain only the player can feel. </p> <p>This tremolo is now exclusively available for all of Knagg's Choptank and Severn models.</p> <p>In other Knaggs news, the company has introduced its first "double purling" finish. </p> <p> Joe Knaggs has come up with a method to split guitar tops on solid body electrics into sections by inserting channels and dividing tops, allowing them to be stained in different finishes and color schemes. </p> <p>Customers can now choose their favorite color combinations within one instrument. Check out the two photos in the gallery below.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.knaggsguitars.com">knaggsguitars.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/knaggs-guitars-introduces-tremolo-option-and-double-purfling-finish#comments Knaggs Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:07:31 +0000 Melanie Gottshall http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20977 Video: Jeff Loomis Demos and Discusses Schecter Hellraiser C-7 FR-S http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-demos-and-discusses-schecter-hellraiser-c-7-fr-s <!--paging_filter--><p>Schecter Guitar Research has announced a new addition to its website — a monthly video feature called “Conquering RIFFtopia” featuring Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow of Conquering Dystopia. </p> <p>The videos will include lessons, guitar play-throughs and reviews of new Schecter models, plus tips and tricks from both guitarists.</p> <p>The first release, which you can check out below, features Loomis, who demos and discusses the company's new Hellraiser C-7 FR-S. The guitar features a Sustainiac pickup in the neck position and an EMG 81-7 in the bridge. </p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/media-vault/videos/item/356-conquering-rifftopia-webisode-i">here</a> or watch below to see the debut of “Conquering RIFFtopia."</p> <p>For more about Schecter, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/B6ZVou9eYnU" 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="/jeff-loomis">Jeff Loomis</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-demos-and-discusses-schecter-hellraiser-c-7-fr-s#comments Conquering Dystopia Jeff Loomis Keith Merrow Schecter Schecter Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Melanie Gottshall http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20981 Dean Zelinsky Announces Issuance of Patent for Z-Glide Neck http://www.guitarworld.com/dean-zelinsky-announces-issuance-patent-z-glide-neck <!--paging_filter--><p>Dean Zelinsky, CEO of Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars, has announced the issuance of his patent for a new guitar neck design. </p> <p>Intellectual property rights include the strategic texturing of the backside of a guitar neck to reduce friction and increase the playability of a guitar.</p> <p>The new design is marketed as the Z-Glide Reduced Friction Neck. The Z-Glide greatly improves the overall playability and feel of the guitar and addresses that undesirable, tacky neck feel when a sweaty palm meets a conventional, glossy guitar neck.</p> <p>The Z-Glide is available exclusively on Zelinsky's line of Private Label Guitars, sold only factory direct in the U.S. through his online store, <a href="http://deanzelinsky.com/">deanzelinsky.com</a>. Internationally, the guitars are sold through Zelinsky’s streamline distribution channel, an exclusive top retailer in each country.</p> <p>“I couldn’t be more pleased with the issuance of this patent as 70 percent of the guitars we sell have the Z-Glide neck," Zelinsky said. "This number is about to increase as we recently developed the technology to put the Z-Glide on our set-neck single cutaway guitars. </p> <p>"The response to the feel and improved playability of our Z-Glide neck is so good, I can see a day where we no longer build guitars with conventional necks." The company will debut its new line of basses in June, exclusively with the Z-Glide Neck through Thomann Musik in Europe.</p> <p>Patent number 8,637,753 includes altering the surface area on the back of a guitar neck, creating a pattern of depressions and ridges, leaving less surface area for the palm and/or thumb to contact resulting in reducing or eliminating tackiness on the neck.</p> <p><strong>You can check out the Z-Glide neck in the video below. NOTE: The camera shows a close-up around 5:50.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Svjou1B0Qmg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-09%20at%2011.45.38%20AM.png" width="620" height="364" alt="Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 11.45.38 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dean-zelinsky-announces-issuance-patent-z-glide-neck#comments Dean Zelinsky Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars Accessories News Gear Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:48:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20976