Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/0 en Steve Booke Demos L.R. Baggs' DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-steve-booke-demos-lr-baggs-di-acoustic-guitar-preamp-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the new video below, guitarist Steve Booke demos L.R. Baggs' DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>"We created the Venue DI so you can travel light, set up fast and sound incredible anywhere you plug in. The Venue DI gives you complete control by combining a full-isolation DI output, 5-band EQ with adjustable low and hi-mid bands, variable clean boost and chromatic tuner all in one acoustic pedal. </p> <p>"With its all-discrete signal path, hi-graded semiconductors and exclusive use of audiophile grade film capacitors, the Venue DI is on par with the world’s elite preamps and provides a studio quality sound for the stage."</p> <p>For more information about the L.R. Baggs DI Acoustic Guitar Preamp, visit its page at <a href="http://www.lrbaggs.com/preamps/venue-di-acoustic-preamp">lrbaggs.com</a>.</p> <p>P.S.: If Steve Booke looks (or sounds) familiar, you might recognize him from his "What in the World" lessons on GuitarWorld.com. 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Baggs LR Baggs News Steve Booke Gear Acoustic Guitars Effects Videos News Gear Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:24:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22161 Pro Tone Pedals Introduces Limited-Edition Mark Holcomb Haunted Signature Delay Pedal http://www.guitarworld.com/pro-tone-pedals-introduces-limited-edition-mark-holcomb-haunted-signature-delay-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p>Pro Tone Pedals has launched its new Mark Holcomb Limited Edition Signature Delay Pedal. </p> <p>The Periphery guitarist's signature pedal, the Haunted Delay, was designed to be an ambient-style delay like your favorite vintage tape echo, with gig-ready durability to last you decades without a $1,000 price tag. In the U.S., the price is $283 including shipping.</p> <p>The Delay control offers a sweep of delay times ranging from 25 milliseconds to 450 milliseconds. The Repeat control runs from a single regeneration to infinite feedback. The longer settings introduces some slight note crunching similar to the vintage tape delay systems from past decades.</p> <p>Mix sets the level of delayed signal mixed with straight guitar tone. The Volume knob adjusts the overall output from unity gain to a 20db boost, enough volume to drive your amp to the edge. The Haunted delay was intentionally designed to work well with modern high-gain amps as well as classics, offering the widest range of usability, no matter what style you play.</p> <p>"I’m extremely happy with how unique and versatile this pedal turned out, and it’s been an inspiration merely jamming on it as of late," Holcomb said. </p> <p>"The intention here was to create something truly trippy, a pedal versatile enough to handle the soundscape-y material I’m drawn to, while at the same time having a very streamlined interface, making it easy to use as a songwriting tool, which is its main use for me."</p> <p><iframe src="//instagram.com/p/q78m6vPrOK/embed/" width="620" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Additional features</strong>:</p> <p>• The first 50 off the production line will be autographed by Mark<br /> • True Hardwire Bypass for noise free operation<br /> • Stomp switch built to withstand years of hard stomping shows<br /> • Durable aluminum housing<br /> • Operates on a standard 9 volt negative tip BOSS style adapter<br /> • Limited run of 150<br /> • Shipping begins September 15th<br /> • Proudly built by hand in the USA<br /> • Buy now within the USA $283 (price includes shipping)</p> <p><strong>For more about the pedal (and to order), visit <a href="http://protonepedals.com/markholcomb/">protonepedals.com</a>.</strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/pro-tone-pedals-introduces-limited-edition-mark-holcomb-haunted-signature-delay-pedal#comments Mark Holcomb Periphery Pro Tone Pedals Effects News Gear Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:22:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22158 Seymour Duncan Releases Pickup Booster Pedal — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-releases-pickup-booster-pedal-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Seymour Duncan has released the Pickup Booster pedal.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The highly sought-after Pickup Booster is back with even more features to give guitar players the perfect boost when they need it.</p> <p>Many guitarists want to be able to boost their signal without adding noise or altering their tone. With its class A, low-noise circuit design, the Pickup Booster can do just that and is exceptional at emphasizing a guitar's natural sound while adding some muscle and fatness. </p> <p>It's extremely transparent, adds clarity and has several new improvements that build even further on the original's design. The Gain control can now be turned down to unity (0dB). We also added a discrete push-pull output stage that gives you increased drive capability. So even with the Gain knob down at 0dB and a long cable length, your signal chain will sound cleaner. </p> <p>One of the most exciting features is the Resonance Switch which makes the pedal interact directly with your pickups, allowing those with single-coils to flip a switch for a vintage humbucker sound that's perfect for classic rock or blues. With another flip of the switch you can get a high-output humbucker tone for rip roaring solos or for blasting gain out of a tube amp. </p> <p>You can use the Pickup Booster for a clean, buffered boost with more headroom or you can fatten up a humbucker for maximum saturation and sustain. Like the Dirty Deed, Vapor Trailand 805 Overdrive, each Pickup Booster is assembled in Santa Barbara, California and is True-Bypass. </p> <p><strong>Specifications</strong></p> <p><strong>Gain range</strong>: 0 to 25 dB</p> <p><strong>Pickup Resonance Switch</strong>: Makes a single coil sound like a vintage humbucker ("1") or high output humbucker ("2").<br /> "1" - Resonance shifts down by 2-3kHz<br /> "0" - Resonance is not affected<br /> "2" - Resonance shifts down by 3-5kHz</p> <p><strong>Bypass</strong>: True bypass</p> <p><strong>Noise</strong>: -120 dBV (referred to input with gain set at 25dB)</p> <p><strong>Type of circuitry</strong>: Fully discrete, class A, push-pull output stage</p> <p><strong>Distortion</strong>: &lt; 0.1%</p> <p><strong>Power</strong>: DC 9 V battery, or regulated 9-18V DC adapter</p> <p><strong>Current consumption</strong>: 4.27mA @ 9V (when LED is "on"), 2.80mA @ 9V (when LED is "off")</p> <p><strong>Input impedance</strong>: 500K (when effect is "on"), Open (when effect is "off")</p> <p><strong>Output impedance</strong>: 150 Ohms</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 2.61" x 4.90" x 1.40" (W x L x H) (6.63cm x 12.45cm x 3.56cm)</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 0.8 lb. without battery, 0.9 lb. with battery</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/_TMBGXye_Cs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-releases-pickup-booster-pedal-demo-video#comments Seymour Duncan Videos Effects News Gear Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:12:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22151 In Flames' Gear Secrets Unveiled! — Exclusive Video http://www.guitarworld.com/flames-gear-secrets-unveiled-exclusive-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this exclusive <em>Guitar World</em> video, In Flames guitarists Bjorn Gelotte and Niclas Engelin divulge some of their gear secrets. Check out the clip below and tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook.</p> <p>The band's new album, <em>Siren Charms</em>, will be released September 5 (worldwide) and September 9 in the U.S. via Sony/RED.</p> <p><strong>For more about In Flames, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/inflames">follow them on Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PVj8VoBBCvI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/flames-gear-secrets-unveiled-exclusive-video#comments In Flames Videos News Gear Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:15:31 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22143 Review: Radial Elevator Dual Mode Buffer and Boost http://www.guitarworld.com/review-radial-elevator-dual-mode-buffer-and-boost <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>It’s a common practice these days for guitarists to use two overdrive pedals—one for an “always on” slight clean boost to sweeten the overall tone and dynamics, and a second as a midrange and output level boost for solos. </p> <p>The good folks at Radial have built their company around producing ingenious all-in-one utility solutions for musicians’ and recording engineers’ common applications. </p> <p>Now they have introduced a stomp box that combines clean and midboost functions along with several useful features that let guitarists dial in tonal perfection with optimum, professional-quality signal levels.</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="myExperience3725935010001" 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="3725935010001" /> </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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Videos Effects News Gear Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:05:11 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22103 Review: Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Analog Delay Pedal http://www.guitarworld.com/review-seymour-duncan-vapor-trail-analog-delay-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Digital delay has been around for quite a while, as has realistic digital modeling of vintage analog and tape delays. But as great as those effects are, it’s still hard to beat the inherent musicality of a genuine analog delay. </p> <p>With the new Vapor Trail Analog Delay, Seymour Duncan has created a true analog delay pedal that combines the best attributes of genuine BBD (bucket brigade device) integrated circuits with modern low-noise analog electronics. </p> <p>The result is a pedal that delivers the fat, warm tone of genuine analog echo, with crystal-clean signal quality and definition similar to state-of-the-art digital technology.</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="myExperience3725974364001" 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="3725974364001" /> </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://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>For decades, the Guild S-200 Thunderbird was a mostly forgotten fun and funky electric solidbody from the Sixties, best remembered as the guitar that Muddy Waters wielded on the inside cover of his Electric Mud album. </p> <p>Then Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys started playing one, and the model went from being a pawnshop bargain to a vintage collectible with a price tag well above $3,000. (Damn you, Auerbach!) </p> <p>That vintage Guild is the inspiration for the PureSalem Tom Cat, which has the same wild, asymmetrical body shape but several significant upgrades, including better pickups and a simpler control configuration.</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="myExperience3725952881001" 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="3725952881001" /> </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 point to point and hand soldered and made so well. It has these amazing gain stages, which really make the amp sound above and beyond.”</p> <p>The KH103 is born out of three years of meticulous prototyping with famed amp designer Mike Fortin. The 120-watt three-channel all-tube amp has been road tested and refined through some serious gigs, including the Big Four Yankee Stadium concert, as well as tours through Abu Dhabi, India and Metallica’s 30th anniversary shows in 2011 at the Fillmore in San Francisco.</p> <p>“When Mike first came over with this new amp design, I plugged it in and fell in love,” Hammett says. “It instantly became a part of my sound. That amp is basically the sound you hear in the movie Through the Never [Metallica’s 2013 IMAX concert film]. It’s a part of my touring sound and will be a part of my recording sound in the future. It’s a great-sounding amp. It’s given me the tone I’ve been chasing for a long time.”</p> <p>The new Randall KH103 will debut this fall with a retail price point of $3,749.99.</p> <p><strong>Randall KH103 Specs </strong></p> <p>• 120 watt, three-channel all-tube (nine 12AX7 and four 6L6) amplifier.<br /> • <Strong>CONTROLS</strong> Three gain and volume with three-way bright switch for each, plus presence, depth, and dual switchable master volumes.<br /> • <strong>LOOPS</strong> Dual switchable series/parallel<br /> • <strong>MIDI/SWITCHING</strong> Seven MIDI-assignable functions for each channel as follows: channel select, boost, low/medium/high gain voicing, master volume 1/2 select, loop/loop2 select, store. Individual metering and bias controls. Footswitch not included (RF8 or RF4 suggested).<br /> • <strong>CONSTRUCTION</strong> Heavy-duty metal front/rear grilles, corners, edging. Dual side handles for easy lifting. </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="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/metallicas-kirk-hammett-and-randall-take-their-association-next-level-kh103-hammett-signature-head#comments August 2014 Kirk Hammett Metallica Randall Amps News Gear Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:05:42 +0000 Brad Angle http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22117 Pigtronix Announces Custom Shop Active Dual CV Expression Pedal http://www.guitarworld.com/pigtronix-announces-custom-shop-active-dual-cv-expression-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p>Pigtronix has announced its new Pigtronix Custom Shop Active Dual CV Expression Pedal. </p> <p>The product sells for $249 USD and is available exclusively from <a href="http://www.novamusik.com/pigtronix-active-dual-cv-expression-pedal/?utm_source=pig-dualcvexpress&amp;utm_source=PRESS+RELEASE%3A+Pigtronix+releases+Custom+Shop+Active+Dual+CV+Expression+Pedal&amp;utm_campaign=RSS+Press&amp;utm_medium=email">Nova Musik.</a></p> <p>With a range of 0-5V, the Active Dual CV Expression is eurorack-friendly and can control other gear equipped with 1/8" CV inputs, including Arturia MiniBrute and MicroBrute, Studio Electronics BOOMSTARs, Tom Oberheim SEMs and others. </p> <p>The pedal has dual outputs to control two CV parameters at once, with a polarity reversal switch on one of the outputs to let the player move the values of two separate parameters in opposite directions. The pedal features Neutrik jacks and an automotive-grade, textured green finish, giving it a tough finish. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.pigtronix.com/products/dual-cv-expression-pedal/?utm_source=PRESS+RELEASE%3A+Pigtronix+releases+Custom+Shop+Active+Dual+CV+Expression+Pedal&amp;utm_campaign=RSS+Press&amp;utm_medium=email">pigtronix.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ohWHsuuXKK8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/pigtronix-announces-custom-shop-active-dual-cv-expression-pedal#comments Pigtronix Effects News Gear Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:32:27 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22093 PRS Guitars Announces Small-Batch Run of Brushstroke 24 Model http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-announces-small-batch-run-brushstroke-24-model <!--paging_filter--><p>PRS Guitars has announced a new small-batch run of the Brushstroke 24 guitar.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Based on "Paul’s Guitar," the guitar Paul Reed Smith is playing in the studio and on the stage, the Brushstroke 24 is lacking neither tone nor style. This limited-edition model carries over a familiar carved, figured maple top with mahogany back wood combination, the unique “brushstroke” bird inlay design, and adds 24-fret, tremolo versatility to the core Paul’s Guitar model.</p> <p>The pickups deliver a full range of tones from sweet, clean highs to full, alive mids and driven lows, and the electronics configuration consists of two narrow 408 pickups with a three-way toggle switch. Two mini-toggle switches, situated between the volume and tone controls, allow players to move between humbucking and single-coil tones with no volume loss when switching from full to single coils for maximum versatility.</p> <p>“The Brushstroke 24 is where visionary art and master craftsmanship meet,” said Jack Higginbotham, president of PRS Guitars. “This limited edition, with its elegant brushstroke bird inlay pattern and tonally versatile electronic package, is striking and performance ready regardless of whether the venue is a major concert arena or an intimate living room practice session.” </p> <p>Color options for this small batch run include some of PRS Guitars most popular maple top options: Aquableux, Black Gold, Blood Orange, Faded Whale Blue, Jade, Obsidian, Red Tiger, Violet. </p> <p>Fewer than 200 of these instruments will be made for this small batch run.</p> <p>For full specifications, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/brushstroke24/">prsguitars.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-guitars-announces-small-batch-run-brushstroke-24-model#comments PRS Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:58:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22116 Review: TC Electronic Mini Pedals http://www.guitarworld.com/review-tc-electronic-mini-pedals <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>In the constant quest for great tone, many guitarists eventually decide that the effects on their pedal boards simply aren’t enough. </p> <p>The problem is that most of us have already filled much of our board’s available real estate, and there usually isn’t a whole lot of room left for another full-size pedal. </p> <p>Then there are those who are tired of lugging around a heavy, oversized pedal board and are trying to put together a board with more portable proportions—preferably one that’s not much larger than an iPad Air.</p> <p>If you fall into either of these categories, or you simply like the idea of a stomp box that’s shrunken down to the smallest imaginable size, you’ll love the four new additions to TC Electronic’s Mini Pedal line: the Corona Mini Chorus, Flashback Mini Delay, Shaker Mini Vibrato and Vortex Mini Flanger. </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="myExperience3725974363001" 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="3725974363001" /> </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 also features two styles of clipping and variable mid and high controls. </p> <p>With the Dirt Clod, players can save and recall presets or use the pedal's bank mode to scroll through and select different presets. Full MIDI capabilities allow the Dirt Clod to be used with the simplest MIDI controller for automatically recalling presets or bypassing the pedal. MIDI expression pedal data can control any of the Dirt Clod parameters in real time, allowing guitarists ultimate control to adjust distortion while playing.</p> <p>“As our first official Decibel Eleven guitar effects pedal, we understood that aside from providing unique memory presets, the sound quality of the overdrive distortion had to be exceptional,” said Chris Hern, DB-11 vice president of product development. “Guitarists of various styles and genres have provided phenomenal feedback, confirming that we accomplished our objective.”</p> <p>The Dirt Clod's street price is $189. </p> <p>For more about Decibel Eleven, visit <a href="http://www.decibel11.com/">decibel11.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/decibel-eleven-introduces-dirt-clod-analog-overdrive-distortion-pedal#comments Decibel Eleven Effects News Gear Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:29:01 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22088 Fender 60th Anniversary American Vintage 1954 Strat, 60th Anniversary Commemorative Strat and American Deluxe Strat Plus — Review http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-60th-anniversary-american-vintage-1954-stratocaster-60th-anniversary-commemorative-stratocaster-and-american-deluxe <!--paging_filter--><p>In some ways, the Fender Stratocaster has changed very little since it was introduced 60 years ago in 1954, but in other ways it has changed quite a lot. </p> <p>Part of this is due to the staggering selection of Strat models that Fender has offered over the years (<a href="http://www.fender.com/">Fender.com</a> currently lists 170 different versions). </p> <p>Some, like the 60th Anniversary American Vintage 1954 Stratocaster, are faithful reproductions of past models, while others, like the American Deluxe Strat Plus, offer bold new innovations that pave the way for an exciting future. Then there are models like the 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster, which combine vintage features that guitarists love with modern improvements to satisfy the demands of present-day players.</p> <p><strong>Features:</strong> The 60th Anniversary American Vintage 1954 Stratocaster is based on Fender’s very first version of the guitar. </p> <p>Like the original, it has a two-piece ash body with two-tone sunburst finish, a one-piece maple neck with 21 vintage-style frets and a 7 1/4-inch radius, three single-coil pickups, a synchronized vintage tremolo bridge with six bent steel saddles (which are even stamped “Pat. Pending”), “mini-skirt” control knobs and a single-ply white plastic pickguard. The main significant difference between this model and an original vintage ’54 Strat is that this one ships with a five-position pickup-selector switch, although a three-position switch is provided for purists.</p> <p>On the surface, the 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster looks similar to the ’54, but closer examination reveals several significant differences, including the neck’s compound radius and 22 medium-jumbo frets, gold-plated hardware, tuners with white pearloid buttons, and three-ply parchment pickguard with beveled edges. Underneath the hood are upgrades that include a no-load tone control for the middle and bridge pickups, a two-point synchronized tremolo, a bi-flex truss rod with micro-tilt adjustment and a contoured heel. </p> <p>The American Deluxe Strat Plus also looks a lot like the original Stratocaster, but in many significant ways it’s a radical departure from the classic Strat that still manages to remain faithful to its roots. It shares several features in common with the previous example, including a compound radius and 22 medium jumbo frets. </p> <p>Where it differs, though, are in its noise-free N3 single-coil Strat pickups and plug-and-play modular Personality Cards, which provide instant access to different pickup and circuitry configurations. In addition to the standard configuration card loaded in the guitar, the American Deluxe Strat Plus ships with two additional cards: Cutter, which transforms the tone controls into master treble and master bass cut controls, and Blender, which turns the middle tone control into a master treble cut and the other tone control into a neck/bridge pickup blend control. (The neck and bridge pickups are also engaged in each pickup selector position except three, which engages only the middle pickup.) The Personality Cards are solderless and can easily be swapped out. </p> <p><strong>Performance:</strong> A non-playing collector recently paid $250,000 for a 1954 Strat that allegedly was the first one produced. But aside from a magic number stamped inside the tremolo cavity plate, there’s not much difference between that guitar and the 60th Anniversary Vintage 1954 Stratocaster to justify the $247,000 difference in price. If you’ve ever played an original ’54 Strat, the 60th Anniversary model will feel and sound just like that familiar old friend. The neck profile may be a little chunkier than today’s sleek examples, but when it comes to classic Strat tone, this new version truly delivers.</p> <p>From a tone perspective, the 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster is a lot like the original ’54 Strat as well, with similar tones that every guitarist knows and loves. However, the feel of the neck is an entirely different matter, offering a comfortable C-shaped profile, medium jumbo frets and a compound radius that makes it significantly easier to play. The tremolo is also a little more refined and can handle deep dives much more competently and without going out of tune.</p> <p>The American Deluxe Strat Plus model’s Personality Card feature is a major game changer. The different cards install in just seconds and transform the guitar into an entirely different beast. The Blender, in particular, can significantly expand the Strat’s tonal spectrum. The locking tuners and noise-free N3 pickups respectively provide rock-solid tuning and studio-quality quiet performance, and the guitar’s overall tone is bolder, bigger and more aggressive.</p> <p><strong>List Prices:</strong> 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster and American Deluxe Strat Plus, $2,099.99; 60th Anniversary Vintage 1954 Stratocaster, $3,099.99 </p> <p><strong>Manufacturer:</strong> Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, <a href="fender.com">fender.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet:</strong><br /> -The 60th Anniversary Vintage 1954 Stratocaster faithfully replicates numerous features of the original ’54 Strat.<br /> -The 60th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster includes player-approved features like a compound radius and no-load tone control.<br /> -The American Deluxe Strat Plus includes Fender’s acclaimed noise-free N3 single-coil pickups, which provide fat, assertive tone.<br /> -The Personality Card feature of the American Deluxe Strat Plus allows guitarists to instantly change pickup and circuitry configurations.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line:</strong> Whether you’re a vintage purist, present-day practitioner, or modern visionary, these three new Fender Stratocaster models satisfy the needs of almost any guitarist and celebrate the Strat’s 60th anniversary in style.</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="myExperience3578120497001" 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="3578120497001" /> </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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So when ESP approached him about building a signature guitar with his name on it, Skolnick was skeptical that a modern company could create a guitar capable of matching the refined sounds of aged classics. </p> <p>ESP met this lofty challenge and, after rigorous testing by the man himself, is now offering the Alex Skolnick signature model. I tested the budget-friendly AS-1FM LB, which differs in some details to the high-end version but otherwise offers the same bold response, unblemished build quality and significant tonal versatility. </p> <p><strong>Features:</strong> Make no mistake, the Skolnick signature plank is absolutely a modern-built vintage guitar. Forget about weight-relieving contours and thin necks—this is a thick guitar. Elements of ESP’s Eclipse model are evident in the styling, but its design otherwise harkens back to the roots of great guitar building, demonstrating why it’s so hard to beat the tonal matchup of a thick, single-cut mahogany body topped with flamed maple and married to a beefy but oh-so-comfortable U-shaped mahogany neck. </p> <p>Contemporary performance-enhancing elements include a TonePros locking Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece, precise Grover tuners, Dunlop Straploks and extra-jumbo frets. The Seymour Duncan SH-4 (bridge) and SH-1 (neck) humbuckers have dedicated volume knobs but share the master tone pot, which can be pulled to coil split the neck pickup.</p> <p><strong>Performance:</strong> If handed the ESP Skolnick guitar while blindfolded, I might easily assume it to be a true vintage piece, not just for the Fifties-style neck shape and overall weight but also because of its immediacy and loud acoustic response, which brings to my mind the last few chord blasts from the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” It delivers equally powerful spikes in the low and high mids rather than the centered-midrange focus that makes so many all-mahogany guitars sound similar. This opens the top end beyond mahogany’s typically mellow range, making it highly capable of screaming treble harmonics, pick chirps and serious punch. </p> <p>Both Duncan pickups are well matched to the Skolnick’s tone, offering enhanced lows and searing treble from the bridge bucker and clear but warm neutrality from the neck pickup. Single-coil tones from the tapped neck pickup are surprisingly snappy and sparkling, yet sound almost like a smooth semihollow when the tone is rolled off. </p> <p><strong>List Price:</strong> $1,356<br /> <strong>Manufacturer:</strong> The ESP Guitar Company, <a href="espguitars.com">espguitars.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet:</strong><br /> The chunky 24 3/4–inch-scale mahogany neck is deep but not wide in the hand, with enough mass to transfer rich blasts of volume and resonance into the loud-ringing mahogany body.</p> <p>Pulling the tone pot taps the neck pickup into single-coil mode, ideal for blues, classic rock and old-time jazz tonalities. </p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line:</strong> Mirroring Alex Skolnick’s vast musical range and evolved taste, the economical ESP’s LTD AS-1FM LB signature guitar is a true multi-genre instrument that’s capable of delivering world-class acoustic response, impressive volume and versatility. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience3578119067001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3578119067001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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I was actually quite nervous about doing this, because I had always done carvings based on existing visual themes and not subjective ideas. </p> <p>"The most challenging part for me was taking the lyrics and turning them into tangible visual representations of their written forms. My representations were generally literal but still abstract enough to allow the viewer to interpret them in their own way. ”</p> <p>Goldstein started carving wood about 15 years ago when his first attempt at chainsaw carving was a success. From there he moved to smaller, more detailed objects, and soon he started selling wooden fish figures. When a guitarist friend dropped by one day to view his work and asked if Goldstein would carve one of his electric guitars, a whole new world opened up to him. Since then he’s carved more than 20 guitars for customers in the U.S. and Canada.</p> <p>“I always start my design by placing two or three main subjects in the large, open areas of the guitar’s body. From there, I keep add- ing smaller subjects as I move along. I never have the entire design worked out before I start. I begin with a basic vision and let the rest come together. </p> <p>"The owner of this guitar gave me free reign on the entire project, which normally makes the end result turn out better. I feel this is one of my most interesting guitars.”</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GigsCarvedGuitars">Gigs Carved Guitars on Facebook.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/it-might-get-weird-gigs-carved-guitars-dark-side-moon#comments Chris Gill Gigs Carved Guitars It Might Get Weird July 2014 Electric Guitars News Features Gear Magazine Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:42:40 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21934