Choosing an electric guitar can be somewhat overwhelming, but I always say it comes down to the type of player you are. You should grab a guitar that suits the style of music you play. Considering it’s the end of the year, a time when we love to look at lists of the things we want or need, below is my list of five very different guitars that will certainly appeal to the type of player you are — or aspire to be.
In the video below, Steve Lukather test drives DiMarzio's new Transition humbucking pickups. The pickups were developed by DiMarzio and Lukather for Lukather's LIII Music Man guitar. The pickups also will be available for retail sale from DiMarzio.
This amp is a favorite among reggae guitar players because of the crystal-clear response you can hear while using the clean channel. It was used by reggae jazz guitarist Ernest Ranglin and Junior Marvin when he played with Bob Marley & The Wailers. It's a solid-state, combo amp and features two 60-watt speakers that sounds good in live-music venues and recording studios.
If you’re a true pedal freak, chances are you have boutique effects that run at 18 volts, high-current digital units and maybe even a vintage germanium-transistor fuzz box (or an accurate replica of one). Putting all these effects on one pedal board can result in a tangled spaghetti of power cables and unsightly wall warts fighting for space on a bulky power strip. Battery power provides its own set of complications, especially if you like the “brown-out” tones of a fuzz pedal operating on a worn-down carbon nine-volt battery that’s putting out only seven volts or less.
This summer, I built a pro-quality pedal board, but after receiving the Zoom G5 for review, I realize that my summer would have been better spent working on new tunes instead of hunting down parts, soldering cables and grappling with power problems.
If I’m explaining to you what tremolo is for the first time, I might play you CCR’s intro to “Born on the Bayou” or The Black Keys’ “Howlin For You," but hands down, a song you never want to hear while riding that spinning teacup ride at Disney World is “Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James and The Shondells. Tremolo shows up on the guitar, bass and vocals tracks.
Freedom One is the latest wireless unit/tuner pedal combo from Intellitouch. Unlike most wireless receivers that clutter up your stage rig, the Freedom One’s receiver is tucked nicely into a tuner pedal. The tuner can be used simultaneously with the wireless, or it can be used as a standalone pedal tuner, the same way you’d use any others.
MOD Kits DIY has introduced a new effect-pedal kit, the Verb Deluxe. The Verb Deluxe kit, literally a DIY reverb pedal, is built around the Belton Digi-Log Mini Module. Features include Dwell and Mix controls, allowing the dry signal to be blended with the processed signal from just a hint of reverb to deep echoes. The Dwell control adds extra flexibility, providing a full palette of reverb.
Although I still haven’t seen SkyFall, the new James Bond flick, I did have the MI-5 to keep me company. No, none of the UK’s deadliest spies were here to assassinate me. I'm talking about the MI-5, Musicvox’s latest 12-string electric guitar, curiously named after Britain’s internal cloak-and-dagger intelligence agency. I can safely say the only thing undercover about this guitar is how its 12 tuners are slyly arranged on its headstock.