Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/all en New-and-Improved Hammer Jammer 2015 Available Now; Watch a Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/new-and-improved-hammer-jammer-2015-available-now-watch-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Some of you gear lovers might remember when <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-hammer-jammer-new-percussive-device-electric-and-acoustic-guitars">we posted a story—or two or three—about a device called the Hammer Jammer</a>.</p> <p>The Hammer Jammer is unique key-hammering percussive device that fits onto electric or acoustic six-string guitars, producing a different-sounding attack—something in the ballpark of a hammer dulcimer on speed.</p> <p>Our story and its video went viral, which led Ohio-based Big Walnut Productions, maker of the Hammer Jammer, to believe its product is, to say the least, ready for the guitar market.</p> <p>Now, after months of redesign and manufacturing tweaks, Big Walnut Productions has announced that the "Hammer Jammer 2015" is shipping around the world. It's also available to purchase direct from <a href="http://thehammerjammer.com/">TheHammerJammer.com.</a></p> <p>Several players have begun posting their own Hammer Jammer demo videos, and we've included a clip from France's Olivier Kikteff of France (bottom video). Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ocnxXYjdJ6w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c8Zz6mwEgA4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-and-improved-hammer-jammer-2015-available-now-watch-demo-video#comments Hammer Jammer Accessories Videos News Gear Fri, 29 May 2015 15:50:04 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24581 at http://www.guitarworld.com John Petrucci Demos His Signature Sterling by Music Man JP100D Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-his-signature-sterling-music-man-jp100d-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new video, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci walks you through the finer points of his signature JP100D guitar from Sterling by Music Man. </p> <p>For more information about this model, check out the specs below and visit the guitar's page on <a href="http://www.sterlingbymusicman.com/jp-guitars/jp100d-series">sterlingbymusicman.com.</a></p> <p><strong>JP100D SPECIFICATIONS:</strong></p> <p><strong>Scale:</strong> 25.5”<br /> <strong>Nut Width:</strong> 42mm<br /> <strong>Neck Width, 12th fret:</strong> 52mm<br /> <strong>Body Wood:</strong> Basswood (JP100D-MKOA has a Mahogany body)<br /> <strong>Body Top:</strong> Quilt Maple Veneer (JP100D-MKOA has a Koa top<br /> <strong>Neck Wood:</strong> Maple<br /> <strong>Fretboard Wood:</strong> Rosewood<br /> <strong>Tuning Machines:</strong> Locking<br /> <strong>Hardware:</strong> Chrome<br /> <strong>Neck Joint:</strong> 5 Bolt<br /> <strong>Frets:</strong> 24<br /> <strong>Fretboard Radius:</strong> 16”<br /> <strong>Pickup Selector:</strong> 3 Way<br /> <strong>Pickups:</strong> H/H, Dimarzio LiquiFireTM &amp; Crunch Lab pickups<br /> <strong>Bridge:</strong> Modern Tremolo</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0FKIanEVjCI" 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="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dream-theater">Dream Theater</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/john-petrucci-demos-his-signature-sterling-music-man-jp100d-guitar-video#comments Dream Theater John Petrucci Sterling by Music Man Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 29 May 2015 15:25:05 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24578 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath Reverb Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-earthquaker-devices-afterneath-video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>While many reverb pedals can reproduce traditional spring-tank reflections or heavenly cathedral-like dimensions, reverb is most often handled as a “set and forget” effect, especially if you play splashy surf guitar or just add a smidgen of ambience to your overall guitar sound. </p> <p>And while that common approach is sufficient for many guitarists, some of us crave the unconventional when it comes to exploring the depths of the effect’s cavernous sound. </p> <p>And for that purpose, the EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath is a novel stomp box that combines bottomless pits of reverb with self-oscillating warp-driven delays, which in turn, create spatial soundscapes unlike anything you’ve ever heard.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> One look at the pedal’s screen-printed wizard-in-a-cave graphic makes it instantly clear that some otherworldly magic will be conjured from it. The Afterneath is housed in a sturdy chassis with a heavy-duty footswitch, a bright pale blue on/off LED and six controls crammed onto its compact surface. The length, diffuse and reflect knobs independently govern the digital reverb parameters, while drag hastens or slows its multiple pinging delays, and dampen and mix act like tone and wet/dry mix controls respectively. The pedal is true bypass with mono input and output jacks, and powered by a nine-volt adapter.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Six knobs may seem like overkill for a reverb, but the way the controls interact allows for sweeping aural pandemonium that’s fantastic for creating background ambience, static white noise or atmospheric layering. </p> <p>It should be noted that it’s difficult to coax traditional reverb sounds from the Afterneath. Even with the drag (short delays) and reflect (reverb regeneration) knobs fully counterclockwise, the pedal quickly begins to regenerate, with notes bubbling up to the surface and launching into a perpetual swirl. The effect is mesmerizing but what makes it even more intriguing is to turn drag clockwise as you play and hear how those same sounds start to stretch into hyperspace and ultimately get swallowed up into a black hole. It would be nice if drag had an expression pedal jack for hands-free control, but that’s just a minor quibble. </p> <p>For even more reverberation, diffuse adds washed-out spread when turned fully clockwise, and when it’s combined with both reflect and drag set close to noon, chords oscillate and ping into dense chaos. Twisting the drag control counterclockwise in this setting creates a pitch-bending effect of a descending alien spacecraft. </p> <p><strong>STREET PRICE</strong> $225<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> EarthQuaker Devices, <a href="http://earthquakerdevices.com/">earthquakerdevices.com</a></p> <p>Twisting the drag knob spits out short, ping-pong delays that can be slowed down or sped up for warped-out sounds. At high settings, the reflect knob regenerates the reverb into frenzied self-oscillation that lingers. </p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> The Afterneath is a captivating special effects pedal that pumps out cavernous reverbs and shimmering short delays for total orchestral-sounding ambience.</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="myExperience4243292211001" 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="4243292211001" /> </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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While the Floyd Rose tremolo has been around long enough to be considered vintage or even antique, the addition of a Floyd Rose brings the Musicvox Space Cadet Custom into the modern era and opens up a whole new world to players who have always wanted to try a Musicvox guitar but can’t live without their whammy.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The Space Cadet model may be one of Musicvox’s more conservative designs, but it still has very distinctive styling that’s sure to appeal to players who are tired of the same old thing. Construction features include a mahogany body and maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. </p> <p>Our example was decorated with a limited-edition custom two-tone black and white finish, with contrasting black binding on the body and headstock and white binding on the neck, and gold-plated hardware adding a touch of class.</p> <p>In addition to the licensed Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo system, the Space Cadet Custom Floyd Rose is equipped with a pair of Musicvox vintage-style humbucking pickups, master volume and tone controls, and a three-position pickup selector switch. The bolt-on neck has 22 medium-jumbo frets, pearloid block inlays, a 25 1/2-inch scale, and a relatively slim and flat C-shaped profile. </p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Musicvox guitars have previously found happy homes in the hands of garage rock, punk, new country, and surf guitarists, but this may be their first model ideal for metal and hard rock guitarists. The vintage-style humbuckers produce loud and proud twang through a clean amp, but when treated with delicious doses of overdrive and distortion they deliver a snarling tone that falls between the honk and howl of a Gretsch Filtertron and the dominant mids of a Gibson PAF. This guitar does both surf and turf equally well.</p> <p>The Floyd Rose is set up perfectly out of the box in a floating configuration for performing dive bombs and raised pitch shrieks. The flat profile makes the neck comfortable for shredders, and the medium jumbo frets provide plenty of metal to latch onto for sweep picking or over-the-top bends. This is by far Musicvox’s most hot-rodded model to date.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $999<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Musicvox, <a href="http://www.musicvox.com/">musicvox.com</a></p> <p>The licensed Floyd Rose tremolo is set up in a floating configuration and features a gold-plated finish.</p> <p>Musicvox’s vintage-style humbuckers provide an alluring balance between twangy clean surf tones and aggressive midrange distortion.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> If you’ve always loved the looks of Musicvox guitars but wanted a whammy bar or even more shred-friendly features, the Space Cadet Custom Floyd Rose is the one you’ve been waiting for.</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="myExperience4243223196001" 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="4243223196001" /> </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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This week, <em>Guitar World</em> recommends PykMax High Performance Guitar Picks.</p> <p>The pick, the result of a multi-year design and engineering effort, features a patented ergonomic design that fits the hand comfortably and eliminates traditional muscle pressure associated with gripping traditional picks.</p> <p>“The guitar pick has always been somewhat of an obstacle for many beginning and intermediate players," says Jeremy Milikow, CEO of Pro Music Marketing, maker of Pykmax. "Pykmax enables those players to concentrate more on playing great music and less on gripping the guitar pick.”</p> <p>While we're on the subject, be sure to check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/13-techniques-pykmax-high-performance-guitar-pick-demo-video">"13 Guitar Techniques with Pykmax High Performance Guitar Picks — Demo Video."</a></p> <p><strong>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.pykmax.com/">pykmax.com</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BO-nnidrLiA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-recommends-pykmax-high-performance-guitar-picks-video#comments Guitar World Recommends PykMax Accessories Videos News Gear Wed, 20 May 2015 16:49:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24536 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Orange Rockverb 100 MKIII Guitar Amp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-orange-rockverb-100-mkiii <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>The original Orange amps of yesteryear were known for their outrageous clean headroom, eardrum-shattering overdrive, and earth-shaking volume—just the perfect thing for blues-based boogie rock during the early Seventies, but not the most modern sound in today’s high-gain world. </p> <p>When Orange introduced its Rockerverb series amps just over a decade ago, they forever changed perceptions of Orange amps by offering a product that could hang with the high-gain crowd and even stand out with its own aggressive personality. </p> <p>Over the years, Orange has made a few changes and refinements to the Rockerverb’s design to satisfy the needs of guitarists who have come to rely on the amp as a stage and studio staple. The latest and greatest of those changes are reflected in the new Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII 100-watt head, which provides impressive tonal refinements and new features certain to satisfy the most demanding players.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII is a two-channel head driven by four EL34 tubes in the power section, four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section, and two 12AT7 tubes for reverb and the effects loop. The clean channel features a non-master volume circuit and provides volume, treble, and bass controls. The dirty channel has volume, gain, and bass, middle, and treble EQ controls. Both channels share the tube-driven spring reverb section featuring a reverb level control and a footswitchable attenuator that maintains the character and response of power tube distortion while allowing users to play at reduced volume levels. The amp also includes a half-power switch on the front panel and a 4/2 tube selector switch on the rear panel that let users select 100-, 70-, 50-, or 30-watts of output. </p> <p>Other rear panel features include a pair of 8-ohm 1/4-inch speaker outputs, a single 16-ohm 1/4-inch speaker output, individual footswitch jacks for the attenuator, reverb, and channel switching, and send and return jacks for the serial effects loop. The amp is housed in Orange’s characteristic orange-colored cabinet, but Orange also the amp with black basket-weave vinyl covering for players who want a more traditional, stealthy look. The control panel is decorated with Orange’s classic “pictogram” graphics instead of boring names.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Orange refined the voicing of both the Rockerverb 100 MKIII’s clean and dirty channels, making it a much more versatile amp than previous iterations of the Rockerverb. The clean channel has increased clean headroom and tone that is more sparkling and “chimey” than before, combining the zing of an AC30, the percussive attack of a Hiwatt, and the powerful punch of a classic late-Sixties Orange. The clean channel is very lively and sexy, particularly when the amp’s luscious spring reverb with its long, velvety-smooth decay is dialed in. The clean channel also provides tantalizing overdrive crunch when the volume knob is cranked up past the three-o’clock mark. </p> <p>The dirty channel remains the main reason why Rockerverb amps have found homes on stage and in the studio with a new breed of hard rock and metal guitarists, producing everything from classic British crunch to mind-melting modern high-gain distortion textures that are thick and harmonically complex. </p> <p>The attenuator and selectable output make it easy for guitarists to achieve the exact clean or distortion character and responsiveness they want from the amp at any volume level from an apartment dweller’s whisper to a stage-filler’s scream. The control panel is quite simple and streamlined, but it makes it easy to dial in a surprisingly wide variety of tones ideal for almost any style of music from the most chilled out country to the heaviest metal.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,149; Rockerverb 50 MKIII, $1,999<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Orange Amplification, <a href="http://orangeamps.com/">orangeamps.com</a></p> <p>The revoiced clean channel provides expanded clean headroom and enhanced treble chime. A footswitchable attenuator maintains the power, character, and responsiveness of a fully driven amp at lower output levels.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> The Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII is designed to provide Orange’s heaviest tones to date, but the refined clean channel is so sweet that players of any musical style should check it out. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/poWWd62ORe4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-orange-rockverb-100-mkiii#comments July 2015 Orange Orange Amplification Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Wed, 20 May 2015 16:19:03 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 24515 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: EVH Gear Wolfgang WG Standard Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-evh-wolfgang-wg-standard-video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>The EVH Wolfgang USA guitar designed and played by Eddie Van Halen is one hell of a fine instrument, but not everyone can afford its $4,000-plus sticker price. </p> <p>Fortunately, EVH recently introduced its most affordable version of the Wolfgang guitar yet—the EVH Wolfgang WG Standard. </p> <p>With features that include a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo and a pair of Wolfgang humbuckers, it offers much of the same vibe as Eddie’s main ax while saving shredders a whole lot of bucks.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The EVH Wolfgang WG Standard is available with a basswood body (gloss black finish version) or basswood body with quilt maple top (transparent black and transparent red finish versions). </p> <p>One slight difference between the WG Standard and the USA model is that this version’s lower bass bout is contoured for increased playing comfort as well as tummy cut on the upper back of the body. The bolt-on one-piece maple neck has 22 jumbo frets, a 12- to 16-inch compound radius, 25 1/2-inch scale, comfortable shallow C-shaped profile, oiled natural finish, and spoke wheel truss rod adjuster located above the 22nd fret. </p> <p>Electronics consist of a pair of direct-mounted Wolfgang humbuckers, master volume and tone controls, and a three-position pickup selector. Hardware includes an EVH-branded Floyd Rose Special tremolo, EVH brand tuners, and oversized strap buttons. There are a few notable differences between the Wolfgang WG Standard and the Wolfgang USA models, such as the lack of a D-Tuna, nickel frets instead of stainless steel, regular pots instead of low-friction versions, and no multi-layer binding, but the Standard model’s features offer the same basic essentials as the flagship USA version.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Thanks primarily to its maple fretboard, the Wolfgang WG Standard sounds slightly brighter than its USA counterpart, but its fierce tone and expressive responsiveness is virtually identical. The jumbo frets will likely please shredders more than the small vintage-style frets found on the USA model as well. In fact, with its lighter weight and forearm contour, the Wolfgang WG Standard is overall more comfortable to play. </p> <p>Attention to detail is quite impressive for a guitar in this price range. The fretboard edges are rounded to maximize playing comfort, and the fretwork is simply perfect. The transparent finish versions add an extra dimension of class with their quilt maple tops with unstained edges that simulate the look of natural wood binding. </p> <p><strong>LIST PRICES</strong> $733.32 (gloss black); $799.99 (transparent black or transparent red)<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> EVH, <a href="http://www.evhgear.com/">evhgear.com</a></p> <p>A pair of direct-mounted Wolfgang humbuckers provides fierce tones and expressive responsiveness. The flat-top body features a contoured lower bass bout that enhances playing comfort by providing a smooth surface where the forearm contacts the top.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> The Wolfgang WG Standard may lack a few of the high-end details of the flagship EVH Wolfgang USA model, but its sound and playability are essentially the same, making this model an incredible bargain.</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="myExperience4243292195001" 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="4243292195001" /> </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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Among the colors now available are two digital camouflage colors, Brown Alligator scale and Blue Python Snakeskin to list a few. </p> <p>A very classic-looking Seafoam Green and Vintage Bordeaux provide a retro look to any amp or speaker cabinet. Custom-colored amps are delivered in two weeks or less. Order them direct from <a href="http://carvinamplifiers.com/">CarvinAmplifiers.com.</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/carvin%20amps.jpeg" width="620" height="526" alt="carvin amps.jpeg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/carvin-amplifiers-expands-custom-color-options#comments Carvin Carvin Guitars Amps News Gear Mon, 18 May 2015 18:53:02 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24502 at http://www.guitarworld.com Carvin Guitars Introduces Kiesel Passive Lithium Series Pickups http://www.guitarworld.com/carvin-guitars-introduces-kiesel-passive-lithium-series-pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>Kiesel Guitars and the Carvin Guitars Custom Shop is now offering their new Kiesel Passive Lithium Series humbuckers as replacement parts. </p> <p>These are the same pickups that have been used in some of the company's new models, such as the DC800 extended-range eight-string guitar and Vader headless six-, seven- and eight-string guitars. Bridge and neck models are available, in six-, seven- and eight-string configurations. </p> <p>For a limited time you can upgrade your Custom Shop Kiesel or Carvin guitar to these pickups for no charge. Buy them online at <a href="http://www.carvinguitars.com/group/kiesel_passive_pickups">carvinguitars.com</a> or call 858-GUITARS. Pickup prices range from $89 to $109.</p> <p>Lithium Series humbucker pickups were made for the demanding modern music, where clarity, focus and articulation is needed. From standard to drop tuning, this series offers great versatility and has an excellent balance between power and clarity. Patented six-point, star-headed (also known as Torx) adjustable pole pieces give the proper amount of mass to add the needed focus and get amazing attack. The expensive Alnico V magnets produce a rich, powerful sound with warmth that is not available from less-expensive ceramic magnets. </p> <p>These pickups feature one coil that's loaded with adjustable pole pieces and the other coil loaded with non-adjustable slugs. Lithium Series pickups feature industry-standard sizing so these are direct replacements for brands such as Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, Bare Knuckle and Lundgren.</p> <p>The standard color is black, but white coils, cream coils and zebra coils (white/black or cream/black) are available. The six-string versions also can be ordered with black or cream mounting bezels.</p> <p>The Kiesel pickups were designed in-house and are made in the company's Southern California Custom Shop. For a limited time, Carvin is offering these new pickups as a free upgrade in any humbucker-equipped Custom Shop guitar.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/carvin-guitars-introduces-kiesel-passive-lithium-series-pickups#comments Carvin Guitars Kiesel Guitars Accessories Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 18 May 2015 18:45:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24501 at http://www.guitarworld.com Annie Shred Demos Ibanez RGKP6 Guitar with Mini Kaoss Pad — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/annie-shred-demos-ibanez-rgkp6-guitar-mini-kaoss-pad-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the brand-new video below, guitarist <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/annie-shred-demos-seymour-duncan-full-shred-pickups-video">Annie Grunwald</a>—better known in online land <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/annie-shred-plays-medieval-style-hammered-dulcimer-music-guitar-video">and on GuitarWorld.com</a> as Annie Shred—demos a guitar that's a bona fide conversation starter, the Ibanez RGKP6.</p> <p>What are all the conversations about? The guitar comes standard with a built-in Korg Mini Kaoss pad 2s.</p> <p>"This guitar/control pad combo is a sick way to fuse extreme guitar with electronic music and real-time performance FX," Annie says. </p> <p>"I wrote this piece [in the video] a while ago, and it ended up working perfectly for this demo. Playing around with this thing is ridiculously fun!"</p> <p>Used extensively by DJs, the Korg Kaoss pad is a touchpad MIDI controller that allows real-time manipulation of its internal effects engine for line-in signals or audio samples. Despite its intended audience, the Kaoss has made its way into the rigs of some noteworthy guitarists, including Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, Nels Cline of Wilco, and Muse’s Matt Bellamy, who had one built into his custom guitar so he could manually trigger synthesized sounds.</p> <p>The innovative folks at Ibanez have taken this to the next level with the RG Kaoss RGKP6, an affordable guitar that integrates Korg’s mini kaoss pad 2S to give players a great way to manipulate effects, samples and loops in real time. </p> <p>For more about this guitar, <a href="http://www.ibanez.co.jp/eu/news/f_products/2014/KP/index.html">head here.</a> Also be sure to check out <a hre="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-ibanez-guitars-rg-kaoss-rgkp6-guitar-video">Paul Riario's official GW video and text review right here.</a></p> <p><strong>For more about <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/annie-shred-demos-seymour-duncan-full-shred-pickups-video">Annie Shred</a>, follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/annieshred">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://www.twitter.com/annieshred">Twitter.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5QYTR-5oVVw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/annie-shred-demos-ibanez-rgkp6-guitar-mini-kaoss-pad-video#comments Annie Grunwald Annie Shred Ibanez Korg Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 18 May 2015 18:15:01 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24499 at http://www.guitarworld.com Guitar World Recommends: Dunlop Herco Nylon Flat Guitar Picks — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-recommends-dunlop-herco-nylon-flat-guitar-picks-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Guitar World Recommends</em> shines the spotlight on new and noteworthy gear for guitarists. This week, <em>Guitar World</em> recommends Dunlop's Herco Nylon Flat guitar picks.</p> <p>Herco Nylon Flat Picks, which are made from high-quality nylon, feature uniform thickness and are extremely durable and long lasting. </p> <p>The unique pattern on the picks insures a slip-proof grip. Used by professionals worldwide. </p> <p>Check out our exclusive intro-and-demo video below, which features <em>Guitar World's</em> tech editor, Paul Riario, and a very nice Fender Custom Shop Tele with TV Jones pickups!</p> <p><strong>For more about these picks, visit <a hre="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/herco-flex-75">jimdunlop.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wTjnhK-e1P4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-recommends-dunlop-herco-nylon-flat-guitar-picks-video#comments Guitar World Recommends Jim Dunlop Accessories Videos News Gear Fri, 15 May 2015 16:15:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24485 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-gretsch-g6128t-1962-duo-jet <!--paging_filter--><p>Gretsch has built a solid reputation with its impressive line of popular archtop hollowbody guitars, like the Country Gentleman and the White Falcon. But what’s often overlooked is the company’s superb line of solidbody guitars, such as the Duo Jet. </p> <p>Introduced in 1953 with a single-cutaway body, the elegantly styled Duo Jet was a competitive response to the Fender Telecaster and the Gibson Les Paul. </p> <p>Its unique-sounding DeArmond Dynasonic pickups offered the raucous twang needed for rockabilly and just enough jangle for rock, making it the choice of guitarists like George Harrison and, in his early Nineties rockabilly phase, Jeff Beck. </p> <p>Over the years, the Duo Jet has evolved into many different models, including a double-cutaway version, introduced in 1961, frequently used by AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young. </p> <p>The new Gretsch G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is an inspired reworking of that version, complete with modern updates, vintage cool looks and authoritative tones that will help set you apart from the rest.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The G6128T-1962 features a short 24.6-inch/625mm scale length, but where it departs from a traditional Duo Jet is in the symmetrical double-cutaway that makes it look somewhat longer-scale. Appearances aside, the guitar is well balanced, with a solid mahogany body, an arched laminated maple top and a sleek black gloss-urethane finish. </p> <p>The set neck is mahogany and includes premium touches, like a bound headstock, a bound ebony fingerboard, Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays, 22 frets (including a “zero fret”), a 12-inch fretboard radius and a slim C-profile neck shape. Hardware consists of a Bigsby B3C vibrato, an ebony-based Space Control roller bridge and Grover Sta-Tite slotted peg-head tuners with an 18:1 ratio for rock-solid tuning. Instead of DeArmonds, the guitar is wired with a pair of High Sensitive Filter’Tron pickups. Electronics consist of two volume controls (bridge and neck), a master volume (located at the lower-bout cutaway) and two three-position toggle switches for pickup switching and master tone.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> The vintage styling of this Duo Jet immediately feels in the pocket thanks to its springy feel and low action. But there’s nothing quite like the sound of a Gretsch guitar, which is why this is a must-have for tone aficionados. To be fair, the Filter’Tron pickups combined with the master tone three-way switch can be a maddening or appealing experience, depending on your choice of rig. The High Sensitive Filter’Trons have more output, and they sound dark, with a very pronounced midrange, but with a brighter amp and a combination of EQ and overdrive, they have incredible sparkle that cuts though any mix. Using the master tone circuit cuts the high-frequency tone in half and gives notes a honky midrange, but most players will probably opt to take it out of the circuit altogether. </p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $3,050<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Gretsch, <a href="http://www.gretschguitars.com/">gretschguitars.com</a></p> <p>The master tone switch lets you choose from two high-frequency roll-off options or disable the circuit altogether.</p> <p>The Bigsby B3C vibrato is ideal for half-to-whole-step dives that stay in tune, thanks to the 18:1 ratio of the Grover tuners. </p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> The stylish G6128T-1962 Duo Jet is pure magnetic charm, with enough raw tones to make it perfect for aggressive rock or rockabilly twang.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2Gub53CmmX4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-gretsch-g6128t-1962-duo-jet#comments Gretsch November 2014 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 14 May 2015 14:43:05 +0000 Paul Riario 22312 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: ESP USA Eclipse Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-usa-eclipse-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p>While I own, play and love more than my fair share of imported guitars, I still prefer electric models made in the good ol’ U. S. of A.</p> <p>After all, Americans invented the electric guitar, and we design and build them like no one else. So it deeply warmed my heart earlier this year when ESP announced its USA Series Eclipse, Horizon and M-III models, which are the company’s first guitars made at its brand-new factory in North Hollywood, California. </p> <p>We took a look at ESP’s classic-inspired single-cutaway Eclipse model.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The overall features of the Eclipse USA present a familiar formula—figured maple top, mahogany neck and chambered body, dual humbuckers, 24 3/4–inch scale, and so on—but several details make this model stand out from the usual classic clone. </p> <p>The “set-thru” neck joint is particularly impressive, featuring contours that smoothly and seamlessly bring the neck and body together as if they were one continuous piece of wood. The ebony fretboard, 22 extra jumbo frets, 12-inch radius and thin U-shape neck profile provide the fast action and silky playability today’s players demand. </p> <p>Hardware consists of Sperzel Trim-Lok locking tuners, TonePros locking bridge and stop tailpiece, Schaller Security Lock strap buttons and Seymour Duncan APH-1 passive humbuckers. Controls include separate volume knobs for the bridge and neck pickups, master tone with push/pull coil splitting and a three-position pickup selector.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Our test example had a Vintage Natural finish (Tea Sunburst and See-Through Black Cherry are also available) that reveals every glorious detail of the high-grade materials and first-class workmanship. The figuring of the maple top and headstock overlay is drop-dead gorgeous, and the seams of the two-piece mahogany back and neck joint are almost invisible. The rounded edges of the fretboard and body (including a comfortable rear-body contour) give the guitar the luxurious feel of the finest handcrafted goods, and as a result the guitar plays like a dream.</p> <p>The Eclipse USA’s tone is stellar. Classic warm, sustaining dual-humbucker tones abound, but the maple top delivers crisp, detailed attack that complements the mahogany’s fat midrange and resonant bass. The simple control configuration delivers a rainbow of textures, from full-throttle metal punch to velvety jazz warmth to single-coil sparkle.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $3,999<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> The ESP Guitar Company, <a href="espguitars.com/">espguitars.com</a></p> <p>The set-thru-neck construction provides a smooth, seamless transition between the neck and the body, as if they were one continuous piece of wood.</p> <p>Hardware includes Sperzel locking tuners, TonePros locking bridge and stop tailpiece, Schaller Security Lock strap buttons and Seymour Duncan APH-1 humbuckers.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> Providing a compelling blend of vintage design and modern features, the ESP USA Eclipse is the ideal single-cutaway dual-humbucker solidbody for players seeking a high-performance classic.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PD4jigVBM90" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-usa-eclipse-guitar-video#comments ESP ESP Guitars ESP USA Holiday 2014 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Magazine Wed, 13 May 2015 14:58:35 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 22771 at http://www.guitarworld.com Richie Kotzen Talks Tech 21 Signature RK5 Fly Rig, 'Cannibals' and Dog Camp 2015 http://www.guitarworld.com/richie-kotzen-talks-tech-21-signature-rk5-fly-rig-cannibals-and-dog-camp-2015 <!--paging_filter--><p>We always love talking to Richie Kotzen. This time, we decided to talk tone. </p> <p>Kotzen played a huge part in developing the <a href="http://www.tech21nyc.com/products/sansamp/rk5.html">Tech 21 Signature RK5 Fly Rig,</a> which happens to play a major role in how he gets his signature sound.</p> <p>While Kotzen primarily uses his RK5 live in conjunction with his standard amp rig, this compact unit embodies an entire rig on its own. At its heart is the all-analog SansAmp, which makes it possible to go direct to a PA or mixer. For effects, you have the essentials: a reverb, a delay with tap tempo, a powerful boost and Kotzen’s Signature OMG overdrive.</p> <p>Below, we discuss the RK5, the Winery Dogs his new solo album and more.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How did your relationship with Tech 21 begin?</strong></p> <p>They had sent me a few of their delays and other pedals to try out. I took a liking to the delay and started using it as my primary one. During tours with my band, I found myself doing these fly gigs where I would fly in, do a show or two and then fly out. I really wanted something compact and easy to deal with. </p> <p>What I wound up doing was combining their delay pedal with the overdrive I was using at the time and then added a foot-switch mechanism for my amp and put it all into one little box. It was crude and wasn’t always super reliable, but I showed it to Andrew Barta at Tech 21 when he was in LA and he agreed it was a great idea. It took a good six months in developing until it was exactly right. </p> <p><strong>Was there a lot of trial and error involved in the process?</strong></p> <p>The delay was simple because I already knew what I wanted. The overdrive was a little trickier. I learned a lot about circuits by comparing things but relied a lot on my ears. It went through several variations until Andrew came up with a design that’s just right. I can put that pedal in front of any amp and still get a good sound. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jK5x4NO-Wi4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What do you like most about the RK5 Fly Rig?</strong></p> <p>The fact that it's my personal overdrive design and that it's so small and convenient. It really is about convenience. I've never been a big pedal board guy. I've always liked to keep things simple so I can focus on the music and not have to worry about being on stage doing a tap dance when I'm trying to connect emotionally to the song. The Fly Rig gives me the essentials I need. There's reverb, delay and a two-stage overdrive. It's small and compact. It's perfect.</p> <p><strong>Since I've got you, let’s discuss a track from your new solo album, <em>Cannibals.</em> What can you tell me about “The Enemy”?</strong></p> <p>That was a song I wrote last summer. I knew the chorus and melody was special, but after I had demoed the song I realized the verse wasn’t working the way I wanted it to. So I went into my archives and found this old song that had an introduction that really grabbed me. I took that and used it as the intro for “The Enemy” as well as the verse. What’s interesting is that you have the original drums from the demo but then other parts of the song have a completely different drum set that was recorded 10 years ago in a different studio. I was able to meld them together to be effective. </p> <p>There are all kinds of ways to create music. Sometimes things happen at one time and then over the course of a few years you find that things you thought may not have worked now suddenly make perfect sense!</p> <p><strong>Has your songwriting style changed much over the years?</strong></p> <p>Not really. As time goes on I feel more connected to myself and that helps me continue to grow. What works for me is that I try to avoid a situation where I write under pressure. For me, my best work is material that just happens naturally. And it comes in cycles. There might be a period of time where I won’t have any ideas, and then all of a sudden I’ll have a bunch of them. The main thing that happens over time is your awareness of how it all works. The more familiar you are with yourself, the easier it is. </p> <p><strong>What can you tell me about <a href="http://winerydogcamp.com/">the Winery Dogs' 2015 Dog Camp?</a></strong></p> <p>It’s a great time and the surroundings are really inspiring. It will be exciting for us to once again connect, more personally, with people who are listening to our music. Last year, we had people who were new to music who just wanted to know how to get their band going and other people who were hobbyists who just enjoyed the vibe. The whole experience was genuinely rewarding. I walked away feeling like we really participated in something special. That’s why we’re doing it again.</p> <p><em>For more about Kotzen, visit <a href="http://richiekotzen.com/">richiekotzen.com.</a> For more about the Tech 21 Signature RK5 Fly Rig, visit its page on <a href="http://www.tech21nyc.com/products/sansamp/rk5.html">tech21nyc.com.</a></em></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></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="/richie-kotzen">Richie Kotzen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/richie-kotzen-talks-tech-21-signature-rk5-fly-rig-cannibals-and-dog-camp-2015#comments James Wood Richie Kotzen Tech 21 The Winery Dogs Effects Interviews News Features Gear Tue, 12 May 2015 20:48:01 +0000 James Wood 24457 at http://www.guitarworld.com