Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/all en Review: Epiphone Casino Coupe and Riviera Custom P-93 Guitars — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-epiphone-casino-coupe-and-riviera-custom-p-93-guitars-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the September 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-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SeptemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>The thinline double-cutaway may be the most versatile electric-guitar design ever conceived. It works well for many styles of music, from jazz and country to hard rock and punk. </p> <p>Two new thinline models from Epiphone—the Casino Coupe and Riviera Custom P-93—prove there is still room for innovation without sacrificing the basic look and sound of classic examples. </p> <p>These new Epiphone models are so outrageously affordable and appealing that they deserve a closer look from anyone who wants to add a thinline guitar to his or her arsenal.</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="myExperience3676442652001" 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="3676442652001" /> </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-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SeptemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Guitarists often prefer the flexibility of having two overdrive pedals in their signal chain: one dialed to increase distortion/gain and another set up strictly as a volume/signal boost. </p> <p>In celebration of the Tube Screamer's 35th anniversary, Ibanez engineered both into one pedal and used the reference-quality TS808 as its platform. The 808 gained almost mythic status when players learned that it was Stevie Ray Vaughan's go-to overdrive pedal. </p> <p>The new Ibanez TS808DX Tube Screamer Overdrive Pro offers the revered TS808 overdrive circuit, an independent clean boost and a few long-awaited performance-enhancing features, honoring the pedal's history and taking its legendary organic tones to new heights. </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="myExperience3676377852001" 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="3676377852001" /> </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-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SeptemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Any guitar that features a flat top, double cutaways, dual humbuckers and a locking Floyd Rose is typically pigeonholed as a “shredder’s guitar,” suggesting a predetermined limit of expression and application. </p> <p>In fact, the platform was originally conceived to correct performance-limiting design flaws and, consequently, addressed the requirements of technically proficient virtuosos, helping them to develop their talents fully. </p> <p>A handful of modern luthiers have refined the style over the past 30 years, and ESP now joins this small club with the new, Japanese-built E-II Series ST-2. (The E-II guitars replace the company’s Standard Series.) It’s a true player’s machine that rivals the finest contemporary guitars for playability, and at less than half the typical price. </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="myExperience3676378480001" 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="3676378480001" /> </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 first is the LTD “Ride the Lightning” limited-edition guitar. It was created to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of Metallica’s second album, which was released July 27, 1984. It features a graphic finish that mimics the cover art of that iconic album. </p> <p>“ESP and Metallica’s guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett have a relationship that goes back more than two decades,” says Matt Masciandaro, president and CEO of ESP. “Last year, we successfully released a limited-edition guitar for the 30-year anniversary of their first album, <em>Kill ‘Em All</em>. We are happy to offer another new Metallica-focused guitar for serious players, collectors, and fans.”</p> <p>ESP plans to produce only 300 of the LTD <em>Ride the Lightning</em> models worldwide, making each one a highly sought-after collectible due to its relative rarity. </p> <p>Its features include an alder body with maple neck (bolt-on construction) at 25.5” scale, and an ebony fingerboard with 24 XJ frets. EMG 60 (neck) and EMG 81 (bridge) active pickups are included, along with TOM bridge and string-thru-body design. The guitar also features a Metallica logo fingerboard inlay, and each guitar includes an ESP form-fit case with the Metallica logo, and a certificate of authenticity. </p> <p><em>Ride the Lightning</em> helped establish Metallica as serious contenders in the metal arena and led to their major label signing later in 1984. Some of the now-classic songs on that album include "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Fade to Black” and "Creeping Death.”</p> <p>More info on the LTD <em>Ride the Lightning</em> model will be forthcoming!</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/esp-announces-limited-edition-metallica-ride-lightning-guitar-summer-namm#comments ESP ESP Guitars Metallica Summer NAMM 2014 Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:21:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21857 Maker of Hammer Jammer Device for Guitars Launches Kickstarter Program — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/maker-hammer-jammer-device-guitars-launches-kickstarter-program-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Some of you might remember <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-hammer-jammer-new-percussive-device-electric-and-acoustic-guitars">we posted a story (with video) about a device called the Hammer Jammer</a>.</p> <p>The Hammer Jammer is a percussive device that fits onto electric or acoustic 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>As a result, the company has launched a Kickstarter program to raise $50,000, which would enable them to manufacture the device. You can check out the Kickstarter progam <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigwalnutproductions/hammer-jammer">right here.</a></p> <p>Here's some info from the company:</p> <p>The Hammer Jammer was invented in the Nineties, with about 2,000 samples produced at that time that were never pushed into the mainstream guitar market for a number of reasons. However, Ken McCaw, inventor of the Hammer Jammer, who is also a film composer, used the Hammer Jammer on a trailer for a feature film released in Europe about five years ago. From that, interest for this invention began to grow around the world. </p> <p>The demonstration video in this Kickstarter program was posted on YouTube in January 2014 and went viral. It became obvious that this unique invention is now ready for the guitar market. All Hammer Jammer samples were sold within a couple of weeks, to players in 60 countries, many of them young guitarists. This Kickerstarter program is for the purpose of building new tools for the device, which will include some requested modifications that will provide additional instrument applications.</p> <p>It has also been learned recently that the Hammer Jammer provides a legitimate and highly useful device for handicapped people and players with arthritis and other issues that make finger picking and standard picking technique prohibitive. </p> <p><strong>For more info, visit Big Walnut Productions <a href="http://www.bigwalnutproductions.com/">here</a> and check out the company's Kickstarter program <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigwalnutproductions/hammer-jammer">here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigwalnutproductions/hammer-jammer/widget/video.html" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/maker-hammer-jammer-device-guitars-launches-kickstarter-program-video#comments Big Walnut Productions Accessories Videos News Gear Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:39:57 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21672 Pigtronix Releases Echolution 2 Version 2.0 Firmware and New Application http://www.guitarworld.com/pigtronix-releases-echolution-2-version-20-firmware-and-new-application <!--paging_filter--><p>The world's most sophisticated delay pedal has just become even more powerful. The Pigtronix Echolution 2, launched at the 2014 Winter NAMM show in January, instantly became a top-seller, earning rave reviews and awards worldwide. </p> <p>But now, with the just-released 2.0 Firmware and App update, the pedal has just become capable of even more magic.</p> <p>This new application and firmware allows expression pedal and envelope control of all knobs, simultaneously, with user-definable heel and toe settings as well as independent envelope inversion, strength and decay time parameters for every preset.</p> <p>The five main parameters (Repeats, Delay Time, Delay Mix, Modulation Speed, and Modulation Depth) now support independent mapping from the expression pedal and envelope detection circuitry. </p> <p>The expression and envelope mapping can apply to multiple parameters, with each parameter having independent settings for Expression range/direction and Envelope strength/direction/release time. When a parameter has any of these advanced mapping features enabled the LED for that parameter dimly illuminates to indicate the expression or envelope control. The previous Single Expression/Envelope Mapping now serves as an Advanced Mapping Override allowing E2D users to quickly override or experiment without the use of a computer. </p> <p>This functionality is easily accessed in the newly updated Echolution 2 application using the advanced options controls. When a parameter is assigned expression pedal control, pointers for the heel and toe become visible around that parameter's associated control knob; moving these pointers sets the range of control. Controls in the advanced options menu set the direction of the expression pedal mapping. </p> <p>Envelope control is also accessed through the advanced options controls. Here envelope control of the individual parameters can be enabled, along with the strength of the mapping, the direction, and the release time of each. </p> <p>This unprecedented level of control and tweak-ability is pushed to its limit with the application's inclusion of Preset Blending. Users can select two similar presets and have the application automatically set the expression pedal ranges and directions so that the expression pedal blends between the parameter settings. </p> <p>To round out this paradigm shifting addition, we've added separate global settings for the Sensitivity and Release Time of Ducking, a host of improvements to Preset Management and Switching as well as access to Global Parameters (such as MIDI Channel).</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.pigtronix.com/blogs/echolution2/">These updates are available as a free download right here.</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Full specs on the Echolution 2 suite can be found here:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2/">pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2</a><br /> <a href="http://www.pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2-deluxe/">pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2-deluxe</a><br /> <a href="http://www.pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2-remote/">pigtronix.com/products/echolution-2-remote</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/pigtronix-releases-echolution-2-version-20-firmware-and-new-application#comments Pigtronix Effects News Gear Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:28:23 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21852 Roland Debuts Blues Cube Guitar Amplifiers — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/roland-debuts-blues-cube-guitar-amplifiers-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Roland has announce its Blues Cube Artist and Blues Cube Stage, two new 1x12 combo amplifiers with genuine tube tone and feel. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Featuring Roland’s unique Tube Logic design, the Blues Cube amps deliver the rich sound and musical touch response of finely tuned vintage tube combos, along with convenient modern features and reduced weight for easy portability.</p> <p>The Blues Cube series offers serious guitarists a highly evolved sound experience with the very latest advancements in Roland guitar innovation. Road-tested and fine-tuned with feedback from top players, these gig-ready combos deliver the sweet, magical tone and satisfying feel that makes a great guitar amp a highly expressive musical instrument.</p> <p>Going far beyond modeling, Roland’s Tube Logic approach starts by carefully reproducing the inner workings of the revered tweed-era tube amp in every way, including preamp and output tube distortion characteristics, power supply compression, and much more. Great feel, distortion control with touch and volume, warmth, elasticity, sparkle, power supply “sag,” and more—everything that players love about a dialed-in vintage tube amp is present in abundance with the Blues Cube.</p> <p>The Blues Cube Artist features 80 watts of power, while the Blues Cube Stage is equipped with 60 watts. Designed for performing pro guitarists, both amps have open-back cabinets built from poplar plywood, which provides an acoustically vibrant tone for enhanced presence on stage. Each amp is outfitted with a custom 12-inch speaker that’s been specially designed for maximum tonal response with Tube Logic.</p> <p>Both Blues Cube models offer two independent channels—one voiced for cleaner tones, and the other for crunch. Each channel has its own Boost and Tone switches to shape the character, and the Crunch channel has a variable gain control for setting subtle distortion and response in combination with the volume knobs. A unique Dual Tone mode lets players blend both channels together for expanded tonal possibilities.</p> <p>With Tube Logic, the Blues Cube accurately reproduces the complex output tube distortion characteristics of a tube amp when the volume is turned up. The Blues Cube’s variable Power Control provides settings of 0.5 W, 15 W, 45 W, and Max, allowing users to enjoy this musical, cranked-up tone while matching the volume to any situation, from recording to rehearsals to nightclub gigs.</p> <p>Both amps are equipped with a high-quality reverb effect. The Blues Cube Artist also includes a tremolo effect, as well as an effects loop for patching in an external device. Footswitch jacks are provided for remote control of channel selection and other functions while performing.</p> <p>The Blues Cube Artist and Blues Cube Stage also feature USB connectivity, making it simple for players to capture tones directly into their favorite computer recording applications. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.rolandus.com/">RolandUS.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fl3mg7_XNkE?list=UU4vbiZMU_yrheYVZH393-Zw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/roland-debuts-blues-cube-guitar-amplifiers-video#comments Roland Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Amps News Gear Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:26:02 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21851 Boss Introduces Waza Craft Effect Pedals — Super Overdrive, Blues Driver and Delay — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-introduces-waza-craft-effect-pedals-super-overdrive-blues-driver-and-delay-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Boss has announced its Waza Craft series, a new line of special edition compact pedals that offers players the ultimate Boss tone experience. </p> <p>The debut of the Waza Craft series includes the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues Driver, and DM-2W Delay. </p> <p>From the company: </p> <p>All three pedals provide the classic sound signatures of the past and present Boss pedals they’re based on, plus switchable modes for customized tones sought after by discerning guitarists.</p> <p>Designed with a passion for premium sound by the master engineers at Boss in Japan, the Waza Craft series introduces a new chapter in the company’s legacy of exceptional tone. Through meticulously-selected analog components, refined circuitry, and careful attention to the finest design details, Waza Craft embodies the essence of Boss engineering and the spirit of generations of technical and musical wisdom.</p> <p>“Waza” is the Japanese term for art and technique, and each of these special edition pedals proudly carries the Waza symbol to represent the artful wisdom and tech-savvy spirit flowing within Boss design and craftsmanship.</p> <p>In continuous production for over 30 years, the Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive is one of the best-loved stomps ever created. The Waza Craft SD-1W hot rods this players’ favorite with a revised circuit design, all-discrete analog components, and switchable Standard and Custom sound modes.</p> <p>The Boss BD-2 Blues Driver is also one of the most popular overdrive pedals in the world, and the Waza Craft BD-2W takes this classic’s signature creamy grit to a new level. Like the SD-1W, the BD-2W is built with all-discrete analog components and a revised circuit, and features Standard and Custom sound modes. </p> <p>Highly sought after since being discontinued in 1984, the Boss DM-2 Delay is universally revered by tone aficionados for its warm, “bucket brigade” analog delay sound. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the coveted stomp has been reborn with greater versatility for today’s music styles. Using all-analog circuitry and an authentic BBD delay line, the DM-2W’s Standard mode captures the lush sound and 20-300 ms delay range of the original DM-2. Custom mode instantly changes the sound to a cleaner analog tone with over twice the delay time. </p> <p>The DM-2W also includes a jack for controlling delay time with an optional expression pedal. Two output jacks allow for separate output of delay and direct sounds if desired. </p> <p>For more information on the Waza Craft series, visit <a href="http://www.bossus.com/">BossUS.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SaLh_IfBbbw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/y3KF5rcxHbg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BINFsEPuQKE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/boss-introduces-waza-craft-effect-pedals-super-overdrive-blues-driver-and-delay-demo-video#comments Boss Roland Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Effects News Gear Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:19:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21850 Practice Makes Perfect: Five Amazing Practice Amps http://www.guitarworld.com/practice-makes-perfect-five-amazing-practice-amps <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>In the all-new September 2014 issue of <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=RolandPractice">Guitar World</a></em>, we round up 17 amazing practice amps that will help you sound better, woodshed longer and become the guitarist you’ve always wanted to be.</strong></p> <p><em>In the excerpt below, we focus on five (plus a bonus amp — for a total of six) of the 17 amps. To see all 17, check out the September 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em> now. <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=RolandPractice">It's available at our online store right here.</a></em></p> <p>Playing live might be the best way to hone your performance skills, but when it comes to technique, you need practice, practice, practice. </p> <p>If you play an electric guitar, your woodshedding sessions demand an amp that not only reveals the details and nuance of your playing but also sounds great—so great that it makes you want to practice more and become the best guitarist you can. </p> <p>Of course, it’s even better if it has built-in effects, a tuner, a metronome, and connectivity to the world of digital apps, downloads and MP3 players. </p> <p>With that in mind, we set out to find the best-sounding and best-outfitted practice amps currently on the market. Over the next pages, you’ll find practice combos and heads that pull double-duty as studio and rehearsal powerhouses and others that offer computer, USB, Bluetooth, iOS and Android connectivity. </p> <p>Whether you love an all-tube rig, solid-state power, or feature-laden digital/modeling amps, you’re sure to find that one of these tone machines makes practice perfect.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/practice-makes-perfect-five-amazing-practice-amps#comments Roland September 2014 Amps News Features Gear Magazine Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:40:18 +0000 Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21835 Out of the Box: Guitar World Celebrates the Time-Honored History of MXR Effect Pedals http://www.guitarworld.com/out-box-guitar-world-celebrates-time-honored-history-mxr-effect-pedals <!--paging_filter--><p>A stomp box may seem like an insignificant item in the history of rock and roll, but it’s hard to imagine how some of the greatest songs of the Seventies and Eighties would have sounded without the influential role of MXR pedals. </p> <p>The MXR Phase 90 was a prominent part of the guitar tones on records by Van Halen and Pink Floyd. Likewise, the MXR Distortion + was a key element in the distorted lead guitar tones of Jerry Garcia, Dave Murray and Randy Rhoads, while the company’s Dyna Comp compression pedal shaped the sound of records by the Police, King Crimson and just about every country-rock hit that came out of Nashville back then. </p> <p>From Jimmy Page’s “Fool in the Rain” solo (featuring an MXR Blue Box) to Keith Richards’ swirling rhythms on “Shattered” (produced by an MXR Phase 100), the sound of MXR effects has been nearly ubiquitous in rock music since the mid Seventies.</p> <p>Before the first MXR products were developed, pedal effects were generally treated as novelties. Most pedals made during the Sixties and early Seventies were housed in absurdly oversized boxes with rather flimsy construction that could barely withstand the abuse of overzealous guitarists wearing stack-heel platform shoes. </p> <p>When Keith Barr and Terry Sherwood opened a repair shop called Audio Services in Rochester, New York, in 1971, most of their early customers were guitarists who brought in their broken pedals. </p> <p>“When I saw the poor quality of the effects devices that were coming in for repair, I was really amazed,” Barr said in an interview published in Art Thompson’s 1997 book <em>Stompbox</em>. “Eager to start designing some things, I made up a few little boxes for my guitar-playing friends. They seemed to like them.”</p> <p>The response was so positive and encouraging that Barr and Sherwood decided to switch from repairing gear to manufacturing electronic devices for musicians. However, the first product that the duo produced was not a stomp box but rather an audio mixer, which also inspired their new company’s name. A friend suggested that they call the company MXR, which was short for mixer. Barr lengthened the name to MXR Innovations to make it sound more business-like and official.</p> <p>Barr made one mixer and found the process rather tedious and boring, so he turned his attention to the effect pedals that his guitar friends raved about instead. The first pedal effect circuit that Barr designed on his own was a four-stage phase shifter. “Guitarists would come into our shop and tell us that the phase-shifting thing was really happening,” Barr told Thompson. “I built one, and people said they liked it.”</p> <p>Barr designed his first phase shifter—named the Phase 90 because it provided 90 degrees of phase shifting—in 1972, but the pedal didn’t go into serious production until late 1973, a few months before MXR Innovations was incorporated in 1974. </p> <p>Sherwood and Barr invested most of the cash reserves from their repair business in a spray-painting kit and parts, including heavy-duty die-cast aluminum boxes made by a company called Bud. Inspired by the paint job he saw on a new Ford Econoline van, Barr selected Ditzler PPG Bold Orange automotive paint for the Phase 90’s finish. He also designed the script MXR logo that was silkscreened on each pedal’s top panel.</p> <p>Initially Barr, Sherwood and some teenagers who worked for minimum wage made the first Phase 90 pedals in a small factory in Rochester. Soon they hired Mike Laiacona to handle sales, and he played an important role in getting the pedals into the hands of pros and music stores across the entire United States before he left in 1975 to start Whirlwind, whose line today includes effect pedals, direct boxes, cables and more.</p> <p>After MXR raised a decent amount of funds, it purchased ads in major national music magazines like Rolling Stone and Downbeat to promote the Phase 90. Guitarists who purchased these early units were impressed by the pedal’s studio-quality sound, rugged build and affordable price, and word of mouth about MXR quickly spread.</p> <p>Realizing that one product would not be enough to sustain their quickly growing company, Barr and Sherwood decided to expand their offerings with three additional products—the Blue Box, the Distortion + and the Dyna Comp—which joined the lineup later in 1974. </p> <p>The new models were housed in the same size Bud boxes as the Phase 90, but each had its own distinctive color that made it instantly identifiable onstage, a concept that was soon adopted by many of MXR’s subsequent competitors. The earliest versions of MXR’s first four pedals were made from circuit boards silkscreened and etched by Barr himself, identifiable by the phrase “hand built by guitarists” printed on the board. </p> <p>A simpler and cheaper two-stage version of the Phase 90 called the Phase 45 followed in late 1974, and in 1975 MXR introduced the Noise Gate Line Driver and the Phase 100, a much more versatile six-stage phase shifter with four selectable preset waveforms. Eventually, they company started making its own die-cast aluminum boxes, featuring an embossed MXR script logo near the rear panel’s lower right-hand corner. </p> <p>MXR grew quickly during this period, and Barr realized that he needed to hire additional engineers to help him design new products. He brought in Tony Gambacurta and Richard Neatour, who previously worked as technicians at Barr and Sherwood’s repair shop, and they helped to expand the product line without compromising quality. </p> <p>Both played an instrumental role in the development of the MXR Flanger, the first pedal flanger to hit the market, as well as the Analog Delay, the Envelope Filter and the Six-Band and Ten-Band Graphic Equalizer pedals, all introduced in late 1976. MXR also started to offer rack-mountable effects designed for studio installations and live sound reinforcement, including the Auto Flanger, the Auto Phaser, the Mini Limiter and one of the industry’s earliest digital-delay units. </p> <p>The pedal models introduced in 1976 had a newly designed MXR logo that is known as the “block logo” for its block text enclosed in a rectangle with rounded corners. The older models retained the original script logo, and the rear plates of every model had an embossed script logo. Eventually, though, around 1978, all of the products had silkscreened and embossed block logos. Today, pedal collectors pay considerably more for early MXR pedals with script logos, but the differences between the script- and block-logo versions of original Seventies MXR pedals are negligible.</p> <p>“The circuits really didn’t change much at all,” says Jeorge Tripps, who helped Dunlop create accurate reissues of MXR’s original script-logo pedals in recent years. “The Phase 90 had only very minor changes over the years, and the Dyna Comp didn’t change significantly at all. When MXR went to the block logo, the circuits were the same as those of the script-logo versions. It wasn’t until near the company’s end that they started using the dual op amp for the Phase 90 and added an LED to their pedals. All of the hype about script-version pedals being better is pretty much a myth.” </p> <p>It’s impossible to determine who was the first major artist to use an MXR pedal on a recording, but Jimmy Page and David Gilmour were certainly among the earliest. Page allegedly used a Phase 90 during overdub sessions for several songs on Led Zeppelin’s <em>Physical Graffiti</em> in 1974, and an MXR Phase 90 played a central role on Pink Floyd’s <em>Wish You Were Here</em> album, particularly on Gilmour’s solos for “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Have a Cigar,” recorded between January and July 1975. </p> <p>During the late Seventies and early Eighties, MXR pedals increasingly showed up on pros’ pedal boards. Many players relied on multiple MXR pedals to shape and define their signature sounds. Among them were Eddie Van Halen (who used a Flanger, Phase 90 and Six-Band Graphic Equalizer), Joe Perry (Dyna Comp, Flanger, Phase 90 and Six-Band Graphic Equalizer), Jerry Garcia (Analog Delay, Distortion + and Phase 100), Randy Rhoads (Analog Delay, Distortion +, Flanger, Stereo Chorus and Ten-Band Graphic Equalizer) and Andy Summers (Distortion +, Dyna Comp and Phase 90). </p> <p>As MXR entered the Eighties, the company abandoned the compact, battery-powered stomp boxes that guitarists loved and instead offered larger, AC-powered pedals like the Distortion II, the Limiter and the Stereo Chorus. </p> <p>While these new products were built to professional standards, they were also more expensive than the compact pedals offered by Japanese companies like Boss and Ibanez, which cut into MXR’s market share. To compete, MXR introduced the Micro Chorus and Micro Flanger pedals as well as the budget Commande Series pedals, which were housed in plastic cases. </p> <p>MXR increasingly focused on rackmount gear, including digital-delay and reverb units, the Dual 15-Band Graphic EQ, the Flanger/Doubler, the Pitch Transposer and an early multi-effect unit called the Omni. The company also began to develop consumer home audio products in hope of expanding its business. By 1984, MXR discontinued its original pedal line, replacing it with the affordable Series 2000 pedals, which were housed in black cases and featured designs more than obviously influenced by those of their Boss and Ibanez competitors. </p> <p>However, the company was soon torn apart by internal labor struggles and disagreements with major shareholders. Before the end of 1984, MXR had closed its doors. Barr went on to found Alesis in Hollywood, California, where he refined his affordable digital reverb and drum machine designs. Gambacurta, Neatour, Sherwood and ex-MXR employees Phil Betette and John Langlois remained in Rochester to found Applied Research and Technology, better known as ART.</p> <p>After a three-year absence, the MXR brand re-emerged when Dunlop Manufacturing purchased rights to the name and resurrected the brand. Dunlop fittingly reissued the same four pedals—the Blue Box, Distortion +, Dyna Comp and Phase 90—that originally launched the MXR line in 1974. Dunlop also updated the reissue pedals with an LED and jack for a nine-volt DC adapter. Over the next decade, Dunlop began to bring back other popular classic MXR pedals that players still considered essential, like the Flanger, Phase 100, Stereo Chorus and graphic equalizer pedals.</p> <p>Around the dawn of the new millennium, Dunlop began to develop and introduce an impressive range of new models that expanded the MXR legacy. In 1999, MXR offered its first line of pedals designed exclusively for bass players. </p> <p>That was soon followed by the introduction of artist signature pedals designed with input from players such as Dimebag Darrell (Dime Distortion), Kerry King (KFK Ten-Band Graphic Equalizer), Eddie Van Halen (EVH Phase 90 and Flanger) and Zakk Wylde (Black Label Chorus, Berzerker Overdrive, Zakk Wylde Phase and Overdrive). New artist models that recently joined the MXR line include the Slash Octave Fuzz and Joe Bonamassa FET Overdrive.</p> <p>In 2008, Dunlop hired Jeorge Tripps to resurrect his Way Huge line of pedals and work with the MXR team, which included senior engineer Bob Cedro, to develop new products and produce accurate reproductions of the original MXR script-logo pedals. One of the team’s first products was the Carbon Copy analog delay, which has become MXR’s most popular new pedal since the release of the originals. Cedro and Tripps also helped MXR establish its Custom Shop line of pedals, which include the Custom Comp, La Machine octave fuzz, Micro Amp + and Phase 99.</p> <p>“When I came to Dunlop, one of my main responsibilities was to revamp the whole MXR script-logo line,” Tripps says. “We wanted to make them by hand the way MXR used to, so we gathered a bunch of old MXR pedals to look at. When we decided to reproduce the original Dyna Comp, I couldn’t find much reference material on it, so I decided to call Keith Barr. </p> <p>That was right before Keith died in 2010. I also have a bunch of old documents and schematics from MXR and even a prototype of a tremolo panner that never came out that I bought in 2006 when somebody sold a trunk of old MXR back stock.”</p> <p>Under Dunlop’s direction, MXR has offered more than 80 different products over the years. Popular and acclaimed new products in today’s MXR line include the Talk Box (MXR originally developed a prototype talk box called the Waak in 1975 that never went into production), the Custom Badass ’78 Distortion, the Super Badass Distortion, the Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato and Custom Shop reproductions of the original script-logo Phase 90 and Dyna Comp. </p> <p>Products like the Smart Gate and the Custom Audio Electronics Boost/Line Driver and MC403 Power System can be found in the touring rigs of countless pros.</p> <p>Thanks to Dunlop, MXR’s legacy is alive and well, as the new products remain faithful to the original company’s ideals of value, sound quality and ruggedness. </p> <p>After 40 years of providing guitarists with innovative tools that influence and inspire new tones, MXR shows no signs of slowing down. “We have a very talented team of engineers and product designers who are always coming up with new ideas,” Tripps says. “We’re keeping true to the original concept of MXR but moving forward at the same time.”</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/out-box-guitar-world-celebrates-time-honored-history-mxr-effect-pedals#comments Jim Dunlop June 2014 MXR News Features Gear Magazine Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:40:11 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21839 Review: G&L Tribute Series Fallout Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-gl-tribute-series-fallout-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the September 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-september-2014-the-black-keys/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SeptemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-2014-the-black-keys</p> <p>In 2013, G&amp;L debuted the Fallout model, which was based on the company’s original SC-2 guitar introduced 30 years before. </p> <p>While the Fallout retained the SC-2’s slim body shape and 25 1/2–inch-scale length, it featured a different pickup configuration that made it ideal for a wider range of players. </p> <p>This year G&amp;L has expanded the Fallout family with an affordable Tribute Series version that offers nearly identical features but sells for about a third of the price.</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="myExperience3676378458001" 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="3676378458001" /> </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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Sure, that amp may feel really good to play, and you may love how it screams, but are you really going to be happy with it when you wake up tomorrow morning? </p> <p>Here are 10 things you should know before you even consider handing over your money to the amp pimp.</p> <p>01. <strong>BYOG</strong></p> <p>Playing an amp with an instrument you don’t own is like choosing a girlfriend by dating her mom. Bring your main guitar with you, even if you think the store stocks a similar model. An unfamiliar guitar may have a brighter sound than your personal ax, and an amp that sounded sparkly and lively in the store may actually be dull as Anne Heche on Quaaludes when you get it home.</p> <p>02. <strong>Tube, Solid-State or Digital?</strong></p> <p>While tube technology is still considered state-of-the-art in countries where a potato is regarded as a square meal, these days solid-state and digital amps offer excellent tone for a lot fewer bucks, and with fewer maintenance headaches. However, tube tone is still considered the standard by many top players. Take a blind listening test, and let your ears be the judge.</p> <p>03. <strong>Size Matters</strong></p> <p>A 100-watt stack is overkill if you live in an apartment and need an amp only for home recording. Conversely, a 10-watt combo is woefully inadequate if you play in a band with a drummer named Thunder Fist. Choose an amp that’s right for your primary application. You’ll need at least 30 watts for playing live with a rock band, but smaller amps often provide surprisingly huge sounds in the studio—just ask Jimmy Page. Also, as a rule of thumb, if you're playing out often, you might want to shoot for at least 15 watts of tube tone.</p> <p>04. <strong>The Sound of Power</strong></p> <p>Distortion is usually generated by three distinct sources: the power amp, the preamp and the speakers. Many players overlook power amp distortion when trying an amp, but the power amp section is the source of what guitarists describe as low-end chunk and balls. Audition the power amp by turning the master volume way up and turning down the gain. The sound should be lively, with a crisp attack that jiggles your trousers.</p> <p>05. <strong>A Righteous Buzz</strong></p> <p>Preamp, or gain, controls (sometimes called “volume” on master volume–equipped amps) let you dial in impressive-sounding distortion at low volumes, but excessive preamp distortion can sound too compressed and sizzling at high volumes. Turn down the gain and crank up the master volume until the amp is set at the output level you’d normally play at. Now, slowly increase the gain until the sound becomes as distorted as you want it to be. If the tone is buzzy and lacks dynamics, the amp will have all the onstage presence of an <em>American Idol</em> reject.</p> <hr /> 06. <strong>Happ’nin’ Crunch</strong> <p>Overdriven speakers create one of the most desirable distortion characteristics: crunch. The best way to test for this is to dial in a clean setting and turn the volume way up. Low-wattage speakers break up at lower volumes, but they have a tendency to turn to mush at excessive volume levels; high-wattage speakers may not break up at all. Choose a speaker that sounds lively, defined and harmonically rich at volume and distortion levels you’ll normally play at.</p> <p>07. <strong>More Talk About Speakers</strong></p> <p>While often overlooked, the speakers are an amp’s most crucial component—they’re the last thing standing between all that electronic gobbledygook and the sound that reaches your ears (except for yo’ mama’s fist, but that’s another story). Different sized speakers have different tonal characteristics, and you should consider speaker sizes the same way you’d consider an amp’s wattage rating. Speakers are like booty—small ones are tighter and big ones have more bottom end. But like a pair of pants, cabinet design can shape bottom end as well. Which is why a closed-back 4x10 cabinet may put out more bass than a 15-inch speaker in an open-back cabinet.</p> <p>08. <strong>Channel Surfing</strong></p> <p>Multichannel amps are great for players who use a lot of different tones, but if all you want is a good clean sound and a good distorted sound, they may be more amp than you need. If you decide that an amp with three or more channels is right for you, look for one that provides separate EQ controls for each channel.</p> <p>09. <strong>Twist Some Knobs</strong></p> <p>You should be able to dial in a sound you like quickly and easily. Adjust each tone control and note how they interact with each other. If it’s too hard to dial in a decent tone in the store, chances are you won’t be able to when you get the amp home or onstage.</p> <p>10. <strong>Additional Features</strong></p> <p>While tone and volume should be your foremost considerations, you should also determine what extra features you really need. Built-in effects are great if you want a no-hassle, all-in-one package, but they may not be as flexible as external effects pedals and processors. An effect loop is useful for effects like digital reverb and delay, but it’s not essential if your effects consists of a few stomp boxes. Line outputs with speaker emulation are helpful for home recording, and external speaker outputs are great for expanding your live rig. Bottom line: don’t pay extra for features you’ll never use.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/how-buy-amp-guide-first-time-buyer#comments GW Archive Amps News Features Gear Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:10:42 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/10902 Marshall Amplification's Handwired Series Amps, Behind-the-Scenes Video http://www.guitarworld.com/marshall-amplifications-handwired-series-amps-behind-scenes-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a brand-new video posted today, July 14, by Marshall Amplification.</p> <p>The clip is dedicated to the company's Handwired Series of all-valve amps.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Handwired Series celebrates the legacy of more than 50 years of Marshall's influence on the sound of rock and British blues music. These handcrafted reissues capture in detail the authentic, legendary sound of Marshall, not only for connoisseurs and collectors, but also for a new generation of gear-savvy musicians.</p> <p>The hand-soldered, all-valve 1962HW is a faithful recreation of the classic Series II 1962, 2 x 12" combo. This legendary 30 Watt, two-channel amp was born in 1965 and was famously used by Eric Clapton with one of the most influential blues bands, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, in 1966 — hence the 1962′s commonly used "Bluesbreaker" nickname.</p> <p>For more information on the Handwired Series, head to <a href="http://www.marshallamps.com/">marshallamps.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6b5wS2UUvJA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/marshall-amplifications-handwired-series-amps-behind-scenes-video#comments Marshall Marshall Amplification Amps News Gear Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:30:58 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21813 Electra Guitars Launches Updated Invicta Model http://www.guitarworld.com/electra-guitars-launches-updated-invicta-model <!--paging_filter--><p>Electra Guitars is launching an updated and upgraded Invicta electric guitar model. </p> <p>The new model is available worldwide through authorized distributors, dealers and in some areas, factory direct. </p> <p>By releasing the historic Invicta, they also created the perfect opportunity to release the unvanquished innovative Five Position Coil Linkage System to provide guitarists with an assortment of tones unrivaled by other production builders.</p> <p>The unique one-and-one-half-cutaway guitar body is made of ash and highlighted by a carved, quilted maple top. The medium C-shaped, maple set-in neck melts right into the sculpted heel with 22 jumbo frets, a 12-inch radius rosewood fretboard, mother-of-pearl inlays, GraphTech Tusq nut, a double-acting truss rod and a three-on-three headstock. </p> <p>Tortoise binding is featured around the body, along both sides of the neck and crowning the entire headstock. Chrome hardware includes the new Electra tuning machine heads by Hipshot, large strap buttons and the TonePros bridge and stop tail piece system. Available finishes are Trans Ruby or Natural. </p> <p>Based off of a two-humbucker, two-volume control system, Electra Guitars has created the Five Position Coil Linkage System. In addition to functioning like a standard two-pickup/three-way toggle configuration seen on other guitars, the new system provides the guitarist an array of nine pickup combinations and tones. </p> <p>“We use tones like painters use color. The more colors a painter has at his or her disposal, the better the art can be. With tones, it’s no different. We feel the more tones a guitarist has to work with, the better the music can be” added Gene Ymiolek, Electra Guitars CEO.</p> <p>Electra has built a diverse line of guitars and basses with street prices in the $599 to $999 price range. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.electraguitar.com/pages/electra-invicta">electraguitar.com/pages/electra-invicta</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/electra-guitars-launches-updated-invicta-model#comments Electra Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:58:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21786 ServoBender Hybrid Replicates Sound of Pedal Steel Guitar — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/servobender-hybrid-replicates-sound-pedal-steel-guitar-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a recently posted demo video for the ServoBender guitar.</p> <p>What is it? It's the latest — and perhaps the most successful — attempt at replicating the sound of a 10-string pedal steel guitar using the six-string variety (You know, the thing most of us play). One <em>could</em> even call it a guitar/pedal steel hybrid.</p> <p>While there are guitars with B-benders and G-benders (and both benders at the same time), the ServoBender uses four <a href="http://www.servocity.com/html/what_is_a_servo_.html">servos</a>, all of which are mounted to a metal plate below the bridge. Each one has a spring-and-cam system made from 3D-printed parts. </p> <p>The de-tuning is controlled by an <a href="http://www.arduino.cc/">Arduino</a> and sustain pedals retrofitted with hall-effect sensors.</p> <p>If you want (a lot) more info about the project, plus photos documenting the building process, head <a href="http://imgur.com/a/a0ZlW">here</a>, <a href="http://hackaday.com/2014/07/09/servobender-the-electronic-pedal-steel/">here</a> and <a href="http://www.guitarsite.com/news/features/tele-servo-bender-guitar-pedal-steel-hybrid/">here.</a> Also, be sure to let us know what you think of this guitar in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/fSQ9Dg65EFo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Online Managing Editor Damian Fanelli collects guitars equipped with B-benders; he has three at the moment, and now he thinks he needs this one.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/servobender-hybrid-replicates-sound-pedal-steel-guitar-demo-video#comments ServoBender Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:46:48 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21785