Gear http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/6/0 en Review: Lace Pickups USA Ultra Slim Acoustic Sensor Pickup — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-lace-pickups-usa-ultra-slim-acoustic-sensor-pickup-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the December 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-december-14-slipknot/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DecemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>For those of us who dabble on resonator guitars, finding a way to amplify the distinctive sound of these wood- or metal-bodied instruments can be a challenge. </p> <p>Resonator guitars have traditionally been built without electronics because they are designed to be loud enough for acoustic duties, thanks to their intricate metal-cone soundboards that project the instrument’s uniquely complex tone. But if you’re trying to compete with amplified instruments, you’ll invariably want to add a pickup to your resonator. </p> <p>Unfortunately, many aftermarket resonator pickups require professional installation, but thankfully, Lace Music makes the process easy with its USA Ultra Slim Acoustic Sensor pickup. Anyone can mount the pickup within seconds on most resonator guitars and enjoy amplified tone that is round and clear, with absolutely no noise.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0UdgVhzx2nw?list=UUqHkFMEmOPFO3ahcrrBAj4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-lace-pickups-usa-ultra-slim-acoustic-sensor-pickup-video#comments December 2014 Lace Lace Music Accessories News Gear Magazine Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:33:47 +0000 Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22527 TWA Releases Little Dipper Mk II Envelope-Controlled Formant Filter http://www.guitarworld.com/twa-releases-little-dipper-mk-ii-envelope-controlled-formant-filter <!--paging_filter--><p>Godlyke has announced the release of the TWA LD-02 Little Dipper Mk II. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Little Dipper is an envelope-controlled vocal formant filter based on a classic Seventies circuit. Its dual filters react to playing dynamics, creating peaks and notches that simulate the vowel sounds of human speech. </p> <p>The Little Dipper can emulate talk boxes, wah-wahs, filters and phase shifters, all with strikingly realistic vocal qualities. A built-in fuzz circuit emphasizes harmonics for a more dramatic effect while dry blend and noise gate controls provide a full-frequency response with low-noise operation.</p> <p><strong>The Little Dipper Mk II features the following:</strong></p> <p>• Ascension control adjusts strength of filtering effect<br /> • Diffraction control adjust strength of fuzz effect<br /> • 5-way Inclination slider selects vocal formant effect<br /> • 7-way Occultation rotary switch offers several EQ and filter timing variations<br /> • Low Boost switch for increased low frequency response<br /> • Internal Dry Blend trim pot<br /> • Internal Noise Gate trim pot<br /> • Internal Output Level trim pot<br /> • Expression pedal input for outboard control of Ascension pot<br /> • External 9 VDC power required (no battery option)<br /> • Proprietary S3 “Shortest Send Switching” relay-based True Bypass switching<br /> • “Ursa Minor” status LED array<br /> • 3-year warranty<br /> • Made in USA<br /> • Street Price $299</p> <p>For more info on Totally Wycked Audio products, visit <a href="http://www.godlyke.com">godlyke.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ini4-qzXeOk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/twa-releases-little-dipper-mk-ii-envelope-controlled-formant-filter#comments Godlyke Videos Effects News Gear Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:09:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22663 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: MXR M104 Distortion+ Vs. MXR M116 Fullbore Metal http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-mxr-m104-distortion-vs-mxr-m116-fullbore-metal <!--paging_filter--><p>It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals!</p> <p>In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. </p> <p>Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the beginning bracket — with all 32 competing pedals — in the <a href="https://www.scribd.com/">Scribd.com</a> window below (Be sure to click on the "full screen" button in the lower-right-hand corner to expand the bracket). </p> <p>The bracket will be updated after every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day. Each competing pedal will accompanied by a demo video created by the Jim Dunlop company, and you'll always find a photo gallery of the competing pedals at the bottom of each matchup.</p> <h1>Today's Matchup</h1> <p>In today's matchup, the MXR <strong>M104 Distortion+</strong> goes foot to foot against the MXR <strong>M116 Fullbore Metal</strong> pedal. Start voting below!</p> <p><Strong>YESTERDAY'S RESULTS</strong>: Yesterday, the <strong>M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay</strong> (71.22 percent) destroyed the <strong>MXR M117R Flanger</strong> (28.78 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m104-distortion">MXR M104 Distortion+</a></strong></p> <p>This little yellow box is responsible for those great distortion sounds heard on so many classic recordings. Set the Distortion control low and crank the Output knob to drive the front end of your amp for cool blues tones, or max out the Distortion knob for classic early ’80s hard rock tone. There still isn't any distortion unit on the market that sounds like the Distortion+.</p> <p><em>"When I was 15, I first arrived at my potential sound with an MXR Distortion+, a Memphis LP copy and a Fender Princeton amp." — Slash</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2GLMhHthq3M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m116-fullbore-metal">MXR M116 Fullbore Metal</a></strong></p> <p>Ultimate riff power is yours with the Fullbore Metal Distortion pedal from MXR. This compact but powerful device is all you need to unleash the most devastating contemporary metal guitar tones ever heard. The Fullbore Metal turbo-charges your guitar signal with lethal amounts of ultra high gain. This is combined with a built-in Noise Gate to knock out the noise associated with extreme gain levels while also adding definition and tightness to syncopated metal riffs.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EYPpHDMZ9YM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Vote Now!</h1> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8396492.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8396492/">Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Readers Poll, Round 1: MXR M104 Distortion+ Vs. M116 Fullbore Metal</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Dunlop GW Brackets-V2 on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/244267176/Dunlop-GW-Brackets-V2" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Dunlop GW Brackets-V2</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/244267176/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_32519" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-mxr-m104-distortion-vs-mxr-m116-fullbore-metal#comments Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown MXR Poll Polls Videos Effects News Features Gear Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:54:56 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22658 Jeff Beck Shows Off His Favorite Guitars — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-shows-his-favorite-guitars-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Fans of Jeff Beck — and of vintage gear in general — might get a kick out of the video below.</p> <p>In the nearly 15-minute-long clip, which appears as bonus content on Beck's 2011 <em>Rock 'n' Roll Party</em> DVD, Beck shows off some of his favorite guitars.</p> <p>These include a Fender Telecaster with humbuckers (which he got from Seymour Duncan), a Fender Strat he got from John McLaughlin, an original Gretsch Rancher, a 1954 Telecaster (which he plugs in and demos), a 1956 Gretsch Duo Jet and more!</p> <p>This is, of course, the same Duo Jet Beck used on his 1993 <em>Crazy Legs</em> album (a tribute to Gene Vincent and Cliff Gallup) and at the 2010 <em>Rock 'n' Roll Party</em> Les Paul tribute show at the Iridium in New York City.</p> <p>Enjoy! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0YB9EX7YpFk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jeff-beck">Jeff Beck</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-shows-his-favorite-guitars-video#comments Jeff Beck Videos News Gear Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:21:38 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22657 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay Vs. MXR M117R Flanger http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-mxr-m169-carbon-copy-analog-delay-vs-mxr-m117r-flanger <!--paging_filter--><p>It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals!</p> <p>In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. </p> <p>Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the beginning bracket — with all 32 competing pedals — in the <a href="https://www.scribd.com/">Scribd.com</a> window below (Be sure to click on the "full screen" button in the lower-right-hand corner to expand the bracket). </p> <p>The bracket will be updated after every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day. Each competing pedal will accompanied by a demo video created by the Jim Dunlop company, and you'll always find a photo gallery of the competing pedals at the bottom of each matchup.</p> <h1>Today's Matchup</h1> <p>In today's matchup, the MXR <strong>M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay</strong> goes foot to foot against the MXR <strong>M117R Flanger</strong>. Start voting below!</p> <p><Strong>YESTERDAY'S RESULTS</strong>: Yesterday, the <strong>Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face</strong> (61.8 percent) edged out the <strong>Fuzz Face Distortion</strong> (38.2 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m169-carbon-copy-analog-delay">MXR M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay</a></strong></p> <p>Go from crisp "bathroom" slap echoes to epic, Gilmouresque delays with the MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay. Featuring 600ms of delay time with optional modulation, and a three-knob layout that controls Delay, Mix, and Regen. </p> <p>In addition, there are two internal trim pots that offer user-adjustable width and rate control of the modulation for even more tonal options. All done by a completely analog audio path for authentic rich, warm analog delay—made possible only by old-school analog bucket brigade technology. True bypass.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZU0ct39DeBI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m117r-flanger">MXR M117R Flanger</a></strong></p> <p>The MXR Flanger creates a variety of wild sounds from dynamic jet plane or cool space effects to short delay, chorus and vibrato. Back off Width to zero to disengage auto-sweep, then use the Manual knob to physically place the effect anywhere along the frequency spectrum; use with guitar, bass, keyboards or vocals!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wl2zvNW3rSg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p>The <strong>M169 Carbon Copy Analog Delay</strong> (71.22 percent) destroyed the <strong>MXR M117R Flanger</strong> (28.78 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see today's current matchup—and all the matchups that have taken place so far—head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/243992592/Jim-Dunlop-Effect-Pedal-Throwdown" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/243992592/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_47835" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-mxr-m169-carbon-copy-analog-delay-vs-mxr-m117r-flanger#comments Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown MXR Poll Polls Effects News Features Gear Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:35:05 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22645 1955 Gretsch Duo Jet 6128 Guitar — Demo Video by Chicago Music Exchange http://www.guitarworld.com/1955-gretsch-duo-jet-6128-guitar-demo-video-chicago-music-exchange <!--paging_filter--><p>The gang over at Chicago Music Exchange (where I recently bought a Line 6 expression pedal for my M9) posted a demo video for a very rare (and very beautiful) 1955 Gretsch Duo Jet 6128 that was originally bought by Ben Harper.</p> <p>To see and hear what this guitar can do, be sure to watch the clip below.</p> <p>In the clip, Joel from CME plays the guitar through a Tone King Royalist 15-watt Combo amp. The reverb is courtesy of a Red Panda reverb pedal.</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. Its DeArmond Dynasonic pickups offered the raucous twang needed for rockabilly and just enough jangle for rock, making it the choice of guitarists like the Beatles' George Harrison and, in his early Nineties rockabilly phase (and again in 2010), 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><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dKdkSfjDUgs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/1955-gretsch-duo-jet-6128-guitar-demo-video-chicago-music-exchange#comments Gretsch Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:20:42 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22635 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: EVH95 Eddie Van Halen Cry Baby Vs. ZW95 Zakk Wylde Cry Baby http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-evh95-eddie-van-halen-cry-baby-vs-zw95-zakk-wylde-cry-baby <!--paging_filter--><p>It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals!</p> <p>In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. </p> <p>Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the beginning bracket — with all 32 competing pedals — in the <a href="https://www.scribd.com/">Scribd.com</a> window below (Be sure to click on the "full screen" button in the lower-right-hand corner to expand the bracket). </p> <p>The bracket will be updated after every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day. Each competing pedal will accompanied by a demo video created by the Jim Dunlop company, and you'll always find a photo gallery of the competing pedals at the bottom of each matchup.</p> <p>Remember you can vote once per device! Get started!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Voting Closed!</h1> <p>The <strong>Dunlop Zakk Wylde Signature Cry Baby</strong> (52.47 percent) edged out the <strong>Dunlop Eddie Van Halen Signature Cry Baby</strong> (47.53 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see today's matchup, and all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Yesterday's Results</h1> <p>Yesterday, the <strong>MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion</strong> (53.08 percent) just barely edged out the <strong>MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion</strong> (46.92 percent) and advanced to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see all the matchups that have taken place so far, head HERE.</a> Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/EVH-wah">Dunlop Eddie Van Halen Signature Cry Baby Wah</a></strong></p> <p>The EVH Wah was developed after intensive design collaboration with the legendary guitarist, Eddie Van Halen. Early on in the process, Eddie handed over his “Holy Grail” Cry Baby—a standard Cry Baby customized in the early Nineties with a more vocal-like, High Q inductor and a wider frequency sweep. </p> <p>Amazingly, we found that over the years Eddie’s unique wah style, which uses mostly the middle range of the pedal’s action, had carved his own curve into the pot’s resistive element, making the middle range even more defined and increased the low-end sweep. Our clones of the worn-in pot and hand-selected inductor give the new EVH Wah Wah the same “Holy Grail” feel and tone, and its true hardwire bypass, dual bright blue bypass LEDs, and graphics based on the black and yellow-striped guitar featured on Van Halen II round out this EVH-approved Cry Baby with a voice and look all its own.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/S46UqM4bumA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/zw45-zakk-wylde-signature-wah">Dunlop Zakk Wylde Signature Cry Baby Wah</a></strong></p> <p>Modern Cry Baby Master Zakk Wylde and Dunlop have joined forces to deliver the toughest, meanest wah pedal on the planet. Built from the ground up with great tone and rugged durability in mind, this pedal can stand up to the crushing stomp of metal's reigning king of lead guitar. </p> <p>The Wylde Wah features a heavy-duty raw-metal casing and road worthy components to withstand years of ass-kicking abuse. With guts that have been finely tuned to Zakk's specs, this wah is specially voiced to deliver an extra thick and cutting tone. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RMPzL7gZROI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/243691605/Jim-Dunlop-Effect-Pedal-Throwdown" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/243691605/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_18875" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></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="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/zakk-wylde">Zakk Wylde</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-evh95-eddie-van-halen-cry-baby-vs-zw95-zakk-wylde-cry-baby#comments Eddie Van Halen Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Poll Polls Zakk Wylde Effects News Features Gear Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:19:25 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22631 Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Vs. MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-mxr-m75-super-badass-distortion-vs-mxr-m78-custom-badass-78-distortion <!--paging_filter--><p>It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals!</p> <p>In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. </p> <p>Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunlop pedals.</p> <p>You can check out the beginning bracket — with all 32 competing pedals — in the <a href="https://www.scribd.com/">Scribd.com</a> window below (Be sure to click on the "full screen" button in the lower-right-hand corner to expand the bracket). </p> <p>The bracket will be updated after every matchup, and matchups will take place pretty much every day. Each competing pedal will accompanied by a demo video created by the Jim Dunlop company, and you'll always find a photo gallery of the competing pedals at the bottom of each matchup.</p> <p>Remember you can vote once per device! Get started!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Voting Closed!</h1> <p>The <strong>MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion</strong> (53.08 percent) just barely edged out the <strong>MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion</strong> (46.92 percent) and will advance to the next round! <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown">To see the current matchup (and all the matchups that have taken place so far), head HERE.</a> Thank you for voting!</p> <h1>Meet the Combatants</h1> <p>Designed by the award-winning MXR Custom Badass team, the <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m75-super-badass-distortion">Super Badass Distortion</a></strong> puts decades of 100 percent analog distortion at your feet. With its highly responsive Distortion control, the Super Badass covers a full spectrum, from early Seventies low gain overdrive to modern “scooped” metal distortion and every shade of dirt in between. </p> <p>Once you’ve dialed in your desired amount of crunch, you can use the Bass, Mid and Treble controls to finely sculpt your sound.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-MnmNi8y_Yk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> The first in a line from the MXR Custom Badass design team, the <strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m78-custom-badass-78-distortion">MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion</a></strong> is a factory-modded pedal that roars with huge amp stack tones and old school tube amp-like distortion. We took a classic distortion circuit and hot-rodded it to the next level for over-the-top soaring leads and rich, saturated rhythms. </p> <p>With only three knobs, dialing in Badass tone is a cinch. The CRUNCH button allows you to choose between two different modes of diode and LED clipping, boosting the harmonic content of the distortion. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ZcWb3Ypdk44" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Vote Now!</h1> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8366535.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8366535/">Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown Readers Poll, Round 1: MXR M75 Super Badass Distortion Vs. MXR M78 Custom Badass '78 Distortion</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/243691605/Jim-Dunlop-Effect-Pedal-Throwdown" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/243691605/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_18875" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jim-dunlop-effect-pedal-throwdown-round-1-mxr-m75-super-badass-distortion-vs-mxr-m78-custom-badass-78-distortion#comments Jim Dunlop Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown MXR Poll Polls readers poll Way Huge Videos Effects News Features Gear Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:50:37 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22562 Steve Stevens Demos and Discusses Supro 1624T Dual-Tone Guitar Amp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-stevens-demos-and-discusses-supro-1624t-dual-tone-guitar-amp-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new <em>Guitar World</em> video, Grammy-winning guitarist Steve Stevens demos and discusses the new Supro 1624T Dual-Tone guitar amp at his home studio in Los Angeles. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>"The Dual-Tone 1×12 combo is the undeniable rock star of the mid-Sixties Supro amplifier lineup. Vintage 1624T amps have been sought-after for decades because they embody the most desirable aspects of the Supro sound. </p> <p>"As the Dual-Tone’s volume knob is turned beyond noon, a fat and compressed clean tone evolves into an immediately recognizable grind that remains articulate and listenable even when turned up to full blast.</p> <p>"This 24-Watt, 1×12 tube combo can easily be driven to glorious saturation at a manageable gigging volume while retaining exceptional clarity and bandwidth, at any level of gain."</p> <p>Although he's best known for his work with Billy Idol, Stevens is a top-flight session guitarist who has worked with a host of artists, including Michael Jackson and Vince Neil. He also recorded the theme song from <em>Top Gun</em>! </p> <p>Idol's new album, <em>Kings &amp; Queens of the Underground</em>, features Stevens and will be released October 21 on Idol's own BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services. It's Idol's first album in almost a decade. </p> <p>For more about Supro amps, visit <a href="http://suprousa.com/">SuproUSA.com</a>. For more about Stevens, <a href="http://billyidol.net/steve-stevens/">head here.</a> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jpttzhOy8QE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-stevens-demos-and-discusses-supro-1624t-dual-tone-guitar-amp-video#comments Steve Stevens Supro Videos Amps News Gear Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:15:43 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22614 Guitar World's Paul Riario Puts D'Addario's NYXL Strings to the Test on the Streets of NYC — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-paul-riario-puts-daddarios-nyxl-strings-test-new-york-city-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this brand-new video, <em>Guitar World</em>'s Paul Riario — armed with a Charvel Jake E. Lee signature model guitar — hits the gritty streets of New York City with D'Addario's new NYXL strings.</p> <p> The goal? To put NYXL strings into the hands of New Yorkers (and a superhero or two) to see if the strings really do "allow you to strum harder, stay in tune better and bend further."</p> <p>Several guest stars — from Testament's Alex Skolnick to the Naked Cowboy to Spiderman to guitarist Wayne Krantz — seem to agree the strings hold up to the test!</p> <p>For more information about D'Addario's NYXL strings, visit <a href="http://www.nyxlstory.com/">nyxlstory.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yePDRnWahLg?list=UUqHkFMEmOPFO3ahcrrBAj4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-paul-riario-puts-daddarios-nyxl-strings-test-new-york-city-video#comments Alex Skolnick D'Addario Paul Riario Accessories Videos News Features Gear Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:58:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22578 Fender Introduces Adam Clayton Jazz Bass Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-introduces-adam-clayton-jazz-bass-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Fender has introduced its Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Throughout the entire phenomenal history of the band, the music of U2 has been underpinned by the gracefully muscular bass work of Adam Clayton. His impeccable groove and expansive tone form the sonic foundation of one of the biggest bands in the history of rock music, never more powerfully than today.</p> <p>Fender’s Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar puts his rock solid sound and style in bassists’ hands, with elegant appointments and elemental tone, including two potent Fender Custom Shop pickups and a beautiful Sherwood Green Metallic gloss finish with matching headstock.</p> <p>Other premium features include a maple neck with a custom “C”-shaped profile and vintage style heel truss-rod adjustment, 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets and white pearloid block inlays, four-ply white pearloid pickguard, vintage-style black plastic Jazz Bass control knobs, vintage-style high-mass bridge (combination string-through-body/top-load), vintage Style “lollipop” tuners and a deluxe black hard-shell case with orange interior.</p> <p>“I played (my Sherwood Green 1965 Jazz Bass) a lot on the ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ tour and I really love it,” said Clayton. “It had a great sound and the pickups were really, really punchy. I got Fender to clone the bass I had, but rather than make it an exact replica of my beat-up Sherwood Green bass, I said, ‘Let’s make it pretty; let’s make it as beautiful as we can and make it all new.’ So, they put this together for me. … This is a great bass. I’ve been using it on the new album and I’m going to be playing it live.”</p> <p>For more information regarding the bass, visit <a href="http://www.fender.com/features/adam-clayton/">fender.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EHGKzT2cfR8" 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="/u2">U2</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/fender-introduces-adam-clayton-jazz-bass-guitar#comments Adam Clayton Fender FMIC Specialty Brands U2 Videos Bass Guitars News Gear Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:41:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22601 It Might Get Weird: The Frirsz Filmocaster Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/it-might-get-weird-frirsz-filmocaster-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>We’ve seen many weird guitars made out of strange materials (a bull’s skull, a girl mannequin and a toilet seat, to name a few), but a film reel is one of the most unusual items we’ve ever encountered used for a guitar body. </p> <p>What’s even more unusual is that this highly unorthodox guitar, called the Filmocaster, was conceived and built by Nicholas Frirsz, who has specialized in building violins for four decades. </p> <p> “I’ve made my living building classic violins by hand,” Frirsz says, “so I was surprised by the enthusiastic reaction to these guitars. I sent photos of the prototype to friends, and they sent them to their friends. Now I get emails from all over the world asking about the Filmocaster.”</p> <p> The Filmocaster’s body is made from a vintage, art deco–style Goldberg Brothers film reel from the Thirties. “I discovered one in an antique shop in Vermont,” Frirsz recalls. “I began to think about saving this little part of film history and bringing it to a brand new audience. This reel reminds me of matinees and audiences that packed cinemas back then. My apprentices found 40 of them in a warehouse, so I’m limiting production to just 40 guitars.”</p> <p> Frirsz offers the Filmocaster with various options. One has a built-in five-watt amp and speaker, and another has a Korg Kaossilator Pro controller. “Every guitar has a little something special added in,” Frirsz explains. “Some have classic vintage humbuckers while others have handwound hot rods. </p> <p>The Stetsbar tremolo does not require a recessed pocket for installation, and it’s smooth as silk. The reel is cast aluminum, so the weight is light and the body is completely grounded and shielded, which makes it a good, quiet ax for the studio and stage. This is a functional piece of art with historical significance, and it’s a really smoking guitar.”</p> <p> The price for a base model Filmocaster starts at $3,000.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://frirszmusic.com/filmocaster">frirszmusic.com/filmocaster</a>.</p> <p><em>Have you created a custom work of guitar art suitable for It Might Get Weird? Email us at soundingboard@guitarworld.com.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/it-might-get-weird-frirsz-filmocaster-guitar#comments It Might Get Weird October 2014 Electric Guitars News Gear Magazine Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:42:49 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22598 Review: Carr Skylark Guitar Amp http://www.guitarworld.com/review-carr-skylark-guitar-amp <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the December 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-december-14-slipknot/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=DecemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>The combo amp has gone in and out of style over the years, reaching an initial peak in the mid Sixties before CBS purchased Fender and getting another bump in popularity during the Seventies when Mesa/Boogie hit the scene. </p> <p>Today, numerous combo amp models are available to choose from, but few companies offer variety comparable to Carr, which makes 10 different combo models. </p> <p>The Skylark is the latest addition to the company’s lineup, and it packs a ton of versatile features into its compact chassis.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NQeXiNXaqj0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-carr-skylark-guitar-amp#comments Carr Amplifiers December 2014 Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:27:21 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22526 Review: ESP E-II ST-2 Rosewood RDB Guitar — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-e-ii-st-2-rosewood-rdb-guitar-video <!--paging_filter--><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> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong></p> <p> ESP traditionally builds guitar bodies from alder or ash, largely because these are the tonewoods that look best when stained. However, as a first for the company, the ST-2 offers a basswood foundation topped with flamed maple. (Basswood is preferred by some players for its ability to produce clear, balanced tones through high levels of gain.) </p> <p> The 25 1/2–inch maple neck has a rosewood fingerboard and is bolted into an ideally leveled pocket, maximizing attack characteristics and ensuring that the string action is nearly identical across all 22 extra-jumbo frets. The neck’s U-shaped profile is thin by any standard, but it’s just chunky enough to provide stable resonance and completely formed tones—you won’t find a weak note anywhere on this neck. </p> <p> An original Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo floats on the same angle as the neck in a pull-up-friendly route. DiMarzio’s Steve Blucher created the direct-mounted, split-coil humbuckers to specifically match the ST-2’s intended versatility. The single-coil tap is activated by pulling the tone pot, and the controls are closely spaced below the bridge pickup where the picking hand ends its strumming arc, parallel to the free-hanging whammy bar. The right-angled output jack is another nice touch and is ideally positioned so that the guitar’s cord can be tucked behind your strap.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE </strong></p> <p> Plugged or unplugged, the ST-2 is acoustically correct, presenting tones that sound rich but are never out of balance or lacking definition. Through a clean amp, the guitar exhibits bass attack that is pleasantly soft, with deep and uncolored overall tonality. Singlecoil mode maintains the humbuckers’ volume and is expectedly more crisp but without squawk or Texas spice. </p> <p> As more gain is introduced to the humbuckers, the bass becomes tighter and the DiMarzios’ complexity is more apparent. Clarity isn’t diminished by higher gain. On the contrary, the ST-2 seems to breathe deeper and respond more dynamically when handling a hot signal. </p> <p> For the most part, the ST-2’s voice, attitude and nuance are created by the player’s touch—it does exactly what it’s told.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,558<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER:</strong> The ESP Guitar Company, <a href="http://www.espguitars.com/">espguitars.com</a></p> <p> A push/pull tone pot taps the humbuckers for single-coil operation, offering more tonal cut without altering volume. Low, buzz-free action and consistent note volume are evident across all 22 extrajumbo frets, creating a near-perfect playing experience.</p> <p> <strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong>: Whether you want a guitar that can keep up with your fingers or one that delivers sonic balance and uncompromised performance, ESP’s E-II series ST-2 is the valedictorian of 2014’s midpriced class.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tWaFArudSho" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-esp-e-ii-st-2-rosewood-rdb-guitar-video#comments ESP Guitars September 2014 Electric Guitars News Gear Magazine Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:19:57 +0000 Eric Kirkland, Video by Paul Riario http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21793 PRS Expands Archon Guitar Amplifier Family with Archon 25 Combo — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-expands-archon-amplifier-family-archon-25-combo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>PRS has expanded its Archon guitar amp line with the Archon 25 Combo.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Archon 25 brings the king of PRS high-gain amplification to the world of small, low wattage tube amps. The Archon’s lush distortion and singing clean channel tones are all here in a 25-watt package (switchable to 13 watts via the back panel). </p> <p>The Archon 25’s wattage makes the amp easier to push to optimum performance — tube amps sound best when pushed a little — and it gets there at a lower volume, which is a huge benefit not only at home, but also in the studio and on the stage. Recording with an amp at lower volumes allows for a cleaner signal and a truer tone, and keep the soundman happy by not blowing out the other members of the band.</p> <p>The Archon 25 features Volume, Treble, Middle and Bass controls for each channel. There is also a Master Volume control for each channel and global Depth and Presence for added control. The Archon’s 6L6/EL34 tube option is replaced here with 5881’s, which offer extended high end while maintaining the Archon’s signature crunch.</p> <p>PRS Artist Emil Werstler on the Archon 25 Combo, “It’s a pretty surprising amp. One of the main reasons I play this amp is that it has a rare feature for a high gain amp, and that is that it actually has a clean channel. It’s very lightweight, and you can drive external cabinets with it. It feels the same [as the original Archon]. The only difference is it’s obviously very small and you can’t complain about carting it upstairs anymore.”</p> <p>Bottom line, the Archon 25 keeps all the tone and flexibility of the Archon family intact, is a little more forgiving than its 100 and 50 watt big brothers, and won’t break your back every time you load in for a gig. </p> <p>For complete specifications, visit <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/archon25/">prsguitars.com/archon25</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/17IkuQCE-uU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prs-expands-archon-amplifier-family-archon-25-combo-video#comments PRS Guitars Videos Amps News Gear Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:15:28 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22584