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The PD-1 Pro-Verdrive from Audiotech is another pedal designed to add overdrive to your sound, but not to colour or alter your tone. Manufactures of overdrive and distortion pedals have been developing guitar pedals which don't "tread" on a guitarist's carefully worked out tone. Audiotech has built the PD-1 to work this way; when stepped on, the pedal adds an overdrive boost, but it doesn't significantly change the basic tone.
Here are two new addition to Ibanez's Artcore series of large body, full hollow guitars. The AK75DGD is sports a cutaway, a beautiful gold finish, and two set in the body pickups.
The AF84EDVS sports a floating pickup and has the traditional, full body design.
Martin has developed a guitar with Sir George Martin (yeah, that one; the Beatle's producer). It's a beautiful guitar, and a bit pricey, but it was designed to be the ultimate recording guitar and all the features fulfill that mandate. The top is an extremely rare Italian alpine spuce, the sides and back are mahogany, and the guitar is built of an M body. The neck is also mahogany, and is 1 and 3/4" at the nut. Martin is accepting orders for this guitar until Sep23rd.
Most guitarists I know carry their pedals -and the connecting cables they need for them- around in a snake pile of mess. Planet Waves has come out with a solderless cable-making system. You get 10 ft of instrument cable, 10 right angled plugs, and a mini cable cutter; all so you can create your own lengths of connecting cables for you pedal board, of stand alone pedals. Good idea.
Steve Morse and Music Man have been partnered now for 20 years, and to celebrate the occasion, Music Man has released the new Steve Morse Y2d signature model. Did you check out Morse on Live 8 this past year on stage with Deep Purple?
I thought it was one of the better performances, and Morse rocked out hard on his Music Man. Decent sound; considering it was live, recorded, and played back through my tv's speakers. Even in this setting the Music Man sounded great.
The Y2d builds on that original guitar design that Morse has been playing since '85; this guitar is fashioned out of a Poplar body with a maple top and a clear pickguard to show off the quilted or flamed maple. The back is solid black. Loaded with three Di-Marzio's; a humbucker in the neck and bridge, and a custom wound single coil in the middle position. One small detail that screams Morse is the placement of the volume control; Steve likes to wrap his little finger around it as he plays.
This is a cool guitar.
Steve Morse Y2d link.
Man, this is one blast from the past...I remember when all electronic equipment was built this way; the silver topped black dials, the script and print on the user face, and the built-like-a-tank, wooden sided construction. Most home entertainment systems, and radio shack mixers looked like this- and the sounds they all made were groovy. Dig this, then; Moog has the longest Analogue, stand alone, delay module on the market with this puppy. There is a full one secound delay sandwiched between those wood sides, and this Moogerfooger is built to handle most inputs, from low level guitars and vocals, to high output drum machines and the like. Far out.
This is one hip new offering from Epiphone. Epiphone models of classic Gibson offerings are a great alternative to laying down the major bread needed to purchase the real mccoy from Gibson. This Les Paul is a unique twist on the Les Paul format; the Epiphone Custom Chrome Les Paul comes with chrome pickup mounting rings, hardware, inset knobs, and a chrome pickguard. Loaded with Alnico classic himbuckers. A great looking guitar.
Epiphone Guitars link.
Paul McCartney worked with Gibson (who owns Epiphone) to develop an recreation of his own '64 Epiphone Texan, which he had used in both the Beatles and Wings.
The first run of 40 were very unique, special guitars; the run was overseen by Macca himself, and the serial #001 and #002 were donated to the Adopt a minefield organization, and were signed by Paul himself.
Line 6 has a new addition to thier "modeling" instrument line. I've played around a bit with the original Variax- the 6 six string electric multi voiced guitar- and i was impressed with the overall feel and build of the guitar. I thought at first that Line 6 would place all the stress of the instrument in the actual sound generating of the guitar, but i found the physical feel of the guitar surprisingly well done. The sounds were impressive, and i thought, now here's a cool idea to the usual offerings of guitar builders. If the bass version is as cool and useable in terms of build and sound, then this bass is a welcome addition.
Line 6 Variax Bass link.
Morley has a new pedal; the SCV. It combines a volume pedal with an analog chorus, and can be used in stereo of mono setups. Morley is well known for it's great volume pedals, and they've been de rigeur for quite some time as the volume pedal. In this pedal, Morley has combined an analog chorus with a volume pedal.
Martin's new Clapton's Choice Strings will hit the stores by October, and will be offered in both light and medium guages in 92/8 Phosphor Bronze. The light set runs from 0.12 to 0.54, and the medium's from 0.13 to 0.56.
Martin also offers the Martin Custom Light 80/20 Bronze and the Martin Custom Light 92/8 Phosphor Bronze.
Martin Clatpton's Choice Strings link.
Rotary sounds have been popular for a long time; it's one of those classic sounds that people (guitarists) just don't seem to get too much of. Stevie Ray Vaughn used the swirling sounds of a spinning Leslie to great effect; Leslie's were the original generator of the effect. They were these huge speaker cabinets that actually spun the speakers in a circle inside the cabs, and made this great "swirling" sound. Leslie's were as big as refrigerators, and pretty unwieldly, so it didn't take too long before someone invented a pedal version. Boss's newest addition is the RT-20, and it accurately creates the classic rotary sounds. Cool pedal.
OLGA - the On Line Guitar Archive - is the web's oldest (OLGA's own claim) guitar TAB site. i don't know if they are indeed the oldest on the web, but i do know that they've been around a long time; web wise, that is. i've used OLGA for quite a time now, and - all in all - i've found the site to be great. Now when i say great, it's a subjective term. The tabs on the site have been written by contributing writers who have made the effort to transcribe guitar based parts, and the results are varied, but i like that; the way i learned guitar was through hanging out with other guitar playing friends, and sharing anything you'd worked out or tried to at least. it was a great way to learn, as it made you use your own ear and adopt your friend's efforts to match what you thought was correct. What this all led to was all of us played most things a little differently, maybe not perfectly, but certainly our personalities were in the mix. That's kind of what i get out of OLGA; think of it as a bunch of friends who think they've worked something out; it might not be accurate, but you'll all have fun.
One of the great guitarists of the Nineties (and in my opinion; of all time) was The Pixies's Joey Santiago. His tone and approach was always fresh and inventive. Joey supplied as unique a voice to The Pixies's sound as did Black Francis/Francis Black and was integral in making their band one of the most influential bands of their time, and even now, the sound and attitude they infused into the music scene with ground shaking albums like Surfer Rosa in the 1990's is still resounding through many of artist's sounds today.
The Pixies reunited last and year, and have been touring, and now they've announced a new album! The last Pixies's albun was 91's Trompe Le Monde; i for one, am waiting for this one.
When I think of VOX I always think of those black and white photos from the 60's of "super beatles" on stage with the Beatles or the Edge's backline. You can't beat the sound of a Vox for chime and ring; they are supreme when it comes to that great, clean sound. Now VOX has released an affordable series in their great tradition; and if I want that VOX ring, i'd like it to come out of VOX, not a faximile. As you suspected the AD100VT is capable of cranking out 100 watts (and the AD50VT, 50 watts, etc), but what is unique with the AD100VT, AD50VT, and the AD30VT is that the output wattage can be adjusted from 1 to the maximum watts available. That is; the AD100VT can be set to output 1-100 watts. This allows you to wind the output down, but still get the tube sounds you want. VOX has updated these amps with modeling so that you can get a AC30 sound all the way to a hi gain amp. VOX amps have sounds which are so classic - these amps give you the classic sounds, and add some variations- all a lower price point.
Yamaha has released the AES620-HB; a semi-hollowbody guitar made of mahogany with a maple top and also equipped with a mahogany neck. The AES620-HB comes in blonde or old violin sunburst finishes, and is loaded with a Yamaha humbucker in the front and a Seymour Duncan JB humbucker in the back. This guitar is based on Yamaha's AES620, which did well for itself. i dig semi and hollowbody guitars myself. i've always had a love for that sound, and this guitar is a new twist on the design. Link
Eric Johnson's tone on Cliffs of Dover is incredible. I've long been a fan of his style and finess; and of course his great tone. Fender has released another Strat in their Artist series, and the Eric Johnson Strat is their latest. This Stratocaster has an Alder body, 12" radius, and a soft V neck profile. An added feature that i personally love is the use of a Nitro Cellulose finish; i personally don't like the feel of the Polymer finishes. A great guitar.
Ernie Ball passed away recently, I have to admit it kind of made me pause. Ernie Ball Super Slinky's were the rock string when i was coming up and i felt a small sense of loss with his passing.
A friend of mine who plays a lot of acoustic guitar was spinning about how he could now string up his acoustic with Slinky's; checking it out, Ernie Ball offers 12 string sets, also. very cool.
Like some motorcycle enthusiasts, there is without a doubt a group of guitarists who want to own guitars manufactured in America. For many it's a bit of a pipedream; American guitars are high ticket items, and the prices put them out of reach for many weekend warrior guitarists. But, now the fortunes of these guitarists has changed; Washburn has just released the Pilsen Idol P170, and it's built in the USA and is priced below the all important thousand dollar mark. A carved top mahogany body, a mahogany neck, Grover tuners, Jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan Custom Custom and "59 pickups, and the Buzz Feiten tuning system. Dig it.
These new replacement knobs from Hipshot are a great idea. Many has been the time that i've tried to make quick on-the-fly volume changes or played around with volume swells, but i couldn't get traction on the volume knob. I guess this opens up tone swells too - you never know who's cooking up what in the woodshed.
Guitarists that feel the need for a change from the proliferation of Strat and Paul aesthetics which permeate the guitar marketplace don't have to look too far for guitars that play up on the differences rather than the commonalities of these two design stalwarts; what they're greater challenge lies is in weeding through the many "alternative" designs to find guitars that offer both uniqueness/coolness and real functionality. ESP guitars have release another guitar in the Dave Mustaine Signature Series; the Axxion (pronounced "Action"), hot on the heals of last year's DV8.
Both of these guitars feature Seymour Duncan. JB/Jazz pickups (which kick ***) and feature 25.5" scales, mahogany bodys and necks, and jumbo frets - can you spell "Heavy"?