Friday, August 19, 2005
Jimmy Page's tone back in the Led Zep days was partly shaped by the MK111 Tonebender. The Hop Hed Fuzztone is designed to help you create that the Led Zep tone. True Bypass switching, an intenal trimpot for adjusting the gain/output level, and heavy construction make for a cool pedal.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
When first heard John Mayer's acoustic based pop, i thought that he wrote OK pop songs; then I was watching TV late one night and i saw him in concert playing a strat-and playing it well! i thought the guy was one heck of a guitarist, and i've since heard more of his electric playing and i was impressed. Fender has released a signature strat in his name, and i think it's well deserved. Alder body, maple C shaped neck and new Big Dipper single coils.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
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.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
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.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
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.
Friday, August 05, 2005
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.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
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.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
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.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
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.