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Gig Report: Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18

Guitar Gear - 5 hours 49 min ago
Before I get into the actual report, before getting the TubeMeister 18, I never thought I would review a Hughes & Kettner amplifier, let alone own one. To me, they always seemed to be more Prog and NuMetal machines. But once I got mine — and I have to admit I bought it off my […]
Categories: General Interest

EHX Holy Grail Neo Reverb Pedal

Guitar Noize - 11 hours 54 min ago


Although I’m a little slow to post this, my apologies, Electro-Harmonix recently added to their already vast array of effects pedals with a compact Reverb pedal called the EHX Holy Grail Neo which features Plate, Spring and Hall reverbs controlled by a three-position toggle switch in EHX’s die-cast nano chassis. The Holy Grail Neo is True Bypass to ensure maximum signal path integrity when the effect is in bypass mode, it can be powered by a 9 Volt battery and is shipped with an EHX9.6DC power supply. The U.S. List Price is $163.37.

For more info – http://www.ehx.com/products/holy-grail-neo

EHX holy grail neo

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Categories: General Interest

Carles Trepat Concert on an 1892 Torres Guitar

Guitarist.com - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 22:09

Carles Trepat is a Spanish Catalan classical guitarist. He was born in Lérida, Spain, in 1960. He usually plays with historical guitars. This concert was played on his 1892 Antonio Torres guitar (SE 153), using gut and silk strings. (In fact, Torres didn’t finish building this guitar. According to Romanillos, this guitar was completed by Miguel Moya when Torres fell ill.)

Program:

FERNANDO SOR
Andante largo, Op.5, No.5

MIGUEL GARCÍA (Padre Basilio)
Minueto (07:02)
Sonata de Elami (09:17)

J. S. BACH (Trans. Llobet)
Sarabande (14:50)
Bourrée (18:49)

JULIÁN ARCAS
Bolero (23:05)
Soleá (26:00)

ISAAC ALBÉNIZ
Capricho catalán (32:50)

ENRIQUE GRANADOS
La maja de Goya (36:43)
El mirar de la maja (42:22)

MANUEL LÓPEZ-QUIROGA
Dos zambras La Salvadora (46:10)
Y sin embargo te quiero (49:44)

JUAN MOSTAZO
Los piconeros (Bulerías del siglo XVIII) (53:34)

CONSUELO VELÁZQUEZ
Amar y vivir (58:12)

MAGÍN ALEGRE
Americana (1:03:05)

POPULAR CATALANA
El cant dels ocells (1:07:17)

Categories: Classical

Rayner Guitar from the 1960s. Not made in Japan?

Guitarz - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 21:17
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There is very little information in the listing for this Rayner guitar. Just a phone number. I thought perhaps it was a lazy seller, but found that there is not a lot of information about these guitars. My first thought was that it was a Kawai with a different name but in some searching i found that it was quite possibly built in Ireland by Statsford.

Can anyone confirm or deny this?

No matter the origins I love the look of this hollow-body beauty. I feel I've seen a similar shape in another guitar, but cannot quite place it. 

Perhaps it was just a wonderful dream.

R.W. Haller



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Categories: General Interest

How To Cope With Guitar Buzz

I Heart Guitar - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 20:50

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Want An Ormsby Endorsement?

I Heart Guitar - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 19:48

Ormsby

I know there are plenty of professional and semi-professional folks who read this blog, and I know you all like really, really freaking good guitars, right? Well right now Ormsby Guitars is looking for a few new endorsers to help spread the word and, of course, play some incredible instruments. If you have a decent following and think you’d be a great ambassador for Ormsby Guitars, visit http://www.ormsbyguitars.com/endorsements.html to register your interest. At this stage priority is given to multiscale instruments but Ormsby will consider regular guitars too.

Categories: General Interest

Vintage Kent 744 Electric Mandolin

Guitarz - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 06:07
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It's a shame these pictures aren't the best quality as this looks like a great example of a vintage Kent electric mandolin.

This Vintage Kent 744 model is likely from the late 1960s or early 1970s and boasts a new custom pick up and a brass nut.

R.W. Haller



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N Stuff Music Demos the Guthrie Govan Signature Model

Charvel Guitars - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:16

Guthrie Govan demo
The folks at Pittsburgh’s N Stuff Music recently got their hands on a Govan Signature model and ran through some of the incredible tones the guitar achieves.

N Stuff’s featured model boasts a San Dimas body and a flame maple top, in addition to many other high-performance appointments at Govan’s exact specifications.

Check out the demo after the jump.

 

Categories: Manufacturers

One of a kind Treble Clef Guitar. Thankfully

Guitarz - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:08
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Egads! Words. They nearly fail me. I'll try.

Honestly, I could forgive this guitar for existing if it weren't for a couple of factors:

1) Even though I much rather prefer a maple fretboard, never before has a design suffered so poorly by not being a darker wood fretboard. Continuity, anyone?

2) The seller is asking $950 for what essentially appears to be a novelty guitar built from the parts of an unknown Stratocaster copy.

For shame sir or madam, for shame.

R.W. Haller


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Categories: General Interest

Oakland Axe Factory Headless 6/7/8-String Line

I Heart Guitar - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:04

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PRESS RELEASE: Following the Oakland Axe Factory SS8 and SS7 models, the new headless guitar model, Falcon, is available with the same open selection as aforementioned models, which lets players put together their own ideal version of the instrument.

The goal behind the Falcon was to make a guitar that pushes the boundaries, yet feels familiar and comfortable, with a sleek shallow C-profile neck. With deep contours and rounded edges on the back, and a radiused top on the front, you won’t feel any hard edges where the guitar meets your body or your forearm. With a belly cut that hugs your chest, unprecedented upper fret access, and perfect balance both when sitting and standing up, the compact and practically sized Falcon will be an excellent instrument for recording artists and touring musicians alike!

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To launch of the Falcon, we are offering a limited discounted run of 21 guitars, starting off with the 7 string model! With a discounted base price of $1799, the 7 string features:

  • 26.5″ scale, 20″ fretboard radius. Dual acting truss rod.
  • Your choice between several body, neck, and fretboard woods.
  • Your choice between flamed or quilted maple radiused tops.
  • Pickups from DiMarzio, Bare Knuckle Pickups, Fishman Fluence series, Instrumental Pickups, and Elysian Tuned Aperture pickups.
  • Simple and clean choice of electronics, with optional kill-switch!
  • Optional Carbon Fibre reinforcement rods in the neck.
  • Misc. Options like hardware and pickup colours, gig bag, straplocks, etc!

Visit our Facebook page for more information, photos, and pricing: facebook.com/pages/Oakland-Axe-Factory/125141717542006

Or email us with any inquiries at oafstore@yahoo.com

All O.A.F guitars are made in and feature parts from North America!

Categories: General Interest

The Les Paul Foundation Announces the Official 100th Birthday of Les

Guitar International - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:46

Press Release

Source: M2MPR

Old LesThe Les Paul Foundation has announced the official “100th Birthday of Les Paul,” a year-long celebration to launch the famous inventor and musician’s 100th birthday – June 9th, 2015.

The celebration, which will last through May of 2016, will include exciting programs beginning with the star-studded June 9th event in New York’s Times Square.

Fans of Les Paul will have the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the most famous names in music at the official kick-off event.

Music legends including Steve Miller, Journey’s Neal Schon, guitar virtuoso Johnny A, Chickenfoot’s Joe Satriani, Count’s 77 and others will appear at the event. Musical acts will continue to be announced on les-paul.com over the next several weeks.

Les Paul was the father of the solid body electric guitar – the inventor of multitrack recording, overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects, electronic echo and many other recording innovations that today’s recording artists use every day. Musicians from every genre have credited Les Paul for their careers. Numerous museum exhibits and awards continue to celebrate the innovations and accomplishments of Les Paul.

The Les Paul 100th Anniversary plan includes a star-studded musical launch event in New York, a national PSA campaign giving youth a chance to “Pledge to Invent,” a tribute concert in New York City a new interactive website, new merchandise, several re-releases of Les Paul’s music, educational grants, media promotions and the kick-off of a national tour aptly called “Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience.”

Anderson Cooper of CNN said that “It is literally true that what is now known as modern American music would not be what it is today without Les Paul.”

“The man is a genius. Whenever you turn on your amplifier, that’s Les Paul,” has added the legendary B.B. King, a colleague and friend of the innovator.

Young LesKnown also as the “Father of the Solid Body Electric Guitar,” “The Wizard of Waukesha,” “Rhubarb Red,” “The Father of Modern Music,” and others, Les Paul’s curiosity about sound began at a very young age. Contemporary artists like Slash, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Joan Jett, Jimi Hendrix and many others have paid homage to Les Paul throughout their careers.

Les Paul was born Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin. At the age of eight he began playing the harmonica. He tried the piano and banjo but switched to the guitar. It was during that time that he invented a neck-worn harmonica holder which allowed him to play both sides of the harmonica hands-free while accompanying the guitar.

Paul’s interest in musical instruments didn’t stop there. He also loved modifying them. At the age of nine he built his first crystal radio. While in Junior High he built the harmonica holder out of a wire coat hanger. He began his work with the solid body guitar as a teen when he filled his acoustic guitar with rags, socks and a tablecloth and eventually with Plaster of Paris.

While in high school he made his first solid body electric guitar using a piece of rail from a nearby train line. Years later the rail guitar evolved into Les’ famous 4 x 4 piece of pine that he wired as a guitar and dubbed “The Log.” It was the basis for the first solid-body electric guitar that changed the face of music.

Les Paul’s influence would go on to extend beyond the guitar. Paul’s good friend and influence Bing Crosby, who he performed with, encouraged him to build a recording studio which Paul did in his Hollywood garage when he was 30 years old. This is where he developed industry changing recording techniques. His breakthrough came in 1948 with a recording of the song “Lover” which used a variety of tracks and introduced his many new recording techniques. Les Paul once again changed the face of music with the birth of multi-track recording.

In 1949 Les married Mary Ford and began producing hits with her such as “How High the Moon” and “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise.” They had their own radio show and later a hit television show called “Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home.”

Les + Mary

Together they recorded dozens of hit songs all of which were recorded using recording techniques Les Paul invented in his studio. Those hits included “Mockin Bird Hill” (#3 1951) and Vaya Con Dios (#1, 1953). Paul also had instrumental hits on his own including “Nola”(#9, 1950), “Whispering” (#6, 1952) and “Meet Mister Callaghan” (#5,1952). In the 1960s Paul formed an agreement with the Gibson guitar company and the famous Les Paul guitar went into production becoming one of the best known guitars of all time. Few can deny that Les Paul remains an American institution.

“The players, the great musicians, the people we revere in our industry…they know every time they pick up an electric guitar why we have the electric guitar,” said Music Industry Executive Phil Quartararo. “They know every time they sit down in a studio at a mixing board, why that board exists. I can assure you that the people in this industry don’t go through a day in their life in this business without being touched by something Les Paul did, said, played or invented.”

Scheduled events and programs to kick off the “Les Paul 100th Birthday” celebration on June 9th, 2015 include the official unveiling of “Les Paul Day” in New York as well as Les’ hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin and Nashville, Tennessee. Later that evening a star-studded official 100th birthday party for Les Paul will take place in Times Square at the Hard Rock Cafe New York. A red carpet arrival will begin at 6pm followed by a special ticketed musical event inside.

The first stop of “Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience” mobile tour will be in Times Square on the same day. The 53’ foot interactive state-of-the-art mobile exhibit will be on Broadway and 44th and be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and free to the public. Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience offers 1,000 square feet for visitors to explore music, sound and technology innovations in a hands-on, entertaining interactive experience. Visitors will be able to mix and share music as they discover Les Paul. The mobile tour will visit cities across the country until late May 2016. A VIP Les Paul party at The Iridium will close out the night. The Iridium is where Les Paul played every Monday night up until his passing.

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Les Paul and Sir Paul McCartney

Tickets for the event will be available at www.ticketweb.com beginning Monday, April 6, 2015. There will be only 500 tickets sold. Once sold out no other ticket will be available. More performers attending the event will be listed on the les-paul.com website.

The Hard Rock Cafe New York has created a limited edition collectible pin honoring Les Paul. The replica pin is of the guitar pick Les Paul designed and handmade using sand paper for a better grip. The oversized pick pin will be sold at the New York retail location exclusively. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the pins will benefit The Les Paul Foundation.

Guests of the June 9th special event will be the first to see the national PSA campaign “Pledge to Invent” which will be broadcast on screens throughout the venue. The PSA campaign features special messages from Slash, Sammy Hagar, Steve Miller, HEART’s Nancy Wilson, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, Richie Sambora and other friends of Les Paul.

The Les Paul Foundation will also re-issue four definitive Les Paul albums digitally. These original recordings from Capitol Records will celebrate the famous musician’s most popular tunes. The Les Paul Foundation will also launch “The Hitmakers,” a special collectible vinyl Les Paul release and three previously unreleased LPs. A surprise performance will open the June 9th event followed by a performance by the popular band, “Counts 77.” The band’s lead singer, Danny Koker, star of the highly rated History Channel TV show “Counting Cars,” had a special connection to Les Paul through his father who was a musician. The History Channel will air a special Les Paul episode in the fall of 2015. A one-of-a-kind custom built chopper created by Count’s Kustoms will be unveiled at The Hard Rock event and later auctioned for the benefit of The Les Paul Foundation through Julien’s Auctions. “Count’s 77” performance will culminate with rock star friends of Les taking to the stage for the ultimate guitar jam. Legendary Steve Miller, Journey’s Neal Schon, Rock Icon Joan Jett, instrumental guitarist and member of the rock band “Chickenfoot,” Joe Satriani, rock guitarist Johnny A and the Les Paul Trio along with more surprise performers are scheduled to appear.

Fans who purchase tickets to the event will also receive a special VIP pass to the “Les Paul Big Sound Experience” giving them preferred entry into the exclusive mobile exhibit, food and drink and the chance to be among some of the music world’s most popular performers.

Guitar Center’s flagship store in Times Square will offer special promotions in-store, a jumbotron in Times Square will feature special images of Les Paul throughout the day and a new website will offer new merchandise via les-paul.com. Gibson Guitar and Epiphone Guitar have launched special edition 100th Anniversary guitars and publications will be commemorating the 100th birthday of Les Paul with special editions. The Waukesha County Museum, Wisconsin along with partners Ramapo College, Discovery World, The Mahwah Museum will also celebrate Les Paul’s 100th Birthday with their own exclusive events, exhibits and programs. Soundwaves artist Tim Wakefield is also creating a series of collectible artworks that feature actual sound waves from Les Paul’s most famous songs and transferred on to large canvases. The art will be signed by Les Paul’s famous rock star friends and displayed at Ross Art New York before being sold for the benefit of the foundation. The Wisconsin Foundation for School Music has developed a series of Les Paul themed lesson plans that will be available on the Les Paul Foundation website later in the year. And the Waukesha band shell where teenage Les Paul played is being restored by the City of Waukesha in time for the centennial celebration.

New grants provided by the Les Paul Foundation have also been announced in honor of the 100th Anniversary program. Earlier in the year the Les Paul Foundation provided grants and support to the Bonaroo Works Fund’s “Notes for Notes” music education program. Funds from the Les Paul Foundation will support new recording studios in Brooklyn, Austin, Detroit, San Francisco and Atlanta.

Other recipients include First Stage in Milwaukee, one of the nation’s most acclaimed children’s theatres, Guitars for Vets which continues to provide the healing power of music by teaching veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder how to play guitar, Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.), The Hearing Health Foundation, Kid Pan Alley which inspires and empowers students to work together to create their own music, Little Kid’s Rock which launched the Modern Band Program and aims to restore and revitalize music education in public schools, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), No Limits Theater Group which improves the speaking abilities of deaf children, VH-1 Save the Music of New York, the Waukesha County Museum and Wisconsin School Music Association’s annual Launchpad event and other programs.

“We wouldn’t be able to make records like we do if Les didn’t invent multi-track recording,” said rock icon Eddie Van Halen.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Discovery World in Milwaukee and the Mahwah Museum in Mahwah, New Jersey host extraordinary exhibits that share Les Paul’s story. Les Paul has received awards that included 36 Gold records and eleven #1 pop hits, a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for “Les & Mary,” a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Instrumental “Chester & Lester,” a GRAMMY for “How High the Moon,” a GRAMMY Award for Lifetime Achievement, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an induction into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame, an induction into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, a GRAMMY for Technical Achievement, an EMMY Lifetime Achievement Award for Engineering, a GRAMMY for Best Pop instrumental “Caravan” and a GRAMMY for best Rock instrumental for “69 Freedom Special,” an induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and a Songwriters Hall of Fame entry, a National Medal of Arts, induction into America’s Pop Music Hall of Fame and many others.Other honors include a James Smithsonian Bicentennial Medal, “Inventor of the Century” by EQ Magazine, being named one of the ten best electric guitar players of all time by TIME Magazine, being celebrated with Google’s first animated doodle which premiered on Les Paul’s 96th birthday in 2011 and being named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time.

“The music industry, whether its artists like Eddie Van Halen or a Jimmy Page, if asked a question will always go back to Les.” said Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation. “The music industry understands that Les is a historic iconic individual who left his mark. Every generation including future generations will continue to stand on his shoulders.”

The official 100th Birthday Celebration of Les Paul will be one of the most historical moments in music history. For over three years the Les Paul Foundation has been planning events and program which will continue the legacy of Les Paul, bring about excitement to explore and invent and remind people that Les Paul changed the face of music in many ways. For more information on all the events and programs scheduled go to www.les-paul.com

About the Les Paul 100th Anniversary
Les Paul was an innovator who inspired creativity throughout his life. As the inventor of the solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, over-dubbing (sound on sound) and numerous other recording techniques, he left an unmistakable mark on the music industry and for future generations. The Les Paul 100th Anniversary is a year-long to celebration of Les Paul’s life and will include major events and programs, tours, promotional campaigns, education grants and marketing initiatives that will secure his legacy for generations. The Les Paul website has been re-launched and includes interactive opportunities for guests to experience along with the late, great Les Paul as well as new merchandise. For more information and up-to-date schedules of the official Les Paul 100th Anniversary activities go to www.les-paul.com

About Les Paul Foundation
Les Paul formed his foundation as a means to encourage young people to pursue their curiosity and innovation about music, sound and engineering. Recent grants from the Les Paul Foundation include funding to multiple music education programs, hearing loss research and the museums that tell the Les Paul story. For information on the Les Paul 100th Anniversary go to www.les-paul.com. The foundation’s comprehensive website is www.lespaulfoundation.org. The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation is based in New York.

Categories: Classical

Guitarkadia Sessions: Jack Wilkins

Guitarkadia - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:39
Guitarkadia Sessions video series continues with Jazz guitarist Jack Wilkins. Produced by Emon Hassan. Twitter & FB: @guitarkadia
Categories: General Interest

Guitar tweaks you can do!

Cape Cod Acoustics - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:31
Here are a few tweaks you can do to your guitar to improve the play-ability and even improve the sound. In many cases it makes sense to leave the major stuff to an experienced guitar tech – I recommend using one who is certified by one or more of the major guitar makers, but with careful research you can sometimes find a local tech who does fine work. But simple fixes can be done yourself if you do your homework.

In that regard, I highly recommend the Stewart McDonald web site (www.stewmac.com). You’ll find an absolute wealth of information there including some great videos by master luthier Dan Erlewine and his book “Guitar Player Repair Guide” is the best general overview of guitar repair I’ve seen. They also offer just about any tool or part you could possibly need.

All guitarists are very particular about the “action” (distance between the strings and fretboard) on their guitars. Some like myself like the action as low as it can be without producing string buzzes, but I am primarily a finger-style player these days and if I were strumming forcefully the action would need to be higher. There are also humidity (or lack of) issues that affect action so it’s not uncommon for a guitar that played perfectly for a while to develop buzzes or go in the opposite direction – high action – as the seasons change. Different string gauges affect action too. So what can we do to ensure perfect action?

Many players will keep an assortment of saddles that they change out on a seasonal basis as needed. Changing a saddle is easy – just remove the strings and pull the saddle up and out. It makes sense to keep an assortment of saddle shims too (available from Stew Mac and also from master luthier Bob Colosi at www.guitarsaddles.com ). These thin strips are placed beneath the saddle to raise it up slightly if needed. Some guitarists feel that shims negatively affect the sound of the guitar and I generally agree with this but if you have sanded down the saddle too much and need to raise it up – and don’t have a new saddle to use – it is a stop-gap (no pun intended!) solution.

Regarding sanding or filing saddles: be very, very careful if you decide to do this. Make a sanding block with a short piece of 2x4 wood and glue or staple a piece of medium or lighter grit sandpaper to it, then move the BOTTOM of the saddle back and forth on it, being absolutely sure you keep the saddle bottom flat and level. It even the slightest curve is the result of your sanding the saddle will not make firm contact with the slot in which its placed and you will kill the tone of your guitar. This is why having a few saddles with different depths makes sense. Avoid sanding if possible, and never, ever sand the top of the saddle where the strings cross.  One more thing – never glue a saddle into the slot. There is no need for this and when the day comes that the saddle needs to be replaced you will surely need to go to your guitar tech for an expensive fix.

One other issue that can be annoying or downright painful is sharp fret edges. Most high quality guitars don’t suffer from this but even the best ones can develop sharp edges as the neck dries out. First try humidifying the guitar, that will often solve the problem, but if not you can do a bit of filing. Sounds scary, right? It kind of is, but with careful prep and the right file it can be done quite easily. First, buy a small fret file from a supplier like Stew Mac or even through the Martin web site. Next, remove the strings and carefully place strips of masking tape on each side of each fret you will be filing. I use painter’s tape, which adheres well to the fingerboard but is easy to remove later and does not leave residue. Be sure to wrap the tape slightly down and a bit around the neck. Next, gently run the file downward at about a 45-degree angle on each corner of the fret. Apply very little force and usually just a couple draws of the file will be enough to smooth the edges. One or two gentle strokes in the center area on the end of the fret may be needed too – again on a 45-degree angle – but use great care to avoid gouging the wood of the fretboard or the neck. I can’t stress enough how important it is to use the right file, carefully prep the neck, and proceed gently and carefully. You will find a great video on the Stew Mac site showing the procedure.

There are a few other tweaks that guitarists sometimes attempt like reglueing a lifting bridge (this involves special clamps, careful prep and the right glue) and filing string slots in the nut but I recommend leaving those things to a qualified tech. Replacing tuning machines can be very easy or a bit challenging, especially if you have to rout out the holes to accommodate the new machines. I’ve replaced many tuning machines and it usually goes just fine but don’t be disappointed if your new machines aren’t a good fit. Just put the old ones back on and take the guitar to your repair person to install the new ones.

Removing and replacing a pick guard is supposed to be easy (involves the use of a heat source like a hair dryer) but I’ve been too chicken to try that one – yet! In any case, do your homework before attempting any repairs or adjustments. There is a wealth of great information on line. Just go slow, be patient and know the limits of your ability – and courage!

Peace & good music,

Gene

Categories: Acoustics

Act of Defiance “Throwback” Teaser

I Heart Guitar - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:19

Act Of Defiance.

Chris Broderick.
Shawn Drover.
Matt Bachand.
Henry Derek.

‘Nuff said.

Categories: General Interest

Joe Satriani/Tosin Abasi/Guthrie Govan/Mike Keneally discuss G4 Experience 2015

Guitar Noize - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:41


This could possibly be as close to my ideal holiday as it gets… if only I didn’t live on the other side of the world and had the cash to drop on a camp like this. Whoever goes to this better update me on how awesome it was!

Part 2:

http://www.g4experience.com/

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Categories: General Interest

Tosin Abasi Performs “The Woven Web” on his Ibanez TAM10

Guitar Noize - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 03:28


This is a cool video from Ibanez with Tosin Abasi showcasing his signature Ibanez Premium TAM10 playing my favourite track from Animals as Leaders 2014 release, “The Joy of Motion” called “The Woven Web”. I love that slap bass riff at 1:18 but the two handed tapping build up is fantastic. If you haven’t heard this album yet I recommend you check it out, a year on I still listen to it regularly.

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Categories: General Interest

Shergold 6 and 12-string double neck guitar, ex Julian Cope

Guitarz - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 02:00
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We recently looked at a very fine example of a Shergold doubleneck 4+8 string bass. Now it's time to meet its guitar counterpart, the above pictured Shergold 6+12 string doubleneck which is currently being offered for sale via eBay UK with bids starting at £1,000.

To make it even more interesting, this particular guitar until recently belonged to Julian Cope. I'm pretty sure I've seen it played live at one of his shows that I've attended. The guitar was used on the recording of "Too Freud to Rock'n'Roll, Too Jung to Die" by Cope's power trio Brain Donor. However, the cover of that album features guitarist Doggen Foster holding a totally different doubleneck, namely a Mosrite.

Of course Cope is something of a doubleneck fan. I've seen him playing a customised Danelectrco with guitar and baritone necks, and of course he is the owner of The Beast, an unholy and unwieldy-looking customised Gibson non-reverse Thunderbird/Firebird combination.

G L Wilson

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Categories: General Interest

Young Guns Release Kerrang! Tour Video Diary

Charvel Guitars - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:45

Young Guns Charvel

While they were on the recent Kerrang! Tour, English rock band Young Guns played in front of crazy crowds eager to hear tracks from their upcoming album, Ones and Zeroes (June 8).

How were they received? And what’s coming for the rest of 2015? Well, you can get the inside scoop on Young Guns’ life on the tour with a new video diary.

Check it out after the jump.

 

Categories: Manufacturers

Dear Emily: "I've Got The Blues" Edition

The Martin Guitar Blog - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:26

Dear Emily,

After many years of playing guitar, I'm finally ready to design and purchase a custom Martin guitar. I've been thinking a lot about what tone woods I would like. What do you think is best for my blues playing? Do different genres of music really make a difference when choosing tone woods? -- I've Got The Blues

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Custom Shop Administrator-Emily

Dear I've Got The Blues,

Picking a tone wood can be hard because they are all different, none of them are better or worse. It is all a matter of what sounds good to your ear. To me, Eric Clapton's 000 he played on MTV's Unplugged sounds fantastic in a blues setting. The model was a Rosewood 000 short scale with a spruce top. Rosewoods typically give you more bass and boom. Clapton's 000 is a smaller body so it really balances out the Rosewood and makes it a great blues guitar. The top is also important to the sound of the instrument. A spruce top will help project and focus your sound. There are a handful of different spruce species. Each have their own sound, and that's a whole different topic! If you want a mellow blues sound, try a mahogany back and side guitar. If try one and find you want an even more mellow sound, put a mahogany top on your custom guitar.

Also the genre doesn't necessarily matter as much as what your ear wants to hear. Blues can really range from broken down old-school like Robert Johnson and his L-1 to plugged in Texas blues like Stevie Ray Vaughan. Whatever your style, I would recommend trying out a short scale guitar (24.9"). You can bend notes easier and also sound great playing rhythm. You can manipulate the strings easier and get those sweet blues licks and bends without cramping your hand. --Emily

Emily has worked at Martin Guitar for 8 years. She has been cross-trained in every aspect of guitar building and currently serves as the Martin Guitar Custom Shop Administrator. Ask Emily is an advice column that will appear bi-monthly on the Martin Guitar Blog.

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Aalberg Audio Announce 2 New Wireless Controlled Pedals

Guitar Noize - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 03:27


Back in August last year I posted about a new innovative pedal company called Aalberg Audio who have created a delay pedal called EKKO which is controlled by a wireless remote, AERO. This pedal was a crowdfunding success and the company has used it’s technology to expand the range in time for Musikmesse 2015. The two new pedals are called the ROM RO-1 Reverb Pedal and TRYM TR-1 Tremolo Pedal. These new effects pedals can also be controlled using one AERO controller.

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Both pedals will debut at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2015, Booth: 4.0 E68A.

Aalberg Audio website

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