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Getting The Most Out Of Guitar Lessons

The Gear Vault - 10 hours 50 min ago
Many guitar players of all levels consider taking guitar lessons. Lessons can be a wonderful thing and can move a student quickly along their musical path, very often at a much faster rate than independent study alone could accomplish. It is important, however, that the student understand the lesson process before starting and have some […]
Categories: General Interest

Warmoth Telemaster in stunning Blackburst Finish

Guitarz - 11 hours 10 min ago
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I'm fairly surprised that the Telemaster style of guitar is as polarizing as it is. I became a fan when Fender Custom Shop built the prototype for Makin' Music, a Chicago guitar dealer.

Since then, as I've researched and coveted this awesome hybrid, I have found either sheer adoration or pure vitriol for the Telemaster. Not a lot of indifference.

As a Telecaster player and a former Jazzmaster owner ( stolen in 1990.....still fills me with rage to think about it ) I cannot help but love the design.

This Telemaster built with Warmoth and USACG parts borders the line where it almost could have been too flashy or precious yet held back enough to land in a very classy place.

It was listed for $700 OBO in Calgary, but wasn't up for long before someone, sadly not I, snatched it up.

R.W. Haller






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Categories: General Interest

Fender Special Edition David Lozeau Art Stratocaster

Guitar Noize - 14 hours 35 min ago

“David Lozeau has adorned a series of special Fender instruments with his acclaimed and colorfully twisted vision. Lozeau has a quirky, character-driven painting style that wraps Day of the Dead iconography in a modern lowbrow aesthetic, blending fine art technique with illustrative humor to reveal his distinctive and funny perspective on life, death and all the interesting stuff in between.”

The Fender Special Edition David Lozeau Art Stratocaster is available in 4 different models: red “Sacred Heart” model, orange “Tree of Life” model, yellow “Rose Tattoo” model and blue “Dragon”.

While I know these guitars aren’t going to appeal to everyone, in fact I can already hear the collective sighs and groans of Fender purist fans who prefer a simple Black or Sunburst finish but personally I think they are pretty cool, especially the “Tree of Life” and “Sacred Heart” models. What about you? Would you buy one of these Strats?

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Categories: General Interest

Musikmesse 2015: PRS 30th Anniversary SE Custom 24 Flame Maple

Guitar Noize - 15 hours 14 min ago

PRS SE 30th custom 24
Adding to their previous announcements of 30th Anniversary models at Winter NAMM this year, PRS have announced further additions to their 30th Anniversary range with the PRS 30th Anniversary SE Custom 24 with a Flame Maple veneer top in 6 colours: Black Cherry, Cherry Sunburst, Gray Black, Orange, Trampas Green, and Whale Blue.

“With its own version of PRS 30th Anniversary inlays, the SE 30th Anniversary Custom 24 brings a unique look to a classic instrument.”

For more information, visit: http://www.prsguitars.com/se30thanniversarycustom24.

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Categories: General Interest

Awesome Musical Instruments Offers Guitarists Hammond B3 Drawbar Versatility

Guitar International - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:52

Press Release

Source: Awesome Musical Instruments

Guvnor_06AweSome Musical Instruments says, “Our growing family of high performance patented Pickup Switch UpgradeTM products are designed to give you all of the pure analog pickup sounds that are silently “hiding” in your instrument.”

And because our upgrade products are completely passive, your recording sessions or performances won’t be spoiled by dead batteries or broken electronics.

After you install our upgrade products, your instruments will give you access to more pickup tones. How many additional pickup tones you will have? That depends on the number of directly-accessible pickup coils in your instrument.

For example, your upgraded 2-pickup coil (SS) instrument will now have 6 unique pickup tones. A 3-pickup coil instrument (SSS, HS) will give you 35 pickup tones. Your instrument with four pickup coils (HH, HSS, SSSS) will get 68 or 88 unique pickup tones. And your instruments with five pickup coils (HSH) will get 276 pickup sounds.

Note: Your humbucker pickups must be true 4-wire humbucker pickups. Coil tapped humbuckers (i.e., pickups with three wires and a perhaps ground braid) must be used as a 2-wire pickup.

Did you know that we are the only company that gives you QuadraBuckerTM pickup tones from your HH or HSS guitar and PentaBuckerTM pickup tones from your HSH guitar?

Our Upgrades Give Your Pickups Hammond B3 Drawbar Versatility!

Detail-oriented people will note that we use the term “pickup coil” rather than “pickup” when referring to the number of coils that each of our products control. The reason is because there are instruments with 4-wire humbucker pickups. Although this is technically one pickup package, it actually gives you access to two separate pickup coils that can be independently controlled and combined for a substantial range of pickup tones.

Oh, and one more thing. Unless you have a license to do so, you are not permitted to install our products into your instruments for resale. With a license (for smaller builders, this is just a no-cost formality of registering with us), you can get our products at dealer prices and you can avoid being contacted by our legal team.

Our Grand Canyon Wide selection of Pickup Switch UpgradeTM products and AweSome instruments are now the best ever.

 

Categories: Classical

Guitars That Jam – Portraits Of The World’s Most Storied Guitars

Guitar International - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:42

Press Release

Source: Insight Editions

Guitars That Jam CoverGuitars That Jam (Insight Editions / $29.99 / May 2015) is the definitive illustrated history of the guitars of rock-and-roll legend.

Featuring images from live concerts, outdoor festivals, and private recording sessions, this spectacular volume captures the personal connection between artist and instrument.

Along with the manufacturer and history of the guitar, each image
is accompanied by a story from the musician detailing the guitar’s significance to them and rock history. Including photographs of
 Neil Young, Santana, the Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic, Radiohead, and more, Guitars That Jam is the ultimate photographic guide to the world of improvisational rock guitars.

  • INSIDER PHOTOGRAPHY: Jay Blakesberg has been a photographer in the music industry for over thirty years. The author of several books, he has also contributed to publications such as Rolling Stone and Guitar Player.
  • WORLD-FAMOUS SUBJECTS: Blakesberg captures the essential symbol of rock with the guitars of subjects such as The Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic, and many more.
  • MUSICIAN COMMENTARY: Features commentary by the musicians featured, including Carlos Santana, Neil Young, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Bob Weir (The Grateful Dead), Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band), among many others.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jay Blakesberg is a music industry insider, creating images made
in dressing rooms, recording studios, and artist’s homes. His work appears regularly in many magazines, including Rolling Stone and Guitar Player. Over the last 30 years his rock n roll journey
has seen him work with many legendary artists, including The Grateful Dead, Santana, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, and Phish to name just a few. He has published several volumes of his work, which include books on The Grateful Dead, Primus, and The Flaming Lips.

ABOUT INSIGHT EDITIONS: Insight is a publisher focused on creating superlative illustrated books on photography, music, and popular culture. Lavishly produced and visually stimulating, every volume from Insight is dedicated to the skillful interplay of word and image. The books produced are unique works that combine the highest quality print production values with time-honored traditions of publishing and rich subject matter. Elegant and informative, books from Insight showcase the best of art and photography in exquisite presentations of the bookmaker’s craft. InsightEditions.com

Visit Us!

BookExpo America, New York: May 27 – 29, Booth 1044

 

 

Categories: Classical

IK Multimedia AmpliTube UA For All Android Devices

I Heart Guitar - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:12
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PRESS RELEASE: IK Multimedia, the leading player in mobile guitar tone technology, has just announced the release of AmpliTube® UA. It’s the first real-time guitar amp and effects processing app for all Android phones and tablets that gives musicians the freedom to rock out any time and anywhere with their favorite Android mobile device. The companion app to the soon-to-be-released iRig® UA universal digital interface, AmpliTube UA gives musicians with Android devices – version 4.2 or higher and that support USB host mode/USB OTG – the ability to experience the flexibility and full tonal power of a portable customizable guitar rig complete with 3 stompbox effects, an amplifier, a cabinet and a microphone.

Superior guitar tone on every Android smartphone
In 2010, IK Multimedia pioneered the mobile music creation market with the introduction of the iRig interface and AmpliTube for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With over 17 million downloads on mobile devices worldwide, AmpliTube is the leading guitar app – it’s a global sensation that continues to inspire guitarists, bass players and other musicians with its ease-of-use, vast library of virtual gear and limitless tone sculpting possibilities.

An industry first, AmpliTube UA now brings this famous creative ease to Android. It lets users build great sounding virtual guitar and bass rigs by selecting from 21 included gear models that include 5 amplifiers, 9 stompbox effects, 5 cabinets and 2 positionable microphones. AmpliTube UA’s flexible signal path lets players change the order of effects and amps, and even add effects “after” the amplifier in the signal chain to provide even more creative tonal options.

An expandable amp and effects library of world-class brands
Like all versions of AmpliTube, the base collection of gear can be expanded from within AmpliTube UA. There are currently 22 models available via in-app purchase. All are based on iconic pieces of gear from world-class official brands like Fender™, Orange®,  Ampeg®, Soldano® and more. There’s also exclusive content available from our artist’s series like AmpliTube® Slash and AmpliTube® Jimi Hendrix™ collections.

Universal Android processing
To get the most out of AmpliTube UA, it needs to be paired with the forthcoming iRig UA digital audio interface (due out in May). The combination of iRig UA and AmpliTube UA delivers universal zero latency processing and high-quality sound on the Android platform. Together they give musicians the ability to play in real-time with no audible device processing delay, a market first for Android devices.

This previously impossible feature is now a reality due to iRig UA’s built-in high performance 32-bit DSP, 24-bit A/D converter, 44.1/48kHz sample rate, and low-noise instrument preamp. With its premium specifications, iRig UA is able to provide great sound, amazing playability and unprecedented cross-platform compatibility.

AmpliTube UA functions in a “preview” mode when an iRig UA is not connected to the device. This lets musicians build, control and apply custom guitar rigs that can be used with the provided “dry” audio demo. iRig UA is required for audio-in and guitar processing functionality.

iRig UA’s on-board digital signal processor works in conjunction with AmpliTube UA app. As all of the processing is handled onboard iRig UA, and not on the Android device, it’s able to provide consistent zero-latency performance (down to just 2ms round-trip total latency) independent of the make and model of the connected smartphone or tablet. Or, in other words, it offers the plug-and-play performance that mobile musicians with Android devices crave.

The perfect pair
The pairing of iRig UA and AmpliTube UA is perfect for on-the-go practice and performance. iRig UA features a 1/4″ input for a guitar, bass or other line-level instrument, a micro-USB to OTG cable and a 1/8″ stereo output with volume control for headphones or connection to a live sound speaker, amplifier or mixer. It also sports a 1/8″ AUX input that lets musicians connect any sound source so that they can practice and jam along to their favorite tunes with the power of AmpliTube’s tone.

Pricing and availability

iRig UA is available for pre-order for $99.99/€99.99 (excluding taxes). iRig UA will ship May 2015 from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store.

For more information, please visit:
www.amplitube.com/ua
www.irigua.com

To see the official video of AmpliTube UA in action, go to:
www.amplitube.com/ua/video

Categories: General Interest

Totally Guitars Weekly Wrap Up April 17th, 2015

On The Beat with Totally Guitars - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:06
Learn to Play Guitar Online with Totally Guitars Totally Guitars News Podcast Another week, another Beatles lesson. This trend may continue as I keep remembering songs of theirs that people might want to play. This week it Was Here, There And Everywhere, another typical example a great progression and melody, let alone a clever key […]
Categories: Learning and Lessons

PRS Guitars Announces Two New 30th Anniversary Custom 24 Models

Guitar International - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:21

Press Release

Source: PRS Guitars

prs_30th_lefty_customTo continue the celebration of their 30th Anniversary, PRS Guitars is announcing two new limited edition models: the 30th Anniversary “Lefty” Custom 24 and the 30th Anniversary SE Custom 24 with flame maple veneer. These two models proudly celebrate the quality, innovation, and history of PRS Guitars through the Custom 24 platform. The Custom 24 is the original PRS – it defines the playability and tone that PRS guitars are known for and has been a constant favorite of players worldwide ever since its official introduction in 1985.

A special 30th Anniversary “Lefty” Custom 24 is now being run through the PRS Core production line in Stevensville, Maryland. The 30th Anniversary “Lefty” Custom 24 features a maple top, mahogany back, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, Mother of Pearl 30th Anniversary bird inlays, the PRS 5-way blade switch, and the new 85/15 treble and bass pickups. Designed personally by Paul Reed Smith in conjunction with the new 58/15 pickups for PRS’s 30th Anniversary year, 85/15’s are uncovered pickups with remarkable clarity and extended high and low end perfect for more modern applications. This blend of tradition and innovation mirrors the culture that PRS developed over the last three decades. Fewer than 200 of these left-handed guitars will be made. For more information, visit HERE.

A limited number of 30th Anniversary SE Custom 24’s are also now available in six hot new colors with a flame maple veneer.  Colors choices include: Black Cherry, Cherry Sunburst, Gray Black, Orange, Trampas Green, and Whale Blue. Played by internationally touring artists, gigging musicians, and aspiring players, the SE Custom 24 has become the most popular SE model in a diverse lineup of guitars. With its own version of PRS 30th Anniversary inlays, the SE 30th Anniversary Custom 24 brings a unique look to a classic instrument. For more information, visit HERE.

The SE line was established in 2001 with the goal of providing players with high-quality, reliable instruments. Featuring HFS treble and Vintage bass pickups, volume and a push/pull tone control with a 3-way blade pickup selector, this guitar offers a versatile array of PRS tones from a classic era. The addition of PRS’s patented tremolo design and a wide thin maple neck give the SE 30th Anniversary Custom 24 addictive playability.

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About PRS Guitars:

Paul Reed Smith Guitars is a leading manufacturer of high quality instruments in Stevensville, Maryland and has provided some of the world’s most renowned musicians with instruments since 1985. The PRS team of highly skilled craftspeople design and build a wide variety of musical instruments and gear for worldwide distribution, including electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as boutique-style guitar amplifiers. The PRS SE line of products complements the Maryland-made PRS line by offering highly approachable and more affordable electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, John McLaughlin, Linkin Park, Orianthi, Opeth, Zach Myers of Shinedown, Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge, Ricky Skaggs, Cody Kilby, Martin Simpson, Tony McManus, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks are among the artists currently playing PRS instruments and/or amplifiers.

 

 

 

 

Categories: Classical

Positive Grid BIAS FX Explorer Program

I Heart Guitar - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 21:57

pedalboard-2PRESS RELEASE: Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com) announces the BIAS FX Explorer Program to invite experienced and talented individuals to shape the upcoming BIAS FX project and give early feedback prior to the product’s release. BIAS FX provides musicians with thousands of ultra-high definition multi-effects and pedalboard combinations instantly downloadable from ToneCloud®, the company’s proprietary amp and effects sharing platform. It also features dual amps, dual signal chain, BIAS amps integration, Inter App Audio host, and a highly intuitive graphical interface. To sign up, please visit http://www.positivegrid.com/bias-fx/

Pedalboards from the cloud

BIAS FX was conceived and designed from the ground up as an online pedalboard storehouse with universal access. Users all around the world can now create, upload, share and download the same amps, effects and pedalboards across all their mobile devices and computer. A collection of newly developed, high-definition pedal and rack effects is also included: noise gate, boosters, overdrive, distortion, fuzz, equalizers, tremolo, phaser, flanger, chorus, octaver, compressors, delays and spring and plate reverbs, and everything in between vintage and modern rigs. Positive Grid continues to work with world-wide artists, producers, and engineers to create a massive and ever-growing library of virtual pedalboards and rigs for BIAS FX.

BIAS FX is planned for late April release on iPad, and this year Q3 on desktop.

About Positive Grid: Based in California, with satellite operations in Germany, Italy and Taiwan, Positive Grid focuses on delivering superior and highly creative mobile music experiences. Since 2008, the company has designed and developed a core technology base and is currently expanding it to various applications. Positive Grid’s best-known product range, featuring the JamUp multi-effects guitar app and interface, is now distributed in over 60 countries around the world.

Categories: General Interest

Bending Beautiful Bubinga Binding

Though I have done it countless times I am always amazed when a straight. flat, piece of wood turns into the curved shape of a dulcimer. Heat and moisture make wood pliable. It’s that simple. Today I bent bubinga binding for two dulcimers in the works. After sawing bubinga into appropriately dimensioned strips I clean […]

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Takamine GB-7C Garth Brooks Signature Guitar.

Guitarz - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 20:15
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Here we have a signature Takamine for Garth Brooks. I'm not a Garth fan but there is no denying the stranglehold he had on the genre for a majority of the 90s. And, honestly with all the insipid "bro-country" dominating the charts lately something like Garth would be a breath of semi-fresh air.

I am, however, a fan of Takamine. This is a great example of one of their mid-high range acoustics of the 1990s. The pinless bridge is likely as good as that on any high quality guitar, the cedar top is a great choice for strumming and fingerpicking, and I believe these also had the Takamine Palathetic pickup. They are monster pickups and a big part of how Takamine survived as a company in the early years.

All that said, I hate this guitar.

Yes, I hate it. And for only one reason.

That sound hole.

That bloody goofy guitar shaped sound hole.

It looks like an idea that a child had in art class, or worse yet, it looks like a logo. I'm sure somebody thought it was clever.

They were wrong.

Am I alone in this hatred?

Currently listed at $1200 Canadian.

R.W. Haller








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Categories: General Interest

Taylor Guitars Ushers in Redesigned 900 Series Models

Guitar International - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 07:38

Press Release

Source: Taylor Guitars

Today at the Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, Taylor Guitars is proud to debut the redesign of its popular rosewood/spruce 900 Series. Developed by Master Guitar Designer Andy Powers, the guitars boast a refined package of premium appointments crafted from natural materials and incorporate many of the tone-enhancing innovations found in Taylor’s 600 and 800 Series models, giving this luxurious class of rosewood guitars an updated voice and look.

Taylor900

The inspiration for the redesign began in 2014, as Powers was experimenting with wood thicknesses, bracing patterns, protein glues and other design enhancements for Taylor’s 800 and 600 Series models. Because the 800 and 900 Series share the same tonewood pairing of Indian rosewood and Sitka spruce, Powers applied a similar package of voicing refinements to the 900s. In a nod to the sophisticated aesthetic identity of the series, Powers selected premium materials for the appointments, including ebony and koa wood, along with pink abalone, paua and mother-of-pearl. The resulting design showcases an abundance of rich detail that embodies the highest levels of Taylor craftsmanship.

One of the most notable new features is a hand-crafted ebony armrest on the lower bout. The ergonomic treatment elevates playing comfort and frees the player’s strumming hand from dampening the soundboard. Discerning players might notice a splash of additional treble sparkle and articulation.

Powers also drew inspiration from the sea, incorporating pink abalone that was sourced from a sustainably managed fishery off the coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. The pink abalone and mother-of-pearl were paired for a new fretboard/peghead inlay scheme, “Ascension.” The body and fretboard are trimmed in ebony binding, accented by koa purfling with paua edge trim around the guitar top, including the fretboard extension. The rosette features ebony, koa and paua in a stunning harmony of colors.

Notable tone-enhancing innovations include:

Optimized wood thicknesses and bracing for each shape: Working with the inherent tonal properties of Indian rosewood, Powers recalibrated the density of the back and sides by thousandths of an inch for each shape. To complement each model, Powers designed a bracing scheme to work with the hand-built armrest in each new model.

Protein glue: The same protein glues used in the company’s redesigned 800 and 600 Series are used in the 900 Series for the critical tone-producing parts, namely for the “power train” components: the bracing and bridge-to-top joint.

Thin finish: The ultra-thin (3.5-mil) clear gloss finish used across the 800 and 600 Series is now applied to the 900s. This thinner coverage gives the tonewoods more freedom of movement, resulting in greater projection and volume.

Expression System® 2: The acoustic voicing enhancements for the new 900 Series translate into a natural amplified tone with Taylor’s patented new Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics. The ES2 incorporates three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors that are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, to capture more of the guitar’s dynamic acoustic energy.

The 900 Series will be available in the 914ce and 916ce and in limited First Edition models only at Authorized Taylor Dealers later this year.

About Taylor Guitars

Founded in 1974, Taylor Guitars is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars. Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman’s attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. Many of today’s leading musicians make Taylor their guitar of choice, including Jason Mraz, Steven Curtis Chapman, Zac Brown and Taylor Swift, among many others. For additional information, please visit us at www.taylorguitars.com.

Categories: Classical

Proud Sponsor of The Fretboard Summit

The Martin Guitar Blog - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 05:00

Martin Guitar is a proud sponsor of the first annual Fretboard Summit!

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The Fretboard Summit celebrates The Fretboard Journal's ten years of publishing. The first ever Fretboard Summit will take place November 6th through the 8th in the Bay Area. By attending the festival you will meet luthier heroes, hear music from Bill Frisell, Chris Eldridge & Julian Lange, Dick Boak, and more! 

Early bird tickets for the Fretboard Summit have sold out but more tickets will be on sale beginning April 21st at 10AM (PT). Check here on April 21st to get your tickets.

Want to say up to date on the Fretboard Summit? Click here to join the event page.

Categories: Manufacturers

Musikmesse 2015: DigiTech Obscura Altered Delay

Guitar Noize - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 04:34

 DigiTech Obscura Altered Delay
The DigiTech Obscura Altered Delay has four delay types: Analog, Tape, Lo-Fi & Reverse and a Tap Tempo feature with beat divisions. The Obscura also has a Repeat/Hold feature which DigiTech say will let you “lose yourself in long, trippy, gurgling repeats or backwards-manipulated sonic mayhem”. Also DigiTech have made it easy to switch Delay Tails On and Off and this enables a buffered bypass which allows Delay signal to continue being heard after the effect is bypassed. In regular mode the Obscura is true bypass and as you may have noticed it has stereo inputs and outputs.

The controls on the face of the pedal are Tone and Degrade controls, Level, Delay Mode and stacked Time and Repeats controls.

Also included, Stomplock™ knob guard locks your tone in place and prevent tampering or accidental knob adjustments onstage:
Digitech Obscura Stomplock

Now check out Andy from ProGuitarShop.com putting the DigiTech Obscura through its paces:

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Categories: General Interest

Musikmesse 2015: Colourful Marshall Amps Astoria Series

Guitar Noize - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:40

marshall astoria
“The new Astoria Series has been built not only for the sonic connoisseur who craves hand-wired, point to point, all-valve tone, with world-class build quality and attention to detail, but who also desires contemporary features and functionality. To this end, the Astoria Series features footswitchable Channels, gain Boost and series FX Loop, with push/pull tonal switching and power reduction.”

The new Astoria Series from Marshall debuted at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2015 and aside from the colourful racing striped vinyl, which is a pretty big departure from the Marshall look we know, the amp is available with some very cool features. The Astoria amps uses turrets mounted on a PCB allowing the hand-wiring and more complex switching circuitry to coexist on a single board. Each amp is available as a 30 Watt combo or head and a matching 1 x 12” speaker cabinet. The combos and the speaker cabinet are loaded with a custom-voiced 30 Watt Celestion Creamback speaker. The logo is the vintage Marshall logo on Plexiglas and the heads feature the small box design.

The Astoria Series are available in three different models detailed below:

The Astoria Classic is a single channel amplifier that will appeal to purists who want loud, clean valve tone, and to boutique pedal enthusiasts who will find it the perfect pure-valve foundation for their sound.
Color: Green & Cream

The Astoria Custom is a single channel amplifier for tone seekers who want it vintage but with the convenience of contemporary features and switching: footswitchable valve driven FX Loop, tone shaping pull switches and footswitchable gain boost.
Color: Red & Cream

The Astoria Dual, with two footswitchable channels, goes from vintage pure-valve cleans, to dirty-sweet overdrive, to higher gain harmonic distortion. Combine this with footswitchable FX Loop and extended tonal shaping for added performance flexibility.
Color: Blue & Cream

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Categories: General Interest

MusikMesse 2015: BOSS SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer

Guitar Noize - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 03:10


I’m not a big fan of guitar synths and I’ve never liked the fact that you need special hardware in your guitar in order to create synth sounds such as the hexaphonic pickup and then you have all sorts of latency issues to worry about as your signal is converted to MIDI etc. Over the past few years there have been some interesting developments including software that converts your guitar signal in real-time into Synth sounds and it looks like Roland have managed to do just that in an elegant hardware device with apparently little to no latency. Without playing it in person it’s hard to know exactly how fast it tracks, the audio from the SY-300 appears to have been recorded separately so it may have been unintentionally synched much closer to Alex’s playing than was the case in person, but if it really does track that well then it will be an extremely popular unit.

Boss SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer

http://www.bossus.com/products/sy-300/
Alex Hutchings

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Categories: General Interest

MusikMesse 2015: BOSS PW-3 Wah Pedal

Guitar Noize - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 02:30


BOSS have unveiled a new Wah pedal the BOSS PW-3 expertly demonstrated by Aussie guitarist Joe Robinson above.

“The all-analog PW-3 delivers pro wah tones in a rugged, space-saving design that conserves precious real estate on your pedalboard. Newly developed by BOSS, the PW-3’s Rich mode has a uniquely full wah voice that retains the low-end definition and fullness lost with typical wah circuits. Want a more traditional tone? Just flip the rear-panel switch to Vintage mode for that classic wah vibe.”

The PW-3 looks like it is built like a tank! I like the fact that it doesn’t draw on the classic crybaby style design like so many Wah pedals on the market. I wish BOSS would stop making people use their proprietary DC power adaptor though!

Features

  • Unique Rich mode retains low-end fullness, eliminating the thin tone of typical wah designs
  • Vintage mode for the familiar classic wah sound
  • Low-noise operation and pro playing feel with smooth pivot action and adjustable tension
  • Space-saving design fits easily on crowded pedalboards
  • Rugged, die-cast aluminum chassis provides a rock-solid feel and gig-ready durability
  • On/off LEDS on each side of the pedal make it easy to see status at a glance

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Categories: General Interest

Taylor Ushers in Redesigned 900 Series Models

I Heart Guitar - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 02:19

Taylor 900PRESS RELEASE: Today at the Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, Germany, Taylor Guitars is proud to debut the redesign of its popular rosewood/spruce 900 Series. Developed by Master Guitar Designer Andy Powers, the guitars boast a refined package of premium appointments crafted from natural materials and incorporate many of the tone-enhancing innovations found in Taylor’s 600 and 800 Series models, giving this luxurious class of rosewood guitars an updated voice and look. 

The inspiration for the redesign began in 2014, as Powers was experimenting with wood thicknesses, bracing patterns, protein glues and other design enhancements for Taylor’s 800 and 600 Series models. Because the 800 and 900 Series share the same tonewood pairing of Indian rosewood and Sitka spruce, Powers applied a similar package of voicing refinements to the 900s. In a nod to the sophisticated aesthetic identity of the series, Powers selected premium materials for the appointments, including ebony and koa wood, along with pink abalone, paua and mother-of-pearl. The resulting design showcases an abundance of rich detail that embodies the highest levels of Taylor craftsmanship.

One of the most notable new features is a hand-crafted ebony armrest on the lower bout. The ergonomic treatment elevates playing comfort and frees the player’s strumming hand from dampening the soundboard. Discerning players might notice a splash of additional treble sparkle and articulation.

Powers also drew inspiration from the sea, incorporating pink abalone that was sourced from a sustainably managed fishery off the coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. The pink abalone and mother-of-pearl were paired for a new fretboard/peghead inlay scheme, “Ascension.”  The body and fretboard are trimmed in ebony binding, accented by koa purfling with paua edge trim around the guitar top, including the fretboard extension. The rosette features ebony, koa and paua in a stunning harmony of colors.

Notable tone-enhancing innovations include:

Optimized wood thicknesses and bracing for each shape: Working with the inherent tonal properties of Indian rosewood, Powers recalibrated the density of the back and sides by thousandths of an inch for each shape. To complement each model, Powers designed a bracing scheme to work with the hand-built armrest in each new model.

Protein glue: The same protein glues used in the company’s redesigned 800 and 600 Series are used in the 900 Series for the critical tone-producing parts, namely for the “power train” components: the bracing and bridge-to-top joint.

Thin finish: The ultra-thin (3.5-mil) clear gloss finish used across the 800 and 600 Series is now applied to the 900s. This thinner coverage gives the tonewoods more freedom of movement, resulting in greater projection and volume.

Expression System® 2: The acoustic voicing enhancements for the new 900 Series translate into a natural amplified tone with Taylor’s patented new Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics. The ES2 incorporates three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors that are installed behind the saddle, through the bridge, to capture more of the guitar’s dynamic acoustic energy.

The 900 Series will be available in the 914ce and 916ce and in limited First Edition models only at Authorized Taylor Dealers later this year.

For additional news from Taylor Guitars, please visit www.taylorguitars.com/news

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Vantage Neck-Through Electric Guitar with Upgrades. Made in Japan

Guitarz - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 21:11
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Here we have another fine example of circa 1970s-1980s Japanese craftsmanship. Vantage was one of many brands to come out of the Matsumoku plant and, I believe, made for the Canadian market.

There is a lot to like about this Vantage guitar that has been "rescued" according to the seller with upgrades including EMG pickups, Bigsby Tremolo, LSR roller nut, Ect.

In my experience these guitars are great players when stock original so I suspect that this one would be even nicer.

Currently Listed for $450 Canadian.

R.W. Haller


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