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US Ovation Guitars Factory To Close

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Sad news, after 47 years one of the most innovative Acoustic Guitar companies until recent years, Ovation Guitars, is closing its factory in the western Connecticut Hills, USA.

The New Hartford factory’s owner, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. of Scottsdale, Ariz., is ceasing U.S. production of Ovation guitars and notified employees Tuesday that production at the factory will end by June, according to a report by the Republican-American of Waterbury.

In 1966 Charlie Kaman created a guitar that combined modern and traditional materials from carbon fiber and Lyrachord® to the finest select woods to create innovative and visually striking guitar designs. Since then artists all over the world have used Ovation guitars on recordings and live. My first memory of spotting an Ovation guitar was seeing Richie Sambora playing, I think, a triple neck (6, 12 and mandolin??) when I saw Bon Jovi back in the early 90′s.

The company is citing “current market conditions and insufficient volume levels.” Factory workers are calling it the end of an iconic American brand.

It has been mentioned to me, although not confirmed, that Ovation will continue to produce guitars in the non US facilities owned by Fender Music Corp.

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Sad news, after 47 years one of the most innovative Acoustic Guitar companies until recent years, Ovation Guitars, is closing its factory in the western Connecticut Hills, USA.

The New Hartford factory’s owner, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. of Scottsdale, …

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Little Red Riding Hood Carved Guitar


I’ve featured a few of Gig’s carved guitars over the years, I like how he always has a theme for each guitar, in this case Little Red Riding Hood. The guitar is a Warmoth mahogany Strat body with an oil finish.

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I’ve featured a few of Gig’s carved guitars over the years, I like how he always has a theme for each guitar, in this case Little Red Riding Hood. The guitar is a Warmoth mahogany Strat body with an oil …

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Rory Gallagher’s Patrick Eggle Berlin sells for $42,000

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I have a Patrick Eggle Berlin, I wish Rory had played mine because this limited edition Patrick Eggle Berlin Legend just sold at auction for $42,000! Gallagher’s guitar was number 30 of a limited edition of 150 JS Berlin Legend guitars built by the British guitar company. Rory’s guitar had the initials RG on the 12th fret.

Of course this guitar was not the guitar Rory was really known for, that would be a 1961 Fender Stratocaster that I believe is still owned by the Gallagher family, maybe by Donal? Imagine how much that would fetch at auction!

Here is the Rory Gallagher Patrick Eggle Berlin Legend being demonstrated by the auctioneers:

And of course if you want a 1994 Patrick Eggle Berlin I’ll sell you mine for $32,000 ;)

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I have a Patrick Eggle Berlin, I wish Rory had played mine because this limited edition Patrick Eggle Berlin Legend just sold at auction for $42,000! Gallagher’s guitar was number 30 of a limited edition of 150 JS Berlin Legend …

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ENGL Amp Models added to Amplitube Custom Shop


Although there has been an unofficial ENGL Powerball called the German Gain model in the IK Multimedia Amplitube Custom Shop for some time it is now an officially licensed ENGL Model along with the ES650 which can create classic rock to high gain tones.

Here is my demo of the German Gain model but using a 3rd party cabinet emulator: http://youtu.be/02QOJpp8NKY, as you can hear it is a bit of a beast!

For more info check out http://ikmultimedia.com.


Although there has been an unofficial ENGL Powerball called the German Gain model in the IK Multimedia Amplitube Custom Shop for some time it is now an officially licensed ENGL Model along with the ES650 which can create classic rock …

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Source Audio SoundBlox Hub v1 – MIDI Interface/Port Expander/Multi-Pedal Scene Saver

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Source Audio, creators of the award-winning Soundblox® line of guitar and bass effects pedals and the Hot Hand® 3 Wireless Effects Controller, have released the Soundblox Hub v1: MIDI Interface / Port Expander / Multi-Pedal Scene Saver. The Hub introduces an entirely new “modular” approach to multi-effect systems. It has the power to unite up to five Soundblox 2 pedals into one thoroughly integrated, MIDI controlled, multi-effect machine.

With its ability to send and receive MIDI Program Change and Control Change messages, the Soundblox Hub unlocks the range of MIDI options in the entire line of Soundblox 2 pedals. Users can edit pedal parameters and save up to 128 pedal “scenes” easily recalled with an external MIDI foot-controller or computer MIDI interface. Recalling a saved scene activates the corresponding pedals used in the scene, complete with assigned external controllers like a passive expression pedal or the Hot Hand 3 Wireless Effects Controller.

The Hub dramatically expands the preset storage capabilities of each Soundblox 2 pedal, but it also allows users to keep their favorite “go-to” presets saved directly within each pedal. This approach gives musicians the option of interacting with their pedal board in the traditional way or with simple one-step MIDI switching.

Via the Hub’s USB port, the Hub Manager Software and latest pedal software and firmware can be downloaded directly from the Source Audio website. It is available for Mac or PC operating systems and can be used to edit saved presets and customize parameters within the Hub. As Source Audio continues to offer new features and custom arrangements, the Hub will enable users to upgrade their own equipment without the expense of purchasing an entire new setup.

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Source Audio, creators of the award-winning Soundblox® line of guitar and bass effects pedals and the Hot Hand® 3 Wireless Effects Controller, have released the Soundblox Hub v1: MIDI Interface / Port Expander / Multi-Pedal Scene Saver. The …

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Seymour Duncan Release Black Winter 7 & 8 String Versions

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The Black Winter was originally created for the extreme metal players of Scandinavia who were looking for more aggression without sacrificing definition and clarity. After consistently being asked to make this pickup available for extended range guitars, Seymour Duncan is happy to announce you’ll now be able to get all the heavy saturation, articulation and aggression of the Black Winter in your 6, 7 or 8 string axe.

“Black Winter’s look matches its dark intentions: a black bottom plate, black pole pieces and screws, blood red wire, and the Seymour Duncan logo in Old English font. Black Winter 6, 7 and 8 string versions are available in either a bridge or neck version or in a complete calibrated set.”

For more information, visit: http://www.seymourduncan.com

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The Black Winter was originally created for the extreme metal players of Scandinavia who were looking for more aggression without sacrificing definition and clarity. After consistently being asked to make this pickup available for extended range guitars, Seymour Duncan is

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Schecter Guitars Webisode 1 – Conquering Rifftopia with Jeff Loomis & Keith Merrow


If you haven’t heard already Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow have recently formed a new band and released their stunning debut album Conquering Dystopia, Jeff and Keith are a fantastic partnership and I highly recommend checking the album out. As both Keith and Jeff now have signature Schecter Guitars (the KM-7 and JL-7) Schecter have recorded a webisode above called Conquering Rifftopia, hopefully part 1 of many, and in this episode Jeff demonstrates the Hellraiser C-7 FR/S playing some of the music from the new album.

http://www.schecterguitars.com/media-vault/videos/item/356-conquering-rifftopia-webisode-i


If you haven’t heard already Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow have recently formed a new band and released their stunning debut album Conquering Dystopia, Jeff and Keith are a fantastic partnership and I highly recommend checking the album out. …

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Strum Guitar like Justin with FourChords app


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FourChords, the Guitar Karaoke app (free on iOS) has launched a new “strumming” feature to help aspiring beginners learn to strum their guitars via their iPhones and iPads.

Developed by Finnish music app developer Musopia, the FourChords app helps people enjoy playing the guitar quickly and easily by presenting a continually updated range of songs – from folk or rock classics to the latest chart toppers – in an easy to follow karaoke-style app using just a few chords. In its latest version FourChords can take the guitar player a step further where in addition to the easy chords; the app guides the player to learn the different strumming patterns for each song.

Justin Sandercoe, of guitar teaching website www.justinguitar.com, was named by the Independent newspaper as “one of the most influential guitar teachers in history” and has partnered with FourChords to present chord playing tutorial videos for guitar beginners. Now Justin demonstrates the FourChords strumming feature which lets you see and hear the strumming pattern for you to play on your guitar.

Paula Lehto, CMO of Musopia said; “We want to get people playing, and enjoying, music as quickly as possible. Justin is a great ambassador for FourChords and his latest video for us illustrates just how easy it is to strum good guitar patterns to great songs. We design apps which take budding guitarists through each level of learning and our apps prepare them to what we call the ‘Campfire guitarist level’ – where they’ll be good enough to play guitar for a sing-a-long around a camp fire!”

http://www.fourchords.com/


Press Release
FourChords, the Guitar Karaoke app (free on iOS) has launched a new “strumming” feature to help aspiring beginners learn to strum their guitars via their iPhones and iPads.

Developed by Finnish music app developer Musopia, the FourChords …

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Toontrack releases Classic Amps EZmix Pack

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Back in Nov 2012 I reviewed Toontrack’s Metal Guitar Gods EZMix Pack for EZMix 2 and I was really impressed at the quality of presets available from some big names in modern metal such as Misha Mansoor and Frederik Thorndahl. So I guess it is really no surprise that Toontrack have been working on some classic amp models and have just announced the release of the Classic Amps EZmix Pack for EZmix 2.

Press Release
The Classic Amps EZmix Pack presents 50 complete signal chain presets including amps, stomp boxes, speakers and various effects. The speakers were modeled using custom impulse responses, capturing the essence of several premium vintage cabinets and combos. The settings express a wide variety and cover anything from clean and muffled rhythm sounds to rich and saturated leads.

“We wanted to model the most influential amps of the past 50 years and put together a collection of tones that could work for any kind of guitar oriented music. We ended up with settings spanning anything from blues to British Invasion, punk, grunge and pop”, says Toontrack sound designer Ulf Edlund.

This collection is a testament and homage to the amps that managed to survive and seep through several decades of musical progression. The inspiration to your next riff is just a mouse-click away. Make sure it sounds great – add some of that warm tube sizzle, subtle speaker rattle or warm fuzz to it!

Find more information and audio demos here:
http://www.toontrack.com/products.asp?item=239

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Back in Nov 2012 I reviewed Toontrack’s Metal Guitar Gods EZMix Pack for EZMix 2 and I was really impressed at the quality of presets available from some big names in modern metal such as Misha Mansoor and Frederik Thorndahl. …

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Metallica’s James Hetfield & Kirk Hammett Gear Rundowns

TC Electronic’s Tore Mogenses meets James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet’s guitar techs to talk about the gear, pedal and amps that Metallica use.

James Hetfield:

Kirk Hammett:

TC Electronic’s Tore Mogenses meets James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet’s guitar techs to talk about the gear, pedal and amps that Metallica use.

James Hetfield:

Kirk Hammett:






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