‘Modern Guitar Rigs: The Tone Fanatic’s Guide to Integrating Amps & Effects‘ is a new book published by Hal Leonard (click here to order) and is filled with hundreds of images and text talking about many of the tools available to us all for building pro guitar rigs, whether you’re dealing with gear from the custom builders in the USA or Europe.
For players looking to move beyond a simple pedal board and combo amp, there is no more definitive book on the topic of advanced guitar rigs than this. Modern Guitar Rigs: The Tone Fanatic’s Guide to Integrating Amps and Effects covers topics of interest to guitarists looking to build pro-level rigs, whether they’re playing clubs at the indie band level, getting set for a major tour, heading into the studio to record a new album, or just searching for “ultimate tone.”
Modern Guitar Rigs explores advanced topics including:
• Rack gear: multi-effects processors and dedicated signal processors, audio loopers, amp function switching systems, and MIDI foot controllers
• Amp steups: wet/dry/wet configurations, rack-mounted tube preamps and power amps, stereo rigs, integrating pedals and rack gear, and floor-based loop systems
• Guitar options: piezoelectric pickups and splitting guitar signals to multiple amps
• Effect loops: choosing the right loop for your specific needs
• Rig infrastructure: power conditioning, noise suppression, power attenuators, wireless systems, custom cabling, and equipment racks
• Rigs of the stars: a look at the complex rigs used by many leading guitar players, including John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Alex Lifeson of Rush, and Steven Wilson and John Wesley of Porcupine Tree
• Interviews with leading custom rig builders, including the legendary Bob Bradshaw of Custom Audio Electronics
If you’re getting your feet wet with rack stuff, this book is perfect for you as there’s nothing on the market quite like it for covering all the goodies ranging from audio loopers and switching systems to differences in effects loops, w/d/w rigs, line mixers, custom rack cases, MIDI foot controllers, custom cabling, power conditioning, custom rack parts, and more. Basically, what I don’t go into are amps and effect pedals as they are covered by many other books, though I do take a very in-depth look at the pros/cons of parallel vs. series loops.
The included DVD has over an hour’s worth of content regarding building a pro guitar rig and detailing every item before it gets put in the rack. Again, nothing new to HRI pros, but great stuff for the novices just trying to learn all this stuff and understand how all the parts work together to build pro rigs.