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MI Audio Super Blues Pro Vs Klon Centaur


Sydney based MI Audio make some of the best effects pedals in the world and recently released an upgraded version of their Blues Pro pedal called the Super Blues Pro which adds even more tonal features and versatility. Anyway MI also recently obtained a Klon Centaur which as you know has a unique tone unobtainable by any other means due to the circuitry being dipped in Unicorn tears. MI decided to see what the Super Blues Pro sounded like in comparison and did a little shootout video. So rather than pay $1000 for an overhyped gold coloured box maybe check out some of the alternatives on offer like MI Audio’s Super Blues Pro and spend more time worrying about playing than whether your pedals contain mystical mojo created on forums.

We recently had the KLON Centaur in the MI Audio workshop and after playing it for awhile, realised that it had a similar tone to the MOSFET setting on the Super Blues Pro.

So did a quick A/B shootout and were able to dial in some verrrrry close tones. Difference being that the MI Audio Super Blues Pro can be had for $149 AND it has much more versatility than the 3-knob KLON.

The MI Audio Super Blues Pro isn’t gold, nor does it have a Centaur on it. But it does deliver crystal clean boosts, transparent overdrive, mid-range crunch and many more tones.

The setup used was an SG into KLON/Super Blues Pro into MI Audio The Duchess prototype amp set clean – SM57 close mic’d into a M-Audio Fast Track Ultra.


Sydney based MI Audio make some of the best effects pedals in the world and recently released an upgraded version of their Blues Pro pedal called the Super Blues Pro which adds even more tonal features and versatility. Anyway MI …

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Ola Englund demonstrates the Chapman Guitars ML-7 S


You may have recently seen the Ola Englund demo of the new Chapman Guitars ML-7 T, well this time Ola has recorded a demo of the alternative to the T, the ML-7 S which looks and sound great. Full specs can be found on the Chapman Guitars website, if you are in the UK check Andertons Music for pricing and availability.


You may have recently seen the Ola Englund demo of the new Chapman Guitars ML-7 T, well this time Ola has recorded a demo of the alternative to the T, the ML-7 S which looks and sound great. Full …

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Ola Englund demonstrates the Chapman Guitars ML-7 T


Chapman Guitars recently announced the addition of not one but two collaboratively designed 7 string guitars, the ML-7 T and ML-7 S. Above you can see Ola Englund giving the ML-7 T a thorough workout! I’m not a fan of the natural finish personally but I know it is very popular judging by the comments. I would like a gloss black version with black hardware, just black everything for da brootalz! The Chapman Custom Pro 7 Alnico Passive Humbuckers sound pretty damn good too! Hopefully Ola posts a video of the ML-7 S too soon as a comparison.


Chapman Guitars recently announced the addition of not one but two collaboratively designed 7 string guitars, the ML-7 T and ML-7 S. Above you can see Ola Englund giving the ML-7 T a thorough workout! I’m not a fan of …

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DunlopTV : Zakk Wylde / Experience Hendrix 2014 Tour


DunlopTV’s Bryan Kehoe caught up with Zakk Wylde at the Experience Hendrix Tour in Milwaukee. This is the first of a series of interviews with some of the tour’s top performers. Here, Zakk Wylde talks about how Jimi Hendrix inspired generations of guitar players.


DunlopTV’s Bryan Kehoe caught up with Zakk Wylde at the Experience Hendrix Tour in Milwaukee. This is the first of a series of interviews with some of the tour’s top performers. Here, Zakk Wylde talks about how Jimi Hendrix inspired …

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Allan Marcus performs “Lost In Consciousness” on EMGtv


Eight string guitarist, Allan Marcus of Arecibo, performs an instrumental version of “Lost in Consciousness” for EMGtv. Allan makes good use of the EMG 57-8 and 66-8, showing off of extended range of these pickups.
Buy EMG pickups at: http://www.emgpickups.com/.

Allan is using a Strandberg 8 string guitar with True Temperament frets.


Eight string guitarist, Allan Marcus of Arecibo, performs an instrumental version of “Lost in Consciousness” for EMGtv. Allan makes good use of the EMG 57-8 and 66-8, showing off of extended range of these pickups.
Buy EMG pickups at: http://www.emgpickups.com/

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Premier Guitar Rig Rundown – Robben Ford


Luthier Joe Glaser filled in as the Premier Guitar Rig Rundown host and caught up with the legendary Robben Ford and his tech/co-producer Rick Wheeler in Nashville Tennessee to check out his guitars, amps and effects that he is currently using on tour.


Luthier Joe Glaser filled in as the Premier Guitar Rig Rundown host and caught up with the legendary Robben Ford and his tech/co-producer Rick Wheeler in Nashville Tennessee to check out his guitars, amps and effects that he is currently …

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Amplitube Orange released for iPad

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AmpliTube Orange is a complete, full-featured guitar/bass amp and effects rig for your iPad that includes a single track (expandable to 8 tracks) recorder for capturing your performances on the go. It features intuitive tools, tones and controls that will inspire you beyond your wildest expectations.

AmpliTube Orange features a “pedal board” section containing 4 slots for daisy chaining effects pedals, an Amp section for amp and cabinet selection, plus a recording section with up to 8 tracks of layering.

Features

  • Real-time Orange amp and effects guitar/bass suite
  • 5 Classic and modern officially certified Orange guitar amps: OR50, Rockerverb 50, Thunderverb 200, Tiny Terror, AD 30, AD 200 MK 3 Bass Amp
  • Matching speaker cabinet models can be mixed & matched
  • Selectable speaker mic choices: passive & condenser
  • 4 Stomps: Echo Trip delay, Highway Drive overdrive, Shaker tremolo, Noise filter
  • Built-in tuner, metronome
  • 4 slots for daisy chained stompbox effects
  • Single track recorder included (expandable to 8 tracks with bounce feature, master effects via in-app purchase)
  • Song section for importing device library music and play-along
  • MIDI controllable via iRig PRO or iRig MIDI
  • Create and save presets
  • Works with all IK Multimedia mobile interfaces like iRig PRO, iRig HD or iRig Stomp
  • Standalone app or available as in-app bundle in AmpliTube for iPad
  • Full production music suite for your iPad
  • Designed and engineered in Italy

AmpliTube Orange includes 6 amps — 5 guitar heads, 1 bass head and matching cabinets. Included are the OR50, Rockerverb 50, Thunderverb 200, the Tiny Terror, the AD 30 and AD 200 Bass MK 3. Speaker cabinets include the 4×12” PPC, 1×12” PPC, 2×12” PPC, 2×12” AD30 and the 1×15” OBC.
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In the stompbox section, you’ll find some extremely cool useful effects. These stomps are not Orange effects, but are derived from some of our best effects in AmpliTube.
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  • Echo Trip — an analog delay with features you’d expect — feedback control (repeat), delay time, effect level and an effect tone control.
  • Highway Drive — vintage influenced overdrive pedal with crunch, level and tone controls.
  • The Shaker — a beat syncable tremolo with controllable envelope shape, rate and depth control.
  • Noise Filter — gets rid of the hiss when the gain gets cranked.

Once you get your tone dialed in, the signal goes into a recording section where you can capture your ideas and performances. The recording section features a single track recorder that’s expandable to 8 tracks with a bounce feature and a master effects section for final production mastering. In essence, you can record and produce a full composition all inside of AmpliTube Orange for iPad. The recorder in AmpliTube Orange supports audio import, copy and audio paste.

For more info check out the IK Multimedia website – http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/orangeipad/

amplitube orange ipad

AmpliTube Orange is a complete, full-featured guitar/bass amp and effects rig for your iPad that includes a single track (expandable to 8 tracks) recorder for capturing your performances on the go. It features intuitive tools, tones and controls that will

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Gear Demo: ToneKone Close Mic’ing System


The ToneKone is an interesting new product from the UK that is a simple, lightweight and unobtrusive close mic system, or mic holder, that attaches to your combo amp or speaker cabinet with an adjustable strap and some velcro. Now in the video I use the included Velcro discs which I moved a couple of times until I had exactly the correct position and just after I stopped recording the mic became unattached, so I would strongly recommend that once you have the position of your velcro disc exactly where it needs to be mark the position with masking tape or something that won’t wreck your tolex and then switch to the heavy duty adhesive velcro strip also included. Also included, which I didn’t realise at the time of recording, is a semi-rigid adjustable anchor which can be used to hook into an open back cab, see below:

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Below you can see the lightweight plastic ToneKone designed to hold dynamic style microphones, not side address microphones, and weighs just 109g. The ToneKone is 162mm in length and has a 110mm front diameter and 70mm rear diameter. And in case you are worried, Dr Matthew Jones PhD, of The University of Southampton has carried out independent tests on the Tonekone and has verified that it does not adversely affect the sound in any way.
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Below is an image that demonstrates how the strap attaches with the supplied velcro discs but as I said I would definitely use one of the other two methods mentioned above to avoid the disc becoming detached mid gig.
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You can buy the ToneKone directly from the ToneKone website for £24.99 (plus shipping).


The ToneKone is an interesting new product from the UK that is a simple, lightweight and unobtrusive close mic system, or mic holder, that attaches to your combo amp or speaker cabinet with an adjustable strap and some velcro. Now …

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Fender Custom Shop Artisan & Master Design Series

The Fender Custom Shop is proud to introduce the two latest collections of handcrafted instruments, the Artisan Series and Master Designed Series.

With the Artisan series, the Fender Custom Shop pulls out all the stops for high-end instruments of remarkable tone, look and feel. In a first for the Custom Shop and inspired by Master Built instruments created for the 2013 Tokyo Guitar Show, this series is built to spotlight fine woods with distinctive figures, hand-rubbed stains and gloss finishes. Team-built for a limited time only, Artisan series instruments are also outfitted with a wealth of special appointments and features that contribute to their striking sound and style.

Artisan series Quilt Maple-Top Stratocaster®
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The Artisan series Quilt Maple-Top Stratocaster® features a gorgeously figured quilt maple top accentuated by a new “tiger-eye” burst finish. Other highly distinctive features include chrome “lipstick” pickup covers, special chrome control knobs, chrome tuners with ebony buttons, a choice of one-piece maple neck and fingerboard or rosewood fingerboard.

Artisan series Spalted Maple-Top Stratocaster®
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The Artisan series Spalted Maple-Top Stratocaster features a dramatically figured spalted maple top accentuated by a new “buckeye” finish. Other highly distinctive features include chrome “lipstick” pickup covers, special chrome control knobs, chrome tuners with ebony buttons, a choice of one-piece maple neck and fingerboard or rosewood fingerboard.

Artisan series Walnut-Top Stratocaster®
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The Artisan series Walnut-Top Stratocaster features a beautifully crafted walnut top accentuated by a new “buckeye” finish. Other highly distinctive features include chrome “lipstick” pickup covers, special chrome control knobs, chrome tuners with ebony buttons, a choice of one-piece maple neck and fingerboard or rosewood fingerboard.

The Fender Custom Shop Master Design Series is in essence what instruments Master Builders would build for themselves given the opportunity. In this case, legendary Master Builders John Cruz and Todd Krause conjured up their personal “dream” Stratocaster guitars and worked with the renowned custom shop team to develop and build them to spec. Now, through the Master Design Series, their dream guitars are available in limited quantities to musicians all over the world.

Fender Custom Shop Master Design 1950s Relic Stratocaster®
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The Fender Custom Shop Master Design 1950s Relic Stratocaster is the finely crafted work of longtime Master Builder Todd Krause. It expertly evokes the sound, style and spirit of the Stratocaster’s first decade, while offering several modern touches and the impeccably distressed look of a relic finish treatment. Its alder body features a Moss Green nitrocellulose lacquer finish accented by gold hardware, with a maple neck and fingerboard with a comfortable modern 9.5”-radius and 21 narrow jumbo frets. Sparkling Strat® tone comes from three shielded Custom Shop Fat ’50s single-coil pickups, offered here with shielded modern wiring and five-way switching for optimal tonal versatility, plus a vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge. Includes case, cable, strap, tool kit and certificate of authenticity.

Fender Custom Shop Master Design Series 1963 Relic Stratocaster®
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The Fender Custom Shop Master Design Series 1963 Relic Stratocaster is meticulously designed by longtime Master Builder John Cruz to embody classic early-’60s look and soul, with mods under the hood that deliver remarkable modern tonal versatility. Its special Master Design single-coil pickups provide greater output, more midrange and a sweeter tone for soloing, with a reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle pickup for hum cancellation in positions two and four. Its custom wiring features five-way switching, master volume control, master tone control and a special blend control built into what would normally be the second tone knob. This blend control offers the neck and bridge pickups together in positions one and five, and all three pickups together in positions two and four.

The two-piece alder body has an off-center seam and a faded Two-color Sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish that Cruz says “shows signs of period-correct wear without really going over the top.” Other premium features include a quarter-sawn maple neck with a larger “C”-shaped profile and no back finish (for a smooth, fast feel), 12”-radius round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with comfortably rolled edges and jumbo frets, three-ply mint green nitrocellulose pickguard, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge with brass block for more overall tonal liveliness, an extra-sturdy larger-diameter trem arm, and nickel/chrome hardware. Includes case, cable, strap, tool kit and certificate of authenticity.

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The Fender Custom Shop is proud to introduce the two latest collections of handcrafted instruments, the Artisan Series and Master Designed Series.

With the Artisan series, the Fender Custom Shop pulls out all the stops for high-end instruments of remarkable …

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Animals As Leaders’ Tosin Abasi & Javier Reyes Join D’Addario Roster

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Before I tell you about Tosin & Javier joining the D’Addario roster of artists I just want to congratulate the band on their fantastic first week sales for their new album ‘The Joy Of Motion’ which put them at #23 on the US Billboard Top 200 chart, plus #2 on the Hard Rock chart and deservedly so it is definitely my personal favourite Animals As Leaders record and I think because some of the tracks are a bit more accessible and not so “out there” they will attract a whole new wave of fans.

Anyway onto the news that Tosin and Javier have joined the D’Addario family as endorsees.

Tosin Abasi plays D’Addario EXL120-7 nickel-wound 7-string Super Light (9-54) electric guitar strings as well as EXL140-8 nickel-wound 8-string Light Top/Heavy Bottom (10-74) electric guitar strings. Javier Reyes also plays EXL140-8 nickel-wound 8-string Light Top/Heavy Bottom (10-74) electric guitar strings, as well as D’Addario EJ45C Pro-Arte Composite normal tension strings from D’Addario, and says, “Tosin and I use D’Addario Strings because they consistently sound fresh with every pack.”

“It has been a pleasure getting to know and working with Javier and Tosin in the studio & during clinics,” says Hugh Gilmartin, D’Addario Artist Relations. “They are true innovators of a new genre in progressive music, and also great teachers and mentors to younger players.”

Animals As Leaders Billboard top 200
Before I tell you about Tosin & Javier joining the D’Addario roster of artists I just want to congratulate the band on their fantastic first week sales for their new album ‘The Joy Of Motion’ which put them at #23 …

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