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Hutchinson Guitar Concepts: The Oxidizer Overdrive pedal

hutchinson oxidizer overdrive
The Overdrive pedal market place is pretty crowded I think you would agree so even with the greatest, smoothest, amp-like sounding OD pedal in the world you still need to make an impression on people visually as well. Luckily (no luck at all btw) for Hutchinson Guitar Concepts they have years of experience creating some incredible unique instruments and have applied this design practice to their new limited run Overdrive pedal, The Oxidizer.

With its heavily rusted finish and Fe” (Iron/volume) and “O2″ (Oxidation/drive) controls, you know that it’s going to add some serious oxidation to the sound.

The Oxidizer creates overdrive tones going from tweed style to a heavier distorted tone. With its massive volume boost working in conjunction with your amps gain rather than instead of it, to hammer your amp and push it into overdrive without colouring the tone. The Oxidizer is responsive to pick attack and dynamics, and cleans up really well by rolling the guitar volume back. The pedal comes with an adapter but has a low drain on batteries, optimising playing time. Get yours now as they are limited to a run of 20 pedals, which are each hand numbered.

To learn more about Hutchinson Guitar Concepts visit: www.hutchinsonguitars.com

hutchinson oxidizer overdrive
The Overdrive pedal market place is pretty crowded I think you would agree so even with the greatest, smoothest, amp-like sounding OD pedal in the world you still need to make an impression on people visually as well. Luckily (no …

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Summer NAMM 2014: D’Addario Add New NYXL Gauges to Range

NYXL 11-49
I got 2 sets of the D’Addario NYXL strings back in May (you can read my post here) which were a standard 9 & 10 gauge and I’ve been using them ever since on my 6 string guitars.

Now that D’Addario have had a chance to gauge the impressions of the string buying public they have decided to extend the range with new sets, 08-38, 09-46, 11-49 and 10-52.

“A full line of singles has also been added to the NYXL line so musicians have the ability to create sets to their own specifications. Available are 50 NYXL wound strings in gauges ranging from .017 to .080 and 22 NYXL high-carbon plain steel strings in gauges ranging from. 007 to .026.”

“These strings have also been designed to bend farther and sing louder, and the reformulated nickel-plated steel alloy boosts amplitude in the 1 kHz to 3.5 kHz range, modernizing overall tone without ever losing that incredible nickel-plated steel feel that guitarists love. With 6% more magnetic permeability for higher output, NXYL electric guitar strings offer more punch, crunch, and bite.”

Check out http://www.nyxlstory.com/ for more info.

NYXL 11-49
I got 2 sets of the D’Addario NYXL strings back in May (you can read my post here) which were a standard 9 & 10 gauge and I’ve been using them ever since on my 6 string guitars.

Now …

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Summer NAMM 2014: BOSS Announce WAZA Craft Special Edition Pedals

— BOSS is pleased to announce the Waza Craft series, a new line of special edition compact pedals that offers players the ultimate BOSS tone experience. The debut of the Waza Craft series includes the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues Driver, and DM-2W Delay. All three pedals provide the classic sound signatures of the past and present BOSS pedals they’re based on, plus switchable modes for customized tones sought after by discerning guitarists

“Designed with a passion for premium sound by the master engineers at BOSS in Japan, the Waza Craft series introduces a new chapter in the company’s legacy of exceptional tone. Through meticulously-selected analog components, refined circuitry, and careful attention to the finest design details, Waza Craft embodies the essence of BOSS engineering and the spirit of generations of technical and musical wisdom. ”

“Waza” is the Japanese term for art and technique, and each of these special edition pedals proudly carries the Waza symbol to represent the artful wisdom and tech-savvy spirit flowing within BOSS design and craftsmanship.

I have been really impressed with BOSS over the past year, continuing to innovate after all these years with some great new additions to the range, you can check out my recent BOSS pedal demos here – http://guitarnoize.com/tag/boss/. I absolutely love the OD-1X it is a super creamy overdrive and the WAZA Craft SD-1W also has that same thick overdrive tone but with the ability to switch between 2 different modes.

BOSS Waza Craft SD-1W

In continuous production for over 30 years, the BOSS SD-1 Super Overdrive is one of the best-loved stomps ever created. The Waza Craft SD-1W hot rods this players’ favorite with a revised circuit design, all-discrete analog components, and switchable Standard and Custom sound modes. The DM-2 has been a favourite delay pedal among guitar players for years and the original models are pretty rare and expensive so it is great to see a WAZA Craft series version, the DM-2W. Finally the classic medium gain Blues Driver pedal has also had the WAZA Craft treatment with the BD-2W which also features 2 different modes.

BOSS Waza Craft BD-2W

The BOSS BD-2 Blues Driver is also one of the most popular overdrive pedals in the world, and the Waza Craft BD-2W takes thisclassic’s signature creamy grit to a new level. Like the SD-1W, the BD-2W is built with all-discrete analog components and a revised circuit, and features Standard and Custom sound modes.

BOSS Waza Craft DM-2W

Highly sought after since being discontinued in 1984, the BOSS DM-2 Delay is universally revered by tone aficionados for its warm, “bucket brigade” analog delay sound. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the coveted stomp has been reborn with greater versatility for today’s music styles. Using all-analog circuitry and an authentic BBD delay line, the DM-2W’s Standard mode captures the lush sound and 20-300 ms delay range of the original DM-2. Custom mode instantly changes the sound to a cleaner analog tone with over twice the delay time. The DM-2W also includes a jack for controlling delay time with an optional expression pedal. Two output jacks allow for separate output of delay and direct sounds if desired.

Check out the BOSS Microsite that features the new WAZA Craft Series Pedals including sample videos from Kaleb Rose and Roland Blues Cube Combo Amplifiers.

— BOSS is pleased to announce the Waza Craft series, a new line of special edition compact pedals that offers players the ultimate BOSS tone experience. The debut of the Waza Craft series includes the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues

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Summer NAMM 2014: Roland announce the Blues Cube Combo Amps

roland blues cube combo
Now these look very cool! I think the original Roland Cube amps sound great, I know there are plenty of purists who hate modelling amps but you can get some seriously good tones out of them. The only thing I don’t really like is the look of the original modelling amps which look a bit plastic. This certainly does not seem to be an issue with these new 80w Blues Cube Artist and 60w Blues Cube Stage combos just announced which feature cream tolex and a vintage style grill cloth.

Featuring Roland’s unique Tube Logic design, the Blues Cube amps deliver the rich sound and musical touch response of finely tuned vintage tube combos, along with convenient modern features and reduced weight for easy portability.

“Going far beyond modeling, Roland’s Tube Logic approach starts by carefully reproducing the inner workings of the revered tweed-era tube amp in every way, including preamp and output tube distortion characteristics, power supply compression, , and much more. Great feel, distortion control with touch and volume, warmth, elasticity, sparkle, power supply “sag,” and more—everything that players love about a dialed-in vintage tube amp is present in abundance with the Blues Cube.

The Blues Cube Artist features 80 watts of power, while the Blues Cube Stage is equipped with 60 watts. Designed for performing pro guitarists, both amps have open-back cabinets built from poplar plywood, which provides an acoustically vibrant tone for enhanced presence on stage. Each amp is outfitted with a custom 12-inch speaker that’s been specially designed for maximum tonal response with Tube Logic.”

Here are some of the features:

  • Independent Clean and Crunch channels, plus unique Dual Tone mode for blending channels to expand tonal possibilities
  • Master volume, three-band EQ, and Presence control (available on the Artist model), plus Boost and Tone switches on each channel
  • Four-way Power Control (0.5 W, 15 W, 45 W, Max) allows for cranked-amp tones at any volume
  • Onboard high-quality reverb (and tremolo effect with vintage sound character on the Artist model), plus effects loop for external devices
  • Classic open-back design with custom 12-inch speaker and poplar cabinet for enhanced presence on stage

The Roland Blues Cube Combos have two independent channels, one voiced for cleaner tones, and the other for crunch. Each channel has its own Boost and Tone switches to shape the character. The Clean channel’s single volume control dials in natural tube fullness and bite as the volume is cranked, while the Crunch channel’s variable gain control provides a range of grit flavors from mild to aggressive. With the press of a switch, the unique Dual Tone mode lets you blend both channels together for an endless array of rich tones. And just like a vintage tube amp, the Blues Cube loves stompboxes, allowing you to further shape your personal sound by hitting the amp’s front end with your favorite gain pedals.

For more info:
80w Blues Cube Artist
60w Blues Cube Stage

roland blues cube combo
Now these look very cool! I think the original Roland Cube amps sound great, I know there are plenty of purists who hate modelling amps but you can get some seriously good tones out of them. The only thing I …

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Lovepedal Zendrive 2 Tung-Sol 12AX7

Zendrive 2 Tung Sol 12AX7
In case you weren’t already aware the Hermida Audio Zendrive (favoured by players such as Robben Ford) is now being produced by Alfonso Hermida for Lovepedal. Alfonso has built a small batch of the Zendrive 2 pedals featuring a 12AX7 tube which are very rare and ready to ship.

Original Handmade Zendrive with a dual triode preamp tube inside. The tube is installed in a socket and can be replaced with other preamp tubes. Different tubes can change the voicing and gain of the pedal in different ways.

The Zendrive 2 comes with a TUNG-SOL 12AX7 tube but can also use 12AT7, 7025, 5751.

“Some customers do experiment with NOS and commercially available tubes since its easy to change and test them in the pedal. They also ask me what would I recommend. I tell them that I’ve already done the homework for them and my choice is the Tung-Sol 12AX7. Keep playing the pedal, let the tube break in and enjoy.” – Alfonso Hermida

This pedal also comes with a free 9V DC, 200mA adapter since it does not operate with a battery.

To purchase a Zendrive 2 Tung-Sol 12AX7 pedal made and signed by Alfonso Hermida click here.

Zendrive 2 Tung Sol 12AX7
In case you weren’t already aware the Hermida Audio Zendrive (favoured by players such as Robben Ford) is now being produced by Alfonso Hermida for Lovepedal. Alfonso has built a small batch of the Zendrive 2 pedals featuring a …

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Hal Leonard 100 Lessons Review

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My favorite kind of instruction book is one that gives you snippets of information – a quick technique to focus on, instructions on how to do it, and then a couple of bars of music to practice on. I think that this gives the player enough illumination on the technique and practice to get decent at it, but also gives them the freedom to go off in their own direction.

With this in mind, it’s not hard to see why I like Hal Leonard’s 100 Lessons books so much. HL sent me two to review: 100 Country Lessons and 100 Jazz Lessons and both are large books with about 200 pages of instruction each, and both also come with two CDs each.

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The books are broken down into 100 different lessons covering specific topics. I wouldn’t say they are organized by difficulty, nor would I say you should progress from the front of the book to the back. Rather, I think the best approach is to look at the table of contents, see what sounds interesting to you, and start that particular lesson. Almost every lesson is only two pages, so digesting the actual instruction is easy enough to handle, and then with a bit of practice, you’ll have the licks down as well.

Regarding picking your lessons, my approach has always been “lessons by necessity.” When I have a sound in my head that I want to incorporate in my writing, but don’t know how to do it, I’ll track down the information and work on it until I can get that sound out of my head and into my amp. I’m definitely not a “technique for technique’s sake,” type of guy. That’s another reason I really like these books. When a player just wants to learn how to bend behind the nut, they should be able to easily find a lesson to get the to the point where they can do it and in the Country Lessons book, it’s lesson number 77.

I like short lessons, personally. Usually it means that the information is easy to grasp and gets you to the playing portion quickly. When you add just a few bars to learn, there’s a good chance players will stick with the lesson to completion and not be so frustrated they give up. In this regard, these books walk the line of giving you enough information to grasp the idea or technique, but not so much you’re either drowning in words, or frustrated by the music portion perfectly.

All of the lessons are written in standard notation and tab, with chord boxes as well. And, while the books aren’t dedicated to teaching you music theory, they do go out of their way to let you know what kind of scale you’re using, what notes you’re using or moving to, and (if you pay attention), you’ll begin to see the patterns emerge which will help out your own writing.

The included CDs cover all the musical parts of the books, giving you a better chance of nailing what the book was trying to teach you. For those that don’t read music and aren’t able to space out notes the way they’re written because TAB is all you know, this addition is wildly beneficial.

The series that these books belong to (the Goldmine Series) is something I consider essential to my bookshelf. To date there are five books (Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock, and Acoustic) and since they all have individual lessons broken down easily (though there are certainly challenging lessons), I can think of what I want, reference the book, probably find a quick lesson about it, and soon be incorporating it into my writing. The goal of the series is not to have you parrot off songs or even licks necessarily, but rather give you lessons to introduce and reinforce techniques to use on your own. They’re just teaching you how to walk – where you go is all up to you.

Seriously, these books are invaluable to me as a player and writer and I’ll be tracking down the remaining three books on my own because I think they’re just worth it.

They retail for $24.99 and can be found at your local music stores or online.  Click HERE for the 100 Country Lessons book and HERE for the 100 Jazz Lessons book.

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Dean ML “Roots” Ltd Edition Dimebag Tribute Guitar


So there have probably been a few too many posthumous Dimebag tribute products released over the years but Dean Guitars have gone to extra lengths with the Dean ML “Roots” guitar to try and make it have a little more meaning to fans of Dimebag Darrell by incorporating an Oak inlay of a razor blade, like Dime used to wear around his neck, made from a tree on his property. Check out the video above to see how the final guitars look, unfortunately if you want one if these guitars you are going to have to offer someone a lot of money as the entire run of 200 sold out in a day.


So there have probably been a few too many posthumous Dimebag tribute products released over the years but Dean Guitars have gone to extra lengths with the Dean ML “Roots” guitar to try and make it have a little more …

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Korg announce the SDD-3000 Programmable Digital Delay Pedal

Korg SDD-3000 programmable digital delay
It seems Korg are moving their attention slightly toward guitarists lately with the Nuvibe and Pandora stomp boxes but they are probably better known for pretty average multi effects rather than dedicated pedals. Having said that Korg have just announced the SDD-3000 Programmable Digital Delay pedal, a pedal version of a classic rack delay unit from the early 80′s.

“The SDD-3000 PEDAL packs all of the SDD-3000′s functionality into a convenient pedal unit. Featuring a pre-amp with ample headroom, a filter circuit that modifies the feedback sound, and modulation waveforms that allow a diverse array of delay effects, it covers all of the SDD-3000′s important elements. In addition to specifications that will satisfy SDD-3000 users, it provides many new functions such as eight delay types, long delay times up to 4,000 milliseconds, selectable modulation waveforms, stereo input/output, and MIDI compatibility. The user interface has also been updated for dramatically improved ease of use.”

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Now I know there are a lot of people unfamiliar with the original unit who will scoff at the fact it is a digitally delay because they want a warm analogue delay tone or realistic tape echo emulation but this unit is what the Edge from U2 has been using (well the rack version) for years until this pedal was released and now uses this instead. Check out this video of the edge’s guitar tech Dallas Schoo talking about the SDD-3000:

For more info on the specs and features of the SDD-3000 pedal head over to the Korg website.

Korg SDD-3000 programmable digital delay
It seems Korg are moving their attention slightly toward guitarists lately with the Nuvibe and Pandora stomp boxes but they are probably better known for pretty average multi effects rather than dedicated pedals. Having said that Korg have just announced …

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New PRS S2 Semi-hollow Guitars

  • S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow
  • S2 Mira Semi-Hollow
  • S2 Singlecut Semi-Hollow

PRS Guitars is expanding its US made S2 Series of affordable but quality guitars with the inclusion of 3 new Semi-hollow designs, the S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow, S2 Mira Semi-Hollow and S2 Singlecut Semi-Hollow. PRS only just announced a small batch run of premium Semi-hollow Custom 24 guitars a couple of weeks ago so I’m thinking that the S2 guitars turned out so good they decided to do a short run of their most expensive guitar once the process had been fully set up. The S2 Custom 22 and S2 Singlecut have a suggested retail price of $1579 while the S2 Mira is available with dot inlays for $1269 or the traditional PRS bird inlays for $1389.

Check out the PRS website for more information on the entire PRS S2 series.

PRS Guitars is expanding its US made S2 Series of affordable but quality guitars with the inclusion of 3 new Semi-hollow designs, the S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow, S2 Mira Semi-Hollow and S2 Singlecut Semi-Hollow. PRS only just announced a small

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Mesa/Boogie announce the CabClone – passive Cabinet Simulator/Speaker+Mic alternative with a built-in amp load


Well that’s one of the longest titles I’ve ever posted but I felt I needed to really explain what the CabClone was from the outset as this is a first for Mesa/Boogie. Let’s just go over it again, the Mesa/Boogie CabClone is a passive Cabinet Simulator/Speaker+Mic alternative with a built-in amp load. This means you can use the CabClone connected to your amp speaker out and it will act as a load box and cabinet emulator to run directly into a mixing desk or into your computer audio interface for silent recording. Mesa/Boogie say that the CabClone is also “…a Compensated Headphone Driver that delivers a great sounding, great feeling, headphone-friendly version of your amp’s Tone”.

Now say you want to record via the CabClone but you still want to hear your amp through your actual speaker cabinet while you record, well Mesa have thought about that too and included a Thru jack. You can also Mic the speaker cabinet and capture both at the same time. “It also offers options for live playing, whether you need to play ‘cab-less’ (direct) or you want both a direct sound AND a mic’d sound for your monitors, in-ear monitors or Front of House.”

There are 3 different cabinet emulation types to choose from Closed back, Open back and Vintage cabinet and there is also a ground lift control should you need it.

Mesa/Boogie CabClone

http://www.mesaboogie.com/Product_Info/pedals/cab-clone-simulator.html


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