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Nili Brosh plays “A Matter of Perception” on EMGtv


The extremely talented Nili Brosh hasn’t released a record since her debut album “Through the looking glass” back in 2010. Nili does have a good excuse however, besides occasionally filling in as a member of The Iron Maidens she is also Tony MacAlpine’s guitarist too, and that is not a gig for the faint hearted, it is very technically demanding. It has made the 7 string guitar become Nili’s axe of choice ever since joining Tony’s band and playing such technical music has taken her playing to a new level.

Above is a video of Nili playing the title track of her new album “A Matter of Perception” for EMGtv, I like this new heavier direction and can’t wait to hear the rest of the album when my copy arrives! Nili seems to play with much more conviction and confidence than 4 years ago, which isn’t surprising considering her day job!

For more info about Nili Brosh and her new release head over to http://www.nilibrosh.com/.


The extremely talented Nili Brosh hasn’t released a record since her debut album “Through the looking glass” back in 2010. Nili does have a good excuse however, besides occasionally filling in as a member of The Iron Maidens …

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Tonewood-Amp – an innovative effect processor for acoustic guitar


The Tonewood-Amp is a very interesting product that was well received at Summer NAMM 2014 and will soon be available to pre-order via a Kickstarter Campaign. You can probably see from the video above how it works but in case you missed it the Tonewood-Amp takes the output signal from an acoustic guitar (yes you need an on-board preamp or magnetic pickup on your Acoustic), this signal is then processed with for example delay, then the processed signal is fed back into the body of the guitar and out via the soundhole.

The way you attach the Tonewood-Amp to your guitar is by using a Magnetic Rail system, there is a Locking system still under development but there aren’t any details about that at this time other than that it will be a type of clamp. The Magnetic Rails’ system is made of two thin flat metal-enclosed-in-plastic rails which is attached to the back of the guitar using a non-permanent adhesive tape, this method will not damage or leave any residue on the guitar. The rails’ install is quick and easy and will allow you to add/remove the ToneWoodAmp to and from your guitar in seconds.

Tonewood-Amp magnetic rails

Not only does the ToneWood-Amp include a powerful internal DSP for instant effects (Reverb, Echo, Delay, Tremolo and more..) it also includes an audio interface for iDevices allowing access to endless effects and even virtual MIDI apps.

“The overall sound result which you hear is a combined sound of the natural guitar sound plus the ToneWoodAmp effects vibrating through the guitar’s body. Our sound philosophy is based on the idea that the natural guitar sound is at the front, and in the lead, while the ToneWoodAmp effects are supplementing it. This concept makes sure that a rich natural guitar sound is alway at the core.
ToneWoodAmp produces “Fully Wet” effects so very little of the source sound (if any) get reproduced, just the effect itself. The combined results of natural real guitar sound + pure spatial effects vibrating via the guitar body itself creates this unique sound experience.”

I think this a very clever product because of the way that it blends the effected sound with the natural sound of an acoustic guitar. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a product like this before and hope they get the funding they need from their upcoming Kickstarter campaign as this product definitely deserves to be on the market.

Read more about the Tonewood-Amp on the company website – http://www.facebook.com/tonewoodamp Or on their Facebook page –
http://www.tonewoodamp.com

Summer NAMM 2014 Tonewoodamp demo with Larry Mitchell, Grammy Award Winning Producer, playing for the first time on an acoustic guitar with the new innovative ToneWood-Amp.


The Tonewood-Amp is a very interesting product that was well received at Summer NAMM 2014 and will soon be available to pre-order via a Kickstarter Campaign. You can probably see from the video above how it works but in case …

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Guthrie Govan in the studio again with Steven Wilson

Guthrie Govan in the studio
This is very, very good news. Guthrie Govan is currently in the process of recording the new Steven Wilson album. Wilson’s last release “The Raven That Refused To Sing” was, in my opinion, THE release of 2013 and Guthrie’s contribution fantastic.

I’ll keep you updated as and when I get more details but in the meantime make sure you check out Guthrie & Steven’s Facebook pages.

Guthrie Govan in the studio
This is very, very good news. Guthrie Govan is currently in the process of recording the new Steven Wilson album. Wilson’s last release “The Raven That Refused To Sing” was, in my opinion, THE release of 2013 and Guthrie’s contribution …

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PRS All Mahogany SE Angelus Acoustics

PRS SE A10E
PRS have announced this beautiful looking SE A10E all-mahogany guitar to the SE Angelus acoustic series.

The all-mahogany body construction of this guitar provides a controlled attack and strong fundamental, delivering a warm, woody tone with a focused, punchy midrange. This strong midrange character allows the A10E to easily find a non-competing place in a mix, making it ideal for both the studio and the stage.

Check out this demo from Dave Weiner of the PRS SE A10E:

The PRS SE A10E guitars come standard with undersaddle electronics that are accessible via the soundhole with both tone and volume controls as well as a hardshell case. Two finish options are available: Tortoise Shell with black body binding and white rosette or Black with white body, neck, and headstock binding with white rosette.

These models also start a new naming practice for PRS SE Acoustics with “A” designating the 15 ½” Angelus Cutaway body shape, “10” designating all-mahogany body woods, and “E” denoting that these guitars come with the PRS electronics package (as opposed to the pickup found on SE Angelus Standard and Custom models).

For full specifications, audio samples, and videos please visit: http://www.prsguitars.com/a10e

PRS SE A10E
PRS have announced this beautiful looking SE A10E all-mahogany guitar to the SE Angelus acoustic series.

The all-mahogany body construction of this guitar provides a controlled attack and strong fundamental, delivering a warm, woody tone with a focused, punchy midrange.

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Fender release new ’68 Custom Vibrolux® Reverb amp


I love the sound of Fender’s Vintage Modified Series amplifiers, this new ’68 Custom Vibrolux® Reverb amp sounds fantastic. It’s definitely on my list to try ASAP.

'68 custom vibrolux

Press release
Fender is proud to announce the release of the latest Vintage Modified Series amplifiers, the ’68 Custom Vibrolux® Reverb amp, following the success of the popular ’68 Custom Twin Reverb®, ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb® and ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb® amps.

1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps, with tone that was still pure Fender, but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum “drip edge” grille cloth trim, the Vibrolux Reverb received a fresh new face, as it remained the compact, gig-ready amp of choice for pros and amateurs everywhere. The 1968 Vibrolux Reverb featured a unique 2×10 speaker configuration, which delivered snappy twang and big tube tone, while still incorporating world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Vibrolux Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender tone.

The ’68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender’s late-’60s “silver-face” amps. In a special twist, both channels boast reverb and tremolo, and the “custom” channel has a modified Bassman® tone stack that gives modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals. The amp also features quicker gain onset and reduced negative feedback for greater touch sensitivity. While fitting a sweet spot between the Deluxe Reverb and Twin Reverb, in respect to power and size, the ’68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb’s dual 10” Celestion® TEN 30 configuration and 35 watts of all-tube power deliver distinctive rock ‘n’ roll flavor.

For more information, go to www.fender.com.


I love the sound of Fender’s Vintage Modified Series amplifiers, this new ’68 Custom Vibrolux® Reverb amp sounds fantastic. It’s definitely on my list to try ASAP.

'68 custom vibrolux

Press release
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db Instrument Amp releases the 4E Dual Axis Expression Pedal

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db Instrument Amp have announced a dual axis expression pedal called the 4E which has a total of 4 expression control Mega potentiometers with two assigned to each axis of motion.

Up to four individual expression enabled effects can be controlled from a single pedal. Two separate
effects can be controlled simultaneously with up/down and
left/right motion.

The ergonomic axis locations of the 4E also makes for easy control at both standing and seated positions.

To see the db Instrument Amps 4E in action and find out more visit
www.dbinstrumentamp.com.

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db Instrument Amp have announced a dual axis expression pedal called the 4E which has a total of 4 expression control Mega potentiometers with two assigned to each axis of motion.

Up to four individual expression enabled effects can be …

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Line 6 announce the Sonic Port VX

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Line 6 have updated their audio interface in a big way, the Sonic Port VX not only let’s you plug in your guitar or bass directly for high quality recording to your computer (or iOS device), as well as a line input for recording keyboards, drum machines etc, but it also includes stereo and mono condenser microphones!

Matched stereo mics let you record live performances with remarkable clarity. The mono front-facing mic is perfect for capturing the raw energy of your songwriting sessions.

The Sonic Port VX has Zero-latency monitoring which means you can record without any audio lag between the time you strike the string and the time you hear the sound. I’m assuming this is the pre affected signal so if you are recording into a DAW using a plugin to create your guitar tone this won’t be that useful but if you are mic’ing an amp or recording acoustic guitar it is a brilliant feature.

The included Mobile POD app gives you over 10,000 presets designed by artists, Line 6 and other players—plus the ability to mix and match 32 amps, 16 effects and 16 speaker cabs to define your own sound. Mobile POD also lets you use your custom tones when playing along with your iTunes® library.

“Plug a USB power supply into Sonic Port VX and it simultaneously powers your iOS device, so you’ll never lack the necessary battery charge. Also, with features like a tabletop stand with mic stand adapter, and a 1/4” thread for tripod connections, you can put Sonic Port VX where you need to capture great recordings.”

Check out the Line 6 website for more info about the Line 6 Sonic Port VX

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Line 6 have updated their audio interface in a big way, the Sonic Port VX not only let’s you plug in your guitar or bass directly for high quality recording to your computer (or iOS device), as well as a …

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Polyphia ‘Muse’, catchy progressive metal!

Polyphia - Muse
I first heard about Polyphia via my Canadian chum Nick Johnston who announced on his Facebook page that he was recording a solo on a track for the band. The track is called ‘Champagne’ and is featured on the recently released album ‘Muse’, you can check out the official video below. Before I’d had a chance to hear that track however Polyphia released a video of the catchiest instrumental metal tunes I’ve ever heard and it instantly hooked me, the track is called ‘Sweet Tea’ and features Aaron Marshall of Intervals. This track combines pop melodies with technically challenging riffs and blistering guitar solos. It has a kind of J-Pop catchiness to it but at the same time an extremely sophisticated level of guitar playing, check it out here:

Sweet Tea (feat. Aaron Marshall of Intervals)

“All aged 20-21, the Texan instrumental outfit are ready to show the world their debut full-length, Muse. Equally inspired by guitar wizards Guthrie Govan and Rick Graham, and the pop sensibility of the R&B/rap world, Muse is a 44 minute ride full of groove, ear-teasing riffs and melodies and blindsiding musical brilliance. Who needs vocals?”

Yes, aged between 20-21… depressing huh? Well it is to someone my age!

Catch Polyphia on tour with Monuments throughout September in the US, a full list of dates can be found here.

Champagne (feat. Nick Johnston)

Polyphia have also made available a tab book of ‘Muse’ which is available to purchase via their online store.
Polyphia tab book

https://polyphia.bandcamp.com/
Polyphia

Polyphia - Muse
I first heard about Polyphia via my Canadian chum Nick Johnston who announced on his Facebook page that he was recording a solo on a track for the band. The track is called ‘Champagne’ and is featured on the recently …

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Yourinstrument.com – Buy or Sell your instrument in an instant

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www.yourinstrument.com, a new online marketplace for guitarists and other musicians, has launched with the mission of making it easy to buy and sell gear online.

The cool thing about yourinstrument.com is that it is built by musicians and that it is dedicated only to musical instruments and related equipment. There are no commission fees, and used items can be listed for free!

There is a huge range of guitars on the site (about 1400 acoustic and electric guitars when I checked) as well as amps, stomp boxes and other instruments. The filtering let’s you quickly and easily drill down and find exactly what you are looking for. I was interested to see what ERG’s were available and the 3 steps of categories returned 6 current 7 & 8 string guitars for sale.

There are a number of quick links setup to get to the most popular categories on yourinstrument.com such as
electric guitars for sale and stomp boxes. What made me really happy was that I discovered that there is also an Aussie version of the site at http://www.yourinstrument.com.au! Great timing too as I’m getting close to selling my amp.

It’s good to see a small company trying to compete with the likes of Ebay and Craigslist (in the US) and Yourinstrument.com also aims to support up and coming artists through both sponsorship and education.

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www.yourinstrument.com, a new online marketplace for guitarists and other musicians, has launched with the mission of making it easy to buy and sell gear online.

The cool thing about yourinstrument.com is that it is built by musicians and that …

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New Electro-Harmonix Nano Looper 360 Pedal

ehx Nano Looper 360
Looper pedals seem to be very popular at the moment there are a few that have been released in recent times and now EHX are adding to the choice with their Nano Looper 360. The EHX Nano Looper 360 has a total of 360 seconds of loop recording time which can be divided into 11 different loops for maximum flexibility and control. It uses uncompressed audio and EHX’s 24-bit A/D/A converters using a 44.1khz sample rate to deliver high quality loops. The user interface has been designed to be simple and intuitive to use, it features 2 knobs, three LEDs and a single footswitch and makes recording a loop, overdubbing, undo-redo and erasing a loop easy to master.

“The Loop knob is numbered and allows the user to select from 11 different loop locations. To record a loop, simply select an empty bank and press the footswitch once. The REC (recording) LED lights solid and recording starts immediately. When the footswitch is pressed again, the recording stops, and the loop will play indefinitely. Pressing the footswitch two times stops the playback.”

“Overdubbing is easy. When a loop is playing, pressing the footswitch once lets the user record on top of the original material and does not change its length. After finishing an overdub, the Undo-Redo function is enabled and allows the user to remove the last take. To undo an overdub during playback, simply press and hold the footswitch for one second. To redo the overdubduring playback, i.e. restore the last take, press and hold the footswitch for one second again. To erase a loop, playback must be stopped and the footswitch depressed for two seconds. All recorded audio is stored automatically to the NanoLooper 360’s internal memory and all recorded loops remain in memory until they are erased.”

The EHX Nano Looper 360 can use a 9 Volt battery, or the EHX 9.6-Volt/DC200mA AC adapter that comes with the pedal and has a list price of $179.99.

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

ehx Nano Looper 360
Looper pedals seem to be very popular at the moment there are a few that have been released in recent times and now EHX are adding to the choice with their Nano Looper 360. The EHX Nano Looper 360 has …

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