Greg Howe, one of my personal favourite guitarists on the planet (and probably of lifeforms on other planets) demonstrates his gear for 2015 including his new signature Carvin GH24 and his signature DV Mark Maragold amp.
Red Dog Music have reported that “The Fender Custom Shop have hinted at the release of a super-limited edition “80 Proof” Blues Junior guitar amp, made from reclaimed oak whiskey casks.” And while the Fender Custom Shop are showing no signs of this beautiful amplifier on their website I have found a couple of sites who are also reporting the news and of course there are these amazing photos.
Aside from the obvious cabinet overhaul, the “80-proof” Blues Junior also features an upgraded 12″ 8 ohm Jensen P12Q replacing the usual “Lightning Bolt” Eminence speaker, the amps is accented by brass knobs, a leather handle and a brass control plate and the Fender logo is branded into the wood.
Apparently the Fender 80 Proof Blues Jnr will be limited to 100 pieces and will retail for $1,999 USD.
Responding to requests, DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of The Black Angel™, a new passive magnetic soundhole pickup for acoustic guitars.
In keeping with its name, The Black Angel™ is matte black in color. Like The Angel™, The Black Angel™ “hears” the entire range of the acoustic guitar from top to bottom, with no gaps anywhere. Its “feel” is just as important. The Black Angel™ tracks right- and left-hand dynamics and responds immediately to the sound coming off the string.
The Black Angel™ is quiet, and although it’s magnetic, it doesn’t sound electric — there’s no hum and no battery. Both coils are on a parallel axis to the strings, featuring a humbucking magnetic circuit that is acoustically isolated to reduce unwanted finger and pick noises. Players who like to mix two or more pickups together will appreciate the built-in phase switch makingThe Black Angel™ ideal for use in any dual or multi source system, and it can be easily combined with any piezo or microphone.
The Black Angel™ installs easily and quickly in the soundhole with no modification to your guitar, and it fits soundholes of 3-1⁄2 inches (89 mm) and larger. The 2-1⁄16 “E”-to-“E” string spacing on The Black Angel™ easily accommodates guitar nut dimensions ranging from 1-11⁄16 to 1- 3⁄4 inches.
Both a 1⁄8-inch to 1⁄4-inch Switchcraft endpin jack (install version) and a quick mount 10-foot cable (standard phone jack) are included with The Black Angel™.
DiMarzio’s The Black Angel™ acoustic pickups are made in the U.S.A., and may now be ordered for immediate delivery. Suggested List Price is $229.99. For more information about The Black Angel™ pickup, please visit our website at www.dimarzio.com.
UK based Victory Amps have teamed up with Rob Chapman for a second signature amplifier, this time a 1 – 20 Watt bright red lunchbox amp called the ‘Red Dwarf’ which is apparently named after the stars rather than the british comedy of the same name!
The amp is powered by 2 X 12AX7/ECC83 tubes in the Preamp, 1X 12AX7/ECC83 for the phase inverter and finally 2 X EL84/6BQ5 output tubes. The Victory Amps Red Dwaft will retail in the UK for £599 ($800 ex tax USA).
I don’t have a lot of information on this glorious Custom Steam Punk Guitar by Emerald Guitars so I will mainly let you just enjoy the photos but what I can tell you is that Irish company Emerald Guitars are famous for a couple of things, firstly the custom Ultra Guitar that Steve Vai has been using on tour, and also Carbon Fibre Acoustic guitars and their extraordinary Synergy HX7 Harp Guitar.
This steam punk guitar, as you can see, is a headless, fan fret (26″ to 25″ scale) electric guitar with carbon fibre back and neck and a Copper fretboard, yes you read that correctly! It also has Alumitone pickups with Carbon Fibre surrounds, custom made fretboard markers using brass tubing filled with a glow in the dark material, recessed strap locks and blue LED’s inside the cavities.
The only detail I can’t find is what species of wood the top is but it is a nice piece of Burl something-or-other!
Update: according to Guitarrista.com the top is Camphor Burl.
Instead of cutting away a section of the entire guitar to alow access to headless tuners, Alistair made this recessed area so you can easily tune but still have a regular guitar shape.
For more information on Emerald Guitars check out – http://www.emeraldguitars.com/
“John Petrucci dropped by the Carle Place, NY GCPlatinum room and talked to us about his musical beginnings, the genesis of his sound, and signature guitars with Ernie Ball Music Man.”
For more info on John’s signature Music Man Majesty and the JP15 go to http://www.music-man.com/instruments/.
“Help us create The Electric Guitar Show an exciting new WebTV series created by guitarists for guitarists. Hosted by Stuart Bull, Tom Quayle and the fabulous Hayley Leggs TEGS is a fast moving format packed with guitar chat, features, interviews, gear reviews and star profiles. Above all TEGS is going to be fun with some great guitar playing from our hosts, our guests and our superb in house band.”
This has to happen, imagine Top Gear for guitarists but not old farts wasting tax payers money bumbling around the countryside in steamrollers, instead an array of amazing guitar players like my old mate Tom Quayle playing guitar gear, interviewing guitar heroes and jamming. You can pledge as little as $5 so get over and check out the perks here – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-electric-guitar-show.
“Each show will feature an artist and here the band really show their talent with some fantastic tributes. In My Guitar History we ask a guest how they came to chose their current axe and hear some of their embarrassing guitar stories of the past. Stu then guides them through the tricky Star with a Reasonably Priced Guitar challenge. You can also ask Stu about that difficult guitar part in Riffbusters.
Tom is not only a brilliant player but has that special gift to explain the technical side of guitars and guitar gear. Tom gives us some great tips on everything from guitar buying to equipment reviews to finding that elusive guitar tone. You can also contact him to solve your own guitar problem.”
I first heard about the Electro-Harmonix POG or Polyphonic Octave Generator Pedal when Joe Satriani used a Micro POG on Super Colossal back in 2006. The Micro POG was actually a pretty big pedal but not compared to it’s big brother, the POG2 which I reviewed 5 years ago! The Nano POG is the latest addition to the POG family and is finally the size of a regular sized pedal.
Tracks chords, sweeps or single notes with no hitches or glitches
Great 12-string guitar sound or turn your guitar into a bass
Amazing organ-like sounds
Adjustable original pitch volume, one octave up volume and one octave down volume
Dry output jack in addition to the effect output jack
Silent footswitching and road worthy die-cast package
EHX 9.6DC-200 power supply included
When I first tried Positive Grid’s BIAS for iPad I was blown away. The level of detail included in their Amp Modelling and designing app was, and still is, unsurpassed by any other Software company. Not only does BIAS look great, the functionality included is amazing and the resulting tones are fantastic. The upside of BIAS is that it focusses on one thing and does it exceptionally well, it lets you tweak the inner workings of a number of amplifiers. The downside of this is that it didn’t include any effects to create a complete rig so you needed to import the amp into JamUp on the iPad. On desktop you had to use your own effects plugins after or before your amp plugin but they weren’t fully integrated into BIAS so you don’t have full flexibility of your signal chain.
Thankfully Positive Grid thankfully have decided to address this issue with an incredible new app for iOS and soon it will be available for desktop called BIAS FX. As you can see from the photos above, as with all Positive Grid software, the graphics are absolutely stunning. Each pedal is instantly recognisable and realistic looking versions of classics such as Boss, Ibanez, MXR and some rack effects processors including Delay, Reverb & EQ. The great part about BIAS FX is that you can insert the 25 effect pedals or 5 rack processors easily in a signal path with 2 BIAS Amps. You can pick from 12 included amp models and import unlimited amps from BIAS AMP if you own that app too. You can arrange the effects however you like by simply moving the pedals around with your finger, you can add a signal splitter to route your audio signal to two different amps and then a mixer allows you to merge the two signal paths as you wish using the level and pan controls plus you can delay each of the signals by up to 3ms.
Adding, removing and switching effects is simple and intuitive and fun and the pedalboard view is a nice addition which, with a quick swipe, switches to the rack view for your rack effects. Very cool. Of course you also have a live view where you can either tap the preset pads or individually assigned effect pads (8 in total) or use a bluetooth pedal controller for the ultimate live rig. The live view makes it very easy to setup which individual effects or effects catergories if you prefer to switch in and out. These assignable pads can do even more than that though, you can also assign a pad to be a Tap Tempo or you can setup multiple pads to be channel switchers if you have a 2 amp setup, you can also have a single pad that toggles between the two channels. Oh and one more thing you can use MIDI Learn assigns continuous controllers to any switch or knob in BIAS FX, so you could assign an expression pedal to change settigs on the fly!
I absolutely love this app and to be honest I think BIAS AMP and BIAS FX are reasons enough to purchase an iPad. Ok, enough gushing from me check out this great video that shows you around the interface of BIAS FX:
– Unrivalled, analog-like sound quality
– Extremely intuitive drag-and-drop operation makes BIAS FX a breeze to use
– 25 virtual effect pedals use high-definition sound-processing algorithms
– 5 ultra-professional rack processors that sound like high-end analog gear
– 6 classic amps
– Full integration with BIAS Amp adds unprecedented control over designing your own fully customized dream amps and lets you clone the sound of live-miked and pre-recorded amps
– Dual signal path and dual-amp processing
– Included tuner and metronome
– Live View mode lets you recall any preset with a single tap or click and toggle on/off any single footpedal or category of footpedals (such as all delay pedals) with one tap
– Pedalboard View shows all the effects and amps in the currently loaded preset at once, for quick access to all their controls; it also gives your ToneCloud buddies a Pinterest-like snapshot of the preset you’ve uploaded to share with them
– Cloud-based platform gives guitarists instant access to thousands of pedalboards and rigs
– Presets are synced across all your desktop and mobile devices for instant access anywhere, anytime
– Global Settings optimizes BIAS FX’s output to sound the best in any environment—including sending to a mixer, amp head or combo or stack power amp—by letting you EQ and selectively deactivate the app’s preamp, tonestack, power amp and cab separately for each destination
– MIDI Learn assigns continuous controllers to any switch or knob in BIAS FX
– Inter-App Audio compatibility lets you insert other audio apps’ effects in any place in your BIAS FX signal paths
BIAS FX ($29.99) is now available from the Apple App-Store for iPad. The BIAS FX Desktop Explorer program is now open for signup to Mac and Windows users.