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Ibanez RG870 and RG920 Premium Series Guitar Review

March 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Ibanez RG870 and RG920 Premium SeriesI have to admit right from the start that metal has never been my medium of choice; I prefer trem-bar bends in short bursts, not big bombs, and I like distortion to sound like distortion, not explosions. Read more

Scott Ian Jackson T-1000 Soloist Guitar

March 25, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Scott Ian Jackson T-1000 Soloist GuitarAnthrax’s legendary axe-man and founding member, Scott Ian, has been playing Jackson guitars most of his professional career. Why? Because Jacksons’ sound and play awesome and are the true definition of metal! Though Ian did play ESP, Washburn and was even known to play a Washburn copy of a Dean Dimebag ML / 333 style (unsure if it was a bolt ML like this Dean Dimebag Darrell guitar). Scott Ian re-upped an endorsement with Jackson guitars in late 2009. Here comes the Jackson T-1000 Soloist.

Ian’s go-to axe in the eighties was his NY Yankees [Yankees logo] Jackson Soloist, of course it’s no coincidence Ian is a die-hard Yankees fan. The guitar’s wood was mahogany with a 1/8th-inch maple top and a neck-thru body design. The new T-1000 Soloists are based off his ‘NY Yankees’ Jackson Soloist, but are about a ½-inch bigger all the way around. Ian stated in a recent interview that the new Jackson T-1000 Soloist feels better and a bit bigger to him. Read more

Iron man by Black Sabbath Guitar Tab

March 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Iron Man by Black Sabbath Guitar Tabs Toni IommiIron Man by Black Sabbath is one of my 5 easy guitar songs because of the simple chord progression. Not only is this song easy to play, it sounds powerful. This song is the beginning of metal guitar. Since the songs release in 1970, a lot of notable bands have re-made a cover of “Iron Man.”  Iron Man has also been used in many TV show, films and, or course, sporting events. Since the 1976 release of Black Sabbath’s ‘We Sold Our Soul for Rock ‘n’ Roll‘ album, “Iron Man“, by no surprise, has been included in subsequent Black Sabbath greatest hits compilations. Even the sound track of the 2008 comic book film, Iron Man, included the “Iron Man” song. This song should be on everyone’s favorite “easy guitar songs to learn” list. Below is the guitar tab for Iron Man. This is a public guitar tab transcribed, but not original. There are many ways to play this song, and I believe Tony Iommi has played it different ways while performing live. Now stop reading and start learning this guitar song!

Black Sabbath by Iron Man

Standard ‘E’ tuning

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Peavey Transfex Pro – An Oldie But Goodie

March 15, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Peavey AmplifiersRemember that one amp you had? Sure, you’ve finally upgraded to a full tube head or something that’s a little more professional, but there was something about that one that you’ve forgotten that you still miss. That amp for me is the secret gem that Peavey contrived in 1997, the Transfex Pro 120. Read more

Pink Floyd – Dark Side Still Echoes After 38 years

March 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Pink Floyd On The RunThe Dark Side of the Moon is widely recognized as one of the most definitive, ground breaking albums of the 1970’s progressive rock movement, and of all time. Remaining on the billboard charts for 741 weeks (over 14 years), it is the longest reigning billboard album to date. This is for good reason, because it’s an incredible masterpiece, right down to its’ infamous prism design on the cover. We celebrate the anniversary of its US release on today, March 10th, nearly 40 years after its conception. Read more

Guitar Setup Is Essential

March 9, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

Guitar Lessons Have you ever noticed how your low ‘E’ string just never stays in tune? Wondering why it’s harder to play your guitar rather than your buddies’ slick Gibson? The secret to effortlessly traveling along the neck of an axe that melts like butter is probably in the setup. Read more

STUDIO MONSTER – A Day At The Recording Studio

March 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Smashing your AXE Guitar, recording studio Last weekend, my band and I dropped in the studio to lay down some tracks for three songs. Recording is always a tedious process, and involves so much work from the band as well as the recording engineer. Depending on the degree and seriousness of the project, the process can take anywhere from two days to 2 months, maybe even longer.

Our progressive rock quintet is composed of a drummer, a bassist, two guitarists, and a vocalist. Everyone but our drummer does vocals, so you could say 4 vocalists. We record drums first, then guitars, bass, and finally vocals. When necessary, all five of us get in the room together to throw down gang vocals. Read more

Guitar Buyers Guide: Axe Lingo

March 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Guitar Buyers Guide: Tone Tip and Axe LingoYou’re reading this because you’re shopping to buy your first electric guitar, or buying it for someone else, or you’ve been shopping for years but were never quite sure what terms like “radius,” “nitrocellulose,” and “coil-splitting” really mean. Too often experienced musicians forget to “remember what it’s like not to know,” and we use special terms and jargon as a shorthand or code and don’t realize not everyone’s tuned in. So this article is for you. I went through one of the recent Musician’s Friend catalogs and highlighted terms that I thought might need definition, clarification, or more explanation. Read more

Finding the Right Guitar Amplifier – Amp Wattage

March 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Marshall Half Stack Hybrid

I have a Pignose Hog 20, and every time I jam with other players, the drummers drown me out. I’m 15 years old and don’t have a lot of money. I’m wondering what size amp I should by so that I can be heard above the drums without the amp distorting. Also, how are amplifier wattage ratings determined?

Johnny
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Let’s tackle your last question first Johnny, since this will help us answer your question about what size amp you should buy. Amplifier watt ratings are determined by a calculation called “root mean square,” or RMS. It simple terms, RMS is a measurement of the average, or “effective,” voltage your amp can produce continuously under normal playing conditions without clipping (what happens when you crank up your amp and it starts to distort). Some manufactures give their amps a power rating that’s closer to the peak output—that is, the highest wattage that the amp is capable of producing. This isn’t a very accurate way to measure wattage, because amps don’t operate (or shouldn’t be operated) at peak levels for an extended period of time. If you were to operate an amp at its peak output, I assure you, not only would your tone suffer but the amp itself, including its speaker, would burn out very quickly.

Let’s look at an example. If you have a 50-watt amp and it starts to distort, or “clip” as the output approaches 35-watts, is it a 50-watt amp or a 35-watt amp? To put it another way, if you want an amp that can produce 50-watts of continuous power, don’t buy an amp that has a peak power of 50-watts, because the amp will start to distort well before it reaches the 50-watt mark. Read more

Waves Audio To Integrate Audio Processors With Velocity™ News Editing System

March 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Waves Audio revealed that three of its essential audio processors are being bundled with the new Velocity ESX™ by Harris® Corporation’s on-SAN editing system. This is a turnkey high-resolution workstation for journalists, reporters and broadcasters, which is also a part of the Harris NewsForce™ comprehensive HD/SD news platform.

In addition, the Velocity ESX bundle features advanced tools for equalization, time compression and pitch shifting. Wave doesn’t stop there, the Wave components include UltraPitch, a voice disguiser and pitch shifter; Renaissance EQ, a paragraphic equalizer with 2-, 4- and 6-band components; and SoundShifter, a time compression and pitch shifting processor. Of course, these are the same tools used by top engineers on hit records, major motion pictures and popular video games the world over. The Velocity ESX workstation arrives with these processors fully loaded for user expediency.

“Waves is proud to contribute to the high-end feature set of Harris Corporation’s turnkey Velocity ESX system,” says Waves CEO Gilad Keren. “Our tools have been used for years in the broadcast world, and we’re delighted to see products developed specifically for journalists working in electronic media.”

For more information, visit their web site at www.waves.com.

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