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History of Marshall Guitar Amplifiers

September 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

History of Marshall AmplifiersMarshall is one of the most reputed guitar amplifier manufacturers in the world. The history of Marshall Amplifiers is a really interesting one and the company with its excellent products has indeed rewritten the way a genre of music is heard! Many guitarists to date prefer the signature Marshall “crunch sound” which only Marshal amps can deliver. The company throughout its history has indeed developed many models which have been extremely well received by both veteran and entry level players and it continues to do so till date. Read more

Roland Cube 80X Guitar Amplifier

June 21, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Roland Cube 80XRoland launches the most powerful guitar amplifier in the CUBE-Series lineup, the new Roland CUBE 80X guitar amplifier expands on Roland’s top-selling CUBE-60. The Cube 80-X delivers a massive 80-watts of power through a 12-inch speaker, and features a switchable clean and lead channel designed from its renowned predecessor, CUBE-60 series.

Roland Cube 80X Guitar Amplifier

Not only does the Roland CUBE-80X offer more power, it adds exciting new features to the guitarworld of portable amps, including a new “Looper” function and “Solo” function with memory capability. The direct recallable SOLO function stores the settings of each and every LEAD channel control, allowing you an easy to use third channel option. In addition, the boost feature can be toggled via the footswitch. Ten onboard COSM amp models include the new “DLX COMBO”. Also onboard the CUBE 80X is six classic Roland effects with independently controllable reverb and delay, including a model of the classic spring reverb for a natural sound. Read more

Peavey ValveKing II Micro-Head Review

May 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Peavey Valveking 2 guitar amplifier review
When it comes to rocking it out on stage or in the studio, you need a reliable amplifier that can provide that big tube tone. In this regard, Peavey’s ValveKing II Micro-head seems to be on everyone’s lips.

Boasting top-of-the-line features such: as a switchable 20W/5W/1W power output, three 12AX7 tubes, pair of EL84 power tubes, and a USB recording output. The Peavey Valve King II micro may be what you’ve been looking for.

In this Peavey ValveKing II review, we examine whether this unit is worth your money. Read more

Enter To Win a Slash Signature Gibson Guitar

May 9, 2014 by · 11 Comments 

Enter To Win Gibson Les Paul Guitar

Here’s your chance to win a $3,000 Gibson (Slash Signature Rosso Corsa) Les Paul. This axe has a beatiful AAA-grade maple top. This Slash Signature Les Paul is built on a foundation of the same traditional tonewood combination that helped to make the Les Paul Standard legendary when it first arrived six decades ago. Read more

Nashville’s Must-Stop Music City Guitar Shops!

May 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


Mom & Pop guitar shops are a treasured rarity in the fast-paced world we find ourselves living in today.Screw Guitar Center! Check out Gear-Vault’s Must-Stop Music City Mom & Pop Guitar Shops in the Nashville area that ooze that Southern hospitality we all crave!

Gruhn Guitars

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Top 5 Easy Rock Riffs To Play on Guitar

March 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

guitar riffs to play on guitarUsually when someone proclaims the “best guitar riffs”, it usually stirs up the most controversy, but most guitarists will agree that some of the easiest riffs are the most melodic. Some riffs are, however, so significant to the song, they can be called the best, and in this article we’ll discuss the riffs that are the most significant in rock music. Read more

Tube Amp Maintenance & Handling Tips

March 28, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Guitar Amplifier ExplodesTo get the most out of your tube amp, which can be a hefty investment, here are some easy to follow handling and maintenance tips. There’s no arguing that tube amps still set the standard for tone – modern solid state and digital amps merely emulate the tube amps of the past. The unfortunate drawback however, is that tube amps are more expensive and fragile compared to solid state alternatives. Repairs and maintenance add to the already high costs of tube amps. Thankfully, some of these extra expenses can be avoided with proper care and maintenance. Read more

Les Paul: Gibson vs Epiphone – Can You Tell The Difference?

March 28, 2014 by · 14 Comments 

Hey Gear-Vault readers! An interesting debate was brought before our attention earlier this week and we thought we’d pass it along to you guys. Let’s put your mad guitar knowledge to the test! Comment your answer at the end of this kick ass discussion!

Can you tell which is Gibson and which is the Epiphone?

Now let’s take a closer look at these two guitars:

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Epiphone Les Paul vs Gibson Les Paul

At first glance, these two guitars appear quite similar. In fact, many players might even have trouble distinguishing between the two. However, did you know that the left guitar often costs as much as NINE TIMES than the one on the right? That’s right. The axe on the left is perhaps one of the most recognizable guitars in the world: a Gibson Les Paul Standard. You can typically purchase one of these for around $2500-3500. Pictured just to the right of the Gibson is the Epiphone Les Paul Standard, which usually clocks in at just under Read more

Joe Satriani’s Favorite Gear

March 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Joe Satriani JS1Electric guitar fans everywhere clap your nimble hands.  Our favorite wizard (no, not the bespectacled Harry Potter) has unveiled his current live setup–or, you could say, his book of spells.  For those who don’t know, Joe Satriani is on his Wizards and Wormholes tour, where he’s showcasing songs from the new album, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, along with old classics like “Flying in a Blue Dream”, “Satch Boogie”, and “Andulusia”.  While Satch has always been very down-to-earth and open to discussing guitar technique, it’s always a treat to get a glimpse of what goes down behind the tech-side of the curtain. Read more

Jimi Hendrix vs Stevie Ray Vaughan – Who Is Better?

March 9, 2014 by · 41 Comments 

Hendrix vs Srv

Two of the most revered guitar players in the blues/rock universe are Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Both men helped define the sounds of their respective eras and are icons of the instrument and are most likely responsible for launching more guitar-playing careers (both real and air) than any post-Beatle guitarist outside of Eddie Van Halen. Today, however, your humble man of letters here at Gear-Vault has been given the difficult task of pitting Jimi and SRV in a head-to-head battle for musical supremacy, which is truly no easy task. In the flyover, both man share many similar qualities, from their explosions into public consciousness to their preference for Fender Stratocasters to their untimely deaths. When examined more closely, however, there are some major differences between the two that just might give one the edge over the other. Want to watch the fur fly? Keep reading. Read more

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