Just over a week ago I had the chance to visit the Orlando International Guitar & Music Expo 2012. That’s fancy-talk for ‘guitar show’. If you’re not familiar with what a guitar show is then try thinking of it this way – we all get the concept of a convention or conference for business professionals – a big room with various vendor booths showing off the latest products (expo hall) and there are usually some speakers/presenters teaching or otherwise discussing the latest industry news, etc. Well, other than NAMM, guitar shows are the closest thing to a business convention that we players, collectors and all-around guitar lovers have for our favorite subject!
While some of the largest guitar shows may offer special ‘clinics’ (training sessions are often sponsored by a manufacturer hoping to show you why you need to buy their latest products) not all guitar shows will offer much in the way of training. However, what they ALL do have in common is their version of the ‘vendor expo hall’ where guitar dealers bring lots of cool (and often vintage) guitars, amps, effects and more hoping to sell/trade them to/with show attendees. In other words, it’s a lot like a big flea market for guitar and music gear! And for the guitar lover it sure beats just about any other kind of shopping experience since you have so many cool old guitars under one roof. I’ll take a guitar show over going to the mall with my wife any day! Read moreTags: Beano Les Paul, gary moore les paul, gibson amp vfront, les paul junior gary moore, orlando guitar expo reviews, pearly gates les paul,
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Miking a bass drum seems simple enough, but as anyone who has tried can tell you, you either can or you can’t. In general Bass frequency can get lost and muddy in a mix. Take a lean out the window in my neighborhood and the next ’68 Impala to drive by will prove my point. The problem isn’t the drum, or the microphone, but the mic placement! Read moreTags: MIKING KICK DRUM, bass drum mic, kick drum, kick drum mic stand,
DBZ Guitars travels to Frankfurt, Germany next week to reveal the new Venom Snake Skin guitar along with its entire line of guitars at Musikmesse, the world’s leading trade fair for music.
This is the first time Dean Zelinsky will take his new company, DBZ Guitars, to display at the show and is in direct response to the international success the new line has experienced during its first year. The new Snake Skin finish achieves unparalleled realism, in both looks and feel, using Zelinsky’s proprietary techniques. Read moreTags: dbz v, dbz venom, dbz venom snakeskin, dean zelinsky SNAKESKIN,
TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN — GROUND ZERO–Paul Phillips, guitarist of Puddle of Mudd, rig and set list images from the show at Ground Zero.
Paul Phillips G-12 GTR Rack
Line 6 POD XT PRO
Line 6 POD XT PRO
Ground Control GCX
Voodo Labs Pedal Power
MXR Phase 90
Ground Control GCX
Voodo Labs Pedal Power
MXR Phase 90
Mesa Boogie Stereo Z:100
Paul Phillips of Puddle of Mudd Rig Images
Being in tune is good, right? Personally, I am a tune-it-or-die type of person and can be very critical of electronic tuners that don’t deliver all that they promise. Most of us use tuners that operate in the normal way: pluck a string, tune to pitch, move to the next one and repeat. Well, Pilgrim, that is all about to change.
The new T.C. Electronic Polytune ($149.00 retail) promises to change the guitar and bass tuning game forever with its ability to read multiple strings at the same time. You heard me right: strum all six strings at once and the Polytune reads them all and tells you which and in tune and which are out. Of course, it also tunes in the traditional way, too. It offers users a choice of needle or stream metering, true bypass when not in use, silent tuning, a 9-volt output to power other pedals, and a USB port for downloading future updates.
The Polytune may be just what many guitarists are looking for and should be a very popular unit. It speeds up the onstage tuning process a great deal and that is always appreciated. Plus, it is spectacularly visible on dark stages and direct sunlight, which is a big concern for those of us who play outdoors a lot. Time will tell how it does in the field, as with any new product, but initial reviews are favorable so be ready to see the Polytune in a great number of pedal boards this year and into the future. It is accurate, fast, and remarkably innovative in its design. What more do you really want in a tuner? Read moreTags: bass guitar tuners,
With its simple operation and stellar analog tone—the MXR Micro Chorus joins the ranks of MXR Classics such as the Phase 90, Dyna Comp, and Micro Amp. This 80′s reissue delivers a stunning range of rich chorus textures, from sparkly watery shimmers to intense rotating speaker simulation with a twist of the Rate control. The Micro Chorus is designed with old-school bucket brigade technology for warm analog tone and features true bypass for pure guitar tone when the pedal is off. Its road-worthy hardware and components are housed in a space saving Phase 90 sized box. Check for price. Read more
There are few things that can cause a young drummer to lie awake at night. All that bashing and crashing makes us pretty tired. Still, every so often an image will get stuck in our heads that we just can’t shake. It lingers in our conscious thoughts and stirs our focus into a soupy mélange of desire and impatience. We must have it. We convince ourselves that we need it. Our loved ones try to comfort us, to soothe our pain, but in the end there can be only one solution…you’re just gonna have to get them drums! Welcome to my distraction! Read moreTags: sonor 3007 kits, sonor 3007 price,
Busch Lied About Sam Bass Conversation
Sam Bass, the longtime NASCAR artist who painted the Gibson guitar smashed by Kyle Busch after the Nashville Nationwide Series race on Saturday night, said he was stunned and heartbroken to see his work destroyed in victory lane.
Though Busch immediately told Bass he meant no disrespect to anyone the artist, Gibson or the track Bass said Monday hes struggled to accept the incident. Its like raising a child, Bass said. You start out with nothing and you finish it and you hope people will take care of it. And it was stunning, absolutely stunning to see that thing destroyed within seconds of him getting it. Read more
Since 2004, LyT pedalboards has been bringing guitarists high quality products at a fair and reasonable price. In today’s economy, value is more important than ever before, and LyT is proud to deliver and stand behind a quality, handmade in the USA product at a price that is unmatched in the industry. Read more