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What is it like going to a Guitar Show?

February 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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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 more

GIVEAWAY: LINE 6 RELAY G30 GUITAR WIRELESS UNIT

April 1, 2010 by · 24 Comments 

GIVEAWAY: LINE 6 RELAY G30 GUITAR WIRELESS UNIT
Gear-Vault and Line 6 have teamed up to offer a FREE RELAY G30 giveaway for our dedicated GEAR-VAULT readers. Please subscribe to our Feedburner eNews & Updates below — leave us a comment as to what instrument you play, style of music you enjoy, and how many years you’ve played. After doing that fun stuff, enterYes, it really is that simple! [READ THE LINE 6 RELAY G30 REVIEW] Read more

Kelly Shu Kick-drum Microphone shock-mount

March 31, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Kelly Shu Kick-drum Microphone shock-mountMiking 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 more

DBZ Guitars: Snake Skin Venom guitar poised to strike

March 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

DBZ Guitars Snake Skin Venom guitar poised to strikeMaster guitar builder Dean Zelinsky creates textured Snake Skin finish using new techniques — DBZ Venom Snake Skin Guitar.

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 more

Paul Phillips Puddle of Mudd – Rig & Set List

February 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN — GROUND ZERO–Paul Phillips, guitarist of Puddle of Mudd, rig and set list images from the show at Ground Zero.

This is part two of three for the GEAR-VAULT / MUDD experience at Ground Zero on February 19th 2010. Read the Gear-Vault and Paul Phillips face-to-face interview.

Puddle of Mudd Set List
Puddle of Mudd Set List
NOTE: See Tiger C, Red C#, Blonde STND. That is the guitar Paul plays for that song and the tuning used for that song.

Paul Phillips Puddle of Mudd PRS Guitars
Paul Phillips Guitars
PRS 22 Tiger
PRS 22 Red
PRS 24 Blonde
Gibson Les Paul Snake

Paul Phillips Pedal board Case G17
Paul Phillips Pedal board Case G17
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power
Vox Wah Pedal
Boss TU-2
GCX Control Pedal Board
Ernie Ball VPJR

Paul Phillips G-11 GTR Rack Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier
Paul Phillips G-11 GTR Rack
Mesa Boogie Triple REC
Mesa Boogie Triple REC
Furman PL-Plus II
Shure U4D
Shure U4D
Whirlwind Multi Selector
Ground Control Pedal

Paul Phillips G-12 GTR Rack Line 6 POD XT PRO boss
Paul Phillips G-12 GTR Rack
Furman PL-8
Line 6 POD XT PRO
Line 6 POD XT PRO
CryBaby DCR-ISR
Ground Control GCX
Voodo Labs Pedal Power
Boss NS-2
Boss CH-1
Boss RV-3
Boss PH-2
MXR Phase 90
CryBaby DCR-ISR
Ground Control GCX
Voodo Labs Pedal Power
Boss NS-2
Boss CH-1
Boss RV-3
Boss PH-2
MXR Phase 90
Mesa Boogie Stereo Z:100

paul phillips rig mesa boogie recto marshall 1960
Paul Phillips G-13 Gtr Cab
Mesa Boogie 4×12 Gtr Cab
Paul Phillips G-14 Gtr Cab
Mesa Boogie 4×12 Gtr Cab
Paul Phillips G-15 Gtr Cab
Marshall 1960b 4×12
Paul Phillips G-16 Gtr Cab
Marshall 1960b 4×12

Paul Phillips of Puddle of Mudd Rig Images

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Dunlop Releases the New MXR Micro Chorus

February 22, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Dunlop Releases the New MXR Micro Chorus


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

Sonor Force 3007 Rock Set Drum Kit

November 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

SONOR-3007There 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 more

Kyle Busch Smashes Guitar Trophy After NASCAR Win

June 23, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Busch Lied About Sam Bass Conversation

Kyle Busch Smashes Guitar TrophySam 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

Ludwig Anniversary Edition Stainless Steel Pro Beat Drum Kit

June 4, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Ludwig Stainless Steel Pro Beat Drum Kit

Press Release–Since 1909, Ludwig has been making exceptionally crafted percussion products for drummers of all styles. During the 100th Anniversary year, Ludwig is proud to announce the release of the Ludwig Anniversary Edition Stainless Steel Pro Beat outfit. Read more

Gibson Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby – Limited Run

May 22, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Gibson Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby

Limited Run Gibson Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby–Using Gibson’s Les Paul Standard as its core design, the 2009 Limited Run Series Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby Tailpiece blends the Les Paul’s iconic form with advanced features keeps the guitar at the forefront of everything else. The standard Les Paul cutaway gives way to the wider and deeper Florentine Cutaway. Read more

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