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World’s Best Lead Guitarists with Video

September 5, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Here is a compilation of the world’s best lead guitarists of all-time by YouTube member: Mike Redshaw. Personally, I won’t dispute his list — I think he picked some of the best guitarists known to mankind. However, one could argue for days who “their” version of ‘best guitarists‘ are. There’s a lot of talent out there and everyone get’s moved by music / guitars differently. For me, if I were to pick just one “best” guitarist, it’d be Randy Rhoads (not on his list). All of his work has moved me and he was one of my biggest influences when I started playing guitar. Okay Gear-Vault readers, who would you pick for the ‘world’s best lead guitarist‘ of all time? Read more

Carvin legacy II Video Review – Steve Vai Guitar Amp

April 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Carvin legacy IILegendary guitarist Steve Vai introduced his second generation of Carvin Legacy amps — a special amps series created especially for Vai and according to his specs — at the 2009 winter NAMM Read more

History of Floyd Rose – Inventor of Floyd Rose Guitar Tremolo

March 9, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Floyd Rose Guitar TremoloFloyd Rose is the revolutionary tremolo systems off time.
In 1964 a guitarist named Floyd Rose moved from Durango, Colorado to Reno, Nevada. There he started playing in bands. Floyd had many guitar artist influences. His biggest influence was Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix from one of his Woodstock performances.

Inspired by all these amazing guitar players he started wailing and playing hard on his whammy bar on his Fender Strat. However, he noticed the problems of his Stratocaster not holding up to his aggressive style and go out of tune. That was a problem, the tremolo systems back then would make the strings go out of tune to easily.

Floyd Rose was jammin’ on his Fender Strat and that’s when he noticed the E string was sliding around the winding on the tuner. That’s when he realized the friction around the nut was allowing the strings go out of tune. He then started thinking about some type of locking device. Read more

Carvin unveils Steve Vai Legacy II Series amplifiers

January 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Carvin Steve Vai Legacy IIWinter NAMM 2009 is coming up, January 15th to be exact, Carvin Guitars will be unveiling the all-new Steve Vai Legacy II Series amplifiers.

The Legacy II amps represent years of design, development, and testing between Carvin engineers and, guitar master, Steve Vai. Some new features of the Legacy II is the amp’s 3-channel operation (the Legacy is a two-channel amp) with clean, lead, and new clean-boost channels. There’s also a new 25 watt output mode in addition to the original’s 50 and 100 watt mode options. While each channel has it’s own volume, there is now also a master volume, allowing adjustments to overall amp volume without having to worry about messing up the overall volumes of each channel. The 3-channel, all-tube Legacy II features all-new circuit designs that have been reviewed and tweaked by renowned amp designer Benjamin Fargen of Fargen Amps. Read more