Finding the right plectrum, as it was originally called (and still is in the UK), is a very personal endeavor. The genre of music you play, as well as your individual playing style, are both factors to consider when selecting your pick. And, I would be remiss not to mention the most important criterion of all, which would be the intangible qualities of what sounds the best for your playing style, and what simply feels the best in your hand while playing. The following suggestions
Recording a guitar amplifier is easy, but recording one well can be quite tricky. In addition to the guitar and the amp, the acoustics of your recording space play a big role, as do mic placement and the microphone itself. This article is intended to be a quick primer to point you in the right direction when buying a microphone to record your guitar amp. It is not intended to be an all-encompassing guide for amp recording technique, and believe you me, there is a lot to know on that subject. However, learning about the kinds of microphones
Do guitarists need more pedals? “YES!” is the obvious answer, though a tone-deaf financial adviser may disagree. Lauded for its award-winning audio hardware and highly desired plug-ins, Universal Audio has applied its expertise to guitar stompboxes with the release of three UAFX Series flagship pedals, the Astra Modulation Machine, the
If you are a singer/songwriter/musician who has been itching to get back out in public to perform in the warm weather, the most flexible solution for busking in public spaces is a battery-powered guitar amplifier that will provide hours of dependable play time and can handle the kind of punishment the street can dish out. Bringing your words and music to your town’s culture-craving citizens could be just the ticket, not only for expanding your songwriting and performing
Warm Audio has been heartily lauded for its ability to produce outboard gear and studio microphones that deliver high-end tone akin to popular classics at an ultra-competitive price point, so its entry into the realm of stompbox-style guitar effects with the Foxy Tone Box and the Jet Phaser starts a tantalizing new chapter, not only for the company
Guitarists at any experience level—be you fresh-faced newbies or veteran players in continual pursuit of killer tone—should be thoroughly interested by the G11, Zoom's new flagship floorboard multi-effects processor. With more than 30 years of multi-effects units in its heritage, Zoom knows how to deliver what guitarists need for sessions in the studio, life on tour, and production at home.
Whether you’re an electric guitarist, an acoustic picker/strummer, a singer-songwriter, or a performing duo, Blackstar’s latest releases should be of interest to you and many attendees at the NAMM 2020 show. From a tube amp and several acoustic combos to accessories designed to make life on stage easier, the new offerings from Blackstar are worth checking out.
First up are the 60W and 120W Sonnet Series acoustic amplifiers, each available in black or blonde Tolex to match your
Lugging around one VOX amp, much less eleven, would be a hellish enterprise for guitar players in the olden days. So it’s a good thing VOX is releasing the Cambridge 50, a tube-powered modeling amp that gives you eleven classic VOX tones in a single combo-amp housing—a housing that weighs fewer than 20 lb! Combine this relatively lightweight VOX Cambridge 50 with the company’s
When it comes to bass guitar, Victor Wooten is considered a master of the craft. So, when he speaks (and plays), people pay attention and listen closely. That’s why his announcement of Hartke’s new LX5500 and LX8500 bass amplifiers before the NAMM 2020 show piqued the interest of bass-heads everywhere.
Both models weigh
So, your dad plays guitar. Also, it’s time to get him a gift. Don’t let these things be mutually exclusive! Get him a pedal he’ll love, or a tool he needs. Read on for some guitaristic ideas for your axe-swinging dad.
1. The Electro-Harmonix MEL9
Buy dad the MEL9 Pedal for two reasons. First, Electro-Harmonix is a wonderful manufacturer of guitar pedals, and these days they’ve been issuing incredible new designs as well as updates to
Using technology the “wrong” way is at the heart of modern music. Artists have proven time and time again that when it comes to creativity in music, there are no rules. For example, the Roland TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer was originally marketed to solo guitar players as a way to simulate playing along with a real bass guitarist. But in practice, the unit didn’t sound much like a bass guitar, and didn’t do very well commercially. However,
Attention guitarists! Your "axe" deserves solid, characterful tone whether you're practicing in your room, playing on stage, performing on the street, or recording in a studio. The latest releases from Blackstar include combo amps, tube heads, and speaker cabinets designed to deliver a powerful combination of sonic satisfaction, versatility, and convenience without draining your liquid assets or getting you into trouble with the SPL police.
Perfect for open-mic nights and busking
Eventide is no stranger to strange effects. From compact pedals to multi-engine rackmount gear, the company has made its mark in the memories of countless musicians, producers, and audio engineers. Unsurprisingly, Eventide ignites that familiar feeling of excitement with its new Rose stompbox, a modulated digital delay line surrounded by analog mixing, filtering, and feedback. Guitar and bass players are sure to dig its vibe, and
The phrase “Golden Age” is thrown around a great deal these days—about podcasting, about TV dramas, about studio gear, and about guitar pedals. Indeed, we live in an aureate epoch of stompboxes, and many of them are exceedingly wallet friendly. There’s a good chance you have a guitar player in your life, be they a spouse, sibling, parent, or child. As such, we thought we’d make a list of some great, yet budget-conscious, pedals for you to present your guitar-playing friend.
For the Self-Jammer
Lots of guitar players need simple looping devices