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
From rock, to blues, to metal, the electric guitar has many faces. While there are many factors that go into guitar tone, the creative use of distortion to mold the sound of your instrument is undeniably one of the boldest tonal statements you can make as a guitarist.
While the focus of this article is on classic distortion pedals, it’s important to note that the practice of distorting, or overdriving the sound of the electric guitar, predates the advent of the distortion pedal. Described by some as a “happy accident,” blues guitarists first
Meet Juan Bohorquez, a Web Merchandizer at B&H, who also happens to be a talented recording engineer and guitarist. Although creating music has always been his passion, Juan took things a step further, in 2018, when he built his own signature guitar—from scratch. Take a gander at the video to see and hear this beautiful instrument in action, and to find out more about Juan's incredible story. We hope you find some inspiration herein, and invite you to see more of the wide selection of
It’s NAMM 2018, and you know what that means—new wares from Yamaha! Other models have been added to the company roster, and we here at B&H are only too happy to stock them.
Let’s start with the guitars, which we’ve featured in many of our product demonstrations. First, take a gander at the TransAcoustic models. These are acoustic/electric guitars that feature built-in reverb and chorus—reverb and chorus that you can hear live, in the room, without any external
Are you just getting into playing electric guitar? If so, thank you—it feels like there’s a dearth of us these days! But also, let’s address an issue you might be facing in purchasing your Instrument, best summed up by the following question:
“What kind of electric guitar is right for me?”
I know the answer my parents had for that question: “the cheapest,” but if you’re shelling out your own hard-earned dosh, deciding what kind of axe to purchase is a choice fraught with implications, both obvious and subliminal.
You see, different electric
Ibanez’s Talman series guitars are quite distinctive in their look. Like the haircuts of our epoch, they are fashionably asymmetrical, though one suspects they’ll have more staying power than your standard hipster ’do—enough staying power for Ibanez to offer Talman series basses, as well as this Talman-series TCM50 acoustic guitar.
With its figured ash top alongside its mahogany back and sides, this instrument offers balanced
A long time ago, a single manufacturer was perceived to be the undisputed leader in hollow-body electric guitars. That, however, was a long time ago. Now you regularly see some of the greatest jazz guitarists of our time playing Ibanez hollow-body guitars, and with its AF75 model—part of the Artcore Series—it’s not hard to see why. With its single-cutaway maple body, mahogany neck, and bound rosewood fingerboard, the AF75 series offers both an eminently playable experience and much in the way of tone.
For electronics, these guitars feature a
Watch as Sonic Scoop’s Justin Colletti sits down with Born Cage’s Vlad Holiday to talk DI guitar recording. In this video, Colletti and Holiday sit down and dive into three different pieces of amplifier-simulation software: Guitar Rig 5 (offered in Komplete 11), AmpliTube 4, and
In this video, Justin Colletti continues the discussion on recording guitar without the amplifier, this time eschewing software and focusing on the actual recording methods themselves. The process of “reamping”—as well as obtaining the classic, DI’ed tones used by the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to great effect—are a both covered. The Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 is a product you’ll see shown off here.
Fans of the progressive rock guitarist Jake Bowen can now more closely approximate his tone with his Signature Series guitar, courtesy of Ibanez. With DiMarzio pickups voiced specifically for the Jake Bowen series, you can achieve timbres perfect for ambient open chords, palm-muted chug-a-thons, or velvety, liquid lead-breaks. You know what else helps with tone? The 5-way pickup selector, wired to include a parallel-coil
Founded in 1997, Cordoba seeks to guide the evolution of the nylon string guitar by blending traditional craftsmanship of early master luthiers with modern developments. Every Cordoba instrument is designed to be lightweight and responsive, with a character that is a direct decedent of the Spanish tradition. The company’s design philosophy is to challenge the definition of the acoustic guitar without sacrificing the authenticity of its heritage.
Watch B&H’s own Jaime Traba as he sits down with Breedlove Guitars’ Sean Morrissey at the 2017 NAMM Show for a private chat. First, they examine an acoustic from the Stage series, which boasts a Sitka Spruce top and cocobolo back and sides. After a conversation about Breedlove’s love of exotic woods, they discuss a new acoustic body shape—one with the feel of a concert and the projection of a dreadnought.
ESP has been busy expanding its US shop, its roster of artists, and its lineup of guitars and basses. Bill Kelliher, of the famed American rock band “Mastodon,” joined the ESP family in 2016. As announced at the 2017 NAMM Show, ESP is proud to debut the LTD Bill Kelliher Sparrowhawk, which offers set-through construction, a mahogany body, 3-piece mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, and Kelliher’s Lace Sensor Divinator signature pickups. The Sparrowhawk is being offered in Military Green Sunburst Satin
Ibanez is rolling out new guitars at the 2017 NAMM show, and we at B&H are proud to stock them for your playing pleasure. Let’s get right to the shred: Ibanez is introducing some new models to its Iron Label series, perhaps most notably the RGAIX6U and RGAIX7U. These metal-centric axes offer three-piece maple/bubinga Nitro Wizard necks, ash bodies, bound ebony fingerboards, Gibraltar Standard II bridges with GOTOH MG-T locking machines, and Bare Knuckle Aftermath