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12/06/2010

The Art of Guitar Blog Carnival - 5th Edition

Welcome to the December 2, 2010 edition of the art of guitar.



DMC presents So you want to learn to play the guitar posted at Cats Love Plastic Bags.

 

Guitar Art and Theory



Bridget Nicholson presents 50 Best Blogs for Exploring Classical Music posted at Masters Degree.


Todd Masters presents Top Ten Classic Rock Guitar Tones | Classic Rock Music | GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off! posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.

 

Guitar Gear



Todd Masters presents Epiphone LE 1956 Gold Top Les Paul | Epiphone 1956 Goldtop | GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off! posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.


Todd Masters presents Line 6 Spider IV 75 Guitar Amplifier Review posted at GuitarZodiac.


Todd Masters presents Taylor Electric Guitars | Taylor Solidbody Guitars posted at hardon4guitars.com.


Todd Masters presents Epiphone Les Paul Pee Wee Zakk Pakk Electric Guitar/Amp Value Pack | GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off! posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.


Todd Masters presents Taylor Acoustic Guitars posted at hardon4guitars.com.


Todd Masters presents Vox AC15C1 Amplifier | Vox Guitar Amplfifiers | GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off! posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.


Todd Masters presents Gibson Les Paul Standard Fireball Electric Guitar posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.


Todd Masters presents Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass Guitar by Fender | Bass Review | GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off! posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.


Todd Masters presents Epiphone Flying VeeWee Bullseye Zakk Pakk Electric Guitar Value Pack posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.

 

Guitar History



Todd Masters presents Rare Randy Rhoads solo video footage surfaces | Randy Rhoads | GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off! posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.



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11/24/2010

Guitar modeling amps with USB Connectivity

Sure, you have a fancy modeling amplifier with some preset slots, and you learnt to mess around with the settings. You love your amp, and the tones you already discovered on it are just lovely. But what if some time in the future you get tired of pressing that green button for 3 three seconds until it turns red, while you hold that awkward kneeling position...? What if you get tired of bending your back to read those tiny letters above the knobs? What if you feel like editing and managing your presets on a more user-friendly fashion? Perhaps on your computer, using your mouse and keyboard... You could even organize them by categories, store them on different folders, create a database of your tones!
On the other hand, what if you feel like getting your tones, your jams or even some song ideas recorded on your pc? Share them over the web, edit them on some multitrack editor, add drums and some piano to the sketch... But you wished you didn't have to mess around too much with cables, microphones and "unnecesary" additional gadgets...
Well, it is possible. All this with one same amp, and nothing else. All you need is a USB port on the amp, to send sound from the amp to the PC, and to exchange the preset data between you amp and your PC!!
I've searched through the web, but nobody seems to have gathered the already-several amplifiers with USB port in one list. Tadaa, I decided to create that list ;). Maybe nobody thought about doing it before because guitar amps with USB ports are a relatively modern concept, and people don't seem to have realised yet the array of possibilities it opens up. So, here goes a list of guitar amplifiers with USB connectivity, along with the most important technical features of each one.
There is also other way to gain usb connectivity on an amp: through the included pedal when it has itself a USB port (for instance, the FBV Express Mk II that you can buy with a Line 6 Vetta II amplifier). However, discussing these cases was excluded from this article, mainly for two reasons. First, it is redundant since even the guitar amps that don't have optional footswitches with USB connectivity may be connected to a "non-related" multi-fx pedal that can serve as the amp-to-pc "USB bridge" (like a Boss GT8 multi fx pedal). Second, using a pedal to connect the amp to the pc might keep the preset management possibilities, but sacrifices the option to send the guitar amp sound directly to the computer (at least without YET ANOTHER interface of some sort). So we're sticking to amplifiers that have a usb port by themselves. ;)


AER AcoustiCube
(No image on Amazon)
Solid State
Watts: 120
Cabinet: 1x8'' + tweeter
USB:
Presets: 100


Fender G-DEC 3 Fifteen
Fender G-DEC 3.0 Fifteen Electric Guitar Amplifier
Solid State
Watts: 15
Cabinet: 1x8''
Channels: 1
USB: configure/import/export presets, send audio output to PC
Presets: 100 factory + user
Others: Phrase sampler with SD card slot for preset and audio storage; export function



Fender G-DEC 3 Thirty
Fender G-DEC 3.0 Thirty Electric Guitar Amplifier
Solid State
Watts: 30
Cabinet: 1x10''
Channels: 1
USB: configure/import/export presets, send audio output to PC
Presets: 100 factory + user
Others: Phrase sampler with SD card slot for preset and audio storage; export function



Fender Mustang I
Fender Mustang I Electric Guitar Amplifier
Solid State
Watts: 20
Cabinet: 1x8''
Channels: 1
USB: configure/import/export presets, send audio output to PC
Presets: 24 slots (8 banks with 3 slots each)



Fender Mustang II
Fender Mustang II Electric Guitar Amplifier
Solid State
Watts: 40
Cabinet: 1x12''
Channels: 1
USB: configure/import/export presets, send audio output to PC
Presets: 24 slots (8 banks with 3 slots each)



Crate Profiler5
(No image on Amazon)
Solid State
Watts: 5
Cabinet: 2x4''
USB: send audio output to PC
Presets: 11 amp profiles
Others: may be powered by batteries


DJ Tech YBM Solo
(No image on Amazon)
Solid State
Watts: 10/20
Cabinet: 1x5'' + 2x1''
USB:  configure/import/export presets, send audio output to PC, control PC parameters with amp knobs
Presets: ?


Hughes & Kettner Coreblade
(No image on Amazon)
Tube/valve
Watts: 100
Cabinet: (head)
Presets: 128
USB: configure/import/export presets



Ibiza guitar amp
(No image on Amazon)
Solid State
Watts: 100W
Cabinet: 1x10''
USB: send audio via USB to the amplifier
Other: 2 instrument inputs



Peavey Vypyr 60
Peavey VYPYR Tube 60 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp Black
Tube/Valve
Watts: 60
Cabinet: 1x12''
USB: send audio output to PC
Presets: 12 (400 with the Sanpera optional footswitch)
Others: Onboard Looper; MIDI IN



Peavey Vypyr 75
Peavey VYPYR75 Vypyr 75 Watt Combo Amp
Solid State
Watts: 75
Cabinet: 1x12''
USB: send audio output to PC
Presets: 12 (400 with the Sanpera optional footswitch)
Others: Onboard Looper; MIDI IN



Peavey Vypyr 100
Peavey Vypyr 100 100W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp Black
Solid State
Watts: 100
Cabinet: 2x12''
USB: send audio output to PC
Presets: 12 (400 with the Sanpera optional footswitch)
Others: Onboard Looper; MIDI IN



Peavey Vypyr 120 (Head or Combo)
Peavey Vypyr Tube 120H 120W Guitar Amp Head Black

Peavey VYPYR Tube 120 120W 2x12 Guitar Tube Amp
Tube/Valve
Watts: 120
Cabinet: 2x12''
USB: send audio output to PC
Presets: 12 (400 with the Sanpera optional footswitch)
Others: Onboard Looper; MIDI IN
11/12/2010

Best echo pedal? (edal... dal... al...)

It is incredible the titanic fight of the sound engineers to control which environmental sounds should be noticed on a recorded session and which sounds, glitches, cracks, door knockings, phone rings, bells, dog barks and other VERY undesired "sound-parasites" are to be eliminated by all means necessary. Since many decades ago, they've invested in hardware and software to have total control over the sound that ends up on the tape, CD or whatever drive is being used. Even walls themselves are covered on selected material to prevent sounds from the outer world to reach the studio microphones. But there is one natural sound that studio engineers have been forgiving and even adding to the mix. A sound that results from the sound bouncing from the walls to the microphones. A sound called echo (with some cousins called reverb and delay).
The human ear is more capable of percepting sound nuances than most of us are aware of. We could even talk about an "ear subconsciousness". We can hear if a sound is coming from the left, the right, up front, from behind... or a combination. But it doesn't stop here: from the sound itself, we can sense the type of environment we are in. If you are in a long corridor of a castle, or if you are in the sewers (don't picture the smell, just the sound... ;)), you can "feel" the space around you is tighter than it is if you are on your backyard. Even with your eyes closed.
Now, music is all about feelings. Right? So this property of sound and the human ear can also be explored by musicians to help express something. In this case, they can match a certain feeling to a certain kind of space... A more intimate sound, with no echoes at all, in which you hear, say, a guitar as if it is whispering at your ear, can make you feel different things than a sound that seems to spread all over a hall or even open field.
But musicians don't have to record an environment in that environment. By other words, there are pedals, software and other gimmicks to make their lives easier. And, as I always say, there are good gimmicks... and not so good gimmicks. And there are certainly thousands of them!
In this topic, we're going to focus on the pedals that provide echo to the guitar sound. As always, we'll hit the forums and check out which brands are most talked about. This should get us a step closer to finding a bunch of (at least fairly) good echo pedal to try out on a guitar shop later on.

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(For an explanation of what this is all about, see This site explained.)

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The Gear Page forum topic
Original Post Date: June 2007
Original Poster Question: echo pedal with modulation controls for speed and depth

- Pigtronix Echolution: 5
- Diamond (most mentioned: Memory Lane): 4
- Eventide (most mentioned: Timefactor): 4
- TC (most mentioned: Nova Delay): 4
- Quiksilver blackbox: 3
- Boss RE-20 Space Echo: 1
- Ibanez DML/PDM: 1
- Jaques analog delay: 1
- Line 6 DL4: 2
- Psionic Audio Triad: 1




GretschPages forum topic
Original Post Date: March 2008
Original Poster Question: the best slapback echo pedal to upgrade from a Carl Martin Red Repeat

- Boss (most mentioned: RE-20 Space Echo): 7
- Danelectro (most mentioned: Reel Echo): 4
- Carl Martin Red Repeat: 2
- Ibanez AD-99: 2
- T-Rex: 2
- ElectroHarmonix Slapback Echo: 1
- Fulltone: 1
- Memory Man Deluxe: 1
- Line 6 Echo Park: 1




Steve Hoffman forum topic
Original Post Date: April 2008
Original Poster Question: requests a discussion about several echo pedal brands he names, to find the best one

- Boss DM-2/RE-20: 2
- Echoplex: 2
- Keeley Modded DD-3: 1
- Memory Man Deluxe: 1




Gear Slutz forum topic
Original Post Date: June 2008
Original Poster Question: warm, vibey tone tough-built delay pedal with tap tempo

- Line 6 DL4: 6
- Boss (most mentioned: DD-20): 4
- Diamond Memory Lane: 4
- Memory Man Deluxe: 4
- DLS Echotap: 3
- Eventide Timefactor: 3
- Pigtronix Echolution: 3
- T-Rex Replica: 3
- Empress: 2
- Tonecore Echopark: 2
- Akai Headrush 2: 1
- Carl Martin Echotone: 1
- TC Nova Delay: 1
- VOX JS Timemachine: 1




TDPRI forum topic
Original Post Date: October 2008
Original Poster Question: good echo pedal for tape slap back

- Danelectro (most mentioned: Reel Echo; Dan Echo): 7
- Carl Martin Red Repeat/Delayla: 3
- Ibanez DE-7/AD-9: 3
- DOD FX: 2
- Rocktron Short Timer: 2
- Akai Headrush: 1
- Boss RE-20: 1
- Daphon E10AD: 1
- Digitech: 1
- First Act: 1
- Hughes & Kettner Replex: 1
- Mad professor deep blue delay: 1
- TC Nova Delay: 1
- T-Rex Replica: 1







And the Pedal of Honor goes to...




1 - Boss (most mentioned: RE-20 Space Echo): 15
BOSS RE-20 Roland Space Echo Twin Pedal


2 - Danelectro (most mentioned: Reel Echo): 11
Danelectro DTE-1 Reel Echo Effects Pedal


3 - Diamond (most mentioned: Memory Lane): 8
Diamond Memory Lane 2 - Analog Delay

4 - Carl Martin (most mentioned: Red Repeat): 6
Carl Martin Red Repeat Delay Pedal


5 - TC (most mentioned: Nova Delay): 6 
TC Electronic ND-1 Nova Delay Guitar Pedal
11/04/2010

The Art of Guitar Blog Carnival - 4th Edition

Welcome to the November 2, 2010 edition of the art of guitar.


Artists/songs

Clark Bjorke presents Frank Vignola's Hot Club: Bellville posted at Clark's Picks, saying, "Live gypsy jazz from one of
New York's premiere guitarists."

Todd Masters presents Slash Returns to Velvet Revolver ? Velvet Revolver Reunite posted at Xtreme Music.



Guitar Gear

Todd Masters presents Dean From Hell / CFH Dimebag Electric Guitar posted at hardon4guitars.com.

Todd Masters presents Jackson Guitars introduces new JS Series guitars posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.

Todd Masters presents Epiphone EJ-200CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar Review posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.

Todd Masters presents Electric Guitar Rig Tone Secrets posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.

Todd Masters presents Marshall AS100D 2 posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.

Todd Masters presents Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amplifier posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.

Todd Masters presents Fender Blacktop Guitar Series Review posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.

Todd Masters presents Line 6 DT50 Guitar Amplifier Review posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.

Todd Masters presents Orange TT15 Tiny Terror Lunchbox Guitar Amp Head Review posted at GEAR-VAULT - Rock your AX off!.



Guitar History

chris presents Essenital Listening: Gordie “Grady” Johnson — If I Was King : Life As A Human posted at Life As A Human, saying, "great article on Grady Johnson"

 

Other

Charlie Smith presents 10 Sitcom Cliches That Just Need to Die Already posted at College Crunch.



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10/07/2010

Famous guitarists trademark gear & tone

We are all looking for the Tone Grail. Right? Well, the classic (and maybe only, after all) way to find our own tone is to experiment, try, test-play, over and over again, hit the shops, seek... That may be the genuine way to acquire experience on the subject. But we may also get some inspiration elsewhere. Nothing better than asking the guitarists that succeeded which amps, guitars and effects they like the most. The so-claimed very best guitar players of all time must have got it right... Let's check out what gear suits their needs!
I've looked around, read some threads on the cliché "Top 10 guitarists of all time", and tried to catch the names that show up consistently on these clearly subjective answers. After that, I've collected a couple of sites that discuss the gear & equipment each one uses/used. Some sites are dedicated to an artist or even the artist's gear alone; other are some sort of guitar player's gear database. Scroll down! And enjoy ;)



Angus Young gear & tone
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B.B. King gear & tone
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Brian May gear & tone
Dedicated Site 2







Carlos Santana gear & tone
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Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Dedicated Site
Article
Official Site




Chuck Berry gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
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Guitar Masterclass Profile










David Gilmour gear & tone
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Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Dedicated Site 1
Dedicated Site 2






Duane Allman gear & tone
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Uber Pro Audio Profile
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Forum topic









Eddie Van Halen gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Dedicated Site
Article 1
Article 2







Eric Clapton gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Article
Official FAQ (?)








Eric Johnson gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Official Site








George Harrison gear & tone
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Article 1
Article 2
Article 3




Jeff Beck gear & tone
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Uber Pro Audio Profile
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Article
Article 2








Jimi Hendrix gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Article 1
Article 2
Dedicated Site







Jimmy Page gear & tone
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Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Dedicated Site








Joe Satriani gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Article
Article 2
Official Site



John Petrucci gear & tone
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Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Official Site
Article





Johnny Ramone gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
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Keith Richards gear & tone
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Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile








Kirk Hammett gear & tone
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Article
Article 2




Kurt Cobain gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Article
Dedicated Site




Mark Knopfler gear & tone
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Dedicated Site 1
Dedicated Site 2







Prince gear & tone
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Uber Pro Audio Profile
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Ritchie Blackmore gear & tone
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Guitar Masterclass Profile
Article









Slash gear & tone
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Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Article 1
Article 2





Steve Vai gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Sound Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Official Site





Stevie Ray Vaughan gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Audio Profile
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Dedicated Site
Article








The Edge gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Audio Profile
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Article
Article 2
Dedicated Site







Tony Iommi gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Audio Profile
Guitar Masterclass Profile
Article








Tom Morello gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Audio Profile
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Article
Article 2
Official Site







Yngwie Malmsteen gear & tone
Guitar Geek Profile
Uber Pro Audio Profile
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Official Site








Your favorite guitar player(s) is(are) most likely to be here. I hope you find the info useful to enlighten you on your quest for your personal tone (Ok, this sounds too Star Wars...:P).
Happy string pulling!