Matt Schofield (VG, March ’12) was recently selected British Blues Awards “Guitarist of the Year” for the third consecutive year, and has been inducted to the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame. He joins bass player Andy Graham, British harmonica player Paul Jones, and American guitarist Joe Bonamassa (“Overseas Artist”) as this year’s inductees. […]
Monthly Archives: September 2012
Guitar/motorcycle builder Nick Perri recently completed a custom instrument that honors David Mann, a graphic artist renowned in the biker community for his murals and well as his work in Easyriders magazine and on custom motorcycles. Perri’s Chopper Fest guitar was built, finished, and equipped with help from Nash Motorcycle Company, SpaGetty’s Garage, TV Jones pickups, and GHS […]
The TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay and Looper has 12 delay types and four TonePrint slots. Other features include a 40-second loop, TonePrint functionality, three pre-sets, a dedicated tap-tempo, and expression pedal input. Read about it at tcelectronic.com/x4.
The Line 6 Relay G55 guitar wireless has a receiver housed in aluminum and uses the company’s fourth-generation digital wireless platform. With 12 channels of 24-bit audio, 10Hz–20kHz frequency response and 117dB dynamic range (A weighted), the company claims its signal is indistinguishable from a high-quality guitar cable up to 300 feet. Check it out at line6.com/relay-G55.
For such a guitar-driven genre, reggae doesn’t get many props from the six-string community, though its offbeat-chord trademark is as much a part of the rock lexicon as anything. For proof, check out this two-disc set from Bob Marley. This long-bootlegged album is Marley’s last live recording prior to his death in 1981, and it’s […]
Kiss and Motley Crue recently wrapped up a 41-city co-headlining tour. THE TOUR raised more than $450,000 for charities including Hiring Our Heroes, Aurora Victim’s Relief Fund, Operation Homefront, Skylar Neil Foundation, Spondylitis Association of America and the Augusta Warrior Project. For more, visit uschamber.com/hiringourheroes, operationhomefront.net, augustawarriorproject.org, and spondylitis.org/.
Rotosound is reissuing its Vintage Fuzz Pedal using the same circuit configuration as the ’60s original, but with modern resistors and capacitors. The pedal uses a Darlington Pair for high-gain input, which drives a temperature-compensated “fuzz” transistor; the Fuzz control can govern changes in the amount of drive from a soft crunch to a gruff […]
The Radial PZ-DI direct box is designed to work with all types of acoustic and orchestral instruments. Its three-position impedance-selector switch lets the player match load with the pickup and includes a 220k-ohm setting to warm up magnetic pickups, a 1 meg-ohm setting to replicate a classic DI, and a 10 meg-ohm setting to eliminate […]
Ian Moore and his gang make such a grand noise it’s hard to believe they’re only a trio. Moore and bass player Matt Harris wrote this disc full of high-quality pop music that has a welcome dose of swagger. All three players, including drummer Kyle Schneider, carry their share of musical weight, but Moore stands […]
A television show that focuses on the music scene in Santa Barbara, California, was recently awarded an Emmy for an episode featuring pickup maker Seymour Duncan and his company. “BackBeat” is a monthly show broadcast by a local cable-television company and looks at the local music community, highlighting organizations that support music programs and education. It won […]