Peter Banks, a guitarist and co-founder of the progressive-rock band Yes, died March 7 at his home in London. He was 65 and suffered heart failure. One of the progenitors of the prog-rock style, as a boy, Banks learned to play acoustic guitar and banjo. In 1965, he joined bassist Chris Squire in a precursor […]
Monthly Archives: March 2013
Beginning March 14, GearTunes.com will stream The Ultimate Speaker Demo, hosted by session guitarist Doug Doppler, whose collection of vintage and rare Ibanez instruments was featured in the June ’12 issue of VG. The stream, which will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. PST each day through March 17. can also be viewed on the […]
The Perri Ink Distressed Flag pickguard uses an image embedded into a high-quality plastic pickguard. The image will never rub off or fade. All screw holes are countersunk, edges are beveled, and it is available in three varieties and various custom sizes and shapes. Learn more: http://perriinkguitars.com.
Guitarist John McLaughlin – cited by Jeff Beck as “the best guitarist alive” – will tour the eastern U.S. this summer, beginning June 11 and including an appearance at Bonnaroo June 14 and a three-night stand in New York City before concluding June 23. McLaughlin’s latest studio recording, Now Here This, was released last October. […]
Railhammer’s new Anvil pickup uses a high-output ceramic magnet, 44-gauge wire, and increased winding to produce power and girth. It’s designed to help a player’s fast riffs, complex chords, and palm muting cut through a mix with greater clarity than a traditional humbucker. It uses rails under the wound strings for tight lows, and poles […]
John Oates’ single, “Stand Strong” will be featured in an ESPN2 telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race March 16 from Bristol Motor Speedway. The song will be serve as the theme for the telecast, heard in the pre-race Countdown, which airs at 1:30 p.m. ET. “I’ve had a longstanding relationship with the folks at ESPN and have been […]
The BBE Mind Bender MB-2 vibrato/chorus pedal is wired for true-bypass switching and uses a “bucket brigade” delay circuit, 1% metal-film resistors, high-voltage poly caps, military-spec circuit board, and has a blue status LED and an easy-access battery compartment. Learn more at www.bbesound.com.
The Wren and Cuff Mercy Phuk overdrive for bass and guitar employs an op-amp-driven MOSFET/LED asymmetrical clipping section with internal trim pot that lets the player fine-tune the amount of drive. A second gain stage employs another asymmetrical hybrid germanium/LED clipping section. Check it out at www.wrenandcuff.com.
Keeley Electronics’ Red Dirt overdrive combines the sounds of the company’s Mod Plus and Baked modified pedals with refinements that help it create dynamic gain at mild and heavier sustain settings. Its Volume control balances the signal or pushes an amp to further sustain and overdrive. Hand-built in the U.S.A., it’s housed in a powder-coated […]
Alvin Lee, co-founder and guitarist with the ’60s blues-rock band Ten Years After, passed away March 6. He was 68 and died from complications of what his website calls “a routine surgical procedure.” Lee was born Graham Alvin Barnes in Nottingham, England, and began playing guitar at age 13, inspired by his father’s love of […]