Texas Special Strat Pickups by Fender Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat PickupsTexas Special Strat pickups are constructed with an enamel-coated magnet wire, which is what's used in vintage equipment to help provide that warm, vintage tone.

As the name suggests, Fender Texas Special Strat pickups are designed to give you that Texas Blues sound. If you’re looking for replacement guitar pickups and you would like to get a sound similar to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, or Johnny Winter then these are recommended. Texas Special Strat pickups start with staggered Alnico 5 magnets for more focus and dynamics, and it’s this staggering that allows for a more even and balanced tone across all strings. Continue reading “Texas Special Strat Pickups by Fender Custom Shop”

Line 6 Spider V 120 120W 1×12 Guitar Combo Amp

Line 6 Spider V 120 120W 1x12 Guitar Combo AmpWith the Line 6 Spider V 120, you can edit, save, and share every aspect of your tone using its iOS and Android App.

The Spider V 120 120W 1×12 Guitar Combo is the fifth generation of the Line 6 pioneering brand of digital amp modeler. The 120 watts of power pushes the bi-amped, full-range speaker system which consists of one 12-inch speaker paired with one high-frequency tweeter. This full range system is designed for electric and acoustic guitars. The amplifier features more than 200 amps, cabs and effects. You can combine up to eight effects simultaneously and the amp comes with 128 crafted tonal presets installed.

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Electro-Harmonix Neo Clone Analog Chorus Pedal

Electro-Harmonix Neo Clone Analog Chorus PedalThe Electro-Harmonix Neo Clone Analog Chorus is compact, less than three inches wide, and designed to maximize pedalboard space.

The Electro-Harmonix Neo Clone Analog Chorus is designed to recreate the sound of the Electro-Harmonix Small Clone in a pedalboard-friendly size. This effect is a 100% pure analogue pedal that uses a high quality Bucket Brigade chip to delay the signal when generating chorus. The Neo Clone uses the same circuit that the Small Clone uses to achieve its sound. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Neo Clone Analog Chorus Pedal”

Purple Haze, by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

purple hazeLook for Jimi's tricks and inventiveness, as you learn how to play his classic Purple Haze, which introduced the world to his amazing talent, back in the '60s.

Purple Haze was written by Jimi Hendrix in 1967 for the record “Are You Experienced.” This was the first single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience that was written by the band. An earlier single titled “Hey Joe” was (possibly) written by Billy Roberts, but Purple Haze became an instant hit and introduced the world to Jimi’s amazing playing, inventiveness, and psychedelic imagery.

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Hall of Fame 2 Reverb Pedal by TC Electronic

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2 Reverb PedalWith four control knobs to dial in your sound, the Hall of Fame 2 Reverb Pedal allows you to choose up to eight studio-quality reverb types.

The next generation of TC Electronic’s highly regarded digital reverb pedal, the Hall of Fame 2, uses four control knobs to dial in your sound. Decay adjusts how long the reverberation trails on, Tone adjusts the volume of the octave up signal allowing for bright to dark reverb tones, and Level adjusts how loud the reverberations are — from subtle to all-encompassing. Continue reading “Hall of Fame 2 Reverb Pedal by TC Electronic”

Voodoo Child, by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

voodoo child by jimi hendrixVoodoo Child, has, over the years, been one of the most popular songs around, encouraging many different versions, but here, you can just make it your own.

Voodoo Child, by Jimi Hendrix, was first recorded in 1968 for the record Electric Ladyland, and is said to have evolved from the song Catfish Blues, which Jimi played regularly, to honor Muddy Waters.

Key And Scale

E Minor Aeolian is used for the bulk of the song. E Minor Aeolian is a mode of the G Major scale and it is one from which both the Pentatonic and the Blues scales are created. Jimi uses the Blues scale for all of his playing in this song.

E Minor Aeolian = E, F# ,G, A, B, C, D,
G Major = G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G
E Minor Pentatonic = E, G, A, B, D
E Minor Blues = E, G, A, A#, B, D

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The Seven-Sound Strat Modification

seven-sound strat modificationDo you want to add a 'Tele' sound to your Strat? How about all three pickups at once? Try this Seven-Sound Stratocaster Modification.

The Seven-Sound Strat Modification is an easy mod that you can make to your guitar to give you more tone versatility, and despite its name, you can make this mod on any type of guitar that has three pickups and a five-way switch.

The five-way switch gives Strat players plenty of versatility in tone. Position 1 is the Bridge pickup, Position 2 is Bridge + Middle, Position 3 is just the Middle pickup, Position 4 is Middle + Neck, and Position 5 is Neck. What the five-way switch does not provide is a way to select the Bridge + Neck pickup, or a way to select all three pickups at once. This is exactly what the Seven-Sound Strat Mod (also sometimes referred to as the Gilmour mod) provides for us.

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Cocaine, by Eric Clapton – How to Play

CocaineHere's how to play Eric Clapton's 1976 classic, Cocaine, an easy to learn song in which the legendary guitarist uses the Blues scale for all of his playing.

Cocaine was actually written by J.J.Cale in 1976 and Eric Clapton made it popular in 1977 on his record “Slowhand.” We’ve chosen Cocaine because it is very easy to play and dissect, while still containing many of the important points to remember when writing a great song.

Cocaine – Key And Scale

This song is in E Minor Aeolian, which is a mode of the G Major scale.

E Minor Aeolian = E, F#, G, A, B, C, D
G Major = G, A, B, C, D, E, F#

Eric Clapton uses the Blues scale for all of his guitar playing in this song. The Blues scale is a modified Pentatonic scale and we build a Pentatonic scale by using the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th notes of the Aeolian scale. We omit the second and the sixth notes, leaving us with five notes to choose from and the name “Pentatonic.”

E Minor Aeolian = E, F#, G, A, B, C, D
E Minor Pentatonic = E, G, A, B, D

We create the Blues Scale by adding a Blue note that is outside of the Aeolian scale — a note between the fourth and the fifth (a flatted fifth) — to the Pentatonic scale. This Blue note is the only note that is outside the Aeolian scale that is used in this song by any instrument.

E Minor Aeolian = E, F#, G ,A, (A# Blue), B, C, D
E Minor Pentatonic = E, G, A, B, D
E Minor Blues = E, G, A, A#, B, D

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Soul Sacrifice, by Santana — How to Play

soul sacrificeLearn how to play Soul Sacrifice, one of the classic hits from the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and the song that turned Santana into an instant success.

This is the start of a new series of articles in which we choose a song and then break it down harmonically to look at the theory behind it. Though we will show you how to play the song, and there will be tabs and music notation, these are not meant to be note-for-note tabs of the songs. These articles are meant to show you how to play the song, introduce you to music theory, and show you how you might apply it to your own music. This series might also be good for guitarists who are in a cover band and need to play these songs, but want to do it while retaining their own identity and originality. This time we are going to look at the song Soul Sacrifice by Santana.

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Single Coil and Double Coil Pickups – What Are the Differences?

single coil and double coilLearn not only the technical differences between single coil and double coil guitar pickups, but also why they sound so different.

In order to understand what we are talking about when we say single coil and double coil, we’ll first take a look at the different parts of a pickup and see how they work together to produce a guitar signal. Then we’ll examine single coil and double coil pickups, the differences between them, and why you would want to use each type. We’ll discuss the single coil first because it’s the original type and it has a simpler design. We’ll start with the parts, then move into the ways the single coil and double coil pickups actually work.

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