Now we are going to take a look at, and try to learn how to play, a song called “Black Magic Woman,” as performed by Carlos Santana in 1970 for the record Abraxas. The song was originally written by Peter Green in 1968 for his band at the time, Fleetwood Mac. The Santana version also blends in a song from 1966 called “Gypsy Queen,” by Gabor Szabo which adds much of the polyphony rhythm to the song. Black Magic Woman is one of Santana’s most popular songs.
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The Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano has the same prized sounds of the legendary Holy Grail reverb pedal, in a rugged, performance-friendly nano die-cast chassis that’s just a little over two inches wide. It’s designed to be very easy to use with only one switch and one control knob needed to dial in your reverb settings. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano”
The Peavey VYPYR VIP 1 20W 1×8 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp is the world’s first Variable Instrument Performance amplifier. It has amp models for electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Peavey uses a combination of 32-bit, floating point SHARC processors and patented Transtube® analog circuitry to create their modeling amplifiers. All of the VYPYR effects, amp models and parameter controls can be accessed from the control panel on the front of the amp so there is no need to connect it to a computer. The VYPYR does feature a new USB bi-directional data and audio port, however, for recording or to connect to VYPYR software to store presets, get lessons, or practice to backing tracks while connected to your computer.
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The Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus is a re-issue of the classic chorus pedal made popular by Kurt Cobain and J. Mascis. It’s a 100% analogue pedal with that vintage tone we all know and love, and containing only a Depth switch and a Rate Knob, it’s very easy to use. Depth lets you toggle between the standard signal modulation, for a softer and more subtle effect, and a boosted signal modulation, for a more swirly chorus experience. You can adjust the speed of the chorus using the Rate knob. This can range from a very slow and hardly noticeable pulse, to the doubling of the signal, to an almost vibrato-like cycle speed, sounding similar to the old Leslie Rotary Speakers. With the variable controls you can easily set it to the tempo of your song. The On/Off footswitch makes use of a red LED indicator and it’s 100% true bypass for maintaining an uncorrupted signal when the effect is disabled. The Electro-Harmonix Classics Small Clone Analog Chorus is housed in a solid nickel steel box, and run on a 9-volt battery or an external 9-volt power supply (the optional 9DC-100 is recommended.)
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Let’s talk about the Nashville Style Tele, what it is, how it is wired, and whether or not you can mod your Tele to be Nashville Style.
A Nashville Style Tele is just a Standard Telecaster with three pickups instead of two, and a five-way selector switch instead of a three-way selector switch. This Mod was created by Tele players looking to coax some Strat style tones out of their Telecaster while still retaining that crucial Neck + Bridge pickup combination not found on the Strat.
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Made by one of the original amp creators, the Vox VXII 30W 1×8 Digital Modeling Guitar Combo Amp features VET (Virtual Element Technology), a unique approach that models the circuits inside the amp, instead of just modeling the sound itself. The amp also features the newly designed power amp stage that employs an FET-equipped analog circuit and also models the sag and compression of classic amplifiers. Continue reading “Vox VXII 30W 1×8 Digital Modeling Guitar Combo Amp”
The DigiTech Nautila Digital Chorus and Flanger is a two-in-one pedal, designed for guitar, bass, or keyboard. The Chorus can have up to eight voices and the Flanger can have up to four. The sound is dialed in by using two standard control knobs, two dual-purpose control knobs, and a center-mounted switch that selects the Chorus or Flanger mode. Continue reading “DigiTech Nautila Digital Chorus and Flanger Pedal”
“Under My Thumb” was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the 1966 record “Aftermath.” This record was the first to be recorded in the United States and is notable for the instruments not usually associated with the Rolling Stones, such as the Marimba. BIll Wyman uses (most likely) a Maestro Fuzz pedal on the Bass guitar for this song.
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The MXR M300 Digital Reverb is another great one in a long line of MXR pedals. The M300 Digital Reverb contains six different styles and each is fine-tuned using three control knobs. Decay adjusts the length of the reverberation, Blend adjusts how much reverb is added to the dry signal, and Tone, which adjusts the brightness of the reverb, also doubles as a push-button to cycle through the six reverb types: Plate, Spring, Epic, Mod, Room, and Pad. The Plate reverb, as you might expect, is a plate reverb emulator while Spring emulates a spring reverb. Mod adds pitch and phase modulation to the plate reverb sound. Epic combines the reflections of multiple modulated reverbs. Room is a room emulator. Pad is a unique combination of sub-octave + octave-up with echoes + shimmer + synth/organ modulation + reverb.
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The CODE50 1×12 Guitar Combo Amp is Marshall’s introduction to digital modeling amps. The CODE50 is a 50-watt combo amp with a single custom 12-inch speaker, and it’s designed to emulate the legendary amplifiers that Marshall is known for. It contains 14 preamp models designed to give you all of your favorite Marshall tones, including the 1962 Bluesbreaker, the 1959SLP Plexi, the JCM800 2203, and the JCM2555 Silver Jubilee. The amp includes four power amp models: EL34, 5881, EL84 and 6L6 MST. There are 8 speaker cabinet models: 1960, 1960V, 1960AX, 1960HW, 1936, 1936V, 1912 & 1974X. The Code50 also features 24 high quality effects, including Compressor, Distortion, Auto Wah, Pitch Shifter, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger and Delay. The CODE50 lets you string up to five effects at once.
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