HBS Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator

Zoom G5What do Dave Mustaine, Wayne Krantz and Eric Struthers have in common? They're fans of the Zoom G5. Be careful... if you take a closer look at this multi-effects pedal, you might be too.

It’s amazing how multi-effect technology keeps on progressing. Zoom’s new G5 is yet another impressive unit that delivers an overwhelming amount of value and flexibility. I have to rave about one feature of the Zoom G5 first: the multi-dimensional expression pedal. In addition to moving the pedal up and down, you can twist it to the right or left. Do the math…. yes, significantly expanded levels of expression and real-time parameter changes. The end result is that you can assign up to four parameters to the expression pedal. Nuts.
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Seymour Duncan SHPR-1s P-Rails

Seymour duncan shpr-1s p-railsIf your guitar has humbucker-sized mountings, yet you dream of the sounds of a P-90 or a Strat, the SHPR-1s P-Rails can make this a reality.

The Seymour Duncan SHPR-1s P-Rails is a P-90 and a Strat Pickup in a Humbucker-Sized Package. So, first things first: If you are looking for a full-fledged humbucker, go out and buy a full-fledged humbucker. Just wanted to put the whole “…well, it’s not really a real humbucker” argument aside. This pickup is meant for folks who have a humbucker-fitted guitar, yet are looking to get P-90 and / or Strat tones out of it.

Some might say: “well, why don’t you just put a P-90 or a Strat pickup in the guitar?”
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Rock Solid Guitar Stands – All Wood Racks

Rock Solid Guitar StandsRock Solid Guitar Stands come in three models, each of which holds guitars, basses, banjos or similar types of instruments.

We just received an update from the awesome folks at Rock Solid Guitar Stands, an emerging nationwide brand that, tired of a chaotic studio and cluttered living space, has developed some pretty attractive guitar stands. Designed to not only safely organize and protect your guitars, they also showcase your collection and complement your home as a piece of furniture. Rock Solid is the first genuine wood multi-guitar stand in its price range, making it accessible to their audience, which ranges from young adults to veteran collectors.
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Relative Major and Relative Minor Keys

relative major and relative minorUnderstanding the relationship between relative major and relative minor keys can help improve your soloing, and lead to new sounds.

To understand the relationship between relative major and relative minor keys, we’ll start with Western tonality, in which we use a system of “keys.” Each key has a number of associated sharps or flats that comprise the overall seven-note structure of the key. The exception is C-Major, which has no sharps or flats. An easy way to visualize C-Major is to imagine playing only the white keys on a piano. All of these white keys are in the key of C-Major. Every other key utilizes at least one of the black keys, meaning that they have at least one sharp or flat note.
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Deciding on a Telecaster Bridge Pickup Upgrade

telecaster bridge pickup upgradeThinking about your next Telecaster bridge pickup upgrade? Here are a few things to consider.

Telecasters are great… probably my favorite guitar of all. But when your Tele is stock, chances are that it came loaded with vintage style pickups. Depending on your rig and your style of playing, this may translate to noise (i.e. the dreaded 60-cycle hum), or in the case of the bridge pickup, a somewhat brittle tone, and few options. Here is a list of areas to think through before you make your final decision on your next Telecaster bridge pickup upgrade.
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Fender Texas Special Stratocasters

Fender Texas Special StratocastersIf you want a vintage Strat pickup that is extra hot, these are seriously worth considering.

It’s hard to believe that Fender Texas Specials just celebrated their 20th anniversary. They made their debut in January 1992 as the stock pickups in the Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster. Not too long after, Fender Texas Special Stratocasters became available as standalone products. Since then, they have become quite popular.
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Vox Custom AC15C1 Amp

Vox Custom AC15C1 AmpFor more than 50 years, the AC-15 has been one of the most coveted tools for obtaining the 'British' sound.

In the Vox Custom AC15C1 Amp, the company has dusted off one of their flagship models for yet another reissue. The AC15C1 offers a great blend of classic features and modern upgrades. The 12″ Celestion G12M Greenback speaker is probably the most notable improvement. You can expect some serious mids and tons of headroom from this speaker.

As has been the case for many years, the “Normal” and “Top Boost” channels of the Vox Custom AC15C1 Amp offer some variety for the overall voicing. Both of these channels share the master volume and “Tone Cut” controls. This is particularly cool because it means that the Tone Cut control operates on the power-amp level, not the pre-amp. The result is a true tone shaping of the overall amp voice, not the input.
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The Fulltone OCD – In Search of the Holy Grail

Fulltone OCDThe Fulltone OCD delivers an incredible palate of overdrive sounds in one simple little pedal.

Catching That Wave

The “Holy Grail” of overdrive pedals is a lot like that perfect wave that a surfer desperately seeks. Well, good news folks; I think I may have found it! The Fulltone OCD is one hell of a little pedal. Granted, there are other ones out there that offer an actual 12AX7 tube, and pretty serious tone-shaping (for example, the Radial Tonebone), but the OCD is just an incredibly simple little pedal that delivers; it sounds great anytime, anywhere!
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Telecaster Bridge Pickups – Which Ones Are Best?

What Are The Best Telecaster Bridge Pickups?Treat your Tele to the best bridge pickup possible, improve its sound, and extend its possibilities.

Although Telecaster bridge pickups are best known for their famous “twang,” more and more, guitarists are looking to coax an increased array of sounds out of their instrument. If you need to extend what your Telecaster can do, should consider upgrading your bridge and neck pickups. Even if you simply want to improve the quality of your existing sound, an upgrade is usually the best bet. Below are links for the best Telecaster bridge pickups on the market. Which one is right for you depends mostly on your needs as well as taste.
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Telecaster Guitar Parts: Finding the Best Around

Where Can I Find The Best Telecaster Guitar Parts?Telecaster Bodies, Telecaster Necks, Telecaster Hardware… Your 'Everything Tele' links right here.

If you are embarking on a project that involves upgrading or building a Tele, these links might help you to find some of the Telecaster guitar parts you need. All of these companies offer some pretty good stuff at fairly reasonable prices. Warmoth, for example, is probably best and offers the most options for bodies and necks, but of course, they are the most expensive.  In each case, though, be sure to explore all the options for Telecaster guitar parts that the company offers, and don’t be afraid to call them if you have any questions before you place your order.
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