Lindy Fralin Steel Pole 42 Strat Replacements

Lindy Fralin Steel Pole 42 Strat ReplacementsLindy Fralin Steel Pole 42 Strat Replacements

A cross between the standard Fender style single coil and a Gibson P90, Lindy Fralin’s Steel Pole 42 is somewhat of a hybrid. The tone of the Steel Pole 42 is more full-bodied than you might expect from a single coil, yet it retains plenty of clarity and bite. There is an emphasized midrange here, which means you are less likely to need an EQ bump from your amp or pedals (perfect for Blues). Continue reading “Lindy Fralin Steel Pole 42 Strat Replacements”

Lindy Fralin Blues Specials Strat Pickups

Lindy Fralin Blues Specials Strat PickupsLindy Fralin Blues Specials Strat Pickups

Lindy Fralin Blues Specials Strat Pickups provide a thick, warm, and fat sound that’s perfect for the Blues. These pickups are over-wound just a little bit, generating 5% more gain and taking away about 5% of the highs, compared to the standard Lindy Fralin guitar pickup. Also, the bridge pickup is hotter, to compensate for the louder volume of the neck pickup. Continue reading “Lindy Fralin Blues Specials Strat Pickups”

Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil Pickups

Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil PickupsSeymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil Pickups

The Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil Pickup, as the name suggests, is a high output single coil pickup designed to be perfect for Texas Blues, Rock, and even some Heavy Rock. This single-coil, single-conductor pickup features staggered Alnico 5 magnets. Continue reading “Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil Pickups”

Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups

Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat PickupsFender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups

As the name suggests the Fender Texas Special Strat guitar pickups are designed to give you that Texas Blues sound. If you are looking for replacement pickups and you would like to get a sound similar to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, or Johnny Winter then these are recommended. They 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 “Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat Pickups”

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

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

The Line 6 Spider V 120 120W 1×12 Guitar Combo Amp 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 PedalCompact, 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”

How to Play Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix

purple hazeIf you want to learn how to play Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, this is a great place to get started.

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. We can hear Jimi’s Fuzz Face and Octavia pedals in this song, in addition to tricks such as the way he recorded some of his guitar at a slower speed so that when he played it back at normal speed it produced very high notes not otherwise possible on the guitar.

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TC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2 Reverb Pedal

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2 Reverb PedalTC Electronic Hall Of Fame 2 Reverb Pedal

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. The fourth control is the Type Setter, which allows you to choose one of eight studio-quality reverb types plus three “TonePrint” reverberations that you can create yourself, or download from the internet.

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How to play Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix

 voodoo child by jimi hendrixIf you want to learn how to play Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix, this is a great place to get started.

This time, we are going to look at the song “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” by Jimi Hendrix. Voodoo Child was recorded in 1968 for the record “Electric Ladyland” and it has become one of his most popular songs. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” is a modified version of “Voodoo Chile,” a 15-minute song Jimi Hendrix recorded the night before “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” Both songs are 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 Stratocaster Modification

seven soundDo 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 Mod (also sometimes referred to as the Gilmour mod) 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 provides for us.

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