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April 11, 2014 Leave a comment

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@oilcitypickups ScrapyardDog+ #MiniReview #FB well/quickly made. Great vintage tone with more balls. Would recommend. 9.5OutOf10

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Rowbi Mini Review

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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@ZakkWyldeBLS Catacombs of the black Vatican #MiniReview #FB After 1st listen, there were no filler tracks. Defo a future fav album! Get it.

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Rowbi Mini Review

April 6, 2014 Leave a comment

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@Flightplan_UK debut songs #MiniReview
Subtle prog influence inc sum monster drums. Epic acoustic gtr and some intense gain parts. #9OutOf10

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Rowbi Mini Review

April 5, 2014 Leave a comment

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@BKPickups #BlackDog #MiniReview #FB Vintage voice & hotted up. Good definition even in DropB tuning. Well built quickly shipped. 10 OutOf10

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Steel Panther Gig Review

March 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Purely from a teenage lad sense of humour point of view, I was really looking forward to seeing Steel Panther. Crude lyrics mixed with hair metal is what I expected and that’s exactly what I got.

Highlights were the band playing (Fuck all night) Party All Day, Asian Hooker, and Gold Digging Whore. The last of those also included all the slutty ladies from the front row being invited on stage to play the floozy. It was all quite amusing except for the fat lady who decided to start twerking with her see through clothes! Not cool.

Essentially though, if you like some comedy hair metal and you’re not easily offended – Go to a Steel Panther gig.

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Line 6 AMPLIFi Detailed Review

March 29, 2014 1 comment

 

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As a father to a cheeky but adorable 2 year old girl, I often find myself with a little time to spare late in the evening to pretend that I’m the next Joe Satriani or Angus Young.  With the aforementioned dozer being fast asleep at such hours of the evening, it would be ideal if I had a whiz bang tool that allowed me to very quickly plug in and jam along to some Satch or AC/DC in my living room, or with the possibility to use headphones if I wanted to play loud without anyone else hearing it. The same features would also make such a product ideal for any bedroom rock star or a student who cant make too much noise in their dorm room.
I suppose it would also make sense that such a tool has super flexible features like streaming music from any Bluetooth device (phones/tablets/PCs/MACs) and is loud enough to rehearse and gig.
What about making it look especially cool and edgy with a funky updated vintage vibe going on so that it looks as good in a living room as well as on stage. Then lastly give it a price point that is affordable for even the smallest budget.

Well prepare yourself….. As those clever boffins at Line 6 have only gone and delivered an innovative and feature rich amp that fits all those requirements and more to boot! Its called the AMPLIFi, and is apparently such a new take on the humble guitar amp, Line 6′s marketing material suggested that the AMPLIFi is ‘The guitar amp, reinvented’. That is perhaps an overstretch, and I would have gone for ‘The guitar amp, evolved’.
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Rowbi’s Feature Demo – Line 6 AMPLIFi with FBV Shortboard MKII

March 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Here’s a short feature demo I recorded to show the features of using an AMPLIFi and an FBV Shortboard MKIi together.

There is also an article on the line 6 forum which I contributed to which has some further explanation of the features available when using an FBV Shortboard MKII with an AMPLIFi: http://line6.com/support/topic/5787-functionality-with-fbv-shortboard-mk-ii/

Orange Drop Caps and Tone Capacitor Myths

February 7, 2014 Leave a comment

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Why is is that Orange Drop caps are so highly respected for guitar tone caps and coupling caps in tube amps?

What about other tone cap myths that are often referred to?

Take a look at gibson’s recent blog on both topics for some great information: www.gibson.com

Rowbi’s Winter NAMM 2014 Roundup

February 1, 2014 Leave a comment

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It’s been quiet in the land of Rowbinet for a few weeks while I took stock of all the fabulous NAMM product releases. I also felt it was of little benefit to my readers to simply repost the same press releases as just about every other music blog around has, but instead to blog about something only I can, in the form of a Rowbi Roundup.

“What’s this fabled Rowbi Roundup you speak of?” I can hear you all thinking: Keep reading and I will detail which new products I am most interested in (in no particular order):

TC Electronic Ditto X2:
This one was a Rowbinet unofficial exclusive, which I blogged about in early Jan. It’s a great idea to expand a little on the tiny ditto looper, without going mad on too big a looper pedal. I feel that it has enough features in its limited package to be a great product in its own right though, and should be worth trying out if you’re in the market for a small and simple looper pedal.
Fav Feature: The ability to export and import loops and backing tracks via USB.
More info: http://www.tcelectronic.com/ditto-x2-looper/

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Orange Dual Dark:
Despite some metal bands using Orange amps, they don’t really have many high gain amp options, but this surely fits the bill. The only concern I have is the high cost for what it is. There may be cheaper options but they’re not Orange… So choose your weapon wisely.
Fav Feature: Dark Terror gain channel but with more POWER!!!!
More info: https://www.orangeamps.com/products/guitar-amp-heads/dual-dark-series/

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Chapman Guitars ML-2 Classic:
I have a particular soft spot for Goldtop guitars, and also have a lot of respect for anyone who can bring a fresh idea to the market within the music industry (I refer to community designed guitar). This limited edition brings a welcome twist to the community designed ML-2 with a nod towards the 1950s single cuts, including a hard case and USA Seymour Duncan 59 PAFs.
Fav Feature: The phase reversal switch for the neck pickup (aka the Peter Green Mod).
More info: http://www.chapmanguitars.co.uk/

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Line 6 AMPLIFi:
In a shift to target consumers who are looking for an all in one guitar and media solution, Line 6 have really hit the nail on the head with this bad boy.  Sure it will still work great as a gigging amp, but it’s the addition of being a full range Bluetooth stereo speaker system that makes it more flexible than a regular guitar amp can be.  Think of this as Guitar amp v2.0 and perhaps the advert should say “The Guitar Amp, Evolved” may have been more accurate than ‘reinvented’, but I see what they’re getting at with the 5 speaker system, Bluetooth, iOS control and sharing community for tones.
Fav Feature: The iOS Amplifi App (Which you can download for free on the Apple App store to try it out before getting an Amplifi amp).
More info: http://line6.com/amplifi/

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Boss OD-1X/DS-1X

Another unofficial Rowbinet exclusive, as I posted the photos of these pedals around a week before NAMM on my twitter feed http://twitter.com/rowbinet I’m keen to try these out in person, as it’s hard to really know how a pedal will sound unless you’re using your own guitar and amp, but based on what info I have read and seen they kick ass!  If you’re after something that’s similar to the original DS-1 or OD-1 with a little more, just get an original (and mod it if you need to).  These new pedals are a totally new take on distortion and overdrive and use DSP (digital signal processing) so are not your typical old analogue (mod-able) pedals.
Fav Feature: Additional tone shaping controls (compared to the DS-1 and OD-1).
More Info: http://www.bossus.com/gear/productlist.php?ParentId=254

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Marshall Handwired Series

There’s nothing quite like a gorgeous looking and sounding amp which has been built with all the care that comes with being hand wired.  There’s really not a lot else that needs to be said about these amps except that if you like the sound that these vintage sounding Marshalls will give you, and you’ve got as spare stack of bank notes in your pocket – Why not!  But if they’re not your ‘thang’ then check out the new custom Tattoo series of amps from Marshall as they nearly made this list: (http://www.marshallamps.com/products/custom-shop-tattoo-range/)
Fav Feature: Drake transformers in the 2245THW
More Info: http://www.marshallamps.com/products/amplifier/handwired-series/

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New TC Electronic Ditto x2 Looper – NAMM 2014 Rumour

January 6, 2014 1 comment

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Here’s what I’ve been able to find out unofficially:

True Bypass and Analog-Dry-Through.
5 minutes of looping time.
Undo / Redo function.
Unlimited overdubs.
Audiophile approved 24-bit uncompressed high quality audio
Dedicated Stop/Clear footswitch
Loop FX (Reverse and ½ speed)
Import/Export loops from PC/Mac (via USB on rear panel)
Backing Track – perfect for solo practice and live performance
Stereo In/Out

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