Marshall Amplification have been using their Facebook page to hint at something big to be announced soon.
But what will it be? My money is on a new amp of some kind (no shit Sherlock), but aside from the new Zakk Wylde signature 2203BLS (one of the worst kept secrets since the Slash 5 watt combo) I’m unsure what could be left that Marshall hasn’t done yet.
Please comment on this post or tweet me with any ideas!
Are you a JTV owner who quests after the ultimate flexibility from your guitar as well as the ultimate acoustic tone? Or perhaps you’re an acoustic player who is looking for a flexible option for gigging with 1 guitar to get different tones and tuning from.
Well whether you fit into either of those groups of people or not, you should take a read at the following article from the Line 6 Blog.
Line 6 have had a US online store for a long time, selling spares and accessories to US customers.
Line 6 just opened a UK online store too, selling similar accessories, including Spare James Tyler Variax (JTV) batteries, piezo pickups, knobs for PODs, wireless spares, amp spares, and US custom shop JTV guitars, among many other things.
Visit the UK store here.
Here’s a great article with some tips for buying pro headphones for different needs: http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Tips-For-Buying-Pro-Headphones.aspx
Ever wondered what difference in tone the various pickup magnet types deliver?
Well check out this article: http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Pickup-Joint-Magnets-Decoded.aspx
It’s fair to say that when you upgrade to a new car, you often look for a similar model but with a little something extra. Lets say you have the outgoing BMW M5 and you want it’s replacement: The brand spanking new BMW M5, you’d expect it to be slightly more powerful, have updated technology, and have updated styling. If BMW were to release a new M5 that has nothing in common with its predecessor, and perhaps decided to style it on the looks of a 1980′s Skoda it may not be so well received.
I first started using locking trems because the guitars I seemed to gravitate to for sound and style, seemed to be synonymous with locking trems…
As my playing style now rarely if ever requires even a hint of a whammy bar, I decided that the risk of a mid gig string breakage would cause me enough of a problem that I decided to block some of my trems.
I tried out the cheap (free) version, of cutting a small block of wood to size and jamming it between the side of the trem cavity and the stock metal trem block. It took a couple of attempts to get the piece of wood cut to exactly the right size, but if you have some scrap wood to hand and a saw, then its only a matter of how accurate you measure and cut the wood…. But it’s never going to take more than a couple of hours. The only issue is that you actually should block both sides of the trem block, but I cheated and only did one side, and used removable glue dots so that the wood block doesn’t move if I dive the trem. Obviously I’ve tightened trem springs so that the trem will always return well and hold the wooden block in place.
I tried a Tremol-no on another guitar, and its by far the most expensive option Ive tried here, but it does allow additional features, like locking the trem, or allowing dive bombs and pull ups, or lastly allowing dives only and protecting against string breakages. It takes a little while to setup, but its a very professional upgrade. I also bought a special back plate that has door that can be opened to facilitate changes to the Tremol-no setup easily. If you want options then this if for you.
The third and final option is my current favourite. The Brass Tremolo Back Stop / Stopper from RP Guitars.
This screws into your guitar, between 2 trem springs, using 2 tiny screws, and then you adjust it to rest against your stock metal trem block, so that the trem can’t pull up or go out of tune if a string breaks, but you can still dive the trem if that’s your thang.
It’s a very well thought out upgrade, and only takes a few minutes to install.
That’s right faithful readers and Line 6 fans, I have a lovely new POD HD500X that Line 6 have kindly loaned me to do some product reviews…
It only landed on my doorstep yesterday, and the first thing I wanted to try was to compare the more powerful POD HD500X to a POD HD500 or POD HD Bean (both the HD bean and HD500 have the same processing power and I have the HD bean to hand so that’s what I’ll use).
Above is a preset I created on the POD HD500X (above top picture). Then the lower of the 2 above pictures is as far as I got on the POD HD Bean. The next effect I tried to add on the HD bean was the 63 Spring Reverb, and I got the DSP over limit warning. Now I do appreciate that this isn’t a full test, it’s just me creating a preset in the order that I usually do it, and that’s as far as I got. For reference: I usually add amps, then delay(s) and then reverb. Perhaps adding the FX in another order would mean I can add more less DSP intensive FX to the POD HD bean preset before the DSP limit is reached (as the 63 Spring Reverb is well known to use a large amount of DSP processing resources), but that’s a test for another day.