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Line 6 Amplifi Remote 2.0 Coming Soon To An (An)droid Near You

October 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Amplifi Remote Android

“You asked. Line 6 listened.”

There’s nothing else to add, except for those wanting an Amplifi who use Android devices should be stoked to hear this news.

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Marshall’s Golden Rule

October 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Gold Covered Marshall

Marshall Amplification posted this on their Facebook recently – with no real clues about what it is – and a hint that it will be released soon.

I’m guessing that it wont be anything to do with their golden jubilee 2 years ago, and to me it looks like a smaller headbox than a full width 750mm wide 100watt flagship amp…. But what do I know anyway!

What Is Signature Gear Anyway?

October 25, 2014 2 comments


Some guitarists would (and perhaps do) give away their already diminished souls to own or use the signature guitar gear of their guitar hero’s – Whether or not the hero label is fully deserved by all it is bestowed upon, or merely made up from clever and fiendish marketing ploys, it usually serves to make all of the ever impressionable guitarists and GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) sufferers want the gear.

There is also a strong  subculture of guitarists who are devoted to ‘making it big’ but’ on their own steam’.  This is of course commendable, and more than possible if said guitarists are dedicated and have chops way better than mine!  These folk would turn their nose up at any so called signature gear, as it would be seen as copying someone else – That’s unacceptable to these own steamers, or so they think….

So what is really meant these days by the term “Signature”?

Surely the Guitarnivore in you would devour any guitar or amp that you felt would elevate you from the current state of being a guitar zero to the dizzy heights of guitar hero, and what better way could there possibly be than to use a guitar or amp with a guitar god’s name already on it?  And there is the issue I have, as I can’t think of many guitars or amps that aren’t actually signature already – I.e. a guitar that is made to the specifications of a guitarist or musician.


Fender Strats, Teles and amps – Leo Fender Signatures

Gibson Les Paul guitars – Les Paul Signatures

Ibanez guitars – Salvador Ibáñez Signatures

PRS guitars – Paul Reed-Smith Signatures

Jackson guitars – Grover Jackson Signatures

Washburn guitars – George Washburn Lyon Signatures

G&L guitars –  Leo Fender & George Fullerton Signatures

Marshall amps – Jim Marshall Signatures

Peavey amps – Hartley Peavey Signatures

Bogner amps – Reinhold Bogner Signatures

Randall amps – Don Randall Signatures

Sure there are a few that don’t quite fit this model, but off the top of my head I came up with many more similar to the above rule compared to those that don’t fit the rule.  In other words, you’d have to try very hard to actually find a piece of gear that’s not been made to fit the requirements of a musician who ends up with their name on the product.

Those that don’t fit the rule:





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Signature Tone Hunters

September 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Some guitarists feel the need to engage in an everlasting and bloody (expensive) quest to replicate the signature tone of their favourite guitar hero(s). Is there rhyme or reason to this widespread madness? – We shall see…..

Take for example the distinctive ex GnR top hat toting Saul ‘Sweet Child Of Mine’ Hudson, aka Slash. Perhaps one of, if not the most hunted signature tone around. Thousands of bedroom guitar bandits have simply strapped on a saucy Les Paul standard, run it through a Silver Jubilee amplificator with Vintage 30s Speaker-me-bobs and put a top hat upon their bonce, and their transformation was almost complete – so long as their chops produce a high level of Riffability.
Sure, if you’ve already changed your name by deed-poll to Slash, you could then get a daft early 90s (aka dodgy) perm and engage in trying to Mod your vintage Marshall to sound like the fabled SIR #34. Or is it the SIR #39? Who knows!? But without Slash’s own fingers and style, you’ll only ever get close enough as to be a poor imitation at the very best.

But remember: Always condition your hands with snake oil each night – it really helps to better imitate guitar hero’s.

Rowbi Mini Review

September 6, 2014 Leave a comment

@Line6 SonicPort VX #MiniReview
HQ MobilePod audio, great to record with on iPad/phone with 3rd party apps. Can charge iphone/pad too. #FB

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Rowbi FX Custom – Chris George Drive

June 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Rowbi FX Custom Chris George Drive Pedal

Being a world renowned guitar gear demonstrator, and being crowned Guitarist Magazine’s ‘Young Guitarist Of The Year 1997′ when he was 16. – Chris George is well versed in all things guitar.

I approached Chris and offered to make him his very own OD pedal from the Rowbi FX Custom Shop, something I’ve never done before. Rowbi FX is a hobby for me and all previous pedals I’ve built ( see some of them here ) are owned by yours truly. With that in mind I consider this a one off thing for a good friend – and so won’t be making any more Chris George Drive pedals.  This is a one off :-)

Chris essentially wanted a clean boost with a bit more oomph and a way to boost treble too – but was happy for me to put my own spin on it.  So I took those requirements baked it at gas mark 7 for a few weeks (while it was built and tested) and viola – the Rowbi FX Custom Shop Chris George Drive was born.

Chris has given the pedal a good work out, and had this to say: “The pedal sounded amazing on my recent tour! Although it’s not a gain monster, there is plenty to add some sparkle, particularly on vintage amps. Thanks again for it, I’ll definitely have it as my go to OD pedal from now on.”

Rowbi Mini Review

June 18, 2014 Leave a comment

#MiniReview @Line6 POD HDProX. Great tones, more power, great connectivity. Need a fully featured rack amp sim and fx? Try the HDProX.

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