The editors of offer up some unsolicited opinions about guitars and six-string life.
Circuit Board Easter Eggs – The Easter egg inside the Louder & More amp
we reviewed last month [CLONING ATTEMPTS MAY CAUSE SEVERE CEREBRAL
MALFUNCTION] reminded us how much we love builders with a sense of humor.
Vintage Guitar Horde Found in UK – The recent discovery of some of the earliest
electrics built in the UK gave some well-deserved recognition to early British electric guitar
builders. Plus, finding buried treasure is always exciting.
Gear Road Trips – Summer’s kicking off and gas prices are somewhat reasonable—
here’s to planning summer vacations around great gear locales. We promise the spouse
and kids really dig factory tours, too.
Coffee Shop Covers – Vanilla covers of songs that used to rock being pumped into
public places: not cool. We don’t want to hear “I Wanna Be Sedated” sung by someone
who sounds like they already have been.
New EVH “Frankenstein” Shoes – ….wow, that was too easy.
Beatles Get Remastered – Chalk this one up as a potential “pro” in the guitar video
game debate—every Beatles album is being remastered to coincide with the release of
The Beatles Rock Band. We applaud the effort, but we kind of like them the way they are.
WEBWHISPERS A sampling of what we’ve heard on
premierguitar.com in the past month
I think micro amps are cool! I record with them all the time.
The last thing I cut was song for a National Geographic show.
I used my trusty Danelectro Honeytone. When the natives
start banging their drums and I come screaming in with my
tapping and hammer-ons it’s almost too much to take. Chicks
dig me too cause I opened for Foghat.
Being a long time Rush fan its
great to see Alex get the credit he
deserves. Alex is so over looked
and hardly ever mentioned as a
top guitar player. His on stage
antics are always funny. I have
heard alot of guitar players in my
time but no one comes close.
– nick [“Lots of Strings Attached,”
August ’08 column about Pat
Metheney’s 42-string Pikasso guitar]
– Tom Hirshmann [“Measuring Up Micro Amps,” May ‘09]
– Zac [“Interview: Alex
Lifeson,” April ‘09]
the beautiful thing is this: as a guitarist grows in experience/age and fiddles with his/her
equipment long enough, we learn that the greatest tones are made with some simple
circuits that we can really build ourselves. it would be nice if we got back to a time where
each community had its own amp builder and we forwent the “walmart”’s of the world
– tonesage [“Marshall Introduces Haze Amplifier Line,” Daily News]
What’s interesting is that I pulled out my BM Pi a few days ago after being on the shelf
for several years and started to think about modding- voila, this article drops right into
my email box! The timing is kinda scary! Thanks for this...
– Dave Austerman [“EH Russian Big Muff Pi Mods,” May ‘09]
I like to think of “shred” as a state of mind or attitude.
One where the performer(on any instrument)seeks to take
the piece to the next level, using great technique and
delivers...every time. Slow or fast. Allan Holdsworth,Brent
Mason, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King. They all “shred” a
guitar. They all deliver. Sure, a little over-the-top speed can
be useful...if the piece demands it. Shred on my friends!
P.S. Thanks Greg. For the article and the guidance.
– Greg’s student [“What is Shred?,” Greg Howe’s
April ’09 Fierce Guitar column]
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