The Heavy As Texas/Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals shredder reveals why this fire-breathing 120W all-tube amp has become the key to his onstage assault. He also offers up a quick-lick lesson to put in your riff toolbox.
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The return of the legendary 70s-era CMOS overdrive
By Phil O'Keefe
Vintage effects can be a funny thing. It's nearly impossible to tell you today which of the currently-available crop of effects will become highly-sought collector's items that will be prized by players thirty-five years from now. One pedal from the 1970s that has become very in-demand with modern players is the original Electro-Harmonix Hot Tubes Overdrive. Originally introduced back in 1978, this vintage pedal has enjoyed continued popularity that has only grown in recent years, and which has sent the prices for used examples soaring - often exceeding $300 for an original in working condition.
The new Standard in tonal versatility
By Phil O'Keefe
The Gibson Les Paul is one of the most iconic guitars ever released. The first Les Paul models were introduced in 1952, and the "Standard" model was unveiled in 1958. Today many players and vintage guitar experts consider the 1958-1960 Les Paul Standards to be the finest electric guitars ever made. They're certainly among the most desirable, if the stratospheric prices for them on the vintage market are any indication.
This article previously appeared on Harmony Central - your information source for making better music.
Plexi-type tones plus a little something extra...
We plug these two latest entries from the BOSS Waza Craft guitar stompbox series into our signal chain and report on all the sonic goodness that ensued
By Chris Loeffler | May 29, 2014
Dark tones for a bright future!
Orange amplifiers have been in production since 1968 and have earned a reputation as being the "other" English vintage amp for heavier rock tones. Combining the harmonic complexity of a classic Vox with the rude, saturated gain associated with early Marshalls, the hallmark of the Orange sound is a dark, almost fuzzy distortion created in higher gain settings and warm, edgy cleans. The last ten years have seen a significant expansion of the Orange amp line as designers supplement the legacy of the AD30 and Thunderverb with smaller wattage amps like the Tiny Terror and high wattage, multi-channel offerings like the new Dual Dark series amplifiers.
By Chris Loeffler
Blackstar ID:Core Series Amplifiers
Only a few years ago the likelihood of getting an affordable amp that was toneful and feature-rich was near impossible outside of stumbling across a garage sale special. Blackstar took note of this and created the Blackstar ID:Core series of solid state amplifiers; bringing flexibility and tone normally found in expensive amps to players at a very affordable price.
An Affordable and Elegant Acoustic-Electric
Nylon-string guitars that are traditional yet embrace the versatility of today’s players