As an amp purist, I have to admit I’ve often been intrigued by the potential direct amp-in-a-box pedals as an alternative to lugging around heavy gear and having to dial in the sound to every room. Not enough to have fully taken the plunge, until recently, but certainly enough to stay on top of the latest gear advances and demo units occasionally. When I noticed a band I was playing in was suffering from bad practice habits and a lack of knowledge in dialing in the sound right for live performances without the help of an engineer I decided it was time to explore the current state of direct technology for guitar and bass and see if it might be a solution to some of the problems we were facing.
The Gibson Custom Shop LeGrande has a legacy that stretches back to 1961 when Gibson introduced the Johnny Smith archtop—a fitting tribute to the celebrated jazz guitarist. Some of Gibson’s best luthiers applied themselves to the task of creating this extraordinary jazz box that has since become a greatly sought-after instrument among collectors and jazz guitarists.
How to choose the violin that matches your skill level and budget
If you’re a drummer who’s 13–18, here’s your chance to show the world your chops and grab your share of nearly $25,000 in prizes!
Singing Songs of the Spirit
By Chris Marion | May 29, 2014
Let me start this review with a disclaimer and then a qualification. I am not a guitar player. But, in the last 35 years of my professional experience I have traveled the world playing with some of the best guitar players and I've literally recorded 1000s of songs listening to world-class guitar tone. In my experience with these phenomenal players, there are two things that are extremely important to guitarists, especially road warriors: tone and mobility. The Shure GLXD16 Wireless Guitar System addresses both of these issues with preeminent quality. Let's dig in!
The Events That Rocked Music—The Week of July 14
When someone says they play drums, the first thing that comes to mind for most of us is the modern drum kit. As a major driving force behind contemporary music, the drum kit is something of an icon, and the backbone of many of our favorite pop, rock, and jazz songs.
The brains behind FlexSteels talk about the genesis of a string that’s been winning more converts than a summer tent revival