“Silk” is one of the standout features on many Rupert Neve Designs preamps, including their flagship Shelford Channel mic preamp, and on RND’s limited-edition 5025 Dual Shelford 2-channel model. While the Shelford on its face is a very transparent mic preamp, the Silk & Texture circuit on the output transformer lets you add “color” by […]
As tone chasers and curious musicians, it’s pretty easy to keep trading gear. While new gear won’t make you play any better, new tools can expand what we as musicians can do. Most of the gear that I get usually stays in my possession for a long time. Whether I’ve used these pieces of gear […]
V-Moda is a high-end headphones brand known for their exceptional high-fidelity sound and fashionable Italian design. Now fully part of Roland Corporation, V-Moda has grown their catalog in recent years from strictly over-ear headphones to wireless earbuds and omnidirectional microphones. From time, to time, V-Moda shakes things up with limited-edition headphones. The headphones I’m reviewing […]
Well, here we are. After interpreting the history of the electric guitar, questioning what happened to rock music, and examining the state of the guitar industry, there's just one thing left to do.
As we attempt to predict the electric guitar's future, let's place a stethoscope on the heart of the industry behind it. By parsing statistical sales data and trends, as well as the observations and opinions of experts and stakeholders, we will get a sales-driven view of how successful the electric guitar is today.
When the electric guitar was pronounced dead a few years back, would-be coroners were quick to identify one of the main causes: the languid state of American rock music. This was a bitter blow: the electric guitar and American rock music grew up together, each helping to influence and refine the other over time, as we saw in Part 1.
The Future of The Electric Guitar Part 1: The Electric Guitar is History Read the rest of the series:Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Before we can predict the electric guitar’s future, we must understand its past. Created to serve guitarists who needed more output than an acoustic guitar could provide, the electric […]
You’ve probably heard that the electric guitar is dead, or at best, on life support. It’s true that the industry and culture behind it have seen plenty of challenges and changes in the last few years, but what does the future of this instrument look like?
This four-part series interprets the past, examines the present, and predicts The Future of the Electric Guitar.
The legend of Maestro pedals gets a new chapter January 18! Gibson just released this teaser video that’s got us all tingly for the return of the classic pedal brand. Best known for effects like the FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone, (the sound behind the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” riff) the PS-1 Phase Shifter, and the endlessly versatile EP-3 […]