When is a guitar not a guitar? When you plug any guitar into the Electro-Harmonix MEL9, your signal transforms into one of 9 classic tape-emulated sounds. We played an American Elite Telecaster through the pedal, choosing its Strings voice for that slightly grainy string sound you’ve heard on countless psychedelic tunes. We then took a few steps further out of the […]
You’re a guitarist. You’ve been playing music pretty much as long as you can remember. You’re good. People know you’re good, and at long last, you’ve scored a gig in a killer band known the world over. What do you do now? Settle in for that reliable gig with that established, influential band? Not if you’re Nico […]
Sara Watkins breaks the stranglehold of white male dominance on Walking The Floor. Added bonus: she plays an amazing tune at the end.
When a guitarist carries as much esteem as Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, you’d think they would be content sticking to the signature tone they developed years ago. But, just like us lowly mortals, the guitar god still tweaks and adjusts to his tastes, forever chasing the sounds he has in his head. And to that end, […]
Having shred upon countless stages in behemoth act Metallica since 1983, Kirk Hammett knows a thing or two about what it takes to achieve blistering tone. From Kill ‘Em All to Death Magnetic, Metallica’s sound and rigs have evolved, but Hammett’s guitar work continues to cut like a knife. Watch any overview video of Kirk’s […]
Flea’s Signature Fender Jazz Bass came as quite the surprise to us at Summer NAMM this year, and we’re stoked it’s now available! Fender had previously created a custom shop version of Flea’s bass, but this is the first time a production model has been made for the masses. The Flea Signature Jazz Bass features […]
Summer NAMM saw the unveiling of tons of exciting new gear – from Boss’ Waza Craft treatment of two classic chorus effects in the new CE-2W, to Fender’s new offset body style electric guitars, to Reverend Guitars’ Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) signature model — that makes the second half of 2016 all the more exciting […]
We sat down with Minus the Bear’s singer Jake Snider and guitar loop guru Dave Knudson recently to talk shop on the gear they use to get the band’s signature sound. Check it out in the video above, and get a look into the duo’s gear below. Minus The Bear Gear Jake and Dave from Minus The […]
Chris talks with punk rock gentleman John Doe from the band X about his new record and book. Plus, John was nice enough to let Chris sit in for a couple tunes at the end.