Emma Electronic Updates the DiscomBOBulator Envelope Filter

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Emma Electronic has updated their flagship envelope filter for 2017. The DB-2 DiscumBOBulator builds on its predecessor, which was released nearly 20 years ago, with new features for increased versatility. Specifically, it has an increased frequency range, improved tracking, increased headroom, and a new dedicated clean boost that can run with or independent of the... via no treble http://ift.tt/2sJIzGi
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Meet My New Kiesel Vader

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Hey Meet my Kiesel Vader! She’s a V7 with Hipshot/Kiesel vibrato. One of the coolest things about Kiesel is that every guitar is essentially a custom instrument: there’s an almost overwhelming range of options from which to spec out your dream guitar. Funnily enough, there’s a pretty similar guitar to mine on the V7 gallery, but that’s pretty much coincidence: whoever ordered that guitar just happened to have similar tastes to me. There are some differences too though, and as Homer’s assistant Karl said on The Simpsons, “My reasons … are my own.” Let’s break down what I selected and why. So. Every element of this guitar was selected for a particular reason related to synesthesia. I’ve written about this before, including this article for Guitar World. Essentially synesthesia is…
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Happy 4th! Hendrix, The Edge & a Cast of Fender Players Rock “The Star Spangled Banner”

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Happy 4th! Hendrix, The Edge & a Cast of Fender Players Rock "The Star Spangled Banner" July 3, 2017    To celebrate July 4, the Fender team put together a fun video of guitar stars, hobbyists, and working musicians of all ages and styles performing "The Star Spangled Banner."    They're also asking guitarists to "continue the revolution" of rocking the song on guitar, as Jimi Hendrix famously did at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. If you don't know how to perform "The Star Spangled Banner," you can take a quick and easy lesson by CLICKING HERE. Enjoy wishing the United States of America a "Happy Birthday" — loud, sweet, funky, rockin', jazzy, or whatever you desire on YOUR guitar!!! VIDEO via GuitarPlayer RSS Feed http://ift.tt/2tEt7Qj
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Taylor Guitars – A Factory Tour on How They Are Made

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There is no denying the appeal of a quality acoustic guitar. Taylor Guitars are at the forefront of this space that is well respected for their tone, quality and selection. Musicians often set a goal to attain a Taylor guitar, and if you have the opportunity to play one you'll quickly understand why. Their clarity, tone and projection come from the unique combination of qualities that are inherent to the brand: selection of woods; storage & humidity; attention to detail at all steps of construction and finishing; and the quality of all components attached to the guitar body and neck. The overall process of constructing Taylor Guitars isn't all that different from Gibsons, Martins or Breedloves. There will be obvious differences in the individual processes at each company and how…
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Paul Reed Smith Guitars – Beauty, Performance, Style and Sound

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Paul Reed Smith guitars (official site) are seen by many as a holy grail guitar; in other words, something you strive for, but may never be able to afford. And let's be honest, there are some models that command big prices. But there are also a bevy of models with very reasonable prices and all look, feel and sound excellent. (Pics and video below) The bottom line here being that for literally a few hundred dollars(*) you can have one of these finely crafted machines. [caption id="attachment_188" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: PRS Guitars[/caption] Now what's the (*) all about?  Why am I caveating this statement? It's simply because to find Paul Reed Smith guitars for under three hundred bones, you may need to buy second-hand. I picked up a second-hand…
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Finger Stretching Exercises for Guitarists – Get Limber – Get Better

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Finger Stretching exercises have made a big difference for me, and they likely will for you, too. Before I owned a guitar, I told myself I couldn't play because I lacked the dexterity and had fat, short fingers. That I was too old to learn and several other excuses to justify not trying. Then I got the f**k over myself and tried. You can too, if these blockers sound familiar. (Videos below) The Excuses I thought I wasn't capable of playing a guitar. I didn't have the skill, that was obvious, but I mean that I couldn't wrap my fingers around the neck properly. The few times I'd held a guitar, I walked away trying to convince myself it wasn't physically possible. The excuses were numerous: My fingers are too…
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D’Angelico Guitars – Delicious Works of Art Deco

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Part of why we love guitars is how they look. It's often said that when we eat, we eat with our eyes first. This is why top restaurants focus so much on the presentation of their food. And so it is with guitars. D'Angelico Guitars ( official site ) knows this well and takes great efforts to ensure you love what you're about to play. (Photos and videos below) They have a unique look with styling based on Art Deco design cues. If you like that kind of industrial design esthetic, D'Angelico Guitars will appeal to you. They are well balanced, the action is almost perfect as delivered, the finish is exquisite and the tone is sublime. These guitars are conversation starters wherever they appear with an ideal blend of…
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Travel Guitar Overview and Reviews- Small & Mighty

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You like to play guitar. And you travel frequently. You need a travel guitar! Whether it's on a plane, bus, train or even by car, hauling a full sized guitar around can be a bit of work. You can be forgiven for thinking we're on a path to compromise as, technically, we are. After all, an acoustic guitar gets much of it's sound from the size of the body. So when you shrink that, naturally, you'll lose some volume and the tone will change. With an electric travel guitar, however, size matters a great deal less. As long as you can house the electrics and other necessary bits (tuning machines, bridge, pickups, etc.) you're only limited by making the unit easy to handle. (Pics and Videos below.) Hofner Shorty Travel…
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Guitar Amp Reviews – Micro Sizes, Big Sounds

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As you get into playing, even as a novice, there is a chance you'll start collecting "gear". Everything from the guitars themselves to picks (plectrums) to capos, to strings, to cases...and of course, amps for anyone with an electric guitar. A micro (small) guitar amp is an ideal starting point for many people. Their small footprint making them easy to manage, store and move around. The biggest drawback being they are usually just an amp, so you'll still need a speaker. But even this can be a blessing as you can usually find very good quality speaker/cabinets at reasonable process, and the flexibility the combo allows is useful. Most people start with a traditional guitar amp. A combo unit with the amp and speaker in a single cabinet. Nothing wrong…
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Larrivee Guitars D-03R Recording Series Acoustic

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Larrivee Guitars is a company I can love. They started life in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and are now, after many years, located in Oxnard, CA. They still build their guitars by hand, and unlike many others, there are no plys or laminates used. it's all hardwood and full sections of tone woods. And, as we all know, you CAN hear that difference. (Website here, video of a Larrivee in action below - video is an older review, but aside from the prices noted, it's representative.) They believe in making quality guitars at affordable prices. While this is subjective, as of this posting, I'm seeing prices ranging from just under $1500 USD to just over $5,000 USD. You may scoff at a multi-thousand dollar acoustic, but we're talking about a hand…
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