More than a decade ago, probably nearly two, I worked at a Wolf Camera shop in Bloomingdale, IL, doing camera sales and photo development. One of our “regulars” was a guy who was not only a photographer for the local municipality, but also a pretty great guitar player. He and I often chatted about gear, […]Read More The PRS CE24 is back, and it looks great!
There’s something to be said for a $3000+ guitar, in many cases. Take for example a Paul Reed Smith Custom 25 30th Anniversary guitar. Versatile switching, beautiful selected woods. Resonant and loud before you even plug it into an amp. Amazing-sounding pickups. Flawless build quality in every respect. But…..it’s $3000+. Not everyone can afford, or […]Read More “Cheap” Guitars
I recently had the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time with the new Boss DD-500 digital delay, a very full-featured delay unit that appears to most certainly be designed to fire shots at the likes of TC Electronic’s Flashback X4, Eventide’s Time Factor, and perhaps even Strymon’s TimeLine. It features a number […]Read More Boss DD-500 Digital Delay Pedal
Within every hobby, art, sport, or various passion in life, there is a tendency to display snobbery. When it comes to an area where there’s hardware, software, or other pieces of equipment that may inspire passion for that equipment, there begins to be what myself and many others call “gear snobbery”. It goes back to […]Read More Gear Snobbery.
The Atomic Amplifire is a new guitar amp modeler that aims to be that middle ground device, between consumer/hobbyist pieces like the POD HD series, Boss GT, and various other $100-$500 modelers, and then higher end devices like the Fractal Audio Axe-FX II and Kemper Profiler (the latter isn’t technically a modeler; I know. But […]Read More Atomic Amplifire: My Impressions
I’ve been a nut with combining computers and music for a long time. After all, I’ve played guitar for a long time (not noticeable by my hack playing) and I’ve been into computers for nearly as long. So naturally, the iPad has been an interesting device. Not only is it fun to surf the net […]Read More Need an amp modeler? Got an iPad?
I just picked up the IK Multimedia iRig Pro this week, after selling my (perfectly capable) Apogee Jam. This device covers a lot of ground in a device not much bigger than two packs of Bubblicious, and even has room for a battery for the phantom power (more on that later). The iRig Pro allows […]Read More iRig Pro Review! I love this thing
So, I’ve had the Variax for a few weeks now, and unfortunately it is going back. This is due to weird glitching, and the models deciding to just switch on their own. Clearly an electronics problem, and while I could get it repaired, I don’t feel very comfortable keeping a $700 (I got it on […]Read More Variax’s acoustic tones, vs. real acoustic and a piezo-equipped solidbody electric
The iPad came out in 2010. Small, lightweight, many forward thinking musicians gleamed at the thought of using it for mobile on the go music creation. At first, we had cool little amusing toys for apps. Silo’d apps that weren’t much more than a minor amusement to play with, but nothing most serious musicians would […]Read More Audio Creation on the iPad is reaching a turning point
I got to play a Line 6 James Tyler Variax today, specifically the JTV69, which is the “Strat-ish” model with an alder body, 25.5″ scale maple/rosewood neck, and two singles/one humbucker pickup configuration. I played it through a 2×12, two channel Fender of some sort, all tube, as well as a Fishman Loudbox Mini for […]Read More I played a Line 6 Tyler Variax