New pedals from Dwarfcraft

Check out these new goodies from Dwarfcraft. First up is the Zhago, a lean boost with a toggle to introduce a tight, gritty distortion with a strong gate.

Here’s a demo video:

Then there’s the Total Spack Vibes, created for Daniel Spack, member of Collections Of Colonies Of Bees, Volcano Choir, and Group of the Altos. It’s a weaponized overdrive began as a tricked-out version of Dwarfcraft’s popular “The Internet” overdrive pedal, but with an added tone knob and a gain control for the foot switchable gain boost, labeled “harder.” Sounds cool on paper, but according to Dwarfcraft’s Ben and Louise, “HOLY MOLEY. When it came together and hit the testing table, it’s true nature was revealed. EVIL. True, you can get familiar overdrive sounds, and a handy dandy boost, just like you would with The Internet. But in addition to these, you can conjure up a plethora of scratchy harsh treble blasting noise distortion.”

Guitar World Lick of the Day App Introduces The Beatles Licks Packs

Guitar World Lick of the Day App Introduces The Beatles Licks Packs

Users can now also purchase Lick Singles from the app’s extensive library of amazing licks for learning guitar.

New York, NY, February 28, 2012 — Guitar World and Agile Partners today announced a new release of Guitar World Lick of the Day that introduces The Beatles Lick Packs to the popular app for learning guitar on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Arriving just in time to celebrate over one million downloads of Lick of the Day, the new version also introduces Lick Singles so users can select individual licks from the app’s extensive catalog of licks. All licks in Guitar World Lick of the Day include high quality videos of guitar instructors or celebrities demonstrating the lick, scrolling tab and standard music notation, and more. The app is powered by TabToolkit, an Apple Design Award winner developed by Agile Partners.

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REVIEW: MI Amplification Iron Duke

MI Amplification is an Australian company who make killer tube amps with utterly bulletproof, road-ready construction and incredibly versatile tone. I recently got my hands on their Megalith amp for some recording and reviewing, and it blew my mind with its approach to heavy, heavy tones. It really excelled as a high-gain metal monster, but that’s not all I play, so I was stoked to see the Iron Duke arrive for this review. So I lugged it to my music room and plugged it into my 4X12 cab. Let the madness begin!

The Iron Duke is a 50 watt amp powered by a pair of EL34 output tubes – the same type used in classic Marshalls of course. The EL34 is known for its warm midrange and somewhat loose low end. In this case the tubes operate in Class A/B with their operating voltage kept low so they can be pushed without any problems. The amp can also be switched into to low power mode to get that sweet power amp distortion at lower volumes.

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