Guitars That Jam

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PRESS RELEASE: Guitars That Jam (Insight Editions / $29.99 / May 2015) is the definitive illustrated history of the guitars of rock-and-roll legend. Featuring images from live concerts, outdoor festivals, and private recording sessions, this spectacular volume captures the personal connection between artist and instrument. Along with the manufacturer and history of the guitar, each image
is accompanied by a story from the musician detailing the guitar’s significance to them and rock history. Including photographs of
 Neil Young, Santana, the Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic, Radiohead, and more, Guitars That Jam is the ultimate photographic guide to the world of improvisational rock guitars.  Read More …

REVIEW: Gibson SG Special 60s Tribute

The SG Special, a Gibson SG loaded with P-90 pickups, has at one time or another been the axe of choice for iconic players like Peter Townshend, Carlos Santana and even Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi. The SG is traditionally a somewhat trebly guitar, and P-90s emphasise this even further to create a sound that’s unlike anything else on the Gibson roster. The SG Special ’60s Tribute honours those old models in a much less costly manner, finding a low-cost solution to the pricey and time-consuming finishing process.

The Gibson SG Special ’60s Tribute is a limited-run instrument available in Worn Cherry, Worn Natural, Worn White or Worn Ebony. I reviewed the Worn Ebony model. It features a solid mahogany body with a set (ie: glued), quarter-sawn mahogany neck featuring unbound rosewood fretboard with simple, understated dot position markers. The neck shape is Gibson’s SlimTaper profile, which is .800″ thick at the first fret and .875″ at the 12th. It’s not really the slimmest neck you’ll ever come across but it’s certainly thinner than Gibson’s 50s profile. All the expected – nay, demanded – SG curves are here

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NAMM 2009: Radial introduces 4 new pedals

Radial Engineering pedals have been high on my lust-list ever since I heard Eric Johnson using them, but I’ve not had a chance to try them yet. At NAMM this year they’ve introduced four new models, the London, Hollywood, Texas, and Twin City. I wonder if they’ll change the names for Australian release to the Melbourne, Sydney, Dubbo and Albury/Wodonga.

Here’s the press release.

Radial Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of four new Tonebone® pedals, the London, the Hollywood, the Texas, and the Twin-City. All of the Bones features dual-mode functionality in a compact enclosure and employ standard Boss-type 9V power supply.

According to Tonebone President Peter Janis: “Today, the trend with guitar players is all about using effects pedals… they want to access all kinds of tones and make creative decisions on the fly. They also want to use pedalboards and eliminate the problems associated with batteries. This is what the Bones are all about.”

Bones™ Hollywood Distortion
The Hollywood is a dual channel distortion pedal that features three drive settings for low, medium and high drive tones. At low distortion settings, the sonic signature is reminiscent of old American made amplifiers while at higher gain levels, it encompasses the type of tones reminiscent on would expect from Carlos Santana and Steve Lukather. The Hollywood is very dynamic which means that it cleans up just like a real tube amplifier when the guitar level is turned down. Each channel features separate level settings for rhythm and lead and is enhanced with a mid control called ‘cut’ designed to cut through the mix and increase sustain for solos. Requires standard 9V power supply.

Bones™ London Distortion
The London follows the tradition of the British half stack by employing three gain stages to produce huge bottom end and fat sizzling tones. Even when driven to extreme, the bottom end stays clean and distinct. It features a variable drive control with independent level control on each channel for crunch rhythm and lead. A very powerful EQ, combines with the ‘bite’ switch that sets the overall character plus a ‘kick’ switch that adds midrange to produce a huge array of tones than span 40 years of British rock. Requires standard 9V power supply.

Bones™ Texas Overdrive
The Texas is high-performance overdrive pedal that delivers ‘vintage’ style TS9 tones reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan all the way up to the ‘metal madness’ of today’s extreme players. Because of the dual channel configuration, one can set the first channel for a smooth rhythm and the second to extreme scream for soloing by setting the bite switches to suit. Each channel features individual tone control and level controls. Like having two pedals in one! Requires standard 9V power supply.

Bones™ Twin-City ABY Amp Selector
The Twin City is a superior quality ABY amp selector that allows the player to select between two amplifiers and combine them without any loss of signal or without any of the clicking or popping switch noise that is common in most pedals. This starts with Radial’s unique Drag™ control load correction circuitry which counteracts the effect of the internal buffering circuit to deliver a natural tone. To eliminate buzz and hum from ground loops, output B is transformer isolated and equipped with a ground lift switch. To ‘phase align’ the amplifiers, output B also features a 180° polarity reverse switch. Easy to see bright LEDs make amp selection easy. Requires standard 9V power supply.

For more information, contact Radial Engineering:1588 Kebet Way, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 5M5. Tel: 604-942-1001 Fax 604-942-1010

For more information, visit their web site at www.radialeng.com.