TC Electronic’s TonePrint line of effects ignited a revolution in the way guitarists approach stopboxes. These compact but powerful little pedals give you all sorts of effect parameters which you can set by yourself, but they also reserve a separate memory slot for you to load presets designed by some of the greats, who have access to even more parameter control than the pedals themselves let you tweak. You can beam these presets to your pedal via an iPhone or with a USB cable, and sound like your favourite artist. The Flashback Delay is a very versatile little pedal with six seconds of delay time, multiple delay types and a handy toggle switch for varying between quarter, 16th or dotted 8th notes, but it’s a little too simplified for those with complex delay needs. Enter the new Flashback X4.
David Coverdale and his extremely capable Whitesnake collective dish up a dirty, bluesy follow-up to the more metallic Good To Be Bad in the form of Forevermore. If Good To Be Bad was a naughties update of some of the louder moments of the band’s 1987 album, Forevermore is what would happen if the Whitensake sound of the early 80s was updated in 2011. It’s more aggressive, more powerful and usually a lot faster than, say, an album like Lovehunter, but retains much of the blues-based melody, groove, phrasing and bluster (with an occasional dose of Slip Of The Tongue-era glitz). Whereas Good To Be Bad would make a great work-out album, Forevermore is driving music. Party music. Sex music.
The album hits hard from the beginning with “Steal Your Heart Away,” which drives forward with a heavy blues groove, augmented by subtle organ and harmonica. It’s the kind of track Coverdale-Page would have done really well if they’d gone for a louder production style. Meanwhile the solo section in “All Out Of Luck” represents the closest Whitesnake has come to the Slip Of The Tongue sound since the days when Steve Vai was spinning his Ibanez Universe around his neck. The rest of the song rocks with a dirty single coil guitar tone.
Whitesnake guitarist and Marshall endorser Doug Aldrich is doing a European clinic tour next month. Here are the dates:
Saturday, February 14 + Sunday, February 15
Nemesis Guitar School
Tel +30 69 447 68068
Monday, February 16
Future Music School
Hanauer Strasse 15
Tel +49 6021 25575
Tuesday, February 17
MAI Music Academy International
12 Avenue du XXe Corps
Tel +33 3 8339 7070
Thursday, February 19
Lucky Music Store
Viale Cassala 7/2
Tel +39 02 839 5060
Saturday, February 21
Jolly Music Store
Via Roma 14
46010 Montanara Di Curtatone (MN)
Tel +39 0376 49836
Wednesday, February 25
ACM The Academy of Contemporary Music
Tel +44 1483 500 800
Friday, February 27
The Works Music Store
Rue Jacques-Dalphin 51
Tel +41 22 300 1393
This is the groovy new Marshall MG4 amp, which upgrades the MG series with similar Stompware switching technology to that used in the JVM series amps. The entry-level MG series was always a very useful practice amp, but the addition of Stompware looks like it will make the amp more user-friendly for stage use too. I’m sure beginner guitarists will appreciate having easier access to their sounds when rocking out at school or at Battle of the Bands competitions and stuff like that, and I’m sure the MG4 series will be handy for teachers too.
Marshall Amplification has completely renovated its popular MG guitar amp lineup with the new MG4 Series. Combining analog tone, digital control, digital effects, and exclusive STOMPWARE® technology, the MG4 Series provides maximum versatility. Seven new combo amps — plus a 100-Watt head — provide players at every level with access to the classic Marshall sound, all at an affordable price.
Models in the new MG4 Series are:
MG10 2-channel / 10-Watt / 6.5″ combo amp
MG15 2-channel / 15-Watt / 8″ combo amp
MG15FX4-channel / 15-Watt / 8″ combo with digital effects
MG30FX4-channel / 30-Watt / 10″ combo with digital effects
MG50FX4-channel / 50-Watt / 12″ combo with digital effects
MG101FX4-channel / 100-Watt / 1 x 12″ combo with digital effects
MG102FX4-channel / 100-Watt / 2 x 12″ combo with digital effects
MG100HFX4-channel / 100-Watt head with digital effects
In addition, two 4 x 12″ cabinets are available — the MG4X12A angled cabinet and the MG4X12B straight-style cabinet.
With the MG4 Series, Marshall has returned to a simple, tried-and-true panel layout for extreme ease of use. Gain, followed by a three-band EQ (two-band Contour Control on the MG10), Volume and Master Volume are laid out for quick access. Push-button channel switching provides for smooth, uninterrupted transitions. Combining true analog tone circuitry and Marshall’s proprietary FDD* technology, the solid-state MG4 Series achieves that authentic Marshall sound and feel. The combination line out/headphone out features speaker cabinet emulation, providing the user with full Marshall sound when recording or practicing through headphones. A line input allows for playing along with CDs, MP3s, etc. *(Frequency Dependant Damping — used to replicate the interaction between an all-tube amplifier and the loudspeaker)
Beginning with the MG15FX, the MG4 Series adds Reverb, plus Digital Effects (Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Delay) and digital programmability. The delay time can be manually set using the front panel Tap button. Settings for each channel can be customized and saved for instant recall. The STOMPWARE footswitch (optional for MG15FX and MG30FX) provides seamless transitioning from sound to sound and tap tempo, plus a built-in tuner with LCD display. STOMPWARE technology allows this sophisticated multi-function pedal to be connected using a traditional guitar cable, eliminating the need for special or hard-to-find cables.
In addition, the MG50FX, MG101FX, MG102FX and MG100HFX feature a switchable effects loop for adding a favorite external effect to the sound. These models also include the STOMPWARE footswitch as standard equipment.
For more information, visit their web site at www.marshallamps.com.
An I Heart Guitar reader alterted me to these cool clips of Kerry King and Doug Aldrich demoing the MG series at NAMM on the Premier Guitar website.