REVIEW: TC Electronic Röttweiler Distortion

TC Electronic is particularly known for their amazing reverbs and delays, but the company has quite a handle on gain-based effects as well. Case in point: their brilliant Nova Drive, a programmable, digitally-controllable analog drive unit. But not everybody wants to sift through digital presets and learn parameters and memory banks and the like. Some players just want to turn some knobs, dial in a killer tone and play. That’s where the Röttweiler Distortion comes in.

The Röttweiler Distortion is built using the same basic ‘hammerhead’ rugged die-cast aluminium chassis as TC’s excellent TonePrint pedals and the revolutionary PolyTune tuner, and purely from an aesthetic perspective it looks really cool. I like TC’s design sense. There are four control pots, Gain, Level, Bass and Treble, along with a two-way Voice switch which governs the midrange profile. There’s an input, an output, a True Bypass switch, a really quite bright red LED to indicate that the effect is on, and a 9v DC supply jack. Battery access is through a handy little turn screw on the bottom.

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The colour of the universe: Yngwie

See that up above? That’s the average colour of the universe. NASA determined this by computationally averaging the light emitted by one of the largest sample of galaxies yet analysed (the 200,000 galaxies of the 2dF survey). The resulting cosmic spectrum has some emission in all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, but a single perceived composite color.

Does the colour look familiar?

 Well, maybe not quite, but it’s close, yeah?

That’s the Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster. That’s an old pic: the current version comes with Seymour Duncan YJM Fury pickups.

REVIEW: Dr Duck’s Ax Wax

Y’know how there are shampoos which are 2-in-1, or those combined body/hair/facewashes? Dr Duck’s Ax Wax is kind of like that. An all-inclusive, self-proclaimed ‘marvel mystery oil of the guitar industry,’ it protects your finish, moisturises your fretboard, cleans your strings and lubes up the string contact points. And it does it all without any wax, abrasives, silicones, synthetics or acids. What the hell is this stuff? Don’t know. Dr Duck’s secret.

Ax Wax comes in a 4oz bottle with an applicator flip top cap. All you need is a polishing cloth to get going. Here are just some of the ways you can use it:

PROTECTING THE FINISH

Simply put a few drops of Ax Wax on an applicator patch, spread it around, let it set for two minutes then buff with an appropriate cloth. Ax Wax does not dry, so if it still appears wet or if it feels sticky to the touch, just give it a little more elbow grease – which I found myself having to do the first few times I used it. It doesn’t tint or stain the finish, and it seems gentle enough to use on most finishes. You can use it on the entire guitar, including metal parts such as pickup covers and tuning keys, and on plastic parts such as pick guards and electronics cavity covers. I found it took a bit more buffing to get plastic parts looking their best, but it worked its magic on metal rather quickly.

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Long Holiday – Hate Potion No. 8

Check out the video for “Hate Potion No. 8” by Long Holiday. Some very cool post-grunge stuff, great songwriting, cool vibe. The band is Gina Wessel on lead vocals/guitar, drummer Marc Russo (Uncle Chunk), and my pal Andie Fitzpatrick (Tim McMillan Band/The Kissingers) on bass.

LINKS: Facebook Reverbnation

LTD Bela Lugosi’s Tales From The Grave guitar

ESP Guitars will release a Limited Edition Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave LTD Guitar in November. It’ll be signed by both Bela Lugosi, Jr. and the artwork designer Kerry Gammill, publisher of Monsterverse Entertainment.
LTD will only make 325 of these made, complete with a limited edition coffin case. Get in quick or Kirk Hammett will buy them all. Might I suggest you preorder from the fine folks at bMusic?
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BELA LUGOSI’S TALES FROM THE GRAVE ELECTRIC GUITAR & COFFIN CASE!

(LOS ANGELES) ESP Guitars is coming out with a limited edition LTD Dracula Bela Lugosi Dracula Guitar. There will be only 325 of these made Worldwide. They come with a limited edition killer coffin case as well.

This guitar will be featured at Comic-Con International 2012 (SDCC 2012) in San Diego this July and will be heavily publicized by ESP in Premier Guitar Magazine in the October issue.

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MI Effects giving away a Megalith Delta

Last year I reviewed the phenomenal MI Amplification Megalith Beta amp. Well check this out! MI Effects is releasing the Megalith Delta high gain distortion pedal, and you can win one! “But dude,” I hear you type, “We want to know more about the Megalith Delta!” Well…

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MI EFFECTS RELEASES THE MEGALITH DELTA HIGH GAIN DISTORTION PEDAL 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA JUNE 6, 2012 – The quest for the ultimate in high-gain distortion continues for MI Effects with the announcement that the Megalith Delta high gain distortion pedal is ready to hit the streets on the 8th June. This highly anticipated release has a completely unique and original design, and will change the perception of high-gain distortion stomp boxes.

Michael Ibrahim, director of MI Audio, and pedal designer comments “The Megalith Delta high gain distortion pedal design came from years of R&D of our MI Amplification high gain amplifier, the Megalith Beta. It took some time for me to really understand the variables behind great high gain tones. But by designing the Megalith Beta amplifier from the ground up, I was able to really grasp how to make a complex, sophisticated high gain sound that kept all the nuances, huge bottom end and the clarity and character of the top end”.

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The Raconteurs Live At Montreux 2008

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The Raconteurs Live At Montreux 2008

On 18 June 2012, Eagle Rock Entertainment release Live At Montreux 2008 by The Raconteurs.  Filmed in high definition, this show will be simultaneously released on DVD and Blu-ray formats.  This is the first ever video release by The Raconteurs and features tracks from both their top 10 albums including the singles “Steady, As She Goes”, “Many Shades Of Black”, “Broken Boy Soldier”, “Salute Your Solution” and more.

The Raconteurs were formed in 2005 by Jack White of The White Stripes, acclaimed solo artist Brendan Benson and drummer Patrick Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence from The Greenhornes. Their debut album “Broken Boy Soldiers” charted at No.2 in the UK and follow up “Consolers Of The Lonely” went in at No.8. Both albums were also Top 10 in the USA. This performance from Montreux in 2008 was part of the tour in support of their second album. The setlist is split between songs from the two albums and includes covers of Terry Reid’s “Rich Kid Blues” and the old Charley Jordan track “Keep It Clean”. 

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