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13

Oct

I’m having the guitarist equivilant to a midlife crisis. Bass in your face.

I’m having the guitarist equivilant to a midlife crisis. Bass in your face.

03

Oct

Mmmmm British handmade goodness from the folks at Victory Amps. Ex-Cornford amp designer Martin Kidd has a new company and looking good so far.
http://www.victoryamps.com/

Mmmmm British handmade goodness from the folks at Victory Amps. Ex-Cornford amp designer Martin Kidd has a new company and looking good so far.

http://www.victoryamps.com/

12

Aug

How does pedal steel guitar work? This clears it up a bit, but still looks hugely complex! I still want one, maybe I’ll start with a lap steel first and work my way up…

07

Jun

I stumbled across this video just expecting to see a cool guitar someone built, but this video was way cooler than that!

This song was completely recorded in an old submarine. The the sound all captured naturally using a few mics and putting amps in torpedo tubes to enhance reverb. 

Cool concept and a really cool song.

05

Jun

The Wytches guitars stolen in Birmingham

Obviously I’m against all forms of theft, but stealing someone’s instruments makes you an absolute scumbag in my books. Anyone in Birmingham sees any of this stuff selling suspiciously cheap, get in contact with the band.

30

May

Josh Homme talks about the roots of his style and how to play those signature Homme riffs and scales. He’s one of the rare guitarists of today who has a unique style. His solo playing is just mesmerising, so many interesting note choices.

Also the legendary Matt Sweeney is interviewing him!

I realise I have taken a few techniques subconsciously from listening to QotSA records over the years, specifically the down stroke rhythm playing. I don’t think enough players use up or down strokes enough to emphasise or create different dynamics.

10

May

New Amp and Indecision-itus

So I’m getting a new amp soon. I’ve been good this year and I feel I deserve it. Something all tube to practice and record with that sounds great at low volumes. So that put me square in the 5watt market which is full of cute little amps that can give you the full tube experience at relatively low volumes.

I went and tried a Vox AC4 C1 and it was very nice, and ever since I parted with my Vox AC30 head a while back I’ve been wanting that chime again. But where my eye and my heart was pulled was just next to it it’s bigger, hand wired brother the AC4 HW. Bigger cab, 12” Celestion Greenback, footswitchable ‘boost’, everything a boy could need. Although quite pricey (£649) for 4 watts, the quality of tone I think justifies the price tag.

So I leave the shop and spend the next couple of weeks doing my usual umming and ahhing over small details. Thinking ‘the Blackstar Artisan looks good and can do 15watts as well as 5 watts’ or ‘Maybe I should just go for the Marshall SL5, that looks great for the money’.

Then one record reminded me why I had to have the Vox, why I have coveted that tone for so long.

Stone Temple Pilots (self titled).

I’ve never consciously thought about it, but I realised that I’ve been modelling my tone after Dean DeLeo all these years and that album is tonally Dean at his best. Not only that, but his fantastic guitar playing and songwriting is on show. He has the ability to fill so much space sonically as a single guitarist in a band.

In short, I’m going with the Vox AC4 HW and I’m not changing my mind…honest.

Keep it nerdy.

07

Apr

Here’s a little looper jam I did. Trying to sharpen up my improvising and trying to improve my looper skills. Harder than it looks!

21

Mar

PGS Rig Rundowns

Just a quick thought….these rig rundowns are becoming less and less interesting now most bands are using Fractal Ultras. Waiting for the ‘real amp’ revolt again. I’ve got nothing against them, just doesn’t make for interesting viewing.

21

Feb

Soundgarden Rig Rundown - Wow, I love this band and the tones they get and I’m always a sucker for a rig rundown. Love to see what cool gear or how ordinary their gear is. Pretty awesome it is a band like Soundgarden too.