Almost every guitarist knows this phenomenon: in the rehearsal room the sound of the guitar was absolutely perfect, and the amp has been situated right in the sweet spot. But live on stage, the magic has disappeared. Continue reading “Fluctuating mains voltage = different sound?”
One loves the Tubescreamer, the other hates it. It is impossible to keep everyone happy. While to one guitarist the overdrive pedal sounds perfect, stresses the mids in an optimal way and creates the ultimate range of distortion, the same pedal seems hollow with the bass cut quite too much to another guitar player. Continue reading “Effect pedals interacting with the whole setup”
Before the NAMM 2019 opens the doors for guitar geeks from all over the world, the first information about new pedals, amps and instruments are announced. Here I would like to present the second selection of interesting news: Continue reading “+++ NAMM 2019 News Part 2+++”
Before the NAMM 2019 opens the doors for guitar geeks from all over the world, the first information about new pedals, amps and instruments are announced. Here I would like to present a small selection of interesting news: Continue reading “+++ NAMM 2019 News Part 1 +++”
Large pedalboards with uncountable pedals on them might weaken the signal or at least change the sound in a certain way. In this case, it is secondary whether you use true bypass pedals or buffered ones. Even the length of the cables on your pedalboard will influence the sound. Continue reading “Downsizing Part 2”
Unfortunately, our world is not always good. And in the music business also it is valid: as soon as there is something valuable, there will be falsified copies of it. But how can experts identify fakes? Continue reading “Fake replicas of effect pedals, amps and guitars”
Hunter Van Houten produces beautiful custom guitars by hand. For all those, who are still looking for their very own perfect guitar, his workshop might be a very interesting address.
This is why I decided to have a closer look to the man behind these special instruments. Continue reading “7 questions to Hunter Van Houten”
Every guitarist knows Gibson guitars: existing since 1902, this manufacturer started in 1952 to produce on of the most legendary guitar models: the Gibson Les Paul. Continue reading “Gibson – True Historic”
The first part of this two-part series was about how to get closer to the sound you long for on the one hand and grant the right of abode to the pickups of your guitar on the other.
This part is dedicated to the possibilities, alterations of the pots and capacitors do present. Continue reading “Simple guitar mods – Part 2”
The first part of this two-part series is about how little adjustments of the pickups can cause an improvement of the sound.
The second part will focus on the pots. Continue reading “Simple guitar mods – Part 1”
Jazzmaster Pickups -vintage correct or Modern Player?
In 1958 Fender debuted the Jazzmaster guitar which has since been reissued numerous times.
Mainly the grunge music of the 90s made the Jazzmaster guitars and other “offset” like the Jaguar and the Mustang pretty popular. Continue reading “Jazzmaster Pickups – Vintage correct or Modern Player?”
Maple or rosewood fingerboard?
Mahogany, alder or ash body?
What are the tonal differences and how much do different types of wood really influence the whole sound of a guitar? Continue reading “Guitar tone wood”
Looking at the pedalboards of other guitarists, I frequently find the effect pedal pots at 12 o’clock position or even varying marginal from that standard position.
Although even overdrive pedals with only three knobs offer various options – if you are willing to use them. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Be brave – use the pots”