Saturday, August 30, 2008

Gibson Replaced in Guitar Hero

Gibson took its proverbial ball and went home, but the game is still very much going on.

Activision has announced the instrument and equipment companies that will fill the branding void left by Gibson in Guitar Hero World Tour. After partnering with them for a few years, Gibson decided to sue the owners of the popular game for patent infringement. But not only did that not deter the game maker, but apparently there were plenty of others on the block who wanted to "play."

The lineup of companies from which gamers will be able to grab in-game sponsorship and gear goes something like this: Ampeg, Audio-Technica, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Evans Drumheads, Guitar Center, Krank Amplification, Mackie, Marshall, Orange County Drum & Percussion, Pork Pie Percussion, Regal Tip, Sabian, Vox, and Zildjian.

Dean Leaves Dean, Launches DBZ Guitars

"It just wasn't working any more," Dean Zelinsky told MMR this week. "It's time to move on. I wish them well, but I really needed to be CEO of a guitar company again and have total control over things. There's not much more to it than that."

But there is.

Zelinsky, who has been making guitars since he was 18, had already left his own guitar company once before in 1986. Dean CEO Elliott Rubinson lured him back to the fold in the late 1990s. Last month he left again, only this time he launched a new company. He already has a new model out under the moniker DBZ Guitars, and promises a full line of new six strings – including acoustics – to be shown at summer NAMM. "I will continue to make heavy metal guitars, but we're also going straight down the middle, and we will be making round guitars that compete with Gibson, Fender, and PRS."

As politely as he could put it, he clearly was "not happy with the direction" of the company (which is sort of the business equivalent of "it's not you, it's me"). Zelinsky quickly wanted to talk about the future of the new company, for which he has partnered with Diamond Amplification owner Jeff Diamant (who is now also president and COO of DBZ Guitars), and Diamant's Texas partner, Terry Martin. Explained Zelinsky, "I have teamed up with Jeff because his proven business savvy is critical to this challenging new venture."...

Fender Sent to the Locker Room- But That's a Good Thing

In addition to the questionable smells and perhaps words you wouldn't say to your Mom, this is what you'll also find in the Arizona Diamondbacks locker room: a Fender Player's Lounge filled with instruments.

"The Fender Player's Lounge has been quite popular with our players as well as some national recording artists that have stopped by to check out a D-backs game," said Shaun Rachau, the D-backs' vice president of communications. "Trace Adkins and his band performed after one of our games in May and couldn't believe the musical equipment Fender set up for us."

An Arizona Republic reporter recently wrote about hearing the Rick Derringer classic "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" blasting from the room, to find it was being played by pitchers Brandon Webb and Brandon Medders.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Les Paul Axcess

Here is a little piece that includes some info on the Les Paul Axcess from Gibson. You Floyd Rose fans will be especially intrigued...

LP Axcess

Monday, August 25, 2008

Gibson Rolls Out New Apparel Line

Gibson has announced that it will be re-entering the fashion world with a new apparel line to be launched at the 2008 Magic Marketplace in Las Vegas August 25 - 27.

Having seen preliminary designs for the line, I can tell you that it will be a vast improvement from Gibson clothing lines of the past. No silk shirts w/ flames or tribal artwork in sight! Instead, look for the line to be hip, up to date, and rockin'!


Gibson Rock Wear

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Just What You Always Wanted...

This you've gotta see...

AWESOMENESS...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Jaux to Guest with Nashville Rockers "The Royce"

For those you in the greater Nashville, TN area, here is a show you can't miss... I will be guesting on guitar for the single coolest Nashville band around right- The Royce on September 5th. If you live in the Nashville area, make sure to come out to The Rutledge for a killer show!


You can find more info at JauxKing.com

Friday, August 22, 2008

NAMM Heads to Political Conventions

Joe Lamond for vice president? Not quite, though he'll be at both political conventions. NAMM, in partnership with the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, announced yesterday it will host two events at the national political conventions designed to encourage support for and awareness of the importance of arts and arts education. Both events are part of ArtsVote2008, a national initiative created by the Americans for the Arts Action Fund to promote the arts during the presidential election. Americans for the Arts Action Fund is the nation's only grassroots advocacy organization committed to ensure that candidates for public office adopt thoughtful arts policies.

Dave Kutner, former president of Hammond Organ, dies at 93

Dave Kutner, former president of Hammond Organ, died of a heart attack at his home in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., on June 26. He was 93.

Prior to joining Hammond in 1965, he had an impressive background with Motorola, Zenith, and Helene Curtis. Organ sales had slipped during the decade prior to Kutner joining Hammond, and he launched a new product, which his wife named the Hammond Piper. Its immediate success turned the company's fortunes around. Kutner's focus on the home market led to the introduction of the first non-tonebar "J" series spinet featuring a built-in rhythm unit, six rhythm voices, and many other features typically only found in console models. He was also a board member of the American Music Conference. Kutner retired in 1971, but long after he retired, he still kept in touch with industry friends. A tribute to Dave is posted on the NAMM web site, along with a video clip from his interview for the Oral History project.

PRS HQ to Triple in Size

Next year there'll be more of PRS to love. Literally.

Paul Reed Smith Guitars has received a $10 million private equity bond from the state of Maryland to help pay for a major expansion of its manufacturing facility in Stevensville, Md. The expansion will more than triple the size of the factory, going from 25,000 square feet to 84,000 square feet, and is expected to add 60 more jobs. The new areas will be dedicated to building amps and acoustic guitars. It is also reported that PRS will develop more products in the lower price range (today their products range from $500 to $20,000, with an emphasis on the higher end).

"There are some large segments of the market we should be addressing," said Paul Reed Smith. "We have the skills and the supplies and the talent to do it. But we were out of room, and now we won't be out of room."

The bond is tax exempt and provides the company with a low interest rate for repaying the loan. The bond was issued by a private lender through the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED). DBED also approved a $1.5 million loan in 2005 to help pay for the expansion.

Smith is working with Ricky Skaggs to design acoustic guitars and with well-known amplifier builder Doug Sewell on amp products.

Source: Baltimore Sun

Thursday, August 21, 2008

WLPb Video on the Way!

I'm happy to announce that there is a video forthcoming from the World's Largest Pedalboard NAMM party! I have seen the nearly finished product and it looks fantastic! The video is being produced by GearTrap buddies Autumn Addict, a Nashville based production company. I'm stoked for you guys see it. Keep an eye out!!!

J

PREVIEW: Orange Tiny Terror Combo

Lunch box-sized amp now available as a combo

The award winning, critically acclaimed Orange Tiny Terror was launched 18 months ago, and, after selling over ten thousand units, has proven to be one of the most in-demand amps in the world. During this time period Orange has been under sustained pressure from guitarists to launch a Tiny Terror combo and now Orange can announce they will debut the new Tiny Terror combo at the forthcoming Messe show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Part of the appeal of the Tiny Terror was that its clever design which packed everything into something not much more than the size of a lunch box and weighing in at only a few pounds. Orange have kept to the same concept in designing the combo version by keeping it extremely compact, with a look very reminiscent of classic 70’s Orange OTR combo’s. As with the head it is competitively priced and most importantly the unique signature tone is every bit as good as the original.

The amp section of the new combo is identical to the Tiny Terror, and in designing the speaker section Orange used a Celestion 30 watt G12H anniversary speaker.

Built to Orange quality standards, the new combo uses top quality components and its roadworthy rugged construction is what you’d expect from an Orange amp.

Specifications
Power- 15 Watts Class A/ 7 watts class A
Channel Controls; Gain / Tone / Volume
Preamp Valves: 2 x 12AX7
Power Values: 2 x EL84
Speaker: Celestion 30 watt G12H anniversary speaker

For more information, please visit:

Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.


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PREVIEW: Ibanez RG770 Reissues

The second electric guitar I ever owned was an Ibanez RG570 in Ruby Red. I always wanted a RG770 because of it’s maple fretboard and sharktooth fret markers. Now I can. New for Summer 2008 are RG770DXLB/RR Reissues which feature original Edge bridges, DiMarzio®/IBZ pickups, colored sharktooth inlays and 5pc maple/walnut Wizard necks with original 1987 dimensions. From my understanding they play amazing and are probably setup better now than they ever were.


For more information, please visit: Ibanez

Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Epiphone "amps" it up!

as previously mentioned on GT, Epiphone is preparing to launch a new line of killer amps. I was given a preview today at Epiphone headquarters here in Nashville. The meeting was very informative and the amps sound KILLER! The Valve Jr. Hot Rod was one of my favs. It's basically a stock VJ with all the mods for the VJ that are available online- very cool! Killer new features include: Tone controls, reverb, and a dummy load that will allow you to use the HRVJ as a dedicated reverb tank! whoa! Aslo featured were the Valve Senior, a 20W head (or combo) that includes EQ controls and Presence controls!

Make sure to check these bad boys out as soon as you can!

Epiphone Website

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"Buck the Hum"- Gibson Bible Excerpt

Here is a fantastic little bit from Gibson.com on humbuckers and their history...

Buck the Hum!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

PREVIEW: Roland Mobile Cube

I was so impressed with the Roland Cubes I bought a Bass Cube for my wife around four years ago. I’m pleased to say the amp is still kicking ass! They offer quite a bit of bang for your buck and are perfect for practicing and jamming in your living room, apartment or dorm. The Roland Mobile Cube is their latest offering delivering inputs for MP3 players, guitars, keyboards and center cancelling for karaoke or practicing your lead guitar! It even has distortion, chorus and delay effects to boot! At $160.00 street pricing it’s a welcomed value for beginner or seasoned pro!

Features:

Battery-powered amplifier for anyone, anywhere, anytime
5W (2.5W + 2.5W) stereo power with two high-performance 10cm (4") speakers
Inputs for microphone, stereo-instrument, and stereo AUX; headphone output
Center Cancel function for karaoke
Built-in stereo reverb/chorus, distortion and more
Dedicated strap included for easy carry around


For more information, please visit: Roland


Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

Tone Freq's E-Baywatch

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Tastier than a half-eaten Whopper on the floor of the Hoff’s bathroom floor it’s the first ever edition of Tone Freq’s E-BAYWATCH!


HOMEMADE PEDALBOARD

ARE YOU EFFIN’ KIDDING ME?

This guy wants to sell you his homemade pedal boards for $35 +$12 shipping. I think not. For a few more dollars pick up a Pedaltrain Mini or Gator Pedaltote along with a Visual Sound 1-Spot kit. Your pedals will thank you for the gig bag – PLUS you’ll look much cooler setting up for your gig!



BBE SOUL VIBE


HELL YEAH!

You’ve got plenty of time (19 days as I write this) to bid on this bad boy. The seller bought it and hardly used it. It’s currently going for CHEAP – including $10 shipping. A small price to pay for this rotary pedal – one to watch for sure!



BOSS DIMENTION C (DC-2) COMPACT PEDAL


COOL FIND!

Dimension C is an analog chorus pedal where you can choose from 4 presets. It is similar to the earlier rack mount effect, Roland SDD-320 Dimension D, but in a compact pedal format. It is quit rare and it's not uncommon to see it go for around $150 in the used pedal market. There isn't any way to adjust your sound other than to choose from one of the four presets. The users have never seen this as a problem as all 4 presets produce excellent sound. The DC-2 was sold from December 1985 to September 1989. The seller admits that it needs clean up BUT it “works great.” Let’s hope so – his feedback his 100% positive since he started in April of this year.



EASTWOOD WANDRE DLX


KILLER!

The Wandre is bad ass in black! Michael, the man behind My Rare Guitars, posted this B Stock due to some scratches in the finish where the neck meets the body and paint cracks at the neck joint. Thankfully he inserted some pictures of it on the listing. Personally I don’t mind the marks. They are hardly noticeable, besides nobody will see them on stage while you rock out!


I hope you enjoyed our little excursion. Remember… I do the surfing so you don’t have to! See you soon!


“Tone Freq” Aljon Go is considered to be a pedal junkie by his peers often asked for advice when building pedal boards. He toured the world with his award winning band Mink and was the artist relations/marketing pro for a musical accessory company. He currently spends his time bringing new and exciting tones to regional acts Jaux King and JonesWorld. He is also host of the long running “Local Buzz” radio show in Nashville and product specialist for a leading instrument company. Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Taylor Solidbody Classic SC

Taylor has had a reputation of great acoustic guitar making for years now. In the past year or so, they begun to explore the electric market and with great results. Their latest take on this is the Solidbody Classic SC. The new SC features a proprietary Style III noiseless single-coil pickup, which will offer the user a unique single-coil tone, sans the hum. Other features on the retro recreation include a solid ash body with a vintage style crush pearl pickguard, a maple neck, and chrome hardware.

Taylorguitars.com

Tone Freq's TONE TIP: Amps for Cheap Bastards! PART 1

Boutique? Stock? Whatever? If you are low on cheese but want to add some boutique-esque vibe to your amp set up I’ve got some amps for you. Here are some of my tips for amps under $500 for all of you cheap bastards!


Epiphone Valve Junior Half Stack

It’s the ultimate in simplicity and tone delivered in one little package - it’s the Valve Junior half stack from Epiphone. The Valve Junior Head and matching cab make for a distinct vintage style and undeniably powerful tube tone.

Much like Master Yoda don’t be fooled by its small size. This straight-forward single-ended Class A tube amp has been applauded for it’s tube tone and style and leaving you more than enough cash in pocket for other necessities – like gas! The head delivers 5W power with one 12AX7 tube in the preamp and an EL84 in the power amp. The lunchbox can work a 4x12 cab and can deliver some great overdrive all dimed out. The cab features birch plywood construction and a 16 ohm 12" Eminence Lady Luck Speaker rated for 70 watts RMS.

If you want killer looks and great tube tone that won’t break the bank (or your back) be sure to check out Epi’s Valve Junior half stack! PS – The mods to this amp are KILLER and are also worth researching! Check out my previous TONE FREQ LINK OF THE WEEK: BITMO MODS

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Gretsch Electromatic G5222 – Street price $195.00

Classic looks, great price and the Gretsch name – what’s not to love? If you are looking for some vintage tone for home recording or just playing the coffee shop down the road give this five watt hat box a shot.

This two input combo has a specially designed 6” 6 ohm speaker, single volume control, external speaker jack (way cool) and is powered by a tube preamp and tube power amp (one 12AX7 tube; one 6V6 tube). The tweed look alone had me at “hello!”

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Marshall AS50D – Street price $385.00

Speaking of the coffee shop I didn’t forget about you acoustic bangers. The critically acclaimed Marshall AS50D is a 50-watt, is one of my favorite acoustic amps. Not just because of its pedigree but because of the number of features! The 2 x 8" acoustic guitar combo amp has 2 channels, including a phantom-powered microphone channel, a crispy tweeter, digital chorus and reverb, and an anti-feedback notch filter! Each channel sports its own volume, EQ, FX loop, and D.I. output. Master volume, line out and RCA inputs round things out nicely.

I love playing through this amp and consider this a MUST own for the acoustic musician. I have even used this amp in conjunction with a POD and it sounds pretty good for the rehearsal room! Kudos to Marshall!
Although you might be able to find some great deals at pawn shops, garage sales and scratch-n-dents my research and hands-on use find these new models some of the best in their price points. (Manufactures please feel free to prove me wrong and send me some gear to review!) Next time I’ll examine some bigger combos and half stacks. In the meantime - happy hunting!


“Tone Freq” Aljon Go is considered to be a “pedal junkie” by his peers often asked for advice when building pedal boards. He toured the world with his award winning band Mink and was the artist relations/marketing pro for a musical accessory company. He currently spends his time bringing new and exciting tones to regional acts Jaux King and JonesWorld. He is also host of the long running “Local Buzz” radio show in Nashville and product specialist for a leading instrument company.

Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

TONE FREQ REVIEW – Line 6 Verbzilla

Line 6 is best known for their modeling – or emulation of classic guitar tones. Creating tools like their trademark red kidney bean POD, amps like the Vetta and pedals like the DL4 Delay Modeler they are making their mark on the compact pedal market. The Verbzilla promises to be a force to be reckoned with providing studio-grade reverbs to your pedalboard.

This hefty pedal comes with the standard mix, delay and time controls. The additions of a tone knob, model selector and trails switch set this box apart from other reverb stomps. My favorite function has to be the Model Switch. You can choose from 11 types of reverbs – most of which are self explanatory: '63 Spring (based on* a Fender® 1963 brown spring reverb head unit a la The Ventures), Spring, Plate, Room, Chamber, Hall, Ducking (volume of your reverb is "ducked" reduced while you're playing, and increases when you stop), Octo (ambient space with a harmonized decay), Cave, Tile, and Echo. I found the models to be very clean, noise-free and authentic. There is plenty of splash in those early reverb models. The Octo setting is quite viby and easy to dial in thanks to the time control. The Trails switch is also good for letting your notes continue ringing with reverb after the pedal has been disengaged.

They sure crammed a lot of functionality into this compact pedal. Since the Verbizlla is part of the Tonecore line you can purchase other Tonecore effect modules to insert and play with. The housing seemed really sturdy with easy access to the battery compartment. The unit is powered by a standard 9v pedal power supply or battery. I suggest using a power supply since the batteries drain very quickly.

VERDICT: AWESOME!

The Verbzilla from Line 6 delivers on its promise for studio-grade algorithms to your pedalboard. If you are looking to get the biggest bang for your buck in the world of reverb than the Verbzilla is your monster!

TONE FREQ RECOMMENDED!

High points: Rugged compact stompbox, plenty of killer reverb models

Low points: uses up batteries very quickly

See it in action HERE!!!

Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aljon Go is considered to be a “pedal junkie” by his peers often asked for advice when building pedal boards. He toured the world with his award winning band Mink and was the artist relations/marketing pro for a musical accessory company. He currently spends his time bringing new and exciting tones to regional acts Jaux King and JonesWorld. He is also host of the long running “Local Buzz” radio show in Nashville and product specialist for a leading guitar company. Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

YouTube Video of the Day: MXR CLASSIC FUZZ

Monday, August 11, 2008

Tone Freq’s LINK OF THE WEEK – BOSS Tone Radio

I love podcasts! They provide a constant source of information and entertainment while I’m on the road. One of my favorites comes from BOSS, the champions of the compact pedal world. Hosted by Paul Hanson, product specialist and author of “Shred Guitar,” the show deals with artist interviews, technique and plenty of gear talk from some of the best names in the business. Check out his interviews with Will Ray (Hellecasters), Paul Gilbert and Robert Marcello. The latest edition features the father of sweep picking Frank Gambale!

By the way Paul also acted as Michael J. Fox’s guitar coach on Back to the Future! COOL!!!

LINK: Boss Tone Radio

Tone Freq" Aljon Go


Freq’n out? Found a cool link? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail.com

Gibson's Guitar of the Month: August '08

Here is the lowdown on Gibson's Guitar of the Month for August; the Shred V... Metalheads, rejoice.

SHRED V

Gibson's Joe Bonamassa Signature

Here are some of the in's and out's of Gibson's latest artist "Inspired By" series guitars. The Joe Bonamassa has been met with a resoundingly positive response. Check out the link for all the details!

Joe Bonmassa Signature

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GearTrap Recognized by MMR Magazine

GearTrap appeared on MMR's "Best and Worst of Summer NAMM '08" list in this month's issue for "Best Coordinated Undertaking". This is an extremely cool recognition and it is greatly appreciated- THANX MMR!!!



MMR Magazine

Thursday, August 7, 2008

GearHead's 12 Step Program Part 4: FUZZ

Regular "GearTrappers" know that I'm a fuzz hound. I love fuzz because it's the most over the top member of the gain boost family. We touched on how a distortion will clip you signal going into the front of the amp and also how OD will give you a smooth, warmth, but fuzz is different still. Fuzz basically kicks your signal in the ass and sends it packing- out the door and through the amp! Some classic fuzzes include: The Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (now made by Dunlop), The Electro-Harmonix Big Muff, and the legendary Ampeg Scrambler. These models have cultivated reputations as fuzz icons over the years. Some newer fuzzes that I think have just as good a chance of attaining icon status are: Blackout Effectors' Fix'd Fuzz, Mad Professor's Fire Red Fuzz, and the Demeter Fuzzulator. These are all great units which prove to be as unique in tone as their OD/distortion counterparts. Thanks to everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Trent Reznor, we've been enjoying the gnarliness of fuzz for decades and it's evolved just like the music it's defined. With any luck, we'll be enjoying fuzz for years to come.

GearTrap Featured in Vintage Guitar Magazine!

Check out this month's issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine for some GearTrap love!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Calling All GearHeads: Iggy and the Stooges Gear STOLEN!!!

I've always said we GearHeads gotta stick together. Well, this is one of those times. In the past day or so, it was reported that an entire truckload of gear belonging to "The Stooges" was stolen. They were on tour and the truck was parked out in front of their hotel. A link below to a full story contains more details as well as a link to a website that contains photos of the gear. Keep those eyes open people!


Stooges Gear STOLEN

Monday, August 4, 2008

GearTrap Preview

Hi Guys!

Here's a few things I'm working on:


-A killer article on the Gabriel Voxer 33 half stack

-A cool review on the Pedal Flex effect adjustment tool. Very cool product! Watch out!

J

Creation Audio Labs Holy Fire

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Tone Freq’s LINK OF THE WEEK – Gearwire.com

If you’re like me and can’t get enough on the gear you crave then check out Gearwire.com. The site is updated daily with gear reviews, interviews, and industry news and my favorite - product demos. Gearwire.com also takes you into the coolest trade shows as NAMM, AES, Musikmesse, and many others. The site is not just guitar-centric but covers everything for the musician getting the skinny from industry heavyweights like Roland, Gibson, Shure and Marshall. They also have a regular podcast covering everything from home recording, guitar and industry cheers and jeers.

I had a chance to pay their studio office a visit last month and found them to be great people and musicians who truly want to pass on some unbiased info to the info-hungry consumers. They even encourage interactivity with reader comments. I find their knowledge on digital recording and software their big strong point. I urge you to check out Gearwire.com!

www.gearwire.com

"Tone Freq" Aljon Go


Freq’n out? Found a cool link? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail.com

Tone Freq’s LINK OF THE WEEK – Gearwire.com

If you’re like me and can’t get enough on the gear you crave then check out Gearwire.com. The site is updated daily with gear reviews, interviews, and industry news and my favorite - product demos. Gearwire.com also takes you into the coolest trade shows as NAMM, AES, Musikmesse, and many others. The site is not just guitar-centric but covers everything for the musician getting the skinny from industry heavyweights like Roland, Gibson, Shure and Marshall. They also have a regular podcast covering everything from home recording, guitar and industry cheers and jeers.

I had a chance to pay their studio office a visit last month and found them to be great people and musicians who truly want to pass on some unbiased info to the info-hungry consumers. They even encourage interactivity with reader comments. I find their knowledge on digital recording and software their big strong point. I urge you to check out Gearwire.com!

LINK:www.gearwire.com

"Tone Freq" Aljon Go


Freq’n out? Found a cool link? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail.com