Monday, October 27, 2008

Believe the Hype- The V-Pick Guitar Pick

Sean O’Bryan Smith:

A pick is a pick is a pick right? Granted there are varying thicknesses and grips and material but at the end of the day does it make that much of a difference? In my 25 years of playing I had not witnessed a particular pick that truly made me blurt out a well defined “Holy Crap!” until now. Pick manufacturer V-Pick has opened the eyes of this once skeptic with their pick line and I hath seen the light.
As some “swag” from another manufacturer I was reviewing for a magazine there was a sample bag of V-picks picks inside the box. There was one each of the large rounded and large sharp picks. As I was reading the claims that this pick will make me play “lightning fast as well as improve my tone” I found myself thinking “YEAH RIGHT!” Obviously having nothing to lose and the reality that I have about 10 guitars to review for various publications, I thought I would try out this seemingly outlandish claim. I grabbed one of my trusted hollow bodies off the wall and within a few seconds exclaimed………..”Holy Crap!”
The V-Picks are made from a smooth, clear acrylic that naturally bond to your fingers. The acrylic finish allows the pick to glide extremely well over the strings allowing for a great fluidity to your playing. This helps contribute to the ability to then reproduce lines faster. Being a jazz player at heart, I also like the fact these are nice and thick. 2.75mm to be exact. You just have to love some picks with some child bearing hips. The acrylic picks also had some tone improvement attributes to them. The sound was much like the pick and that it was thick. These things are just beefy.
Another cool aspect of the V-Picks is the way they feel. They have an extremely smooth finish that feels like a well polished stone. Surprisingly they aren’t slippery though due to the acrylic natural tendency to adhere to your skin. After a few minutes of playing you realize there is a great grip to these and you shouldn’t have to worry too much about dropping them. That is a good thing too since the clear acrylic would be a severe pain to try to find on a dark stage.
In short, I am a believer now and plan on using these for a long time to come. In the short time I have been using them I have tried them on various guitars and basses and they play extremely smooth and sound great. If you are on the hunt for the possible Holy Grail of picks you might want to check this out.
Groove on,

Monday, October 20, 2008

GearTrap's WLPb- Video on the Way!

Keep an eye on GearTrap in the coming weeks. There will be a video clip release from this year's "World's Largest Pedalboard- NAMM '08" party. Nashville video production house- Autumn Addict is hard at work completing the clip.

In June of this year, GearTrap set a world record for building the world's largest, fully operable pedalboard in Nashville, TN. with the help of a plethora of great sponsors (including Pedaltrain, George L's, Seymour Duncan, and many MANY more)the board topped out at 142 pedals. So far, "World Records Academy" has sanctioned the event, making it an official world record. The record has also been submitted to Guinness World Records and is awaiting approval.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Reunion Blues Merino Wool Guitar Straps

Reunion Blues has expanded its prestige leather gig bag line to include three new natural fiber guitar straps made from 100 percent merino wool. These new additions come in designer black, pinstripe, and chestnut brown, and all are artistically trimmed with full grain leather. They have a MSRP of $50 each.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Tone Freq’s LINK OF THE WEEK – Bass Frontiers

Nashville session bassist, friend and overall good guy Dave Fowler has relaunched Bass Frontiers with his business partner Gene Fox. The magazine is now available exclusively on-line. They have video interviews on Billy Sheehan, Nick Jameson (Foghat), Dave Pomeroy, Dave Roe. It also covers the bass player lifestyle covering everything from new gear to how to stay healthy on the road. They have also posted a Billy Sheehan contest where you could win an autographed Sheehan Yamaha bass, Ampeg Bass Combo and Rotosound Strings.

"Tone Freq" Aljon Go

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

YouTube Video of the Day: The Devi Ever Bit Mangler

Tone Gear Presents the String Cleaner

The String Cleaner by Tone Gear extends the life and preserves the tone of guitar strings. It removes harmful substances like sweat and oils and keeps strings strong. The revolutionary design allows for 360 degrees of cleaning power. String Cleaner requires no solution, and there's no possibility of it damaging frets. Featuring cleanable microfiber pads – it is not a disposable item – it saves the musician money on new strings by prolonging the life and the tone of the string. It has a MSRP of $12.99. Call 1-888-258-0898 to become a dealer today.

Tone Freq’s LINK OF THE WEEK – Pro Guitar Shop

Tigard Oregon is home to one of the most bad ass websites around, Pro Guitar Shop. No only do they carry some of the best boutique amps and pedals but they have something other e-retailers don’t have – the Video Library! This incredible resource of “pedal porn” has hundreds of gear demos as well as the Virtual Pedalboard! If you register you’ll be able to save up to ten Virtual Pedalboards with over 40 pedal demos! By the way, did I mention the site looks classy and is easy to use? Keep up the great work guys, we interweb guitarists thank you!

"Tone Freq" Aljon Go

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Tools for the Really Fake Guitarist

The MI industry has certainly long neglected one market segment – the air guitarist.

But now Takaratomy steps in and presents the Air Guitar Pro Electric and Acoustic by Josh Rubin. No longer will the person who plays an air guitar in the privacy of his or her own home or, increasingly, at the air guitar contest at the local bar, be left without a tool to practice with (you know, besides the millions and millions of real guitars that are produced every year).

Now there is help in developing the "chops" of the invisible guitar player. The tool promises to "take the air guitar to the next level." Air Guitar Pro consists of the upper neck of a guitar and plays chords as your fingers pass through infrared-ray strings that make up an invisible fretboard-of-sorts. All one needs to do is strum the air to produce accurate sound.

The controller has seven buttons for different chords as well as buttons on the side to change from major, minor, augmented, and diminished sounds. It even includes ten beginner songs to get the player up to speed. Now anyone can start playing the invisible guitar quickly and accurately!

The product costs $56.