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Behind The Scenes with Bill Collings of Collings Guitars PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 April 2009 11:42
In Part 1 of our Behind The Scenes Interview, Ken Volpe spends some QT with Bill Collings of Collings Guitars. Bill talks about his early days as a Luthier and the key ingredient to his success. Bill also reveals which players and sounds have influenced him over the years. Photo courtesy of Alex Rueb.

Enjoy Session 1 with Bill Collings!

Video Review: The 3 Monkeys Orangutan Amplifier PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 April 2009 10:45
The 3 Monkeys Orangutan Amplifier is featured today. It is a great sounding amp that is extremely versatile without a lot of complex controls. It features a quad of 6V6 power tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes. It also has a six position voicing switch and built in reverb. Sit back and enjoy this new GJD feature with our own Phil Miller crankin' up the Orangutan.

Enjoy Phil Miller's video review!

PRS Guitars Receives MIPA Award for Best Acoustic Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 14:48
Paul Reed Smith Guitars’ new acoustic line of guitars received the Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA), known as the "Grammy" of the Musical Instrument/ProAudio industry, for “Best Acoustic Guitar.” Awards were presented at a special ceremony held during the Musikmesse / Prolight + Sound trade show on April 2 in Frankfurt, Germany, with more than 100 magazines from all over the world voting for the best products of 2008/2009.
Gear Review: Zoom G2G - George Lynch Signature Pedal PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 April 2009 10:06
By Laura Valk – GJD Contributor
George Lynch continues to prove why he has been rocking the music world for the past 3 decades with the introduction of his Zoom G2G - George Lynch Signature Pedal. Right out of the box I could tell that this multi-function pedal means business.  Its multitude of deep distortion patches confirmed my initial reaction.  One of the main things that satisfied me is the versatility of sounds and simplicity of use that exists within this one box. 

The pedal offers many patches created by “Mr. Scary” himself.  The only possible drawback for some users might be that the vast majority of patches are dedicated to distortion and high gain. Hence, I myself was looking for a few more clean patches to work from.  Then again, the target audience, which are obviously fans of George’s music, are going to be expecting those “seek-and-destroy” heavy tones.

Of the many preset patches I found, most of the distortion ones are very deep in their tone.  These tones are great at emulating a high-powered amp rather than sounding like a cheap pedal as other products have fallen prey to. Then if Lynch’s 40 patches weren’t enough, the pedal offers you 40 user patches to store your own customized sounds.
Jackson Announces the Jackson Bloodline Tour PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 02:48
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Jackson has announced the Jackson Bloodline Tour at local music stores throughout the United States featuring “Metal Master Classes” with Jackson’s own Chris Cannella.

Cannella is not only Jackson’s Product Manager and Artist Relations representative, but also a formidably-talented guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who wields his many Jackson guitar models in his North American metal band Autumn’s End.

Despite his intense and intimidating appearance, Cannella is a soft-spoken walking encyclopedia of metal in general and Jackson in particular.  Musicians and music fans are invited to join Chris as he demonstrates and explains his lightening-fast guitar techniques, not by using his own gear, but rather whatever’s in the store at the time.  Additionally, he’ll provide sound advice and overall guitar setup tips and tricks.
The Skinny on 9v Pedal Power Supplies PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 March 2009 14:50
By Benjamin Fargen - GJD Contibutor
So you have you’re brand new snazzy pedal board all laid out and assembled with your favorite new and vintage pedals…but you think to yourself….”this is the third brick of 9Volt batteries I have gone through in 2 months?...not cool…I need a better way to power this battery buster!”

This time we will explore 3 different ways to get the precious power needed to a pedal board… whether it is an off the shelf solution or custom built DIY style, I’ve got you covered.

Single “Wall wart” style pedal power source:

There are several companies including “One Spot” and “Godlike” that make high current capacity single outlet transformers (some up to 1700ma) that can power multiple pedals (15-20!) via a daisy chain wire system. These units are affordable and work well for most players using standard 9V pedals. For custom boutique pedal users…please check with the company before using this type of power supply…I have had conversations with many pedal builders that frown upon these units because they are an unregulated power source. Certain pedal units can be damaged that do not have a self regulating power supply input…that being said… I have used this type of power supply with many different pedals and never personally had any problems or issues.
Behind The Scenes with Jeorge Tripps of Way Huge & Dunlop PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2009 14:40
In Part 1 of Behind the Scenes, GJD's own Clif Taylor spends some QT with Pedal master Jeorge Tripps. They discuss his early days and how he got started in the biz and how he formed the infamous Way Huge pedal company in the 1990s. They also discuss some of the FAQs about the new Dunlop Way Huge pedal line.

Enjoy Part 1 with Jeorge Tripps!


Artist Interview: Greg Koch on The Jamcast - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 14:24
In Session 2 of our Artist Interview with Greg Koch, Ken Volpe and Greg discuss how he built his relationship with Fender and how it helped his career evolve as an artist and with other companies like Hal Leonard and Favored Nations.

Enjoy Session 2 on The Jamcast with Greg Koch!

Collings 360 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 March 2009 15:35
Collings 360

This month's guitar jam daily giveaway is a beautifully made guitar by master guitar company, Collings Guitars.  It is the 360 model in tobacco sunburst.  The list price on this awesome insturment is $ 2,900.


    * Body Length: 17 5/8"
    * Body Depth: 1 3/4"
    * Lower Bout Width: 13 1/4"
    * Total Length: 38 7/8"
    * Scale Length: 24 7/8"
    * Standard Nut Width: 1 11/16"


    * Factory Strings: D'Addario EXL-115 (.011"-.049")

Standard 360 Features:

    * One-Piece Solid Honduran Mahogany Body
    * Fully Carved Top
    * High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
    * East Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
    * Ebony Peghead Veneer
    * Inset Amber or Black Top Hat Knobs
    * Custom Mini-Humbuckers by Jason Lollar
    * Hand Set Mortise and Tenon Neck Joint
    * 24 7/8" Scale Length
    * 50's Style Wiring
    * Tone Pros Bridge and Tailpiece
    * Sperzel Tuners with Vintage-Style Buttons

Available Options:

    * Optional Flame or Quilted Maple Cap
    * Optional Maple Neck
    * Parallelogram Inlays
    * Tremolo Bridge

Available Colors

    * Tobacco Sunburst (featured in giveaway)
    * Iced Tea Sunburst
    * Amber Sunburst
    * Cherry Sunburst
    * TV Yellow
    * Trans Orange
    * Crimson
    * Caramel
    * Rootbeer
    * Doghair
    * Jet Black

List Price (as featured in giveaway): $ 2,900

The Pedal Insider: Junction Capacitance and The Miller Effect In The Fuzz Face - Part III PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:26
Part III : Deathnium
By Theo Hartman - GJD Contributor
As the industry continued to explore ways to improve the transistor it became clear that using vacuum deposition techniques to deposit ultra-thin layers of material onto wafers provided far superior control over junction geometry and carrier longevity. Likewise, material purity improved. As a result, the end of the 1960’s saw a mass migration to planar technology whereby semiconductors were constructed via epitaxial (deposition) techniques instead of alloying.

At the same time, there was a race to establish Germanium or Silicon as the semiconducting substrate of choice. Silicon won for a number of reasons but basically because the teams working on it finished first. Germanium is actually faster (for electrons to cross the junction) than Silicon, but this took second-fiddle to market readiness and no doubt other factors such as temperature stability.
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  • 02:41 - 01.10.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    A five week long, cross-country tour featuring some of the best known and most respected figures in rock and blues has been set to celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al” Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix together with musical instrument giant Gibson Guitar, this year’s Experience Hendrix Tour represents a dramatic expansion beyond last year’s seven sold out performances.

    Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
  • 01:53 - 26.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and Italian distributor M.Casale Bauer proudly announce the grand opening of the Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy. It is the third such international exclusive Fender guitar destination, joining the elite Fender Custom Shop Lounge (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Fender Showcase Tokyo (Japan).

    The Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy is in Bologna, Italy, and is housed in a building by California-born Italian designer Gretchen Alexander. The showroom is located near the offices of M. Casale Bauer, Fender’s Italian distributor since 1962, and was created to provide Fender dealers, their special guests and artists with a comfortable place to find, try and buy some of the most beautiful guitars in today’s market. The showcase features an impressive array of high-end guitars crafted by the master builders of the Fender Custom Shop and provides artists and dealers (and their VIP clients) with access to some of the most unique high-end Fender instruments ever made available in one place. The showroom houses an unparalleled selection of Fender Custom Shop instruments, as well as Bauer’s personal collection, one of the largest and most valuable in the world.
  • 03:41 - 23.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Los Angeles, CA – World-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will  release Center Stage, a live concert DVD on October 14th via Favored Nations Acoustic.  
    The full-length concert DVD follows the recent release of the Center Stage  double CD, both having been recorded live for the PBS television series “Sierra Center Stage.” Filmed in eye-catching high definition, every element of modern technology was used in production, creating a stunning package, both aurally
    and visually. 
  • 00:09 - 19.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Montreal, Canada- September 16th, 2008: Renowned guitarist Daryl Stuermer will be giving Godin Performance Clinics in and around Quebec and Eastern Ontario from September 29th to October 3rd 2008.

    Having performed in studio and toured the world with both Phil Collins and supergroup Genesis for years, Daryl is a player who is on top of his game and has the chops to prove it. Performing as the Daryl Stuermer Duo, he will be accompanied by keyboardist Konstantin Efimov during the clinics and will also be giving attendees his perspective on playing live, recording, technique, and his gear, by fielding a Q&A session after each performance.
  • 09:29 - 03.06.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 2, 2008) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Groove Tubes LLC. Among other assets, FMIC purchased the Groove Tubes brand. Groove Tubes company founder Aspen Pittman will continue in a consulting role.