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Artist Interview: Johnny A on The Jamcast - Session 3 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 January 2009 18:28
In Session 3 of our Artist Interview on The Jamcast, GJD, Johnny A talks about his unique and complex guitar rig. He also talks about his latest live DVD and the challenge of keeping going as a solo artist. Enjoy Session 3 with Johnny A!





 
Video Review: Taylor Solidbody Classic SC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2009 02:19
Today we are featuring a great new model from Taylor guitars. The Solidbody Classic SC. This guitar features a solid ash body with a single cutaway. The maple neck is a 25.5 scale length with a rosewood board. It also has a beautiful crushed pearl pickguard, a specially designed adjustable aluminum bridge, and 3 noiseless single coil pickups. Sit back and enjoy this new GuitarJamDaily feature with our own Phil Miller rockin' the Taylor Solidbody Classic SC.

 
Guitar Tech: It’s the Environment Stupid! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 January 2009 01:50
By Jim Basara - GJD
The dry winter season is upon us, and if I was forced to pick the single most dangerous  environment for a guitar (other than in the hands of Pete Townsend when he’s in the mood to smash one) it would be cold, dry air.

I love getting paid to repair guitars, just like a doctor is happy to get paid to fix people.  But just as that doctor hates seeing people injured because they were stupid, I hate seeing guitars that are injured because their owners were neglectful.  Yet every winter there comes a rash of “neck injuries” that could have been avoided if the owner made just a little effort to control the environment for their guitars.  If you had a beautiful car, would you choose to park it under a dripping pine tree, or where it was constantly being sprayed with ocean spray?  Of course not.  So why do most guitar players not spend a small amount of money to keep properly maintain the guitars they claim to love so much? 

The principle is quite simple.  Wood, like our skin, needs moisture to keep from drying out.  If wood, like our skin, dries out, bad things happen.  The effects include finish cracking, neck warping, back and top separation and exposed fret ends.  Neck warping is probably the most common.  Remember that neck tension is set when the neck is humidified and supple.  If the neck dries out, it becomes brittle and weak, and the neck tends to reverse warp under the pressure of the truss rod.  Thinner, unfinished necks are the most prone to such problems.  Jackson necks, for instance, are famous for this, and I have reshaped a variety of these necks because some poor soul let the humidity drop to under 20% in their house for a week or two.  All of the effects of dry conditions can be major repairs and some can be absolutely catastrophic.  Having the top of your multi-thousand dollar instrument crack because you didn’t spend $20 on a case humidifier can qualify you for this year’s Darwin Awards.
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Gear Review: Ernie Ball Coated Slinky Strings PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 January 2009 13:21
By Ken Volpe - GJD
I have to admit as I sit to write this, one thought keeps going through my head, “Am I actually going to be able to write a full review for guitar strings?”  Well, the answer is “Yes” as you will witness in about 600 words from now.

First off, let me tell you that as a professional guitarist I have used the exact same brand of strings on all my electric guitars for the last 15 years or so.  This brand will remain anonymous.  Let’s just call them “Brand X.”  My string gauge of preference has always been a set of .010s (tens).  I have always found tens to be a happy medium.  They are thick enough to give you a beefy and fat tone yet thin enough to do some aggressive bending when needed.  Tens also allow me to play just about any style under the sun. 

Over the years I have tested many different brands and types of strings from the different manufacturers.  I tend to prefer pretty standard strings. 

In terms of coated brands such as Elixir, for my preference they feel too “waxy” to my fingers.  Actually, the Elixir acoustic strings aren’t too bad but as I just mentioned I don’t like the feel of them for electric.  So when I heard about the Ernie Ball coated strings I was a little hesitant.
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Behind The Scenes with Mitch Colby of Korg USA - Session 2 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2009 12:56
In Part 2 of Behind the Scenes, we sit down with Mitch Colby of Korg USA. Ken and Mitch discuss a number of current boutique amp companies. Mitch gives his opinion about part of the recipe for success for some of these companies. He also talks a bit about 2 great amp legends, Alexander Dumble and Ken Fischer. Towards the end they get into some detail about specific tube types that work for certain sounds.

Enjoy Session 2 with Insider Mitch Colby!


 
Industry Insider: An Analog Mind Sailing in a Digital Sea PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 10:06
By Tony SanFilippo - Guest Columnist
Hello GJD readers. My name is Tony SanFilippo the owner and operator of Oxide Lounge Recording in Bloomington IL. I’ve been invited by John McGlasson to provide some insights into analog recording and what it means in today’s modern world.

A bit of my history to start things off. I am a life long musician and hold a Bachelor of Music degree in performance. I became interested in recording during the late 80s and early 90s while in college, when my brother borrowed a 4-track cassette recorder from a friend and we spent Thanksgiving weekend recording an album. I eventually was offered a job at a small ADAT based studio that grew and grew. We were always adding something, mics, instruments and amps, outboard gear, monitors. Then the owner bought a ‘real’ studio mixing console. This made a massive difference in the sound and ease of making records. I was still unhappy with the sound of the medium though. I took it upon myself to buy a 2” 24-track analog recorder. Once I had it running correctly (a whole other article) and did some tracking on it I was in heaven. My recordings were finally starting to sound how I expected.
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Video Review: PRS Starla Electric Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 12:33
Today we are featuring an awesome new axe from PRS. The Starla model. This guitar is a single cutaway with custom pickups and a Bigsby B5 tail piece and a Grover Tune-O-Matic bridge. Sit back and enjoy this new GuitarJamDaily feature with our own Phil Miller rockin' the Starla.



Similar in spirit to the double cutaway Mira model introduced at Experience PRS 2007, the single cutaway Starla has many vintage themed appointments and is PRS Guitars’ first solidbody electric guitar featuring a standard Bigsby B5 tail piece and a Grover Tune-O-Matic bridge. The guitar also includes exclusive Starla Treble and Bass pickups.

The solid mahogany Starla body is accented with a 24 ½” scale rosewood fingerboard, a solid mahogany neck and dot inlays or optional bird inlays. Proprietary Alnico magnets incorporated into the pickup design contribute to the guitar’s unique clean and crisp sound but are also capable of rich harmonic overtones when driven. Other features include a uniquely shaped black plastic pick guard, tone and volume pots and a three-way pickup selector. Color options include Vintage Cherry, Vintage Mahogany, Vintage Orange and Black.

BODY:

* Mahogany

NECK:

    * 24 1/2" scale length mahogany neck with east Indian rosewood fretboard and dot inlays
    * 22 fret - wide fat
    * Option: Abalone bird inlays

HARDWARE:

    * Bigsby B5 Tailpiece with Grover Tune-O-Matic bridge
    * Vintage style tuners
    * Black pickguard

ELECTRONICS:

    * Starla Treble and Bass pickups
    * Volume and tone control with 3-way blade switch



 
Words of Wisdom (Well, Sort Of) PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 December 2008 15:55
By Ken Volpe, GJD
Well, another year has come and gone and what have we all learned about the world of the guitar and our love for the instrument?

Here are a few thoughts that come to mind:
    Wow, I have more gear and less time to play it than I did a year ago.   
    I now am aware of even more songs that I want to learn that I probably will not get to.
    Darn, I missed a lot of good shows this year.
    It’s so annoying… my IPod froze again.
    And, most importantly;
    What a blessing it is to have music (and all that goes along with it) available to me in my life.
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Artist Interview: Pete Anderson on The Jamcast - Session 3 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 December 2008 05:22
In Session 3 of our Artist Interview, GJD's Ken Volpe sits down with session ace Pete Anderson. They discuss his extensive collection and use of gear including his signature model guitar made by Reverend and his many amps and his trusty Line 6 Pod. Towards the end, he talks about the various new projects that he is working on.

Enjoy Session 3 with Pete Anderson!


 
Artist Interview: Carl Verheyen on The Jamcast - Session 4 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 December 2008 05:47
In Part 4 of GJD's Artist Interview, Ken Volpe spends time with session ace, Carl Verheyen. They continue an in depth discussion about Carl's gear. Carl gets into how he uses a 4 amp set-up and how he switched back to traditional amps from rack gear back in the day. He also tells Ken about his vintage Strats and how he deals with the pick-up noise in a live and in a studio situation.

Enjoy Session 4 with guitar master Carl Verheyen!




 
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