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Godin's Winter NAMM 2009 Preview PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 December 2008 04:47
Montreal based Godin Guitars brings news from the North to Winter NAMM every January, and this year is no exception. With another huge unveiling of exciting new models, Godin will certainly have plenty on hand for visitors to feast their eyes and ears on in room 211A.

Godin Redline Series:
For the first time since their introduction 2 years ago at Winter NAMM with the award winning Redline 1, Godin will now officially unveil further models to be included in a new Redline series.  Along with the Redline 1, this metal-minded series will be comprised of 3 other shred-machines including the Redline 2, 3 and HB. The Redline 2 features a super fast 24-fret rock maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, silver leaf maple body and 2 active EMG humbuckers (neck: EMG-85 / bridge: EMG-81). The Redline 3 is also loaded with active EMG humbuckers and is available with a maple or rosewood 22-fret fingerboard and a Floyd Rose tremolo bridge. The Redline HB features a rock maple neck with 22-fret rosewood fingerboard and Godin design GHN-1 and GHB-1 humbuckers.  An array of head turning colors and Flame tops are also available for these models.
Pro Shop: Where Chords Come From PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2008 23:07
By Carl Verheyen - GJD Contributor
Last month I talked about the modes and how they applied to the contexts of various chord progressions. You can begin to see how the modes work over certain chords, because chords are nothing more than stacks of notes from those scales. Now you need to know where the chords come from.  Follow these simple directions and this will all be revealed!

Here is how you start:
1) Write the C major scale out using whole notes on the top line of a     12 stave piece of manuscript paper.
2) Over the first note C, go up a third to E and write it above that first C note. Go up another 3rd to G and write it above the E.
3) Now you have a C triad. Do the same on the next note D. It     becomes D  F  A, a Dm triad.  The next chord becomes E  G  B, an Em triad, and so on up the scale.
4) Stack 3rds on each note in the scale until all 8 notes are harmonized in 3rds.   
5) Go back and stack one more 3rd on each chord. This puts the 7th on the chords, making Cmaj7, Dm7, Em7,  Fmaj7,  G7,  Am7,  Bm7b5,  Cmaj7
6) Carry the 4th note of the C major scale, which is F down to the next stave and write out the notes from F to F on that line.
7) Go up to the 4th degree and flat that note, which is Bb.
8) Continue as before building the triads first and then adding the 7ths all the way through the key of  F.  The chords in the new key become Fmaj7,  Gm7, Am7, Bbmaj7, C7, Dm7, Em7b5, Fmaj7.
9) Continue through the flat keys:  C  F  Bb  Eb  Ab  Db and Gb by bringing down the 4th note, writing out the scale degrees, adding the existing flats from the above line and flatting the 4th degree. This teaches you key signatures as well as the diatonic chords in each key.
Guitar Insider: Getting Wired with John Suhr Part III PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 December 2008 02:33
GJD: John, last time we were talking about pots, wiring and a whole bunch of other stuff.  I would imagine with so many variables that one should try to keep certain things constant so their ear doesn’t get fooled.

JS: Absolutely, I totally agree.  Even changing your strings in the middle of tone tweaking can obviously alter what you are hearing.

GJD: Let’s talk about pickup magnets for a bit. 

JS: I’ve tried a lot of different magnets over the years even when I was working at Fender we would do a lot of research to find out why old pickups sounded the way they did. My experience is that I can wind a newer pickup and get it to sound somewhat close to an old pickup.  So even if the wire is different, that doesn’t matter too much.  It’s really in how it’s wound.  What is difficult these days is how the magnets are produced. The process of how they cool the magnets and form the magnets has all changed.  So, an Alnico 5 is not what it was in 1960.  In addition, there is not just one Alnico 5 magnet; there are a lot of different parameters. 
Eddie Van Halen Launches the All-New EVH Wolfgang Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2008 03:59
LOS ANGELES -- Eddie Van Halen launches the all-new EVH® Wolfgang electric guitar, available worldwide beginning Jan. 2009. The EVH Wolfgang guitar represents Eddie’s 35 years of experimenting with guitars, over two years of intense research and development, and a full year of brutal road testing during the top-grossing Van Halen 2007-2008 tour.
It was during the massive 2007-2008 Van Halen tour that the all-new EVH Wolfgang guitar went through extensive live “road testing” performance trials. The tour kicked off in fall 2007, and Eddie punished early versions of the new Wolfgang each night; playing every updated prototype onstage under the full, unfiltered spotlight of his fans. The results are reflected in the EVH Wolfgang guitar; produced to Eddie’s exact specifications and with features identical to the Wolfgang guitars he records and performs with.
Behind The Scenes with Greg Germino PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2008 02:17
In Part 2 of our Behind The Scenes Interview with Greg Germino, Ken and Greg discuss the difference between a master volume amp and a non master volume amp. They also talk about practical ways to reduce volume without losing too much tone. Greg than reveals his thoughts about his favorite contemporary players. At the end of the session, they get into some great detail about Celestion Heritage series speakers and Scumback speakers.

Enjoy Session 2 with Amp Master Greg Germino!

Pro Shop: Phil's Techniques for Recording Vocals PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 December 2008 03:49
Hi Everyone,

In my last column I touched on recording acoustic guitars and getting the right sounds with my Pro Tools LE 002.

This month I’ll share some techniques for recording vocals. Now, mind you, I am still somewhat of an amateur when it comes to engineering. I have become an engineer primarily out of necessity as other artists and players have done. The big studios—and I do remember the days—are primarily booked by record companies that have fairly good-sized production budgets, or writers and artists with the cash flow to handle those expenses. Most of us, in reality, are grateful for the technology that allows us to record our own music in our own home studio environment. It is amazing that good sound quality can be achieved with good microphones and mic pre-amps, and a bit of knowledge and patience.

I was told that Michael Hedges’ landmark recording Aerial Boundaries was recorded for the most part on a two-track machine in his living room. It sounds lush and spacious. Back then, of course, that involved analog technology and tape. The secret today is to achieve as warm a sound as possible when one is using digital computer-based recording gear.
Artist Interview: Steve Lukather on The Jamcast - Session 3 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 December 2008 05:30
In Session 3 of our Artist Interview on The Jamcast, GJD's Ken Volpe sits down with guitar legend Steve Lukather. Luke talks about his experience playing on the Pink Floyd tribute Cd.They get into more detail about some of the tunes on  "Ever Changing Times." Towards the end, Steve and Ken get into some more detail about the Luke BFR model by MusicMan.

Enjoy Session 3 with Luke!

GJD Giveaway for a PRS Starla Guitar PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 December 2008 03:39
LeAnn Stowell of Fairview, Oregon was the latest winner for the GuitarJamDaily Giveaway. She won a slew of awesome gear including pedals by ProAnalog and Skreddy. Also included was a Juicebox power supply, cables by Solid Cables, Jason Lollar Pickups, Couch Guitar Straps, Petros Guitar Polishing Kit, and a custom Guitar Stand by South Mountain Woodworks. Congrats to LeAnn as she enjoys all her new gear.

Currently, we have a new Giveaway for a PRS Starla Guitar and Experience Gift Bag, valued at $2480. So get yourself signed up for a chance to win this amazing new model PRS Guitar and Gift Bag.

Click here to enter to the GJD Paul Reed Smith Starla giveaway!

Video Review: Ernie Ball Family Reserve. "Luke" BFR Model Guitar by MusicMan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 December 2008 06:42
Today we are featuring an extraordinary guitar.  Ernie Ball Family Reserve. "Luke" BFR model guitar by MusicMan. Designed in conjunction with guitar legend Steve Lukather. This instrument is built to the highest  standard and uses the best available woods.Sit back and enjoy this new GuitarJamDaily feature.

Click here to watch the review

Pedal Insider: Junction Capacitance And The Miller Effect in The Fuzz Face PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 04:08
By Theo Hartman - GJD Contributor
One of the questions we often get at the shop is why older Germanium transistors sound different than their modern-day counterparts, even when the specimens compared are nominally the same gain, part-number and specification. 

If you are satisfied with Mojo as an answer or that intervening years have magically aged the parts into sounding the way they do, I would encourage you to stop reading here.  If, however, your curiosity gets the better of you, read on.

Different species of transistor have been designed over the years to function well in specific applications: radio, audio, power.  But there can be sonic differences between 2 transistors that spec out the same on paper (and even on some bench tests).   

Why should this be so?   It turns out the fuzz face is an excellent tool for understanding what’s going on.  It gives us a glimpse of two underlying phenomenon that can influence the musicality of a transistor.  One of these factors is inherent in the circuit itself.  The second requires a look at the inside of the transistors being used.  These two phenomena interact.  In my opinion, the fuzz face shines as a musical circuit precisely because of its ability to compound this interaction; but is also means that transistor selection is even more critical to the end result.
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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.