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[21 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Rotosound British Steel Guitar Strings | 3,673 views]
Rotosound British Steel Guitar Strings

Rotosound launch their British Steel guitar strings and provide a, rather splendid, picture of Hendrix and chums too.  Click on it for the big image.  No doubt it’s cool.
The British Steel strings are based on Rotosound’s original, Stainless Steel Electric Guitar Strings from the 60’s but are manufactured with modern, improved processes and better materials.  The new British Steels are designed to give brilliant tone, sustain and volume.  Rotosound use stainless steel with the highest possible iron content to provide better magnetic properties.
The originals were used by Hendrix (hence …

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[20 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on 3 For 1 AmpliTube Products | 2,263 views]
3 For 1 AmpliTube Products

Been thinking about getting yourself some shiny (or, in the case of software, virtually shiny), new AmpliTube kit? Now’s the time to do it.
Until the end of October, IK MultiMedia (the modelling boffins that give us AmpliTube) are offering a 3 for 1 deal on selected products.
All you need to do is to buy one AmpliTube product from the list below and register it.

StealthPedal
StealthPedal Deluxe
AmpliTube 2
AmpliTube 2 Crossgrade
AmpliTube Fender™
Ampeg® SVX
AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™
AmpliTube Metal

Once you do, you can download – completely free – any two of the following:

AmpliTube 2 Crossgrade
Ampeg® SVX
AmpliTube …

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[19 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Strings Attached: Dunlop Strings | 2,277 views]
Strings Attached: Dunlop Strings

Jim Dunlop – purveyor of many cool things such as the MXR range of pedals, the wonderful Crybaby wah and my regular brand of picks – also make strings.
There are a number of gauges and styles of acoustic, electric and bass strings.  There’s even banjo strings if some pickin’s yer thang.
Acoustic gauges are available in phosphor-bronze and brass.  Electrics run the range from extra light (8 top) to extra heavy (13 top).  Four and five string bass sets are available.
In addition, Dunlop have got their heads together with some pretty …

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[15 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Paul Reed Smith Keeping Busy – Now It’s Cables | 2,008 views]
Paul Reed Smith Keeping Busy – Now It’s Cables

Not content with more guitars than he can eat and a shed-load of new amps (more later, perhaps), Paul Reed Smith is now offering cables.
The PRS ‘Signature’ Series cables are manufactured to Reed Smith’s specifications by Van Damme (UK-based maker of top cables).
The PRS Cables range includes microphone, speaker and, of course, instrument cables.
Let’s face it, cable specs are not the most interesting things in the world.  Suffice it to say that these cables are very well shielded, ultra-low capacitance, and are fitted with proper, gold-plated NEUTRIK connectors.
They come with …

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[14 Oct 2009 | One Comment | 4,015 views]
Take Your Tab With You – TabToolkit

If you’ve got an iPhone, you may be familiar with Agile Partners who previously gave us the, very handy, Guitar Toolkit.  It’s also worth knowing, however, that Agile also have an iPhone tablature application that does some very clever things.
TabToolkit (iTunes Store link), which works on the iPhone and iPod Touch allows you to view tabs in Power Tab and Guitar Pro formats as well as text and PDF tab files.  If you’re using Power Tab or Guitar Pro, TabToolkit will display the information in both tab and standard musical …

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[13 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Schecter Schmerchandise | 3,935 views]
Schecter Schmerchandise

If you are a Schecter player or lover, you might like to check out their new, online,  merchandise store where you can avail yourself of Tees and hoodies and beanies and caps.  Many things are available for men and, ahem, ‘chicks’ (their word).
There are also a selection of stuff like belt buckles and guitar straps, stickers and even a Schecter-branded Zippo. And, it’s all available internationally so you needn’t feel left out based on geographic location.
Schecterrific.
In fact, if you’re a chick, or perhaps if you know a chick, you might …

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[10 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Batt-O-Meter Effects Pedal Battery Tester | 3,457 views]
Batt-O-Meter Effects Pedal Battery Tester

This is the Batt-O-Meter from Keith McMillen Instruments.
So what is it?
It’s a battery tester with an interesting twist.  It has a lead with a jack plug attached (they call it the ‘Power Probe’).  You just plug this into the input on your effects pedals and the Batt-O-Meter can report on the effect’s battery voltage and remaining life – even estimating how many hours of shredding you have left.
It also comes with a switch to more accurately measure between different battery types (alkaline, zinc-carbon and rechargeable).
All told, it’s a relatively clever …

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[9 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Vox Amplug – Plug And Play Baby Amps | 2,726 views]
Vox Amplug – Plug And Play Baby Amps

You’ve probably seen the Vox amPlug before.   It’s a plug-in headphone amp for late night jamming or those other times when cranking your Marshall stack just isn’t feasible (oh, the horror).  Well, Vox have recently added a number of options to the range.  You can now have amPlug convenience in a number of additional sound-styles.
As well as the AC30, Classic Rock and Metal styles, you can now get the amPlug in Lead, Bass or Acoustic versions.
Lead is modelled on a US high-gain boutique amplifier.  This amPlug has a digital delay …

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[5 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Line 6 Announce M9 Stompbox Modeler and Spider MkII | 2,532 views]
Line 6 Announce M9 Stompbox Modeler and Spider MkII

The massive-foreheaded boffins in Line 6 have been busy of late and have announced and shipped two new rock-toys.
First off is the M9 Stompbox Modeler. This is a multi-effect pedal that houses a huge collection of splendid stompbox-type effects. Included are loads of distortions and drives, compressors and reverbs. There are filters, modulators and pitch-shifters. It’s also got a number of effects lifted from Line 6’s DL4 delay modeler and includes a 28-second looper with plenty of control over your loops.
You can run three effects simultaneously and can tweak the …

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[1 Oct 2009 | One Comment | 6,047 views]
A Toolkit For Your iPhone

Agile Partners’ GuitarToolkit (iTunes Link) provides a bundle of guitary goodness all wrapped up in the Appley goodness of your iPhone.

First off there’s a tuner. Using the built-in microphone on your iPhone, you can use the GuitarToolkit’s chromatic tuner to sort yourself out. Alternate tunings aren’t an issue and you can even create your own if whatever weird one you’re using isn’t available.
Potentially more useful for guitarists to carry around in their pockets, however, is the scale and chord library. There’s half a million chords squeezed into this thing.
You can …

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