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Two Notes Engineering Updates Firmware for Torpedo Studio

Two Notes Engineering has updated the firmware for the Torpedo Studio to v4. The new firmware includes the following additions: Arcade mode, allowing faster edition of the audio parameters.Low-cut and 5-band graphic... Read more »

Supro Announces Three New Speaker Cabinets

Supro USA has released three new extension cabinets for their Black Magick, Supreme, and Comet guitar amplifiers. Each cabinet features semi-open-back design and utilizes custom-made Black Magick speakers. The 1790... Read more »

What Is An “Aggressive” Guitar Sound?

"Aggressive" is not in itself a word that describes tone or sonics. The term "aggressive" as applied to guitars and basses has been used to describe everything from completely fuzzed out to clean and jangly. Does... Read more »

iRig Nano Amp

IK Multimedia has announced the ultra-portable iRig Nano Amp — which they refer to as a "micro amp" — a super compact, portable, lightweight, guitar amplifier/iOS audio interface. The iRig Nano Amp... Read more »

Composite Acoustics GX Series Acoustic-electric Guitar Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d35zii8itI Mitch Gallagher presents the GX Series of acoustic-electric guitars from Composite Acoustics. Tired of your guitar acting up because of the weather or climate? The... Read more »

Guild Bluesbird Electric Guitar Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDix0a-0ouk Mitch Gallagher presents the Guild Bluesbird electric guitar. The carved maple top looks sweet while also providing comfortable contours. And speaking of comfort, the... Read more »

Can I Use Unbalanced Cables with Balanced Equipment?

You can — with some caveats. The advantage of using balanced cables to connect between balanced outputs and balanced inputs is that balanced connections have better noise rejection, thanks to a second... Read more »

PRS McCarty 594 10-Top Guitar Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1p51gmofKY Mitch Gallagher presents the PRS McCarty 594 10-Top single-cutaway electric guitar. The PRS McCarty Singlecut 594 gracefully blends vintage elements and modern... Read more »

5 Tips to Set Up Your New Guitar Amp

You've finally ordered that sweet new guitar or bass amp you've been dreaming about — and it's arrived! There's the ceremonial unboxing. Then you plug it in, dial up your usual settings...and it doesn't "wow"... Read more »

Way Huge Camel Toe Triple Overdrive MkII Pedal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OHZ6W3qMVI Don Carr presents the Way Huge Camel Toe Triple Overdrive MkII. Way Huge has combined their ultra-popular Green Rhino Overdrive and their Red Llama Overdrive in an... Read more »

Can I Run a Distortion Pedal into a Raging Guitar Amp?

Sure. Some of the most famous sounds in rock have been using a BOSS Super Overdrive, Ibanez TubeScreamer, or MXR Distortion+ into a distorted amp. You just need to keep the concept of gain staging in mind. If you've... Read more »

Xotic X-Blender Effects Loop Pedal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpV952iHP78 Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's Director of Product Optimization, takes a break from his keyboards to geek on his second love, guitar processors. In this video, Fisher... Read more »

Fender Announces New American Pro Series

Fender has released an new family of instruments, the American Professional series! The new series brings new pickups, new models, and new colors to the Fender lineup. Best of all, we've already got them in stock... Read more »

How Do I “Break In” a Speaker?

When you're dealing with any mechanical device that has moving parts, those parts will naturally move more freely when they have been loosened up by use. In speakers, both the surround (the ring of rubber or foam... Read more »

MXR Shin Juku Drive Pedal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi246PX-lck Mitch Gallagher presents the MXR Custom Shop Shin Juku Drive. The MXR Custom Shop worked closely with celebrated Japanese amp guru Shin Suzuki to craft a pedal that... Read more »

Is It Better to Use an FRFR Speaker or a Guitar Amp with a Modeler?

In the early days of guitar amp modeling, most modelers did not let you separate out the preamp and power amp emulation from the speaker cabinet emulation. This meant that if you played with your modeler through a... Read more »

9 Reasons to Buy Your Next Guitar from Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hin0Hc844M8 Why buy your next guitar from Sweetwater? Here are nine reasons: • All the brands you love, plus a few you'll love to meet • See details photos of almost every guitar •... Read more »

TC-Helicon Harmony Singer V2 Pedal Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bes8ZYHpm4I Tom Lang from TC-Helicon presents the Harmony Singer V2 pedal. The TC-Helicon Harmony Singer 2 pedal dynamically polishes your vocal sound while adding musically... Read more »

Gotta Gig? Bring Backups!

Yes, backing up your computer data is vital. But this article is about another kind of backup: redundant gear, so that if something goes wrong, you're not out of commission. Today's gear is undeniably solid and... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Songwriters on Songwriting Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released another essential guide to make music: Songwriters on Songwriting — and like all of their other guides, this one is completely free! In Songwriters on Songwriting, a... Read more »

Mesa/Boogie Triple Crown TC-50 Tube Amplifier Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjYyOcQ7oeg Mitch Gallagher presents the Triple Crown TC-50 tube guitar amp head from Mesa/Boogie. Its 3-channel design offers two modes on each channel for American-sounding clean... Read more »

Ernie Ball Expression Series Ambient Delay Pedal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yulh_GBSLwU Don Carr presents the Ernie Ball Ambient Delay, part of their Expression Series of effects pedals. It offers delay and reverb that are completely variable via the pedal's... Read more »

Ernie Ball Music Man Unveils 2017 Lineup

Our friends at Ernie Ball Music Man have pulled out all the stops and announced an amazing new lineup of guitar models for 2017! Check these out: John Petrucci Majesty Monarchy The John Petrucci Majesty Monarchy... Read more »

Supro Releases Analog Harmonic Tremolo

Vintage Supro amplifiers have an amazing tremolo effect built in; based on bias modulation, those original circuits excelled at traditional swampy tremolo sounds. And now you can get those sounds with an amp using... Read more »