Review of the Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 - A pint-sized yet powerful multi-effects unit
The Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 is a multi-effects pedal small enough to fit in a backpack, or in the pocket of most guitar bags. Featuring Tech 21’s signature analog tone, it can be used either through an amp, or as a complete rig direct to a PA or DAW.
Tips on Alternate Tunings - How to Adapt Your Electric Guitar to Your Alternate Tuning
Fans of alternate tunings (especially metalheads) will often find themselves with overcooked noodles instead of strings, compromising their sound. Here are a couple of recipes to make sure your strings are always "al dente."
Review of the Electro-Harmonix B9 - We test drive EHX's new "Organ Machine"
Electro Harmonix calls the B9 an “Organ Machine,” and indeed it is. Plug your guitar into this pedal and out comes a variety of authentic organ sounds. Read on to find out more.
Review of the Boss DS-1X - Boss reinvents the DS distortion pedal
This year, Boss has been releasing new stompboxes at a prodigious pace: two at Winter NAMM and three at Summer NAMM. All are reinventions of older Boss pedals. The DS-1X, released along with the OD-1X in January, is a revamped digital version of the DS-1. How does it compare to its predecessor? We tested them head to head as part of this review.
Soldering Basics for Guitar Players - Part 2 - How to Solder the Jack of an Electric Guitar
The musical instrument industry has chosen the best method for the internal cabling of electric instruments, namely soldering. But, as we will see in a moment, this way of connecting two conductors requires a little know-how.
Versatile, powerful, and priced to sell - Review of the Boss ME-80
For years, Boss has been one of the leading manufacturers of self-contained guitar multi-effects floor units, and the ME-80 is its latest effort. Less expensive than the flagship GT-100, it's nevertheless a very capable and fully featured unit. The ME-80 gives you access to virtually any kind of guitar effect, a range of preamp sounds, an expres...
Soldering Basics for Guitar Players - Part 1 - Soldering Equipment for Beginners
The use of a soldering iron is indispensable if you need to change the pickups, a jack or any other component of your guitar. While changing a string is no secret for most of us, it's a whole different story when it comes to fiddling with the electronics. That's why we'll address the best practices for correct and reliable soldering in this seri...
An Overdrive Pedal with a New Look and Feel - Review of the Boss OD-1X OverDrive
The Boss OD-1X OverDrive was one of two new stompboxes the company announced at NAMM 2014 (the DS-1X Distortion was the other). It features the company’s recently developed Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) technology and promises a superior playing experience to analog pedals. Does it deliver?
Solutions to Keep Your Guitar Safe - How to Choose the Right Guitar Stand
The guitar hasn't quite followed the evolution of its creator ─ the homo sapien ─ and still cannot stand up straight on its own. So, after having to break that news to you, let's look at the different options to keep your guitar standing safely.
Choose the Right Pots for Your Electric Guitar - Help Picking the Right Pots for Your Electric Guitar
Most guitarists don't think too much about the pots (potentiometers) inside their guitars, unless they start going bad and making noise. But did you know there are different types of pots with different characteristics? So if you need to replace a pot because it's become noisy, or you just don't like the way it responds, here's some info to help...