Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pro Tone: The reek of death

There are many of us out there who sent our beloved OD pedals for an aggressive mod. Many of those pedals came back to us sounding a little boosted sans the aggression. The people at Pro Tone are somewhat attuned to this need so aggression is factored in without compromising the drive voicing. Meaning- it still sounds like an OD, not a distortion, albeit sounding angry. If you are in the market for such an OD unit, check the Dead Horse out- no regrets. However, be warned that this comes from an esoteric range of pedals out there known as boutique so it takes a little toll in terms of price: USD219 (pre-shipping).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


This is neither a defect nor an artistic intention but a patent pending design by Dean Zelinsky. It's an etching that stretches across the guitar's neck rear supposedly to enhance hand movements by avoiding a sticky situation when sweating takes place.

The hit here is, after a personal experience, I agree that there is a certain amount of enhanced gliding offered by this design for a simple reason; there's less wood in contact with your thumb during play. The miss is that it affects feel for many of us. Throughout my playing time, I simply couldn't ignore the fact that the necks feels different, it's grooved & manifests this apprehension of a missing component. Can you get over this after prolonged playing? High chance of adapting to the feel, no doubt. However, there are already some finishing processes in the mean time to avoid that sticky situation during play; less lacquer overcoat is one of them.

Head over to SV Guitars if you wish to have a go at the Z-Glide experience & on that note, DZPL guitars are now available there for your considerations.

Monday, July 21, 2014

EHX: The organ machine

I'm usually not into this kinda effect unit, one that totally destroys guitar signals only to resurrect it at the amp end as something else entirely. But that's one way to appreciate your guitar tones; to occasionally not sound like a guitar. However, this might be a good avenue to explore Stevie Wonder's Superstition- that wicked organ/synth lick. Regardless, it's something to look forward to.


RIP: Johnny Winter

A little belated but RIP, Johnny Winter. I have tremendous respect for individuals who are experts in their respective turfs. Every time 'Johnny Winter' is mentioned, I'd think of the Gibson Firebird.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Roland: Blues Cube Stage

Not to be confused with what Roland did before, the Blues Cube Stage amps are absolutely new for 2014. The BCs is aimed at the, well, blues players out there, the ones who indulge in very little pedals in their set up & would deem digital technology an abhorrence. Yes, that's whom these amps are for so as you can see, there is a great risk of failing. However, Roland assures potential fans that the BC had been fine tuned to give above-average performance dynamics, particularly the ones that supplement blues-type playing & anything in league with this need. 

The way I see it, it's a bold move ahead but one with a 50-50 chance of success. Blues players are digital heretics & winning them over is an uphill task. With digital technology, much tweaking is required before one can settle down one one's tone quirks & that's gonna be a challenge. Those blues cats out there are largely old fashioned & even the next-gen of blues greats embrace analog, vintage technology. Reserving further comments till they debut at the stores here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Reconciliation: Spruce top (Part 2)

The guitar in question is Takamine's GY93E. It's Chinese & it sings beautifully. I've noticed that Chinese instruments are particularly well made when it comes to the acoustic & semi-solid construction. It's something else when solid body construction in concerned. That, shall not be discussed here.

This is how the guitar looks like from the rear. That light strip of wood there is maple. A stunning look has nothing to do with sounding good & playing well for that matter (especially when it's hidden at the back *duh*).

So this was how it went; my coming to terms with a spruce top. I won't be too keen to embrace another spruce top instrument simply because it's not my thing, I prefer the darker woods for their warmth & individual notes accentuation but this GY93E is an exception. As I'm not a keen acoustic fan either, it's down to that parlour-style body as well; something I can deal with without struggling.

Thanks to Davis GMC for their warm service in this acquisition.