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    EMC's best Guitar Gear for 2013

    Post by maxim9691 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:33 am

    orange divo vt1000
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    Orange Amplification are proud to launch a pioneering new technology to match, test and grade valves – the Orange DIVO VT1000 Valve Tester. This ground breaking new product will help every guitarist, rental company, valve amp manufacturer, guitar tech and guitar / hi-fi store across the planet.

    The compact and extremely easy to use VT1000 is a fully automatic valve tester, which performs a wide range of tests quickly and accurately. The benefits of using the VT1000 are clear and wide reaching; users can quickly and simply match and test valves, plus receive a reliable health check as to whether their valves are good, bad or worn.

    Orange Amps developed the world's first fully automatic, portable, digital valve tester, the VT1000, to make it easy to test amp valves. Until now testing valves with little or no knowledge of valve theory was difficult, expensive and often unreliable. This new product will test all popular power and pre-amp valves. Its ease of use will appeal to all valve users whether amateur, professional or in the music retail trade.

    The unit has one octal and two nine pin valve sockets for different valve types; simply insert the valve to be tested into the correct socket, select the valve type from the list on the unit and press 'START' to test. The results are displayed clearly and concisely using LEDs and will test for a wide range of fault conditions, which could easily cause damage to other components. The simplicity of operation belies what is going on 'inside the box', where a CPU controlled testing system is in operation, allowing full control over all inter-electrode switching and measurement operations.

    The VT1000 really opens the door to everyone to have an extremely simple, portable, reliable, inexpensive and safe way to test valves.


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    kemper profiler rack

    Post by maxim9691 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:38 am

    Amazing Amp Profiling for Your Rack
    The Kemper Profiler Rack packs the same awesome amp modeling and emulation of the original Kemper Profiling Amplifier into a handy 19" rackmountable format. As with the rest of the Profiler series, the Profiler Rack, doesn't limit you to a bunch of preset models. Instead, it lets you create your own amp profiles and call them up whenever you like. What's more, Kemper's high-tech wizardry gives you total tone-tweaking control over your profiled amps, going well beyond gain and tone. Talk about a must-have studio tool! Get your Kemper Profiler Rack from Sweetwater!

    Kemper Profiler Rack at a Glance:

    200 factory presets, and extensive online resources
    Profile your own amplifiers
    The perfect link between stage and studio


    200 factory presets, and extensive online resources
    Right out of the box, the Kemper Profiler Rack has a ton of profiled amps ready to play. Just connect the Profiler Rack to your sound system or recording rig, and you're set. And even if you don't have a collection of amps to profile, there are hundreds of profiled amplifiers available online, and the community of Kemper profilers is growing every day.

    Profile your own amplifiers
    While the incredibly lifelike profiles included with the Profiler Rack will appeal to everybody, you'll love the Profiler Rack if you have a ton of amps already. It's easy to connect the Profiler Rack to the amp you want to profile, hook up a microphone, and capture the sound of that amp and store it as a preset. You'll be amazed at how accurately your profiled amp preset responds to the gain and tone controls.

    The perfect link between stage and studio
    Ever been frustrated trying to re-created the tone you captured on a recording when you play out live? You'll love the Profiler Rack, because it can profile your studio sound while you're recording. Just take a split of the mic you're recording with and use the split signal to connect to the Profiler Rack. You'll capture the sound of your studio performance, ready to be recalled on any stage in the world at a moment's notice.
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    Kemper Profiler Rack Features:

    Rackmountable guitar preamplifier can create profiles of any physical guitar amplifier
    Includes 200 amplifier profiles for you to start with
    Easy to profile your own amplifiers: all you need is a microphone and cable, guitar cables, and a combo amp or amp head and cabinet
    Built-in DI can split your signal to a direct output, for simultaneous recording of your dry guitar signal and the guitar amp profile
    Great sounding collection of effects in addition to the amplifiers
    Automatic spillover lets your delay and reverb tails fade out naturally when you change presets
    You can lock individual module settings when changing presets, for example keeping your current delay effects settings while changing amp profiles
    Effects loop lets you integrate your hardware effects and stompboxes


    Don't settle for any old amp or effects profile, use the Kemper Profiler Rack to capture the sound of your own gear!
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    Guild Starfire III Electric Guitar with Bigsby

    Post by maxim9691 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:42 am

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    A cult classic, back in all its glory!

    First introduced in 1960, it became a favorite with its ultralight, thin hollowbody and bright, well-balanced tone. Multilaminate maple body with single Florentine cutaway and vintage chrome covered humbuckers cranks out punchy, crisp tone perfect for rockabilly, surf, blues, and rock. Classic Bigsby tailpiece and bridge, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, and Chesterfield headstock inlay. Includes hardshell case.
    Features

    Ultralight, thin multilaminate maple hollowbody
    Single Florentine cutaway
    Mahogany neck
    24-3/4" scale length
    1-11/16" nut width
    Rosewood fretboard
    Vintage chrome-covered humbuckers
    Classic Bigsby tailpiece and bridge

    This is one of the sweetest Guilds ever produced. Step back about 40 years and hear how good it really was.
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    JOHN ENTWISTLE HYBRID

    Post by maxim9691 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:44 am

    USA JOHN ENTWISTLE HYBRID
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    • Mahogany Top/Body
    • 34" Scale
    • Bolt-On Maple C Neck w/ Dean Custom 4-Bolt Neck Cavity
    • Rosewood or Maple Fingerboard
    • Abalone Dot Inlays
    • Die Cast Tuners w/ Hipshot
    • Black Hardware
    • Dual Purpose Die Cast Bridge
    • EMG Lo Z Pickups
    • Active 3 Band EQ
    • Aphex Exciter®/Compressor/Big Bottom® Circuit
    • Metallic Red, Classic Black & Trans Brazilia Finishes Available
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    Magnatone Amps

    Post by maxim9691 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:52 am

    PR release
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    Magnatone has come through the time warp and is here to do battle.
    The Classic amp of yesteryear has been brought in to the modern world and never sounded better. The unrivaled Vibrato is exactly as it was in the original Magnatone but the front end and power sections have been improved vastly.
    After years of R and D, and serious Artist input and testing the new benchmark has arrived. No other amp has the rich history and modern engineering that the new Magnatone can provide.

    History
    Innovative from the beginning Magnatone has always been ahead of the pack until it's retirement in the 70's. Well it is back and once again setting the pace for all others to follow these Magnatone Artists. Known for its unsurpassed Vibrato and aesthetics the original Mags lacked the power to preform. The new Magnatone has addressed the weakness of the hallowed brand and brought that never duplicated sound in to the 21st century.

    Once the first choice amp of Buddy Holly, Lonnie Mack and the Wrecking Crew to name a few. Magnatone is still used by music legends such as Neil Young and Robert Cray in live performances. Most all of the guitar greats have at least one 260 or 280 or both in their studio arsenal to this day. Now we all can have the chance to sound like a legend in our own time!
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    PRS 408 Maple Top

    Post by maxim9691 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:00 am

    PRS is proud to offer a new voice with the 408 Maple Top and 408 Standard. These inspiring new instruments, offered as both a maple top (MT) and all mahogany (Standard) version, bring the versatility and voicing of the Private Stock Signature and the Signature Limited Edition to PRS’s Core line.
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    PRS 408 pickups were designed to extend the guitar’s tonal spectrum by narrowing the field of the bass pickup to increase its focus and widening the field of the treble pickup to increase its sound field (hence their asymmetric appearance). This pickup configuration (comprised of four coils and offering eight sounds) stems back to Paul’s experimentation on the Sorcerer’s Apprentice guitars in the early 1980’s. Thanks to the simple but versatile switching system featuring mini-toggle switches that provide numerous combinations of humbucking and singlecoil tones, the 408 Maple Top and 408 Standard provide stunning articulation and musical clarity.

    The Verdict by Premier Guitar
    One of the great charms of the PRS 408 Maple Top is the guitar’s range of character. It’s an exactingly built professional axe that can be almost anything you want it to be. And the fact that it’s not recognizably a Strat, Tele, or Les Paul makes it an exciting blank slate for players keen to blaze their own sonic trail.

    It’s possible that in 10 years we’ll be talking about the classic tones of Åkerfeldt and other high-profile PRS users with the same reverence with which we discuss the Les Paul tones of Page and Paul Kossoff. But the 408 MT makes me think we might instead be talking about the greatness of some yet-to-be-discovered player who started their journey with the delightfully fresh tones of the PRS 408 MT. With its comfortable but substantial neck, artfully and precisely built body and hardware, and vast array of timbres, this PRS is an amazing tool for carving out a very individual tone. It’s not cheap, but in this case, you certainly do get what you pay for—especially if you put playability and expressive potential at a premium

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    zoom g3x

    Post by maxim9691 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:02 am

    A partner for recording. A powerful weapon for live performance. With the G3 version 2.0 and the G3X, the maximum number of simultaneous effects has been increased to six, and a new scrolling function allows you to control all of them intuitively using the stomp box size panels. Along with 94 types of effects, 22 amp models with realism so advanced that they include overtones are at your command. With the addition of the G3X and its expression pedal that increases your sonic freedom, ZOOM has introduced another revolution in guitar sound creation.
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    Now you can use up to six effects at the same time
    With the three stomp box style panels, you can intuitively use and edit up to six models of effects and amps at the same time. Using the scroll function, you can put the effect you want to adjust on one of the large screens in an instant. Since each effect unit has three knobs, not only is sound creation easy, reordering effects is also simple. No matter what the situation, you will be free from stressful operations.
    New scroll function added to the stomp box style panels
    The trio of stomp box style panels allows you to sculpt sounds intuitively using their footswitches and knobs to control the effects shown on their large displays. We have added a new scroll function for the three screens, making it easy to edit any of the up to six simultaneous effects. In addition, other advantages that exemplify the ZOOM brand include automatic saving of effect parameter changes and the freedom to easily rearrange the effects as you like in the chain. Anyone can master the G3 and G3X without depending on the manual.
    Realism so advanced that it includes overtones—22 amp models
    In addition to models of 13 amps that are among the best in the world, 9 new amp models have been added that are so realistic they include harmonics. Each amp has its own cabinet modeling, so even the sonic characteristics that vary depending on physical traits—the number of speakers and cabinet materials—have been impressively re-created. By combining amplifiers and cabinets from different makers, you can even create your own unique amp sounds.



    Note: Click here to see all 22 types of amp models.
    Expand your sonic expression with a pedal
    Starting with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, numerous guitarists have found the wah-wah pedal to be indispensable. The G3 and G3X include vintage wah-wah modeling, so you can use an expression pedal to get that classic sound.(*) The auto assign function means the pedal is ready to use as soon as you choose an appropriate effect and you can start playing without any hassle. Moreover, in addition to pitch-shifting, volume control and other traditional pedal effects, parameters such as the gain of drive effects, the rate of modulation effects and the mix level of delay and reverb effects can also be controlled in real time as you play guitar.



    *With the G3, you will need to connect an FP02 expression pedal (sold separately).
    Evolution of tube amp simulation.
    Our new sigmoid curve clipper re-creates the smooth clipping of a tube amp’s waveform. With its tube distortion, the G3/G3X can simulate amplifier sounds, including clean, crunch and full-gain drive tones that are authentic to the original models while maintaining the nuances of picking and strumming techniques.
    94 stompbox models.
    G3/G3X has 94 diverse types of stompbox presets, including some of the world’s most popular guitar pedals. You can use up to six effects in any combination. G3/G3X’s wide range of effects includes distortion, compression, modulation, delay and reverb. Its HD Reverb uses DSP power to produce a rich resonance that rivals outboard gear used in professional studios and live setups.
    The newest generation of DSP: ZFX-IV.
    G3/G3X utilizes the all-new ZFX-IV DSP effects processor. This generation of ZFX boasts amazing power, upgrading everything from sound to function and operability over previous versions. By using 32-bit floating-point processing, G3/G3X possesses amplifier sounds that are more realistic than ever before.
    Looper function with 40-second phrase recording/overdubbing.
    G3/G3X’s Looper capabilities include 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing. The “sound-on-sound” function allows you to layer guitar sounds as many times as you want in real time. You can use looped sounds as simple backing tracks or create a “full band” feel with the built-in drum machine and DSP effects for a live solo.
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    Belcat Three-pedal guitar effects pac

    Post by maxim9691 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:07 am

    Belcat Three-pedal guitar effects pack
    Because three stompboxes are better than one
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    There's a wealth of digital and modelling devices available for a pittance these days. Set against this backdrop, it's easy to overlook the simplicity, not to mention the sound, of analogue stompboxes, particularly when it comes to sumptuous modulation and delay effects.

    Fortunately, Belcat has set out to rectify the situation with a new wallet-comforting pack of three pedals, which can supplement existing stompers or lay the foundations for a whole new pedalboard.

    The pack in question includes the DLY-503 Analog Delay, FLA-513 Flanger and TRM-507 Tremolo, plus six patch cables. Other sets are also available, including rock- and blues-skewed sets, but this assortment of stompbox staples is our pick of the lot.
    Ground control

    Each unit features three controls that give you access to a range of sounds without distracting you from your playing. So, for the Analog Delay, that's time, level and repeat; for the Flanger it's rate, regeneration and depth, while the Tremolo features rate, depth and wave.

    Paired to this ease of use is solid build quality. These stompers are metal-housed with true bypass and Boss-style control knobs, and are sturdier than similar pedals in this price range.

    Of course, when it comes to sounds, you might think buying three effects in one stompbox splurge is a cash-saving compromise that comes at the cost of tone. Fortunately, you'd be wrong. While they don't include the kitchen sink, Belcat's threesome are rather good at what they set out to do, which is to provide warm vintage-tinged tones for minimum outlay.

    Let's start with the Analog Delay. It is in fact a digital delay - that's right, digital - but one that emulates an analogue pedal, so if you're desperate for tap tempo and looping capabilities, look elsewhere.

    However, if what you want is a dark echo to add a little atmosphere to your leads, this is ideal. Sure, its delay time may be limited to 350ms, but that's perfect for rockabilly or surf slapback tones and delays that complement rather than envelop your original guitar sound.

    The Flanger, meanwhile, aims for that classic jet-plane-taking-off whoosh popularised by the likes of Eddie Van Halen. With clean tones, it gets you an Andy Summers-esque sparkle at faster rates and lower depths, but kick in the distortion and crank up the regeneration and you can get as - ahem - Unchained as you like. Faster rates also yield a Leslie-type rotating speaker effect.

    Finally, Belcat's Tremolo wobbles into view, and while it may be the most subtle of the three, it snatches the 'most impressive' prize from its stable mates. Its wave control covers the breadth and depth of tremolo sounds, from The Black Keys blues shimmer to the helicopter chops of Rage Against The Machine's Guerrilla Radio. The buzzes and volume washes are all available courtesy of the rate and depth knobs. Best of all, however, is that this unit doesn't suffer from the perceived volume drop that can plague other tremolo pedals - the volume and tone are pitched just right.

    Belcat has been in the pedal-manufacturing game for a long time, but it now faces tough competition in the lower end of the market from the likes of Mooer and Joyo. It's great to see, then, that the company has upped its game to provide optimum value for money and tone to boot.
    Vintage sounds

    Sure, there are a couple of nitpicky faults - the Flanger's swoop hangs in the treble region longer than the bass, and the Analog Delay can get slightly noisy with longer delay times - but that comes with the vintage voicing of these effects. And with patch cables included, not to mention those psychedelic paint jobs and cut-price costs, who could say no to such a seductive threesome?
    MusicRadar Rating
    4 / 5 stars
    Pros

    Not one but three pedals for a great price, well-built, no volume drop on the Tremolo pedal unlike some other tremolos.
    Cons

    The Analog Delay is actually digital, so no good for looping or tap tempo.
    Verdict

    The quality is good, the sound is good, and you get three for the price. What's not to like about this great vintage pedal offering from Belcat.



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    Re: EMC's best Guitar Gear for 2013

    Post by CKJ505 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:20 am

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    Cool gear, wish I could get that kind of kit. Very nice indeedio!
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    Re: EMC's best Guitar Gear for 2013

    Post by maxim9691 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:59 am

    CKJ505 wrote:As Neo needed guns, lots of guns, CK needs money, lots of money....[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

    Cool gear, wish I could get that kind of kit. Very nice indeedio!

    I almost purchased the Purple Axe last month, but I managed to resist Embarassed



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