The new Squier Strat Guitar offers USB & iOS Connectivity.
The Squier by Fender USB Stratocaster electric guitar gives you a huge range of tones and all the features you expect from Fender—plus the convenience of direct connection to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
- Pickup select switch
- Pickup volume control
- Pickup tone control
- Headphone volume control
- 1/4-inch passive guitar output
- 1/8-inch (3.5mm) stereo headphone jack
- Type Mini-B USB connector offering bi-directional audio streaming
The Squier Strat with USB & iOS Connectivity is available exclusively at the Apple Store.
These are the first to parts of a new video series, Slash In The Studio, that takes a look at Slash working on his latest album.
Slash opened up his recording studio, allowing unprecedented access into the mind and music of one of our guitar legends.
Continue reading Slash in the Studio
Producer/Engineer Joe Barresi (Tool, Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Pennywise, Bad Religion, Chevelle, etc) demonstrates how to mic a 4×12 cabinet and how he gets his guitar sound.
Here’s a comparison of Guitar Tone Capacitors, via johnplanetz:
In part one of this video on tone capacitors, I demonstrate the sound characteristics of 7 different capacitors with dialectrics of different material types.
The caps I try here are: Orange Drop 225P 100V (polypropylene), Mallory 150 series (metallized polyester film), Russian K-409 PIO (paper in oil), mystery vintage yellow cylinder (identified as WMF 1S22 Polyester Film 100v from CDE Cornell Dubilier), the original Epi tone cap from my Riviera (probably mylar polyester film), mystery vintage gray cylinder (identified as Mullard/Phillips Mustard polyester foil/film 630v), and a vintage tropical fish (polyester film).
Everything is played on my Epiphone Riviera P93 with Vintage Vibe Guitars P-90 pickups, through my Vox VT30 on the Boutique Clean model, mic’d with a Rode NT1 large diaphragm microphone.
In the part two, I’ll demonstrate how the capacitance value affects the range and usefulness of the tone knob.
Continue reading Guitar Tone Capacitors Compared
Moog Lap Steel Explorations Part 2 – a live looping improvisation by Bill Walker, using the new Moog Lap Steel and Looperlative LP-1.
The improvisation features the usage of the guitar’s onboard filters, and using an Ethos preamp for distortion, in tandem with the Moog guitar’s infinite sustain capability to get a high volume feedback response at a low volume,
The LP-1 is being controlled by a Gordius Little Giant MIDI controller and an iPhone using the OSC app and a Missing Link WiFi to MIDI adaptor.
This video captures a demo from the 2011 Summer NAMM Show of a guitar from M3i Technologies that features Laser Pitch Detection (LPD) and Pressure Sensing Coating. Continue reading M3i Technologies’ Laser Guitar
This is a guitar synth jam on the Misa Kitara:
Check out Yoshiaki kicking in with Kitara, which was delivered to him only 2 weeks ago for beta testing. We like.
Here’s an overview and demo of Antares ATG-6, aka Auto-Tune For Guitar.
The Antares ATG-6 is a proof of concept at this point, not a shipping product – also known as a $90 guitar with $40,000 of technology in it.
These are shots of the prototypes of Max Battaglia’s prototype Hyper Touch Guitar:
Introducing the Hyper Touch Guitar. From the mind of Max Battaglia at Givingshape Design Studio, this unorthodox design replaces strings with a multi-touch screen, allowing the user to adjust the number of “strings” and frets, as well as tuning and sound effects. A wireless command center that permits endless customization and infinite possibilities of expression.
Unfortunately, the Hyper Touch Guitar is just a design concept at this point. Looks pretty cool, though!
Check out this video of the Zoybar TOR – a custom guitar that was ‘printed’ from a computer, using 3D modeling technology.
Here’s how to print your own custom guitar:
- Design an awesome 3D guitar using Blender, an open source 3D modeling application, or customize a 3D model that you find on the Internet
- Print it at an online 3D printing service, like Shapeways
- Put it together and rock
Of course, it would probably help a lot if you know something about 3D modeling software and the capabilities of 3D printers.
The materials for the Tor cost about $175.
At that price, it’s not too hard to imagine printing off your own custom 3D guitar, or sharing models of 3D guitars over the Internet.
Check out the Tor photo and demo and let us know what you think of the possibility that you might ‘print’ your next guitar off of your computer.