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Ibanez UTA20 Tremolo arm: Calling all you Ibanez enthusiasts .
Check out the latest in whammy bar technology the UTA20 carbon fiber tremolo bar its . The fine folks at Ibanez have actually melded carbon fiber and the traditional metal bar to create a fantastic new hybrid tremolo arm. It no longer has that metallic sproinginess and feels much smoother to use while being easier to grip.
It fits the Edge / Lo-Pro Edge / Edge-Pro / Edge Zero/ SynchroniZR / ZR-2 bridge trem systems and are actually shipping with the Jem and JS 2410 and the Jem 7V7 . In the video below you can hear how smooth the UTA20 plays.
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This RG Premium electric guitar is a supersonic shred machine of moderate price, superior quality, pro features, and excellent feel and finish. The RG Premium has an American basswood center and a quilted maple top, while the Wizard Premium neck is given the Premium fret edge treatment for a fast, smooth feel. USA-made DiMarzio/Ibanez humbuckers provide epic tone worthy of Mount Olympus. The Edge Zero II bridge with the ZPS3Fe spring system returns you to “zero” — center point — after each use of the tremolo arm that allows radical tremolo effects with flawless tuning accuracy.
Basswood is a comparatively lightweight wood, which makes it very comfortable for extended playing. With a good balance of highs and lows, basswood is right in between alder and mahogany in sound character.
American basswood body
Quilted maple top
5-piece maple/walnut Wizard Premium neck with premium fret edge treatment
Bound rosewood fretboard
24 jumbo frets
Offset dot inlays
USA-made DiMarzio IBZ RG N neck humbucker
USA-made DiMarzio IBZ RG B bridge humbucker
5-way pickup switch
Edge-Zero II tremolo with ZPS3 (Zero Point System 3 Fe)
Today I’m demoing one of my favorite overdrive pedals, the Ibanez TS808 TUBESCREAMER. For years it was unavailable because it was discontinued for some inane reason, and if you were lucky enough to find one on ebay you had shell out 500-600 dollars for it which was too rich for my blood. It’s one of the most copied circuit designs out there, from the boss sd-1, and many more . I always had to settle for a replica, but not anymore. Ibanez finally re-released the original design. Check it!
This week we are taking a look at the Ibanez RG550XH. What sets it apart from other rg550 guitars is this beast has 30 frets. Check out this demo and see how you can take your solos to the stratosphere.
Today we will be taking look at the Steve Vai Morley bad Horsie wah pedal. What I really like about this pedal is it’s designed for a really high gain guitar tone. If you’re looking for a Wah pedal pedal to go for warmth this is not your pedal, this pedal is all about insanity. It’s switch-less design enables you to turn it on and off merely by stepping on the pedal and moving it. It has a true bypass tone buffer circuit so that you don’t lose your guitar tone when you turn the pedal off. It also has a Contour knob, which enables you to control the range of the wah effect. It also has a line booster that enables you to maintain your gain level and even boost it higher to get some searing intense high gain solos. This pedal really burns. Check out the quick demo to see what it can do.
I recently returned from Seattle Washington where I got to scratch one off the bucket list by A) Met the man Steve Vai himself (there were 12 of us) and spent and hour chatting with the master. He even let me check out out his guitar EVO ! B) Got to sit in on his sound check and actually witness Vai working on new unreleased material with his band. C) Watched him perform for two and a half hours and blow everybody’s mind. He is humble, kind, intelligent and generous. Oh yeah and he plays an o.k guitar too (LOL!). I have been a fan for over 27 years , and it was a dream come true.
DiMarzio Gravity Storm Pickups
The Gravity Storm™ Neck & Bridge Model pickups were designed for Steve Vai, and are the next step in his pickup evolution. The pickups are named after a song on his new album, Steve Vai: The Story of Light. Steve described the sound he wanted from his new Gravity Storm™ Bridge Model pickup as “a thundering cloud of ice cream”. He didn’t say what flavor he likes, but this one has both bite and sweetness. A high-impact pickup doesn’t need a tremendous output level to make a point. Where the Evolution® Bridge Model is about power and sharp-edged tone, the Gravity Storm™ is more about depth and warm highs and mids. It’s a plug and play pickup — it doesn’t require a lot of tweaking to get a great sound. Because the highs are very fat, it’s possible to increase treble response on your amp without losing tone and sustain on the high frets.
In the video below I give a short demo of what these pickups can do .
Today the topic is guitar picks. What are the differences? Does it really matter what type of guitar pick you use? Thin picks, heavy picks, heavy pointy picks ,big picks, little picks . Which guitar pick is the right one for you? Here is a brief video of the types of picks I have encountered over the years and What are the advantages and disadvantages of certain types of guitar picks depending on the style of music you play.
So what is all this hype about the ts808 tube screamer being the holy grail overdrive pedal ? The pedal has a drive knob, a tone knob, and a level knob. The drive knob controls the level of distortion, the tone knob adjusts the amount of treble in the sound, and the level knob controls the output volume of the pedal. The pedal is used to try to mimic the sound of a vintage tube amp. The classic Ts808 Tube Screamer’s sound has a distinct “mid-hump” that a lot of companies try to emulate, which means that the circuit accentuates frequencies between the bass and treble ranges (mid-frequencies). This helps to keep their sound from getting lost in the overall mix of the band. The early incarnations of the TS-808 were very highly sought after because of it’s distinct sound, and for the fact that Ibanez for some reason stopped making them for a long time so you just couldn’t find them. If you were lucky enough to find one, it would run you about $600.00 (ouch). TS-808 pedals have been reissued, and according to the company, feature the same circuitry, electronics and design components that helped shape the famous Tube Screamer sound. Many of the most highly regarded overdrive pedals, both mass-manufactured (e.g., BOSS SD-1) and boutique (e.g., Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET), owe their heritage to the Tube Screamer circuit. Mr. S. Tamura, the designer of the Tube Screamer, used a subtle clipping circuit to create the pedal’s sound. He mixed the input signal with the output signal of the clipping circuit, to “preserve the original dynamics of the input signal which otherwise would get lost at the threshold of clipping.” In this fashion, it preserves the original dynamics of the input signal and avoids muddiness and improves clarity and responsiveness.
I’ve been a huge Paul Gilbert fan since his first debut with MR. BIG. He’s had a huge influence on my playing style and has given me years of inspiration. He showed me the way to SHREDTOPIA. That said, I have been following the evolution of this guitar since it was first conceived. The year was 2008. We were at a N.A.M.M. show, and I dragged all of my coworkers to see Paul Live at a small intimate club in Hollywood. I remember when he first walked on stage with this unnamed prototype guitar. I yelled to my friends and said “DUDE!!!! DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS? “(blank stares all around me), “THAT’S AN UPSIDE DOWN ICEMAN!!” . It was such a simple concept yet it looked so cool. I read in an article later that Paul was messing around with guitar ideas in Photoshop, took an Iceman guitar, flipped it upside down and added a cutaway. He sent it to the Ibanez custom shop just to see if it could be done. They built it for him and it completely exceeded his expectations. He held a contest to name the guitar, and the Fireman was born. What I like about the guitar are the unique changes he made. First of all, it has a Gibson scale length neck 24.75 rather than the usual 25.5 that is featured on most Ibanez guitars. It has a fixed bridge with a mahogany body, and instead of the usual humbuckers, he went with hum canceling single coil pick ups. So, what does that give you? Imagine a strat on steroids. This thing screams! It is the perfect cross breed of a vintage and modern guitar. You have to hear this thing as it is amazing. Come by and check one out today.