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5 Cool Ways To Use The Shapeshifter

By Martina Fasano While I’m a 70s and 80s-loving gal when it comes to my rock’n’roll, I have a definite soft spot and deep-rooted pedigree in 1960s pop, rock, and R&B. Enter the stereo tremolo effect and it’s distinct yet versatile sonic capabilities. The stereo tremolo effect has always been a favorite of mine – from Tommy James’ “Crimson and Clover” to Nancy Sinatra’s version of […] Continue Reading

Active Jazz Bass Pickup & Preamp Roundup

By Dave Eichenberger In electric basses, there are basically (haha) three different ways to design a pickup system. You can go with passive pickups, passive pickups with a preamp, and full-on active pickups. All are valid ways of doing things, and while bassists may argue the merits of each system, the good news is that we have choices. Continue Reading

10 Great Canadian Guitarists

By Martina Fasano Canadian Music Week descended upon Toronto once again from May 2-8, 2016, and it got me thinking about some of the best guitarists Canada has produced over the years. Continue Reading

Building an Acoustic Pedalboard

By Dave Eichenberger Using pedals with an acoustic guitar is a pretty counter-intuitive thing. After all, it is an acoustic guitar, and it gets its name from the sound of the guitar in a room, with the reflections blaring out from the soundboard in all directions of the room. A pickup or even a microphone might come close to sounding how a good acoustic sounds in […] Continue Reading

Friends of SD: The Loar Guitars

By Dave Eichenberger The name The Loar conjures up many images for those who have studied the history and birth of iconic archtop instruments in America. Lloyd Loar was responsible for the design of the F5 mandolins and L5 archtops of the early 20th century and the name lives on in The Loar, a company dedicated to making beautiful small-bodied acoustics, mandolins and archtops in the modern age, […] Continue Reading

The Tones Of Generation Axe

By Martina Fasano Yngwie Malmsteen. Steve Vai. Zakk Wylde. Nuno Bettencourt. Tosin Abasi. Any one of those names mentioned individually is enough to have shredders of any generation sit up and take notice. Imagine all five of the aforementioned individuals going on tour together? That’s exactly what the Generation Axe tour is doing starting April 5, 2016. Hitting a total of 27 cities in North America, the […] Continue Reading

Getting A Great Dirty Bass Sound …By Going Clean

  By Jon Moody   Everyone likes a good, dirty bass sound. You know the one; it demands attention in the mix, and every note that’s played punches you in the chest with awesomeness. We love that sound! However, on our quest to replicate that exact sound, we often overlook the one thing that’s really controlling it for us; our clean bass sound.  Continue Reading

Seymour Duncan Pickups for Jazz Guitar

By Dave Eichenberger Contrary to popular belief, there are other types of music other than rock, metal, blues, and country. While not as popular as it was, say, 40 years ago, there is still a sizable jazz guitar community out there. Of course, jazz has been played on many types of guitars, and archtops, while they are wonderful, still remain the traditional choice. However, great jazz […] Continue Reading