I like to brainstorm a lot with other guitarists about gear, music, tone and other assorted subjects when one subject came up which can be summed up in one simple question: what are the top 10 tremolo systems on the market, right now?
Guitars are stringed instruments, and as with all instruments that utilize strings, there has to be a fixing point for them. These points are called bridges and they come in several forms and shapes. Generally speaking, there are two major types of bridges: fixed bridges and moving bridges (the latter generally but erroneously called tremolos). Let’s take a look at the different types of bridges and what kind of unique feature they have.
Whammy bars, or more properly called vibrato systems, are one of the oldest methods of manipulating the sound from the electric guitar itself.
Those are just a few of the words that help define the man. You may know him best as Carrie Underwood’s guitarist, but he has also shared the stage with Keith Urban, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and Brad Paisley, just to name a few. I had the opportunity and honor of asking Jimmy about guitars and guitar playing, and one thing is certain: his passion for what he does is infectious.
LAG Guitars has recently come out with a new line of electric guitars based on hot-rodded vintage concepts in both aesthetics and tone. Built in France, the new Roxanne Racing line comes in two models, each of which is offered in a half dozen unique hot rod-inspired finishes.
In the first half of the 20th century, the guitar changed from being predominantly a rhythm instrument to being an instrument that was very much suited for leads and solos. Guitars were still large, hollow ‘boxes’, in essence: strengthened acoustic guitar with a pickup attached to it. With the rise of bigger bands, the need for more volume increased. Unfortunately more volume would also mean more feedback!
A few years ago, I was browsing the Seymour Duncan Forum and came across a member who had encountered a problem which had him near his wit’s end. HIS KNOB WAS STUCK! Heh. No, seriously though. He was trying to wire up a new volume pot in his guitar, but he could not get the…
A necessary part of the guitar (well, most anyway – let’s not get into headlesses for the moment) is the headstock. The piece of wood that holds the tuners in place, who in their turn hold the strings so you can adjust their individual pitch so you can play in tune with others. This piece…