In our unending quest to forge a guitar tone that sounds like somebody opening the Ark of the Covenant inside a tyrannosaurus, many of us will eventually find ourselves considering the possibility of using more than one amplifier. As the more mathematically astute amongst you will doubtless be well aware, employing just one additional amplifier will…
Backline can refer to a number of things, but essentially is the personal gear (amps and drums) provided by the club or festival organizer.
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.
When you’re looking for the right amp you need to consider many factors, and it can be a daunting experience. Let’s take a look at what some features and specs mean, what they do for you and some other factors you may want to think about when going for your new amp purchase.
If you’ve overheard your special someone talking about a specific pickup set they’d like, or your spouse has left a print-out of one of the Seymour Duncan web pages with the words “I want this!” written all over it, please do yourself – and that special someone – a favor and get them a set of the best pickups around. For everyone else, here is the official Seymour Duncan Holiday Gift Guide.
Generally the blues isn’t about flash or effects. It’s more about feeling. It’s characteristically a down-and-dirty affair: the sound of fingers and strings, wire and wood. Did Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack or Stevie Ray Vaughn need MIDI-switching? NO! (Though to be fair SRV did switch between and combine a couple of amps for his signature tones – nothing wrong with that either). For the purposes of this discussion, however – we wanted to know what one amp would be your top pick as a blues guitarist.
Chicago death/doom pioneers Novembers Doom have been at it for over two decades now, and they’ve seen many imitators come and go. And yet in all that time they’ve never been content to merely sit back and enjoy their status as co-authors of the genre; as new album Bled White will demonstrate, they continue to push forward into new territory while retaining their essential brutality and atmosphere. We caught up with guitarist Larry Roberts on the eve of the band’s European tour and the release of the album to talk doom.
When the question “What’s Your Favorite Classic Rock Amp” was posed to Seymour Duncan readers a while ago, some very clear choices arose. So it seemed the next logical extension would be to detemine readers favorite amps for metal. We knew there might be some crosstalk between lists, but for the most part metal is its own beast, and prefers an amp capable of something way more assertive and aggressive than anything that could be considered “classic.” Some amps are just versatile enough to cover both territories. However, rather than just do another “Top 4” list, and since readers mentioned multiple models from various manufacturers, we’ll try to expand on many of the amps mentioned in the “metal” realm. Still, it’s no surprise the first choice was the…
Recently Seymour Duncan readers were polled on the Seymour Duncan Facebook page to find out exactly what were their all-time favorite Classic Rock guitar amplifiers.
Skeletonwitch has been making a name for themselves on stages from Ozzfest to the Jägermeister Presents Tour and all points in between since their formation in Ohio in 2003. That was when guitarist Scott Hedrick met his future bandmate and fellow guitarist Nate Garnette at Ohio University. They released their first album in 2004 and have…