Monthly Archives: January 2015

Live and Teach Guitar’s Guitar Teacher Survey 2015

guitar teacher survey 2015

Live and Teach Guitar are running a survey for guitar teachers to find out what marketing strategies are most effective in attracting new students and what makes successful guitar teachers stand out from everybody else. This survey will try to seek out best practices from guitar teachers around the world and analyze what actions you as a guitar teacher should focus on in 2015.

The survey will look at:

  • What marketing methods do successful guitar teachers use
  • What type of resources and strategies are most effective
  • How do successful guitar teachers attract new students
  • What to focus on whether you want to teach guitar full time or part time

Every survey participant will receive a comphrensive report analyzing the responses and outlining what strategies and methods lead to the best results.

You can get involved in the survey here: http://www.liveteachguitar.com/guitar-teacher-industry-survey-2015/

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NAMM 2015: Source Audio Nemesis Delay

Here’s an extremely tasty new pedal from Source Audio announced at NAMM 2015, the Nemesis Delay. The Nemesis packs 12 delays into a single pedal including digital delay, warm and vibrant analog delay, realistic tape delay and special delays such as animated reverse, octave, and modulating effects. There are 4 user presets, stereo ins and outs, tap tempo, 5-pin MIDI in, MIDI thru, and expression control. Onboard controls include Time, Feedback, Mix, Modulation Depth, Modulation Rate, and Effect Intensity.

The Nemesis also has a USB port to access its free Neuro Effects Editor software for Mac and Windows, offering an entirely new set of adjustable parameters and allows users to edit, save, and share presets with others in the Nemesis/Neuro community. The pedal is also compatible with the Neuro App for iOS and Android that allows users to easily edit, download, and share presets anytime, anywhere.

http://www.sourceaudio.net/

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Suhr Thornbucker – Pete Thorn Signature Humbucker

Suhr ThornBucker

Suhr announced a myriad of new products prior to their open house and factory party that takes place at the same time as NAMM including the Thornbucker. Pete Thorn has been working with Suhr for a long time on his signature Suhr PT-100 Amp he has also been a long time user of Suhr guitars, in fact his video from 2008 on how to play eruption inspired me to go with a Chrome humbucker in my Suhr S4. Pete plays a lot of vintage style pickups so he wanted to capture the essence of great 50’s PAF humbuckers that would work both with an overdriven amp and a clean amp.

“Thornbucker pickups are born out of a desire to give guitarists a humbucking pickup set that has all of the best attributes of the coveted 50’s PAF pickups with none of the downsides. We have also included a few modern touches: four conductor wiring, a variety of spacings, and the consistency and quality that Suhr is known for.”

THORNBUCKER SPECIFICATIONS:

NECK
Magnet: Alnico V
DC Resistance: 7.3KΩ
Wire: Plain Enamel
Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

BRIDGE
Magnet: Alnico IV
DC Resistance: 8.4KΩ
Wire: Plain Enamel
Hook Up Wire: 4-Conductor

Color Options: Black, White, Parchment, Zebra, Reversed Zebra and White

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NAMM 2015: Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor

Seymour Duncan vise grip

Compressor pedals are not an easy effect to sell to guitarists until you really understand what they do and how you can use them, I have to say this Seymour Duncan demo does a great job of showing exactly how the new Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor pedal can be used to create sustaining squashed rhythm tones, even out volume peaks and troughs with clean guitar passages such as the tapping section in the video below and also for country spank.

“The Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor is a studio-grade soft-knee compressor designed for guitarists who want to take control of the dynamics of their sound, from a subtle smoothing-out of peaks and valleys to the most squished and pinched extremes and everywhere in between. The Blend knob lets you add as much or as little of the original signal as you like to the compressed sound, while the Mid/Full/High lets you choose the character of the blended signal by deciding what frequency range of the dry signal is blended in with the wet. The Sustain knob determines how long your notes will ring out and the Attack control regulates how quickly the compressor reacts to your initial pick …read more

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NAMM 2015: Greg Howe’s Signature Carvin Guitar

greg howe carvin signature

Now I don’t know about you but I’m totally confused about the whole Carvin/Kiesel thing and this new signature guitar for the amazing Greg Howe further confuses the issue in my opinion. According to Jeff Kiesel all custom Carvin guitars will now have the Kiesel logo on the headstock and he has personally worked with Greg Howe on the his new signature model and yet Carvin is the logo on the headstock?!

Anyway aside from the name confusion the guitar will be available from February 1st and it is a sweet looking 24 fret, bolt-on superstrat with a chambered Alder body, Birds Eye Maple fret board with a 20″ radius and comes in a California burst flame top. The guitar will feature a Kiesel Greg Howe signature humbucker in the bridge and the Carvin twin blade pickup in the neck position.

Skip to 1:26 to see Jeff Kiesel talk about the new Greg Howe signature model, or just watch the whole vid to see the Jason Becker tribute guitar:

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NAMM 2015: New Dean Guitars Colt Series

These are a pretty cool new update to the Dean Guitars lineup, the Colt Series which is a hollowbody guitar which they have added 2 outputs to, one to run the Piezo pickups to a seperate acoustic amp for realistic acoustic tones. There are 3 models, the Colt Flame Top, the Colt Flame Top 12 String and the slightly cheaper but in my opinion coolest of the 3, the matte black Colt BKS.

For more info check out the Dean Guitars website.

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NAMM 2015: Toneconcepts The Luke, Steve Lukather Signature Boost/EQ Pedal

Toneconcpets The Luke

It’s hard to believe considering what an amazing and long successful career Steve Lukather has had but the Toneconcepts ‘The Luke’ is his first ever custom signature effect pedal. Luke had been impressed by Toneconcepts ‘The Distillery’ pedal to the point where it had become an integral part of his setup and tone so he went to them to create an enhanced custom version for himself which became his new signature pedal called ‘The Luke’.

“‘The Luke’ is an innovative and musical tone-shaping preamp boost with unparalleled power, transparency and tonal flexibility that takes any guitar and amp combination to the next level of musical bliss.” – Toneconcepts

Check out the new pedal over at the Toneconcepts website where you can purchase one of the limited edition (only 100 produced) pedals for $269.00.

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NAMM 2015: Seymour Duncan Mark Holcomb Signature Alpha/Omega Pickups

seymour duncan alpha/omega pickups

PRS Guitars and Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb have just announced Mark’s limited edition signature guitar, featuring Mark’s very own Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega humbucking pickups. Mark came to visit us for a few days to develop these pickups with Keith Merrow, and they’ll be available separately soon. Watch the video above for more information from Mark himself.

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NAMM 2015: Marshall 2555x Silver Jubilee Reissue

marshall silver jubilee reissue

“The Silver Jubilee Series was created in 1987 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Marshall Amplification and the 50th year of Jim Marshall being in the music business. The limited edition, all-valve Silver Jubilee amplifiers looked stunning in silver vinyl covering with chrome-plated control panel.”

Based on JCM800 2203 and 2204 Master Volume models, the Jubilee amplifiers were the first Marshall products with Pentode/Triode switching, which halves power output. The Jubilee Series featured an innovative preamp circuit which had three gain modes: Clean, Rhythm Clip, and footswitchable Lead Channel. The Bass, Middle, Treble & Presence controls, although shared between channels, were re-designed and offered more tonal variation than any other Marshall product had before.

Check out the Marshall product demonstration of the 2555x Silver Jubilee Reissue:

Here’s another video from Premier Guitar taken at NAMM just to give you a few more tone examples.

For more information head over to the Marshall 2555x Silver Jubilee Reissue product page.

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NAMM 2015: Ibanez JS25ART Anniversary Signature Joe Satriani Guitar

ibanez js25art signature joe satriani anniversary

I’ve been a massive Joe Satriani fan since I picked up the electric guitar in 1988 and immediately wanted an Ibanez JS the moment they were released in 1990, it wasn’t actually until 2008 that I bought one, a black pearl JS1000. It was a great guitar, sounded fantastic, but as G.A.S. took hold of me (as it does regularly) I ended up selling it to fund my Suhr S4. Hey at least I finally followed through on my plan to buy one.

So just to make me and everyone else who started playing guitar around that time it is the 25th Anniversary this year of the Ibanez JS Series and there have been some fantastic models over the years and they continue to evolve to meet Joe’s demanding requirements. One of the coolest pair of guitars I ever saw played live were Satch’s Black Dog and Donnie (a JS3 painted by Donnie Hunt) and I thought the hand painted and scribbled graphics were fantastic so it is very fitting that for the anniversary Ibanez invited Joe to draw custom graphics on a load of bodies that would be sold as limited edition models, I’ve read that 50 …read more

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