Written by PGS staff There are many valid reasons why a guitar player might want to add a baritone to their arsenal, one of which is that we seem to be experiencing something of an electric baritone guitar renaissance at the moment. There are more production model baritone (and other extended-range) guitars being made right now than ever before, with virtually every established guitar manufacturer having at least one or two models available. These guitars are also more affordable than ever, and of higher general quality as well. Unlike in the past, when most baritone electrics were based on the original Danelectro models, and thus expected to be deep twang machines suitable only for country, surf, and spaghetti western
Writtenby PGS Staff I'm not sure who the first guitarist to consciously mimic an organ player was, but the first players I heard doing this were jazz geniuses John Scofield and Charlie Hunter. These two dudes can do some outrageous things on guitar, including simulation of a variety of other instruments, particularly horns and organs. They accomplish this by studiously imitating the overall feel of the instrument's attack, while also carefully choosing notes and progressions typical of these instruments, and cleverly employing a range of effects to mimic the instrument's timbral qualities. In the past, the main effects guitarists used when attempting a convincing organ impression would invariably be a chorus pedal or Leslie rotating speaker
Written by PGS Staff We owe Boss everything. Really, we do. As guitarists and effects pedal users, we would be nowhere without the company's many groundbreaking innovations. Boss did just about everything in the world of effects pedals first, and what it didn't do first, it did second, and better than it had been done before. The company's designs laid out the blueprints for much of the rest of the effects industry, and paved the way for the boutique revolution that was to follow, which has been, in no small part, based on modification and appropriation of Boss's original circuits. Of course, many Boss pedals that continue to line the shelves of guitar stores have been
Written by PGS Staff Few things sound as gross and unmusical as a misused compressor. Bad compression can suck every bit of life out of an instrument or recorded track, transforming a natural, dynamic performance into a squashed, strangled, ear-fatiguing abomination. Unless it’s being used artistically for a specific effect, bad compression is usually the direct result of inexperience on the part of the user and abuser, as well as a lack of knowledge about what compression is and how it works. The basic concept behind an audio compressor is reducing
Written by PGS Staff I don't surf. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, the opportunity to do so just never presented itself. Later I moved to Oregon, and although it certainly has a healthy surf scene, the ocean in these parts is usually frigid, steely gray in color, and full of sharp rocks and pointy-toothed great whites, among other life-threatening hazards. In short, surfing is done here, but it's strictly for the masochistic, suicidal, or both. I am neither. Despite my ignorance of surfing and surf culture, I have, like many guitarists, fallen under the influence of instrumental surf rock and the loud, clean, 'verb and vibrato-drenched guitar tones that are an essential part of it.
Written by PGS Staff Hello. My name is Nick and I am a pedal addict. Over the past few years I’ve bought, sold and traded my way through more than 200 different pedals. It’s been quite a journey, but regularly standing in line at the post office waiting to mail stuff out has given me time to reflect on my experiences and make a few key observations. Last time, I gave you five rules that every pedal addict should live by: 1. Do your research. 2. Prepare for disappointment. 3. Be patient. 4. Cut corners. 5. Don’t settle. Today I offer rules 6–10. Rule 6: Pace yourself. It
Written by PGS Staff Oftentimes, I'm asked the question of how to approximate certain non-guitar sounds with pedals. Most people ask about synthesizer, but over the years, I've been asked more and more esoteric questions and have amassed quite a knowledge base in trying to answer them to best my ability. Of course, working in a few guitar shops with access to a matrix of pedals helps, but for now, my knowledge is your knowledge. Old vinyl record: Hexe Melusine There's much to be said about the imagination of studio musicians and studio owners: Typically, they tend to be a more imaginative bunch. Some might say, "Hey, what if this guitar track sounded like
Written by PGS Staff Brian Eno may not be a name with which younger players resonate, but if you enjoy ambient licks, there’s little ground that he didn’t cover in his 44-year career. In fact, Eno’s name is so synonymous with ambient music that he literally invented the term. The genre takes its name from Eno’s series of works starting with Music for Airports and concluding with On Land; Eno christened this four-album set as the Ambient Series, and a genre was born. While Eno has scads of studio equipment and warehouses full of gear at his disposal, there are some tricks and techniques available that may appeal to more