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 attack. Higher settings give you a late attack that lets your picking dynamics come through before the compression kicks in. And the Volume control does more than just let you match the output with your bypassed sound: you can also use it as a boost while taking advantage of the Blend and Mid/Full/High controls.
The Vise Grip can give you a simple dynamics adjustment—like a subtle or extreme increase in sustain for country "chicken pick'n” or a little extra clarity, body and volume for a clean solo—or you can use it for more intense effects like a classic 'squished funk' rhythm scratch or to introduce a lo-fi, treble-heavy edge which is perfect for a garage-band vibe.
Then you can blend in just the right amount of the uncompressed signal and let the Mid/Full/High switch restore sparkle to the high end, fatten up the uncompressed signal for increased harmonic overtones, or simply make sure your effected sound remains consistent with your bypassed guitar tone. It's also useful for keyboard, mandolin or any instrument where excessive dynamic range is an issue.
The Vise Grip Compressor is assembled at the Seymour Duncan Factory in Santa Barbara, California, and like all Seymour Duncan Effects Pedals is 100% true-bypass.
It's that time of gear again! The 2015 Winter NAMM Show kicks off Thursday morning, January 22, in Anaheim, California.
As always, Guitar World will be NAMM-ing it up, shooting photos and videos, gathering endless gear news and trying out (and gawking at) the coolest guitars, amps, effects, devices and more that are being introduced for 2015.
We'll be posting news items, plus a series of photo galleries (showing gear, celebrities and the scene in general) and videos as the four-day event progresses. After the NAMM Show, our coverage will continue with a new round of videos for your viewing pleasure.
For 2015 only, Peavey celebrates its golden anniversary with the release of two limited-edition amplifiers, the 50th anniversary commemorative 6505 + head and the 50th anniversary commemorative Classic 30 112 combo.
The 50th anniversary 6505 + head features specifications players know and want, and is decked out in a gold chassis fitting for the occasion. Features include:
Revered by blues, country and rock players alike, the 50th anniversary Classic 30 112 combo offers the same specifications as the Classic tweed model, but presents itself with striking black tolex and a gold chassis. Features include:
• Genuine Spring Reverb with level control • Pre- and post-gain controls on lead channel • External speaker capability • Footswitches optional • 30 Watts (rms) into 16 or 8 Ohms • 2-channel preamp • Footswitch selectable channel switching, reverb and boost • Four EL84s and three 12AX7s • 12 inch Blue Marvel speaker • Effects loop
Both models feature a 50th anniversary commemorative emblem, and include a certificate of authenticity signed by Hartley Peavey. Models are produced in limited quantities, and are only available in 2015.
Building on the breakout momentum generated by its return to the guitar gear scene, Supro USA is now set to launch another trio of vintage-inspired amp models with reverb and tremolo at the 2015 Winter NAMM show.
These new, American-made, vintage-derived combo amps feature independent bass and treble controls, tube-driven spring reverb and power-tube tremolo.
The authentic Supro circuit topology found in these models puts the tremolo after the reverb, re-creating the ethereal, haunting shake of amplitude-modulated reverb that is central to the unique character of the original Valco/Supro designs. These vintage-styled, all-tube amps feature custom-voiced, US-made speakers, distinctive Blue Rhino Hide tolex and most importantly, the stunning atmospheric quality of the mid 60s Supro reverb amps.
1650RT Royal Reverb: This 2x10" vintage reissue with Reverb and Tremolo is the heavy hitter of the bunch with headroom to spare and a huge, punchy tone. The Royal Reverb's stout 6L6 output stage can be configured for Class A or Class AB power at 35, 45 or 60 watts with selectable 5U4 tube or solid state rectifier modes. Street price on the Royal Reverb is $1499 USD.
1648RT Saturn Reverb: This 1x12" future-retro combo with Reverb and Tremolo is both lightweight and easily coaxed into raucous tube overdrive. The Saturn Reverb shares the same 6973 based, Class-A power plant as the top selling Supro Dual-Tone amplifier, but a slightly lower power rating of 15-watts due to its use of a vintage-correct 5U4 tube rectifier. Street price on the Saturn Reverb is $1399 USD.
1622RT Tremo-Verb: This 1x10" combo with Reverb and Tremolo is the ultimate compact vintage tone machine. Small and lightweight enough to carry around town, the Tremo-verb reissue uses 6973 power tubes to push 25-watts of pure vintage American Class-A tone. Despite its small size and single 10" speaker, this modern incarnation of the Tremo-verb is easily loud enough to keep up with a drummer and be clearly heard in a club setting. Street price on the Tremo-verb is $1299 USD.
Adrian Belew and members of Snarky Puppy will join Supro president David Koltai at 3:30 pm on Friday at Booth 5218 to make a special announcement from the NAMM show floor. Stay tuned for more new product info from Supro!
Blackstar has introduced the new ID:Core BEAM amp.
Based on the control set of the critically acclaimed and best-selling ID:Core series of guitar amps, the ID:Core BEAM takes incredible guitar tone into the home and becomes the central hub for instruments and stunning music playback.
For the first time ever in a Blackstar product you also get Bluetooth functionality allowing you to wirelessly stream music to the amplifier. Alongside the six electric guitar Voices, there are also two bass, two acoustic and two acoustic simulator Voices with built in vintage style effects for each.
The ID:Core BEAM’s cabinet contains separately sealed and ported left and right speaker chambers to deliver clear, natural audio and excellent stereo separation, while the fully sealed and ported construction gives incredible bass response from a compact box even at low volume. ID:Core BEAM will outclass the sonic performance of the most well-respected MP3 docks and with Super Wide Stereo the sound will fill the room.
USB connectivity gives pro audio recording when creativity strikes, seamlessly integrating as a low latency interface for DAWs. With Blackstar’s free Insider software, it also allows you to deep edit and share patches with the online community.
Beautifully styled, the ID:Core BEAM’s retro-cool design will look at home in any room.
Boss has announced the VE-1 Vocal Echo, a compact stompbox designed for singers.
Packed with a selection of impressive ambience effects plus automatic pitch correction, doubling, and more, the VE-1 allows performing vocalists to easily enrich their sound with studio-quality processing.
Battery powered and affordable, the VE-1 also features USB connectivity for capturing vocal sounds in a computer.
Like the other members of Boss’ popular VE family of vocal processors, the VE-1 makes it simple for any singer to get great sounds right away. The panel is intuitive to operate, with dedicated knobs and buttons for various functions and a large footswitch for turning the VE-1 on/off while performing.
The VE-1 includes seven ambience presets created with sophisticated processing, giving users quick access to a range of pleasing effects that beautifully compliment the voice. The Level knob controls the depth of ambience, while the Tone knob is used to vary the sound color from dark to bright.
Pressing the Double button instantly adds a rich effect that sounds like two singers singing the same part together, while the Enhance button evens out vocals for a more refined sound.
Automatic chromatic pitch correction is also included in the VE-1. A single-knob control allows users to dial in everything from minor correction for pitch stability to the exaggerated tuning effects heard on many of today’s biggest hits.
The Memory function lets vocalists store a favorite setting for instant recall at any time. Both the Memory and Double functions can be controlled from an optional footswitch such as the BOSS FS-7.
Via USB, users can record their voice along with the VE-1’s effects directly into their computer. This is ideal for creating songs in music production software, and also provides a simple way to achieve polished vocal sounds while recording performances for social media videos.
The VE-1’s XLR input is compatible with a variety of pro microphone types, including condenser mics that require phantom power. An XLR output provides an easy connection to a PA mixer, while the Phones/Line Out jack allows for private practice and connecting to line-level devices.
For more information about the VE-1 Vocal Echo, visit BossUS.com.
Boss has announced the BB-1X Bass Driver, a special edition compact pedal that provides high-quality tones for bass players.
Featuring unique Boss technology, the BB-1X delivers next-generation performance with refined sound, exceptional versatility, and pro connectivity.
At the 2014 Winter NAMM Show, Boss released the OD-1X Overdrive and DS-1X Distortion pedals to universal praise from guitarists. The BB-1X Bass Driver now brings the groundbreaking sound innovations of the X series to all bass players.
Crafted specifically for bass, the BB-1X offers a wide range of natural, expressive tones with an unmatched level of clarity and responsiveness. Low and High knobs provide expansive tone-shaping capability, while the Blend knob allows users to freely mix their unprocessed bass sound with the overdrive tone.
The BB-1X is equipped with a standard output for driving a bass amplifier, as well as a 1/4-inch TRS line output for sending a balanced signal direct to a mixing console.
For more information about the BB-1X, visit BossUS.com.
Boss has announced the ES-8 Effects Switching System, an advanced audio command center for pedalboards.
Powered by Boss’ extensive knowledge in effects control, the ES-8 enables previously unattained levels of creativity and expression for pro and high-end users.
Featuring eight audio loops, flexible routing options, and much more, the ES-8 delivers transparent sound and programmable switching for all types of stompbox effects.
The innovative ES-8 represents a major leap “out of the box” from standard loop switchers, offering unprecedented capability without sacrificing sound quality. The audio path has been developed for pure signal transfer to preserve tone, and the integrated switches provide robust, reliable performance show after show.
Additionally, the system offers an impressive range of control features that go far beyond typical pedalboard switching systems.
Combining far-reaching flexibility with total freedom of expression, the ES-8 gives demanding players a powerful centralized tool for building their dream pedal-switching rig. Packed with a wealth of advanced functionality, the ES-8 satisfies the needs of serious working musicians with detailed attention to often-requested features and functions
Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer will perform with headliner Steel Panther at NAMMJAM 2015.
NAMMJAM 2015 is considered "the hottest ticket at NAMM." Now in its sixth year, this invitation-only party will take place Friday, January 23, beginning 6 p.m. at the Grove of Anaheim.
Presented by DELVE TEXAS and sponsored by EPIPHONE GUITARS, MONSTER ENERGY, AFFLICTION, CORONA LIGHT, FX GROUP, NEWTEK, GUITAR WORLD MAGAZINE, SIT STRINGS, KRAMER GUITARS, BAND GEAR and GOTHAM STANDS, NAMMJAM 2015 will be a rocking evening of music, fashion and camaraderie.
Performances at NAMMJAM 2015 will include:
· STEEL PANTHER - the American glam metal band whose profane, funny and all rock-n-roll
satirical send-up has made them legends in their own time.
· HARDCORE SUPERSTAR - the Swedish sleaze rockers have been together since 1997
with three #1 hits on the Sweden music charts. This will be their first U.S. performance
in ten years!
· OTHERWISE - blending plaintive post-grunge and driving, alternative hard rock, the
Las Vegas quintet have three hit singles.
· NICK COLIONNE - combining jazz, R & B, blues and funk, his unmistakable sound and
vibe is instantly recognizable as he takes the guitar to unexpected places.
· AFFLICTION FASHION SHOW BY JONNY COFFIN - highlighting America's premier,
rock-n-roll lifestyle clothing brand, AFFLICTION, this high-energy fashion show is always
an eye-catching treat.
In the spirit of supporting the next generation of aspiring rockers and young music industry creatives, DELVE TEXAS has organized a silent auction to be held at NAMMJAM 2015 benefiting the HOUSE OF BLUES MUSIC FORWARD FOUNDATION. NAMMJAM 2015 attendees will have the opportunity to bid on autographed guitars from EPIPHONE and KRAMER GUITARS; autographed items donated by CHRIS ADLER (LAMB OF GOD); photographic prints of DIMEBAG DARRELL and ZAKK WYLDE taken and donated by legendary photographer, CHAD LEE; and numerous other memorabilia donated by music industry notables.
NAMM SHOW attendees who would like an opportunity to obtain a ticket* to attend NAMMJAM 2015 should visit the DELVE TEXAS booth 4130 Thursday, January 22, by 4 p.m. or Friday, January 23, by 2 p.m.. *First come, first served and while supplies last.
Gretsch is proud to release the entirely new and updated Professional Collection Hollow Body Brian Setzer guitars, each built to Brian’s exacting specs.
Gretsch Brian Setzer Nashville models are modeled on the guitars in his killer vintage collection. The trestle bracing matches that of Setzer’s favorite ’59, giving it a more solid feel and tons of sustain.
Standard features include 1959 trestle bracing, dual TV Jones Brian Setzer "Signature" pickups, Schaller locking tuners and strap locks, pinned Adjusto-Matic bridge, nickel hardware and Bigsby B6CB vibrato tailpiece. Available with a three-ply maple body in Gloss Black Urethane and Vintage Orange Lacquer, or with a five-ply flame maple body in Orange Urethane or Orange Lacquer.
Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models are stripped down and now feature a striking assortment of new colors over a flame maple body. The single-cutaway bound hollow body has an arched top, 1959-style trestle bracing and f-holes; the maple neck has a bound ebony fingerboard with Neo-Classic thumbnail inlays.
Other features include dual Brian Setzer "Signature" TV Jones pickups, three-position pickup switch, single master volume control, Schaller locking tuners, pinned Adjusto-Matic bridge and Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece. The flame maple body is available in Harbor Blue 2-Tone, Highland Green 2-Tone, Roman Red 2-Tone, Tuxedo Black 2-Tone, Tuxedo Black, Blonde and Green Sparkle finishes.
The G6136SLBP Brian Setzer Black Phoenix is designed and built for speed. The single cutaway hollow body has an arched top and back, 1959 trestle bracing and oversized “F” holes; the maple neck has a 9.5”-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 medium frets and Mother-of-Pearl Neo-Classic “Thumbnail” inlays.
Other features include dual TV Jones Brian Setzer "Signature" pickups, three-position pickup switch, jeweled single master volume control, silver-sparkle binding (body, fingerboard and headstock), silver plexi pickguard with Phoenix silhouette graphic, pinned Adjusto-Matic bridge and Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece, Schaller strap locks, Grover Imperial tuners and gloss black nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
Return to Charvel's ancestral Southern California home with the high performance Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH.
It features a one-piece quartersawn maple neck with classic San Dimas profile, compound-radius fingerboard (12"-16") with 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1N (neck) and TB-4 (bridge) humbucking pickups with three-way toggle switch, single knurled black master volume control, recessed Floyd Rose Original double-locking tremolo and R3 locking nut, Charvel tuners and black hardware.
The hum/single Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HS HT features a Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 humbucking (bridge) pickup and direct-mount Seymour Duncan STK-S6 (neck) pickup.
Hot-rodded for scorching sound and outstanding feel and performance, Charvel's sleek Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH features a one-piece quartersawn maple neck with classic San Dimas profile, compound-radius fingerboard(12"-16") with 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan SH-1 '59 (neck) and JB TB4 (bridge) humbucking pickups withthree-way toggle switch, single-ply flat black pickguard, single knurled black master volume control, top-mounted output jack, recessed Floyd Rose Original double-locking tremolo and R3 locking nut, Charvel tuners and black hardware.
The new Warren DeMartini Signature Blood and Skulls Pro Mod was designed and built to Warren’s demanding specifications. Features include a Custom Designed Seymour Duncan humbucking pickup, alder body, quartersawn rock maple neck with compound radius maple fingerboard and San Dimas neck back shape. Charvel machine heads, FRT 1000 Floyd Rose tremolo, and Charvel NOS brass strap buttons are standard equipment.
The new Warren DeMartini Signature Snake Pro Mod features a Custom Designed Seymour Duncan humbucking pickup in the bridge position, Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder in the neck position and his iconic “snake” custom finish.