Audio Samples: Hear Epiphone's New Emperor Swingster In Action

Emperor Swingster Demo from Epiphone Company on Vimeo. Nice... as I noted a few weeks back, Epiphone has updated its long-standing Emperor line of jazz archtops with the new Emperor Swingster, and this morning the company published a short audio demo of the instrument, including a diagram of all the settings used, and sound samples of what the gu…

Creepy Halloween Effects Using Nothing But Electro-Harmonix Pedals

Hah!... with Halloween right around the corner I just had to share this video with you all. It's Chicago musician Bill Ruppert showing you how to make a bunch of old-school monster movie sound effects using nothing but an electric guitar and a bunch of Electro-Harmonix foot pedals. My particular favorites are the creepy "Voices from the Other Si…

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan's Twin Tube Classic Overdrive

It's the holy grail of the armchair guitar-god isn't it? –– an overdrive pedal capable of producing searing, creamy, tube-driven distortion reminiscent of the great classic amp heads, but at a reasonable price-point and with a small footprint. Add in a dose of seriously sturdy construction, dual overdrive channels, military-grade vacuum tubes,…

Premier Guitar Reviews The VOX Night Train All-Tube Head

Well, if you've found yourself in the market for a reasonably priced, low-wattage, all-tube amplifier head, you might want to check out Premier Guitar's new review of the VOX Night Train NT15H. This rather diminutive amp (hey, it's built to travel and even comes with a padded carrying case,) sports dual 12AX7 preamp tubes paired with a set of EL84…

Gretsch Introduces Gorgeous Country Club Hollowbody

I'm sorry to say I missed any kind of "official" announcement from Gretsch, but the company has apparently released two new models of their gorgeous Country Club Hollowbody –– one in two-tone smoke gray/metallic violet finish (shown here,) and the other in bamboo yellow/copper mist. Both the G6196TSP-2G and G6196TSP-BY Country Club are decked …

Vintage Guitar Puts Fender's G.E. Smith Tele Through Its Paces

When Fender first announced its G.E. Smith Signature Telecaster back in early 2007 I immediately attempted to get my hands on one for review, but alas, these beauties just aren't that easy to come by. I've been particularly intrigued by the instrument's body-mounted bridge pickup, which should help mitigate traditional Tele feedback issues in high…

Epiphone Announces Suped-Up Emperor "Swingster" Hollowbody

Epiphone this week announced the resurgence of their classic Emperor Hollowbody in a new suped-up package officially dubbed the Emperor Swingster. The guitar (shown here in Wine Red) is expected to feature a newly updated set of pickups designed specifically for the Swingster (Epiphone SwingBuckers?) along with a push/pull tone knob for tapping st…

Just Three Days Left To Get In On Gibson's MLB Les Paul Studio Giveaway

Hey all you Major League Baseball fans, I just wanted to give you a quick reminder that you've got only three days left if you want to get in on a chance to win this MLB branded Les Paul Studio from Gibson. Now, I dug around a bit, and unfortunately there's really not much info to be had about the guitar's specific features (I'm assuming it'll spo…