Guitar Porn: A Fender Broadcaster To Die For… Just $78,500

Well, we're fresh back from the Bay Area World Guitar Show in beautiful Marin, California, and I've got lots of great photos to share with you... first up is this beautiful old Broadcaster, which I found sitting unassumingly in its original case, the whole thing rather buried at the back of the Exhibit Hall. Read 'em and weep folks –– it'll cos…

See & Hear Fender’s New Super-Sonic 22 Combo In Action

Ok, I just wanted to point out that Fender has posted some short-but-sweet video demos of their new Super-Sonic 22 combo amp in action, and so far it sounds damned nice. Instruments include a'52 Telecaster RI in the top video, utilizing the amp's "Burn" channel and further doused with the analog-style echo of a Boss Space Echo pedal. The second…

Your Chance To Win A Prototype American Special Guitar From Fender

In case you missed it, Fender's just rolled out another guitar giveaway, and this time they are intent on giving away three prototype instruments from the company's recently announced American Special line. If my memory serves me, all three American Special models –– the American Special Stratocaster, American Special HSS Stratocaster, and Ame…

Tasty Combo: Fender's '57 Champ w/Custom Shop La Cabronita

Yummy... ever in search of smaller and more delectable tube amps for my guitar-playing pleasure, I came across this video over on Fender's website this morning and just wanted to share it here. It's a short but tantalizing demonstration of Fender's newly reissued 5-watt tweed '57 Champ, paired with the company's sexy Custom Shop La Cabronita Espe…

Recreating Pink Floyd's 'Welcome To The Machine' Using Electro Harmonix Effects

Well, the insatiably curious Bill Rupert has done it again folks, with the latest edition of Effectology. This time out he manages to very accurately recreate Pink Floyd's gorgeously creepy 'Welcome To The Machine' using nothing but an electric guitar, an electric razor, an old telephone, and a handful of Electro-Harmonix effects pedals. Serious…

Check It Out: Fender Interviews Nels Cline Of Wilco

I just stumbled onto Fender's interview with guitar virtuoso Nels Cline and wanted to point it out to you. I was lucky enough to catch WILCO just a few months back at the Berkeley Amphitheater, and as to be expected, Cline pretty much owned the stage when it came to coaxing great sound out of his instruments. Don't get me wrong, Jeff Tweedy and cr…

'Vintage Guitar' Reviews The Marshall 1974X And 2061X Handwired

Ooh, there's a nice in-depth review of the 1974X and 2061X amplifiers –– each a part of Marshall's high-end handwired series –– over at Vintage Guitar Magazine's website. I've spent a small amount of time with the 1974X (basically a handwired version of the popular Bluesbreaker model,) and I absolutely loved it, but so far I haven't manage…

How To Make Your Guitar Shimmer And Chime Using Nothing But Electro-Harmonix Pedals

Bill Rupert never ceases to amaze me... the sounds he manages to coax out of nothing but an electric guitar and a daisy chain of Electro-Harmonix effects pedals is truly awe inspiring. His latest effort, Effectology Vol.11 Crystal -Shimmer Effects, is no exception. This time out Bill shows us how to create crystalline octave-echo type effects, …

Your Chance To Win A J Mascis Jazzmaster Signed By Dinosaur Jr.

Well, as an old school (read: old timer,) Dinosaur Jr. fanatic, I thought I'd better point this out for those of you who share my taste in all things Mascis. Fender's latest giveaway is for a J Mascis Jazzmaster, in all its sparkly purple glory, signed by all three members of the band. They're also giving away Dinosaur Jr.'s latest release Farm (…

See & Hear The New Electro-Harmonix Voice Box In Action

Wow, have you seen this thing? Once again, Electro-Harmonix produces another stimulating, informational, and just plain fun video demo of one of their new pedals -- the Voice Box Vocal Harmony Machine & Vocoder. Yeah, before seeing this demo the chances of me purchasing any kind of vocoder was pretty damned slim, but I have to admit I'm now fe…