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Strings Direct TV | BeatBuddy MKII

BeatBuddy MKII is here!

stringsdirect.co.uk/beatbuddy

BeatBuddy was invented out of frustration at not being able to find a drum machine that enabled hands-free live control of a beat. Other drum machines are either complicated table-top devices that are difficult, if not impossible, to control while jamming, or are poorly made afterthoughts in loopers that grant no control of a single repetitive beat loop — no fills, no rhythm changes, no accent hits, no tap tempo, no pause/un-pause feature, and of course no computer interface.

 

With detailed input from the musician community, the BeatBuddy was designed to be the perfect solution to this frustration: The power of a drum machine with the simplicity of a pedal.

Strings Direct TV | Lehle P-Split | Guitar Splitter, DI and Re-Amping Box

https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/lehle

P-Split is a nifty little unit that is essential for splitting and balancing electric & acoustic guitar signals,  as well as re-amping.  Listen in to find out how.

Strings Direct TV | Pedaltrain Classic Jr. GIVEAWAY

Strings Direct TV | Pedaltrain Classic Jr. GIVEAWAY

Read all about it and ENTER here: www.stringsdirect.co.uk/win

Strings Direct TV | Lehle Dual SGoS Switcher with Joki from Lehle

This week, Joki Schaller from Lehle came over to visit and talk about their range.  Check out the Dual SGoS walkthrough video here:

Visit our Lehle page: stringsdirect.co.uk/lehle

Strings Direct TV | ENGL vs. MOOER Hi-Gain Preamps feat. Engl, Marshall, Koch, EVH5150 & Diezel

https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/mooerpreamps

Sam and Brandon run through the higher-gain amp preamps including emulations of the Marshall JCM900, Diezel Hagen, EVH5150, Koch Powertone and Engl Ritchie Blackmore.

Skip to the demos:

05.49 - 003 Power Zone (Koch Powertone)

10.30 - 002 UK Gold (Marshall JCM900)

13.48 - 001 Gas Station (Diezel Hagen)

17.04 - 005 Fifty Fifty 3 (EVH5150)

22.15 - 009 Blacknight (Engl Ritchie Blackmore)

24.39 - Engl Cab simulation D.I.

Strings Direct TV | MXR il diavolo overdrive review / walkthrough

https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/ildiavolo

The Il Diavolo Overdrive, designed in collaboration with premier Italian pedal designer Carlo Sorasio, features a classic circuit that’s been hot-rodded for enhanced midrange and low end frequencies. The three-position Hi/Low switch allows you to select silicon clipping, LED clipping, or wide open overdriven op-amp clipping for a full range of symmetrical and asymmetrical tones, from a smooth organic boost to sweet, smoky overdrive to full on-grind.

Strings Direct TV | MXR Dyna Comp Mini Compressor Pedal - it's TINY!

https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/dynacomp

The Dyna Comp pedal is widely regarded as one of the most popular compressor pedals of all time because of its long sustain and percussive, clicky attacks. The Dyna Comp Mini combines these iconic features with housing that is almost half the size of the original. The smaller shell allows for easier storage and placement in live or recording setups. With a rare CA3080 'metal can' integrated circuit, the Dyna Comp Mini works with greater transparency and an increased dynamic range. Guitarists can alter their attack thanks to the brand new attack switch to toggle between slow and fast attack times.

Ideal For Funk & Pop
Featuring the best sounds and tones of the original Dyna Comp, the mini compression pedal offers guitarists a percussive, clicky attack commonly found in funk and pop. With its increased sustain and even dynamics, the pedal is easily well suited for leading lines and playing a wide variety of musical genres.

Features

  • Classic MXR compression in a space-saving mini housing
  • Rare CA3080 'metal can'
  • All-new attack switch
  • Includes ECB003 power adapter

Strings Direct TV | Ernie Ball PARADIGM Slinky Comparison feat. Cobalt & Slinky

https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/paradigm

SHIPPING ON 1st MAY 2017, PARADIGM STRINGS ARE AVAILABLE TO PREORDER NOW!

ERNIE BALL PARADIGM REGULAR SLINKY ELECTRIC GUITAR STRINGS.

Listen to the clean demo at 2.10, overdrive at 3.05 and dirty at 3.35.

Ernie Ball’s Paradigm strings are the most break resistant strings on the planet - they’ll even guarantee it!  Providing an industry leading level of strength and longer life, Paradigm strings demonstrate an unprecedented advance in string technology while still retaining 100% of the Slinky tone and feel that the top players of the last 40 years and come to love and demand.

Ernie Ball’s Paradigm ultra-high-strength steel makes up the cores of the wound strings and the plain strings which are then further reinforced with Ernie Ball’s patented lock twist to ensure superior tensile and fatigue strength.  Paradigm strings will lock into tune fast and withstand an assault from even the most hardcore players.

The wrap wire on the Paradigm wound strings is plasma-enhanced for corrosion resistance and Everlast treated for unparalleled repellency of oils, sweat and gunk & debris build-up.  Experience the first set of longer lasting strings that are worth playing with all benefits and no compromises.

THE PARADIGM GUARANTEE
Since 1962 the Ball family has been dedicated to crafting guitar strings that shape the landscape of rock and roll. Continuing their passion for innovation and high-quality products, Ernie Ball PARADIGM electric and acoustic guitar strings are the world’s most advanced string technology ever created. Featuring the first fully backed guarantee - if Paradigm strings break or rust within 90 days, Ernie Ball will replace them. Paradigm strings feature superior break-resistance and unparalleled durability while delivering the iconic Slinky tone Ernie Ball is known for. 

Strings Direct TV | WIN!! the MOOER Ocean Machine - Devin Townsend Signature Delay/Reverb Pedal

https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/oceanmachine

Check out the new addition to the Mooer pack... the Ocean Machine.  The Ocean Machine combines three high fidelity effects in one unit - two delays, a reverb and a looper.  In this video Sam is jamming over a simple loop created by playing four bars, then using the Ocean Machine to play in half speed and reverse... check it out!

Designed and developed over two years, in collaboration with Devin Townsend, the Ocean Machine is a high fidelity professional Delay, Reverb and Looper unit which brings together the best available hardware on the market and very complex algorithms to create lush, heavenly effects. MOOER has worked very closely with Devin Townsend to meet all of his own personal requirements while also ensuring that the "Ocean Machine" is versatile and enjoyable for musicians from all walks of life.

A multitude of programmability and control options makes the ocean machine ideal for all different kinds of guitarists from bedroom beginners to industry professionals and is easy to integrate into all different kind of setups. MOOER has brought all of this together into a small, stylish and highly competitive, cost efficient package.

Strings Direct TV | LR Baggs Pickups ft. LYRIC, M1 Active & Element

https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/lrbaggs

Listen to the L.R. Baggs Lyric, Element and M1 Active side-by-side in this demo by Sam.

The LR Baggs Lyric is a condenser microphone that's positioned just infront of the bridge inside the guitar while the Element is an undersaddle transducer and the M1 active is a soundhole mounted humbucker.

Strings Direct TV | MXR M108s 10-Band EQ pedal for Guitar & Bass

 
MXR ten band EQ is essential for tuning electric guitar and bass rigs for any room/venue.  The 10 specific bands have been carefully chosen to suit guitars and bass string instruments with up to ±12dB of adjustment giving you the power to carve out a nasty frequency or boost powerful, low grunt, add punch, warm or brighten you solo.  Take back control!  The MXR 10-band EQ is powered by 18V which allows maximum headroom for super clean signal transfer (power adapter is included too!) with the added bonus of a noise-reduction circuit and a true-bypass switch.
 
The MXR 10-band EQ is designed for simple, intuitive use with bright, cool-blue LEDs on every slider and is housed in a sleek, modern aluminium body which is super-light and strong enough to survive years of knocking around on a pedalboard.  It also features a secondary separate output for handy signal splitting.

Strings Direct TV | D'Addario Mandolin Strings ft. NEW Nickel Bronze

https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/daddariomando  - https://www.facebook.com/stringsdirect

Sam is joined by D'Addario fretted specialist, Adam Ironside to talk about the the new Nickel Bronze Mandolin strings and the rest of the Mando range.

INTRODUCING NICKEL BRONZE
Unrivalled clarity, resonance, and projection, with outstanding balance and harmonically rich overtones. Now you can truly reveal the unique character of your guitar.

Strings Direct TV | D'Addario Humiditrak | Humidity, Temperature & Drop Shock Sensor

https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/humiditrak  - https://www.facebook.com/stringsdirect

Musical instruments can be easily damaged by large and rapid changes in humidity and temperature. Now you can protect your investment by simply placing D’Addario’s Humiditrak™ with Blustream Technology inside your instrument or case. Humiditrak uses a patent-pending Bluetooth sensor to provide a constant stream of temperature, humidity, and impact data to the free smart phone app to alert you of hazardous conditions that can lead to diminished playability, costly repairs, and lost value to your instrument. When Humiditrak detects dangerous conditions, push notifications are sent to your device allowing you to take corrective action before damage occurs. Cataloging and monitoring a collection of instruments is so easy and convenient, you’ll want one for every instrument you own! Humiditrak™ works on the following Apple iOS devices with Bluetooth™ 4.0 (iOS 7 or greater required): iPhone 4s and higher, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th generation, iPad Air and iPod Touch 5th generation. The Humiditrak app is available as a free download. Future iOS devices will be supported as they become available. Humiditrak is also compatible with all Android devices supporting version 5.0 or higher and Bluetooth Low Energy.

Strings Direct TV | D'Addario Cinch Fit Acoustic Guitar Strap Clamp

https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/cinchfit

Sam is joined by D'Addario fretted specialist, Adam Ironside to talk about the Cinch Fit.

The D’Addario Acoustic Cinch Fit is the fast and easy way to attach your strap to acoustic guitars with endpin output jacks. Endpin jacks are notorious for creating hassles when applying and removing standard guitar straps, and usually require modification to the strap which results in a less-than-desirable fit. The Acoustic Cinch Fit loops through the end of any instrument strap and its cinch clamping action allows easy application and removal, utilising the weight of the instrument to remain locked onto the endpin so your guitar is always held securely.

Strings Direct TV | Ernie Ball Exclusive PARADIGM GIVEAWAY

Sign up at: https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/paradigm

Ernie Ball in collaboration with Strings Direct are giving away two of the first sets of Paradigm electric and acoustic strings available in the UK.

Ernie Ball Paradigm strings are available for preorder from 1st April 2017 via https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/paradigm - Visit now to set a reminder!

Ernie Ball’s Paradigm strings are the most break resistant strings on the planet - they’ll even guarantee it!  Providing an industry leading level of strength and longer life, Paradigm strings demonstrate an unprecedented advance in string technology while still retaining 100% of the Slinky tone and feel that the top players of the last 40 years and come to love and demand.

Strings Direct TV | Elixir Optiweb Electric Guitar Strings

Hot out of the factory the new Elixir Optiweb electric guitar strings are the lightest, thinnest and least invasive string coating ever made.  They still last as long as any other Elixir Nanoweb or Polyweb coated string but sound the most natural and crisp.

Elixir strings are coated over the whole string rather than just the core or just the wrap wire (before it's wrapped) so the dirt, grime, sweat and string-killing gunk can't get anywhere the strings and has nowhere to build up.  Elixir Strings Optiweb coating is the best ever!

Click here for Optiweb

Strings Direct TV | Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus Supply, Walk Through

In this video, Sam talks you through the different configurations and functions of outputs on the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus which is one our tops selling, premium power supply 'bricks'.  Used in thousands or pro pedalboards and setups are over the world the pedal power 2+ caters for almost any of your pedal power needs.

For help with power supplies email info@stringsdirect.co.uk

Here's the link to the product: https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/voodoopower2plus

p.s. excuse the noise of our packing department in the background!!

Strings Direct TV | G7th UltraLight Guitar Wraparound Capo

The new G7th UltraLight capo is modern upgrade of the classic-style wraparound capo, however unlike the traditional wraparound which is more-or-less a fixed tension you can adjust the tension with a thumb wheel.  The clever design makes it the one of the lightest and most effective accessories for your guitar.

The Ultra Light barre is made from a hard composite material which is perfect for holding down your strings while the nylon strap position tension evenly across the strings.  Also, the specific materials this capo is made from mean that it can't damage the finish of your guitar!

To fit, it's a simple as click, twist & play!

 

For G7th UltraLight go here:
stringsdirect.co.uk/g7ultralight

Strings Direct TV | G7th Performance 2 Guitar Capo

G7th Performance 2 capo is an update to an already unique-style capo.  The G7th Performance 2 is smaller, slimmer and lighter than it's older counterpart but just a strong, just as easy to use and just as innovative.

The distinctive squeeze and lock design guarantees that you won't over-tighten your strings and ensures you'll get the precise tension you want.  It's also super easy to fit and can managed in one hand (as demonstrated in the video above).  Just hang the capo over the neck and squeeze to tension, when you're done just flip the lever at the back and it lets go - you can then go store it on the end of your headstock.

The G7th Performance 2 capo is covered in a silicon rubber in all places that could come in contact with the guitar so there's no danger of damage - this material is also virtually inert so it won't react with any finish!

 

For G7th Performance 2 go here:
stringsdirect.co.uk/g7performance2

Strings Direct TV | G7th Newport Guitar Lever Capo

The G7th Newport Capo is a fresh take on the long-term standard flip-lever capo.  Allowing you to set and maintain a consistent tension the Newport capo is an aesthetically-pleasing capo.  It features a larger, more ergonomic thumb wheel which makes adjusting the tension simple and easy - no more having to release the capo to make fine adjustment - make them on the guitar where it matters!

All surfaces that come in contact with the guitar are covered in a silicon rubber which doesn't react with any finish and protects the guitar from any steel parts.

 

For G7th Newport go here:
stringsdirect.co.uk/g7newport

Strings Direct TV | G7th Nashville Guitar Spring Capo

Nashville is the high quality spring capo from G7th.  It's modern twist on the standard spring capo features a spring located closer to the pivot point for ease of use and less risk of it squeezing the strings too hard.  It's also covered in a silicon rubber which there's no metal to damage the finish - it's also virtually inert so it's highly unlikely to react with any guitar finish.  With the silicon thinner across the barre there's no danger of dampening or losing clarity with the G7th Nashville.

 

For G7th Nashville go here:
stringsdirect.co.uk/g7nashville

Strings Direct TV | BOSS DS1 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Distortion Pedal

Today we're taking a look at the new 40th Anniversary, limited edition version of the legendary BOSS DS-1 Distortion pedal.  From its humble, orange roots in the '80s to it's darker, special edition version for 2017 the DS1 guitar distortion has been an iconic sound in many a famous guitarist's rig: Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Kurt Cobain, Gary Moore, Josh Fruscianti to name but a few.

 

For the limited edition BOSS DS-1-4A:
stringsdirect.co.uk/ds1

Strings Direct TV | CryBaby Q Zone Auto-Wah Effects Pedal Review

So, you know that awesome honkiness you get when you find a sweet spot with you Cry Baby wah wah? Well now it's possible to find that exact tone every time with the new CryBaby Auto Wah from MXR.

Used notably by Slash and Kerry King - who even had his own limited edition custom version - the Cry Baby Q-Zone uses the legendary Red Fasel inductor to reproduce the sweet wah sounds of the 60s and 70s. 


For CryBaby Q Zone Auto Wah:
stringsdirect.co.uk/qzone

Strings Direct TV | NAMM 2017 | Elixir Optiweb Coating

What goes into making the Elixir Optiweb strings the lightest and more corrosion-resistant coating on the market.


For Elixir strings go here:
stringsdirect.co.uk/elixir

Strings Direct TV | NAMM 2017 | John Petrucci on Paradigm

PARADIGM - THE WORLD'S MOST ADVANCED GUITAR STRINGS

We grabbed John Petrucci on the Ernie Ball stand at NAMM to chat about his experience with the new unbreakable PARADIGM sets.

PARADIGM strings feature superior break-resistance and unparalleled durability while delivering iconic Slinky tone. Over the course of the past few months, ERNIE BALL has been offering guitarists the opportunity—and challenge—to beta-test PARADIGM. Among those who tried—and failed—to break the strings are Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Dream Theater’s John Petrucci.

For Ernie Ball click here:
stringsdirect.co.uk/ernieball

Strings Direct TV | NAMM 2017 | MONO Pedalboards

Announced at NAMM 2017, the new standard in high-end pedalboards. Cut from a single piece of anodised aluminium and rolled at the edges for stability the MONO pedalboards are tough, light and elegant.

"The cut-outs on the face of each board accommodate every possible cable-wrapping configuration, allowing for the maximum variety of pedal layouts. On the bottom, rubber feet add stability and shock absorption, while the pedalboard’s varying inclination is designed for easy reach." - monocreators.com


For MONO click here:
stringsdirect.co.uk/mono

Strings Direct TV | NAMM 2017 | New MXR il Diavolo, Dyna Comp & 6-Band EQ

We're at NAMM 2017 in Anaheim, CA where we managed to get hold of Bryan for Jim Dunlop who ran us through the new features and sounds of new MXR compact Dyna Comp, il Diavolo overdrive and 6-band EQ.


View MXR here:
stringsdirect.co.uk/mxr

Strings Direct TV | Mannequin Challenge

OK, OK, OK! Christmas Jumper day, right? So we picked up some dodgy, itchy, festive sweaters and had a go at the #mannequinchallenge this afternoon. What d'you think?

Strings Direct TV | BOSS DS-1, DS-2 & DS-1X REVIEW

Check out Terry from stringsdirect.co.uk demoing the BOSS DS distortions. This little shoot out aims to show you the key features and differences between the three pedals.


For BOSS distortion go here:
stringsdirect.co.uk/bossdistortion

Strings Direct TV | Bigfoot Engineering

We invited Rhys (CEO Bigfoot Engineering) to take you through his new range of British, handmade effects pedals. Check this out, these pedals sound amazing!