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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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p.s. excuse the noise of our packing department in the background!!
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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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What goes into making the Elixir Optiweb strings the lightest and more corrosion-resistant coating on the market.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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?
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.
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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!