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New MXR Jimi Hendrix Range inc. Gypsy Fuzz, Octavio & Uni-Vibe

Sam and Aaron play through the new range of Hendrix designed pedals showing you how to get the iconic sounds. The pedals we've used are the Fuzz Face, Gypsy Fuzz, Octavio, Uni-Vibe and mini Wah. These pedals really define the Jimi Hendrix sound and they're all in standard-sized housings which make them super convenient for dropping into any pedalboard.

The Fuzz Face, Uni-Vibe and Wah were all crucial elements of Jimi's sound.  That classic, gnarly fuzz distortion and wah characterised his solos and famous riffs.  The new range of authentic Hendrix pedals are designed to make that generation-defining sound attainable.  Aside from being crammed into Phase 90-sized shells the circuits have been faithfully reproduced across the range only with the addition of status LEDs and true-bypass hardware.

Strings Direct TV | Elixir Strings interview with Johan Andreasson of Amaranthe

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In this video Sam chats to bassist of Swedish band Amaranthe about Elixir bass strings, tour, travel and breaking bones.

Strings Direct TV | Orange Crush 12 Review

The Orange Crush 12 is a miniature practise amp which is pretty spot on for most styles and calibre of guitar player.  With its impressively compact size and weight, 6" speaker, badass Orange looks, powerful cleans and fizzy distortion, CabSim and headphone output it just about ticks all of the boxes.

Have a listen and see what you think.

Strings Direct TV | Unboxing D'Addario & Planet Waves Chromatic Pedal Tuner

Just landed on my desk I thought it'd be cool to unbox and learn about this brand new pedal tuner from D'Addario.

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



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.

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

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 | 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!

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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!


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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!


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Strings Direct TV | NAMM 2017 | John Petrucci on Paradigm


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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