Can Electro-Harmonix make guitar strings as good as their pedals?

Electro-Harmonix have proved themselves as one of the best guitar and bass pedal makers in the world and now they want to take their world-class quality to the fretboard.

We’re seeing lots of exciting news in the lead up to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show later this month. Electro-Harmonix have just revealed that they’ll take on the likes of Ernie Ball with their own range of electric guitar strings releasing later this year.

The company famed for their awesome effects pedals are jumping into the guitar string game with their own range of nickel-wound strings in collaboration with a “premiere string manufacturer” in the USA. They promise the high quality steel and winding process results in strings that intonate accurately, are better at staying in tune and vibrate evenly for maximum sustain. They will offer three different thicknesses, offering Super Light (9-42), Regular Light (10-46), and Medium (11-48) sets.

Electro-Harmonix founder, Mike Matthews says: “We used our experience in sonic innovation to create strings that will please the most discerning guitar players. They’re long lasting and deliver lightning fast playability with great tone and intonation. Try a set!”

EHX Electric Guitar String specs:

-Custom designed by EHX and made in the USA
-Available in three sets: Super Light (09-42), Regular Light (10-46) and Medium (11-48)
-Plain strings are round high-carbon steel wire
-Wound strings feature round nickel-plated steel that’s precision-wrapped onto hex-shaped, high-carbon steel core wire
-Nickel-plated steel provides optimal magnetism for use with electric guitar pickups plus a comfortable, smooth feel
-The quality of the steel, the precision of the string and core diameters, and the high-tech computer-controlled winding process result in strings that intonate better and stay in tune longer

They haven’t revealed how much the strings will cost or when they’ll be available to buy yet. More information should be available at the NAMM show on the 24th-27th of January when Electro-Harmonix plan to reveal some new pedals.

Finally, a frequency splitter made for musicians – KMA ‘Tyler’ pedal review

KMA Machines offer a sexy solution to frequency splitting in their pedal – ‘Tyler’.  Lewis from the wonderful post-hardcore/math-rock band Hypophora gives the low-down after taking the pedal on the road for their latest tour.

Crossovers used to split the high and low frequencies of an audio signal have long been commonplace in the Hi-Fi, PA, and Pro Audio worlds and offer many advantages by allowing precise control of specific frequency bands, but unfortunately few crossover units have been designed with musicians in mind. The KMA Machines address this issue in the form of the ‘Tyler the Frequency Splitter’ crossover pedal.

The ‘Tyler’ is roughly about as wide as two standard boss-size pedals and is powered by a standard 9v adaptor. This relatively compact size and standard power requirements allow for easy integration into a pedalboard – a must for the gigging musician. It features two independent circuits that each have their own effect send and return loops – a ‘Wood’ side (handling the low frequencies) and the ‘Steel’ side (handling the high frequencies). The two sides are able to be independently turned on or off via their own dedicated footswitches (as well as a separate master footswitch for the unit).

The premise and operation of the pedal is simple: both the ‘Wood’ and ‘Steel’ sides contains separate filters sweepable from 3Khz down to 20hz (a low pass for wood and a high pass for steel) that allow you to designate the frequencies you want your independent loops to contain. These loops are then combined together and this is controlled by a ‘Mix’ knob which allows you to choose whether your signal contains more of the wood side (Mix knob fully left), steel side (Mix knob fully right) or a 50-50 blend of the two. Of important note is a ‘Phase’ switch which allows you to correctly set the phase for the blend of the two signals – incorrect phase can often lead to ‘thin’ sounds.

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As a bass player that uses a moderate amount of pedal-based distortion, I found that by putting my distortion pedal in the ‘Steel’ loop, with the HPF set to around 800hz and a compressor set to a high ratio and compression amount in the ‘Wood’ loop with the LPF set to around 200hz, I was able to achieve a crisp, defined distortion with a clean, powerful low end – something that can easily be lost with most bass distortion pedals.

For my relatively simple, bass-distortion focused needs, the ‘Tyler’ allowed me to choose my distortion character via my pedal of choice and retain the thick, clean low-end I was looking for, which it did perfectly. My only real issue is I did find myself wishing for independent volume controls for each frequency band rather than a master mix knob, but this is picking at straws. For someone who is more creative and liberal with pedals, I believe many interesting combinations of split frequencies running through all sorts of effects could certainly lead to interesting and unique possibilities, and the compactness of the ‘Tyler’ allows players to do this with an ease and portability that hasn’t been available before.


This review was written by Lewis Pilcher. Check out his awesome band Hypophora below:

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Fender have reinvented their guitars on the advice of musicians

Fender’s new line of American Performer guitars updates their American Special range which they’ve worked closely with performing musicians for guitars tailored to guitarists.

Fender have been working closely with performing artists to update their American Special range. Their new American Performer series, aptly named from it’s performers inspiration, follows two years of refining the design of their famous Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars whilst iconic designs like the Jazzmaster and Mustang also get a new lease of life.

Fender used their offices in Hollywood to work with a range of musicians heading to numerous nearby recording studios who gave their opinions and criticisms on Fender’s renowned guitars. New features include brand new Yosemite pickups created just for their new range, DoubleTap humbucking pickups, ClassicGear tuning machines, special circuitry, and enhanced electronics. In addition some 70’s aesthetics will enhance the new guitars.

In a statement Fender said: “The American Performer Series blends traditional Fender design with new elements for modern tone and performance. Together, the updates deliver sonic versatility, tonal flexibility and ease of use for performers, helping them create the perfect sound for every musical genre.”

Fender’s executive vice-president of product, Justin Norvell spoke on how the new range will faithfully recreate these guitar icons with modern enhancements that don’t take away what have always made these guitars so special. He said: “We put a lot more into these in prior iterations. A Stratocaster from ten paces looks like a Stratocaster.”

Newly designed Yosemite pickups

  • These alnico pickups deliver sonic versatility and tonalities to help create your perfect sound across every musical genre.

Patent-pending DoubleTap humbucking pickups

  • An innovative product design that incorporates a coil-splitting system to smoothly toggle between humbucking and single-coil pickup modes for even tone.
  • Provides full-throated humbucking and expressive single coil tonalities without the volume loss typical in split-coil pickups, so you get all the tonal flexibility without compromise.

ClassicGear vintage-modern tuning machines

    Vintage-style 18:1 drop-in replacement tuners help performers get the best of both worlds with classic styling and a modern gear ratio, so the guitar gets in tune easily and accurately—and stays in tune.

Enhanced electronics

  • A new push-pull pot provides different tonal features across models and the Greasebucket circuit cuts treble without loss of gain or clarity.
  • Allows you to add your neck pickup or tap your humbucking pickup with a quick push of the button and dial in your perfect tone on the fly.

The new line is available now at local dealers and on www.Fender.com. The following models are offered in all-new gloss colors and Satin finishes, including: Arctic White, Aubergine, Honeyburst, Penny, Satin Surf Green, Satin Sonic Blue and Satin Lake Placid Blue, among others:

  • American Performer Stratocaster $1,099.99
  • American Performer Stratocaster HSS $1,099.99
  • American Performer Telecaster $1,099.99
  • American Performer Telecaster HUM $1,099.99
  • American Performer Mustang $1,099.99
  • American Performer Jazzmaster $1,199.99
  • American Performer Precision Bass $1,199.99
  • American Performer Jazz Bass $1,199.99
  • American Performer Mustang Bass $1,199.99

The 5 best unbeatable deals on keyboards this week

Cyber deals week has given us some incredible discounts on music equipment. Right now a bunch of keyboards are available at some very special prices and we don’t want you to miss out on them.

Whether it’s a great deal on a starter keyboard or an amazing discount on quality full sized keyboards – we’ve found the best.

Yamaha PSR-EW300 SA 76-Key Portable Keyboard Bundle with Stand – $199.99 (20% off)

The next evolution of the legendary YPG-235. 76 touch-sensitive keys and versatile features help take you to the next level. Packed with versatile functions, a powerful sound system and a wide, 76-note, touch-sensitive keyboard, the PSR-EW300 is a smart choice for the piano beginner.

The wide 76-note, touch-sensitive keyboard allows you to play more complex piano pieces with maximum dynamic expression. The PSR-EW300 features a comprehensive library of 574 instrument Voices that will allow you to enjoy playing any musical genre and the 165 auto accompaniment Styles provide real-time band backing tracks based on the chords you play.

The PSR-EW300 Bundle includes an X-style stand and power adapter.

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Casio Privia PX-160GD 88-Key Full Size Digital Piano – $399 (20% off)

The successor to the popular PX-150, the Privia PX-160 utilizes Casio’s famous AiR Sound Source and its remarkable Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II keyboard. Casio meticulously recorded the sound of a 9-foot concert grand at 4 dynamic levels. The AiR engine delivers this sound with seamless dynamics for a remarkably expressive and powerful performance.

The PX-160 also features newly developed string ensemble sounds. These rich stereo strings sound wonderful by themselves or layered with the PX-160’s grand pianos, electric pianos, harpsichord and more. The electric pianos have also been updated providing some dynamic sounds derived from Casio’s award winning PX-5S stage piano. The PX-160 provides split and layer capability allowing you to play bass in your left hand and have two layered tones in your right.

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The ONE Smart Piano 61-Key Portable Keyboard – $279.43 (7% off)

This portable keyboard is an ideal instrument for beginners and experienced players alike. It is an excellent learner’s tool, and a fun way for more experienced players to learn new music. There are 61 backlit keys that light up with sheet music through The ONE Smart Piano app. The ONE Light is portable, so you can take it with you anywhere. You can select from over 128 different instrument sounds.

One key component of The ONE is the included app, which lets you take private lessons with top online instructors. Each lesson is integrated with light-up keys, so it’s like having a teacher with you any time. The ONE Light comes with built-in speakers, so you can play any music through third-party apps such as Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, and more. Play your own renditions on top of the music.

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RockJam 61-Key Electronic Keyboard Piano SuperKit with Stand, Stool, and Headphones – $119.99 (20% off)

This intuitive keyboard has a crisp LCD screen, and provides instructions for beginners, telling them which keys to press or chords to play while trying demo songs, making it the perfect keyboard for budding musicians. Although the keyboard is compact, the keys themselves are full size. The sturdy and portable keyboard stand is a great way to ensure the keyboard’s stability, and is very easy to fold up and take on the road.

The keyboard also has a wealth of preloaded sound options, including 50 demo songs, 100 rhythms and 100 sounds. The RockJam 661 kit comes with everything a pianist needs, and is an ideal gift for beginners and advanced musicians alike. To activate this app with your RockJam, download Simply Piano on your iPad and register as a new user.

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Yamaha YDP103 Arius Series Digital Console Piano with Bench – $799.99 (11% off)

The Arius Series has all of the conveniences of an electric piano without sacrificing the performance of an acoustic piano. The Arius Series features Graded Hammer keyboard action and synthetic ivory keytops, giving the performer a tactile surface with a response reminiscent of some of the finest pianos throughout history.

The Pure CF Sound Engine is the result of many years of piano-making history and expertise, combined with state-of-the-art sampling technology (not included on YDP-103). The Pure CF Sound Engine faithfully reproduces the tone of a meticulously sampled, acclaimed Yamaha 9′ CFIIIS concert grand piano, allowing for incredibly dynamic and expressive playing.

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Get Shure’s quality microphones & bundles at great prices this week

Shure make some of the best affordable microphones around whether you’re looking for microphones for the studio or to take on to the stage. With some great deals on their mics this week we’ve collected the best ones just for you.

Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Vocal Microphone – $89 (10% off)

The legendary Shure SM58 vocal microphone is designed for professional vocal use in live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording. Its tailored vocal response for sound is a world standard for singing or speech. A highly effective, built-in spherical filter minimizes wind and breath “pop” noise. A unidirectional (cardioid) pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while minimizing unwanted background noise.

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Shure BLX24/PG58 Handheld Wireless System with PG58 Vocal Microphone – $249 (17% off)

Shure BLX Wireless Systems combine professional-quality sound with simple setup and an intuitive interface for legendary audio performance right out of the box. Precision-built and available in a variety of configurations, it’s the most accessible way to own the stage. The bundle comes with a PG58 microphone. The PG58 is a professional quality vocal microphone with an updated industrial design that features a black metallic finish offering an unobtrusive visual presence.

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Shure BLX288/PG58 Dual Channel Handheld Wireless System with 2 PG58 Vocal Microphones – $499 (9% off)

The Shure BLX 288PG58 Dual Handheld Wireless Microphone System features two PG58 handheld vocal miss for superb audio clarity for singing and speaking applications. The receiver features a one-touch Quick Scan frequency selection that automatically locates the clearest channel to operate in. XLR and 1/4 inch output connectors allow you to easily incorporate the Shure BLX wireless mic system into any setup.

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Shure KSM8/N Dualdyne Vocal Microphone – $449 (10% off)

As the first-ever dual-diaphragm dynamic handheld microphone, the premium KSM8 Dualdyne Cardioid Vocal Dynamic Microphone is a groundbreaking feat of engineering design. Meticulously crafted for revolutionary vocal reproduction and sound-reinforcement control for world-class live performance in top-tier professional venues. The patented Dualdyne cartridge of the KSM8 virtually eliminates proximity effect and masters off-axis rejection while providing sound professionals the signal clarity typical of condenser microphones without processing, along with the reliability of dynamic microphone feedback control.

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Save BIG on ROLI’s amazing Seaboard and their innovative Blocks

ROLI make some of the most innovative instruments to come out in recent years. It all began with their ‘Seaboard’ keyboards featuring an entirely pressure sensitive board with responsiveness between keys and plays to every touch and shape. It transformed the traditional keyboard into a flowing, modular, instrument full of capability and redefining the way keys can be played.

With Amazon’s Cyber Deals week in full swing you can nab yourself some of ROLI’s amazing instruments at an unbeatable price.

ROLI Seaboard Block – $229 (31% off)

Create astonishingly expressive music on a next-generation keyboard. Seaboard Block replaces a traditional keyboard with a soft, pressure-responsive surface that lets you touch and shape your sound. Play a powerful standalone instrument – and extend its power by connecting to other Blocks. Access your sounds on either mobile or desktop through included software, and add to your collection by purchasing soundpacks.

Seaboard Block is the newest, smallest, most portable Seaboard, an award-winning family of instruments hailed as ‘the future of the keyboard.’

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ROLI Lightpad Block M Wireless Controller – $159.95 (20% off)

Reach for the ultimate music-making surface that fits in the palm of your hand. The next-generation Lightpad Block features a redesigned surface that offers an even more tactile, responsive, and precise playing experience.

On Lightpad M’s unique surface you shape sounds and make music with Five Dimensions of Touch (5D Touch), while LED illuminated grids guide you as you play. Expression is at your fingertips, so you can bring any musical idea to life in an instant.

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ROLI Live Block – $79.95 (20% off)

Live Block is one part of the modular making music system: Blocks. Connect Live Block wirelessly to a Seaboard Block or Lightpad Block to use as a shortcut to the functions you use most to make music.

Live Block helps you perform faster. Switch scales and octaves, trigger chords and arpeggios, and sustain notes by clicking its control buttons. All these functions for live performance can be modified through included software, but Live Block puts them right at your fingertips — so you can fine-tune your performance in real time.

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Get singing this Cyber Deals Week with the best microphone discounts

Amazon are keeping the discounts coming all through the week with Cyber Monday Deals Week. Whether you’re looking for performance microphones to take to the stage, a quality microphone for your home studio, or a professional vocal microphone for podcasting/vlogging – We’ve found their best deals on microphones for you to snatch up and get recording with.

Electro-Voice ND76 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone – $79 (39% off)

The ND76 is a robust, high-performance, large-diaphragm dynamic cardioid vocal microphone. Designed to be a workhorse for excellent all-around voice applications, the ND76 capsule is precisely tuned to deliver crisp, clear, and balanced vocal presence, as well as superior isolation from sound on the stage.

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Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone – $19.99 (33% off)

The XM8500 dynamic microphone is a performer’s and home recording enthusiast’s dream come true! This professional-quality microphone is designed to capture your sounds with outstanding sensitivity and accuracy. With a cardiod pickup pattern for excellent sound source separation and feedback rejection, this ultra-wide frequency response mics is an excellent choice for any performing or recording scenario.

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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone – $99 (41% off)

Audio-Technica’s stringent quality and consistency standards set the AT2020 apart from other mics in its class. Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With rugged construction for durable performance, the microphone offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease. The AT2020: the new standard for affordable side-address studio condensers.

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Rode NT1A Anniversary Vocal Condenser Microphone Package – $228.98 (38%)

The RODE NT1A raises the bar for value-priced mics! From the new nickel plated body to the state of the art surface mount electronic circuitry, the NT1A will leave you asking ‘how can RODE offer a microphone that sounds this good, for so little money’? The RØDE NT1A, Winner of the Electronic Musician 2004 Editor’s Choice Award and the world’s quietest studio condenser microphone. This redesigned version of RØDE’s classic NT1 has only 5 dBA of self-noise.

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Once you’ve picked out the microphone for you, get yourself a good deal on a microphone stand.

Samson MK-10 Microphone Boom Stand – $14.69 (25% off)

The MK10 Microphone Boom Stand combines the crucial elements of lightweight durability with an attractive and functional design. It comes a very small package that folds up easily for transport anywhere you need it.

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RockJam Scissor Arm Microphone Stand RJMS050 – $7.69 (30% off)

The RockJam microphone stand is a strong, sturdy and supple piece of kit that has been designed to work universally across a range of microphones and environments. So if you’re a Twitch streamer, a Podcast recorder, a YouTube streamer, a radio broadcaster, a live performer or a recording artist then give your microphone the security deserves and your audience, the benefit of a boom arm that will contort to your needs, no matter on the environment, to keep you sounding crisp.

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Roland’s miniature 9 input mixer makes mixing on the go truly possible

Roland have just launched a mixer just for smartphones that offers diverse and quality mixing from a device that can slide into your pockets.

The Roland GO:MIXER PRO could revolutionise the travelling musician or the podcaster on the go. The device slots into smartphones like they were carved from the same stone and offers high quality recording and mixing with 9 whole audio inputs packed into a square barely bigger than your phone itself.

The GO:MIXER PRO’s size wouldn’t suggest it’s capability of recording pro-quality powered microphones, guitar/bass and line-level gear. Plug any inputs you want to record in, set the volume levels using the knobs and the mixer will send the stereo audio output straight to your smartphone which you can then do with whatever you wish.

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The mixer enables you to record instruments and microphones on the go but is also a great accompaniment to video. If you’re live streaming from your phone, connect up your GO:MIXER PRO and a microphone to get some professional audio on your videos.

It’s not a one-of-it’s-kind product but Roland make a quality product and this is probably one of the best options for portable, smartphone mixers when it comes to quality and capabilities. It isn’t the cheap option however, coming in at an MSRP of $199.99 (although you can find it for cheaper), but it’s recording quality is definitely more substantial than a half price alternative. You might not be taking it into the studio but for a portable mixer it seems like a great option.

Find out more from Roland’s website.

Blackstar HT Dual and HT Metal are 2 of the beefiest distortion pedals around

The Blackstar HT Dual and HT Metal blow us away with a big sound worthy of Rock n Roll Kings.

As a musician starting out in today’s musical climate, we see a lot of our idols and even peers using some of the most high-end gear imaginable. When starting out we know this will be a long journey before we ourselves can afford this. Therefore, for the purpose of this review, we decided to use a simple Marshall MG30 amplifier to really test the versatility of these pedals.

Blackstar dual pedal distortion gain heavy valve effects fxWhen looking at the HT Dual, it offers both a crunch and overdriven mode, ranging from crisp bite-y distortions typically associated with artists such as John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughan, ranging all the way to rich overdriven tones that you could find in any rock/metal sub-genre.

As a guitarist, a good overdriven tone seems relatively easy to come by. With a wide range of guitar companies offering solid-state amplifiers with everything to offer. When starting out we typically only consider what amps and guitars to get that would best suit our needs, ignoring the wide range of pedals we have at our disposal, but these two pedals are nothing to ignore.

The HT-Dual transforms our simple practice amps into something much more monumental. With BlackStar’s signature ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) included, it separates BlackStar’s distortion from many other distortion companies giving consumers the chance to either model American amplifiers turned to 0 or model British amplifiers, when the dial is turned all the way to 10. This feature is also included in the HT-Metal.

Blackstar Metal pedal distortion gain heavy valve effects fxThe HT-Metal does what it says on the tin and ultimately provides one of the widest range of metal distortions imaginable. With the HT-METAL there are two channels available, Channel One offers a Clean/OD switch that enables you to use the pedal as a boost in Clean mode and add more gain as you turn the dial clockwise. Offering a more gritty and harsh clean/crunch tone.

There is an interesting notable difference between the HT-Metal’s distortion tone to the Dual in the way it responds to the style of playing. The Metal’s Bass response is very tight and sounds almost compressed in a good way. This allows for that big ‘woof’ in the low end that you would normally only achieve with a 4×12 cab but you can get the same effect with a smaller 1×12! The Bass response for the Dual is still very tight but with the added control of the ISF dial, you can really hone it in to get more of a Marshall tone on the right and American Hi-Gain on the left.

I compared the distortion tone to an orange rockerverb which is not so much a metal amp but it is full valve pre-amp and power. I only had the gain of the heavy distortion channel at about 3 o’clock to get as much gain as the rockerverb could produce but you could get a similar kind of gain with this pedal as well as pushing it right up to a MESA Boogie Rectifier kind of scooped tone.

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Another attribute to note with this comparison is the way the Mid is controlled for the HT-Metal. It is a nice mid frequency that lends its self to the style much more than the Dual but what is good about both these pedals is the control over the amount you can boost and scoop the mids for the desired tone. The earlier LT-Metal, which is not valve driven does not have this kind of control over the mids but you can still get that kind of scoop with the HT-Metal pedal.

The beautiful thing about both of these pedals is if your guitar amplifier has an FX-return channel at the back, you can plug the Dual or the Metal straight into this and effectively use both channels as the new voicing for your amp. Two well constructed valve pre-amps for your desired metal or rock tone!

The emulated out on both pedals is great for bedroom recording and allows you to use the pedal in a more limited situation for space and volume. These pedals are both extremely versatile – I personally find that the HT-Dual offers a much wider range of crunch/overdriven tones and is a more usable pedal for the every day guitarist whereas the HT-Metal would be more suited to a smaller group of guitarist’s.

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The price could be considered quite high for both these pedals with the HT-Metal at around £180 and the HT-Dual coming in at around £150 but for the quality of these pedals, that’s a very reasonable price to pay.

In summary, I would very much suggest both these pedals to anyone looking to try out valve distortion and highly recommend them to any rock or metal guitarist.

Fender’s Meteora guitar is a Parallel Universe Jazzmaster

Fender’s Parallel Universe range takes Fenders iconic sounds and shapes and recreates them in bold and unique new designs that will grab your eyes then grabs your eyes.

Possibly the most striking of Fender’s new, aptly named, Parallel Universe range of guitars for 2018 is the Meteora. It’s offset design seems familiar at first but the harder you look the more you see how this bottom heavy guitar is nothing like what you’ve seen before.

You can see inspirations from all over Fender’s storied history of guitar designs in the Meteora and their notorious quality build means the ash body and maple neck perform as smoothly and beautifully as you’d except from a Fender. The appearance is striking and offers up retro influences in its 1960s C neck profile and gloss nitro lacquer finish.

Two Custom Shop Tele pickups give the Meteora a bite that’s almost as strong as it’s bark. There’s a Custom Shop vintage-style Tele pickup at the bridge and a Custom Shop Twisted Tele pickup at the neck for a diverse and powerful sound. Fender describe the Meteora as “elegantly functional” with it’s American Professional Tele bridge with compensated brass saddles, custom black singleply pickguard and chrome dome knobs.

Fender describe this new, out-there guitar as: “A brave new entry with one foot in our past and eyes to our future, The Meteora is the newest way to explore your creative limits.” The guitar comes with hardshell case and Certificate of Authenticity and will set you back £1,609/$1,999. Check out it’s full specs below:

Specifications:

  • Series: Limited Edition
  • Body Material: Ash
  • Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck: Maple, Mid ‘60s “C”
  • Neck Finish: Satin-Lacquer Back, Gloss-Lacquer Front
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5” (241 mm)
  • Frets: 22, Narrow Tall
  • Position Inlays: Black Blocks (Maple)
  • Nut (Material/Width): Bone, 1.685” (42.8 mm)
  • Tuning Machines: Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed
  • Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle, Strings-Through-Body Tele with Compensated Brass Saddles, 6 screw mounting with removable modern “Ashtray” Bridge Cover
  • Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
  • Pickups: Custom Shop Vintage-Style Tele Single Coil (Bridge), Custom Shop “Twisted” Single-Coil Tele (Neck)
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Dome
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)