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Taylor Guitars SolidBody Mod Kits

January 20, 2009
We caught up with Bob Taylor, who was showing off a new addition to the SolidBody guitars. Taylor has release a number of pickups, which will now be available in off-the-shelf packages, complete with pickguard and switching. The SolidBody's solderless connections were created with modification in mind, and that's now possible with just a few screws.

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Eventide PitchFactor Demo

January 19, 2009
The Eventide PitchFactor is a pitch harmony stompbox with delay and feedback. It has ten algorithms for everything from whammy bar effects to intelligent pitch shifting and arpeggios.

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TC Electronic Nova Drive

January 19, 2009
TC Electronic announces the latest addition to the Nova pedal family: Nova Drive, TC Electronic?s new all-analog, programmable overdrive-and distortion pedal, featuring the innovative drive circuit from the acclaimed Nova System. Nova Drive ships Q1 2009 at a suggested retail price of $345.

Nova Drive takes the drive circuit from Nova System, and pairs it with a level of programmability and control never before seen in a stand-alone analog drive pedal. Featuring individual overdrive and distortion circuits that can be used separately or stacked together for virtually unlimited tonal flexibility, Nova Drive provides all the distorted and overdriven sounds guitarists could ever need. Nova Drive features with 24 programmable presets to create, store and recall favorite settings. Nova Drive integrates easily into any set-up, from simple pedal boards to high-end professional rigs.

The overdrive section of Nova Drive features an all-analog circuit that is digitally controlled. Its sounds range from bluesy sting and smooth tube-like breakup to a heavy crunch. The overdrive section features a dedicated ?mix? knob that allows mixing in original sound as desired, preserving the original character of the existing tone. The overdrive section of Nova Drive features the classic Level, Tone and Overdrive controls as well as a mix control that allows blending the dry sound with the overdriven for added clarity, note definition and punch.

Nova Drive?s distortion section also features an all-analog circuit with digital control, and yields an even wider range of usable tones from an extremely transparent and subtle drive through classic rock crunch to untamed fuzz. Nova Drive?s distortion section has a 2-band equalization section with bass- and treble controls, which allows for precise shaping of distorted sounds. Nova Drive?s distortion character is best typified as raw, but like the overdrive section, it was specifically designed to preserve all character of a guitarist?s own sound. Nova Drive features three drive stages: Overdrive, Distortion and Overdrive+Distortion parallel, in any desired order. Nova Drive also features a true bypass, eliminating unwanted noise when turned of.

Nova Drive?s offers great flexibility through its three routing options when combining the Overdrive and Distortion. Most guitar players have spent countless hours finding the perfect order for their drive pedals ? because overdrive into distortion, or distortion into overdrive results in dramatically different effects. Nova Drive gives guitarists total freedom by offering both options as well as a third ?parallel mode? that can best be compared to running two tonally different, great sounding amps at the same time. Changing routing can be done with press of a button and Nova Drive allows for different routings to be saved as a preset.

Nova Drive features 24 programmable presets and gives guitarists several options of how to control the pedal. In ?Normal?-mode the overdrive and distortion switches work like regular stomp boxes. ?Toggle? - mode switches either of the engines on/off for fast switching between overdrive and distortion sounds. Finally, ?Bank? ? mode enables set up of 9 banks of two presets. This is ideal for users who prefer the sound of for either the overdrive or the distortion and makes it possible to switch between two different overdrive settings using the two switches.
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Interview: Steve Vai on the Legacy II

January 18, 2009
We talk with Steve Vai about the process involved in creating his new Carvin Legacy II signature amp.

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