Like so many other teenagers, Shad Peters picked up the guitar when classic rock and metal from the likes of AC/DC, Metallica, and Ozzy Osbourne reigned king on his stereo.
Like so many other teenagers, Shad Peters picked up the guitar when classic rock and metal from the likes of AC/DC, Metallica, and Ozzy Osbourne reigned king on his stereo. But try as he might, Peters couldn’t get the Kirk Hammet-esque tones he was looking for with the entry-level Strat he bought from his guitar teacher. He knew he needed a new guitar, but was disappointed every time he went out looking because they were more than he could afford and he never saw the type of guitar he wanted. “It wasn’t just that the catalogs didn’t carry the guitars I wanted,” says Peters. “The guitars that I doodled in my notebooks during class just didn’t exist.”
When a friend of his began building a banjo, Peters figured it was time to start making a guitar. Although he didn’t know the first thing about building a guitar at age 15, Peters had always possessed a passion for making things with his hands and expressing himself through woodworking, music, and other art forms. “I think the biggest influence that got me started building was not playing or woodworking, but rather the same thing that got me into playing and woodworking: a passion to create,” he says. “To be able to take something all the way from a mental concept to a finished, functional product is such a thrilling and rewarding process.”
Peters cites Ron Thorn, David Myka, and Matt Artinger as the three builders whose work he admires most. But Peters contends that the most inspiring guitars he sees are coming from the hobbyists who are making the types of guitars that established builders often don’t have the time to try or don’t want to risk doing. “When I see a guitar that’s pushing the envelope of what a guitar is and can do, it’s often not from one of the big names,” says Peters. “It’s from a weekend builder on one of the [forums] that I frequent. That’s where I see a lot of cool stuff happening.”
And Peters takes that approach in his shop. Though keeping the builds exciting, fresh, and interesting is a constant challenge for the luthier, he doesn’t like to do the same exact thing twice. “There is often very little in common from one guitar to the next,” says Peters. “I try to build instruments that are unique works of art and personalized for each individual, and this type of building philosophy does not lend itself well to standardized models.”
When asked what sets his instruments
apart the most, Peters says it’s his aim to build
guitars that are distinctive but somehow still
familiar, like a classic that someone has never
seen before. “Generally, I think simpler is
better and I try to let the materials of a build
speak for themselves,” he explains. “I endeavor
to see the beauty in each piece of lumber, and
rather than cover it up, I want to showcase
it.” Peters believes this approach to building
yields a guitar that looks and feels organic, as
though it simply ought to be that way. And
while he doesn’t take issue with other guitars,
he doesn’t think that organic feel is something
one can achieve by just putting parts together.
“There are a lot of builders out there who
make boutique guitars, but there are considerably
fewer who make actual custom guitars. I
strive to be one of them.”
Pricing and Availability
Peters runs a one-man shop and plans to keep it that way for the foreseeable future. The luthier is currently producing between 10 and 20 guitars annually, and the approximate build time is between six and 12 months, depending on the complexity of the build. Base pricing for one of Peters’ custom guitars ranges from $1,750 for a solidbody to $3,250 for an archtop hollowbody, and a variety of custom upgrades are available for an additional price. While the “Orders and Pricing” section of Peters’ website provides more detailed information on the process, the luthier is also available to discuss builds via email.
The Hell Cat spent a significant amount of time in Peters’ brain before being put to paper, and in many ways, it’s a refined version of his very first build. The Hell Cat’s highly figured top is carved from buckeye burl, while the tailpiece, pickup covers, knobs, and unique bridge use walnut burl. Other appointments include abalone inlays set in copper, curly maple binding, and a pair of GFS Soapbar 180s.
With a nod to the classic 12-string guitars from the ’60s, Peters’ 12-String Custom is a looker finished in pelham blue. The instrument has an alder body, a quartersawn maple neck, and an Indian rosewood fretboard adorned with mother-of-pearl block inlays. Other features include a Gotoh bridge, Schaller tuners, a pair of Seymour Duncan Antiquity II mini humbuckers, and a silver-wire logo inlay on the headstock.
The 25.5"-scale Offset Avenger features a neck-through design with a carved walnut-burl top, an ebony fretboard with split-block inlays, a bone nut, and a 5-piece neck made of curly maple and walnut laminate. Outfitted with a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge and a Seymour Duncan Jazz in the neck, the Offset Avenger also includes Sperzel locking tuners and a Gotoh bridge and tailpiece.
Like many of Peters’ other instruments, the Outlaw came to life on a piece of scrap paper during math class. Borrowing some inspiration from Jerry Garcia’s “Tiger” guitar, the Outlaw is a 24"-scale sustain tool with its aggressive EMG 81 and 85 humbuckers. Simple yet ornate, the neck-through Outlaw is finished with nitrocellulose over Danish oil, and features a redwood burl top, a maple fretboard with mother-of-pearl inlays, and a 3-piece neck made of curly maple and cherry laminate.
Ranger #2 Antiqued
Urged by a friend to make an antiqued version of his first Ranger build, Peters created the Ranger #2 Antiqued. This twang machine utilizes tulip poplar for the body and rock maple for the neck and fretboard (which has a buffalo-horn nut). The Ranger’s eye-catching pickguard and headstock logo are made from custom handtooled leather, and the guitar shoots from the hip via a pair of GFS Fatbody pickups.
The Vixen #4 is a semi-hollowbody offering from Peters with a quilted-maple top, an African-mahogany back, and an Indian rosewood fretboard topping the African-mahogany neck. To contrast the sublime mother-of-pearl fret markers and cream-colored plastic binding, Peters chose Indian rosewood for the pickup rings, tailpiece, and knobs. For electronics, this sapphire blueburst Vixen is outfitted with a duo of Lindy Fralin Pure PAF humbuckers.
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Looking for a compact, “noiseless” way to plug in and play guitar? Check out the brand-new Gibson Digital Amp, available only in the Gibson App.
The new Gibson App simplifies the learning process and brings guitar playing to life for the current and next generation of guitarists in a modern, comprehensive, and intuitive way. The Gibson App is the place to take your guitar playing to the next level. New to the Gibson App is the Gibson Digital Amp, the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediate players and pros to get their sound anywhere. The Gibson Digital Amp is an accessible amplifier for both acoustic and electric guitars, and is currently available for Apple/iOS users--an Android version will debut next year.
Use the Gibson Digital Amp’s jamming guide to get started and transform your sound with built-in effects and pedals, jam to backing tracks, or use it in lessons and songs. The Gibson Digital Amp only requires your phone, and wired headphones for the best playing experience, no cables are needed. The amp features 3 acoustic mic presets, 4 electric amp presets, and 6 effects pedals.
The Gibson Digital Amp is the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediates and pros.
The Gibson App uses a unique two-way, interactive platform to teach guitar students how to do everything from playing their first note to shredding loads of songs. The Gibson App features interactive lessons with thousands of lessons and songs. Learn the songs step-by-step with video tutorials from superstar artists and pro guitarists in the “Gibson App Guide.” The Gibson App also includes the new Digital Amp, a built-in tuner, a metronome, Gibson TV, and new songs are added every week. New Gibson App Guides are added regularly and include Tommy “Spaceman” Thayer’s favorite iconic KISS guitar solos, Richie Faulkner’s (Judas Priest) “Guide to Metal,” Jared James Nichols’ “Guide to Blues,” CELISSE’s “Guide to Songwriting,” and more.
The Gibson App uses “audio augmented reality” to provide dynamic feedback to students as they learn and play. As you pluck a note or strum a chord, the Gibson App listens to your guitar and gives you real-time feedback on your playing. It also gives students a more contextual learning experience: Instead of learning chords and scales in a vacuum, you’re able to practice on a scrolling tablature that lets you hear how you sound with the backing of a virtual band. That means you can load up “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “American Girl" by Tom Petty, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Where is My Mind" by Pixies, “Country Roads” by John Denver, “I Hate Myself For Loving You" by Joan Jett, “Heaven” by Kane Brown, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Killer Queen” by Queen,“ Sweet Child O’ Mine,” by Guns ‘N Roses, “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden, “Roxanne” by The Police, and “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “The Man Who Sold the World” by Nirvana, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz, and “Don't Look Back In Anger” by Oasis and hundreds more songs in a wide range of genres, to see how your play matches up with such seminal tracks.
As you’re playing, the Gibson App gives you feedback on timing and tone, ensuring that students are getting active input on how their play is developing. The Gibson App appeals to players of all levels, it’s not just for beginners looking to learn a few chords; the app can assist seasoned guitarists who are working their way through difficult riffs, want to learn their favorite songs, or polish their advanced techniques.
Players can also challenge themselves by speeding up or slowing the tabs. Like having a full-time guitar teacher, the Gibson App keeps track of all your progress and adjusts lesson plans accordingly. The Gibson App released a “backing track mode” which supports both lesson and song playback without headphones, so users can self-select what works best for their current environment. And that’s not all: the Gibson App also packs in a fully-featured digital tuner for guitar first-timers, there’s even a detailed lesson on how to tune your instrument, a multi-function metronome, players can connect to free one-on-one consultations with Gibson’s Virtual Guitar Tech team, and to direct links to the Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer online stores for easy shopping for guitars, gear, apparel, and accessories.
Learn Guitar With The Gibson App
The Gibson App is more than a pocket-sized guitar teacher, it’s loaded with an archive of exclusive content and original programming from its premium and accessible award-winning online network, Gibson TV, featuring music icons telling their best guitar stories, with more episodes and installments added regularly. Users can watch Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi share insights and tales from his decades-long career on the series “Icons,” dive into Joe Bonamassa’s assortment of legendary Les Paul guitars on “The Collection,” or see how Gibson’s iconic instruments are made in their Nashville factory from body to binding on “The Process.” There’s even a series called “The Scene” that focuses on backstage stories from hallowed music venues from coast to coast like The Troubadour and Grand Ole Opry.
The Gibson App free version features a few lessons a day; the premium version of the Gibson App offers full access and a 14-day free trial, then costs $19.99/£16.49 monthly or $119.99/£98.99 yearly.
For more information, please visit gibson.com.
This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
Belltone Guitars, as part of their Custom-Select System curated offering of pickups, has partnered McNelly pickups to create a one-of-a-kind retro-vibe P-90 pickup in the standard Filtertron size format. This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl, and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
The McNelly P-90 Foil-Coil comes housed in a ‘raw’ nickel outer casing with a dull nickel foil face with metal mount screw gromets to complete the ‘new-vintage’ aesthetic, making it a perfect choice for your signature Belltone custom build. Available exclusively through Belltone Guitars.
Check out the Custom-Select System belltoneguitars.com to preview the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons and all our standard and selectable components available to create your own signature Belltone. Then visit the Dream Lab on our website and select either model B-Classic ONE with its top binding or B-Classic TWO with its arm and body contours select your body color from our wide range of offerings, select your neck profile of either standard ‘C’ or thicker ’59 Round Back and either Maple or Rosewood fingerboard followed by your tuners, pickguard, and strings. Finally, review our curated custom-designed, and unique pickup selection to locate the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons to complete your signature build.
Builds start at just over $2,300.00 with a custom case and shipping included.
For more information, please visit belltoneguitars.com.
McNelly P 90 Foil Tron video Sep27
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.