Gibson Dark Fire from Gibson Lifestyle Gibson has started a promotional campaign for a guitar that is supposed to redefine the guitar as we know it. Due out in

Gibson Dark Fire

from Gibson Lifestyle


Gibson has started a promotional campaign for a guitar that is supposed to redefine the guitar as we know it. Due out in mid December, the guitar is called the Dark Fire. You can see the back of the headstock here.

So, are we talking about a new shape, new electronics or what? We''re guessing it''s a modeling guitar, Gibson''s answer to the VG Strat, but combined with auto-tuning that is much faster than the Robot Guitar. Again, that''s just our guess. We''ll keep you informed... so stay tuned.

Sometimes a Guitar is Just a Guitar

from Paste


Because we all love top 5 lists and because it''s Friday--here''s one from Paste... the Top Five Not-So-Thinly-Veiled References to Male Genitalia in Classic Blues and R&B Songs. How Chuck Berry wasn''t number one, we don''t understand.  

CLassic Clip: Johnny Guitar Watson

from YouTube


Let''s just put it this way, there is no one like Johnny Guitar Watson.

Multiple modulation modes and malleable voices cement a venerable pedal’s classic status.

Huge range of mellow to immersive modulation sounds. Easy to use. Stereo output. Useful input gain control.

Can sound thin compared to many analog chorus and flange classics.

$149

TC Electronic SCF Gold
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When you consider stompboxes that have achieved ubiquity and longevity, images of Tube Screamers, Big Muffs, or Boss’ DD series delays probably flash before your eyes. It’s less likely that TC Electronic’s Stereo Chorus Flanger comes to mind. But when you consider that its fundamental architecture has remained essentially unchanged since 1976 and that it has consistently satisfied persnickety tone hounds like Eric Johnson, it’s hard to not be dazzled by its staying power—or wonder what makes it such an indispensable staple for so many players.

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While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

Photo by Chad Kelco

Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

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