The GA series leverages Roland’s renowned COSM technology to create newly-voiced amplifiers

Los Angeles, CA (March 23, 2012) -- Roland introduces the new GA-212 and GA-112 guitar amplifiers. The GA-212 and GA-112 stage amplification systems meet the rigorous demands of performing guitarists. Unlike modeling amps that set out to recreate the sound of multiple vintage classics, the GA series leverages Roland’s renowned COSM technology to create newly-voiced amplifiers with versatile, expressive tones and simple, intuitive operation. They deliver an organic playing experience characteristic of top-level tube designs, with all the advantages that modern digital processing brings, including memory, low noise, and more. From the arena to the club, the GA amps deliver world-class power and tone.

• GA-212: 200-watt amp with two 12" speakers
• GA-112: 100-watt amp with one 12" speaker
• Original COSM amp model (Progressive Amp) with incredible feel, attack, natural compression, and sustain
• Morph through clean to super-extreme tones with the DRIVE knob and BOOST button
• Intuitive operation with simple, fast-access structure; two volume controls, three tone controls, presence, and reverb
• Smart Channel memorizes the current position of knobs in all four channels without programming or saving
• LEDs in the knobs show current settings in any channel, great for dark stages

For more information:
rolandus.com

A compact pedal format preamp designed to offer classic, natural bass tone with increased tonal control and extended headroom.

Read MoreShow less

In their corner, from left to right: Wilco’s Pat Sansone (guitars, keys, and more), drummer Glenn Kotche, Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen.

Photo by Annabel Merhen

How Jeff Tweedy, Nels Cline, and Pat Sansone parlayed a songwriting hot streak, collective arrangements, live ensemble recording, and twangy tradition into the band’s new “American music album about America.”

Every artist who’s enjoyed some level of fame has had to deal with the parasocial effect—where audiences feel an overly intimate connection to an artist just from listening to their music. It can lead some listeners to believe they even have a personal relationship with the artist. I asked Jeff Tweedy what it feels like to be on the receiving end of that.

Read MoreShow less

Luthier Maegen Wells recalls the moment she fell in love with the archtop and how it changed her world.

The archtop guitar is one of the greatest loves of my life, and over time it’s become clear that our tale is perhaps an unlikely one. I showed up late to the archtop party, and it took a while to realize our pairing was atypical. I had no idea that I had fallen head-over-heels in love with everything about what’s commonly perceived as a “jazz guitar.” No clue whatsoever. And, to be honest, I kind of miss those days. But one can only hear the question, “Why do you want to build jazz guitars if you don’t play jazz?” so many times before starting to wonder what the hell everyone’s talking about.

Read MoreShow less
x