Imagine Duane Eddy fronting the Tito Puente Orchestra and you will get a picture of what Diego Garcia’s new music is like. Or imagine Ry Cooder and Manuel Galban’s Mambo Sinuendo on steroids. Or better yet just buy Garcia’s Pachuco record; the sheer joy of rockabilly twang mixing with Latino rhythms is hard to beat.
What makes Garcia (a/k/a EL Twanguero) modern is the undercurrent of sophistication in his playing. This is a fully schooled guitarist who chose to concentrate on a particular sound and nailed it. Also, check out his looping and Frisell-style approach to Charlie Rich’s weeper, “I Feel Like Going Home.”
Discovering underappreciated talent like this is why Guitar Moderne exists.
Amp modeling now offers such realism and convenience it requires a special occasion to mic up an actual combo or stack. Plug-ins like Native Instruments’ Guitar Rig and IK Multimedia’s Amplitube evoke the essence of Fender, Vox, Marshall, and more. But having just depleted your piggy bank for Ableton Live, you may not be ready to shell out another hundred or two for amp modeling software. Fear not—if you bought the Live Suite, you can get a gamut of amp and effect sounds without any further spending by using the Amp and Cabinet plug-ins included with the DAW. Combining these two plug-ins with a few others—some included in basic Live, some available free on the interweb—you can dial up “virtually” any guitar sound. Let me show you how to build a software amp and effects rig that will have you thinking twice before throwing that SM-57 in front of your amplifier.
Xact Tone Solutions in Nashville recently had an opportunity to build a rig for a client with special accessibility needs and the end result should be interesting to all. The client is a paraplegic, with limited to no use of his lower extremities, and thus cannot use a traditional pedalboard. However, after an extensive consultation and build process Xact Tone came up with a set of gear, including the Guitar Wing, that gives all the functionality of a typical board and much more.
Greg Walton of Xact Tone says, “He’s told us it’s really a game changer for him. He now has access to the tones and features he wants as a guitar player. We’re honored to have been a part of it. When it comes to gear, it is truly is a great time to be a guitar player. If there’s guitar player out there who is disabled and frustrated, we’d hope this would be an encouragement to them.”
Typical guitar players could also benefit from a rig like this, in that they would not be tied to the part of the stage where their pedalboard resides.