Full disclosure: I am the Nashville Source Audio Rep. But I am not posting this because I am the Nashville Source Audio Rep. I am the Nashville Source Audio Rep because ever since they introduced the Hot Hand over a decade ago, Source Audio has been among the most forward-thinking effects companies on the planet. Hell, this thing is so new and already selling so fast that I don’t even have one. I have checked it out a NAMM shows and can’t wait to get my hands on it. If reverb plays a major part in your music, you need a Ventris. And if it doesn’t, get one and it may start.
Chicago is too often overlooked as a center for jazz and other improvised music. The fact that Dan Phillips has chosen to make this Midwest city his base of operations has done nothing to hamper his music. Having gathered a coterie of like minds, he records and plays live with multiple projects in the Windy City. Throughout these various ensembles, his co-designed custom instrument affords him that most valuable of assets, a distinctive sound, which draws you into his music wherever he chooses to take it.
Thanks to a Facebook post by Naia Azumi, I discovered Elta Music devices . One of a growing number of pedal manufacturers who seem to be springing from the burgeoning modular market, Elta offers four effects in footswitchable packages that are bound to be of interest to the modern guitarist. First up is their String Ringer:
Let me start out saying I respect the hell out of Joe Bonamassa. The man has carved out a highly successful career by virtue of hard work and perseverance in both his music and his business. Still, his recent comment about pedals and the people who use them begs rebuttal and who better than Guitar Moderne, home to many players who “call themselves soundscapists [continue reading for the full quote],” to accept the challenge.
I recently received and email from guitarist Fernando Perez. His work adapting the music from all over the world to the guitar is very interesting, but not in the usual Guitar Moderne wheelhouse. More relevant is his microtonal work, and his collaboration with luthier Jose de Prados on a guitar with interchangeable fretboards, allowing you to instantly switch from a standard fret system, to fretless or any microtonal system you choose. There have been and are others venturing into this field, especially in the microtonal field but Perez and Prados appear to have come up with something workable.
Also a nice introduction to other microtonal guitar solutions: