BOSS just introduced the SY-1000 Guitar Synthesize an advanced synthesizer and modeling processor for guitar and bass. It appears to be a hybrid of the SY-100 synth, and the GP-10, with some Roland VG 99 thrown in. But wait, there’s more!
I recently came across two videos that I thought would be of interest to modern guitarists. They are courtesy of The North American Guitar Shop. Oddly, considering the name, the shop is located in London and these guitars are made in Germany and Finland. Be that as it may, Teuffel is emblematic enough of modern guitar to be featured on our header and Versoul makes the kind of retro-modern instruments that reference the past without being stuck in it. Also, if you ever wondered how much sonic effect using the different tone bars on the Teuffel might induce, the second video should be of special interest. Though they are not playing modern music, they do a great job of displaying the tonal quality of the instruments.
The Chords of Orion YouTube channel is an invaluable resource for modern guitarists. Bill Vencil’s focus is ambient music, but he covers gear of interest to any modern guitarist. I was unaware of the Joyo device. It makes me wonder if the EBow patent has run out. I compared the Aeon and the EBow in my Electronic Musician column, but a head to head (to head) video comparison is very welcome.
Life and website issues got in the way of doing timely NAMM reports this year. In my defense many of these products just started shipping a couple of months ago. As has become habit, there were hundreds of cool pedals on offer, mostly variations on pedals you have seen and heard.
With NAMM 2020 coming up, I thought I would do a listing of the things I saw last year that might be different and of more interest to the modern guitarist. The theme in January seemed to be the return of modulation (flange, chorus, and phase), fuzz/harmonizer combos, and guitar synth pedals. I am featuring only what I consider to be the most interesting takes on each. Please check company websites for details.
I have been using ZT amps for well over a decade. When I was living in Manhattan, their Lunchbox was a godsend, allowing me to take the subway to gigs, avoiding traffic and parking issues. Now in Nashville, I still use the Lunchbox for living room rehearsals with a country band (Including drums). I have also done a couple of house concerts using two Lunchbox amps as a stereo PA for my “guitar-through-laptop-ambient-excursions.” So, I was excited to try out the new Lee Ranaldo Club.