Digital Audio Labs Stompblox
With a contemporary fascination with guitar pedals, comes the need for somewhere to house those pedals. As the technology of pedal design progresses and new frontiers of tone are reached with every passing minute, the same level of innovation is being put into pedalboards. Now companies are exploring ways to make the vessel work for the player, experimenting with all sorts of materials, designs and configurations. Now you can find the pedalboard that’s right for you, or in the case of Stompblox, design the board that’s right for you. Let me explain.
Ernie Ball Acoustic Strings
Ernie Ball is king when it comes to the string game, and they offer a comprehensive range of different acoustic strings for different situations. For this review, we’ve tested four different sets against each other to find what each is suitable for.
Gator Pro-Go Series Guitar Bags
With their popular Pro-Go range, Gator is aiming to offer the protection of a hard case coupled with the ease and portability of a soft gig bag. At first, it almost seems too good to be true. So can guitarists and bassists have their cake and eat it too? Let’s take a look at the options and find out.
Carl Martin Pro Power V2 Power Supply
Pedal usage for guitarists seems to have boomed again over the last few years, and although there are some dedicated battery users out there the majority of players then need a power supply to handle their boards. Plus you have to factor in the multitude of voltages, requirements and the fact that a lot of pedals only run on mains power these days. The Carl Martin Pro Power V2 seems to offer a lot as a solution for your pedal power needs, let’s delve a little further.
Ernie Ball Polylock Strap
Guitar straps are quite a personal choice. Do you want something practical? Something flashy and personalised? Whatever your strap requirements, there’s one task it needs to perform above all else: stay on the guitar so you and your precious instrument aren’t separated from each other when you’d really rather be playing guitar than picking up the smashed shards of your instrument on the floor. The new Ernie Ball PolyLock strap is designed to stay secured to your instrument until you don’t want it to be, and it does so in a very clever way.
Klotz LaGrange LAGPR0300 Guitar Cable
Cables are one of the less exciting pieces of guitar equipment out there. They’re not as sexy as, say, a nice flame maple topped PRS, nor as pulse-quickening as a cranked vintage Marshall Plexi. But if you have a bad cable - a cheap, noisy, dodgy one - then you’re short- changing the potential of the rest of your gear. The Klotz LaGrange is a long-running model which has won all sorts of guitar magazine shootouts over the years, so it’s safe to say this isn’t one of those tone-suckers.
Hercules DG305B Tablet Holder
I have, in the past, spent a lot of time arguing with people about the futility of tablets. Whether it is the famed iPad or an Android variation, there has never really seemed any need for one if you have a computer and a phone. But, let’s not get stuck on that debate, as it seems that tablets are here to stay and are offering musicians plenty of solutions in the studio, and on stage for a variety of applications. So, it goes without saying that a sturdy, compact and, most of all, reliable device is needed to keep your tablet safely mounted for easy access at gigs and in the studio. Enter the DG305B from Hercules, the tablet holder to conquer them all.
ERNIE BALL SLINKY FLATWOUND STRINGS
Flats have long been the domain of soul and R&B players wanting that vintage thud or double players assimilating to electric. Yes they have a dark, round under current but are often suitable for that type of sound only. Bucking that trend and adding some modern feel and sound to the mix, Ernie Ball have shaken up the flat world with their new slinky cobalt electric bass strings.