Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Gibson Guitar Uses YouTube to Launch Arlen Roth Degree Program

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Gibson Guitar is proving once again that they know how to use new media to engage with a whole new generation of guitar players.  Today, Gibson announced that it is launching the Arlen Roth degree program.  This program builds on the Arlen Roth guitar lessons that Gibson has been making available on its website for the past year and a half.

Read on for more details on how to participate (and to hear about the prizes).

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A Good Looking Gibson Robot Guitar?

Monday, May 17th, 2010

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?  A sunburst on a Gibson Les Paul has been a thing of beauty for the past 50 or so years and after several attempts at trying new finishes and odd looking designs, Gibson has brought the classic sunburst to their Robot Guitar design.  Called the Gibson Les Paul Standard Limited 2010, this latest installment of the Robot Guitar looks like their best effort yet.

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DIY: Build Your Own Amplifier

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

I’m a big fan of doing it yourself.  A lot of people are, you’d be surprised…  So here’s a cool way to get that point-to-point hand-wired amp that you’ve always wanted at a fraction of the price.  All you had to do is provide the labor yourself.  That and have some basic soldering tools and you could be the next Mike Zaite.

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Review: Martin Taylor Guitar Academy

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

ArtistWorks, based in California’s Napa wine country, is taking online lessons to a whole new level, combining some of what’s best in the online lesson format with a personal interaction between student and teacher.  Fretbase was given exclusive access to the Martin Taylor Guitar Academy where students can get one-on-one interaction with Martin Taylor himself, an award-winning British jazz guitarist.  We’ve also included some sample lessons at the bottom of the post.  Check it out!

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Grid 1′s Battery Powered Tube Amp Goes Direct

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The power of lithium batteries has never ceased to amaze me.  While it may seem common place in today’s world of hybrid cars, it’s a pretty amazing technological advancement and new applications and improvements are constantly being made.

Grid 1 has added it’s name to the list of uses for a lithium batteries – powering tube amps.  The company has announced today that it will start selling it’s G1 60-Watt Battery Powered Guitar Amplifier directly to consumers.  We even have a customer video demonstrating the amp.  Check it out…

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Review: Guitar Pro 6 Tablature Software

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Earlier this month the folks at Arobas Software, who produce the popular guitar tab software Guitar Pro, released version 6 of their application.  Guitar Pro 6 represents a complete rewrite of the application that’s grown way beyond a mere tab editor and into a fully fledged score writer with support for multiple instruments and a huge library of sounds.  Guitar Pro 6 has become an formidable composition tool at a price the average guitarist can afford.

We’ve had a chance to test drive the new Guitar Pro 6 and we’ve found it to be an impressive upgrade from the previous versions. It’s a great way to compose scores and learn new music from the plethora of online resources that provide free Guitar Pro tracks.

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Featured User Profiles on Fretbase

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

We recently rolled a new feature on Fretbase that allows people to create a profile page with all of their gear.  Basically whenever you visit a guitar, gear, artist or song page on Fretbase, you can add that page to your profile.  You can see all the gear I own as well as the gear I’m currently lusting over right on my profile.  We’ve seen a few cool profiles get created and we wanted to highlight them.  Check it out.

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Orange Amps Announces “The OPC”: Computer and Amplifier All-In-One

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Orange Amplifiers, the British based guitar amp manufacturer, announced the launch of a new product called the OPC Computer Amplifier Speaker.  From what we can tell it’s essentially a fully fledged PC computer that’s been built into a guitar amplifier.  The amp is due to hit stores in June 2010 and could be a good solution for someone looking for an at-home or in the studio amp that can also work with a 3rd party amp modeler.  We’re betting Orange starts releasing software for the amp as well.

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Harmony Central Redesigns Website; Users Revolt

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

One of the longest standing websites for musicians on the web has rolled out a new design this past weekend.  Harmony Central is a message boards and gear review community site that’s been around since 1995 and has one of the largest musician communities on the web.

Massive redesigns can be a tough sell to hardcore users who are accustomed to the old navigation and functionality of the website.  While the new design promises to deliver a better experience, it seems users aren’t so sure.

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Interview with Guitar Hero Brian Kahanek

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

There’s no question that Guitar Hero has had a huge impact on the video game industry as well as on the music industry.  The popularity of the Guitar Hero franchise has brought millions of new music fans and introduced countless people, both young and old, to the guitar.

It’s also brought a young guitar hero from Ohio some unexpected success.  Fretbase had a chance to catch up with Brian Kahanek and find out more about how his song “Gemini” came to be included in Guitar Hero II.

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