Category Archives: Guitar

Zoom G1ON, the $50 Amp Modeler, Multi-fx and Looper

I picked up one of these G1ONs a while back for recording and playing at home. The price was good so I thought I’d give it a shot. The amp models in these are incredible and sound very realistic. For my home recording needs it’s perfect. I would much rather use a pedal with modeling than have to setup an amp and microphones just to record guitar. I know some people think that’s the only way to go, but I have to respectfully disagree. I honestly think modeled tones work better for recording, especially when recording at home.

The looper feature was a really nice surprise. I actually didn’t even know it had that when I ordered it. The looper function is pretty basic however and there’s no way to store loops for recalling at a later time. All of the reverbs and other fx are very nice sounding, and for the home recording enthusiast, it is a great way to have a ton of guitar tones at a tiny cost.

Sonicake Cloud Chorus – The Best Chorus Pedal for Under $60?

In this video I unbox, test, and review the Cloud Chorus by Sonicake. It’s a small footprint, true bypass, chorus pedal that sounds pretty great! Pick up one of these for yourself here. For about $50, Sonicake makes an extremely high quality guitar fx pedal. It’s built in a high quality metal box, features a metal toggle switch for intensity, level and depth controls, as well as a big knob for speed.

Overall I think the pedal is very nice. It has a nice vintage type tone and can go from subtle to crazily intense chorus. Watch the video above for a sound test. I look forward to more good stuff from this Sonicake!

The Ibanez GiO GRX20 is the best and most versatile electric guitar for under $200

I’ve been playing guitar since I was 10 years old, and I’ve played and owned many guitars in my life. I currently play guitar in a surf rock band where I am playing a lot of leads and using a tremolo on a regular basis. I am also a home recording artist and commercial music producer who records a lot of different styles and sounds. So it may come as a surprise to you that I am using a $149 Ibanez GRX20 as my main, or really ONLY guitar.

I picked one of these up because the price was right and I wanted something with two pickups and a tremolo. After receiving it, it quickly became my go-to axe for everything. The dual humbucker pickup and 3 way switch / tone volume controls make it very versatile. Giving you options for hard rock crunch, mellow jazzy warm tones, screaming metal lead, and even 60s reverb saturated surf sounds!

The feel is excellent and has a very nice build quality far above it’s price range. I absolutely love the neck and I honestly believe this guitar has made me a better guitarist because it seems to fit my playing style so well. I’ve wailed on the tremolo for hours at a time, barely having to retune and the look of it is downright sexy. I’m considering picking up a second one just because I love it so much.

If you’re on the market for a great guitar and you don’t want to break the bank, I highly recommend the Ibanez GRX20ZJB!

External Guitar FX with Raspberry Pi and Pure Data

I love the amazingly creative stuff people are doing these days with all the fun toys out there! Hats off to doitnowlabs for this cool project!

Remembering Dan Hosker

3 years ago today a great friend of mine passed away from this earth into a higher plane of existence. Dan Hosker was a true musician and his whole life revolved around it. Dan was usually playing in about 3 bands at a time, always working on solo material, and always had his head in deep thought and contemplation about life.

Antipope was the first recording Dan and I made in the year 1999, it was released in 2000. It’s a very crazy, avantgarde rock/jazz experimental album.

Drums, Sax, Salad Bowl, Keyboards – Justin Wierbonski
Guitar, wrenches, trumpet – Dan Hosker
fretless and upright bass, Clarinet? – Henry Rajan
cuts, production, mixer kicking – Gerard Klauder

The Girls Named Lourdis was recorded in 2005 and was our final project together and our best. It was heavy, mathy rock, with Dan on guitar, Garo Gallo on bass and me on drums. We recorded it in my first home studio “The Anthill 1”

 

Nacht was Dan Hosker and Jay Reeve and was recorded in the early 2010s. The duo made an incredibly atmospheric collection of songs that I still enjoy listening to quite often.

Dan also was a member of The Bikes, who recorded a lot of great music. There was one unreleased track that Dan sang on, which has been posted to youtube. (above)

Dan was also a long time member of The Holy Terrors and Harry Pussy, both of which made amazing music.

Remembering you Dan my friend.