iGuitar Magazine Issue 9 Featuring Steve Morse- Steve Morse Interview - Steve Morse Guitar Lessons - Win a Steve Morse Y2D Music Man Guitar! Out Now!
The Free online guitar magazine for guitarists the world over.
We have a Randy Rhoads tribute including an unpublished interview and career overview!
Reb Beach from Whitesnake talks with Tom Quayle and David Grissom talks with our very own Stuart Bull.
In the Bassment we have an interview with the bass guitar legend - Doug Wimbish!
Exclusive REVIEW this month is with Guthrie Govan - he demos the new Vigier Fretless guitar!
Also reviewed in this issue;
Orange Jim Root Signature #4 Valve /tube head and cab review
Musicman Steve Morse Y2D guitar review
Digitech - iStomp FX pedal review
Peavey - Delta Blues 15 Combo amp review
Morley Steve Vai 2 and Classic Wah pedal review
TC Electronic Polytune Mini Pedal Review
TC Electronic Flashback pedal Review with Steve Morse TonePrint
Engl Powerball Valve/tube head review
Yamaha - Pacifica 311 and 611 solid Body reviews
Pedal Snake FX cable System review
Hughes and Kettner 18 Watt Tubemeister review
Bass Reviews this month include;
3leaf GR2 Envelope generator FX pedal
Ermie Ball Cobalt bass strings review
Ampeg Portaflex PF350 head & 115HE cab review
Breedlove BJ350 CM4 Solo fretless and BJ350 Sme4 Studio Fretted electro acoustic guitar review
Acoustic guitar reviews;
Vintage Paul Brett 6 String & 12 String electro acoustic reviews
Faith Venus FVGH - HEX Concert cutaway electro-acoustic review
Tanglewood Sundance TW45 W 0P E
This month learn how to play fast Andy James Part 3
Learn the Feel Factor with Michael Casswell
Extend your Chord vocabulary with Rick Graham
Michael Angelo Batio continues his Alternate picking lessons
Tom Quayle shows you how to expand your chord voicings
Stuart Bull continues his lessons teaching you how to play Hybrid Picking!
Maneli Jamal continues to teach you how to play percussive guitar
and Georgio Serci shows you how to play campanella technique on classical guitar!
iOS based amp modellers and effects processors have been around for a couple
of years now but Digitech has taken the idea one step further with the iStomp,
a supremely versatile, stand alone FX pedal customisable through the App Store.
Tom Quayle checks it out…
The idea of effects units and amp modellers
running on Apple’s iOS operating system is
certainly not a new one. Many companies
have been falling over themselves to adopt
the latest and most fashionable technology
and appeal to guitarists who must have the
latest gadget or app for their iPad or iPhone.
Often the results have been pretty hit and
miss with sub-par tones on hand, leaving
the app as nothing more than a fun curiosity
for a while. Certainly, the average gigging
guitarist would never use such a device in
their live setup. Digitech is looking to change
this with the introduction of the iStomp
pedal, a compact and customisable effects
pedal that looks exactly like every other
pedal on your board. In other words it really
couldn’t be any more guitarist friendly!
The unit comprises a well-built, solid outer
shell with a standard 9v DC input and stereo
ins and outs. Digitech has used a high quality
footswitch and knobs giving the whole
pedal a professional feel and look. Stereo
operation allows you to run a stereo rig or
even use the pedal in a studio environment.
A customisable, colour LED signifies on/
off operation. The innovation with the
iStomp is that, unlike virtually every other
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audio peripheral on the iOS platform, once
programmed with the effect of your choice
the iStomp can be disconnected from your
iPad or iPhone and used on your pedal board
in the normal way. This is a superb feature
- after all, who wants their precious and
very expensive iPhone/Pad on the floor by
their pedal board where they’re stomping on
pedals during a gig?
The iStomp ships as a good sounding
overdrive pedal called the Redline but
coupled with your iOS device via the
included DSC (Digitech Smart Cable),
is customisable via Digitech’s free app
called ‘Stomp Shop’. Upon launch the app
recognises the attached device and presents
you with a range of 22 different effects
in four categories that can be purchased
and loaded into the pedal. The categories
included are broken into Compressor/
Pitch/Filter, Overdrive/Distortion, Chorus/
Modulation and Delay/Reverb with multiple
options in each category ranging from
models of well-known pedals to Digitech’s
own takes on classic effects such as Phasers,
Tape Delays, Flangers and Tremolos.