iGuitar Magazine Issue 9 Featuring Steve Morse- Steve Morse Interview - Steve Morse Guitar Lessons - Win a Steve Morse Y2D Music Man Guitar! Out Now!
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We have a Randy Rhoads tribute including an unpublished interview and career overview!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!
We were all set to ask Michael Casswell to review a Peavey Delta Blues combo
but it turned out, he’d already found one...
When I recently got close to the filming
dates of the Learn to Play John Mayer DVD
for Lick Library, I started wondering how
I was going to replicate some of the great
Mayer Strat tones. On the track listing,
he uses three amps, made by Fender, Two
Rock and the legend that is Dumble. Rock
tones and high gain tones are relatively easy
to get, but sweet, bluesy, dynamic singing
tones are a whole different ball game, and
that was exactly what was needed. After a
lot of swearing, cups of tea, and pulling my
hair out, I eventually stumbled upon a nice
Mayer-ish tone using my 62 Strat, a Peavey
Delta Blues, and a few pedals. The Peavey
Delta Blues? Yes, this unassuming, vintagestyled
combo not only saved the day for me,
but seriously impressed with its amazing
The Delta Blues basically shares much of it
insides with the Peavey Classic 30. I own a
Classic 30, and generally recommend people
check one out when they are in the market
for a good all-round, reliable, portable
combo, for not too much money. The Delta
Blues has some differences though - for
example, a tremolo circuit, which is one of
the nicest I have heard. It seems to be able
to go slower, faster, and deeper than most I
have tried. Again, I needed a nice tremolo
effect for the John Mayer DVD on the song
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‘Gravity’ and this amp nailed it.
Obviously we are talking all tube here, with
three Electro Harmonix Sovtek 12ax7 pre
amp, and four Sovtek EL84 power amp
tubes in a two parallel pair, push pull output
stage, giving class AB operation. That is the
technical way of saying, “it sounds great!” It
has two channels selectable by a footswitch
which doesn’t seem to be included with this
one (shame!) and there is a little push boost
switch for the crunch channel giving a 25dB
gain boost. The onboard spring reverb is very
musical if you don’t overdo it. For reverbs, I
tend to stick to digital verbs in the loop, but
this spring reverb sounds usable. Talking of
effects loops, I am glad to say the Delta Blues
has one onboard, which again expands the
sonic possibilities for use with any of those
nice time-based effects you might have lying
around! The styling is retro tweed Fender,
and I have saved the best till last....... the
knobs all go to 12..... which beats Nigel
Tufnell’s 11, any day!
I’m not going to say much about the amp’s
sound here as that’s what the video’s for - and
this really is an amp that needs to be heard
rather than read about. The secret is in the
name. If that Delta Blues sound is what you
want then this is very likely to be the amp
that delivers it.