The latest issue of Guitar Interactive, the free digital guitar magazine has been released and it’s loaded to the brim with new video interviews, interactive guitar lessons and reviews of all the latest guitars, amps and pedals. Also, after the success of last month’s offer, every Guitar Interactive subscriber can still claim a FREE copy of the brilliant TAB editing software package Guitar Pro 6!
American guitar virtuoso Richie Kotzen is this month’s cover star with an in-depth interview at his LA home studio and a special ‘Kotzen Masterclass’ lesson from Tom Quayle. Other interviews include Free bassist Andy Fraser and Guitar Interactive favourite Steve Hackett returns to talk with Michael Casswell about his new album ‘Genesis Revisited ll’ and to perform an exclusive live session!
There’s more exclusive material on offer as Guitar Interactive are invited to the annual LA Amp Show to sample the latest products and find out what’s new in the world of Amplifiers. Pedals and Guitars. With a whole host of interviews with the brains behind the gear you love including Fractal Audio, Matrix Amplification, Suhr Guitars, Eganter + More….
There’s lots of prizes up for grabs in the competitions section of the mag… Gi are giving away two Wampler pedals and two copies of the new Randy Rhoads biography + find out which lucky reader bagged the Ibanez Steve Vai JEM70V Guitar!
Don’t miss the column features as Andy James, Tom Quayle, Rick Graham, Michael Casswell and Giorgio Serci all continue their technique lessons including tips, tricks and licks to help make you a better guitarist and starting this month, Guitar Idol winner Don Alder joins the Guitar Interactive teaching team to begin his ‘Acoustic Percussion’ series.
Included in the magazine is full downloadable tab for all of the lessons in the usual PDF format and now our new Guitar Pro 6 format so you can start using your FREE software right away (For details on how to claim your copy, visit the downloads page in the magazine).
The rest of the issue is jam packed with reviews including the new Tony Iommi Signture T-100 Laney Amp, Washburn, Rickenbacker, PRS, Hiwatt, Wampler, TC Electronic, Danelectro, Stonebridge and an exclusive review of the new Ibanez Roadcore RC230 Guitar!
If that’s not enough, Gi brings you a Quiet Room special with the new ‘Rise Of The Super-Ukes’ feature – Ukelele expert John Howlett explains why the Ukelele is conquering the world and reviews the best models on the market.
All this is available now and it’s completely FREE! Visit http://www.iguitarmag.com/issue13 to read it now!
THE BASSMENT_HEAD AND CABINET REVIEW
Stirring times, down in the Bassment! After a bit of an extended wait, TC Electronic
delivered not one, but two, of its eagerly-anticipated new bass amps - the BG250 combo
and the BH250 head. So how does TC’s much vaunted TonePrint actually perform in its
bass incarnation? Over to our dungeonmeister, Dan Veall!
Hot on the heels of TC Electronic’s much
applauded RH and BH ranges, the BG250
combo and similar BH250 bass amplifier
head, represent the latest thinking from
the Danish company that has made huge
inroads into the bass amp market in recent
years. Their unique angle, in addition to
a clever EQ section, is that they offer the
ability to select sounds and effects from
TC’s downloadable ‘TonePrint’ online artist
library – by computer or directly from your
mobile phone - and apply them to your amp.
It’s a feature we’ve previously seen in TC’s
effects pedals, and now here it is in your bass
For the uninitiated, TC Electronic didn’t
just arrive at the world of bass by accident.
Known for those world class effects and
signal processors, it set about taking on the
rather clumsy and overweight world of bass
guitar amplification, promising powerful and
lightweight heads, cabinets and combos that
were easy to use and responsive in all genres.
2009 saw the release of the original RH450 -
a D-Class amplifier with a full DSP pre-amp,
designed to emulate the sounds of a valve
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amplifier in a compact package. The RH450,
packed with attitude, began life named the
‘Rebel Head’. That moniker was dropped
but it did set the tone for TC’s intentions in
the market! The matching RC cabinets were
a breath of fresh air too, in terms of their
physical design as well as tone.
Not content to rest on its laurels, following
RH450s came a host of new models,
including a simplified head, the Classic 450,
then the Staccato 51 (its sound modelled by
bass great Rocco Prestia) and more muscle
power followed, in the shape of the RH750
and the 1,600 Watt ‘Blacksmith’ beast.
For those with a more budget conscious
shopping list, TC now provides the BC
range of cabinets, BH heads and BG combo
amplifiers. So let’s take a look at one of those
first, the BG250.
This 1x15 + tweeter combo sits really nicely
in the rehearsal/teaching sized rig, as well
as being very happy in small club gigs. It’s
a perky little number that I think will be
at home in a band set-up, as long as your
bandmates understand what the control
marked ‘volume’ does on their guitar rigs!