Guitar Interactive Magazine Issue 12 Featuring Steve Vai! iGuitar Magazine!
Steve Vai talks with Guitar Interactive Magazine at his home studio in L.A to talk about playing, his gear & his brand new album.
Learn how to play like Steve Vai in Guitar Interactive Magazine Issue 12 free guitar lessons to learn Steve Vai style and tricks with Andy James. Featured exclusively in this issue we were loaned the Steve Vai Ibanez EVO - only 100 were made as exact replicas & we have one to talk about in this issue.
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Also featured in Guitar Interactive this Issue - We featured the band The Aristrocrats - headed by the fantastic Guthrie Govan check out the live performances of this super group!!
To celebrate Marshall Amplification 50 Years - we interview Paul Marshall about the companies history & we talk with the man behind the designs of Marshall amps with an exclusive tour around the factory.
Guitar Reviews this month feature;
Review of the Ibanez Jem Evo & JEM 70V
Review of the Duesenburg Fullerton CC
Review of the Fender Excelsior combo
Review of the Godin Session Custom Guitar
Review of the Cornell Valve Pre Amp Pedal
Review of the Hayden HGT A20 Head Review 2 x12 Cab review
IK Multimedia iRig Stomp review
TC Electronic Spark Booster Review
A/DA APP-1 Pre Amp Pedal
Rocktron Boutique Series FX Pedals Review
Faith Eclipse Venus 12 String Review
Review Marshall as50d Soloist
Huss And Dalton acoustic review
Review of the Laney NEXUS Fet & NX410 & NX115
Review of the overwater Tanglewood Standard Bass and plus bass
Review of Elixir Coated & Coated Nickel sbass strings
THE BASSMENT_STRING REVIEW
Elixir completely shook-up the string market when it launched its polymer coated
strings. Now well established, the Elixir range has just been improved with new coating
technology. But can our resident Bassment dungeonmeister, Dan Veall, tell the difference
between the nickel and stainless versions? We set him the test...
In iGuitar issue nine we enjoyed our first bass
string review. To be honest, it was something
we were a little unsure about undertaking.
The good news is that it went well and you,
dear readers, gave us much positive feedback!
So, when we were contacted by Elixir Strings
about new developments to its coated strings
range, we hopped right on it to bring you a
working comparison guide between the two
Elixir provided us with two identical Ibanez
basses, one strung with the brand new
Nanoweb coated stainless steel strings and
the other with the coated nickel strings.
Just to clarify, these both featured the new
Nanoweb coating, but the stainless steel sets
are completely new, nickel having always
been available from Elixir but now coming
with the new coating.
Given the cost of bass strings, particularly
coated premium quality ones, we felt this is
a test that you’d not be able to do very easily
at home. After all, how many of us have two
identical basses that we can strap different types
of strings onto, then compare back and forth?
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So first up. What of Elixir and why coated
Elixir, owned by the WL Gore company
(they of the fabulous GoreTex waterproof
fabric beloved of outdoor types), has been
producing coated strings since 1995 and has
carved-out a sizeable chunk of the guitar
and bass string market, despite having to
persuade musicians to spend more than
they were used to for strings and having
been a completely new name entering an
already crowded field. Clearly, players were
impressed. Now, Elixir says its strings are
Elixir’s strings feature a ‘microscopically thin’
Nanoweb fluoropolymer coating that the
company says is the only type that covers
the entire outer string surface, whereas
quote: “other string manufacturers offer
coatings that protect the wrap wire going
round the core but neglect the gaps between
the windings, allowing deterioration to
occur.” This deterioration is the result of
dirt, sweat, oil and skin debris being rubbed
in to the windings every time we play our