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The Neumann U67 reissue: unparalleled versatility and performance
Necessity is often the mother of invention, as was the case with the Neumann U67. In the late 1950s, Neumann received the devastating news that the Telefunken tube used in its then-premier tube condenser microphone, the U47, would be discontinued. One last production run of Telefunken VF 14M tubes supplied Neumann with enough to sell U47s into the early 1960s, while the process of creating Neumann's new studio standard began.
  • Pro-grade audio is easier to achieve with Mackie’s new DRM Series powered speakers. The DRM Series brings class-leading performance and features to both mobile and installed applications. The DRM Series features Class-D output, intelligent DSP technology and rugged cabinets. DRM active loudspeakers promise to deliver sound normally associated with huge touring PA systems. Professional DJs, live bands and other musicians will all benefit from the DRM Series.
  • Taylor Guitars' master luthier Andy Powers is constantly looking for new ways to craft acoustic guitars that feel great in your hands and sound great to your ears. His latest achievement is the Taylor Grand Pacific dreadnought line. Bolstered by Taylor's innovative V-Class bracing, Grand Pacific guitars are round-shoulder dreadnoughts offering a new tone that redefines the Taylor sound. They are warmer and more seasoned than traditional dreadnoughts, allowing individual notes to blend more organically.
  • Fender Guitars has launched an amazing new American-made guitar that plays like an electric, but sounds like an acoustic. In fact, it can sound like any steel-string acoustic guitar you can imagine. With the form factor of Leo Fender’s first guitars, the Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster is going to surprise you.

News

NAMM 2019 Highlights: Drums & Percussion
The drum hall at NAMM is like nowhere else on the planet. It's a booming cavern of new tools and tech, and you'll definitely catch some of your favorite drummers there trying out the latest gear. Among the thousands of kits, sticks, and cymbals, these noteworthy new items captured the beat of our hearts.
  • While there were tons of new-and-exciting goodies for your signal chain unveiled by some of your favorite brands at NAMM 2019, here are a few of our favorites that you’re sure to love on your pedalboard.
  • NAMM 2019 was stocked full of great new gear for DJs and Producers. Heavy hitters like Technics, Denon DJ, Reloop and Raiden showcased a lineup which included popular series upgrades, all-new advancements and throwback-style turntables. On the production front, offerings from Akai, Korg and Elektron are aimed at getting you right into music-making with no menu-diving or computer required. Here’s a look at some of the most note-worthy products we spotted out on the floor.
  • Every year, innovators from around the globe descend on Las Vegas for CES, the largest consumer technologies trade show in the world. With CES 2019 upon us, one category that continues to gain a greater presence is musical instruments and equipment. Guitar Center recognizes the huge impact that advances in technology can have on musicians and how they create, produce, listen to, and share their music.

Gear Tips

GC Vintage Finds | 1963 Gibson SG Custom Cherry
Every guitar has a story to tell but not often do we get to know it so completely. Our Vintage team recently came across a rare single-owner 1963 Gibson SG Custom with a Cherry finish. We sat down with our Director of Used and Vintage, Jack Hetherington and Vintage Acquisition Manager Nick Conte to get the full details.
  • All that’s required to record guitar is you, your electric guitar (or acoustic/electric), a cable and a computer with some freemium digital recording software. However, amps, mics, external preamps and other gear play a crucial part in crafting a great-sounding record. Let’s break down some reasons to look at these additional tools. Depending on where you are in your journey, we also have some tips for success when recording with a minimal setup.
  • Many like to use both a mic and a DI (direct box) when recording acoustic guitar. However, each can serve a purpose individually as well. It all comes down to the intent. The primary reason to use a mic is to capture the tonal qualities the human ear hears when the instrument is played. On the other hand, a DI converts string vibrations (from the magnets in a pickup) to electrical signals and can have a sound more similar to an electric guitar. Certain types of pickups, like piezos, function more like actual microphones, converting the physical vibrations of the instrument to a voltage, which produces a less “electronic” sound.
  • Similar to acoustic guitar recording, an amp and DI can each play a crucial role in the final result, and recording both (if possible) can provide some cool options. A microphone on your guitar cab or combo's speaker captures the air movement produced by the drivers and introduces your room's tone into the recording—how much room depends on mic type and placement. The electric guitar pickup serves as the electronic sound source emitting from the instrument. Among other things, pickups can boost and/or cut signals coming from the guitar. Pickups come in active and passive configurations and differ greatly in quality, behavior and affordability.

Buying Guides

  • We’ve compiled a list of some of the most reliable and best-sounding acoustic and acoustic-electric steel-string guitars from top-name manufacturers ­­­­­­­­­­- all under $200.
  • There are a few important things to consider when shopping for an electronic drum set: the type of material the heads are made out of, the size of the kit, and the variety of sounds available in the module.  We’ve selected a few of our popular models for you to peruse and compare.

Performances

Heart & Soul | The White Buffalo
We caught up with Jake for a performance of The White Buffalo's "The Pilot" from his 2012 album 'Once Upon A Time in the West', live at Unison Studio in Los Angeles featuring the Taylor 710e.

Interviews

Vince Gill & Friends: Catching Up with Vince’s Favorite Emerging Guitarists
In 2016, we asked multi-Grammy-Award-winning country artist Vince Gill to choose 5 new guitarists to join him on stage for one night only at The Mint in Los Angeles, each competing for the chance to record their own original music with Vince in the studio, as well as open for him at one of his shows. After choosing Claudio Tristano as the winner for the evening, he shocked the audience by also inviting all 5 finalists to join him as opening acts for a future show. After a few years of touring with legendary rock group The Eagles, Vince Gill returned to Nashville for a special evening at 3rd & Lindsley with all five finalists, each joining Vince and his band for 20-minute sets of Vince classics and original music. We caught up with Vince, Arielle, Claudio, Justus West, Stephan Hogan and Tony Pierce backstage before the show to see what they've been up to since we last brought them together.
  • Two years ago, when Emily Wolfe stepped into the studio with Alabama Shakes’ keyboardist Ben Tanner at the board, she had already mapped out just about every sound she envisioned for the record. “The good thing about Emily is that she knows the sound when it’s there. The songs were fully formed in her head by the time she got the studio,” said Ben. Emily, a native of Austin, Texas, has spent the last several years making a name for herself as an electrifying, blues-driven live rock act, accompanied on the road by her trusty Epiphone Sheraton (picked up at Guitar Center Austin at the start of her career) and ever-evolving pedal board. With the release of her debut self-titled album, she effortlessly harnesses the raw power of her live performances in collaboration with Ben’s in-studio experimentation - creating an album that marries the roots of rock with the soaring choruses of modern pop. We sat down with Emily and Ben to talk about inspiration for the album, the process and gear behind nailing the sound, and how they brought to life Emily’s genre-bending dream of mixing “Demi Lovato with Queens of the Stone Age.”
  • During our recent visit to the UK, we stopped by the home studio of Mary Spender – a YouTube-based musician whose channel has already amassed a whopping 6.2 million views thanks to her “Tuesday Talks” YouTube series, in which she deep dives into music topics of her choosing with artists like K.T. Tunstall, James Valentine and more. We joined Mary for a Tuesday Talks of our own, covering the topics of her YouTube origins, evolving her process as a musician through social media, and how to kickstart your own YouTube channel with just an iPhone and a great mic.
  • Martin’s Modern Deluxe Series combines traditional construction techniques with modern materials to create the perfect blend of tone, response, volume and comfort. We spoke with Fred Greene, Martin’s Vice President of Product Management, to learn more about how the 000-28, D-18, D-28 and OM-28 in the Modern Deluxe series have been upgraded with features that were previously only available through Martin’s Custom Shop.
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