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Walrus Audio Enchantress Limited-Edition Julia
The Walrus Audio Julia chorus/vibrato is a favorite for guitar players who need the ability to switch between chorus and vibrato or blend both together. The Julia can add a bit of depth to your tone with a low chorus setting or be pushed to the limits of that classic warble vibrato offers and everything in between.
  • With names like the Strat-Tele Hybrid and the Jaguar Strat, it’s easy to see that Fender took some of the best elements of classic Fender guitar and bass models and brought them together to create gear we could've previously only imagined possible.
  • The new Fender effects pedals will add brilliant color to both your tone and your pedalboard. Concepted and designed in California, these pedals boast anodized aluminum chassis and offer unique twists on classic effects. Fender used the recognizable LED amp jewel for the “on-light” and used LED backlit knobs, making these pedals stage-ready for the gigging musician. Where these pedals really excel is in huge tone and versatility of control. Check out the videos below to hear these exciting new pedals from Fender.

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Recording Guitar: Do I Really Need All This Gear?
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.
  • After getting our hands on the brand new Technics SL-1210GR turntable, we connected with some of the most respected DJs in Hip Hop culture, the Beat Junkies, to give the new decks a spin and help teach us how to scratch, live from their newly built Beat Junkie Institute of Sound.

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.

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Interviews

Becca Mancari: Backstage at SXSW
Bringing her own synth-stringed indie rock experience to Austin, Nashville’s Becca Mancari made the most of her first year at SXSW. We caught up with her post-showcase to chat about transitioning from acoustic to electric, her guitarist’s slide/pedal custom creation and the best advice Brittany Howard of Bermuda Triangle has given her about making it as an artist.
  • San Diego’s WAVVES brought their signature surf-rock punk energy (and a seriously rad Epiphone Flying V Bass) to their packed showcase at Clive Bar in Austin. We caught up with the band backstage at SXSW to tour their road gear, and talk about how Nathan made one fan’s day by raffling his Fender Mustang on social media.
  • Louisiana’s own Tank and the Bangas made quite the splash at Clive Bar during their SXSW showcase this year - starting their set with a jazzy, spoken-word epic and ending on Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, it was a wild roller coaster for the senses. We hung out with the Bangas backstage in Austin to talk about the gear they use to shape their unique sound (and why every horn player needs to have their own pedalboard).
  • As a pioneering, Grammy-nominated female rapper in hip hop, Rapsody continues to grow her legacy through thought-provoking lyrics and a trailblazing mentality (she was the only female rapper in the Best Rap Album category at this year’s Grammys). We hung out with Rapsody at the SXSW screening of her Netflix documentary series Rapture to talk about advice for new artists, Queen Latifah as early inspiration, and starting out with just a microphone in her closet.
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