Archive for ‘musiikki’

20/08/2019

ESP Edwards EX-125D: Now on SoundCloud

A short demo of an Edwards EX-125D (Japanese Explorer-style guitar with active Seymour Duncan pickups).

Guitar tracks recorded using a Bluetone Shadows Jr valve combo, a 1990s Ibanez wah-wah, a Mad Professor Simble Overdrive pedal, and a Shure SM57.

19/08/2019

ESP Edwards SA-160LTS: Now on SoundCloud

A short demo song featuring the Edwards SA-160LTS (Japanese ES-335-style guitar made with a body from carved solid maple).

All guitar tracks recorded using a Bluetone Shadows Jr valve combo, a Mad Professor Simble Overdrive pedal, and a Shure SM57 microphone.

13/08/2019

Bluesharput tulossa Rockway-blogiin!

Huuliharppujen testi tulossa Rockway-blogiin.

Mukana ovat:

Fender Blues Deluxe

Hohner Silver Star

Suzuki Bluesmaster

Hohner Blues Harp MS

Suzuki Manji M-20

Seydel Session Steel

23/07/2019

Nyt Rockway-blogissa: kolme edullista SG-kitaraa

Löydät SG-kitaroiden testin TÄÄLTÄ.

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18/06/2019

Tulossa Rockway-blogiin: kolme edullista SG-kitaraa

Rockway-blogissa kesäkuussa 2019 kolme SG:tä testissä.

• Demobiisinä coverversio Freen klassikosta ”All Right Now”.

• Demobiisissä kaksi kitaraa – Hamer USA Studio Custom (vasen kanava) ja testikitara (oikea kanava).

• Vahvistin: Blackstar HT-1R

Katsauksessa ovat mukana:

Epiphone G-400 Pro (446 €)

Green Guitars SG (369 €)

Vintage Icon VS6MRCR (395 €)

17/06/2019

The Bluetone 2 x 10 Twin Reverb played by Vesa Kääpä

Contact: Bluetone Amps

11/06/2019

Testipenkissä: Tokai TST-50 Relic

Tällä kertaa Kitarablogilla oli ilo tutustua upouuteen erikoiserään, joka tehdään Tokain japanilaisesta TST-50 Stratokopiosta. Erikoismallin nimi on TST-50 Relic (1.699 €; topattu pussi kuuluu hintaan), ja kitara on saatavilla kahdella mikrofonivaihtoehdolla – ostaja voi valita Seymour Duncanin SSL-1- ja SSL-3-setin välillä.

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Monen kitaristin mielestä TST-50 on yksi maailman parhaimmista Stratokopiosta, ja vanhoille japanilaisille Tokaille on jopa omat vintage-markkinat.

Uusi Tokai TST-50 Relic vie nyt asiat vielä pidemmälle tarjoamalla soittimia, joilla on kevyesti ”vanhennetut” metalliosat, hieman naarmuuntunut pleksi (ja mikkikuoret), sekä viimeistely aidolla nitrolakalla.

Tämän Relic-mallin perusajatus ei ole tarjota raskaasti keinovanhennettua kitaraa, vaan tässä haetaan sitä ”closet classic” -mojoa. Tokai TST-50 Relic on kuin vuonna 1961 uutena ostettu Strato, jota on soitettu vuosi tai kaksi kotioloissa, ja joka on sitten työnnetty sängyn alle ja unohdettu.

Erikoiserä on saatavilla ainoastaan Sonic Bluessa.

TST-50 Relic:n perusainekset ovat leppärunko, ruuvattu vaahterakaula, sekä ruusupuinen otelauta.

Otelaudassa on vintage-tyylinen radius (7,25 tuumaa) ja se tarjoaa 21 medium-jumbo-kokoista nauhaa (Dunlop 6130). Kaularaudan säätöruuvi löytyy kaulaliitoksen luona.

Erinomaiset Gotoh-virittimet näyttävät hieman kuluneilta, mutta ne eivät ole läheskään niin likaiset (tai jopa ruostuneet) kuin joissakin rajummissa relic-kitaroissa.

Sama pätee myös erikoisvalmisteiselle Gotoh-vibratallalle.

Tokai Guitars Nordic tarjoaa Tokai TST-50 Relic -mallia kahtena versiona:

SSL-1-versiossa löytyy luonnollisesti yksi setti Seymour Duncan SSL-1 -mikrofoneja, jotka ovat firman uudelleenpainos Fenderin alkuperäisistä myöhäisen 50-luvun ja varhaisen 60-luvun Stratomikeistä. Näissä mikrofoneissa on siis erikorkuisia Alnico V -magneetteja, joilla on pyöristetyt yläreunat. Keskimikki on käämitty vastasuuntaan mikä tarkoittaa, että väliasennoissa ulkopuoliset häiriöt katoavat. Tallamikki taas on teholtaan muita mikrofoneja hieman kuumempi.

SSL-3-setti on Seymour Duncanin Hot Strat -versio, jossa on vintagea pidemmät, samankokoiset Alnico V -magneetit, käännetty keskimikki, sekä hieman kuumempi tallamikki.

Jostain syystä testiin saapuneessa SSL-3-versiossa on kiiltävät säätöruuvit, kun taas SSL-1:llä varustetussa Tokai TST-50 Relic:ssä säätöruuvit ovat pikkasen ruosteiset, mikä sopii paremmin mallin yleisilmeeseen.

Säätimet toimivat perinteisellä tavalla – master volume, kaksi tonea (kaula- ja keskimikille), sekä viisiasentoinen mikrofonikytkin.

Tokai TST-50 Relic:n hintaan kuuluu laadukas pussi erillisellä sisäpussilla.

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Minulla on hyvä vanha ystävä, joka omistaa aidon vuoden 1964 Stratocasterin (sekin on viimeistelty sonic blue -värityksellä). Olen itse saanut soittaa kyseisellä kitaralla useampaan otteeseen ja täytyy sanoa, että Tokain kopio samasta aiheesta on erinomaisen onnistunut.

Jotkut Relic-version ominaisuuksista vaikuttavat pikkuseikoilta, mutta tällaisessa closet classic -tyylisessä soittimessa ne ovat erityisen tärkeitä. Hyvä esimerkki tästä on testikitaroiden lakkaus:

Kaulan puu on jätetty kolhuttomaksi, mutta silti kaula tuntuu vanhalta, mikä johtuu ohuesta, puolihimmeästä nitrolakasta. Relicin runko taas on kiiltävä, mutta puun syyt näkee ja tuntuu hyvin pidetyn vanhan soittimen tavoin. Minusta on vain hyvä, että Tokai ei ole lisännyt TST-50 Relic -malleihin keinotekoisia painaumia ja naarmuja. Nämä kitarat tulevat varmasti saamaan aitoja jälkiä soittamisen kautta.

Tokain kaulaprofiili on täydellinen uudelleenpainos varhaisen 1960-luvun Stratokaulasta – se on erittäin mukava, hieman ovaali C. Molemmat testikitarat ovat kevyitä.

Työnjälki, säädöt, sekä soitettavuus ovat molemmissa versioissa ensiluokkaista.

SSL-1-version soundissa on aitoa vintage-mojoa. Kitara on erittäin dynaaminen, ja ääni on kuivahko maiskuttavalla atakilla ja aimolla annoksella purevuutta:

SSL-3-version signaalitaso ei ole silmiinpistävästi kuumempi kuin SSL-1-kitarassa. Mikkisetin Hot Strat -nimitys tulee pitkälti mikkien voimakkaalta keskialueelta. Tämä on paksumpi ja lihaksikkaampi näkemys Straton soundista:

Käytin demobiisissä molempia TST-50 Relic -versioita. Klippi perustuu Beatles-klassikkobiisin ”And Your Bird Can Sing” kuuluisaan kitarasooloon, jota John Lennon ja George Harrison soittivat kahdella sonic blue -värisellä Fender Stratocasterilla. Vahvistimena toimi Bluetone Shadows Jr. -kombo ja sen eteen oli laitettu Shure SM57 -mikrofoni:

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Tokai TST-50 Relic on erinomainen uudelleenpainos 1960-luvun klassikkokitarasta. Kitarassa on aito vintagekitaran tuntuma, ilman että kaulaan tai runkoon olisi lisätty keinotekoisesti naarmuja. TST-50 Reliciltä saa rutkasti vanhan sähkökitaran lumoa, ilman aidon vintagesoittimen suurta hintalappua. Lisäbonuksena uuden Tokain kanssa ei tule sitä pelkoa, että kyseessä olisi hujaus tai eri kitaroista ja osista kasattu ”Palacaster”, joka on myyty arvosoittimena.

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Tokai Japan TST-50 Relic SSL-1 & SSL-3

1.699 € (topattu pussi kuuluu hintaan)

Lisätiedot: Musamaailma

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Plussat:

+ työnjälki

+ aito nitrolakka

+ soitettavuus

+ kaksi eri mikkiversiota tarjolla

+ soundi

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05/06/2019

Review: Tokai TST-50 Relic

This time Kitarablogi.com had the pleasure to receive a special run model of Tokai’s Japanese TST-50 Strat-style guitar for testing. The special model in question is called the TST-50 Relic (1,699 €; includes gig bag), and the guitar is available with two different Seymour Duncan pickup sets – either loaded with SSL-1s or a set of SSL-3s.

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For many guitar fans the model designation TST-50 is synonymous with ”one of the finest Strat-copies in the world”, and there is a considerable market for vintage Tokais.

The Tokai TST-50 Relic takes things even further by offering instruments with lightly aged hardware, slightly scratched pickguard and pickup covers, as well as a genuine nitro lacquer finish.

The basic idea is not to offer a beaten up, abused electric guitar; Tokai is going for the look that wet dream of many guitar collectors – the vintage Strat, bought new in 1961, played for a little while, and then forgotten beneath the bed or in a closet.

Currently the TST-50 Relic is only available in Sonic Blue (just like John’s and George’s Strats).

The basic ingredients of the TST-50 Relic are an alder body and a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard.

The ’board has a vintage radius (7.25″) and comes with 21 medium-jumbo frets (Dunlop 6130). Truss rod adjustment is at the neck’s body end.

The excellent Gotoh machine heads are deliberately, but lightly tarnished, but devoid of any over-the-top filth or rust.

The same goes for the custom-made Gotoh vintage vibrato bridge.

Tokai Guitars Nordic offers the Tokai TST-50 Relic in two versions:

The SSL-1 version comes loaded with a set of Seymour Duncan SSL-1 pickups, which is the company’s recreation of a late-50s/early-60s set of Fender Stratocaster single-coils. This means we find staggered height Alnico V magnets with bevelled top edges, a reverse-wound/reverse-polarity middle unit for hum-cancelling in the in-between settings, and a slightly overwound bridge pickup.

The SSL-3 set is Seymour Duncan’s ”Hot Strat” set that offers taller-than-vintage Alnico V magnets with level tops, a RW/RP middle pickup and a slightly hotter bridge unit.

For some strange reason the SSL-3 equipped Tokai comes with shiny, modern-type height adjustment screws, while the SSL-1 TST-50 Relic sports slightly rusty vintage-style screws.

The control setup is what you’d expect in an instrument like this, offering a master volume knob, two tone controls, and a five-way pickup switch.

Tokai’s TST-50 Relic comes with its own well-padded gig bag and a protective inner shroud.

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A good friend of mine owns a genuine 1964 Fender Stratocaster – which, funnily enough, is finished in Sonic Blue – which I’ve had the pleasure to play on a number of occasions, and I must say that Tokai are hitting all the right marks with their ”family heirloom” style Relic-version.

Many of these features are subtle, yet make all the difference in the world. Take the lacquer finish, for example:

On the neck the finish has an immaculate played-in feel, halfway between a gloss and a matte finish. The body is glossy, but it has that sunken in look of an old guitar, instead of the completely flat finish you’d normally expect on a brand-new instrument. The Tokai TST-50 Relic’s thin finish invites you to play the guitar and add some genuine battle scars of your own, instead of fake relicing out of the box.

The neck profile is a dead ringer for an early-60s Strat – a charming, slightly oval C. Both TST-50 Relics are comfortably lightweight.

The workmanship, setup, and playability of both versions proved top notch.

The SSL-1 version gives you a faithful recreation of a vintage Strat’s sound. The guitar sounds very dynamic and dry, while offering ample cluck and bite:

The SSL-3 version isn’t that much louder than its SSL-1 counterpart. Its Hot Strat-tag comes from the forceful mid-range it provides. This is a fatter and bigger take on the familiar Strat-theme:

The demo song features both versions of the TST-50 Relic. The clip is based on the classic Beatles track ”And Your Bird Can Sing” and it was recorded with a Bluetone Shadows Jr. combo and a Shure SM57:

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The Tokai TST-50 Relic gives you plenty of that vintage-style Strat-vibe, without resorting to any embarrassing fake dings and scratches. The TST-50 Relic feels and sounds very much like a 60-years old instrument, but comes with a far friendlier price tag. And you won’t have to worry that you might have spent all your money on a fake or a bitser.

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Tokai Japan TST-50 Relic SSL-1 & SSL-3

1,699 € (including gig bag)

Finnish distributor: Musamaailma

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Pros:

+ workmanship

+ genuine lacquer finish

+ playability

+ two pickup options

+ sound

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29/05/2019

Working on a review +++ Tulossa pian +++ Tokai TST-50 Relic

Contact: Musamaailma

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21/05/2019

Review: Bluetone Amps Fried Eye & Bugaboo distortion pedals

Finnish valve amp specialist Bluetone Custom Amplifiers has broken new ground by releasing a trio of handmade pedal effects, comprising a delay/reverb-unit, called Echoes, as well as two different preamp/distortion boxes, the Fried Eye and the Bugaboo.

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Bluetone’s Fried Eye Distortion (269 €) offers two high-quality effects in one box:

The boost circuit can be run separately from the pedal’s distortion side. It offers a considerable amount of boost (up to 12 dB), which is adjustable with the pedal’s Boost control.

But the Fried Eye Distortion’s main raison d’être is, of course, its comprehensive distortion section. The pedal’s distortion circuit is a solid-state version of the acclaimed Bluetone Fried Eye tube amplifier’s crunch channel. Its aim is to give you a wide range of Marshall-inspired crunch and distortion tones.

Bluetone’s Fried Eye Distortion pedal runs on nine to eighteen volts DC supplied by a PSU (not included) via a standard 2.1 mm plug (centre negative). A look under the hood reveals a large circuit board and clean and neat wiring.

Soundwise the Fried Eye pedal hits the bull’s-eye in my opinion, offering a wide range of Marshall-type tones from a light crunch to full blast. The effect’s three-band EQ works really well in tailoring the effects sound to your musical needs.

This short audio clip gives you an idea of the Fried Eye’s basic sound with the Gain control set to 12 o’clock. The first half showcases the distortion side on its own, with the boost kicking in for the second half. I used a Hamer USA Studio Custom with the bridge humbucker engaged. The clip was recorded direct off a Blackstar HT-1R’s speaker emulated output:

The Muse-inspired demo song shows you how the Fried Eye performs in a band mix. I used a Bluetone Shadows Jr. combo and a Shure SM57 to record all guitar tracks.

The demo features the following guitars:

• rhythm guitars – Hamer USA Studio Custom (left channel), Gibson Melody Maker SG (centre), Fender Stratocaster (right channel)

• reverse guitar – Gibson Melody Maker SG

• lead guitar – Hamer USA Studio Custom, Morley wah-wah

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The Bluetone Bugaboo Distortion pedal (249 €) is based on the company’s none-more-Metal Bugaboo valve amplifier’s crunch channel.

The Bugaboo is aimed more squarely at the Hard Rock- and Metal-crowd, offering much more gain and a lot more juicy compression than the Fried Eye pedal.

The wiring inside our review unit looks a bit less tidy, due to the long wires going from the circuit board to the pots and switches. I’d like to stress, though, that this specific pedal is a very early production model that has been superseded by a more compact version (but with completely identical specs and features) recently!

The Bugaboo-pedal, too, runs on nine to eighteen volts DC supplied by a PSU (not included) via a standard 2.1 mm plug (centre negative).

Bluetone’s Bugaboo does exactly what is says on the tin:

This pedal turns any amp into a fire breathing thing of beauty, offering plenty of gain. The three-band EQ has been bolstered by two very nifty mini-switches. Bite offers a presence boost that will help your guitar to cut through even the densest mix, while Tight helps you keep the bottom end from becoming too boomy.

This short audio clip gives you an idea of the Bugaboo’s basic sound with the Gain control set to 12 o’clock, Bite engaged and Tight turned off. I used a Hamer USA Studio Custom with the bridge humbucker engaged. The clip was recorded direct off a Blackstar HT-1R’s speaker emulated output:

The demo song shows you how the Bugaboo performs in a band mix. All guitar tracks were recorded direct off a Blackstar HT-1R’s speaker emulated output. The song contains the following guitar tracks:

• Rhythm guitars – Fender Stratocaster (left) & Gibson Melody Maker SG (right)

• Lead guitar – Hamer USA Studio Custom

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In my view, the clean, business-like look of the new Bluetone-pedals is a clear bonus, especially on stage. Sure, the Fried Eye and Bugaboo don’t sport any flashy paint jobs that scream ”Hey, man, I’m a weird boutique pedal”, but at least you can tell instantly what type of pedal you’re dealing with, and which knob (or switch) does what.

In terms of their sounds both units are winners, each offering a wide array of different shades of distortion, with the Fried Eye being a bit more ”Rock” and the Bugaboo a tad more ”Metal” in character. These are professional grade, handmade effect pedals at a fair price.Save

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