23/08/2018

Green Guitars P-Bass – the Kitarablogi-video

Green Guitars P-Bass

• basswood body

• hard maple neck

• rosewood fretboard

• 20 frets

• 34″ scale

• open cloverleaf tuners

• Kent Armstrong PB pickup

• 1 volume, 1 tone control

Finnish distributor: Nordsound

22/08/2018

Review: LTD M-400M & MH-1000NT

ESP’s and LTD’s M-series superstrats have long been one of the main pillars of ESP’s success, and their popularity doesn’t seem to wane. Many of the company’s signature models, too, are based on M-series guitars, such as the George Lynch and Kirk Hammett models.

This review takes a closer look at two mid-priced M-series instruments, which both sport Seymour Duncan pickups.

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The LTD M-400M (price in Finland approx. 745 €) is a typical M-series guitar:

It’s a bolt-on neck superstrat with a pair of humbuckers and a genuine Floyd Rose vibrato.

The M-400M has a maple neck that’s topped with a bound rosewood fretboard.

ESP/LTD have recently updated some of the cosmetics in the M-series by doing away with the large name-carrying 12th fret inlays (that I always found a little strange). In any case, the M-400M’s small dot inlays look much more stylish. The fingerboard offers you 24 jumbo fret’s worth of playing surface.

The model designation’s second ”M” points to this guitar’s beautiful two-piece mahogany body, which comes in a silky smooth satin finish.

Back in the 1980s ESP was one of the first companies to add contoured heels to their bolt-on guitars, so it’s no surprise to find one here.

The M-400M comes equipped with all-black hardware:

We find a set of Grover machine heads on the headstock, as well as a Floyd Rose locking nut and a bar adding string pressure behind the nut.

For the LTD M-400M ESP have chosen a pickup set comprising Seymour Duncan’s Jazz model – one of the company’s most popular neck humbuckers – and the relatively hot Custom 5 bridge unit.

The control set-up is very straightforward offering a three-way toggle switch and a master volume control.

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The LTD MH-1000NT (892 €) is a gorgeous fixed bridge instrument, designed to work with the whole gamut of modern ultra-low tunings.

The MH-1000NT is constructed using ESP’s proprietary set-through neck joint, which combines the best of both worlds by featuring a set neck that only ends underneath the bridge pickup. The resulting neck joint is sturdier than a traditional set neck, but doesn’t sound as dry as many through-neck guitars do.

This LTD’s body consists of a mahogany back and a bound, arched quilted maple top.

The neck is crafted from three long side-by-side strips of maple. The bound fretboard is made of Macassar ebony, which is a bit browner and more lively than what you’d expect of other types of ebony. This model, too, comes with 24 jumbo frets.

A set of locking tuners has been installed on the MH-1000NT.

The top nut uses a self-lubricating graphite-composite material.

The pickups chosen for the LTD MH-1000NT have been picked to suit the demands of Progressive Metal and similar genres.

Seymour Duncan’s Sentient is a neck humbucker, which sits in-between the ’59 and the Jazz in terms of its sound. The Sentient uses an Alnico 5 magnet with a moderate output, but the pickup has a clearer and brighter tone, compared to traditional neck humbuckers.

The Pegasus bridge humbucker for its part combines a wide frequency range and a clear attack with a creamy mid-range. Duncan promise precise transient reproduction and enough clarity for even the lowest tunings and highest distortion settings.

The MH-1000NT comes with a three-way switch and controls for volume and tone. A push/pull-switch inside the tone control lets you split both humbuckers.

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LTD’s M-400M is a prime example of a guitar wizard’s favourite instrument.

The neck profile is relatively wide and flat. When combined with the fretboards large radius and the jumbo frets this results in an extremely fast and slinky playing-feel.

The workmanship  on the M-400M is of a high standard, and the review sample’s set-up was great.

Acoustically, this LTD sounds very clear and fresh, which is typical of a well-made Floyd Rose-equipped bolt-on.

This clarity carries over nicely into the amplified tone:

The LTD MH-1000NT is more of a Les Paul-leaning superstrat.

The well-rounded, bigger neck profile is more to my personal liking, but the playing surface is as fast and precise as on the M-400M.

The MH-1000NT is a gorgeous beauty of a guitar. Its workmanship and finish are outstanding, making this model a real winner in the bang-for-buck field.

This LTD has a slightly warmer acoustic tone, which isn’t surprising taking into account the MH-1000NT’s different construction.

Even though this model has been made with Progressive Metal guitarists in mind, the LTD offers a much wider palette of sounds. It this guitar’s style pleases you, there’s really no reason why you couldn’t use it in a covers or Country band.

This tonal breadth is down to this models excellent pickups. Both the Sentient and the Pegasus have been designed for Metal, but their relatively moderate output lets the music breathe.

As you can easily hear in this clip, the MH-1000NT sounds great in clean settings, too (the split pickups come first):

The demo song has been recorded with a Blackstar HT-1R combo. The rhythm guitars are the MH-1000NT (stereo left) and the M-400M (right). The MH-1000NT takes the first solo, with the M-400M going second.

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It isn’t hard to see why LTD’s M-series guitars are so popular:

This series offers you ergonomically sound electric guitars for the modern player, who prefers high-gain tones and low tunings. The M-400M and the MH-1000NT are both high-quality mid-priced instruments, who successfully approach the same subject from slightly different angles. These guitars are hard to beat in the value-for-money stakes.

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LTD M-400M & MH-1000NT

M-400M – 745 €

MH-1000NT – 892 €

Finnish distributor: Musamaailma

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17/08/2018

Testipenkissä: TOOB 12J & 12R

Todella hyvän keksinnön kohdalla ajattelee usein ”Tämän olisin voinut keksiä itsekin!”

Totuus on kuitenkin, että neronleimaus on vasta valmiin tuotteen alkupiste, josta voi olla suhteellisen pitkä matka maaliin. Täytyy olla keksijän draivi ja pitkäjänteisyys, että jaksaa hioa alkuperäisen idean lopulliseen muotoonsa.

Suomalainen kitaristi ja keksijä Markku Pietinen oli jo pidemmän aikaa miettinyt, että perinteiselle kitarakaapille pitäisi löytää nykyaikainen ja kevyt vaihtoehto. Teknologian mullistukset vahvistinpuolella – esimerkiksi D-luokan päätevahvistimet – ovat johtaneet yhä pienempiin ja kevyempiin nuppeihin, mutta kaapit pysyivät kulmikkaina ja turhan painavina.

Markun tapauksessa neronleimaus syntyi muutama vuosi sitten, kun hän käveli rakennustyömaan ohi. Siinä makasi ylijäänyt pala ihan tavallista sadevesiputkea. Sarjakuvista tuttu valo syttyi keksijän päässä, ja uudenlaisen kaiutinkaapin kehittely sai alkunsa.

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Tältä se nykyaikainen kitarakaappi näyttää. Tuoteperheen nimi on TOOB™ (hinnat alk. 369 €), mikä on lyhenne sanoista ”Thinking Out Of the Box”.

TOOBesta on olemassa kaksi kitaraversiota – 12J ja 12R – jotka käyttävät 12-tuumaisia Jensen-kaiuttimia. TOOBin bassoversiosta – TOOB 12B – löytyy Celestionin valmistama bassokaiutin.

Perus-TOOBin saa mustana tai kanelinruskeana, mutta lisämaksua vastaan voi saada myös custom-versioita erilaisilla päällystyksillä (kts. jutun avauskuva).

TOOBin kotelo tehdään Uponor IQ -sadevesiputkesta. Kyse on erittäin vahvasta putkesta, joka koostuu kahdesta polypropyleenikerroksesta. Etu- ja takapaneelin kiinnitysrenkaat ruiskuvaletaan ABS-muovista TOOB-kaiuttimille.

Standard-versiossa on irrotettava teräksinen jalka, mutta jos sen ulkonäkö vaikuttaa liian pelkistettynä, saa kaiuttimesta myös Magleg-version (alk. 389 €), jossa on magneettikiinnikkeinen puusta veistetty jalka.

Pääero TOOB 12J:n (vasen) ja 12R:n (oikea) välillä on helppo huomata:

12J-versio (J = Jazz) on avoin kaappi, kun taas TOOB 12R:llä (R = Rock) on puinen takaseinä bassoportilla. Jazz-versio on myös puolitoista senttiä lyhyempi kuin Rock-TOOB.

TOOBeissa on kaksi rinnakkaista jakkia, minkä ansiosta useamman kaapin yhteiskäyttö yhdellä vahvistimella helpottuu.

Kaappien päälle on asennettu lakattu puualusta, joka on tarkoitettu mini-kokoisen vahvistimen kiinnittämiseen (ammattikäyttöön tarkoitetut tarranauhapalat kuuluvat hintaan). Pakettiin kuuluu myös lyhyt pro-tason kaiutinjohto.

Molemmissa kitaraversioissa käytetään kevyitä 12-tuumaisia (8 Ω) Jensen Jet Tornado -neodyymikaiuttimia.

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Testasin TOOBit kahdella putkivahvistimella – Blackstar HT-1R:llä ja Bluetone Shadows Juniorilla – ja testin aikana selvisi hyvinkin nopeasti, että molempien kaappien fokuksena on tuottaa mahdollisimman hyvä ja selkeä soundi minimaalisella vaivalla.

TOOB-kaiutin ei ole tarkoitettu esoteeriseksi putiikkikaiuttimeksi, täynnä mystistä voodoa. Nämä kaiuttimet ovat virtaviivaisia muusikoiden työkaluja, jotka kestävät keikkailun kolhuja mukisematta, ja jotka keventävät keikkailevan kitaristin työtaakka (sekä fyysisesti, että henkisesti).

Molemmista TOOBeista lähtee mukavan fokusoitu ääni, joka soi puhtaasti ja kirkkaasti, muttei koskaan liian terävästi tai purevasti. Kaiuttimien keskialue pysyy mukavan selkeänä ja neutraalina (hyvässä mielessä).

Minusta ei ole tarpeellista ottaa mallitunnuksien Jazz- ja Rock-viitauksia liian kirjaimellisesti – etenkin, kun 12J toimii loistavasti myös elektroakustisella kitaralla, mutta mallien väliset soundilliset erot on helppo huomata. TOOB 12J soi selvästi ilmaavammin, kun taas TOOB 12R:ssä on hieman ryhdikkäämpi luonne ja enemmän potkua bassorekisterissä.

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Referenssikaiutin (Bluetone Shadows Jr. -kombo 10-tuumaisella WGS Green Beret -kaiuttimilla; Shure SM57):

TOOB 12J:

TOOB 12R:

LES PAUL SÄRÖLLÄ

Referenssikaiutin (Bluetone Shadows Jr. -kombo 10-tuumaisella WGS Green Beret -kaiuttimilla; Shure SM57):

TOOB 12J:

TOOB 12R:

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Vaikka TOOB™-kaiutin voi vaikuttaa idealta hieman hassulta, ei voi muuta kuin todeta, että tämä uusi kitarakaiutin tarjoaa varsin nerokkaan ratkaisun todella monelle soittajille. TOOB-kaiutin on yhtä kestävä ja tukeva kuin se on kevyt ja kompakti.

Nämä ainutlaatuiset kaapit soivat hienosti, ja ne ovat enemmän kuin riittävän tehokkaita pieniä ja keskikokoisia keikkapaikkoja varten.

Jos valitsee TOOBin kaveriksi jonkin uusista mini-nupeista, kuten esimerkiksi Voxin MV50-sarjasta, lopputulos on varsin tehokas ja hyvänkuuloinen parivaljakko, joka on erittäin helppo roudata.

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TOOB

Kevyt kitarakaappi

TOOB 12J: alk. 369 €

TOOB 12R: alk. 369 €

Valmistaja: TOOB

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14/08/2018

Tulossa… == Coming soon… == Nux Effects

Info: Musiikki Silfverberg

13/08/2018

The new Bluetone Ghost presented by Kai Järvinen

Finnish guitarist Kai Järvinen takes the new Bluetone Ghost for a spin.

• Guitars used: Fender Custom Shop 1960 Stratocaster NOS & Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Les Paul Standard VOS

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Bluetone Ghost

• Handcrafted in Finland

• Based on a vintage Gibson GA-8 combo

• Approx. 8-10 W output

• High and Low inputs

• Volume and Tone controls

• Three-way switch for Negative Feedback/Off/Boost

• Three-position Bluetone OPC switch

• Single-ended power amp (6V6GT)

• Single 12-inch Celestion Alnico Blue speaker

More info at: http://www.bluetone.fi/ghost/

06/08/2018

Green Guitars P-Bass – Now on SoundCloud

Maahantuoja/Distributor: Nordsound

02/08/2018

Green Guitars P-Bass ++ Testi tulossa ++ Review coming soon

Maahantuoja/Distributor: Nordsound

20/06/2018

Jam Track: Latin Rock in Bm (122 BPM)

18/06/2018

Seven bridge P-90s and humbuckers played through an overdriven combo

The bridge pickups of seven different guitars played through a crunchy setting on a Bluetone Shadows Jr. combo.

On the compilation track each guitar takes one turn with the order being:

Les Paul Junior –> Casino –> Kasuga –> Melody Maker SG –> G-400 –> Les Paul Standard –> Hamer

13/06/2018

Review: TOOB 12B

Kitarablogi.com reviewed the guitar-specific TOOB models 12J and 12R back in April. At that time no bass version – the 12B – was available for testing, but now we got our chance to do a review of this model, too.

In case you haven’t yet read the previous TOOB review, let me run the basic features by you again.

Finnish inventor/ guitarist Markku Pietinen has come up with what I regard as one of the coolest new ideas in the field of speaker cabinets – the TOOB.

The TOOB is an ultralight speaker cabinet conceived especially for the musician on the move.

The TOOB’s cabinet consists of a length of Uponor IQ drainage pipe. This is an extremely lightweight and strong corrugated tube made from double-walled polypropylene. The mounting rims are a proprietary design, injection moulded from ABS plastic specifically for use in the TOOB cabinets.

There are two guitar speaker versions available – the 12J and the 12R – which both come loaded with 12″ Jensen speakers, alongside the TOOB 12B bass cabinet that sports a Celestion BN12-300S.

The TOOB 12B  (current RRP in Finland: 499 €) weighs only 4.6 kg and offers power handling of up to 300 watts at 8 ohms.

Standard colours for all TOOBs are black and cinnamon (as reviewed), but you can also order custom options with a painted or covered veneer overlay.

All TOOBs come with metal clip-on legs as standard, or you can get an optional magnetic plywood foot, as used on our review sample. I’ve also heard rumours that the company is currently working on an adjustable cradle stand, tentatively called the TILTA.

The bass version comes with an additional set of clip-on legs should you want to place your 12B in an upright position.

This position results in a different kind of sound dispersal, often preferred by double bass players, in addition to taking up even less space on stage. I’d strongly suggest you try both styles of placement.

The 12B offers both a Speakon connector and a phone jack as inputs. As the inputs are wired in parallel, you can also use the second connector to daisy chain two TOOBs to a single amp.

The bass model also offers an additional tone shaping feature in the shape of the TOOB Tone Cushion. The cushion is velcroed to the inside of the TOOB, and can be removed or squeezed to give open-back or half-open tonalities. My personal preference was the closed setting, but you should definitely experiment with the Tone Cushion to find your favourite set-up.

I got to test drive the TOOB 12B with two micro-amps – a Trace Elliot Elf and a Gallien-Krueger MB200 – which can be handily velcroed to the cabinet’s small wooden table.

The sound quality, sound dispersion and power handling of the bass-TOOB are nothing short of impressive. Yes, you can get the speaker to distort by driving the cabinet at silly levels, but for the types of bands and gigs it has been designed for, you’d be hard pressed to find a better ultra-compact solution than the 12B.

In my opinion the TOOB’s bass version is best suited for Jazz and Lounge groups, as well as Pop/Rock gigs in (very) small venues (like the pub on the corner). The TOOB 12B is also ideal as a cabinet for acoustic bass guitars in ”unplugged” bands.

The sound clips were played through the GK MB200 and recorded with a Shure SM57:

1980s Jazz Bass

Double bass with Shadow pickup

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The TOOB 12B

Lightweight bass speaker cabinet

499 €

Contact: TOOB

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+ made in Finland

+ ruggedness

+ weight

+ power handling

+ sound

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