Posts tagged ‘Martin Berka’

15/09/2017

First Look: Valeton Dapper Mini

Valeton Dapper Mini

Four-in-one effects strip

• TUNER module with fast, accurate tuning
• Flexible DRIVE module offering OVERDRIVE or DISTORTION
• CHORUS module
• Analog-voiced DELAY module with tap tempo
• HEADPHONE output
• Power supply included

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Demo track based on ”Purple Rain” by Prince.
• Rhythm guitars – Fender Telecaster (left) and Stratocaster (right)
• Lead guitar – Fender Stratocaster
The Valeton Dapper Mini was plugged into a Juketone True Blood amplifier (handwired Tweed Champ clone). Recorded with a Shure SM57. Reverb added during mixdown.

Contact: R-JAM Group

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13/09/2017

First Look: Valeton Dapper Dark

Valeton Dapper Dark

Five-in-one effects strip

• TUNER module with fast, accurate tuning
• Powerful BOOST module
• HIGH-GAIN DISTORTION module with built-in noise suppressor
• CHORUS module
• Analog-voiced DELAY module with tap tempo
• CAB SIM selector for recording or direct-to-PA
• FX LOOP for extending the effects chain
• Power supply included

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All guitar parts played on a Gibson Melody Maker SG. Reverb added during mixdown.

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04/09/2017

Rockway.fi-blogin bassokatsaus ilmestyy lähipäivinä

Syyskuun katsauksessa esitellään kuusi sähköbassoa:

Epiphone Thunderbird IV

G&L JB-2

LTD (by ESP) B-50 EMG

Mannedesign Newport 4T

Samick Greg Bennett Delta DB-104

Sterling (by MM) SUB Ray4

Bassot on äänitetty aakosjärjestyksessä Tech21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:llä.

28/08/2017

Shadow SH951

Shadow SH951

• Made in Germany
• Single-transducer double bass pickup
• Mounts in bridge scroll
• Output jack attaches with velcro

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Audio demo recorded with an East European plywood double bass. The Shadow SH951 was plugged straight into a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB-soundcard.

24/08/2017

First Look: Markbass EVO 1

MarkBass EVO 1

• 500 W modelling bass amp head
• Two channels with six amp types each
• One effect per channel
• Built-in tuner
• Two FX loops
• Both channels can also be mixed
• Full editability via USB using MarkBass’ EVO 1 Software (Win/Mac)
• Optional EVO 1 five-button controller available

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Demo Track:

• All bass tracks recorded via a MarkBass 4 x 10 cabinet and a Shure SM57
• Reverb and delay added during mixdown

Basses used in the demo track:

• Epiphone Thunderbird IV
• G&L JB-2
• LTD (by ESP) B-50 EMG
• Samick Greg Bennett Delta DB-104
• Sterling (by MM) SUB Ray4

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Distributor: Musamaailma

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22/08/2017

First Look: Valeton Dapper

Maahantuoja: R-JAM Group

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17/08/2017

Valeton Dapper – Now on SoundCloud

Maahantuoja: R-JAM Group

16/08/2017

Tulossa syyskuussa: Rockway.fi-blogin bassokatsaus

Syyskuun katsauksessa esitellään kuusi sähköbassoa:

Epiphone Thunderbird IV

G&L JB-2

LTD (by ESP) B-50 EMG

Mannedesign Newport 4T

Samick Greg Bennett Delta DB-104

Sterling (by MM) SUB Ray4

Bassot on äänitetty aakosjärjestyksessä Tech21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI:llä.

08/08/2017

Heavykitara-juttu on ilmestynyt Rockway-blogiin

Juttu löytyy TÄSTÄ.

01/08/2017

Review: Fender Paramount PM-2 AM

Looking back, only 20 years ago an instrument’s country of origin tended to tell you much about its quality. American, European and Japanese guitars were ruling the roost, while Chinese instruments were clearly only meant for the entry-level market.

But not anymore: These days it’s all about decisions regarding an instrument’s price point and specifications, while the country of origin seems to lose much of its importance. It’s all about building methods and quality control, and less about geography.

The brand-new, all-mahogany member of Fender’s Paramount-series – the Fender PM-2 All Mahogany (price approx. 580 €) – is made in China to the highest quality standards.

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Fender’s Paramount PM-2 AM is a parlour-sized steel-string acoustic (similar in size to C.F. Martin’s size 00) with a 12th fret neck joint.

Many acoustic guitarists claim that a 12-fret neck makes a guitar sound fuller and warmer, compared to a similar 14-fret neck guitar. This is probably thanks to the ”unsupported” part of the neck being shorter, and the body being slightly longer.

The whole soundbox has been crafted from beautiful solid mahogany.

The PM-2 All Mahogany sports a traditional dovetail set neck joint. The mahogany neck is one solid piece, save for a little glued-on bit, used for the neck heel.

Fender has chosen high-quality replicas of vintage open tuning machines for this Paramount.

Genuine bone is used for the PM-2 AM’s top nut and compensated bridge saddle.

Fender’s new model comes with a very thin satin finish, which gives the whole instrument a sensuous, natural open pore feeling.

The Fender PM-2 AM is a very pretty little thing in a stylishly understated way:

There’s multiply binding around the headstock and fingerboard. The top’s binding – as well as the back centre line – uses a checkerboard motif made from different woods…

…and the checkerboard theme also continues in the guitar’s rosette.

Fender’s Paramount PM-2 AM is sold with a high quality case.

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Even though this Paramount-parlour clearly draws a lot of inspiration from vintage guitars from the 1920s and 30s, Fender has luckily added modern playability into the mix.

The neck profile is modern – instead of a Thirties-style big V-neck the Paramount comes with a player-friendly, slightly flattened C-profile. The frets are narrow, and the fretwork is excellent.

Our review sample of the PM-2 All Mahogany came with a first rate set-up. The action at the 12th fret measured 2.1 mm (low-E) and 1.7 mm (treble-e). The guitar plays like a dream, without even the hint of annoying fret rattling.

Guitars with a smaller body than the ubiquitous Dreadnought have become increasingly popular over the last decade or so, and there’s a reason for this. The PM-2 AM’s tighter and cleaner bass response (compared to a Dreadnought) makes it the ideal instrument for fingerstyle players, because of its open and well-balanced sound. Parlours generally also record very well in the studio, because the lower bass content makes them much easier to place in a busy mix.

Don’t get me wrong, though: The Fender PM-2 All Mahogany doesn’t sound thin, or puny, or sharp – its voice is beautiful, well-balanced and warm. It’s just that the tidier bass response will keep the bass register from swamping everything else, unlike when using certain Dreadnought models.

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In my opinion the Fender Paramount PM-2 All Mahogany is a cracking small-bodied acoustic guitar! The PM-2 AM is a fantastic player, and it offers you the warm, but open tones, you’d associated with a quality exponent of the 00-size guitar.

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Fender Paramount PM-2 All Mahogany

Price approx. 580 € (case included)

Contact: Fender

A big thank you goes to DLX Music Helsinki for the loan of the review instrument!

Pros:

+ all-solid mahogany body

+ open pore satin finish

+ workmanship

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