There are so many variables that go into your electric guitar tone – amp, guitar, wood, strings, pedals, leads, length of leads, speakers and the list goes on. Pickups are very much part of this equation too, yet they are often overlooked.
Aston Halo Reflection Filter
Last month I marvelled at the wonders of an Aston microphone that landed on my desk. This time around I have the new Aston Halo reflection filter to make use of for a week. Let me tell you, this thing is very purple, but not at all loud. For those of you who haven’t yet heard of Aston Microphones, you need to be on the lookout for their limited range of products. They are now available in Australia and are offering some very clever design elements that many mass-produced microphones and accessories don’t consider. The same goes for the Halo, a purpose built reflection filter for use in just about any room to make the most of your voice and your microphone’s sound.
Ernie Ball Slinky Guitar Strings
Ernie Ball has over 50 years of experience in producing guitar strings that enhance tone and embrace playing style. As the world’s leading manufacturer they have attracted the very best, with their household Regular Slinky strings played by the likes of Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Steve Vai. Optimum comfort, feel and greater specificity are all qualities inherent to the production and remarkable playability of the Slinky range. This overwhelming success, however, hasn’t stopped the Ernie Ball engineers from developing new ways to improve the total tonal and playing experience. Enter the Ernie Ball Slinky Cobalt and the Slinky M-Steel – two technologically distinctive sets of strings that each provides guitarists’ with a fresh way to shape their sound.
Mooer Macro Power S8
A guitarist’s pedalboard is only as good as its power supply. It’s a truth that’s becoming more pertinent as pedals become more sophisticated, increasingly modded and of various sizes, shapes and voltages. So much so that Mooer, the renowned manufacturer of micro pedals, have produced a larger-scale power supply, titled the Macro Power S8. In line with the company’s slogan of “Small, Smart, Original,” this is a user-friendly and exceptionally versatile power source.
Line 6 Relay G10 Wireless Guitar System
Line 6 really changed the game with their Relay series of wireless systems. Working through a host of features, they now offer a solid range of units across their line. The latest G10 system goes cable and battery free, making it the simplest to use of the lot. Featuring a transmitter and receiver, the G10 only needs to be plugged in at the mains and a lead connected from the receiver to wherever you want to send it to and you’re essentially away. Minimal setup, small footprint and easy to store/pack; sounds like a winner.
Truetone 1 Spot Pro Power Supplies
Since its modest beginnings, Truetone has grown to become a pedal manufacturer recognised for nailing specific sounds – its unique line of products renowned for turning the tonal dreams of guitarists into sonic reality. Following suit is their 1 SPOT Pro Power Supply Series.
Digital Audio Labs Stompblox
With a contemporary fascination with guitar pedals, comes the need for somewhere to house those pedals. As the technology of pedal design progresses and new frontiers of tone are reached with every passing minute, the same level of innovation is being put into pedalboards. Now companies are exploring ways to make the vessel work for the player, experimenting with all sorts of materials, designs and configurations. Now you can find the pedalboard that’s right for you, or in the case of Stompblox, design the board that’s right for you. Let me explain.
Ernie Ball Acoustic Strings
Ernie Ball is king when it comes to the string game, and they offer a comprehensive range of different acoustic strings for different situations. For this review, we’ve tested four different sets against each other to find what each is suitable for.