Tone

  • R&M Tone Technology has developed a new line of patented active guitar cables to help players inject some life into their guitar sound. Each PowerWire cable comes with a built-in preamp that boosts the signal direct from the pickups instead of at a pedalboard or amp.
  • Toggling a pickup selector mid-song can dramatically change the sound of an electric guitar, but available tones can be fairly limited. The Custom Collection 50 Deluxe offers multiple tone options – selected by combining the 4-way blade switch positions with push/pull volume and tone knobs.
  • Recording guitarists who want to fatten up a guitar sound can record multiple identical riffs and layer them up to give richer tones. In a live setting, such things are not so easy. Denmark's TC Electronic is promising authentic monster tones every time from its Mimiq Doubler stomp.
  • ​Tweaking your tone by changing the pickups on your six-string studio workhorse isn't the easiest of tasks and can be a real time sink. Australia's Pratley Guitars has designed a quick change system that could have you rocking new pickups in as little as 30 seconds, without removing any strings.
  • A few years ago, Korg released a nifty practice tool called the TM-50 that combined tuner and metronome in one unit, allowing musicians to keep time and stay in tune. Now the company has added the ability to analyze and improve tone and technique with the release of the TM-50TR.
  • A few months after creating what was claimed to be the world's smallest MIDI synth, which was smaller than the capsule at the end of a 5-pin DIN cable, a self-confessed MIDI lover and prolific electronics tinkerer has managed to cram a tone generator into the black plastic inside the USB plug.
  • Tweaking settings on effects stomps for different song requirements can be a bit of pain. GigRig's AutoPot allows players to set value presets and have up to three of its arms change the settings for them.
  • Guitarists use a capo to raise the pitch of an instrument but still play familiar chord shapes and fingerings. But what if you don't want all the strings to change pitch or want a different starting point for each string? That's where Fretlocks come in.
  • The Pole Position Sliding Pickup System allows players to change the position of a guitar's pickup relative to the strings on the fly. This means a guitarist can opt for a bright bridge tone or a fat, warm neck tone, or anything inbetween – all with just a light touch from the picking hand.
  • Kemper has announced the launch of a complementary control interface for its Profiler modeling amp that puts the power to switch tones at a player's feet.
  • It's been another strong year for instrument innovation, making the task of choosing a top five quite a challenge. Join Gizmag as we take a look back at some of the top groove gadgets of the last 12 months.
  • Les Paul's friend, confidant, collaborator and guitar tech for over four decades has picked through the tech innovator's experimental models and prototypes, his extensive notes and the hot-potch of parts and joined the dots to realize his mentor's dream and create the Tru-Clones PAF 57 humbucker.