It is a curious paradox of the music industry: guitars, especially rock guitarists, are often regarded as trends when it comes to fashion and culture, but when it comes to their instruments, they are very conservative. Innovations such as electronic active, guitar and synthesizers Steinberger of the fearless steps in the field of head instruments in the 80 have not been able to make much on the market. Gibson and Fender continue to dominate the market for electric guitar much as they did in 1950 and 60. Even with the entry of new competitors into the market over the years, as Ibanez, Paul Reed Smith and Charvel / Jackson, the electric guitar has remained basically unchanged with one to three magnetic pickups and a mess of wires that connects controls. But things may be about to change!
Over the past couple of years some have arrived over the innovations that have transformed completely common sense – or at least the conventional electronic guitar to the head. The first is the string nylon solid body electric guitar. The first time I saw one of these in the hands of metal as Yngwie Malmsteen and was blown away by the sound. For any artist who is trying to incorporate elements of the classical guitar in his repertoire, this instrument provides the classic soft tone of a nylon string guitar with the traditional feel comfortable and the action of a solid axe.
This has been made possible thanks to the enormous progress made in recent years in the field of technology piezo pickup. Without going into too many technical details, piezoelectric differs from the traditional magnetic collection in which the piezoelectric element vibrates with the chain, sending an electrical signal that the vibrations to a preamplifier within the guitar for processing, rather than capture a representation of the electromagnetic vibrations that can then be sent directly to an amplifier, preamplifier or aboard ships in the event of further configuration of the desired signal.
The piezoelectric eliminates the need for steel chains, which otherwise interact with the magnetic collection, and also produces more satisfactory results for players with a lighter fingerstyle technique. So you think this is just another step in fantasy, Parker has produced a nylon rope version of his famous “Fly” and the other model-and even arrived, Sadowski Guitars, is producing a style Telecaster model employing the same technology.
Another intriguing is the development in the area of guitar-computer interface. This has been a long time coming, and if we take into account the explosion in the popularity of digital recording with Pro Tools and similar software, it is surprising it took as long as it did.
By far the leader in this field is the line 6 Variax model. Now, I will be the first to admit that I know enough about computer technology to be dangerous, but I tell you what I know from what I have read and from my friends and acquaintances who have played the Variax. I should also point out that I am in no way affiliated with the Line 6 or any of its subsidiaries or partners.
The Variax is, in accordance with the line 6 brochure a “digital modeling” that allows the guitar player to switch between a wide variety of possible sounds into an instrument. The sounds of an acoustic 12-string, Fender Stratocaster style single coils, Les Paul humbuckers, banjo, chimes and dozens of others are all available at the flick of a switch. The best part is that all these tonal variations are available for free hum. For the musician of work, this means not having to lug around five to seven guitars, providing him with all the sounds you need.
The real test, however, the hearing is one of these fine instruments in action, so if you want to check one out, a list of authorized distributors is available on the website of Line 6. At a MSRP of about $ 1000 for mid-line Variax 600 – is also available in the 300 and 700 – which is not cheap, but for professionals or amateurs with money to burn, can be a good investment .
There is much more to be developed in the near future with the improvement of computer technology and miniaturization. Whole racks of effects can now be had in a box the size of a pack of cigarettes. This is certainly a blessing for the musician in terms of price and effort necessary to move the team.
I am sure that one day that an entire guitarist rig, with the exception that the instrument itself will be within the body of the guitar itself. And while that may not be a relief for the guitarist who is in his home among its racks of effects processors, the time is not expected, and he finds himself ultimately at a crossroads in the development of musical instruments , both men made in the 1930′s and 40′s when the acoustic guitar was forced to make way for the first electric guitar.
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