Phaez guitar amplifiers

October 28th, 2010 by Andres Gallo

Having played various amplifiers, I sometimes find myself wishing I could have ”that clean sound”, with “that distortion sound”, along with “those features.” I had been looking for an amplifier that would give me the sound of a Marshall at 10 at lower volumes, while providing my tone with even more body and definition. There are not many good low watt high gain amplifiers in the market. As I searched for something of this kind, I found many raving reviews about the Phaez daisycutter high gain amps. These amps are made by an amp builder who many claim to be “a gifted” amp builder in Canada.
Doing more research on his amps and those of competing brands, I decided to give it a shot. I ordered an awesome 35 watter with EL34s, which will probably give me insomnia for a while. I will provide the full specifications once I receive it and review it. So be sure to visit guitarliving again for the review, and if there is anything you’d like me to cover in the review feel free to email me.

Electro Hamonix soon to release Ring Thing

February 4th, 2010 by Andres Gallo

Electro Harmonix Ring Thing

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The Ring Thing presents state of the art modulation control allowing the user to explore a new sonic world that is both familiar and inventive. Complex modulations with interactive parameters create any sound your mind can imagine. From metallic sweeps to subtle color changes to unique and limitless modulations, the Ring Thing will become your sonic dream machine.

  • Multi-wave selection for modulation and Ring Mod
  • Low pass Filter for Ring Mod and single side band modes
  • Fine and depth control for frequency select and amount
  • Tune switch to adjust frequency to your pitch
  • Upper and lower sideband isolation
  • High quality whammy style effects with expression pedal
  • Pitch shifting with pitch modulation and vibrato
  • Fully programmable

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Lapstick…the ultimate portable guitar?

January 30th, 2010 by Andres Gallo

Lapstick Portable guitar

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A lot, if not most of times, I wish I had my instrument with me. I am sure the vast majority of guitar players, and musicians feel the same. Knowing, my laziness, when it comes to carrying extra equipment, I know I have to do something. Today I decided to look at my options, and found the lapstick. The lapstick seems to like it could be the answer, to all the guitar players who like me, wish they could play and practice everywhere they go. I know there are many guitarists like me, when it comes to the drive to play as much as possible. With that said, although I still don’t know enough about the lapstick, beyond the specs displayed on their website, it seems like it could be an interesting investment. It is an extremely small, instrument, with a built in portable amp to boot. I’m sure many of you, like I, will be glad to know of its existence.

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MISA creates a new digital innovation.

January 21st, 2010 by Andres Gallo

MISA Digital Guitar

The guitar as an instrument has seen many innovations, throughout the years, with the use of new materials, addition of electronics, as well as many other creative ideas. These innovations date back hundreds of years ago with the first guitar-like instruments evolving to what we have today. Today we have many choices, including versatile improvements on the original designs, as well as a variety of guitar types for different uses. The 1930s for example gave us a new form of guitar, introducing electronics into the originally acoustic instrument. It is creativity like that which allowed thousands of musicians to explore new sounds. Later on, in the 1950’s, the floating tremolo systems became popular giving players more options and room for experimentation. It is all these developments that allow creative musicians to do new things and create new forms of music with new textures not heard before.

With the awesome developments technology brings to us everyday, I am excited to see one of the new MISA guitars in action. I don’t think it will replace my electric or acoustic guitars, but I am almost certain that for many things such an instrument could become the go to instrument for many. Such instrument after all, is not intended to replace the electric guitar, but rather to complement it, in the same way electric and acoustic guitars complement each other.

I am obsessed with digital guitar. But I also love electric guitar, and I have learned what it’s good at and what it’s capable of. Some of its most important qualities and characteristics stem from the very fact that the electric guitar is made out of wood and strings. A guitar string is “beautiful” – because the sound generated comes from the very vibration of the string, interfering with a magnetic flux and inducing an electric voltage, which is then amplified. Why would you want to emulate that? It is perfection. It is pure nature. It is in the analog domain. I did not intend the Misa digital guitar to replicate a traditional guitar

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This technology could evolve into the main instrument for many musicians. I guess only time will tell, though I want to be part of the experiment if I can afford it.

Be sure to check it out at

Having fun with a Roland GR20

October 13th, 2009 by Andres Gallo

I am pretty sure like me, many of you have been curious about the midi pickup and synthesizer offering by Roland. The GR20 and the GK3 pickup is a great device for those who want to get more out of the guitar.

The following video was made entirely using the sound of the roland gk3 pickups, as seen in the video.

Enjoy and be sure to check out the review, which is on the reviews section. I hope it can help answer many questions you may have about the unit :)

Simple Freud, my biggest project ever.

August 21st, 2009 by Andres Gallo

Simple Freud is my latest and biggest project ever. This band was started about a year ago, and from the very beginning it has been absolute bliss. I thought I would share this with my readers, for much of my happiness is my band.

There is nothing like playing music with other musicians with whom there is immense musical chemistry. One minute, one of us plays a note, and the next, we are all improvising and making some surreal landscapes through the use of sound. This chemistry is the reason why I am so proud of this project, and why I want to share it with my readers. With that in mind I invite you all to check out our music at or on our myspace at

Hope you all like our music!

You can download the songs from our first Demo titled “Mirame,” for free at for free

Here is our bio for those of you who want to know more:

In an attempt to bring something new to rock, a group of individuals got together at their laboratory called, “studio” to create the formula they would call Simple Freud. Simple Freud was created with a strategic combination of energy, atmosphere and seratonin, creating a positive state of euphoria in its audience, taking them to an escape from daily life with its sonic landscapes. In all of its majesty, the formula is the result of our influence from other formulas which have been able to take us to a sonic landscape. Simple Freud is the perfect medicine for those who enjoy the sonic qualities of Incubus, Caifanes, Coldplay, Muse, Radiohead and A Perfect Circle. We hope you will enjoy Simple Freud, for we want to become part of your world. A world in which together we can create a healthy euphoric sonic bliss.

Once again visit us at or

Enjoy!!! :D

We need writers/editors

May 22nd, 2009 by Andres Gallo

I started this website which I love, to give others insight on various guitar related topics, and to provide my readers with reviews for equipment which they may buy. Things keep getting busier and busier lately, and I invite all of you who would like to write and help others with interesting articles to shoot me an email, and become one of guitarliving’s editors. If you are good with words, and want to write, help me keep this website running with power.

You may contact me through the form on the about me page.

Thank you.

Show us your guitar pedals, or your whole pedalboard

March 22nd, 2009 by Andres Gallo

Post an image or comment of you pedals or your entire pedal board.

The rules are simple. Show off you gear, and leave a comment if you’d like. As you leave comments let me know which pedalboards, or FX posted you guys like best. Once there are many pictures, I will move the images of the effects/pedalboards you guys like best into the main section of the article. After all, people like me love to see what pedals are out there, and what others are using for their sound. Me and some of my friends are always hungry for new sounds and pedals, and I am sure I will see some new pedals here.


At the bottom of this article’s page, is the textbox for comments. Right under it, is a button to upload images. Click on the “add image to comment button,” write the URL/link of the image in the pop up, and press “ok”. Submit the comment and the image should be uploaded.
Just in case, you can upload the image to the website and there you can copy and past the direct link which is what you will put in the comment.

Show us your sound.

New sonic bliss: Paulina Logan

March 21st, 2009 by Andres Gallo

Paulina Logan

Photo by Lori Laube

With influences like Jewel, and Norah Jones; Paulina Logan, a new California based artist, writes and performs music that packs lots of emotion. When I say a lot of emotion, I mean, I got goosebumps upon first hearing her voice on the track “lovely.” Complemented with some beautiful guitar harmonies, the lyrics are deep, and her voice perfectly expresses the emotion of her songs to the point where they can almost be felt. The lyrical message, and it’s music as a whole, supports the same message, creating a story, or a sort of sonic map. Other great examples of this, are the songs “Write you a song,” which creates and expresses a melancholic atmosphere, “Road Trip,” with its story like shifting ranges in tone, or “Sorry,” with it’s more uplifting tonality. Overall, a great aspect that creates a great deal of expression.
Another aspect I found intriguing upon listening to many of her tracks, is the sonic immersion the listeners will experience listening to the instrumental arrangements. Listening to the track “Disturbing behavior,” of her Wallflower album, I felt an euphoric feel of immersion into those great sounds; perhaps due the openness of the sounds. This is further helped with the quality of production, where all the little details show up clearly, decorating the sound for a very pleasant listening experience. Although different from pink floyd, and such, it reminds me of that feeling I get listening to their music. There are many small details, that help create some sort of sonic atmosphere.
Also worth noting, Paulina Logan’s albums show great variety in her songs, displaying great songwriting across various aspects of the genre. As previously mentioned, the songs range from slow and soothing, to pure rockin’. “Shut the door,” one of her more “overdriven” tracks, has a very punchy rocking sound, which many will probably associate with the 80s. It includes some really catchy galloping riffery, once again led by her smooth, unique voice. Paulina Logan is definitely one of the most intriguing songwriters I have heard as of late.
Be sure to check her out at
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RSS Feeds and Comments Now Added

March 3rd, 2009 by Frandy Veras

Ever since I started this blog I have been asked about implementing RSS Feeds, into this blog. I am not all that familiar with the technology, however, I have added it to the blog. If there are other features, or suggestions you would like to see in the blog let me know. Thank you for reading the blog. Enjoy!

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