Category Archives: Gadgets

What’s in the Box

I recently came across the JHS Little Black Amp Box.

It’s a little box that goes in an amp’s effects loop and promises cranked tube tone at lower volume. From what I can tell it’s just a box with a volume knob in it. So, basically, it would act as a master volume. If your amp already has a master volume it’s probably not needed but if you have an effects loop and no master volume this could be useful.

Beat Boy Guitar Practice Tool

Korg has released the Beat Boy which is a little device that can provide beats to jam along with and other things to make you guitar practice more effective.

Korg says that their new Beat Boy enables guitarists or bassists to improve their skills quickly and easily with three practice tools plus a tuner, all in a single unit. They tell us that, in addition to the tuner, Beat Boy contains a rhythm machine covering 100 diverse styles, an effects section for sonic variation when jamming along with the rhythms, plus an onboard recorder that allows for 16-bit/44.1 kHz recording. The compact Beat Boy fits easily into the pocket of a gig bag, for practice both at home or on-the-go.

Sonic State has more info.

Stay In Tune!

Nothing worst than an out of tune guitar. Okay, maybe there are worst things but having to listen to a guitar that is out of tune is no fun!

Get the Korg TM50BK Instrument Tuner which also has a handy dandy metronome.

The Korg TM series allows you to use the tuner and metronome simultaneously. Since this single unit is all you need for both pitch and rhythm training, it has become a favorite lesson tool for brass bands as well as many other types of musicians. The TM-50 is the latest model, featuring a two-level backlight that enhances the visibility of the LCD display. It uses a newly designed needle-style LCD for excellent response, and even greater tuning accuracy.


Buy the Korg TM50BK Instrument Tuner and Metronome in Black