Fender Blacktop Telecaster Baritone Demo

A discussion and demo of my new (April 2014) Fender Blacktop Telecaster baritone guitar. 27″ scale, tuned B to B. Shredders beware! The playing is more focused on using the baritone in ambient guitar mode. Enjoy!!

Equipment used:
Fender Blacktop Telecaster Baritone
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Strymon Timeline

Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.

Fender Blacktop Telecaster Baritone – Ambient Guitar Demo Recording

A quick recording, done while testing out my awesome new (April 2014) Telecaster baritone guitar. 27″ scale, tuned B to B. A more full featured demo video coming, focused on using the baritone in ambient guitar mode.

Equipment used:
Fender Blacktop Telecaster Baritone
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Strymon Timeline

Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.

Be Thou My Vision – an Ambient Guitar Meditation

Ambient guitars and drones echo an old Irish tune (Slane), often married with lyrics based on a poem by Saint Dall├ín Forgaill. “Be Thou my vision, o ruler of all”

Equipment used:
Carvin Holdsworth signature model HF2
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Strymon Timeline
TC Electronic Ditto Looper X2

Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Ditto to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.

Greensleeves (What Child is This) – an Ambient Guitar Meditation

Perhaps best known as the Christmas carol (What Child is This), this tune and its traditional lyrics are attributed by some to Henry VIII, composed for his lover and consort, Anne Boleyn. This ambient arrangement focuses on the melancholy and deadly aspect of their relationship.

Equipment used:
Carvin Holdsworth signature model HF2
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Strymon Timeline

Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Ditto to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.

Thaxted (Jupiter) – an Ambient Guitar Meditation

Thaxted is a hymn written by Gustav Holst, based on the main theme of the Jupiter movement of The Planets, his quintessential orchestral suite. Here is a humble Ambient Guitar arrangement of this classic.

Equipment used:
Carvin Holdsworth signature model HF2
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Strymon Timeline
TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper

Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Ditto to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.

Video footage used courtesy of NASA/JPL: https://archive.org/details/Jupiter_The_Largest_Planet_NASA_

The Plains of Waterloo – an Ambient Guitar Meditation

Ambient-“esque” instrumental arrangement of a traditional Napoleonic folk song. Battle of Waterloo. Lost lovers reunited. War drums. Echoes and indistinct images…

Equipment used:
Carvin Holdsworth signature model HF2
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Strymon Timeline
TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper

Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Ditto to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.

Oh Susanna – an Ambient Guitar Meditation

This ambient re-imaging of the classic Stephen Foster song paints a tale of love and longing. Plaintive, haunting, loneliness, anomie…

Equipment used:
Carvin Holdsworth signature model HF2
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Strymon Timeline
TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper

Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Ditto to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.

Leaves of Life – an Ambient Guitar Meditation

A haunting ambient guitar meditation of a traditional English carol. Also known as “Seven Virgins”.

This song was recorded in one take on one track using the Ditto X2 looper for the bass drone with the main guitar part playing over top.

Equipment used:
Carvin Holdsworth signature model HF2
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Strymon Timeline
TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper

Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Ditto to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.

Ambient Guitar Song Idea #6

I haven’t done a song idea video for a while. I recorded this as I was rendering another video for the Chords of Orion YouTube channel! The “ice” delay unit on the Strymon Timeline is in use. I really like it, in that it can be used to produce secondary pitches. As always, please excuse my cluttered dungeon of a basement. Hope you enjoy!

Equipment used:
Carvin Holdsworth signature model HF2
Morley Steve Vai Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Avid Eleven Rack
Strymon Timeline

Signal path — Carvin to Eleven Rack to Effect send to Volume Pedal to Strymon Timeline to Effects return back to Eleven Rack.