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Ibanez releases “Affordable Eight” – the new RG8

  Wow, 8-strings are all the rage these days. From the amazing Tosin Abasi clinic we covered last week, to the latest announcement from Ibanez Guitars on the latest member to join their 8-string family: The RG Fixed series brings you the world’s premier metal axe, with the simplicity and sustain of a Gibraltar Standard bridge. These RG Fixed models can...

Mesa Boogie announce 4 new drive pedals – Tone-Burst, Grid Slammer, Flux-Drive and Throttle Box

Man, those names are a mouthful. Here’s the press release: Mesa Drive Pedals (L-R): Tone-Burst, Grid Slammer, Flux-Drive and Throttle Box Your favorite amp just found a few new friends! Enter the Tone-Burst, Grid Slammer, Flux-Drive and Throttle Box.  These four pedals deliver an exceptional variety of clip, drive, overdrive, gain and full-on distortion...

Gibson Guitars 2013 Line-Up – SGs and LPs oh my!

Well apparently, Sweetwater in the States have already started listing 2013 Gibson models for sale… so it looks like they will be our first glimpse into what Gibson has in store for us in the new year. According to MusicRadar (cos I’m too lazy to count for myself), Sweetwater shows a whopping 69 (!!!) new models for 2013. Doing a little digging...

Chris Broderick lesson – Adapting Keyboard-style Arpeggios to Tapping, Part 1

Chris Broderick is a monster player who is finally racking up some recognition, a few years ago by being the second guitarist in Nevermore, and now with his Megadeth gig. He’s a master of many styles – alternate picking, sweeps, you name it, he can do it. I mean, how many people can actually keep up with with the great Jeff Loomis? But to me, one of...

Vox AC4HW1 Handwired – Chime AND Chunk!

Vox AC4HW1 Handwired – Chime AND Chunk!

Nov 26, 2012

The Hand-Wired Series reigns as both the flagship and as a popular favorite among the many families of VOX amplifiers. This esteemed series now welcomes a new addition; the AC4HW1 mini combo amp. The all-tube chassis uses two 12AX7 tubes in the pre-amp and a single EL84 vacuum tube in the power stage, pumping out 4 Watts of power through a 12-inch Celestion...

Tosin Abasi Clinic – Intense Eight String!

Tosin Abasi Clinic – Intense Eight String!

Nov 21, 2012

Tosin Abasi, if you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, is one of the hottest “new” (I say “new” because really, he’s been in the scene for years now, but has only in recent years risen to prominence) progressive metal guitarists in the world. His use of extended range 8 strings in compositions ranging from atmospheric, to...

Schecter Amplification – coming in 2013!

Hot off the press – it looks like Schecter Guitar Research are branching out into the world of amplification in 2013!! That is, provided that the Mayans weren’t correct and the world doesn’t end pretty soon. Personally I still think they just couldn’t be bothered filling in their calendars that far into the future! Anyway, it’s an...

McPherson Solar Fuzz – No Batteries Required!

McPherson Solar Fuzz – No Batteries Required!

Nov 14, 2012

Following on from our review of the McPherson Rock Box Distortion, we were lucky enough to get a very special pedal from McPherson Music – the limited edition Solar Fuzz! It is indeed exactly what the name implies – a fuzz, which miraculously, runs on solar power!!! I don’t know about you guys, but that is a really cool concept to me. Powering...

Guthrie Govan demos the Vigier Excalibur Surfreter

Guthrie Govan, or Mountain-Goat-Jesus, as I like to think of him, may be the most advanced and versatile guitarist on the planet at the moment. To say that he can play any given style on guitar is a massive understatement – give the man a backing track and he’ll redefine the genre for you while he’s melting your face with his insane fretboard...

New Slash signature combo “SL-5″ in the works! (now with release details)

New Slash signature combo “SL-5″ in the works! (now with release details)

Nov 10, 2012

    So… as you probably know, I’m a huge fan of the Marshall Slash AFD100 amp. I’ve been lucky enough to have one for a few years now and it continues to kick major amounts of ass! However, for awhile now there have been rumours of a pint-sized Slash amp being designed by Marshall. What the deal is, no one really knows! Slash himself...

Soundgarden – King Animal FULL ALBUM STREAM

That is all. GO LISTEN TO IT NOW.  ...

PRS 2012 Holiday Gifts – Hey, the rest of the world wants some too!

Seriously – how do we get our hands on some sweet, sweet PRS merch? Unfortunately this press release (while cool on the part of PRS) is somewhat useless for the rest of us who live in the United States of not-America… Maybe some of our local retailers could talk to PRS about getting a similar promo going? Go into your shop and hassle your local...


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