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Things heat up between Stone Temple Park and Scott Weiland

Things heat up between Stone Temple Park and Scott Weiland

May 31, 2013

You may recently have read on our website that STP have got a new singer – Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. No? Read about it here, and listen to the new single they’ve put out with him at the helm.   Now things are heating up further, with the remnants of the original band issuing the following statement: You may have read we recently...

The Dreamscape – John Petrucci’s new TC Electronics Chorus/Flanger/Vibrato pedal!!

The Dreamscape – John Petrucci’s new TC Electronics Chorus/Flanger/Vibrato pedal!!

May 28, 2013

This week we have a very special guest reviewer – Mark Hunter, the lead guitarist of up-and-coming hard rock band Setting Fire to Stacey, a band that is currently making waves in the local music scene with their first single “Something Out of Nothing”, currently airing on radiowaves near you… Hey folks! Let me start off with an...

New Scarlett interfaces from Focusrite!

Focusrite have introduced a new lot of recording interfaces, sleek and sexy looking, with the Focusrite Red outer shell and easy to use console. (Nice! I’ve been using the little brother, the 2i2 for a year or two now. It’s been really easy to use, nice form factor – doesn’t get in the way, solidly built, and looks great with the red...

New Jackson Pro Series DK Models!

Jackson Guitars were easily the coolest guitar brand around back when I first started playing guitar. Since those early days, I’ve turned into an Ibanez and Maton fanatic; however, Jackson never failed to keep that special place in my heart, so it was with excitement that I noticed that Jackson have  recently introduced a new line of Pro Series DK Models....

Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) joins Stone Temple Pilots – 2013′s biggest WTF moment?!

No, I’m not kidding. This is the splash picture that graces the centre of www.stonetemplepilots.com: In case you’re still hoping it’s a joke, one-off, or a hoax… There’s even a new single out, with Chester out front on lead vocals: Okay… so it actually sounds kinda cool, and the sonic fingerprint of the DeLeo brothers behind...

Project 5150: Part 1 – Haunted by old men, spray cans disappear mysteriously

Project 5150: Part 1 – Haunted by old men, spray cans disappear mysteriously

May 19, 2013

I am like a goldfish. I buy guitars that I think will be a cool project, then lose interest and forget about them. 99% of the time they end up getting sold off without any work being done on them. Recently, when I bought an old Model series Charvel, I figured I was probably in the same boat. I had a vague idea of doing a Van Halen-style 5150 stripe job on it,...

London Calling… 65 Amps London Pro

London Calling… 65 Amps London Pro

May 18, 2013

This afternoon I spent some time at NZ’s home of boutique amps, The Amp Shop, with the intention of spending some time with a very special little amp from boutique makers 65 Amps – the London Pro.  Here’s a short blurb about it: 65amps introduces its new Red Line of amplifiers with the first model in the series, the London Pro. Like its...

Steve Vai returns to NZ in July!

Story of the Light Guitar hero and all-round show-off Steve Vai returns to New Zealand for two shows in July. The virtuoso axeman, last here as part of the G3 guitar extravaganza with Joe Satriani and Steve Lukather in March last year, plays Wellington Town Hall on July 18 and Auckland’s ASB Theatre on July 20. With a career spanning three decades, eight...

New Winery Dogs video – “Desire”

I’m listening to the new track as I type this. As you all may know, I’m a diehard Richie Kotzen fan, and so the new Winery Dogs supergroup (with Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan) has been something I’ve really been looking forward to… So a few weeks ago we got a video of the first track off the record, Elevate, which we talked about here....

Mad Professor Golden Cello (Fuzz + Delay) – a mad good idea!

Mad Professor Golden Cello (Fuzz + Delay) – a mad good idea!

May 5, 2013

How is it that no one has ever thought to combine an overdrive and a delay pedal together? Well, Mad Professor from Finland have done just that – and by god, it’s a game changer. As the name implies, the Golden Cello is meant to give you sweet, smooth, violin/cello style lead tones, packed with singing harmonics, and with a lush tape echo/delay...

RIP Jeff Hanneman of Slayer

Shocking news this morning. Slayer guitarist and founding member Jeff Hanneman died earlier today of liver failure. He was 49. The band’s longtime publicist issued the following statement today: “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. ...

Schecter Release Jeff Loomis Signature V – JLV-7

Jeff Loomis JLV-7 FR Series Features Tuners - Grover ROTOMATICS® WITH 18:1 GEAR RATIO (102-18 SERIES) The original Rotomatic® with an improved higher ratio gearing. The 18:1 ratio provides for finer tuning and greater stability. The finer gears provide smoother tuning and a higher degree of backlash elimination Finger Board - Maple Very bright and dense, Maple...


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