Gear talk for the GAS-afflicted.

PRS \m/ Metal Humbuckers… no, that’s not a joke.

PRS have just released what they’re calling their “\m/ Metal” humbuckers. Hahahha no it’s not a delayed April Fool’s joke… it’s the real deal, apparently. Learn more about this silliness below: PRS is pleased to introduce \m/ (metal) pickups! \m/ pickups are great for heavier styles of music and were designed with the...

New Jackson JS3QM and JS3VQM Concert Basses!

Hey bass lovers. Jackson have some wicked new updates to their JS lineup of basses! The JS3QM & JSVQM! Jacksons High output pickups - Designed for great high-output tone for the heaviest music and the most crushing players. Bound neck and sharkfin fingerboard inlays - In addition to superior tone and feel, elegant design touches such as neck binding and...

Lessons with Brandon Reihana – Odd Groupings and Alternate Picking

Lessons with Brandon Reihana – Odd Groupings and Alternate Picking

Jun 18, 2013

Brandon Reihana is an Ibanez endorsed guitarist who is perhaps best known for his contribution to the band Blindspott, as part of the line-up that produced the certified Platinum album End The Silence. He has toured and played alongside internationally acclaimed acts such as Metallica, Linkin Park, Tool and Deftones. Previously a part of critically acclaimed...

Win Paul Gilbert’s PGM301… like, his personal one!!

Paul Gilbert Celebrates His First Year of Revolutionizing Online Guitar Lessons ArtistWorks, the leading interactive lifestyle social learning platform announced the one year anniversary of their Online Rock Guitar School with Paul Gilbert. The 30-day celebration begins June 15th and runs through July 15, 2013. And when it’s over, one lucky student will get one...

Line 6 unveils the Sonic Port for iOS

Line 6 Sonic Port press release Building on the success of the popular Line 6® Mobile In™ digital interface, the new Sonic Port™ system delivers pristine audio quality, legendary Line 6 guitar tones and all the inputs and outputs needed to transform your iPod touch®, iPhone® and iPad® into a studio-quality music creation system. Sonic Port is a sleek, highly...

Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18W Promo Article for Rockshop Gear Magazine!

Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18W Promo Article for Rockshop Gear Magazine!

Jun 14, 2013

I was recently invited to write a promo article on a very special little piece of gear – the H&K Tubemeister! The article is currently available nationwide (in print! I was so excited – I think it’s the first time my writing has actually been printed) at all NZ Rockshop branches near you… but if you’re not in NZ, or just...

TC Electronic Announces New Steve Vai TonePrint, Ocean Machine

TC Electronic have introduced a sweet new Tone Print for you Hall of Fame Reverb owners… the Ocean Machine, by Steve Vai.   Excerpt below: TC Electronic has announced one of the biggest names on the TonePrint artist roster yet: Steve Vai. The guitarist has contributed a TonePrint for Hall Of Fame Reverb called Ocean Machine. Vai’s signature Ocean...

Fractal Axe FX II now available in NZ!

Exciting news! Independent Music, the company who are the dealers of Fractal Audio products (the mighty Axe FX!) have started a dealership here in NZ. And it’s going for a pretty damn decent price of $3199!! Now if you’ve been living in a hole and REALLY don’t know what an Axe FX is… here’s the blurb: The Axe-Fx II is an amazing...

Help Empress Effects name their new pedal!

Empress need your help naming their new pedal! Details below, but also check out our recent review of John Petrucci’s signature chorus/vibrato/flanger… The Dreamscape! Help us name our new pedal! We have a new pedal almost finished.  The only thing left is to name it!   It’s a chorus, vibrato and flanger pedal all in one that will have 9 total...

New PRS SE Model released!

PRS have just recently released a new SE Model artist guitar - the SE Clint Lowery. Clint Lowery is the guitarist from Sevendust. With his heavy riffing and dropped tunings, this guitar is great for anyone wanting that PRS feel with the low bass response of a guitar built for drop tuned chugs. See, most PRS’s are built with a 25″ scale fretboard...

The Winery Dogs (Richie Kozten, Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy) Debut Album Reviewed!

The Winery Dogs (Richie Kozten, Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy) Debut Album Reviewed!

Jun 2, 2013

Okay… let me confess this straight up. I am a HUGE Richie Kotzen fanboy. Since bursting onto the Shrapnel-era shred scene with his blinding technical ability, he has been a major creative force in two huge bands – Mr Big and Poison – and matured into an amazing frontman and vocalist in his own right, with a singing voice reminiscent of a...


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