Gear talk for the GAS-afflicted.

ESP OPENING USA FACTORY!!!

ESP OPENING USA FACTORY!!!

Nov 20, 2013

Oh man. After all the confusion between the new E-II Standard (replacing the ESP Standard Series) and LTD Elite lines (and the comparison we recently did), ESP have dropped another bombshell – they’re moving to America! I’m not sure what to think about this. ESP have built a reputation around making some of the highest quality guitars in the...

LTD Elite vs ESP E-II Standard – A Storm of Sounds

LTD Elite vs ESP E-II Standard – A Storm of Sounds

Nov 18, 2013

What on earth is an LTD Elite? Recently, ESP seem to have gone a bit nuts with rebranding – first, they announced the decision to axe the WHOLE of the ESP Standard Series, which sent waves of panic and hysteria through their fan base, only to rebrand the line as something called E-II Standard. Now, they’ve given the LTD line (which has always been...

The Mesa Mini Rectifier gets a brother – the Recto-Verb 25!

The Mesa Mini Rectifier gets a brother – the Recto-Verb 25!

Nov 12, 2013

The original Mesa Mini Rectifier is one of my all-time favourite amps. We reviewed it in depth when it came out, and it’s been one of our most popular posts on the site ever since. Well, guess what! In typical Mesa fashion, they’re stepping it up a notch yet again with a new reverb capable mini amp – and it’s also now available in combo...

Game of Thrones Theme – Three Kinds of \m/ Metal

Game of Thrones Theme – Three Kinds of \m/ Metal

Nov 7, 2013

I had three ESP guitars to review. This seemed like the obvious, epic solution! First up is an LTD Elite – M2 Elite. Next is a crazy purple quilt E-II Standard EC-II QM. Last but not least (in fact, the most brutal!) is an E-II Standard Horizon HRF NT-7B. All guitars recorded using Peavey Revalver (mostly on the 6505 model) with a TSE Tubescreamer VST...

RIP Bill Lawrence, the unsung hero of rock guitar

RIP Bill Lawrence, the unsung hero of rock guitar

Nov 5, 2013

  Bill Lawrence, 24/3/1931 – 2/11/2013   With great sadness in our hearts, the man we know as Bill Lawrence in the music industry passed away on November 2, 2013 at approximately 9:20AM. Bill was a strong and courageous man. Even in his last few days, Bill fought to live. He’d talk about Music, Pickups & Guitars — and Life, and...

Family Photos – Trip Down Memory Lane (no, not the delay pedal)

Family Photos – Trip Down Memory Lane (no, not the delay pedal)

Nov 3, 2013

I had a couple of hours free last weekend, and decided to do something that I seldom ever do – take a group shot of all my guitars. I’ve only done this a few times in my guitar playing life, mostly because the collection is always in a state of flux. Digging through my photos, I had a cool little trip down memory lane, so I thought I’d share...


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