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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Six-String Samurai! Looking back on 2013, and onwards to 2014…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Six-String Samurai! Looking back on 2013, and onwards to 2014…

Dec 23, 2013

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again!!

It seems like just yesterday that I was thanking you guys for seeing us through our first year, but here it is again!

It’s been a bit of a mixed bag for me this year. I moved to a new city, started a new day job, and before I knew it, most of my year had been sucked up by work. You all know how that feels. Additionally, I’ve spent a lot of time battling shitty neighbours and douchebag landlords who complain every time a peep comes out of my guitar gear.

As a result, I haven’t been able to crank out as many reviews as I did the year before, which makes me pretty sad :( The good news, though, is that things are going to change for the better – in the new year, I’m moving to a new place without neighbours right through the wall, and hopefully a bit more ability to spend all my evenings doing what I love – playing guitars and writing reviews!

It’s not all bad, though. This past year Six-String Samurai has been involved with some really cool stuff which I’m quite proud of. I know Thanksgiving is long gone, and hell, I’m not even American, but here are the things we’ve accomplished this year that I’m quietly quite proud of:

1. Got a gear article published, in print!

As you may know, I work closely with local NZ retailers to get my grubby hands (no no, just kidding guys, I wash my hands before I touch your guitars, I swear!) on the gear I want to review. One of my closest partners is NZ Rockshop. This year, I had the immense privilege of being asked to contribute to their print magazine, which gets distributed to every store in the whole country for gear heads to read!

Here’s a link to my first article with them – talking about the Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18.

2. Got retweeted/shared/etc by some cool manufacturers.

It’s always really nice when I, as a relative nobody in the guitar blogging business, write a review and the manufacturer/designers themselves decide that you’ve done a good enough job to share it! I’ve been lucky enough for this to happen a few times now, and among some of my faves are:

– Dan Boul of 65 Amps sharing my write-up on the amazing London Pro, despite my initially spelling his name wrong!

– Mad Professor sharing my review + full instrumental which I wrote and recorded all parts using their crazy awesome Golden Cello fuzz + delay pedal.

– Most recently, Lava Cable digging my write-up/demo of their new Tight Rope solderless patch cables, and sending me a nice personal message to thank me.

3. Got some killer collaborators on board.

A few cool dudes have started writing content for us – guest reviews, lessons, things like that. Big thanks to Brandon Reihana for bringing the technical wizardry, Sean Bodley from repping the Ibanez gear, Ross McDougall for his killer tour blog, and Mark Hunter for all things John Petrucci – hope to see more, and expand the author base next year!!


This was pretty much the highlight of my year. I’d done a cover of Andy’s classic instrumental Electric Gypsy as part of a review of his signature Ibanez AT10P guitar, and thought I’d just send it to him for fun. Not really expecting to hear back, I was shocked, surprised, and SO AWESTRUCK when I got a personal message from Andy saying nice things about the review. I remember groggily getting the message through my cellphone in the middle of the night, not really knowing if I’d dreamed it up or not. The next morning I woke up, and not only was it real, but Andy had shared it on his official Facebook page, and HUNDREDS of people were liking the review.

That guy is the coolest. Not only has he got chops and feel to burn all day long, he’s just downright humble and cool to respond to a nobody on the internet who got a hold of one of his guitars.

Onwards to 2014!

I’m about to go into a much needed “hibernation” mode over the Xmas/NY period, and let’s face it, nobody wants to read my crap when they can be eating, drinking and making merry!

Next year will bring a new set of awesomeness, I know it. I’ve already got a few things in the pipeline, among them a review of the Fender Supersonic 22, a giveaway from Von Hotch Custom Picks, and a trip to NAMM!!!!! I’m looking forward to getting you guys the latest pics from that holy grail of gear heaven, so don’t forget to tune in after the holidays!

Thank you one and all for reading, listening, and generally supporting me and being the good folks that you are. Have a GREAT holiday season, take care of yourselves, and I’ll talk to you guys in 2014!!!

– Ed



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