Gear talk for the GAS-afflicted.

NEWS: DiMarzio Release John Petrucci Signature ClipLock Straps

Staten Island, N.Y., December 9, 2014 – DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of a signature ClipLock® Quick Release Guitar Strap specially designed for and with John Petrucci, Dream Theater guitarist extraordinaire and esteemed DiMarzio endorser. John Petrucci is a longtime user of our ClipLock® Quick Release Guitar Straps, and we are delighted to release a...

NEWS: PRS Announce Piezo-Loaded Singlecut – the P245

I’m a big fan of the PRS Singlecut. It’s one of the few Les Paul-derived body shapes that I find to be aesthetically pleasing, and the original model Singlecut that I own (before all the model names started becoming alphanumeric codes like SC245) is one of the most kick-ass “Les Pauls” that I’ve ever owned. Thus it was with great...

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan SSL-3 Set – I’m Hot for Strat!

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan SSL-3 Set – I’m Hot for Strat!

Nov 30, 2014

I’ve always had a love hate relationship with single coil pickups. In my earlier days of guitar playing, I was a devout Slash worshipper, and wouldn’t deign to play anything that wasn’t a Les Paul (copy, of course – it would be years before I could afford the real thing), much less something like a Strat with its wimpy single coils....

REVIEW: Dragon’s Heart Guitar Picks – Your Pick of Destiny Awaits!

REVIEW: Dragon’s Heart Guitar Picks – Your Pick of Destiny Awaits!

Nov 22, 2014

Picks are fun. You may need to stick to your tried and true pick for uber-precision, but sometimes, a totally different pick can be just what you need to push you out of your comfort zone to create tones and music that you wouldn’t have otherwise. If there’s one thing that you can say about the awesome new Dragon’s Heart Guitar Picks,...

NEWS: Tech 21 Release the Richie Kotzen Flyrig – RK5!

NEWS: Tech 21 Release the Richie Kotzen Flyrig – RK5!

Nov 19, 2014

Tech 21′s portable direct all-in-one rig has been a hit since being released earlier this year at NAMM. And for good reason – it’s a great concept, wrapped up in a sleek housing, and it’s portable as all heck. Sadly I’ve yet to be able to get my hands on one… but now there’s something cooler to GAS for! Here’s the...

REVIEW: Mesa/Boogie Mark V vs Mark V 25 vs CabClone!

REVIEW: Mesa/Boogie Mark V vs Mark V 25 vs CabClone!

Nov 8, 2014

A few months ago, Mesa/Boogie announced the Mark V 25, a shiny new mini-Mark complete with the core features of the critically acclaimed Mk V, as well as some hard-hitting new features of its own, like the exciting new CabClone loadbox//DI out technology. As a Mk V user myself, I was super excited to see how the new baby of the family would stack up to big...

BIAS for Desktop Demo!

BIAS for Desktop Demo!

Oct 29, 2014

Guest post by Mark Hunter of Setting Fire to Stacey. The Bias for Desktop plug in is the latest innovation from Positive Grid. It’s based pretty tightly on their iPad/iPhone versions, but adds some extra features. The primary one being the Amp Matching function, which I won’t go in to, but there is already some great demos around of it.  I downloaded the demo...

REVIEW: Epic DiMarzio PAF-off – PAF Master vs 36 Anniversary PAF

REVIEW: Epic DiMarzio PAF-off – PAF Master vs 36 Anniversary PAF

Oct 12, 2014

Hot on the heels of the universally loved 36th Anniversary PAF set – based on Larry DiMarzio’s personal 1959 Les Paul Standard, no less – DiMarzio recently released a new PAF-styled set, the PAF Masters. Considering how well-received the 36th Annis have been, pretty much everyone was both excited and intrigued at the announcement. However, a...

NEWS: Bogner release PAF-style guitar pickups!

NEWS: Bogner release PAF-style guitar pickups!

Oct 4, 2014

What happens when you take Reinhold Bogner’s amazing design and engineering wizardry and apply it to the world of PAF-style tonequesting? Well… I don’t know. But we can be reasonably sure that it’s gonna be something awesome, I think. This pic on Facebook is all we have so far: Bogner Guitar Pickups Bogner-designed, vintage style PAF...

NEWS: Fractal Audio release FX8 Multi-Effects Pedalboard!

NEWS: Fractal Audio release FX8 Multi-Effects Pedalboard!

Oct 4, 2014

The wait is over! Fractal, the makers of the acclaimed Axe-FX modellers, have distilled their studio-quality, high definition effects down into ONE single floorboard, the Fractal FX8. So if you have an amp that you already dig, and don’t feel the need to move to an Axe-FX, but still want the myriad high quality effects that Fractal offer, it looks like...

Andy Timmons Releases First Instructional Video – Electric Expression

Andy Timmons Releases First Instructional Video – Electric Expression

Oct 2, 2014

Andy Timmons is a great player. What else can I say that I haven’t already said? Combining the fiery blues licks of SRV with the shred blitzkrieg of Malmsteen, Andy Timmons is, in many ways, the ultimate guitarist. He combines consummate groove with blinding speed, never at the expense of feel or taste.  And that guitar tone!! Aside from his magic...

NGD: 1995 Gibson LP Classic Premium Plus!

NGD: 1995 Gibson LP Classic Premium Plus!

Sep 30, 2014

Earlier this year, I sold my long-treasured ’03 Gibson LP Classic, a guitar that I’d bought, sold, then bought back a few years later. I then proceeded to pimp it out with almost every tech upgrade I could think of – piezo + preamp, coil taps, blends, you name it – everything except a robot tuner, hahaha. Then, to my eternal chagrin, I...


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