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Radian Guitars Telecaster – Lavish Lavender!

Radian Guitars Telecaster – Lavish Lavender!

Aug 24, 2014

Ash Customworks. Heard of it? If the answer is yes, you already know that Adrian is a top bloke and extremely clever luthier. If not, here’s your 5 minute educational clip for the day: Being the clever chap that he is, Adrian realised that people want classic body designs like Strats, Teles, Jags, but not necessarily with bog standard pickup, bridge,  or...

GIVEAWAY – Positive Grid JamUp Plug!!

GIVEAWAY – Positive Grid JamUp Plug!!

Aug 24, 2014

  Giveaway time!! We recently hit 1250-odd friends on Facebook, and as a thank you to old and new supporters of the website alike, we’re teaming up with Positive Grid NZ to give YOU the chance to win the nifty little tech toy known as the JamUp Plug. In this day and age, your iThing can do almost anything – and making music is no exception....

Dimarzio unveils PAF Master set with Paul Gilbert demo!

Paul Gilbert demos DiMarzio PAF Master Pickups Watch this video on YouTube So, apparently there’s a new Master in town! I guess after they released the extremely well-regarded 36th Anniversary set, Dimarzio thought they could do one better again. This is the official description for the new PAF Master DP260 (neck) and DP261 (bridge) set: PAF® Master...

New Ibanez Prestige Uppercut Series – Loaded With Bare Knuckle Pickups!!

What’s one of the biggest trends in metal guitars these days? Buy an RG/Blackmachine/Skervesen guitar and have it kitted out with mega output brain crushing Bare Knuckle Pickups like the Nailbombs or Aftermath. Well, Ibanez have heard your call. No longer will you have to buy an RG and ditch the pickups in favour of BKPs. Introducing the Ibanez Prestige...

Mr Big Announce New Album – The Stories We Could Tell

I love Mr Big. From Eric Martin’s powerhouse vocals, to the dynamite playing of one of my biggest guitar heroes, Paul Gilbert, the “lead bassist” style of Billy Sheehan and the man with the drum chops to keep up with all of them, Pat Torpey, they’ve made some of my favourite music to come out of that 80s era. Back when you could have...

Positive Grid announce BIAS for desktop! OSX and Windows compatible

Recently, the great guys who distribute Positive Grid in NZ gave me a demo unit of the awesome little JamUp Plug. Trouble is, I don’t have an iPhone, so I couldn’t really get full use out of it without stealing my girlfriend’s old, outdated iPhone 4. I do, however, have a Mac! So I was like, hey, can I just… nope, you can’t. JamUp...

Review: 2013 Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue VOS Bourbonburst

Review: 2013 Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue VOS Bourbonburst

Aug 10, 2014

I tell you what – straight up, this is the best goddamn Les Paul I’ve personally ever laid hands on. Over the years I’ve owned many iterations of the iconic LP – Studio, Custom, Standard, Classic, you name it. But I’ve never owned a Custom Shop Historic RI, and up until a few weeks ago I’d never really spent a lot of time...

Tube Screamer Tone-Off – EHX East River Drive vs Visual Sound Route 808

Tube Screamer Tone-Off – EHX East River Drive vs Visual Sound Route 808

Jul 13, 2014

You can hardly say the words “overdrive pedal” without the legendary Ibanez Tube Screamer coming to mind. That little green box in all its various incarnations over the years has played a pivotal role in countless legendary tones across a host of musical genres. From country to blues to shred, the Tube Screamer has boosted, sculpted and filtered its...

Mesa Boogie CabClone released – load box + cab simulator!!!

The NEW CABCLONE™ – Cabinet Simulator with Built-In Amp Load & Headphone Output The CABCLONE™ is a passive Cabinet Simulator/Speaker+Mic alternative with a built-in Amp Load. It provides a direct interface of your guitar amp’s Speaker Output to the input of a mixing console, microphone preamp or even direct to your converters (recorder) with or...

Guitar Shopping in Tokyo – 5 Things You Need To Know

Guitar Shopping in Tokyo – 5 Things You Need To Know

Jul 8, 2014

As many of you might know, I recently visited Tokyo for the first time. Aside from all the usual tourist sights, I had one mission in mind – guitar shopping. I saw waaaay too many shops to describe them one by one (and besides, there’s already a much more comprehensive guide for foreigners here), so I thought I’d do a summary post of the...

Review: MI Audio Pollyanna Octave/Synth – Beautiful Bleepity Bloop

Review: MI Audio Pollyanna Octave/Synth – Beautiful Bleepity Bloop

Jul 5, 2014

MI Audio are a company who are generally known for making great overdrive pedals. From the hardworking Boost n Buff to their superb new Super Crunch Box, all the way to the hulking high gain Megalith Distortion, drives have always formed the core of their effects range. Every once in awhile, though, founder Michael Ibrahim (the MI in MI Audio, of course) gets...

PRS Guitars Introduces First SE Bass Models: the SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel

PRS Guitars Introduces First SE Bass Models: the SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel

Jun 25, 2014

(STEVENSVILLE, MD) June 24, 2014 – Welcome bassists. PRS Guitars is now offering its first two basses through the popular SE line: the SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel. Designed in PRS’s Maryland shop, the Kingfisher and Kestrel both feature neck through construction for sustain and evenly balanced tone, but are very distinctive instruments. The SE Kingfisher is a...


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