Gear talk for the GAS-afflicted.

ObsidianWire P- and J-Style Bass Solderless Wiring Harnesses!

Remember the solderless harness that I put on my Tele a few months back? Well, the clever folks at ObsidianWire are at it again, now with upgrades for the bassist who doesn’t want to get the soldering iron out! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ObsidianWire™ Releases Professional Grade Wiring Upgrades for Bass That YOU Can Install Un-Leash Your Tone without the...

Setting Fire To Stacey – Vital Signs Video Release

Setting Fire To Stacey – Vital Signs Video Release

Jun 25, 2015

My good friend Mark Hunter – occasional columnist and lover of all things John Petrucci – has released a shiny new video with his band, Setting Fire to Stacey!   Press Release: Today at 8pm Setting Fire To Stacey release their video for their single Vital Signs. The video was shot in Christchurch and Auckland across 2 weeks by Dreadstorm Media...

REVIEW: Latest from DiMarzio – Black Angel Acoustic Soundhole Pickup!

REVIEW: Latest from DiMarzio – Black Angel Acoustic Soundhole Pickup!

Jun 21, 2015

I was pretty stoked when I received an email from the good folks at DiMarzio Inc recently, asking if I’d like to review their new soundhole pickup, the Black Angel. Hell yeah I would! As luck would have it, I’d just bought my very first “nice” acoustic – a Taylor 324, and it was in need of a pickup of some sort. On paper, the Black...

REVIEW: Guild S100 Polara – I Sure Don’t Mind A Change

REVIEW: Guild S100 Polara – I Sure Don’t Mind A Change

Jun 7, 2015

It’s crazy what a generation gap will do for brand perception. As a child of the 90s/00s, when you say the name Washburn, I immediately think of Dimebag Darrell – but if you ask someone just a few years older, it’s likely that they’ll mostly associate Washburn with acoustic guitars, and be surprised that they make pointy shred machines...

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Vintage Broadcaster Set for Tele

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Vintage Broadcaster Set for Tele

May 19, 2015

In the beginning, there was Leo Fender and the Telecaster, and the Telecaster was good. Except, it wasn’t called the Telecaster to start off with – indeed, the original name for the now iconic design was actually the Broadcaster! It was rechristened as the Telecaster only after legal action by Gretsch who already owned the name...

REVIEW – Obsidian Wire Solderless Wiring Upgrade Kit

REVIEW – Obsidian Wire Solderless Wiring Upgrade Kit

May 11, 2015

Look Ma – no burnt fingertips! Solderless. Pre-wired. These are words that I love hearing in connection with guitar electronics, because it means that I don’t have to smell my own skin burning for the fifth time while I clumsily try to follow a wiring diagram… and then discover 2 hours later that I had it completely arse backwards, as I...

Behringer Acquire TC Electronic!!

If you thought Yamaha acquiring Line 6 was a shocker… MUSIC Group (the parent company of Midas, Klark Teknik, Turbosound, Behringer and Bugera) has announced that it has acquired TC Group (parent company of Tannoy, Lab Gruppen, Lake, TC Electronics, TC Helicon and TC Applied Technologies). “Since the acquisition of Midas, Klark Teknik and Turbosound, we...

REVIEW: Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Fly Rig

REVIEW: Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Fly Rig

Apr 19, 2015

Paying Dues Up until about a few years ago, Richie Kotzen was one of the most well-kept secrets of the guitar fraternity. Being a fan of his work meant that you belonged to an exclusive club which pretty much proved that you had awesome taste in music. Sometimes you’d walk past another guy on the street and he’d give you a head nod, and...

REVIEW: Will Digitech get the “Drop” on EHX, or will they have to (Pitch) Fork off?!

REVIEW: Will Digitech get the “Drop” on EHX, or will they have to (Pitch) Fork off?!

Mar 22, 2015

I’m an E flat Standard kinda guy. It’s just a little bit meaner and heavier sounding than E Standard. Well, apparently I’m an old man now, cos these days people are taking the “meaner and heavier” bit of downtuning to a whole new level (or a whole new low, depending on how you think about it). In fact, NOT drop tuning down to Z is...

REVIEW: Ibanez Prestige RGT320Q – This Ain’t No Ordinary RG.

REVIEW: Ibanez Prestige RGT320Q – This Ain’t No Ordinary RG.

Mar 8, 2015

I’m just not an RG kinda guy. Believe me, it’s not through lack of trying – every year or so I think to myself, hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have an RG? Then I buy one, and remember that they just don’t work for me, somehow. I find Wizard necks too wide and too flat for my girl-sized hands, and somehow the large pointy body just...

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Dirty Deeds Distortion – Done Dirt Cheap?

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Dirty Deeds Distortion – Done Dirt Cheap?

Feb 25, 2015

First of all – yes, this is a Seymour Duncan effects pedal. That’s a thing these days.  Second – as much as the name may suggest, no, this isn’t an AC/DC-style pedal. In fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth if you ask me. A catchy name it may be, but this raging new box of rock coming out of Santa Barbara, CA is definitely...

**NAMM 2015** Kramer Satchel Signature Pacer!! Feel the Steel \m/

**NAMM 2015** Kramer Satchel Signature Pacer!! Feel the Steel \m/

Feb 3, 2015

Right now, I’m on the Amtrak from Philadelphia to New York, and I thought I might as well take the time to write some posts using the free WiFi. Now I know some of you would have seen the pics in my post about this year’s terrible new Gibsons, but I wanted to separate it out so it got its own post, away from the poo poo that is Gibson’s 2015...


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