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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...

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...

In 2015, Gibson Are Preparing to Poop On Your Favourite Guitars!

In 2015, Gibson Are Preparing to Poop On Your Favourite Guitars!

Sep 24, 2014

I guess it’s a bit of an understatement to say that Gibson are a company who trade on their heritage. People rarely want to see innovation from Gibson – in fact, the inverse is usually true, with the most highly priced Reissue/Historic models reverting as closely as possible to a vintage, 50+ year old set of specifications. However, Gibson still...

Tonewood Tone-off – Korina vs Swamp Ash (Washburn N4 Korina vs N4 ESA)

Tonewood Tone-off – Korina vs Swamp Ash (Washburn N4 Korina vs N4 ESA)

Sep 7, 2014

Korina is the mystical flying tone-unicorn of the guitar world. Most people have never played a Korina guitar (I hadn’t, until recently), but it’s commonly bandied about on the interwebz how Korina is just “the best. shit. ever.” or something like that. Used to construct the original Gibson Flying V and Explorer guitars, Korina...

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...

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...

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...

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: Sterling by Music Man AX40D – D is for Dimarzio

Review: Sterling by Music Man AX40D – D is for Dimarzio

May 6, 2014

Eddie Van Halen’s impact on the world of rock guitar can never be understated – not only did he revolutionise guitar playing technique itself with a combination of furious blues-on-steroids licks, crazy stretch pentatonics and rapid fire finger tapping, but over the years, he’s been responsible for helping design so many pieces of guitar...

Review: Washburn N4 – Get the Funk Out!

Review: Washburn N4 – Get the Funk Out!

Apr 13, 2014

I’m an extremely impulsive person. Extremely. Which turns out to be an unintentional pun, because a few weeks ago, I went through a massive Extreme/Nuno Bettencourt phase. One day, I sat down to try (yet again, having failed previously) to learn the cramazing (crazy + amazing, that’s a word now) tapping passage from the Extreme classic Get the Funk...

Review: PRS Zach Myers SE – Shine Down You Crazy Diamond

Review: PRS Zach Myers SE – Shine Down You Crazy Diamond

Apr 6, 2014

I’ll be honest with you – before I went to Winter NAMM this year, I had no idea who Zach Myers was. Even after the show, I only had a slightly better idea of who he was (the guitarist from Shinedown) – but what I did know was that he had awesome taste in guitars. Walking around the PRS booth, his new signature guitar was THE guitar that caught...

NAMM 2014 – Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature

NAMM 2014 – Charvel Guthrie Govan Signature

Feb 4, 2014

Okay, I’ll come straight out and say it. This is the BEST guitar I laid my hands on the whole show. The new Charvel Guthrie Govan signature guitar: The guitar is chock full of beautiful figured wood – uber flamed maple on the body, and a flamey/birdseye figuring on the neck. It also comes in birdseye figuring for the body, but that guitar was gone...


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