Gear talk for the GAS-afflicted.

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...

**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...

Guitar Shopping in San Francisco!

Guitar Shopping in San Francisco!

Feb 2, 2015

Well hello there! As some of you may know, I’m taking some time to travel through the States while I recover from the madness of the NAMM Show. After I left Anaheim, I spent a few days in San Diego before flying up to San Francisco. To be honest, I was kinda burnt out on guitars after the show so I didn’t actually consciously seek out any guitar...

**NAMM 2015** Just how bad is Gibson’s 2015 line-up? Find out.

**NAMM 2015** Just how bad is Gibson’s 2015 line-up? Find out.

Jan 28, 2015

As a person who loves me some rants, I recently had a small (but hopefully amusing) tirade about how in 2015, Gibson are preparing to poop on your favourite guitars. Well, despite public outcry at talk of Robot Tuners Mk.45 on ALL guitars… Henry J went ahead and called our bluff, and fuckin’ did it anyway. G-Force in the Hizzay Whether you asked for...

**NAMM 2015** PRS Guitars – Holcomb Signature, P245, Private Stock madness and more!

**NAMM 2015** PRS Guitars – Holcomb Signature, P245, Private Stock madness and more!

Jan 28, 2015

The PRS display room at NAMM is usually a a blinding display of exotic figured woods, stained in 15 colours each and polished till you can see your face in them. It was with that in mind that I was a little surprised when I walked into the room this year. Not ONE single guitar was finished in rainbow colours. Even more odd seeing as this year is the 30th...

**NAMM 2015** ESP Guitars and that time that I helped Alex Skolnick…

**NAMM 2015** ESP Guitars and that time that I helped Alex Skolnick…

Jan 23, 2015

It’s ESP’s 40th birthday!! That means this:   And this…   And these…   And don’t forget the classic ESP angel/demon guitars, which are apparently a whopping 75,000 BUCKS. But seriously ESP’s Signature Series was where it was at for me this year. In particular, the singlecut/Eclipse style models. From blood-red...

**NAMM 2015** Carvin Guitars? Kiesel Guitars? Jason Becker Numbers Guitar!!

**NAMM 2015** Carvin Guitars? Kiesel Guitars? Jason Becker Numbers Guitar!!

Jan 23, 2015

Who on earth are Kiesel Guitars? Long story short, the guitar side of Carvin has been separated from the amp side of the business. It’s not a buyout or takeover as such – Mark and Jeff Kiesel have actually been involved with the company for years, and according to the rep whom I spoke to, the Kiesel Guitars models will not supercede the Carvin...

**NAMM 2015** Schecter Guitar Research – Guitars and Girls, Hovering Hands

**NAMM 2015** Schecter Guitar Research – Guitars and Girls, Hovering Hands

Jan 23, 2015

Okay let’s get it over with. Here’s me, doing THAT picture with the hot hot hot Schecter Girls. I later found out that what I’m doing there was something known to the internet as “hover hands”. See my hands? Even though my arms are around them, for some strange reason I didn’t really feel like I should be grabbing them with...

**NAMM 2015** Blackbird Guitars – Amazing Natural Composite Acoustic, the El Capitan

**NAMM 2015** Blackbird Guitars – Amazing Natural Composite Acoustic, the El Capitan

Jan 22, 2015

  Yep. That’s me, smiling like a dork. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m generally not that interested in acoustic guitars – but this offering from Blackbird Guitars out of San Francisco is pretty damn special. El Capitan So, Blackbird have been making carbon fibre composite guitars for a few years now. I remember seeing them in...

**NAMM 2015** Line 6 + Yamaha Crossover Revealed!!

**NAMM 2015** Line 6 + Yamaha Crossover Revealed!!

Jan 22, 2015

So, if you’re a gear geek like me you’ll know that a few years back, legendary Japanese instrument makers Yamaha bought over Line 6, the California-based pioneers who brought us into the age of amp modelling. There was some wringing of hands when that news broke, because, god love ‘em but Yamaha aren’t exactly the sexiest name in the...

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: 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...


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