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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...

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** IK Multimedia – iRig Mic Field, Mic Studio and iRig UA for Android!

**NAMM 2015** IK Multimedia – iRig Mic Field, Mic Studio and iRig UA for Android!

Jan 22, 2015

iRigs are cool. They brought mobile guitar playing to the masses in a big way, allowing you to turn your cellphone into a towering half stack with the use of the iRig interface/adaptor. …unless you were an Android user, that is. Introducing the iRig UA for Android I dunno about you, but I cast off the tyranny of Apple pricing a long time ago, and never...


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