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Why Slash’s New Album, World On Fire, Is The WORST Yet.

Why Slash’s New Album, World On Fire, Is The WORST Yet.

Sep 21, 2014

Let me start off by saying how much I love Slash. I have his signature tattooed on my arm, for crying out loud. Brian May might be the reason that I play guitar, but Slash? Slash circa Appetite For Destruction was the cornerstone upon which I built my whole playing style. That album is full of fiery, bluesrock-on-steroids guitar playing – and yet, almost...

NEWS: Mesa Release the Mark Five Twenty Five!!

NEWS: Mesa Release the Mark Five Twenty Five!!

Sep 17, 2014

Oh snap. As many of you may know, I use a Mesa/Boogie Mark V for pretty much all of my reviews. It’s a great, great amp that can do genuinely great Fender cleans, raunchy crunch and high-gain Mark Series madness. Now, if you thought that was cool, Mesa have gone one further… Mesa/Boogie Mark V Twenty Five Notable differences from the Mk V that...

Blackstar Clinic with Steve Marks from Blackstar UK

Blackstar Clinic with Steve Marks from Blackstar UK

Sep 15, 2014

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a very special event hosted by NZ Rockshop – a clinic/demo session with Steve Marks, a product specialist all the way from Blackstar HQ in the UK. I learned a lot of stuff about the range and the brand that I found pretty interesting, so I thought I’d share with you guys. Lots of videos chock full of hilarity...

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...

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....

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...

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...

EHX Wars: Episode 1 – Soul Food (or Return of the Klons??)

EHX Wars: Episode 1 – Soul Food (or Return of the Klons??)

May 25, 2014

Tone aficionados kept telling EHX’s Mike Matthews about a pedal that had achieved a lot of buzz because it was only obtainable at an exorbitant price. That pedal was the KLON CENTAUR. A believer in bringing great tools to starving musicians, Mike tasked his trusty team to create an affordable alternative, and that is how the SOUL FOOD was cooked up. The SOUL...

GIVEAWAY: Von Hotch METALLI REGUM Picks!

GIVEAWAY: Von Hotch METALLI REGUM Picks!

May 18, 2014

It’s been way too long since we did a giveaway, so it’s time to fix that right in the face! Von Hotch Custom Picks Are traditional picks too wimpy and not rigid enough for your high speed shredding needs? Are you so heavy metal that you need a PICK that’s made out of metal as well?! You’ve come to the right place. A little while ago I...


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