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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...

NEWS: Fractal Audio release FX8 Multi-Effects Pedalboard!

NEWS: Fractal Audio release FX8 Multi-Effects Pedalboard!

Oct 4, 2014

The wait is over! Fractal, the makers of the acclaimed Axe-FX modellers, have distilled their studio-quality, high definition effects down into ONE single floorboard, the Fractal FX8. So if you have an amp that you already dig, and don’t feel the need to move to an Axe-FX, but still want the myriad high quality effects that Fractal offer, it looks like...

Andy Timmons Releases First Instructional Video – Electric Expression

Andy Timmons Releases First Instructional Video – Electric Expression

Oct 2, 2014

Andy Timmons is a great player. What else can I say that I haven’t already said? Combining the fiery blues licks of SRV with the shred blitzkrieg of Malmsteen, Andy Timmons is, in many ways, the ultimate guitarist. He combines consummate groove with blinding speed, never at the expense of feel or taste.  And that guitar tone!! Aside from his magic...

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...

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...


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