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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...

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...

BALANCE with Sean Bodley – Constructing Chord Progressions

BALANCE with Sean Bodley – Constructing Chord Progressions

Mar 16, 2014

Sean is a talented local musician and life-long enthusiast of all things Ibanez. His latest album “Balance” will be available on iTunes on April 1st (the run of CDs is already sold out!) and in the meantime, you can follow him here: https://www.facebook.com/SeanBodleyMusician    BODLEY’S BALANCE Hey guys, Sean Bodley here with my new column...

Sheptone Pickups – We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together

Sheptone Pickups – We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together

Mar 3, 2014

The title may be whimsical, and a flimsy excuse for me to include a picture of Taylor Swift in this post, but I can assure you that I am anything but jovial right now. A few months ago I posted this little rant about how a boutique pickup winder was screwing me over with possibly the WORST customer service I’ve ever experienced in the guitar industry in...

Artistic license or just plain bad customer service??

Artistic license or just plain bad customer service??

Dec 1, 2013

Almost four months ago I ordered some Strat pickups from an “up and coming” boutique winder. I scored them at a discount through one of their email newsletter offers, so I was stoked! I was told that the wait time would be about 8 weeks, which seemed reasonable enough for that sort of thing. Money changed hands via PayPal, I sent through some...

Pearl Jam vs Van Halen?

This is something I would never have expected to see! “The last time we played here, in 2010, we played a song and we said it was the only time we would ever play this song. And it was the only time we ever played this song. But as soon as we walked into the back room tonight…I was like, ‘This is where we played that song! And, for some reason, I just really...

School of Rock 10 Year Reunion!

  What?? It’s been 10 years since School of Rock came out?? Whether you like Jack Black or not, you’d have to be an especially grinchy curmudgeon to dislike the wonderful, feel good, rock music laden movie that is School of Rock. Not only did it have a great message for kids – that you could be cool by being yourself, of course –...

Brandon Reihana – When String Skipping and Tapping Collide!

Brandon Reihana – When String Skipping and Tapping Collide!

Aug 6, 2013

When string skipping and tapping collide! Hi guys! Through no fault of his own (mostly just my fault, sorry!) we’re a bit late publishing Brandon Reihana’s latest column… However, it is a pretty cool one as he continues fielding some reader requests as he did last time on Six-String Samurai. This time, it’s a special request from me!...

Lessons with Brandon Reihana – Odd Groupings and Alternate Picking

Lessons with Brandon Reihana – Odd Groupings and Alternate Picking

Jun 18, 2013

Brandon Reihana is an Ibanez endorsed guitarist who is perhaps best known for his contribution to the band Blindspott, as part of the line-up that produced the certified Platinum album End The Silence. He has toured and played alongside internationally acclaimed acts such as Metallica, Linkin Park, Tool and Deftones. Previously a part of critically acclaimed...

Project 5150: Part 1 – Haunted by old men, spray cans disappear mysteriously

Project 5150: Part 1 – Haunted by old men, spray cans disappear mysteriously

May 19, 2013

I am like a goldfish. I buy guitars that I think will be a cool project, then lose interest and forget about them. 99% of the time they end up getting sold off without any work being done on them. Recently, when I bought an old Model series Charvel, I figured I was probably in the same boat. I had a vague idea of doing a Van Halen-style 5150 stripe job on it,...

6SS Year One: Setting Fire To Stacey – Rising Stars of NZ Hard Rock

6SS Year One: Setting Fire To Stacey – Rising Stars of NZ Hard Rock

Apr 29, 2013

Continuing 6SS Year One Birthday Week coverage, we’re bringing you a bit more coverage of homegrown NZ talent. Read on! Setting Fire To Stacey is an emerging hard rock band, arisen from the rubble of Christchurch City through sheer force of will and stubborn determination. Their brand of driving hard rock recalls diverse influences such as Tool, System of...

6SS Year One: The Heavy Metal Ninjas – Richie Allan and Brandon Reihana Interviewed!!

6SS Year One: The Heavy Metal Ninjas – Richie Allan and Brandon Reihana Interviewed!!

Apr 28, 2013

Hell yeah. It’s our birthday! Hey you know what?! I got an email reminder saying that I had to renew my ownership of the Six-String Samurai domain… because it’s officially been ONE YEAR that we’ve been going!! I’m just totally psyched with the way the site’s been growing, and the massive support we’ve had from the...


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