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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 –...

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...

My first gig as an Aucklander – Coheed and Cambria, The Heavy Metal Ninjas and Devilskin

My first gig as an Aucklander – Coheed and Cambria, The Heavy Metal Ninjas and Devilskin

Apr 18, 2013

As many of you may know, I recently up and moved halfway across the country to a brand new city… to the bright lights of Auckland.   So I figured, what better way to start exploring the city than to go do one of my favourite things as a musician – go see some rocking live music! As luck would have it, I got an email from one of the...

New 7-string: Ibanez JEM7V7 – is Steve Vai out of ideas?

Steve Vai has always been an innovator and a showman, not to mention a great musician. Not just guitar player - musician. He was one of the pioneers of instrumental guitar rock, alongside his one-time mentor Joe Satriani, and he was also the first person to bring the 7-string electric guitar to the masses, in the form of the Ibanez Universe. In many ways Steve...

Gearvolution Part II – Line 6 DT50 Review

Gearvolution Part II – Line 6 DT50 Review

Sep 10, 2012

So last time we talked a little about modelling vs tubes, and I got a really, really amazing response from you guys. Thank you so much for reading and participating – keep it up! To pick up where we left off, I think that the way forward for guitar amplification holds a number of possible avenues: 100% modelling: This is happening even as we speak –...

Gearvolution (Part I) – Modelling vs Tubes

Gearvolution (Part I) – Modelling vs Tubes

Aug 27, 2012

First of all, hello and welcome to a new part of the site! We’re rapidly expanding and welcoming some wonderful new contributors who will be writing columns on their respective areas of expertise – you can look forward to some luthier talk from one of NZ’s best guitar makers, studio talk with a couple of guys in the recording  industry, some...


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