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NEWS: Bogner release PAF-style guitar pickups!

NEWS: Bogner release PAF-style guitar pickups!

Oct 4, 2014

What happens when you take Reinhold Bogner’s amazing design and engineering wizardry and apply it to the world of PAF-style tonequesting? Well… I don’t know. But we can be reasonably sure that it’s gonna be something awesome, I think. This pic on Facebook is all we have so far: Bogner Guitar Pickups Bogner-designed, vintage style PAF...

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...

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...

Mr Big Premiere New Song – The Monster In Me

Mr Big Premiere New Song – The Monster In Me

Sep 10, 2014

A few weeks ago I posted some info on the upcoming Mr Big album, The Stories We Could Tell. Now, here’s the first official release from the album, a song called The Monster In Me! What do you think? Personally, it sounds like everyone is in fine form, but it doesn’t really have that element of a classic Mr Big hook that catches you and makes you...

Dimarzio unveils PAF Master set with Paul Gilbert demo!

Paul Gilbert demos DiMarzio PAF Master Pickups Watch this video on YouTube So, apparently there’s a new Master in town! I guess after they released the extremely well-regarded 36th Anniversary set, Dimarzio thought they could do one better again. This is the official description for the new PAF Master DP260 (neck) and DP261 (bridge) set: PAF® Master...

New Ibanez Prestige Uppercut Series – Loaded With Bare Knuckle Pickups!!

What’s one of the biggest trends in metal guitars these days? Buy an RG/Blackmachine/Skervesen guitar and have it kitted out with mega output brain crushing Bare Knuckle Pickups like the Nailbombs or Aftermath. Well, Ibanez have heard your call. No longer will you have to buy an RG and ditch the pickups in favour of BKPs. Introducing the Ibanez Prestige...

Mr Big Announce New Album – The Stories We Could Tell

I love Mr Big. From Eric Martin’s powerhouse vocals, to the dynamite playing of one of my biggest guitar heroes, Paul Gilbert, the “lead bassist” style of Billy Sheehan and the man with the drum chops to keep up with all of them, Pat Torpey, they’ve made some of my favourite music to come out of that 80s era. Back when you could have...

Positive Grid announce BIAS for desktop! OSX and Windows compatible

Recently, the great guys who distribute Positive Grid in NZ gave me a demo unit of the awesome little JamUp Plug. Trouble is, I don’t have an iPhone, so I couldn’t really get full use out of it without stealing my girlfriend’s old, outdated iPhone 4. I do, however, have a Mac! So I was like, hey, can I just… nope, you can’t. JamUp...

Mesa Boogie CabClone released – load box + cab simulator!!!

The NEW CABCLONE™ – Cabinet Simulator with Built-In Amp Load & Headphone Output The CABCLONE™ is a passive Cabinet Simulator/Speaker+Mic alternative with a built-in Amp Load. It provides a direct interface of your guitar amp’s Speaker Output to the input of a mixing console, microphone preamp or even direct to your converters (recorder) with or...

PRS Guitars Introduces First SE Bass Models: the SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel

PRS Guitars Introduces First SE Bass Models: the SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel

Jun 25, 2014

(STEVENSVILLE, MD) June 24, 2014 – Welcome bassists. PRS Guitars is now offering its first two basses through the popular SE line: the SE Kingfisher and SE Kestrel. Designed in PRS’s Maryland shop, the Kingfisher and Kestrel both feature neck through construction for sustain and evenly balanced tone, but are very distinctive instruments. The SE Kingfisher is a...

What would Cacophony sound like today? Marty Friedman’s new track with Jason Becker – Horrors

What would Cacophony sound like today? Marty Friedman’s new track with Jason Becker – Horrors

May 28, 2014

MARTY FRIEDMAN – "HORRORS" Track Commentary Watch this video on YouTube Quote from Marty on the collaboration from his new album Inferno: “I wanted to have one song where [Jason and I] could collaborate, just like we used to collaborate together in CACOPHONY. And what he did was he gave me a bunch of his musical ideas to choose from, and I...


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