NEWS: Gary Kramer Turbulence models. Awesome.

So I’m sitting here cruising the internets and having a good ol’ daydream about guitars, guitars and more guitars (jeez, what’s new, huh?) and finding myself ever so drawn to these twisted-looking Gary Kramer Turbulence models (yes, THAT Gary Kramer – he has a new company now).

The R-36 is cool enough, with its 36 frets, 7 strings and striking yellow finish (or the black version in the pick above), but check out this killer DNA model pictured below – Dimarzio Evolution pickup, plus a Vai-style DNA swirl finish by the legendary Herc Fede, who painted my custom Ibanez (which I still haven’t got around to finishing).

Of course, if the R-36 is too much for ya, remove a string, add a pickup and reduce the fret count to ‘only’ 29 and you have the R-29, which also looks pretty cool in its own wacky way. These are pretty out-there guitars so you’d probably need a thick skin to protect you from traditionalists, but I think there’s something kinda cool about standing up on stage saying “Yeah, I’m playing metal on a giant luminous banana, big whoop, wanna fight about it?”

So has anyone played any of these new Gary Kramer guitars?

CLICK HERE to see the Gary Kramer Guitar eBay store.

NEWS: New QUEENSRŸCHE album samples, new guitarist

The good news is, there are reports Queensryche has selected a new touring guitarist. The bad news is, it isn’t me. D’oh!

According to this report on Blabbermouth.net, the new guitarist is Parker Lundgren, a member of Queensryche singer Geoff Tate’s solo band who is reported to be engaged to Tate’s daughter. Oh well, I gave it a shot. Queensryche, if Parker needs to take time out to get married or something, you know where to find me. Hehe. Maybe I should have created a website called www.canijoinqueensryche.com a few months back.
In other news, you can hear samples of every track from their new album, American Soldier, here on the Rhino website. Sounds pretty freakin’ cool to me.