NEWS: News for March 19, 2009

Vox Big Bad Wah shipping now
The Vox Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah is shipping now. It’s $219.99 from Guitar Center. I’m not sure if I’m going to get one of these or not as I have my eye on another wah to replace my tired old Crybaby, which is too new to be vintage but too beaten up to be in prime condition. The other Vox Satch pedals are also available.
Source: Guitar Center.
Buy: Vox Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah Dual Wah Guitar Effects Pedal Standard 

Vox Joe Satriani Time Machine Delay Guitar Effects Pedal Standard $199.99
Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal Red Metallic for $129.99

DJ Ashba in Guns ‘N’ Roses?
Metal Sludge says there are rumours that Beautiful Creatures/SIXX AM guitarist DJ Ashba is in the running to replace Robin Finck in Guns ‘N’ Roses, now that Robin has gone back to Nine Inch Nails.
Source: Metal Sludge

Lynyrd Skynyrd signs with Loud & Proud
Southern rock gods Lynyrd Skynyrd have signed with Loud & Proud, the Roadrunner Records imprint headed up by Tom Lipsky which is also home to Sammy Hagar and Collective Soul.
Skynyrd will release a new album on the label later this year.
Source: Melodicrock

Strociek Tension Springs
Strociek Music, the company which recently released the TurboTrem series (a replacement trem bar with an Allen wrench built into it) has unveiled Strociek Tension Springs, which use a revolutionary new polymer to eliminate noise through pick-ups. This is a great idea for anyone who has been plagued by that clangy, reverberous sound of trem springs, and for dudes like Steve Vai who have tried to combat the problem by stuffing the guitar’s trem cavity with tissue paper. A unit of 3 Strociek Tensions Springs are available for $6.
Source: Strociek

NEWS: Chris Cornell’s new CD – check out that cover

At the risk of sounding like Jerry Seinfeld, what is the deal with Chris Cornell’s new album? As you might know by now, it was produced by Timbaland and the PR machine says the album “showcases a new, seductive sound — dark, multi-layered and full of puzzles and surprises. The songs bring a new cinematic scope to Cornell’s performances, with potent visual imagery echoing the non-stop musical assault from his internationally acclaimed live band.”

Now, I have no beef with that, really… I guess. I mean, I loved Queensryche singer Geoff Tate’s solo album – freaking loved it – and the same ‘dark, multi-layered etc’ comments could be made about that CD. But my problem with Cornell’s CD is the cover. Let’s have a look at it.

Do you see what I see? Yeah, he’s smashing a left-handed Epiphone. First of all, Epiphone make fine guitars at all price points and aren’t deserving of such harsh treatment. Secondly, Cornell tends to play Fenders and Gibsons, certainly not Epiphones. Thirdly, it’s freaking left handed. This leads me to one of three conclusions:

1) They spent so much money on hiring Timbaland that the only guitar they could afford to buy and smash for the cover was a secondhand, lefthanded Epiphone from a pawn shop,

or

2) Cornell is so enraged by the negative response to the album by longtime fans that he snapped, stole some kid’s guitar and crunched it into the floor.

or

3) They bought an Epiphone for a couple hundred dollars, and whoever designed the cover thought it was more aesthetically pleasing to flip the photo, thus insulting guitarists everywhere. I dunno about you but I see it as a huge mark of disrespect when stuff like this happens. For instance, a few years ago there was a Savage Garden live DVD where the photo was flipped, turning guitarist Daniel Jones into a lefthander. Now, ain’t nothin’ wrong with being lefthanded, of course. But regardless of which way you play guitar, it’s the way you play guitar!!! GRRR!!!

CLICK HERE to buy Chris Cornell’s ‘Scream’ from Amazon.com