My Duff McKagan interview on Gibson.com

Hey folks. On the weekend I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr Duff McKagan about The Taking, the new album by his band, Duff McKagan’s Loaded. You can read part of the interview here at Gibson.com. We covered a lot of ground in the interview so there will be a separate – and entirely different – interview on I Heart Guitar soon too. Duff was really great to interview and it was an honour to get to talk one-on-one with such a goddamn legend of rock!

Check out Duff’s site here.

COOL GEAR ALERT: Perri Ink. Guitars

What’s more fun than customising your axe with top-shelf components? Why, starting your own company and building guitars with all that neat stuff already built in, of course! Nick Perri, lead guitarist for Shinedown, Perry Farrell, Silvertide, Matt Sorum and now SINAI, has done just that with Perri Ink. Guitars. Check it out, and follow Perri Ink. Guitars on Twitter.

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NICK PERRI UNVEILS NEW LINE OF INSTRUMENTS UNDER HIS PERRI INK. BRAND

ROCK GUITARIST AND ENTREPRENEUR WILL RELEASE TWO GUITAR MODELS THIS SPRING

MARCH 23, 2011 – PHILADELPHIA, PA — Nick Perri, the internationally recognized lead guitarist for such bands/artists as Shinedown, Perry Farrell, Silvertide, Matt Sorum, and his own recently assembled, SINAI, announced via his Twitter feed that as of today, his company, PERRI INK. LLC, will start selling boutique, handmade guitars under the brand name, Perri Ink. Guitars.

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NEWS: Paul Gilbert rocks Bullet Cable on Mr. Big tour

Check out this press release and batch of photos of Paul Gilbert and his beloved Bullet Cable-connected pedal board from the current Mr. Big tour. Nice to see that even the great Pablo Gilberto does his own pedalboard setups!

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LOS ANGELES, CA–Paul Gilbert, guitar virtuoso, will be traveling around the world during the Mr. Big Tour, which officially started on April 2, 2011, shredding with original line-up band members, Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, and Pat Torpey. The day before the tour, Paul invited Bullet Cable designer, Ted McCann, to the practice studio where gear preparations were being finalized so that the two of them could re-wire Paul’s pedal board with the promise of cleaner tone and signal enhancement to his gear. Using solder-less connectors and DIY Bulk Cable, developed by Bullet Cable.

Paul Gilbert wiring his pedal board. (Scissors used to cut velcro. Not recommended for cutting cable)

Bullet Cable DIY Connectors, engineered DIY Bulk Cable, and the new SLUG plugs require no special tools other than a razor edge knife and a standard 2 mm hex key (a staple in most guitar tool kits).

Before

After

Paul Gilbert Video:  Talking about his pedal board set-up and the solder-less custom cords by Bullet Cable

Most recently, Paul Gilbert wrote to Bullet Cable to tell them of the progress of the tour and his board.

“The patch cables are working great!”

His pedal board explained:

Set Up:

Tuner –> Airplane Flanger –> MXR Phase 90 –> Fuzz Universe –> Lehle Splitter.
Splitter–> Detox EQ (which goes out to distorted amp),
Splitter also –> HBE CPR Compressor (which is always on), –> flanger (which goes to clean amp).

Connect them and maximize the set up: DIY Cable, DIY Connectors (.44 chrome solderless plugs), and SLUG angle and straight connectors.  All available through Core Onehttp://coreoneproduct.com/shop