I’m so glad this axe exists. The Washburn Nuno Bettencourt signature model deserves a seven-string variant. This guitar just makes so much sense: killer Stephens Extended Cutaway neck joint for those high notes, big reverse headstock for extra resonance and sustain on the low notes, Original Floyd Rose bridge, aged alder body, Buzz Feiten tuning system, and of course that finish (or lack thereof) which really allows the wood to breathe and the high end to sing out. It kills me that I can’t afford this axe right now, because I can already tell that it would make my life infinitely better in every conceivable way.
By the way, dig the fretwork on the pics below.
Nuno Bettencourt’s Signature with a Seventh String Twist
Upon one look at the Nuno Bettencourt Signature Series N7VINTAGE guitar, it is clear that the ingenuity and attention to detail that is synonymous with the Washburn name is still top notch. Offering the same sleek style that lovers of the guitar legend have become accustomed to, and increasing the versatility with the seventh string, this instrument enables players to harness Nuno’s unique tone.
Offering a slim, aged alder body with a Stephens® extended cutaway neck joint, this beauty plays like a breeze. In addition to its supreme comfort, the sound of this axe is a perfect replication of Bettencourt’s signature sound thanks to the Seymour Duncan® Distortion pickup in the bridge position and the Seymour Duncan® ’59 neck pickup. The extremely fast neck offers a 22 fret ebony fingerboard with a maple neck and the standard stunning reverse headstock. With the Buzz Feiten tuning system paired up with Original Floyd Rose® tremolo, this guitar can take the most vigorous of playing and remain perfectly in tune.
As with the N4VINTAGE in the same series, all hardware and parts on this guitar are aged to give the look of a guitar that has been owned for years. The N7VINTAGE can give players the freedom they need to explore, along with the added ability to sound tight and feel right while playing.
Please be informed that Caparison Guitars finished all activity in May, 2011 due to the bankruptcy of Kyowa Shokai Co., Ltd. who was then owner of the Caparison brand.
On behalf of Kyowa, I, Itaru Kanno would like to express my most sincere apologies to all of our customers and artists who had difficulties as a result.
From this unhappy event, the guitar manufacturer, the companies concerned and I (designer) have been striving for a fresh start for Caparison Guitars.
At this time, we are pleased to announce the takeover of Caparison by the Caparison Guitar Company Ltd. Caparison Guitars is reborn and makes a fresh start with immediate effect.
Oct. 12, 2011
Itaru Kanno, Caparison Guitar Co., Ltd.
It’s been a ridiculously incredible week of rock awesomeness for me. Last Sunday I was a judge at the Demon Rock Off at Rockstar Bowling. The next day I went to the Steve Vai masterclass presented by Thump Music and I got to jam with the man himself. The next day I interviewed Shawn Drover of Megadeth for Tone Deaf. On Thursday I interviewed Keith Strickland from B-52s and on Friday, Glenn Hughes. Saturday was the Def Leppard concert. And yesterday, Monday October 25, I went to the Mattias Ia Eklundh clinic at Five Star Music. Phew!
If you haven’t heard Mattias, how would I describe his music? There’s technique, melody, humour, interesting harmonies, even more interesting rhythms, out-there tones, ear-catching sound effects and just a general spirit of adventurousness which is utterly addictive. Whenever I listen to him I come away with that feeling you get when you’ve been laughing really hard for so long that you almost think you’re going to throw up. So the opportunity to see and hear Mattias doing all of this craziness close-up was too good to pass up.
In contrast to the awesome Vai masterclass, which was largely dedicated to non-musical concepts such as setting goals and keeping a positive attitude, Mattias’s clinic was more about the guitar itself and music in general. Concepts covered included maintaining the groove even when faced with a bizarre time signature; his idiosyncratic approach to harmonics; the finer points of travelling with a belt full of marital aids, and the True Temperament frets on his Caparison Apple Horn guitar.
This last point is something a lot of people didn’t seem to have seen before. The best way to think of True Temperament fretting system is to imagine that each string has its own frets which are precisely aligned for perfect intonation at all points along the string, instead of the traditional compromise that we’ve all had to put up with for hundreds of years. It’s an expensive system to implement but the sonic results are incredible.
Speaking of incredible, Mattias came to Oz to promote Laney amplification (including the 60 watt version of the stunning new Ironheart amp) on behalf of Australis Music. Check out the Ironheart here – it sounded amazing during the clinic, perfectly and boldly reproducing every nuance of Mattias’s playing, from the ultra high gain stuff to clean and back again. His only effect was a Jim Dunlop Crybaby wah wah pedal: Mattias coaxes the vast majority of his sounds simply by manipulating the guitar in various ways.
After the clinic, Mattias hung around taking photos, signing autographs and answering fanboy questions. If Mattias ever plays within, oh, I don’t know, a 1,000 kilometre radius of your house, go go go go go! His sense of humour and his creativity are really inspiring and addictive, and you will definitely learn something you can use, even if your technique isn’t up to the ridiculously high level of Mattias.
By the way, Mattias hopes to bring his band Freak Kitchen to Australia for a tour. Aussies, I heartily encourage you to contact promoters such as Soundwave Touring and let them know you want to see Freak Kitchen!
The scenario: Kurt Cobain conspiracy theorist Richard Lee accosts Duff at a book signing, looking for comment on the flight Duff shared with Cobain shortly before the latter’s 1994 suicide. Lee gets pretty aggressive and a bunch of well-meaning folks try to herd him out of the building.
Duff to the rescue! Watch at 0:57 as Duff says what we’re all thinking.
Read my interview with Duff about the album The Taking by his band Loaded here (it’s totally one of my favourite albums of the year – some dudes go a whole career without writing one song as good as “Indian Summer,” “Dead Skin,” “Executioner’s Song,” “We Win,” “Easier Lying” or “Wrecking Ball” but Duff has the audacity to write all of them for one album! Seriously, check it out).
And you can get Duff’s book from Amazon.com here.
Hey. If you’re in Melbourne, come on down and catch my band The Upperhand live at the Gershwin Room at the Espy in St Kilda on Saturday November 5! You can buy tickets online here, but I have a limited amount available for the super-discounted price of just six bucks. Just email me if at iheartguitarblog AT gmail DOT com if you’d like one.
And check out our Reverbnation page here!
In the meantime, here’s our last gig in full. Enjoy!
BOSS, Musicians Institute and GuitarTV.com will be showcasing the US Finalists of the “BOSS Loop Station World Championship 2″ this Saturday, October 22 @ 6 PM PDT on GuitarTV.com!
Six truly talented (and coordinated) guitar players (and other musicians- like a Mountain Dulcimer-ist) will be showcasing their live looping songs & skills at the event. Among the judges are Steve Lukather (Toto, Michael Jackson, solo), Robert “BUBBY” Lewis (Bassist for Snoop Dogg), Michael Lloyd (Record Producer), Jude Gold (GIT Director, L.A. Editor Guitar Player Magazine) & Paul Youngblood (Vice President, BOSS U.S.)
Plus, GuitarTV will be giving away the new BOSS RC-3 to a lucky viewer who is present in the GuitarTV live chat when their name is called. They simply need to RSVP to the event here: http://on.fb.me/BOSSLSWC