Monthly Archives: December 2011

Now where have I seen that before?

Sorry for the non-guitarry diversion, but I was just sitting around watching infomercials (yeah, I’m just that exciting) when I realised that the Baby Bullet reminded me of something, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

What could it be? Why is the Baby Bullet setting off some kind of vague shadow of a memory, and why does it make me feel creeped out and uncomfortable?

Oh wait, I’ve got it.

Argh! It’s the Cybermen from Doctor Who!

Perfect soundtrack: Doctor Who theme remagined as gypsy jazz!

Steve Vai + Gibson acoustic = cool song idea

From Steve’s YouTube channel: “Steve received a new Gibson acoustic and this is the first thing he played on it. It was improvised on the spot but may be a full song one day.”

Nice guitar! Personally I don’t own a Gibson acoustic but if I did I’d totally go for a J-185What about you?

Why won’t MY friggin’ dog do this?

Van Halen rehearsals rock the Roxy

Whoa! Van Halen have been secretly rehearsing at the legendary Roxy on the Sunset Strip.

Here’s a snippet from the Roxy’s post about it on their website. Go here for the full article.


For the past 2 months VAN HALEN has been rehearsing here 2-3 times a week!!!!!!

Do you have any idea how hard that was to not tell you?? When you come in at 10:00AM and David Lee Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, and Wolfgang Van Halen are on stage with 3 other people in the room playing “Running With The Devil” and you can’t say anything?! It’s tough, to put it simply.

It all began with a 3 day video shoot for their newest single that you don’t know about yet (shhh) and we were all geeking out like never before. Little did we know, the guys had fallen in love with the room and decided to rehearse for their upcoming unannounced tour for the next 2 months!

We couldn’t film it for obvious reasons, so we’ve decided to share some of our favorite VH moments that happened for the next 2 months.

“My favorite Van Halen moment was when I came out of the kitchen and they were doing Panama. I was one of the only people standing in the room by the stage. David Lee Roth looked at me, smiled, and waved. I thought to myself “that is the only time in life I will know David Lee Roth was actually singing to me.” – @LizzyDStadler

And if you’re wondering what guitar EVH is using in the recently-released promo video shot at the Roxy for Van Halen’s forthcoming tour, it’s an EVH Wolfgang Stealth. It’s available in Special and regular versions.

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Looks like Dean has some cool new stuff coming out…

Got the Dean mail-out yesterday with info about their NAMM webcast and 35th anniversary celebrations. The graphic at the top of the email looked cool enough – bitchen two-headed eagle thing, NAMM dates, booth number… but then I looked in the bottom left corner, two axes tucked away behind another:

Good lord. It’s a Dean VMNT Dave Mustaine signature with a Peace Sells …But Who’s Buying? graphic, and a version (with a different headstock) of one of Dimebag Darrell’s lesser-known but cooler Dean MLs! In fact, this was the guitar Dime was using in one of the first pics I ever saw of him, in a Randall ad back in the day when Dime went by the name Diamond Darrell publicly instead of Dimebag Darrell. You can see Dime using this axe in this video for “Primal Concrete Sledge,” and that’s what this Dean model is named: the Dime ‘Concrete Sledge’ ML. The original was actually a Washburn neck on a Dean body.

Keep an eye on Dean’s website and I Heart Guitar at NAMM time!

Van Halen tours in 2012 – tickets on sale January 10!

Van Halen – Long Version Trailer from Van Halen on Vimeo.

Keep an eye on Van-Halen.com for more info in the coming weeks! So this is what they were filming at the Roxy a while ago.

Merry Christmas!

Aaron Kusterer – Language of Emotion ships January 6

Hey! Did you see that interview with Aaron Kusterer recently in Guitar Player magazine? Aaron’s CD Language of Emotion is released on December 30 with a launch at BRG Music of Perry & Ames Iowa. Go check it out if you’re in the area! If you preorder the CD from Aaron it’ll ship January 6. Aaron’s an amazing guitarist, a super-nice guy and an awesome ambassador for Buddy Blaze guitars – in fact that’s how I first met him, when I recognised the Blaze logo on his guitar case at an airport. Aaron also gets some amazing tones out of AmpKit.

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Marshall buys Eden Bass Amps from US Music Corp

Wow! Very interesting indeed!


US Music Corp Announces Sale of Eden Bass Amps to Marshall Amplification plc

US Music Corp announced today that they have sold their Eden Bass Amplification business to Marshall Amplification plc. The transaction was concluded on December 22, 2011.

In commenting on the purchase of Eden, Jonathan Ellery, Managing Director of Marshall stated “We are very pleased to be able to add this revered brand to our business. We feel that Eden is a great strategic fit within our Marshall Amplifier line and therefore we have the opportunity to increase the Eden brand’s presence worldwide. We are prepared to invest in the development of new products and to expand the awareness of the brand.”

Barry Ryan, President of US Music Corp added, “The sale of Eden Bass Amps to Marshall will result in more resources being dedicated to the brand and that will translate into a continually improving and evolving line of Eden Bass Amp products. We are pleased to be able to continue to represent Eden in the United States as the exclusive distributor and our North American customer base will not be impacted as a result of the sale.”

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Boss BC-2 Combo Drive

Classic British Combo Amp Tone in a Stompbox

Los Angeles, CA, December 21, 2011 — The new BOSS BC-2 Combo Drive, the latest addition to the overdrive/distortion category of its legendary lineup of compact pedals, is now shipping. Just as the ST-2 Power Stack brought the sound of a raging stack amp to pedalboards everywhere, the BC-2 now gives players classic British combo amp tone in a convenient stompbox.

The dual-speaker “top boost” combo amp drove the sound of the British Invasion in the 1960s, and remained a favorite of many prominent rock guitarists throughout the 1970s. Rediscovered by a new generation in the ‘80s, the amp’s sweet, wide-ranging tones—which fall squarely between vintage American combos and high-gain British stacks—continue to be an essential part of music styles from indie rock to country.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Boss FB-2 Feedbacker/Booster

Oh cool! Here’s a new take on an idea that Boss explored with their old DF-2 Feedbacker & Distortion (which Fuzz Box Girl reviewed a while ago). This seems like a really great idea and I can’t wait to check it out.
Unique, Expressive Guitar Pedal Offers Variable Booster Types,
Natural Feedback Function

Los Angeles, CA, December 21, 2011 — The powerful new BOSSFB-2 Feedbacker/Booster, the latest addition to its famous lineup of compact pedals, is now shipping. Combining an adjustable tone/gain boost with the ability to kick in a natural cranked-amp feedback sound at will, the FB-2 is a unique stompbox that gives guitarists a world of new expressive possibilities.

Booster pedals have become extremely popular with guitar players in recent years. Many different types are available, ranging from straight-up gain boosters to tone enhancers that boost treble or midrange frequencies. Using the latest BOSS technology, the FB-2 incorporates the most sought-after booster types—as well as their unique sound characteristics and sensitivity to playing dynamics—all in one convenient and affordable pedal.

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Stuart Fraser/Brett Garsed Christmas medley

LINK: Brett Garsed

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Peter Hodgson Hi! I'm Peter Hodgson. I write for Gibson.com, Australian Guitar, Australian Musician, Mixdown Magazine (including my instructional column, 'Unleash Your Inner Rock God,' which has been running since 2007), BluntBeat (including their weekly hard rock/metal column Crunch) and The Brag. And I'm Assistant Social Coordinator with Seymour Duncan. I've been playing guitar since I was 8 years old, and I've been writing for magazines since I was 18. I've also worked as a guitar teacher (up to 50 students a week), a setup tech, a newspaper editor, and I've also dabbled in radio a little bit. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and my hobbies include drinking way too much coffee, and eating way too much Mexican food. You can check out my guitar playing at Bandcamp or on YouTube, and feel free to email me at iheartguitarblog@gmail.com If you'd like to support the site, feel free to kick in a couple o'bucks using this donation button.

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