NAMM Jackson Custom Shop Pablo Santana 7-string for sale

Remember the killer Jackson Custom Shop B-7 7-string built by Pablo Santana which I wrote about here? Well it’s now for sale at The Music Zoo.

The guitar features a transparent purple quilted maple top, mahogany body, neck-through mahogany neck, ebony fretboard, 25.5″ scale length, inlays by Ron Thorn, EMG 707 humbuckers, Floyd Rose tremolo and black/gold hardware.

You can buy this killer one-of-a-kind axe at the Music Zoo’s eBay store here.

A Guitarist Answers: What’s That Stick Thing You See On Guitars Sometimes?

This post is a public service announcement for non-guitarists. Especially those who design guitar-based toys or who design cartoon characters. It’s not intended for guitarists who already know this stuff, but they might get a kick out of it anyway, and may even want to refer non-guitarists to it the next time this question comes up.

One thing I’m often asked by non-guitarists is “What’s that stick thing you see on guitars sometimes?” They’re referring to this.

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This is the first in a new series on I Heart Guitar where various folks – friends, luminaries, bandmates, journalists, maybe I’ll even get my kid to write one – get to take over I Heart Guitar briefly to talk about their five favourite guitarists. First up is Angela Allan. Got a few more folks writing theirs now including (if he can squeeze it in around his That Metal Show commitments) Eddie Trunk. Take it away Angela!

My first encounter with a guitar was at age two. I was sitting on the bed – mesmerised by the guitar’s shape sitting beside the bed on its stand – I leaned over to touch it and fell off the bed. My head smacked into the guitar.

Don’t panic, the guitar is fine. It was my dad’s guitar and I still have it today – hairline crack and all. (My head however, probably did suffer, and it probably still does today.) But as far as my musical talents go, I can play a mean tambourine and I can certainly whack a triangle like nobody’s business. So in homage to those who are masters of the shred, here are the guitarists who send girls (and guys) weak at the knees with their skill and their awesome hair, which is also important.



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Rotosound signature sets: Amott, Allender, Demus

Rotosound has just announced the release of new signature guitar string sets for Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Carcass), Paul Allender (Cradle Of Filth) and Mikey Demus (Skindred). I use Rotosound Roto Pink strings a lot – their clear top end and tight lows seem to work especially well with gritty edge-of-drive clean sounds and heavy distortion. Oh by the way, check out my interview with Michael Amott here.


Britain’s premier guitar string manufacturer Rotosound has developed, together with a selection of their metal guitarist endorsees, a new range of signature strings. They can now announce the launch of signature string sets for guitarists Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Carcass), Paul Allender (Cradle Of Filth) and Mikey Demus (Skindred).

Michael Amott is known for his involvement with a number of death metal/hard rock bands — namely Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars and Carcass. These signature strings, influenced by Michael’s own personal style and are excellent for achieving wide vibrato, memorable melodic lead lines and furious sledgehammer riffs. Amott said, “They have great tone, they stay in tune, they don’t break easily. What more do you want? I rely on my MA11 Rotosound strings every night on stage and in the recording studios. Rotosound shreds.”

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