You regularly visit www.effectsdatabase.com, right? Bart Provoost’s site is one of the most informative on the web for pedal fans like you and I. He was recently on the ground at Musikmesse in Frankfurt and he filed this report. Some incredible stuff here by the likes of Amsterdam Cream, AMT Electronics, Bogner, Carl Martin, Ciocks, Dr. J, Ego Sonoro, Electro-Harmonix, Greenhouse Effects, GWires, JAM Pedals, Mooer Audio, Nux, Palmer Audio, Paul Landes, Roger Mayer, T-Rex, TC Electronics, Two Notes, and Yerasov.
Now this is killer. In April, Brendon Small – Metalocalypse co-creator, mastermind of one of the coolest signature models Gibson ever produced and creator of the brilliant Home Movies will present to you GALAKTIKON, an incredible, melodic, heavy, colourful, frankly kickass album. I’ve been lucky enough to hear it and to interview Brendon (look for it closer to the album’s release date) and it’s something really special. The following is a press release about a track exclusively made available to CraveOnline. Check it out!
‘Metalocalypse’ Co-Creator BRENDON SMALL and CraveOnline.com Unveil New ‘BRENDON SMALL’s GALAKTIKON’ Track Today
New Album Coming April 2012!
CraveOnline.com and BRENDON SMALL are thrilled to finally unleash a brand new track from the METALOCALYPSE co-creator’s new side project,BRENDON SMALL’s GALAKTIKON. The new track, ‘On My Way’, is the closing track on the upcoming concept album. BRENDON SMALL’s GALAKTIKON hits stores in late April 2012.
“I’m thrilled to finally give people a taste of what I’ve been blabbing about doing for months,” states Brendon. “’On My Way’ is the last track on the record, where our hero confronts the villain and saves the girl, while complaining the whole time! Enjoy, and stay tuned for more tracks emerging soon.”
There are plenty of benefits to be gained from using active pickups, not the least of which are low noise and high signal integrity over long cable runs. But not everyone loves the sound of typical actives. EMGs are well known for their killer metal tone – they’ve driven the tones of players like Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, Zakk Wylde and Devin Townsend to name just a few – and their single coils were long used by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Seymour Duncan seems to be especially good at spotting holes in the market, and there was a pretty glaring one in the active sector: players who want the benefits of active pickups but would prefer a more organic tone. The Blackouts series of pickups do a great job of this, but the Blackouts Modular Preamp is another very clever approach to the issue.
Available separately and in the Blackouts Coil Pack and Gus G FIRE Blackouts System signature set (which is featured in some of Gus’s signature ESP and LTD guitar models), the BMP-1s replaces your existing volume pot, throws in a 9v battery, and allows you to get a high gain active guitar sound from any passive four-conductor pickup. In Gus’s case, the BMP-1s is combined with a matched pair of low-out Alnico 5-loaded passive humbuckers. Gus explains: “This system combines the massive tone, kick, and distortion of Blackouts with the rich tone and expressive feel of my favorite passive pickups. It responds perfectly to all my picking techniques, and more of my personality comes through than with any active pickup I’ve tried.” Naturally Gus needs plenty of sonic versatility within the rock/metal realm, since he does double time in Firewind and as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist.
AmpKit, the killer amp sim app by Agile Partners, has just been updated to feature Retina display resolution as well as a few new gear models: the Trace Elliot 1215 bass amp, Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion and Rocktron HUSH Noise Reduction. And save 33-40% on new gear and 50% on AmpKit+ for a limited time.
Agile, of course, also recently announced AmpKit Link HD, an incredible new iOS interface which not only captures your guitar sound in higher fidelity than before, but also allows you to charge your iPad while still using it for your amp sim. Here’s a great video of Kenny Wayne Shepherd demonstrating AmpKit (and talking up the great Guitar World Lick Of The Day app) at NAMM 2012.
Wow. Just… just wow. Keep an eye out for these incredible instruments. I get the feeling they’re not kidding in the press release when they hint at these guitars showing up in some rather visible places in 2012.
Artisan Luthier ‘James Hutchinson’ launches Hutchinson Guitar Concepts
Guitar builder crafts roadworthy instruments into functioning works of art!
Fitting custom string gauges, installing aftermarket pickups, and swapping out hardware are all modifications made by guitarists to personalise their instruments. UK-based artisan luthier, James Hutchinson, is taking guitar design, customisation and personalisation to its absolute zenith, with Hutchinson Guitar Concepts. Offering a bespoke service limited only by imagination, any guitar can become a functioning work of art.
The Hutchinson Guitar Concepts website features a portfolio of finished guitars that exert design inspiration from genres and themes as diverse as Steampunk, Natural Disasters, and Chinese dynasties. The Cybertech, Molten Lava, and Bronze Top guitars are just a few examples of what can be achieved through intricate wood carving, masterful finishing and state of the art electronics. James puts hundreds of hours of work into every fine detail, ensuring that each Tibetan symbol is perfectly engraved, and each ripple of molten lava oozes and glows with incredible LED lighting effects.