COOL GEAR ALERT: Gibson SG Standard 24

I was just cruising around Gibson.com and I came across this: the Gibson SG Standard 24 for American Music Supply. Look at this thing! Just LOOK AT IT! Argh, how cool! It bums me out that this is an exclusive model that I guess won’t find its way to Australia. I love mini humbuckers (I used to have a Firebird with Seymour Duncan mini humbuckers which sounded awesome), I love SGs (I’m Australian – we’re genetically predisposed to like SGs because of Angus Young), and 24 frets are ear-shredding fun. From a tonal perspective a mini humbucker in the neck makes a lot of sense: it focuses the pickup on a narrower area of the string, giving you a tighter and more focused sound. I’d love to get my hands on one of these, but alas, I fear I am doomed to miss out. Still, phwoar.

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REVIEW: TC Electronic Röttweiler Distortion

TC Electronic is particularly known for their amazing reverbs and delays, but the company has quite a handle on gain-based effects as well. Case in point: their brilliant Nova Drive, a programmable, digitally-controllable analog drive unit. But not everybody wants to sift through digital presets and learn parameters and memory banks and the like. Some players just want to turn some knobs, dial in a killer tone and play. That’s where the Röttweiler Distortion comes in.

The Röttweiler Distortion is built using the same basic ‘hammerhead’ rugged die-cast aluminium chassis as TC’s excellent TonePrint pedals and the revolutionary PolyTune tuner, and purely from an aesthetic perspective it looks really cool. I like TC’s design sense. There are four control pots, Gain, Level, Bass and Treble, along with a two-way Voice switch which governs the midrange profile. There’s an input, an output, a True Bypass switch, a really quite bright red LED to indicate that the effect is on, and a 9v DC supply jack. Battery access is through a handy little turn screw on the bottom.

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The colour of the universe: Yngwie

See that up above? That’s the average colour of the universe. NASA determined this by computationally averaging the light emitted by one of the largest sample of galaxies yet analysed (the 200,000 galaxies of the 2dF survey). The resulting cosmic spectrum has some emission in all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, but a single perceived composite color.

Does the colour look familiar?

 Well, maybe not quite, but it’s close, yeah?

That’s the Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster. That’s an old pic: the current version comes with Seymour Duncan YJM Fury pickups.

REVIEW: Dr Duck’s Ax Wax

Y’know how there are shampoos which are 2-in-1, or those combined body/hair/facewashes? Dr Duck’s Ax Wax is kind of like that. An all-inclusive, self-proclaimed ‘marvel mystery oil of the guitar industry,’ it protects your finish, moisturises your fretboard, cleans your strings and lubes up the string contact points. And it does it all without any wax, abrasives, silicones, synthetics or acids. What the hell is this stuff? Don’t know. Dr Duck’s secret.

Ax Wax comes in a 4oz bottle with an applicator flip top cap. All you need is a polishing cloth to get going. Here are just some of the ways you can use it:

PROTECTING THE FINISH

Simply put a few drops of Ax Wax on an applicator patch, spread it around, let it set for two minutes then buff with an appropriate cloth. Ax Wax does not dry, so if it still appears wet or if it feels sticky to the touch, just give it a little more elbow grease – which I found myself having to do the first few times I used it. It doesn’t tint or stain the finish, and it seems gentle enough to use on most finishes. You can use it on the entire guitar, including metal parts such as pickup covers and tuning keys, and on plastic parts such as pick guards and electronics cavity covers. I found it took a bit more buffing to get plastic parts looking their best, but it worked its magic on metal rather quickly.

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Long Holiday – Hate Potion No. 8

Check out the video for “Hate Potion No. 8” by Long Holiday. Some very cool post-grunge stuff, great songwriting, cool vibe. The band is Gina Wessel on lead vocals/guitar, drummer Marc Russo (Uncle Chunk), and my pal Andie Fitzpatrick (Tim McMillan Band/The Kissingers) on bass.

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