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COOL VIDEO ALERT: Mike Keneally – “I’m Raining Here Inside”

Check out the video for “I’m Raining Here Inside” from Mike Keneally’s new album Wing Beat Fantastic, featuring songs co-written with XTC’s Andy Partridge.

Back in 1998 I was in second year at university and my listening diet basically consisted of Mike Keneally’s Sluggo, XTC’s Skylarking and Devin Townsend’s Ocean Machine. )(Okay, add of Dream Theater’s Awake too, which had already been out for four years by that point but which I’d finally got my own copy of instead of nicking my brothers’ all the time). So the combination of Keneally and Partridge writing songs together is like a bizarre mash-up of a particular period of my life. This song sounds great and I can’t wait for my copy of the album to arrive.

You can buy the album here.

REVIEW: Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack Model 2

The iPad is the perfect practice tool for guitarists. Because it instantly becomes whichever app you load, it can be a warehouse full of amps, a fully-featured demo studio, a TAB reader and writer, a guitar synth, a scale library, and probably a whole bunch of other thing we haven’t even envisioned yet. But most of these functions are useless with a guitar signal entering the iPad. There are plenty of interfaces for guitar out there, and they all seem to operate in different ways. Some are simple and inexpensive, while others are a bit more pro-spec. That’s where the GuitarJack Model 2 comes in.

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Dweezil Zappa talks EVH, plays ‘Eruption’

This is a great video! Dweezil is the coolest.

Nice to see one of the Charvel EVH Art Series guitars out in the wild too!

IK Multimedia upgrades SampleTank for iOS

SampleTank Makes Performing on iPhone/iPod touch/iPad Even Easier

The first pro-quality sound and groove workstation for iOS adds MIDI Control and Program Change + free instruments in every category

July 2012, Modena, Italy – IK Multimedia is proud to announce the 1.2 update to SampleTank® for iOS, the universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, through the iTunes App store. The update, for both regular and free versions, is available as a free download to existing users that adds support for MIDI Program Change and Controller editing of all edit strip knobs for enhanced expression and performance in any environment from the studio to the stage. The 1.2 update also now provides free instruments in every category so users can create instantly anytime and everywhere.

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COOL GEAR ALERT: Ibanez RG2XXV

Alright, I’m an Ibanez geek. Sure, I own and love other guitars, but Ibanii still outnumber all of them. My RG550s are great workhorses, my RG seven-strings are brilliant instruments, and my Talman TC825 is killer. So forgive me if I gaze longingly at this beauty: the new RG2XXV, part of Ibanez’s 25th Anniversary celebrations for the RG as we know and love it today (there were RG models prior to this but they looked very different: the line was redeveloped alongside the development of the Jem and announced in 1987).

The RG2XXV is less expensive than the RG1XXV announced earlier in the year. It features Ibanez INF pickups, an Edge Zero II bridge, basswood body, three-piece maple neck, rosewood fretboard with jumbo frets, coloured dot inlays, a Wizard III neck shape and DR coated strings. It’s available in Fluorescent Pink and Fluorescent yellow.

More info here.

Happy birthday, Fender’s Ensenada factory!

PRESS RELEASE:

FENDER® FACTORY IN ENSENADA, MEXICO CELEBRATES SILVER ANNIVERSARY

ENSENADA, Baja California (July 23, 2012) – Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its factory in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, on Friday, July 20. “We are very proud to have reached such a significant milestone,” said Sergio Villanueva, senior vice president, global manufacturing, for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. “The level of craftsmanship produced in this factory is a testament to its success.” More than 1000 guests, including local dignitaries, company executives and factory employees, commemorated the facility’s 25-year anniversary with spectacular fireworks displays, live mariachi music, performances by Escuelita Fender, Grupo Fandango, and the popular Norteño band Intocable.

More Seymour Duncan EMTY 7-string info

The other day I posted about Seymour Duncan’s new 7-string version of Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson’s EMTY Blackouts signature active humbuckers. Here’s a little more cool news: the 7-string version is available in both Phase I and Phase II versions. Both have the same sound, but the Phase I model is a direct retrofit for most passive 7-string humbuckers including those by Seymour Duncan and DiMarzio, while Phase II Blackouts are a direct retrofit for the EMG 707 humbucker. I know a lot of I Heart Guitar readers are seven-stringers like myself, so dig in!

More info on these pickups here.

REVIEW: DMT Tyrant Michael Amott humbucker

Michael Amott knows a thing or two about tone. Whether it’s vintage death metal with Carcass, hard rock with Spiritual Beggars or his main job in Arch Enemy, Amott has the ears, hands and sense of sonic taste to craft the perfect sound for whatever musical situation he finds himself in. After flings with guitars like the Ibanez RG550 and his former ESP signature model the Ninja, Amott is now a Dean endorser, with his own line of signature guitars. And central to the tone of this imposing axe is the DMT Tyrant, Amott’s signature humbucker from Dean’s pickup division, Dean Magnetic Technologies. Amott was kind enough to arrange for a Tyrant humbucker to be sent out for review after I interviewed him recently.

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New Vai pickups: DiMarzio Gravity Storm

Steve Vai’s new album The Story Of Light is out in August, and quite frankly it’s stunning. I’ve been able to hear the whole thing and there’s something in there for every Vai fan, but especially those who like the more expressive and compositional aspects of his playing.

Steve has a new set of signature pickups coming out shortly, the DiMarzio Gravity Storm set (named after a song on the new album). They appear to be quite different from his previous six-string pickups (the Evolution set, the Evo 2 and the Breed set).

The bridge pickup weighs in at an output of 340mV and a DC resistance of 15.19Kohms, and it has an Alnico V magnet like the Breed, rather than a ceramic magnet like the Evolution and Evo 2. The neck pickup has a ceramic magnet, an output of 290mV and a DC resistance of 12.56Kohms.

Stay tuned for availability info!

REVIEW: Roger Mayer Voodoo TC Octavia

The Octavia is a classic yet mysterious effect, and one that’s particularly hard to describe with the written word. It produces an overtone an octave above whatever you play, but it doesn’t sound like a harmonizer or a 12-string guitar. Instead, imagine fuzz combined with the sound that you hear when you run your finger around the rim of a crystal wine glass, except the pitch of the glass follows that of the guitar. It can be hauntingly beautiful when combined with a clean tone or it can add a harmonic, fixed-wah-like quality to distorted ones.

The Voodoo TC Octavia is Roger Mayer’s latest iteration of his historic invention. The intention is very much the same as when Jimi Hendrix used Mayer’s Octavia on “Purple Haze” and “Fire,” but the Voodoo TC range offers many advantages. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Ben Fulton of Red Witch

Red Witch pedals seemed to spring up out of nowhere a few years ago, commanding attention with their unique features and world class tone. The Empress Chorus, for instance, is very highly regarded. But years and years of work have gone into establishing Red Witch. Recently the company unveiled the Seven Sisters series of mini pedals, and there are more innovations on the horizon. Join us as we pick the brain of Red Witch founder Ben Fulton.

Tell us about the history of the company.

Red Witch Analog was formed about ten years ago. Initially it was just me in the garage building guitar pedals. We started out with the Moon Phaser, and the decision to start a company making guitar pedals was born out of me making a few pedals for myself. I’d worked as a solo acoustic musician for three or four years prior to starting the company and a friend had asked me to join a rock band. I’d sold all of my electric guitar stuff, so I needed an amplifier. My girlfriend bought me an amp to use and it needed some work, so I basically immersed myself in the study of electronics in order to be able to repair and improve the amplifier.

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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

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