Tommy Thayer shows off his Epiphone signature axe

‘Copyright: Joby Sessions/Guitarist Magazine 2012. Full Feature available in Guitarist Magazine, September 2012 Issue’.

KISS’s Tommy Thayer has a new Epiphone Les Paul signature model coming out soon, and you can see him putting it through its paces in this video from Guitarist:

Only one “I thought it’d just be an Ace Frehley model but taller” joke per reader, please.

COOL GEAR ALERT: Schecter Blackjack SLS C-1

Yesterday a Schecter Blackjack SLS C-1 arrived to review for a guitar mag. The review won’t be published for a while but I thought I’d give you a sneak peek. It has a mahogany body with three-piece maple neck, ebony fretboard, 24 Jumbo frets, a set neck with Ultra Access carve (which looks and feels like a neck-thru), a TonePros TOM bridge with thru-body stringing, and either Seymour Duncan active Blackouts or passive Seymour Duncan Full Shred and Jazz humbuckers with coil split. It plays quite nicely and sounds great (the review model is the Full Shred/Jazz version, and it sounds very lively, chunky and articulate – I’m thinking of getting this pickup set for my Buddy Blaze 7-string prototype), and frankly… it looks cool! Check out the ‘Hell’s Gate Skull’ inlay at the 12th fret, which you can see below on the Blackjack SLS PT model.

 

New Paul Gilbert album info

Paul Gilbert (who is doing a clinic tour of Oz soon) has a new album coming soon called Vibrato. It includes eight studio-recorded tacks plus three live tracksrecorded in 2010 when he toured Europe. It’s half instrumental and half vocal, which is awesome news for those of us who love Paul’s vocal albums like King of Clubs, Alligator Farm and Space Ship One. In fact, I had Space Ship One on regular rotation right at the time that Mrs I Heart Guitar and I found out we were going to be parents, so whenever I listen to that album it brings back all sorts of huge emotions. Anyway, the track list for Vibrato is:

01 Enemies (In Jail)
02 Rain and Thunder and Lightning
03 Vibrato
04 Put It On The Chair
05 Bivalve Blues
06 Blue Rondo A La Turk
07 Atmosphere on the Moon
08 The Pronghorn
09 Roundabout (Live)
10 I Want To Be Loved (Live)
11 Go Down (Live)

You can preorder it from CD Japan now. Here’s the regular CD version, here’s the CD/DVD version and here’s the instructional DVD.

Soundwave line-up announced

A PERFECT CIRCLE
ANTHRAX
BLINK-182
CANCER BATS
CHUNK NO CAPTAIN CHUNK
DANKO JONES
DEAF HAVANA
DRAGONFORCE
DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADED
FLOGGING MOLLY
FOZZY
GARBAGE
KINGDOM OF SORROW
KYUSS LIVES!
LINKIN PARK
MADBALL
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE
METALLICA
MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK
OF MICE AND MEN
PARAMORE
PIERCE THE VEIL
RED FANG
SIX FEET UNDER
SLEEPING WITH SIRENS
STONE SOUR
SUM 41
THE BLACKOUT
THE LAWRENCE ARMS
THE OFFSPRING
THE WONDER YEARS
TOMAHAWK
VISION OF DISORDER

What do you think? Who else are you hoping to see?