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Railhammer launches the Chisel – Bridge model

You might recognise Railhammer Pickups from the Reverend Reeves Gabrels II model guitar. And chances are good that you’ve heard of Railhammer/Reverend founder Joe Naylor before. Railhammer has just released a new humbucker model called the Chisel and from the following press release it sounds like a monster!

RAILHAMMER PICKUPS LAUNCHES CHISEL – BRIDGE MODEL
Features include Ceramic magnet and 44 gauge wire.

The Chisel – Bridge model pickup is aimed at hard rock and metal players. Using a high output Ceramic magnet and 44 gauge wire, the tone is aggressive and thick, but with enhanced clarity. The rail/pole structure allows players to dial in a tight percussive tone on the wound strings without the plain strings sounding thin or sterile. Riffs are loud and clear, even under heavy distortion.

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Cilia Prototype Fretsense Guitar nails guitar synth

Whoa! Check out that tracking!!!

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REVIEW: Fret-King JD

Jerry Donahue is an almost unnaturally talented guitarist capable of dizzying feats of technique and melody. A few other companies (Fender and Peavey) have offered Jerry Donahue artist models in the past, and they were fine instruments. But Donahue says his new Fret-King trumps them all. Let’s check it out and see if he’s speaking the truth. Continue reading

IK Multimedia iRig STOMP out now

IK Multimedia’s iRig was one of the first guitar interfaces for iOS devices, and while it’s a very handy little device, a few later products trumped it in features. IK have never rested on their laurels though, and they’ve hit back with what’s got to be the most impressively-specced and most player-friendly iOS guitar interface yet. It’s housed in a stompbox case, lets you plug your iDevice into your amp, gives you manual control of the input signal strength, and hell, it even lets you use the iPad in line with other pedals, which is great for incorporating guitar synth apps or other gadgetry into your guitar rig.

Here’s the press release:

IK Multimedia announces iRig STOMP: First stompbox-style guitar and bass interface for iPhone/iPad is now shipping

Take the stage with your mobile guitar rig – incorporate your mobile guitar amps and effects into your live performance 

September 6th, 2012 – IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation accessories and apps announced today that iRig STOMP, the first guitar and bass stompbox-style interface for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, is nowavailable from retailers worldwide and the IK Multimedia online store.

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REVIEW: Taylor GS Mini Mahogany Top

The GS Mini is like the big brother of the legendary Baby Taylor. While the Baby Taylor won a lot of hearts due to its portability, easy playability and jack-of-all-trades tone, the GS Mini is not quite a small travel guitar in the same way as the Baby Taylor – but it’s not a full-bodied strummer either. It’s a portable-but-not-too-small instrument that gives the feel of a much bigger guitar. Taylor sums it up perfectly on the box: “Real. Small. Taylor.” Taylor describe it as a modern-day parlour guitar for playing around the house, but it’s also the kind of axe you could easily take to a jam, camping or to the beach. And it’s also stage or studio-friendly thanks to a few special extras. This year a mahogany version joins the original version.


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Exclusive Lesson: Paul Gilbert on Pentatonic Harmonies

Huge thanks to Paul Gilbert and Artistworks for providing this killer look at Paul’s online guitar school!

Paul’s heading to Australia soon for a masterclass tour thanks to Thump Music. Get your tickets here!

And don’t forget, his new album Vibrato is out next month. Here’s the UK press release:

Music Theories Recordings, a division of Mascot Label Group, is pleased to announce the 15thOctober UK release of Paul Gilbert’s 12th solo album “Vibrato”.  The album includes 4 new guitar and vocal compositions, 4 instrumentals, and 3 live cover songs from Gilbert’s 2010 “Fuzz”tour including Yes’ Roundabout, Muddy Waters’ I Want To Be Loved and AC/DC’s Go Down.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING 

01 – Enemies (In Jail)

02 – Rain And Thunder And Lightning

03 – Vibrato

04 – Put It On The Char

05 – Bivalve Blues

06 – Blue Rondo A La Turk

07 – Atmosphere on the Moon

08 – The Pronghorn

09 – Roundabout

10 – I Want To Be Loved

11 – Go Down

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New Line 6 James Tyler Variax models

Line 6′s James Tyler Variax guitars are a very cool way of getting the Variax technology into more players’ hands via an instrument with a boutique design pedigree. The line has just been expanded with a pair of new models – the JTV-59P and JTV-69S – which offer different pickup selections to the existing models. There’s also a US Custom Series version of each of the new body styles. What I like about these guitars is that they’re geared towards slightly more traditional players who might appreciate the variety of sounds offered by the Variax technology but who want a guitar that reflects their tastes better.

Line 6 Announces New James Tyler Variax Guitars

New offerings give guitarists more sonic and aesthetic options

CALABASAS, Calif.—September 18, 2012—Line 6, Inc. is proud to introduce two additions to the James Tyler® Variax® family. The new JTV-59P and JTV-69S guitars provide new pickup configurations and a variety of finish options, expanding the sonic capabilities of the James Tyler Variax family to meet the needs of even more guitar players.

“We’re excited to expand the James Tyler Variax line with additional models that will inspire even more guitarists to check out these amazing instruments,” says Darrell Smith, Guitar Product Line Manager at Line 6. “For the player who likes vintage P-90 soapbar pickups and is looking for a slightly lower-gain, warmer tone, the JTV-59P is a great choice. The JTV-69S offers the industry-standard three single-coil pickup configuration, which is ideal for guitarists who want that classic sound.” Continue reading

Guitar Universe 2012 Tour

STEPHAN FORTE  – GUITAR UNIVERSE TOUR 2012 – LIVE IN CONCERT
Marty Friedman + Yossi Sassi + Stephan Forte
Presented by LAG, PRS & ENGL
09 OCT 2012 – FR – COLMAR – LE GRILLEN
10 OCT 2012 – NL – ZOETERMEER – BOERDERIJ
12 OCT 2012 – UK – LONDON – UNDERWORLD
13 OCT 2012 – IRL – DUBLIN – THE VILLAGE
15 OCT 2012 – FR – PARIS – DIVAN DU MONDE
16 OCT 2012 – FR – NANTES – LE FERRAILLEUR
17 OCT 2012 – SP – BILBAO – KAFE ANTZOKIA
19 OCT 2012 – PT – BENAVENTE/LISBOA – SIDE B CLUB
20 OCT 2012 – SP – MADRID – RAMDALL
21 OCT 2012 – SP – BARCELONA – SALAMANDRA
22 OCT 2012 – FR – TOULOUSE – CONNEXION LIVE
23 OCT 2012 – FR – MONTPELLIER – SECRET PLACE
24 OCT 2012 – FR – TOULON – LE VOX
25 OCT 2012 – IT – PRATO – KELLER PLATZ
26 OCT 2012 – IT – RETORBIDO/MILAN – CARLITO’S WAY

COOL GEAR ALERT: TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay and Looper

Check out this video of Rob ‘Chappers’ Chapman explaining the new TC Electronic Flashback X4 Delay and Looper.

I’d love to hear what Matt Stephens would do with this pedal.

Led Zeppelin O2 Arena show comes to DVD!

At long last, Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion show at London’s O2 Arena is being released! It’ll be screened in cinemas in October and will arrive as a home release in November.

I’m really stoked about this one. Robert Plant is one of my favourite singers. But not just any Robert Plant: specifically 1990s-and-onwards Plant, when his voice seemed to take on even more gravity and gravel.

Here’s the press release:

On December 10, 2007,  Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band’s signature blues-infused rock ’n’ roll that instantly became part of the legend ofLed Zeppelin. Continue reading

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Full Shred 7

One of the really fun things about being a guitarist is that once you’ve figured out how to change pickups, you’ve unlocked a really easy way to completely overhaul your guitar’s sound – or to fine-tune it. Recently I found myself going back and forth between two guitars, each outfitted with a DiMarzio Crunch Lab 7 and LiquiFire 7 set. One was my Ibanez UV777BK, and the other was my Buddy Blaze Sevenator prototype. Both guitars sounded cool, but I found myself wishing for something a little earthier for the poplar body of the Blaze. Something with a bit more hair and rock attitude compared to the very midrangey, slightly boxy quality of the Crunch Lab. Poplar has a similar tone to alder, except it seems to have a slight upper-mid crispness to my ears. I asked the folks at Seymour Duncan what pickup would give me the sound I was after (keeping in mind the poplar body) and they recommended the Full Shred, so I gave it a shot.

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Musicians Gather for First Annual Women’s Music Summit

PRESS RELEASE
Musicians Gather for First Annual Women’s Music Summit
Meshell Ndegeocello, Marnie Stern, Melissa Auf der Maur, and Malina Moye attend as featured artist instructors
 
September 11,2012, Lafayette, CA — Female musicians and songwriters of all ages and skill levels gathered last month in Big Indian, NY for the first ever Women’s Music Summit.
Tucked away in the Catskill Mountains at Full Moon Resort, festivities began over cocktails and an open mic session as the ladies shared the spotlight and instantly connected over music and conversation. With the ice now broken, attendees woke up the next morning to breakfast followed by a songwriting and collaboration workshop led by guitarist Malina Moye and event founder Laura Whitmore. Breaking off into smaller groups, they were offered a challenge: to write and complete a song together before the Summit reaches an end. The first Women’s Music Summit was in full swing.

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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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