Monthly Archives: October 2012

Black Sabbath Australian tour announced!


Brisbane Entertainment Centre – April 25
Sydney All Phones Arena – April 27
Melbourne Rod Laver – May 1
Perth Perth Arena – May 4

Tickets are on sale 12pm Thursday November 8 through Livenation.com.au

The Most Evil Scale Ever

In celebration of Halloween I’ve written an article for the Seymour Duncan blog about an eeeevil-sounding scale I came up with. I like to use this to pretend I’m Black Sabbath. You can hear a demo track composed with this scale below, but be sure to read the full article to learn the scale for yourself and to take in the different elements it’s composed of.

I recorded this track using my Buddy Blaze Sevenator prototype with Seymour Duncan Full Shred and ’59 humbuckers through my Marshall DSL-50 and an AxeTrak isolated speaker cabinet.

REVIEW: TC Electronic iB Modified G-System

The original TC Electronic G-System is pretty hard to top. An integrated effects and switching system, it’s been at the heart of the guitar rigs of some pretty influential artists, including Steve Vai, Peter Thorn and Bullet For My Valentine. Pro players love the way it brings together all the essential elements of their rig (more on that in a minute) along with some very high-quality effects. But TC Electronic knows good advice when they hear it, and the G-System iB Modified was born out of some helpful suggestions from a few industry insiders.

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Dweezil’s new Gibson Frank Zappa SG

Dweezil Zappa has been talking up the brilliant site theguitarvaults.com a lot lately, and he’s posted something super mega ultra amazing: a prototype Gibson Frank Zappa Tribute SG which he hopes will be available to the public soon. It’s based on Frank’s Roxy SG as it looked in that era.

Dweezil says (in part):

“This is a prototype Frank Zappa SG built to my specifications by Gibson. I will be using it on my European and US tours in the Fall and Winter of 2012. Hopefully, fans will be able to get to own one of these in the near future.”

Go here to read the rest. Maybe I’m gonna have to get me another Gibson!


Turn up your speakers and check out this brutals Ola Englund video using the Seymour Duncan Distortion humbucker in his Stricty7 guitar and his Randall Satan amp.

I’ve noticed a lot of love for the Distortion lately. Kinda pondering popping one in one of my Ibanez seven-strings and riffing out. I especially like the lead tones Ola’s pulling in this video.

COOL GEAR ALERT: Ibanez Roadcore

Check this out! Ibanez RC320 Roadcore. Just saw it on the Ibanez UK Facebook, and the good folks at Andertons have posted about it here. One-piece bolt-on Maple neck with Rosewood fretboard; double-bound Mahogany body; Tight-Tune bridge, and CORE-TONE pickups. And it’s also available in black. Digging the old-sch00l-inspired headstock and the binding.

I like it. It’s like an FR got it on with a Talman while a Darkstone watched.

Ibanez UK has a great image gallery here.


Greatest guitar sale in history

So if you haven’t read about this yet, here’s the story:

Leo Krebs closes his North Hollywood music store and repair shop in the early 70s. He retains about 70 instruments in storage, including brand new Martins, Fenders and Gibsons. Now, around 40 years later, these instruments are all looking to find a good home.

Just to be clear, we’re talking about things like a NOS (New Old Stock) 1960s Gibson ES335-12 12-string, an NOS Gibson SG Standard, NOS Gibson Violin Bass, NOS 60s Fender Mustain and Precision basses, NOS 60s Fender Mustang, ’56 Strat, ’65 Mosrite Joe Maphis double-neck, ’68 NOS Fender Telecaster, NOS 60s Fender Paisley Telecaster, NOS 1968 Gibson ES-175, a 1950 Fender Broadcaster… oh look, there’s so much there that you should just go check it all out. Hopefully some of it is still available for a few lucky buyers. The link is worth clicking just for the ‘Wow, I can’t believe that’s just been sitting in storage for four decades’ novelty value, and definitely for the history.


Here it is! The newly revamped Marshall DSL seres! Dig in!

INTERVIEW: Linkin Park’s Brad Delson

Linkin Park’s 2010 album A Thousand Suns divided fans. Some felt it was a step too far away from the rhythmic, anthemic, alternative-tinged hybrid of hard rock, nu metal and rap that helped them make their name. That didn’t stop it from debuting at number one on various charts and ultimately selling almost a million copies, but it still meant the band had to step up to reclaim a few skeptical fans when it came time for the follow-up. And they did: Living Things debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and sold almost a quarter of a million copies in its first week. It seems the shorter-than-usual break between albums and the return to certain old-school Linkin Park elements paid off.

“I think for us we have a habit of releasing albums every three or four years,” guitarist Brad Delson explains. “In Linkin Park time, this is like lightspeed!” The band started writing and recording in between tour legs for A Thousand Suns. By the time they’d finished that album cycle, they already had a huge stash of ideas to work on, so for the last year up until just a couple of months ago they were nutting out Living Things. It’s an album which doesn’t really revisit the band’s past so much as take the occasional fond glance back at it in the rearview mirror. “Yeah, that’s fair,” Delson confirms. “It’s like putting to work the life lessons of where we’ve been, but through the present point of view. I think sonically or maybe in terms of song approach this album is very different from A Thousand Suns, and part of that was the inspiration of doing something in contrast to what we’d just done. That’s what makes the studio so fun. There are no rules.” Continue reading

REVIEW: Hagstrom Viking Deluxe

Sweden’s Hagstrom began making electric guitars in 1958, at a time when Europe was desperate for the kind of electric guitar variety available to American musicians. The company was there at the right place at the right time to capitalize on the existing visual style from its successful accordion line, with eye-catching features like sparkly and pearloid celluloid finishes. Hagstrom users over the years include Elvis, Bill Nelson of Be Bop Deluxe, Dusty Hill and the Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Pat Smear from Nirvana and Foo Fighters, Dweezil Zappa, Frank Zappa (who created an advertising campaign for the company), David Bowie, and Franz Ferdinand guitarist Nicholas McCarthy.

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I Miss You, David Bowie

I never had time for David Bowie.

That changed when I was 16 though. I read an article in the newspaper, an interview with Bowie about his then-new album , 1.Outside. It was a concept album, planned to be the first of a series, one to be released each year until 2000 or something like that. (It didn’t quite end up happening like that. 1.Outside was the only disc released from the project). In the interview Bowie talked about his creative process and his assumption of different characters and stuff like that, and as a teenager struggling with his sense of identity and coming to terms with what it meant to be a creative person, I was intrigued. Accompanying the article was a competition: you could win the album by phoning up and answering a trivia question or something. I did, and I won. So my first Bowie album was possibly his most impenetrable, his darkest, his moodiest. The one with a graphic depiction of a disembowled cadaver in the booklet.  Continue reading

Joe Satriani Australian Masterclass Tour


Dates & Times

Brisbane – Monday 8th of April 2013 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now
Sydney – Wednesday 10th of April 2013 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now
Melbourne – Saturday 13th of April 2013 – 12pm till 3:00pm – Book now
Adelaide – Monday 15th of April 2013 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now
Perth – Wednesday 17th of April 2013 – 7.30 pm till late – Book now

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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 If you'd like to support the site, feel free to kick in a couple o'bucks using this donation button.

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