So this looks interesting…

JP70 Prototype

Keep your eye on the Sterling By Music Man Facebook Page in case they release more pics of this new John Petrucci JP70 model! You can read more from the company in this thread on, but here’s the deal: in the USA these two colours (Transparent Green Burst and Transparent Purple Burst) will be available via independent dealers, while a black satin version will be exclusive to Guitar Center/Musician’s Friend. International availability will be determined via meetings with international distributors (such as my buddies at CMC Music Australia) during NAMM.


Fender Custom Shop 2013 Custom Collection

Aaah, don’t ya love it when the first news starts to filter through about 2013 guitar models. Check out this info about the Fender Custom Shop’s 2013 Custom Collection.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (Dec. 27, 2012) — The Fender Custom Shop’s 2013 Custom Collection presents some of its most sophisticated and meticulously crafted product offerings to date, including eight guitars and two basses. The most distinctive features of each individual model are listed below:

2013 Custom Deluxe Stratocaster®

  • Okume body with access heel and AAA flame maple veneer top in Faded Three-Color Sunburst, Candy Yellow, or Ebony Trans
  • Urethane-finished AAA flame maple neck with a mid-’60s oval “C” back shape
  • Dark rosewood or one-piece maple fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Custom Shop Fat ’50s pickups with five-way pickup switch and modern Strat® wiring
  • Chrome hardware with pearl button tuners Read More …

RIP Mike Scaccia


Ministry’s Mike Scaccia has died tonight after collapsing onstage in Fort Worth during a Rigor Mortis concert. Mike was 47.

The gig was in celebration of Rigor Mortis vocalist Bruce Corbitt’s 50th birthday. Bruce has posted on Facebook: “My brother is gone! The only reason I am who I am is because of this man. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t even be in a band. RIP Mike Scaccia! The greatest guitar player I ever knew!”

Sincere condolences to Mike’s family, friends and bandmates.

Mike Scaccia was a huge influence on my playing for a very particular reason: the guitar part on TV II from Ministry’s Psalm 69. Eventually someone told me the recording was sped up – not sure if that’s true or not because Mike could pick fast! So I busted my ass trying to learn to pick that inhumanly fast, whether he was really playing at that speed or not. I guess I never really succeeded, but thanks to his influence I was certainly helped on my way as a player. And I’ve played my fair share of Ministry riffs over the years.

Here’s a great live solo which shows off his inhuman speed:

And of course:

AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix For iOS. Cool.


I have a lot of affection for AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix. It was the first amp sim I ever reviewed (for Mixdown magazine), and I have memories of sitting in the dining room (which was also an office and guitar room) plugging in my axe and trying out as many Jimi riffs and licks as I could remember or muster. We’ve moved house since then and I don’t usually have to riff out at the dining room table any more (well, I did a couple of weeks ago but that’s a long and boring story). But with AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix now being available for iOS, we’ll all be able to get our Jimi on no matter where we are. Here’s the press release… Read More …