Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ever just cruise the Fender Japan site and dream?

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Do you ever just cruise the Fender Japan website and dream? Cos I sure do…

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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 sevenstring.org, 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
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New Thraw Single: ‘Doomsday Code’


Check out ‘Doomsday Code,’ the new single by Slovenian thrashers Thraw. It’s the first track to be released from their upcoming album on Metal Tank Records. You can hear it by visiting ROAD RAYGE (link: bit.ly/TpA3pO) or by cruising over to Metal Tank Record’s official SoundCloud profile at https://soundcloud.com/metaltank/thrawdoomsdaymaster3mp3

More information here: www.metaltankrecords.com

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:

COOL VIDEO ALERT: Proton Saints – “Rely”

Check out the video for the awesome song Rely by Proton Saints. And keep an eye out for the sweet Buddy Blaze guitar used by Anu Gunn.

COOL VIDEO ALERT: Kirk Hammett’s horror collection

Personally I’m not a huge monster movie fan – I was always too busy trying to be a young Steve Vai during my prime horror-watching years – but this is fricken badass. CLICK HERE to buy Kirk Hammett and Steffan Chirazi’s Too Much Horror Business from Amazon.com.

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… Continue reading

New Alice In Chains Song: “Hollow”

COOL GEAR ALERT: The Gittler Guitar


The Gittler Guitar has a very interesting history. You can read plenty about it in this brilliant Vintage Guitar article. Avraham Bar Rashi (formerly Allan Gittler) designed this revolutionary instrument. How do we describe it… it’s a six-string instrument with a pickup for each string. The stainless steel frets are bars pressure-fitted into the stainless steel neck, and the six pickups can be routed to separate outputs like a Kramer Ripley. The Museum of Modern Art has one  in its collection, as does the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Avraham Bar Rashi passed away in 2003. But his designs live on! Check out the newly improved Gittler Guitar: 31 rounded frets, patented tuning machines, improved headstock design, active electronics and both standard 1/4″ and Hexaphonic outputs, a luminescent fret marking system… sure, it’s not for everyone, but for those of us with a flair for the unusual it’s beautiful. Continue reading

Ghost Ordains New Pope


Papa Emeritus I, leader of the mighty Ghost (putting the Satan back in “metal is the music of Satan”) has passed the reigns over to Papa Emeritus II in an onstage ritual. At the end of ‘Genesis,’ Papa I handed his throne over to Papa II, and the band then launched into the live premier of new track Secular Haze.


New Guitar Mag: Pure Guitar

Pure Guitar

When I was in my teens, I had journalistic heroes in much the same way that I had guitar heroes, or how other kids had sports or film heroes. Guys like Jas Obrecht, Tom Mulhern, Joe Gore, Tom Wheeler and more (Alan Paul James Rotondi, Jeff Kitts, Jeff Gilbert, Pete Prown, Joe Bosso, Lisa Sharken, Charles Shaar Murray, Gary Graff… I could ramble on and on about these writers). Those first four names I mentioned, though, were very influential and they all played important roles in Guitar Player magazine. Now Jas Obrecht (along with Ryan Rhea and Christian Magee as JRC Media, LLC) have launched Pure Guitar, a new breed of guitar magazine with an aim of blending literate, in-depth journalism with the technology available to internet and mobile app users. Writers include Wheeler, Mulhern, Gore, Obrecht and fellow Guitar Player alum Jon Sievert, along with Wayne Goins (Director of Jazz Studies at Kansas State University), first-call studio guitarist Tim Pierce, and London-based Alissa Ordabai.

There’s plenty of great stuff online: a huge chat with Eric Johnson, a complete 1990 interview with Jason Becker, a roundtable discussion with several legendary amp makers (Hartley Peavey, Alexander Dumble, Richie Fliegler, Bruce Zinky, Paul Rivera, Aspen Pittman) and much, much more. Go check it out!

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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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