NAMM: Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs + Earl Slick & Orianthi

It was one of the coolest damn things ever: Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs with special surprise guests Earl Slick and Orianthi rocking the Duesenberg Guitars and 65 Amps party at the Imperial Ballroom in Fullerton, California as part of NAMM 2013. I had the stupidly good luck to be there with a few friends so I got to see this killer performance in person.

Check it out!

NAMM: Gibson unveils Frank Zappa Roxy SG


Dweezil Zappa hinted at this one a few months ago, and here it is! The Gibson Frank Zappa Roxy SG! It has a mahogany body and a mahogany neck with a ’60s profile, rosewood fretboard, ’57 Classic humbuckers, two volume and two tone controls with phase and coil tap mini toggles, and it comes with a hardshell case. It’s not on the Gibson website yet. Stay tuned for release date!

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NAMM: Jackson Pro DKA Dinky


This was definitely the Year Of The Seven And Eight String at NAMM. It seemed that almost everyone had a seven and/or eight string on display (and of course Ibanez had that nine-string beast, the RG9). Jackson stepped up with quite a few models, including the limited edition Pro DKA Dinky. It’s available in seven-string and eight-string models, and it has an arch-top alder body, bolt-on flat-sawn maple neck with graphite reinforcement, 16”-radius maple fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and offset position markers (12th-fret shark fin inlay on eight-string model), fingerboard and headstock binding, 26.5” scale length, dual direct-mount DiMarzio D Activator pickups with five-way switching, single volume and tone controls, momentary kill switch for stutter effects, recessed Jackson HT-7 seven-string hard-tail string-through bridge (HT-8 in eight-string model), Planet Waves locking tuners and Dunlop locking strap pins. The Pro DKA7 is available in Satin White and the Pro DKA8 is in Metallic Black. Read More …

My new Seymour Duncan pickup: The Magnetar

Right now I’m at the Seymour Duncan headquarters in Santa Barbara, California. Everyone here is really cool and it’s a lovely part of the world. And I just picked up (pardon the pun) my new Custom Shop 7-string pickup. Wanna see the description I sent to MJ at the Custom Shop?

“…A custom shop 7-string bridge pickup for a basswood Ibanez RG  (maple neck, rosewood fretboard): tight bass and slightly scooped mids but a bit of a kick in the upper mids and treble – a sort of ‘dry’ sound that gets percussive when palm-muting. I tend to favor bridge humbuckers between 11k and 14k. To put it another more  abstract way: a pickup whose tone feels like sanded maple, tastes like creme brûlée and looks like sunlight through a glass of beer.”

And here it is: the Magnetar. A Magnetar is a a neutron star with an extreme magnetic field… seems like the perfect name for this pickup, which has an Alnico 8 magnet and a DC resistance of 13.90k.

Wanna order your own Custom Shop pickup? Here ya go!

The Magnetar



NAMM: Check out my new band

Seymour Duncan At NAMM

All we need now is six bass players and three drummers.

Left to right: Mike Schleibaum (Darkest Hour), Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), CJ Pierce (Drowning Pool), Gus G (Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne), Peter Hodgson (me, human), Alex Skolnick (Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio), Mick Thomson (Slipknot), Warren DeMartini (RATT) and Ola Englund (Feared/Six Feet Under),

NAMM: EVH 5150 III Combo


You asked for it, and here it is! The EVH 5150 III 2×12 combo! It has three channels (Clean, Crunch, Lead), master Resonance, digital reverb, two 6L6 power tubes, a whopping seven 12AX7s, effect loop, a pair of Celestion G12M 8 ohm speakers in a sealed speaker chamber, and it even has a headphone out. It’s 50 watt RMS maximum but can go down to 1 watt with adjustable power scaling. And it’s EVH!