Monthly Archives: January 2013

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. Continue reading

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: Look what the Schecter Custom Shop did…

Neat, huh? Here’s the Schecter Custom site.


NAMM: GJ2 Guitars Green Meanie


I have plenty of GJ2 Guitars pics and info to post over the coming days, but I thought I’d give you this teaser: the GJ2 Guitars Green Meanie! It’s limited to 36 guitars worldwide: 12 in the USA (which were all snapped up instantly), 12 in Europe and 12 for Asia/Australia/etc.

Contact G2J or your local dealer for info. And good luck!

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!

NAMM: Relic’d EVH Wolfgang


If you’ve been to the EVH Gear section of the Fender room at NAMM, you might have noticed this particular Wolfgang USA Custom hanging on the wall with a few others. If you looked a little closer though, you may have noticed something that skipped your glance the first time ’round…


Yup! EVH is getting into the relic’ing game! Continue reading

NAMM: The 7-string megapost

Bookmark this post! I’ll be coming back here regularly to update it with new pics as I take them. This is where you will find pics and links to various 7-string guitars at NAMM this year.

Tom Anderson


GJ2 Arete

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Charvel Custom Shop with Seymour Duncan Blackouts

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NAMM: Buddy Blaze Vivian Campbell 25th Anniversary VC-II/LS


ARGH! This is so cool! Buddy Blaze (maker of some of the greatest guitars in the world – seriously, you have to play my Blaze seven-string some time) is launching the new 25th Anniversary Shredder VC-II / LS at The NAMM Show on Saturday. It has a Seymour Duncan Full Shred signed by Seymour himself (read my review here) and JB, just like the original Kramer Nightswan further back in its family tree.

Only 25 will be made, each with a unique lightning storm graphic hand-painted by Buddy. They’ll have an Original Floyd Rose tremolo with R1 nut (Titanium Floyd optional), a Honduras Mahogany body, figured maple neck with 16″ radius ebony fretboard, 24 5/8″ scale length, Buddy Blaze-designed CTS pot, and a certificate of authenticity signed by Buddy and Vivian.

If you’re around, meet Vivian Campbell at Buddy’s NAMM booth #2382 from 1:30pm-3:00 Saturday.

NAMM: Marshall Custom Pinup range


Pardon the pun, but check out these beauties! This is the Marshall Custom Pinup range, limited edition. More info here.




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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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