REVIEW: Egnater Tweaker 112

EgnaterI’ve reviewed a few Egnater Tweaker amps over the past few years. The 6L6-loaded Tweaker 40 was a fun little amp with plenty of switches for customising your tone, while the Tweaker 88 rocked a set of KT-88 power tubes for a different tonal character. The Tweaker 112 is a little more closely aligned with the Tweaker 40, but with 6V6 power tubes and its own thang going on. The Tweaker 112 is a 15 watt tube combo with a single 12″ speaker (a Celestion G12H-30) housed in a void-free birch ply cabinet. There’s only a single channel this time around, with controls for Bass, Middle and Treble as well as a Master Volume and a Gain control. But that’s not where the tone sculpting ends. Read More …

The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book

Ibanez cover.qxdOkay, you’re reading this site, so you know by now that I’m a huge Ibanez nerd. And I’m a big collector of music books too (see my article for Gibson on five music books you must own). So you can imagine my giddiness when I found out about The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book. I already have Ibanez: The Untold Story, which was released by the company itself a few years ago. But Tony Bacon is a legend among guitar book authors, and it’s always a pleasure to read his work. So get thee to Amazon and order The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book: A Complete History of Ibanez Electric Guitarsnow!

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NEW GUITAR DAY: Ibanez Iron Label 8-String

iron label 8 stringIt’s here! My new Ibanez RGIR28FE! I purchased it from Ibanez Guitar Centre  after a few months of research into which model was right for me. So why 8-string? Well, I’ve been playing 7-string for about 10 years now and sometimes it just feels like my music wants to go lower than the 7 is capable of. I like to play basslines and melodies at the same time, and it’s a real bummer when you just can’t reach all the notes you hear in your head. The Iron Label series is designed specifically with metal in mind, with aggressive styling and active EMG pickups on most models (some have DiMarzios), but to be honest I’m probably not going to be playing a huge amount of death metal on mine. The eighth string seems to lend itself to lots of stoner rock and goth ideas, and the occasional Geezer Butler-style bassline, so I can imagine playing a lot of really earthy sounding stuff on this as I become more and more familiar with it.  Read More …

The Beatles ‘Help!’ Coming To Blu-Ray

Help!My son is a huge Beatles fan. Dude is six years old and he loves them. Every now and then he’ll tell me how sad he is that ‘John Lemon’ is dead. And he loves Yellow Submarine. He’s already got (okay, I’ve already got) the previous release of Help! on DVD, but now that rather excellent film is about to be released on Blu-ray for the first time, with an hour of extra features. And I dunno about you, but this is definitely on my ‘Must own on Blu-ray as well’ list. Here’s the press release: Read More …

Gibson Sully Erna Les Paul Studio

Sully Les Paul copyNow this is pretty neat: Gibson USA is releasing a Sully Erna Les Paul Studio with – get this – a built-in flanger. I love this rarely-seen-these-days idea, and I hope it’ll make its way into more guitars. In fact, I’m pretty amazed that a Tube Screamer-style overdrive circuit isn’t a standard feature in pretty much every guitar at this point. The Sully Erna model is very distinctively a Godsmack/Sully axe, with its huge pearlescent sun logo, double-star 12th-fret inlay and moon-and-star headstock inlay, so it’s probably only going to appeal to Godsmack fans, but if you happen to dig it on its own merits, I think it’s well worth checking out.  Read More …

RIP Trevor Bolder

trevorbolder2013Trevor Bolder – bass player for David Bowie’s Spiders From Mars and for Uriah Heep – has died of cancer aged 62. Man, glam just wouldn’t be the same without the image of Bolder, huge sideburns and Gibson EB-O bass, but more importantly, it wouldn’t sound the same. Just listen to his work on Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from MarsAladdin Sane and Pin Ups. And Bolder remained active with Uriah Heep up until 2011’s awesome Into The Wild album. Here’s an official statement from Uriah Heep:  Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: Gibson Bill Kelliher Golden Axe

Golden AxeWell, I for one am surprised that the first signature axe of Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher isn’t a Silverburst Les Paul, but this is kinda better because it’s its own thing: the Gibson Bill Kelliher Golden Axe Explorer. Bill has loaded this baby up with all sorts of unique elements: LACE Nitro Hemi humbuckers, gold-plated hardware, a hot-stamped Golden Axe truss-rod cover, cream pickguard with hot-stamped Mastodon logo, cream binding, and Bill’s choice of Go-Gold Burst finish in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer. Wanna buy one? Here it is at Musicians Friend. Read More …

New Queensryche Song – Where Dreams Go To Die

QueensrycheAah, now this is cool! Check out the video below to hear another new Queensryche song, called Where Dreams Go To Die, which features a classic QR twin-guitar attack, complete with cool clean-toned verses, harmony lines and all that other fun stuff you expect from a Queensryche track. And of course it’s always great to hear Michael Wilton’s heavy rhythm work, but I’m really digging the renewed sense of vigour in Scott Rockenfield’s drumming. Scott Rock has long been one of my favourite drummers and he sounds really free and energised here. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album! Queensryche’s self-titled album – the first with Todd La Torre on vocals – will be released on June 25. Pre-order it here. Read More …