Orianthi PRS Guitar Auction

Laura-Whitmore-and-Orianthi-with-guitar-to-the-rightThe WiMN (Women’s International Music Network) are giving you the opportunity to bid on a rare piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia: a Paul Reed Smith Orianthi Signature guitar and autographed by the queen of shred herself. This beautiful scarlet red guitar was graciously donated by Paul Reed Smith and comes with a padded case. Orianthi’s autograph reads: “Peace, Love & Rock, Orianthi.” As seen in the photos below, Orianthi signed this guitar at the 2013 She Rocks Awards, where she was honored with the Inspire Award. Read More …

Roland Revamps The Cube!

cube miniI’ve long been a fan of Roland’s Cube amp series. I’ve used them for teaching, I’ve recommended them for students, and the Micro Cube is so teensy that it’s a perfect workbench amp for tech work. Now Roland has revamped the line with new features. There’s the new Micro Cube GX battery-powered mini-amp with i-CUBE LINK, three triple-channel Cube models (Cube-20GX, Cube 40-GX and Cube-80GX) each with iOS connectivity, and the AC-40 Acoustic Chorus Guitar Amplifier, a compact stereo amp for acoustic players. Here’s the info (and make sure you scroll down to the Micro Cube GX video featuring Nita Strauss): Read More …

INTERVIEW: Steve Vai

steve vai the story of lightSteve Vai has been a frequent visitor to Australia over the past decade. He’s been out here for a few G3 tours (first with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci, and then with Satriani and Steve Lukather), he’s been a guest of Dweezil Zappa during the first Zappa Plays Zappa tour, and he even shared some pretty deep musical insights during a masterclass tour. But in that time we’ve only had one Vai solo tour, back in 2004. And you really don’t get the full Vai experience from a short G3 set, a guest appearance or an admittedly amazing masterclass. No sir, for the full Steve Vai experience, you have to see a full Steve Vai show. Read More …

A Heartbreaking Tale Of Childhood Betrayal

HysteriaPicture it. Wodonga. 1988.

An already-into-rock Peter Hodgson is about to turn 10. All I want for my birthday is Def Leppard’s Hysteria album (on cassette, natch). My cousin Daz was into Def Leppard in a big way and he was a few years older than me and, in my opinion, totally cool. And if he liked Def Leppard, then I liked Def Leppard.

So, my birthday rolls around and in all the excitement I go to open my presend. The first is one of those awesome 80s boom boxes with two tape decks and a graphic EQ!!! I was in heaven! I could play the hell out of my Dire Straits and Beatles tapes on this! Read More …

BVB Hits Back At ‘Fake Cab’ Haters

Black-Veil-Brides-fake-cabsThe other day a photo surfaced on the internets of Black Veil Brides performing with some dummy speaker cabs – empty cabinets placed on stage for visual effect. And I guess BVB are a band who attract a lot of haters for some reason, so a lot of people pounced on them for it. Like they were looking for some excuse to accuse the band of being fakes. But y’know what? I really don’t get what all the fuss is about here. Bands have been using fake cabs to fill in stage space for decades. You think Van Halen or Slayer are really going through all of those cabinets? A wall of speakers is part of the rock vernacular. It’s just something we expect to see. And if you choose to do without it, you have to get creative in order to do something with that empty space, otherwise it’s just going to look bare and boring. Read More …

Behold! The Mighty Magnetar!

Magnetar copyYou may recall this recent post about my Seymour Duncan Custom Shop pickup, the Magnetar. Well now you can hear it! Listen to it on Bandcamp here (and if you like it feel free to kick in a buck or two). I’ll embed it below too so you can listen to it right here. The idea for the Magnetar was to capture a particular sound I heard in my head that I just wasn’t quite getting from any stock pickup. So here’s the description I sent to MJ at the Custom Shop: Read More …

Asking Alexandria Rock Ibanez Sigs

image008The UK’s Asking Alexandria is preparing to release their much anticipated, new full-length album From Death To Destiny on Friday 9 August through Sumerian Records. And they’ll be rocking their new Ibanez signature models as they promote the album around the world. Check out the video below for info about the Cameron Liddell and Ben Bruce signature models, each of which comes with a signed certificate of authenticity. I particularly like that Bruce’s model is based on the FR shape, which I think is a hugely underrated and underappreciated Ibanez design. And both models are priced affordably for Asking Alexandria fans, and frankly I just think it’s cool to see some new signature artists joining the artist roster. Now if only they’d make a signature model for Periphery’s Jake Bowen! Read More …

Orianthi ‘Heaven In This Hell’ Video

orianthi-heaven-in-this-hell-coverOrianthi has just released the video for her single Heaven In This Hell, which you can view below. In the video Orianthi uses a PRS JA15, which I asked her about recently. “That’s a new guitar I’ve totally fallen in love with,” she said. “It’s amazing. The pickups, everything about it, it’s just incredible. I play Custom 24s and 22s and my own model a lot, and when I was out at their headquarters in LA I played a black one, then I had a video shoot coming up for Heaven In This Hell and it’s all in black and white, and I wanted something that was going to pop and look kind of ‘classic rock.’ So I reached out to PRS and I was like, ‘Hey, I’m looking at using a PRS that’s really different and I really dig the JA15 I was playing before…’ then after that I didn’t want to give it back. I love it! It just sounds so good. And I’m really fussy with guitars. They all have different personalities. Some you really take to, and when you hit a chord or play a melody it’s just right. And this guitar is so great, plugged in or not plugged in.”

Here’s the video:

 

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