Gibson Kirk Douglas Roots SG

Kirk Douglas SG“Captain” Kirk Douglas of The Roots is such a monster of a player. Technique, tone, taste, adaptability – dude can do it all. So if anyone deserves a signature Gibson, it be he. Douglas’s SG, much like Douglas himself, has a few tricks up its sleeve. The three Gibson ’57 Classic humbuckers can be split into single coil mode, and you can dial in the middle pickup on any setting thanks to the stealth blender ring disguised within its TogPot™ selector switch. And I especially like that the tailpiece says “Captain” instead of “Gibson.” I love this guitar! It’s really the ultimate as far as what I would want from an SG. I want one!!! Check out the video below, and head on over to Gibson.com for more info. Read More …

COOL BOOK ALERT: 108 Rock Star Guitars

rock star guitarsAaah, I loves me a good guitar book. Sometimes I even loves me a bad guitar book. But 108 Rock Star Guitars looks like it’s going to fall squarely into the former category. Picture it: over 100 iconic guitars pictured in fine detail, including axes belonging to Jimmy Page, Slash, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Keith Richard and even the late great Les Paul, who provided a foreword to the book when he was still with us. It’s available in standard and deluxe editions, with the latter including a die-cut collector’s box and a hand-woven, silk chiffon scarf in deep purple featuring the book cover design. Both editions will include a 16-page booklet, “The Inspiration Behind 108 Rock Star Guitars,” with additional behind-the-scenes photos and stories as well as a guitar pick printed with one of three custom holographic foil designs.

Here’s the press release: Read More …

The Big Boss Giveaway Is Back!

big boss giveawayTHE BIG BOSS GIVEAWAY IS BACK!
Enter to Win BOSS Pedals Autographed by Steve Vai, John 5, and More

Los Angeles, CA, August 29, 2013 — BOSS has gone berserk again with another round of The Big BOSS Giveaway. The biweekly contest gives tone freaks everywhere a chance to win BOSS pedals autographed by top guitar heroes and $1,000 in BOSS gear.

Every two weeks between August 5, 2013, and September 30, 2013, a different signed BOSS pedal from a famous guitar hero will be given away, as well as $1,000 in BOSS gear. Contestants can enter once every two-week period, giving them up to five chances to win. Contestants should enter at the BOSS U.S. Facebook Giveaway tab. Read More …

The Adder – Whatever Happened To That Thing?

The AdderI was recently thinking about pickups (hey, it’s something I do a lot) and I suddenly remembered something I saw in a guitar magazine back in 1991. It was a little gadget: evidently just a chunk of metal that you placed over your pickup’s pole pieces to alter its magnetic field. I strained my brain for months trying to think of what this damn thing was called. I even put it to the brains trust at The Gear Page forums, and a few people seemed to vaguely remember it, but nobody could recall actually seeing one out there in the wild. Well, today I found an old 1991 Guitar World in the garage and hey presto! Here it is! Read More …

REVIEW: Dean Custom 550 Floyd

DeanThe story of Dean Guitars has had plenty of ups and downs over the years, starting as a small operation in Chicago in 1976. Currently owned by Armadillo Enterprises in Tampa, Florida, Dean is going pretty strong at the moment with artist signature models for the likes of Leslie West, Dimebag Darrell (see my review of the Dean From Hell here), Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine (and man oh man I want me a Dean Zero or VMNT), Michael Schenker, Michael Angelo Batio and Michael Amott – not to mention iconic shapes like the ML and Cadillac.  Read More …

Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers

NileNile Rodgers is one of the most important guitarists ever. Guitar as we know it just wouldn’t be the same without the influence of his soulful, funky rhythm playing, nor would music in general sound the way it does without the influence of his production on albums such as David Bowie’s Let’s Dance. Nile has a huge discography, and some of it has been funnelled into the compilation Nile Rodgers Presents The Chic Organization – Up All Night (The Greatest Hits). It covers plenty of classics by Chic, Sister Sledge and many more. And if you’d like to check out some great Nile-related music outisde of this compilation, might I suggest Family Style by the Vaughan Brothers, Cosmic Thing by The B-52’s, Your Filthy Little Mouth by David Lee Roth, and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (which features Nile on three tracks including Get Lucky). Nile has been talking a lot on Twitter lately about a forthcoming official Fender replica of his famous ‘Hitmaker’ Stratocaster, so I can’t wait to check that thing out!  Read More …

PERRI INK. Custom Guitars “Memento”

mementoI always love hearing of guitar makers incorporating non-guitarry influences in their work. Whether it’s an art style like Art Deco or Art Nouveau, a movement like Steampunk or a minimalist aesthetic Steinberger-style, it’s always great to see someone looking outside of the accepted sphere of guitar inspirations when it comes time to kit out that collection of wire and wood. PERRI INK. Custom Guitars’ latest is the Memento, which is inspired by the Christopher Nolan movie of the same name. And in true PERRI INK. Custom Guitars style, the model is being launched with some rather tasty-looking pics. Press release and plenty of photos below: Read More …

INTERVIEW: Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce

Asking Alexanrdia2012 was a breakout year for Asking Alexandria, headlining massive sold-out European and North American tours, and capping it all off with a slot on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. This year they’ve packed in a stack of European festival appearances as well as a huge, huge show at the Download festival. And now they’ve released From Death To Destiny, their third album. Produced by Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Buried in Verona, Of Mice and Men), From Death To Destiny is heavy, melodic, intense and powerful. And it’s full of the twin-guitar attack of Ben Bruce and Cameron Liddell, both of whom are die-hard Ibanez guys with their own signature models. I reached out to Bruce because I thought it’d be fun to have a nice nerdly chat about all things six-string.

I hope you don’t mind talking guitar-nerd stuff!

I’ll try my best! My guitar techs know more about guitar stuff than I do!  Read More …