Cool Gear Alert: Tronical Tune

TronicalCheck out this great video of the Tronical tuning system. This is the same company who developed the self-tuning system found in the Gibson self-tuning guitars, and the technology is now available for almost any guitar. The video features a song written in Open E that changes to Drop C mid song. It’s cool to see how quick the transition is, and how tastefully it’s worked into the composition. Visit Tronical’s website for more info, and especially make sure you go to this page which lists various specific guitar models and the appropriate Tronical units for those axes. And now here’s the video! Read More …

Cool Gear Alert: EHX Hot Tubes

EH Hot TubesEHX has made so, so, so many classic pedals, and they never stop innovating. For instance, right now I’m trying to wrap my head around their brilliant 8 Step Program, an incredibly flexible and creativity-goosing stompbox that’s like nothing else out there. But at the other end of the spectrum there’s the EHX Hot Tubes, which takes the original 70s pedal of the same name, and squeezes it into a compact nano-sized chassis instead of the much larger chassis of the 1978 original. Below is the press release: Read More …

Soundwave 2014 line-up announced!

SoundwaveIt’s here! The first announcement of the annual Soundwave festival here in Australia. Look, I’m just gonna say it: Soundwave rivals any festival in the world for sheer quality of bands and atmosphere. There are other great metal festivals, sure, but Soundwave just has this vibe about it, y’know? Whatever your preferred flavour of heavy music, there’s something for you. And Soundwave 2014 doesn’t disappoint. Just check out these names: Green Day, Living Colour, Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeth, AFI, Korn, Trivium, Newsted, Baroness, Testament, Gwar, Whitechapel, Teseract… argh!

Here’s the first round of bands in full:  Read More …