REVIEW: Yamaha THR10C Amplifier

YamahaLike the high gain-oriented THR10X, the Yamaha THR10C is a little 10-watt modelling amp which is designed to take the personal-amp concept to a new level of audio fidelity. It uses Yamaha’s exclusive VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modelling) technology to recreate the response and dynamics of tube amps, combined with a bunch of useful effects which are carefully voiced for maximum flexibility with a minimum of control-fiddling. But unlike the THR10X, the THR10C is aimed at players who require more of a boutique amp approach. Instead of a selection of amps voiced for extreme gain, the THR10C is aimed squarely at players who need boutique-vibed cleans and overdrives. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti

FortressMark Tremonti lives multiple lives. On the one hand, he’s guitarist for multi-platinum hitmakers Creed, and he helped to keep the guitar visible in the charts during the late 90s and early naughties when the instrument was in a bit of a holding pattern post-grunge and pre-Guitar Hero. On the other hand, he’s guitarist for [geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]Alter Bridge,[/geo-out][geo-in country=”Australia” note=””]Alter Bridge,[/geo-in] a harder-edged rock band which features Tremonti’s Creed bandmates Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips plus vocalist Myles Kennedy. You’d think that with three quarters of the Creed line-up being shared between both bands there would be a lot of crossover, yet Alter Bridge is the band that those of us who heard Creed and thought “Hmm… talented band, not digging the material.” Much more than Creed, Alter Bridge is where you’ll hear Tremonti really pushing the envelope with thrash-influenced rhythms, shred-influenced solos and very dark, complex atmospheres. Seemingly buoyed by the positive reception to his solo album, All I Was, the guitarist has loaded Alter Bridge’s new album Fortress [Roadrunner] with aggressive rhythms, blistering lead chops and some of the greatest heavy guitar tones of the last two decades or so. Read More …

Bluesfest Second Announcement

bluesfestDiehard Bluesfest fans always hang out for the second announcement. The first is usually focused on headliners (this time John Mayer and Dave Matthews Band) and contemporary musicians, while the second announcement is where you’ll hear about the legendary icons and genre hardcores. And Bluesfest 2014 boasts a particularly stellar second round of names: The Doobie Brothers, Aaron Neville, Gregg Allman, Boz Scaggs, India.Arie, Suzanne Vega, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Dr John & The Nite Trippers, Jamaican Legends featuring Ernest Ranglin, Sly & Robbie and Bitty McLean, Jimmie Vaughan, The Wailers, Ozomatli, CW Stoneking, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Grandmothers of Invention (featuring alumni of Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention), The Magic Band, Robben Ford and more. Bluesfest Byron Bay is held over the Easter long weekend (April 17-21) at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay.

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Nikki Sixx and Dean Markley Announce Online Trivia Contest

crueGLENDALE, AZ SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 –– To celebrate and kick off their new residency “Mötley Crüe Invites You To An Intimate Evening In Hell” at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Dean Markley is teaming up with Nikki Sixx for an online trivia contest.  The contest runs now through October 15, 2013 with prize packages that include a Nikki Sixx Signature Series bass from Schecter Guitars, an autographed drumhead signed by all four member of Mötley Crüe, an autographed copy of Mötley Crüe‘s Greatest Hits CD, Nikki’s Signature Series set of bass strings from Dean Markley and much more. Fans can enter by visiting www.deanmarkley.com/nikkisixx/  Read More …

Steel Panther Return To Oz

Steel PantherEveryone’s favourite sleaze rockers (and I say that with affection) Steel Panther are heading back to Australia in December. And while their spiritual stomping ground is the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, in Oz they’ll be playing some rather high-capacity venues, such as the Myer Music Bowl here in Melbourne which holds up to 10,000. Support comes from none other than Buckcherry. That’ll be a hell of a flight from LA… And Steel Panther have teamed up with On The List to provide a variety of VIP ticket packages for the tour including dancing on stage, early entrance, meet and greets, photo ops, parties and more. For more information go to SteelPantherRocks.com. I highly recommend doing whatever you can to get drawn into the cyclone of decadence that is Steel Panther close up: last time they were in town a few of us lucky journalists got to party with the band and a bunch of porn stars pre-show and y’know what they say: what happens at the Steel Panther pre-show stays at the Steel Panther pre-show.

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REVIEW: Boss TE-2 Tera Echo

tera echoOkay, this sounds like a Groucho Marx gag, but… “I love a good delay pedal. And the Boss Tera Echo is nothing like a good delay pedal.” I know, I know, but hear me out: the [geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]TE-2 Tera Echo[/geo-out][geo-in country=”Australia” note=””]TE-2 Tera Echo[/geo-in] doesn’t claim to be a delay pedal in the traditional sense. It’s not going to usurp Boss’s much-loved DD series of delay stompboxes, for instance. I say this because in all the online chatter I’ve seen about this pedal, the general view is “Oh, another Boss delay pedal? Cool …I like Boss delay pedals,” without any deeper understanding of what this pedal is designed to do. But this thing really goes beyond traditional delay, to the point of avoiding it all together. Don’t think of it as ‘another cool Boss delay,’ but rather as ‘another cool Boss pedal innovation.’ Read More …

Misha Mansoor Signature BKP Pickups

mishaCheck it out! Periphery’s Misha Mansoor has teamed up with Bare Knuckle Pickups to create the Juggernaut set of neck and bridge humbuckers. Available for 6 and 7-string, the set comprises a combined Alnico/Ceramic bridge pickup and an Alnico V neck pickup, and are designed to cover all of the extremely wide range of tones that make up Misha’s tonal pallette. You can listen to sound clips and order them direct from BKP’s website here, but first here’s a little more information. Read More …

REVIEW: Peavey VYPYR V.I.P 3

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Peavey’s VYPYR series of modelling amps has been around for a while now, and is the logical successor to the company’s successful Transtube technology. The new VYPYR V.I.P 3 – that’s Variable Instrument Performance – is a world first in that it combines amp models for electric guitar, bass and acoustic guitar, as well as instrument modelling. It’s aimed at the giggling musician: the dude or dudette who might be in a cover band or duo and is called upon to provide electric, acoustic and bass guitar throughout the course of a gig, and who needs recognisably accurate sounds to match particular songs. That’s not to say that performers of original music can’t use it too, but it definitely seems to be an amp aimed at the cover band guitarist.  Read More …