R.I.P. Bill Lawrence

BL1The family of pickup pioneer Bill Lawrence has just announced that Bill passed away over the weekend. You might know him best through pickups like the L500XL used by Nuno Bettencourt and Dimebag Darrell. Or perhaps his work for Gibson (and here’s a great article about Bill’s time with them). Or the extensive series of pickups he designed for use in the highly acclaimed Fender American Deluxe Series of guitars and basses. The All About Tone section of Bill’s website is essential reading for anyone who has ever plucked a string on an electric guitar and wondered ‘how?’

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The Crimson ProjeKCt To Tour Australia & NZ

The Crimson ProjeCKtThe Crimson ProjeKCt, the King Crimson offshoot band featuring Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph, will be touring Australia and New Zealand in January 2014, playing a three-hour set which includes material by Stick Men (Levin, Mastelotto and Reuter), The Adrian Belew Power Trio (Belew, Slick and Ralph), then a huge Crimsonfest featuring more than an hour of material, including Belew, Levin and Mastelotto as a trio before all six musicians take the stage. The tour includes shows in Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle. Here’s the press release and info on the premium ticket package, which involves a meet & greet as well as plenty of exclusive goodies. Read More …