Dean Markley USA Debuts Helix Pure Nickel Guitar Strings

jpegPRESS RELEASE: Dean Markley USA introduces the addition of new pure nickel guitar strings to the Helix line. Helix strings are made with a new patented hyper-elliptical winding technique, creating a tighter wrap and more mass, which seals the strings without the need for coating.  By using pure nickel, the strings will offer a warmer, clearer tone all while extending the life of the string. Pure nickel strings have long been sought after by guitarists in pursuit of the ultimate tone.  But manufacturers have stopped manufacturing or limit their production due to the high cost.  The Dean Markley team takes a different approach and firmly believes in giving the musician every tool they need to achieve their goals.  Pure nickel strings immediately start out with a warm tone and keep their tone much longer than strings using other materials.  Besides being easier on the frets and gentler to the touch, pure nickel creates less distortion allowing tone aficionados to clearly distinguish notes within chords and high speed run-throughs of scales and arpeggios.   Read More …

John McLaughlin To Release ‘The Boston Record’

CDHi-resPRESS RELEASE: During the summer of 2013, guitar legend John McLaughlin and his trailblazing band The 4th Dimension – Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Etienne Mbappe on bass, and Ranjit Barot on drums and vocals – a rare tour across America. On June 22nd they performed at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. This extraordinary concert was recorded and is now being released as McLaughlin’s latest work, The Boston Record. When asked to describe The Boston Record, McLaughlin said, “From time to time, a live record is made that has everything: great collective playing, a terrific audience, fantastic recorded sound, and a wonderful atmosphere. In the new recording of our concert you’ll find all of the above. I’m really happy about this recording.” Read More …

Steve Vai Releases Vai360° iOS App

vaiSteve Vai and Mativision have just released Vai360°, an interactive iOS app which lets you stand onstage with Steve and band to experience a live concert happening all around you. Captured at a recent Vai show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, the app gives you access to six different cameras which you can virtually rotate (either manually or using your device’s gyro feature), or you can put the app in Auto mode to call the shots for you. There’s also a tour of Vai’s Harmony Hut studio where you can covet his guitars and amps in 360 degrees while he talks you through what’s what. I’ve been messing around with the app this morning and it’s really cool. Man, Vai uses every centimetre of that stage, doesn’t he! Check out the video below and read the press release. Then go get it in the app store! Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: TronicalTune

IMG_3229A while back, Gibson unveiled its Robot Guitar. It was a pretty cool instrument with self-tuning technology, although it was pretty fiddly and while it was impressive at the time, in retrospect the tuning time was a little longer than most players would like. It also had to be built into the guitar, required a unique tailpiece, tuners, internal processor and pot system to operate, and was a bit fiddly to use. The latest self-tuning system used by Gibson (called Min-ETune) was developed by Tronical, and it’s not just available on a bunch of different Gibson models: you can also buy it separately to install in the axe of your choice, and it’s available in a variety of three-a-side and six-a-side versions. That’s right, you can install this system on your Strat, your Ibanez RG, your Taylor acoustic, your Gibson Flying V, your D’Angelico jazzbox and a huge variety of other instruments. There are downloadable templates for you to figure out which of the many available models suits your guitar. Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: Epiphone Reissues The Double-Neck!

sgEpiphone has announced a whole bunch of new guitars for 2014 including some brand new designs as well as some reissues of some much-loved favourites. Perhaps most exciting of all is the return of the mighty G-1275 Doubleneck. Inspired by the iconic guitar Jimmy Page used to inspire millions of guitarists with, this is definitely one of those instruments that encapsulates the glory and power of rock! There’s also a pretty damn nice Joe Bonamassa Les Paul in Pelham Blue, amongst other things. Here’s the press release:

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Taras VP-1 ‘Outward’ String Bend Modular Guitar

image006Okay, the traditionalists out there are probably going to hate this, but I quite like it: TARAS GUITARS Inc has unveiled the VP-1, the world’s first full-range ‘outward’ string-bend modular guitar which lets you – well, bend strings outward instead of inward. “But dude,” you say, “Can’t you reach any reasonable note by bending the regular way?” Well yeah, but get this: now you can hold a steady note on the B or G string while bending the high E. Now you can create riffs where you bend out of a power chord on the lowest two strings into a whole new chord. So yeah, some folks will look at this and think “Eh, guitar was perfected in the 50s” while others will think “That’s just what I need to pull off the music I’m hearing in my head!” Read More …