Graph Tech Ratio Tuners For German Framus Models

Framus_graphtech_webPRESS RELEASE: From now on, all “Made in Germany“ Framus guitars will be equipped with Graph Tech Ratio tuned machine heads. The only exception to that rule is the Framus ES-model, which will still come with Framus Vintage mechanics. Graph Tech Ratio tuned machine heads offer a decisive advantage: For every string, the gear ratio is adjusted individually, ranging from 20:1 to 39:1. This means that with every turn, the pitch level changes by one tone on all strings. You will no longer need to turn all strings at different ratios to tune them – as is the case with conventional tuning mechanics. Tuning the high strings, in particular, is now quicker and easier than ever before. Read More …

Incoming New Guitar Day: Squier Bass VI

squier-vintage-modified-bass-vi-630-80Sometimes it’s nice to treat yerself (even if it means living on ramen noodles for a few weeks), so to celebrate two years of my super-awesome job I’m treating myself to a Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI. I’ve had a crush on these things ever since they were announced, but my lust for the Bass VI goes back to when I first saw Spinal Tap and became curious about the surf-green guitar that Nigel Tufnel wouldn’t let Marty Di Bergi touch (or even look at). The Bass VI is a relatively obscure and definitely interesting instrument which looks almost like a Fender Jaguar but is tuned a full octave below a guitar. It can be played like a bass, like a guitar, or like its own instrument, which is really what it is. You can hear the Bass VI in music by The Cure (seriously, it’s all over so much Cure stuff that it’s hard to imagine their sound without it) and plenty of stuff by Placebo too.  Read More …

Guitars I Really Want But Will Never Own, Dammit: The Washburn N4

n4I’m sure we all have those guitars that we’d love to own, but unless we suddenly become ridiculously rich we sadly must resign ourselves to the bleak, grim fact that we’re probably never going to own all of them. So rather than mope about this inside my own head, I figured I might as well write about them here, and maybe hear from those of you who own these guitars, so I may live vicariously through you. So here’s the first, the Washburn N4 Nuno Bettencourt signature model. Nuno Bettencourt was one of my early guitar heroes – not as early as Mark Knopfler and George Harrison, and slightly after Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai, but certainly before dudes like John Petrucci and Reeves Gabrels. I liked how Nuno’s style was (and is) simultaneously flashy and stripped back: he’s always been able to wring all sorts of nuances and details out of his guitars using pretty much just his bare hands. And that’s also what I like about Nuno’s signature Washburn line. Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: Washburn N4CV Nuno Bettencourt

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PRESS RELEASE: The Nuno Bettencourt N4 has long been a popular model in the Washburn line. The combination of the Stephens Extended Cutaway with a Floyd Rose has proved irresistible to shredders the world over. Now Washburn ups the ante with the addition of a carbon fiber fretboard and stainless steel frets. The N4CV’s 22 stainless steel frets are silky smooth and will last the life of the owner without needing replacement. The carbon fiber fretboard is extremely fast and slippery so bends and dives never bind your fingers. Read More …

Kittie Crowdfunds Documentary, Biography

Canadian metal veterans KITTIE have announced a crowd funding campaign for a career spanning documentary DVD featuring all past and present band members. In addition, the band plans to include a yet-to-be-titled official biography and have confirmed author Mark Eglinton to write the memoir. Eglington is best known for his co-authored book,  Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera, which was released last year. KITTIE is also in talks with their label, eOne Music about releasing a re-mixed, re-mastered KITTIE box set of their back catalog.

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Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn

jason_becker_v9The story of the Jason Becker pickup starts decades ago when Jason was catapulted to the top of the guitarist world thanks to his work with Cacophony, David Lee Roth and as a solo artist. Jason writes: “I remember Bob Rock bringing in a Les Paul with a Duncan JB in it while I was recording the David Lee Roth song “A Little Ain’t Enough” and I absolutely loved it. After playing with Bob Rock’s guitar, I contacted Seymour Duncan to potentially work on a Becker pickup. We talked about what I wanted and over the course of a few months, they sent about six test pickups.” Read More …

New Ace Frehley Album Announced

Ace_Frehley_Press001557db1Friend of the site (hey, if Stephen Colbert can say it about people who have been on his show a few times, I can say it about someone I’ve interviewed twice) Ace Frehley is releasing a new album in June. Titled Space Invader, it’s his first release since 2009’s Anomaly and it’ll feature nine new tracks as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” Ace’s last album had a pretty cool cover of “Fox On The Run” – dude seems to have a knack for picking interesting cover choices. Anyway, I can’t wait to hear this one and hopefully we’ll have another chat with Ace some time soon for some more info on the album. Here’s the press release: Read More …