Seymour Duncan Releases 6-String Nazgûl, Sentient, Pegasus

Seymour Duncan Nazgul 6-stringYou no longer need a 7 or 8 string guitar to enjoy the ruthlessness of the Nazgûl or the enhanced dynamics and string separation of the Pegasus. The Nazgûl was developed for extreme metal players who required a massive and aggressive tone that still maintained plenty of articulation. The Pegasus was developed for prog and modern metal players who needed plenty of aggression but required enhanced dynamics, more harmonic richness and defined string separation so individual notes don’t get lost in the mix. The perfect compliment to both these pickups is the Sentient neck pickup which is also now available in a 6-string version. It’s voiced to capture a blend of vintage PAF and modern tones with enough output to deliver harmonically rich distorted lead tones but subtle enough to give you deep, detailed cleans. Think of it as combining the best qualities of the ’59 Model and the Jazz: clarity, detail, depth, attack and expression. Read More …

Bono & The Edge Join Fender Board

U2 360 Tour Opener - BarcelonaPRESS RELEASE: The Edge and Bono, two pioneers of rock music, have joined Fender Musical Instruments Corporation’s board of directors. The Edge and Bono, best known as the guitarist and lead singer for the seminal band U2, bring a unique blend of experience in music, entertainment, business and advocacy to the 68-year-old music company. As members of the board, they will carry on the tradition of Fender as a creator of iconic musical instruments and will guide the company as it pursues new strategies to grow through increased engagement with fans. “By adding The Edge and Bono to the board of Fender, we are taking an important step toward building a company that is able to meet its potential as a business and a brand,” said Bill McGlashan, Fender co-chairman. “The music world is changing and Fender is undergoing a transformation into a better music company.” Read More …

Steve Vai Planning Stripped-Down Guitar Record

Steve VaiI love Steve Vai’s compositional spirit, his flair for the inventive and his fearlessness for the experimental. But y’know what? Playing guitar like a hyperactive squirrel is also fun, and while we all know Vai’s got incredible technical capabilities, he most often employs them in the service of the composition. Sure, in Vai’s case ‘composition’ can mean some pretty intense, intricate music that ushers humanity to a new level of light and understanding and peace and love and good happiness stuff. But some people just want to hear Vai play the freaking guitar. Well from the sounds of Vai’s latest newsletter, those fans are going to get their chance. Vai says ” Remember how I use to say that I don’t feel that I have made a record that fully encompasses my potential on the guitar? Well, this one will. I’ve been challenging you all with records that have tremendous diversity on them. Well I’m ready for a totally instrumental, stripped down, guitar record.”

Below is the letter from the latest mail-out. But be sure to sign up for it, alright? You don’t wanna miss stuff like this. Head to Vai.com and look in the bottom right corner. Read More …

Frank Gambale Talks Intellectual Property Theft

Frank GambaleLegendary guitarist Frank Gambale posted the following on his Facebook today with a request that people share it around to spread the message. When one of the world’s greatest guitarists can’t bring himself to release material he’s worked hard on for months because it seems futile in the knowledge that it’ll be stolen and shared with no respect to the artist, something’s gotta give. Here’s Frank’s post. I encourage you to share it around.

Hiya Folks… How is everybody doing out there? Well, as I have said before, I am not one to rant…but I have another one…I will do my best to keep it brief and certainly open to discussion. Watch the video first…. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/unsound. I am not advocating funding for this project, that’s purely up to you, but I am DEEPLY in concert with the subject matter. I am a musician, an artist, and I always have been. I have never held down a “real” job. I have always made a living as a musician. With the advent of the latest technologies the lives of musicians, artists, film makers, authors and anyone involved in intellectual property, our livelihoods are seriously in jeopardy.

I’m NOT whining…simply stating the facts.

The theft of intellectual property on a daily basis on the internet MUST stop.

Imagine how I feel, as an artist, who has spent an entire lifetime honing a craft for art and humanity’s sake, when I put my name into Google or Yahoo or whichever search engine and find hundreds of peer to peer torrent sites, hundreds of file sharing sites with ALL my work, books, videos, songs, music minus ones, everything I have produced as an artist ALL being exchanged for FREE…FREE, yes FREE…

My first thoughts are…”What’s the point of doing this anymore?”. Then I think, well, perhaps I’ll notify the giant Google in the sky/cloud/vapour/ether and ask them would they kindly remove as many of the links that I have time to copy and paste for them to remove. (they don’t make it easy folks!! ) Then, hey presto!! A day later they send me a nice email saying that the links have been removed.

The following week I put my name into the great Google in the sky again and lo and behold…they are all back and more, slightly changed, but just as rampant as before.

So I think to myself, what a wonderful world ( haha…thanks Satchmo )…no seriously, I think to myself why would I want to pursue this business any further?

My motivation is NOT money folks. It never has been. However, I do need to make a living and feed my family and pay my bills as any person on this planet needs to.
Right now, the circle is BROKEN! If nothing returns to artists, authors, musicians, film makers etc…then, as a business model, it has only one option, it will FAIL as a business model.

The result can only be that great artists, musicians, film makers will choose to do other things with their talents such as, open a restaurant, work for the Post Office, perhaps teach or enter into sales or other industries that are NOT downloadable….yet!

The day that people can download a pizza we’re all fucked because no one will want to make food!!

I wish I could walk into a supermarket, fill up my cart and roll out of the store without paying a cent!! Wouldn’t that be utopia?

I can’t imagine a world without artisans, great intelligence being manifested through art….I don’t want to live in that world.

Bottom line is folks, art is valuable, art is necessary and it needs to be supported by everybody.

Did you see the size of the house that Mr.Dotcom was living in folks?? I must say it made me sick to my stomach to see that opulence from ill-gotten gains. I have NO compassion for anyone running peer-to-peer sites and torrent sites.
In my opinion, they must ALL be brought down. Immediately.
I don’t know how.

Google, Yahoo, all the search engines need to block ALL of them. Right now, Google and the like are ALL as guilty as Mr.Dotcom in my opinion because they are giving everyone access to illegal downloads and are not making ANY attempt to stop the problem.
Lawmakers are about 10 years behind the technology, so laws are not going ever catch up so, they useless too.

What’s left? Crowd funding? Should I make a video and start pan-handle my fans to provide a budget for my next album/video/book etc?

I have two new books and 14 hours of a video Blues course I have written. They’ve been finished for over a year now. I can’t bring myself to release them. Why? Because, a month after I do, they will end up on all those torrent sites for free. That’s why!!

So folks, we have a problem. A very real one.
I’m withholding. I don’t want to give away my work for free anymore.

I’m fed up!!

I’m not alone here. Look at all those names at the end of every film. All those people are effected, we are ALL effected.

I am only scratching the surface here. The same thievery is happening even within performance rights companies that are supposed to be collecting royalty monies for artists. Much of the money is never distributed because artists don’t know its there!!!

I am but a small voice in a very large crowd.

I want to chime in and bring some more light to a very real problem with intellectual property. There is a lot of discussion going on about this very subject right now and no one seems to have an answer. I think a good start would be to shut down ALL peer to peer sites because the majority of what they do is allow people to steal intellectual property with the anonymity of the internet.

If my voice is heard and it reaches ANYONE with any influence on major computer companies, Google and the like, please shout in their deaf ears!!! Help STOP the piracy!! Don’t provide the gateway!!!

Enough said,
FG Out

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Pink Floyd To Release Division Bell Box Set

Pink Floyd The Division Bell 20th anniversary

Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell – which is being re-released in a 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set – is not exactly the band’s most critically acclaimed, fondly-remembered album by hardcore Floyd fans, but for me personally it’s my favourite. I can put this down to the fact that it was released when I was 15, and when you’re that age everything new is awesome. So even now when I listen to that album I’m swept up in what I perceived when I was 15: huge Technicolour widescreen presentation and massive soundscapes. If I step back a little and listen more objectively today I hear a much more intimate recording, but that’s the cool thing about memory and perception: you can retreat back into that world 20 years later and access those memories and feelings again. And now, as an adult, I hear things in the lyrics that either went over my head at the time, or that I knew I wouldn’t be able to relate to on a personal level yet. And now Pink Floyd is releasing a 20th Anniversary celebration of The Division Bell. Read More …