Month: June 2014

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Humbucker

The story of the Perpetual Burn is a very interesting one. Back in the day, a young Jason Becker became taken with the tone of a Gibson Les Paul loaded with a Seymour Duncan JB humbucker. The guitar belonged to Steve Hunter, who Becker played with on David Lee Roth’s A Little Ain’t Enough album, and Jason used it on the title track. He was so intrigued by the tone of the JB that he started talking with Seymour Duncan about this pickup needs. Some prototypes were developing and the project was well on its way when Jason had to call a halt due to his progressively worse ALS. But recently, while listening to friends play his guitars through prototypes of a possible signature amp, Jason was blown away by the tone of the prototype pickup. So he reached out to Seymour Duncan to finish was started. The Jason Becker Perpetual Burn bridge humbucker is the result.

INTERVIEW: Nergal of Behemoth

There was a time when it looked like we might not get another Behemoth album. Frontman Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski was diagnosed with leukaemia in August 2010, and an urgent bone marrow transplant was needed. The surgery was ultimately successful, but Nergal was re-admitted after developing an infection. Then when the band finally returned to the road, he found himself exhausted, pushed to the brink by the exertion and intensity required to play a Behemoth show.

Phil Collen’s Jackson X-STROYER

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen’s Ibanez Destroyer from the “Photograph” video is iconic, and but these days Phil is a Jackson dude, so what does one do when one wants to tap into the spirit of that guitar but with much more customised features? Well, one turns to the good folks at Jackson to build a custom Kelly with appointments inspired by that Destroyer! Phil is using this new axe on the band’s current co-headlining tour with KISS, and although there’s no indication right now that this is planned to become a production model, who knows what could happen with enough fan interest. Here’s the press release with more info.

Positive Grid Announces BIAS Desktop!

Wow! The folks at Positive Grid have done it again, and HOW! They’ve just announced BIAS Desktop, for those of us who utterly love their BIAS app but wish they could use it with their recording software. And they’ve nailed exactly what I was hoping these guys would do: amp matching. Not only will BIAS Desktop let you create killer tones of its own accord, it can also listen to a real or recorded amp and create a digital replica of its tone. BIAS Desktop is planned for a Q3 launch, and you can sign up to be one of the pre-release testers. Info below in the press release.