New Stevie Ray Vaughan Box Set

Stevie Ray VaughanIf you’ve never delved into the world of Stevie Ray Vaughan before, or if you’ve only heard a few tracks here and there and you figure that the best way to rectify that is to go totally overboard, or if you’re just a completist, dagnabbit, Sony/Legacy will release a comprehensive box set bringing together all of SRV’s recordings for Epic Records in October. All of the studio albums are represented (not counting stuff like the posthumous The Sky Is Crying or Family Style by The Vaughan Brothers) and there’s plenty of live material too, including the first-ever commercial release of 1983’s A Legend In The Making – Live at the El Mocambo Toronto Concert. Here’s the press release…

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Aristides Instruments Refines the Guitar With the New 060

PRESS RELEASE: Utilizing an exoskeleton design made of a semi-monocoque construction, the latest guitar from Aristides Instruments expands on the companies innovations regarding body design, components and mechanics. The new 060 provides plenty of horsepower and performance to deliver whatever a guitarist might want play. Prototypes have made an appearance at the Aristides Instrument Open House event earlier this year and Ola Englund has posted a video demo. Now available to the masses, customers can place orders through authorized dealers or direct from the factory. Read More …

Introducing The Mono Guitar Sleeve & Bass Sleeve

Mono Guitar Sleeve and Bass Sleeve

PRESS RELEASE: The Guitar Sleeve and Bass Sleeve are the latest addition to MONO’s collection of professional luggage for musicians. Designed to be a minimalist solution for traveling light and simple, the new Sleeve collection of cases merges MONO’s innovative protection and high quality construction standards into a super slim, stylish and competitive price-point design.

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Frank Iero Releases Solo Album

stomachachesFormer My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero will release Stomachaches, the debut album by his new project FRNKIERO ANDTHE CELLABRATION on August 29 via Cooking Vinyl Records. Iero plays every instrument on the 12-track album except for drums, which were handled by Jarrod Alexander. Iero recorded the album in his own B.Calm home studio, then later recorded at North End Recording in Passaic, New Jersey with some additional vocals completed at Backstage Studios. Read More …

A Bunch O’ New Fenders

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Aah, is there anything sweeter than seeing an email in my inbox about a bunch of new Fender models? Well, maybe that day I brought home my Fender American Vintage ’62 Strat Reissue or perhaps my Squier Bass VI. But in terms of guitar-geek excitement level, there’s something primal about the Fender logo that still makes me giddy after all these years. Today they’ve announced some new Limited Edition American Standard Series guitars, new Classic Player Series models and a Special Edition Blacktop Series guitar, as well as some pretty dang sweet Custom Shop stuff. Here’s the press release: Read More …

NEWS: DJ Ashba, Slipknot, Gene Kirkland

DJ Ashba’s “Stars” Guitar Lesson

SIXX:A.M, the modern rock band featuring Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, Guns n’ Roses’ DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, have released “Stars,” the first track from their forthcoming album Modern Vintage. LINK.

Slipknot Album Title Confirmed

Slipknot has unveiled the title, cover and track listing for their new album, their fifth record and first without late bass player Paul Gray and former drummer Joey Jordison. LINK.

Rock Photographer Unearths Unseen Pics

Rock n’ roll photographer Gene Kirkland photographed the biggest names in rock and metal throughout the 80s and 90s (and still shoots to this day). Twelve months ago he unearthed a stash of shots that had been unseen since those glory days; images that hadn’t been seen in 20 years – even ones that he hadn’t seen himself! LINK.

REVIEW: Mayones Comodous 6 Bass

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Poland’s Mayones makes extremely fine, high-quality guitars with a very distinctive look and style, great tone woods and amazing playability. But their basses are equally distinctive and high quality. The Comodous 6 is a breathtaking instrument – quite literally, because everyone I showed it to had the same shocked reaction to its sheer size, odd shape and the striking nature of its top. Aah, but as anyone who’s played a Mayones guitar will know, you can’t judge one on looks: it all happens when you pick that first note.  Read More …

Paul Gilbert Demos The DiMarzio PAF Master Pickups

DiMarzio says:

“One variation that’s highly sought after by vintage PAF® players is a pickup that is quiet, bright, and very dynamic. The PAF® Master Bridge Model has all that combined with real rock and roll character. It reacts to playing, and sounds good when playing more than one note at the same time. Picked hard, it has a beautiful, snarly, thick, rockin’ tone. The PAF® Master Bridge Model: vintage just got better. Read More …