Check Out Kirk Hammett’s New Signature Overdrive

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This is gonna be fun: Kirk Hammett and David Karon (Washburn) have collaborated on a new overdrive pedal which seems to take its cues from the Ibanez Tube Screamer but with plenty of twists and turns. Interesting to see that it has compression controls too. More info on the Ghoul Screamer here, but here’s the press release:

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Fascinating Facts About Steve Vai’s Passion And Warfare

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Steve Vai’s Passion & Warfare turned 25 years old this past July, and the guitar has never been the same. Part hard rock, part psychedelia filtered through 80s neon, part Looney Toons soundtrack, part Zappa, Passion & Warfare found Vai breaking out on his own with an incredible level of focus and determination. Read More …

REVIEW: Atreyu – Long Live

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Hiatus. Is there any more potentially chilling term in all of music history? Well maybe ‘orchestral project’ or ‘unplugged.’ The lads from Atreyu have been off the album/tour cycle for four years and it’s been even longer since they last released an album (Congregation of the Damned was 2009). They dipped their toes back in the water with the Knotfest, South By So What?! and Aftershock festivals, but Long Live is the first real opportunity to hear who Atreyu are today.  Read More …

IK Multimedia announces AmpliTube 4!

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For many years now I’ve been a huge fan of IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube range of amp/effect/cabinet simulators. AmpliTube 3 is still my go-to plug-in even after years of reviewing anything and everything. In fact, at this very moment I’m getting to know AmpliTube: MESA/Boogie for a review, and it’s once again demonstrating how incredibly flexible and detailed the AmpliTube universe is. And now IK Multimedia has announced AmpliTube 4, with some really advanced new features and a suite of new British-inspired amplifiers, including one based on the legendary Marshall JMP-1 tube MIDI preamp! And something I’ve been hoping for for quite a while: an effects loop insert point between the preamp and power amp. Awesome. Below is the video and press release.

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Made On Planet Earth By Grover Jackson

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PRESS RELEASE: Following the recent announcement by venerable acoustic guitar maker and iconic American brand C.F. Martin to cease putting “Made in the USA” on their products, GJ2 Guitars by Grover Jackson that have previously been marked “made in USA” will, with immediate effect, be marked “Made on Planet Earth by Grover Jackson”.  Read More …

Meet The EHX KEY9 Electric Piano Machine

Okay, as a Steely Dan fan but someone who’s too lazy to properly learn how to play keyboard, this pedal is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. From EHX: “Completing the powerful trilogy forged by the B9 and C9 Organ Machines, the new KEY9 pedal emulates the world’s most coveted electric pianos and more. With 9 presets, you can transform your axe and lay down a cool “Riders on the Storm” style groove or some hot funk ala “What’d I Say!” Each preset lets you control the fundamental parameters that help define that instrument’s sound. Many include adjustable modulation like tremolo, phaser and chorus. Take if from Mike Matthews who says: “You’ll dig the way the KEY9 turns you into a Rhodes Scholar!”

For more information, please visit: http://www.ehx.com/products/key9

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