PRESS RELEASE: 2014 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member ACE FREHLEY today has debuted a brand new music video for his cover of Free’s 1970 hit “Fire and Water” featuring none other than KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY. The video is being premiered exclusively through VEVO. “It was great working with Paul again and all the years we’ve spent apart doing other projects seemed to vanish once we hit the stage!,” says Frehley.
Steve Vai (probably my biggest influence and my one-time jam-buddy, brag brag brag) has announced a special 25h Anniversary reissue of Passion & Warfare. It features a new disc called Modern Primitive, and Steve will also undertake an extensive tour where he will play the whole record start-to-finish. Yes, even “Ballerina 12/24” and hopefully some freaky arrangements of “Alien Water Kiss” and “Love Secrets.” Read the full press release below, plus info about the third Vai Academy event.
Hey Steve, one request: the jazzy little solo section of “The Animal” pretty much changed the way I play guitar, but you always play improvised stuff instead of the original solo when I hear you play it live. How about returning to that classic finger-pretzelling, life-changing solo for ‘ol Petie, eh? Pleeeeease? (By the way, check out these Fascinating Facts About Steve Vai’s Passion & Warfare).
A Little Thunder and Marconi Lab have collaborated on the EGO Thunder Signature Model “Orange Drop” guitar. It’s a headless, alder-bodied, maple-necked, ebony-fretboarded, tricked-out music machine with an A Little Thunder pickup in the neck position and a Lace Alumitone Deathbucker at the bridge. The A Little Thunder pickup is, of course, the revolutionary ‘create a separate bass signal out of your lowest three guitar strings’ device designed by Andy Alt. The guitar and all hardware are made 100% in Italy, and A Little Thunder is 100 percent made in the USA.
I like the boldness of the design, and the ‘arm,’ chassis’ and ‘head’ labels which give it a real ‘designy’ feel. It looks crazy comfortable to play too. If you haven’t checked out A Little Thunder yet, here’s the deal: it listens to the lowest three strings (originally it was just the bottom two, but a recent firmware update unlocked a secret third coil) and generates a bass signal which it then sends to a separate signal chain (and it can do it independently of your pickup selection, so you can be rocking chewy riffage on your bridge humbucker while A Little Thunder works its magic). It also has a Low Note Priority mode which processes only the lowest note of a chord, so you can blast away on a full six-string barre chord with only the low E string being used for a bass signal.
For a limited time you can get $400 off the EGO Thunder, limited to the first 50 orders. Have a question? Reach out to Marconi Lab or A Little Thunder directly. Buy it direct (and see plenty more pics) here.
Mooer has just unveiled the Devin Townsend Ocean Machine signature reverb/delay/looper pedal. Below is a little demo posted by Bart from Effects Database, recorded at Musikmesse on the weekend. There are two delays (one has digital delay, echo, galaxy, rotary, tri-mod, liquid, tremolo, reverse and mod-inverse, modes while the other has digital, real, analog, tape, mod, lofi, tube, dyna and filler modes – or does it say ‘filter’? Trying to squint here!). The reverb types include room, hall, plate, phaser-verb, flanger-verb, filter, reverse, spring and mod. There’s also a Shimmer control for octave effects. Can’t wait to hear this thing underneath Devin’s feet!
It’s here at last: the Epiphone Brent Hinds Flying-V Custom! Brent has well and truly earned his right to have a bitchen signature guitar, and he’s combined two of the coolest things ever: Silverburst (the most metal of guitar finishes) and the Flying-V. The guitar also includes Brent’s signature Lace Hammer Claws humbucking pickups. Here’s the press release and some video. Read More …
The team behind Beatbuddy know what we all know deep down inside: some drummers just play better when they’ve had a few beers. The latest firmware update for the revolutionary drum machine pedal includes a new Sobriety function which lets you control how drunk or straight your virtual drummer is, from Sober to Tipsy to Drunk to Wasted. I’ve known a few drummers with this feature hard-wired, and it presents a very entertaining musical experience. There are other bug fixes and new features in the Firmware 1.85 update too.
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Sleep Mode: You may have noticed that like most guitar pedals, the BeatBuddy does not come with a power button. The only way to turn it off it to unplug it. So we created a sleep mode that puts the BeatBuddy in a low power state. Just pressthe Drum Set and Tempo Knobs at the same time to enter Settings and select Sleep Mode. This will put your BeatBuddy to sleep until you’re ready to jam with him again. Don’t worry, unlike most heavy sleeping drummers, the BeatBuddy can be woken up with a touch of any button or knob.