Today I was over at Davis Music Centre in Footscray, Melbourne to return a lovely FGN J-Standard Odyssey I’ve been reviewing, and I got to visit the very same Ernie Ball Music Man Albert Lee MM90 guitar that I reviewed a few months ago. It was really cool to see it again! It’s a beautiful guitar, and whoever ends up taking it home will be very, very happy.
Here it is on the wall at the store…
And here it is back when it was visiting my house…
And here’s what it sounds like!
It’s time again for I Heart Guitar’s most visually unappealing but wallet-helpy post of the year: Black Friday sales n’stuff! I’ve trawled through a bunch of sites and emails to find some cool bargains for you.
InTune Guitar Picks
Warehouse Guitar Speakers
Big news today: Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick have both left Megadeth.
From Chris’s website:
“Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of Megadeth for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it.”
“After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests.
I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you.
Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey.”
Nice one, DigiTech! They’ve just announced the Mosaic Polyphonic 12-String effect pedal, designed to get 12-string sounds out of 6-string electric or amplified acoustic guitars – and yes, DigiTech tells me it sounds great with 7 and 8-string guitars and basses as well! And it has a tone control so you can dial in just the right amount of zing or fullness. DigiTech says “Immediately identifiable 12-string tones are now yours with octave low strings and doubled high strings. Single notes and full chordal strums shine with polyphonic richness and celestial movement that will inspire you. The Mosaic’s balanced low-end response with crisp octave shimmer produces a tone that’s lush and articulate, just as with a 12-string guitar.” Click here to buy DigiTech pedals from official eBay stores. More info on the Mosaic here.
I recently checked out the TC Electronic Alter Ego X4, a vintage-vibed delay unit occupying the same footprint as the mammoth Flashback X4 Delay. That pedal offered a wealth of old-school sounds curated by US store ProGuitarShop. The Alter Ego X4 is a huge, hulking pedal that’s perfectly designed for stage use, but perhaps you don’t want a single pedal with the footprint of a lunchbox on your pedalboard. Perhaps you want a more conventional compact delay pedal that’s still packed with vintage tone. Well, my friend, meet the Alter Ego V2 Vintage Echo. Buy the TC Electronic Alter Ego V2 Vintage Delay here.
Wow, never thought I’d see the day. I’ve heard stories of this guitar vault from its owner and others over the years, but I’ve never had a peek at it myself. There’s some amazing stuff in here. For instance, a Gibson SJ-20 Pirate guitar even more impressive than Johnny Depp’s, various Jimmy Page signature models, the Clapton ‘Beano’ and ES-335 Crossroads reissues, a Slash “Appetite For Destruction” guitar, Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood, Joe Bonamassa Skinnerburst, Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates, Jimi Hendrix 1967 Reissue Psychedelic Flying V, Angus Young SG – hell, there’s even a ’62 Fender Jaguar!
Wow, check this out: some pics posted by Takeshi Ishiguro, taken at the Musical Instruments Fair Japan 2014 featuring some new additions to Ibanez’s Indonesian-made Premium line: the AT10 Premium Rosewood Andy Timmons model and, in the background there, the PGM800 Premium Paul Gilbert model. Andy has been playing a version of this white axe onstage recently. And of course Paul is on tour with Mr. Big playing all sorts of beautiful Ibanii.
PRESS RELEASE: In 1995 the first Gary Ho Ho Hoey album was released. Hoey’s idea to put a rock edge on Christmas classics was inspired by his mother’s love for Christmas and growing up in Lowell MA with his 4 sisters. “With the last name, Hoey, I decided one day to record an album called Ho Ho Hoey and re-do some of my favorite Christmas classics with a rock guitar.” It was an instant hit at radio and sold over 350,000 copies and has been a staple at most rock stations around the country ever since. “I love doing the Ho Ho Hoey Rockin Holiday Tour every year because I get to give back and help folks with various charities and toy drives. It allows me to help communities and have some fun at the same time. And it’s Hoey’s loyal fan base and his connection with them that keeps him going. “I come out after every show to meet the fans,” says Hoey. “I enjoy the feedback and interaction.” Continue reading
Wanna hear some new Periphery? They’ve just released a teaser for their new two-album opus, Juggernaut, in the form of the track “The Scourge.” And here it is!
My thoughts? I dig it! There’s almost a Mr. Bungle vibe to the first half, and Spencer seems to be holding back a little bit vocally …then all hell breaks loose with some killer screams. And the guitars sound huge. I can’t wait to hear this song in context.
“The Scourge” is from the first album, Juggernaut: Alpha. Here are the covers and track listings.
01. A Black Minute (4:16)
02. MK Ultra (2:50)
03. Heavy Heart (4:22)
04. The Event (1:45)
05. The Scourge (5:36)
06. Alpha (5:31)
07. 22 Faces (3:52)
08. Rainbow Gravity (4:39)
09. Four Lights (2:18)
10. Psychosphere (6:16)
01. Reprise (1:25)
02. The Bad Thing (5:54)
03. Priestess (5:04)
04. Graveless (3:56)
05. Hell Below (3:43)
06. Omega (11:44)
07. Stranger Things (7:35)