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BOSS Unveils RC-1 Loop Station

PRESS RELEASE: BOSS is proud to announce the RC-1 Loop Station, the new entry-level model in the company’s acclaimed lineup of dedicated loop recording devices. Battery-powered and affordable, the RC-1’s straightforward operation makes it easier than ever for guitarists, bassists, and other musicians to incorporate the fun of looping into their live performances and practice sessions. For well over a decade, BOSS has led the industry in loop recording technology. Five current Loop Station products serve the needs of all types of musicians, and looping functions are integrated into many other BOSS products as well. Designed with guitarists and bassists in mind, the RC-1 sheds the more sophisticated features found in other Loop Stations, offering a streamlined approach that will appeal to both beginning players and advanced musicians who like to keep things simple. Continue reading

REVIEW: TC Electronic Alter Ego Vintage Echo X4

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TC Electronic’s TonePrint line of pedals is a great innovation: when it was first launched, various rock stars and industry pros were handed the keys to a special program which allowed them to design custom effects which could then be loaded into the pedal by everybody (via USB or a handy mobile app). But then the program was made available for everyone, and now anybody who wants to tweak their tone and then share it with the world can do so. The Alter Ego Vintage Echo X4 Delay is related to the smaller Alter Ego delay, which was born when Andy and Aaron of ProGuitarShop got their paws on the TonePrint software for the Flashback Delay and created two exclusive new delay modes worthy of their own pedal. Now the Alter Ego X4 Vintage Echo takes this pedal and blows it out, in a similar way to the awesome Flashback X4 Delay.

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TC Electronic Announces PolyTune 2 Mini

Untitled-1.121508PRESS RELEASE: PolyTune 2 Mini takes everything that’s great about TC Electronic’s innovative polyphonic tuning technology, and crams it into an unfathomably small enclosure that willl fit on basically any pedalboard out there. On top of that, the new PolyTune 2 Mini features an upgraded display with 109 ultra-bright LEDs, which ensures that no matter where you play, you will always get a fast and clear read on whether you’re in tune or not. Finally, a new super-precise strobe tuner mode has been added. With its 0.1 cent accuracy, PolyTune 2 Mini is the perfect tool for setting up your instrument with dead-on precision. Continue reading

Devin Townsend Australian Clinic Tour!

Prepare yourselves for the subjugation! Devin Townsend is heading to Australia for a series of exclusive guitar masterclasses in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, right ahead of the release of his next opus, Z2, which comprises two discs: Dark Matters (Ziltoid) and Sky Blue (Devin Townsend Project). There will be two levels of ticket pricing: a standard general admission ticket and a limited VIP package which will include exclusives such as a meet-and-greet with Devy and a seat in the first three rows. And during the clinics there will be a Q&A session so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to pick Devin’s seemingly massive brain. Merchandise and music will be available on the day too (cash sales only). Tickets available now here! Here’s the press release, including tour dates: Continue reading

New Soulbender Album On The Way!

SoulbenderCool! I liked the first one. And any day you get to hear Michael Wilton riffin’ is a good day.
PRESS RELEASE: Formed over a decade ago in Seattle, Washington, “Soulbender” is comprised of Queensrÿche guitarist Michael Wilton, vocalist Nick Pollock (My Sister’s Machine), guitarist Dave Groves (ex-Tin Pan/Fallen Angel) and drummer Wes Hallam (ex-Assault/Fallen Angel). SOULBENDER II contains four all new songs (Turn Anger up, Shoal, Slave To Reality, Seraphim) as well as the ten original tracks (remastered) from the first album (Fix Me, Clockwork and Compass, Rabbit Hole, The American Dream, Samsara, Prime Time, Shoot Poem, This Ocean, Hunger, Three Towers). Michael Wilton describes Soulbender as “a very progressive, hard rock band with very intense musicians and a couple of the members are prodigies”. Official release date for Soulbender is September 30, 2014. Pre-Order Now At: www.ratpakrecords.com/michaelwilton

Emil Werstler Quits Chimaira

emil werstlerEmil Werstler has left Chimaira after two years. He first joined as bass player, switching to guitar after the departure of Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries. In a statement, Emil says: “My time in Chimaira has, unfortunately, come to an end. It is time for me to move on as I continue to focus on harvesting my abilities as a musician. I’m very fond of everyone in the band and wish them all the best in the future. Although this was a difficult choice to make, I feel it was necessary in order to take the next step in my career. The best is still yet to come and I’m very excited for the multiple projects I am working on. I would like to thank the band, management, and, most importantly, all the fans for the endless support and understanding.”

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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: Continue reading

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.

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Peter Hodgson Hi! I'm Peter Hodgson. I write for Gibson.com, Australian Guitar, Australian Musician, Mixdown Magazine (including my instructional column, 'Unleash Your Inner Rock God,' which has been running since 2007), BluntBeat (including their weekly hard rock/metal column Crunch) and The Brag. And I'm Assistant Social Coordinator with Seymour Duncan. I've been playing guitar since I was 8 years old, and I've been writing for magazines since I was 18. I've also worked as a guitar teacher (up to 50 students a week), a setup tech, a newspaper editor, and I've also dabbled in radio a little bit. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and my hobbies include drinking way too much coffee, and eating way too much Mexican food. You can check out my guitar playing at Bandcamp or on YouTube, and feel free to email me at iheartguitarblog@gmail.com If you'd like to support the site, feel free to kick in a couple o'bucks using this donation button.

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