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Peter Hodgson

Hello, Old Friend…

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…

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And here it is back when it was visiting my house…

Music Man Albert Lee MM90

And here’s what it sounds like!

Black Friday Stuff For We Guitar Types

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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.

eBay

eBay Christmas Hub

Guitars on eBay

Amazon

Electric guitars

Amplifiers and Effects

Basses

Guitar Center

Black Friday – 15% off Single Item $99 or more with coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY. Only valid on select items. Valid 11/27 – 11/30/14.

Black Friday Doorbusters – up to $100 off regular price. Valid 11/27 – 11/30/14.

Get a free promotional eGift card when you buy select keyboards, workstations, keyboard amps, drum machines and more. Terms & conditions apply. Valid 11/18 – 11/30/14.

Musician’s Friend

Black Friday Doorbusters – up to 80% off! Valid 11/21 – 11/30/14.

Black Friday: 10% off $99+ or 15% Off $199+ orders with coupon code: BLACK14. Valid on select products only. Exclusions & limitations apply. Valid 11/27 – 11/30/14.

Thanksgiving: Stupid Deal of the Hour (12 deals, 12 hours; 6am-6pm PT). Valid 11/27 only.

Waves Audio

Waves specials

Victory Records

Victory merch

LickLibrary

25% off sale

Fret12

Black Friday sale

InTune Guitar Picks

Black Friday sale

IK Multimedia

Black Friday sale

Warehouse Guitar Speakers

Black Friday sale

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Black Friday sale

New Gibsons. Whoa.

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From Gibson.com: “The SGS3 takes the timeless elegance of the “Black Beauty” and applies it to the iconic SG body style to create a stunning homage to this early-’60s rocker. The classic SG body is crafted from solid mahogany, with asymmetrical pointed horns and a beveled edge for comfort, and looks absolutely killer in Ebony nitro with 5-ply black pickguard and black Top-Hat knobs. Gold-plated hardware—including a vintage-style Sideways Vibrola updated for improved performance—completes the Custom look, while three of Gibson’s popular ’57 Classic humbuckers ensure unparalleled tone. The glued-in mahogany neck has a SlimTaper profile for that fast, slick playing feel that rockers have come to know and love, with a bound one-piece rosewood fingerboard with acrylic trapezoid inlays.” More pics hereSee Gibson SGs on eBay.

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New Floyd Rose FRX Vibrato For Gibson

Chris Broderick & Shawn Drover Leave Megadeth

Big news today: Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick have both left Megadeth.

chrisjacksonFrom 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.”

Until then,
Chris. \m/

And Shawn’s statement:
“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.”
Can’t wait to hear what they both do next. I’ve interviewed both of them and they’re great guys so I wish ‘em well.

DigiTech Mosaic 12-string Simulator

MosaicNice 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.

REVIEW: TC Electronic Alter Ego V2 Vintage Echo

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 EchoBuy the TC Electronic Alter Ego V2 Vintage Delay here.

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Allans Billy Hyde $1.5 Million Guitar Vault For Sale

The Vault

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!

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Ibanez AT10 Premium Rosewood & PGM800 Premium

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.

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AC/DC – Rock Or Bust

Aah yes, this video is much better than the last one.

Gary Ho Ho Hoey Tour & Guitar Giveaway

gary-hoey-xmas-skull-300x300PRESS 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

Hear Periphery’s “The Scourge”

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.

Juggernaut: Alpha

periphery2015cd1 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)

Juggernaut: Omega

periphery2015cd201. 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)

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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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