Meet The EVH 5150III 15W LBX Head


Aww, look at this widdle cutie. EVH has squeezed a version of the venerable 5150III into a teensy tiny lunchbox amp that packs a sonic wallop while being small enough that you could probably carry it around by biting down on the strap while you carry your guitar case in one hand and a 2X12 with the other. probably. I don’t know how strong your teeth are. Here’s some info from the website: Read More …

AmpliTube for iPhone/iPad Adds Ampeg & Fulltone gear, iOS 9 Compatibility


PRESS RELEASE: IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation, is pleased to announce a new update to AmpliTube®, the ultimate mobile tone studio for iPhone and iPad that adds 7 new pieces of gear that include everything from bone shaking metal amps to versatile stomps and more. The update now also lets musicians export loops made in the Looper feature so they can be used in the DAW for song composition or other audio apps. In addition to the new gear and features, AmpliTube now sports easier gear navigation and selection, iOS 9 compatibility and a number of new in-app gear bundles. Read More …

A New Look For Spector


PRESS RELEASE: Brooklyn native Stuart Spector famously designed his first instrument in 1976, beginning a revolution that would change the music world forever. In the years that followed, Spector Basses have been used to hold down the low-end on the world’s biggest stages. Now, nearly 40 years later, Spector is proud to introduce the latest additions to the Spector lineup including two new Bass models, several new finishes to their Legend line, and extended pickup options. To celebrate the new releases, Spector is giving away four free Metallic Red Performer 4 basses via

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INTERVIEW: Tommy Thayer of KISS


KISS are about to hit Australia on their 40th anniversary tour, and if there’s one thing you can rely on in music, it’s that KISS are going to put on a big, big show. But this time they’re bringing their biggest: their ‘Spider’ lighting rig is coming with them to tower over the band and be even more menacing than Gene Simmons’ famous blood-spewing bass solo. And on stage left you’ll find Tommy Thayer inhabiting the role of the Spaceman as he has done since 2002. In the 13 years since Tommy started donning the iconic makeup and costume he’s gradually added hints of his own character to the icon. You can hear it in a certain confidence to his own solos, and see it in his choice of guitars, which diverge from the three-pickup Les Pauls Ace Frehley used when he was the Spaceman. Read More …

Meet The Orange Micro Dark


PRESS RELEASE: Responding to thousands of customer requests, Orange Amplification is delighted to present the Orange Micro Dark. This new pint-sized valve/solid-state hybrid head joins a well-established dark brotherhood that includes the Dark Terror and Dual Dark amps. Cowled in smoky black, the Micro Dark shares the same intuitive Shape control as its older siblings, sporting a deceptively simple layout, which disguises the amp’s cunning versatility.
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Check Out Kirk Hammett’s New Signature Overdrive


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


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 …