A couple of times over the last few days I’ve happened across photos of Gibson Les Pauls with Floyd Rose bridges (namely, Alex Lifeson in the current issue of Guitar Player, and a shot of one of Eddie Van Halen’s guitars from the 80s), and it’s got me thinking about the new Les Paul Axcess.
Musician’s Friend has opened up preordering for the new EVH Wolfgang guitars.
The guitars are made by Fender but released under the EVH brand name, as with Eddie’s new 5150 III amps.
Since 1978, every hard rock guitarist has tried to be like Eddie Van Halen. Whether it’s emulating his two-hand tapping; stripped-down, single-pickup, single-knob axe; the renowned “brown sound;” wild whammy bar action; squealing artificial harmonics, or his just-go-for-it attitude.
Not merely artist-approved, the EVH Wolfgang is the result of Eddie’s total involvement and commitment. The Wolfgang is the outcome of two years of exhaustive research, testing and refining, revising, and tweaking by Eddie and his EVH crew. Wolfgang prototypes were given a grueling on-tour workout every night for over a year. As an example of EVH’s relentless pursuit of perfection, more than 80 pickups were tried and rejected before the company developed in-house the pickups that produced the “hitting me in the gut” sound that Eddie demanded.
Reflecting on the work that went into the new Wolfgang, Eddie observed, “Every aspect and component of this guitar has been examined and upgraded to the highest standards possible. We redid everything on this guitar. The only similarity to the previous Wolfgang is the body shape, and even that’s changed. You name it—stainless steel frets, double-potted custom-wound pickups, five-piece binding on the matching body and headstock, custom-made signature tuning machines and Floyd Rose bridge, new low-friction pots, and the list keeps going… we left no stone unturned.”
In addition to black and vintage white, the EVH Wolfgang comes in an opaque tobacco sunburst finish over a gorgeous quilted maple top. The EVH Wolfgang starts at $2,999.99.
Eddie has climbed the guitar summit and now shares his achievement with you. He’s done all the refining, road testing, and tweaking for you. Now it’s up to you.
For quite a while I’ve felt that Godin guitars are one of the best kept secrets in the guitar world. It seems they’ve always been in music stores, but with the exception of John McLaughlin and Steve Stevens, you never really see them in the hands of too many players.
The Redline 2 features a super fast 24-fret rock maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, silver leaf maple body and 2 active EMG humbuckers (neck: EMG-85 / bridge: EMG-81).
The Redline 3 is also loaded with active EMG humbuckers and is available with a maple or rosewood 22-fret fingerboard and a Floyd Rose tremolo bridge.
The Redline HB fmodel eatures a rock maple neck with 22-fret rosewood fingerboard and Godin design GHN-1 and GHB-1 humbuckers.
All of these models will be available in various colours and flame tops.
Visually, the Redline series kinda reminds me of ESP’s Jon Donais (Shadows Fall) models, and that’s good news for players who like the general vibe of Donais’ ESPs, but don’t want to play a signature guitar, and might want the option of a Floyd Rose.
The catalog description says: NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) titan Iron Maiden is one of the most successful and influential metal bands of all time, thanks in no small measure to the molten yet melodic guitar work of Adrian Smith. With timeless songwriting craft and peerless live performances, Maiden continues to record and tour, charting all over the world and selling out stadiums in any country with electricity. Based on his original late ’80s Custom Shop guitar, Smith’s signature model boasts supreme Jackson® tone, playability, versatility and classic good looks.
Head on over to Guitar Noize for the rest of the details.
I was just cruising the Earvana website after following a link from Strat-O-Blogster, and I noticed that Earvana is working on a compensated nut for Floyd Rose guitars. This is great news for those of us who love their whammy bar freakouts but wish their guitars had better intonation.
According to feedback from some I Heart Guitar readers, not everyone who reads the site plays guitar: some just like guitar-based music and are into the interviews and reviews and stuff. I guess in a way this post is dedicated to them, provided there’s a guitarist on their Christmas shopping list. Here are some goodies which are bound to fulfill two key criteria: a) stuff a stocking, and b) guilt the receiver into letting you have the last slice of turkey/tofurkey at Christmas dinner, hehe.
MXR M-102 Dyna Comp Compressor Pedal Standard
One of the coolest compressors known to man, the MXR Dyna Comp is not the pedal to stomp on if you want a clean guitar to sound like a crisp FM radio. But if you’re after soupy funk, swampy blues, snappy soul, or those singing, silky David Gilmour tones, you can’t go past this little red monster. It’s also quite inexpensive, yet very sturdy and roadworthy. You could probably use it to hammer in a nail, or crack a home intruder over the head and keep him down for the count until your biker mates arrive to finish the job. I have one of these on my pedal board and it’s my secret weapon. Well, that and my magic amulet.
Dunlop Eric Johnson Classic Jazz III Guitar Pick 6-Pack
Believe it or not, these picks from Jim Dunlop are paintstakingly modelled on a specific favourite red Jazz III pick from Eric Johnson’s personal collection. They feature a more refined and smoother tip, are more flexible than a standard Dunlop Jazz III, and have a matte finish with raised logos for grip. There have been signature picks before (I’m quite fond of Ibanez’s Paul Gilbert picks), but not quite like this. Will this start a trend? Will we see picks replicating the teeth-marks of Eddie Van Halen, or the pick scrapes of CC Deville?
Marshall MS-4 Micro Stack Standard
There are quite a few mini amps on the market, but this has gotta be my favourite. There is, of course, nothing cooler than a Marshall stack, and you could probably talk yourself into buying 8 or so of these so you could have a mini Yngwie amp rig on your desk. Think about it: 4 dry amps in the middle, and 2 either side, each pair with its own delay signal. Ok, maybe that’s just me, but at the very least you could chuck one of these and a travel guitar in your backpack for a picnic. Or you could have a bitchen Barbie concert in your doll house.
D’Andrea Guitar Care Kit Standard
I know, I know, cleaning your guitar isn’t the most glamorous of ways to pass one’s time, but I’ve received these kits as Christmas presents every few years since I was in my early teens and they’re always very useful. So unless the guitarist you’re buying it for is an utter jerk, this is a gift that will be greatly appreciated. Just make sure you’re not in the room if they use the string cleaner and polishing cloth, cos you risk being exposed to the dreaded fingers-on-the-blackboard sound. Urk.
I recently got my Roadflare Red Ibanez RG550MXX out of its case after a few months locked away, and I was immediately reminded how freaking awesome this guitar is. I could never use it live with my band because our singer was a bit of a firecracker on stage, and my stage guitars (Ibanez RG7620 and RG7420) took a few chips here and there in the chaos. So this one remained safely stashed away and is yet to see live use. But that will change soon.
The RG550MXX was released in 2007 to mark the 20th anniversary of the RG550. They were available in three colours (Desert Sun Yellow, Roadflare Red and Black), and only 1,987 were produced. Each was individually numbered.
Slim, fast Wizard neck (with Titanium strengthening rod)
Maple fretboard (rosewood on the black model)
Jumbo frets for easy leads and chording
Lightweight basswood body with upper edge sculpted for comfort
Floyd Rose-licensed Edge tremolo with die-cast saddles
Pickups include V1 and V2 humbuckers and a high-output single coil
Special RG20th hardshell case, special strap, picks in colors matching the guitar
There’s a website called RG20th.com devoted to these guitars. Owners can upload photos, rate their guitar, and register it on a chart of who has which number.
These guitars pop up on eBay from time to time, and the price seems to fluctuate a bit. You might luck out and get a bargain, or you might be caught in a bidding war with someone who’s wanted a Roadflare Red RG550 since 1987.
Check out this video of Paul Gilbert demoing the RG550MXX for Ibanez.
Here’s another one that goes back to my very first guitar magazine, the March 1991 issue of Guitar World with ZZ Top on the cover. George Lynch appeared in a Seymour Duncan ad for his Screamin’ Demon pickup, posing with this guitar. Naturally it was the coolest f***ing thing in the world to my 13-year-old self, and I’ve never stopped lusting after this guitar.
Features include a blot-on maple neck on an alder body, rosewood fretboard, 45mm neck width, George’s custom neck conour, 22 extra jumbo frets, Gotoh tuners, Floyd Rose bridge, George’s Screamin’ Demon bridge pickup, and an ESP SH-100 Rail pickup in the neck position.
Schecter has just unveiled the new-for-2009 Damien V-1 (fixed bridge) and Damien V-1FR (Floyd Rose). I couldn’t find any specs on these yet, but they appear to have EMG-HZ passive pickups and a matte finish, which leads me to believe they won’t be mega-ultra-expensive models. I like the offset carve at the treble side of the neck/body join. I think lot of players are into more traditional V shapes but want modern playability, and this is the perfect way to get it. I’d like to see this model with a pickup upgrade, but ya gotta dig those bat inlays.