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Moniker Customizable Bass Guitars & Online Giveaway

Moniker Guitars has launched a new line of customisable basses, and they’re celebrating the launch with a giveaway in association with D’Addario where you can win the bass you design! There are two body shapes available: the Zuma and the Dixie. I’ve taken a bash at a few bass designs here. Try your own! Below is the press release.

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PRESS RELEASE: Custom guitar manufacturer Moniker Guitars has made a name for itself by allowing customers to design and purchase Moniker electric guitars online at MonikerGuitars.com. Now Moniker is expanding its offering by adding customizable bass guitars. To celebrate the launch of the bass guitar line, Moniker has teamed up with string manufacturer D’Addario to giveaway a custom bass to one lucky winner who designs a bass at MonikerGuitars.comand shares the design on Twitter. The giveaway kicks off today and runs through October 30th. “A lot of work goes into creating a line of customizable bass guitars. We choose the types of wood, scale length, electronics, pickups and parts. Choosing D’Addario XL strings was easy. American made bass guitars deserve American made strings.” says co-owner Kevin Tully.   Continue reading

Positive Grid BIAS Desktop Amp Matching Modeler

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For the last couple of months I’ve been messing around with Positive Grid’s BIAS Desktop Amp Matching Modeller and I’m utterly blown away. It’s fast, it’s responsive, it’s punchy, it’s flexible, and it sits in a mix incredibly well. I’ll post my review shortly by in the meantime here’s the press release.

San Diego, CA (Oct 21, 2014) (ictw) — Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com) proudly announces the launch of BIAS Desktop, a groundbreaking guitar amp modeler with Amp Matching™ technology that offers an entirely new concept of putting any tube amplifier tone and feel into a plug-in (AAX/RTAS/AU/VST) for Mac and PC. BIAS Desktop features the most accurate, thorough and versatile guitar-amp modeler and designer engine, and it can accurately capture the tone of any tube amplifier, users can then share or download amp models from BIAS’s built-in ToneCloud® amp-sharing platform. Continue reading

Hurley And Fender® Present “Strat: 60 Years Of The Stratocaster”

ryanadamsmainPRESS RELEASE: Through a unique blend of artists and musicians – including Donald Edward Hardy, Brandon Boyd, Thomas Campbell, Johnny Marr and Shawn Stussy – Hurley and Fender will recognize the unparalleled heritage of the world’s most popular guitar on its 60th anniversary. Twenty American-made, hand-painted Stratocaster guitars will be auctioned off to raise money for Waves For Water, which in turn will save lives through water-based initiatives. Continue reading

Bogner Enters The Pickup Market

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Bogner is known for massively high quality amps (there was also the Bogner Alchemist line, now discontinued, which sounded great but had a few quality control problems, if the emails I received from people who read my review are anything to go by). Their pedal line with Rupert Neve Design transformer has just made it to stores, and now they’re entering the pickup biz with a PAF-style humbucker. They’re available in bridge and neck versions (Bridge – Alinco II at 8.5k;  Neck – Alnico III at 7.9k), in Traditional or F Spacing. They have 4-conductor wiring and a Bogner “B” etched into the cover. These are actually being made by Arcane, which is an interesting choice: Bogner’s a pretty small operation so I guess they don’t have the capacity to do these in-house. I imagine folks would be pretty excited about these if Reinhold Bogner himself was winding them in the brief moments in between designing incredible amp after incredible amp. Speaking of Bogner, this has always been one of my dream amps. Some day, Bogner, some day…

 

Awesome Storm Trooper Ibanez 8-String

Man, the stuff ya see on eBay. This Ibanez RG8 has been customised with Seymour Duncan active Blackouts and Star Wars Storm Trooper inlays. Cool! Check it out here.

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Fender Releases Adam Clayton Jazz Bass

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Fender is welcome to deposit one into my iTunes account.

PRESS RELEASE: Fender is extremely proud to introduce the Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar. Throughout the entire phenomenal history of the band, the groundbreaking music of U2 has been underpinned by the gracefully muscular bass work of Adam Clayton. His impeccable groove and expansive tone form the sonic foundation of one of the biggest bands in the history of rock music, never more powerfully than today. Fender’s Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar puts his rock solid sound and style in bassists’ hands, with elegant appointments and elemental tone, including two potent Fender Custom Shop pickups and a beautiful Sherwood Green Metallic gloss finish with matching headstock. Continue reading

EVH 5150III 1×12 50-watt combo amp

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Gooood… goooooooood. Eddie Van Halen’s EVH has announced the release of the long-awaited 5150III 50-watt combo amp with a single 12″ speaker and power scaling. Note that it’s a pretty damn big amp – none of this ‘just enough space to cram a twelve-incher into (hehe). So this isn’t exactly a mini amp by any stretch of the imagination – in fact it almost looks as big as the 2X12 version! I look forward to testing this beastie out some day. Here’s the press release:

PRESS RELEASE: After nearly three years in development, EVH is pleased to announce the launch of the 5150III 1×12 50-watt combo amplifier. This is not your average 1×12 combo by any stretch. In line with Eddie Van Halen’s legacy, this 1×12 is a true game changer, making players swear they’re standing in front of a half-stack. Continue reading

John Mayer Leaves Fender, Continues To Play Fender

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Ouch. John Mayer has parted ways with Fender in the form of a big ‘ol burn on Twitter.

 

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Heads up to anyone thinking about owning my signature @Fender Stratocaster, they’re no longer being made and I’m no longer a Fender artist.
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I love Fender guitars and will continue to play them, but the fact is that the company as it is today isn’t the same one I started with.
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The John Mayer Signature Stratocaster is a pretty damn spectacular guitar, so if you’re interested in them you should pick one up while you still can.

INTERVIEW: Steve Morse

Among progressive rock fans Flying Colors has gotta be the ultimate supergroup. It features ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Spock’s Beard keyboard wiz Neal Morse, vocalist Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev) and Dixie Dregs legends Steve Morse (guitar) and Dave LaRue (bass). The band’s first album was released in 2012 to much critical acclaim, The follow-up, Second Nature, has just hit the streets and it finds the band pushing their sound further into each direction, from the Muse-like modern prog of single “Mask Machine” to the 12-minute epic “Cosmic Symphony.”  Continue reading

Taylor Roadshow Hits Town

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Some cool news from my pals at World of Music in Brighton East here in Melbourne:

“Lock Saturday November 8th in your diaries Taylor fans as Andy from Taylor Guitars is heading into the store for the Taylor Roadshow. From 3:30pm Andy will be running everyone through the new redesigned 800 series guitars and T5Z, Taylor’s build philosophy and processes as well as there being rare and one off Taylor guitars available for sale. It’s free of charge but numbers are strictly limited so please call the store on 9557 8600 or email sales[at]worldofmusic.com.au to reserve a spot! You can check out some of our current range of Taylor Guitars here.”

Devin Townsend – Deathray Lyric Video

Hey! Here’s your first full-track preview of Devin Townsend’s new album, Z2! This track, “Deathray,” comes from the Ziltoid disc, Dark Matters.  Check out my interview with Devin here, my review of Z2 here, and buy tickets for his Australian masterclass tour (can you believe it’s next week?!?) here.

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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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