Great Simpsons Guitar Moments

The Simpsons

The Simpsons has always been a music-friendly show, with many great cameos from the likes of Aerosmith, James Brown, The Ramones, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Jack White… the list goes on and on. One of the best things about being a guitar nerd is that you see guitars everywhere you look, and we obsessed types can find plenty of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it guitar moments in The Simpsons. Here are a few of my personal favourites. What are yours? Share it in the comments! Read More …

Musicians Invited to Experience NAMM’s Music Industry Day, July 11

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If you’ve never had the opportunity to go to the NAMM Show, you really need to get along to Music Industry Day at Summer NAMM in Nashville. While NAMM is closed to the public, this is a unique once-a-year opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, smells (mmm, new guitar smell…) and networking opportunities the event offers. Here’s some info:

PRESS RELEASE: NAMM opens its doors to musicians, songwriters, and sound and recording professionals during Music Industry Day, Saturday, July 11 from 10AM-4PM at Nashville’s Music City Center. Music Industry Day offers a once-a-year opportunity to demo new music instruments and products, attend workshops, enjoy live performances, and network with industry leaders at Summer NAMM, an exclusive, trade-only event. Tickets are available now for $10 in advance, $20 at the door. Read More …

A Little Thunder

In January I finally got the chance to try Andy Alt’s A Little Thunder pickup and I immediately fell in love with it. It allows you to add bass notes to the lowest two strings and send them through another amp. It’s even smart enough to know if you want it to do so with both notes of a chord or with just the low E. It’s super-clever and super-effective. I’ve been a big supporter of this pickup since way back when it was in the design stages and it’s great to see it inspiring so many people, and now making its way out into the world. It’s also been great to see it go from one guy’s idea, through to a huge amount of really hard work, through to a completed, marketed pickup that can now help people make the music they hear in their head.

A Little Thunder is shipping right now (and if you keep an eye on Facebook you might have already noticed “Yay, my Little Thunder arrived!” posts popping up) with free worldwide shipping. You can get yours here.

A little more info from the site: “A fully revolutionized & patented pickup design, A Little Thunder™ is a replacement humbucker that gives guitarists the ability to play guitar + bass together… or separately. Each of the two pickups in A Little Thunder™ can operate independently. The top pickup allows all 6 guitar strings to be heard, as they normally are. A second pickup for the bottom most strings (E & A) processes the organic frequency at -1 octave or -2 octaves. A Low-Note-Priority™ mode allows you to give the bass effects to only the lowest of the 2 notes being played, great for strumming.”

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Devin Townsend Project & Periphery Oz Tour Announced!

 

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YES! Two of my favourite bands on one bill! I can’t wait for this tour!

PRESS RELEASE: DEVIN TOWNSEND is one of the most prodigious and prolific contemporary talents in the metal world, along with being one of the most admired and celebrated. For almost 20 years, DEVIN TOWNSEND has amazed, beguiled and occasionally baffled all comers in numerous incarnations spanning the extreme noise metal of Strapping Young Lad to the intricate melodies of Ocean Machine; Devin has had his hand in almost every genre of music, from industrial metal to progressive rock to ambient sounds.  All of these projects had one thing in common: GENIUS.  Read More …

Positive Grid BIAS Amp Match Now Available on iOS

PRESS RELEASE: Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com) today announced the addition of Amp Match™ download support for its JamUp and BIAS Mobile guitar amp and effects processors for iOS devices as a free update. With Amp Match support, mobile users will now be able to download any amp match profiles available from  ToneCloud, Positive Grid’s amp-sharing platform. While JamUp and BIAS Mobile users now will have no limitation to download any amp match models, the amp match process will remain exclusive to BIAS Professional only.
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Tony MacAlpine’s Gear Stolen

From Tony’s Facebook:

Friends,

Our trailer was broken into overnight at our hotel in Austin, TX, and the thieves stole all of Tony’s guitars.

Serial numbers will be added shortly:
– his black Ibanez Guitars custom 7-string with EMG Pickups installed (serial LA071509); 
– his white Ibanez 7-string with black EMG 707 pickups (serial LA0168);
The above guitars are Tony’s only two Ibanez 7’s and he has been photographed with them extensively. 
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Line 6 Introduces Helix

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This looks really cool! I’ve been looking forward to seeing what Line 6 would do to push things to the next level. Until an embeddable video shows up, go to http://line6.com/helix/ and scroll down to ‘Learn More’ to hear it in action. The dynamic response is incredible.

PRESS RELEASE: Line 6, Inc. today unveiled Helix, their new flagship tour-ready guitar processor. Helix represents a giant leap forward in guitar processing, as well as a new way of thinking about guitarists and their relationship to technology. Every hardware and software component has been meticulously designed and works together to accurately recreate the dynamic feel of tube amplifiers and lush sonic footprint of classic effects pedals. Read More …