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Yngwie Malmsteen Oz/NZ Tour Announced!

Yngwie MalmsteenYES! It’s been far too long since I’ve seen the mighty Yngwie J. Malmsteen onstage. After visiting this year for a guitar masterclass for Thump Music (whose next tour is Devin Townsend), Yngwie is returning to Australia and New Zealand in February 2015 to slay us all with his otherworldly talents. And there are VIP tickets available granting access to an exclusive Q&A session. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Yngwie and he was intelligent, informative and freaking hilarious. If you’ve read his interviews in print you’re missing a lot of the context and humour in his voice and mannerisms, something you can only pick up by talking to the guy, so this is a great chance for a lucky few to do that.

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U2’s First Promotional Experiment Uncovered

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EVH Wolfgang Standard & Revamped Special

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If I have one criticism of the EVH Wolfgang, it’s that, well… they’re infuriatingly priced at what they’re worth! They’re great guitars with killer tone and playability. And they look cool. But they justifiably cost a pretty penny, especially if you want the USA stuff. But now the Wolfgang Special series has been revamped as a made-in-Mexico model (it was previously made in Japan and then China, if I recall correctly), and a new more affordable line called Wolfgang Standard has just been introduced too. And of course you’ll still be able to get the USA stuff as well if your budget stretches that far. Here’s the press release…

PRESS RELEASE: EVH is pleased to announce the launch of the Wolfgang Standard series and revamping of its popular Wolfgang Special series, offering all the quality players expect from EVH plus features not usually found on guitars at these price points. Continue reading

Sterling By Music Man JP70D

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If you want to add a little of Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s sonic mojo to your tone – a rather worthy goal, if you ask me – you could do a lot worse than to check out Petrucci’s line of signature guitars through Ernie Ball Music Man. They occupy a unique niche among shred-friendly guitars because their construction feels much more “serious-persons’ guitar” than the average shred plank. But Music Man guitars come with a price tag that reflects their quality. i.e.: they’re pretty dang pricey. So with the Sterling By Music Man line, the company has endeavoured to bring more affordable versions of some of their designs to players who might not have the financial wherewithal to walk home with the California-made stuff. The JP70D is based on Petrucci’s first Music Man model (there are a few other shapes now including the JPX and Majesty), and it’s made in Indonesia. Continue reading

REVIEW: Devin Townsend Project – Z2

Devin Townsend Z2There are some albums that you just get straight away because they reveal everything about themselves right upfront. Devin Townsend’s albums have never been like that. There’s too much going on on a whole bunch of levels: emotionally, conceptually, orchestrationally, texturally. And there’s a lot to digest with Z2. It’s made up of two very different albums, Sky Blue and Dark Matters. Sky Blue is the Devin Townsend Project, and Dark Matters is the sequel to 2007’s sci-fi metal opus Ziltoid The Omniscient. And some tracks feature the vocals of thousands of fans, invited to participate online in what has been named the Universal Choir.

INTERVIEW: Devin Townsend

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INTERVIEW: Devin Townsend

Devin TownsendThere’s like a secret knowing wink between Devin Townsend fans, a shared understanding that within the multiple layers, in amongst the links between songs, albums and projects, nesting in the balance of depth, introspection, humour and expression, there’s something in there that we all relate to and that Devin has been able to articulate in a way that resonates with us. This year is a great time to see the extremes of this musical voice, with the space country of Casualties of Cool and the forthcoming Z2. And for those of us who like to throw on the headphones, sit back and think “How does he do it? How can I dip into that well too for my own musical expression?” Devin will be hitting Australia in October for a series of masterclasses for Thump Music where he’ll give us a peek into the guitar, vocal and production ideas that inform and express his work. So with the masterclass tour coming up and the release of Z2 just around the corner, I caught up with Devin to talk about what’s what.

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So am I, actually! It gives me an opportunity to dig into some of the things I’ve wanted to share with people, to be fair. I’ve spent a long time making records and I’ve kinda gotten to this point recently where it’s like, shit, now it’s time to step it up and get other people to start taking over.  Continue reading

Fender Classic Player Triple Tele

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Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Todd Krause has designed an unusual take on the Telecaster for the Classic Player series. The high-performance Classic Player Triple Tele rocks three slanted Nocaster single-coil bridge pickups for truly distinctive modern tone and the classic look of a black finish and pickguard paired with a one-piece maple neck/fingerboard. For more product details, go here, and check out the video below! Continue reading

Meet The Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6

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Aah yes, I’ve been waiting for this one. Today Schecter has announced the release of the KM-6, the six-string version of Keith Merrow’s awesome signature model. The seven-string version was one of the big hits at NAMM and this new one is great news for those who prefer sixers. Interestingly it features different pickups to the KM-7: instead of a Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient, it has a ‘Blackened Black Winter’ set, made exclusively for Schecter. And it’s available in two finishes – Trans White Satin and Trans Black Burst Satin. Hey Keith, buddy, how about a limited-run green version, eh?

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Jake Bowen’s Ibanez JBM100

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Jake Bowen of Periphery discusses the features of his Ibanez JBM100 signature guitar in the video below. Go behind the scenes on the design of the instrument and hear the guitar in action during several performance clips. Check out http://bit.ly/1qkeoCy for more details!

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Ooh, Swirly: Jackson Pro DK2M Dinky Limited Run Slime Green Swirl

Jackson Pro DK2M Dinky Limited RunPRESS RELEASE: Jackson is pleased to announce the latest addition to its popular Pro Series, the Pro DK2M Dinky Limited Run guitar featured in Slime Green Swirl. The DK2M Pro Series Dinkyfeatures an alder body, flat-sawn graphite-reinforced bolt-on maple neck with wrap-around heel, 24-fret compound radius (12″-16″) maple fingerboard with offset black dot inlays, black neck and headstock binding, direct mount Seymour Duncan JB Zebra (bridge) and ’59 Zebra (neck) humbucking pickups with five-way blade switching, Floyd Rose bridge, black hardware and Dunlop strap locks. For more information and to find a dealer near you, go to www.jacksonguitars.com.

Moniker Guitars Introduces New Shape

Moniker_Reedsdale_Double_Cutaway_GuitarPRESS RELEASE: Moniker Guitars is pleased to announce the addition of a new guitar shape to their lineup of customizable electric guitars. The Reedsdale Double Cut gets its name from an added cutaway in the guitar body, creating one on either side of the neck. The added cutaway on the low “E” string side of the neck allows the player to gain better hand positioning when reaching notes above the 16th fret. Allowing the player greater access to higher notes helps improve technique at this end of the fretboard.

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SPONSORED POST: YourInstrument.com

As you guys know, I’m a huge guitar geek and my tastes range from pointy, neon-coloured shred axes with Floyd Roses to classic semi-hollowbodies with Bigbsy vibratos. So when the fine folks at YourInstrument.com asked me to write a sponsored post, I thought the perfect thing to do would be to have a look around at the wide variety of instruments for sale. Because a) it’d be a great way to show the diversity of instruments that folks like you and I are using the site to buy/sell, and b) because nothing is more fun than looking at electric guitars for sale, except for playing them. So let’s see what’s there this week. And you can always keep up with what’s online at this very moment by checking out the site.

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PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt
This is the signature model for the Opeth frontman. It’s one of the first SE models to include old-school bird inlays, and it rocks 24 jumbo frets, PRS designed tremolo bridge, SE HFS and SE Vintage Bass pickups, volume and tone control with a 3-way toggle switch. You can see Mikael playing these on the road. Continue reading

Devin Townsend

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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