New on the excellent Roland Australia blog: a really great article on how analog delay works. Here’s a tiny excerpt: “No doubt, you have heard the delay effect before. Delay and rock music have shared a rich history together; from the first slapback effect heard on Elvis’ “That’s All Right” to the current powerful delay machines gracing the pedalboards of the stars. Delay and Roland/BOSS also share a connected past that includes the iconic tape-machine repeats of the Roland RE-201 Space Echo and the dark, warm echoes of the first analog stompbox, the BOSS DM-2 and DM-3. Delay has been a favoured effect for generations of guitarists, with many forming their signature sound around it. But when did delay first appear?” Go here to read the article.
PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone is proud to present two new Les Paul packages endorsed and promoted by Slash himself – the “AFD” (Appetite for Destruction) Les Paul Performance Pack and the Slash “AFD” LP Special-II Guitar Outfit. The Epiphone Slash “AFD” Les Paul Performance Pack is the premium combination for guitar players featuring an incredible all-inclusive, all-pro package for beginners and experts alike. The Slash “AFD” Performance Pack includes a Slash-designed Les Paul Special-II in classic Appetite Amber finish with a premium gig bag, plus a 15-watt Slash “Snakepit’ amp with 2-channels and a full EQ section with headphone output, custom Slash signature picks and free online lessons from eMedia. The Slash “AFD” LP-Special Guitar Outfit includes the same Slash-designed Les Paul Special II in Appetite Amber plus a premium gigbag, picks and eMedia guitar lessons. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Charvel is proud to announce the release of the new Pro Mod Series Super Stock SD1 FR Special Edition. Charvel’s limited-run Super Stock SD1 FR wraps a radiant Sunset Orange Flake gloss finish around a classic San Dimas body, lending a brilliant look to a powerful tone machine built for the harder side of rock. Other premium features include a quartersawn maple neck with an oil finish and comfortable Pro Mod profile, fast and smooth compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan ’59 (neck) and JB (bridge) humbucking pickups with cream bezels, three position chrome-tip toggle pickup switch and single knurled control knob (master volume), top-mount Floyd Rose FRTO1000 double-locking tremolo bridge and locking nut, and non-locking Charvel tuners.
For more information, go to www.charvelguitars.com.
Shihad worship at the altar of The Riff. Few bands this side of AC/DC have managed a knack for instantly identifiable, eminently air-guitarable riffs. But although they’ve enjoyed a consistent career of killer albums and shows, new album FVEY stands above their immense catalog as The One That Will Probably Move Them Up A Notch. Produced by Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman, this album encapsulates everything everyone has always loved about Shihad – the riffs, the song craft, the energetic performance, the melody, the thought-provoking lyrics. But there’s something more happening on this one. I caught up with vocalist/guitarist/riffmeister Jon Toogood to talk about it.
First thing we all want to know is ‘Where the hell do these riffs come from?’
Okay, we’ve been experimenting with this tuning which is basically standard E with the bottom string dropped to a bass-register A. So you’re doing the A, an octave A, and then the rest of the guitar is tuned normally. And it’s quite hard to play because the low string is really floppy but once you get used to it it makes this wall of sound. You get a decent amp and turn it up loud, and then you play with a great bass player like Karl and a great guitar player like Phil, and when you all play in unison and are in tune it sounds like Satan’s bass player. Continue reading
“Casualties Of Cool is one of my favourite things, if not my favourite thing I’ve done to date. It’s pretty left of centre, and now that my big Z2 project and all its chaos is nearing completion, it means even more to me. A dark and quiet place to go.
Finally, its available for people who didn’t order through Pledge, and I’m proud to present the video for ‘Flight’, done by long-time friend and collaborator Konrad Palkeiwicz. Konrad moved to an Island and filmed his interpretation of the song and I think it’s beautiful.
We have been rehearsing for our upcoming shows at Union Chapel and Savoy Teatteri in Finland, and it’s really a pleasure to have the ability to do this type of music. Thank you for the support!
When Seymour Duncan announced the Jason Becker Perpetual Burn humbucker, it seemed like a natural fit for Carvin’s Jason Becker Tribute JB200C guitar. But Carvin have always – always -used their own pickups exclusively. Well ladies and gentlemen, history has been made today because as of today you can order a Jason Becker Tribute JB200C with a Perpetual Burn in the bridge position. As Carvin explained on Facebook (to a fan who asked what the big deal was with Carvin never using third-party pickups before), “The difference is that our company (Carvin) was founded on our pick-ups and we have ALWAYS made our own pick ups. This is the first time we’ve ever opened the door to working with a 3rd party manufacturer for something we still make in house. Doesn’t sound like a big deal.. but it really is to us. This is history in the making for anyone that truly knows about our company.” Continue reading
EVH Gear has added a new guitar to the Stripe series: the EVH Circles model, inspired by Eddie’s famous “Unchained” guitar – right down to the “Bye See Ya Later” text on the back! From the EVH Gear website: “With an otherworldly black-and-white “crop circles” graphic gloss finish, the EVH Circles model is without question one of the most distinctively eye-catching guitars in the Stripe Series lineup. There’s nothing alien about the rest of this high-performance tone machine, though, with its sleek Strat®-like basswood body, rock-solid quartersawn maple neck with oiled finish, fast and smooth compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with comfortably rolled edges and 22 jumbo frets, a single ferocious EVH direct-mount pickup with single black plastic control knob (master volume), EVH Floyd Rose® bridge and locking nut, and EVH tuners.”
…uh… you know you don’t have to listen to them, right?
From the petition website:
So someone has made a counter-petition.
Because this petition is ridiculous, any band that occupies the metal genre with success can only be good for metal as a whole, thus this petition seeks to support ghost and have this silly petition destroyed and show that the aforementioned petition is NOT what metal heads truly believe!
The Adelaide International Guitar Festival is a unique monolith on the Australian guitar landscape. More like the great European festivals in terms of its approach rather than a G3-like celebration of electric guitar power, it pays homage to the instrument by celebrating the broad palette of sounds it’s capable of, with particular emphasis on world-class virtuoso guitarists outside of the well-trodden rock realm – while also drawing in some of the best that the rock guitar world has to offer too. Over the years the event has included the likes of Ralph Towner, Jorma Kaukonen, The Assad Duo, Pepe Romero, The Atlantics, Richard Clapton, David Lindley, Kaki King, Vernon Reid, Bob Brozman, Xavier Rudd, Adrian Belew, Hoodoo Gurus, The Derek Trucks Band, Lior, Troy Cassar-Daley, The Party Boys, Slava Grigoryan, Ash Grunwald, Grinspoon, Guy Pratt, Manuel Barrueco, Yamandú Costa, Dhafer Youssef, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Christa Hughes, Ben Fink, Karin Schaupp, Oscar Guzmán, Tommy Emmanuel, Jeff Lang and many, many more. This year’s event featured a great assortment of guitarists from a wide range of genres. My girlfriend is from Adelaide and we thought it would be fun to make a huge road trip out of it (stopping at lots of fun tourist stops along the way for the benefit of our 7-year-old… who am I kidding, I just really wanted to see the Big Lobster), so here are my highlights: Continue reading