Meet The Reverend Sensei HB LE

Sensei HB 2016 Green

I really love Reverend Guitars’ design aesthetic. They capture that whole retro-futuristic vibe that got me excited about guitar in the first place when I was a kid, but with a distinctive, instantly identifiable style. Their fall Limited Edition model for 2016 is a blinged-out Sensei HB model which looks utterly gorgeous. Here’s the press release. Read More …

New Metallica Album November 18!

From Metallica.com:

“It really does exist! We know it’s been a long time coming, but today we proudly introduce you to Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, the long awaited next Metallica studio album that is the follow-up to Death Magnetic! Two discs, nearly 80 minutes of music is coming your way on November 18, 2016… yes, THIS YEAR! Read More …

PRS Releases Limited Custom 24 8-String!

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(STEVENSVILLE, MD) August 18, 2016 – PRS Guitars is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Private Stock with a revival of the program that started it all: Guitars of the Month. Each month in 2016, the Private Stock team will be offering a unique design in limited numbers that will highlight the fine craftsmanship and remarkable playability that the Private Stock team is known for while utilizing some of the most deluxe materials available. For August, PRS is introducing the Custom 24 8-String model. Inspired by an 8-String designed with Periphery’s Mark Holcomb, these instruments allow players’ creativity to take over with no limitations. Thanks to their extended range, 8-string guitars inspire new technique and unorthodox compositions that can work with any musical style. The inclusion of Holcomb’s signature Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega pickups offer a snarling and aggressive tone that is also glassy and articulate. Read More …

Fender Deluxe Series. Whoa.

Fender Deluxe

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  (August 2, 2016) – Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announces the launch of the new Deluxe Series of electric guitars, designed for seasoned and experienced players looking for superior quality and enhanced performance at an accessible price point. The Fender Deluxe Series adds 10 innovative new models based on classic guitar and bass designs, infused with modern advancements and spec upgrades, to the renowned family of Fender electrics. Read More …

Lollar Staple P-90

Lollar

PRESS RELEASE: “It was the mid-80s,” Jason Lollar recalled. “Someone loaned me an original late-‘50s Les Paul® Custom for a gig. Ever since then, I’ve been fascinated with the sound of the original P-90 staple pickup. We modified the design of the original Gibson P-90 staple pickup so it fits most soapbar routes with no modification to the guitar. Though the design is updated, I voiced it to sound just like the legendary Les Paul Staple pickup that was loaned to me.” Read More …

The Guitars Of The Cure

The Guitars Of The Cure

I encourage everyone to pop on a pair of headphones and listen to a few songs by The Cure – especially if you’ve never really paid close attention before. You’ll hear how a few simple melodic ideas can be blended together to form a much more complex whole. It’s really intriguing to listen to and learn from how each instrument works together, especially when the six-string bass is used: often Robert Smith might play a high melody while Simon Gallup plays a more traditional bassline, but sometimes these roles become cloudy: Gallup will play a more wandering melody while Robert plays something more anchored. The lines really become blurred between the roles of each instrument in service of the song. Robert Smith, Reeves Gabrels and Simon Gallup all have current signature model instruments to help them get their sound. Let’s have a look at them all.  Read More …

INTERVIEW: Periphery’s Mark Holcomb

Mark Holcomb

The release of a new Periphery album is always like Christmas for fans of heavy guitar. There’s always so much to digest: unpredictable riffs, challenging solos, soaring melodies, complex chords. Every record is like a challenge to all of us to lift our game. And Periphery III: Select Difficulty really throws down the challenge. Although some parts of the record are more melodic and direct than anything the band has done before, there’s also some brutally heavy, insanely complex material for us all to bust our fingers learning, and then stretch our necks headbanging to. I caught up with guitarist Mark Holcomb to chat about the record and his new guitar. Read More …