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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

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INTERVIEW: Dream Theater’s Mike Mangini & Jordan Rudess

Dream Theater are the long-reigning kings of the progressive rock/metal scene. Prog had been relatively dormant until their breakthrough 1992 album Images & Words showed the world that music-college-level chops and post-Metallica metal aggression could go hand in hand. The Dream Theater of 2014 has undergone some line-up changes since those days – keyboard player Jordan Rudess has been with the band since 1999, and drummer Mike Mangini is on his second album with the band now – but they’ve never held back in delivering intense, multi-layered, expertly executed compositions and powerful live shows. They’re heading back to Australia in October for shows in Sydney and Melbourne (tickets here), so I caught up with Rudess and Mangini for a chat about it. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: John Browne of Monuments

UK progressive metal masters Monuments stood alongside Coldrain, Patent Pending, Butcher Babies and The Interrupters as one of the first five bands to be announced for the Soundwave 2015 festival – part of Soundwave’s ultra-cool strategy of highlighting a few of the slightly-lesser-known-but-soon-to-kick-your-ass bands prior to the main announcement. If you haven’t heard Monuments yet you soon will; their music is from the same general region of metal as folks like Periphery, Animals As Leaders and Circles, but with an enhanced focus on groove. Call it djent you can shake your ass too if you must, put a label on it, but the point is that in a genre with a few inspired standouts and a whole lot of soundalikes, Monuments have that extra something to set themselves apart. Now with Chris Barretto (ex-Periphery, Ever Forthright) on vocals, they’ve pushed their sound to further levels of originality and power on new album The Amanunensis, a sprawling concept album inspired by David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas. Continue reading

BOSS FS-7 Dual Footswitch

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The new BOSS FS-7 is a compact dual footswitch for remote control of effect pedals or amp channel switching. There are two footswitches arranged in tandem, which saves space on effects pedal boards and also gives you the option of doing some clever switching stuff with multiple devices. Each A/B switch has two selectable modes for latch or momentary, enabling control of a wide range of equipment.

  • Dual footswitch in a small footprint
  • Latch/momentary switching function
  • Durable steel chassis
  • Battery-free operation ideal for pedal boards
  • Power via 9v adapter (power splitter included)
  • Operates as momentary switch with no power (LEDs will not illuminate without AC power).fs-7_angle_gal fs-7_back_gal

Flying Colors – Second Nature

PRESS RELEASE: Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Australia for the band’s SECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label, part of the Mascot Label Group. The critics were united in acknowledging the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors as among the most fascinating releases of 2012. The UK’s Classic Rock magazine hailed the band’s debut as “fearless”, praising its “Journey- sized choruses” and referencing artists as diverse as The Beatles, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors, Muse and even Frank Sinatra. Continue reading

Mr. Big: Gotta Love The Ride

Mr. Big “Gotta Love The Ride” from the new album ‘…The Stories We Could Tell.’ Preorder the album on iTunes.

Epiphone Lee Malia Les Paul Custom Artisan

Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Lee Malia Signature Les Paul Custom Artisan Guitar

PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone is proud to announce the new Ltd. Ed. Lee Malia Signature Les Paul Custom Artisan electric guitar, designed by Bring Me the Horizon’s trailblazing lead guitarist, Lee Malia. Inspired by the 70s era vintage classic Les Paul Artisan, the new Epiphone Lee Malia Signature Les Paul Custom Artisan is designed by Lee and Epiphone to be one of the most stylish and versatile Les Pauls ever made. The new guitar features a unique pickup combo with a Gibson U.S.A. P-94 in the rhythm position and a Gibson U.S.A. 84T-LMTM humbucker with coil tapping in the bridge position.  Continue reading

Ziltoid, He Comes!

Z²Alrighty, so we here in Australia are already giddy with excitement over the Devin Townsend Australian clinic tour announced yesterday. But wherever you are you can geek out over the news that Devin’s next album, ,  will be released next month! It’s double album which takes us deeper into the world of Ziltoid The Omniscient. Here’s the press release…

PRESS RELEASE: Devin Townsend is extremely pleased to announce the long-awaited new double-album on October 28 in the U.S. and October 27 in Europe.  The Z² project will also see him play a landmark show at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall on April 13, 2015. Tickets are available for this enormous show from www.kililive.com and Devin had this to say:  Continue reading

Faith No More Confirms New Album!

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WOO! As a huge Faith No More fan this news has totally made my day/week/month/year/decade. Faith No More’s Billy Gould has confirmed to Rolling Stone that the band is making a new album for release in 2015. In fact, he says they’re pretty far into the process already, and it’ll be released on the band’s own label, Reclamation Records, which will be distributed via vocalist Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings. The first single from the album will be a studio version of the song “Motherfucker” (which they debuted at London’s Hyde Park in July), which will be released on a seven-inch and limited to 5,000 copies as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday (November 28). Continue reading

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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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