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ToneConcepts Steve Lukather ‘The Luke’ Pedal

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PRESS RELEASE: ToneConcepts Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of Steve Lukather’s signature pedal, “The Luke”, developed in collaboration with one of the world’s most respected guitar players. “The Luke” is the first pedal in our upcoming ICON series of signature pedals developed with the world’s foremost guitarists.

Lukather was an early tester of ToneConcepts’ award-winning pedal, “The Distillery”, which quickly became an essential component of his sound and earned a permanent place on his pedalboard.  Continue reading

INTERVIEW: David Ellefson

image002Megadeth’s David Ellefson has seen it all. As one of the cornerstone bassists of the thrash movement he helped to create a style of playing that simply didn’t exist before. And he’s forever willing to share what he’s learned with the world, through his books, bass clinics and now spoken word. He’ll be hitting Australia in March for a spoken word tour billed as My Life With Deth – also the name of his latest book – and I caught up with him recently to talk about all things Ellefson. Continue reading

TC Electronic Viscous Vibe

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PRESS RELEASE: With Viscous Vibe, TC Electronic has created a dead on 1:1 digital recreation of the legendary Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe, known from countless unforgettable recordings by Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower and Pink Floyd. The Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe is known for its otherworldly lush and syrupy sweet tones, and with Viscous Vibe these sounds are finally available in a modern, high-quality and compact pedal that won’t break the bank. Continue reading

Source Audio Neuro Module Sneak Peek

Wanna see something cool? Imagine taking your existing analog pedals and hacking those bad boys to connect to a hub and a MIDI controller, with presets that save the position of every knob, switch and button of every switch. Huh? HUH? Meet the Source Audio Neuro.

Neuro is still in development but Source is working with third party analog effect makers to get the Neuro Module integrated into future versions of their products.

Carvin & Kiesel Guitars: Here’s What’s Happening

A lot of people have been asking lately what’s going on with Carvin and the increased profile of the Kiesel name. Here’s a video with Mark and Jeff Kiesel explaining what’s what. Basically Carvin’s guitar and bass Custom Shop division is being separated into its own company, to be known as Kiesel Custom Guitars.

As they explain in the text of the YouTube video: Continue reading

Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor

Check this out! The new Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor. It’s a soft-knee compressor with a few secret weapons: a Blend knob that lets you balance the clean and effected signals, and a Mid/Full/High switch which lets you choose the character of the blended signal.

You can hear it in action in the video above. And here’s the press release. Continue reading

EVH Striped Series Star

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Oh yes. I’m bloody loving the EVH Striped Series, especially how it’s now branching out into other EVH designs beyond the original trio of striped patterns. First they added the ‘Unchained’ design to the line and now this: the EVH Star based on the guitar Eddie used on the 1980 Invasion tour. I wonder if this increases the likelihood that some day we’ll see a guitar based on the Shark, Eddie’s chopped-up Ibanez Destroyer. Here’s the press release about the Star. Continue reading

Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute

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PRESS RELEASE: One of the most venerated guitarists ever to grace hard rock music, the late, great Randy Rhoads (heralded as the legendary lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot) will be celebrated in the truest of fashions with the release of Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute on March 3, 2015 via UDR Music.

A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute is performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his brother Kelle Rhoads and more designated musicians like Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.  Continue reading

COOL GEAR ALERT: Kemper Profiler Remote

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PRESS RELEASE: Kemper GmbH today announced the new Profiler Remote for the acclaimed Kemper Profiler to be available in Q1 2015.
The Profiler Remote is the perfect remote foot controller for the Kemper Profiler, fully integrated with the Profiler hardware and software. This integration includes phantom power supply from the Profiler, a display to reflect important information about the current working mode, connectors for additional pedals and automatic maintenance during firmware upgrades. Continue reading

REVIEW: The Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy

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Billy Corgan is one of those ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ musicians. The legacy forged by those 90s The Smashing Pumpkins albums is an imposing presence, and Corgan’s lifelong challenge is to make new music in the knowledge that a large number of folks who made the band successful back in the day no longer seek out new music. They’re happy listening to the hits and catching that nostalgia wave. Continue reading

Awesome Batman-ized Schecter Avenger

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Check out this killer Batman guitar belonging to Steve Haymaker Jr from Hydra Effect. Steve says he started with a Schecter Avenger, scoured around to find some comic books and finally got enough cool Batman comic pieces to make a nifty guitar. It has a pair of Duncan Designed HB-108 pickups, which are based on the mighty SH-8 Invader. Here is the result of his labor: Continue reading

Epiphone Gary Clarke Jr. Blak And Blu Casino

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Gary Clark Jr. is one of the coolest and nicest dudes you’ll ever meet. I interviewed him a while back for an Australian Guitar cover story and he’s a huge Epiphone fan. He’s been playing a custom black and blue Casino for a little while, and now that guitar is the inspiration for his brand new Limited Edition Gary Clark Jr. “Blak and Blu” Casino. It’s available with or without Bigsby and it has Gibson USA pickups. Here’s the press release.  Continue reading

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