While at NAMM I had a chat with Mr. Dave Mustaine for Seymour Duncan. I’ve interviewed Dave several times before but always over the phone, so it was really great to finally do a face-to-face chat. Enjoy!
Huge congratulations to Periphery for hitting #15 and #16 on the Billboard 200 with Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega! The previous album, Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal, peaked at a respectable #44. These dudes are some of the hardest-working musicians I’ve ever met and they deserve to kick the ass of the charts. Here’s the press release. Continue reading
This is hands down one of the coolest things I saw at NAMM: a pair of new 1950s Series models by Michael Kelly Guitars. A 7-string and an 8-string! I’ve always felt that the Telecaster-style design is perfect for extended range instruments because it really encourages attack and note separation, and prompts the player to explore all sorts of interesting chordal stuff. Plus they look badass. They’re rocking Flame Maple tops of Alder bodies with Maple necks, Rosewood fretboards, Rockfield Fat Ass pickups, and 25.5″ scale length for the 7-string and 27″ for the 8-string. Check out the 7-string here and the 8-string here.
Zakk Wylde has long been one of Gibson and Marshall’s most popular artists. The very idea of Zakk leaving either for another company at this stage seems utterly unbelievable. But that’s what’s happened: it’s just that Zakk hasn’t taken his considerable endorsement weight to other guitar and amp brands. He’s created his own instead. Wylde Audio will make guitars, amps, effects and all sorts of accessories. I caught up with Zakk to find out what’s what. Continue reading
If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m a huge Ibanez Talman fan. I have a sparkly Talman TC825 with Bigsby vibrato that I post pretty often. My hope is that soon Ibanez will re-release the Talman, and I don’t want to jinx it but it feels like my dream may be edging a little closer to reality with the appearance of the Talman bass at NAMM. There are two models – TMB300 and TMB100. Each has a mahogany body and maple neck, 20 frets and a standard bridge. The TMB300 has a Dynamix J2 humbucker in the back pickup position and a Dynamix P1 in the front. The TMB100 has a Dynamix J1 in the back and P1 in the front. And there are plenty of colour options available.
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One of the notable trends at NAMM this year is the prevalence of cool stuff to stomp on. And one of the big races that will come out of this trend in 2015 will be between BOSS’s ES-8 Effects Switching System and RJM Music’s Mastermind PBC. Both are effects switchers that allow you to plug in your pedals and set them up in presets, both allow you to control MIDI units as well, and both also allow you to change channels on your amp. Each will appeal to slightly different players with different needs, and either way it’s a healthy time to be a pedal geek! Here’s the press release for the ES-8. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Jackson is proud to announce the latest addition to its Artist Signature series instruments, the Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6 and HT7 guitars. Misha Mansoor is acclaimed for his masterful guitar work in fashioning the progressive metal of Periphery. Now, the esteemed Djent-leman himself and Jackson have collaborated closely on the Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6 and HT7 guitars, brand-new models like nothing else Jackson has ever seenor heardbefore. The instrument is crafted with a distinctive Jackson body shape inspired by the Dinky, with sleekly scalloped horns, a comfortably contoured neck heel and a gorgeous AAA quilt maple top on trans-finish models. The bolt-on quartersawn maple neck is sculpted with Mansoors own custom profile, and features graphite reinforcement, ivoroid binding and heel-end thumbwheel truss rod adjustment. Continue reading
ESP celebrates its 40th Anniversary next year, and they’ve unveiled the 40th Anniversary Exhibition Limited 2015 collection of very special guitars and basses designed to showcase the skills and creativity of their craftsmen and the quality of the materials they work with.
PRESS RELEASE: For the ultimate on-the-go, plug-and-play experience, Taylor Guitars is announcing the addition of the Expression System Baby™ pickup to its line of popular travel guitars, the Baby Taylor Series. The Expression System Baby, or the ES-B, is based on Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, the Expression System 2, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated piezo sensors.
Check THIS out! Ibanez and Joe Satriani mark the 25th anniversary of the JS series with a limited edition run of 50 guitars, each individually drawn, scribbled or otherwise arted upon by Joe himself in extraordinarily bright colours. These look really amazing in person and they’re going to go quickly, even with a recommended price of $7,999.99.
PRESS RELEASE: Named for locations in London that are significant to the history of Marshall Amplification, Marshall Headphones has produced a range of portable music speakers with high quality audio reproduction and the classic look of Marshall amps. Just like the glory days of rock ‘n’ roll the Woburn signifies freedom – the freedom to play your music wherever you want, in multiple ways. The largest in the Marshall music speaker series, the Woburn can really rock the place. It’s built to thrill. Continue reading