Gretsch Upgrades Electromatic Collection

G5420T Electromatic® Hollow Body

You’ve probably noticed my rampant Gretsch love on this blog before. They were among the very first instruments to ever get me excited about guitar when I was a little kid – all that metal and the fancy f-holes just seemed really significant, y’know? – and there’s a certain magic inherent in the slightly gritty voice of a Gretsch ringing out in song. But they can be pretty darn expensive, which is the only reason I still don’t own one. The Electromatic collection is a more affordable take on classic Gretsch designs, and they’ve just been upgraded with some new premium features. Here’s the press release.

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INTERVIEW: Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares

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The mighty Fear Factory is touring Australia this June in support of their latest album Genexus, but this tour has a twist: fans have been invited to submit songs for the setlist. It’s a cool opportunity to hear some less-common tracks and to feel like even more a part of the show than the typical Fear Factory fan frenzy allows. Last week I caught up with riffmaster Dino Cazares to chat about the tour and, of course, guitars.

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Robb Flynn Reunited With Stolen Guitars

This is so great. So, so great.

From the YouTube description:

Back in 2010 Robb Flynn’s Martinez, CA house was burglarized. Stolen with the cash, jewelry, and other items were four guitars, and amongst these four was easily one of his most meaningful possession, a 1997 Washburn Dimebolt guitar that was given to him onstage at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, by the late-great Pantera guitarist, Dimebag Darrell.

Last night, some six years later, it was returned to him along with an un-released Epiphone prototype.

How?

When Holly Cherry put a $10 dollar online bid to buy an unclaimed storage unit in San Bernardino, she had no idea what she would find. Tucked away in said storage unit she discovered that it had two electric guitars. So like anyone she went about getting a valuation on them, luckily the un-released Epiphone Signature Series prototype had Robb Flynn’s autograph on the back. Using the Google Translate App to take a photo of the name it eventually pulled up various stories on the theft.

Emailing some photos over to Bryan Kehoe at Jim Dunlop Strings and Pedals (long-time sponsors of Machine Head). Bryan then forwarded the pics to Robb’s high school buddy Craig Locicero who Robb performed with in the band Forbidden before Machine Head who contacted Robb.

Opening the email, Flynn was stunned to find photos of two of the four guitars, including the beloved Dimebolt. Flynn explained, “I’ve had so many false leads over the last 6 years I can’t even tell you, literally hundreds, and while was grateful for everyone’s enthusiasm in helping find them, but I had kind of given up hope.” Adds Flynn, “you can imagine my shock when that email came through and it was really them! I was sitting in our son Wyatt’s gymnastics class waiting for it to start and I blurted out ‘HOLY S**T, they found my guitars!’ My kids laughed and said ‘what what?’”

Contacting Holly, she agreed to meet Robb in Oakland where the guitars were returned, miraculously, in near perfect condition considering they were stolen without a case, and only missing one volume knob.

In closing Flynn added, “I’d like to thank Holly Cherry for being so amazing throughout this entire process, she truly is an outstanding human being. I’d also like to thank Officer Ian Leong of the Martinez Police Dept. who has stayed on the case for over 6 years, and has been unrelenting in hunting down the thieves. Lastly huge, huge, HUGE props go out to Craig Locicero and Bryan Kehoe for contacting me with this info, and also to Chris Wallace and Wes Anderson for connecting the dots. The Ibanez guitar that I used to write and record Machine Head’s debut ‘Burn My Eyes’ is still out there missing, so I’m asking all the Head Cases to keep their eyes peeled. But for now, the Dimebolt is home and it’s moments like these that make you believe man, they make you believe!”

Melbourne! Baby Animals Secret Show Tonight!

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The Baby Animals original line-up (Suze DeMarchi, Dave Leslie, Frank Celenza & Eddie Parise) recently announced they’d be reforming for two shows only, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their iconic debut self-titled album. In a surprise announcement, the band have also confirmed that they will play a secret warm up show at Cherry Bar on AC/DC Lane in Melbourne tonight, 20 May, ahead of the Forum Theatre tomorrow night, 21 May. Read More …

Johnny Ramone’s Hamer Goes To Auction

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BOSTON, MA – (Thursday, May 12, 16) Johnny Ramone’s vintage Hamer guitar will be featured in an upcoming live auction event from Boston-based RR Auction. The vintage white Hamer right-handed custom electric guitar, embossed with its serial number on the reverse of the headstock, “0185,” and signed and inscribed on the back in black felt tip, “To Adam, Johnny Ramone.”  Read More …

Gibson Makes The Two Best Flying Vs Ever

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Okay, that headline might be a bit hyperbolic but what the hell, I’m gonna own it: these are the two coolest Flying Vs ever. Just look at them. Look at them! The Flying V Standard and Flying V Custom take cues from the Les Paul Standard and Les Paul Custom respectively (duh) and they both look fantastic. Or as Gibson says:

Flying V Standard

Gibson Custom’s Flying V Standard takes its design cues from the the late-’50s “futuristic” design that took the guitar world by surprise. From that starting point, we’ve complemented the now iconic Flying V design with Les Paul-inspired aesthetics including a two-piece, figured-maple top, single-bound body and neck, as well as a lightweight, solid mahogany back tastefully finished in cherry red. The Flying V Standard’s undeniably Gibson tone comes from a matched set of Custom Bucker pickups.CSFVSITNH1_MAIN_HERO_01

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Flying V Custom

Gibson Custom’s Flying V Custom reflects the kind of “what if” thinking that is the luxury of being the world’s most recognized guitar brand. At its heart, the Flying V Custom is the “futuristic” design of the late ’50s, when it was first released to a world obsessed with space, science and forward thinking. From there, we’ve taken liberties and additional design cues from the stately aesthetics of the original “Black Beauty” Les Paul Custom. What results is a wonderfully balanced guitar with real vintage V tone, dressed to its best for a look that exudes style and distinction.
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