Line 6 Introduces Helix

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This looks really cool! I’ve been looking forward to seeing what Line 6 would do to push things to the next level. Until an embeddable video shows up, go to http://line6.com/helix/ and scroll down to ‘Learn More’ to hear it in action. The dynamic response is incredible.

PRESS RELEASE: Line 6, Inc. today unveiled Helix, their new flagship tour-ready guitar processor. Helix represents a giant leap forward in guitar processing, as well as a new way of thinking about guitarists and their relationship to technology. Every hardware and software component has been meticulously designed and works together to accurately recreate the dynamic feel of tube amplifiers and lush sonic footprint of classic effects pedals. Read More …

REVIEW: Yngwie Malmsteen @ 170 Russell

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There’s no question that Yngwie Malmsteen is one of the greatest, fastest and most excessive rock guitarists of all time. But you don’t really get an appreciation for just how good he is until you experience it in person. Yngwie just continues to get better and better, which is no mean feat when you consider how great he was right out of the gate. So, having missed his last Australian tour and his clinic tour, I was really excited to catch Yngwie this time around. Read More …

New Buckcherry Album Announced

PRESS RELEASE: Los Angeles’ notorious, multi-platinum-selling rock band, Buckcherry, will release their 7th studio album, Rock ‘n’ Roll, on August 21st via F-Bomb Records/Caroline Australia. In anticipation for the upcoming record, the band has just recently premiered a new track/video for their first single, “Bring It On Back,” you can view it above.
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REVIEW: Michael Kelly Guitars 1957

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There are so, so many guitars out there that follow the basic Telecaster-style footprint but either they ape the Tele so closely that you might as well get a Fender, or they diverge from the design so radically that they may as well be an entirely different instrument. Fender’s American Deluxe series does a great job of updating the Tele with modern playability and features but they’re pretty damn pricey. I get the feeling that this is where the Michael Kelly 1957 fits in. It’s far more affordable than an American Deluxe and it certainly doesn’t try to copy its features, but it’s no vintage-style Tele reproduction either.  Read More …

Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO & Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO

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PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone, the world leader in affordable professional instruments, kicks off summer 2015 by announcing new updated versions of two classic Epiphone archtops, the Sheraton-II PRO and the Joe Pass Emperor-II PRO. Both models are now available in a Wine Red finish and feature the critically acclaimed ProBucker™ pickups with coil-tapping, a Graphtech® NuBone XL™ nut. Read More …

Devin Townsend Project To Release Z2 Albums Separately

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Devin Townsend Project’s double album was most definitely one of my musical highlights of 2014 (and cruising from West Hollywood to Anaheim for NAMM while blasting the album in my friend’s car in January was a pretty fun memory too). Both of the discs that make up the album (Sky Blue and Dark Matters) are, of course, spectacular, but listening to them in an isolated context is especially rewarding; they balance each other out in interesting ways but each stands alone in utterly unique ways. And on August 7 each album will be released in its own separate packaging. Read More …

INTERVIEW: The Peep Tempel

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Word on the street is that when Mariachi El Bronx – the alter ego of The Bronx, natch – asked for the best Australian garage band to support them on their recent Aussie tour, there was really only one option: The Peep Tempel.​ Known for their no-fuss approach, catchy songwriting, animated vocal delivery and sweetass guitar work, their sound is immediately identifiable as Australian but with that indefinable thing that transcends geography and makes them a contender for “Aussie band who can make it overseas” rather than “Aussie band who never gets a break.” They’re currently wrapping up an Australian tour (check out current and future dates here) and I caught up with guitarist/vocalist Blake Scott to geek out about guitar.  Read More …

Seymour Duncan Releases Mark Holcomb Pickups

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The progressive metal virtuosos of Periphery are known for their technically complex rhythms and precise tones – tones which require pickups with just the right amount of output and articulation whether standing alone or working in a dense mix. The Alpha and Omega pickups were created to match that level of precision and versatility. Working with guitarist Mark Holcomb, the Omega bridge pickup was created to provide destructive percussion and growl in the mids and low end. It’s aggressive but it also has lots of clarity and brightness, which cuts through whether you’re playing sophisticated chords, complex single-note lines or intense solos. Read More …