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Guitar Interactive Issue 30 Out Now!

PRESS RELEASE: The latest FREE digital instalment of Guitar Interactive is now available, featuring its usual high dosage of HD video guitar & gear reviews, in-depth interviews, tech sessions, comps and more. For over 40 years Martin Barre handled the electric guitar duties of prog-rock doyens, Jethro Tull. In Gi30 we invited the guitar veteran into our East London based studio to record two exclusive performances and wide ranging interview. As one of the founding forefathers of Thrash metal, Scott Ian has dined at the table of Metal’s Big 4 since the formation of Anthrax in the early eighties. We meet the man with deadliest downstroke in the business.

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REVIEW: Randall Diavlo RD100H

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Plenty of great players have used Randall amps over the years: Dimebag Darrell, George Lynch, Nuno Bettencourt, Phil Collen, Scott Ian, Kirk Hammett… and one thing that has been consistent between them all is the up-front quality of the distortion, whether it’s being achieved by tube or solid state means. Randall’s Diavlo series looks very metal-oriented – and it is, with its horned-skull-adorned graphics and none-more-black exterior – but Randall seems to have worked hard to create a versatile clean channel too. Let’s investigate… Continue reading

Joe Bonamassa Rocks 1978 Charvel ‘EVH Stripes’ axe

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Check out what Joe Bonamassa played onstage tonight: a 1978 Charvel black and yellow striped guitar. These were only available for a very short time before Eddie Van Halen sent an ‘Ahem… guys?’ to Charvel. You can see a handful of them on this page at JacksonCharvelWorld.net. Many years later there was an authorised Charvel EVH Art Series painted by Eddie himself, and there’s now the EVH Striped guitars too. Check out EVH Striped guitars on eBay.

Photo from Joe’s Twitter.

Ibanez Dino Cazares DCM100

Ibanez DCM100 Dino Cazares

If anyone deserves an Ibanez signature guitar, it’s Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares. He’s been flying the flag for Ibanez seven-strings for a long time, and his inventive parts on Fear Factory songs like “Descent” in the late 90s were instrumental in showing folks that there was another way to use seven-strings beyond chugging out on the lowest string like everyone else was doing at the time. And now you can hear Dino’s influence all over modern metal. So Dino’s new signature model, the DCM100, is long overdue but very welcome. It features a mahogany body with KTS TITANIUM-reinforced maple/bubinga neck, rosewood fretboard with mother-of-pearl offset dots, Lo-Pro Edge 7 tremolo bridge, 26.5″ scale length, and Dino’s new signature Seymour Duncan Retribution active humbucker. Dino helped develop the EMG 707 and then the Seymour Duncan Blackout, so he has a lot of experience in voicing active pickups for metal. Look for more info on the Retribution pickups very soon. Click here to see Ibanez guitars on eBay.

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Mastodon Australian Headlining Tour!

 

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File this in the ‘About Fucking Time’ folder: Mastodon have just announced their first-ever headline tour of Australia. They’ve been here before but with festivals, supports (SLAY-ER! SLAY-ER!), festival sideshows etc. But as Troy Sanders told Music Feeds earlier this year, the band has yet to actually headline their own shows down under. He said the band hoped to make it down in 2015 for their own run of dates. And now it’s happening! Here’s the press release. Continue reading

BIAS Desktop Gets Amp Match Presets

PRESS RELEASE: Now some of the best and most requested artists amp tones are available as a free download for all BIAS Desktop users. Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com) updated today the recently launched guitar amp plug-in with amp matched presets personally created and engineered by artists such as Mark Holcomb from Periphery, Ola Englund, Rusty Cooley, and other professional recording artists. All these presets we created using the same amp, cab, and mic configuration as they use in the studio for album recordings. Continue reading

Cort Manson Matthew Bellamy Signature Guitar

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Wow, this is surprising. For years pretty much everyone has wanted a Matt Bellamy guitar but the cost of an authentic Manson like he uses it pretty dang high. So Matt and Manson have teamed up with Cort to launch the official Manson Matthew Bellamy Signature Guitar, based on the official MB1-S series and featuring a bunch of key specs such as pickups designed by the Manson Guitar Works team, discrete kill button, and that killer not-quite-Tele-like shape. Here’s the official press release:

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Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine

From the EHX website:

“The new C9 Organ Machine springboards off the revolutionary B9 to mine another rich vein of classic gold and provide players with nine more definitive organ and keyboard sounds.
The C9 will transform your instrument into a convincing full body, electric organ or vintage electronic keyboard. For each preset chosen, it also provides precise control over important elements of that sound’s sonic fingerprint like percussive click, modulation, attack/sustain, drawbar setting or high frequency content. Blend your dry signal to create beautiful layers. Lovers of classic organ and keyboard rejoice!” Check out EHX pedals on eBay.

David Ellefson Australian Spoken Word Tour

David EllefsonPRESS RELEASE: Megadeth are a band that needs no introduction with a career spanning over 3 decades, 14 albums and as part of the Big 4, Megadeth have chiselled their place on the Mount Rushmore of Metal. In a unique event Megadeth’s Co- founding member and bass guitarist David Ellefson is heading to Australia for a Spoken Word Tour. An evening with David Ellefson will feature stories from life on the road and about life as a founding member of one of the biggest metal acts in the world documenting all the trials and tribulations. The night will also feature a bass demonstration and audience Q&A which will allow fans to delve deeper into all things Megadeth and David’s autobiography ‘ My Life With Deth’ a story about the complex history of the band. Continue reading

REVIEW: Gibson SG Special

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Although the Gibson SG is an American design, for many decades it’s resonated particularly closely with we Australians. Put this down to one Mr. Angus Young. There’s something about those devilish pointy horns and blues-approved tones that appeals to the Aussie pub rock aesthetic. The SG Special is one of Gibson’s newest designs, adding a few little twists and turns to an otherwise straightforward but badass-looking take on the SG style. See Gibson SGs on eBay. Continue reading

Hello, Old Friend…

Today I was over at Davis Music Centre in Footscray, Melbourne to return a lovely FGN J-Standard Odyssey I’ve been reviewing, and I got to visit the very same Ernie Ball Music Man Albert Lee MM90 guitar that I reviewed a few months ago. It was really cool to see it again! It’s a beautiful guitar, and whoever ends up taking it home will be very, very happy.

Here it is on the wall at the store…

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And here it is back when it was visiting my house…

Music Man Albert Lee MM90

And here’s what it sounds like!

Black Friday Stuff For We Guitar Types

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It’s time again for I Heart Guitar’s most visually unappealing but wallet-helpy post of the year: Black Friday sales n’stuff! I’ve trawled through a bunch of sites and emails to find some cool bargains for you.

eBay

eBay Christmas Hub

Guitars on eBay

Amazon

Electric guitars

Amplifiers and Effects

Basses

Guitar Center

Black Friday – 15% off Single Item $99 or more with coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY. Only valid on select items. Valid 11/27 – 11/30/14.

Black Friday Doorbusters – up to $100 off regular price. Valid 11/27 – 11/30/14.

Get a free promotional eGift card when you buy select keyboards, workstations, keyboard amps, drum machines and more. Terms & conditions apply. Valid 11/18 – 11/30/14.

Musician’s Friend

Black Friday Doorbusters – up to 80% off! Valid 11/21 – 11/30/14.

Black Friday: 10% off $99+ or 15% Off $199+ orders with coupon code: BLACK14. Valid on select products only. Exclusions & limitations apply. Valid 11/27 – 11/30/14.

Thanksgiving: Stupid Deal of the Hour (12 deals, 12 hours; 6am-6pm PT). Valid 11/27 only.

Waves Audio

Waves specials

Victory Records

Victory merch

LickLibrary

25% off sale

Fret12

Black Friday sale

InTune Guitar Picks

Black Friday sale

IK Multimedia

Black Friday sale

Warehouse Guitar Speakers

Black Friday sale

Positive Grid

Black Friday sale

Guitar Shop Tees
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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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