Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute


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.  Read More …

NEWS: EMG Alexi Laiho pickup set

I’ve been listening to a bit of Children of Bodom lately, and a couple of years ago I had the pleasure of reviewing an ESP Custom Shop Alexi Laiho model guitar which melted my mind (actually I should put that review on the site – it was an amazing guitar). Alexi’s choice of passive EMGs is a bit controversial as a lot of players are so used to active EMGs that they consider the passive ones to be lesser pickups, but I’ve tested them in about a dozen guitars now and have been consistently impressed by their unique growl. So when EMG announced an Alexi signature model, my first thought was ‘freaken sweet!’ Now you can buy that model in a set with a unique gain boost which adds further flexibility to the pickup.

EMG Releases Alexi Laiho Signature Pickup Set

EMG, Inc. has released The EMG-ALX with ABQ EQ/Boost — the new Alexi Laiho signature model. This is a newly designed EMG passive model — custom wound — and includes the new ABQ EQ/Boost which features a push (to activate) / pull (to deactivate) control. The ABQ has a 3 band EQ which can be adjusted for creating different tone settings. The boost output can be adjusted as well to add or subtract gain.

After extensive discussion with Alexi, EMG’s founder, Rob Turner, created a set that was exactly what a true innovator in the world of heavy music was looking for. “This pickup and preamp combo meets Alexi’s demands for something unique that includes high gain, solid tone and clarity to enhance his remarkable style”

Now, in one package, a player can get all the reliability and innovation that EMG is renowned for, and all the aggressive guitar tone that Alexi is so well known for. The set is available in a Floyd Rose version (F-ALX) and a standard Tuneamatic version (ALX). The EMG-ALX with ABQ EQ/Boost is only available at Authorized EMG dealers

For more information, visit their web site at

NAMM 2009: EMG gold and silver pickup covers

This year at NAMM EMG introduced gold and silver covers for their pickups. Previously the only time I’ve seen EMG pickups in anything other than black was on Kirk Hammett’s Les Paul. Other new goodies include a new line of pickups called the X Series, and an Alexi Laiho set which includes his favoured passive humbucker and a gain boost.

Here’s part of EMG’s review of NAMM: 

Team EMG is back from the 2009 NAMM Show and without a doubt we had a blast. The reaction to our new products was a resounding success. If you haven’t heard we are now offering high quality Chrome and Gold cover caps for our 81, 85 and 60 models which generated considerable excitement.

In addition to this new option, we also have a new line of pickups called the X series which has been highly anticipated and that we are betting will blow players minds with its increased headroom paired with the traditional EMG tone that has become iconic to musicians the world over.

The final new release is Alexi Laiho’s shredding new signature set, the ALX w/ABQ gain boost, which is composed of a signature passive HZ humbucker paired with a 3-band EQ/gain boost mounted on a push pull pot. This new set is incredibly versatile and was developed in conjunction with Alexi himself. You want his tone? This will get you that much closer!

Besides featuring EMG’s new and existing product lineup, we had some very exciting artist appearances, scheduled and unscheduled, that were just icing on the cake and made our booth THE place to be. Some of the artists hanging out included Kerry King, Alexi Laiho, Steve Lukather, Sergio Vallin, Marcus Henderson and many many others.

Read more here.

NAMM 2009: New ESPs including Hetfield Iron Cross

Head on over to the Bmusic website for a killer wrap-up of the new ESP models for 2009.

Among the highlights for me are the two new Metallica models, the James Hetfield Iron Cross (pictured) and the Kirk Hammett Ouija Neck-Thru.

Other releases include new models for Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom (dig the ‘Blacky’), the GL-200MT, which is an LTD version of the George Lynch ESP M-1 Tiger,

and some very cool distressed Page Hamilton 20th Anniversary ESP and LTD models.

There’s a lot more over at the Bmusic site so spend some time over there and if you have any questions, I’m sure they’ll be happy to help. They’re probably the most knowledgable ESP dealers in the world.