NAMM: New Chapman Guitars!

Chap1Check out these new axes by Rob Chapman’s Chapman Guitars! Chapman Guitars will be at the NAMM Show for the very first time this year and I can’t wait to check ’em out. There are four new models: The Special Run ML-1 Hot Rod, the ML-2 Classic, and two versions of the Chapman ML7 7-string (which arose from a collaborative design voted on by Chapman guitar fans and overseen by Keith Merrow before he hooked up with Schecter). The Special Run ML-1 Hot Rod is limited to just 60 guitars and it features a single Seymour Duncan 35th Anniversary JB bridge humbucker and Floyd Rose. The ML-2 Classic is inspired by the Gold Top but with the addition of the famed ‘Peter Green mod’ for out-of-phase pickupy goodness. And the two ML-7 models, ML7-S and ML7-T, look like great 7-string takes on the general Strat and Tele vibes. You can order them now through Andertons, and there’s a video below where Rob Chapman tells you all about it. Read More …

Marshall CSJTM 145 1964 Andertons 50th Anniversary

42728-csjtm-64-staright-frontWanna see something cool? The Marshall Custom Shop CS JTM145 50th Anniversary Andertons Valve Head was designed in collaboration with Lee Anderton to celebrate Andertons Music Company’s 50th birthday. Built by the Marshall Custom Shop in Milton Keynes, UK, and available exclusively from Andertons Music (one of the oldest Marshall dealers in the world!) in a limited edition of 200, it features a commemorative plate with Andertons 50th Anniversary logo and a matching custom amp cover. And it’s the first time Marshall has ever made an anniversary amp for a retailer like this. What’s that? You want to hera what it would sound like if Joe Bonamassa played Bernie Marsden’s original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard through one? Alright.

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Learn Guitar!

My buddies at Andertons have put together this page which brings together various articles and links related to selecting a beginner guitar and figuring out what to actually learn on it. There are also various guitar starter packs on the page to help you get all your gear together in one spot.

Beginner sets have come a very long way since the days of my old Status Stratocaster copy with a whammy bar that snapped after six months, Marathon MX3 amp that developed a crackle within a year and a dodgy cable that broke after two weeks!

How To Buy A Beginner Guitar

Hey! I’ve written an article for Anderton’s offering some tips on what to look for in a beginner guitar. There are so many options out there these days compared to when I started on my Status Strat copy and Marathon MX3 amp (with no distortion! Can you believe it?). I’ve tried to provide a nice overview for those who aren’t sure what to look for. You can read it here.

If you’re an experienced player, what was your first guitar? Do you still have it?

COOL GEAR ALERT: Ibanez Roadcore

Check this out! Ibanez RC320 Roadcore. Just saw it on the Ibanez UK Facebook, and the good folks at Andertons have posted about it here. One-piece bolt-on Maple neck with Rosewood fretboard; double-bound Mahogany body; Tight-Tune bridge, and CORE-TONE pickups. And it’s also available in black. Digging the old-sch00l-inspired headstock and the binding.

I like it. It’s like an FR got it on with a Talman while a Darkstone watched.

Ibanez UK has a great image gallery here.


MUSIKMESSE 2012: Marshall Joe Satriani JVM410HJS

It’s here! The long-awaited Marshall Joe Satriani amp, the JVM410HJS, was officially unveiled at Musikmesse in Germany and my buddies at Andertons have the scoop and they’re taking orders now! It’s based on Marshall’s flagship JVM series of amplifiers but it replaces the four reverb controls with four noise gates (one for each channel) – after all, Joe has plenty of cool effects such as his Vox Time Machine Delay when he wants some ambience – and they’ve changed the voicing of the channels to Joe’s personal preferences. There’s also a new Mid-Shift control to switch between a more typical JVM sound and Joe’s voicings. The amp is available in standard black, but a limited special edition (only 500 worldwide) blue half stack will be available for a short time.

Here’s some info from Marshall!

Marshall’s R&D engineers set out to work incredibly closely with Satriani, the latter having a very clear idea of how his own Marshall should sound. After various trials and experiments which even involved Satch using prototypes during recording and touring, the final version of the JVM410HJS was signed off and the wheels for UK production put in place.

At a first glance, the JVM410JS may look familiar. Taking a more detailed look (and listen) though, will make you realise just how different this amp is from its stock counterpart. So. how is the JVM41OJS different from the JVM410H-

Firstly, and probably most notable is the fact that the four reverb pots from the original JVM410 have now been replaced with noise gates; four noise gates no less, one for each channel and each with their own threshold. Another visible change to the front panel is the addition of a ‘Mid Shift’ button that can be used for both ODI and OD2 channels, shifting the mid character of the sound to that of Joe’s specification. Tone wise, the amplifier is very different: The Clean channel is based on the aforementioned 6100 when on the green mode, with the orange and red modes being hotter variations of that tone too. The crunch channel takes the original JVM410 crunch and adds some of the popular Marshall AFD’ circuit to it. and the OD channels are now both voiced identically, based on the JVM410 ODI but with the gain scaled back slightly and a smoother transition between modes. The mid shift button determines the difference m mid character between the original JVM410 ODI and OD2 tone, moving the mids from around 650khz (Mid Shift off) to around 500kliz (Mid Shift on).

The rest of the JVM41 OJS plays out in familiar territory: the amp is still powered by EL34 valves, there are two master volumes the supplied footswitch enables you to switch between channels, modes, 2 master. FX loop and now also the Noise Gates and Mid Shift too. There’s also full MIDI implementation on the unit.