Aristides Instruments 080 8-String

PRESS RELEASE: After many requests, Aristides Instruments releases the eight string 080 guitar. The new 080 continues Aristides’ tradition of using a one piece body and neck construction, integrally layered with Arium. This model is also the first Aristides Instrument to be constructed of 100% man-made materials and features no wood – not even the freatboard. The new model made its first appearance at Musikmesse in Frankfurt Germany this month. Customers can place orders now through authorized dealers or direct from the factory.

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NAMM: Jackson Misha Mansoor HT6 & HT7

Jackson Artist Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut Bulb HT6

PRESS RELEASE: Jackson is proud to announce the latest addition to its Artist Signature series instruments, the Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6 and HT7 guitars. Misha Mansoor is acclaimed for his masterful guitar work in fashioning the progressive metal of Periphery. Now, the esteemed Djent-leman himself and Jackson have collaborated closely on the Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6 and HT7 guitars, brand-new models like nothing else Jackson has ever seen—or heard—before. The instrument is crafted with a distinctive Jackson body shape inspired by the Dinky, with sleekly scalloped horns, a comfortably contoured neck heel and a gorgeous AAA quilt maple top on trans-finish models. The bolt-on quartersawn maple neck is sculpted with Mansoor’s own custom profile, and features graphite reinforcement, ivoroid binding and heel-end thumbwheel truss rod adjustment. Read More …

NAMM: Ibanez 9 String RGs

There was a prototype on display last year, now it’s here: the Ibanez 9-string RG. Oh wait, did I say ‘it’s here’? I meant ‘they’re here’ because Ibanez is launching TWO 9-strings this NAMM: the affordable RG9 with Ibanez pickups, and the Prestige RG90BKPISH in Invisible Shadow finish, which features Bare Knuckle Canine humbuckers. Release date is yet to be confirmed but I’ll keep you posted. These are really beautiful guitars and I can’t wait to hear the music people make on them! Pics below:



Two New Perri Ink Custom Guitar Models

C&M_both_2Nick Perri’s PERRI INK. Custom Guitars company has done the seemingly impossible: burst out of the gate with a really clear, defined style which they’ve been able to successfully imprint upon everything they do, no matter what style of guitar they apply it to. In other words, in almost no time at all PERRI INK. has made it so that you can spot a PERRI INK. guitar before you even see the name on the headstock. This is especially true of the new Capistrano model, launched simultaneously with the new Mojave. Here’s a press release about the new models, but make sure you check out the video too, alright? Cool. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Between The Buried And Me’s Paul Waggoner

1381677_10151903073093189_1228305233_nBetween The Buried And Me’s critically acclaimed concept album The Parallax II: Future Sequence is a modern classic of progressive metal, swinging through various musical moods and sonic settings while miraculously bringing the band into more cohesion, which is no mean feat given their reputation for eclecticism. It’s the continuation of the band’s 2011 EP The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, and they’ll be playing it across Australia this month. Joining them on the tour are US Prog Metal alchemists The Contortionist, who combine influences of Rush, Dream Theater, Cynic and even BTBAM and mix it all up with their own personality, a frenzy of warped time signatures, percussive mathematics, spider-fingered fretwork, dazzlingly atmospheric keyboards and arresting vocals. In short, this tour will be an incredible opportunity to see a stunning, virtuosic night of musicianship. I caught up with Between The Buried And Me guitarist Paul Waggoner ahead of this unprecedentedly progtastic tour. Read More …

PERRI INK. Custom Guitars “Memento”

mementoI always love hearing of guitar makers incorporating non-guitarry influences in their work. Whether it’s an art style like Art Deco or Art Nouveau, a movement like Steampunk or a minimalist aesthetic Steinberger-style, it’s always great to see someone looking outside of the accepted sphere of guitar inspirations when it comes time to kit out that collection of wire and wood. PERRI INK. Custom Guitars’ latest is the Memento, which is inspired by the Christopher Nolan movie of the same name. And in true PERRI INK. Custom Guitars style, the model is being launched with some rather tasty-looking pics. Press release and plenty of photos below: Read More …

INTERVIEW: Funeral For A Friend’s Gavin Burrough

ConduitFuneral For A Friend’s sixth and latest album is Conduit. It’s one of the heaviest records the band has ever done, yet as always the brutality is tempered by some rather complex, almost jazz-like chords. Okay, maybe ‘jazz’ is stretching it a bit but they’re certainly more intricate than the voicings employed by most heavy bands. “It’s funny how other people interpret it,” guitarist Gav Burrough says. “When you’re writing it, it’s organic and it just comes out. So what we try to do is to not think about it. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Steve Stevens

Photo: Hristo Shindow

Steve Stevens is about to hit Australia for a clinic tour (an earlier scheduled tour was cancelled when Allans Billy Hyde went under – don’t worry, they’ve been bought by new owners now, but that’s another story). Stevens will be showcasing the latest and greatest gear from Roland and BOSS, including the Roland G-5 VG Stratocaster and Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer, as well as offering insights into guitar playing and generally sharing his decades of knowledge and experience. I Heart Guitar caught up with Stevens to talk clinics, gear and his new project with Sebastian Bach.

I Heart Guitar has two tickets to give away in Melbourne and two in Brisbane. Enter by emailing iheartguitarblog AT gmail dot com with STEVENS in the subject line and answer this question: which 80s rocker did Stevens work with in 1993?

Every clinic is different: what can we expect from yours?

Well Roland are bringing me to Australia, and I’ll be demoing the new GR-55 as well as their new G-5  which is made by Fender, and also their Virtual Guitar, the VG Guitar. Regardless of the whole electronics side of it, the guitars themselves are really great. You’re going to get a great Fender Stratocaster, to begin with, and all the other stuff is like an added bonus. I’ve found that touring with it I end up carrying a lot less guitars with me because one guitar can replicate a 12-string, a Dobro and all these other things. So it’s been really handy for me.


That technology has really come of age recently. I remember trying some stuff about 20 years ago that was cool for the time, but you look back on it and it’s like “…Oh.”

Yeah. I was actually the first person to bring the GR-700 into the States. I was in Japan to do press for Rebel Yell and they brought me up to this very secretive room at Roland and they had the GR-700 there. I convinced them to let me bring it with me because we were getting ready to do the Flesh For Fantasy video. That was like the first guitar synthesiser I had from them. Read More …