REVIEW: Mayones Regius 8

regiusthumbMayones is a Polish company who have been around for quite a while, but recently they’ve really launched onto the world stage with a daring attitude, a knack for choosing ridiculously beautiful woods, and a willingness to work with a variety of pickup companies in order to effectively operate like a custom shop in terms of letting players choose the voicing of their guitar.  The Regius 8 is an 8-string guitar (standard 8-string tuning is F#-B-E-A-D-G-B-E, but you are of course welcome to tune it however you like) made with neck-thru construction – that is to say, the neck continues all the way through to the rear strap-pin end of the body. Read More …

REVIEW: Mayones Regius 6

Regius 6Poland’s Mayones has been around for quite a while, but they’ve only recently really gained a foothold on the world stage, helped in large part by the high visibility of players such as Periphery’s Misha Mansoor and Pain of Salvation’s Daniel Gildenlöw. There are several base models to choose from in the Mayones range, including six and seven-string variations, your choice of pickups by DiMarzio, Bare Knuckle, EMG and Seymour Duncan, and even the Djentlemen range of 7 and 8-string axes aimed at the the rapidly solidifying dent movement. The Regius is a particularly popular shape for Mayones, a little more offset and rounded compared to the equally droolworthy Setius.

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INTERVIEW: Trivium’s Corey Beaulieu

TriviumVengeanceFAllsTrivium have never been the kind of band that stays still. They’ve always bobbed and weaved, zipped and zoomed around the metal scene: a little metalcore here, a little thrash there, maybe the occasional dip of the toe into the stream of progressive metal. Their 2011 album In Waves pushed their sound into a new atmospheric level and won them plenty of new fans, and it positioned itself as a very difficult album to top. So how would the Florida four-peace approach its follow-up? The answer is Vengeance Falls [Roadrunner]. It’s at once familiar and unlike anything Trivium has done before. The crushing riffs and virtuoso twin guitar solos are still there, as is the finely honed production aesthetic that worked so well on In Waves. But Vengeance Falls finds the band putting Matt Heafy’s vocals in the spotlight like never before. To that end Trivium enlisted the help of Disturbed frontman David Draiman to produce the album. Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: Schecter Blackjack SLS C-1

Yesterday a Schecter Blackjack SLS C-1 arrived to review for a guitar mag. The review won’t be published for a while but I thought I’d give you a sneak peek. It has a mahogany body with three-piece maple neck, ebony fretboard, 24 Jumbo frets, a set neck with Ultra Access carve (which looks and feels like a neck-thru), a TonePros TOM bridge with thru-body stringing, and either Seymour Duncan active Blackouts or passive Seymour Duncan Full Shred and Jazz humbuckers with coil split. It plays quite nicely and sounds great (the review model is the Full Shred/Jazz version, and it sounds very lively, chunky and articulate – I’m thinking of getting this pickup set for my Buddy Blaze 7-string prototype), and frankly… it looks cool! Check out the ‘Hell’s Gate Skull’ inlay at the 12th fret, which you can see below on the Blackjack SLS PT model.

 

More Seymour Duncan EMTY 7-string info

The other day I posted about Seymour Duncan’s new 7-string version of Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson’s EMTY Blackouts signature active humbuckers. Here’s a little more cool news: the 7-string version is available in both Phase I and Phase II versions. Both have the same sound, but the Phase I model is a direct retrofit for most passive 7-string humbuckers including those by Seymour Duncan and DiMarzio, while Phase II Blackouts are a direct retrofit for the EMG 707 humbucker. I know a lot of I Heart Guitar readers are seven-stringers like myself, so dig in!

More info on these pickups here.

Seymour Duncan 7-string EMTY Blackouts

Seymour Duncan has just announced the release of a 7-string version of Slipknot guitarist Mick Thompson’s EMTY Blackouts active humbuckers. There’s something magical about the depth and harmonic structure of Blackouts in general, and Mick’s signature set are aggressive without sounding thin. These are going to appeal to a lot more than just Slipknot fans.

Here’s the press release.

Mick Thomson EMTY Blackouts Now Available for 7-String 

The pulverizing tone that defines Slipknot and Mick Thomson is now available in a 7-string pickup, just like our regular Blackouts.

Mick was already a Blackouts fan before we collaborated on his signature pickup. “Blackouts have a lot more tone than your typical active pickup,” he says. “They sound more real. It’s a bigger sound, with richer harmonics and a wider frequency range.”

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