MUSIKMESSE 2012: Bigsby

I’m way too much of a Bigsby fan. One of these days I’m probably going to get drunk and wind up with a big ‘ol Bigsby vibrato bridge tattooed on my back or something. This year Bigsby expert Adam Seutter is at Musikmesse to detail each step in the vibrato installation process. Guitar models to be included in the demonstrations are a Framus Earl Slick Signature and a Framus Mayfield (you might remember this model from Devin Townsend’s recent custom). Stop by Hall 4.1 booth E12 to check out the process and get your questions answered.

Check out Devin Townsend’s new Framus Mayfield Custom

If you’ve caught Devin Townsend live lately, you might have noticed him playing this beautiful Framus Mayfield Custom. Devin is using this guitar for his open C tuning (CGCGCE). It has a Bigsby B7 tremolo, passive MEC electronics, EMG Devil Signature set, a Graphtech Black Tusq nut, it’s made of AAA grade flamed maple body and neck, and it has a tigerstripe ebony fretboard, and check out those cool illuminated inlays on the 12th fret, headstock logo and fretboard side dots.

I had a chat with Devin backstage at the Soundwave Festival yesterday and he mentioned how he loved combining the 50s look of the hollowbody shape and the Bigsby bridge, with the EMG active humbuckers and low tuning. He’s also got a Sadowski Telecaster on the way, which I think will be really cool – I loved the ESP Telecasters he used in the Infinity era.

Wait a minute. [Record Scratch]. EMG Devil Signature Set? Check out the logos on the pickups. Cool!

Now, this is a Framus Custom Shop instrument rather than a commercially available signature model, and it’s a great example of what Framus can do. Check out their site for more info and a gallery of beautiful customs.

Oh and he’s a video of the guitar in action at Devin’s show here in Melbourne the other night.

And here’s a great interview with Soundwave TV about Devin’s next album, Epicloud, which he’ll be recording in Perth, Australia after Soundwave wraps up.

Watch Peavey’s Devin Townsend webcast, win Devy’s signature 7-string V!

Quick! Go! http://www.peavey.com/contests/devintownsend/

When you sign in you’ll be given the opportunity to fill out your details to win a Peavey Devin Townsend Signature PXD Vicious 7 String Baritone. Check out the details about the guitar here. I played this axe at NAMM almost two years ago and it’s great to finally see that it’s about to be released.

It’s official- Soundwave Revolution cancelled

UPDATE (4:46pm Melbourne time Tuesday August 9):
Statement from Soundwave on Twitlonger:

“It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of #swREVOLUTION

Many of the festival bands will still be coming to Australia in that time period and team up to bring you some very special shows. These will include multi band/mini festival line-ups in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. We will be announcing these events in the next 7 days.

Tickets purchased online will be refunded automatically as soon as it can be processed. If you purchased from an outlet, refunds will be available next week from point of purchase.”

In an interview with radio station Nova, promoter AJ Maddah said: “We could have taken the option of linking through with the line-up as we have now – it would have obviously still been a much better financial outcome for us than to go through the road we have – but we just didn’t want to put an inferior product on the market.”

Radio station Nova has just posted the following on Twitter:

ok peeps, it is official Soundwave Revolution has been cancelled because the second headline act pulled out at the last minute.

Melodicrock.com then tweeted

If Soundwave is going to blame an unnamed second headliner for the demise of the festival I call BULLSHIT on that! Not with 40 other bands..

Ouch.

So… there we have it. Cancelled. Van Halen’s first-ever DLR-fronted Australian tour is off. Wanna know how I feel about this?