Sterling By Music Man JP70D

JP70D

If you want to add a little of Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s sonic mojo to your tone – a rather worthy goal, if you ask me – you could do a lot worse than to check out Petrucci’s line of signature guitars through Ernie Ball Music Man. They occupy a unique niche among shred-friendly guitars because their construction feels much more “serious-persons’ guitar” than the average shred plank. But Music Man guitars come with a price tag that reflects their quality. i.e.: they’re pretty dang pricey. So with the Sterling By Music Man line, the company has endeavoured to bring more affordable versions of some of their designs to players who might not have the financial wherewithal to walk home with the California-made stuff. The JP70D is based on Petrucci’s first Music Man model (there are a few other shapes now including the JPX and Majesty), and it’s made in Indonesia. Read More …

Paul Gilbert Demos The DiMarzio PAF Master Pickups

DiMarzio says:

“One variation that’s highly sought after by vintage PAF® players is a pickup that is quiet, bright, and very dynamic. The PAF® Master Bridge Model has all that combined with real rock and roll character. It reacts to playing, and sounds good when playing more than one note at the same time. Picked hard, it has a beautiful, snarly, thick, rockin’ tone. The PAF® Master Bridge Model: vintage just got better. Read More …

REVIEW: Ernie Ball Music Man Axis Super Sport Semi Hollowbody

Ernie Ball Music Man Axis Super Sport Semi Hollowbody

The Ernie Ball Music Man model started life as the Edward Van Halen guitar around 25 years ago. After Eddie’s association with that company ended, the guitar design lived on with a few changes as the Axis, while a new variation called the Axis Super Sport was also introduced. Compared to the Floyd Rose-loaded regular Axis, the Super Sport typically features a fixed bridge (a Music Man vintage tremolo is also an option) and five-way pickup switching (with single coil modes in positions two and four), but is still very much an Axis. The Semi Hollowbody version was introduced at the NAMM Show this year. Read More …

Jackson 2014 Summer Releases

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PRESS RELEASE: Jackson is pleased to announce two new Jackson Custom Shop limited edition guitars and a signature bass guitar charged with new features, and designed for speed and killer looks.

Jackson Custom Select (JCS) Series

Jackson Custom Select Series instruments are Jackson’s top-line best, recalling the time-honored traditions of the ’80s-era Jackson Custom Shop. Nowhere else will you find U.S.-built production-model shred machines of such stellar design, peerless performance and superior craftsmanship, brought to life by the best builders in the business. Read More …

Phil Collen’s Jackson X-STROYER

Phil Collen with new signature model Jackson PC XSTROYER (2)Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen’s Ibanez Destroyer from the “Photograph” video is iconic, and but these days Phil is a Jackson dude, so what does one do when one wants to tap into the spirit of that guitar but with much more customised features? Well, one turns to the folks at Jackson to build a custom Kelly with appointments inspired by that Destroyer! Phil is using this new axe on the band’s current co-headlining tour with KISS. Of course, if you want a real Ibanez Destroyer, you’ve gotta check out THIS bad boy (one of my dream guitars) or these guys.

Below the press release with more info about the X-STROYER (plus a cropped version of the above pic so you can see more detail). Read More …

DiMarzio Releases The Satch Track

DP425_Satch_Track_NeckPRESS RELEASE: DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Satch Track™ Neck hum-canceling pickup for electric guitars. Created for renowned guitarist Joe Satriani, the Satch Track™ Neck pickup is available for retail sale from DiMarzio. Joe Satriani is continually refining and sharpening his sound. Two years in the making, the Satch Track™ Neck is Joe’s first single-coil size signature pickup. Articulate, vocal and musical, it is our most advanced Fast Track-style pickup to date. Read More …

DiMarzio Super Distortion 7 & 8 String

DP712_Super_Distortion_7PRESS RELEASE: DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of Super Distortion® 7 and Super Distortion® 8 humbucking pickups for 7- and 8-string electric guitars. The world’s most popular high-output pickup is now available for 7- and 8-string guitars, with all of the sound and power that made the 6-string version our best-selling pickup of all time. The Super Distortion® 7 and Super Distortion® 8 have an outstanding combination of tone and high output voltage that works with a very broad range of musical styles and sounds, from very clean to complete overdrive. Read More …