Guitars I Really Want But Will Never Own, Dammit: The Washburn N4

n4I’m sure we all have those guitars that we’d love to own, but unless we suddenly become ridiculously rich we sadly must resign ourselves to the bleak, grim fact that we’re probably never going to own all of them. So rather than mope about this inside my own head, I figured I might as well write about them here, and maybe hear from those of you who own these guitars, so I may live vicariously through you. So here’s the first, the Washburn N4 Nuno Bettencourt signature model.┬áNuno Bettencourt was one of my early guitar heroes – not as early as Mark Knopfler and George Harrison, and slightly after Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai, but certainly before dudes like John Petrucci and Reeves Gabrels. I liked how Nuno’s style was (and is) simultaneously flashy and stripped back: he’s always been able to wring all sorts of nuances and details out of his guitars using pretty much just his bare hands. And that’s also what I like about Nuno’s signature Washburn line. Read More …

COOL VIDEO ALERT: Ola Englund – METAL!!!

Turn up your speakers and check out this brutals Ola Englund video using the Seymour Duncan Distortion humbucker in his Stricty7 guitar and his Randall Satan amp.

I’ve noticed a lot of love for the Distortion lately. Kinda pondering popping one in one of my Ibanez seven-strings and riffing out. I especially like the lead tones Ola’s pulling in this video.