SPONSORED POST: YourInstrument.com

As you guys know, I’m a huge guitar geek and my tastes range from pointy, neon-coloured shred axes with Floyd Roses to classic semi-hollowbodies with Bigbsy vibratos. So when the fine folks at YourInstrument.com asked me to write a sponsored post, I thought the perfect thing to do would be to have a look around at the wide variety of instruments for sale. Because a) it’d be a great way to show the diversity of instruments that folks like you and I are using the site to buy/sell, and b) because nothing is more fun than looking at electric guitars for sale, except for playing them. So let’s see what’s there this week. And you can always keep up with what’s online at this very moment by checking out the site.


PRS SE Mikael Akerfeldt
This is the signature model for the Opeth frontman. It’s one of the first SE models to include old-school bird inlays, and it rocks 24 jumbo frets, PRS designed tremolo bridge, SE HFS and SE Vintage Bass pickups, volume and tone control with a 3-way toggle switch. You can see Mikael playing these on the road. Read More …

Rocking The ‘Woman Tone’ On My Les Paul

Okay, so I’ve been messing around with my camera so I can make some awesome video demos and reviews for you guys and gals, and I thought I’d upload a little bit of Les Paul noodlin’. In this video I start with the ‘Woman Tone,’ made famous by Eric Clapton. This is a little trick where you select both pickups on a twin-humbucker guitar, roll the tone knob down for the treble pickup, and have at it. It’s almost like a stationary wah-wah effect, and it’s pretty dang addictive. Following a few phrases with the Woman Tone, I flip to the bridge pickup and then the neck pickup – although the Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers in my Les Paul are extremely articulate and responsive, so this isn’t even a fraction of the tonal variety you can get out of this guitar.

Check Out These D’Angelico 2014 Models

IMG_2728PRESS RELEASE: D’Angelico Guitars, the finest builder of archtop guitars and iconic brand in the music space, announces the introduction of its new guitar lineup for 2014.  In response to the tremendous success of the D’Angelico Standard Series, the company has expanded the product line with the introduction of the EX-59 and EX-175 models. D’Angelico Guitars also welcomes the Style B model to its “stunningly crafted” (Guitar Aficionado) USA Master-Builder Series. Read More …

Clapton Unplugged Gets Amplified

EricClapton-UnpluggedDeluxeCDDVD-ProductShot500Press Release: Eric Clapton was already an acknowledged master of the electric guitar in January 1992 when he traded his signature Stratocaster for an acoustic Martin to record Unplugged. The live album captured the legendary guitarist, backed by a small band, performing acoustic versions of his own songs and several blues standards. Released later that same year, the album was an unqualified blockbuster, selling more than 19 million copies worldwide and earning six Grammy® Awards, sweeping the top honors, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.Reprise Records celebrates Clapton’s electrifying acoustic performances with a new 2-CD/DVD collection that includes a remastered version of the original album along with six unreleased outtakes on two CDs. The DVD features a newly restored version of the concert, as well as more than an hour of previously unseen footage from the rehearsal. Unplugged: Expanded & Remastered will be available October 15 for $24.98. Read More …

Rockschool Introduces New Hot Rock Guitar Books

RockschoolPRESS RELEASE: Rockschool’s best selling Hot Rock Guitar series has just been expanded with the launch of the new Grades 4 and 5 books. The acclaimed Hot Rock range brings you eight classic tracks in a variety of music genres giving you a choice of musical styles to play. The new books include songs from some of the most respected, best selling and famous bands on the planet and are an excellent tool for the ‘Free Choice Pieces’ in graded exams. Each massive new book comes complete with edited exam versions of eight classic rock songs drawn from a range of musical styles. Read More …

Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection

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Guitar Center Presents The Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection Featuring Five Limited Edition Signature and Replica Guitars 

  • Exclusive Guitar Collection Developed in Partnership with Eric Clapton, Guitar Center, Fender®, Gibson and Martin Guitar to Benefit Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre 
  • Limited Quantities of the Collection On-Sale in North America Exclusively at Guitar Center Starting March 21, 2013 

Westlake Village, CA (February, 6 2013) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest musical instrument retailer, in partnership with Eric Clapton, proudly announces the launch of the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection. The limited-edition collection will feature five Eric Clapton tribute, replica and signature guitars to be sold in North America exclusively at Guitar Center locations and online at GuitarCenter.com beginning March 21, 2013.

All guitars in the one-of-a-kind collection were developed in partnership with Eric Clapton, Guitar Center, Fender, Gibson and Martin Guitar, drawing inspiration from the guitars used by Clapton at pivotal points throughout his iconic career. The collection includes a replica Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton “Brownie” Tribute Stratocaster® guitar, Gibson Harrison-Clapton “Lucy” Les Paul, and Eric Clapton Signature Martin 000-28 and 000-45 models, as well as Eric Clapton “Crossroads” guitar straps from Ernie Ball.  Read More …

Urge to Own That Clapton Guitar Is Contagious, Scientists Find

You may have read the news reports recently about Eric Clapton’s mega guitar auction, which raised $2.15 million to benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. The New York Times ran a very interesting piece last week about replica, signature and celebrity-owned guitars – and the psychological reasons why we crave them – which ties in with the auction. Check it out here. It’s a great read and I’m sure it’s a subject that’s near and dear to all of our geeky, shreddy little hearts. Thanks to Michael from Dominant Music for the heads-up about the story.