New Fender Custom Shop Goodies

Fender Custom Shop Geddy Lee Jazz Bass

It’s always fun seeing what the Fender Custom Shop comes out with throughout the year. It seems that every few months there’s another interesting reissue, unique reimagining or ‘I can’t believe they’re making that!’ artist model. It just so happens that with this newest round of offerings the Custom Shop has made two instruments that have tipped my ‘Oh awesome‘ trigger, as well as two that are simply cool. The two that are currently making me pawn my kidneys are the Limited Geddy Lee 1972 Jazz Bass and the Closet Classic™ Rosewood Telecaster. Are you kidding me? Geddy Lee’s Moving Pictures bass and George Harrison’s Let It Be rooftop-gig Telecaster? Shut up and be owned by me already!!! Anyway, here’s the press release with plenty of info about each model. Read More …

BVB Hits Back At ‘Fake Cab’ Haters

Black-Veil-Brides-fake-cabsThe other day a photo surfaced on the internets of Black Veil Brides performing with some dummy speaker cabs – empty cabinets placed on stage for visual effect. And I guess BVB are a band who attract a lot of haters for some reason, so a lot of people pounced on them for it. Like they were looking for some excuse to accuse the band of being fakes. But y’know what? I really don’t get what all the fuss is about here. Bands have been using fake cabs to fill in stage space for decades. You think Van Halen or Slayer are really going through all of those cabinets? A wall of speakers is part of the rock vernacular. It’s just something we expect to see. And if you choose to do without it, you have to get creative in order to do something with that empty space, otherwise it’s just going to look bare and boring. Read More …

CD REVIEW: Rush – Clockwork Angels


The release of a new Rush album is always cause for celebration among Our People. Progressive, melodic, virtuosic, energetic, verbose, thoughtful – Rush is music for those of us who like to ponder, think, analyse, and discuss as well as rock out. And Clockwork Angels gives fans more fodder for discussion and immersion than any Rush release to date. It’s their first concept release since side one of Hemispheres and it goes all out, with an accompanying novel to be released later this year. It tells a tale of a steampunk world, oppressive leadership, a surreal carnival, flying ocean liners dashed by deceptive lights on the horizon – it’s almost like a Terry Gilliam film has been teased into a musical rather than visual narrative. And it matters: when you take the lyrical and thematic content on board, Clockwork Angels is an immersive experience. And yet that’s not the reason why this is being called the best Rush album since Moving Pictures by so many fans. The reason is, it’s simply good music. Thought Vapor Trails and Test For Echo sounded urgent and energetic? They’re almost naps compared to the power of Clockwork Angels.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Orange Flipbook


There’s simply no way to possibly dislike Orange. Their amps sound cool. Their amps look cool. Their amps are reliable. That’s pretty much all you need to know!

Or is it?

It turns out there’s much more to the story than that. One half of The Orange Flipbook, Building The Brand, takes you behind the scenes at Orange, right back to the very formation of the company as a recording studio and musical instrument store, through to later ventures such as music publishing and a record label, all the way up to the brand’s current resurgence in the eyes of the public and in the backlines of bands like Stone Sour and Rush (and innovations like the OPC).

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NEWS: Moog rereleases Taurus bass pedals

Wow! Moog is rereleasing the very cool Taurus Bass Pedals, as used by Rush’s Geddy Lee, Yngwie Malmsteen, and a whole bunch of other guys. Essentially the foot pedals of an organ, you can use these to create pedal tones to solo over or, if you’re sitting down or are a bit of a dancer, to play actual bass lines.

I first read about this on the awesome Premier Guitar mailout.

Here’s the press release:

Asheville, N.C. (December 4, 2008) — Decades after their famous run in the seventies, Taurus Bass Pedals are still highly sought after among collectors. They’ve been known to sell for as much as $5,000 on eBay. Now Moog Music is bringing back the Taurus Bass Pedals in a limited edition quantity for a limited time only.

The new edition reproduces the Taurus I sound engine, combining it with modern features, rugged construction and an affordable price. However, only 1000 of these new Taurus pedals will be built; the first 250 customers to order one will receive a $300 discount from the $1995 price (a $500 deposit is required).

The Taurus Bass Pedals offer ends on February 15, 2009, and Moog expects to ship the pedals in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Preliminary specifications include:

• 100% Analog Sound Engine based entirely on original TAURUS I circuits

• “Taurus I” style (one and half octaves on the floor)

• 2 VCO Oscillators, ADS Contour Generator, 1 VCF Filter, Output VCA

• Presets: 16 Banks x 4 presets = 48 Total Programmable Bass Sounds

• Bank 0 contains the Original Taurus I Presets: Var, Taurus, Tuba and Bass

• Midi: Din and USB, Merging and Routing

• Arpeggiator: Midi Sync and Tap Tempo (Internal)

• CV Inputs: Volume, Filter, Pitch and Gate

For more info: Moog Music