Win Tickets To Guthrie Govan’s Oz Clinic Tour!

Hey folks! I’ve got a free double pass to give away to one of Guthrie Govan’s Australian masterclasses in the city of your choice (excluding Adelaide) thanks to the fine folks at Thump Music. To enter, email iheartguitarblog AT gmail DOT com with “Guthrie Comp” in the subject line, and tell me which city you’d like the double pass for. Each entry will be assigned a number and the winner will be drawn at random using on Friday July 18. And you can whip yourself into a guitaristic frenzy by reading my interview with Guthrie here.

Dates are:
PERTH – 21st of July – 7.30pm @ Hale School
BRISBANE – 23rd of July – 7:30pm @ The Princess Theatre
SYDNEY – 24th of July – 7:30pm @ Wesley Mission Theatre
MELBOURNE – 27th of July – 12pm Midday @ Gas Works Theatre

Epiphone Gives Away A Bunch Of Bluegrass Instruments

P_DobroHDRoundDlx1PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone, home to the world’s best professional affordable instruments, continues its 2014 monthly giveaways with an unprecedented opportunity for fans to take home everything they need to start an entire Bluegrass Band – just in time for spring! Beginning on Saturday, March 1, 2014, Epiphone fans can enter to win the Bluegrass Band Package Giveaway where one lucky winner in the US, Canada, and UK/Europe will take home four of Epiphone’s premier Bluegrass instruments—the Masterbilt DR-500MCEacoustic/electric guitar, the MB-200 Banjothe MM-30S Mandolin, and the Dobro® Hound Dog Deluxe Round Neck, most recently featured in concert by GRAMMY winner Gary Clark Jr. Read More …

Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass Giveaway

P_JackCasady-SB2PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone continues its fan-inspired monthly giveaways for 2014.  And during the month of February, Epiphone is offering fans a chance to win a signed Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass in stunning Silverburst finish.  Designed in close collaboration with Casady, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a recipient of Bass Player’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Jack Casady Signature Bass is considered by both fans and professionals to be one of the greatest electric basses ever made.  The Jack Casady Signature Bass has been seen on stage with Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Britpop legends The Stone Roses, and of course, Jack Casady himself both solo and with Hot Tuna.  Read More …

The Big Boss Giveaway Is Back!

Enter to Win BOSS Pedals Autographed by Steve Vai, John 5, and More

Los Angeles, CA, August 29, 2013 — BOSS has gone berserk again with another round of The Big BOSS Giveaway. The biweekly contest gives tone freaks everywhere a chance to win BOSS pedals autographed by top guitar heroes and $1,000 in BOSS gear.

Every two weeks between August 5, 2013, and September 30, 2013, a different signed BOSS pedal from a famous guitar hero will be given away, as well as $1,000 in BOSS gear. Contestants can enter once every two-week period, giving them up to five chances to win. Contestants should enter at the BOSS U.S. Facebook Giveaway tab. Read More …

Seymour Duncan & Strictly 7 Keith Merrow giveaway

Seymour Duncan and Strictly 7 join forces for “The Strictly F#%$#@% Awesome Keith Merrow Signature Guitar Giveaway”

Strictly 7 Guitars recently announced the addition of the Spectral Keith Merrow Signature Guitar to its growing line of 7 and 8 string guitars. This guitar features the Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader –  a humbucker that has a well-earned reputation as one of the most aggressive passive pickups ever. To celebrate the launch of this new guitar, Seymour Duncan and Strictly 7 have joined forces to launch “The Strictly F#%$#@% Awesome Keith Merrow Signature Guitar Giveaway” Between August 20th and September 3rd, everyone in the world will have a chance to enter to win this guitar.

Enter to win the guitar here:

The Spectral Signature Series Merrow is built to the following specs:

Cobra 7 string
Neck thru
27.5 scale
Reverse inline headstock
Northern Ash body wings
5 piece flamed maple and walnut neck
Ebony fretboard
26 jumbo stainless steel frets
Black Sperzel tuners
Black original Floyd Rose bridge
SD Invaders
Single volume
3 way switch
Spectral inlay
Infinity Grey with full black binding finish throughout

Street Price: $2090 with Hipshot bridge or $2290 with Floyd Rose

NEWS: Jim Dunlop’s Heavy Core/Ultex Sharp giveaway

Jim Dunlop is running another kickass giveaway over on their website, this time for a year’s spply of Heavy Core strings and Ultex Sharp picks. The contest is for US residents only.

(By the way, here’s my review of the Ultex Sharp picks).

Here’s some info from the Jim Dunlop website:

What do Dethklok and Machine Head have in common besides mind numbingly blazing riffs that will rip your face off? Heavy Core guitars strings and Ultex Sharp picks – the ultimate in heavy tones and precision performance. This month we’re giving away a year’s supply of both to one lucky winner. 15 runner-ups will receive a pack of Heavy Core strings and a Heavy Core shirt, as well as a player’s pack of Ultex Sharp picks. Enter to win – prepare to destroy!

CLICK HERE to enter

Click here for more info on Ultex Sharp Guitar Picks Click here for more info on Heavy Core Guitar Strings

Contest ends March 15th. US entries only.

NEWS: Jim Dunlop Crybaby Rack Wah giveaway

Jim Dunlop is giving away a Crybaby Rack Wah at their site. Now, these units seem pretty hard to come by and they’ve been used by some of the biggest names in the biz. Personally I use a Jim Dunlop Buddy Guy Crybaby and I love it to bits, but I’ve heard such continually high praise for the Crybaby Rack Wah that it’s almost worth going the rack route just to have one for the bragging rights!

Here’s some info on the giveaway on the Dunlop blog.

The Crybaby Rack Wah – the ultimate in control and versatility. Found in the top studios and racks of the world’s best guitarists, the Crybaby Rack Wah is usually reserved for the guitar industry’s elite few. Many swear by it because they can dial in the exact tone they hear for each gig and situation. Well guess what? This month we’re giving one away.


For premium, rich and vocal tone, this King of Wahs is versatile enough to handle an astronomically wide spectral range of Wah sound. Dial in anywhere between a vintage sounding thin “quack” to a fully powerful throaty “growl” with a six position switch that lets you select your sweep frequency range. Then for fine-tuning use the on board EQ and the variable Q control, which allows you to determine where the shape lies in the frequency. Go +10db of boost on up to six controller inputs for coverage anywhere onstage. Used by the pros and serious Wah players.

Artists List
Kirk Hammett
Phil Demmel/ Machine Head
Rob Flynn/Machine Head
Jim Root/Slipknot-Stone Sour
Mick Thomson/Slipknot
Mark Morton/Lamb of God
Kerry King/Slayer
Jeff Hanneman/Slayer
Joe Perry/Aerosmith
Tommy Thayer/Kiss
Damon Johnson/Alice Cooper Band
Dave Kushner/Velvet Revolver
Richard Fortus/NIN-Guns n Roses
Bumblefoot/Guns n Roses
DJ Ashba/Guns n Roses
Mick Mars/Motley Crue
Ted Nugent
Bjorn Gelotte/In Flames
Jerry Cantrell/Alice in Chains
John Garcia/Trisha Yearwood
Pete Anderson
Steve Lukather
Doug Aldrich/Whitesnake
Zoltan Balthory/ Five Finger Death Punch
Vivian Campbell/Def Leppard
Corey Beauliue/Trivium
Tom Dumont/No Doubt
Robin Fink/NIN

NEWS: Boss pedal giveaway – Guess The Riff, Get The Gear

Check out this awesome contest by Boss. Hey can I move to the US so I can participate?


Grand Prize Wins Four Autographed Pedals and $1,000 in BOSS Gear

Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 2009 — BOSS is giving the tone freaks everywhere the chance to win autographed BOSS pedals by top guitar heroes and $1,000 in BOSS gear with The Big BOSS Giveaway.

To enter, contestants should visit, listen to the featured riff, and pick out the BOSS Distortion or Overdrive pedal that is used to make that particular tone.

The riff will change every two weeks, and a different signed BOSS pedal from a famous guitar hero will be given away, as well as $1,000 in BOSS gear. In addition, a grand prize of $1,000 in BOSS gear and one signed pedal from each of the four guitar heroes will be given to any contestant who enters the contest between November 1 and December 31, 2009. Contestants can enter once every two-week period, giving them up to five chances to win.

The Big BOSS Giveaway Prize Lineup:

Grand Prize

One signed pedal for each guitar hero (four in all) and $1,000 in BOSS gear

Biweekly Prizes
11/1/09–11/14/09 Dave Navarro signed DS-1 and $1,000 in BOSS gear
11/15/09–11/30/09 Frank Gambale signed TU-2 and $1,000 in BOSS gear
12/1/09–12/15/09 Yngwie Malmsteen signed NS-2 and $1,000 in BOSS gear
12/16/09–12/31/09 Lincoln Brewster signed DN-2 and $1,000 in BOSS gear

Contest eligible in the U.S. only. For more information, visit

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