Now this is cool. Available in made-in-Japan (KIKO100) and Premium (KIKO10P) versions, Ibanez presents a pair of Kiko Loureiro signature models. Each features a unique scoop cutaway at the back of the body on the treble side, original Edge (KIKO100) or Edge-Zero II (KIKO10P) tremolos, Alder bodies with flamed Maple tops, recessed control knobs, tilt-in jacks, and DiMarzio KIKO original pickups. According to the description, “Kiko plays a wide range of music, from metal to jazz fusion, and the pickups were designed to reflect this range of sound. The neck and bridge pickups both humbuckers have medium output and a balanced sound in terms of frequency response. The single-coil middle pickup is more powerful and warmer-sounding than a typical vintage single-coil, in order to balance well with the neck and bridge pickups.” More info here. Continue reading
Between The Buried And Me’s critically acclaimed concept album The Parallax II: Future Sequence is a modern classic of progressive metal, swinging through various musical moods and sonic settings while miraculously bringing the band into more cohesion, which is no mean feat given their reputation for eclecticism. It’s the continuation of the band’s 2011 EP The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, and they’ll be playing it across Australia this month. Joining them on the tour are US Prog Metal alchemists The Contortionist, who combine influences of Rush, Dream Theater, Cynic and even BTBAM and mix it all up with their own personality, a frenzy of warped time signatures, percussive mathematics, spider-fingered fretwork, dazzlingly atmospheric keyboards and arresting vocals. In short, this tour will be an incredible opportunity to see a stunning, virtuosic night of musicianship. I caught up with Between The Buried And Me guitarist Paul Waggoner ahead of this unprecedentedly progtastic tour. Continue reading
Periphery’s Jake Bowen is the latest artist to be honoured with a signature DiMarzio pickup set. As DiMarzio says on their website, the Titan pickups were developed for Jake’s new signature guitar with Ibanez. “Jake Bowen is one of the new generation of guitarists on the cutting edge of progressive rock,” DiMarzio says, “and the Titan™ Neck and Bridge Model pickups were developed for his new signature guitar by Ibanez. Jake’s bridge pickup is crucial to his sound. It needs to be dynamic, fast, and very tight, and it’s at home with both standard and dropped tunings.” Here’s a killer video of Jake jamming with Dream Theater’s John Petrucci (who is using his own new DiMarzios, the Illuminator set), followed by some info about each pickup. Continue reading
2012 was a breakout year for Asking Alexandria, headlining massive sold-out European and North American tours, and capping it all off with a slot on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. This year they’ve packed in a stack of European festival appearances as well as a huge, huge show at the Download festival. And now they’ve released From Death To Destiny, their third album. Produced by Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Buried in Verona, Of Mice and Men), From Death To Destiny is heavy, melodic, intense and powerful. And it’s full of the twin-guitar attack of Ben Bruce and Cameron Liddell, both of whom are die-hard Ibanez guys with their own signature models. I reached out to Bruce because I thought it’d be fun to have a nice nerdly chat about all things six-string.
I hope you don’t mind talking guitar-nerd stuff!
I’ll try my best! My guitar techs know more about guitar stuff than I do! Continue reading
There’s a really cool discussion over at the Seymour Duncan User Group Forum right now: if you had a signature guitar, what would it be? Forum member Dr. Vegetable posed the following questions: Which company called you? Which standard model in their product lineup do you base your sig off of? (Need not be in current production.) What specs do you insist upon that make it uniquely yours? What other customizations do you make to the guitar? What special piece of “case candy” goes with it as a collector’s item? I gave it a great deal of thought, because there are a lot of companies I’d love to have a signature guitar through. I replied with one answer, but then I realised I really have two. So below are my responses, the original and the one that hit me after I’d already hit ‘post.’ Continue reading
Ibanez first offered a 7-string acoustic more than a decade ago and it was a very cool guitar, but then the 7-string sort of drifted off for a bit. Now, of course, 7-strings and 8-strings are huge, and pretty much every company makes one or is planning to as we speak. Now Ibanez is bringing back the 7-string acoustic in the form of the AEL207E. It has a Flamed Maple top, Maple back and sides, Mahogany neck, a Fishman Sonicore pickup and Ibanez’s SST Shape Shifter preamp with onboard tuner. In addition to the 1/4″ output jack there’s a balanced XLR jack is included for direct connection to a PA system. The Ibanez SST Shape Shifter preamp has a 3-band EQ and tone shaper, as well as phase reverse for feedback reduction. Continue reading
As a seven – and now eight – string guitarist, I’m fully aware that the needs of an extra-stringer are different to those of someone who plays a sixer. You have to have clarity on the low string(s), because what’s the point of having an extra string if it’s virtually inaudible? And you need the rest of the guitar to still sound right, because what’s the point of having the regular six strings if their tone is going to be sacrificed in honour of that one low string? To date most seven and eight-string pickups have been expanded versions of existing pickup models, but Seymour Duncan’s new Pegasus, Sentient and Nazgul pickups are designed from the ground up to cater to the needs of seven and eight-string players. That’s right: there’s no six-string version of any of these pickups. Continue reading
Steve Vai has been a frequent visitor to Australia over the past decade. He’s been out here for a few G3 tours (first with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci, and then with Satriani and Steve Lukather), he’s been a guest of Dweezil Zappa during the first Zappa Plays Zappa tour, and he even shared some pretty deep musical insights during a masterclass tour. But in that time we’ve only had one Vai solo tour, back in 2004. And you really don’t get the full Vai experience from a short G3 set, a guest appearance or an admittedly amazing masterclass. No sir, for the full Steve Vai experience, you have to see a full Steve Vai show. Continue reading
You may recall this recent post about my Seymour Duncan Custom Shop pickup, the Magnetar. Well now you can hear it! Listen to it on Bandcamp here (and if you like it feel free to kick in a buck or two). I’ll embed it below too so you can listen to it right here. The idea for the Magnetar was to capture a particular sound I heard in my head that I just wasn’t quite getting from any stock pickup. So here’s the description I sent to MJ at the Custom Shop: Continue reading
The UK’s Asking Alexandria is preparing to release their much anticipated, new full-length album From Death To Destiny on Friday 9 August through Sumerian Records. And they’ll be rocking their new Ibanez signature models as they promote the album around the world. Check out the video below for info about the Cameron Liddell and Ben Bruce signature models, each of which comes with a signed certificate of authenticity. I particularly like that Bruce’s model is based on the FR shape, which I think is a hugely underrated and underappreciated Ibanez design. And both models are priced affordably for Asking Alexandria fans, and frankly I just think it’s cool to see some new signature artists joining the artist roster. Now if only they’d make a signature model for Periphery’s Jake Bowen! Continue reading
You might remember that yesterday I was pondering the rise of the 7-string, and how the music is dictating the development of the instrument. A similar thing happened when 5-string basses appeared on the scene. Then there were 6-string basses, which remain something of a niche instrument for jazz and prog guys, really: you don’t tend to see them in punk bands. Just sayin.’ Anyway, so as to not feel left out by the rise of the 8-string guitar, Ibanez has created the BTB7 Limited Edition 7-string bass. Compared to a regular four-string bass it adds one extra low string and two extra high ones: it’s tuned (low to high) B E A D G C F. Continue reading