Help Fund A Film About Grover Jackson

Grover Jackson altered the course of guitar design forever. His pioneering work in what we know of as the ‘superstrat’ would be enough to put him in the history books – and that’s before you even consider the long shadow cast by the guitars he designed with Randy Rhoads. Or his work with various companies in the period between leaving Jackson and starting his own company, GJ2 Guitars. Now there are plans for a film about Grover, his history and his contributions to the guitar. An Indiegogo campaign is underway to help fund the film, and there are all sorts of great perks from posters, DVDs and shirts to a shop tour, a Glendora guitar or custom axe. From the Indiegogo listing:

Hello Friends,
My name is Jon Gold , I am formerly the VP of Fender Guitars and now co-owner of GJ2 Guitars with Grover Jackson. We are making a history piece on the legendary guitar builder Grover Jackson. His humble beginnings and how he turned the guitar industry on his head in the 80’s with his crew of mostly 21 year old kids taking over the troubled Charvel repair shop. Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: BeatBuddy

BeatBuddyWow, here’s one for the I Can’t Believe Nobody’s Done This Before files: BeatBuddy is the first guitar pedal drum machine, giving you hands-free control of your beat while you’re rocking out. There’s an IndieGoGo campaign underway to fund it and it reached $30,000 within the first 30 minutes, and as I type this it’s up at over $102,000. It will come pre-loaded with 10 unique drum sets, over 200 songs (verse/chorus beat progressions) in a variety of styles, tempo adjustment via a knob or tap tempo, MIDI sync so you can integrate with MIDI-based loopers and effects, headphone jack and full stereo sound. Imagine what you can do with this as a soloist, busker, teacher or clinician. And Singular Sound, the team behind BeatBuddy, have aligned with GoranGrooves Studio, a world-class drum recording service in Miami, to create content for the BeatBuddy. The sound samples are recorded and processed with meticulous care using top of the line equipment, drums and percussion. Read More …

Eternal Descent + Calabash Animation = awesome

Eternal Descent and Calabash Animation launch Animated Series on IndieGoGo Star studded heavy metal series from IDW Publishing puts music and comics in motion.

The Eternal Descent comic series from IDW Publishing has bridged the worlds of music and comics like no other, with an army of chart topping heavy metal stars including Joe Satriani, Wayne Static, Gus G, Arch Enemy, Periphery, Shadows Fall, and many more appearing throughout the saga.

In our continued effort to explore the unholy alliance between heavy metal and high fantasy, we’ve teamed up with Calabash Animation, the acclaimed animation studio led by Sean Henry and Wayne Brejcha, to bring you an animated reimagining of Eternal Descent!

Having tested our mettle with a 2 minute animated preview, we’re now in pre-production for a 22 minute pilot episode, which would realize Eternal Descent as a fully animated TV show. It’s our pleasure to announce that Mike Sizemore is handling the script, and if you love animation, fantasy, and heavy guitars, then this could be the show you’ve been waiting for! See the preview and find out how you can get involved at: www.indiegogo.com/eternaldescent

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