New Guitar Mag: Pure Guitar

Pure Guitar

When I was in my teens, I had journalistic heroes in much the same way that I had guitar heroes, or how other kids had sports or film heroes. Guys like Jas Obrecht, Tom Mulhern, Joe Gore, Tom Wheeler and more (Alan Paul James Rotondi, Jeff Kitts, Jeff Gilbert, Pete Prown, Joe Bosso, Lisa Sharken, Charles Shaar Murray, Gary Graff… I could ramble on and on about these writers). Those first four names I mentioned, though, were very influential and they all played important roles in Guitar Player magazine. Now Jas Obrecht (along with Ryan Rhea and Christian Magee as JRC Media, LLC) have launched Pure Guitar, a new breed of guitar magazine with an aim of blending literate, in-depth journalism with the technology available to internet and mobile app users. Writers include Wheeler, Mulhern, Gore, Obrecht and fellow Guitar Player alum Jon Sievert, along with Wayne Goins (Director of Jazz Studies at Kansas State University), first-call studio guitarist Tim Pierce, and London-based Alissa Ordabai.

There’s plenty of great stuff online: a huge chat with Eric Johnson, a complete 1990 interview with Jason Becker, a roundtable discussion with several legendary amp makers (Hartley Peavey, Alexander Dumble, Richie Fliegler, Bruce Zinky, Paul Rivera, Aspen Pittman) and much, much more. Go check it out!

The Pagey Project Phase 2 and postscript

I know things have been really Les Paully around here lately (don’t worry: despite how much fun I’m having with this amazing Les Paul, I’m still addicted to my Ibanii, my Taylor, my Buddy Blaze 7-string and my Fender ’62 Strat reissue), but here’s something else you might dig, regardless of which two-humbucker axe you may sling: Joe Gore’s Pagey Project.

Here’s part 1, in which Gore wires up his Les Paul with the wildly flexible Jimmy Page setup.

Here’s part 2, in which things get way crazy with Triple Shot mounting rings and a germanium overdrive.

And here’s the postscript, wherein we learn what happens next!

Seymour Duncan: Wolf Tones, plus Jimmy Page wiring!

So here’s something I’m really proud of: Seymour Duncan has just made me their Assistant Social Media Coordinator. As part of the job, I get to write cool blog posts like this one about the problem of ‘wolf tones.’ You might also dig this Tone Fiend article by Joe Gore about the versatile and mysterious Jimmy Page-style Les Paul wiring. If you’ve got a Les Paul or similar, give it a try! I know I will when I eventually buy a Les Paul (like this Les Paul Traditional in Iced Tea).

By the way, the pickups in the photo above are the Gus G FIRE Blackouts in my battered old Ibanez RG370. I really dig how these pickups have given the guitar a new lease on life (along with a killer fret job from Soxy Music). See my review of them here.