Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher Switches To ESP

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Whoa, didn’t see this one coming. Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher’s Gibson signature models have been some of the coolest guitars Gibson has released in years, but now Bill has switched to ESP with two new sigs, the ESP Bill Kelliher and the LTD BK-600. ESP writes; “We’re proud to announce that Bill Kelliher of world-renowned American metal band Mastodon has joined our family of endorsed artists. But equally big news is that we’re also announcing the introduction of two new Signature Series models: the ESP Bill Kelliher and the LTD BK-600. Visitors to our booth at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville later this month will be able to check out Bill’s new signature guitars in person. They will be available at ESP dealers later this year.” Read More …

A Little Thunder & Marconi Lab EGO Thunder

A Little Thunder Marconi EGO

A Little Thunder and Marconi Lab have collaborated on the EGO Thunder Signature Model “Orange Drop” guitar. It’s a headless, alder-bodied, maple-necked, ebony-fretboarded, tricked-out music machine with an A Little Thunder pickup in the neck position and a Lace Alumitone Deathbucker at the bridge. The A Little Thunder pickup is, of course, the revolutionary ‘create a separate bass signal out of your lowest three guitar strings’ device designed by Andy Alt. The guitar and all hardware are made 100% in Italy, and A Little Thunder is 100 percent made in the USA.

I like the boldness of the design, and the ‘arm,’ chassis’ and ‘head’ labels which give it a real ‘designy’ feel. It looks crazy comfortable to play too. If you haven’t checked out A Little Thunder yet, here’s the deal: it listens to the lowest three strings (originally it was just the bottom two, but a recent firmware update unlocked a secret third coil) and generates a bass signal which it then sends to a separate signal chain (and it can do it independently of your pickup selection, so you can be rocking chewy riffage on your bridge humbucker while A Little Thunder works its magic). It also has a Low Note Priority mode which processes only the lowest note of a chord, so you can blast away on a full six-string barre chord with only the low E string being used for a bass signal.

For a limited time you can get $400 off the EGO Thunder, limited to the first 50 orders. Have a question? Reach out to Marconi Lab or A Little Thunder directly. Buy it direct (and see plenty more pics) here.

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Epiphone Brent Hinds Flying-V Custom

Epiphone Brent Hinds Flying-V

It’s here at last: the Epiphone Brent Hinds Flying-V Custom! Brent has well and truly earned his right to have a bitchen signature guitar, and he’s combined two of the coolest things ever: Silverburst (the most metal of guitar finishes) and the Flying-V. The guitar also includes Brent’s signature Lace Hammer Claws humbucking pickups. Here’s the press release and some video. Read More …

REVIEW: Gibson Bill Kelliher Halcyon Les Paul

Bill Kelliher Halcyon Les Paul

Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher’s first signature instrument was the Gibson Golden Axe Explorer, a visually stunning instrument that combined classic explorer looks with an eye-catching golden brown sunburst finish and Kelliher’s signature Lace Sensor Dissonant Aggressor passive humbucker pickups. The Golden Axe is already becoming quite hard to find because these limited edition beasts are very much coveted, not just by Mastodon fans – they achieve the rare feat of crossing over to guitar fans in general – and anyone who gets one tends to hang onto it. The new Bill Kelliher Halcyon Les Paul follows a similar track, kitting out a classic Les Paul design with a few of Kelliher’s own personal touches and in the process creating a guitar that will please all sorts of players, whether they’ve heard of Mastodon or not.

Click Here to buy the Gibson Bill Kelliher Halcyon Les Paul

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NEWS: Lace Alumitone Deathbucker

I find it pretty interesting how pickups are such simple yet such complex things. Essentially just a bunch of wire wrapped around a magnet, the creative possibilities are practically endless and so, therefore, are the adjectives used to describe them. So as a result you end up with some very cool names for pickups: names like Tone Zone, Humbucker From Hell, Blaze, Liquifire and Crunch Lab from DiMarzio; War Pig, Nailbomb, Mother’s Milk, Black Dog, Abraxis and Holydiver from Bare Knuckle. Full Shred and Screamin’ Demon from Seymour Duncan. So you’ve gotta dig the appropriately named new Deathbucker from LACE.

Oh, it also looks pretty cool.

LACE Unveils the Alumitone Deathbucker Electric Guitar Pickup

Using patented and patent pending Lace “current driven” technology, the Deathbucker was designed by Jeff Lace, for high output with a heavy metal drive. Extreme output with thunderous bottom end, yet crisp highs allow the player the most versatile of high output pickups.

This new “current driven” technology is only available from Lace. It is considered one of the most revolutionary concepts in pickup design today.

Celebrating 30 years this year in business, Lace is known as the most innovative pickup company today. Products include the world famous Lace Sensor.

“This passive design yields active pickup performance with absolutely zero noise and no need for a battery” stated Jeff Lace. “In split mode, the unique Alumitone design is dead quite with full range” further stated Lace.

Another Deathbucker advantage is there is no volume drop in split mode and working as a single coil; noise is virtually eliminated in comparison to standard old style humbucker designs.

Deathbuckers are compatible with all guitars and other pickups. As an easy drop in replacement, the 4 conductor design needs only 250k pots. It is excellent for any playing situation from live to direct to board recording.

Deathbuckers are available in black and are shipping now.

For more information, visit their web site at http://www.lacemusic.com/.