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The Seymour Duncan James Hetfield Invader Mystery

invaderA little while ago I got my paws on a Schecter Synyster Gates Custom guitar with Seymour Duncan Invader pickups, and I was pretty impressed by how easily it was able to capture classic 80s thrash tones. In fact, I found myself chugging out on the riff to Metallica’s “Disposable Heroes” for way longer than anyone would care to hear, just because it sounded so damn chunky. “But wait,” I thought. “I feel a sense of deja vu here… something to do with the Invader …and Metallica…” It wasn’t until a little while later that I made the connection during one of my frequent excursions down the Google rabbit hole: it has been reported that James Hetfield used the Seymour Duncan Invader humbucker on Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets, in his Electra Flying V copy as well as his white Jackson King V. Interviews from back in the day seem to be very hard to come by (i.e. I can’t find any, dammit), but below are some pics from a Google image search that seem to support these reports, and there’s some other cool info here. In the Electra pic in particular, you can make out the smaller logo and larger pole pieces of the Invader (and there are rumours that the pickup in the KV1 King V is a Seymour Duncan Allan Holdsworth model, which seems possible since the pole pieces in the pic below look more like the Holdsworth’s double screws than the huge hex poles of the Invader. Either way, if anyone has any clearer pics I’d love to see ‘em! Of course, even as a huge Seymour Duncan geek it’d be wrong of me to omit that Papa Het has long used EMG pickups and now has his own signature Het SetContinue reading

Metallica – Lords Of Summer

Three cheers to Metallica for releasing this garage demo version of “Lords Of Summer,” the new song they debuted in Bogota, Colombia on the weekend.

Metallica – The Lords Of Summer

Okay, so the quality isn’t great but here’s the brand new Metallica song “The Lords Of Summer,” performed in Bogota, Colombia a few hours ago. What do you think?

VIDEO: James Hetfield Talks To Guitar Center

James Hetfield sat down with Guitar Center in San Francisco recently for a little chat. In the small room, he shared stories about becoming a musician, rising to fame, and even played a bit. All the while, customers continued to shop in the store, having no idea it was James playing. Hetfield’s new ESP Iron Cross is available now. Continue reading

BVB Hits Back At ‘Fake Cab’ Haters

Black-Veil-Brides-fake-cabsThe other day a photo surfaced on the internets of Black Veil Brides performing with some dummy speaker cabs – empty cabinets placed on stage for visual effect. And I guess BVB are a band who attract a lot of haters for some reason, so a lot of people pounced on them for it. Like they were looking for some excuse to accuse the band of being fakes. But y’know what? I really don’t get what all the fuss is about here. Bands have been using fake cabs to fill in stage space for decades. You think Van Halen or Slayer are really going through all of those cabinets? A wall of speakers is part of the rock vernacular. It’s just something we expect to see. And if you choose to do without it, you have to get creative in order to do something with that empty space, otherwise it’s just going to look bare and boring. Continue reading

Rockschool Introduces New Hot Rock Guitar Books

RockschoolPRESS RELEASE: Rockschool’s best selling Hot Rock Guitar series has just been expanded with the launch of the new Grades 4 and 5 books. The acclaimed Hot Rock range brings you eight classic tracks in a variety of music genres giving you a choice of musical styles to play. The new books include songs from some of the most respected, best selling and famous bands on the planet and are an excellent tool for the ‘Free Choice Pieces’ in graded exams. Each massive new book comes complete with edited exam versions of eight classic rock songs drawn from a range of musical styles. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Jim Breuer

Jim BreuerOkay, so if you’ve been reading the site or following me on Twitter lately, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been developing a bit of an interest in stand-up comedy. I guess I need to find an interest outside of music to keep things fresh, since music is my life’s passion as well as my day job. Anyway, I was just going through some files when I stumbled upon this interview from last year with comedian and fellow metal-obsessive Jim Breuer. Hopefully some of you might like reading about someone who loves metal as much as we do, but approaches it from a different perspective. Don’t worry, I’m not turing the site into I Heart Comedy or anything. Here’s the interview: Continue reading

NAMM: Aria To Release Cliff Burton Bass!

Cliff Burton Bass

Just just drifted across Twitter via Metallica:

@ARIA_Guitars will launch the Aria Pro II Cliff Burton Signature Bass at @NAMMShow. Ray Burton will intro & sign autographs Fri 1/25 at Noon

See more pics here and check it out on the official Aria website here. Can’t wait to check this one out!

Cliff Burton

Musikmesse 2012: Gibson Custom Kirk Hammett Flying V

Everyone knows Kirk Hammett used a Gibson Flying V extensively with Metallica before he started using ESPs – and he still works with ESP, releasing several cool new signature models this year – but Hammett has also returned to his roots in the form of this new Gibson Custom V, a replica of his old axe. Continue reading

NAMM 2012: Warwick Robert Trujillo signature model

Even before I knew it was a Robert Trujillo signature model, this unfathomable beauty from Warwick caught my eye.

Oooh. Shiny.

It features a ‘chrometone’ finish, increased neck mass, special-width brass nut and active EMG pickups with Bartolini 3-band electronics. The neck and body are both Maple, and the fretboard is Tigerstripe Ebony. Those fretboard inlays? R T genuine silver. Comes with Dunlop Robert Trujillo Signature strings: (4-string: .045” – .102”; 5-string: .045″ – .130″), Warwick User Kit, Rockcase Flight Case and certificate of authenticity.

And here’s a video from Warwick about this beast.

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Original Metallica line-up members return for one night only!

Photo from @josemangin‘s Twitter:

Woo! So I hoped it’d happen but I didn’t dare dream. Metallica reunited with original bass player Ron McGovney, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and – whoa! – even original guitarist Lloyd Grant at the last of their 30th anniversary shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco! This is an even bigger deal than the Big 4 shows!

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Y’know what I’d like to see happen at one of the Metallica 30th anniversary shows?

It’d be cool. Just sayin’.

Guthrie Govan

Peter Hodgson Hi! I'm Peter Hodgson. I write for Gibson.com, Australian Guitar, Australian Musician, Mixdown Magazine (including my instructional column, 'Unleash Your Inner Rock God,' which has been running since 2007), BluntBeat (including their weekly hard rock/metal column Crunch) and The Brag. And I'm Assistant Social Coordinator with Seymour Duncan. I've been playing guitar since I was 8 years old, and I've been writing for magazines since I was 18. I've also worked as a guitar teacher (up to 50 students a week), a setup tech, a newspaper editor, and I've also dabbled in radio a little bit. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and my hobbies include drinking way too much coffee, and eating way too much Mexican food. You can check out my guitar playing at Bandcamp or on YouTube, and feel free to email me at iheartguitarblog@gmail.com

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