INTERVIEW: Periphery’s Mark Holcomb

Mark Holcomb

The release of a new Periphery album is always like Christmas for fans of heavy guitar. There’s always so much to digest: unpredictable riffs, challenging solos, soaring melodies, complex chords. Every record is like a challenge to all of us to lift our game. And Periphery III: Select Difficulty really throws down the challenge. Although some parts of the record are more melodic and direct than anything the band has done before, there’s also some brutally heavy, insanely complex material for us all to bust our fingers learning, and then stretch our necks headbanging to. I caught up with guitarist Mark Holcomb to chat about the record and his new guitar. Read More …

New Jackson Signature Models

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You may remember Scott Ian of Anthrax discussing his badass Jackson King V in our interview recently. This incredible guitar is now available to the public in two versions, including a USA-built behemoth. Jackson has also announced new signature models for Misha Mansoor, Phil Collen, Mark Morton and Dave Davidson. Read More …

Damn, Check Out Mark Holcomb’s New PRS 7-String

PRS Mark Holcomb 7 StringPeriphery guitarist Mark Holcomb’s limited edition PRS was one of the most talked-about guitars at NAMM, with its killer range of finishes, 20″ fretboard radius and 25.5″ scale length, and Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega pickups. Now PRS has made mark a 7-string version with 7-string Alpha and Omega pickups and a 26.6″ scale length. Here it is from Mark’s Facebook. Pic by Misha Mansoor.

NAMM: Jackson Misha Mansoor HT6 & HT7

Jackson Artist Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut Bulb HT6

PRESS RELEASE: Jackson is proud to announce the latest addition to its Artist Signature series instruments, the Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6 and HT7 guitars. Misha Mansoor is acclaimed for his masterful guitar work in fashioning the progressive metal of Periphery. Now, the esteemed Djent-leman himself and Jackson have collaborated closely on the Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6 and HT7 guitars, brand-new models like nothing else Jackson has ever seen—or heard—before. The instrument is crafted with a distinctive Jackson body shape inspired by the Dinky, with sleekly scalloped horns, a comfortably contoured neck heel and a gorgeous AAA quilt maple top on trans-finish models. The bolt-on quartersawn maple neck is sculpted with Mansoor’s own custom profile, and features graphite reinforcement, ivoroid binding and heel-end thumbwheel truss rod adjustment. Read More …

New Pro Tone Pedals Bulb Deluxe Overdrive

BulbIf you missed out on Pro Tone Pedals’ limited edition Misha Mansoor Bulb Deluxe overdrive, good news! Thanks to overwhelming demand this pedal is back! But now the Attack switch has been changed from a little toggle to a foot switch, so you can kick it in and engage more definition and tightness during opportune moments. They’re available at the special price of $225 until Sunday April 13, after which the price will be $275. The pedal also sports a snazzy new look as well, and there will be a few knob options including black, red and white.

Below is a video of the first iteration of the pedal. The circuitry of the new version is the same with the exception of the move to a footswitch for Attack, so these tones are still perfectly cromulent. Read More …

Hey, Lay Off Misha’s Theory Knowledge, Dude.

Misha MansoorOkay, something’s pissing me off and I have to rant about it. Today on Misha Mansoor’s ask.fm page, someone asked, “Serious question, how is one who does not know theory call themselves of musician? You are a guitarist, producer, etc. Not a musician. Not taking any shots, btw.” Misha quite diplomatically replied “Because I play music for a living?” Now, I’m someone who appreciates music theory, knows a lot of it, believes in learning and teaching it, and rather likes it. But there has to come a time where you put music theory aside. When you really get down to it, music theory is not a rule book for how to make music. It’s a catalog of observations of things that sound good. Music existed before music theory was invented to describe it, just as language was around before an external means to document it. If someone can speak but they can’t read or write, does that make their words any less meaningful? Is a nice home cooked meal any less of a meal than one made by Bobby Flay? Read More …