The colour of the universe: Yngwie

See that up above? That’s the average colour of the universe. NASA determined this by computationally averaging the light emitted by one of the largest sample of galaxies yet analysed (the 200,000 galaxies of the 2dF survey). The resulting cosmic spectrum has some emission in all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, but a single perceived composite color.

Does the colour look familiar?

 Well, maybe not quite, but it’s close, yeah?

That’s the Fender Yngwie Malmsteen Stratocaster. That’s an old pic: the current version comes with Seymour Duncan YJM Fury pickups.

REVIEW: Dr Duck’s Ax Wax

Y’know how there are shampoos which are 2-in-1, or those combined body/hair/facewashes? Dr Duck’s Ax Wax is kind of like that. An all-inclusive, self-proclaimed ‘marvel mystery oil of the guitar industry,’ it protects your finish, moisturises your fretboard, cleans your strings and lubes up the string contact points. And it does it all without any wax, abrasives, silicones, synthetics or acids. What the hell is this stuff? Don’t know. Dr Duck’s secret.

Ax Wax comes in a 4oz bottle with an applicator flip top cap. All you need is a polishing cloth to get going. Here are just some of the ways you can use it:

PROTECTING THE FINISH

Simply put a few drops of Ax Wax on an applicator patch, spread it around, let it set for two minutes then buff with an appropriate cloth. Ax Wax does not dry, so if it still appears wet or if it feels sticky to the touch, just give it a little more elbow grease – which I found myself having to do the first few times I used it. It doesn’t tint or stain the finish, and it seems gentle enough to use on most finishes. You can use it on the entire guitar, including metal parts such as pickup covers and tuning keys, and on plastic parts such as pick guards and electronics cavity covers. I found it took a bit more buffing to get plastic parts looking their best, but it worked its magic on metal rather quickly.

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Long Holiday – Hate Potion No. 8

Check out the video for “Hate Potion No. 8” by Long Holiday. Some very cool post-grunge stuff, great songwriting, cool vibe. The band is Gina Wessel on lead vocals/guitar, drummer Marc Russo (Uncle Chunk), and my pal Andie Fitzpatrick (Tim McMillan Band/The Kissingers) on bass.

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LTD Bela Lugosi’s Tales From The Grave guitar

ESP Guitars will release a Limited Edition Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave LTD Guitar in November. It’ll be signed by both Bela Lugosi, Jr. and the artwork designer Kerry Gammill, publisher of Monsterverse Entertainment.
LTD will only make 325 of these made, complete with a limited edition coffin case. Get in quick or Kirk Hammett will buy them all. Might I suggest you preorder from the fine folks at bMusic?
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BELA LUGOSI’S TALES FROM THE GRAVE ELECTRIC GUITAR & COFFIN CASE!

(LOS ANGELES) ESP Guitars is coming out with a limited edition LTD Dracula Bela Lugosi Dracula Guitar. There will be only 325 of these made Worldwide. They come with a limited edition killer coffin case as well.

This guitar will be featured at Comic-Con International 2012 (SDCC 2012) in San Diego this July and will be heavily publicized by ESP in Premier Guitar Magazine in the October issue.

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MI Effects giving away a Megalith Delta

Last year I reviewed the phenomenal MI Amplification Megalith Beta amp. Well check this out! MI Effects is releasing the Megalith Delta high gain distortion pedal, and you can win one! “But dude,” I hear you type, “We want to know more about the Megalith Delta!” Well…

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MI EFFECTS RELEASES THE MEGALITH DELTA HIGH GAIN DISTORTION PEDAL 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA JUNE 6, 2012 – The quest for the ultimate in high-gain distortion continues for MI Effects with the announcement that the Megalith Delta high gain distortion pedal is ready to hit the streets on the 8th June. This highly anticipated release has a completely unique and original design, and will change the perception of high-gain distortion stomp boxes.

Michael Ibrahim, director of MI Audio, and pedal designer comments “The Megalith Delta high gain distortion pedal design came from years of R&D of our MI Amplification high gain amplifier, the Megalith Beta. It took some time for me to really understand the variables behind great high gain tones. But by designing the Megalith Beta amplifier from the ground up, I was able to really grasp how to make a complex, sophisticated high gain sound that kept all the nuances, huge bottom end and the clarity and character of the top end”.

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The Raconteurs Live At Montreux 2008

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The Raconteurs Live At Montreux 2008

On 18 June 2012, Eagle Rock Entertainment release Live At Montreux 2008 by The Raconteurs.  Filmed in high definition, this show will be simultaneously released on DVD and Blu-ray formats.  This is the first ever video release by The Raconteurs and features tracks from both their top 10 albums including the singles “Steady, As She Goes”, “Many Shades Of Black”, “Broken Boy Soldier”, “Salute Your Solution” and more.

The Raconteurs were formed in 2005 by Jack White of The White Stripes, acclaimed solo artist Brendan Benson and drummer Patrick Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence from The Greenhornes. Their debut album “Broken Boy Soldiers” charted at No.2 in the UK and follow up “Consolers Of The Lonely” went in at No.8. Both albums were also Top 10 in the USA. This performance from Montreux in 2008 was part of the tour in support of their second album. The setlist is split between songs from the two albums and includes covers of Terry Reid’s “Rich Kid Blues” and the old Charley Jordan track “Keep It Clean”. 

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REVIEW: IK Multimedia AmpliTube Slash for iPad

Slash is one of those players who manages to cross the divide between generations. Original classic rock fans love his blues-based style. Hard rock and metal fans dig his attitude. And kids are drawn to his guitar hero persona. Slash has always used top-quality gear and has had no hesitation in putting his name to the equipment that meets his standards. We may not all be able to afford a Gibson Slash Les Paul and his signature Marshall AFD 100 amp, but now with AmpliTube Slash you can at still rock out with a version of Slash’s iconic tone – no, scratch that, make that tones.

AmpliTube Slash is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and you can use IK Multimedia’s iRig or iRig Stomp to connect to the app. Other interfaces which use the 30 pin connector work too, and you can also use iRig MIDI to control AmpliTube Slash with your floor controller.

The app includes five effects (Chorus, Delay, Booster, OctoBlue and Distortion/Wah, the latter being available for free when you register the app) as well as a noise gate, two amplifier heads (Marshall JCM Slash Edition Silver Jubilee and the AFD 100), a single track recorder, expandable to eight tracks with mastering effects. You can export your recordings via email, SoundCloud, FTP or File Sharing. There are 30 tone presets included, and you can create your own too. There’s a tuner, a metronome, and you can import/purchase and play along with your favourite Slash tracks or any music in your library. The SpeedTrainer section lets you slow down or speed up licks while maintaining pitch for practicing. if you currently own AmpliTube for iPad or iPhone, upgrade to version 2.5 for free and all AmpliTube Slash gear models are available as in-app purchase, either as a complete set or a-la-carte.

So those amp models: it appears that there are two included, but really there’s three, with two contained within the Marshall AFD100 amp, just like with the real amp. Lemmie explain. The original AFD100 Slash amp features two modes: AFD and 34. The 34 mode is based on Slash’s modded JCM 800 2208 (which has ’34’ stencilled on the side). The second mode, AFD, adds an extra gain stage and is based on the sound heard on the Appetite For Destruction album. So the AFD model in the app is based on this amp and its two modes. Cool huh?

I plugged my Gibson Les Paul Traditional in using Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack 2 (I don’t have an iRig Stomp handy) and let rip. I could tell you all about the sounds, but you can hear some of my noodlings here.

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