NEWS: Stuff you may have missed on I Heart Guitar

I’ve picked up a bunch of new I Heart Guitar readers over the last few weeks, especially thanks to some links on kickass sites like Guitar Noize, Melodicrock.com, Truth In Shredding, Random Chatter Music Blog, Premier Guitar and Guitarsite.com, so I thought it might be a good time to point to some previous articles, reviews, interviews and lessons. So here ya go!

Interview with Joe Satriani

Interview with Paul Gilbert

Interview with Bryan Beller

Interview with Steve Turner

Review of Paul Gilbert and Freddie Nelson’s ‘United States’ CD

Review of Extreme’s ‘Saudades De Rock’ CD

Review of Def Leppard and Cheap Trick’s November 3 concert in Melbourne, Australia

Review of Lloyd Spiegel’s Live In Japan DVD

Sweep picking guitar lesson

Digital editing for guitarists

A guide to using pedals

NEWS: New Jason Becker interview on TV

ABC affiliate KGO-TV in San Francisco visited Jason Becker recently for a news story. You can watch the video here. It’s so cool to see Jason still composing (and giving cheeky answers to the interviewer).

During the story they show a few shots of the Paradise Guitars USA Jason Becker signature model.

When I was about 14 I bought the second Cacophony album on cassette, but there was something wrong with the tape and on side 2 the left side of the mix was completely silent. It took years before I found a copy on CD so I could hear what i was missing on that other side of the stereo spectrum! I took my tape to a guitar lesson and played ‘Go Off’ for my teacher and said “I wanna play like that!” He was a great teacher but Jason’s style was a million times removed from his, so I never did learn that song. Maybe it’s time I did.

Discussion time! What are your favourite Jason Becker songs or solos?

CLICK HERE to buy Jason Becker – Collection from Amazon.com

NEWS: Paradise Guitars USA Jason Becker complete specs

Full specs, pricing and pre-order package deals for the Paradise Guitars USA Jason Becker signature guitar have now been released. The Deluxe Package sells for $US2,699 and includes various goodies. The Standard Package is $US2,499, and still includes a lot of goodies.

The following is from Paradise Guitars:

The Jason Becker signature guitar from ParadiseGuitarsUSA.com is offering two special Pre-Order “PACKAGE DEALS” for the serial numbers 10-70. There will be the “Deluxe Package” and the “Standard Package”. Also, we want everyone to know that the headstock was mainly designed by Jason Becker himself and he had a huge amount of input into the entire design of the guitar. This was definitely a complete collaborative effort of talents from Jason Becker and the entire Paradise Guitars USA team.

Just email us at info@ParadiseGuitarsUSA.com and we will send you all the Pre-Order Package information immediately.

The two different Pre-Order “Package Deals” are as follows:

“DELUXE PACKAGE” includes a Jason Becker Signature Guitar with a SERIAL NUMBER from 10-40. The numbers will be given out in a first come, first served, basis.
The DELUXE PACKAGE includes the following:
1) A Jason Becker signature guitar from ParadiseGuitarsUSA with a serial number starting at 10. (Numbers will be given out on a first come, first served, basis)
2) A GuitarWheel from GuitarWheel.com
3) Jason’s upcoming NEW CD-The Jason Becker Collection – CD
4) An 8” x 10” Photo of Jason with his NEW Signature Guitar
5) A laser engraved, Guitar Pic shaped “Jason Becker” wall clock in mirror
6) A letter from Jason, written personally to you, thanking you for your order and loyalty
7) A Jason Becker pic
A “Letter of Authenticity” from Paradise Guitars USA confirming your serial number and authenticity of your guitar
This DELUXE PACKAGE sells for $2699. The guitar includes a custom form-fitted hardshell case. Add $35, for Standard Shipping via UPS Ground to anywhere in the 48 contiguous states and this includes insurance at no additional cost to you.
If outside the U.S., please email or call with your exact address and we will calculate shipping for you. Orders will start shipping in approximately 6-7 weeks from order date.

“STANDARD PACKAGE” includes a Jason Becker Signature Guitar with a SERIAL NUMBER from 41-70. The numbers will be given out in a first come, first served, basis.
The STANDARD PACKAGE includes the following:
1) A Jason Becker signature guitar from ParadiseGuitarsUSA with a serial number starting at 41. (Numbers will be given out on a first come, first served, basis)
2) A GuitarWheel from GuitarWheel.com
3) A letter from Jason, written personally to you, thanking you for your order and loyalty
4) A “Letter of Authenticity” from Paradise Guitars USA confirming your serial number and authenticity of your guitar
This STANDARD PACKAGE sells for $2499. The guitar includes a custom form-fitted hardshell case. Add $35, for Standard Shipping via UPS Ground to anywhere in the 48 contiguous states and this includes insurance at no additional cost to you.
If outside the U.S., please email or call with your exact address and we will calculate shipping for you. Orders will start shipping in approximately 6-8 weeks from order date.

The specs are as follows:

BODY: Genuine Alder
NECK: Maple neck with steel 2-way truss rod
FINGERBOARD: Maple-16”radius
FRET: 24, 6100 Jumbo thin fret
INLAY: Colored numbered fret markers
BRIDGE: Authentic Floyd Rose® Pro Style Tremolo floating (Black) with Floyd Rose® Tremolo stop
TUNERS: Sperzel® Red Satin Tuners
PICKUPS: Neck: DiMarzio® P.A.F. Pro-Custom Colored: Yellow/Red
Middle: DiMarzio® DP116 HS-2 : Green Bridge: DiMarzio® Tone Zone-Custom Colored: Blue/Pink
FINISH: Tung oil
HEADSTOCK & BACKPLATES: 14 degree tilt-back headstock with Inlaid “Black” Paradise logo and matching tremolo and electronics plates
ELECTRONICS:
500K volume pot with Purple 1-11 volume knob and 5-way blade switch

Photo by Paradise Guitars USA.

NEWS: Paradise Guitars Jason Becker specs

The specs have been released for the Paradise Guitars USA Jason Becker signature guitar I reported about on the weekend.

ParadiseGuitarsUSA.com is offering a special pre-order package deal for the serial numbers 10-50. The pre-order package will include several unique items, many personalized by Jason himself. The package will be announced later this week.

The specs are:

BODY: Genuine Alder
NECK: Maple neck with steel 2-way truss rod
FINGERBOARD: Maple-16”radius
FRET: 24, 6100 Jumbo thin fret
INLAY: Colored numbered fret markers
BRIDGE: Authentic Floyd Rose® Pro Style Tremolo floating (Black) with Floyd Rose® Tremolo stop
TUNERS: Sperzel® Red Satin Tuners
PICKUPS: Neck: DiMarzio® P.A.F. Pro-Custom Colored: Yellow/Red
Middle: DiMarzio® HS-2 Green
Bridge: DiMarzio® Tone Zone-Custom Colored: Blue/Pink
FINISH: Tung oil
HEADSTOCK & BACKPLATES: 14 degree tilt-back headstock with Inlaid “Black” Paradise logo and matching tremolo and electronics plates
ELECTRONICS: 500K volume pot with Purple 1-11 volume knob and 5-way blade switch

To order the guitar, contact Paradise Guitars here.

Photo by Paradise Guitars USA.

NEWS: Paradise unveils Jason Becker signature

Paradise Guitars USA has unveiled its new Jason Becker signature guitar. This guitar was designed with Jason’s blessing, based on his famous custom Peavey guitar, and with a headstock of Jason’s own design.


At different times Jason was in discussions to have a signature model made by Peavey and Jackson, but those plans never panned out. No specs are available yet for the Paradise Guitars version.

There are also photos on the Myspace page of Paradise endorser Davin Kline Jr.

On the Jemsite.com forum, Paradise’s Tom G said, “There will only be a limited edition of this guitar. Paradise Guitars have been taking pre orders, quite a few are sold to some untold names. You can email Paradise Guitars if your interested in a preorder to make sure you get one. I made sure i got one! Jason is flipping, and very excited! The guitar will come with a few suprises from Jason,for the first forty buyers.”


To get your hands on one of these bad boys, contact Paradise Guitars USA through their website here.


In addition to being a solo artist, Jason was guitarist in Cacophony with Marty Friedman, and replaced Steve Vai in David Lee Roth’s band. His performing career was cut short when he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, but Jason still composes music. Shrapnel Records will release The Best Of Jason Becker on November 4, including three new songs written by Jason which feature Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Joe Satriani, Michael Lee Firkins, Steve Vai and Steve Hunter.
Photos by Paradise Guitars USA.

NEWS: ProTone Jason Becker distortion pedal

ProTone Pedals is now shipping the Jason Becker Perpetual Burn distortion pedal, which is based on Jason’s favourite Marshall JCM 800 amp, with a little inspiration from the JCM900 he used later in his career for good measure. It also features an additional clean boost channel at Jason’s request, after he said he enjoyed using a higher gain sound later in his career.

CLICK HERE to buy the pedal right now.

At the Shred Academy forum, ProTone’s Dennis Mollan says the design was originally going to include an overdrive channel and an amp emulation channel, but prototype testing sessions with Rusty Cooley led to the decision to use a clean boost channel instead, to be driven by the emulation channel: “The way the boost interacts with the circuit is extremely cool. It adds more bite and tone to the distortion, and obviously adds more volume. The distortion from the emulator really drives the boost into more distortion… this configuration really sounds great. The overdrive going into the distortion is great in the amp world, but here in the pedal realm it really sucked! Was way too noisy. So we scrapped that plan.”

The pedal features original artwork by Jason’s dad, Gary Becker, and is handbuilt in Texas.

In addition to being a solo artist, Jason was guitarist in Cacophony with Marty Friedman, and replaced Steve Vai in David Lee Roth’s band. His performing career was cut short when he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, but Jason still composes music. Shrapnel Records will release The Best Of Jason Becker on November 4, including three new songs written by Jason which feature Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Joe Satriani, Michael Lee Firkins, Steve Vai and Steve Hunter.

Stay tuned for news of the Paradise Guitars USA Jason Becker limited edition guitar.