PRS Releases Limited Custom 24 8-String!

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(STEVENSVILLE, MD) August 18, 2016 – PRS Guitars is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Private Stock with a revival of the program that started it all: Guitars of the Month. Each month in 2016, the Private Stock team will be offering a unique design in limited numbers that will highlight the fine craftsmanship and remarkable playability that the Private Stock team is known for while utilizing some of the most deluxe materials available. For August, PRS is introducing the Custom 24 8-String model. Inspired by an 8-String designed with Periphery’s Mark Holcomb, these instruments allow players’ creativity to take over with no limitations. Thanks to their extended range, 8-string guitars inspire new technique and unorthodox compositions that can work with any musical style. The inclusion of Holcomb’s signature Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega pickups offer a snarling and aggressive tone that is also glassy and articulate. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Periphery’s Mark Holcomb

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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 …

PRS Mark Holcomb SE Revealed!

 

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It was probably the worst-kept secret since the Guns N’ Roses reunion, thanks to Mark’s carefully-cropped hinting on his Instagram, but here it is: the PRS SE Mark Holcomb Signature Model! Based on Mark’s 2015 USA-made limited edition, it features his Seymour Duncan Alpha/Omega pickups, 20″ fretboard radius and 25.5″ scale. I’m just gonna say it I friggin’ love this thing. 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 …

New Periphery Album Announced

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Alright, so it’s way too early for a review but I’ve been listening to an advance promo of the new Periphery album – Periphery III: Select Difficulty – for the last few days and it’s spectacular. The heavy bits are heavier, the melodic bits are more melodic and the sonic quality is great. Wait til you hear “That’s The Way The News Goes.”  Read More …

Devin Townsend Project & Periphery Oz Tour Announced!

 

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YES! Two of my favourite bands on one bill! I can’t wait for this tour!

PRESS RELEASE: DEVIN TOWNSEND is one of the most prodigious and prolific contemporary talents in the metal world, along with being one of the most admired and celebrated. For almost 20 years, DEVIN TOWNSEND has amazed, beguiled and occasionally baffled all comers in numerous incarnations spanning the extreme noise metal of Strapping Young Lad to the intricate melodies of Ocean Machine; Devin has had his hand in almost every genre of music, from industrial metal to progressive rock to ambient sounds.  All of these projects had one thing in common: GENIUS.  Read More …

Seymour Duncan Releases Mark Holcomb Pickups

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The progressive metal virtuosos of Periphery are known for their technically complex rhythms and precise tones – tones which require pickups with just the right amount of output and articulation whether standing alone or working in a dense mix. The Alpha and Omega pickups were created to match that level of precision and versatility. Working with guitarist Mark Holcomb, the Omega bridge pickup was created to provide destructive percussion and growl in the mids and low end. It’s aggressive but it also has lots of clarity and brightness, which cuts through whether you’re playing sophisticated chords, complex single-note lines or intense solos. Read More …