Wow, 2018 is gonna be a big year for Joe Satriani fans! Joe has announced a new record called What Happens Next, and it’s out on January 12. It features the rhythm section of Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith, so I can’t wait to hear the results. Visit Joe’s website to hear a preview of the track ‘Energy.’ And Joe is also kicking off a new G3 tour on January 11 with John Petrucci and Phil Collen. I’m really excited about this one because that’s three of my favourite guitarists from my teen years (who am I kidding – now too!) on the one bill, and it will be really interesting to see what Phil does in a solo context.
Here’s the press release about the new record and tour. Read More …
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 …
PRESS RELEASE: Jackson is pleased to announce two new Jackson Custom Shop limited edition guitars and a signature bass guitar charged with new features, and designed for speed and killer looks.
Jackson Custom Select (JCS) Series
Jackson Custom Select Series instruments are Jackson’s top-line best, recalling the time-honored traditions of the ’80s-era Jackson Custom Shop. Nowhere else will you find U.S.-built production-model shred machines of such stellar design, peerless performance and superior craftsmanship, brought to life by the best builders in the business. Read More …
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen’s Ibanez Destroyer from the “Photograph” video is iconic, and but these days Phil is a Jackson dude, so what does one do when one wants to tap into the spirit of that guitar but with much more customised features? Well, one turns to the folks at Jackson to build a custom Kelly with appointments inspired by that Destroyer! Phil is using this new axe on the band’s current co-headlining tour with KISS. Of course, if you want a real Ibanez Destroyer, you’ve gotta check out THIS bad boy (one of my dream guitars) or theseguys.
Below the press release with more info about the X-STROYER (plus a cropped version of the above pic so you can see more detail). Read More …
On NAMM Media Preview day I caught up with Def Leppard’s PhilCollen, who gave a demonstration of Agile Partners’ AmpKit (check out the video below to hear the huge tone in action), and he also used the opportunity to unveil his new signature Jackson PC Supreme model. The new axe is a very cool counterpoint to his existing Jackson signature model.
I know you’ve used the little Rockman in recording in the past. Do you think AmpKit might find its way onto an album?
Yeah! I actually don’t use amps to record guitar any more, and this [AmpKit] is the way to go! It’s very cool!
Now, this is a very sweet guitar. What’s going on here then?
It started with my Jackson PC1. It’s the same woods. [Brandishes guitar] That’s a mahogany body, that’s a maple top – well it would be if you could see it – that [bridge pickup] is a DiMarzio.
Which DiMarzio is that?
That’s a Super 3.
And the guitar’s neck?
The PC1 had a bolt-on neck, and this is obviously a neck-through. There are still some similar attributes, but this has the Sustainer [demonstrates with an extra-long whammy bar dive and some blues licks, then some mega-shred].
Nice! And I notice titanium saddles?
Yeah. I’ve been using them for a while. It really broadens the sound, I think. And I like my necks really chunky. This one is not as big as the other prototype that’s floating around. That one has like a one-inch radius.