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

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 …

PRS Mark Holcomb SE Revealed!

 

PRS Mark Holcomb SE

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 …

INTERVIEW: Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt

Opeth Opeth unashamedly alienated some of their fan base with their 2011 album Heritage. While a large portion of their fans were drawn to the Swedesh masters for their progressive death metal leanings, Heritage was primarily inspired by 70s fusion in the style of John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra – and there wasn’t a single death-growl to be heard anywhere. And now, with Pale Communion, Opeth has moved sideways again, a little away from some of the jazzier moments of Heritage and towards more of a 1970s progressive rock feel, while still a million miles removed from death metal. It’s an album which will challenge some fans while thrilling others, but the overall impression from a chat with frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt is that he’s driven solely by his artistry, and this is what he’s feeling right now.  Read More …

Watch Paul Reed Smith’s TED Talk

prsPaul Reed Smith is an innovator and a really great ambassador for the guitar in general. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to meet him in person, you’d know that he has this really contagious combination of enthusiasm and knowledge. Put a guitar in his hands and he seems to instantly become about 16 years old, and yet if you ask him to explain a design principle or a spec choice, he’s incredibly eloquent. You’ll see a great example of the latter in his TED talk, embedded below (or here if you’d like to open it in another window). Read More …

INTERVIEW: Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti

FortressMark Tremonti lives multiple lives. On the one hand, he’s guitarist for multi-platinum hitmakers Creed, and he helped to keep the guitar visible in the charts during the late 90s and early naughties when the instrument was in a bit of a holding pattern post-grunge and pre-Guitar Hero. On the other hand, he’s guitarist for Alter Bridge, a harder-edged rock band which features Tremonti’s Creed bandmates Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips plus vocalist Myles Kennedy. You’d think that with three quarters of the Creed line-up being shared between both bands there would be a lot of crossover, yet Alter Bridge is the band that those of us who heard Creed and thought “Hmm… talented band, not digging the material.” Much more than Creed, Alter Bridge is where you’ll hear Tremonti really pushing the envelope with thrash-influenced rhythms, shred-influenced solos and very dark, complex atmospheres. Seemingly buoyed by the positive reception to his solo album, All I Was, the guitarist has loaded Alter Bridge’s new album Fortress [Roadrunner] with aggressive rhythms, blistering lead chops and some of the greatest heavy guitar tones of the last two decades or so. Read More …

Guitar Universe 2012 Tour

STEPHAN FORTE  – GUITAR UNIVERSE TOUR 2012 – LIVE IN CONCERT
Marty Friedman + Yossi Sassi + Stephan Forte
Presented by LAG, PRS & ENGL
09 OCT 2012 – FR – COLMAR – LE GRILLEN
10 OCT 2012 – NL – ZOETERMEER – BOERDERIJ
12 OCT 2012 – UK – LONDON – UNDERWORLD
13 OCT 2012 – IRL – DUBLIN – THE VILLAGE
15 OCT 2012 – FR – PARIS – DIVAN DU MONDE
16 OCT 2012 – FR – NANTES – LE FERRAILLEUR
17 OCT 2012 – SP – BILBAO – KAFE ANTZOKIA
19 OCT 2012 – PT – BENAVENTE/LISBOA – SIDE B CLUB
20 OCT 2012 – SP – MADRID – RAMDALL
21 OCT 2012 – SP – BARCELONA – SALAMANDRA
22 OCT 2012 – FR – TOULOUSE – CONNEXION LIVE
23 OCT 2012 – FR – MONTPELLIER – SECRET PLACE
24 OCT 2012 – FR – TOULON – LE VOX
25 OCT 2012 – IT – PRATO – KELLER PLATZ
26 OCT 2012 – IT – RETORBIDO/MILAN – CARLITO’S WAY