Great Simpsons Guitar Moments

The Simpsons

The Simpsons has always been a music-friendly show, with many great cameos from the likes of Aerosmith, James Brown, The Ramones, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Jack White… the list goes on and on. One of the best things about being a guitar nerd is that you see guitars everywhere you look, and we obsessed types can find plenty of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it guitar moments in The Simpsons. Here are a few of my personal favourites. What are yours? Share it in the comments! Read More …

EMG releases 57/66 pickups

EMG has announced the release of the 57 and 66 humbuckers. You can hear Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner putting them through their paces in the video above. Incidentally, you can read my interview with Richie here.

EMG says:

“A true original, the 57 is a bridge pickup designed for today’s player regardless of style or genre. The unique combination of Alnico V magnets and steel pole pieces evoke an unmistakably PAF-like quality in its tone. The active attributes provide the headroom and punch necessary to deliver unparalleled definition and presence. Designed and voiced specifically for the bridge position, the 57 comes in EMG’s exclusive brushed steel cap giving it a sleek modern look that compliments any instrument.”

“The 66 is a result of pickup design innovation inspired by the specific needs and requests of today’s players. Alnico V magnets provide the warm, smooth mid-range and expansive lows while the ceramic pole pieces bring out the clarity in the upper register. Designed and voiced as a neck pickup, the 66 comes in EMG’s exclusive brushed steel cap giving it a sleek modern look that compliments any instrument.”

NAMM 2012: EMG artist signing schedule

Here are the NAMM signing times for EMG artists Mike Keneally, Tosin Abasi, Gary Holt, Alexi Laihi, Wayne Static, Adam Dutkiewicz, Stu Hamm, Rex Brown, Evan Brewer, Steve Smyth, Rusty Cooley, Michael Keene, Mike Inez, Tony Campos, David Ellefson, Richie Faulkner, Stephen Carpenter, Eric Peterson.

NEWS: K.K. Downing retires from Judas Priest

It seems Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing has decided to down tools, put his 401K into a little shack down south and spend his autumn years tending to a little veggie garden (I’m paraphrasing: actual truth may vary from blog post). That’s right, the legendary axeman has stepped down, and is being replaced by 31-year-old Richie Faulkner for the band’s forthcoming Epitaph tour and whatever new recording stuff they end up doing. Faulkner used to play with Lauren Harris, Iron Maiden legend Steve Harris’s daughter. Dig his playing on his YouTube channel here.

Here’s the official press release:

It is with regret that Judas Priest announce that K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph tour.

The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well.

Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, Rob, Glenn, Ian and Scott unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour and not let the fans down all around the world.

Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement – 31 year old British guitar player Richie Faulkner – He has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to help set the stage on fire!

The Epitaph tour will include songs from every Priest studio album and also tracks they have never before performed on stage plus all the old favourites!

With a new album due to be released next year the Metal Gods are preparing to tour the planet once more – heavy metal at its best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire!! It’s a show not to be missed!!