Schecter Robert Smith UltraCure-XII

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Schecter has plenty of great Robert Smith models (as you may have seen in this article) and they’ve just added another: the UltraCure-XII, a 12-string version of his signature guitar featuring a Diamond Adjustable-12 bridge, Schecter locking tuners, Seymour Duncan ’59 humbuckers with push-pull coil splits, mahogany body and mother-of-pearl block inlays. Head to this link for more info. Read More …

The Guitars Of The Cure

The Guitars Of The Cure

I encourage everyone to pop on a pair of headphones and listen to a few songs by The Cure – especially if you’ve never really paid close attention before. You’ll hear how a few simple melodic ideas can be blended together to form a much more complex whole. It’s really intriguing to listen to and learn from how each instrument works together, especially when the six-string bass is used: often Robert Smith might play a high melody while Simon Gallup plays a more traditional bassline, but sometimes these roles become cloudy: Gallup will play a more wandering melody while Robert plays something more anchored. The lines really become blurred between the roles of each instrument in service of the song. Robert Smith, Reeves Gabrels and Simon Gallup all have current signature model instruments to help them get their sound. Let’s have a look at them all.  Read More …

Keith Merrow Demos The Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage

A lot of pedals make the claim that they’re designed to give you the feel of an amp, but the Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage is probably the first pedal I’ve played that’s really come good on this claim. I spent a lot of time with it in January, often plugged directly into a power amp, and it really nails the feel, in terms of the responsiveness and all those intangible little harmonic overtones that happen around your playing when you’re blasting through a real amp. Keith Merrow has made a fantastic video of this pedal used in a metal context. It’s great for all sorts of things though, and I found it to be really, really, really great at Alice In Chains Dirt-style tones. This pedal is shipping soon so keep an eye out for it.

Wylde Audio Partners With Schecter

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PRESS RELEASE: Schecter Guitar Research and Wylde Audio announce signing a world-wide distribution deal.   Schecter will distribute Wylde Guitars, the creation of legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), via their distributor network covering over 70 countries, which also includes handling fulfillment of the guitars in the USA.

“We are extremely proud to be working with Zakk and Wylde Audio on this endeavor,” states Schecter Guitar Research Executive Vice-president Marc LaCorte. “Zakk has been incredible in recognizing what he wanted in his own brand and bringing the best possible product to the market.”

The first offering from Wylde Audio, including the Odin, War Hammer and Viking models, are set to debut at the 2016 Winter NAMM.  Zakk has already been putting the prototypes through their paces at recent Black Label Society shows. “I’m very excited for the launch of Wylde Audio in 2016,” Wylde states.  “For me, it’s the next logical step. You start as a player, manager, VP of Team Operations, then Team Owner.  I’ve surrounded myself with super talented people to make this vision become a reality and having Schecter on board as our distributor is going to allow me to bring Wylde Audio’s boutique quality of craftsmanship to the next level.”

Visit the Schecter Guitar Research booth 210D during the 2016 Winter NAMM show to see these in person. Zakk Wylde will also be conducting a private press conference inside the Schecter/NAMM booth 210D at 5:00pm on Friday, January 22, 2016.

For additional information visit www.wyldeaudio.com

Awesome Batman-ized Schecter Avenger

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Check out this killer Batman guitar belonging to Steve Haymaker Jr from Hydra Effect. Steve says he started with a Schecter Avenger, scoured around to find some comic books and finally got enough cool Batman comic pieces to make a nifty guitar. It has a pair of Duncan Designed HB-108 pickups, which are based on the mighty SH-8 Invader. Here is the result of his labor: Read More …

Meet The Schecter Keith Merrow KM-6

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Aah yes, I’ve been waiting for this one. Today Schecter has announced the release of the KM-6, the six-string version of Keith Merrow’s awesome signature model. The seven-string version was one of the big hits at NAMM and this new one is great news for those who prefer sixers. Interestingly it features different pickups to the KM-7: instead of a Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient, it has a ‘Blackened Black Winter’ set, made exclusively for Schecter. And it’s available in two finishes – Trans White Satin and Trans Black Burst Satin. Hey Keith, buddy, how about a limited-run green version, eh?

Here’s the press release, and the new Conquering Rifftopia video. Read More …

Seymour Duncan Unleashes SLUG

Seymour Duncan SLUGIts DC resistance is 48k. It lives for stoner/doom metal. It’ll drink all your beer and go through your stuff but it’ll also help you move house because it’s cool like that. It once hog-tied a Rancor. It patched things up between Mork and Mindy when things were looking a little rough. It likes long walks by the swamp. REAL long walks. It was the one who nicknamed John Wayne ‘The Duke.’ It’s SLUG. And it’s waiting for you right now in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop store for only $130. Read More …