Y’know how the other day I posted about how Carvin Guitars are, y’know, utterly smashing it lately? Well y’know who else is totally smashing it? Hutchinson Guitar Concepts. The first Hutchinson guitars I saw were mind-blowing, but each successive guitar gets even more mind-blowing, to the point where I’m not sure I have any brain matter left to be exploded by Hutchinson guitars. And yet they keep coming, such as the incredible Viking Explorer, created using an ESP Edwards Explorer as the foundation. Following are three Hutchinson press releases about three new products: the Viking Explorer, the Oxidizer Overdrive and the Cafe Racer. Continue reading
One of the coolest guitars on show at the Winter NAMM Show this year was the Framus Idolmaker, a unique instrument designed by guitarist Stevie Salas with Framus’s Marcus Spangler and Hans-Peter Wilfer. It’s an incredibly original guitar that only vaguely recalls the merest possible hints of anything you’ve seen before, and when Salas was in Australia recently I jumped at the chance to interview him about it. But I also took the chance to chat about something very near and dear to my heart: his most triumphant guitar solo at the end of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Here’s our chat.
So what the hell are you doing in Australia?
Y’know, I’ve been there many times before but I came down to do one song with a band from the Northern Territory, the kids of the band Yothu Yindi. They have this really cool band (East Journey) and somebody asked me if I’d come down and cut a track with them. And any chance I have to come down to Australia, I’m gonna take it. Continue reading
In January I spent a few glorious days at Seymour Duncan HQ in Santa Barbara, and while I was there I got to try some awesome new gear, including a prototype of the Custom Shop SLUG humbucker and a few prototypes of what would go on to become this bad boy: the Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive. A few of us tried these various versions (including Keith Merrow and Wes Hauch) and it became apparent that one prototype in particular was really special. It’s hands down the most versatile overdrive I’ve ever played, with a huge range of tones and a very responsive feel. And it’s utterly killer as a boost into an already distorted amp too, so those of you who like to use a EVH 5150 III or Peavey 6505 with an overdrive in front will love it! I know I’ll be using it to goose the Lead channel of my Marshall DSL50 (as well as using it as an overdrive in its own right). Here’s the press release. Continue reading
The story of the Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn humbucker is a very interesting one. Back in the day, a young Jason Becker became taken with the tone of a Gibson Les Paul loaded with a Seymour Duncan JB humbucker. The guitar belonged to Bob Rock, who was producer of David Lee Roth’s A Little Ain’t Enough album, and Jason used it on the title track. He was so intrigued by the tone of the JB that he started talking with Seymour Duncan about this pickup needs. Some prototypes were developing and the project was well on its way when Jason had to call a halt due to his progressively worsening ALS. But recently, while listening to friends play his guitars through prototypes of a possible signature amp, Jason was blown away by the tone of the prototype pickup. So he reached out to Seymour Duncan to finish was started. The Jason Becker Perpetual Burn bridge humbucker is the result.
Mayones Guitars have been around for decades but in recent years they’ve really risen to prominence, partly through better distribution, partly through home high-profile players such as Periphery’s Misha Mansoor, and partly because the world is finally catching up to their extremely high quality. You can ogle photos of a Mayones online all you want but that doesn’t tell you the whole story: they feel as great as they look, and you get a definite sense of ‘Daaaaaamn that’s a high-quality guitar’ when you pick one up. Continue reading
Check out this great video of Ola Englund demoing the latest Seymour Duncan Custom Shop creation, the mighty SLUG passive humbucker which weighs in at a whopping 48k DC resistance. You can order your SLUG here.
Alright, now I’ve seen it all. Fifteen strings. Seymour Duncan Blackout 8-string humbucker and Steve Bailey ASB2-6 Phase 2 model pickups. According to the eBay listing: “The strings are a various collection of brands running from .317 (needs to be thicker than that), .254, .232, .217, .184, .156, .135, .105, .080, .060, .032, .024, .014, .011 and .008. The tuning is F, A#, D#, G#, C#, F#, B, E, A, D, G, C, F, a# and d#.” So, uh, whoa. Check out more pics and plenty of info – or buy this beast for yourself if you’re quick – here. Continue reading
Its 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. Continue reading
You no longer need a 7 or 8 string guitar to enjoy the ruthlessness of the Nazgûl or the enhanced dynamics and string separation of the Pegasus. The Nazgûl was developed for extreme metal players who required a massive and aggressive tone that still maintained plenty of articulation. The Pegasus was developed for prog and modern metal players who needed plenty of aggression but required enhanced dynamics, more harmonic richness and defined string separation so individual notes don’t get lost in the mix. The perfect compliment to both these pickups is the Sentient neck pickup which is also now available in a 6-string version. It’s voiced to capture a blend of vintage PAF and modern tones with enough output to deliver harmonically rich distorted lead tones but subtle enough to give you deep, detailed cleans. Think of it as combining the best qualities of the ’59 Model and the Jazz: clarity, detail, depth, attack and expression. Continue reading