Seymour Duncan Shapeshifter Tremolo Pedal

PRESS RELEASE: The Shapeshifter was designed to be the ultimate Tremolo pedal, with all the features players have been asking for. Building on the original Shapeshifter, it’s now significantly smaller and features stereo inputs and outputs, Phase control between outputs and an expanded rate range, while a blinking LED knob (like the one found on the Vapor Trailanalog delay) gives you a visual representation of the tempo, and stays engaged even when the unit is in bypass so you can alter the rate in between parts of your song. Read More …

Damn, Check Out Mark Holcomb’s New PRS 7-String

PRS Mark Holcomb 7 StringPeriphery guitarist Mark Holcomb’s limited edition PRS was one of the most talked-about guitars at NAMM, with its killer range of finishes, 20″ fretboard radius and 25.5″ scale length, and Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega pickups. Now PRS has made mark a 7-string version with 7-string Alpha and Omega pickups and a 26.6″ scale length. Here it is from Mark’s Facebook. Pic by Misha Mansoor.

Aristides Instruments 080 8-String

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PRESS RELEASE: After many requests, Aristides Instruments releases the eight string 080 guitar. The new 080 continues Aristides’ tradition of using a one piece body and neck construction, integrally layered with Arium. This model is also the first Aristides Instrument to be constructed of 100% man-made materials and features no wood – not even the freatboard. The new model made its first appearance at Musikmesse in Frankfurt Germany this month. Customers can place orders now through authorized dealers or direct from the factory.

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Wes Hauch Demos The Dimebag Darrell Set

You’ve gotta check this out. Wes Hauch demoing the Seymour Duncan Dimebag Signature Set, which includes a Dimebucker in the bridge position and the bridge version of the ’59 in the neck position (which Dime preferred because it was a better match for the power of the Dimebucker than the regular neck ’59). I fricken love how well Wes is able to tap into Dime’s tone and phrasing. I like that one of the comments on the video on YouTube is “Wes Hauch for a reunion tour!” Dude would nail it. Read More …

Hutchinson Guitar Concepts Mayan V

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Meet the Hutchinson Guitar Concepts Mayan V! If you follow Hutchinson on Facebook you would have seen in-progress pics of this one, and now it’s finished! It features a gold relief of King Pakal’s sarcophagus lid, Sun God fretboard inlay and a Seymour Duncan SM-3 Seymourized Mini-Humbucker hooked up to a coil split on the push-push volume pot.

A few more pics below but plenty more here!
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INTERVIEW: Yngwie Malmsteen

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Yngwie Malmsteen is the undisputed master of neoclassical guitar. Other players like Richie Blackmore and Uli Jon Roth had explored elements of the style but none pushed it to quite the extremes that Yngwie did. A million guitarists arose in his wake to try to copy what he was doing but none have managed to capture Yngwie’s pure power and dazzling technique. As Yngwie himself puts it when discussing the various Yngwie clones who sprung up over the years, “And that’s why I call myself Yngwie J Malmsteen, not to be confused with all the other Yngwie Malmsteens.” And Yngwie will hit Australia in June for his first concert tour since 2006 (tickets here). Read More …