Seymour Duncan & CME Release Forza Overdrive

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The Forza Overdrive is here! The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive is one of my favourite pedals ever. I use it pretty much every day. And through my work with Seymour Duncan I was lucky enough to watch it go from a few different prototypes through to the finished pedal. The new Forza is a fresh take on the overdrive pedal, with a more open voicing than the 805’s strong mids. It’s more even-toned and ‘brown’-sounding. It’s available exclusively through Chicago Music Exchange. Here’s the press release. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Scott Ian of Anthrax

L-R: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais

L-R: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais

Anthrax has done what few bands get to do: put out one of the best, most memorable, most crushing albums of their career a good three and a half decades in. For All Kings is everything you loved about Anthrax, amplified and brutalized. Scott Ian’s rhythm guitar is as aggressive and tight as ever and his tone is massive. I caught up with him to talk about the record and how he gets that sound. 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.

Meet The Seymour Duncan Catalina Dynamic Chorus

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PRESS RELEASE: Seymour Duncan, a leading manufacturer of pickups and pedals, announces the release of the Catalina™ Dynamic Chorus pedal. The Catalina effects pedal includes a uniquely innovative Dynamic Expression™ mode that allows you to control the depth of the effect through the intensity of your playing. There’s also a threshold control, which allows players to dial in the sensitivity of the Dynamic Expression feature to perfectly match any playing style.

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REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Analog Delay

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It’s interesting that analog delay seems almost as popular today as it was back when it was the only option, before it had to compete with digital delays, multi-effect pedals, rack units, MIDI-controllable delay stations and all-in-one processors like the Axe-FX. Many players seem to really connect with the organic nature of analog delay at the moment: its rounded down, smoothed off, often more compressed, richly harmonic charms. The MXR Carbon Copy has proven the popularity of analog delay pedals with inbuilt modulation effects, and the Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail takes this to a new level while retaining its analog credentials. Read More …

REVIEW: Yngwie Malmsteen @ 170 Russell

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There’s no question that Yngwie Malmsteen is one of the greatest, fastest and most excessive rock guitarists of all time. But you don’t really get an appreciation for just how good he is until you experience it in person. Yngwie just continues to get better and better, which is no mean feat when you consider how great he was right out of the gate. So, having missed his last Australian tour and his clinic tour, I was really excited to catch Yngwie this time around. Read More …

REVIEW: Michael Kelly Guitars 1957

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There are so, so many guitars out there that follow the basic Telecaster-style footprint but either they ape the Tele so closely that you might as well get a Fender, or they diverge from the design so radically that they may as well be an entirely different instrument. Fender’s American Deluxe series does a great job of updating the Tele with modern playability and features but they’re pretty damn pricey. I get the feeling that this is where the Michael Kelly 1957 fits in. It’s far more affordable than an American Deluxe and it certainly doesn’t try to copy its features, but it’s no vintage-style Tele reproduction either.  Read More …