REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Analog Delay


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


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


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 …

Seymour Duncan Releases Mark Holcomb Pickups


The progressive metal virtuosos of Periphery are known for their technically complex rhythms and precise tones – tones which require pickups with just the right amount of output and articulation whether standing alone or working in a dense mix. The Alpha and Omega pickups were created to match that level of precision and versatility. Working with guitarist Mark Holcomb, the Omega bridge pickup was created to provide destructive percussion and growl in the mids and low end. It’s aggressive but it also has lots of clarity and brightness, which cuts through whether you’re playing sophisticated chords, complex single-note lines or intense solos. Read More …

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound for Jazz Bass

Quarter Pound for Jazz Bass

Guest review by Sam Radojcin

Sometime in late 2014, I ordered, waited for and purchased a bassist’s holy grail if you will – A Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V in Natural. It took its time arriving from the US. I think my remaining hair got greyer in the meaintime, but once this beauty arrived I was blown away.  Amazing craftsmanship, a smooth neck, beautiful sustain and a great sound that I thought could not be beaten.

As beautiful and perfect as it was, I was offered an opportunity from the fine folks at Seymour Duncan to check out a set of their 5-String Quarter Pound for Jazz Bass pickups (see the Seymour Duncan bass pickup range here) to give them a road test and give my thoughts on their fine products. Read More …

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.