New Jackson Signature Models

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You may remember Scott Ian of Anthrax discussing his badass Jackson King V in our interview recently. This incredible guitar is now available to the public in two versions, including a USA-built behemoth. Jackson has also announced new signature models for Misha Mansoor, Phil Collen, Mark Morton and Dave Davidson. Read More …

NAMM: Jackson Enters The Multiscale Arena

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Jackson has picked up the challenge thrown down by the likes of Ormsby, Strandberg, Carvin, Ibanez and others by releasing their first production muliscale guitar. The X Series Soloist Archtop SLAT7 FF is a 7-string with 25.7-27″ scale lengths (the press release is worded weirdly on that front but I’m sure if you’re reading this you know what that means) with EMG 808 humbucking pickups and individual staggered bridge saddles. There’s also an 8-string version, the SLAT8 FF, with 25.5”/28”” scale length. There are other new models too: here’s the press release.  Read More …

Gus G Leaves ESP For Jackson

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Didn’t see that one coming! Gus G has left ESP and hooked up with Jackson, making him the first Ozzy guitarist since Randy Rhoads to be a Jackson player. Nice. And Gus says he’ll continue to use his Seymour Duncan Gus G Blackouts, which are killer pickups. Here’s the press release.

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Seymour Duncan Palladium Vs 5150III

Check this out! Here’s the Seymour Duncan Palladium Gain Stage pedal pitted against an EVH 5150 III tube amp. The tones speak for themselves if you ask me! More info on the Palladium here. And you can pick up a Palladium of your very own here.


INTERVIEW: Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares

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The mighty Fear Factory is touring Australia this June in support of their latest album Genexus, but this tour has a twist: fans have been invited to submit songs for the setlist. It’s a cool opportunity to hear some less-common tracks and to feel like even more a part of the show than the typical Fear Factory fan frenzy allows. Last week I caught up with riffmaster Dino Cazares to chat about the tour and, of course, guitars.

So you’re letting fans have a say in the setlist. Read More …

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

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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.