Aah yes, I’ve been waiting for this one. Today Schecter has announced the release of the KM-6, the six-string version of Keith Merrow’s awesome signature model. The seven-string version was one of the big hits at NAMM and this new one is great news for those who prefer sixers. Interestingly it features different pickups to the KM-7: instead of a Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient, it has a ‘Blackened Black Winter’ set, made exclusively for Schecter. And it’s available in two finishes – Trans White Satin and Trans Black Burst Satin. Hey Keith, buddy, how about a limited-run green version, eh?
Here’s the press release, and the new Conquering Rifftopia video. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Jackson is pleased to announce the latest addition to its popular Pro Series, the Pro DK2M Dinky Limited Run guitar featured in Slime Green Swirl. The DK2M Pro Series Dinkyfeatures an alder body, flat-sawn graphite-reinforced bolt-on maple neck with wrap-around heel, 24-fret compound radius (12″-16″) maple fingerboard with offset black dot inlays, black neck and headstock binding, direct mount Seymour Duncan JB Zebra (bridge) and ’59 Zebra (neck) humbucking pickups with five-way blade switching, Floyd Rose bridge, black hardware and Dunlop strap locks. For more information and to find a dealer near you, go to www.jacksonguitars.com.
PRESS RELEASE: Utilizing an exoskeleton design made of a semi-monocoque construction, the latest guitar from Aristides Instruments expands on the companies innovations regarding body design, components and mechanics. The new 060 provides plenty of horsepower and performance to deliver whatever a guitarist might want play. Prototypes have made an appearance at the Aristides Instrument Open House event earlier this year and Ola Englund has posted a video demo. Now available to the masses, customers can place orders through authorized dealers or direct from the factory. Continue reading
The Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster is one of those pedals that really shook things up, introducing a lot of players for the first time to the idea of boosting their signal before it hits their amp, thereby making the preamp tubes work harder and creating all sorts of great sonic textures from vibrant cleans to screaming overdrives. It was discontinued a little while ago but now it’s back, with a new look at some subtle improvements. All the regular features are still there, including the Pickup Resonance Switch, which lets you select different resonant frequencies for different sonic results; the idea is that its two modes will make a single coil sound like a vintage or modern humbucker, but you can use it with humbuckers for cool sounds too. And there’s now a discrete push-pull output stage and the capability for 0dB unity gain, so you can use it simply as a buffer or for the tone-sculpting abilities of the Pickup Resonance Switch without changing your level of gain. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE: Charvel is proud to announce the release of the new Pro Mod Series Super Stock SD1 FR Special Edition. Charvel’s limited-run Super Stock SD1 FR wraps a radiant Sunset Orange Flake gloss finish around a classic San Dimas body, lending a brilliant look to a powerful tone machine built for the harder side of rock. Other premium features include a quartersawn maple neck with an oil finish and comfortable Pro Mod profile, fast and smooth compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan ’59 (neck) and JB (bridge) humbucking pickups with cream bezels, three position chrome-tip toggle pickup switch and single knurled control knob (master volume), top-mount Floyd Rose FRTO1000 double-locking tremolo bridge and locking nut, and non-locking Charvel tuners.
For more information, go to www.charvelguitars.com.
When Seymour Duncan announced the Jason Becker Perpetual Burn humbucker, it seemed like a natural fit for Carvin’s Jason Becker Tribute JB200C guitar. But Carvin have always – always -used their own pickups exclusively. Well ladies and gentlemen, history has been made today because as of today you can order a Jason Becker Tribute JB200C with a Perpetual Burn in the bridge position. As Carvin explained on Facebook (to a fan who asked what the big deal was with Carvin never using third-party pickups before), “The difference is that our company (Carvin) was founded on our pick-ups and we have ALWAYS made our own pick ups. This is the first time we’ve ever opened the door to working with a 3rd party manufacturer for something we still make in house. Doesn’t sound like a big deal.. but it really is to us. This is history in the making for anyone that truly knows about our company.” Continue reading
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