PRESS RELEASE: The Retribution pickups were designed with Dino Cazares of Fear Factory and Divine Heresy to provide the essential attack, clarity and increased headroom that 7 and 8-string players like Dino have been asking for. They feature a specially tuned preamp with just the right amount of gain, enhanced attack definition and maximum string clarity. Like the standard Blackouts series and Mick Thomson EMTY Blackouts, they maintain an organic open sound that isn’t sterile but instead is huge and powerful with a lower noise level and an increased dynamic response compared to other active pickups. Continue reading
Overdrive pedals are a funny thing: some of us like to use them to get crunchy, amp-like warmth. Some of us like to use them to boost an already overdriven amp channel into the next level. And almost everyone defaults to a certain green box when they think of analog overdrive pedals. The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive was designed with those classic tones in mind as a starting point but this pedal has significant differences from the Tube Screamer, beginning with the chip that powers its sound. While early development focused on the same chip, SD engineers eventually ended up with the MC33178 due to what they felt were superior sonic characteristics (along with a lower noise level and longer battery life).
PRESS RELEASE: The latest FREE digital instalment of Guitar Interactive is now available, featuring its usual high dosage of HD video guitar & gear reviews, in-depth interviews, tech sessions, comps and more. For over 40 years Martin Barre handled the electric guitar duties of prog-rock doyens, Jethro Tull. In Gi30 we invited the guitar veteran into our East London based studio to record two exclusive performances and wide ranging interview. As one of the founding forefathers of Thrash metal, Scott Ian has dined at the table of Metal’s Big 4 since the formation of Anthrax in the early eighties. We meet the man with deadliest downstroke in the business.
If anyone deserves an Ibanez signature guitar, it’s Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares. He’s been flying the flag for Ibanez seven-strings for a long time, and his inventive parts on Fear Factory songs like “Descent” in the late 90s were instrumental in showing folks that there was another way to use seven-strings beyond chugging out on the lowest string like everyone else was doing at the time. And now you can hear Dino’s influence all over modern metal. So Dino’s new signature model, the DCM100, is long overdue but very welcome. It features a mahogany body with KTS TITANIUM-reinforced maple/bubinga neck, rosewood fretboard with mother-of-pearl offset dots, Lo-Pro Edge 7 tremolo bridge, 26.5″ scale length, and Dino’s new signature Seymour Duncan Retribution active humbucker. Dino helped develop the EMG 707 and then the Seymour Duncan Blackout, so he has a lot of experience in voicing active pickups for metal. Look for more info on the Retribution pickups very soon. Click here to see Ibanez guitars on eBay.
Here’s a video of Dino talking about the new axe. Continue reading
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 is about to hit Australia for his first concert tour since 2006 (tickets here). Continue reading
Uh oh. Don’t tell my wallet but Gibson just released my dream guitar: a 7-string Les Paul with Seymour Duncan JB and ’59 humbuckers (the ’59 is my favourite neck pickup) and a 15dB onboard boost! The Les Paul Classic 7-string has all the stuff you’d expect from a Les Paul – mahogany body and neck, maple top, rosewood fretboard, Tune-O-Matic bridge with stop tailpiece, 24.75” scale length – but it’s also got, y’know, an extra string.
This sexy beast is my Telecaster with Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound for Tele pickups. Oh the things this guitar has seen. For example…
My dad and I put it together out of bits and pieces when I was 14.
Got the pickups for my 15th birthday.
For my final year at university this was the only guitar I brought with me, and I gave myself a rule that for a year I would basically play just this guitar with heavy strings, high action and no pick (unless I was working on stuff like “Eugene’s Trick Bag” for hours on end). I would take it to blues jams and just let what would happen happen. That year was huge for my musical development. One of the guitar players in the house band would call out the names of various guitarists and I’d have to imitate them for a few bars, until he called another name. I’d have to go from S.R.V to Jeff Beck to Frank Zappa to EVH to Satriani.
I’ve used it in a funk band, I’ve tuned it to Open C to play Ocean Machine songs, I’ve played it in front of 6,000 people alongside a DJ, and in smoky pubs where I’ve played slide on it using a beer bottle.
And we have lots of years of adventures left in us.
I am utterly unashamed of my sparkly guitar obsession. I need this in my life.
PRESS RELEASE: Charvel is proud to announce the release of the new Pro Mod Series Super Stock SD1 FR Special Edition. Built for center stage, the spotlight and your favorite solo, Charvel’s limited-run Super Stock So-Cal Silver Sparkle is a dazzling high-performance instrument. Its sleek So-Cal body is clad in a scintillating silver-sparkle finish that looks stunning beneath the stage lights, elegantly complemented by a matching headstock and black pickguard. Continue reading
Dude, yes. Just… just yes.
PRESS RELEASE: Jackson is pleased to announce the latest addition to its popular Pro Series, the Pro DK2M Dinky Limited Run guitar featured in Black & White Crackle. 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.
One of my favourite Gibsons of all time is a quite recent one: the Slash Rosso Corsa model. Something about that deep red with the zebra Seymour Duncan pickups just really gets to me. I know I’m not alone: I’m told by various folks that the Gibson models sold quite quickly indeed. Now Slash has teamed up with Epiphone to offer a more affordable version of the guitar: the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Slash “Rosso Corsa” Les Paul. It’s at the high end of Epiphone gear in terms of price and appointments, which I think is cool because if they’d instead gone with a Les Paul Special or something you wouldn’t get the full pop of a carved top or that classic balance between trapezoid inlays and Tune-O-Matic/tailpiece (ever notice how they both lead your eye towards the neck pickup and pickup switch? I love design touches like that). There’s a video below, followed by the press release. Continue reading
Here’s a track I recorded using just the Seymour Duncan SSL-5 single coil for 7-string in my Ibanez UV777BK Universe. The SSL-5 is a high output true single-coil for warm instruments, with Alnico 5 rods and a DC Resistance of 12.9k. Though it looks like the SSL-1 and has that distinct vintage tone, the SSL-5’s over-wound coil yields higher output, more sustain and great harmonics. The result is a pickup that rocks hard and cuts through the mix, but cleans up nicely when you back off the volume. The other pickups in this guitar are my Custom Shop Magnetar and a Production Floor Custom Sentient with white logo and glossy bobbins, but I don’t use those at all in this track: everything you hear is SSL-5.