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NAMM: Carvin Jason Becker ‘Numbers’ Guitar

YES! Carvin are releasing this beauty, Jason Becker’s newest signature model, based on a custom axe he played back in the day. it has Jason’s Seymour Duncan Perpetual Burn humbucker in the bridge and a Jazz in the neck position. These will be available from February 1.

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Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor

Check this out! The new Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor. It’s a soft-knee compressor with a few secret weapons: a Blend knob that lets you balance the clean and effected signals, and a Mid/Full/High switch which lets you choose the character of the blended signal.

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Awesome Batman-ized Schecter Avenger

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Check out this killer Batman guitar belonging to Steve Haymaker Jr from Hydra Effect. Steve says he started with a Schecter Avenger, scoured around to find some comic books and finally got enough cool Batman comic pieces to make a nifty guitar. It has a pair of Duncan Designed HB-108 pickups, which are based on the mighty SH-8 Invader. Here is the result of his labor: Continue reading

PRS Announces Mark Holcomb Limited Edition

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Oh man, I can’t wait to check this guitar out in person. PRS Guitars has just announced the Mark Holcomb Limited Edition for one third of Periphery’s guitar Hydra. It’s a 25.5″ scale Custom 24 with a 20″ fretboard radius, a newly-designed PRS bridge and the Seymour Duncan Alpha and Omega humbucking pickups Mark developed recently with SD’s Kevin Beller and Keith Merrow. It has a carved, figured maple “10” Top, mahogany back, 24 fret Pattern Thin neck, PRS Phase III locking tuners, and volume, tone, 5–way blade switch control layout with black Hipshot O-ring controls. Available colours are Black Cherry, Black Gold Burst, Charcoal Burst, Faded Whale Blue, Holcomb Burst and Jade. Continue reading

Seymour Duncan LEMMY Custom Shop Signature Set

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Aah yes. These were first hinted at during Winter NAMM in January 2014 and finally they’re here: Seymour Duncan’s Custom Shop Lemmy Kilminster signature set. They’re available for Rickenbacker bass in direct mount or pickguard mount, in neck, middle and bridge models. If you’re a Rick player you need these. Here’s the press release. Continue reading

Seymour Duncan Dino Cazares Retribution Pickups

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

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive

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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).

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Guitar Interactive Issue 30 Out Now!

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.

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Ibanez Dino Cazares DCM100

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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.

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INTERVIEW: Yngwie J Malmsteen

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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

Awesome Storm Trooper Ibanez 8-String

Man, the stuff ya see on eBay. This Ibanez RG8 has been customised with Seymour Duncan active Blackouts and Star Wars Storm Trooper inlays. Cool! Check it out here.

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7-String Les Paul Makes Life Worth Living

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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.

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Peter Hodgson Hi! I'm Peter Hodgson. I write for Gibson.com, Australian Guitar, Australian Musician, Mixdown Magazine (including my instructional column, 'Unleash Your Inner Rock God,' which has been running since 2007), BluntBeat (including their weekly hard rock/metal column Crunch) and The Brag. And I'm Assistant Social Coordinator with Seymour Duncan. I've been playing guitar since I was 8 years old, and I've been writing for magazines since I was 18. I've also worked as a guitar teacher (up to 50 students a week), a setup tech, a newspaper editor, and I've also dabbled in radio a little bit. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and my hobbies include drinking way too much coffee, and eating way too much Mexican food. You can check out my guitar playing at Bandcamp or on YouTube, and feel free to email me at iheartguitarblog@gmail.com If you'd like to support the site, feel free to kick in a couple o'bucks using this donation button.

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