JUST BRAGGIN’: I Heart Guitar in Australian web archive, Jemsite recommended reading list

Just a little post about a few cool site developments recently. The first is that I Heart Guitar has been selected by the National Library of Australia in Canberra for permanent archiving. This especially tops out my Awesome Meter because my grandma on my dad’s side (I was too young to remember her when she passed away) used to work at the National Library. To access the archived version of I Heart Guitar, go HERE (although there’s really no need to right now since it’s all here on the site too – but it might be fun to look back on in a few years to see how things have changed).

Also, I Heart Guitar (and Guitar Noize) have been included in the Jemsite community’s new list of recommended sites. http://jemsite.com/topsites – head on over to vote for your favourites!

NEWS: Gear review list updated

I recently updated the gear review list accessed via the link at the top of the site, but since I have a lot of subscribers (hi subscribers!) who read the site’s content daily through feed readers but don’t actually visit the site itself, I thought I’d post the revised list here. Next time I’m feeling particularly house-cleany I’ll group the list in alphabetical order and create a few additional categories for basses and acoustics. For now though, get stuck in!!!

* = audio or video clips

Hagstrom F-200p
Dean Soltero Standard*
Dean ML79
Carvin CT6M
Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR
Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6
Schecter C-1 Blackjack ATX
Schecter Solo-6 Classic
Fender Jim Root Telecaster
Fender Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster
G&L L2500
G&L ASAT Custom
G&L Legacy Special
Jackson Mark Morton Dominion
Gibson Dark Fire
Gibson Les Paul Jr Nashville
Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II
Fernandes Ravelle Deluxe Baritone
Cole Clark Guardian
First Act VE951
Taylor SolidBody Custom
Taylor T3/B*
EVH Wolfgang
ESP Michael Amott Ninja
Ampeg Dan Armstrong ADA6
Sterling By Music Man AX20
Sterling By Music Man Silo20
AXL Badwater
Lag Arkane AM100 & AM1000
Baden Guitars A-Style
Baden Guitars D-Style

Carvin Legacy VL100
Carvin V3 & 412VT cabinet
Bogner Alchemist*
Krank Revolution +
Krank Rev SST
Crate V33-212
Peavey Windsor Studio
Marshall 1959RR Randy Rhoads
Ampeg J-20
Rex Bassking
Line 6 Spider Valve
Eden WTB300

HomeBrew Electronics Paul Gilbert Detox EQ
MXR Classic 108 Fuzz
MXR M-134 Stereo Chorus
Jim Dunlop Buddy Guy Crybaby Wah
Jim Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Wah
GigFX Mega Wah
DigiTech HardWire pedals
DigiTech Whammy
DigiTech TimeBender delay
Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff With Top Boost
Xotic BB Preamp
Morley Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah
Voodoo Labs pedal switching systems
T-Rex Twister chorus/flanger
BBE Boosta Grande
BBE Green Screamer
EvenTide TimeFactor
Roger Mayer Concorde +
Roger Mayer Metalloid
Morpheus DropTune*
Way Huge Swollen Pickle MKII Fuzz

DiMarzio LiquiFire & Crunch Lab (John Petrucci models)*
Seymour Duncan Alternative 8
Seymour Duncan P-Rails

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 2*
IK Multimedia AmpliTube Fender*
Waves GTR Solo

Jim Dunlop Ultex Sharp picks

Back to regular posting

Hey everyone. I’m back in Melbourne now and regular posting will resume. Tomorrow (Thursday morning Australian time) I’m interviewing Steve Vai, and on Friday I’m going to catch up with Kerry King ahead of the Slayer/Megadeth gig. There are also lots of reviews coming up.

Thanks to everyone who sent kind wishes and thoughts over the last week and a half. It’s been a pretty tough time and it’s been nice to log on and find messages of support.

NEWS: Frank Aresti’s Jackson Rhoads on eBay

A classic 1987 Jackson Randy Rhoads is currently for sale on eBay. Better be quick though: at the time of writing there’s just over two days left!

CLICK HERE to see the listing on eBay


The listing says in part:

Beautiful one-of-a-kind customized JACKSON RANDY RHOADS guitar, used by Frank Aresti on FATES WARNING’s 1988 ‘No Exit’ album, one of the all-time progressive metal classics.

Frank is pictured with this guitar on the inner sleeve/CD booklet of ‘No Exit.’ This is also the exact guitar Frank played in the ‘Silent Cries’ promotional video that aired on MTV’s ‘Headbanger’s Ball’ at the time. Watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_ykkNXAUGI to see the guitar in action!

Jackson Randy Rhoads (U.S. made; all original parts!)
– Year built: 1987 in Ontario, CA
– custom metallic silver paint job w/ Chinese dragon painted above the bridge; has a couple of chips on the upper horn and headstock tips but otherwise in very good condition
– black hardware & pickguard
– 22 frets (wear from years of playing)
– ebony fingerboard with shark fin inlays
– neck-thru body model
– string-through hardtail
– 2 Jackson humbucker pickups
– 3-way pickup selector
– 1 volume & 2 tone control knobs
– ITW Nexus Fastex #SRI guitar strap
– comes in original Jackson custom case

Not much blog stuff this week

Just letting you know that blog content will be a little thin this week. A loved one is very ill so I won’t really be around to write new stuff for a few days. I’ve set a few reviews to auto-publish over the next few days and I guess I’ll be back next week.

NEWS: 1st Birthday Giveaway Spectacular update

Ok, we’re just over a week into the I Heart Guitar birthday giveaway spectacular, and thanks to my mates over at Shire Music, there are a few more bonus goodies to throw in to the kitty! The package from DiMarzio has also arrived and inside there are a couple of t-shirts too, so those will be added to the first and second prize pools. So as of now the prizes are:

1st Prize

1 LiquiFire 7
1 Crunch Lab 7
1 2 inch black nylon cliplock strap
1 Blk Instrument cable
1 Blk Jumper cable
1 DiMarzio t-shirt
Warwick mouse pad (shaped like a Warwick bass – it’s really cool).

From Australasian Music Supplies (Aussie Dunlop/MXR distributors)

Signed Dunlop Kerry King poster
Dunlop Kerry King shirt

10 I Heart Guitar picks

2nd Prize
From DiMarzio

1 Urban Decay leather strap in white
1 hot pink instrument cable
DiMarzio t-shirt
From Shire Music
Autographed Joe Satriani concert flyer

From Australasian Music Supplies

Kerry King signature strings
Crybaby shirt

From Grover Allman

10 I Heart Guitar picks
Runner-up (X3)

From Australasian Music Supplies

1 set of Dunlop strings
Crybaby shirt

From Grover Allman

5 I Heart Guitar picks

To get your hands on this sweet sweet booty email me at iheartguitarblog@gmail.com with your name and location. You can enter from anywhere in the world. Winners will be drawn at random on September 16. I promise I won’t use your email for any purpose other than informing you if you win.

My favourite I Heart Guitar stuff from the last year

Aaaah, one year of I Heart Guitar. Makes ya reflect a bit, doesn’t it? I’ve written an awful lot of words over the past year (and perhaps a lot of awful words, and thanks for the more eagle-eyed among you for pointing out my many typos, hehe). So here are a few of my favourites.

By the way, don’t forget to enter the big birthday giveaway, where you can win goodies from DiMarzio, Dunlop (via Australian distributior Australasian Music Supplies) and Grover Allman.

So here are my favourites:

Beginner’s guide to pickups
How to play in a band, part 1
How to play in a band, part 2

5 awesome but fictional guitarists
8 Whammy Pedal moments you totally have to hear
Cool guitars they don’t make any more 3


Joe Satriani (2009, Chickenfoot)
Dave Wyndorf (Monster Magnet)
John McLaughlin
J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr)
Paul Gilbert
Bumblefoot (2009)
Bryan Beller
Derek Sherinian
Steve Blucher (DiMarzio)
Jim Marshall (Marshall – guest post by Joe Matera)

NEWS: I Heart Guitar’s 1st birthday is coming up!

Just a heads-up – I Heart Guitar’s 1st birthday is coming up on September 2! That’s right, it’s nearly 1 year since I decided to chuck a few stories online and see what happens.

There will be a bit of a giveaway spectacular on the big day, and I’ve just started the process of sorting out prizes. So stay tuned and hang tight for the announcement on September 2!

If your company is interested in providing something for the giveaway, email me at iheartguitarblog@gmail.com

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