Check out a track from Brendon Small’s GALAKTIKON

Now this is killer. In April, Brendon Small – Metalocalypse co-creator, mastermind of one of the coolest signature models Gibson ever produced and creator of the brilliant Home Movies will present to you GALAKTIKON, an incredible, melodic, heavy, colourful, frankly kickass album. I’ve been lucky enough to hear it and to interview Brendon (look for it closer to the album’s release date) and it’s something really special. The following is a press release about a track exclusively made available to CraveOnline. Check it out!

‘Metalocalypse’ Co-Creator BRENDON SMALL and Unveil New ‘BRENDON SMALL’s GALAKTIKON’ Track Today


New Album Coming April 2012! and BRENDON SMALL are thrilled to finally unleash a brand new track from the METALOCALYPSE co-creator’s new side project,BRENDON SMALL’s GALAKTIKON. The new track, ‘On My Way’, is the closing track on the upcoming concept album. BRENDON SMALL’s GALAKTIKON hits stores in late April 2012.


“I’m thrilled to finally give people a taste of what I’ve been blabbing about doing for months,” states Brendon. “’On My Way’ is the last track on the record, where our hero confronts the villain and saves the girl, while complaining the whole time! Enjoy, and stay tuned for more tracks emerging soon.”


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REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Gus G. FIRE Blackouts

There are plenty of benefits to be gained from using active pickups, not the least of which are low noise and high signal integrity over long cable runs. But not everyone loves the sound of typical actives. EMGs are well known for their killer metal tone – they’ve driven the tones of players like Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, Zakk Wylde and Devin Townsend to name just a few – and their single coils were long used by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Seymour Duncan seems to be especially good at spotting holes in the market, and there was a pretty glaring one in the active sector: players who want the benefits of active pickups but would prefer a more organic tone. The Blackouts series of pickups do a great job of this, but the Blackouts Modular Preamp is another very clever approach to the issue.

Available separately and in the Blackouts Coil Pack and Gus G FIRE Blackouts System signature set (which is featured in some of Gus’s signature ESP and LTD guitar models), the BMP-1s replaces your existing volume pot, throws in a 9v battery, and allows you to get a high gain active guitar sound from any passive four-conductor pickup. In Gus’s case, the BMP-1s is combined with a matched pair of low-out Alnico 5-loaded passive humbuckers. Gus explains: “This system combines the massive tone, kick, and distortion of Blackouts with the rich tone and expressive feel of my favorite passive pickups. It responds perfectly to all my picking techniques, and more of my personality comes through than with any active pickup I’ve tried.” Naturally Gus needs plenty of sonic versatility within the rock/metal realm, since he does double time in Firewind and as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist.

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AmpKit gets Retina graphics, new gear

AmpKit, the killer amp sim app by Agile Partners, has just been updated to feature Retina display resolution as well as a few new gear models: the Trace Elliot 1215 bass amp, Rocktron Metal Planet Distortion and Rocktron HUSH Noise Reduction. And save 33-40% on new gear and 50% on AmpKit+ for a limited time.

Agile, of course, also recently announced AmpKit Link HD, an incredible new iOS interface which not only captures your guitar sound in higher fidelity than before, but also allows you to charge your iPad while still using it for your amp sim. Here’s a great video of Kenny Wayne Shepherd demonstrating AmpKit (and talking up the great Guitar World Lick Of The Day app) at NAMM 2012.

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Introducing Hutchinson Guitar Concepts

Wow. Just… just wow. Keep an eye out for these incredible instruments. I get the feeling they’re not kidding in the press release when they hint at these guitars showing up in some rather visible places in 2012.
Artisan Luthier ‘James Hutchinson’ launches Hutchinson Guitar Concepts


Guitar builder crafts roadworthy instruments into functioning works of art!
Fitting custom string gauges, installing aftermarket pickups, and swapping out hardware are all modifications made by guitarists to personalise their instruments. UK-based artisan luthier, James Hutchinson, is taking guitar design, customisation and personalisation to its absolute zenith, with Hutchinson Guitar Concepts. Offering a bespoke service limited only by imagination, any guitar can become a functioning work of art.


The Hutchinson Guitar Concepts website features a portfolio of finished guitars that exert design inspiration from genres and themes as diverse as Steampunk, Natural Disasters, and Chinese dynasties. The Cybertech, Molten Lava, and Bronze Top guitars are just a few examples of what can be achieved through intricate wood carving, masterful finishing and state of the art electronics. James puts hundreds of hours of work into every fine detail, ensuring that each Tibetan symbol is perfectly engraved, and each ripple of molten lava oozes and glows with incredible LED lighting effects.


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There are a lot of great guitarists out there who aren’t getting their dues. Players who kick all sorts of ass but aren’t the shred household names the ought to be. So it’s time we did something about it! If you know of a player who you think deserves to be heard, let me know! Email me at and we’ll spread the word!

First up we’re going to look at Aussie Jeremy Barnes. Jeremy started playing at age 15, and judging by his sheer talent I’m guessing that he was an unstoppable virtuoso by the time he was, I don’t know, about 15-and-a-quarter. He played with heavy fusion band Iksentrik, toured with Dave Gleeson and the Stilsons, played briefly in The Screaming Jets, and you tally have to check out his solo album On, which you can pick up on iTunes.

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MUSIKMESSE 2012: Bogner pedals

Reinhold Bogner is a tone genius (and a very dapper dresser). He’s also about eight foot tall and impossible to miss if you ever happen to walk past him at a NAMM show. His amps are highly prized, but they’re also pretty pricey (apart from the Alchemist). Now Bogner is introducing his first three pedals, based on the Uberschall and Ecstasy amps (the Ecstasy Red and Ecstasy Blue) and made in the USA. These are going to be huge. They take the basic essence of these classic amps and distill them down into foot-stompable form. I can’t think of a single person I know who won’t want one of these.

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USA projected pricing is:

Bogner Ecstasy Red Pedal $249

Bogner Ecstasy Blue Pedal $249

Bogner Uberschall Pedal $229[/geo-out]

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LED Sleeve for Learning Chords and Songs on the Guitar

Whoa! Check this out from MusicAlight!

“We have designed a sleeve with LED lights that wraps around the guitar neck underneath the strings. It has special cut holes to allow the standard frets to be used. LED lights are attached near each fret of the guitar. As you begin learning, the LEDs light up below the string you should hold to play the correct chord in a song. The tempo can be turned up or down to allow you to learn at the speed you want. Each song or chord can be added seamlessly through our website or directly from your computer. We have programmed a guitar tab parser that allows you to convert standard text tabs into our custom format so you can start learning your favorite songs instantly.”

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