DigiTech Introduces The Drop And Luxe Whammy Offspring

DigiTech Drop pedalThe DigiTech Whammy Pedal is a certified legend, but DigiTech have never rested on their laurels. The Whammy DT is the most feature-packed evolution of the Whammy yet. But now they’ve done something equally cool and interesting: separated out a two of the DT’s non-whammy features into unique standalone pedals, the Luxe and the Drop. Of the Luxe, DigiTech says: “The DigiTech® Luxe is an anti-chorus, the world’s first stand-alone, compact, polyphonic detune pedal. The Luxe takes the detune effect from the popular Whammy™ product line and adds positive and negative detune capabilities.
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TC Electronic & ProGuitarShop Alter Ego X4 Vintage Echo

Hot on the heels of the awesome new quartet of mini pedals recently announced, TC Electronic and my good pals at ProGuitarShop have teamed up to create a new delay pedal geared towards vintage-style tones, building on the success of their earlier pedal the Alter Ego Delay and incorporating the functionality of the awesome Flashback X4 Delay. Called the Alter Ego X4 Vintage Echo, it gives you four TonePrint slots, three programmable presets, a looper, stereo ins and outs, MIDI programmability and the ability to control any parameter with an expression pedal. Here’s the press release… Read More …

Epiphone Celebrates Bass Month With A New Consumer Promotion for June 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone, a world leader in guitar and bass manufacturing, is proud to announce a new series of consumer promotions beginning on June 1, 2014. This June, Epiphone is celebrating Bass Month where customers who buy an Epiphone bass will receive a free Epiphone Deluxe Leather Strap. Customers must register their bass on Epiphone.com to receive their free gift. Epiphone basses are the industry standard for pros and pros-at-heart in every genre, not only for their superior workmanship but also for their great sound and cutting edge designs. Epiphone basses like the Jack Casady Signature, the Toby Deluxe IV and the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO are just a few of the models that have made Epiphone the go-to bass on stage or in the studio. Read More …

Fans Vote for Best Performer in Epiphone’s Ultimate Epiphone Video Contest

PRESS RELEASE: Last month, Epiphone, the working musician’s favorite instrument maker, kicked off the Ultimate Epiphone Player Video Contest where contestants were called to submit a 1-minute video of themselves performing on their favorite Epiphone acoustic, electric, or bass guitar. Starting on June 1, Epiphone is encouraging fans from around the world to vote for their favorite performer from the U.S., Canada, and Europe to help choose a grand prize winner from each region. The video performer with the most votes from each of the three regions will win a legendary Masterbilt DR-500MCE acoustic/electric guitar with custom case.    Read More …

Devildriver & Whitechapel To Tour Oz!

Devildriver Winter KillsPRESS RELEASE: DEVILDRIVER have been slaying their way across the USA in a string of sold out shows with the irrepressible WHITECHAPEL in tow. These two titans have joined forces and will be bringing their pure fuckin’ metal forces to Australia in September. While many bands in the modern era are already withering away, DEVILDRIVER have proven to mutate, grow stronger, deadlier and more immortal. DEVILDRIVER conjure genuine chaos and make it beautifully brutal in their crushing live performances. Who can forget their now legendary appearance at Download 2007, which arguably generated the biggest circle pit in history? Or any other live show they’ve played for that matter? Read More …

10 Reasons Electric Guitars Are Better Than Stupid Acoustics

ESP flaming skull guitarHaha. Made ya look. Of course acoustic guitars are beautiful, brilliant instruments that help us express our deepest thoughts, most cherished desires and most unspeakable urges. But for the past few weeks I’ve all about the glory of plugging into a box of glowing tubes and quaking speakers, and thus causing my neighbours to curse the very evolution of mammalian auditory ossicles as set in motion by developments in the noble tetrapods in the Upper Devonian some 365 million years ago which led to hearing as we know it. Unless you’re a creationist, in which case God gave rock n’ roll to you. I mean, just think of the words: “Electric Guitar.” Doesn’t that sound like something you’d want to be involved with? Doesn’t that sound exciting? Anyway, here are ten reasons why electric guitars are better than stupid acoustics.

10. Feedback

When feedback happens to an acoustic guitar, it’s a bad thing. It’s screechy, uncontrollable, and the only real ways to solve it involve either sucking out the offending frequencies and probably taking some good ones with it, or using feedback-resistant technologies like piezo pickups which make your beautiful guitar sound like a bunch of rubber bands stretched over a frying pan. Whereas when an electric guitar is coaxed into feedback it’s a thing of beauty. Just think of the beginning of “Magic Carpet Ride” or “I Feel Fine” or “Foxey Lady” or “Flying In A Blue Dream.” Read More …

Bizzarre 15-string Means Death For Us All

15 String

Alright, now I’ve seen it all. Fifteen strings. Seymour Duncan Blackout 8-string humbucker and Steve Bailey ASB2-6 Phase 2 model pickups. According to the eBay listing: “The strings are a various collection of brands running from .317 (needs to be thicker than that), .254, .232, .217, .184, .156, .135, .105, .080, .060, .032, .024, .014, .011 and .008. The tuning is F, A#, D#, G#, C#, F#, B, E, A, D, G, C, F, a# and d#.” So, uh, whoa.  Check out more pics and plenty of info – or buy this beast for yourself if you’re quick – here.  Read More …