COOL GEAR ALERT: Line 6 AMPLIFi TT

AMPLIFi TT

PRESS RELEASE: Line 6, Inc. today introduced the new AMPLIFi™ TT guitar tone processor, making it possible for guitarists to turn any speaker system into a guitar amp and Bluetooth® streaming system that mixes in guitar amp tones. AMPLIFi TT makes jamming, practicing, and recording easy and accessible, and enables guitarists to develop their musicianship while they interact with the music they love. The release builds on the growing momentum of the AMPLIFi product line, and provides guitarists with even more ways to play and enjoy music. “The AMPLIFi family is the most innovative and exciting line of products for guitarists,” said Marcus Ryle, Line 6 Chief Strategy Officer. “AMPLIFi TT delivers the AMPLIFi experience in an ultra-powerful yet compact size that fits everywhere, so guitarists can take advantage of every spare moment and enjoy playing guitar more often.” Click here to buy the Line 6 Amplifi Tt Guitar Table Top Multi-Effects Unit

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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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REVIEW: Randall Diavlo RD100H

Randall RD100H

Plenty of great players have used Randall amps over the years: Dimebag Darrell, George Lynch, Nuno Bettencourt, Phil Collen, Scott Ian, Kirk Hammett… and one thing that has been consistent between them all is the up-front quality of the distortion, whether it’s being achieved by tube or solid state means. Randall’s Diavlo series looks very metal-oriented – and it is, with its horned-skull-adorned graphics and none-more-black exterior – but Randall seems to have worked hard to create a versatile clean channel too. Let’s investigate… Read More …

Joe Bonamassa Rocks 1978 Charvel ‘EVH Stripes’ axe

Bonamassa

Check out what Joe Bonamassa played onstage tonight: a 1978 Charvel black and yellow striped guitar. These were only available for a very short time before Eddie Van Halen sent an ‘Ahem… guys?’ to Charvel. You can see a handful of them on this page at JacksonCharvelWorld.net. Many years later there was an authorised Charvel EVH Art Series painted by Eddie himself, and there’s now the EVH Striped guitars too. Check out EVH Striped guitars on eBay.

Photo from Joe’s Twitter.

Ibanez Dino Cazares DCM100

Ibanez DCM100 Dino Cazares

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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Mastodon Australian Headlining Tour!

 

Mastodon Promo Image

File this in the ‘About Fucking Time’ folder: Mastodon have just announced their first-ever headline tour of Australia. They’ve been here before but with festivals, supports (SLAY-ER! SLAY-ER!), festival sideshows etc. But as Troy Sanders told Music Feeds earlier this year, the band has yet to actually headline their own shows down under. He said the band hoped to make it down in 2015 for their own run of dates. And now it’s happening! Here’s the press release. Read More …

BIAS Desktop Gets Amp Match Presets

PRESS RELEASE: Now some of the best and most requested artists amp tones are available as a free download for all BIAS Desktop users. Positive Grid (www.positivegrid.com) updated today the recently launched guitar amp plug-in with amp matched presets personally created and engineered by artists such as Mark Holcomb from Periphery, Ola Englund, Rusty Cooley, and other professional recording artists. All these presets we created using the same amp, cab, and mic configuration as they use in the studio for album recordings. Read More …

Cort Manson Matthew Bellamy Signature Guitar

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Wow, this is surprising. For years pretty much everyone has wanted a Matt Bellamy guitar but the cost of an authentic Manson like he uses it pretty dang high. So Matt and Manson have teamed up with Cort to launch the official Manson Matthew Bellamy Signature Guitar, based on the official MB1-S series and featuring a bunch of key specs such as pickups designed by the Manson Guitar Works team, discrete kill button, and that killer not-quite-Tele-like shape. Here’s the official press release:

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