Charvel releases Henrik Danhage sig

CHARVEL® PROUDLY RELEASES THE HENRIK DANHAGE LIMITED EDITION SIGNATURE PRO-MOD SO-CAL STYLE 1

Scottsdale, Ariz. (October 23, 2020) – Charvel® today announces the release of the Henrik Danhage Limited Edition Signature Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1.

Danhage has provided the battering riffs for Swedish progressive heavy metal band Evergrey for nearly two decades, and Charvel is proud to honor the distinct axeman with his very own signature model.

“It started with Charvel for me back in ’86 or ’87 when I saw a Charvel and Jackson ad in Guitar World,” said Danhage. “I was a little kid then and all of the guys that were in there were some of my favorite players and they looked so cool with the big hair and all the custom guitars. It was the best ad I’ve seen in my whole life as a matter of fact, but I was more attracted to Charvel and those kind of guitars – with a bolt-on neck, 22 frets, Charvel logo, a Floyd.

“I began working with Charvel in 2010. I left the company I was working with at the time to finally getting my Charvel and it’s been really good. Ten years later I am sitting here with my own signature model. That is pretty awesome if you think about it.”

Danhage’s signature model features an ash body and a bolt-on maple neck with graphite-reinforcement rods that provide superior support against bending and extreme environmental fluctuations. A 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard with comfortable rolled edges, 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays provides the ideal surface for brazen riffing and precise chording, while a heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel allows for quick and easy neck relief tweaks on the fly.

A Seymour Duncan® JB™ TB-4 bridge pickup is a well-versed, high output humbucker ideal for crunchy rock ‘n’ roll or blistering metal attitude, while the DiMarzio® Area 67™ DP419CR single-coil neck pickup shines with bright and shimmering clean tones.

The single white Strat®-style skirt volume knob houses a push/push selector for switching between the bridge and neck pickups, while a top-mount Floyd Rose® 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system keeps this axe in tune throughout daring dive bombs and aggressive styles of playing.

As if it’s actually been through 20 years of touring with the Evergrey guitarist, the Henrik Danhage Limited Edition Signature Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 sports a heavy White Relic finish topped with a 3-ply white pickguard, chrome hardware and relic’d neck, fingerboard and reverse licensed Fender® Strat headstock.

Watch Danhage’s deep-dive video discussion about his love for Charvel, new signature model, influences and upcoming album here.

PRS announces Private Stock Paul’s 85

PRS Guitars has just announced Paul’s 85, a limited run of 85 Private Stock guitars personally spec’d by Paul Reed Smith himself and meticulously crafted by the Private Stock team. The model features an Electric Tiger Glow finish, wide-curl maple tops, dark Peruvian mahogany necks, solid red abalone birds, and more features specially chosen by Paul. PRS says each guitar was played and adjusted by Paul until it was ‘right.’

“We believe guitar making is an ongoing process of discovery, and this Paul’s 85 guitar utilizes all of the parts, processes, and workmanship I have spent my career (to date) seeking, testing, refining, and teaching our craftsman,” Paul says. “My hope is that these benchmark instruments are something remarkable for our company and the industry. There is no better way to close out our 35th Anniversary than with these extraordinary, hopefully magic, guitars.”

These guitars are available exclusively through Authorized PRS Private Stock dealers, and there are only 85 of them worldwide.

Five Great Covers EPs you should check out

Some bands build their early careers on a well-placed cover, like Van Halen blasting right out of the gate with a redefining take on The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me.” Some bands make a point of avoiding covers altogether. And some love covers so much that at a certain point in their career they’ll release an entire album of the dang things. Buried somewhere in the middle of it all though is the covers EP. For many listeners a covers EP hits a certain sweet spot: enough tracks to feel like a little treat, not so many as to lose focus or have listeners impatiently drumming their fingers waiting for the next album of original material. A covers EP says “dude, listen to these songs that we loved when we were starting out” but it doesn’t say “and you must listen to everything I listened to in order to understand where I’m coming from.” There are countless covers EPs out there but these are my personal favorites. What are yours?

Skid Row – B Side Ourselves

Skid Row released this EP between their Slave To The Grind and Subhuman Race albums, and it stood out for me because in those pre-Spotify/YouTube/iTunes days you couldn’t simply command a song to appear in your ears: you had to either catch it on the radio or encounter its physical representation in the form of a CD or cassette. Wild, I know. So for me, this was the first time I’d heard a song by The Ramones, and although I was already a Jimi Hendrix fan by age 13 I hadn’t yet come across “Little Wing.” The Judas Priest cover features a guest appearance by the metal god Rob Halford himself, and there’s an energy throughout this disc which captures the power of Skid Row in this unique era, when they successfully survived the last days of rock’s hair metal era and before grunge temporarily put the boot in to bands like Skid Row. This was a band with the world at their feet and a song in their hearts.

“Psycho Therapy” (Ramones)

“C’mon and Love Me” (KISS)

“Delivering the Goods” (Judas Priest)

“What You’re Doing” (Rush)

“Little Wing” (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

Metallica – The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited

This EP represented Metallica’s first release with Jason Newsted on bass following the tragic death of Cliff Burton, and the band chose to go back to their roots before diving in to new music. These tracks are all available on the band’s 1998 Garage Inc double album too, but for me they tell an entirely different story when heard in their original context instead of fitting in amongst other covers, B-sides and one-offs. If Garage Inc is the story of a band using their platform as The World’s Biggest Metal Band to shine a light on the songs that inspired them, Garage Days Re-Revisited tells a story of a band who was struggling to cope with the emotion of the situation, and who retreated to the comfort of the jam room and the songs that inspired them in their early days before life became so complicated. 

“Helpless” (Diamond Head)

“The Small Hours” (Holocaust)

“The Wait” (Killing Joke)

“Crash Course In Brain Surgery” (Budgie)

“Last Caress/Green Hell” (Misfits)

Stone Sour – Meanwhile In Burbank…

I get a feeling we’ll be seeing more of this as time goes on: covers EPs that feature songs released post-1990. While most of Stone Sour’s recent covers EP (the first of a trilogy) focuses on tracks from the 1980s, the inclusion of Alice In Chains’ “We Die Young” acknowledges AIC’s rightful place in the Great Heavy Rock Songbook. It’s interesting to note that this EP features songs by Judas Priest and KISS, just like Skid Row’s. And it’s also cool to see a band paying tribute to Metallica, who have done so much to share cool covers with the world.

“We Die Young” (Alice In Chains)

“Heading Out To The Highway” (Judas Priest)

“Love Gun” (KISS)

“Creeping Death” (Metallica)

“Children Of The Grave” (Black Sabbath)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP

The Chili Peppers released this EP in 2012 as an iTunes-only digital download to celebrate their induction in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The idea was to pay tribute to other bands who came before them in joining the ranks of the Hall. The tracks themselves date from between 1991 and 2011, with three guitarists represented: John Frusctiante, Dave Navarro and Josh Klinghoffer. 

“A Teenager in Love” (Dion and the Belmonts)

“Havana Affair” (The Ramones)

“Search and Destroy” (Iggy Pop and James Williamson of The Stooges)

“Everybody Knows This is Nowhere” (Neil Young)

“I Get Around” (The Beach Boys)

“Suffragette City” (David Bowie)

Rush – Feedback

Alright, this one is probably long enough to qualify as an album if you really wanna stretch it, but this eight-song release clocks in at just over 27 minutes. While most of the EPs covered (ha!) in this list feature songs from the ‘metal and onwards’ era, Rush’s reflects an earlier era, an era we now think of as ‘classic rock.’ Heck, it even includes two songs apiece by Buffalo Springfield and The Yardbirds, and you might as well count “Summertime Blues” as a The Who song too and at them to the ‘two songs by…’ list. What’s really great about Feedback is that it gives the listener a clear indication of where Rush derived their energy, yet it provides virtually no hints whatsoever as to how they developed such a progressive, iconic sound of their own.

“Summertime Blues” (Eddie Cochran/Jerry Capehart)

“Heart Full of Soul” (The Yardbirds)

“For What It’s Worth” (Buffalo Springfield)

“The Seeker” (The Who)

“Mr. Soul” (Buffalo Springfield)

“Seven and Seven Is” (Love)

“Shapes Of Things (The Yardbirds)

“Crossroads” (Robert Johnson, Cream)

Adelaide Guitar Festival goes annual

Adelaide Guitar Festival goes annual with 2021 program and regional tour reaching more South Australians than ever before

Adelaide Festival Centre is thrilled to announce that Adelaide Guitar Festival will become an annual event and reach more regional communities than ever before in 2021.

Adelaide Guitar Festival 2021 will present an exciting line-up of ticketed shows at Adelaide Festival Centre venues during its official dates of July 4 to 25.

The festival previously presented a full program every two years, with the first held in 2007, and has since grown to be the most significant guitar festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan: ‘I’m so overjoyed that after years of expanding our programs, including increasing activity in our years between official Adelaide Guitar Festival dates, we have reached the point where we can program this jewel of a festival annually!

“With our winter schools, competitions, community events, regional performances and of course our flagship performances back at the Festival Centre, 2021 will mark a new era in our continued celebration of this beloved instrument. We are all absolutely ecstatic that we can build on inspiring and connecting with so many people across SA on an annual basis.”

From February onwards, the On The Road program will see regional and community-based events delivered across South Australia.  The program will reach audiences in Lobethal, Kangaroo Island, Mount Compass, Goolwa, Yorke Peninsula, Strathalbyn, Auburn, Mintaro, Riverton, Port Augusta and Eyre Peninsula – making Adelaide Guitar Festival the state’s most widespread curated music festival.

Adelaide Guitar Festival’s popular music and well-being program Resonance, educational workshops, activations and community concerts will also travel to regional communities, reaching audiences with limited access to live music experiences.

In Adelaide, the festival’s well-attended Hidden Hindmarsh event will return on February 14 following the success of last year’s inaugural event, which saw local musicians perform in venues ranging from bars to barbers and florists.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM: “Adelaide Festival Centre is delighted to present an annual Adelaide Guitar Festival program which combines world-class musicians and performers with eye-opening activations across South Australia.

“Expanding our On The Road tour to include a record number of regional towns is an excellent way for us to collaborate and connect with even more South Australians while supporting local musicians.

“We also look forward to welcoming everyone back to Adelaide Festival Centre venues for a stellar line-up of guitarists across a wide range of genres in July next year and thank our loyal audiences for their ongoing support.”

Adelaide Guitar Festival Winter School will return, bringing together some of Australia’s finest guitar players to present an intensive program of tuition across two separate streams of blues & roots and classical genres for all ages and skill levels.

Expressions of interest are now open for the celebrated Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition for 2021, with more information available online. First prize is $10,000 along with a handcrafted guitar by South Australian Master Luthier Jim Redgate, valued at $23,000, and an invitation to perform at the next Adelaide Guitar Festival.

Today’s announcement coincides with Adelaide Guitar Festival event The Backstage Sessions Live, which is being presented at Her Majesty’s Theatre tonight as part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s Music @ The Maj concert series.

The full program for Adelaide Guitar Festival 2021 will be launched next year. For more information and to register for email updates, visit www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au.

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Peter Frampton’s memior is out now

Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir, the story of Peter Frampton’s life and career told in his own words for the first time, is out today via Hachette Books. The book, written with acclaimed music journalist Alan Light, is available in hardcover, e-book, and audio formats, and is receiving early critical praise:
“It’s a fascinating read that takes you at a steady clip from Frampton’s childhood memories through his days as a teen prodigy to the moment he first realized being cute could be the bane of his existence, meeting Jimi Hendrix, forming Humble Pie, cutting ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ and every high and low along the way to his farewell tour.”
“…bracing new memoir.”
“Frampton’s renowned gift for songwriting translates to storytelling, and his vivid, conversational style lends this memoir the intimacy of a coffee shop chat—just you, Peter Frampton, and the pressing question: ‘Do you feel like I do?’”
“Frampton’s self-deprecation and willingness to take responsibility for his choices
win readers over…full of appealing anecdotes involving the many musical favorites
with whom Frampton has played…his determination is inspiring. Frampton
provided a soundtrack for a generation; here’s the story…Entertaining and rousing, on
the stage and now on the page, Frampton Comes Alive.”
Yesterday, Frampton spoke with CBS This Morning’s Anthony Mason about the memoir, watch here. And he caught up with TODAY Show’s Al Roker this morning, watch here.
In his memoir, Frampton shares stories of his diverse collaborative work and reveals both the blessing and curse of Frampton Comes Alive!, his breakout 1976 live album that spawned three top-20 singles and sold 8 million copies the year it was released (over 17 million to date). He opens up about his experience grappling with fame at a young age and how he continues to play despite an inflammatory muscle disease. Woven throughout is the story of his favorite guitar, which he thought he’d lost in a plane crash in 1980 but reappeared in 2011, saved from the wreckage.
Frampton remembers his enduring friendship with David Bowie. Growing up as schoolmates, crossing paths throughout their careers, and playing together on the Glass Spider Tour, the two developed an unshakeable bond. Frampton also shares stories of his work with George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Wyman, Ringo Starr, and members of Pearl Jam.
Peter Frampton is among the most celebrated guitarists in rock history. His 1976 album, Frampton Comes Alive! remains one of the top-selling live records of all time and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in January. At 18, he co-founded one of the first supergroups, Humble Pie. By 22, he was touring incessantly and making use of the talk box which would become his signature guitar effect.
He’s collaborated with such legendary artists as George Harrison, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Ringo Starr, among many others, and he’s toured with the likes of Stevie Nicks, Greg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, and the Steve Miller Band. In 2007, he won the Grammy Award for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for Fingerprints, and in 2014 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. His latest release, All Blues (UMe), was #1 for fifteen weeks on Billboard’s Blues Chart. Frampton has voiced himself in “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” and appeared on “The Colbert Report” and “Madam Secretary.” For Cameron Crowe’s film, Almost Famous, Frampton wrote songs, served as an advisor, and played the role of Reg.
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Peavey Resumes HP 2 Production

The story is pretty well known by now: Eddie Van Halen designs the Wolfgang with Peavey, Eddie eventually sets up his own brand in partnership with Fender, and many years later Peavey announces that it has a bunch of old parts left over since the 90s and that the model will be returned to the lineup as the HP 2. It’s been quite a while since the HP 2 was announced, but now Peavey has enlisted new luthiers in Europe to take over production, using those original parts until they run out, after which they’ll be fresh new builds.Here’s the press release from Peavey with more info. I also note that unlike the original Wolfies, the HP 2 has coil splits for each pickup. Neat. Anyway, if you follow me on social media you probably know I have a huge thing for blue guitars with zebra humbuckers, and several pics in this article have me positively fizzing.

Peavey Resumes HP 2 Production with Renewed Vintage Appeal

MERIDIAN, MS — Peavey Electronics® has officially resumed production of the HP 2® electric guitar and is giving players an incentive to pre-order one today. Peavey has entrusted some of the best luthiers in Europe to take over production of the HP 2, and the first 400 builds will be New Old Stock made from wood that’s been aging since the 1990s. For authenticity, guitars built with this aged wood will be marked with “NOS” on the back of the headstock. Available in Black, Deep Ocean, Tiger Eye and Moonburst finishes, the HP 2 was fashioned to stand out, and with high-quality materials and impeccable electronics, it’s designed for iconic vintage tone.

The HP 2 stays true to Peavey’s legacy of award-winning guitars, and is constructed with leading-edge technology, traditional handcrafted methods, professional-quality upgrades, and customizations. While the aesthetic is classic, the HP 2 brings its own unique flair with its carved top and offset, asymmetrical body design that offers comfort, proper balance, and maximum ease of playing. As a testament to its high quality, the HP 2 even bears the initials of Peavey founder and CEO, Hartley Peavey.

The HP 2 starts out with a classic cutaway design, contoured neck heel, and bolt-on construction. Peavey selected maple for the top and basswood for the back. These hardwoods were selected not only for their natural beauty and weight characteristics, but also for their excellent tonal qualities. As experienced players know, supreme sonic character is achieved when tonal woods have the opportunity to age. The woods used for the initial 400 guitars have been stored in a safe and secure environment for nearly 30 years.

The HP 2 offers an attractive birdseye maple neck and fingerboard cut from a single piece of wood and finished with stress-relieved lamination. This approach not only keeps the color and grain patterns consistent, but also provides for unmatched stability and playability. An easy-access steel torsion rod and dual graphite reinforcement bars enhance the strength of the build. The HP 2 has a 25.5’’ scale length, 22 jumbo frets, and 15’’ fingerboard radius. The 10-degree tilt-back headstock has a 3+3 tuning machine configuration complete with Schaller® tuning machines with pearloid buttons. Chrome-plated hardware polishes off the look.

Electronically, the HP 2 offers two custom-wound Peavey humbucking pickups that supply optimal output and tonal response. They’re made using a two-step, wax-dipping process that provides ultra-low noise operation and resistance to feedback. The pickups are mounted directly to the body, further reducing feedback at high volume levels and enhancing response. A Switchcraft® 3-way toggle switch allows selection of pickups in up, center, and down configurations, while two push-pull knobs for volume and tone allow the pickups to be split individually. For the finishing touch, players will find a Peavey/Floyd Rose® licensed, double-locking tremolo assembly ensuring excellent sustain.

From top to bottom, the HP 2 is a vintage-inspired guitar for modern players of various styles. MSRP is $2999.99 with hardshell case included.

Learn more and get a closer look at www.peavey.com.

10-year-old me’s pick pouch

Here’s something fun. It’s my pick pouch from when I was 10 years old. A little D & J McCallum’s Perfection Scotch Whisky leather thing. And inside… The picks I used in my first year of learning guitar, including 10-year-old-me’s attempt at making my own Jazz III out of an
Ernie Ball Music Man Medium (which I chose for this surgery specifically because it was red).
As you can see, I was merciless on my plectra. All of these were busted on nylon strings, no doubt playing ‘Dogs Are Talking’ by The Angels and ‘Cry In Shame’ by Diesel Music

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I imagine the pouch itself (minus the picks) is probably worth something to whisky collectors, but I ain’t selling it because it’s unlikely to fetch the thousands I need for a Music Man Axis.

Fender releases the George Harrison ‘Rocky’ Strat.

FENDER® CUSTOM SHOP RELEASES MASTER BUILT GEORGE HARRISON’S ROCKY™ STRATOCASTER®, A REPLICA OF ONE OF HARRISON’S ICONIC GUITARS

A Faithful 100 Piece Global Recreation of Harrison’s “Rocky” Stratocaster From Master Builder Paul Waller, With Abigail Ybarra Pickups To Honour The Legendary Musician’s Famously-Nicknamed Guitar 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (September 29, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released their highly anticipated recreation of George Harrison’s iconic “Rocky” Stratocaster initially previewed at Winter NAMM 2020. With only 100 being made available worldwide, its debut sparked major conversation that only further emphasises its ultimate, limited-edition status. The “Rocky” Stratocaster is considered to be one of music’s most celebrated guitars, known for several iconic appearances including the live performance of “All You Need Is Love” on Our World, the very first global satellite TV program. Harrison’s spontaneous psychedelic paint job continues to serve as a special homage to the late ‘60s and to Harrison’s artistry.

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released their highly anticipated recreation of George Harrison’s iconic “Rocky” Stratocaster initially previewed at Winter NAMM 2020. With only 100 being made available worldwide, its debut sparked major conversation that only further emphasises its ultimate, limited-edition status. The “Rocky” Stratocaster is considered to be one of music’s most celebrated guitars, known for several iconic appearances including the live performance of “All You Need Is Love” on Our World, the very first global satellite TV program. Harrison’s spontaneous psychedelic paint job continues to serve as a special homage to the late ‘60s and to Harrison’s artistry. Read More …