New Jackson Chris Broderick models


When Broderick first came to Jackson to discuss designing his own signature model nearly 10 years ago, the USA Signature Chris Broderick Soloist, he had a clear vision on how to create his own take on the renowned Soloist™. Now with the Pro Series, when Broderick approached the collaboration with an upgraded twist on specific sets of specs and modifications, Jackson rose to the challenge of designing Brodericks’ dream Signature Models.

The Jackson® Pro Series Signature Chris Broderick Soloist™ is offered in six-and seven-string guitar options and feature a 25.5” scale length, resonant mahogany body with arched poplar burl top on Trans finishes and through-body maple neck with scarf joint and graphite reinforcement for rock-solid stability and enhanced sustain. Its 12”-radius bound laurel fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets is ideal for all playing styles, comfortable for both low riffing and soaring leads.

Check out Chris Broderick taking us through the new line HERE.

New Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine have released Shatter, the third single from their forthcoming self-titled album Bullet For My Valentine, and it is another absolute rager.

“We’re very excited for you all to hear our new track “Shatter;” it’s one of our personal favourites and we’re pretty sure it’ll be one of yours! It’s an absolute sledgehammer of a track with riffs for days! Let the head banging commence!!!” – Bullet For My Valentine.

The visualiser for Shatter is a visceral and instinctive moment in the new Bullet visual era. For this project Matt Tuck collaborated with creative director, Fiona Garden, and her husband/artist, Ben Ashton (

Using tactile optical elements, smashing endless panes of glass, and getting covered in oily black paint, Matt worked hands-on with Garden & Ashton to create a physical mood both “cavernous and claustrophobic.”

Fiona Garden adds, “These hypnotic abstract visuals were then fed into the fearsome and instinctive creative machine behind “Knives” and “Parasite”: editor Sara Faulkner and VFX artist Gabriel Thomas Ayache. The clip features, as always, the design edge of Carl Addy (ulcerboy.)”

Bullet For My Valentine (the album) will be released on October 22 via Spinefarm /Search & Destroy.

“I think it’s the most ferocious side of Bullet For My Valentine that I’ve ever known,” says lead guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget. “It’s time for us to put out a really angry, heavy, aggressive record. I just can’t wait to grimace on stage!”

Matt Tuck began writing the album in September 2019 before the Coronavirus pandemic brought things screeching to a halt in early 2020. But in June 2020, Tuck and long-time producer, Carl Bown, who co-produced the band’s 2015 album, Venom, and produced and mixed Gravity, picked up the pace again. Together, they hunkered down at Treehouse Studio in Chesterfield, where the remainder of the album was written.

Pre-orders for Bullet For My Valentine’s seventh studio album are now live, with an instant download of singles, Knives, & Parasite and special bundle options, including a unique clipping from the backdrop used on the bands Venom world tour from 2015 – 2017, t-shirts, hoodies, gold & silver cassettes, and limited vinyl.


Kirk Hammett Goes Poly With Gibson And ESP

Kirk Hammett has signed on with Gibson (and not for the first time: he had a signature Flying V about 10 years ago), but he will also continue to use ESP.

My guess is that the press release below hints at some of the releases we might possibly expect: reproductions of Kirk’s 1979 Flying V and the ‘Greeny’ 1959 Les Paul previously owned by Peter Greene and Gary Moore. I reckon we’ll also see a black Les Paul Custom with EMGs, cos Kirk’s been playing one of those forever.

It’s cool of Gibson to name-check Fender, ESP and Jackson in the press release too. The Gibson of the ‘new regime’ seems to be going out of its way to be a part of the guitar community, whereas under the previous leadership it all seemed pretty insular.

Okay, now get Hetfield.

Here’s the press release:

NASHVILLE, TN (July 29, 2021) Gibson, the iconic American instrument brand, has announced an official brand partnership with Kirk Hammett of Metallica, one of the most iconic rock guitarists today. The new partnership will span across Gibson Brands including Gibson and Epiphone guitars.

“It’s a really great and exciting time for me to be joining forces with Gibson,” says Kirk Hammett. “I look forward to achieving great things together in the future.”

“It’s an honor to welcome the icon, the ripper, Kirk Hammett back to the Gibson family,” says Cesar Gueikian, Brand President, Gibson Brands. “Kirk has been carrying the flag for hard rock and heavy metal for decades, and his Gibson guitars have been there with him from the very beginning. From his first Gibson, his 1979 Flying V to ‘Greeny’ and everything in between, Gibson guitars have been an integral part of Kirk’s sound. All of us at Gibson are looking forward to this collaboration and are grateful that Kirk has trusted us to begin a new partnership.”

Watch and share the new interview with Kirk Hammett and Cesar Gueikian (Brand President, Gibson Brands) on Gibson TV, Today, Thursday, July 29, at 10am PT, Here.

Born in San Francisco in November 1962, Kirk Hammett quickly found himself obsessed with watching monster movies and reading books and comics. Transitioning through his teenage years meant taking up guitar and teaching himself how to play by ear for hours on end.

In 1979, Kirk Hammett named and founded the metal band Exodus. After recording a three-song demo in 1982, Hammett was called out to New York to audition for Metallica, and by the time Kill ‘Em All was released in July of 1983, he was officially part of the Metallica plan for world domination. Adding his style and passion into the mix helped define and shape the sound of Metallica as they grew into the band they are now, and Hammett’s solos and signature licks have inspired a legion of musicians young and old.

From Hammett’s early sonic experiences with a guitar out of a Montgomery Ward store catalog special, progressing to hitting Hendrix vibes with a ’78 Fender Stratocaster, then moving on professionally to Gibson Flying Vs and Les Pauls, and customized ESP’s. It goes without saying that Kirk Hammett is a guitar geek and has an affinity for anything with six strings including his 1985 Jackson Randy Rhoads Flying V or a frequently played Gibson 59 Les Paul Standard that once belonged to the immortal genius of both Peter Green and Gary Moore – affectionately known and celebrated worldwide as “Greeny.” Now as Metallica celebrates their 40th Anniversary in 2021, Kirk Hammett is ready to let those strings shine once again.

Wild Customs Introduces The Billy F. Gibbons Special

Press Release: The Man, or better yet, the living Legend, needs no introduction. Known the world over for his unmistakable style, his love for all things Custom, cutting-edge guitar designs, jaw-dropping Custom Cars and Hotrods, and generally for being the best incarnation of COOL, it was only a matter of time and alignment of the stars before BILLY F GIBBONS and WILD CUSTOM GUITARS crossed paths. 

With graphics inspired by the Rev’s latest Hotroded ‘34 Ford Coupe “WHISKEY RUNNER”, and loaded with our GYROCK Pickup System sporting BFG’s signature pickup set (the classic Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates & Red Devil, along with our custom wound Humbucker dubbed “The Grizzly” by the man himself), ultra-lightweight construction and a Custom COA (with a limited hand signed run), she’s as Bold and Spicy as a Texas Hot Sauce!

In Billy’s own words: “Now to get down to thrashing’ on this thing…!  WoooooooWeeeeee…!”


“This is a game changer!” Richard Fortus, Guns N’ ROSES

Changing your guitar tone has always meant rewiring your guitar with new pickups. It’s not the case anymore. GYROCK© is a revolutionary concept that enables you to load different pickups on a single guitar and to switch from one pickup to another in a split second. Billy F. Gibbons is known for playing mainly on the bridge pickup. We’ve redesigned the Gyrock pickup system to be as close as possible to his playing ways. GYROCK© is a patented technology that has been developed by Wild Customs to create a groundbreaking musical experience.


Whether you are looking for rich, authentic humbucking tones or nuanced single coil sounds, the Gyrock can seamlessly master most of sonic territories.

Billy F. Gibbons signature pickup set

> Wild Customs’ humbucker “The Grizzly”

> Wild Customs’ P90 “The Jalapeño”

> S. Duncan Pearly Gates BFG signature

> S. Duncan Red Devil BFG signature

> S. Duncan Lipstick Tube

> S. Duncan Antiquity™ Strat Texas Hot

Expansion packs are available on demand with lot of pickup references for unlimited tonal options.



BODY / Premium East European Alder chambered with honey comb structure

NECK / 3-ply Canadian maple

FRETBOARD / Pau Ferro 

SCALE LENGTH / 25’5’’ 648mm

NECK PROFILE / C shape standard thin 

RADIUS / 10-16” compound radius

FRETS / 22 medium jumbo 

NUT / Hand shaped Bone nut

BRIDGE / Babicz

MACHINE HEAD / Schertler open gear

GYROCK PICKUP SYSTEM Featuring BFG signature pickup set

CONTROLS / 1 Vol 1 Tone

HARDCASE / Unbreakable custom case by Nanuk case

MISC. / Delivered with a leather strap & hand signed COA



Established in 2008 in the middle of France, Wild Customs builds electric guitars that are based on revolutionary concepts and unique artistry. They’ve designed electric guitars for international artists such as Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Adam Clayton (U2), Richard Fortus (GUNS N’ROSES), Mike Dirnt (Green Day), Kurt Ballou (Converge)… Beyond their original designs, Wild Customs launched in 2016 at the Winter Namm, a top luxury guitar brand called “Sauvage Guitars” introducing unique instruments carved out in one single piece. Following the successful launch of “Sauvage Guitars” the team developed “Automotive by Wild Customs”: a sideline of instruments paying homage to iconic car designs such as Mustang Shelby GT 500, Billy Gibbons’ “Mexican Blackbird” Thunderbird 58… 

Always in motion, the team is now 100% focused on its revolutionary pickup system: GYROCK©

Add CCNP Enterprise Certification to Your CV by Passing Certbolt  Cisco 300-430 ENWLSI Exam Using Practice Tests

Cisco 300-430 is a must for those individuals who want to start a journey in the networking sphere. This test is aimed to validate your ability to implement a wireless network, including Multicast, QoS, FlexConnect, security for client connectivity, advanced location services, device hardening, and monitoring. Let’s look through the exam scope to understand whether it is right for you or not.

Who is the target audience for Cisco 300-430 ENWLSI?

Before taking any exam, you have to be sure that you are the right person who is eligible for it. Thus, as for Certbolt  Cisco 300-430 ENWLSI, this test is designed for those specialists who work as Wireless Network Engineers, Sales Engineers, and Network Designers. It is expected that they have a minimum of 3 years of working experience in implementing enterprise networking solutions. Fulfilling all these requirements allows you to sign up for the exam.

What is Cisco 300-430 ENWLSI?

Certbolt  Cisco 300-430 is a qualifying exam for earning the CCNP Enterprise and Cisco Certified Specialist – Enterprise Wireless Implementation certifications. This test consists of about 65 questions presented in the following formats: multiple choice, testlet, fill-in-the-blank, and drag and drop. The students will have 90 minutes to answer all these questions and gain the passing score of a minimum of 750 points. This amount is enough for getting one of the associated certificates. Please note that you have to take Cisco 350-401 ENCOR alongside this concentration exam to obtain CCNP Enterprise. The test is available in the English and Japanese languages, and the candidates can opt for the appropriate option during scheduling. To register for this exam, you have to pay the fee of $300 and finish this process with Pearson VUE. This platform provides the opportunity to have this test at home or take it at one of the centers.

As for the content, the exam contains 8 topics that are presented as the following:

  1. FlexConnect;
  2. QoS on a Wireless Network;
  3. Multicast;
  4. Location Services;
  5. Advanced Location Services;
  6. Security for Wireless Client Connectivity;
  7. Monitoring;
  8. Device Hardening.

How to organize the preparation process for Cisco 300-430 ENWLSI?

Cisco requires that the professionals know how to pass its exams with flying colors. For this purpose, this vendor has designed the training courses for all its tests, and Cisco 300-430 is not an exception. Implementing Cisco Exam is created to give you all the necessary information that is needed for completing the exam. You will get the skills and knowledge of designing secure wireless network infrastructure and troubleshooting any related problems. The applicants will also find out how to utilize Cisco Connect Mobile Experience, Cisco Prime Infrastructure (PI), and Cisco Identity Service Engine (ISE) for monitoring and troubleshooting problems of the network. Moreover, the individuals can surf the Internet looking for other prep resources. For example, they can take practice tests that are presented by many reputable sites. This training option allows you to dive into the atmosphere of the real exam and evaluate your level of preparedness.


Having one of the Cisco certifications on your resume gives you the opportunity to develop your career in the field of IT. With 300-430 ENWLSI Exam under the belt, you can open the gates to new career paths and higher salaries. It is a great chance to change your professional life, so do not miss it.

So I dug out a song I wrote and recorded in 2000…

Please enjoy ‘Spacegirl.’ It’s a silly little song I wrote when I was 20. At the time I posted it on and it went to the top of the charts (not that a lot of people were on there at the time) and got a little bit of airplay. It even appeared on the Today Show on Channel Nine during a segment on MP3 players.

It’s a bit naive and amateur but it has its own little charm, I think. Sorry the solo is mixed so low. Anyway you can buy it for a dollar on Bandcamp or name your own price, if you want to.

Oh and the guitar is my homemade parts Tele (the Telepartser) into a KORG AX1G, direct into my computer’s mic input. I used to record audio tracks in some really basic Cubase clone I’ve forgotten the name of, and then chop each part up into individual bars which I would drop into FruityLoops to edit into verses and choruses and to put effects on.

10 Problems Beginners Might Face When Buying a New Guitar (And How to Fix Them)

Commonly, beginners face different problems when buying a new guitar. It can range from the guitar itself, up to the manner of playing with the stringed instrument.

It is easy to fix when you have a clear picture of what the problem is. Recognize if you have these problems that beginners might face when buying a new guitar.

1. Impulse buying the wrong guitar

Buying a brand new guitar is an exciting experience for every aspiring musician. However, this can lead to buying the wrong guitar. If you are a beginner who doesn’t know what to look out for, you can buy out an instrument impulsively without checking for the things that you need for playing. 

Charles from Guitar Junky said, there are different kinds of guitars for the right purposes, and the excitement in buying one can mask out your primary intentions. It is better to bring an experienced guitarist when you are about to buy your first guitar. 

If you can’t bring him or her when you will buy, have a consultation with a professional or seasoned player who knows the things you will look out for in your first instrument. It is also great to ask around the personnel in the store as they know the products and guitars more.

2. Using the wrong strings / not changing the strings

Beginners usually encounter having problems with the wrong strings once they start to play more frequently. When there is a need for changing the strings, beginners usually just buy out the least or the most expensive one, not knowing if the string is right for the particular guitar that they have. It is advisable not to use steel strings on a classical guitar. It is best to voice out the type of guitar you have and knowing if the strings sold in stores are perfect for your instrument. Beginners usually don’t change strings until they are broken. It is recommended to change strings every 6-8 months to avoid wearing out your guitar prematurely.

3. Difficulty playing some chords

It is quite common to have some level of difficulty when trying out new chords. As a beginner, it is vital to have enough practice and to be patient with yourself as you are learning something new. However, beginners can still have difficulty in playing some chords even with the right finger positioning. This can sometimes be due to the wrong handling of the guitar itself. Putting yourself at an ergonomic disadvantage while playing the guitar can turn out to be awkward when playing out some chords. Check your trunk, hand, and arm positioning while playing, and try making adjustments to be more comfortable in playing some chords.

4. Guitar not staying in tune

When the guitar has the right intonation, it still won’t stay in tune if the strings keep slipping out. The problem can be easy to detect if you first recognize if you play too hard or just gently on your guitar. First, check the nut for any jagged or sharp spots because the string could be caught up. If you play a bit rough, it is best to invest in a high-standard tuning peg or a premium-quality tremolo system.

5. A peeling pickguard

Some pickguards are weakly attached to the body, and this could be a good thing because a peeling pickguard is easy to remedy. Once it starts pulling off, never try to put it back on immediately. It is best to peel it off carefully until all of the pickguards are detached. Clean out the surface first and then gently put it back on with a tougher adhesive. Always consult the manufacturer to use the right binding agent to avoid damage to your guitar.

6. Songs don’t play smooth

A reason why songs don’t play smoothly is that the chords are not shifted in a very fluid manner. Most beginners have difficulty in changing chords right away. This is rational at their level. And this can get better over time, as one practices more every day. Try to keep playing the same rhythm with the strumming hand, even when your other hand is still not on the chord. This will let the song have a more steady pace, so it will play smoother along the way.

7. Wrong action height

The action height is the height of the string above each guitar fret. The common scenario is that most action heights are set on high. Beginners will likely experience difficulties in pushing down the fret. Beginners don’t notice this immediately because the high action height can only be apparent at a certain part of the guitar neck or another. It is easy to adjust the action height. Take off the string and use sandpaper to lightly shave down the area where the string is quite high. Reinstall everything and string it up to play anew. Another alternative is to check out recommendations such as these beginner acoustic guitars listed here.

8. Buzzing frets

A common beginner problem that usually persists if not addressed right away is that the frets are buzzing when they are playing out some chords. This is because the player is not squeezing the strings enough, not putting enough pressure on the fret, and if one finger accidentally or unknowingly touches the string above or below. It is vital to recognize what is the root cause of the buzzing, to know if you will focus your adjustments on the hand or the finger grip. You can also pluck the chords individually first, rather than strumming it out right away.

9. Using the wrong cleaning agents

The wrong cleaning agents on the guitar are also one of the common mistakes that beginners face. It is understandable how one is extra-protective of a new instrument. A common mistake is using household products to keep the new guitar shiny and well-polished. Some household cleaners have strong chemicals that do more harm than good for your guitar. Remember that there is a specific cleaner for your stringed instrument. Consult the store where you bought your guitar and clean it regularly with the recommended cleaning agent.

10. Buying unnecessary accessories

One of the things that make playing the guitar a tad bit more expensive is buying out unnecessary accessories. Beginners are usually overwhelmed with the new instrument that they have, that they tend to look at the bigger picture without focusing more on learning the necessary skills first. 

Accessories like an amp for electric and acoustic-electric guitars are bought just for fun, without even acknowledging it there is a need for one. This is an additional expense you don’t want to commit. Before buying an amp, consider if you will need it in the future, and how often you will be using it. You can try plugging your guitar into a computer when practicing and recording, to avoid needless costs.

Common guitar problems are easily avoided when you know what to anticipate. Beginners encounter these problems, but know that the struggle is temporary and that learning the guitar has its ups and downs. Finding the root of the problem can go a long way, and fixing it can greatly improve your guitar playing skills.