Category: News

Should you start learning guitar on electric or acoustic?

If you’re planning to start learning guitar, it can be pretty overwhelming. You have to figure out where and how to learn (teacher? Instructional books or DVDs? Online course?). You have to figure out what kind of stuff you want to learn. And critically, you have to figure out what you’re going to play it on. It’s a lot to take in. But I’m here to help you through it! Let me start by telling you a little about when I first started playing guitar.

Ingested to perform “Dominion Live in Manchester” on Halloween

Kings of British death metal INGESTED will be performing “Dominion Live in Manchester”, a live streamed gig from an iconic Manchester venue, on Halloween (31st October 2020). Hosted by Rockifi with a multi-camera, high-end audio set up, INGESTED will be performing material across their 14-year catalogue, including songs from this year’s critically acclaimed album Where Only Gods May Tread.

The Jensens new single out now

Brisbane indie pop rock outfit The Jensens are charged up and today dropped their brand new single Paper Walls, a fiery track about pulling yourself up out of a self-doubt spiral.  Paper Walls is accompanied by a colourful, wild video clip, created in collaboration with visual artist Unclechronicbone.  The single precedes The Jensens’ highly anticipated new album Hammer and Blush, scheduled for release on May 21, 2021.  Set to launch Paper Walls in style with a short run of COVID-safe shows in Queensland, the band will kick off at Solbar on November 6, moving through Mo’s Desert Clubhouse on December 4 and finishing up with the official single launch at Black Bear Lodge on December 11.

Dean Guitars Unveils Kerry King V Limited Edition Signature Guitar

Dean Guitars presents the USA made Kerry King V Signature Guitar, an eye-catching and sonically captivating electric guitar that honors one of the most respected players to walk the planet. As founding guitarist of the band Slayer, Kerry King has written some of the most brutal and revolutionary music ever created. With the Kerry King V, Dean celebrates the culmination of King’s career with the pinnacle of craftsmanship in an all-new guitar handmade in the Dean USA Custom Shop.

Buy Josh from Northlane’s custom Jackson

The other day Josh Smith from Northlane was involved in a bad cycling accident here in Melbourne. He’s okay (but a bit bashed up) but his bike was totalled, and he’s selling his amazing Jackson B7 custom to fund a new bike. The guitar is fully loaded with Evertune bridge, bone nut, custom swirl finish by Charles Cilia, Josh’s signature Bare Knuckle Impulse pickups, 27″ scale length and plenty of other pro features, and you can make it yours for $7,500AUD.

Eddie Van Halen

I haven’t tackled the massive, sad news of the passing of Eddie Van Halen here yet because it just felt too immense. This guy changed everything for everyone. Do you play a Strat-style guitar with a humbucker in the bridge position? Companies make those because Eddie played them. Play a guitar with a Floyd Rose? The fine tuners were Eddie’s idea. Paid attention to metal over the last three decades? You’ve heard the amps Eddie designed. Artificial harmonics, two-handed tapping, Drop D tuning? Eddie didn’t invent them but he sure mastered and popularised them.

Charvel releases Henrik Danhage sig

“It started with Charvel for me back in ’86 or ’87 when I saw a Charvel and Jackson ad in Guitar World,” Henrik Danhage says. “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.

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.’