Introducing the First Ever Railhammer Pickups in Glorious Gold

TOLEDO, OH (November 9, 2020) – Railhammer Pickups are now available in gold. Customers have been clamoring for gold Railhammers for their guitars with gold hardware. Several models of the replacement pickups are now available in gold.

Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level of performance. Rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows and poles under the plain strings for fatter highs. Railhammer Pickups have outstanding tonal balance. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.

Railhammer humbuckers produce incredible tone like no other pickup. Railhammer Humcutters deliver that venerated P90 tone without any of the hum. All Railhammers let the guitar be loud and clear.

To find out more about Railhammer Pickups, visit https://railhammer.com/.

Hear the new Plini single, ‘Papilillo’

Sydney’s independent instrumental progressive solo artist, Plini, will be releasing his long-awaited sophomore record, Impulse Voices on November 27. Voted as one the greatest musicians of all time by Prog magazine readers, watch the video for 2nd single, Papelillo here:

PRE-ORDER IMPULSE VOICES HERE

Impulse Voices was mixed and co-produced by Simon Grove, with artwork designed by long-time collaborator Alex Pryle. The album features Chris Allison on drums, Simon Grove on bass, with guest contributions from Dave Mackay on piano & synthesizer, John Waugh on saxophone, Amy Turk on electro-acoustic harp, and additional production from Devesh Dayal & Aleksandra Djelmash.

Plini says, “The early demos for these songs range from a few months to a few years old, but the majority of the work that went into the album was during the first half of this year. With all travel plans cancelled until further notice, I slowed my lifestyle way down and spent almost every day from March til August wandering around Sydney, listening to podcasts and music, and then coming home and chipping away at these songs.”

He adds, “It was an extremely fun, rewarding and explorative process – the closest I’ve felt to the free-spiritedness I had when I first started writing music (way before ever releasing it), but informed by everything I’ve learnt and experienced in the last few years of tours and travel. To make an analogy, I feel like I designed a pretty cool house for the listener to inhabit with these songs, but it was made truly special by the masterfully-crafted furnishings and decorations added by Chris, Simon and the rest of the musicians involved.”

Plini composes, plays guitar, records, produces and manages his unique brand of instrumental progressive rock all from a bedroom studio. His critically-acclaimed debut album Handmade Cities was voted #5 in Guitar World Magazine’s “20 best guitar albums of the decade,” and hailed by Steve Vai as “one of the finest, forward thinking, melodic, rhythmically and harmonically deep, evolution of rock/metal instrumental guitar records I have ever heard.”Routinely mentioned in “best guitarist” lists, Plini was named #4 in the “Top 10 best prog guitarists in the world today” by Music Radar in early 2020.Over the last few years, Plini has toured the world supporting bands like Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Tesseract and Intervals, as well as playing festivals and headlining his own tours all over North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and India. In 2018, Plini was the first instrumental act ever to play the legendary Download Festival in the UK.Plini was a special guest instructor at “Vai Academy” in 2019, alongside Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Devin Townsend, and despite being entirely self-taught, he has been invited to give masterclasses at some of the most prestigious contemporary music colleges in the world, including Berklee College of Music, Musician’s Institute (USA), BIMM (UK), and JMC Academy (Australia).Plini has a signature guitar with Strandberg Guitars, signature guitar amp software with Neural DSP, and endorsement deals with Yahama Music, Dunlop, D’Addario and Fractal Audio.

IMPULSE VOICES TRACK LISTING:

01. I’ll Tell You Someday
02. Papelillo
03. Perfume
04. Last Call
05. Impulse Voices
06. Pan
07. Ona / 1154
08. The Glass Bead Game

Solar Guitars announces its first basses

Solar Guitars -the brand created by Ola Englund – who’s recognized as a member of notable Swedish metal groups The Haunted and Feared, is very proud to announce the introduction of a new line of basses. This new line is aimed at Rock / Metal bass players, featuring aggressive, pointy lines, combined with sleek necks and powerful active electronics. This is only the beginning of our new bass line, with more models under development.


AB2.4BOP: 699 $/€ suggested street pricing. Black Open Pore finish.
4 string Type A bass (bolt on neck) – Sungkai body – 5 piece maple / jatoba neck (thin C profile) with ebony fingerboard – 34” scale – 24 super jumbo frets – Solar tuners – high mass bridge – Solar Tesla active pickups – 1 volume , 1 pickup balance, 1 active bass w/ center detent, 1 active treble 2/ center detent.


AB2.5RB: 849 $/€ suggested street pricing. Roasted Brown finish
5 string Type A bass (bolt on neck) – Sungkai body – 5 piece maple / jatoba neck (thin C profile) with ebony fingerboard – 35” scale – 24 super jumbo frets – Solar tuners – high mass bridge – Solar Tesla active pickups – 1 volume , 1 pickup balance, 1 active bass w/ center detent, 1 active treble 2/ center detent.

AB2.5NA: 899 $/€ suggested street pricing. Natural Aged finish
5 string Type A bass (bolt on neck) – Alder body – 5 piece maple / jatoba neck (thin C profile) with ebony fingerboard – 35” scale – 24 super jumbo frets – Solar tuners – high mass bridge – Solar Tesla active pickups – 1 volume , 1 pickup balance, 1 active bass w/ center detent, 1 active treble 2/ center detent.

All basses are immediately available from the Solar Guitars web-store:
www.solar-guitars.com, and selected dealers.

Solar Guitars is owned by Chugs & Hugs AG located in Zug, Switzerland. Chugs & Hugs AG is an international M.I. company that manufactures and distributes products worldwide.

For more information on Solar Guitars, visit www.solar-guitars.com

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IK Multimedia unveils Amplitube 5

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 5 guitar software has been my amp modelling plugin of choice ever since Version 2 way back when. Now Version 5 has been announced and while it boasts plenty of cool features like new rack effects derived from T-Racks 5, an enhanced looper, a bunch of new models and improved interaction between preamp and power amp sections, I get the feeling a lot of people are going to truly flip out when they see the new redesigned cabinet section with 600 impulse responses for every speaker of every existing and new cabinet model. Here’s more information.

October 29, 2020 – IK Multimedia’s leading amp and effects modelling software takes a giant leap forward with the unveiling of AmpliTube 5. The AmpliTube series accurately captures the sound, feel and vibes of the world’s most-sought after guitar and bass gear in a perfect format for practising, recording and performing anywhere. The new AmpliTube 5 offers a massive increase in gear, features and flexibility for an even more seamless and satisfying user experience, raising massively the bar of what can be expected from an amp simulator today.

It delivers 129 new gear models for a total of over 400 ultra-realistic models, a cutting-edge re-designed cabinet section with unique new VIR™ technology, and improved power amp / speaker cab interaction for dramatically improved sonic authenticity.

An all-new, resizeable interface makes creating and routing rigs a breeze, with improved gear selection, drag & drop placement, and support for one, two or three-amp rigs with up to 57 simultaneous effects.

New rack effects derived from IK’s award-winning T-RackS 5 can easily craft professionally polished, “just like the album” tones, a new mixer window, AmpliTube‘s popular 8-channel DAW, an enhanced Looper with 2 simultaneous tracks and infinite layers of sound add even more sonic power in the studio or live.

AmpliTube 5 can work both as a desktop app and plug-in for any DAW, and it’s available in four versions to suit every need – from the free AmpliTube 5 Custom Shop up through to AmpliTube 5 MAX, which offers full access to all current official artist and brand collections.

Nearly 20 years ago, IK introduced the original AmpliTube – the world’s first guitar & bass amp and effects plug-in to model the entire guitar/bass chain from instrument to recording device in a hyper-realistic and intuitive way. Today, the diverse AmpliTube series includes collections created with renowned brands such as Fender®, MESA/Boogie® and Orange®, and iconic artists such as Joe Satriani, Brian May, Slash and many more.

What’s New in AmpliTube 5New cabinet section with VIR™ technology
A re-engineered Cabinet section features IK’s new Volumetric Impulse Response (VIR™) technology. To deliver the highest standard of accuracy and realism, IK painstakingly measured 600 IRs per speaker of every existing and new cabinet model, for a total of 143,000 IRs. To perform this process, and for it to be of millimetric precision, IK developed a custom measurement system with dedicated robotic automation. The result is a massive, 3D array of mic placement options – each capturing the interactions between speakers, cabinet and floor – for a completely true-to-life sound that has never before been heard either in software or hardware emulation. All of this is available with a new 3D grid interface that allows users to snap the cabinet section’s movable mics to a precise IR point or seamlessly blend between multiple measurements.Furthermore, users can now import and load their own IRs and tweak them to find the perfect match for their desired tone.New Gear
AmpliTube 5 offers the widest selection of sought-after guitar and bass amps, cabinets, speakers, stomps, mics and rack effects of any software, with more than 400 models (AmpliTube MAX version), including 129 newly created models.All 100 cabinets have completely been re-measured with VIR™ technology; 19 new rack effects have been added, including a selection of models derived from T-RackS 5 and optimized for guitar; two new stomps and five new amps hand-picked from top-of the-line boutique models are now included and two new room emulations that provide even more creative ambient scenarios are available in AmpliTube 5.Plus AmpliTube 5 revisits all of the original AmpliTube legacy gear, adding a fresh new look, optimized internal gain structure and re-developed power amp/speaker interaction to maximize realism and tone feel.

New GUI
Both existing and new users will enjoy an all-new, now fully scalable GUI, to conveniently adapt to any display size including the latest Retina displays, featuring an updated ergonomic layout and new level of realism.

Freely configurable signal chain
Beyond mono and stereo, the new, completely customizable gear chain now supports wet-dry-wet configurations and other advanced series and parallel routing.

The overall chain has been greatly expanded to support up to 57 simultaneous models divided between stomps, racks, amps and cabs. Users can easily drag and drop any model into place from a sidebar gear browser, to build or re-order even complex rigs in seconds.

New Mixer
A new Mixer window in the studio section complements AmpliTube 5’s expanded signal chain options and 8-track DAW. It allows users to blend their cabinet and microphone sounds, plus the DI signal, and make use of panning, levels, busses and 19 built-in effects with a selection derived from T-RackS 5 to bring a final studio polish to any track.

New redesigned Custom Shop
The AmpliTube Custom Shop offers an affordable and easy way to demo and build a custom gear collection à la carte. AmpliTube 5 features a totally redesigned Custom Shop with a modern, easy-to-navigate interface, helping users demo and unlock gear faster, sort by gear they own or don’t own, unlock preset-specific gear, and more.

AmpliTube 5 GUI - Image

Best guitar tone in the studio and live
AmpliTube 5 connects seamlessly with AXE I/O, recognized as the best guitar interface on the market by the world’s top guitar publications and media, as well as with AXE I/O Solo, the compact version of IK’s premium audio interface with powerful guitar shaping tools.

Options, pricing and availability
AmpliTube 5 (for Mac/PC) will be available in Q4 2020 and is currently available for pre-order from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide, with special introductory pricing:

  • AmpliTube 5 CS
free
  • AmpliTube 5 SE
$/€99.99* intro price (regular price will be $/€149.99)
  • AmpliTube 5
$/€149.99** – $/€199.99 intro price (regular price will be $/€299.99)
  • AmpliTube 5 MAX
$/€299.99** – $/€399.99 intro price (regular price will be $/€599.99)

For customers wanting the best of both hardware/software worlds, AmpliTube 5 will also be available bundled with IK’s premium guitar interfaces.

  • AXE I/O + AmpliTube 5 MAX
$/€399.99
  • AXE I/O SOLO + AmpliTube 5
$/€299.99
 
*All prices excluding taxes
** Upgrade/Crossgrade prices for IK users who have registered any IK products worth $/€99.99 or more

In addition, any customer who purchases AmpliTube 4 or any IK hardware package that includes AmpliTube 4 after October 15, 2020, will automatically receive an upgrade to AmpliTube 5 SE.

For more information about AmpliTube 5, please visit: www.amplitube.com/5

To see AmpliTube 5 in action: www.amplitube.com/5/video

Check out the video for AC/DC’s ‘Shot In The Dark’

AC/DC’s new album Power Up is out on November 13. Here’s the video for the first single, ‘Shot In The Dark,’ directed by David Mallet. “It’s got that great AC/DC vibe about it, great swagger, and a good AC/DC rock & roll chant,” Angus told Rolling Stone. “The title is a little bit cheeky because we all like a little nip [of alcohol] in the night or a few shots in the dark. I was very glad when the record company heard it [that] they felt it was a very strong song and should be the first one that people hear.”

Gibson and Adam Jones announce signature Silverburst Les Paul

NASHVILLE, TN (October 27, 2020) Gibson and Adam Jones are pleased to announce the kick-off of their partnership and collaboration with the Gibson Custom Shop Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom guitar.
“I’m proud to finally show the world the first release in our multi-year partnership with Adam Jones,” says Cesar Gueikian, Gibson Brands. “Adam is one of the most talented and sonically innovative guitarists; I call him modern riff lord and sonic architect. His creativity and technical ability in music, visual effects, production, videography and beyond is second to none and our collaboration is a true reflection of Adam. The Gibson Les Paul Custom Adam Jones 1979 Silverburst Aged replica version is the first-ever artist collaboration done at the newly created Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab. I hope that fans fall in love with the guitars, starting with this initial release.”
The Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom is a limited-edition guitar offering from Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab that exactly recreates Adam’s #1 guitar, his prized original Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul, seen everywhere during the world tour for the group’s blockbuster Fear Inoculum album, which became one of the highest selling albums of 2019. A limited offering of 79 Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom replicas have been precisely aged by the expert luthiers and craftspeople of the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab–led by Tom Murphy–then signed and numbered by Adam himself. An additional 179 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom replicas for 2020 feature exclusive silkscreen artwork on the back of the headstock, created by Joyce Su and Adam. The two also collaborated on the design for the custom hardshell guitar cases housing each instrument.
Each Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom replicates not only the look, but the exact feel of the neck profile down to the unique electronics of Adam’s original–like a hand-wound Seymour Duncan Distortion bridge pickup, a Dimarzio volume potentiometer, and custom capacitors. Even the diamond-shaped strap buttons seen on Adam’s original guitar were painstakingly recreated, as well as the mirror he affixed to the headstock – included with each.
One of rock’s most talented artists, Adam is renowned as the guitarist for the multiplatinum and multiple GRAMMY Award® winning band Tool, as well as his work as a visual artist, sculptor, videographer, producer, and special effects designer(Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, Edward Scissorhands, Ghostbusters 2, Batman 2, A Nightmare On Elm Street). Adam was heavily involved in re-creating the new guitar, working with Gibson’s luthiers in Nashville, TN to ensure the instrument was a clone of his #1 guitar. Utilizing his extensive experience in visual art, special effects and design, Adam Jones is both the director of the majority of Tool’s music videos and creates the visual experience on stage for the band. For the world premiere of the new Gibson Custom Shop Adam Jones Les Paul Custom, a special animated short film, The Witness, was created and scored by Adam and mixed by Joe Barresi.

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.

I always had music in my head, from a very young age. Eventually I realised I probably should put a guitar in front of all this music. I had a few guitar heroes already; Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, Robert Smith. And I knew that there were certain guitar sounds that I really loved, such as Knopfler’s “Money For Nothing” tone, or the fuzzy, filthy roar that was The Beatles’ “Revolution.” So I asked my folks for a guitar, and my dad said the words I’d anticipated and was already dreading:

“You can have an acoustic guitar first, and then if you stick with it we’ll get you an electric guitar in two years.”

So that’s what happened. Father Christmas brought me a nylon-string acoustic guitar (he must have overheard our conversation) and I set about learning everything I could. I was a fast learner – probably too fast, because I picked things up by ear so easily that I got a bit lazy about learning to read music and it took me years to catch up. But I stuck with it.

But something always bothered me: Nothing I played sounded like what I wanted to play.

I came up with all sorts of ways to make my acoustic guitar sound more like the electrics that I heard on TV or on the stereo. I figured out that I picked close to the guitar’s bridge, right by where the strings are attached to the body, the sound would be sharper, twangier and tougher, but it didn’t quite sound like Richie Sambora’s Kramer electric guitar back in the Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet days. I realised I could drop a little microphone inside my acoustic’s sound-hole and plug it into the stereo, but it sounded weird and boxy, and not at all like Gary Moore’s “Still Got The Blues.” 

Finally, after two years, Father Christmas paid me another visit. This time he brought me a pretty cheap Strat copy by a brand called Status (no, not the company known for headless basses). That’s it in the pic. I still have it. It was great for several reasons; first, I finally had an electric guitar that looked cool, and secondly, because it was so cheap it would often malfunction so I learned a lot about repairing guitars when I was only 12 years old.

Miraculously I saw that as a plus rather than a huge, huge minus. But it still didn’t sound like all those recordings I loved, but this time I knew enough about guitars to know why: my inexpensive little amplifier only had controls for volume and tone; no overdrive or distortion. And overdrive and distortion are what most of us really think of when we think of the sound of rock guitar. So finally, the July after getting that electric guitar I received a distortion pedal for my birthday, and I was at last able to play real – and real loud – rock guitar. I remember the very first time I turned that pedal on, and my mum yelling from the kitchen ‘What the f**k is that horrible noise?‘ That noise is my future, mum. Hehehe.

Years later when I became a guitar teacher I would often be asked, either by students or by their parents, “Is it better to start on acoustic or electric?” And my answer would always be “Whichever one you want to play.”

An acoustic guitar isn’t like the musical equivalent of training wheels. Especially a nylon-string acoustic, where the string height, neck width and string spacing are way different to what you’d encounter when ‘graduating’ to an electric guitar. If you wish to primarily play acoustic guitar, that’s what you should start on, because right off the bat you’ll be hearing sounds that are consistent with the music that inspires you. If you aspire to be an electric guitarist, start on that! You’ll be much closer to sounding like the electric guitars that you hear in your head.

I remember one student who loved metal but her dad had bought her an acoustic guitar with very high strings, and it just didn’t sound like what she wanted her sound to be. I had another student in a similar situation but after about six months of steady progress she bought an Epiphone Les Paul and her playing became supercharged; she was able to pick up songs by the likes of Muse quite easily, and her playing was full of life and creativity.

The point is, when your guitar sounds like the guitars that made you want to play in the first place, you’ll be more likely to stick with it, rather than become discouraged and drop it. And the world needs more guitar players!

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.

Drummer Lyn Jeffs comments: “Over six months after we were forced to make the decision to leave the Faces of Death European tour three weeks early, we are thrilled to be performing live again in our hometown of Manchester this Halloween, Saturday 31st October. This special and unique live show will be a celebration of the past 14 years of INGESTED and also our first time performing songs from Where Only Gods May Tread. Grab your tickets online now and witness the first ever full production and professionally filmed live INGESTED show, we promise this is not to be missed!”

Check out the singles from Where Only Gods May Tread here: ‘Another Breath’, ‘No Half Measures’,  ‘Dead Seraphic Forms‘ and Impending Dominance’.

INGESTED online:
https://www.facebook.com/ingesteduk
https://www.instagram.com/ingested
https://twitter.com/Ingested

Unique Leader Records online:
https://uniqueleader.com
https://www.facebook.com/UniqueLeaderRecords
https://twitter.com/UniqueLeaderRec

More information on INGESTED:

Ready to rise from the underground to the wider metal sphere, INGESTED’s new album Where Only Gods May Tread is set to prove they have what it takes to compete at the top of the game.

With more touring miles under their belts than most, INGESTED have honed their craft playing alongside the likes of Crowbar, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse and many more. Now five albums in, their refined songwriting skills, technical precision and all-round ability to decimate come together to create one of the finest heavy albums of 2020.

Dominic Grimard (Ion Dissonance, The Last Felony) handled bass duties on the album and there are special guest appearances from Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down), Vincent Bennett (The Acacia Strain) and Matt Honeycutt (Kublai Khan).

The album was mixed and mastered by long time producer of INGESTED and Cryptopsy guitarist Christian Donaldson (Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, The Agonist), engineering was handled by both Nico Beninato and Sam Yates at Foel Studios in Wales. The artwork was created by legendary artist Dan Seagrave (Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Hypocrisy, Entombed, Rivers Of Nihil, Gorguts, Decrepit Birth)