NEW GUITAR DAY: Ibanez Iron Label 8-String

iron label 8 stringIt’s here! My new Ibanez RGIR28FE! I purchased it from Ibanez Guitar Centre  after a few months of research into which model was right for me. So why 8-string? Well, I’ve been playing 7-string for about 10 years now and sometimes it just feels like my music wants to go lower than the 7 is capable of. I like to play basslines and melodies at the same time, and it’s a real bummer when you just can’t reach all the notes you hear in your head. The Iron Label series is designed specifically with metal in mind, with aggressive styling and active EMG pickups on most models (some have DiMarzios), but to be honest I’m probably not going to be playing a huge amount of death metal on mine. The eighth string seems to lend itself to lots of stoner rock and goth ideas, and the occasional Geezer Butler-style bassline, so I can imagine playing a lot of really earthy sounding stuff on this as I become more and more familiar with it.  Read More …

Whoa. Check out Misha’s new Jackson custom

Periphery’s Misha Mansoor just posted this thread on about his latest Jackson Custom Shop axe. For the full story and plenty of pics, hit the link above. But here’s a snippet.

“Hey guys,

So the wonderful guys at Jackson actually made a twin of my first custom shop guitar just in case something went wrong.

Since that guitar came out great, they asked if there was anything i wanted tweaked, since they could just do it to the twin and send that to me.

The body on the first one was really thick, which led to the guitar sounding huge, but the heel was enormous on it, so i asked if they could make this body thinner and cut the heel down as well for better access, which they did. I also told them to do a blue sparkle finish, but apart from that to keep everything else EXACTLY the same.”

More pics below!

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NEW GUITAR DAY: Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster

I’m sad to say that despite its innate awesomeness, I just wasn’t really connecting with my Ibanez Jem7VWH on that deep level, and rather than let it sit around being unloved, today I traded it (plus some $$$) for this brand new Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster Reissue in Olympic White. Yay, new guitar day!

This is quite a different guitar to most in my Ibanez-heavy arsenal (although I do have a super-cheap Status Strat copy and a Telecaster made out of parts), but one can’t just play pointy metal axes all the time, right? When I decided I needed a Strat (inspired partly by Richie Kotzen and partly by the DiMarzio pickup upgrade to my Status copy), I looked around online to familiarise myself with the various models, and I decided that the things I like in Strats aesthetically are:

3-ply pickguards
3 single coils
Rosewood fretboards
6-screw vintage tremolos.

I considered a few different models: This American Vintage ’62; the American Vintage Hot Rod ’62; the John Mayer and Eric Johnson models; even theCustom Shop 1965 Stratocaster (I really dig that transitional logo, but the budget didn’t really allow for that one). I dropped into World of Music in Brighton East and tried almost every US Strat in the place, including a few that fell outside my desired parameters. I was very taken by an HSS American Deluxe Stratocaster (and the American Deluxe Telecaster, which I really, really liked but since I promised myself I was getting a Strat, I decided not to buy that one …this time around, hehe). I played the ’62 first, and I came back to it after trying all the others, and it was love at first chord. So now, in addition to my Ibanii, I’m a proud Fender owner for the first time.

On paper, the American Vintage Hod Rod ’62 was probably on top of my ‘want’ list because it features similar specs to the ’62 but with a 5-way pickup switch (the non-Hot Rod version has a vintage-correct 3-way switch); a reverse-polarity middle pickup for hum-cancelling 2 and 4 settings; a flatter 9.5″ fretboard radius instead of 7.25″; and medium-jumbo frets. I also hear the back of the neck is huge, which is something I really dig about my Telecaster. But after spending some time in the store with the American Vintage ’62, it just felt right. We bonded, sparks flew, everything got all slow and soft-focus, and I think I heard ‘Dream Weaver’ playing in the background.

Case candy includes a cool old-school strap, an equally old-school lead, a 5-way switch in case you want to upgrade so you get those 2 and 4 pickup positions, and the ‘ashtray’ tremolo cover that everyone always took off anyway.

Huge thanks to Brett and everyone at World of Music.

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Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster Electric Guitar Olympic White from Guitar Center.