Seymour Duncan Releases 6-String Nazgûl, Sentient, Pegasus

Seymour Duncan Nazgul 6-stringYou no longer need a 7 or 8 string guitar to enjoy the ruthlessness of the Nazgûl or the enhanced dynamics and string separation of the Pegasus. The Nazgûl was developed for extreme metal players who required a massive and aggressive tone that still maintained plenty of articulation. The Pegasus was developed for prog and modern metal players who needed plenty of aggression but required enhanced dynamics, more harmonic richness and defined string separation so individual notes don’t get lost in the mix. The perfect compliment to both these pickups is the Sentient neck pickup which is also now available in a 6-string version. It’s voiced to capture a blend of vintage PAF and modern tones with enough output to deliver harmonically rich distorted lead tones but subtle enough to give you deep, detailed cleans. Think of it as combining the best qualities of the ’59 Model and the Jazz: clarity, detail, depth, attack and expression. Read More …

Schecter Blackjack Collection Shipping Now

blackjackOne of the coolest product lines of 2014 has gotta be the Schecter Blackjack Collection, which is shipping now. Schecter has taken almost a custom shop approach to these instruments: on the surface they appear to be pretty stripped-back, but when you look closer all of the guitars have Crimson Red binding and inlays, combined with Glow-In-Dark Side markers and passive Seymour Duncan pickups. The Avenger and C models each have five variations 6-string with HipShot USA fixed bridge, Floyd Rose or Floyd Rose with Sustainiac, plus fixed-bridge 7 and 8-string models. And there’s also a 6-string Tempest, a very cool Schecter design that I’m glad to see back in the line. [geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]If you’d like to order one from, here are some links (and each is also available left-handed):

C-1 FR
C-1 FR-S
Avenger-6 FR
Avenger-6 FR-S

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Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7

If you hang out at you’ve probably seen that a lot of folks are starting to get their Schecter KM-7s now. This is the Keith Merrow signature model featuring Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient pickups (with a coil split), Swamp Ash body, Graph Tech Tusq Nut, three-piece Maple neck and Hipshot Hardtail bridge. And you can hear it on the debut album by Conquering Dystopia, Keith’s new band with Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore), Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and Alex Rüdinger (The Faceless), which you can get here[geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]You can order your KM-7 from here. They’re a pretty hot commodity, so if there are none in stock keep checking back.[/geo-out]

NAMM: Schecter Booth Visit

IMG_3029Schecter has really knocked it up a notch in 2014, especially with the KM-7 Keith Merrow signature, which was one of the big hits of the show. Schecter has really reigned in the abalone-trim look that some players were really turning away from, and in its place they’ve unleashed a whole bunch of new guitars with simple-but-deadly finishes. There are also models such as the new Banshees which are available with Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient pickups – even the 6-string versions, which is notable because the Nazgul and Sentient were designed for 7 and 8-string players, and right now they’re only available on these Schecters. Schecter also used NAMM to showcase their USA guitars, including some pretty wild Custom Shop models. Let’s take a look. Settle in! Most of the pics are clickable, either to their respective product pages, I Heart Guitar news stories or the Schecter Custom Shop page. Read More …

Awesome Fear Factory ‘Zero Signal’ Cover

If you haven’t checked out Ben Eller’s YouTube videos, this one is a good place to start. Dude has great taste in guitars and pickups, seriously awesome picking/muting skills, monster metal tones and a sense of humour. Here’s his latest, featuring Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient pickups in a swirled Ibanez RG7421 through a Kemper profiler.

NAMM 2014: Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7

Keith MerrowThe highly anticipated Schecter Keith Merrow KM-7 Signature 7-String has finally arrived! As one of the most respected and gear-knowledgy metal players out there right now, Keith places some pretty high demands upon his guitars. And Schecter seems to have really gone above and beyond the call with this bad boy. The KM-7 combines all of the upscale features needed by Keith’s technically brutal playing (including Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient pickups). By the way, Keith’s collaboration with fellow Schecter player Jeff Loomis in their new band Conquering Dystopia is set for a late January release and will showcase both of their amazing talents at this year’s winter NAMM show.  Read More …

My New Song ‘Blue Shadow Glow’

a1561738367_2Hey folks. Well, Christmas is over (along with its general pressures and stresses), my massive magazine deadlinepocalypse is now behind me and I can get back to working on the fun stuff. Like music. This week I recorded a track using solely my Ibanez Iron Label 8-string with Seymour Duncan Pegasus and Sentient pickups. In this case I wanted to just use the Sentient so I could show off just how versatile it is, so that’s all you here here, on every guitar part. Even the ‘bass’ is actually the 8-string with the lowest string tuned down to E. I used IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube 3 for amp sims and T-Racks Custom Shop for EQ and dynamic processing, in Presonus Studio One for recording and mixing. The drums are Drumkit From Hell Superior by Toontrack. And here’s the song, with a little more info about it afterwards…

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Check Out Keith Merrow’s Schecter Prototype

1380745_697353960293306_1936020724_nKeith Merrow – metal master extraordinnaire, he who has launched a thousand riffs and currently collaborator with Jeff Loomis in Conquering Dystopia – is working with Schecter on a new signature guitar. And if you’re following Keith on his Facebook Page you will have seen over the weekend that his first prototype KM-7 7-string has arrived, and it’s awesome. You can see a full gallery of this monster here. This isn’t the finished version of the guitar though: Keith will ask for the bridge pickup and the controls to be shifted back a little bit. And he’s already popped a covered Seymour Duncan Nazgul and Sentient pickup set in there to compare them to the open-coil look. Here’s more info from the Facebook page: Read More …