Happy 4th of July, everyone! In honor of today’s independence day, I think it’s fitting to share some videos of, what I would consider, some of the greatest guitar players to ever perform “The Star […]
Night Ranger’s brand new album ‘Somewhere in California’ will hit stores this week. The effort celebrates the 30th anniversary of the California arena rockers. ‘Somewhere in California’ finds Night Ranger returning to their classic sound with a fresh and modern production touch.
As a bonus for anyone who buys ‘Somewhere in California’ on iTunes, Night Ranger have recorded a cover of ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,’ the infamous blues rave-up from AC/DC. GuitarCenter is proud to present the exclusive premiere of the song’s video. “We’ve always thrown in cover songs into our set to mix things up a bit,” said guitarist Brad Gillis, on the line with GuitarCenter from a German stop on Night Ranger’s current European tour. “Through the years we’ve included songs like ‘Crazy Train’ from Ozzy Osbourne and AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ and had a lot of fun doing that. So when it came to record ‘Somewhere in California,’ we decided we wanted to include a cover on there. We chose ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ since it hasn’t been covered as much as some of their other tunes.” […]
The guy in the leopard-skin fez is Mike Edison, a former editor of High Times. The guitar that he’s strumming on not-so-convincingly is the ChroniCaster, a bulletproof plexiglass little number, complete with bong add-on for those whose motto is Fumo, Ergo Sum. […]
The Godin Velocity electric guitar features a double-horned body, comprised of a silver leaf maple center with poplar wings and a gorgeous natural, solid, high-flamed maple top, unique to each guitar. The Velocity is the first Godin electric guitar to feature the Godin High-Definition Revoicer. The H.D.R. revoices and augments the frequency range of each pickup and allows you to go from passive to active pickups with the simple push of a button. The H.D.R. gives guitarists the best of both worlds. The Velocity’s growl is powered by 2 Godin GS-1 single-coil pickups as well as the beefy tone and high output of the SH-5 Duncan Custom humbucker by Seymour Duncan for serious crunch and an aggressive bite.
Godin’s Ergocut shaping gives the rock maple neck an extremely comfortable worn-in feel for effortless playability and lightning speed!
Other features include a vintage tremolo bridge, maple or rosewood fingerboard, 5-way switch, and a stunning high-gloss finish. […]
It’s always cool to see a new guitar company get its act together and introduce guitars that aren’t based on the classics of the ’50s and ’60s, and the Subhuman, with its slashing, fantasy-warrior lines, is about as far removed from the vintage/retro thing as it gets. Despite its name, the Subhuman is not about summoning the spirit of Beelzebub with bowel-churning dropped tuning. It is, however, most definitely aimed at rockers and metal heads who want a fast-playing and tough-sounding guitar—if it happens to resemble a medieval battle ax, well, that’s icing on the cake.
The Sub is well made and features a flawless black finish and clean binding. Other than the offset fretboard dots, the only significant decoration is the stylized Maltese cross, which is Malden’s trademark graphic. The medium-jumbo frets are nicely polished and evenly set and trimmed, and the neck has a slim profile and a wide 12″ radius fretboard. The cutaway might feel a little tight for players with large hands, but the scoop is deeply beveled on the rear side to facilitate high fingering. There’s a pronounced volute where the neck transitions into the headstock, and to increase string pressure on the nut and eliminate the need for string trees, the headstock is angled at 14 degrees. To further enhance vibrational coupling to the wood, the strings load though metal ferrules on back of the body. The control cavity is well shielded with nickel paint and a foil-backed cover plate, and the wiring and soldering are tidy. The pots, pickup selector, and output jack look a little light for the long haul, but that’s the only concern I have with this guitar’s construction. […]
Mesa Boogie made a big splash this year at NAMM 2011 introducing the TransAtlantic TA-30 (available in head and combo) and the ever-so-sweet Mesa Boogie Royal Atlantic RA-100 head. And man do these amps sound sweet! Take a gander at the Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 being rocked out by Andy Timmons […]
Reissue Dominators are indistinguishable to the original with the only exceptions being those required to comply with modern safety standards. Small aesthetic details have not been overlooked, even the control knobs have been re-molded to be identical and customized transformers cloned from the originals make certain that both the appearance and the tone have been faithfully re-created – Charlie Watkins name personally signed on both the chassis and a letter of authenticity […]
Metal fans in Sofia, Bulgaria got a rock-gasm to rattle all the bedsprings of the bowels of hell: for the first time in history, members of the founding fathers of thrash metal, the infamous “Big Four” — Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica — were all onstage together for an epic rendition of Diamond Head‘s “Am I Evil?” […]
Since 1959, thousands of guitarists have chosen the VOX AC30 for an authentic, honest, style-defining sound. For the purist, Vox offer the all-tube Custom Series, equipped with original Celestion Blue AINiCo speakers (AC30C2X) or Celestion Greenbacks (AC30C2). Looking for something lighter to carry and lighter on checkbook? Check out the AC30VR, equipped with Vox’s highly-acclaimed Valve Reactor circuit. As expected the AC30 delivers an iconic tone as unique as you are. […]