Tag Archives: metal

6-String Nazgûl, Sentient and Pegasus Now Available

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You no longer need a 7 or 8 string guitar to get the punch you in the chest ruthlessness of the Nazgûl or the enhanced dynamics and string separation of the Pegasus. As of today these pickups are now shipping … Continue reading

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Black Winter 7/8 String Now Available

The Black Winter was originally created for the extreme metal players of Scandinavia who were looking for more aggression without sacrificing definition and clarity. They give you a tightness with plenty of mids and clear highs for articulation and underlying saturation – perfect for many forms of metal. Continue reading

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Washburn Announces Ola Englund Signature Series

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Ola Englund is a dangerous man in the hands of a capable axe. And by teaming up with Washburn he has focused his sights on creating a guitar that can satisfy the needs of many metal guitarists. This guy knows … Continue reading

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The Impact of Metal on a Floyd Rose-Equipped Guitar

A brass spring claw upgrade makes a surprising impact on the tone of a guitar.

Guitars are complicated things. Different woods, different construction methods and the type of bridge all have an effect on tone, as do the the obvious things such as pickups and pots. What some people may not realise is that the … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Heavy Metal Guitar

Schecter Zacky Vengeance

Over on the Seymour Duncan Facebook Page recently, we asked our fans what they consider to be the ultimate guitar for playing heavy metal. We expected a wide variety of answers – just secretly we knew there’d probably be a … Continue reading

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Fanfare for the Schizoid Men: 6 Great Tones in Prog

Yes, it is that Sledgehammer guy.

Ahh, progressive rock. Never has there been a movement in contemporary music that was probably more hated by critics, real punks, and hipsters. My guess is that either they didn’t quite understand it, or were threatened by it, but progressive rock (and we are talking vintage here) influenced bands like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and every progressive metal band around today. Continue reading

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Interview – Niclas Etelävuori from Amorphis

Niclas Etelävuori from Amorphis

Blending folk and metal together into a cohesive unit is a challenging task for anyone, let alone the bass player left to keep it all together. We caught up with Niclas Etelävuori from Amorphis and talked about the new album, … Continue reading

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Down But Not Out: Drop-Tuning Like a Pro

G&L ASAT Deluxe

For those few who may be unfamiliar, drop tuning is the practice of tuning the strings on a guitar to pitches that are lower on the scale than the traditional E Standard (E2, A2, D3, G3, B3, E4) guitar tuning. … Continue reading

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Hearing is Believing: Getting a Better Tone From Your Rig

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We guitar players are strange creatures, aren’t we? We exhibit a lot of habits, behaviors, and superstitions that other people – even other musicians – find odd. We use weird descriptive terms like “woody,” “dry,” and “icepicky” to describe sounds. We say to each other “tone is in the hands” while spending fortunes on equipment. We believe in mojo. Continue reading

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The Ultimate Prog Metal Rhythm Tuning

Open C

One of my favorite alternate tunings is Open C, or CGCGCE. As you can see, it’s mostly made up of a bunch of Cs and Gs in different octaves. What I really like about it is that it can be a brutal low tuning for aggressive chugging, but it also gives you a nice sense of atmosphere and additional harmonic complexity on the middle strings and it’s laid out on the fretboard in a way that invites some pretty interesting sweep picking patterns too. Continue reading

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