Customizing your Bass with Seymour Duncan

In some cases, a bass that plays great, may not sound great. Customizing your bass with Seymour Duncan pickups, a new pickguard, knobs and a Hipshot D-tuner, are just a few ways you can turn that old bass into one of your main basses.

High Output Pickups vs Medium Output Pickups: Is More Better?

There are many decisions involved when choosing the right pickup. Vintage or Modern? Hum cancelling or not? What kind of EQ do I want? One of the most misunderstood choosing between a vintage output or high output pickup (or somewhere in between).Most people think that high output pickups are only for heavy music, and lower output pickups are for everything else. Once we understand what a higher output pickup does for the sound (and our playing), we might be better equipped to make a choice.

Help in Choosing a High-Gain Pickup

Whatever kind of high-gain tone you’re looking for, we have a pickup that will help you to achieve it, whether it be our SH-8 Invader – which is considered to be one of the most aggressive passive pickups ever – or our SH-6 Distortion which will give you powerful output and yet retains the clarity…

Voices of Metal – Simon Johansson of BibleBlack

In this week’s edition of Voices of Metal we turn to Simon Johannson who plays alongside Mike Wead in the Swedish band BibleBlack. You have a pretty long history in the Swedish death metal scene, including playing in Abstrakt Algebra and Memory Garden, how do you believe the metal scene has changed in the last several…

Voices of Metal – Dave Reffett

During NAMM, we had another oppurtunity to meet an incredible musician named Dave Reffett. Dave recently produced, was the lead guitarist and singer on the album The Call of the Flames which featured performances by George Lynch, Michael Angelo Batio, Chris Poland, Glen Drover, Joe Stump and Mike Mangini. This album was widely praised among metal critics and his skills were…

Voices of Metal – Lord Ahriman

In our continuing series to release the Kraken of brutal tone, we turn to Dark Funeral and one of the brutalest guitar players around, Lord Ahriman. How did you get started playing metal? I’ve been into metal since my early childhood, played various instrument when growing up, but I didn’t start playing guitar or write…

Voices of Metal – Emil Alstermark of October Tide

On our continuing search for brutal and heavy tone we turn to Emil Alstermark of October Tide to find out how he achieves his expansively dark tone. Tell us about your band October Tide. “Well, the band history is a story to be told by Fred since he’s the only original member of October Tide,…

Voices of Metal – Dmitry Sukhinin of Defect Designer

Siberia is known as a large remote expanse of the earth that is unforgivingly cold. Even among this cold landscape, there can be hard metal with a brutal tone. This week we discover dedication, drive and death metal in Siberia with Dmitry Sukhinin of Defect Designer. In 2007 Defect Designer started with their 4-track promo…

Introducing the Gus G. FIRE Blackouts System

Hard rock and metal guitarists no longer need to choose between the power of active pickups and the response of passive pickups. The Gus G. FIRE Blackouts System blends the best aspects of both. “This system combines the massive tone, kick, and distortion of Blackouts with the rich tone and expressive feel of my favorite…

Nightrage rocks St. Petersburg as part of Frets of Fury

Evan and I recently travelled to Florida to visit the Frets of Fury tour. One band of particular interest to us was Nightrage. Marios Iliopoulos started Nightrage with Gus G. and they are now touring with Gus’s band Firewind. This is the story of our time with guitarists Bill Hudson and Marios Iliopoulos of Nightrage. We…

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