Guitars Of Summer NAMM

By Martina Fasano Summer NAMM. It’s almost like the overlooked middle child of the family when compared to the “Golden Child” that is Winter NAMM. That being said, many of the company reps I have spoken to over the years will tell you that Summer NAMM is actually a better place to do what they’re…

Jackson Pro DK2M Dinky Limited Run Yellow Tiger

Jackson has just added another guitar to its range of instruments with 80s-inspired finishes: the new Yellow Tiger.

Review: Alternative 8/Screaming Demon Set

For a while I’ve been looking for the perfect allround set to go in either a Les Paul or Super strat and I believe I stumbled on the set that ticks all the boxes for me. I wanted a bridge pickup that was hot but not overly so. Great harmonics, singing leads with enough edge to cut through the mix without sounding too thin or thick. I want my rhythm parts to be chunky and crunchy but when I roll back the volume I want clarity.

Hot Rod Guitars Of A Bygone Age

The 1980s are a difficult era. On one hand this era was awful: tight lycra pants, big hair, the rise of the synthesizer… One the other hand, the 1980s were amazing! Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Winger’s debut album, Metallica’s first string of albums, Megadeth’s first few albums, Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms… Timeless bands and albums, written and recorded in the 1980s. I am sure I missed a ‘few’ amazing 1980s acts and albums! The impact the 1980s had on us, guitar players and guitar lovers, is unmistakable and undeniable. Not in the least due to the amazing guitars the 1980s spawned unto the world! In this article I wish to take a look at some common traits of the best 1980s ‘shredstick’ guitars, as well as some neat wiring tricks those guitars had!

Look Who’s Using Seymour Duncan Pickups

Since there are so many guitar builders out there it could be a daunting task to find out who is using Seymour Duncan pickups. To ease the effort we compiled an extensive, albeit far from complete, list of builders who use our pickups. Gibson Guitars Gibson is one of the biggest guitar companies in the…

Talking Vengeance With Trivium’s Corey Beaulieu

Trivium‘s new album, Vengeance Falls, maintains the Trivium tradition of being simultaneously fresh and yet familiar. The band has always kept a keen awareness of metal history even when exploring more modern forms, blending metalcore screams with 80s-style trash one minute, and adding melodic vocal hooks to death-metal-inspired riffage the next. Vengeance Falls is still…

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Jeff Schroeder

Jeff Schroeder has been a member of the Smashing Pumpkins since replacing longtime guitarist James Iha in 2007. Prior to that he one of the founding members of the Lassie Foundation, who’ve released four albums and six EPs. He’s also been involved in a side project called The Beat Concerto. Jeff is using three main…

Hear The New Trivium Song Now!

Right now Trivium are streaming their new song, “Brave This Storm,” from their forthcoming Roadrunner album Vengeance Falls, and they’re also making the song available for download via their website. Or you can listen to it in the widget below. Set for release in October, Vengeance Falls is produced by Disturbed/Device’s David Draiman, and it…

Ahead of the Curve: Fingerboard Radii

Despite the fact that the fingerboard of a guitar usually has a curved surface, it’s not actually an essential attribute. So, given that they’d be much easier to make, why don’t we have flat fingerboards – and how do we decide how curved they will be?

History of The Electric Guitar

The field of development concerning electric guitars is still in motion. Some innovations that were once hailed as the be-all-end-all of electric guitars were replaced by newer technologies whilst others are still being used extensively to this day. This timeline doesn’t claim to be complete by any means. There are many more companies that have…

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