Cage Match: Active vs. Passive Pickups

Pickups come in two basic flavors. One is active, and the second is passive. If your guitar requires a battery, chances are that it has active pickups. If it doesn’t, or will function without a battery, then the pickups would be considered passive. From what I have seen, guitarists generally prefer one or the other…

The Sound of Synyster Gates

Synyster Gates along with his partner in guitar crime, Zacky Vengeance, burst out of Huntington Beach California and on to the metal scene with Avenged Sevenfold in 2001 with the release of “Sounding of the Seventh Trumpet” Known for their metalcore as well as their more jazz and prog-rock influences, Avenged’s music features intricate arrangement, duelling harmony guitars, and inventive arrangements. They’ve been featured on Ozzfest tours, won Revolver Golden God awards for the guitar playing, and Synyster has spawned his own gear and clothing line. The dude gets around.

Listen To The New Avenged Sevenfold Album Now!

The new Avenged Sevenfold album, Hail To The King, is available for streaming in its entirety right now on iTunes. Wanna hear it? Go right here! The Mike Elizondo-produced album will be released on August 27. Synyster Gates has his own signature Seymour Duncan pickup model, the SH-8SG and TB-8SG, while Zacky Vengeance uses the SH-4 JB…

The Metal Hammer That Is The Synyster Gates Invader

Sometimes there is only one tool that you need – a hammer. Things just need to be hit, and they need to be hit hard. When it comes to guitar pickups the SH-8 Invader would be considered the hammer of Seymour Duncan’s pickup line. It’s recognised as the most powerful passive guitar pickup, perfect for…

Viewing Your Band As A Business: Introduction

The music industry is a difficult industry to break into. For every successful band, there are thousands of failed ones. Many young musicians sit in their rooms dreaming of making it big, like the idols covering their walls. They see the money, the girls, and the larger than life lifestyle and want it all. The problem lies in that they have no clue how to obtain it or even where to start.

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