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TrueFire Andy Timmons Electric Expression


I’ve always thought that an Andy Timmons instructional video would be really cool and this definitely looks like a great video for TrueFire.com from Andy covering lots of musical concepts and then putting them into practice. Check out the video above for a full explanation about everything that is included in Electric Expression.

Andy Timmons Electric Expression is available to pre-order from truefire.com. Expected release date is October 1st, 2014.


I’ve always thought that an Andy Timmons instructional video would be really cool and this definitely looks like a great video for TrueFire.com from Andy covering lots of musical concepts and then putting them into practice. Check out the video …

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New Alter Ego V2 Vintage Echo and T2 Reverb Pedal from TC Electronic

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TC Electronic have announced an update to the amazing sounding vintage voiced Alter Ego delay pedal, now called the Alter Ego V2. This is the regular size pedal the same as the original Flashback Delay, not to be confused with the Alter Ego X4 that was recently released. The Alter Ego V2 contains nine of the echo sounds from Alter Ego X4 including faithful recreations of the most sought after echo units such as the Echorec, the Space Echo and the Echoplex. The Alter Ego V2 Vintage Echo also sports a built-in looper, TC Electronic’s proprietary TonePrint technology and the futuristic audio-tapping feature, which let’s you set the tempo of your delays simply by strumming your guitar.

T2 is a new Reverb pedal that contains eight new reverb sounds plus the two ethereal reverbs that made the original Trinity Reverb such a hit. “With T2 you get decay for days combined with beautiful swirls of modulation, making it the perfect addition to every ambient guitarist’s pedalboard.” T2 also includes TC Electronic’s TonePrint technology which, combined with the Windows or Mac Desktop or iPad toneprint editor you can create and save your own reverbs (or delays with the Alter Ego V2) and beam to your pedal via your phone or transfer via USB.

Alter Ego V2 Vintage Echo and T2 is available exclusively at Pro Guitar Shop in North America.

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TC Electronic have announced an update to the amazing sounding vintage voiced Alter Ego delay pedal, now called the Alter Ego V2. This is the regular size pedal the same as the original Flashback Delay, not to be confused with …

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Mesa Boogie’s new Mark Five Twenty-Five

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The Mesa Boogie Mark Five is a modern day classic, it includes the best tones from the company’s history combined with modern day metal tones enjoyed by the likes of John Petrucci. In short it’s a monster amp.

Well now Mesa Boogie have introduced a more compact and lower wattage version for those of us who aren’t selling out arenas called the Mesa Boogie Mark Five Twenty-Five which is a 25 Watt amp but is switchable down to 10 watts. The amp also includes Mesa’s new CabClone™ Cabinet Simulator Built-In with an Output and Internal Amp Load and Headphone Output – Featuring Closed-Back and Open-Back Voicings, Speaker On/Off and Ground Lift Switches!

The Mark Five Twenty-Five amplifier is powered by 2xEL-84 Power Tubes & 6x12AX7 Preamp Tubes, Fixed Bias for consistent, maintenance free performance, includes a Selectable 5-Band Graphic EQ – Footswitchable, Channel Assignable or Bypassable and has an All-Tube, Spring Reverb with Independent Channel Control (rear panel) and Fully Buffered, Tube FX Loop.

The amp has 2 channels with 6 modes that cover every possible tone scenario you can think of, you can read more about these modes on the product page.

The photo above is some sort of special edition version, the standard version comes with black tolex, check out the brilliant demos below:

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The Mesa Boogie Mark Five is a modern day classic, it includes the best tones from the company’s history combined with modern day metal tones enjoyed by the likes of John Petrucci. In short it’s a monster amp.

Well now …

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Review: Nick Johnston – Atomic Mind

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Atomic Mind is the third solo album from the super talented Canadian guitarist Nick Johnston. Nick has been carving out his own style of music for years and stands head and shoulders above a crowded landscape of instrumental guitarists as someone who is instantly recognisable. Nick has a certain sound not only when he is soloing but also when he is writing music, there are so many influences that come through in the music much like his friend and guest on the album Guthrie Govan. In fact there are a lot of similarities in Nick and Guthrie’s playing, they’re both on another level. An exciting addition to ‘Atomic Mind’ is the rhythm section, the supremely talented Marco Minnemann Drums and Bryan Beller on Bass, that’s right Marco and Bryan from The Aristocrats and currently touring with Joe Satriani. Needless to say these guys’ contribution enhance what was already a stellar album.

Nick has a quirky composition style at times which can be heard on tracks like ‘Ghost of the Robot Graveyard’, it has a sort of spooky melody as the title suggests, Nick likes to create a back story for each track and try to tell the story with the music. He plays the main melody with all this little ghost notes (ho ho), rakes and scrapes that show how much control Nick has over the instrument. They are the kind of additions that make the track but 99% of guitarists wouldn’t have time to add because they would be busy trying to play the melody. The reason you can hear so well all of these little inflections is because Nick uses a very pure guitar signal with single coil pickups and not too much gain. It is very much like a great vocalist, they don’t just sing the words they add in their own personality to the melody.

DEM TONEZ!

Nick Johnston made the transition to a Friedman HBE100 amp before recording this album and it sounds amazing. I don’t think I’ve heard a bad demo of a Friedman but the tones Nick pulls on this album are the best Friedman examples I’ve heard, plenty of gain when you need it but super articulate with crystal clear note separation. The Seymour Duncan single coils on his Custom Shop Fender Strat also help with this articulation and he seems to use this simple configuration throughout the entire album, using the volume control on his guitar to get all sorts of low and high gain tones. Check out the title track ‘Atomic Mind’ below:

Nick has also been kind enough to upload another track called ‘Silver Tongued Devil’ which begins as a kind of slow jazzy Bossa Nova which is so Nick Johnston, very quirky and transitions into a heavier track which reminds me of the Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro and features an incredible guitar duel between Nick and Guthrie Govan. Check it out below:

Nick Johnston’s latest album “Atomic Mind” has an exceptional lineup of musicians playing exciting and unique instrumental guitar music. Nick is growing with each release into a phenomenal musician and having Marco Minnemann and Bryan Beller on the album really augment each track.

To pre-order (or purchase the album if you are reading this post releae) head over to Nick’s website – http://www.nickjohnstonmusic.com/
Make sure you follow Nick on Facebook as he posts a lot of little videos and is always happy to chat guitars – https://www.facebook.com/NickJohnstonOfficial
Finally make sure you subscribe to the Nick Johnston YouTube Channel

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Atomic Mind is the third solo album from the super talented Canadian guitarist Nick Johnston. Nick has been carving out his own style of music for years and stands head and shoulders above a crowded landscape of instrumental guitarists …

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EVH Wolfgang Standard, a new affordable Wolfgang

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When I first saw the Music Man Wolfgang about 20 years ago I have to admit I didn’t like it, actually I still don’t but then the body shape and headstock morphed for the next iteration, the Peavey Wolfgang and finally the EVH Wolfgang by which point I was hooked. I think the refinements Eddie & co. have made over the years make the Wolfgang one of the coolest looking guitars on the market, especially the stealth carve top Wolfgang USA!

Anyway as you probably are aware the tasty Wolfgang USA series are not cheap so EVH bridged the gap with the Wolfgang Special which was a flat top version. This series has now been revamped and they will now feature a basswood body and arched flame maple top, crafted in EVH’s Ensenada, Mexico.

So now that the Special series has been upgraded EVH have added a new guitar to the range called the Wolfgang Standard which has the flat top.

“The EVH Wolfgang WG Standard, the most affordable Wolfgang model yet, is decked out with a flat top crafted with or without a gorgeous quilt maple top and featuring a special “comfort cut” forearm contour for maximum playing ease. Other features include a one-piece bolt-on maple neck with satin finish and graphite reinforcement, smooth and fast compound radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with comfortable rolled edges and 22 jumbo frets, dual EVH Wolfgang direct-mount humbucking pickups, two domed black control knobs (master volume, master tone), EVH Floyd Rose® Special bridge and locking nut, and EVH tuners. Available in gloss Trans Red and Trans Black finishes (quilt maple), and gloss Black.”

So if you have been wanting an EVH Wolfgang but couldn’t afford a Special you may want to look into the new Standard series because apart from bridge and the carve top the specs are the same. Now that the Special series have a carve top I may have to add it to my wish list!

For more information – EVH Guitars.

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When I first saw the Music Man Wolfgang about 20 years ago I have to admit I didn’t like it, actually I still don’t but then the body shape and headstock morphed for the next iteration, the Peavey Wolfgang and …

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Focusrite announce the iTrack Pocket for iPhone

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Focusrite have announced a follow up to their popular iPad audio interface, the iTrack Dock with a mini version for iPhone called the iTrack Pocket, a portable, high quality stereo microphone and guitar input that lets you create and share videos using your iPhone.

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The iTrack Pocket holds your iPhone at the perfect angle for recording, then captures your performance using a stereo microphone that eclipses the quality of your iPhone mic and a dedicated guitar input with built-in amp simulation.

iTrack Pocket Comes with the easy-to-use app, Impact by Focusrite, which will make your performance look and sound professional, then let you upload it straight to YouTube.

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Focusrite have announced a follow up to their popular iPad audio interface, the iTrack Dock with a mini version for iPhone called the iTrack Pocket, a portable, high quality stereo microphone and guitar input that lets you create and …

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Ufnal Guitars – Custom Boutique Guitars from Poland

Ufnal Guitars are a boutique guitar company from Poland built around the experience and expertise of Miroslaw Ufnal, a renowned Polish luthier who has been supporting local musicians, repairing and building custom instruments for over 30 years. The second core person behind the design and construction of guitars is Gregor Ufnal (Miroslaw’s son) who was naturally brought up surrounded by guitars. Ufnal Guitars make custom guitars, any shape or finish, which you can see on their website but they recently contacted me about their Modern Classic range and thought these guitars looked pretty amazing as you can see above and wanted to share them with you.

As you can see the Ufnal Modern Classic range is based on tradition but with exceptional figured woods and stunning hand-applied finishes. These guitars also use custom pickups wound specifically to match each guitar model and tremolos made of bell brass and cold worked tool steel. There are three models available, Juicy Orange, Yellow Sixties and Cream Machine.

Cream Machine
This guitar has an all Rosewood neck with flamed maple skunk stripe which Ufnal say provides a darker, thicker tone as opposed to typical maple-based necks. It has 22 frets and a 12″ radius. The Alder body and traditionally hand-wound single coil pickups compliment the Rosewood neck with a clarity and openness of sound.

Finish: Nitro lacquer
Neck finish: Oil, polished
Pickups: Ufnal Custom SSS Mid Wave, white covers
Tremolo bridge: Wudtone CP Holy Grail or ABM 5050Vn, nickel
Locking Tuners: Gotoh Vintage, nickel
Pickguard: 1-ply anodized aluminium, gold colour
Knobs: White
Strap pins: Schaller Straplocks, nickel
Retail price: EUR 1,800 *
*(incl. 23% VAT. For non-EU buyers the prices are lower. Also, the final price may vary depending on the actual hardware selection etc. so please check our web site or contact us directly.)

Juicy Orange
This guitar features a stunning Bird’s Eye Maple, Master Grade neck, the striking juicy orange body colour and all of the same specifications as the Cream Machine except for:

Neck finish: Nitro lacquer, high gloss
Pickguard: 3-ply mint green
Retail price: EUR 1,700 *
*(incl. 23% VAT. For non-EU buyers the prices are lower. Also, the final price may vary depending on the actual hardware selection etc. so please check our web site or contact us directly.)

Yellow Sixties
Again this guitar features the same specs as the Cream Machine except for a one piece Flamed Maple neck with a Rosewood skunk stripe and if course the sixties yellow body colour and the following:

Neck finish: Nitro lacquer, high gloss
Pickguard: 3-pl white
Retail price: EUR 1,650*
*(incl. 23% VAT. For non-EU buyers the prices are lower. Also, the final price may vary depending on the actual hardware selection etc. so please check our web site or contact us directly.)

For more info head over to http://ufnalguitars.com.

Ufnal Guitars are a boutique guitar company from Poland built around the experience and expertise of Miroslaw Ufnal, a renowned Polish luthier who has been supporting local musicians, repairing and building custom instruments for over 30 years. The second core …

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Flying Colors release new track from upcoming album ‘Second Nature’

Flying Colors, the supergroup comprised of Steve Morse, Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson are about to release their 2nd album ‘SECOND NATURE’ which will be out Friday October 3rd in Australia via the Music Theories Recordings label, part of the Mascot Label Group. The album will be distributed locally by Warner.

Flying Colors – Mask Machine (Official Music Video)

“Mask Machine was the obvious 1st single from the album. The minute we wrote it, we knew it! The riffs are so strong and the melodies and vocal hooks are impossible to shake from your head even after just one listen. I think director Vicente Cordero captured the band’s performance in a way that also sums up this great song: dark, moody and intense!” – Mike Portnoy.

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Flying Colors, the supergroup comprised of Steve Morse, Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson are about to release their 2nd album ‘SECOND NATURE’ which will be out Friday October 3rd in Australia via the Music Theories Recordings …

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Jackson Limited Run DK2M Slime Green Swirl

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Hey who says Ibanez has to have all the swirling fun? This limited run Jackson Pro DK2M Dinky™ comes in a Slime Green Swirl, now I’m a big fan of green guitars, I even like Slime green guitars but combining the two is just epic. I’m not really a swirl fan, sure I wanted one back in the day when Passion & Warfare was released but although I’ve admired them from afar I was always worried it looked like you were copying Steve Vai. Enough time has definitely passed now for that not to be the case and I’ve seen some really cool swirl finish guitars over the past couple of years, this is definitely one of my favourites due to the colour combination and chaotic nature of the swirl, I like the irregularity of paint pattern that Jackson have chosen for this guitar.

The DK2M Pro Series Dinky features an alder body, flat-sawn graphite-reinforced bolt-on maple neck with wrap-around heel, 24-fret compound radius (12″-16″) maple fingerboard with offset black dot inlays, black neck and headstock binding, direct mount Seymour Duncan® JB Zebra (bridge) and ’59 Zebra (neck) humbucking pickups with five-way blade switching, Floyd Rose® bridge, black hardware and Dunlop® strap locks.

For more information and to find a dealer near you, go to www.jacksonguitars.com.

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Hey who says Ibanez has to have all the swirling fun? This limited run Jackson Pro DK2M Dinky™ comes in a Slime Green Swirl, now I’m a big fan of green guitars, I even like Slime green guitars but combining …

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Schecter Keith Merrow Signature KM-6 Now Available

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After the amazing success of the Schecter Keith Merrow signature KM-7 (Schecter couldn’t even keep up with demand) they have now introduced a 6 string version, yes the KM-6.

Features:
Swamp Ash body
Flame Maple top
Ultra Thin “C” shaped 3-PC maple neck
24 stainless steel X-Jumbo frets
Black Ebony fingerboard
Glow in the dark side dot inlays
Hipshot bridge
Seymour Duncan “Blackened” Black Winter pick-ups created exclusively for Schecter Guitars.

List price is under $1000!

For more info head over to http://schecterguitars.com/international/guitars/artist-models/keith-merrow-km-6-detail.

Schecter KM-6
After the amazing success of the Schecter Keith Merrow signature KM-7 (Schecter couldn’t even keep up with demand) they have now introduced a 6 string version, yes the KM-6.

Features:
Swamp Ash body
Flame Maple top
Ultra Thin “C” shaped …

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