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PRS Mark Holcomb Signature Custom 24 7 String Model

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Periphery’s Mark Holcomb announced his new signature model PRS at Winter NAMM earlier this year available as a 6 string model. Now Mark has announced that PRS have just delivered to him a 7 string version with a 26.5″ scale length, equipped with 7-string Seymour Duncan Alpha/Omega set. The other specs for the guitar are the same as the 6 string model including the Charcoal Burst finish, not sure if the Black Cherry will also be available but I assume it will.

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AXES & ANCHORS Cruise featuring Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde & Alex Skolnick

Axes & Anchors
“Imagine a cruise exclusively planned for guitarists and instrumentalists, featuring performances and personal lessons from some of the greatest guitar gods on the planet.”

Now personally I can’t afford these Rock cruises and getaways with your guitar idols which makes me extremely sad but if I did I reckon this would be a fun one!

The 5-day/4-night AXES & ANCHORS cruise aboard the Carnival Victory, departing from Miami, FL on February 20 2016, stopping in Key West, FL and Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on February 24 2016.

“Witness blazing performances and take lessons directly from world-class rock and metal guitarists including ZAKK WYLDE (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MICHAEL SCHENKER (Scorpions, UFO, MSG), ALEX SKOLNICK (Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), TRACII GUNS (Guns N’ Roses, LA Guns), DARIO LORINA (Black Label Society, Lizzy Borden), and more, all while sailing the high seas and visiting exotic locales.

For more info: and their facebook page:

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Amazing Airbrush Skelluitar

Check out this amazing video of artist Jordon Bourgeaut of JBo Airbrush creating a skull covered guitar using intricate Airbrush work.

The video above follows the whole process from prep work to artwork, to clear and polish, and eventually revealing the final product.


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Earthquaker Devices Levitation Reverb

One of my favourite effects companies, Earthquaker Devices, have teamed up with the Levitation Music Festival, founded as Austin Psych Fest in 2008 as a gathering of Pyschedelic Rock bands and artists, to create a new Reverb pedal called the Earthquaker Devices Levitation Reverb.

“We wanted to remain true to the theme of LEVITATION and decided to do a variation on our popular Ghost Echo pedal to honor the reverb-drenched tones synonymous with classic psych rock. The Levitation Reverb builds on the base sound found in the Ghost Echo but does away with the attack and dwell and adds control over tone, decay, atmosphere and length in their place. It is a vintage voiced reverb that aims to fit somewhere between dirty sixties chambers, classic spring, and the big, ringing plate reverbs of days gone by.”


  • Length (Toggle): Broad stroke control for decay time. Shorter to left, longer to the right.
  • Decay: Controls the length of the reverb decay. Longer clockwise, shorter counter clockwise.
  • Atmosphere: This is a harmonic regeneration control, it feeds the upper frequencies of the reverb trails back through to create a more harmonic (ringing) reverb. More atmosphere clockwise, less counter clockwise.
  • Mix: This controls how much wet signal is blended in with the dry. More reverb clockwise, less counter clockwise.
  • Tone: This is an input bandwidth control for the reverberated signal. All the way counter clockwise reduces all low end content to make a brighter reverb, turning counter clockwise allows more low end to pass through resulting in a fuller reverberated tone.

The Levitation Reverb is True Bypass.

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Plini – The End Of Everything

Enjoy this video of the amazing Aussie talent Plini playing the title track from his new EP ‘The End Of Everything‘ on his Strandberg Boden while watching Shoorn craft a new custom guitar strap for him. This track features Marco Minnemann on drums & Simon Grove on bass.

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Wes Hauch Demonstrates The Seymour Duncan Dimebucker Set

Probably the best demo of the Seymour Duncan Dimebucker pickup set you will see. Great job from Wes Hauch who is an exceptional guitar player.

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Aristides Announce The 080 8 String Model

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  • Aristides 080

Press Release
Aristides Instruments have announced the eight string 080 guitar. The new 080 continues Aristides’ tradition of using a one piece body and neck construction, integrally layered with Arium. This model is also the first Aristides Instrument to be constructed of 100% man-made materials and features no wood – not even the freatboard. Customers can place orders now through authorized dealers or direct from the factory.

The 080 is a one piece constructed 27” scale electric guitar, equipped with either Seymour Duncan, EMG, or Bare Knuckle pickups. Either a five-way blade switch or a three-way toggle switch combined with a single volume control and single tone provide for a wide variety of pickup configurations. All components are MEC Electronics. The C shaped neck is 2.17” wide at the nut to 2.75” at the 12th fret and topped with a compound (14”-19”) radius fretboard available in Richlite black and fitted with 24 Jescar medium jumbo, stainless steel frets. The fretboard is inlaid on the 12th fret with the 080 logo and has the option of regular white side dots or Luminlay side dots. Hardware is available in chrome, black, or gold finishes and includes either a Hipshot Hardtail bridge or an Official Floyd Rose bridge. The Hipshot Hardtail option comes with Hipshot Griplock open gear locking tuners and Graphtec Black Tusq Custom nut. The Floyd Rose option comes with Hipshot Classic open gear tuners and Floyd Rose Locking nut. Finishes for the guitar include matte black, gloss white, gloss black, Dutch orange matte metallic, deep sky blue matte metallic, light blue pearl matte metallic, laser lemon matte metallic, aqua green matte metallic, ivory pearl matte metallic, red metallic, blue metallic, deep ruby red marble, dark grey sapphire marble, purple marble, and green emerald.

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MusikMesse 2015: TC Electronic Introduces Ditto Stereo Looper

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Not content with their already popular tiny looper pedal, TC Electronic have released the Ditto Stereo Looper with yes stereo inputs and stereo outputs!

“Ditto Stereo Looper builds on the same “all thrills, no frills” philosophy as the original Ditto Looper that ushered in the golden era of looping, and perfectly combines it with first-rate stereo I/O functionality, the ability to run on a 9v battery and the loop import/export feature first introduced with Ditto X2 Looper.”


  • Super intuitive – made by guitarists for guitarists
  • Stereo I/O
  • Loop Import/Export – Starjam and Backing Track
  • Runs on 9v battery or optional PSU

“Besides delivering 24-bit uncompressed audio recording in stereo housed in a rugged compact design, Ditto Stereo Looper also enables you to use TC Electronic’s ever expanding StarJam catalogue. Filled to the brim with extraordinary loops created by the likes of John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Guthrie Govan and Nathan East, Ditto Stereo Looper is sure to supply musicians around the world with endless hours of fun and inspiration.”

Price: $129.99 US Estimated Price / £95 UK SSP / 129 € EUR SSP

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Fastlane International warns musicians should check new rules before taking instruments on aircraft

Thank you to Fastlane International for creating this guest post that outlines changes in the rules for flying with your instruments, definitely worth reading if you are about to travel with your guitars.

Global courier Fastlane International is warning that a new US ruling, which says that musicians flying with their instruments can’t be stopped from carrying them aboard, may well prove to be an unfinished symphony. The new US Department of Transport ruling, which came into effect last month, came as music to musician’s ears. However, international delivery experts Fastlane International warn that things may still go off-key for passengers trying to load their instruments.

Fastlane International’s Head of Publications, David Jinks MILT, says: ‘The ruling seems fair, but in fact all is not harmony. The ruling says that airlines can’t refuse to carry small instruments in lockers. However, if the lockers are already full, airlines are not required to find room in the cabin. Musicians may find they have to pay extra for priority boarding in order to secure overhead locker space.’

David also warns that those airlines that routinely ask for payment for a second item of cabin baggage can still ask for this on an instrument, if the customer has another cabin luggage item with them.

The new rules apply only to US carriers, and specify instruments the size of a violin or a guitar must be allowed aboard if there is locker space. BA, which does not need to comply with this rule, was recently criticised by the UK’s professional society for musicians, the ISM, for changing its policy and restricting the size of instruments allowed on board to less than a the size of a violin. The ISM has worked with EasyJet to allow for instruments the size of violins and trumpets as cabin luggage.

Adds David: ‘There is still the option of paying for an extra seat to transport larger musical instruments such as cellos; and US airlines are now no longer able to make cheeky charges above the usual fee for another seat: such as an extra charge for musical instruments. However the new ruling has stopped short of legally requiring airlines to have seats that can hold instruments..’

Says David: ‘The situation is better than it was for musicians flying by US registered airlines but there is a rift in the lute. There are still expensive fees that might unexpectedly hit people carrying instruments on their flight. However, there is a good alternative. Couriers such as Fastlane International are experts at sending ahead luggage, including musical instruments. Thousands of our customers prefer to use our luggage delivery service each year instead of paying the extortionate excess baggage fees charged by airlines; and musicians know we will take care of their precious instruments.’

For more information on sending luggage items and instruments ahead see:

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Molten Voltage G-Quencer, a Whammy Pedal Sequencer

The Molten Voltage G-Quencer is a clever device that transforms a stock DigiTech Whammy Pedal (works with all four MIDI modern Whammys 4, 5, DT, and the new Bass Whammy) into a totally new effect using a step sequencer that you trigger with your foot. There are 32 stock presets to get you started and understanding the potential of the G-Quencer, then when ou are ready you can create another 96 presets for a total of 128. G-Quencer has a large bright LED display and an intuitive interface to aid creation of your own sequences.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use the step sequencer:

As you can probably see the way the 2-Step sequencer works in G-Quencer is that the footswitch advabces the sequence one step when you press down, and another when you release. “This is G-Quencer’s biggest innovation, and a much more natural and intuitive way to play along with a live band and shifting tempo. You control the speed of the sequence rather than it controlling you.”

One-Shot lets you trigger a single pass through your sequence. Great for “laser” effects, as well as a cool way inject riffs into your tunes. You can also “stack” one-shots to repeat multiple times. There is also a tap tempo footswitch to help map your sequence to your current tempo, great for live situations. There is also a MIDI Clock Sync which I’m guessing your could sync with a laptop backing track or a synth onboard sequencer too.

If this clever device is something that interests you, check out the Kickstarter page to pledge and be one of the first to get your hands on the Molten Voltage G-Quencer.

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