Monthly Archives: November 2014

Hollow Point® Intonation System for Double Locking Tremolos

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Anyone who has owned a guitar with a Floyd Rose tremolo system will know that setting the intonation can be a bit of a pain in the arse. Well Black Cherry USA have invented a simple set of replacement parts called Hollow Point, that make intonation on a Floyd Rose as easy as the fine tuners that they are famous for.

Even though they will work on many variations of the original Floyd Rose® & Licensed units, including the Ibanez® Edge® Trems, our Hollow Points® work best on the recessed or low profile tremolos for maximum preservation of fine tuning range.

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The Black Cherry USA Hollow Point Intonation System is available in Chrome or Black direct for $49.95 or Gold for $59.95. For those with a 7 string Floyd Rose like myself you can order an extra Single Hollow Point through the order page when you purchase the 6 string set.

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Floyd Rose FRX Tremolo System, Retrofit Tune-o-matic & Stop-tail Bridges

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Say what now?! I hadn’t heard about this had you? Floyd Rose have been known for their classic double locking tremolo system for decades but those with a stop tail or Tune-o-matic bridge can now join in the whammy fun with the new Floyd Rose FRX Tremolo System without having to make much in the way of modifcations to their guitar.

“This is a historic moment for Floyd Rose, releasing this brand new bridge 35 years after the invention of our original tremolo system. Initially available in Chrome, Black and Gold, the FRX will retrofit all tune-o-matic bridges and stopbar tailpieces with a locking nut/truss rod cover hybrid that will mount behind your guitar’s existing nut, which only requires two small wood screws to be installed. This is the only modification that has to be made – there is no routing required whatsoever!”

“As most of you saw on Facebook or on, the main hold up on beginning pre-orders of this system was the necessity of a new packaging design, which we are still finalizing. In the interest of getting this long-awaited reinvention of the Floyd Rose Tremolo System into the players’ hands and onto their …read more

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Antitone – A New Group Discount Guitar Store


One of the first sites I saw offering discounts for group purchasing was IK Multimedia who were offering great deals on their software the more people who committed to buy. I haven’t until now however seen an entire online guitar store dedicated to group purchasing and has picked an excellent week to launch just in time for Black Friday in the U.S.

Antitone’s unique shopping experience organizes like-minded individuals to vote on a product, commit to buy together, and receive the product at a price significantly lower than retail cost, as the price drops with every additional commitment. With over a hundred gear manufacturers already on board—ranging from huge names like Shure to local boutique brands like Verellen Amplifiers— Antitone is set to launch its initial lineup of products in time for the 2014 holiday season.

“The idea behind Antitone is to give buying power back to the consumer,” says Creative Director Jonathan Suhr. “They pick the products they want and essentially dictate the price as they invite their network to participate. We believe that community is the core of any musical endeavor—buying the gear that helps us to create music shouldn’t be any different.”

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VFE RUP Multiband Distortion Pedal Kickstarter


VFE Pedals has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the $5000 needed to finance the purchase of circuit boards, enclosures, and other components to build the first production run of the Radical Ultrasonic Processor (check out the image below for the pink Rainbows, Unicorns, Puppies version for teh lulz, (The RUP can be totally customised with your choice of colour and graphics).


The RUP takes the audio signal and splits it into three bands – with independent control over the bandwidth, gain, compression, harmonic character, plus the overall mix level of each band. The RUP also contains FX loops for each band, clean blend and master 3-band EQ, making it able to create unique distortion tones for any instrument and playing style.

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Jimi’s London Interactive Hendrix Map

To celebrate the release of John Ridley’s new Jimi Hendrix biopic ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, Curzon Film World have created this interactive map of London detailing a timeline of Jimi Hendrix and different stages of his personal life:

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The Jeff Loomis Challenge


As part of Toontrack’s annual Metal Month, Jam Track Central and Toontrack give you the Jeff Loomis Challenge!

Download the audio track for Jeff Loomis’ playthrough with all lead parts muted from here. Then, record your own rendition of Jeff’s parts and upload your own video to YouTube, share it on Facebook/Twitter and hashtag it #JeffLoomisChallenge. Your entry will then be added to a Toontrack/Jam Track Central playlist. If you don’t have a Facebook account, feel free to email your YouTube link to:

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Awesome slap guitar lesson package by Fabian Ratsak

Fabian Ratsak contacted me yesterday to let me know about his new Slap Guitar lesson package, I have to say that is a first for me, I’ve never been sent information for a lesson package specifically about slap guitar. The slap technique is more commonly used by Bass players but has been used by players such as Guthrie Govan on recordings over the years. I think funk and fusion guitarists in particular will really enjoy this lesson package, the intro in the video above is awesome!

The package includes:

  • Full transcription of the main video in .pdf and .gp5 (transcribed by Levi Clay)
  • 10 foundation slap excercises in HD video and mp3 (slow/fast)
  • Slap blues song example (video/mp3) also in .pdf and .gp5 format
  • Backing tracks and drum loops to practice in various speeds

You can purchase Fabian’s Slap Guitar lesson package for just $5 here.

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MXR Il Torino Overdrive Designed By Carlo Sorasio

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The MXR Il Torino Overdrive pedal is an MXR Custom Shop pedal designed by Italian effect and amp designer Carlo Sorasio. The Il Torino uses MOSFET technology to recreate the gain structure of classic tube preamps, the result is a touch responsive saturation and natural sounding compression. Carlo also added a 3-band EQ section to fine tune your tone. The BOOST/OD switch allows you to toggle between Boost Mode “a cleaner sound with just the right amount of compression and sustain”, and OD Mode “a more aggressive, cranked tube amp sound”.

This pedal uses a sophisticated bypass system in the form of a Class A Low Impedance Output Driver — essentially a form of buffered bypass — to keep your tone sounding warm and natural across long signal chains where signal loss normally occurs.

For more info head over to, and make sure you check out the demo below:

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Stringjoy Custom Gauge Guitar Strings

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We’ve come a long way from when there were just a handful of guitar strings available — just take a look at the wall of strings at your local guitar store. The choices border on overwhelming.

Still, though there are a lot of brands to choose from, most offer the same handful of gauges. You’ve got your 9s, 10s, 11s, maybe a few hybrid sets. But if you want to handpick your string gauges like Hendrix did, your only choice is to buy multiple sets and combine them. Well, custom gauge guitar string company Stringjoy wants to change that.

“Guitarists will do anything to improve their playing and tone. We customize our guitars, swap tubes on our amps, search for the perfect combination of effect pedals, all to make us sound more like us—so why do we all play the same handful of string gauges?

We started Stringjoy because we wanted more out of our strings. At our site, you create your own custom set of strings, optimized for your gear and playing style—and nobody else’s. All our strings are made in the USA, and shipping is always free*. It’s your music. Play your own strings.”

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Next Generation Acoustic Guitar Case: Timbre Cases DNone

When I was studying music at University I knew a few Cellists and I often looked at their cases and thought they looked completely futuristic in comparison to acoustic guitar cases. I don’t know why it has taken so long for someone to finally re-think the guitar hard case but Canadian company Timbre Cases have created a product called the DNone that looks cool as well as indestructible and it has integrated humidity control pockets, it is waterproof and it even has wheels so you can pull it along if you have weak girly arms (just kidding ladies).

Other features include a 3.1mm aerospace grade Kydex shell which is a shock absorbent exterior that is both ultralight and rigid in structure, fully recessed latches & torqued hinges, colourfast – more impervious to scuffs and scratches and non-hygroscopic – it will not absorb or release moisture which is why it contains pockets designed to fit optional D’Addario two-way humidification packs made by Boveda. This system can preserve a 45% to 50% relative humidity level within your instrument’s case.

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