Monthly Archives: May 2015

Seymour Duncan Mark Holcomb Signature Alpha/Omega Pickups


During NAMM 2015 I posted about an announcement of a new set of signature Seymour Duncan pickups that had been announced for Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb called the Alpha/Omega set (named after their latest double album release). These pickups will be available direct from the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop for 6 string guitars. Each pickup is signed by Mark and will come with some special bonuses in the form of a unique USB drive with the albums Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega as well as a new video from Mark, some collectable picks, a sticker and more.

Seymour Duncan say that the Alpha neck pickup is unlike most traditional neck models. “It was voiced to combine the best qualities of a neck and a bridge pickup, with some of that fat glassy sound but also plenty of your pick attack and fretting-hand phrasing.”

“The bridge pickup came out super cool,” says Mark Holcomb. “It’s very, very aggressive and snarling, with that very percussive quality that I like in the low mids. My style is based on really big chords with a lot of voicings and I didn’t want to sacrifice any of that in the bridge pickup. And the neck pickup …read more

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Howling Monkey Guitar Picks


I was recently contacted by a US company called Howling Monkey who make and sell handmade guitar picks, they had obviously heard of my infatuation with my triangular buddies. Now there are lots of companies out there that make picks so what made me so interested in Howling Monkey that I asked them to send me some samples? Well it was two things, the first it the material used to craft their picks, Tagua. What on earth is Tagua I hear you ask? Allow me to quote Howling Monkey to explain:

“Tagua is a unique vegetable grown primarily in Ecuador and Colombia, the nuts of this palm tree form in large clusters and hang much like a coconut. These clusters then fall to the ground or are cut from the tree. Each cluster contains many tagua nuts that are about the size of a potato. When they initially are harvested, the inside of these nuts have a very gelatinus texture and are semi transparent. The nuts are then dried for up to 4 weeks where this gelatatinus material hardens and takes on the properties of ivory.”

As Tagua is a fruit of a tree they naturally regenerate, which makes these picks environmentally …read more

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Pre-Order Mr. Fastfinger new album ‘Spirit Rising’

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Mr. Fastfinger a.k.a. Mika Tyyskä has just announced that his new album ‘Spirit Rising’ is available for pre-order over at IndieGoGo. There is a standard version of the album available as well as a Deluxe version which includes 12 extra songs (that’s a whole album’s worth!), backing tracks, TAB book and guitar picks. Along with album release of the album Mika has also been working on a film called ‘The Spirit Of The Guitar Hunt’ which is the story of how Mr. Fastfinger got his new guitar, which by the way is by Finnish Luthier Juha Ruokangas.

Mika Tyyskä – guitar
Thomas Törnroos – drums
Lasse Rantanen – bass

Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) – keyboards leads on Spirit Hunt.
Michael Angelo Batio – demonic guitar solo on Bad Breath.
Kai Hahto (Nightwish, Wintersun) – drums on Great Blue Waves, Bad Breath and Spirit Hunt.
Jan-Olof Strandberg (Strandberg Project) – bass and groove on Rising Feel and Moonwaxer. Also a bass solo on Arise.
Kristoffer Gildenlöw (Solo, ex-Pain of Salvation) – fretless bass on Spirit Hunt.
Kalle Katz (Mr. Fastfinger Band) – kung-fu synth on Be Wind My Friend.
Sami Tupala – musical saw on Jump Like a Frog.
Andrey Sazonov – …read more

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Magnetic Effects Solar Bender Fuzz Pedal


The Solar Bender is an enhanced clone of the famous Tonebender MK II fuzz complete with NOS PNP germanium transistors, Bias control and Reverse Polarity Circuit.

Take it away Gearmandude!

Press release
Magnetic Effects are pleased to release the MK 2 version of their take on the classic Tone Bender MKII. The new version includes stunning new artwork and top mounted Jacks and DC socket. To allow for easier integration into modern guitar set ups, the Solar Bender is fitted with a charge pump acting as a polarity reverse circuit. This enables the pedal to be powered on a standard 9V centre negative adapter and even daisy chained with other pedals while using PNP germanium transistors.

To further enhance usability, the Solar Bender is fitted with a bias control to compensate for temperature drift that can sometime affect germanium transistors. Also, a Fat switch has been fitted which enhances the bass response of the pedal to allow for greater tonal possibilities.

All these features add up to make the Solar Bender a great sounding AND easy to use fuzz that integrates well into a modern pedal board.


PRS Most Affordable Guitar Yet, All Mahogany “SE Standard” Guitars


PRS have announced a new series of all Mahogany SE Standard Guitars aimed at the budget conscious player starting at $499 USD. Despite being the most affordable PRS Guitars to date they still include bird inlays, PRS stoptail and tremolo bridge designs, set mahogany necks with rosewood fretboards and a high-quality SE gig bag. The four new SE Standard models are: the SE Standard 24, the SE Standard 22, the SE Standard 245, and the SE Santana Standard.

The SE Standard 24 pairs 24-fret versatility with a PRS-Designed tremolo and PRS-Designed HFS and Vintage Bass pickups. For full specifications and to hear the SE Standard 24 in action, visit

The SE Standard 245 is a short scale length single cut design and a classic control layout with volume and tone controls for each pickup and a 3-way toggle switch on the upper bout. For full specifications and to hear the SE Standard 245 in action, visit

The SE Santana Standard also has a shorter 24.5” scale length and is designed to go from Santana’s signature lead tone to fat, hard rock rhythm chords. The SE Santana Standard is a tribute to Carlos Santana’s skill …read more

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Catalinbread Fuzzrite

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The Catalinbread Fuzzrite is a faithful reproduction of the classic Fuzzrite sound that can be heard on The Ventures’ “2,000 Pound Bee”, Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gada-Da-Vida”, to the Black Keys. “The Fuzzrite has a rich history of taking guitar tones to new levels; it is splatty, raw and unapologetic. We’ve brought back the classic silicon circuit and added the option for a 9v power supply.”

To honor the original Fuzzrite, Catalinbread put this circuit in a minimalist enclosure. The Depth control adds brightness and gain, while the Volume knob controls your overall output volume.

Catalinbread Fuzzrite Features:

  • Faithful recreation of the original classic circuit
  • Saturated, gnarly, sixties fuzz
  • True bypass
  • Hand-made in Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Accepts standard 9v center-negative power

Check out this great demo from Andy at who demonstrates the different types of fuzz tones you can squeeze out of this cool pedal:

For more information check out Catlinbread’s website.

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IK Multimedia Amplitube 4 for iOS is coming


IK Multimedia have announced Amplitube 4 for iOS is coming and it looks and sounds great. In fact I think the interface looks a lot more polished on the iPad version of Amplitube 4 than the desktop version of Amplitube Custom Shop and the interaction with moving mics and effects seems very intuitive. Amplitube 4 also inclues a new looper although it looks very similar to the popular iOS app Loopy? Anyway check out the promo video below:

One of the best new additions to the iOS app is the new Cab Room (see video below) which lets you select speaker cabinets and mics, then position the mics by dragging them around on screen in a 3D space.

Amplitube 4’s new Cab Room:

For more info check out

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Tosin Abasi demonstrates the Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor

Animals As Leaders’ Tosin Abasi dropped in by Keith Merrow’s gaff to record some videos including this demonstration and interview about the Seymour Duncan Vise Grip Compressor pedal.

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Andy Timmons & Doug West Demo The MESA Mark Five: 25

Ok MESA you win, the best demonstration of an amp I’ve seen in a long time. Mesa’s Director of R&D, Doug West, explains each of the modes on the insanely great sounding mini head, the MESA Mark Five: 25 with the one and only Andy Timmons, a long time user of Mesa/Boogie amps, feeding the little monster with his splendid licks. In this demonstration the Mesa Mark Five: 25 is running into a Rectifier 2×12 cab loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s, Mic’d with a Shure SM57, Shure KSM 313 and the internal Mesa CabClone set to the Open Back Cab Mode mixed with 40% SM57, 40% KSM 313 and 20% CabClone.

I am blown away, I definitely want to try this amp in person after seeing and listening to this video… if only I could play like Andy Timmons!

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Strymon DIG – Dual Digital Delay

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Strymon are back with their latest effect, the Strymon DIG. The DIG is a standard Strymon enclosure, this time in questionable pink, that is a dual digital delay. Now the idea of dual delays in pedals is not a new idea, my old TC Nova Repeater from years ago is a good example for instance, but in true Strymon style you get a huge amount of features and controls packed into their rugged enclosure.

“…two simultaneous, integrated delays with the captivating rack delay voicings from the 1980s and today, for incredible expressive potential. Effortlessly create your own world of intricate and synchronized echoes, along with hypnotic and atmospheric repeats that blur the line between delay and reverb.”

Delay 1 is your master delay featuring delay times of 20ms to 1.6s using either the Time knob or Tap Tempo switch. Delay 2 is the companion delay, set the ratio between the two delays with one of five rhythmic subdivisions: triplet, eighth note, dotted eighth note, dotted quarter note, and the golden ratio. Engage Free Mode to disable subdivisions and allow Delay 2 to be its own independent, free-running delay. Dial in short delay times for chorus/flange sounds to run alongside Delay 1.


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