Friday, 16 January 2009

Rob Marcello: bossing it at namm

Kudos to Mark McGuigan for spotting this one with Rob Marcello over at the boss stand!

Namm 2009 - Stand Boss

Joe Satriani: vox big bad wah

The "Big Bad Wah" dual-mode wah pedal is the third effect pedal created in collaboration between the world-renowned guitarist Joe Satriani and VOX. With two wah modes and some unique features, it delivers a wide range of wah sounds.

Main features

Dual-mode design offers two distinct wah sounds in a single pedal
Wah One is classic VOX; with that decidedly sweet UK tone
Wah Two provides Joe Satriani's original drive and voice controls, delivering a wide range of sound-creation possibilities.
Big Bad Wah is one in a series of pedals designed by VOX and guitarist extraordinaire Joe Satriani. Joe contributed numerous ideas that were unheard of in existing wah pedals, endowing the Big Bad Wah with an unparalleled range of sounds from vintage to modern, as well as those that are totally original. The heart of any wah pedal is the “inductor.” The Big Bad Wah allows you to select between a vintage UK style inductor, and the more modern USA style. Designed to Joe Satriani’s custom specs is the design of the pedal pot itself, delivering a smooth, musical tone throughout the entire sweep of the pedal. full details

Nili Brosh: gutherie govan gets all slippery

Nili Brosh delivers another excellent cover. Nili says:
Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by once again. My name is Nili Brosh, and this time I decided to cover one of my favorite tunes, Wonderful Slippery Thing. This is dedicated to Mr. Govan for the enjoyment I get from listening and playing his music, and his never ending inspiration to me! I hope you enjoy it!

Nili Brosh plays Guthrie Govan - Wonderful Slippery Thing

Chris Poland: more hot potato!

Chris Poland and OHM @ The Baked Potato, January 14, 2009. An excerpt of OHM improving through "Spoonful".

Chris Poland ~ 01.14. 09

Chris Poland

Michael Lee Firkins: live at namm 2009!!!

Wow, this is a surprise and a pleasant one. Michael Lee Firkins is an amazing guitarist and often underrated or forgotten, so it's great to see him on the Fender stand! so ... I give you... Michael Lee Firkins hits the stage at Fender's 2009 Kickoff in Anaheim, California.

2009 Kickoff Event: Michael Lee Firkins

Greg Koch: fender kick off at namm

Greg Koch has been called a twisted guitar genius and eclectic virtuoso by guitar pundits far and wide. He denies neither title; in his own words, in fact, Koch is nothing short of a plectrum-wielding skullduggarist.

2009 Kickoff Event: Greg Koch and Friends

Chris Broderick: megadeth on track

Brave words posts:
Chris Broderick has checked in with the following brief studio update: "I am getting ready to head down to Vic's and wanted to check in. Shawn is finishing up the last few songs with drums and all next week I will be starting on rhythm guitars. This is very cool stuff, learning Dave’s rhythmic style can be a challenge but is one that I look forward to"
... plus there is hope for me and my brother

news: fender giveaway details


What kickoff celebration would be complete without PRIZES?! Let’s get the fun started. Entering to win is simple – all you have to do is stop by and say hello over at the Community during our Kickoff event coverage. Here are the specific prizes and detailed requirements to win:

Grand Prize: pick your choice of a Fender American Standard Stratocaster® guitar or Fender American Standard Precision Bass® guitar! In order to be eligible to win our grand prize you must log in to the Community and submit at least one post to our forums on Friday, one post on Saturday, AND one post on Sunday. Again, THREE posts are required in all and they must be spread across the respective days during our 2009 Kickoff coverage.

Second Prize: Our lucky second prize winner will take home our new Fender Deluxe™ VM amplifier! In order to be eligible to win second prize you must log in to the Community and submit one post at any time during our 2009 Kickoff coverage Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Third Prize: Our third prize winner takes home a Fender Sonoran SCE acoustic guitar, now available in Firemist Silver! In order to be eligible to win third prize you must log in to the Community and submit one post at any time during our 2009 Kickoff coverage Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Rules & Regulations:

* It’s very important to note that submitting a whole bunch of posts does NOT increase your odds … so please do NOT barrage our online community with a flurry of junk posting activity. Doing so will forfeit your eligibility to win and this is entirely at our forum administrator’s discretion to determine whether a violation has occurred. One post per day is sufficient to qualify you for entry.

* We are pleased to report that this giveaway IS open to international participants.

* Any individual who submits content that is in any way in violation of the Forum Rules at any time during the course of the Kickoff will not be eligible.

* Employees of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (the Sponsor) or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or agencies, or members of their immediate families, or persons living in same household of each, are not eligible to enter or win. Entrants under sixteen (16) years old must obtain parental consent before accepting a prize if selected as a giveaway winner.

Paul Gilbert: what credit crunch?

Thanks to Jenn for knocking me off my chair with the pictures of the signature PGM FRM1. Anyone got $ 9333.32 for your option? Who cares if the kids go hungary... LOL?

Eddie Van Halen: a wolf in sheeps clothing

Eddie Van Halen introducing the all-new EVH Wolfgang electric guitar at the Fender booth at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show on January 15, 2009 in Anaheim, California

Eddie Van Halen Speech In Fender Booth

Harry Kapeliaris: greek fusion guy has a break

Harry Kapeliaris plays during the break of a recording session


News: yagb

yagb: yet another guitar blog: which includes lessons

The strap line:
For those who think playing guitar is much more than just a way to impress the opposite sex!

News: guitar idol 2009 summary

There are currently 166 entries in heat 2. You can view all entries and vote. These are the current front runners for this heat

299 Rafael Nery
227 Ivan Mihaljevic
213 Muris Varajic
204 Leguiz Trespalacios
182 Carlo Bardoli
181 Dragianni
170 Uli Tisch-Rottensteiner
151 George Barabadze
147 Mario Díaz
143 Pablo Mendoza
132 Marques Junior
126 Jimmy Oliveira

Enter and vote

Claudio Cordero: guitar idol 2009 heat 2

Claudio Cordero has entered a great song for guitar idol 2009 heat 2, where you can vote on line: Join Claudio on MySpace: and dont forget his recent CD
Claudio Cordero / Enlace

1.- 7 Dias
2.- Ayer
3.- Psychoswing
4.- Atardecer
5.- Sueña
6.- Ki Dul
7.- Esperanza
8.- Adiccion
9.- Taurah
10.- Intoolerancia
11.- Manantial
12.- Viaje Astral

Claudio Cordero - 7 Dias

Claudio Cordero - Psychoswing

Claudio Cordero - Viaje Astral

Marcos De Ros: tribute to monty python

Marcos De Ros says:
Silly Walks - De Ros, John Cleese and all Monty Python! This song is from the "Universe" album, 1997. The song name is an homage to John Cleese, the "Ministry of Silly Walks". Enjoy!

Silly Walks - De Ros, John Cleese and all Monty Python!

Marshall Harrison: sixth cartesian meditation - the transcendental theory of method

Marshall Harrison will be: "Demonstrating the powerful midi importing technique that will be fully described at the upcoming clinic on February 19 at College of the Mainland in League City Texas at 7:30 pm." If you get a chance and are in the local, this will no doubt be an evening not to be missed.

Meditation from Thais by Massenet played by Marshall Harrison

News: dean guitars live namm web cast part 2


In case you missed it:

Beginning at 10AM on Fri. Jan 16th, thru 5pm on Sun. Feb 18th, Dean Guitars presents a special four camera, real-time webcast from the Dean Guitars booth at NAMM. Dean has a huge lineup planned with exclusive interviews from Dean artists Leslie West, Vinnie Moore, Michael Schenker, Michael Amott of Arch Enemy/Carcass, members of Morbid Angel, Michael Angelo Batio, Dean Roland of Collective Soul, Eric Peterson of Testament and many more. You'll be able to virtually take part in Dave Mustaine's autograph sessions and get a look at the new Mustaine VMNT guitars along with many other never before seen 2009 USA and import collection Deans. We are very proud of this year's new releases!

Dean will be unleashing over 35 instruments this year and there are some stunning masterpieces to be unveiled. And for the first time ever, we have produced "Instrument Spotlight" videos(shot in HD) that will give you a closer than ever look at these new models.

We can't tell you everything that is going to go down, because we just don't know...but it's always a party! we have some special surprises and guests coming out. We are going to have a lot of fun, and see many of our old friends. We intend to give you as much insight and information as we can on the new 2009 Dean instruments, as well as,what goes on within the music industry at NAMM. We hope you enjoy our efforts to bring you all the action, we are the ONLY company in the industry that takes this extra step in bringing this epic event to you. Please take some time out and log on to and check it out. Please hit and let us know what you think!

Thanks! See you friday!

ROCK on!

The Dean Guitars NAMM Crew!

Marshall Harrison: extensions to the memetic lexicon

I'm sure many players would like to be able to play to this level on auto pilot! ... anyway as Marshall succinctly puts it
"Stuff for guitarists by Marshall Harrison"

"Autopilot" by Marshall Harrison

Disquisitiones Technicae - aka "The Autopilot" part II