Friday, 8 November 2013

Peter Luha: Electric handmade guitar - Sivcak VSS 049113 Vintage Series

Sivcak Guitars - Slovak handmade electric guitars and short video review of strat VSS 049113 from Vintage series. Played through Fractal Audio Axe FX Ultra. Jamtracks from Total guitar magazine. If you enjoy please LIKE, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE!!! ;)

Neck - Hard Maple
Body - Swamp Ash + Quilt Maple TOP
Fingerboard - Bird's eye maple
Machine head - Schaller LOCK
Bridge - Gotoh 510 tremolo / steel block
Hardware - Chrome
Pickups - Bare knuckle / BKP HB-SC-SC
Fret wire - 2,5 extra hard Frets 22
Scale - 25,5"
Electronic - pasíve : 1x volume 2x tone + 5 way switch
Nut - Graphtech TUSQ XL 43mm
Strings - DR 010-046 Construction Bolt-on
construction - /4x Steel screw , plate
Finish - neck satin lacquer / body High Gloss
Weight - 3,40 kg

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Electric handmade guitar - Sivcak VSS 049113 Vintage Series - video review by guitarist Peter Luha

Robin Burrows: Try Again

Tasty tones, tasty gear equals tasty solo... a good equation

Robin Burrows jamming through one of his tracks.

Lorenzo Venza: classic 80's ballad - excellence endures

Just an improvisation over this classic progression.

John Petrucci: Examining Fretboard Patterns

These videos are bonus content related to the Holiday 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store:

Let's continue with a topic that I addressed in last month's column: focusing on the formation of specific scalar patterns, or "shapes," and how to connect them while traversing the fretboard.

To me, this concept and approach offer a sensible way to practice these ideas/patterns in order to build up one's chops while also increasing overall fretboard awareness and mastery of scales.

The thing I like best about the licks I'm going to show you is that they force you to look at the fretboard beyond playing in a fixed position, or "box" pattern, as the runs move in a more diagonal pattern across the fretboard, which is much more in line with the way that I actually approach the instrument in regard to improvisational soloing.

Wild Stringdom w/John Petrucci - Shape Up Part 2 - Examining Fretboard Patterns

Panos Katseas: hybrid rock metal shred and some Synchronal Steps on Tom Anderson!

Nice set of rock metal licks in hybrid style on a sweet Tom Anderson... I would be happy with that :)

rock Metal shred BT (Panos Katseas)

recall if you will the solo from Alex Argento transcribed for guitar.

Panos Katseas Synchronal Steps (keyboard solo on guitar)

Alex Argento: EGO

Alex Skolnick: Interview with Peavey Hollywood


Interview with Peavey artist Alex Skolnick
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Alex Skolnick at Peavey Hollywood

Martin Miller: announces MMI Palermo Clinic

Martin Miller shared Mmi Palermo's.
So who of my italian friends is coming to my clinic in Palermo on 30th November?

Martin Miller - 'An End In Itself' at

Martin Miller: The Other End

Richard Daudé: Guitar Academy Video #3 - shred!

Masterclasses 2013 with Greg Howe, Patrick Rondat Richard Daudé, Franck Hermanny ... "The Guitar Academy in Nîmes offers courses in acoustic guitar, electric bass courses, .... for all levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) all ages, all styles, Acoustic, Folk, Rock, Metal, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Latin Jazz, etc. ... / Guitar Academy: 23 Bis Boulevard Sergent Triaire 30000 Nimes FR Video filmed and edited by Franck Hermanny

Guitar Academy Video #3 Richard Daude - Plan Shred

Joop Wolters: Ibanez RG721RW

Ibanez RG721RW-CNF (Charcoal Brown Flat)

The RG is the most recognizable and distinctive guitar in the Ibanez line. Three decades of metal have forged this high-performance machine, honing it for both speed and strength. Whether you favour a hardtail (fixed) bridge or our industry-leading locking tremolo system, the RG is a precision instrument.

Premium Fret Edge Treatment

Our luthiers' insane attention to detail is evidenced by the Premium's hand-rolled fret edges. This slow, demanding process makes for a smooth, fast playing neck.

Tight-End R Bridge

The Tight-End R Bridge was designed specifically for the RG flat top. A marked improvement over the conventional fixed bridge, the Tight-End R delivers both playability and rock-solid stability. Saddles firmly locked onto the base plate maximize string vibration transmitted to the body. The smooth bridge surface protects the strumming hand no matter how aggressively you play. Simple saddle height and intonation adjustments ensure accurate set-up.

Ibanez rg721rw shred jam joop

Lindsey Boullt: Gibson and ToneRite endorsements and news of new album

Lindsey Boullt:  HUGE honor to now be part of the Gibson Guitars family & supported by Gibson Brands'—and the Les Paul!

Special thanks to Jenny Marsh, Todd Money, and Jennifer Feeney at Gibson Guitars; and Valerie Waid/CEO at ToneRite.

Looking forward to receiving the Gibson Songwriter Deluxe 12-string to lay down tracks next week with Chris Manning for my upcoming release. Thx Patrick Genovese at Gibson Guitars/Las Vegas!

Massively thrilled & honored to announce my new endorsement - ToneRite, and the innovative technology of the G3 play-in device! The product is taking the world by storm, and includes endorsements from many of the world's top players. 

Valerie Waid/CEO is a go-gettin' badass, and someone to watch for, and follow.
Special Thanks to Valerie Waid & Davian Pagan for this great honor!!!

I am thrilled, honored, and humbled to announce another major recording project of original work featuring:

Jerry Goodman - violin (Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Dregs)
Tony Franklin - Bass (JIMMY PAGE, Whitesnake)
Derek Sherinian - keys (Dream Theater/Kiss)
Atma Anur - drums (everyone)
Chad Wackerman - drums (Allan Holdsworth, Frank Zappa)
Marco Minnemann - drums (Paul Gilbert, Dream Theater)
Faisel Zedan - percussion (Master Arabic drummer)
Ric Fierabracci - bass (grammy nominated artist)

More great unreleased Atma Anur! Here is a killer composition by shredder Lindsey Boullt (who collaborated with Atma for many years). Recorded for a CD back in the 90's...extreme guitar playing! and Atma's unmistakable progressive- fusion- metal groove!! Proving once again that Atma is the premier double bass progressive drummer on the scene!

Olivia - Lindsey Boullt

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart: RUSH: Clockwork Angels Limited Deluxe Edition

RUSH: Clockwork Angels Limited Deluxe Edition – available via only

The Clockwork Angels Tour release will have a limited edition deluxe version that includes all 6 audio & video discs (3 audio discs, 2 DVDs and 1 BluRay- region 0 for all players) put together in a hardcover LP sized book, featuring a double-sided litho designed by Hugh Syme as well as a 36 page tour book with exclusive new photos from the entire tour.

RUSH: Clockwork Angels Tour To Rock Cinemas in Epic One-Night Concert Event on Nov. 18

In celebration of the Clockwork Angels Tour release, Rush is excited to announce that you can re-live it all again with fellow Rush fans (the best fans in the world) at a VIP concert experience! The one-night cinema event "RUSH: Clockwork Angels Tour" will take place on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m. local time.

Pre-recorded in Dallas and Phoenix on the band's extensive "Clockwork Angels Tour," the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees perform such classics such as "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio" and "2112" alongside newly arranged material featuring the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble, which marks the first time the trio has taken additional musicians on stage. This epic concert experience will also include the exclusive premiere of "Can’t Stop Thinking Big" a behind the scenes look at Rush on the road that features behind-the-scenes Rush footage, interviews with all three members and offers a rare glimpse into the band’s touring life.

In the US, the event will be presented in more than 350 select movie theaters through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets for “RUSH: Clockwork Angels Tour” are available online at and at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change)

In Canada, fans can find this concert experience playing in over 90 theatres across the Great White North. Don’t miss it in theatres on November 18th at 7:30 p.m. local time. Tickets are on sale now at

Prashant Aswani: Groove king rocks - performance for DesiUSA TV

Prashant Aswani: Rocks - performance for DesiUSA TV



Chris Duarte: Live - Out NOW On Blues Bureau International Records

Chris Duarte "LIVE" Out NOW On Blues Bureau International Records

"Chris Duarte Group 'Live'" continues in the tradition of smokin' blues with doses of heavy psychedelia throughout.

Chris Duarte Group emerged on the scene out of Austin, Texas in the early 90's and gained notoriety after wowing a packed room of industry insiders at the South X Southwest convention. In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughan's passing, Duarte quickly gained a national reputation as young man imbued with a playing style comparable, at times, to the late guitarist.

After fielding interest from a number of labels, Duarte signed to Silvertone Records and his debut album "Texas Sugar/Strat Magik" reportedly sold in excess of 100,000 units in the United States, no small feet for a blues/rock guitarist. This coupled with Duarte's strong commitment to touring, was the impetus for Chris' winning the "Best New Talent" in Guitar Player's 1995 Reader's Poll. He also finished fourth in the magazine's "Best Blues Guitarist" category that year behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.

Throughout the last decade, Duarte honed his chops as a guitarist, songwriter and singer as he recorded three more critically acclaimed records, "Tailspin Headwhack" in 1997, "Love Is Greater Than Me" in 2000 and "Romp" 2003, the latter two of which were on the Zoe/Rounder label.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Duarte has constantly worked on his growth as a musician and the years of recording culminated purposefully in this past decade's "Blue Velocity", "Vantage Point", "396" with Bluestone Company, "Blues In The Afterburner", "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, All Things Blue", "Infinite Energy" and "My Soul Alone". All records aptly showcases many sides of this brilliant artist in the context of high energy blues rock with moments that bring to mind legendary artists as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robin Trower, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Johnson.

Chris' recordings have always been rooted firmly in the blues with a rock and roll edge which further established Duarte as one of the rare musical talents of his generation. "Chris Duarte Group Live" continues in the tradition of smokin' blues with doses of heavy psychedelia throughout. This CD contains a heavy dose of Duarte's legendary blues guitar chops over a diverse set of grooves and lyrical themes. With more than ten records to his credit with no live CD in his discography, this live CD set is the release for which Duarte fans have been waiting as it shows Duarte in his best light as one of the most impressive guitarists on the rockin' blues scene today.

Chris Duarte: Live


Disc 1:
1. Hideaway
2. Big Legged Woman
3. Ridin'
4. Do The Romp
5. Make Me Feel So Right
6. Bottle Blues
7. Let's Have A Party
8. Still I Think Of You
9. Free For Me
10. One More Cup Of Coffee
11. 101

Disc 2:
1. The Best I Can Do
2. Satisfy
3. People Say
4. Hold Back The Tears
5. Sundown Blues
6. My Way Down
7. Cleopatra
8. Like Eric
9. Hard Mind
10. Alabama

Kara Shred,Phil X: Bon Jovi guitarist pays tribute to Kara Shred, who died suddenly on Sept 19, 2013

Phil X and the late Kara Shred
Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X played his solo at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night, he made a dozen people cry. That’s because the 12 were the only ones to understand the significance of the guitar in his hands.

The semi-hollow electric guitar, with three star-shaped ports, was custom-designed by Mississauga resident Kara Shred, who died suddenly Sept 19.

Kristi Vilmansen-Shred, mother of the 25-year-old’s graphic designer and hobby musician, found her daughter’s body when she went to wake her for work.

“We were told it was probably a congenital heart problem we didn’t know about,” Vilmansen-Shred says. “It’s been staggering.”


The full story

Bon Jovi - WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE - PHIL X - Toronto - 11-02-2013

News: Win a FREE Complete Composers Collection 2!

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Irene Ketikidi: announces free streaming of Distance from Martial Arts & Magic Tricks

Irene Ketikidi currently based in Brooklyn, NY, United States talks about your favourite tracks from here new album.

Top 3 as chosen by you guys:
- Distance
- Yelling Gestures
- Likewise
Thank you so much fir your input!

Distance is still available for free streaming until the end of the month, listen and share if you like it peeps :)

Irene Ketikidi: Martial Arts & Magic Tricks

Ron Thal: Bumblefoot gets a "vigier" carton fretless

Fun show in #KualaLumpur tonight!! My new guitar made out of DURIAN!!! Lol! Terima kasih!#AppetiteForDurian

Javier Reyes: Suspiro (Work in Progress)

Something new I'm working on

Ibanez 8 String LACS RG2228
Dimarzio Ionizers TAM100 setup
Fractal Audio AxeFx II
Port City Pearl Amp 
Port City Wave OS 2x12 Cab
Senheiser 609
Suspiro (Work in Progress)

Javier Reyes, Ortega Guitars JRSM-RWC Demo

Per Nilsson: How the Beer deal will work

I wish to buy you many a beer (to Beer Nilsson)
I can give you my paypal-info, then you can wire me lots of beer-money, I'd love that! I'll post a "thank you"-picture of myself and the beer or if you are very generous I'll shoot a video of myself and the beer (please note I don't do full frontal nudity, only "artsy" stuff)

Don Lappin: West Tide Lesson lesson for

Don Lappin - West Tide Lesson - Part 1: - Don Lappin gives us an introduction to his one-of-a-kind two-hand tapping technique and breaks down a tune called 'West Tide,' off his latest album, Tapped In. Stay tuned for the second half of the West Tide portion of the lesson coming next Thursday! Two-Hand Tapping Technique Introduction: Tabs/Text: Don Lappin Biography: A guitarist since age seven, Instrumental Rock Guitarist Don Lappin began playing professionally at age 11 with an original rock group located in northeastern Ohio. The "Destroyers" gigged continuously and in 1980, were voted into the top 10 original acts in the state. After moving to New England in 1981, Don spent his teenage years with various teachers and bands before attending Berklee College of Music in January of 1990, graduating "summa cum laude" 

Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau: The Ringers Band announce US tour for 2014



Tour Hits Florida, Nashville, Atlanta, DC, Philly, NY and more…
Playing Sunshine Music Festival and a Handful of Shows with moe.

(Los Angeles, CA) There is a buzz echoing through the music scene and the sound is as appealing to the mind as it is to the ears. One of the most talented groups of musicians currently playing together -
THE RINGERS, featuring Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock and Etienne Mbappe, first debuted in early 2013 for a very exclusive tour on the east coast.  The tour proved quite fulfilling for the iconic five-some, bringing together their varied backgrounds of Rock, Funk, Jazz, Blues and African styles.

Now, this group of super-talent will once again hit the road; announcing a U.S. tour for early 2014.  Starting on January 18thThe Ringers will make two special appearances at the Sunshine Music & Blues Festivals in Florida and among other performances, will join American jam-band, moe, as Special Guests on a select number of dates (see below for itinerary details).   In addition, thee band has also announced that it will allow audiences to record the live show as long as the venue permits.

The Ringers line-up will temporarily alter this time around as drummer, Keith Carlock, will be staying close to home, with his expectant wife.  Dynamic musician, drummer, Gary Novak, will take his place for these tour dates.  Carlock, who recommended Novak to fill-in for him, offers these supportive words,

"Unfortunately, I will not be able to join my band mates on this January/ February tour. My wife and I are expecting our second child to arrive during that time, so I will be staying home for that!  I look forward to joining Jimmy, Wayne, Mike, and Etienne again as soon as possible! "   
- Keith Carlock

The original concept behind The Ringers was to bring five guys together, not to just perform as a super-group, but to work “as a unifying artistic force, one where people put music ahead of their egos to collectively create great music.”   These five veteran musicians will perform together on new Ringers material written exclusively for this band, as well as each individual’s solo material, covers tunes chosen by the players and brand new tunes each artist will debut for the live audience. The Ringers are also planning to record an album of originals, for release in 2014.

Jimmy Herringas the founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Project Z and Jazz is Dead, in addition to playing with everyone from The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead to Phil Lesh and Friends, and Béla Fleck, has made his indelible impact on the music world. He currently serves as the lead guitarist for the very popular American Band, Widespread Panic and released his second solo album, Subject To Change Without Notice, last year.

Wayne Krantz released his tenth album, Howie 61, last year to glowing critical praise.  Krantz has played with Randy Brecker, Leni Stern and Steely Dan, among others.  Through a succession of highly lauded solo recordings, Krantz has continuously evolved as an artist - pushing himself in new and exciting directions. Revered for his forward-thinking approach to improvisation (brilliantly documented in his 2004 book An Improviser’s OS), Krantz has fearlessly branched into new areas, while consistently skirting the edges of jazz, rock and fusion.

Musician and composer, Michael Landau, is a prolific session guitarist and performer who has played on hundreds of records since the 1980s, some session highlights include:  Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. He has toured with Robben Ford, the Steve Gadd Band, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and his own project The Michael Landau Group.  With many recordings under his name, the latest being ‘Organic Instrumentals’, his music flows intensely ranging from spooky ballads with beautiful improvisation to intense Rock ‘n’ Roll with vocals. 

Bass player, Etienne Mbappe, is best known for his years with the Zawinul Syndicate.  In the 80’s he was the masterpiece of the jazz fusion band Ultramarine which incorporated jazz with elements of African and Caribbean influences.  He also played with Ray Charles on his last album and is currently a member of John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension.

Gary Novak, an amazing drummer, began his career at the young age of 10, playing in his famous pianist father’s (Larry Novak) trio in Chicago.  Novak has recorded and/or toured with such musical luminaries as Chick Corea, Alanis Morrisette, Allan Holdsworth, Andrew WK, Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, George Benson and Anita Baker along with many more.

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THE RINGERS Tour Itinerary:
January 18           Sunshine Music & Blues Festival              Boca Raton, FL *
January 19           Sunshine Music & Blues Festival              St. Petersburg, FL *
January 22           3rd & Lindsley                                              Nashville, TN
January 23           Terminal West                                             Atlanta, GA
January 24           Georgia Theatre                                          Athens, GA
January 25           WorkPlay Soundstage                                Birmingham, AL
January 29           The Music Farm                                          Charleston, SC **
January 30           The Fillmore                                                 Charlotte, NC **
January 31           The Grey Eagle                                            Asheville, NC 
February 1          The Lincoln Theatre                                      Raleigh, NC
February 4          World Cafe Live (Downstairs)                     Philadelphia, PA
February 5          The Howard Theatre                                     Washington, DC
February 6          BB King's                                                       New York, NY
February 8          StageOne                                                      Fairfield, CT

*Sunshine Music and Blues Festival:

**dates with Moe