Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Sam Bell: Dimarzio Evolution (neck) and FRED (bridge) - Ibanez RG2550

Sam Bell
I had a few requests to demo my two new additions to my Ibanez RG2550. The Dimarzio Evolution (neck) and FRED (bridge).Hopefully you can see and hear in the video where I change pickup. Can anybody recommend a single coil I could get for the middle position?

Dimarzio Evolution and FRED Pickup Test Solo - Sam Bell

Noodling over one of my backing tracks.
Find the backing track here: http://youtu.be/q-tp_D9jB-w

Sam Bell Improv

Ronny Jordan: Acid jazz guitarist has passed away, aged 51. RIP

Ronny Jordan RIP

Dear Friends, Family and Well Wishers

It is with our deep regret that Ronny Jordan has recently passed away. We are still coming to terms with the loss of our brother.

We are taking steps to manage Ronny's personal affairs and so we ask if you could kindly bear with us as we deal with his matters in the background. We appreciate that Ronny has got many fans around the world and so we ask that you keep an eye out for further announcements in relation to his funeral arrangements.

In the meantime, tributes to Ronny can be left on this FB page.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

With every blessings and love..

Rickey and Denise
Brother and Sister

14th January 2014

Andy James: Its competition time!!! Win free stuff of huge proportions!

Andy James Competition
Andy James

Its competition time!!! Check it out, get those fretboards oiled and hit RECORD! Cant wait to hear the submissions!

Full details here:  Guitar Solo Competition

Record a video of you playing your own solo over Andy's brand new track ' Criminally Insane'.

Download the track, backing track and notes here-

Here is the correct link for the download!


Any issues with the download follow these instructions:
PC users can 'ctrl+click' to download
Mac users can 'right click' to download
In this zip folder you will find:

- Andy James - Criminally Insane.PDF of the main theme
- Criminally Insane.mp3 full track
- Criminally Insane Andy James Guitar Academy Backing Track (solo section).wav

Upload it to YouTube with 'Andy James Solo Competition - Your Name as the title

and include https://andyjamesguitaracademy.com in the first line of your description

and then email the link to nick@andyjamesguitaracademy.com with the subject title - 'Solo Submission'

in 30 days Andy will choose the top three.

* You must be a subscriber to www.andyjamesguitaracademy.com to enter. To do so just visit the site and register your name and email.

Prize #1 - One year Access All Areas membership to the Andy James Guitar Academy with all updates - A signed Psychic Transfusion EP - 5 Andy James Signature Dunlop picks
Prize #2 - A signed Psychic Transfusion EP - 5 Andy James Signature Dunlop picks
Prize #3 - 5 Andy James Signature Dunlop picks

Performance notes:
Solo section at 02:54 - 03:32.
Chord Progression: C5, G5, B5, E5 (repeat throughout solo)
Andy's uses a unique approach to scale-based soloing, utilising intervallic variations of E Aeolian and E Minor Pentatonic.

His playing is articulate but not strictly clinical, leaving room for technical inconsistencies and his own flair and feel.

The solo is loosely based around Em Pentatonic, with runs ala John Petrucci and Zakk Wylde, a sound mimicked by his use of Wah.

Andy tends to ascend using strictly pentatonic or linear scale runs, while descending with wider intervallic patterns.

Good luck! Cant wait to hear what you guys come up with!



Nili Brosh: EMG - EMG Pickups artist meet Nili at NAMM

In case you missed my post about it the other day, I'm very excited to announce that I am now officially an EMG Pickups artist! And as an added bonus, I will be signing at their booth at NAMM (that's booth 4784) with Tony MacAlpine and Phil Demmel (Machine Head) on Saturday at 4 pm. Come say hello!!

EMG Pickups

We are ecstatic to officially announce the signing of the amazing Nili Brosh to the EMG Artist roster! Nili is most notably known for her time spent with the The Iron Maidens and more recently as a member of the Tony MacAlpine band and the rock band Vigilant w/ EMG Artist Jon Reshard, but she is also an incredible solo artist and is in the process of finishing up her sophomore solo record entitled...See more

— with Nili Brosh.

Jeff Loomis: Schecter - JL 1

Jeff Loomis Time to plan ahead and get the booth numbers... this time Ms. A Metal posts the NAMM schedule. Ms. A Metal consistently supports the best players, and is a dab hand at web site construction ! So kudos for the information!

Jeff Loomis The NAMM Show 2014 Schedule [flyer by: Ms. A Metal @ms_anthrope]

JL 1

Freddy Saunder: Timber Tones - Jazzy Tones Max and Elements UK | History Repeating

Inspired by the likes of Guthrie Govan and Eddie Van Halen, Freddy Saunder's mastery of guitar techniques and the versatility of his tones are a truly amazing thing to see, and his diverse and eclectic tastes make him the perfect tone explorer.

Hailing from local Brighton, Freddy currently plays in Progressive Metal band Elements

Elements UK | History Repeating (Official Music Video)

of which he recently released a compilation of solos on his https://www.youtube.com/user/FreddyVanHalen5150. If you like guitar in any way, this is worth a watch. Freddy also plays in Indie/80's band Clockwork Orange.

Being the explorer he is, Freddy uses a wide variety of our picks, but the Jazzy Tones (Max) have quickly become his signature plectrums. He praises them for "great feel and attack", adding that they "look incredible".

Timber Tones - Jazzy Tones Max - Overview

News: Just when you thought things in the music industry could not get any worse.

Meeting You After Midnight - Jason Romo


What should be done to stop piracy?
I don't make a big deal about piracy. If people feel that taking money from me to pay for an extra Big Mac helps them sleep better than they need it more than me. Because you know what? As long as they can steal they will find a way. No matter what we do they will find away around it. I am sorry the Security Consultant side of me says do a little to stop it, but I am not going to go nuts. I am not going to sue them. Because really if they enjoy it and pass it on maybe someone else will buy my music. I write music for me. I think it is great people enjoy it and listen. If they have a moment and connect with my music I did my job. Should I get paid? Sure if they can afford it. Plus yes I have to eat also. But I think the number of people committing piracy is not enough to justify the cost for me. Maybe one day that will change. http://www.whohub.com/jasonromo

Marco Sfogli

The most incredible shit happens, I never thought anything like this could ever happen and indeed it happened. Some glorious ass I don't even want to mention picked up reMarcoble exactly like it is, printed his own cover and changed songs names and put it out on iTunes under his name. And scrolling his previous records on iTunes there's Andromeda as well, plus some friend's tunes. Jesus Christ!

Note all the websites have gone off line since this was published

News: Download the 2014 NAMM Show Mobile App

The 2014 NAMM Show mobile app is now available. Download it and navigate the show like a pro with all of its helpful features:
Browse exhibitors, mark them as favorites and interactively locate them on the exhibit hall map
Create a personal schedule by adding program sessions automatically to the app “My Schedule” button with the tap of the star in the listings
Sync your personal app schedule across multiple devices
Reference helpful maps to find your way around the show, map to meeting rooms and check out the best routes across the exhibit hall based on your location
Stay up-to-date with real time alerts
Follow the social media buzz on Facebook and Twitter—add to the conversation using #NAMM
Browse local places, reference general information about the conference and much more!

A Few Tips
If the arrows at the top of the screen are red, there is an update available. The app needs a bit of connectivity to run updates, so be sure to prompt a refresh when you know you have connectivity. If your updates run too long, just cancel them for later.
For technical assistance, please contact support@core-apps.com.

Downloading the App Is Easy

For all web-enabled devices, simply point your mobile browser to m.core-apps.com/namm2014 to be automatically directed to the proper download version of the app. Bookmark this site for future use and easy reference.

Get the app today and prepare to amplify your business at the 2014 NAMM Show, January 23–26, in Anaheim, California!

Yngwie Malmsteen: Alcatrazz Guitar Solo Medley 1984 - the soloing that made him a star!

0:00 Too young to die,1:15 Hiroshima mon amour,2:08 Big foot,3:31 Island in the sun,4:15 KREE NAKOORIE,6:21 Guitar solo,8:19 Coming bach,10:25 Since you've been gone,10:39Suffer me,12:25 Evil eye,13:05 LOST IN HOLLYWOOD, 14:51Ending credits
Alcatrazz Live at NAKANO SUNPLAZA in TOKYO, JAPAN 1984 Jan.
192kbps 96khz stereo
Alcatrazz Guitar Solo Medley 1984 Yngwie Malmsteen Kree Nakoorie

Kostas Karamitroudis: Gus G - announces debut solo and NAMM Signings And Performance

GUS G. Premieres "My Will Be Done" Music Video.  Debut Solo Album 'I AM THE FIRE' Set For March 18 Release. Lead Single "I Am The Fire (featuring DEVOUR THE DAY)". To Be Released Digitally February 25. NAMM Signings And Performance Announced

Guitar virtuoso GUS G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, is proud to announce the March 18, 2014 release of his debut solo album 'I AM THE FIRE' in North America. The album will be released internationally on Century Media Records, and will come out March 17 in Europe.

A first song from the album can now be heard via the video for the album's opening track "My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)", which was produced by Patric Ullaeus / revolver.se [Within Temptation, In Flames, Lacuna Coil].

Says GUS G. of the song and album: "I hope you all enjoy the first taste of things to come. 'My Will Be Done' is a cool rock track with a modern edge to it... Looking back, I can't believe all the great musicians that got on board for this album. Everybody brought in their unmistakable style and talent and they really lifted the songs! Check it out and enjoy the music!"

GUS G. will be attending the 2014 NAMM convention, which runs January 23 - 26, 2014, in Anaheim, CA. In addition to signing sessions at ESP Guitars [January 24, 2pm] and Blackstar Amps [January 25, 1pm], Gus will also appear as guest at the RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED tribute concert at The Observatory in Santa Ana, January 25. Other guests include Nuno Bettencourt [Extreme / Rihanna], Phil Demmel [Machine Head], Marty Friedmann, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal [Guns N' Roses] and more.

Gus handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on 'I AM THE FIRE', and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that help bring his vision to fruition: drummers JEFF FRIEDL [A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo] and DANIEL ERLANDSSON [Arch Enemy], bassists DAVID ELLEFSON [Megadeth], BILLY SHEEHAN [Mr. Big, David Lee Roth] and MARTY O'BRIEN [Tommy Lee, We Are The Fallen], and vocalists MATS LEVEN [Clandesmass, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen/Therion], BLAKE ALLISON [Devour The Day], MICHAEL STARR [Steel Panther], ALEXIA RODRIGUEZ [Eyes Set To Kill], TOM S. ENGLUND [Evergrey], JACOB BUNTON [Adler] and JEFF SCOTT SOTO [Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Journey].

'I AM THE FIRE' was mixed by Jay Ruston [Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther] and was recorded between Los Angeles and Gus' home country of Greece through the latter half of 2013. A few of the album's tracks include "Eyes Wide Open," "Redemption," "End Of The Line" and "Blame It On Me." The album showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey and opening doors to GUS G.'s soulful playing.

The album's first commercial single - title track "I Am The Fire (featuring DEVOUR THE DAY)" - will be released digitally February 25 in North America.

GUS G. has had an amazing rise within the worldwide rock and metal scenes and has amassed an impressive body of work, both in studio and touring. He emerged as an up-and-coming talent with the groups DREAM EVIL [Sweden], MYSTIC PROPHECY [German] and NIGHTRAGE [Greece], but it is his work with his own band FIREWIND (who have released seven studio albums and two live releases) and as a member of OZZY OSBOURNE's band that have helped him emerge as one of the world's top metal and rock guitarists. His work on OZZY's 'Scream' album led to a Grammy nomination in 2010, and his list of accolades includes Guitar Player Magazine's Best Metal Guitarist, the Dimebag Darrell Shredder award at the Metal Hammer UK Golden Gods Awards, and Metal Hammer Greece Best Guitarist on four separate occasions.

GUS G. online:

News: Fargen Amps Launches new 2014 Product Line at NAMM

SACRAMENTO, CA - To celebrate Fargen Custom Shop's 15th year of crafting some the world’s finest USA built tube guitar amplifiers, they announced the limited edition red/white/blue High Gain Classic 50. Ben Fargen has pulled out all the stops and rolled 15 years of high-gain Custom Shop builds into this 15-piece exclusive run of amplifiers. Classic rock through pure molten metal lava only scratches the tonal surface of what this modern masterpiece can achieve. Classic 3 x 12AX7 preamp gain staging, 12AX7 tube buffered FX loop with true bypass switch, foot switchable dual master volume coupled with a 50 watt classic 2 x 6CA4/EL34 power amp makes for the ultimate powerhouse amp head. The High Gain Classic 50 is available on the Fargen website and at select authorized dealers, in red, white or blue tolex, with Fargen producing five of each color. MSRP $3,499.

Fargen also announced two new additions to its standard retail line. Its first jazz amp is presented in a lightweight grab and go combo that weighs under 25 pounds, and offers pure tube tone. Fargen has
developed its first ever tube/ solid state hybrid design. The brand new Fargen Jazz Custom SE combo features a pure high voltage hand-wired tube preamp feeding an ultra-efficient lightweight 50W class D power amp, through two ultra-efficient 8" full range speakers. Now, jazz guitar players, and any player needing great clean headroom tone, can have pure boutique tube amp tones in a super lightweight and compact design. This amp brings fresh new traditional vintage & modern jazz-style tones inspired by the classic 60's blackface all-tube preamp architecture. MSRP $1,599.

The Townhouse 20 is the new "gig ready" edition to the Fargen Amps lineup for Winter 2014. Following on the success of the micro-sized class A Townhouse 5 watt head (released at Summer NAMM 2013), the Townhouse 20 sports a new 2 x 6V6 20-watt power amp in a brand new compact 1 x 12" grab-and-gig compact combo design, while offering hand-built, made in the USA boutique tube amp quality and tone. The two-way Decade Switch features a 50′s setting with vintage tweed-inspired tones, and a 60′s setting inspired by brownface tones. The Townhouse 20 is like two-amps-in-one, at a reasonable price considering its boutique essence. MSRP $1,599.

Finally, Fargen has reissued its J&J Overdrive pedal, originally marketed under the Sonic Edge brand. The new J&J is based on the same circuit as the original, and is now hand crafted in the USA. This marks the second Sonic Edge pedal reissued and branded as Fargen. MSRP $189.

"We're kicking-off our 15th anniversary year in a big way, with an exciting limited-edition high gainer and a cool, warm jazz box - two firsts for us in terms of production amps" said Ben Fargen, founder. "The Townhouse 20 is a nice extension of the 5W Townhouse, for our customers who love Townhouse but are looking for a little more, but still at a reasonable price for a boutique amp", says Ben.


Jazz Custom SE
New compact 2 x 8" combo amp design
Front panel bright switch
SoZo Bluemold vintage style capacitors
Fargen Custom Shop resistors
1/8″ aluminum chassis
Dimensions: 20”W X 17”H X 10″D
Weight: 22lbs.
Output Power: 50 watts
4 and 8 ohm output taps
Tube Complement (2) 12AX7
Class: D power amp
Front Panel Layout & Equalization: volume, bright switch, treble, mid, bass

Fargen Townhouse 20
20 watt 2 x 6V6 power amp
2 x 12AX7 preamp design
GZ34 rectifier
Controls: Vol Decade Tone Master
16g aluminum chassis
Mercury custom vintage replica transformers
Fargen Custom shop carbon comp resistors
SoZo Vintage signal capacitors
New vintage compact style combo aesthetics
Hand wired vintage layout and construction

High Gain Classic 50
12AX7 tube buffered FX loop with true bypass switch,
Foot switchable dual master volume (rhythm/lead)
Custom 50W transformer set
SoZo vintage style mustard capacitors
Fargen Custom Shop resistors
DC Filaments for ultra-quiet operation
1/8″ aluminum chassis for the true vintage British amp sound
Color options:
Vintage elephant red (5)
Vintage bone (5)
Vintage deep blue (5)
Dimensions: 25 x 9 x 10"
Weight: 38lbs.
Output Power: 50 watts
Tube Complement: (4) 12AX7, (2) 6CA7/EL34
Will also run KT66,KT77,6550,6L6
Class – Push Pull AB (Vintage Plexi )
Front Panel Layout & Equalization – Volume, Master 1, Master 2, Treble, Bass, Mid, Presence

For more information on Fargen, please visit www.fargenamps.com

Or visit their booth at NAMM #2390

Fabrizio Leo: live at the bluehouse and news on an upcoming release

Rumour has it that Fabrizio Leo has a brand new album ready, fully laden with sultry guitar licks and classy tunes. More news and details when I have it.

While we wait for that release, here are a set of tunes from two years ago recorded live at the blueshouse.

Eyes of ice Fabrizio Leo Live@blueshouse

SR Fabrizio Leo Live@blueshouse

Money zero Fabrizio Leo Live@blueshouse