Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Jason Becker: new Carvin signature numbered guitar at NAMM!!!

Jason Becker
My new Carvin signature numbered guitar at NAMM!!! It comes with two Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn pickups. Thank you so much Richard Cruz Jr. and Albert Comas for getting this all started, and for being my guys at Carvin Guitars! Thank youJeff Kiesel for making a fantastic guitar!

actual show snap shot

News: ESP Guitars: Japan Custom Shop Tour

For the first time ever, ESP has released an in-depth video profile of our world renowned ESP Custom Shop, the birthplace of custom instruments played by rock legends on countless classic recordings and in concert! These same luthiers build the custom orders placed thorough any authorized ESP retailer. In this video, the focus is on the 2015 Exhibition Limited Series that will be on display at NAMM 2015 for our 40th anniversary celebrations. More info on ESP:

ESP Guitars: Japan Custom Shop Tour

Steve Vai: MI - Conversation with Steve Vai

MI students attended this intimate conversation with Guitar legend, Steve Vai. Steve delves into the perils of ego, the addiction of monogamy and why he always avoids drugs. He also shares some inspiring insight into his creativity and playing methods. Only at MI.

Conversation with Steve Vai Part One

Conversation with Steve Vai Part Two

Hikaru Tanimoto: World Music Session(Arab,India,Japan) on Flute and Guitar

Playing ethnic music on flute and guitar.
No synthesizer, no overdub, just two players on stage.
The guitarist uses "E-bow", "slide-bar" and "Electro Harmonix Ravish Sitar" to make ethnic sounds.
シンセサイザー、多重録音は使用せずにフルートとギターのみで民族音楽を演奏していま­す。エスニックサウンドを表現するためにE-bow, スライドバー、Electro Harmonix Ravish Sitarを使用しています。

World Music Session(Arab,India,Japan) on Flute and Guitar

Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann: "Culture Clash" - Full Song CD/DVD Preview

The Aristocrats - "Culture Clash" - Full Song CD/DVD Preview
A complete song preview from The Aristocrats' new live CD/DVD "Culture Clash Live". Available at http://thearistocrats.spins­

Guthrie Govan - guitar
Bryan Beller - bass
Marco Minnemann - drums

Edited by Dave Foster.

Release date: January 20, 2015
(pre-orders ok before then)

News: Kiesel Guitars and Carvin Guitars interview with owners Mark and Jeff Kiesel

Interview with Mark and Jeff Kiesel as they break the BIG and EXCITING news announcing the Kiesel Guitars name and branching the guitar division off as it's own company.

After almost 70 years designing and manufacturing high quality, USA-made instruments, Carvin Corporation’s guitar and bass Custom Shop division is being separated into its own company, to be known as Kiesel Custom Guitars. This will allow the Custom Shop’s talented designers, builders and other staff to focus exclusively on creating the world-class instruments the company is known for. The original Kiesel brand name was launched in 1946 by family patriarch Lowell Kiesel as the L.C. Kiesel Company, and was renamed “Carvin” in 1949 when the company launched its innovative direct-sales business model, so returning to the “Kiesel” name is an homage to the company founder, who passed away in 2009. Originally, the company began by selling pickups, steel guitars and tube amplifiers, many of which are still in existence today, and later expanded into electric guitars and basses, solid-state amps, audio gear and accessories. Mark Kiesel, son of Lowell, has been in charge of guitar production since leaving the aerospace industry in 1970 to join the family business, and pioneered countless innovations in the stringed instrument industry over the years. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Mark personally designed and built every instrument that passed through the Custom Shop, and as the popularity of the brand exploded in the late 1980s, a whole team of talented luthiers, painters, engineers, technicians and other staff joined the company. Mark’s son, Jeff Kiesel, has been with the company for over 20 years, and under Mark’s tutelage, has acquired a wealth of knowledge in the design and construction of stringed instruments. His innovative and exciting new instrument designs, new features and options as well as streamlined manufacturing processes have reinvigorated the Custom Shop, and created excitement among the Custom Shop’s countless players and fans. Many new artists and endorsers have been attracted, bringing with them new ideas and opportunities, as well as exposing the brand to the next generation of players and performers. The Carvin brand name for instruments is exclusively owned by Kiesel Guitars and will continue to be made along side some Kiesel branded instruments. Kiesel Guitars is retaining the current staff and Production will continue at current location.

Mark Kiesel, President says: “I have loved this business from the time I started working part time for my dad in the 60’s. Later in 1970 after working full time as a design draftsman for a large aero-space company, I was asked by my brother, Carson to quit my job and work full time at Carvin to run the guitar department. It’s been a fun process to grow our guitar sales from miniscule to what they are today. If my Dad was still with us he would be proud to see his original KIESEL logo in use again. The coolest thing for me is to see how passionate my son Jeff is about designing and building guitars. And now my grandson Zak is working part time. How cool is that! When you are as passionate as we are about designing and building instruments, having our own company to focus entirely on guitars and basses is a dream come true!”

Jeff Kiesel, V.P. says: “This is an amazing time for us and I am really excited about our future. With this change it will remove distractions for the both of us and allow us to focus on what we love and are best at. The Instruments we are building today are far superior to anything we built in years past, its fun to work on projects together and bounce ideas off each other and constantly push the envelope of development and quality. My kids both play guitar and currently my son Zak works here part time, since Zak was about three years old he has wanted to design and build guitars alongside myself and my dad. We all really enjoy what we do and this will allow us to be even better at it.”

Carvin Audio and Amplifier products will continue to be manufactured under the direction of other members of the Kiesel family.

To Contact Kiesel Guitars / Carvin Guitars:
Phone - 858 GUITARS (484-8277)
Web -
Social Media - or

Sam Bell: Terrifying Tapping Insta-Noodle

Free Lick!

This tapping lick is based around the chords Fmaj7, G7, Abmaj7 and Bb7. Each arpeggio is using string skipping patterns that move up the neck using two notes per string played by the left hand and one note per string on the right hand. On the G7 arpeggio I throw in a chromatic legato line for variety. I hope you enjoy this lick!

News: Orange Music Education Launch The World’s First MUSICBOARD®

Orange Music Education Launch The World’s First MUSICBOARD®

The Orange MUSICBOARD® is set to redefine the way in which music theory is taught. Working with music teaching professionals all over Europe, Orange are proud to launch the world’s first truly interactive music theory teaching tool, using innovative, patented technology to make teaching and learning music kinesthetic and more enjoyable.

The Orange MUSICBOARD® is a fully interactive educational tool aimed at inspiring a new generation of students to excel in music theory lessons. It enables them to engage with harmonies, notes, rhythms and chords in both visual and audible ways and using Orange’s note detecting cordless wands, both students and teachers can play notes together and discover what they should sound like improving aural awareness.

The simple to install wall-mounted, height adjustable board features a built-in 61 note polyphonic weighted keyboard so hand positions and note pitches can be demonstrated to a whole class with ease. The Board enables teachers to demonstrate key signatures audibly, helping students to work out scales in both major and minor keys. Students can practise transposing music across three staves as the board has the ability to change clefs. Chordal work, harmonies, natural minor scales and metronome functionality are all features that can be demonstrated and used by the students in real time. A large digital built-in tuner for voice and acoustic instruments has been added while guitarists can also plug directly into the board to tune and play through the built-in stereo speakers. There is also Bluetooth connectivity allowing music to be played through the board for class interaction.

Orange Amplification will be showing the MUSICBOARD® and other new products at their Booth 4890 Hall C at Winter NAMM 2015. For further information please visit

NAMM: Orange Amplification Launch Tangle-Free Twister Cable®

Orange Amplification Launch Tangle-Free Twister Cable®

With a world first, Orange Amplification has solved the perennial problem of instrument cables tangling and kinking, with the launch of the new Orange Twister Cable®. This age old problem has frustrated musicians and inventors since the dawn of electrified music and Orange has had to think outside the box to create a solution that provides freedom of movement on stage without the need for a digital wireless unit.

True performers are not static and cables can knot and prevent them from moving and turning on stage. The innovative Twister Cable® incorporates a unique Twister module (patents applied for) which rotates freely preventing the cable from tangling and kinking.

The Twister module itself is machined from high quality, lightweight, aircraft grade aluminium, incorporating three sealed internal precision ball races ensuring a robust and reliable cable for performing musicians. The signal transmitted remains unaffected and uninterrupted due to the unit’s extremely low noise factor. Featuring the highest grade of oxygen-free copper cabling, the new Twister Cables achieve the same high performance of signal transmission as Orange’s existing Professional Cable range, ensuring optimum clarity and articulation with the additional benefit of tangle-free operation.

Features include:
· Prevents cables from tangling in use, without the need for wireless technology.
· Durable precision aluminium casing with three internal ball races.
· Superior low noise transmission of sound with excellent frequency response.
· Available as part of the Orange Professional Cable range in instrument and microphone configurations with genuine Neutrik connectors.
· Twister module is available in black or silver finishings.

The Orange Twister Cable® is available to purchase from Feb/ March 2015.

Orange Amplification will be showing the Orange Twister Cable® and all their other new products at their Booth 4890 Hall C at Winter NAMM 2015. For Further information please visit

News: Orange Amplification Launch the Orange Rock Guitar Syllabus

Orange Amplification Launch the Orange Rock Guitar Syllabus

Created by experienced professionals to be fun and easy to follow, the Orange Rock Guitar Syllabus is an exciting new way to learn rock guitar online and across portable devices.

Split into just three courses, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, the Orange Rock Guitar syllabus offers learners an easy to use platform in which to develop their rock guitar abilities by allowing players to learn direct from the website - anytime via their phone, desktop or tablet. The course covers everything from basic chords, strumming patterns and scales, gently building players up to more advanced techniques such as two-hand tapping and bar chords.

Starting with the sixteen-part beginner course, the syllabus will slowly help you build up your confidence and knowledge through a series of high definition video tutorials and tracks to play along to. Each lesson includes handy material for you to read, teacher videos with hints and tips, and all the relevant music theory explained in an easy to understand way with a choice of tablature and notation materials. The videos also feature Orange Ambassadors such as Fall Out Boy’s guitarist Joe Trohman, with more ambassadors lining up to record new videos in the near future.

The Orange Rock Guitar syllabus is available as an online course or in paperback format. Either way, guitarists can use the online tuition videos to guide them through every step of the learning process, which can be watched over and over again in their own time to help them gain confidence and master the instrument. Once a course is complete, players are rewarded with an official certificate. Students will also get free access to our teachers to ask any questions to help them progress.

Orange Amplification will be exhibiting on Booth 4890 Hall C at Winter NAMM 2015. For further information please visit:

NAMM: Orange Amplification Launch New Crush Amplifiers

Orange Amplification Launch New Crush Amplifiers

Orange is proud to announce their latest combos with the launch of the new 2015 Crush series. Redefining the benchmark for practice amplifiers, the Crush 12, Crush 20, Crush 20RT and Crush 35RT are primed to introduce guitarists of all levels to the signature Orange sound, whilst offering a genuine alternative to digital modelling.

Building on the success of the critically acclaimed Crush Pro range, Orange has opened up the same high gain, four stage preamp design to the new Crush series, capturing the Dirty channel of their iconic Rockerverb in solid state form. Combined Orange’s custom Voice of the WorldTM speakers, the new Crush deliver gut-punching tones with highly responsive overdrive and levels of detailed saturation never before heard in a practice amplifier.

All models feature Orange’s new CabSim circuit which faithfully emulates the muscle of an Orange 4x12" cabinet through the headphone/line output, whilst channel switching is available on 20W and 35W models. RT versions feature onboard reverb and an integrated chromatic tuner. The Crush 35RT also includes a fully buffered low-impedance effects loop and more than enough output for the rehearsal room.

With refined styling, rock-solid build quality and enormous, wide-ranging tones, the new Crush takes players back to the heady, no-nonsense days of straight ahead, ‘plug and play’ analogue amps.

Key Features:
· New high gain preamp design (Crush 20/20RT/35RT)
· Footswitchable channels (Crush 20/20RT/35RT)
· Analogue signal path
· Custom Orange Voice of the WorldTM speakers
· CabSim loaded headphone/line output
· Free access to the online beginner Orange Rock Guitar Syllabus ( when registering on

Orange Amplification will be showing the New Crush Amplifier series and all their other new products at their Booth 4890 Hall C at Winter NAMM 2015. The series is available from January 22nd 2015.

For more information including audio samples and high resolution images please visit: