Saturday, 19 November 2016

PRS: PRS Guitars Unveils 2017 Updates for Core and S2 Series Electric Guitars

PRS Guitars Unveils 2017 Updates for Core and S2 Series Electric Guitars

(STEVENSVILLE, MD) November 17, 2016 – Last month saw the release of the 2017 PRS SE Series, which included new pickups and a new headstock design. PRS Guitars has now unveiled the Core and S2 Series electric guitar line up for 2017, which brings with it both entirely new models and some subtle refinements that highlight the company’s innovative spirit and dedication to the details. The highlights for 2017 include the introduction of the McCarty Singlecut 594, 509, Santana Retro, and Gen III tremolo bridge in Core and new pickups for the S2 Series.

Singlecut McCarty 594

With endorsements from artists like John Mayer, John Wesley Dearth, and Jimmy Herring, the McCarty 594 saw a great reception in 2016. For 2017, PRS has introduced a single-cutaway version of the 594 as both the November Private Stock Guitar of the Month and a new Core model. The 594 family embodies vintage tone and feel while incorporating modern manufacturing techniques that deliver superior playability. Here is what some artists have been saying about the 594:

“To hear that old PAF sound but be able to articulate the notes in a way that only modern manufacturing could allow is so exciting,” said John Mayer.

“It’s kinda freaking me out a bit. Causing me to re-think my touring set...I am a bit stunned. The 594 sounded like a good concept on paper, but, just wow. This is killer,” reacted John Wesley Dearth (Porcupine Tree).

“I love the two volume/two tone layout, while still keeping the overall feel of PRS,” offered Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic, the Ringers).

The addition of the McCarty Singlecut 594 will be sure to turn some more heads.


The 509 is another new model for 2017 that began as a Private Stock Guitar of the Month. One of the most versatile guitars in the PRS Core line up, the 509 starts with a 5 single coil platform – with the outside four coils grouped as humbuckers. The addition of the 509’s innovative switching system (a 5-way blade switch and two mini-toggle coil-tap switches), gives players an array of humbucking, singlecoil, and blended tones. Additional unique appointments include a longer 25.25” scale length, which adds some upper harmonic sparkle, and the PRS Gen III Patented Tremolo (more on that below).

“The 509 is a "Swiss-army-knife" five pickup/nine sound instrument with a highly-usable switching system that has evolved in recent years through experimentation, feedback, and experience. I believe the 509 will feel right at home to players who want a longer 25.25” scale guitar with this pickup configuration, but also want several more musical sounds,” said Paul Reed Smith.

Players familiar with PRS will recognize this as a marriage of the company’s 513 and 408 models that celebrates the best of those two models in one guitar.

Santana Retro

The last major update to the PRS Core line lies with the company’s longest-running artist signature model: the Santana. The 2017 Santana model has been reintroduced as the Santana Retro, a model previously only available through the Private Stock program. Based directly off of Santana’s “Pre-Factory” guitar, the Santana features several design elements from the early 1980’s, including a deeper body carve and scoop, an original style heel, and the original headstock shape and nut placement. For players interested in historical specs and a guitar that in many ways started PRS, check out the 2017 Santana Retro.

The Details

Throughout the Core line, there are also more subtle details being announced, including the PRS Patented Gen III Tremolo and piezo model shake up. The PRS Patented Gen III tremolo, which will now come standard on all trem-equipped models except for the DGT, maintains the functionality and incorporation of brass and unplated components of PRS’s tremolo, but also has some notable updates that further support the fidelity of the guitar’s tone and maximize sustain. Updates include redesigned mounting screws with larger thread and a larger custom head. This update increases the mass of the screw by 50% and creates 32% more contact from the screw to the guitar’s body, notably increasing the harmonics and sustain of the guitar. Groves have also been added to the bridge plate that match the saddle height adjustment screws’ radius, again for more contact between the components. Also on the Core line, the piezo-equipped P22 and P24 have been rebranded as the Custom 22 Piezo and Custom 24 Piezo respectively, and the popular Hollowbody II is being offered with or without the piezo option.

In the S2 Series, S2 Custom and Standard models will now come outfitted with 85/15 “S” pickups. 85/15 “S” pickups are modeled after the 85/15 pickups Paul Reed Smith designed for PRS’s 30th Anniversary and offer remarkable clarity and extended high and low end. All-mahogany models in the S2 Series (Standards, Mira, Starla, and Vela) are now offered solely with dot inlays. Check out the full line of Core and S2 Series instruments here:

Though there are no introductions in the Private Stock or Amplifier categories at this time, Private Stock is still finishing out its 20thAnniversary Guitar of the Month celebration and there have been recent whispers in the amp world. More introductions before the 2017 Winter NAMM show are anticipated. In the meantime, check out the complete PRS offering at

Jack Thammarat: 'Right Of Return' from

Pick Up Your Guitar, Crank The Speakers And Jam Like Jack!

When Jack Thammarat rocks up with a brand new track everyone instantly stops to listen, while the guitar playing enthusiast asks us for the official TAB/notation! Good news, as Jack is back and once again shows what an incredible songwriter he is with his brand new release titled 'Right Of Return' and we have all the tools you need to learn it!

This is a rollercoaster of a track featuring some really amazing guitar lines and some of the prime cuts from Jack's phrasing. Seriously, have a listen to the solo sections in the video, we haven't heard phrasing as fresh as this in a long time!

Right from the intro piano piece through to the final guitar note, this track summarises Jack's compositional skills completely. You are instantly drawn in, encapsulated by the musicianship, the melodies, playing and backing track. You instantly want to pick up your guitar and join in, learn a few sections and delve into Jacks brain to understand his thoughts as he composed it. That's where JTC steps in and provides you with everything you're going to need to get jamming and playing just like Jack!

Downloading this release will provide you with the full playthrough of the track in both video and audio format, as well as the official transcriptions in TAB and Notation and the official backing track. If you are a premium member then just hit that +MyTracks button to instantly get streaming access to it all.

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John Petrucci: Dream Theater - Images, Words & Beyond - Pre-sale and VIP Tickets

Images, Words & Beyond
Pre-sale and VIP Tickets Start Today!
Dream Theater embarks soon on their monumental European headline tour, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their milestone album, Images & Words. Each performance will include an unparalleled live set of "Images & Words" in its entirety, along with fan favorites from their deep, widely-acclaimed catalogue. Advance tickets and VIP packages, which include a meet and greet, photo with the band, and other exclusive merchandise go on sale today, Thursday, November 17th at 10am local time. Be a part of this historic event!


Auditorium Parco Della Musica
Rome, Italy



Gran Teatro Geox
Padova, Italy


Samsung Hall*
Zurich, Switzerland


Mediolanum Forum
Milan, Italy



Forum Karlin
Prague, Czech Republic

Tillburg, Holland


MHP Arena
Ludwigsburg, Germany


Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Dusseldorf, Germany


Paris, France


Hamburg, Germany



Malmo Arena
Malmo, Sweden



Partille Arena
Partille, Sweden


Fryshuset Arenan
Stockholm, Sweden


Paul Gilbert: Lessons with the master discounted

Paul's been incredibly busy! He just finished a European tour where he played shows in Israel, Germany, The Netherlands, and dozens of places in between. He's been playing songs from his new album titled "I CAN DESTROY" which came out last May and is available now. If you missed him don't worry, he's coming back to the US and playing shows from California to New York starting in January. His next show is January 19th, 2017 at "Whisky A Go Go" in West Hollywood, CA. Even with his busy touring schedule Paul still finds time to respond to Video Exchanges® from his students.

Who is Paul Gilbert?

Rock guitarist Paul Gilbert was born in Illinois and raised in rural Pennsylvania. Paul was first inspired by his uncle Jimi Kidd and started to learn guitar at the young age of 5. By the time he was 15, Paul was performing in clubs with his band Tau Zero, and was also featured in the February 1983 issue of Guitar Player magazine.

When he was 17, Paul moved to Los Angeles to study guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT). After graduation, Paul joined the faculty as a guitar teacher and also began recording with the group Black Sheep. He later formed the band Racer X, who released their debut album Street Lethal in 1986.

In 1988 he began playing guitar with the Grammy® nominated group Mr. Big. Aside from his signature rock guitar shredding, Paul Gilbert is known for his enthusiasm, and being an approachable and highly effective guitar instructor.

What will you learn in his school?

Paul Gilbert has taken his entire knowledge of playing guitar and poured it into a comprehensive video library that includes hundreds of incredible rock guitar lessons. These lessons will take you from beginner all the way to expert - and there's truly something for everyone. You’ll start with basic chords and tuning, and then progress into advanced string skipping and solos.

What ultimately sets these online lessons apart from other offerings however, is the ability to submit a video for personalized feedback using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange® learning platform. Paul reviews each submission and records a video response, offering tips about how to improve.

Paul's a truly unbelievable teacher and fully committed to his students. But don’t just take our word for it, get to know Paul personally through our Video Exchanges®.Yes, Paul Gilbert himself will respond to you!

Join today with Paul, or any of our other celebrated teachers and receive 15% off any subscription size, just use the code PRO15 at checkout.

Luis Galang: At Least It's Edible (Live) - Freedom Bar, Marikina

My second original track. We were testing how it felt if slowed it down just a bit...

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Max Rufo takes care of Luis' guitars

Guitar: Jackson JS23 with Warman Texas Hot Lil Devil Pickups

At Least It's Edible (Live) - Freedom Bar, Marikina

Tom Quayle: Tickets available for Live Guitar Idol Guitar Final and Masterclass!

Tom Quayle: Tickets available for Live Guitar Idol Guitar Final and Masterclass!

We are pleased to announce that the live final of Guitar Idol 2016will be held at London’s The 100 Club and will feature an exclusive masterclass from the fantastic, Tom Quayle.

The iconic venue has played host to many secret shows by major acts including; Queens Of The Stone Age, Metallica, Alice Cooper, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Blur, The New York Dolls, Desmond Dekker, Primal Scream, St Etienne, Mark Ronson, Chuck Berry, Nas, Santigold, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Paul Weller and now our finalists will take to the stage on the 11th December 2016.

Jeremy Krull: The Two Notes Le Preamp Range - tasty tones and textures

In this video I'll do some playthrough with tones solely involving the Two Notes Le Preamp range of pedals.

I'm using the built-in speaker simulator filter on the pedals unless noted (when it says "sim off" that means I'm running into the Two Notes Wall Of Sound plugin with the pedal's filter bypassed).

I'll also briefly talk about history with the company and their innovations and how it's impacted the worlds of guitar and recording.

The Revv is on standby just so it lights up and looks cool.

For more information on the Le Preamp range as well as the Torpedo line of speaker simulators/loadboxes, check out

The Two Notes Le Preamp Range

Morgan Wick, Brendon Williams, Brandon Morris: Atrament by A Sense of Gravity new Album

1. Drowning in the Ink 03:01
2. Reclusive Peace 04:44
3. Echo Chasers 04:59
4. The Divide 05:38
5. Artificially Ever After 06:13
6. Revenant 02:18
7. Guise of Complacency 07:21
8. Shadowed Lines 06:02
9. Promised None 05:56
10. The Projectionist 04:57
11. I, Recreant 07:34
12.Manic Void 08:56

released November 18, 2016
A Sense of Gravity:
C.J. Jenkins – vocals
Morgan Wick – guitar, backing vocals
Brendon Williams – guitar, keyboard, orchestration, add. bkng. vocals
Brandon Morris – keyboard, guitar
Chance Unterseher – bass
Pete Breene – drums
Produced by A Sense of Gravity
Compositions by Brendon Williams, Morgan Wick, and C.J. Jenkins
Lyrics by C.J. Jenkins
Arrangements by Brendon Williams and Morgan Wick
Flute on “Drowning in the Ink” by Wilbert Roget
Drums engineered by Jason Lackie at Fastback Studios
Electric guitar and keyboard engineered by Brendon Williams
Bass and additional electric guitar engineered by Morgan Wick
Vocals and acoustic guitar engineered by C.J. Jenkins
Mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio
Cover art by Ryohei Hase
Band photos by C.J. Jenkins
Band logo, booklet, and additional designs by Bryce Moulton

Francesco Artusato, Andy James: The Devil You Know and Wearing Scars UK tour dates

UNITED KINGDOM! We are coming in Jan and the VIP "meet and greets" are now officially only £30!!!!!!! All persons receive a guaranteed photo with the entire band, signed items and a free t-shirt of choice from our merch booth. Click on the link below and limited to 10 spots per show. Get it while supplies last.

All tickets to all shows are under £20, which is a killer deal for a great night of metal with ONI, Wearing Scars and Brutai. We hope to see you all soon.


Craufurd Arms (England)
Milton Keynes, England
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Norwich, UK
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York, ENG
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02 Academy 3 (UK)
Birmingham, UK
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Sound Control (UK)
Manchester, UK
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The Live Rooms (UK)
Chester, UK
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The Garage (UK)
Glasgow, UK
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The Cluny
Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG
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Rescue Rooms
Nottingham, UK
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Sheffield, UK
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London, UK
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The Scene (UK)
Swansea, UK
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The Fleece
Bristol, UK
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Engine Rooms
Southampton , UK
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Volta Club
Moscow, RUS
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St. Petersburg, RUS
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Gustaf Fjelstrom: Diametric - ambient downtempo post-rock San Francisco - time to chill out?

1.Calibration 01:32
2.Imprint 05:15
3.Biform 05:10
4.Recalibration 03:26
5.Subsurfacing 08:38
6.Imprint (Mokhov San Frandisco Remix) 06:32
7.Recalibration (Andrew Tasselmeyer Remix) 04:45

released October 29, 2016

Gustaf Fjelstrom: Bass Guitar, Synthesizers, Production, Visuals

Noah Elias: Drums on tracks 2 + 3
Mike Reppucci: Drums on track 5

Mokhov: Remix on track 6
Andrew Tasselmeyer: Remix on track 7

Written, recorded, produced, and mixed by Gustaf Fjelstrom
Drums on tracks 2 + 3 recorded by Daniel Andres Aguilar at i58 Studios
Drums on track 5 recorded by Christopher Scott Cooper at Blue Seven Audio
Mastered by Eric Broyhill at Monsterlab Audio

Mamoru Morishita: Passionate Memoir (Mar 6th 2000)

Boxer and Guitarist Mamoru Morishita's Site
Ithamara Koorax and Mamoru Morishita's cd.Now on sale.

Passionate Memoir (Mar 6th 2000) by Mamoru Morishita

Aleksandar Sukovic: Tapping Into Tapping part 2 - Scale Exercises (1-5)
Aleksandar Sukovic - Tapping Into Tapping part 2 - Scale Exercises (1-5)

Akihiko Onji: Herbie Hancock - Cantaloupe Island - two handed marvel!

Akihiko Onji: Herbie Hancock - Cantaloupe Island - two handed marvel!

Herbie Hancock - Cantaloupe Island - Akihiko Onji

Saki, Shinichi Kobayashi: Makai world Virginia

2016.11.18 Shinkiba 1StRING
Mary'sBlood SAKI VS Shinichi Kobayashi
(Virginia VS Kojiro Sasaki)

2016.11.18 Makai world Virginia VS Sasaki Kojiro

2016.11.18 Magical Virginia Mary'sBlood SAKI 1

2016.11.18魔界 バージニア Mary'sBlood SAKI 2

Jess Lewis: Die To Live and 1934 R.A Mango

Hello, a Steve Vai cover, using an Ibanez, boss superoverdrive, thought I'd re record it as I had recorded it a while back & removed it. Hope you enjoy anyways.

Jess uses Laney Amps
& Ibanez guitars

Jess Lewis Guitar FB:

Copyright Steve Vai, using Steve Vai's naked tracks backing tracks album.

Jess Lewis - Die To Live (Steve Vai)

This is by Julian Lage, really love his guitar playing so I wanted to learn this tune.

Jess Lewis - 1934 R.A Mango (Julian Lage)

Alexandra Zerner: An Evening Walk - Full EP of acoustic joy
0:00 - Ut Queant Laxis
2:50 - An Evening Walk

Alexandra Zerner | An Evening Walk | Full EP