Anyone who has owned a guitar with a Floyd Rose tremolo system will know that setting the intonation can be a bit of a pain in the arse. Well Black Cherry USA have invented a simple set of replacement parts called Hollow Point, that make intonation on a Floyd Rose as easy as the fine tuners that they are famous for.
Even though they will work on many variations of the original Floyd Rose® & Licensed units, including the Ibanez® Edge® Trems, our Hollow Points® work best on the recessed or low profile tremolos for maximum preservation of fine tuning range.
The Black Cherry USA Hollow Point Intonation System is available in Chrome or Black direct for $49.95 or Gold for $59.95. For those with a 7 string Floyd Rose like myself you can order an extra Single Hollow Point through the order page when you purchase the 6 string set.
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Fifteen years ago David introduced himself to me by email and we started a friendship that has brought guitar lessons to millions of people worldwide.
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Orfeus electric-acoustic is a guitar in a very similar vein to the Russian guitar we looked at in the previous post. Like that other guitar, the Bulgarian-made Orfeus (circa 1970s) looks for all the world as if it is an old acustic guitar that has been latterly modified by someone into an electric guitar. However, there are various indicators that it was created this way back in the factory, the most compelling of which is the correct Orfeus pickup mounted in the soundhole bracket (which you'll notice is painted in the same finish as the rest of the guitar - another clue to its originality). For comparison check out this other 3-magnet Orfeus pickup where you can see the similarites in their crude design and construction.
Interesting also to note the treble-side cutaway (cutaway acoustics were much less common back in the 1960s and 70s - it's only in recent years that they seem to have become the norm) and the six-in-a-line electric-style headstock.
Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $149.
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Say what now?! I hadn’t heard about this had you? Floyd Rose have been known for their classic double locking tremolo system for decades but those with a stop tail or Tune-o-matic bridge can now join in the whammy fun with the new Floyd Rose FRX Tremolo System without having to make much in the way of modifcations to their guitar.
“This is a historic moment for Floyd Rose, releasing this brand new bridge 35 years after the invention of our original tremolo system. Initially available in Chrome, Black and Gold, the FRX will retrofit all tune-o-matic bridges and stopbar tailpieces with a locking nut/truss rod cover hybrid that will mount behind your guitar’s existing nut, which only requires two small wood screws to be installed. This is the only modification that has to be made – there is no routing required whatsoever!”
“As most of you saw on Facebook or on FloydRose.com, the main hold up on beginning pre-orders of this system was the necessity of a new packaging design, which we are still finalizing. In the interest of getting this long-awaited reinvention of the Floyd Rose Tremolo System into the players’ hands and onto their guitars sooner, we’ve decided to make pre-ordering available now, although packaging has not yet been finalized. This means that the initial FRX Priority List pre-orders of the bridge will be received in generic bulk packaging, while we continue to take the time to tweak the “Official” FRX packaging design.”
You can pre-order the FRX Tremolo now here.
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Big news today: Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick have both left Megadeth.
From Chris’s website:
“Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of Megadeth for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it.”
“After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests.
I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you.
Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey.”
One of the first sites I saw offering discounts for group purchasing was IK Multimedia who were offering great deals on their software the more people who committed to buy. I haven’t until now however seen an entire online guitar store dedicated to group purchasing and Antitone.com has picked an excellent week to launch just in time for Black Friday in the U.S.
Antitone’s unique shopping experience organizes like-minded individuals to vote on a product, commit to buy together, and receive the product at a price significantly lower than retail cost, as the price drops with every additional commitment. With over a hundred gear manufacturers already on board—ranging from huge names like Shure to local boutique brands like Verellen Amplifiers— Antitone is set to launch its initial lineup of products in time for the 2014 holiday season.
“The idea behind Antitone is to give buying power back to the consumer,” says Creative Director Jonathan Suhr. “They pick the products they want and essentially dictate the price as they invite their network to participate. We believe that community is the core of any musical endeavor—buying the gear that helps us to create music shouldn’t be any different.”
Users can currently sign up to beta test or learn more about the Antitone platform at Antitone.com. As Antitone prepares for its launch, manufacturers and vendors are also welcome to inquire about offering their products through Antitone.
By: Robert Cavuoto
Do you dig cars, guitars, motorcycles and old school rock?
Well let me enlighten you about a great new band headed up by none other than the History Series hit show Counting Cars – Danny Koker!
We all know Danny as, the Count, so it makes sense when we see him fronting his band, Count’s 77.
And the Count’s group has everything you need to get your motor running; hard rock with twin smoking guitars Vegas style.
Powered by the guitar duo John Zito and Stoney Curtis, Tommy Paris on keyboards, Barry Barnes [bass], Paul Disibio [drums] and fronted by Danny on lead vocals, I have to say that Count’s 77 are poised to be one of the leaders of the new classic rock revival.
Danny’s well-known enthusiasm and fun-packed personality shows through and has the crowd fueled with excitement when Count’s 77 cranks up with their sound that’s straight from those hard rock days when Detroit cars were Kings of the Road and what’s now called “classic rock” growled, rumbled, roared and burned rubber.
I had the chance to sit with two of rock’s highest energy musicians; Danny Koker and guitarist, Stoney Curtis, to talk about killer riffs, cars, and their latest CD!
Robert Cavuoto: Tell me a little about how the band came together?
Danny Koker: It came together very honestly and organically. So many people have the perception, because of my TV show, that I have now decided to put together a band and went hunting for musicians. It’s quite the opposite as the band has been around longer that the TV show.
It came together at my rock club in Las Vegas – Count’s Vamp’d. It’s an old school rock club where we do a weekly jam night and invite different musicians to come by. The jam night is headed up by our other guitarist, John Zito.
Through the grapevine, he found out that I used to sing in a band and invited me on stage. On one particular night, five of the six of us got up on the stage at the same time. It sound great and felt right. After the session we decided that this felt so good that we need to get together to rehearse some songs and grow this thing.
A set turned into opening slot opportunities, then headlining shows. Lucky for us we turned out to be all like-minded people, in the same age group and loving the same type of music.
Robert: Tell me about the chemistry on that first night of jamming?
Stoney Curtis: From day one there was something special between us. You can put the most amazing musicians together on the same stage and it doesn’t mean that anything is going to happen. There was a real chemistry and brotherhood with us. With a little bit of structure, arrangement, and time, this could turn into something big.
Robert: Tell me about the song writing process for your latest CD.
Stoney Curtis: It typically starts with me, Danny and Mike Varny [Shrapnel Records founder] who I have had a friendship for over 10 years and on his label just as long.
I come up with a bunch of guitar riffs and we sit down together to review them. We get Danny’s feedback as he has a unique way of communicating things to people [Danny bursts out with laughter]
Danny Koker: I love that! [Laughing]
Stoney Curtis: We tell Danny to write down his thoughts, tell us his stories or feelings and then we put together lyrics from that.
Danny Koker: I would have to say that I was very much the third party in the writing process. It’s amazing to watch Stoney and Mike work. It’s very intuitive process, as they barely speak.
They somehow know what each other wants. They have an amazing way of taking all of that info and have it make sense.
Robert: Have you always wanted to front a band?
Danny Koker: It’s something that has always been a part of my life.
My father was an accomplished musician, so I grew up having three things in my world; music, motorcycles, and cars.
At a young age I was doing a lot of singing. That’s when I stepped away from it and buried myself in cars and bikes. But the passion, love, and desire of being part of something musical has never left my heart. It spoke to my soul again and this band is such huge priority in my life that it makes me happy.
In a world filled with tons of stress and when things go wrong, I can now expend energy rehearsing or being on the road performing shows. It makes me feel closer to my father who I lost in 2008. He was my best friend; doing the music I feel the connection as I do with all of these guys. We’re a band of brothers!
Robert: What’s the significance of the “77” in the band’s name?
Danny Koker: It a reference to the great era of the hard rock music and the love of the ’70s. We really want to represent ourselves to that style of music. When you hear the covers we do ,they’re all from the ’70s and our original music reflects that style. Plus, 77 is a positive number.
Robert: You have a sweet looking Gibson Firebird in the promo photos, is that you main guitar and did you use it on the CD?
Stoney Curtis: By trade I’m a Stratocaster guy with my solo band doing the blues.
This band is more about Les Pauls and Marshalls. For the tracking of the CD I used the Firebird almost everywhere with all its layering! Many of the tracks are recorded with a ’57 reissue Les Paul and another Les Paul which is a newer model.
Each had its own unique tone. The Firebird with the P-90 pick-ups, it just cut through everything and has incredible bite, particularly for the leads. Our engineer called the Les Pauls; Beavis and Butthead and the Firebird – the Firechicken [Laughing].
Robert: My favorite song on the CD was “Your Love Ain’t Right,” kudos on your use of the wah-wah pedal. Have you always been a fan of using it?
Stoney Curtis: I love that song too and it’s the perfect the opener on the CD, as it introduces the band for what they want to be. You have the John Shaft Wah and the cow bell coupled with a Les Paul and Marshall. I have always been a wah-wah pedal guy playing the blues and acid rock – the Hendrix and Clapton sound has always been a big part of my sound and how I go about structuring solos.
Robert: Another song that’s reminiscent of the ’70s and a great addition for the band is “Stand Tall.” It seems to perfectly combine your innate sense of melody with the band’s ability to rock? How important is that to the band’s sound.
Danny Koker: It really speaks to who we are with that ’70s vibe. Were 100% dedicated to bring back real classic rock.
Stoney Curtis: I’m a big KISS fan and the reason I started playing was because I wanted to be in KISS. So that song has a big KISS influence. I grew up on the south side of Chicago and have a passion for the blues, as well as of a Michael Schenker and UFO.
As the band progressed and we settled into our roles, Danny and I were hanging out and he was questioning whether he was right for the band and if we shouldn’t get someone else.
I said to Danny, “I would take you any day of the week and twice on Sunday!” The thing about Danny is that he has soul that can’t be taught. I like singers that sound like men with the bravado and bass in the voice.
Robert: Has there ever been a guitar that you sold or gave up that you would like to get back?
Stoney Curtis: Funny, we were just talking about this. When I was 18 and working at Libby’s in Chicago, the first guitar I purchased with a couple of my paychecks was a blue 1982 or 1983 Gibson Flying V.
For some silly reason, in 2005 I sold it to a buddy of Mike Varney and I yearn for that guitar as it hurts me to think I gave it up. I went to the guy a few years back and tried to buy it back and he was like “I really like the guitar and the value has gone up, plus it’s cool knowing that it was yours and I don’t know if I want to give it up.”
Every time I see him I look at him sideways and say to myself, “I want that guitar back!”
Robert: Has there ever been a car that you regret selling?
Danny Koker: It happens with almost every one of them that I sell [Laughing].
There was one, a 1973 Plymouth Satellite Sebring Plus that I did so much cool stuff to. The right people got me at a weak moment and paid me a premium for it. I miss her so much so that I’m in the process of building another one to replace it so I can feel better.
Colette Mourey’s In Memoriam is a set of variations on Anna Marley’s famous Song of the Partisans.
According to Wikipedia:
The Chant des Partisans was the most popular song of the Free French and French Resistance during World War II.
The piece was written and put to melody in London in 1943 after Anna Marly heard a Russian song that provided her with inspiration. Joseph Kessel and Maurice Druon wrote the French lyrics. It was performed by Anna Marly, broadcast by the BBC and adopted by the maquis. The lyrics of the song revolve around the idea of a life-or-death struggle for national liberation, and they also carry elements of a communist political message (for example, calling upon the workers and peasants to rise up).
After the war the Chant des Partisans was so popular, it was proposed as a new national anthem for France. It became for a short while the unofficial national anthem, next to the official La Marseillaise.
In this concert, Chilean guitarist Marcelo de la Puebla gives the world premiere performance of the piece. The video opens with a few words from the composer, who, via Skype, was able to address the audience and enjoy the concert from her home in France. The Skype connection was poor, so the communication was difficult, but I thought it was good to keep it in the video to document the event. The music begins at the four-minute mark.
Nice one, DigiTech! They’ve just announced the Mosaic Polyphonic 12-String effect pedal, designed to get 12-string sounds out of 6-string electric or amplified acoustic guitars. And it has a tone control so you can dial in just the right amount of zing or fullness. DigiTech says “Immediately identifiable 12-string tones are now yours with octave low strings and doubled high strings. Single notes and full chordal strums shine with polyphonic richness and celestial movement that will inspire you. The Mosaic’s balanced low-end response with crisp octave shimmer produces a tone that’s lush and articulate, just as with a 12-string guitar.” Click here to buy DigiTech pedals from official eBay stores. More info on the Mosaic here.
I recently checked out the TC Electronic Alter Ego X4, a vintage-vibed delay unit occupying the same footprint as the mammoth Flashback X4 Delay. That pedal offered a wealth of old-school sounds curated by US store ProGuitarShop. The Alter Ego X4 is a huge, hulking pedal that’s perfectly designed for stage use, but perhaps you don’t want a single pedal with the footprint of a lunchbox on your pedalboard. Perhaps you want a more conventional compact delay pedal that’s still packed with vintage tone. Well, my friend, meet the Alter Ego V2 Vintage Echo.
The Alter Ego V2 Vintage Echo is built into the same style enclosure as the Flashback Delay, Hall of Fame Reverb and other pedals that ilk. It features nine exclusive deal sounds crafted by TC Electronic and ProGuitarShop, based on specific iconic vintage delays (some of them quite rare and not usually found among the usual gang of suspects found on analog-inspired digital delays). There’s verything from sweet saturated EchoPlex-style repeats to the magnetic drum delays of the legendary Echorec, an exclusive modulated take on TC’s own 2290 delay unit and more. There’s also a TonePrint memory slot so you can download a preset via USB or smartphone (hold your phone up to your guitar’s pickups, hit a button and the preset will be sent as digital chatter through your guitar to the pedal) – or you can make your own with a desktop program on your computer. There’s also a looper mode, with 40 seconds of looping
There are four knobs: time, feedback, level and mode. And a subdivision mini-toggle lets you select quarter notes, dotted eighths or a dual delay combination of both. There are stereo inputs and outputs, so you can discreetly process a stereo signal or split a mono signal into stereo delays. This pedal has a few other tricks up its sleeve too. For example, you can use the footswitch for tap tempo if you don’t want to set it using the time knob: hold it down and play short quarter-notes in the desired tempo then release the switch: the pedal takes its tempo cues from what you just played. And like all TonePrint pedals you’re given the option of true or buffered bypass depending on your signal processing needs (by removing the back cover and accessing a little switch). The dry signal stays all-analog, and there’s another mini switch alongside the true/buffered bypass switch which lets you mute the dry sound altogether. This is handy if you’re using a parallel effect loop (so you don’t get weird phasing/delay issues) or if you’re using a wet/dry/wet effect rig.
The Alter Ego V2’s tones are incredibly warm and ‘non-digital.’ A lot of care has gone into making them as funky and distinctive as the original units they’re based on, and this means some of them will have an acceptable level of grit and growl, or warble and flutter: whatever is most appropriate for the sound being modelled. But the option of stereo operation really opens the unit up to wider experimentation than would be possible with a vintage unit. Naturally it sounds great in an effects loop whether you’re running a clean or a dirty tone, but one of the real joys of this pedal is when you plug it through a clean amp’s front end to really warm up the tape-style delays. The 2290 reverse mode is plenty of fun for psychedelic sounds, and the model based on the BOSS DM-2 is uncannily similar to my memories of the original. There’s a great Space Echo mode too which is perfect for Devin Townsend-like background spaciness.
If you’re after clean, electronic-sounding digital delays then you really owe it to yourself to check out the Flashback or Flashback X4 because they’re just loaded with modern sounds and they deliver them in a really clean way. But what really makes the Alter Ego V2 kick butt is the way it captures the smears, smudges and artefacts of old-school pre-digital delay units. Many players will want both types of effect in their rigs, but if you’re after one delay that can do it all – up to about the early 1980s – the Alter Ego V2 is a must-try.
Wow, never thought I’d see the day. I’ve heard stories of this guitar vault from its owner and others over the years, but I’ve never had a peek at it myself. There’s some amazing stuff in here. For instance, a Gibson SJ-20 Pirate guitar even more impressive than Johnny Depp’s, various Jimmy Page signature models, the Clapton ‘Beano’ and ES-335 Crossroads reissues, a Slash “Appetite For Destruction” guitar, Jeff Beck Les Paul Oxblood, Joe Bonamassa Skinnerburst, Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates, Jimi Hendrix 1967 Reissue Psychedelic Flying V, Angus Young SG – hell, there’s even a ’62 Fender Jaguar!
There are a few pics below but see all the pretties here.
VFE Pedals has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the $5000 needed to finance the purchase of circuit boards, enclosures, and other components to build the first production run of the Radical Ultrasonic Processor (check out the image below for the pink Rainbows, Unicorns, Puppies version for teh lulz, (The RUP can be totally customised with your choice of colour and graphics).
The RUP takes the audio signal and splits it into three bands – with independent control over the bandwidth, gain, compression, harmonic character, plus the overall mix level of each band. The RUP also contains FX loops for each band, clean blend and master 3-band EQ, making it able to create unique distortion tones for any instrument and playing style.
Learn more at vfepedals.com/rup.
Hampton and Clifford, Planecraft, 1934
I splurged the other day and ordered a No.45 plane from one of my favorite antique tool dealers, Sydnas Sloot.
I've always wanted a No.45, but I never could find one at an affordable price and then the other day there was this beauty on Sandy Moss's website. I couldn't resist. Thanks, Sandy!
It doesn't have all the bells and whistles that come with some of the 45's, I figure I can buy extra blades and soles as I find them.
The box no longer has its sliding lid, I can live with that, perhaps one of these days I may make one and repair the box.
I love this box for the decal, the box is cool enough to use to hold just high dollar guitar tuning machines...
It has all the parts I need, in the next few weeks I will use this plane to cut drawer grooves. I could use it for sash work, but I'd have to find or make a blade for an ogee, I'm not too partial to ovolos on the muntins, rails and stiles of a sash.
The instruction sheets.
For more information on how to use these beasts click here for the Cornish Workshop and here for a pdf copy of a Stanley No.45 instruction booklet.
I will definitely read through Alf's (Cornish Workshop) tutorial on how to tune and use a No.45.
The UPS driver just arrived with Spanish cedar neck blanks for two of the guitars that I will be making this winter.
It's snowing outside at the moment, guess I had better get back to work...
Here is a YouTube of Isabella Selder...enjoy!
Vote Thomas Rhett For Breakthrough Artist of the Year
You can now vote for Martin Ambassador Thomas Rhett for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the American Country Countdown Awards. You can vote by tweeting or retweeting a post with the following once a day: @ThomasRhett, #ACCAwards, or Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Colbie Caillat on The Voice
Martin Ambassador Colbie Caillat will be a guest on tonight's episode of The Voice. Colbie will mentor Blake Shelton's team on the episode. Learn more here.
The Avett Brothers Album Goes Gold
Martin Ambassadors The Avett Brothers' album I And Love And You has just been certified gold by RIAA. Find out what else the Avett Brothers have been up to here.
Burton Presents: Peace Park
ABC will air Burton Presents: Peace Park on Sunday November 30th at 2PM (EST). The special will include a segment on Martin Ambassador Danny Davis riding Peace Park. To learn more, click here.
Wow, check this out: some pics posted by Takeshi Ishiguro, taken at the Musical Instruments Fair Japan 2014 featuring some new additions to Ibanez’s Indonesian-made Premium line: the AT10 Premium Rosewood Andy Timmons model and, in the background there, the PGM800 Premium Paul Gilbert model. Andy has been playing a version of this white axe onstage recently. And of course Paul is on tour with Mr. Big playing all sorts of beautiful Ibanii.