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Francesco Artusato (Devil You Know) – Gear Francesco Artusato (Devil You Know) – Gear
By Ivan Chopik

April 30th, 2014

Devil You Know’s Francesco Artusato walks us through his arsenal of Ibanez guitars that he’s currently using on the Revolver Golden Gods tour with Black Label Society and Down. Watch the video above, click on the thumbnails below to view the full-size images, and be sure to check out our interview with Fran here: PART ONE  & PART TWO.   #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Francesco’s LACS RG7 Francesco’s Laney Amp/Cab... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Hanson Guitars & Lakland Basses NAMM 2014: Hanson Guitars & Lakland Basses
By Ivan Chopik

January 26th, 2014

At this year’s NAMM, Guitar Messenger’s Ivan Chopik had a chance to hear from John Pirruccello of Chicago-based Hanson Guitars and Lakland Basses about the careful craftsmanship that’s made Lakland’s basses so well-received, and the years of experience in pickup-wiring and luthiery that prepared Hanson Guitars for developing their own line of instruments. In the process, John filled us in on two exciting new models: Hanson’s Ravenswood 12 electric 12-string and Lakland’s Geezer Butler Signature Bass. Ravenswood 12 From HansonGuitars.com The “Ravenswood 12″ by Ravenswood Guitars (a new specialty brand by Hanson Guitars) is a solid Mahogany, set-neck designed electric 12 string featuring a full 12-saddle tuneomatic bridge, compact headstock,... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Marco Sfogli Interview @ DV Mark Amplifiers NAMM 2014: Marco Sfogli Interview @ DV Mark Amplifiers
By Ivan Chopik

January 26th, 2014

Marco Sfogli has been blowing the minds of industry veterans like James Labrie for a decade now with his trademark blend of soulful, inflective rock stylings and stunning technique. We first spoke to Marco around the release of his first solo album, There’s Hope, back in 2008, but over the years had never been able to meet up in person – until now! At this year’s NAMM, Guitar Messenger’s Ivan Chopik managed to track down the incredible axeman at the DV Mark Amplifiers booth, where he described and demonstrated the terrific tones of the new Triple Six III head that he helped develop: IC: Tell me a little about this brand new amp that you’ve got coming out on the market. MS: We actually worked a lot on this new Triple Six III head. I wanted to have... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Samson Technologies (Hotone Skyline Pedals & UHF Wireless System) NAMM 2014: Samson Technologies (Hotone Skyline Pedals & UHF Wireless System)
By Ivan Chopik

January 25th, 2014

You’ve never seen slide guitar like this. Grammy Award-winning producer, engineer, and guitarist extraordinaire  Larry Mitchell gives us a funk-filled demonstration of Samson’s Hotone Skyline effects pedals that includes his highly unorthodox approach to slide playing. Hotone Skyline Effects Pedals Samson’s Derek Ash shows us their high-quality, small footprint Hotone Skyline effects pedals – including the EKO delay pedal, VERB reverb pedal, KOMP compression pedal, LIFTUP boost pedal, WALLY looper, and an array of rich overdrive and distortion pedals that cover the tonal range from BLUES to high-gain metal tones with the WHIP.   Hotone Skyline Effects Pedals Synth 7 UHF Wireless System Samson’s new Synth 7 UHG Wireless System is available in handheld,... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Strandberg Guitarworks NAMM 2014: Strandberg Guitarworks
By Ivan Chopik

January 25th, 2014

Ivan Chopik talks with Ola Strandberg of Strandberg Guitarworks and Astral EXR Systems at NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, CA. Check out the video above and then click on the image thumbnails below to see full-size pictures from our gallery. From Guitarworks.theStrandbergs.com Strandberg Guitarworks is committed to innovation. We continuously strive towards new solutions that address the needs of guitarists today. The global musician community is engaged in the design process. The process is public and documented on-line. The results are licensed under Creative Commons Share-And-Share-Alike 3.0 Licensing. Ola Strandberg built about a dozen instruments (guitars and basses) between 1984 and 1993 and worked at Uppsala Musikverkstad and HBL (the Swedish Charvel/Jackson distributor) as a guitar technician... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Kemper Profiling Amplifier NAMM 2014: Kemper Profiling Amplifier
By Ivan Chopik

January 25th, 2014

LA-based guitarist John Huldt, who spends his time playing for the band Ampora and teaching at the Los Angeles College of Music when he isn’t demonstrating awesome gear at NAMM, shows us a little piece of the power of the Kemper Profiling Amplifier.   From Kemper-Amps.com: The Kemper Profiler enables you to do what generations of guitar players have been waiting for: to capture the soul of all your amps (and so many more) inside a lunchbox-sized amplifier. So, how does it work? We use cutting edge technology to capture the sonic DNA of virtually any guitar amp. The resulting profiles are as living, vivid and dynamic as the original amps.  Imagine you’ve used some sweet-sounding, well-maintained vintage tube amps in your last studio session: With the Kemper Profiler, there’s... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Christoph Kemper Interview (Kemper Profiling Amplifier) NAMM 2014: Christoph Kemper Interview (Kemper Profiling Amplifier)
By Ivan Chopik

January 25th, 2014

Guitar Messenger’s Ivan Chopik had a chance at this year’s NAMM to speak with Christoph Kemper, the mastermind behind the legendary Access Virus synthesizers, as well as the revolutionary Kemper Profiling Amplifiers. Unlike traditional modeling amps, which simulate an amp by having a gifted programmer listen to the sound it makes and reconstruct it, the Profiling Amplifiers do the listening themselves and capture the sound of the amp on their own, leaving the player to then tweak that tone to their own taste. Christoph was kind enough to tell us about his history with music technology, and how his interest in the many varied tones of electric guitar turned into a quest to capture all of them. IC: Tell us a little bit about the company, how you got started with it, and what... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Randall Amplifiers NAMM 2014: Randall Amplifiers
By Ivan Chopik

January 24th, 2014

At this year’s NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA, I had a chance to meet with Mike Fortin of Randall Amplifiers. By the time Mike joined the Randall team two years ago as exclusive design engineer, he was already established in the high gain amplifier world for his cutting edge designs with Fortin Amplification, his own company which he founded in 2008. Mike’s work has had a major impact on Randall’s new releases, many of which we discussed in detail in our conversation: IC: How did you get connected with Randall at the time they were doing the big redesign for the company and introducing many new products? How did you get on board with that move and become one of their engineers? MF: Well, I got contacted by Joe Delaney about three years ago. They were looking to reinvest... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Caparison Guitars NAMM 2014: Caparison Guitars
By Ivan Chopik

January 24th, 2014

Ivan Chopik chats with Jeff Williams of UK thrash metal band Onslaught about Caparison Guitars at NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, CA. Check out the video above and then click on the image thumbnails below to see full-size pictures of some of Caparison’s finest guitars! From CaparisonGuitarCompany.com:  “Caparison Guitars are hand crafted boutique instruments made in Nagoya, Japan and to the highest quality and specification. It is our aim to make the highest possible quality, best sounding and most satisfying guitars that you will ever play. The Caparison Guitar company was established in 1995 with the former Jackson/Charvel Japan design division, the designers at Charvel Japan created the CDS Series, CDS II Series and Questar Series and the designers at Jackson Japan created... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Ibanez Guitars (Jake Bowen, Kiko Loureiro, Tosin Abasi) NAMM 2014: Ibanez Guitars (Jake Bowen, Kiko Loureiro, Tosin Abasi)
By Ivan Chopik

January 24th, 2014

This year at NAMM, Ibanez’s Mike Orrigo hosted a reveal of three new formidable signature models for three of their artists: Periphery’s Jake Bowen, Angra’s Kiko Loureiro, and Animals As Leaders’ Tosin Abasi. Check out the videos of each artist below along with specs, pictures, and a gallery featuring highlights of the 2014 Ibanez lineup at the bottom of the page! Jake Bowen (Periphery) – JBM100 Jake’s new signature JMB100 guitar is built for deep riffing, featuring his signature DiMarzio® Titan™ pickups, carefully engineered to handle his Drop-C tuning in tandem with the Lo Pro Edge bridge. It sticks out from the crowd with its dark, but not quite black matte finish, gold hardware, and reverse headstock. (Check out our interview with Jake at NAMM... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Bohemian Guitars NAMM 2014: Bohemian Guitars
By Ivan Chopik

January 23rd, 2014

Ivan Chopik talks with brothers Adam and Shaun Lee about their company Bohemian Guitars at NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, CA. Guitarist Brandon Massey demonstrates some of the sounds these guitars can create! Check out the video above and then click on the image thumbnails below to see full-size pictures of our Bohemian Guitars gallery. From BohemianGuitars.com Bohemian Guitars’ mission is to build funky, unique, and innovative sounding instruments out of unconventional materials for real, everyday use. Passionate about art, music and community outreach, Bohemian Guitars puts a creative spin on a timeless and classic instrument—the guitar—offering a refreshing and inspirational change of pace to the music and art scene. The inspiration behind the oil can guitar comes from the resourceful... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Ernie Ball Music Man NAMM 2014: Ernie Ball Music Man
By Ivan Chopik

January 23rd, 2014

From musiciansfriend.com: Featuring laser-etched maple that’s finished to resemble carbon fiber, the Majesty guitar boasts a super-lightweight body with unparalelled fret access, DiMarzio voicing and a rosewood fretboard with the Majesty logo (for Dream Theater’s original moniker) above the first fret. Music Man’s Majesty guitar was a hot topic leading up to the 2014 NAMM Show. Two years in the making, the guitar also features the Game Changer pickup switching system, which allows you to put pickup coils in series, parallel, in or out of phase without rewiring the guitar. The system gives you access to an extensive library of tones, over 250,000 possible combinations in total. By default, the Game Changer is set to just be a switch that you can easily activate if you... Read More →


NAMM 2014: TronicalTune NAMM 2014: TronicalTune
By Ivan Chopik

January 23rd, 2014

TronicalTune is a retrofit robotuning device that tunes your guitar at the push of a button and strum of the strings. From Tronical.com: The TronicalTune is a revolutionary device for electric and acoustic guitars alike that seamlessly self-tunes your guitar in a matter of seconds, all the while preserving the integrity and tone of your instrument. The first system musicians can retrofit to guitars, TronicalTune installs to the back of a guitar’s headstock without the need of professional installation or alteration. Featuring 18 different tunings, (12 factory presets and 6 user presets) musicians are now able to switch between tunings in seconds by simply pushing a button and strumming the strings. The TronicalTune consists of a miniaturized low profile micro-controller and six motorized... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Vigier Guitars NAMM 2014: Vigier Guitars
By Ivan Chopik

January 23rd, 2014

Guitar Messenger’s Ivan Chopik visited the Vigier Guitars booth at this year’s NAMM to talk to the friendly DJ Scully and find out what master luthier Patrice Vigier has in store for 2014. Check out the video above for the interview with DJ and a great demonstration of the new Vigier Excalibur Ultra AP by Thank You Scientist’s Tom Monda – then click on the image thumbnails below to see full-size pictures of some of Vigier’s exceptional axes! Excerpts from VigierUSA.com: Vigier guitars and basses are designed with an approach similar to the traditional craft of violin making. Raw logs to finished instruments, each step is performed by hand with great care. Vigier is one of the first brands to enter the realm of carbon in guitar making. The company’s history... Read More →


NAMM 2014: Fender Stratocaster 60th Anniversary NAMM 2014: Fender Stratocaster 60th Anniversary
By Ivan Chopik

January 22nd, 2014

At this year’s NAMM convention in Anaheim, California, Guitar Messenger was invited to an exclusive media event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster. Ivan Chopik had the opportunity to speak with Fender product specialists Allen Abbassi and Stephen Jackson about Fender’s Past/Present/Future theme for the Stratocaster and get an up-close look at some of the new 60th Anniversary models. We also had a chance to meet with Lynn Robison of the Fender Music Foundation for a closeup look at a custom Stratocaster designed for pop star Bruno Mars. The Fender Stratocaster Turns Sixty – Check out the four anniversary models, starting at $399.99 From Fender.com:  Past   The Stratocaster guitar’s formative years come back to electrifying life with the limited-edition... Read More →


Riffstation Software Riffstation Software
By Ivan Chopik

December 17th, 2013

Riffstation is a top-notch collection of tools that were designed with the practicing guitarist in mind. It’s available in both Mac and PC formats and it allows us to import audio files, which we can then manipulate in a number of ways. We can: Change the speed and pitch of the audio. Extract chord progressions from the music. Look up various chord voicings. Isolate or mute specific instruments within the mix. Playback the music with a synchronized metronome. Create seamless loops to practice over. And more… Check out the above video for an in-depth review and demonstration of Riffstation, then head over to RiffStation.com to download a free 30-day trial. Stay tuned for our Riffstation Giveaway Contest!    Read More →


Elevon Audio Pro Series Guitar Cable Elevon Audio Pro Series Guitar Cable
By Ivan Chopik

September 2nd, 2012

Mike Dunne and Rob Stepnowski are two avid guitarists with a synchronous vision of both music and audio product design philosophy. While their musical background lays the bedrock for their pro audio enterprise, the duo’s unique perspective on precision and ruggedized products first materialized in collaboration on a Navy aviation project with the Department of Defense. Harnessing their expertise in the development of rigorously engineered electronics systems and rugged aviation cables, they were able to plant the technology within their own line of products, leading to the formation of Elevon Audio in 2011. EA has since spawned into a boutique product shop for musicians, offering high-end custom cables, pedal modifications, and custom pedals. [Elevon Audio will be introducing their own line... Read More →


Framus Dragon Head & Cabinet Framus Dragon Head & Cabinet
By Ivan Chopik

January 10th, 2009

The appropriately-named Framus Dragon is indeed a fire-breathing beast. It’s a versatile 3-channel boutique amp that can deliver a range of tones, from sparkly cleans, to brutal rhythms, to soaring leads. It definitely has a very organic, punchy sound to it, as well as very nice natural compression, especially when paired with the accompanying cab. I specifically acquired this half-stack for use in heavy rock and metal styles, and its sound is geared very nicely towards this. Like other amps used in these genres, it can be very brutal sounding with its tight low-end, but it’s refreshing to hear an amp that can combine the heaviness with an open-sounding and warm tone as well. I won’t talk too much more about the sound, but let you hear a bit for yourself in the video I recorded... Read More →