Archive for December, 2008

Lapstick on the road

Posted in Guitar Gear on December 31, 2008 by Staff Writer

Recently took my Lapstick on vacation – see iPod for size. It even fits right inside my smallish suitcase! I spent a lot of time with it on my mini-break learning some fiendishly difficult Allan Holdsworth licks – made easier by the Lapstick’s short scale length.

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Taking delivery of this tomorrow

Posted in Guitar Gear on December 23, 2008 by Staff Writer

My custom Lapstick:

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Musicians Friend – Sale Fail!

Posted in Guitar Gear on December 17, 2008 by Staff Writer


New Cynic album – Traced In Air

Posted in death metal on December 16, 2008 by Staff Writer

15 years after their debut Focus, I just found out about this baby that came out in November:


I first heard of the guitarist Paul Masvidal and drummer Sean Reinert from their session playing on the Death album ‘Human’ and was floored by their taste and technicality. The opening drum bombardment on Flattening Of Emotions is to this day still one of the heaviest blast beats ever put on vinyl and Masvidal’s liquid solo on the same track is a jaw dropping tour de force. Chuck Schuldiner never had any better sidemen to work with in my opinion (and there was some seriously tough competition, Gene Hoglan, Andy LaRoque, James Murphy etc.).

My old buddy Dax who worked for Roadrunner at the time got me a copy of Focus and I absolutely loved it. Progressive, aggressive, textural, technical, melodic and just plain weird in places, this was Art Death Metal at its most highly evolved and has not really seen any real challengers to its uniqueness to date.

Traced In Air is on order.

Aging plastic parts fail

Posted in General whining, Guitar Gear on December 16, 2008 by Staff Writer

A colleague of mine wants to sell her Squier Stratocaster – it’s in fairly good shape except a bit of rust on the bridge screws and some dirt here and there but otherwise ok. I said I’d restring and clean it for her and get it shipshape for sale.

It also had a missing pickup selector switch so I dutifully went down to Davis Guitar at Peninsular and picked one up for a Buck. The problem was that it was bright clean virginal white and the pickguard was a kind of stained yellow – like to teeth of a Gauloises-smoking Parisian Cafe owner.

Ah-ha! I exclaimed. I can soak the new little white knob in a strong solution of tea and coffee for that ‘Aged-by-Tom-Murphy-of-Gibson-Custom’ look.  I ran to the pantry, quarter filled a stryofoam cup with hot water, dropped in a shot of espresso, dunked in a Lipton teabag and left it over the weekend in my desk drawer so the cleaning troll wouldn’t throw it into the trash.

Monday morning – I checked back and FAIL. No difference whatsoever. The thing is still whiter than the collective bleached underpants at a Neo-Nazi rally.

Oh well.

Hendrix playing PRS?

Posted in Guitar General on December 15, 2008 by Staff Writer

Forwarded to me by a buddy who found this on The Gear Page.

It’s obviously bullshit – everybody knows Hendrix hated green (he was robbed of his candy as a child by a green clown), and the strings are upside down. Additionally it is not recorded anywhere that Hendrix ever visited Nuremberg.

Guitarists whom I wish I could play like #22 – Paul Gilbert.

Posted in Guitar General, Guitar Playing, Shred Guitar on December 15, 2008 by Staff Writer

If I could do this, I’d be happy. Stick with the video – soloing starts later on.