Semi-Hollow Hardtail: Fender Unveils Strat-O-Sonic

In the big scheme of things Fender's venerable Stratocaster line has really changed very little over the years––sure, they've tweaked the neck profile, experimented with different body contours, and have certainly messed with the hardware quite a bit (perhaps most notably the incredibly cool S-1 Switching System,) but overall the guita…

Rare Find: John Frusciante Shares A Few Trade Secrets

If you haven't checked out the latest release from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium, then I highly recommend you get off your butt and buy it ASAP–the guitar work is phenomenal. Then, afterwards, when you're lying around your apartment wondering just how in the hell guitarist John Frusciante manages to pull off such a varied and …

REVIEW: Swart's Immaculate Atomic Space Tone

Handmade Quality, Atomic-Age Styling, Delicious All-Tube Tone When I first stumbled onto Michael Swart's handsome tweed Atomic Space Tone tube amp, via the Swart Amplifier Co's website, I may have been instantly struck by the retro-cool look of his handiwork, but I had no inclination that I was gazing upon one of the best sounding tube amplifiers …

Your Chance To Win A Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Jr.

Well, it's Friday, and as I like to say, “there's nothing more fun than a free guitar!” So while we're on the subject of Green Day, and before I close up shop for the weekend, I just wanted to point out that Gibson has announced yet another guitar giveaway contest – this time for an autographed Billie Joe Armstrong Signature Les…

U2 & Green Day To Perform On Monday Night Football, Sept 25th

Well, if you wanna' see Epiphone's limited edition Music Rising Les Paul in action, and catch two of today's hottest acts in the process, you might want to tune in to ESPN's Monday Night Football this coming Monday. That's because U2 and Green Day will be performing together live from the Louisiana Superdome – to commemorate the re-opening o…

Cheap, Funky & In Your Face: Paul Westerberg Gets A Signature Guitar

Hehe... I love it! Paul Westerberg, frontman of legendary drunken punk prodigies The Replacements–and one of my favorite singer/songwriters of all times–now has his very own Paul Westerberg Signature guitar from First Act. And trust me, no one's going to be calling Westerberg a sell-out any time soon – the guitar goes for just …

36 Years Ago Today… The Death Of Jimi Hendrix

Well, I didn't want to let the morning pass without at least mentioning that today marks the 36th Anniversary of the passing of James Marshall Hendrix–better known to the world as Jimi. Hendrix's death, at the age of just 27, left a hole in the music world that has never been adequately filled (IMHO.) While there is still some controversy o…

Gibson & Hot Rod Giving Away A Hot Rod '58 Les Paul

Old Cars & Hot Guitars Oooh, even more good giveaways... the Gibson Custom Shop and Hot Rod Magazine have apparently teamed up to give away a heavily customized, one-of-a-kind LP – what they're calling the Hot Rod '58 Les Paul. According to the official contest website the instrument sports a host of seriously stylin' features, includi…

Win Your Very Own Zakk Wylde… Oh Yeah, And A Les Paul, Too!

Here's Your Chance To Get In On The Insanity Epiphone's latest guitar giveaway promo includes not just the difficult-to-look-at but seriously shreddin' Zakk Wylde Buzzsaw Custom Les Paul, but also a life-sized cut out of the man himself.... wielding two of his signature guitars no less! The Epiphone Zakk Wylde Buzzsaw features a bound maple top,…

Fender Introduces John 5 Signature Telecaster: Bigsby Included

Well, I'm going to be away from the computer for the next couple of days (I'll be posting again on Monday,) but before I disappear I thought I'd leave you with this lovely little monster from Fender – the John 5 Signature Telecaster... John 5 is probably best known for his work with gender-bending musical madman Marilyn Manson, or perhaps …