And The Award For Ugliest Stompbox of 2008 Goes To…

The Ibanez Steve Vai Jemini Distortion Pedal... two channels of overdrive and distortion, each with individual Drive, Tone & Level controls, and all packed into a zinc die-cast chassis decked out to perfectly complement Vai's famously color-challenged JEM guitar. Ibanez is calling this one Vai’s “first Signature Distortion pedal..…

Your Chance To Win A '59 Les Paul… USB Flash Drive, That Is!

Well, before I sign out for the weekend I just wanted to point you all towards this fairly amusing new giveaway from Gibson–– Yep, now you can have your own little pocket-sized '59 'Burst Les Paul (tiny case included,) and the miniature replica even functions as a 1GB USB Flash Drive to boot. According to the contest entry page, Gibs…

Converting A Cheap Amp Into A Class-A Tone Machine

Lookin' for a fun weekend project? How about spending some quality-time with your soldering iron while converting a cheap Epiphone Valve Junior amplifier into a faux-Fender Tweed Champ? I was looking for some interesting DIY mods for tube amps this morning when I came across Premier Guitar Magazine's article titled: Rags To Riches––Tu…

Marshall Introduces Zakk Wylde Microstack

Hehe... thank gawd it's Friday : ) According to their website Marshall has seen fit to add a second edition to their recently re-born Microstack line of practice amplifiers––the new Zakk Wylde Microstack. The amp, which is based on Wylde's infamous “Wall of Doom,” packs two channels (clean & overdrive) into a 15-watt …

Wow… Real People Really Do Win These Things!

Too cool... it's Friday again, and to end the week right I thought I'd share this with you––EGR reader Tim Shelton sent me an e-mail about a month ago to let me know that he'd been informed by ESP/Hot Topic that he was chosen as one of the 300 winners in their “Ultimate Guitar Giveaway,” which I wrote about back in November…

Your Chance To Win A Line 6 Floor POD

Thank gawd it's finally Friday... that's all I can really say. And in typical Friday fashion I thought I'd point you towards something fun and free––Line 6's Floor POD Giveaway (Deadline Passed.) Yep, you have until December 15th to sign-up for a chance to win one of Line 6's popular new Floor POD digital modeling effects processors..…

See The Amazing Splat-o-caster… Eighth Wonder Of The World!

It's A Lava Lamp, It's A Box Of Crayons, It's... Well, it's Friday again folks (thank gawd!) and I thought I'd get silly and point you towards this insane little bit of luthier workmanship from Fender's Custom Shop––nicknamed the “Splato” Stratocaster, or Splat-o-caster for short. The guitar, which was dreamt up by one Ji…

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…

Tiny & Full Of Twang: Gretsch's Mini Diddley

Hehe... I'm guessing you may have come across Gretsch's infamous Electromatic Bo Diddley guitar before, but have you ever seen its diminutive offspring, the Mini Diddley? What can I say – it's Friday, folks, and the Mini Diddley seemed like a fun way to cap off the week! Yeah, it may look a lot like the original, but the Mini Diddley is inc…