Schecter Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/2282/all en Review: Schecter Guitars Jeff Loomis JL-7 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-schecter-guitars-jeff-loomis-jl-7-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the April 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>A true guitarist’s guitarist, Jeff Loomis is no stranger to readers of this magazine for his work as a solo artist and with the bands Nevermore and Arch Enemy. </p> <p>Eight years ago Schecter introduced its first Jeff Loomis signature model, a seven-string guitar based on Schecter’s C-7 Hellraiser but with various modifications requested by Loomis. </p> <p>The Jeff Loomis JL-7 is Schecter’s most recent Jeff Loomis signature model, which features numerous significant refinements that make it one of the most impressive products in Schecter’s current lineup of nearly three-dozen seven-string models.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-15-abasi-satriani-govan?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=April2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the April 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience4079860264001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="4079860264001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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That's when the fun begins.</p> <p>Scallon adds, "Drums by Nick Pierce of Unearth; much thanks to Dwight Harding for the filming and cameo."</p> <p>For more Scallon-isms, be sure to follow him on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyDZai57BfE_N0SaBkKQyXg">YouTube!</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/a9OJoOPgGQw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/rob-scallon-cuts-eight-guitars-strings-play-00000-one-note-metal-song-video#comments Rob Scallon Schecter Guitars WTF Videos News Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:00:53 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23428 Jeff Loomis Shows You How to Play "Ashes of Lesser Men" Intro — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-loomis-shows-you-how-play-ashes-lesser-men-intro-video <!--paging_filter--><p>The gang at Schecter Guitars have shared the latest edition of "Conquering Rifftopia," a webisode series starring Jeff Loomis of Conquering Dystopia.</p> <p>In this latest video (webisode III), Loomis shows you how to play the intro to "Ashes of Lesser Men," a track off Conquering Dystopia's debut album, which was released earlier this year. The band also features guitarist Keith Merrow.</p> <p>Be sure to tell us what you think of this tune and clip in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>Click <a href="http://youtu.be/xEKb4O-G2f0">here</a> to watch Loomis talk about his new Signature JL-7; head <a href="http://youtu.be/Eo_812bsLss">here</a> to watch Merrow discuss his new signature KM-7. Schecter says the guitars are shipping now.</p> <p><a href="http://conqueringdystopia.com/downloads">The album is available here.</a> </p> <p>For more about Conquering Dystopia, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConqueringDystopia">Facebook.</a> For more about Schecter, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_qMn3ldmlpk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jeff-loomis">Jeff Loomis</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-loomis-shows-you-how-play-ashes-lesser-men-intro-video#comments Conquering Dystopia Jeff Loomis Schecter Guitars Videos News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:40:03 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22149 Schecter Announces Cheech and Chong Limited-Edition Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/schecter-announces-cheech-and-chong-limited-edition-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Schecter Guitar Research and Cheech and Chong are set to produce a limited number of graphic guitars to be created and sold under the Schecter Guitar brand. </p> <p>The comedy and musical duo started entertaining audiences in the early Seventies with their pot-smoking comedy routines and parody tunes. They've produced albums and counterculture movies that centered on the comedic side of the marijuana culture — and a love of the rock lifestyle.</p> <p>“There's no better time than now to create such a great line of collectable guitars; especially considering that 18 states have now legalized marijuana for medical use, and two for recreational purposes,” says Allen Steelgrave, director of marketing/artist relations for Schecter Guitars.</p> <p>Look for the guitars to hit stores by mid-summer 2014. The first series will be available only through Sam Ash locations.</p> <p>For more about Cheech and Chong, visit <a href="http://cheechandchong.com">cheechandchong.com</a>. For more about Schecter, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VJW67QN24SA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-05-09%20at%2011.35.09%20AM.png" width="620" height="244" alt="Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 11.35.09 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/schecter-announces-cheech-and-chong-limited-edition-guitars#comments Schecter Schecter Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 09 May 2014 15:42:11 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21214 Video: Jeff Loomis Demos and Discusses Schecter Hellraiser C-7 FR-S http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-demos-and-discusses-schecter-hellraiser-c-7-fr-s <!--paging_filter--><p>Schecter Guitar Research has announced a new addition to its website — a monthly video feature called “Conquering RIFFtopia” featuring Jeff Loomis and Keith Merrow of Conquering Dystopia. </p> <p>The videos will include lessons, guitar play-throughs and reviews of new Schecter models, plus tips and tricks from both guitarists.</p> <p>The first release, which you can check out below, features Loomis, who demos and discusses the company's new Hellraiser C-7 FR-S. The guitar features a Sustainiac pickup in the neck position and an EMG 81-7 in the bridge. </p> <p>Click <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/media-vault/videos/item/356-conquering-rifftopia-webisode-i">here</a> or watch below to see the debut of “Conquering RIFFtopia."</p> <p>For more about Schecter, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/B6ZVou9eYnU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jeff-loomis">Jeff Loomis</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-demos-and-discusses-schecter-hellraiser-c-7-fr-s#comments Conquering Dystopia Jeff Loomis Keith Merrow Schecter Schecter Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Melanie Gottshall http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20981 Review: Schecter Hellraiser C VI BCH Baritone Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/review-schecter-hellraiser-c-vi-bch-baritone-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>With its staggering selection of seven-string, eight-string and baritone guitars, Schecter has become a leading source of alternative instruments that fall between the standard six-string guitar and four-string bass. </p> <p>Based on the same foundation as Schecter’s acclaimed Hellraiser series guitars, the Hellraiser C VI BCH offers similar shred-worthy features but in a lower register, making it perfect for guitarists who want to redefine the meaning of heavy.</p> <p><strong>Features</strong> </p> <p>At first glance, the Hellraiser C VI BCH looks like an oversized version of Schecter’s popular Hellraiser C-1. But in addition to heavier strings, the Hellraiser C VI BCH has a 30-inch scale, and it features a TonePros stop tailpiece instead of the guitar version’s string-through-body design. </p> <p>Beyond that, the features of the two models are identical, including the EMG active 81TW (bridge) and 89R (neck) humbuckers, separate volume controls for each pickup with push/pull coil tapping, master tone control, three-position pickup selector and Schecter locking tuners. </p> <p>The Hellraiser C VI BCH also has the same mahogany body with abalone binding, three-piece mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with abalone gothic cross inlays, and comfortable, contoured asymmetrical double-cutaway body shape.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>Strung with Ernie Ball .020–.090 strings (all wound, small ball end) and tuned E A D G B E, the Hellraiser C VI BCH feels more like a six-string bass of the Fender Bass VI variety than a baritone guitar, which makes it perfect for playing that cover of “Back in the Saddle” you’ve always wanted to add to your set. </p> <p>Despite having a long, 30-inch scale and heavy strings, this guitar is more comfortable to play than most baritones with shorter scales and lighter strings that I’ve tried. Players of standard guitars won’t find it unwieldy to use, and shredding is not out of the question on this impressive beast. The various EMG humbucker and split tones that the Hellraiser produces are all clear as a bell, making this one smooth-sounding Barry White of a baritone.</p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong> </p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $1,119</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Schecter Guitar Research, <a href="http://schecterguitars.com/Default.aspx">schecterguitars.com</a></p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>More six-string bass than baritone, the Schecter Hellraiser C VI BCH produces devastating, heavy tones but has the comfortable, shred-worthy feel of Schecter’s conventional six-string models.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2163030289001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2163030289001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Schecter says the guitars are shipping now.</p> <p><a href="http://conqueringdystopia.com/downloads">The album is available here.</a> </p> <p>For more about Conquering Dystopia, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ConqueringDystopia">Facebook.</a> For more about Schecter, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/U48C6FZuzgk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/j5gexKqACjs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/conquering-dystopia-jeff-loomis-and-keith-merrow-premiere-ashes-lesser-men-play-through-video#comments Conquering Dystopia Jeff Loomis Keith Merrow Schecter Guitars Videos News Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:27:16 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20756 Video: Jeff Loomis Discusses Schecter Guitars' New JL-7 Model http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-discusses-schecter-guitars-new-jl-7-model <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist Jeff Loomis recently visited Schecter to shoot several videos and discuss the company's new models for 2014. </p> <p>Below, check out the just-posted video that shows Loomis discussing — in detail — the changes and additions he has made to the new Schecter JL-7. </p> <p>Keep your eyes open for more videos from Loomis and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/SchecterGuitarTV?feature=watch">Schecter TV.</a></p> <p>For more about Schecter, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Default.aspx">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p>For more about Loomis, visit <a href="http://www.jeffloomis.com/">jeffloomis.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xEKb4O-G2f0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-discusses-schecter-guitars-new-jl-7-model#comments Jeff Loomis NAMM 2014 Schecter Schecter Guitars Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:32:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20208 Review: Schecter Blackjack SLS C-8 Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/review-schecter-blackjack-sls-c-8 <!--paging_filter--><p>While eight-string solidbody electric guitars haven’t yet matched the popularity of their seven-string counterparts, a growing number of companies have developed eight-string models since the first mass-produced eight-string guitars hit the market in 2007. </p> <p>Schecter introduced its first eight-string model, the C-8 Hellraiser, as a limited-production model in 2009, and today the company offers seven different eight-string models. With the longest scale (28 inches) of any Schecter eight-string model, the Blackjack SLS C-8 is more of an eight-string baritone than guitar, making it perfect for players who like their sound heavy and low.</p> <p><strong>Features</strong> </p> <p>From its sleek, contoured asymmetrical double-cutaway body shape to its stealthy flat-black finish and imposing-looking “Hell’s Gate Skull” 12th-fret inlay, the Blackjack SLS C-8 immediately exclaims that it’s designed for metal. </p> <p>The three-piece maple neck is smoothly contoured to the mahogany body and finished in flat black as well, resulting in a seamless neck/body transition similar to a neck-through-body design. Electronics consist of a pair of Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackout active humbucking pickups, individual volume controls for each pickup, a master tone control and a three-position pickup selector. Schecter locking tuning machines, a Hipshot Custom 8 bridge and string-through-body design keep tuning and intonation dead perfect. </p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>The Blackjack SLS C-8’s wide fretboard seems intimidating at first glance, but the flat, slim neck profile allows six-string players to adjust quickly and navigate the fretboard with comfort and ease. The strings are spaced with ample room for clean chord fingering, and the 28-inch scale provides the ideal string tension for the low Fs and B strings, allowing even the lowest notes to ring out with clarity and accurate intonation. </p> <p>Some players may find the extra tension on the higher strings, and some stretches (like from the fifth to 10th frets), difficult and uncomfortable when performing solos. Fortunately, the neck has 24 extra-jumbo frets, so most lead players and soloists can adjust by playing an octave higher.</p> <p>The benefits of a 28-inch scale become evident when playing with high-gain distortion, as even the lowest chords sound bright, lively and detailed. It’s highly recommended that you use a cabinet loaded with speakers rated for high-wattage output (100 watts or more), as the super-aggressive transients could easily destroy vintage-style speakers. The tones produced by the Blackjack SLS C-8 are absolutely massive, so you’ll want to pair it with a high-performance rig to get the most out of its expanded range. </p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong> </p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $1,299</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Schecter Guitar Research, <a href="http://schecterguitars.com/Default.aspx">schecterguitars.com</a></p> <p>The 28-inch scale, the Seymour Duncan Blackout active pickups and the Hipshot Custom-8 bridge contribute to the big, punchy and detailed tone of this extended range beast.</p> <p>With 24 extra-jumbo frets, a wide/flat neck profile and a smooth neck/body joint, the Blackjack SLS C-8 is surprisingly comfortable to play.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong> </p> <p>More eight-string baritone than guitar, the Schecter Blackjack SLS C-8 has a 28-inch scale and produces mammoth tones that remain punchy and clear even at the bottommost depths of down-tuned doom.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2069287543001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2069287543001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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We recently discussed the new guitars as Pitts and Jinxx prepared for the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour with Bullet For My Valentine. </p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How was the experience of doing the Warped Tour with all those shows in all that heat?</strong></p> <p>PITTS: The tour was great. The shows were amazing but, of course, being Warped, the heat made it a brutal tour. It takes a toll on you. It’s not an easy tour, but we got through it and it was a success. </p> <p>JINXX: Warped Tour is pretty grueling. There were some days where it was 115 degrees in the shade. All in all, it was a fun time. The crowds were great for us. The turnout was amazing every day. Even in the heat, the kids were great coming out to see all the bands and the music. It was really cool to see that. We had a really good time. </p> <p><strong>You guys have obviously developed quite a fan base. Does an event like Warped Tour, where there are so many bands on the bill and so many fans of different bands in attendance each day, make it feel like you're playing more to just your fans, or are there a lot of converts?</strong></p> <p>JINXX: I think we get a lot of converts in a festival like that. I think even the first Warped Tour we did two years ago we won over a lot of people. Even at that time we only had one album out and our second was just coming out while on that tour. Not a lot of people knew us other than via word of mouth. People wanted to know what we were all about with all that makeup and theatrics. In that two years’ time, we’ve done a lot with a lot of hard work. We have gotten a lot more attention. Crowds have grown, but I would say yeah, there are still a lot of people that have heard of us and weren’t too sure. They catch our set and realize we can play. </p> <p><strong>Can we talk about your backgrounds as players? You guys have been open about Metallica’s influence on your playing</strong>.</p> <p>JINXX: I was kind of born into music. My parents played. My dad and brother still play. That was just kind of my upbringing. MTV was always on, and I’d sit in front of it with a guitar and emulate what was going on. I was 4 when I started learning how to play riffs. Because it was Iowa, not a lot of people took me seriously, which is why I came to LA. </p> <p>PITTS: My favorite player is Paul Gilbert as far as playing and technique. When I started playing, Metallica was the band I heard that I wanted to sound like. Synyster Gates was also an influence later on, as was Buckethead’s weirdness and soloing style with his crazy tapping. And, of course, Eddie Van Halen. </p> <p><Strong>With Gilbert in particular, was it his work as "Mr. Big Paul Gilbert," "Racer X Paul Gilbert" or as a solo artist?</strong> </p> <p>PITTS: It was definitely more Racer X and some of his quirky rock music too. I wasn’t really ever into Mr. Big. I started studying his stuff and watching his video lessons. I tried to pick up on some of his ideas and mold and incorporate it into my own. </p> <p><strong>Jinxx, you are no stranger to classical music. Was there something going on in your house as a youngster that caused you to develop an interest?</strong></p> <p>JINXX: It was kind of like my rebellion against my parents. Usually it’s the opposite, but I discovered classical through Randy Rhoads, who was my first favorite guitarist. I got interested in where that came from. That opened up a huge door for me. My grandfather played the fiddle and I thought it was so cool so I took up the violin in school. </p> <p><strong>In the studio, when you guys put the material together, how do you decide who will play what?</strong></p> <p>PITTS: Basically on the last album we tracked the guitars in my studio. I would be working and Jinxx would come over and we’d work on stuff. Sometimes it’s whoever came up with the idea, or sometimes it was whoever could play it at that moment. Jinxx spent a lot of time doing the strings and I spent more time on the guitars. </p> <p><strong>When you do the solos live, do you typically just go with who played them on the album?</strong></p> <p>PITTS: Live we like to do a lot of that harmony stuff. Without both of us, it sounds really messed up. </p> <p><strong>You both recently announced you are moving back to Schecter guitars. Was there anything in particular that caused that move?</strong></p> <p>PITTS: I wanted to go with Schecter from day one. I've had a 2001 C-1 Elite since I lived in Minneapolis; I bought it at Guitar Center. I changed all the pickups. That’s the guitar I’ve owned the longest. It’s such a great guitar and set up so nice. The intonation is perfect. It's my main recording guitar. </p> <p><strong>Are you going to be doing production versions of these guitars, or are they custom models?</strong></p> <p>PITTS: I just got a couple of the prototypes they have made for me. I went and picked them up and brought them home. I have been playing around with them to see if there are any changes I want. The C-1 I have has been discontinued. My guitar is based off of that old C-1. It will have a Floyd Rose. One will be available with a Sustainiac and one without. The pickups are the 81/85 combo from EMG. They have always worked well for me. It is a neck-through design. </p> <p>JINXX: We've been working on a custom guitar for me. It’s a new shape that hasn’t been seen yet. I can tell you it’ll be 24 frets, with EMG 81/85’s and a Floyd Rose. The body shape is a monster, a very evil-looking guitar. </p> <p><strong>What are you using for amplification right now?</strong></p> <p>PITTS: We have a deal with Peavey. One of my favorite amps is the 6505+. It sounds incredible. We've been using the Kemper Profilers on the road. It’s so easy to profile your tones, and you can take it and use it live. It’s quicker for our guitar techs. They don’t have to set up the amps and mic them. The tones are always right. It plugs into the front of the house and our in-ears and it’s ready to go. They are pretty awesome for playing live, or even in the studio. In a mix, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference. </p> <p>JINXX: The Kempers have been pretty fail proof. We don’t get much time for sound check and these can really save us time. </p> <p><strong>You guys are hitting the road with Bullet For My Valentine</strong>.</p> <p>JINXX: Yeah, we get to do a much longer set than we did on Warped with about twice as many songs. We’re good buddies with those guys, so it’s going to be a fun tour. </p> <p><em>You can catch The Black Veil Brides on the road starting in late September on the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour with Bullet For My Valentine.</em></p> <p>9/28 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia<br /> 9/29 San Diego, CA SOMA<br /> 10/1 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre<br /> 10/2 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo<br /> 10/3 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory<br /> 10/5 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall<br /> 10/7 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre<br /> 10/8 Fargo, ND The Venue<br /> 10/10 Madison, WI Orpheum<br /> 10/11 St. Louis, MO The Pageant<br /> 10/12 Detroit, MI The Fillmore<br /> 10/15 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion<br /> 10/16 Lancaster, PA Freedom Hall<br /> 10/18 Huntington, NY The Paramount<br /> 10/19 Wallingford, CT The Dome @ Oakdale<br /> 10/20 Poughkeepsie, NY Mid Hudson Civic Center<br /> 10/22 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom<br /> 10/24 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues<br /> 10/28 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle<br /> 10/29 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore<br /> 10/30 Norfolk, VA The NorVA<br /> 11/1 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom<br /> 11/2 Montreal, QUE Metropolis<br /> 11/3 Portland, ME State Theater</p> <p><em>Photo: Jon Toth</em></p> <p><em>John Katic is a writer and podcaster who founded the <a href="http://www.ironcityrocks.com/">Iron City Rocks Podcast</a> in 2009. It features interviews with countless rock, hard rock, metal and blues artists. In 2013, he started <a href="http://heavymetalbookclub.com/">Heavy Metal Bookclub</a>, a podcast and website devoted to hard rock and metal books.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/black-veil-brides-guitarists-jake-pitts-and-jinxx-discuss-new-schecter-guitars-signature-models#comments Black Veil Brides Schecter Guitars Interviews News Features Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:45:56 +0000 John Katic http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19308 Schecter Guitars Named Official Guitar Sponsor for Aftershock Festival http://www.guitarworld.com/schecter-guitars-named-official-guitar-sponsor-aftershock-festival <!--paging_filter--><p>Schecter Guitars has signed on as this year's official Aftershock guitar sponsors. </p> <p>Schecter will be on site with the famed Schecter RV showing off their special line of guitars and basses. Schecter will be hosting signings with members of Papa Roach, In This Moment, Asking Alexandria and more artists to be announced later. Schecter will be doing guitar demos, shred contests, VIP ticket upgrades that will get six lucky people to receive a Schecter signed guitar, VIP pass for two days, merch and a meet-and-greet with signing artists. </p> <p>“At Schecter Guitar Research, we not only strive to help and support our artists, but we also love our fans," says Allen Steelgrave, director of marketing and artist relations at Schecter. "We are always excited when we get to interact with Schecter fans at great festivals like Aftershock.” </p> <p>For more about Aftershock, visit <a href="http://aftershockconcert.com/lineup.html">aftershockconcert.com</a>.</p> <p>For more about Schecter Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Default.aspx">schecterguitars.com</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202013-07-19%20at%2010.55.13%20AM.png" width="620" height="187" alt="Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 10.55.13 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/schecter-guitars-named-official-guitar-sponsor-aftershock-festival#comments Aftershock Schecter Guitars News Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:54:14 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18855 Synyster Gates, Guitar Center, Schecter and Ernie Ball Launch Ultimate Master Class Fly Away with Synyster Gates Contest http://www.guitarworld.com/synyster-gates-guitar-center-schecter-and-ernie-ball-launch-ultimate-master-class-fly-away-synyster-gates-contest <!--paging_filter--><p>Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates has teamed up with Guitar Center, Schecter Guitars and Ernie Ball to launch the "Ultimate Master Class Fly Away with Synyster Gates" contest.</p> <p>Start by downloading seven backing tracks by Avenged Sevenfold — and then make videos of yourself playing along to the tracks.</p> <p>Gates will listen to the submissions that are ranked highest by the social media audience. Gates will then select the winners and their guests to be flown to Los Angeles to attend an incredible master class by the Avenged Sevenfold shredder himself. </p> <p>Winners will receive:</p> <p>• VIP trip to Los Angeles with a guest to attend a master class with Gates in the Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room<br /> • Schecter Guitars Synyster Gates special electric guitar<br /> • A behind-the-scenes tour of the Schecter factory and custom shop<br /> • Ernie Ball accessory prize pack. </p> <p>To download the backing tracks — and to find out how to enter the Master Class contest (and to read the official rules and regulations) — visit <a href="http://a7x.yoov.io/">Guitarcenter.com/a7x</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JmV_nnxT1qU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/synyster-gates-guitar-center-schecter-and-ernie-ball-launch-ultimate-master-class-fly-away-synyster-gates-contest#comments Avenged Sevenfold Ernie Ball Guitar Center Schecter Guitars Synyster Gates News Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:13:01 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18716 NAMM 2013 Video: Schecter Hellwin Amp Press Conference with Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2013-video-schecter-hellwin-amp-press-conference-synyster-gates-avenged-sevenfold <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a <em>Guitar World</em> video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California.</p> <p>During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the Schecter Guitar Research booth to check out the company's new Hellwin Amp. It was designed by amp guru James Brown (far right in the video) for and with Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates.</p> <p>For more about this amp, head to <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/News/20130115/261/Schecter-Amplification-is-proud-to-announce-the-debut-of-Synyster-Gates-HELLWIN-amplifier.aspx">schecterguitars.com.</a></p> <p>Thanks for following along with our continuous NAMM 2013 coverage on Twitter during the NAMM Show! Even though the NAMM Show is over, be sure to follow <em>Guitar World</em> on <a href="https://twitter.com/GuitarWorld">Twitter right here.</a></p> <p>For more GuitarWorld.com NAMM 2013 gear news, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2013">visit and bookmark our dedicated NAMM 2013 page here.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2013">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2013: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><em>Photo: Damian Fanelli</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kCFeqoR9RlQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2013-video-schecter-hellwin-amp-press-conference-synyster-gates-avenged-sevenfold#comments Avenged Sevenfold NAMM 2013 Schecter Schecter Guitars Synyster Gates Amps News Gear Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:58:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17710 NAMM 2013 Video: Schecter Guitars Nikki Sixx and Johnny Christ Signature Model Basses http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2013-video-schecter-guitars-nikki-sixx-and-johnny-christ-signature-model-basses <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's a <em>Guitar World</em> video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California.</p> <p>During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the guys at the Schecter Guitars booth to check out some new basses. This video profiles the company's new Nikki Sixx and Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) signature model basses.</p> <p>"It was an exciting and creative process to work with Schecter on the new Schecter Sixx Signature Series Bass," Sixx said in a statement before the NAMM Show started. "It was important to all of us to design a bass that would feel right as well as sound amazing in the hands of all players, not just me. Every detail about the new Schecter Sixx comes from all of our collective experiences — whether it's my 30 years of playing live and recording or Schecter's unprecedented standards for making quality instruments for players of all genres. Simply said, this bass rocks!"</p> <p>The new Johnny Christ model features EMG Active MMCS/81 MMCS dual-coil pickups with wide bobbins — combined with a large coil surface area — that give the MMCS an amazing bass tone. MMCS is a great mixture of design, with ceramic magnets for a transparent high end with steel added to increase the inductance for a powerful and warm low-end. </p> <p>For more about Schecter (including the basses profiled here), head to <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Default.aspx">schecterguitars.com</a>. </p> <p>Thanks for following along with GuitarWorld.com's continuous NAMM 2013 coverage on the site, Facebook and Twitter! Even though the NAMM Show is over, be sure to follow <em>Guitar World</em> on <a href="https://twitter.com/GuitarWorld">Twitter right here.</a></p> <p>For more GuitarWorld.com NAMM 2013 gear news, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2013">visit and bookmark our dedicated NAMM 2013 page here.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/namm-2013">[[ <em>Guitar World</em> at NAMM 2013: Gear updates, photo galleries, videos and more! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tHdXeGcpZnE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/motley-crue">Motley Crue</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/namm-2013-video-schecter-guitars-nikki-sixx-and-johnny-christ-signature-model-basses#comments Avenged Sevenfold Johnny Christ Motley Crue NAMM 2013 Nikki Sixx Schecter Schecter Guitars Bass Guitars News Gear Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:12:14 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17680 Name Recognition: 10 Essential Signature Model Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/name-recognition-10-essential-signature-model-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Ah, how young and innocent we all were when Fender introduced its first signature model — the Eric Clapton Stratocaster — in 1988.</p> <p>Of course, Chet Atkins' name appeared on several Gretsch models (the Tennessean, for example) long before then, and let's not forget that Les Paul — the name that appears on millions of guitar headstocks across the world — was actually a person.</p> <p>Today, new signature models seem to be popping up daily, each one "designed according to the artist's specifications." Almost every major manufacturer makes them for a host of artists from every genre of guitar-based music. This, of course, leaves players with a wealth of choices.</p> <p>Below, however, is a list of 10 high-quality signature-model electric guitars that the respective artists can proudly sign their name to — 10 models that get it right.</p> <p>As always, this list was compiled by a group of <em>Guitar World</em> editorial staffers including Technical Editor Paul Riario, the guy who tries out every piece of gear that arrives at <em>Guitar World</em>. The gear in this story is presented in no particular order. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.evhgear.com/gear/subpage/?partno=5107900868">EVH Wolfgang USA Stealth</a></strong></p> <p>Short of committing an act of grand theft Frankenstrat, the Wolfgang USA Stealth from EVH is the be-all, end-all Van Halen guitar for that moment you decide to try your hand at "Eruption." </p> <p>Of the guitars on this list, the Wolfgang USA Stealth features, by far, the most responsive Floyd Rose system. (It should be noted that the EVH-branded Floyd Rose isn't a floating setup, so it can only be used for diving.)</p> <p>As <em>Guitar World</em> reviewer Chris Gill wrote in our April 2012 issue, "Whether you're a metal shredder who wants super-sonic speed and nothing-but-black aesthetics or an EVH aficionado who craves the ultimate Van Halen playing experience, the EVH Stealth delivers like no other Wolfgang.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Eddie used the EVH Wolfgang USA Stealth throughout Van Halen's North American tour this year, but in case you missed them, here's our own Paul Riario to give you a demo:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/ETAd43hMKhs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,999.99 | Visit <a href="http://www.evhgear.com/gear/subpage/?partno=5107900868">EVHGear.com</a> to learn more about this guitar.</em></p> <p><strong>From its humble origins in the back of a small music store in London, Marshall Amplification has defined the sound of rock for generations of guitarists around the world. <em>The History of Marshall Amps: The First Fifty Years</em> by Michael Doyle and Nick Bowcott tells the story of Jim Marshall's remarkable life and documents the many innovations of Marshall amplifiers, from the famous “stack” to the most current offerings. <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-aficionado/products/the-history-of-marshall-amps/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=SignatureGuitars">It's available at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-FRM100">Ibanez Paul Gilbert FRM100</a></strong></p> <p>Ibanez's Paul Gilbert model, the FRM100 (the TR often seen in the name refers to Translucent Red) takes the "signature" theme to a new level. After all, Gilbert pretty much designed this guitar himself. </p> <p>"I designed the Fireman on my computer by taking a photo of an Ibanez Iceman and turning it upside-down in Adobe Photoshop," <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-guitarist-paul-gilbert-discusses-his-new-online-rock-guitar-school">Gilbert told GuitarWorld.com in May</a>. "Then I just worked out the extra details like adding the lower cutaway, angling the pickups, designing the pickguard shape and asking for a big, beefy neck joint. Ibanez brought the idea to life in their custom shop, and I fell in love with the guitar. The production model is killer. I used a factory sample for the whole Mr. Big tour last year."</p> <p>The neck on Fireman is different than the previous RG shapes in the Gilbert signature series. It's thicker and fatter -- 22mm at the first fret and 24mm at the 12th fret. The three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck offers a fat, tight sound and a solid grip. The pickups are DiMarzio Injectors in the bridge and neck and a DiMarzio Area '67 in the middle; they are designed with hum-cancelling construction to eliminate the noise but retain single-coil tone.</p> <p>Other features include a mahogany body, medium frets and a Tight Tune bridge.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Here's an official Ibanez video starring Gilbert and the Fireman in action:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3m16qpehaIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,199.99 | <a href="http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-FRM100">Visit Ibanez.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.espguitars.com/guitars/signature/kh-2-vintage.html">ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Model</a></strong></p> <p>Kirk Hammett adopted a Strat-style ESP between the recording of <em>...And Justice For All</em> and the band's mega-selling self-titled album, ditching the '74 Gibson Flying V he had relied so heavily on in the band's early years. "I used that V on every album prior to this one," Hammett told <em>Guitar World</em> in 1991, "but the ESP just sounded a bit rounder."</p> <p>At Winter NAMM 2012, ESP introduced several new models to commemorate 25 years of partnership with Metallica's lead guitarist. In those 25 years, the essential Hammett signature model has to be the KH-2, which comes in a sleek black finish or the "vintage" look, which comes complete with "Caution: Hot" and "Kirk's Guitar" stickers.</p> <p>The KH-2 also features a set of EMG pickups, a Floyd Rose Original bridge and a specially contoured neck that's perfect for nimble players.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>There isn't an official video demo for the KH-2, but the nice thing about signature guitars is you can point to the artists themselves as examples. In this case, pop in a copy of the Black Album and you'll hear why Kirk fell in love with these guitars.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/espkh2.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,285.00 | <a href="http://www.espguitars.com/guitars/signature/kh-2-vintage.html">Visit ESPGuitars.com for more on this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/santana/">PRS Guitars Santana Signature</a></strong></p> <p>This model might be at the higher end of the price spectrum as far as this list is concerned, but it truly is a work of art. The guitar, the product of a longstanding creative partnership between Paul Reed Smith and Carlos Santana, comes standard with a maple top, mahogany back, rosewood fretboard, 24-fret mahogany neck, 24 1/2-inch-scale length and PRS tremolo.</p> <p>The guitar also features PRS' relatively new V12 finish, a thin, hard and clear finish that doesn't crack or react with thinners. "PRS models with this new finish feel like old instruments," said Paul Reed Smith of the finish, which is halfway between acrylic and nitro.</p> <p>Other features include a carved, figured maple top; inlaid purfling strips; custom bird inlays; a bound rosewood fretboard, nickel hardware; and a rosewood headstock veneer with an inlaid eagle. The pickups are specially designed Santana Treble and Bass models.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>If you have some time, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTqbfWJVUDw">check out this Musician's Friend video featuring Santana and Paul Reed Smith</a> discussing guitar playing in general, Santana's thoughts about PRS, his signature model and other topics. </p> <p>In terms of a helpful demo video, there are no videos available from PRS or <em>Guitar World</em>, and YouTube is particularly skimpy on the subject. Note that most of the available PRS Santana demo videos refer to the lower-priced SE model, and you can check out <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDyikttVXR0">Paul Riario's review of the SE right here.</a> Here's hoping PRS produces a video that explores the features of the higher-end signature model.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/PRS.jpg" width="620" height="222" alt="PRS.jpg" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $5,000 | <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/santana/">Visit prsguitars.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Slash-Appetite-Les-Paul-Standard.aspx">Epiphone Limited Edition Slash Appetite Les Paul Standard</a></strong></p> <p>Limited to just 3,000 copies, the limited-edition Slash "Appetite" Les Paul Standard is a more-affordable alternative to the Gibson model of the same name. </p> <p>Modeled after the Kris Derrig-made Les Paul copy used by Slash on Guns N' Roses' classic <em>Appetite for the Destruction</em> album, the Slash Appetite Les Paul comes with two Seymour Duncan Slash Alnico II Pro humbuckers, a LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and a neck profile created especially for the mad hatter himself.</p> <p>“All things considered, with the original one, it just happened to have a certain sort of unique tone unto itself,” Slash said in a video from Gibson. “The new <em>Appetite for Destruction</em> guitar is about as close as anybody could get to the original.”</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>For a look at just how this guitar performs, check out <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c829NqdnX1o&amp;feature=plcp">this video</a> from Rainbow Music in Carlisle, England.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/epiphoneslash.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,525 | <a href="http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Slash-Appetite-Les-Paul-Standard.aspx">Visit Epiphone.com to learn more about this guitar</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.deanguitars.com/dimebag_seriesML.php">Dimebag Dean From Hell CFH</a></strong></p> <p>Like Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell has no shortage of worthy signature models to choose from. And while you can't go wrong with any axe from Dean's ML series, we had to pick just one, and the Dean From Hell CFH model gets the nod.</p> <p>Featuring a set mahogany V-neck and all-black hardware (because bad guys wear black), the Dean From Hell's lightning-bolt graphic is pure, vintage Dime, a fitting reproduction of the guitar that graces the cover of Pantera's breakout album, <em>Cowboys From Hell</em>.</p> <p>The Dean From Hell is equipped with a Floyd Rose Special bridge and Bill Lawrence XL500 pickups, making it a high-output monster perfect for shredders of all stripes. Getcha pull!</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Paired with your preferred high-gain amp, the Dean from Hell chugs, wails and squeals just like a Dime signature guitar should.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/deanfromhell.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,135.88 | <a href="http://www.deanguitars.com/dimebag_seriesML.php">Visit DeanGuitars.com to learn more about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.fender.com/products/johnnymarrjaguar">Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar</a></strong></p> <p>The ultra-cool Fender Jaguar never really got the widespread, mainstream appreciation it deserves; perhaps that's because of the model's supposedly confusing control layout. Get ready to throw that excuse out the window and give the Jag another shot. This new model developed by Fender for Johnny Marr (The Smiths, The Cribs, Modest Mouse) features some terrific updates.</p> <p>For starters, it features a four-position blade-style pickup switch (bridge; bridge and neck in parallel; neck, bridge, and neck in series), plus two upper-horn slide switches that control pickup brightness. The pickups are custom-wound, Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr single-coil neck and bridge models. The maple neck is custom-shaped maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard that's based on Marr’s '65 Jag.</p> <p>Other features include nylon bridge post inserts for improved stability, a “taller” tremolo arm with arm-sleeve nylon insert to prevent arm swing, 22 vintage-style frets; a 24-inch-scale neck, chrome hardware and a vintage-style truss rod.</p> <p><em>Guitar World</em> gear reviewer Chris Gill calls it "the best Jaguar that the company has ever produced" — and there's no denying this guitar looks killer in Olympic White.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Here are two videos that'll fill in the blanks about this guitar. The first one is an official Fender video featuring Marr; the second one features GW's Paul Riario.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sPoUB9qBdg4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1886474980001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1886474980001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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A DiMarzio Crunch Lab pickup sits in the bridge position with a DiMarzio Liquifire pickup in the neck position, giving you loads of clarity and output. </p> <p>The guitar's ebony fretboard plays fast for ultra-fluid legato work and clean sweeps, making the only limitation on the JP12 how fast your hands can move while playing <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/romancing-fretboard-chopin-arranged-guitar-part-1">Chopin's Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus No. 2</a>.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>In the below video, Petrucci shows off the capabilities of his newest signature model:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/6VZEa8O1Hns" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,500 | <a href="http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/jp12.html">Visit Music-Man.com to learn more about this guitar</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.gretschguitars.com/products/index.php?partno=2400112809">Gretsch G6120TV Brian Setzer Hot Rod</a></strong></p> <p>Gretsch makes a slew of beautiful Brian Setzer signature models, most of which are variations of a traditional 6120 Nashville. And then there's the Brian Setzer Hot Rod model, which is basically the Nashville's evil, mean twin, a guitar with a one-track mind. This is a Gretsch that's ready for rockin' right out of the box.</p> <p>As Gretsch puts it, the Hot Rod is stripped down and built for speed. You get one three-position pickup switch, a single master-volume control and two TV Jones-designed Hot Rod Filter’Tron pickups that crank out some fiery tones. </p> <p>Other features include a full 16-inch single-cutaway, bound, hollow body; a 1959-style trestle bracing and F holes; a two-piece rock maple neck with a bound ebony fingerboard; Sperzel locking tuners; pinned Adjusto-Matic bridge; chrome hardware and a Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece. </p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Once again, here's our own Paul Riario in a GW video from 2007:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bnvV4AUfeWw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,600 | <a href="http://www.gretschguitars.com/products/index.php?partno=2400112809">Visit gretschguitars.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Products/guitar/synyster-gates-Custom.aspx">Schecter Synyster Gates Custom</a></strong></p> <p>The Synyster Gates Custom is a mean-looking guitar with an original body shape, an eye-catching headstock and a cool "deathbat" inlay. </p> <p>But what really makes the guitar stand out are the Seymour Duncan Custom Syn Invaders pickups, which produce the heaviest tones a passive pickup can produce. They feature three ceramic magnets, over-wound coils and 12 chrome cap screws. Sustainiac Driver/Pickup produces solid humbucker tones when the Sustain switch is off and works as the Sustainiac Driver when switched on.The Sustainiac Driver creates an infinite feedback sustain of string vibrations by electromagnetic feedback. </p> <p>And then there's the ebony fretboard. According to Schecter Guitar Research, "Ebony has a snappy, crisp attack with the density of maple, but with more brittle grains, oilier pores and a stronger fundamental tone than maple. It has a tremendous amount of percussive overtones in the pick attack, that mute out shortly thereafter to foster great, long, sustain."</p> <p>Other features include a mahogany body, a 25.5-inch-scale three-piece mahogany neck, 24 extra-jumbo frets, a Floyd Rose 100 Series bridge and Grover tuners. It's an axe worthy of the Avenged Sevenfold guitarist.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Although <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=oCktx_pDWoI">this video wasn't created by Schecter Guitar Research</a> or <em>Guitar World</em>, it does an OK job of demonstrating the guitar's many features — especially if you skip to around 2:06.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Gates620.jpg" width="620" height="224" alt="Gates620.jpg" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,649 | <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Products/guitar/synyster-gates-Custom.aspx">Visit schecterguitars.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/paul-gilbert">Paul Gilbert</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/brian-setzer">Brian Setzer</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/name-recognition-10-essential-signature-model-guitars#comments Brian Setzer Carlos Santana Fender Gretsch Ibanez Johnny Marr Kirk Hammett Paul Gilbert Paul Reed Smith PRS Schecter Schecter Guitars Synyster Gates Electric Guitars News Features Gear Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:19:39 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16975