Guitarist K.K. Downing, a founding member of Judas Priest, says he wants to open a luxury hotel in the grounds of his home in Shropshire, England. Downing, who retired from Judas Priest last April, told the Shropshire Star that he plans to build 63-room hotel, indoor swimming pool, spa and a classy restaurant on the grounds of his 320-acre estate. There's already a golf course on the grounds.
At last week's Winter NAMM show, Guitar World headed straight for the Builder's Reserve in the Taylor booth to check out Taylor's first-ever ukulele. These tenor ukes are made out of the same Hawaiian koa wood used for Taylor's guitars -- but from smaller pieces the company has been saving for years. They are designed by Taylor's Andy Powers, who has been making ukuleles since he was a little kid!
Bruce Springsteen has announced the first dates of a pending U.S. tour this year in support of his upcoming new album, Wrecking Ball. As always, Bruce will be joined by the E-Street Band, with this tour marking the group's first North American excursion after the death of late saxophonist Clarence Clemons.
Later today, Meshuggah members Tomas Haake and Jens Kidman will be hosting a live Q&A with fans to discuss the band's upcoming new album, Koloss. The chat will take place at 3:30 P.M. EST in Nuclear Blast's Streaming Room.
Guitar World paid a visit to the ENGL booth at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, to check out some new amps -- including the Gigmaster 30. In this video, guitarist AC Alexander of Warrior and Lizzy Borden does the playing as Michael Berger of ENGL does the talking, dishing out details about the Gigmaster 30. The amp features a 12-inch Celestion Super 65, plus reverb and two channels.
Godsmack and Staind have just unveiled the tour dates for a 2012 co-headlining tour that will see the bands being supported by Halestorm. Dubbed the "Mass Chaos Tour," the trek kicks off on May 13 in Augusta, Georgia. You can get the full list of tour dates below.
Guitar World visited the Taylor booth (It's more of a large room, actually) at last week's 2012 Winter NAMM show to check out several new models, including the 700 Series Nylon. One of Taylor's themes this year is the integration of their nylon-string models with their steel-string models, and the 700 Series Nylon is a good example. The guitar shares the same appointments as Taylor's 700 series, but with nylon strings and several other classical-style touches, including the long bridge.
Guitar World paid a visit to the C. F. Martin & Co. booth at last week's 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim to check out several new Martin models -- including the 000C Nylon. In this video, Martin's Chris Thomas explains the new model, which comes equipped with a Fishman F1 analog pickup system and is a clever hybrid between a steel-string and nylon-string classical guitar (Check out the trad headstock and long, classical-style bridge).