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Seymour Duncan and Schecter Guitar Gear Blowout

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 14, 2009 at 9:19 AM

If you live anywhere near Hollywood or Burbank and are in need of some new pickups, pedals, or other assorted goodies, read the banner below from Seymour Duncan and Schecter Guitars. If you don't live anywhere near La-La-Land, curse your friends who do and then check out what's new at

The last time they did a sale like this was seven years ago. Don't miss this rare opportunity to score gear at unheard of prices.


Seymour Duncan and Schecter Sale

Seymour Duncan Announces Hot Stack Plus for Strat-Style Guitars

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 9, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Seymour Duncan For Stratocaster players, it's the challenge of the ages: keep the tone, but ditch the annoying single coil hum. A few years ago, Santa Barbara-based pickup giant Seymour Duncan released their patented Classic Stack Plus pickup that addressed answered the call. But what about those players who want a Strat® tone that's bigger, beefier, ballsier, and brasher than vintage? For them, Duncan is happy to announce the release of the Hot Stack Plus, their latest advancement in the quest for hum-free Strat tone. 

Like Duncan's Classic Stack Plus pickup, the Hot Stack Plus uses a top coil that is significantly larger than the bottom coil; it's almost the same size as a traditional Strat pickup coil. This, together with the staggered, sand-cast, Alnico 5 pole pieces, and the custom wound, high-output coil, delivers a hot and thick Strat tone. Use a Hot Stack Plus in the bridge position together with two Classics in the neck and middle for a versatile setup that covers all tones from vintage to high-output.

The top coil is shielded with a "flux transfer plate" which attracts hum and "injects" it into the much smaller bottom coil, whose sole purpose is to eliminate the hum. The top coil gets the tone. The bottom coil kills the hum. In addition to the unique design, Duncan uses a device seldom seen outside a physics laboratory called a Helmholtz coil, to calibrate each individual Hot Stack Plus pickup for maximum hum cancellation. The Helmholtz coil generates an extremely uniform magnetic field that allows our engineers to accurately simulate, on the test bench, the noise conditions found in a typical performance environment. This type of testing and calibration, in addition to the unique magnetic structure of the Hot Stack Plus system, allows it to achieve extraordinarily low levels of 60-cycle hum. 

For most Strat guitars, the Hot Stack Plus is a direct retrofit. The Stack Plus is .995" (25.27mm) tall, which makes it .175 (4.45mm) taller than a vintage pickup for Strat guitars. Each Stack Plus is built and tuned, by hand, in Duncan's Santa Barbara, California workshop and includes mounting hardware and detailed wiring instructions. Recommended for bridge position.

DC Resistance
• Stack - 20.26 K Ohms
• Single Coil - 13.93 K Ohms Inductance
• Stack - 9.8 Henries
• Single Coil - 3.25 Henries Impedance Peak
• Stack - 3.23 KHz
• Single Coil - 5.62 KHz Noise in Stack mode
• 20 HZ to 20 KHz - <90 dBV
• 400 Hz to 20 KHz - <95 dBV
• USA MSRP: $110

For more information about Seymour Duncan, please visit


Posted by Michael Mueller on July 9, 2009 at 5:49 PM

George is deeply saddened to learn of the loss of legendary Fender and G&L man George Fullerton. He passed away Saturday, July 4, in Fullerton, California. He was 86.

As a lifelong friend and colleague of Leo Fender and one of the first employees of the Fender Electric Instrument Co., Fullerton was an ever-present figure during Fender's original 1950s-60s "Leo years," and was one of the close confidants to whom Leo Fender often turned when designing and producing his guitars and amplifiers.

In particular, Fullerton is often credited with design contributions for Fender's—and the world's—first successful solidbody Spanish-style electric guitar, the Esquire (very quickly renamed the Broadcaster and then Telecaster).

After leaving Fender around 1970, Fullerton co-founded G&L Musical Instruments with Leo Fender and Dale Hyatt (Fullerton was the "G" in G&L). Coming full circle, Fullerton returned to Fender in 2007 with the introduction of the Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition George Fullerton 50th Anniversary Stratocaster guitar and Relic Tweed Pro Junior Amp.

Fullerton was also fondly remembered by those at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"He was one of the guys who paved the way," said Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop director. "He was one of the guys who made it possible for all of us to be here today at Fender."

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, at Crystal Cathedral Arboretum in Orange, California.

Click here to read Jeff Owens' complete obituary at


SUICIDE SILENCE Debut At #32 On The Billboard Top 200 Chart

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 9, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Today marks a monumental moment in extreme metal history as Suicide Silence become one of the most extreme bands to ever debut in the Billboard Top 200 charts at such a high number entering at #32 with over 14,000 units sold. This great success comes on the heels of the band's frontman landing the cover of Revolver magazine's September issue, which hits newsstands everywhere on July 21st.

There is little doubt that Suicide Silence are the frontrunners of the scene and Mitch Lucker (vocals) further comments: "Well, to wake up this morning and get the news of us debuting at #32 on the Billboard Top 200 charts is mind blowing. We are so proud of No Time To Bleed and feel that we made a definite statement with this effort. This is the culmination of years of relentless touring and hard work. We most of all want to thank you, the fans, for helping us achieve this amazing benchmark and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn't for all of you supporting us. 

"We are going to celebrate with all of you this summer on the Pedal To The Metal tour with Mudvayne this summer, which will be the first American tour that we will be selling our new record. So come out and witness the new jams. We promise that it will be a night to remember."

Look for the band on tour across North America all summer long as part of the massive Pedal To The Metal tour performing alongside Mudvayne, Black Label Society, Static-X, Dope, and Bury Your Dead. The trek kicks off on July 24th and concludes Sept. 9th, so be sure to visit the band's MySpace page to view their complete itinerary. 

Rock Star INXS Runner-up Marty Casey to Release New Lovehammers Record

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 9, 2009 at 5:34 PM

LovehammersBefore the 2005 television show Rock Star: INXS made him a star, of sorts, runner-up Marty Casey was the lead singer of long-standing Chicago rock act the Lovehammers. Thanks in part to Casey's success on the show, the Lovehammers are hoping to make themselves a household name with their new album, Heavy Crown. The album, which was self-produced with additional production by heavy-hitting producer Marti Frederickson (Aerosmith, Buckcherry, Pink, Faith Hill, Papa Roach), is due out July 21 on the band's own label, REEP Records, and is anchored by the hooky first single, "Guns."

Read more at the band's MySpace page.

SLAYER Discusses New Album and Mayhem Festival

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 9, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Slayer has offered fans a digital press release (see video below) featuring the band and producer Greg Fidelman offering commentary from the studio on their new album, World Painted Blood, which is due out this Fall.

Recording World Painted Blood was a unique experience for Slayer who has historically begun the recording process with all songs written and fully rehearsed. This time, in part to make sure they could work with Fidelman, they had ideas, but did the bulk of writing and song development while in the studio. "Writing in the studio was a new idea for Slayer," said Fidelman. "I think the fact that the songs were still new and fresh to them, and they hadn't been playing them for six months in rehearsal, kept the vibe and excitement in the studio very high."

As World Painted Blood is a Slayer album, it deals with topics such as death and destruction, war, serial killers, and the Apocalypse. Titles include "Psychopathy Red" (which was leaked to the Internet last winter), "Beauty Through Order" (King:  "one of Jeff's songs, it has a very heavy 'do me' intro to it then explodes with a really cool vibe,") "Unit 731," "Playing With Dolls" (Dave:  an awesome track, great song structure, great vibe"), "Public Display of Dismemberment," and "Americon." 

Slayer kicks off this summer's Mayhem Festival on Friday, July 10. It marks the second time that Slayer and Marilyn Manson have co-headlined a tour together. "I had fun when we toured with Manson two years ago," said King. "Manson's a friend of mine and Twiggy's [Ramirez] back in the band, so it can only be that much better. We'll probably play two new songs, 'Psychopathy Red' being one of them - not sure what the other one will be. And, I'm curious to see Manson's set, I love watching him play because there's always something going on. It's going to be a great summer tour, a lot of fun for everyone."

Get Slayer guitar tabs and lessons here!

Tour dates for the Mayhem Festival are as follows:

10    Sacramento, CA
11    San Francisco, CA
12    San Bernardino, CA
14    Seattle, WA
17    Phoenix, AZ
18    Albuquerque, NM
19    Denver, CO
21    Kansas City, MO
22    St. Louis, MO
24    Atlanta, GA
25    Indianapolis, IN
26    Chicago, IL
28    Toronto, ONT  CANADA
29    Scranton, PA
31    Cleveland, OH

1     Pittsburgh, PA
2     Detroit, MI
4     Boston, MA
6     Virginia Beach, VA
7     Camden, NJ
8     Hartford, CT
9     Washington, D.C.
11   Tampa, FL
12   West Palm Beach, FL
14   San Antonio, TX
15   Dallas, TX

LACUNA COIL Announce Headlining North American Tour

Posted by Michael Mueller on July 2, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Lacuna Coil will make their triumphant return to North America on July 4th embarking on a five-week headlining trek with Kill Hannah, Seventh Void, and Dommin. The much-anticipated tour also marks the group's first headliner of North America in over two years, so it is definitely going to be a must see event. Lacuna Coil diehard fans can rejoice as this will be your chance to finally see the band perform an hour plus set consisting of many new tracks from Shallow Life, alongside some older classics. Be sure to visit the band's MySpace page or see below to view their complete touring itinerary.

"We just got back from the great adventure that was the Music As A Weapon IV tour in the States and let me tell you: our fans are the best!" comments singer Andrea Ferro. "Regardless of these hard times with the economy, they were out there night after night to support live music, ready to rock out and have a good time! We couldn't have asked for a better start for the Shallow Life touring cycle and we really want to take the time to thank Disturbed and all of the traveling parties to make it such a great ride. June is coming and we're getting ready for the summer festival madness around Europe and to embrace all of our European fans and friends. We're gonna debut some new songs together with our old material and it's gonna be awesome!

"Shortly after that, we'll be back in North America for the first leg of the American Spellbound Tour. We will be hitting a lot of towns and territories that we weren't able to on MAAW and sharing the stage with old-time friends Seventh Void, our new friends Kill Hannah and Dommin. We are looking forward to having a blast as always in the U.S. and are sure you will too. Make sure to get your ticket soon and be ready to rock!"

Lacuna Coil recently completed a stunning new video for the Active Rock smash hit "Spellbound" that was shot in their hometown of Milan, Italy, at the world famous Dolce & Gabbana nightclub Gold. The clip was directed by Saku, produced by Apnea Film, and wardrobe was also provided by Dolce & Gabbana. The video can be viewed below.

07/04    Street Festival – El Paso, TX (w/ The Cult)
07/06    Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
07/07    Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
07/08    Electric Park Ballroom – Waterloo, IA
07/10    Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
07/11    The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
07/12    Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
07/14    Wilma Theater – Missoula, MT
07/15    Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
07/17    Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
07/18    Roseland – Portland, OR
07/19    Neumo's – Seattle, WA
07/21    Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa, CA
07/22    House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
07/24    House of Blues – Las Vegas. NV
07/25    The New Oasis – Sparks, NV
07/26    The Senator Theater – Chico, CA
07/27    Slim's – San Francisco, CA

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