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DBZ Guitars to Unveil the Bolero Banneret at 2010 NAMM Show

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 8, 2010 at 12:54 PM

DBZ Bolero BanneretChicago, IL January 08, 2010 DBZ Guitars unveils the Bolero Banneret, the first in the new Regalia Series of guitars debuting at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show January 14 in Anaheim, California. The new Regalia Series takes guitar building, features and appointments to a new level by incorporating ornate metal embellishments. Utilizing new CNC technology, combined with old world hand casting, the ornate metal castings are of jeweler quality, detail and finish.

Legendary guitar builder, Dean Zelinsky has always had the reputation of taking the art of guitar building to the next level. With his new company established in 2008, he has created a new platform to push even further and continues to expand on his 30 plus years of innovation. The Regalia Series will broaden the existing models by incorporating a finely crafted, metal, set-in on the bodies of the instruments. The ornate metal casting is designed in high detail and finished in 24k gold and nickel. To complement the body's metal casting, each guitar will have a matching truss rod cover at the headstock.

In addition to the new inlay, standard features of the Bolero Banneret include:

24.75" set neck
Mahogany/Maple bodies
Mahogany neck/Ebony fingerboards
22 frets
Premier inlays
DBZ pick ups
Volume and Tone controls
Pick up selector
Coil tapping
Grover tuners
Chrome hardware
DBZ custom casted Stop Tail piece bridge
Street Price starting at $849 USD

To learn more about the new Bolero Banneret or the new Regalia Series, visit


DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Hits the Road January 8

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 8, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Devin TownsendOn the heels of releasing Addicted, which debuted at #168 on the Billboard Top 200 and at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, the Devin Townsend Project is taking its frenetic, high-energy show to the masses, joining Between the Buried and Me, Cynic, and Scale the Summit for a massive North American trek that kicks off January 8, in Nashville, TN.

For more info, or to hear tracks from Addicted, visit the band's official MySpace page.

Here is the complete tour itinerary:

Jan 8  Nashville, Tennessee
Jan 9  Atalnta, Georgia
Jan 10 New Orleans, Louisiana
Jan 11 Houston, Texas
Jan 12 Dallas, Texas
Jan 13 San Antonio, Texas
Jan 15 Tempe, Arizona
Jan 16 San Diego, California
Jan 17 West Hollywood, California
Jan 18 San Francisco, California
Jan 20 Denver, Colorado
Jan 22 Louisville, Kentucky
Jan 23 Detroit, Michigan
Jan 24 Chicago, Illinois
Jan 25 Cleveland, Ohio
Jan 26 Toronto, Ontario
Jan 27 Montreal, Quebec
Jan 28 Boston, Massachusetts
Jan 29 Clifton Park, New York
Jan 30 New York, New York
Jan 31 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Feb 1  Baltimore, Maryland
Feb 4  West Columbia, South Carolina
Feb 5  Knoxville, Tennessee
Feb 6  Charlotte, North Carolina
Mar 12 Brisbane, Queensland
Mar 13 Sydney, New South Wales
Mar 14 Melbourne, Victoria
Mar 16 Adelaide, South Australia
Mar 18 Perth, Western Australia


American Carnage Tour Postponed

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 8, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Slayer guitar tabThe much anticipated American Carnage Tour, featuring hard rock behemoths Megadeth, Slayer, and Testament has been put on hold due to health issues. Slayer's bassist/vocalist Tom Araya is in need of back surgery which cannot be postponed.

"Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot," said Slayer's manager Rick Sales, "but they just haven't handled the problem, so he's biting the bullet and is scheduled for back surgery at the end of this month."

Megadeth guitar tab
Slayer guitar tab

The headbanging Araya, known for aggressively swinging his long mane of hair while performing, began experiencing back problems while on the band's Australian/New Zealand/Japanese tour last October.  In spite of his rapidly increasing pain and discomfort, he carried on with the tour, but immediately upon returning home saw an orthopedic specialist who diagnosed a cervical radiculopathy. The rocker initially did not want to take the major surgery route, so the specialist recommended a series of minimally-invasive procedures.  While those procedures have resulted in some improvement, Araya continues to deal with intermittent bouts of severe pain, numbness and muscle spasms.  The surgical procedure that Araya will undergo, called an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, is a relatively routine practice and the recovery rate is excellent.

This difficult decision made by Araya means the cancellation of Slayer's immediate tour plans that include the American and Canadian Carnage Tour dates that were set to kick off on January 18, as well as the band's UK/European tour scheduled for March and April. For the latest updates on Slayer, visit

Sales added, "As unfortunate as this is for so many people - the Megadeth and Testament camps, the concerts' promoters, and, of course, the fans - Tom's health is the number one priority, and this has to happen."

While disappointed by the tour's delay, Megadeth are concerned for Araya and wish him a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, Megadeth is currently scheduling a U.S. headline run for March and April, and hopes to reschedule the American Carnage tour for Summer 2010, so those holding tickets are asked to sit tight as more info will be announced as progress is made. Please visit for the latest updates.


MARTIN GUITAR Announces Performing Artist Series of Guitars

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 4, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Martin GPCPA1C.F. Martin & Co. is proud to announce the launch of the "Performing Artist Series" of acoustic/electric guitars set to debut in 2010. The three models that form the foundation of the new series include the DCPA1 Dreadnought, OMCPA1 Orchestra Model, and the new Grand Performance GPCPA1. These acoustic/electric models provide flexibility and professionalism for guitarists, from small coffee houses to large arenas to simply recording with your laptop or in a professional studio.

These new models combine Martin's legendary tone and styling, while adding player comfort and on-stage performance capability. The DCPA1, OMCPA1 and the modern Grand Performance GPCPA1 all share the same aesthetic blend of contemporary and traditional features. Additionally, all Performing Artist Series guitars are equipped with Fishman's newly designed onboard sound reinforcement system, the F1 Aura.

Each model in the Performing Artist Series offers its own distinctive acoustic and plugged-in sound for the discerning player. The DCPA1 offers the powerful and resonant Martin Dreadnought tone. The OMCPA1 is well balanced, offering warm bass response with crisp clear trebles. The new GPCPA1 shares characteristics from the big rich sound of the Dreadnought and the clarity of the Orchestra model and combines them into a new sonic signature all of its own. All three guitars share the same well-known Martin construction including solid East Indian rosewood back and sides, a solid Sitka spruce soundboard with hybrid scalloped bracing, a genuine ebony headplate, fingerboard and bridge, and a patented mortise and tenon neck joint.

The Performing Artist Series features many firsts for the company, including a more parallel neck profile with a slimmer taper at the 12th fret, giving the guitar comfortable width in the first few frets plus a faster feel for lead-work as you move up the neck. The new smaller bridge design reduces mass and increases the soundboard's tonal response.

New aesthetic features include a pearl Martin block-style logo inlaid into the ebony headplate. New fingerboard inlays use traditional squares in colorful blue paua, flanked by arrow designs adding to the guitar's sleek modern style. A newly-designed two ring rosette borders the soundhole with a stunning combination of blue paua and wood fiber inlays. Finely polished gloss lacquer highlights the body's beauty, while a durable satin finish on the guitar's neck adds to the quicker feel and player's comfort. 

The new Fishman F1 Aura features the Aura Acoustic Imaging technology in a distinctive and easy to use onboard preamp system. State-of-the-art features include: digital chromatic tuner, volume and blend controls, independent 3-band EQ for both pickup and image signals, compressor, phase control and an automatic anti-feedback filter with up to 3 notches. The heart of the F1 Aura is its ability to replicate the sound of nine different world-class studio microphones. Fishman engineers have carefully captured images of the sound that these high-quality microphones "hear" and allow you to blend it in with the legendary Gold+Plus under saddle pickup. The preamp design utilizes low-noise components, 32-bit internal processing and 24-bit audio conversion for an incredibly clean and quiet output.

A Limited Lifetime Warranty covers all "Performing Artist Series" models purchased from authorized Martin dealers in the U.S. and Canada. To protect your investment, each guitar includes a brown hardshell case.

For more information on the Performing Artist Series, please visit

New Ibanez JS2400 Satriani Model Leaked?

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 4, 2010 at 12:39 PM

While checking out the new posts over at (love their "5 for the Weekend" posts), I noticed a photo purported to be the new Ibanez JS2400 Joe Satriani signature model. Digging into the post, you'll find the photo has been sourced from the Voo-du blog, who it seems has a PDF of the European 2010 Ibanez catalog, from the Ibanez Germany.

The first thing you notice about this new model is the single-coil-sized Dimarzio Pro Track stacked humbucker and 24-fret neck—both somewhat radical changes from previous JS models. 

So, is it really the new JS2400? We'll find out in just over a week, when Ibanez unveils the new model at the 2010 winter NAMM show.

Joe Satriani guitar tab and video lessons

Joe Satriani guitar tab


GUTHRIE GOVAN at Tone Merchants and Suhr Showcase NAMM 2010

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 4, 2010 at 12:23 PM

For those of you heading out to Anaheim, California next week to attend the annual winter NAMM show, you might want to set aside time in your schedule to check out UK guitar wiz Guthrie Govan at the Tone Merchants showcase on Saturday (1/16) night. To reserve tickets, which are $25.00, call Tone Merchants at 714-288-9583.

Longtime Billy Idol (guitar tab) guitarist Steve Stevens will be playing on Friday, January 15, along with special guest Pete Thorn. 

For more info, visit the Tone Merchants web site.


Chris Cornell Confirms SOUNDGARDEN Reunion

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 4, 2010 at 9:51 AM

According to Joe Bosso at MusicRadar, grunge pioneers Soundgarden will reunite this year. Singer Chris Cornell confirmed the reunion on his Twitter account at midnight, January 1. A message at the band's official web site reads:

"The 12 year break is over and school is back in session. To learn more, sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again! 

Soundgarden guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks

Soundgarden guitar tab

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