Posts Tagged ‘Ibanez’

Check Out New Joe Satriani Tune “Energy” Featuring Chad Smith and Glenn Hughes

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Guitar Superhero Joe Satriani announced his new album recently.  “What Happens Next” is slated to be released January 12.  He’s discussed a bit of what we can expect from the record with his new single “Energy”

Energy is a straight ahead rock track and won’t sound unfamiliar to Satriani fans.  “The son ‘Energy’ shows the power, fun and excitement of true and spontaneous musical chemistry,” Satriani says.  “Chad Smith, Glenn Hughes and me rockin’ out, not holding back, reveling in the moment.”  Keeping things simple on this record is important for Satriani, who adds, “I said to Chad in an early text, ‘No odd time signatures, no progressive stuff, pure rock and soul.  The last two records really showed that I was enjoying playing with progressive elements, and when I reached the end of Shockwave Supernova, I said, ‘I think I’ve done it.  For some reason, I don’t feel like going back over that anymore.”

Satriani also announced the lineup for the next G3 tour in which he will be joined by Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen.  Listen to the new singer “Energy” Below and pre-order What Happens Next HERE………

“What Happens Next” track listing:

01. Energy
02. Catbot
03. Thunder High On The Mountain
04. Cherry Blossoms
05. Righteous
06. Smooth Soul
07. Headrush
08. Looper
09. What Happens Next
10. Super Funky Badass
11. Invisible
12. Forever And Ever

 

Ibanez Gio Mikro and Line 6 Spider IV 15 Toontrack Superior Drummer Demo Video

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

There is more to come with this as I am doing full reviews on both the guitar and the amp. But here is a quick ditty I put together using my Son’s 3/4 scale Ibanez Gio Mikro, a Line 6 Spider IV 15, Shure SM57 and drums with Superior 2.0.

Guitar Center LayOffs A Musicians Perspective

Friday, February 6th, 2015

I wanted to take a minute and write an article about all the press that Guitar Center has been receiving in regards to layoffs of high level executives. Initially posted at Geargods.net was an email sent to all employees at the corporate and field-supervision level detailing the situation GC is in. It’s been no secret that GC is in trouble. They have been going through executives, some stores are actually becoming union stores, the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating them, as well as unfair labor practices. The list goes on and on. Just after the Namm show, CEO Darrell Webb who has also held executive and board positions at companies like The Sports Authority, Jo-ann Fabric and several others sent this email to the aforementioned employees….

After a comprehensive evaluation of our staffing levels, including a detailed benchmarking of staffing levels by function and department compared to similar size specialty retailers, Guitar Center’s leadership team made the difficult decision to reduce corporate and field supervision staff. The reduction included less than one percent of the overall workforce and consisted of reductions at the corporate offices in Westlake Village and field management positions. This action was designed to create a more effective and efficient organization and was based on functional area. Despite this reduction, we continue to actively recruit for a variety of positions in Westlake Village that are matched with the needs of our ongoing growth plans.

Guitar Center thanks these individuals for their dedicated service and we all wish them the best in their future endeavors.
There are no plans to reduce staff at our 260+ stores. Our customer base is strong and for them business will continue as usual. Our store opening and remodeling program continues, as does our ongoing dedication to the opportunities we offer musicians — unparalleled inventory and selection, clinics, lessons, repairs, our nationwide searches and competitions and unmatched service every day. In spite of how difficult these decisions were to make, and the challenges that these reductions present to some of our dedicated associates, this restructuring was made to put us in a more positive position to serve our customers and vendors.

Now I don’t want to go into the corporate issues deep in the belly of Guitar Center. But I would like to discuss part of why they’re financially in trouble. As big box stores go Guitar Center has been able to stick around longer than many huge names with broader appeal. Think Circuit City and Montgomery Wards for example. Selling gear is a huge business, if you’re reading this you probably have some gear close to you. But where Guitar Center fails on a MASSIVE scale is they don’t understand music, musicians what people need/want to have. Honestly, GC your stores suck. You know who loves them?? My kids. And that is what these stores are geared for. People that don’t really take music seriously. It caters to the school kid wanting his first guitar, or the 40 year old man that really wanted a kick ass Stratocaster or Les Paul when he was younger and couldn’t afford it until adulthood. What they don’t cater to is the serious musician. Guitar Center needs someone to steer this ship in the direction of its customers and that’s all customers.

My amount of travel has picked up a lot of the last few years. I’m trying to grow this blog into something I can do forever and maybe even make a living at. I attend the Namm shows and interview gear manufacturers, I make demo videos of equipment and while doing all this, I visit music stores. A lot of those are Guitar Centers when I can’t find anything else.

My actual market is a small one. Guitar Center is fairly new to us maybe 7 years or so. Before that a good friend of mine and I used to take weekend trips up to Minneapolis to hit Guitar Center and what was a much better chain Mars Music. I still miss Mars Music as it was the super-mega center for musicians built by former Office Depot CEO Mark Begelman. . Giant stage in the middle, INCREDIBLE selection of gear. Whatever you needed. It was geared for musicians. Unfortunately, due to rapid expansion, lack of capital, huge stores and a recession they were unable to keep the franchise above water closing all stores in 2002. Which I’m sure plays into the Guitar Center format. But here’s the real problem with GC.

Go into a Guitar Center and pick a guitar off the wall. Is it set up? Are you holding a $1500 Strat that plays terrible? Ask one of the employees a real question. Can they answer it? Can they even come close? Go in and look for accessories do they have what you need? Go into pro audio and ask a question period.
Guitar Center staffs their stores with people that are wet behind the ears musicians. Not in 100% of the cases but largely you will be talking to a kid that couldn’t tell you squat about anything in the store. They’re programmed to cram their promotions down your throat like String Club…. “Hey Bro, have you heard of our string club”??? No, because I don’t buy strings here. I just had to buy 2 separate sets in an emergency to cover my 7 string because you guys have no string options…. “Ohh well I could tell you about it if you want”…… As a drummer it’s just as bad.

They’re missing out on the used market even as they have knocked out a lot of second hand music stores. While they have a small section of used generally they’ve taken no time to make sure those instruments are playable. So what you’re stuck with is a tiny section of a wall with uninteresting used pieces. If amps are your thing forget about it.

My store pretty much has 1 head. The Peavey 6505. Don’t get me wrong, I personally love that head but that’s about it. Plenty of small combos, plenty of guitars on the bottom end of the spectrum. And a wall of Strats. If you’re an Ibanez fan like myself your selection will be generally in the $499 and below range, extended range instruments are not really stocked. The bottom of the line 7 and 8 string models will be there but nothing someone that actually plays will want. But what’s really shocking is that it’s not just the one in my market. Over Namm I stayed near the store in Orange and it was the same thing. No selection. I honestly would buy a lot (A LOT) more gear from Guitar Center if I could touch it. Or if I could ask a question and get a real answer about it from a knowledgeable person in their field.

They don’t want to pay for talent in the stores they kind of want to be the fast food of music retail. But to be honest being a musician is a personal experience. The music retail can survive but that path must be examined. When my kids go into a music store and they have that magic look in their eyes, to them it’s a dream. The excitement of being around all that cool stuff is what tattoos the thought of being a rock star on their brain. But if they start to truly play the $399 Ibanez is probably not going to be what they want to play. Maybe they want to play and Orange or a Bogner or an Engl. And when the minimum wage kid tries to fill them full of nonsense about the gear, well that’s only going to work as long as they’re naïve.
I didn’t mean for this article to be this long but retail is just another part of how screwed music is in general right now. No if you’ll excuse me I need to order some new pickups for an old Ibanez RG I picked up. I need to order them because I can’t get them locally, and I need to order strings to cuz well… Same thing. Till next time, keep your head up and keep working those strings , sticks or keys!!

GearZombiee

Ibanez Announces Guitar Lineup Namm 2015

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

For Gearzombiee Namm is the event.  Like the superbowl of gear.  As a guitar player and an Ibanez fanboy it’s the first booth I want to hit when I get there, and then I hit it again like 30 times more over the next couple days.  The second booth??  Well since i’m a drummer also it’s the Tama booth, normally located right next to Ibanez.  So Hoshino is my day 1 Namm warm up.  So the musicradar.com post announcing the lineup for this years Namm show tickled me more than normal for one reason.  The Ibanez Jem 77P.

I have always wanted a blue floral but finding the original in any kind of shape has been tough.  And if you do find a decent one it’s the price of a nice used car!  If the musicradar.com post is correct it’s going to be a Jem Premium so the price wont be terrible.  And if you’ve played any of the premiums you know that they’re decent guitars.  Are they full blow Jem quality??  No.  Will you care???  No.  I think for the most part they’re killer guitars and for me a Jem while a beautiful guitar, the price to quality ratio isn’t there for me personally.

Musicradar posted 27 items in total, one of them being a mini tube screamer which was kinda cool.  But below are the guitars that grabbed my attention, please go to musicradar.com to check out the full listing!

 

 

 

Fractal Audio Axe Fx 2 High Gain Demo Diezel VH4 Das Metall Ibanez RG Giger Demo

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Fractal Audio Axe Fx 2 High Gain Demo Diezel VH4 Das Metall Ibanez RG Giger Demo

So I’m starting a series for YouTube and this is going to be my first installment. I want to record all of the high gain amp models on my Axe Fx 2. Maybe I will expand to all models, I don’t really know yet. Something I would like to do but the net doesn’t seem to care about anything other than high gain which is too bad. I’m not going to be scientific about it, because lets face it, what you would do and what I would do are very different.

My lack of science will include things like, playing whatever guitar I want, whatever tuning I want. In the end I just want to make a series of kick ass Fractal videos since as of right now that is my rig and I love it. I’m also hoping to work with Kemper in the future as well as Line 6 and do the same with their products.  So we’ll see hopefully they will give a shot to a Lil guy in the sticks trying to make some Internet noise.

What will be consistent, I’ve decided to go the mic’d cab route for these videos. So the entire signal chain is Axe Fx 2 (cab sim’s off) – VHT 2/50/2 – Mesa Boogie 2/12 V30’s in an isolation box – Shure SM-58 into a Motu 8-pre – into Sonar X1. (I need to upgrade to X2) Very minimal post processing. Very slight eq bump if necessary. And I’m trying to record a brief solo section in each of the tunes, using the same model as the rhythm and adding a little delay.

The only thing I avoided was running the Avalon 737sp in this chain. I avoided it because in one of my other videos people kept picking on the fact that I used an Avalon which makes everything sound great. True, but i’m an idiot so it was easier to just run it in the motu and be done with it.

My plan is to also talk about each one of these experiences and give people a bit of a glimpse of what I do to create the sounds I create.

For this track named (Butthurt Fanboy Disorder) I went with the Das Metall amp sim. I actually left the power amp sim on, I went back and forth on it and to my ears I liked the response better with it on. The cab sim was bypassed. I also used a T808 sim in the drive block. The mic is pointed direct on the cone but moved off of the dust cap.

The guitar is an Ibanez Giger RG all stock nothing special. I hope you dig it and keep watching for more vids.

Richie Allan Is The Bomb

Friday, June 14th, 2013

I’m a guitar fan in general.  And people that go above and beyond.  I hope at some point someone looks at my body of work and says “holy balls”  Well this dude is my Holy Balls post . Sorry i’ve been away for so long.  Times is hard!!

But check out Richie Allan, this dude has his shit together.  I love the fact that he’s playing low and melodic at the same time.  Some pull it off some suck at it.  This dude is the bomb…..

Fractal Audio Axe Fx 2 Ibanez JS20S

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Fractal Audio Axe Fx 2 Demo all clean patches up till the end with a dirty lead.

This was day 1 with my Satriani Ibanez. I don’t have anything to ramble about on this one. I just wanted a clip with clean patches!! Fun guitar, great pre-amp. This is mostly clean patches but its worth the listen!!

Ibanez RG920MQM FTW

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I am a total sucker for maple fret boards!! I remember when I first realized I loved them!!! While I had played them before I still remember the epiphany or the “holy crap why didn’t I notice this before” moment. My brother scored a old Fuchsia Ibanez RG USA Custom with the matching mirrored pick guard and from that point on I was sold. And it’s not like a tone thing because I really don’t believe your fret board makes that much of a difference. It was more of a dryness to me. Maple always felt very dry and smooth to me where rosewood or ebony always had more of a tackyness to it. To me the maple just felt faster. Not that I’m doing any Racer X covers or anything but to me the maple just felt more natural.

Unfortunately, it seemed that Ibanez had kind of bailed on the maple for a while but over the last few years we have been seeing a lot of them come back. Yesterday on the mighty Facebook Ibanez tossed up a pic of their new RG920MQM which comes in the sexy blue I have pictured or a red that’s cool too. It’s a 25.5 scale so as far as I know still no extended scales with maple fret boards, Hence my still not having an extended scale Ibanez. But this is one I would love to have hanging on my wall!! If you want to drool while holding your credit card you can check it out on Guitar Center’s website HERE or get more details on it from the Ibanez website HERE.