Guitar Discussion

Metallica Donate Signed ESP LTD “Master of Puppets” Guitar To Charity Auction

Metallica Donate Signed ESP LTD “Master of Puppets” Guitar To Charity Auction

Heavy Metal Truants is a charitable organization put together by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood in 2012. In addition to their infamous fundraising cycle rides, the organization hosts the “Monster Rock Auction” with the proceeds benefitting vulnerable children. This year’s collection that’s open to bidding includes a kind donation from Metallica: an LTD “Master of Puppets” limited-edition graphic guitar that’s been hand-signed by all four members of the band. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Discussion
Quick Questions With High Moonlight

Quick Questions With High Moonlight

Quick Questions With High Moonlight

Quick Questions

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

The first great electric guitar sound that I heard and made me crazy to learn to play was the song “Supernaut” by Black Sabbath from the Vol.4 album. Tony Iommi It was the first great guitarist that really inspired me, soon after I met the sound of Ritchie Blackmore and then that’s when I decided that I should become a rock guitarist for the rest of my life. I can say that these are my biggest influences on the instrument. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Discussion
Quick Questions With Centersight

Quick Questions With Centersight

In order for us to know how CENTERSIGHT became the band that they are today, we must first venture back in time to a point where the dream was slowly becoming a reality.

In the heart of Sacramento, California, a determined drummer,(Matt Lomas) met a disciplined keyboard player, (Tim Towne) and together they embarked on a journey like no other. Lomas’ intricate and precise style of drumming accompanied by his extensive blues background meshed so well with Towne’s epic and melodic playing of only two years, that they had no choice but to start a project. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Discussion
Album Release: Vulture – Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves

Album Release: Vulture – Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves

“We titled our second album “Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves” because it’s catchy, cold and metal as fuck,” Vulture guitarist Stefan Genozider declares succinctly. This is not an overstatement. The follow up to 2017’s cult sensation ”The Guillotine” and their debut release for Metal Blade, the new full-length captures the German crews dispensing scathing thrash at a standard that places them toe-to-toe with the best in their genre. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Discussion
Quick Questions With Toronto Blessings

Quick Questions With Toronto Blessings

Toronto Blessings started when their previous band Cavorts came to a conclusion. Growing tired of the constraints of the hardcore/metal scene. They wanted to put something together fresh that would excite them and challenge them as songwriters. They can be found throwing together elements of Alt.Rock, Noise and Post Punk with an injection of Synth. Toronto Blessings offer you some moments of musical solace betwixt the constant battery of modern life. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Discussion
Quick Questions With The Compromise

Quick Questions With The Compromise

The Compromise are an Alternative Rock band from Italy who are destined for great things.

I caught up with them recently to ask them the Guitar Noodle Quick Questions.

Here’s what they had to say. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Discussion
Steven Wilson – Hand.Cannot.Erase. – New Deluxe 2-Disc Cd & Blu-Ray Edition

Steven Wilson – Hand.Cannot.Erase. – New Deluxe 2-Disc Cd & Blu-Ray Edition

KSCOPE – 23RD AUGUST (KSCOPE554)

“Hand. Cannot. Erase. Is an album rooted in sonic and spiritual modernity… an inventive blend of bleak and brooding industrial soundscapes” ***** The Guardian

Steven Wilson, four-time Grammy nominee, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and founder member of Porcupine Tree, released his critically acclaimed fourth solo album Hand. Cannot. Erase. in 2015. In 2017 he shot back into the charts with his fifth solo album To the Bone at #3 in the UK and #2 in Germany, which built on the success of Hand. Cannot. Erase., which reached #13 in the UK and #3 in Germany. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Discussion
Breedlove Unveil New Travel Companion Guitar

Breedlove Unveil New Travel Companion Guitar

Historically, serious guitar players on-the-move have faced a rather tough dilemma; contend with the challenges of traveling with a full-size guitar or settle for a more convenient, smaller instrument with traditionally reduced sound quality… the travel guitar.

Travel guitars. They’ve become ubiquitous. Beaters, some call them. An instrument that’s perfect for a campfire, a guitar to keep in the office or a gift for a niece with a musical bent. Some love them for the novelty, and others even use them for their intended purpose, as an instrument to take on the plane or up the side of a mountain when duty calls.

The team at Breedlove thinks travel guitars are the bee’s knees, too. They just hadn’t found one that they’d actually call a guitar. Or, at least sounded the way a guitar should.

Until now.

Travel guitars, meet your match. Guitar players, meet the Companion.

“The problem in the past,” says Breedlove owner Tom Bedell, “was that the early models were built with different scales. You had to play in different keys, and all that kind of stuff.”

Other builders soon resolved those issues, but often the instruments still seemed lacking.

With the recent refinement of Breedlove’s proprietary body shapes, however, Bedell felt it was finally time for Breedlove to tackle the issue of a travel guitar worthy of beginners and professionals alike.

“What we did with the Companion,” he says, “is exactly what we did with the other body shape designs. We took the Concert and we reduced the size to get the Concertina. Then we took the Concertina and we reduced the size to get the Companion.”

The Companion has 14 frets to the body, and it’s tuned up to E, so you can play it like an absolutely regular guitar. It’s small but we used all the same Sound Optimization work to design the shape, the air chamber, the sound hole size, everything.”

“I know this is not the right word,” Bedell says, but it’s just cute. It’s a really cute guitar.”

“This is Breedlove’s version of the travel guitar, after all,” says designer Angela Christensen. “It gives you the comfort, the feel, the playability that we’re known for, the quality that we’re known for, all of what makes Breedlove unique.”

The Companion, which will be introduced at this year’s Summer NAMM show, is a cutaway instrument with onboard electronics, making it useful for virtually any application, including stage work.

“We looked at this as a new opportunity for us to go about making a travel instrument with our Sound Optimization process, to really develop something that is going to be Breedlove. We honed in on the scale length that we wanted, the kind of overall size that we were shooting for, and then from there we really started the design process, again, off of our Concert body shape.”

“We played with a couple versions, experimenting with the taper on the body, the sound hole diameter, the size of the lower bout. We did a couple renditions and we’ve finally gotten it to where we are very happy. We’re pretty excited to launch the Companion body shape later this year.”

The Companion, which comes with a carry bag, features, Christensen notes, a 23.5 inch scale length; 18 frets total; and a 3.54 inch sound hole diameter.

The body depth is 3.25 inches at the neck; four inches at the tail. The lower bout width is 13.5 inches; the upper just under 10 inches; with an eight inch waist. Body length is 17.5 inches.

The Companion will be available in a variety of wood pairings, including Sitka/mahogany, red cedar/mahogany, myrtle/myrtle, mahogany/mahogany, and torrefied European spruce/African mahogany.

“It’s pretty informative when you see an overlay of all four of our body shapes,” says Christensen. “It is substantially different. If you see the Concerto and a Concert and a Concertina overlaid together, they are proportionately the same. The Companion is pretty dramatically smaller.”

“Personally, I love it because, despite its diminutive size, it still looks like a Concert. It even has the asymmetrical headstock just like the Concert body shape. At a distance it almost looks like it’s a Concert hanging on the wall, and then you go and pick it up and you’re just surprised that it’s not. As soon as you play it, it’s just pleasing because it’s a revelation that it has as much sound as it does. It just fits right in. I’m so happy with where we got with it. It’s the perfect addition to the line. It just works.”

This short music video (below) was shot at a mountain lake above Bend, Oregon – endorsed artist Paul Izak performs “Everlasting Light” on the new Breedlove Companion Travel-Ready Body shape.

Visit https://breedlovemusic.com for more information

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Discussion
New Studio Album From The Reformed Black Metal Legends Mortem

New Studio Album From The Reformed Black Metal Legends Mortem

Before Arcturus there was Mortem.

Bringing together members of Arcturus, Mayhem, Thorns, & 1349 for a masterwork of eerie black metal, Peaceville proudly presents the long-awaited debut studio album from the newly reformed Norwegian legends, Ravnsvart will be released on 27th September 2019. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Discussion