SMG Weekly Round Up: News From Zakk Wylde, Joe Satriani, and More

Another week, another plethora of possible news updates for me to write about. It really is tough keeping up with everything, but I’m not complaining! Let’s dive straight in with an amazing bit of news that landed on my desk on Thursday afternoon, I was handed a press release with details of a SUPER MASSIVE rock concert.

It’s a gig of epic proportions, it’s potentially life changing for all attendees, its…

Jim Marshall’s Memorial Gig

If there was one way the straight talking amplifier pioneer would like to be remembered, it’s with a gig which will see Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nicko McBrain, Paul Gilbert, Glenn Hughes, Doug Aldridge and Tim Owens take to the stage.

Unfortunately for the rest of the world, this gig will be staged at Wembley in London, but it’s well worth traveling for (even if you live on the Moon). As most guitarists will know, Jim sadly passed away on 5 April 2012, and the event not only celebrates his incredible life, but also his commitment to the music industry throughout a period of over 50 years.

Jim gave so much to guitarists, so this is the guitar community’s chance to give something back. Here’s what just a few guitar legends have to say about Jim:

“Rock n Roll will never be the same without him. But, his amps will live on forever!”

“Jim made it Loud!” Sir Paul McCartney

“RIP Jim, you were responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music’s history and 50% responsible for all our hearing loss.”
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue)

“Every time we plug in and make people smile, we owe him debt beyond counting!!!”
 Joe Perry (Aerosmith)

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain will compere the event, and he had this to say:

“This is truly a celebration of a British Icon – Marshall. Beyond doubt, Jim Marshall  shaped the sound of rock music for eternity!

“Words cannot describe how pioneering Jim Marshall was! We’re bringing together beyond-legendary artists for a true celebration of Jim’s life.

“There is no better way to commemorate Jim’s amazing life than putting on the loudest event ever, expect pure rock n roll madness amplified to the max by Marshall! ”

Guitar Noize Demonstrates The T-Rex Effects Gull Wah

Jon Bloomer, creator of Guitar Noize, is well known for his gear reviews. He is honest, to the point, and most importantly a great guitar player.

This week Jon uploaded his review of the T-Rex Effects Gull Wah, my personal experience of T-Rex Effects has been hot and cold, they sometimes make awesome pedals and they sometimes fall short. This time, they’ve done good.

The Gull Wah not only sounds good but it gives you a lot of control over the shape of your wah sound, which is demonstrated very clearly by Jon. Usually when you hear ‘Surfing With The Alien’ at the beginning of a demo, you know that you’re at least going to enjoy the guitar playing, if not the product.

Check out his review to hear the product in action, and to find more information on the Gull Wah.

Slash and Dunlop/MXR Release Video of New Octave Fuzz Pedal

Some of the guitar community were up in arms about this. Typical YouTube comments read somewhere along the lines of “What? This is terrible. Slash never used an octave fuzz pedal, why release this pedal? Who am I? Why do I care so much about what pedal is being released when if I don’t like it I can just choose not to buy it.”

Okay, so there’s some hyperbole in my description of these typical comments, but the general gist is about right. To set the record straight, Slash has used octave fuzz in a few well known solos, even I know that and I wouldn’t consider myself to have much knowledge on the subject. He’s been using octave fuzz on his rig live for ages, and there are pictures online showing this.

Anyway, who cares even if he doesn’t use octave fuzz, it’s Slash, so he can pretty much market whatever he wants and somebody will buy it. I have four octave fuzz pedals, because I believe it is the best effect known to man, but I like ridiculously overblown fuzz with ringing harmonics that sound like a motorcycle engine redlining.

The new MXR octave fuzz pedal is a little more subtle than this, which is clearly why so many people don’t even realise that Slash uses it. It does have a very distinctive tone, and it sounds like a pleasant rock fuzz pedal. I think this will be more popular with bluesy rock players than it will with the usual fuzz brigade, here’s what Dunlop say about it:

“First, there is a customized “70’s Shag” fuzz circuit complete with tone, volume, and fuzz amount controls. Second is a separate Sub Octave circuit you are able to blend in to taste.

“Lastly is a separate, vintage-voiced psychedelic Octave Up Fuzz circuit, again with its own mix knob control. In additon, “under the hood” there are internal Gain and Tone pots that allow the user to shape the Octave Up Fuzz circuit.

“Emblazoned with custom Slash graphics, the Slash Octave Fuzz features all analog circuitry, true hardwire bypass and comes in a heavy duty housing with durable jacks and switches.”

The product doesn’t seem to have gone down massively well on the web so far, but keep an open mind and check it out for yourself!

Win a Synyster Gates Signed Schecter Guitar and Seymour Duncan Invader Pickups

Seymour Duncan have redesigned the Invader pickups for a signature Synyster Gates series, here’s what they have to say about it:

“The Seymour Duncan Invader has a well-earned reputation as the most aggressive passive pickup ever.

“It’s the first choice for metal, punk and rock players who seek maximum power and sustain without switching over to a battery-powered active system.

“Now this high-gain classic gets a visual makeover inspired by longtime Invader user Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold. Synyster Gates Invaders sport eye-catching chrome-plated pole pieces in place of the original black ones. They are also offered with gold and white pole pieces.

“Synyster Gates Invaders are available in a Trembucker-spaced bridge version and a standard-spaced neck version. They’re the same ones used in Schecter Guitar Research’s Special Edition Synyster Custom model. Neck and bridge pickups are sold individually and as a set.

“Synyster Gates Invaders have all the amp-pummeling power of the original Invader, thanks to their triple ceramic magnets, overwound coils, and the extra-wide magnetic field generated by 12 oversized cap screws. Non-active pickups simply don’t get more powerful than this — they’re passive and massive.”

In celebration of the launch Seymour Duncan have teamed up with Schecter Guitar Research for a special competition where you can win a custom Synyster Gates Schecter guitar fitted with the new pickups. So if you wanted to get the Avenged Sevenfold guitarist’s tone, this is a pretty good way to try and get one step closer.

Find out more about the competition



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