Thursday, May 26, 2016

Maniac inferno

Mayhem was joined by former vocal stalwart, Maniac during the recent Inferno festival. This guy is clearly my preferred vocalist in the band. Atilla is legendary but Maniac is a force to be reckoned with. With a band like Mayhem, you need someone confrontational but not treading too much on theatrics. Maniac's lyrics were clearly though provoking, heretic but remains philosophical. It infused much thinking into a genre of music not known for much substance when it comes to singing- was there ever singing to begin with?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jumbo Jr

Looks like Taylor's GS Mini has a deserving competitor; Guild's Jumbo Jr. As the name implies, a jumbo in a manageable size & it's a mid-priced player so you get all the Guild goodness without feeling too much pain :-)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mild driving & 'burning

Last weekend was good. I had ample time to test the JHS808 with my current favourite squeeze; the John Page Ashburn Classic with default Bloodline singlecoils. I used my Blackstar HT Metal for everything. The JHS808 is a sweet TS-type pedal as the name implies. It's discontinued & replaced by the manufacturer's acclaimed Moonshine version (which I also own). 

Utilizing the HTM's clean channel to begin with, the 808 manufactured very sweet drive leaving much single coil twang in tact. The treble wasn't that overwhelming partly due to the fact that the Bloodlines are subdued units output-wise. All manner of clean but driven tones in the light of SRV were achievable. Moving on to the dirty channel, with reduced gain at the amp end, the 808 maintained its capacity as a twang retainer. There was increased saturation & playing fast was a joy but more importantly, as the drive was cranked at the pedal end, single coil clarity remained in tact. Despite being discontinued, there were no regrets getting the JHS808 right off the shelf. I would have been contented with a used unit (someone is selling one in the after market here) but it's just worth every cent.

Monday, May 23, 2016


Agile has joined the partial cap top finish in the style of Kiesel & Ibanez.

Available in these two offerings in the mean time. Will consider if they have the 6-string version...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Extinct goodness

I scored this discontinued JHS pedal yesterday while walking around, waiting for the Mrs to be done shopping elsewhere. It's the JHS808 & as the name implies, it's a shameless replication of another green pedal which is a benchmark for a mild drive of this ilk. I'm definitely OK with investing in pedals which are perpetuating a certain goodness but it must be showcasing its individuality, not just a mere copy. Thank to Mike & the SV Guitars crew for a very hospitable testing environment.

Mini hushing

Thankful to the Rocktron camp for keeping up with the times- the Micro HUSH. On my to-get list. The irony- it costs more than its standard size sibling.