Thursday, July 30, 2009
I enjoy clinics more than concerts/ performances per se; it's more interactive, more educational. There were questions asked during the Q&A slot but majority were queries pertaining to his music background & his achievements. There was only 1 product-related question, someone wanted to know why he chose Ibanez over other guitar brand names.
I only asked him during the autograph session- what happened to his pickguard (refer to pic above)? It was warp-related, according to Andy. Being a single-ply unit, it warped over time & some vigorous handling saw it snapped off...
Among other things that surfaced during our conversation, Andy said he was glad he was still not in Indonesia when the hotel bombings happened. We're glad this was the case, too.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
It's interesting to note the Ibanez Ihsahn played in those clips; it's a custom made RG 6-string conceived by the manufacturer for him.
Apparently, he also owns a custom RG 8-string...
Friday, July 24, 2009
If you're venturing into some other pickup splitting/ combination for your pickups (other than relying on the default 5-way/ 3-way switch), know that the Seymour Duncan Triple shots are now available at Davis GMC. Please note the following variation for the respective guitars you own:
- TS-1 (for flat top guitars eg: Ibanez)
- TS-2 (for curved top guitars eg: Gibson Les Paul)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
...& perhaps you are expecting some distinctive black metal from these luminaries? You won't get any from Fenriz because it's all doom here. You get 3 tracks of bohemian, head spins which are done tastefully, rest assured. Nattefrost, on the other hand, stuck to his BM guns, with that signature gallop rhythm on tow; some of us refer to this as 'black-n-roll', yes? Not for folks looking for fresh inspiration but absolutely great aural pleasure for extreme music fans.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The LTD Graphic Series guitars are in at Davis. I managed to get a closer look yesterday but there was no trying as the packed premises permits no such opportunities. Next time, I guess...
- LTD Graphic series
- Davis GMC
- $1,250 (List for all models)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I came across this guitar yesterday at Swee Lee (BB showroom). It's a very fresh offering from the manufacturer, if you refer to the online Ibanez Singapore page, it has yet to be updated there. What interested me particularly was that:
- this year, Ibanez pays more attention to the headstock-body finish matching for selected models
- the pickups equipped in selected Prestige models are DiMarzio units, not the DiMarzio IBZ models. For the above-featured guitar, the Tone Zone (B) & Air Norton (N) take care of tonal proceedings
What: Ibanez RG2620 (revived with revisions after being removed from the catalogues in 2008)
How much: $2,570 (list)
Where: Swee Lee Co.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
WHAT DO YOU SEE (Electrico)
Here's this year's National Day theme song; I have my utmost dedication to my country but this number's rather forgetable... More importantly, this year, the song feature s a band (finally, we get to see some instruments being played...), as oppossed to some hyped up individual putting up a brave front to propel patriotism.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
In addition to case-by-case considerations, pedals of different voltage requirements also do not accept this power source as well, for instance: Ibanez Tube King (12V)+ BOSS CS9 (9V) = NO!Before some irreversible frying takes place on your pedal board, do check your pedals' voltage specs, ya?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Samoth was still toting his Jackson RR-V, if you need to hear how good the Duncan JB pickup is for distortion work, all you have to do is acquire any post-IX Equilibrium material to hear the tone in action. This also includes Samoth's coverage with Zyklon.
Back then, Ihsahn had already gotten his Ibanez endorsement, in this footage, he's seen playing his Prestige RGT model. I'm still amazed at his ability to sing & grind out the songs' riffs which were not elementary to say the least.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Unfortunately, the head version of the amp didn't make it here, I had to make do with the 2X12 combo version which is absolutely unregrettable. The good Peavey people are not keen in incorporating imposing drivers in their cabs, instead, the ones in this one is a pair of unglamourous Blue Marvel, in-house units which are excellent, to say the least.
To date, the XXL series are unfortunately discontinued...
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The idea of having such an additional mechanism would only be a mere gimmick if it doesn't prove itself effective, we take the cue from Ibanez on this fulfillment as this manufacturer employed a similar mechanical application in their Prestige SZ (discont'd) models. The massive block you see above occupies the gaping hole in the guitar to provide both bridge anchoring as well as tonal enhancements.
However, I like Resurrection Macabre for its bona fide good offering; it still showcases four people who can play very well & there's some very good arrangement & intriguing musicianship in the mix. I particularly like the guitar tones here; very cutting without losing the aggressive edge. Tony Choy is still the very much sought after death metal bassist with lots of technical prowess to exhibit.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
For those of us BM purists, Revelations of the Black Flame is a tired manifestation from the band, Frost's blastbeats are definitely limited here. What you get are hiss-laden atmospherics not quite an indication of the band's real ferocity. On hindsight, 1349 has moved on, choosing instead to propel feel more than the mere obligation to ignite anger.
However one chooses to see this release, the sure thing here is that the band's black metal roosts are in tact; just a different offering this time round.