Thursday, December 18, 2008

TONE FREQ REVIEW: Seymour Duncan P-Rails SHPR-1

A few months back I wrote about the “Swiss Army Knife” of Humbucking pickups called P-Rails by Seymour Duncan. They were touted as groundbreaking and suitable for all genres of music from surf rock, jazz and rock. After spending some time with them I can say that I LOVE THIS PICKUP!

I installed two P-Rails in my Epiphone Custom Les Paul and had them wired in series. I also had push-pull pots installed in both of my volume pots so I could go from Humbucker mode to P-90 mode. I must say that their use of an Alnico V magnet made for a great punch in both P-90 and Humbucker modes. They were very reminiscent of original P-90’s. The Humbucker tone was there albeit a bit breathy it was very unique. Overall the pickups were very musical, especially using a clean channel. When I kicked in some devilish distortion chords still remained very distinct and robust.

Overall the P-Rails pickup is a P-90 with a little more kick when the Humbucker is activated. My LP even sounded great in the middle position! If you are a lover of the P-90’s you’ll really love this pickup. I love the tonal clarity, the fat and breathy sounds you can get as well as its quiet operation. If you are looking for a true hard-rocking Humbucker this set of ‘buckers may fall a bit short since there is so much character from the P-90 shining through. However if you like P-90’s and a wide variety of tones this pickup is for you. The P-Rails just scream the word “experimental” in a good way. All I have to do now is install a toggle to get that single-coil sound! Kudos to Seymour Duncan for giving us another killer tool to carve our own tone!

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While you were at the beach, having barbecues, and going to concerts this summer, we kept working hard at ESP. The result? Three killer new models in the LTD Deluxe series! Check out the EC-1000 STP, the M-1000 SW, and the MH-1000 SW, all with the killer features that make LTD's Deluxe series the best high-performance guitars you can get without breaking the bank!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

PREVIEW: Eastwood Airline Metallic Margarita


This LIMITED Edition Guitar includes the deluxe Airline hardshell case, vintage tone switchplate and has the original NOS Valco knobs. We have 24 STD models and 24 DLX models (with BIGSBY). The camera simply cannot capture the almost neon-like beauty of this guitar - it looks spectacular in hand. Each guitar is numbered "1 of 48" through "48 of 48" - order early for your choice of serial number. We are taking orders NOW and will ship on Aug 31, 2008. Our Limited Edition guitars ALWAYS sell out early, so do not wait!


I remembered picking up an Eastwood Guitar a couple of years ago and it was cool looking, played well and had plenty of vibe. Even if you’re not looking to be the next Jack White this guitar has Icky Thump written all over it – in green. My kinda color!


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UK Study Shows Gaming Leads to Music Making

New research from across the big pond shows that up to 2.5 million children have picked up guitars and drums after playing music-themed video games.

Video games have led some parents to fear that their children could turn into addicted, uncultured sloths (not that there's anything wrong with that). But the UK Times reports that research by one of Britain's largest music charities suggests that the popularity of active music titles such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band have prompted up to 2.5 million children to learn the instruments for real.

The report conducted by Youth Music found that of 12 million young people from age 3 to 18, more than half played music games. A fifth of those gamers said that they now played an instrument after catching the musical bug from the games.

"We have long known that young people are encouraged to take an interest in music if it is presented to them in a compelling way," said Andrew Missingham, the music industry expert who wrote the report. "This research for the first time shows conclusively that young people are being inspired to make their own music by games that first piqued their interest."

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Keep an eye on GearTrap for new reviews from two great companies: Bosstone and Option 5!

NEWS FREQ: Eastwood Guitars Upgrades Its Sidejack Models

The Award Winning Sidejack DLX has been upgraded for 2009, and began shipping this week...

The 2009 Sidejack features a new and improved tremolo system, a professional grade roller bridge, and a new-look headstock that closer reflects the guitar's Mosrite origins.

Eastwood has also upgraded the Sidejack Baritone models. Since being awarded the BEST VALUE from Guitar Player Magazine in 2007, the bridge pickup has been repositioned to be closer to the bridge for a crisper baritone sound and the tremolo system has also been upgraded. The Sidejack Baritone DLX is one of the few baritone models in the world to feature a tremolo.

"The Sidejack has always been one of my personal favorite guitars," says Mike Robinson, President of Eastwood Guitars, "and with these upgraded features it should continue to be one of our top selling models for some time to come."

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NEWS FREQ: MXR Releases '76 Vintage Dyna Comp Pedal

Faithful reproduction features the exact same circuitry used in the original 1976 Dyna Comp ...

The MXR Dyna Comp that was produced in 1976 has long been regarded as the ultimate stomp box compressor. There's something inherently musical in the way it "tightens up" a guitar signal, raising the volume of quiet notes and leveling off peaks to create rich, full bodied sustain. And now the MXR Custom Shop brings back that highly sought-after sound with the '76 Vintage Dyna Comp. Meticulously researched and superbly crafted, it features the exact same circuitry used in the original 1976 Dyna Comp, identical in its component layout, silkscreen and handmade wire harness. The key component is the old school CA3080 "metal can" integrated circuit (IC), which yields quieter operation, greater transparency and increased dynamic range. These ICs have been out of production since the '80s, but MXR has tracked down a stash of them—enough to produce a limited run of these little red boxes of compression bliss. With supplies limited, the MXR '76 Vintage Dyna Comp is destined to quickly become as ultra collectible as its noble ancestor.

The MXR '76 Vintage Dyna Comp pedal has a street price of $175.00.

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