Phil Collen of Def Leppard to produce new Tesla single. Talks Delta Deep, Def Leppard & Autobiography

Phil Collen of Def Leppard to produce new Tesla single. Talks Delta Deep, Def Leppard & Autobiography

Phil Collen, lead guitarist of British rock band Def Leppard & alternative roots/rock band Manraze, called into The GuitCast podcast recently to talk about his side new project 'Delta Deep', the new self titled Def Leppard album, his book 'Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard and Beyond' and producing a new single for fellow rockers Tesla.

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Ross "the Boss" Friedman Talks Death Dealer and The Dictators

Ross "the Boss" Friedman Talks Death Dealer and The Dictators

It's not many who can claim to have started two important bands in two separate genres. Ross "the Boss" Friedman can claim just that as the founding member of  both Punk legends "The Dictators" & Power Metal pioneers "Manowar". Formed in 1973 and 1980 respectively, both bands forged new territory in their genres as Friedman's latest project Death Dealer, seeks to carve it's own name in music history.

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Steve Morse talks about new Deep Purple album, News Flying Colors DVD and more.

Steve Morse talks about new Deep Purple album, News Flying Colors DVD and more.

Steve Morse, legendary guitarist for Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band and now Flying Colors, took time out of his schedule to join Shawn and Corbs of The GuitCast podcast to talk about his Ernie Ball Music Man signature guitars, his signature Engl E656 amplifier, the new Flying Colors DVD and plans for a new Deep Purple album scheduled for 2016.

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Joe Satriani Says New Music Being Recorded In The Chickenfoot Camp.

Joe Satriani Says New Music Being Recorded In The Chickenfoot Camp.

Joe Satriani, the legendary guitar shredder who recorded such platumin sellers as 'Surfing with The Alien' and 'Flying in a Blue Dream", took time out of his schedule to join Shawn and Corbs of The GuitCast podcast to talk about his early music education, his amplifier prototype for Marshall Amplification, his new album 'Shockwave Supernova' and the current state of "Chickenfoot", his project with Sammy Hangar (ex-Van Halen), Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

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Alice Cooper band guitarist Nita Strauss Working On Solo Album and Her First Signature Model Guitar (Maybe)

Alice Cooper band guitarist Nita Strauss Working On Solo Album and Her First Signature Model Guitar (Maybe)

Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles based guitar shredder for the Alice Cooper band, took time out of her touring schedule to join Shawn and Corbs of The GuitCast podcast to talk about touring, guitars, a solo album, joining Alice Cooper's band and meeting Johnny Depp's dogs at the actor's home studio in Los Angeles...

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Episode 29 Show Notes

On this weeks episode of The GuitCast we opened the show talking about The Hollywood Vampires, the new 'supergroup' consisting of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and a special guest list that's impressive. The project, based on Alice's old drinking club from the late 60's, has us eagerly awaiting the guitar debut of Johnny Depp and hope for the best. What does a Johnny Depp guitar solo sound like? Tapping or some blues bends? No one knows. In the meantime he's a video of him playing with Gene Simmons (KISS) and Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses). It still doesn't tell us much but about his playing though.

 

Meth heads stealing tone woods are a problem in the American Northwest apparently. I had no idea. It's amazing how hard some people will work in order to not work. Apparently that beautiful maple flame or quilt top is becoming an endangered species since drug addicts are poaching maple trees and selling the illegal woods to furniture makers and guitar manufacturers. Is a nice veneer the answer? Maybe 3D printed guitars will be arriving just in time for the next wave of guitar innovation. I do know there's not a lot of bragging rights in a photo-flame and it's hard to replicate beauty like this.


A Fender Stratocaster fact I didn't know. Fender is pretty good at being cost efficient while Gibson....well, they're Gibson. While they provide quality, iconic instruments they come with an equally iconic price tag. The first Fender Strats sold for $249.50 in 1954. In 2015 currency that about $2190.00. Considering your average American Standard Stratocaster will cost you about $1000.00, that means the cost of producing a Strat has been just about cut in half by Fender. Gibson, who's Les Paul sold for roughly the same price is slightly above inflation. (Sorry, I should have warned you there would be math.)

 

A lot of things on the '30 most important guitar products of the last 30 years' that I'd never even heard of. Yes I know, I'm the technically challenged one of the team however I dare say there are some things on the list you've never heard of either. Take a look for yourselves and leave a comment if you think something was overlooked.

The Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster stands out as a great advancement in the guitar industry as did the Ibanez RG while I thought the Parker Fly, while an outstanding instrument was getting too much credit for it's cultural impact. Corbs disagreed & made a strong case for the opposition.

Lots of pedals and gadgets made the list so feel free to click the Amazon links to your right & pick one you like. 

Corbs reviewed the Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier Roadster Head 100-watt. Great amp if you can afford it, many can't.

Dave Tipple of Bobaflex called into the show to tells us about how he joined the group, their equipment being stolen recently & their new album 'Anything That Moves'. Dave's a nice guy and his playing on the new album is impressive. I'm sure we'll hear more from him in the future. 

 

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Shawn

 

The new Marshall London Smart Phone, shameless cash grab or industrious innovation?

Marshall London

When I first heard about the new Marshall Smart Phone I shook my head in disgust.  Marshall has been kicking out top quality amps since pretty much the dawn of modern rock but making the leap to something like a smart phone seemed like a bit of stretch and I was certain that this was just some kind of branding stunt.  Upon researching the details of this new venture by the British amp giant, I discovered that there is much more to this.   The more I learn about the Marshall London, the more I become convinced that they may be on to something.  I'm not saying I'm ready to ditch my iPhone 6 just yet but when upgrade time comes around again, Apple will have some serious competition for my personal smart phone choice.  Be sure to listen to GuitCast episode 26 for the full scoop.

Dave Murry Loaded Pickguard

Amongst our other great stories on episode 26, we talked about the new Dave Murray Loaded Pickguard from Seymour Duncan.  Personally, when I replace pickups in guitar, I prefer to experiment with various mixes and matches to see what kind of new cool tones I can get.  That being said, one of my all time favorite pickups is the Seymour Duncan Hotrails and in this loaded pick guard you get two of these split with a JB in the center wired up and ready to go.  The official price has yet to be released but it's pretty safe bet that it will be a much better value than the sum of the parts.  Great tone, great value, less hassle.

Ibanez RG3250

We also reviewed the Ibanez RG Prestige.  There's a lot to be said here and you should check out the full review.  Needless to say, I am a pretty big fan of Ibanez and they have been amongst my go to work horse guitars for quite some time now.  My biggest issue with the current line up is the absence of the Zero Point System.  I know I'm nearly alone on this but I do like this bridge and while it certainly has it's quirks and short comings, it is a valuable tool that I employ frequently and have come to rely upon.  I'm not suggesting that it should be incorporate into all of their models but I do feel that they should have it as an option for at least a few selected models.  Hopefully they have plans for this or something better in the future.

Brad Marr Massive

Last, but certainly not least, I want to mention Brad Marr from Massive.  For those of you that don't know, Massive is outstanding hard rock group that hails from Australia.  Brad was an awesome guest and we had a lot of fun with that interview.  If you think rock is dead or dying, think again because it is alive a well in the form of a band that truly lives up to their name.  Be sure to catch the full interview with Brad and check out their album, Full Throttle.

That's my brain for this week, 

Corbs

Episode 25

On Episode 25 of The GuitCast we visit Summer NAMM in Nashville. Corbs and myself chose our favorite new gear from the show & give our thoughts on NuBone vs TUSQ.

A guy in Maryland records an entire album of ambiance music by secretly taping customers demoingproducts at Guitar Center. It's we both agree it's as bad as it sounds however clever.

Joe Satriani's interpretation of pizza, kittens a black hole and the meaning of life is interesting however we're waiting for his new "Shockwave Supernova" album for a real treat.

Jared Dines' 10 Guitar Tricks (for Beginners)" gives an interesting take on some old tricks....some may be more "beginner" than others tough.

Tom Keifer sent us a picture of his man cave full of vintage equipment. How about a private tour next time we're in Nashville Tom?

 

In honor of this week's Tom Keifer interview we visit the "Ultimate Guitar Fails Compilation" video.

We also review a dobro from Republic Guitars