Head on over to your local Guitar Center and grab whatever you can in your price range! You'll be answering calls from Kate Upton and Emma Stone in no time! (more…)
Metal Injection presents our new series, Quality Control, where we review the latest and greatest gear. In the first episode of the series, Meek Is Murder guitarist Mike Keller reviews the Jackson SLATXMGQ-7 seven string guitar. Does it get Keller's seal of approval? More info on the guitar can be found here.
On Oct 20, 2010, Nick Didkovsky and Chuck O'Meara bought a $100 electric guitar from Elderly Instruments. They were so charmed by it that they decided to send it to a few of their friends to cut some riffs and create music for a new compilation. Metal shredders like Alex Skolnick, Colin Marston and many [...]
This is basically the greatest video of all time!
For those of you unfamiliar with the show How It's Made, it is a 30 minute doc-style TV series that brings you inside factories to show you the manufacturing process of items used every day. The show has blown my mind many times over and has answered many of my cost-related questions and complaints like "why do my eye glasses cost $300 or more for some plastic?" Needless to say, after they covered eyewear on the show I never complained about the cost again.
Whether you're a global touring musician or a novice player, the construction of our instruments is something almost every musician has thought about and appreciated at one time or another. I took the liberty of listing all the different videos that detail the construction of instruments you'd find in metal bands for this very reason. Some of these include an inside look at brands you might even be familiar with, including Zildjian, Evans, and D'Addario. If understanding how things work intrigues you, or you're just high and looking for something fascinating, then I really recommend watching all of these. You might even become a better player in the process. (more…)
Oh, the Japanese…what will they think of next? I think we can all agree that the apex of rock stardom for guitarists comes when they are able to smash the living shit out of their guitar. It not only gives off attitude, but it says, I'm so rich, I can break this expensive gadget. But what about the common man? The working class rock star, if you will. Well, that's where guitar makers K-Japan come in.
They have released a line of "Smash Guitars" which in essence are cheap single serve electric guitars that are made to break. The guitar has a special empty body so that it's easy to break. It has a maple neck, a rosewood fretboard, dual pickups, and electronics in the center of the body to minimize dangerous trajectories. You don't want your fans to go blind do you? The crazy thing is the price – only $55. Once you're done smashing, you can even send it back to the company and they will reassemble it for a fee (or you could just buy more than one of these!)
If this is something you are getting excited about, you'll have to wait, as demand was so high that they are all sold out. More info can be found on the K-Japan official site for the guitar. If you'd like to see a weird Japanese video seeing how these things function (as if you can't guess), look no further… (more…)