CoachGuitar for iOS – Visual Guitar Song App!

As you will see in the demonstration video, CoachGuitar is an iOS app which teaches you how to play hits from different decades and genres using a multi-camera video and animated fretboard view. The app is free to download (see for links to the App) and you get 2 whole songs and 2 riffs included to get you started.

When you are ready to explore what else is to offer, simply tap on Library and scroll through the 60 or so songs which are available at the time of writing. Each song is an In-App purchase of $4.49 and you are able to preview the track before you purchase to hear exactly what you can expect to learn.

Each track includes a full performance video, a backing track with the guitar parts removed to play along to and a number of videos for each section, Stairway to Heaven for instance has a total of 31 videos included broken up into 9 chapters. Each chapter breaks down a section of the song into small chunks and is played at a slower tempo with the visual fretboard animation to help make it clear which notes to play with which fingers (indicated by the color coding described in the help), which strings to play (realistically vibrate like a real guitar) and the picking or plucking direction indicated at the left side of the fretboard.

There is also a left handed view feature in the settings which flips all of the videos and the fretboard. There are also Loop and Slow buttons, (so if you are really stuck you can just let it keep looping a section at half tempo until you get the hang of it).

If you are finding it difficult to learn new songs then this app could really help you get to grips with the correct fingerings, strum patterns to have you playing your favorite songs from the comfort of… well anywhere you'd take your iPhone, or iPad.

The Secrets of Jimi Hendrix's Guitar Setup...

Nobody knows the ins and outs of Jimi Hendrix's guitar sound like Roger Mayer.

Mayer had already worked with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck and produced a number of different fuzz boxes by the time he met Hendrix at a gig at the Bag Of Nails pub in London. The two hit it off and Mayer showed Hendrix his Octavia, a unit that added an octave overtone to the original note. Hendrix loved the sound and used it on the solo to "Purple Haze."

"After that we became close friends and started hanging out; and as they say, the rest is history," Mayer says.

He went on to look after Hendrix's gear both live and in the studio, gaining a unique understanding of his requirements, playing style and working methods. Today Mayer produces a range of pedals that take his original designs into the 21st century.

Mayer says an important part of Hendrix's sound was due to his use of carefully selected string gauges, which evened out the guitar's response from string to string.

"First of all, we weren't using a flat-radius fretboard," Mayer says. "We were using the normal one, not the very high radius but definitely curvy. The actual strings we used were not what people would expect. The string gauges would run .010, .013, .015, .026, .032 and .038.

The big difference there is that you're using the .015 for the third, because if you use the .017 for the third, the actual sound of the guitar is very G-heavy. The electrical output of the strings is dependent on the square of the diameter; if you square all the diameters and look at them, you can get much more of an idea about the balance of the guitar.

"You should always remember that, because many, many times people use a set of strings that are completely imbalanced and they just don't sound that good. Most people would say a .010 to .013 is the correct jump. And the .015 is much better for the G than a .017. An .015 squares out at .225 and .017 is 289. So you're going to get 28 percent more output just with a two-pound different in string size."

Although Hendrix used a custom string gauge, Mayer certainly didn't mess with the stock pickups in his Strats. He didn't feel the need.


VIDEO: Andy Timmons Shows Off New Jeff Beck Inspired Ibanez Prototype

In this video from Meinl Distribution TV Andy Timmons shows off his current touring rig (which hasn’t really changed much over the years), but what is interesting is a new prototype Andy Timmons signature Ibanez featuring a Rosewood fretboard and floating trem inspired by Jeff Beck’s signature Fender Stratocaster.

Go and have a look-see at the sunburst Ibanez AT100CL and the more affordable AT10P Premium version, they're both awesome guitars!

Top 10 WORST Kinds of Music Fan

Some bands, (whether they're good or bad), simply have horrible fan bases... It's not always their fault, though of course, sometimes the artist is a bad influence and attracts the worst of fan for themselves.

During November. Ultimate Guitar readers set forth to nominate and vote for the worst music fan bases ever, and this is what they got. You may not agree with the entire list, but the people have spoken.

Do you agree with the results? Let us know what you think in the comments section, or on FaceBook...


Those Pitchfork reading, sandal wearing, vinyl listening, moustache growing, duck-face posing, indie-rock grooving, camel riding, ukelele strumming, poem writing hipsters aren't so bad... Until you see them in person...

Here they are posing for the camera because they think it's about to take a picture...

Hey, nice Nirvana hoodie. Looks pretty fresh, though... Were you alive when they were around? No, they didn't exist. Yes, they were a great band. No, you shouldn't wear the same hoodie every single bloody day.

#08). Beatles fans (who believe that everything after the 1970s is not music)
The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the greatest bands of all time, and set the template for almost every songwriting musician that followed. But, they are not the only artists worthy of existence, and there's plenty of music created since that rivals them. The Beatles were just four great musicians, not the very oxygen of Mother Earth. Seriously, take a walk or something.

#07). Black Veil Brides Fans
They're full of faux goths and annoying poses. And that's just the band; wait until you see their fan base!!! (Note: we have no idea if the people in this picture are fans, or if they are in the band. It’s hard to tell.)

#06). KORN Fans
Korn are great at what they do, but some of their fans are a little stuck in the 1990s. Guys, you gotta learn that rap metal has moved on. Hell, Korn have moved on too. They're not all bad - it's the fans of "Path of Totality" that you want to worry about.

#05). Random "Metal-core Band /Fan-Girls"
This subset of women do the rest of female music fans a disservice... It's that small group of fan girls who don't really understand metal, but have realised that dressing in skin-tight black pants, (or black tights), with cut-up rock t-shirts hosting MAJOR eye-catching cleavage gets some SERIOUS attention from burly male metal head dudes. Hopefully who are actually in a band.

#04). UG Comminity

#03) The Directioners.
One Direction are a bunch of totally useless c^#ts, and so are anyone who likes them. What else do you need to know?

 #02). Insane Clown Posse Fans
While we think it sucks that ICP fans have been targeted by the FBI and classified as gang members, there's no doubt that anyone who is impressed by lyrics like "F--king magnets? How do they work?" is douche-tastic.

#01). Beliebers
Justin Bieber fans don't just have soppy lightweight boring gutless weird loner tired small meek baby weird misguided shameful music tastes. Oh no. They also call themselves "Beliebers." Ugh.Nuff-said!

VIDEO: Paul Gilbert and Nathan East's "One Chord Challenge"

In this video, which was posted earlier this week by Artistworks, guitarist Paul Gilbert and bassist Nathan East show the world what you can do with one chord.

The video is part of a series featuring more than two hours of playing, discussion and analysis in the ArtistWorks Online Bass School, which is hosted by East.

The premise: Gilbert asks East, who spent several years as Eric Clapton's bassist, what he would do if he were sentenced to a prison term of playing in the key of A for 20 minutes. (Don't worry — the video isn't 20 minutes long.)

East's online bass lessons include dozens of hours of pre-recorded videos and the ability to submit practice clips to East and get video feedback from the master himself.

Nathan East and Paul Gilbert: "One Chord Challenge" 

For more information, head here. For more information about ArtistWorks' Online Rock Guitar School with Paul Gilbert, head here.

WOW!!! DigiTech Announces Free E-Pedals...

HARMAN’s DigiTech announced today that e-pedals offered through the DigiTech Stomp Shop are available for free download. Offering almost limitless sonic possibilities, the iStomp connects to an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad enabling musicians to load the effect of their choice into the iStomp.

When we introduced the iStomp we changed the way guitarists think about how they go about creating their tone. By giving iStomp owners the capability to download any of the e-pedals available we are providing an unbelievable opportunity to immediately access a wide range of effects at no cost whatsoever!” stated Scott Klimt, marketing manager, DigiTech.

The promotion includes all e-pedals with the exception of the Adrian Belew Impossible Pedal. E-pedals currently available through the Stomp Shop include exclusive pedals from DigiTech, officially licensed pedals from other manufacturers and classic legacy DigiTech and DOD products. The iStomp pedal connects to an Apple iOS device using the DigiTech Smart Cable that comes with the iStomp. The iStomp pedal has four knobs to control effects parameters, which change their function according to which effect is loaded.

iStomp makes trying out new sounds easier than ever. Instead of having to go to a music store or look for online demos that might have been done with unfamiliar gear, a guitarist can now download any pedal in the iStomp online store for free for use with their own guitar and amp.

The iStomp comes with an iOS authorization cable and power supply.

VIDEO: 12-Year-Old Lorde in High-school Rock Band

A video clip of pop star Lorde fronting a metal band at the age of 12 has emerged.

The singer, (who is now 17 and whose single "Royals" has been a huge international hit), is seen in the video playing songs by the Cult with a rock band called "Extreme" at her high school.

They reportedly came third in the event. Lorde signed a $2.5 million publishing deal with Sony this week, being called a "once in a generation type artist" by the company's president.

 She's currently in her sixth week at the top of the Billboard chart, and remains the youngest
female to top the chart in 25 years. Can you imagine Lorde singing with a real metal band?

Does her fresh angle on pop impress you, or does it make you want to turn the radio off?

Let me know what you think of this next-gen pop princess in the comments. Watch Lorde with her metal band "Extreme" here:

Voted as #1 Best budget electric guitar in the world today...

Created by Youtube sensation Rob Chapman, Chapman guitars have been a phenomenon, and it was the Chapman ML-1 that led the charge.

The first run was an almost instant sell-out, but now they're back and in more demand than ever. The runaway winner of a recent Music Radar poll, Chapman guitars are making serious waves and proving that you don't need to be one of the big boys to make great, desirable guitars that people desperately want.

Described as a 'Swiss Army knife' of a guitar that will give you everything from shimmering clean tones through to brutal riffage (thanks in no small part to the Chapman designed pickups), expect first rate build quality and stand out playability. A worthy winner.

We said: "The ML-1 is a worthy competitor to similarly spec'd guitars from the likes of LTD and Schecter. It's beautifully put together and finished, and represents some great ideas, well executed."


VIDEO: Vox Releases Demo for New Night Train Guitar Amp

In this new video posted this month by Vox Amps, guitarist (and Vox Product Specialist) Freddy DeMarco puts the company's new Night Train NT15H-G2 guitar amp through its paces.

The NT15H-G2 is a 15-watt, all-tube head that offers classic and new Vox tones in a compact and portable design.

It offers robust all-tube sound with class AB design. The pre-amp is driven by three 12AX7 tube. The power amp contains two EL84 tubes.

For more information, visit

VIDEO: Scorpions Release Trailer for new CD/DVD...

Scorpions will release MTV Unplugged, a new CD/DVD, January 21 through Sony International.

In advance of the release, they've posted a trailer, which you can check out below.
Recorded and filmed this past September 11 and 12, MTV Unplugged was culled from two sets at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece. The open-air theater, which is 300 meters above the city, made for an impressive backdrop for the first-ever open-air show in the history of MTV Unplugged.

Scorpions are Klaus Meine (vocals/guitar), Rudolf Schenker (guitars/vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums); additional support on the DVD includes contributions from Swedish musicians and producers Mikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals).

VIDEO: You can take it with you: Fender releases folding travel guitar

Fender has launched a pair of new travel acoustic guitars which hinge at the neck, allowing them to be folded away for ease of transport.

The CD-140S VA and CD-60 VA feature Fender's Voyage-Air patented neck hinge, which means players can essentially fold the guitar in half and pack it into a small case.

We're guessing you're going to need to give it a thorough tune up every time you use it, but for guitarists on the go an acoustic that fits into an easily transported case will be an attractive prospect.


John Lydon Praises Mick Jagger for Paying Sid Vicious Murder Charge Lawyers

Lydon says he has 'a good liking' of Jagger because of his generosity when Vicious was accused of murdering Nancy Spungen

John Lydon has spoken about his admiration for Mick Jagger, who paid Sid Vicious's lawyers when the Sex Pistols bassist was arrested for the alleged murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

Spungen was found dead on the floor of the couple's New York hotel room on 12 October, 1978 with a single stab wound to the stomach. Vicious was arrested and charged with murder but died of a heroin overdose four months later after being released on bail.

In an extensive new interview with the Daily Record, Lydon said of the incident: "Nancy Spungen was a hideous, awful person who killed herself because of the lifestyle and led to the destruction and subsequent death of Sid and the whole fiasco. I tried to help Sid through all of that and feel a certain responsibility because I brought him into the Pistols thinking he could handle the pressure. He couldn't. The reason people take heroin is because they can't handle pressure. Poor old Sid."

"Her death is all entangled in mystery," Lydon continued. "It's no real mystery, though. If you are going to get yourself involved in drugs and narcotics in that way accidents are going to happen."

Later in the interview Lydon praised Jagger for helping Vicious when Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren failed to come to the bassist's aid. "The only good news is that I heard Mick Jagger got in there and brought lawyers into it on Sid's behalf because I don't think Malcolm lifted a finger. He just didn't know what to do," Lydon recalled. "For that, I have a good liking of Mick Jagger. There was activity behind the scenes from Mick Jagger so I applaud him. He never used it to advance himself publicity-wise."


VIDEO: Playing to Win: Irish designer Rob O’Reilly aims to do for electric guitars what Steve Jobs did for the mobile phone

It is hard to imagine modern life without the electric guitar or imagine how the social and sexual revolution of the 1960s could have occurred without it.

Les Paul’s great invention changed the world. Without the electric guitar there would have been no Elvis Presley, no Beatles, no Rolling Stones and no pop culture as we know it.

The electric guitar may have been a revolutionary instrument, but its evolution has been extremely conservative. Designs for the electric guitar have barely changed in the last 50 years. The market remains dominated by Gibson and Fender. Their marquee brands, the Gibson Les Paul and the Fender Stratocaster, are icons of modern culture and remain trusted by generation after generation of musicians. For that reason, the guitar-buying public remains notoriously conservative.

As the Gibson company found to their cost, the guitar-buyer eschews anything that smacks of being a gimmick. Two years ago Gibson launched the Firebird X, a guitar which had built-in effects and came with a hefty price tag, but it flopped.

Into the void has come Irish electric engineer, musician and entrepreneur Rob O’Reilly (30) from Killarney who set up the Pay As You Please restaurant in his hometown.

His BE guitar is a revolution in guitar design and his ambitions are equally impressive. The elemental colours of black and white are redolent of the original iPod.

“I’m doing for guitars what Steve Jobs did for phone,” he says.

“There is no guitar like it anywhere. When people see it they go ‘Wow. I’ve never seen anything like that before’. The overall visual look of it is totally different to anything on the market. It is mixing the fashion industry with the music industry.”

Radical features
His guitar has two radical features. The first is a transparent centre made of acrylic, heresy for orthodox guitar players for whom the wood at the centre of instrument is a key part of the sound.

The guitar has space for inlays which you can customise with your design or even include lights or a mirror inside.

The other is the balance bar which locks the guitar in place whether sitting or standing and is patent pending.


VIDEO: Pot Idol: Does smoking weed make musicians better at their craft?

Lady Gaga admits to smoking a whopping 15 joints a day.

Pop superstar Lady Gaga says that she became addicted to marijuana after suffering from a hip injury last year.

Question: Will smoking Pot help, or hinder, a musicians ability to; write, record and perform their music?

The Poker Face hitmaker underwent an operation earlier this year after she sustained a labral tear in her hip, and she has now revealed she eased her pain by smoking up to 15 joints a day.

She admits in the London Mirror, "I was smoking fifteen joints a day... It was a habit that eventually occurred when the pain got so bad with the hip. I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself then sleeping it off, then getting on stage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was. F**k if I know what hurts the most, you know?"

The singer admits she tried to kick the addiction, but found her cravings would creep back constantly, adding, "I would break the habit and it would sneak back in and I would break it and sneak back in."

However, the star has since managed to cut down on the habit, adding, "Now I smoke a little bit at night just, you know, for fun. But not to cope, that's the difference. I'm the soberest I've ever been in the past five years."


VIDEO: Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X honours memory of young Mississauga woman by playing her guitar in concert.

The custom-designed instrument belonged to 25-year-old Mississauga resident Kara Shred, who died suddenly in September.

When Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X played his solo at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night, he made a dozen people cry.

That’s because the 12 were the only ones to understand the significance of the guitar in his hands.

The semi-hollow electric guitar, with three star-shaped ports, was custom-designed by Mississauga resident Kara Shred, who died suddenly Sept 19.

Kristi Vilmansen-Shred, mother of the 25-year-old’s graphic designer and hobby musician, found her daughter’s body when she went to wake her for work.

“We were told it was probably a congenital heart problem we didn’t know about,” Vilmansen-Shred says. “It’s been staggering.”

Kara was relentlessly happy. “Just so artistic, creative, crazy and fun,” Vilmansen-Shred says. “She’d get so excited about different things and she just wouldn’t stop.”

Larry Shred, left, and Kristi Vilmansen, right, with their daughter Kara's custom guitar at The Guitar World. The parents donated their daughter's beloved instrument so anyone who wished to play it could do so. zoom

Trying to find some solace, shortly after Kara’s death the family gifted her beloved creation to The Guitar World in Mississauga, asking store owner and family friend Jim Toris to allow anyone who asked to play the instrument.

The gesture was meant to honour the young woman’s love of music. Kara started playing piano at age 5 and picked up guitars after entering high school. Guitar playing was a special connection she shared with her father, Larry Shred, who had split from Vilmansen-Shred when Kara was 2. Kara had four guitars and the family didn’t want them to gather dust — especially that one.

“It is such a beautiful, unique kind of custom piece that has so much of Kara in it, we want it to be played by lots and lots of people,” Vilmansen-Shred says.

So they brought it to The Guitar World. Toris created a display, The Journey of Kara’s Guitar, and started a photo album on The Guitar World’s Facebook page, posting pictures of customers playing the instrument.

Enter rock star Phil Xenidis, known as Phil X, who recently replaced Richie Sambora as the guitarist with Bon Jovi.



VIDEO: Guitar Noize Demos the iPad StudioConnect

Posted by: Jon via "GuitarNoize

Ever wondered when seeing demos of Positive Grid JamUp Pro on YouTube how the guys are getting the audio from their iPad into their desktop computers in realtime?? As it turns out all you need is the Griffin StudioConnect for iPad. This clever little device not only acts as a stand for your iPad, but also has a mains connection so your battery doesn’t die during a recording or performance (it is also a charging dock) and it is a fully featured audio interface with multiple ins and outs.

The main input is obviously the instrument in so you can plug your guitar directly into that plus you have stereo outputs which you can run out to a powered speaker, power amp or a P.A. Also included are a headphone input (with a volume control on the front of the unit) and there are MIDI in and outputs, a 3.5 mm stereo input, plus a big Gain control dial on the front too.

In my case I plugged my Taylor SB2-S into the Griffin StudioConnect and then ran the outputs to the 2 inputs of my Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 which is connected to my iMac via USB and then the recording was captured in Reaper.

I also recorded a bass track using JamUp Pro on my iPad and plugged in directly to the StudioConnect just the same as the guitar and got excellent results. I used Toontrack Superior Drummer on the final track to finish it off and as you can hear in my video the AD/DA converters in the StudioConnect are very good. In fact, there was no noise and no latency.

I will definitely be using this combination of StudioConnect/iPad for recording from now on rather than desktop modelling apps as it takes the load off the CPU and the result sounds so much better to me. I haven’t tried this yet but I’m also thinking it is probably possible to record the dry signal from within your iPad (via Garageband or similar) while recording so you can reamp at some point should you wish and then play it back from your iPad into your DAW.

The Griffin Technology StudioConnect is available direct from their website –

Video: 11-Year-Old Girl Covers Black Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell"

Check out a recently posted (October 31) video of an 11-year-old Ronnie James Dio fan named Sara covering Black Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell" with her band, Motion Device.

Sara dedicates the performance to Black Sabbath "and the one and only Ronnie James Dio."

Motion Device is rounded out by Sara's 14-year-old brother, David, on drums; their 16-year-old sister, Andrea, on six-string bass and piano; their cousin, 19-year-old Josh on lead guitar; and 19-year-old Alex, a family friend, on rhythm guitar.

Dio often cited "Heaven and Hell" as one of the songs he was most proud of. He said the song, which was written by Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, is about our ability to choose between doing good and doing evil, essentially how we all have "heaven and hell" inside us.

Dio often cited "Heaven and Hell" as one of the songs he was most proud of. He said the song, which was written by Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, is about our ability to choose between doing good and doing evil, essentially how we all have "heaven and hell" inside us.


VIDEO: MEGADETH: The best is yet to come...

Although Megadeth is one of the few classic metal bands still releasing new albums at fairly rapid pace, frontman Dave Mustaine recently expressed hope to unleash even more albums in the next five years.

When asked by 80s Y Mas about the band's plans in the next five or 10 year, the singer/guitarist expressed a rather positive stance about the presence, but also remembered the grim days of the past decade. "There was a period about ten years ago when I was really unhappy with the way things were going in the music business and with Megadeth in general," he confessed. "And there was a lot of internal turmoil with the band."

Dave even admitted considering to end the band to a certain extent. "A lot of times, I would ask myself 'Is this really what I wanna do with the rest of my life?' And once we had the breakup after I my arm got injured and I re-evaluated my career, it changed things, and meeting up with Shawn [Drover] and Chris [Broderick] really made me, I believe, a much more grateful player.

"So I think right now the best is yet to come for us," the frontman concluded. "We really have gotten a lot better in the last, probably, two years even. We're playing better now than, I think, we've ever played."


WOW! Ace Frehley Unloads on Gene Simmons!!!

Speaking on Eddie Trunk Rocks (via Blabbermouth), former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has hit back at Gene Simmons' comments that he and Peter Criss were ,"a cancer" on the band.

According to Frehley, Gene has "been shooting himself in the foot for years."

"I don't know what's up with Gene. He used to say to me in the '70s, every time I did something stupid, he'd go, 'Ace, you're shooting yourself in the foot again.' Well, he's been shooting himself in the foot for years."

Ace was also critical of Gene for... "taking the safe route:"

"Gene's living in the past. He's become a caricature of himself. I mean, from the very beginning, his only motivation was money. The guy has no friends; he's not respected by his peers; he's pissed off thousands of fans; he's never had a hit single, like I've had. I had the most successful Gibson signature-series guitar in history. He didn't. It goes on and on. He took the safe route: he never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis Presley took and [Jimi] Hendrix and Keith Richards and Jim Morrison ... it's endless. I have all this life experience and thank God I can live to talk about it. What's he gonna talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people."

Full Article Below...

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was interviewed on this past Friday night's (November 1) edition of Eddie Trunk's "Eddie Trunk Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM. A few excerpts from the chat follow below (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On possibly being inducted — along with his fellow original KISS members — into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next spring:

Frehley: "I'm happy that I'm gonna be inducted — most likely — next year, in April, in New York City, and it should be a great event. There's no way [KISS bassist/vocalist] Gene [Simmons] can put a lid on it. I mean, what's he gonna do?"

On Gene Simmons' recent comments in an interview in which he compared being in a band with Frehley and original KISS drummer Peter Criss to having "cancer in your system" which must be cut out "as fast as you can":

Frehley: "I don't know what's up with Gene. He used to say to me in the '70s, every time I did something stupid, he'd go, 'Ace, you're shooting yourself in the foot again.' Well, he's been shooting himself in the foot for years.

"Gene's living in the past. He's become a caricature of himself. I mean, from the very beginning, his only motivation was money. The guy has no friends; he's not respected by his peers; he's pissed off thousands of fans; he's never had a hit single, like I've had. I had the most successful Gibson signature-series guitar in history. He didn't. It goes on and on. He took the safe route: he never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis Presley took and [Jimi] Hendrix and Keith Richards and Jim Morrison… it's endless. I have all this life experience and thank God I can live to talk about it. What's he gonna talk about? All he can do is badmouth other people."

On his refusal to appear in what's being billed as the definitive KISS documentary, "You Wanted The Best You Got The Best", an officially sanctioned film which is being directed by Alan G. Parker:

Frehley: "I don't know. I found it very weird that, instead of getting a call from Gene or [KISS manager] Doc McGhee or [KISS guitarist/vocalist] Paul [Stanley], because they're behind this documentary, instead of getting a call from them, I get a call from my bodyguard, and he got a call from KISS' bodyguard about me doing an interview for this documentary. They tried to go through the back door — probably because they don't wanna pay me any money, as usual, and it left a bad taste in my mouth, and I just passed on it. You want me to do a documentary? Let me know how much money you're making, give me my fair share, and I'll sit down and talk. You don't wanna do it that way? Forget about it… If KISS is behind the documentary, Paul and Gene are making the lion's share of the funds."

On reports that he is fighting a foreclosure action on on his home in Yorktown in Northern Westchester County, New York, 35 miles from New York City, the $735,000 mortgage on which the guitarist reportedly stopped paying on March 1, 2011:

Frehley: "I left the house over two and a half years ago. My attorney is taking care of it. It's not in foreclosure. Things got blown out of propotion. Somebody didn't take care of what they were supposed to do. And my attorney is taking care of it. But, basically, I'm out in California now, and I have people living on that property, taking care of it, and they've been showing it to people who are interested in possibly purchasing it. And the whole thing was kind of a misunderstanding."

On how he likes living in California:

Frehley: "I've lived in New York my whole life. A lot of people used to come out to California and say, 'Hey, what are you doing? You are a traitor.' But since I've been out here, I don’t see myself coming back. I like the climate. I couldn't do the winters anymore. Once you hit 60, it's, like, get me outta here."

VIDEO: Joe Satriani - Private Guitar Lesson!!! is very cool to have presented this fantastic footage of an intimate private lesson with guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani.

Produced by for and posted to YouTube just 2-weeks back!

Music: "Shine on American Dreamer" by Joe Satriani from "Unstoppable Momentum" Jam song is "Rubina" by Joe Satriani from "Not of this Earth" Live Photographs by Darko and Pamela Ashton.

Thanks to Mick Brigden and the Satriani Crew. And of course, Joe, for allowing us into his special world.

New Fender Deluxe Lone Star & Roadhouse Stratocasters

Fender have added a couple of new Stratocaster models to their popular Deluxe series,

the Deluxe Lone Star...

 and the Deluxe Roadhouse...

 ...which include some upgraded electronic switching configurations, hardware and large ’70s-style headstock.

The Deluxe Roadhouse Stratocaster has three high-output Texas Special™ pickups and a special V6 rotary switch which delivers six distinctive tone settings from “wiry single-coil to searing lead”, this can be bypassed by the guitar’s built-in S-1 switch. This model also includes a four-ply aged white pearloid pickguard.

The Deluxe Lone Star includes a Fender Twin Head humbucking bridge pickup and an S-1 switch built into the volume knob to select the outer coil of the bridge pickup for single-coil tones.

Each model is available in a range of finishes, so head over to to check out the various options.

Derek Trucks offers advice to teen star Quinn Sullivan

Derek Trucks knows what it's like to be just a kid and have everybody hollerin' about how great you are. He bought his first guitar at a yard sale when he was nine and by his 13th birthday had played alongside Buddy Guy and opened for the Allman Brothers.

Trucks's early arrival at guitar-hero status is similar to the situation with Quinn Sullivan, the 14-year-old Strat-slinger who opens for his mentor Buddy Guy at Coquitlam's Red Robinson Show Theatre tonight.

Trucks has some words of wisdom for the young axe slinger...

"I think the only thing you can do is keep doin' what you're doin'," said Trucks. "I mean, you have to keep your head on straight. At that age there's a lot of smoke and hype that comes at you, and I think it's important to try and steer as clear of that as you can, and not buy into it.

"The bottom line is you gotta keep makin' music and make it relevent," he added, "and grow at all times. I mean Quinn's super-talented, but I think the real work probably starts right now for him. Playin' and bein' good naturally is just that: it's natural and it just happens. And that's kind of the easy part, in a way. It's trying to make that transition into making it a lifelong thing that I think is hard for a lot of people."

Trucks added that's he's not too worried about Sullivan handling all the pressure of stardom since he's got "a good head on his shoulders."


VIDEO: Dylan's Newport Folk Festival Guitar Up for Auction

The sunburst Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan famously plugged in at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival will finally be auctioned off in New York at Christie's on December 6th.

The guitar on which Dylan went electric is expected to bring in as much as $500,000, the Associated Press reports, and will be auctioned alongside five sheets of handwritten and typed fragments of lyrics that would later appear in "In the Darkness of Your Room," "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and other songs. The lyrics – which were found in the Strat's case – are estimated between $3,000 and $5,000.

While Dylan and his camp initially denied the authenticity of the guitar, Paterson had it examined and certified on the PBS show History Detectives last year.


VIDEO: South Park Satires Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus...

"South Park" creators spoofed Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus, Consequence of Sound reports.

Without spoiling too much, the latest episode of "South Park" broke the world record for most plot points in a 22-minute span, managing to tackle "Canadian puberty," Tom Brady's shittiness, the healthcare debacle, and the advancement of digital education.

The Miley Cyrus hoopla was also covered, using "Yo Gabba Gabba!" characters. Naturally, Sinead O’Connor made a cameo.

Watch the video below...