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Guitar Gear Review – The Babicz Full Contact Stratocaster Bridge

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This year’s custom build the conversation was short and quick when discussing which vendor we would use for the bridge (you can read about the build here). There are a ton of great bridge manufacturers out there, non as cutting edge as Babicz. I have Babicz Full Contact bridges on 4 of my guitars. It […]

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Review:  The Dimension Bass by Fender – Fender’s New Offering for the ‘Modern’ Player

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When you think of the top bass models that people buy or copy two offerings from Fender come to mind, the Precision bass and the Jazz bass. While Fender does have other models, they aren’t as popular (or seem to be taken as seriously) as these two mainstays. One could argue that Fender has done […]

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Review DiMarzio Titan Guitar Pickup – Molten Napalm Spitting Through Your Speakers

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I’m a high-output guy. I love “PAF’s” and have a few guitars loaded with them, but at the end of the day nothing (that I should mention in a review) makes me happier than pummeling the input of a high gain amp into submission…but high output pickups are typically a sacrifice: you get more power […]

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Live Review: Blue Oyster Cult and Alice Cooper Members Form Classic Rock Supergroup, Blue Coupe

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A packed house at the Bull Run on Route 2A in Shirley, Massachusetts  witnessed a tremendous show from Dennis Dunaway, original Alice Cooper Group bassist, and guitarist Joe Bouchard – bassist with Blue Oyster Cult – and his brother, original Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard. It was an enormous vibrations that cascaded from the […]

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Review: Lindy Fralin Pickups – Pure as the Driven Snow, Yet Hot Enough to Melt It

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In my years of playing I have played every type of pickup imaginable. Active, piezos, alnico and the list goes on and on. I look at my pickups as paint brushes. Different guitars have been fitted with different pickups to give me a range of tones and color. I also seek having a range of […]

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Fil Ramil E.P. Release Party Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ Hennesy’s Boston

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Veteran musician Fil Ramil, major component of the local Steely Band tribute band No Static, has a new original solo E.P. out with the release party at Hennesy’s 25 Union St, Boston, MA 02108 in the live entertainment room known as the Hooley House. According to the venue’s website: The design and décor echo that […]

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Review The Blues Magoos Psychedelic Resurrection

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“Psychedelic Resurrection” is a classy return for the veteran ‘60’s group, a plodding anthem like Deep Purple’s “Perfect Strangers” or Roxy Music’s 45 RPM version of “Manifesto” – a glorious statement of return. The guitar chugs along taking a nod from the Beatles “I Am The Walrus” – perhaps the quintessential psychedelic groove tune. The […]

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2014 TMRZoo.com Custom Guitar Build – This Stratocaster Will Not Fade Away

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I was watching some old Buddy Holly clips and had a twisted train of thought. If Buddy was born in the modern hard rock era what would his famous Sunburst Fender Stratocaster look like? This was the launching pad for the 2014 TMRZoo.com Custom Guitar build. A little background on Buddy for you kids out […]

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CD Review – Gunhill Road: Every 40 Years

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19 new songs from the fellows who hit in 1973 with “Back When My Hair Was Short” is actually the delivery of enough material for a double vinyl disc. “Back when the discs were short” few artists got to enjoy such delightful indulgence, 1972’s Exile on Main Street, J Geils Band’s 1976 epic Blow Your […]

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Live Music Review: Apollo Blue at Club Bohemia

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APOLLO BLUE, the band – not the automobile – performed on October 23, 2014 at Club Bohemia and issued their underground blues to the appreciative crowd of local musicians and Central Square Cambridge regulars. They call their music “rock and blues, with a bit of psychedelic madness” and that formula is the product of the […]

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Review: Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbucker – I’m Gonna Give You My Love

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Anyone who reads this website with any regularity knows what a Jimmy Page fanboy I am. When it comes to Led Zeppelin and guitarists, the dictionary definition of fanatic really comes into play. Guitarists have done everything from modifying their Les Pauls to actually casting black magic spells to capture the essence of the Jimmy […]

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Review: J.A.S.O.N. – Myth, Murder, and Mayhem in a Punk Rock World

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Director Hatem Adell has taken playwright Pete Riesenberg’s reinvention of Jason and the Argonauts into the 21st century in an intriguing drama perfectly set in the Cambridge dungeon that was the original Cantab Lounge (now Club Bohemia.) The atmosphere, much like the old coffee houses of the 60s, adds to the vibe as the seven […]

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Review Ray Donovan Episode 8, Season II “Sunny”

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The series Ray Donovan is a real find with visual textures that take the Soprano’s into 2014, and similarly-styled plot distancing that comes together in an effective and powerful way. The theme of “Sunny” (the episode) is actually how the song brings some light to a very dark chunk of this series, but there are […]

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Fishman Fluence Pickups Hands On Review

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I recently visited the Fishman Electronics company in Andover, Massachusetts to get a firsthand look at their new Fluence pickups. Not only was I treated to a great tour of the facilities by Fishmans’s Chris DeMaria but also Unearth guitarist Ken Susi. The duo gave me a tour of what can only be described as […]

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Review: Guns of Brighton – A Selfish Call to Arms

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A Selfish Call To Amrs is a serious take on punk rock meets metal, the product delivered by Markie D (Mark Duchane) guitar/vocals/songwriting, Anthony Aubrey (drummer) adding harmony vocals and crunching percussion and former Virginian (the state) Lee Holland on bass who joined the group in July of 2012. A fourth member rounds out the […]

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MUKAGEE signs with Dead Inside Records, Plans for new EP “Twisted Control”

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DEAD INSIDE RECORDS has announced the signing of San Jose, CA Hard Rock\Groove Metallers MUKAGEE. MUKAGEE pronounced: “Muck-ah-jee”, is a powerful groove based heavy rock band with an incredible sound you need to experience! Poised on the cusp of break out stardom, this San Jose, CA. based metal band cannot be ignored. Led by the amazing lead […]

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