PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Ibanez Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out several of their new guitar and bass offerings for 2010. First, we get to see the new Steve Vai UV77REMC has a five-piece maple/bubinga neck, basswood body, rosewood fingerboard and DiMarzio Blaze pickups. Next, we get to see the new RGD models, which feature three-piece maple necks, basswood body and bound rosewood fingerboards. These guitars are specifically made with the drop-tune player in mind. Lastly, we have the Ashula fret/fretless bass. This unique bass has a jatoba/ bubinga neck, light ash body, rosewood fingerboard and features the Mono-Rail IV bridge system. Also, it comes loaded with the Sonic Arch and Sonic Arch mini pickups.



PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Ibanez Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out several of their new guitar and bass offerings for 2010.

First, we get to see the new Steve Vai UV77REMC has a five-piece maple/bubinga neck, basswood body, rosewood fingerboard and DiMarzio Blaze pickups.

Next, we get to see the new RGD models, which feature three-piece maple necks, basswood body and bound rosewood fingerboards. These guitars are specifically made with the drop-tune player in mind.

Lastly, we have the Ashula fret/fretless bass. This unique bass has a jatoba/ bubinga neck, light ash body, rosewood fingerboard and features the Mono-Rail IV bridge system. Also, it comes loaded with the Sonic Arch and Sonic Arch mini pickups.

It’s ok for a guitar to not sound like a guitar.

As much as we all love juicy, organic guitar tones, it can be just as inspiring to go the opposite way. Combining various modulation effects, envelope filters, oscillators, and more can result in sounds that owe more to Kraftwerk than Led Zeppelin.

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While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

Photo by Chad Kelco

Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

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