Jackson signature artists Chris Broderick and David Ellefson have been meeting, greeting and signing their way across Europe at select retailers as Megadeth lays waste to the continent along with Slayer on the European Carnage tour. We’ve got photos from some of the autograph sessions below.
Also, Jackson still has one more one-hour session scheduled at noon locally at Musik Messe in Frankfurt, Germany on April 9.
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Watch this footage as shred-monster Chris Cannella gets tight, heavy tone from a Jackson DKMG guitar through a new Fender Super-Sonic™ 100 head and Super-Sonic™ 100 412 Straight Enclosure.
The amp’s tube bias is set at “cool,” with speaker damping set at “tight” and no reverb. A Roland® RE-20 Space Echo is engaged at 0:40; patched into the amp’s effects loop for clean operation. The 412 enclosure has quality birch-ply construction and an internal center tone post for increased resonance.
In photographic proof that any age is the right age to shred, here’s a great photo sent to Jackson from Tony’s Muzik in Fort Worth, Texas.
That’s where 95-year-old Sam Caselman was shopping for a guitar that was “easier to play” than his jazz-box hollow-body guitar. Mr. Caselman duly settled on the black JS1 seen here because, as the gang an Tony’s reported, “Sam loved the action.”
Well, we greatly appreciate that action, and we wish Mr. Caselman the very best with his new Jackson model …
Jackson proudly honors a longtime friend and one of the most dexterous shredders in metal with a new signature Soloist guitar model. Debuting in spring 2011 is the Scott Ian T-1000 Soloist.
Ian is a veritable thrash godfather who has made a living out of pummeling audiences worldwide for decades with his huge sound and formidable chops. He remains the sole constant member of Anthrax, the New York thrash-metal institution he co-founded 30 years ago. Ian also plays in recently formed metal supergroup the Damned Things.
Anthrax is one of the “Big Four”—the quartet of seminal U.S. thrash bands (along with Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer) that has electrified the metal world with recent shows at which all four bands have shared one stage for the first time ever. Jackson is very proud to be an integral part of this exciting chapter in metal history, and is hence doubly proud to introduce Ian’s new signature model.
Designed by Ian himself and acclaimed Jackson Master Builder Mike Shannon, the neck-through-body Scott Ian T-1000 Soloist is based on the guitarist’s ’87 Soloist (the one bearing the New York Yankees logo). It comes in single and double humbucking pickup configurations and features a super-sized mahogany body with a 1/8” maple top, and an oil-finished maple neck.
“I always felt the regular Soloist was too small on me,” Ian said. “The extra size gives me more low-end oomph. And I went with mahogany and maple because that’s what my N.Y. Jackson Soloist from 1987 was made out of, and it sounds great.”
Other features include a Quicksilver finish, compound radius ebony fingerboard (12” to 16”) with 24 jumbo frets and “High Boltage” lightning bolt inlays (“My homage to Angus Young,” Ian said) designed by Shepard Fairey (of Obey fame), Ivoroid neck and headstock binding, Seymour Duncan® JB bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan® ’59 neck pickup (two-pickup model only), original Floyd Rose® bridge (two-pickup model only) or TonePros Tunamatic bridge (single-pickup model only), black hardware, Schaller® strap locks and G&G case.
Here’s a great shot snapped just this past Monday, March 28, in which we see (from left) Dan Levy of slammin’ skatepunk journal Juice; Scott Manning, founder of SoCal fashion empire Bloodhorse Clothing; and Fuel TV host Chris Casey (he of The Captain and Casey Show).
All three stopped by Fender’s Los Angeles showroom that day to have a look around and try out some gear. Here, Levy wields a Jackson Rhoads model; Manning and Casey respectively wield San Dimas® and Wolfgang® Stealth models by Jackson sister brands Charvel® and EVH®.
Now available from Iron Maiden; proceeds to benefit Japan disaster relief efforts.
Iron Maiden is donating proceeds from the sales of the concert T-shirt that would’ve been available at a pair of cancelled Tokyo concerts to the Japanese Red Cross to aid victims of the March 11 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Maiden was scheduled to play the Saitama Super Arena in Japan’s capital on Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13. After playing Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, March 10, the group was aboard band airliner Ed Force One the next morning and was actually on approach to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport when the full force of the earthquake struck. Ed Force One was re-routed southwest to Nagoya, Japan, where the band spent the night before departing Japan on March 12.
Further, Maiden will also donate the proceeds from the sale of the stock of all event shirts currently in Tokyo (e.g., the shirts with the tour dates on them). Details on where these shirts will be available are forthcoming.
In the immediate wake of the devastation of March 11, Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris issued a statement on behalf of the band to its fans in Japan “and all who have been affected by this terrible disaster.”
“We are extremely saddened by the calamitous events of the last day or so which led to the cancellation or our two shows in Tokyo,” Harris wrote. “Our deepest sympathies go out to everyone affected by this disaster—our fans in Japan; the people of Japan and those in many other places suffering from the tsunami. We are also aware that a number of fans flew into Tokyo from various parts of the world to see a Maiden show there, and we hope you guys are safe and sound. We have had a long relationship with this wonderful country and have always been made to feel most welcome—this would have been something like our 16th tour. Our sincerest condolences to all those who have suffered and to the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives.”