Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain Drops Sonor for British Drum Co. Endorsement
Published Nov 12, 2019 by Reverb
Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain has been a Sonor artist for two different stints, in a sometimes acrimonious relationship that has spanned decades. However, it now appears that relationship is kaput. Instead, McBrain is rekindling ties with builders formerly with Premier, a company McBrain endorsed for much of the '90s and 2000s.
In a surprise announcement on the company's Instagram, British Drum Co. posted a short video of live footage and Nicko's accolades only to have the legend himself appear at the end in one of their sweatshirts.
This is a stunning move for a few reasons, the prime being Nicko McBrain's praise for Sonor drums in recent years. It's also worth noting that British Drum Co. was founded by ex-Premier employees, the company that endorsed Nicko for nearly 20 years.
View this post on Instagram Honoured to be at the official launch of Nicko McBrain joining British Drum Co as their new artist and international ambassador ! Great to see so many friends and familiar faces Big things are happening for this awesome drum company from my hometown. 😎🤘🖤🥁 . #bdcxnicko . . #drums #drummer #drummers #drumsofinstagram #drummersofinstagram #drumporn #drumkit #drumfam #instadrums #lovedrums #bdc #madeinbritain #nickomcbrain #drumone #stockport #ironmaiden #lotb #robinsons #trooper #paiste
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The story of Nicko and Sonor started back in the late '70s when he was playing for Pat Travers, who insisted he get a "big, fuck-off drum kit." Nicko landed on a monstrous 12-piece Phonic XK-9212, which Travers kept when Nicko left. The kit made such an impression on Nicko that he got the same when he joined Maiden in '83 and signed with Sonor.
The relationship turned south in 1993 when, according to Nicko, Sonor "forgot" to send him an 11-piece Signature kit for Iron Maiden's Australia tour, instead sending a Force 3000 in the wrong configuration. While playing at Christchurch, New Zealand, Nicko stood up on the 16" floor tom (he uses an 18") during "Hallowed Be Thy Name," and the drum gave way, causing Nicko to take a tumble and injure himself in a pile of drums, cymbals, and hardware.
In addition, Sonor was sold to Hohner at the time, so Nicko broke ties and linked up with Premier, where he stayed until the company stopped manufacturing in the UK in 2014.
Cort Introduces the X700 Duality
Cort Introduces the X700 Duality
Seoul, South Korea (October 22, 2019) -- With the introduction of the X700 Duality, Cort has designed an electric guitar that can seamlessly transition from shred machine to chic refinement. The new flagship of the venerated X Series brings together boutique-quality materials and hardware components with custom-wired electronics that unleash the beast or quickly reign them in, making this guitar suitable for virtually any musical genre and style.
At first sight, the design of the X700 Duality conveys “speed,” with its flamed maple top on a swamp ash body. These materials complement each other to produce a warm, yet punchy high-midrange sound that cuts through the mix with authority. Imaginations will be sparked by the Light Blue Burst finish and chrome hardware, but there’s so much more to the X700 Duality than its visual pizzazz.
The X700 Duality’s Seymour Duncan TB4 bridge humbucker and SH2N neck humbucker, combined with a special 5-way wiring, present all of the modern and classic humbucker tones as well as two exceptional single-coil sounds for unmatched versatility. The X700 Duality achieves clarity and depth, whether the player is tearing it up on a metal riff or riding the wave with a sparkling, clean tone. This model’s “duality” comes into play through its unique electronics. The 5-way switch is custom-wired to provide glassy and sparkling single-coil sounds in the second and fourth positions, as well as full-bodied and powerful humbucker sounds in the bridge, middle, and neck positions. So as the player is driving with over-the-top metal tone, they can just as easily dial down to a jazzy warmth. A simple, yet versatile control layout, 1 volume and 1 tone knob, allows the player to focus on making music.
The X700 Duality’s hardware also has a significant influence on its sonic character. This guitar features the Cort CFA-III Tremolo System made from a metal injection molding manufacturing technique with stainless steel on the saddle, bridge plate and block for a big, solid, bold and articulate sound as well as enhanced sustain. The recessed tremolo bridge allows for pull-ups to raise the pitch as well as for push-downs to lower it, providing even more sonic versatility. Staggered locking tuners provide excellent tuning stability by eliminating string slippage at the posts while facilitating quick string changes.
Cort’s world-class craftsmanship is evident throughout the X700 Duality, but especially with high-quality materials where they matter. On the neck, the strength and brightness of the 3PC maple is balanced by the warm midrange of panga panga, resulting in super playability, feel and tonal definition. The ebony fingerboard provides jet-black beauty and slick smoothness, while the Luminlay side dot position marks make it easy for players to see the fretboard position markers while performing on dark stages. As another road-friendly feature, the 24 stainless steel frets (25.5’’ scale) boast excellent resistance to corrosion. The wide and tall fret-type offers a quick response with good articulation when playing chords as well as a clear tone when playing single notes.
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MSRP $1299.99 USD
Mooer seeks to shake up the compact multi-effects market with the versatile, IR-equipped GE150
The GE150 boasts 55 digital amp models, based on Mooer’s nifty Micro Preamp series, as well as 151 effects and a fully featured IR loader.
Mooer is also bigging up the GE150’s USB-B OTG output, which allows you to record directly to an OTG-supported phone or tablet - you can hook up to a regular computer, too.
The exhaustive feature list also includes a built-in tuner, 40 drum tracks, 10 metronome options, an 80-second looper, aux input, onboard expression pedal and tap tempo function.
Check out the GE150 here!
Dean Guitars Adds Kerry King to Artist Roster
October 31, 2019
Dean Guitars is proud to announce the addition of thrash-punk legend, Kerry King of Slayer, to its artist roster. Kerry comes on-board as a signature artist, with a brand new, never-before-seen guitar design.
"I'm super stoked to be part of the Dean Guitars family. This has been an insane long time coming! Together we're going to create some amazing guitars that Dean, Slayer, and Kerry King fans will be as excited as I am to play them. It's gonna be a wild ride for years to come!" Kerry King says of the partnership.
Over the coming months, Dean Guitars will release product information outlining Kerry King's Signature Dean Guitars USA and import models. We will first be releasing a limited run of 50 handcrafted USA guitars signed by the legend himself.
Dean Guitars President and CEO, Evan Rubinson says, "We are thrilled to welcome one of the most iconic guitarists in the world to the Dean family. Our partnership with Kerry King couldn't be a more perfect fit - a legendary metal guitar player and a legendary metal guitar company, collaborating to bring our fans something the world has never before seen."
Check out Wire Meets Wood's complete lineup of Deans here.
Walrus Launches EB-10 Preamp // EQ // Boost
A tone tweakers delight, the EB-10 works as a preamp, EQ and boost with three available presets to meticulously craft your guitar's sound allowing for studio-grade electric guitar tone in a live setting. Each rotary knob offers up to 12dB of boost OR cut of Low, Mid, and High frequencies, based on where you have the toggle switches set. When the Boost switch is engaged, add a 10dB MOSFET boost for some great extra punch.
Use the EB-10 to compensate when switching between low and high output instruments. Push through the mix during solos, or even use the onboard presets as three different gain stages by using combinations of increasing boosted EQ settings and the Boost switch! With nine different EQ positions on each knob, bring out new tonal characteristics you didn't know your guitar or bass even had.
The EB-10 offers two operating modes, “Live” and “Preset”. In live mode, the pedal responds to current position of all the knobs and switches. Dial in a specific sound and turn the pedal on and off with the Bypass switch. In preset mode, the pedal offers preset slots to store three unique sounds. When in preset mode, the pedal is locked on and the user can scroll through the presets by clicking the Bypass switch. The pedal will boot up in the last known operating mode and if that is preset mode, it loads preset 1 by default. Enter preset mode by pressing and holding the bypass switch for 3 seconds until you see the preset light P1 turn on. Repeat to exit. You are in live mode when all preset lights are off. Refer to the manual on saving presets.
A portion of proceeds from each pedal sold will be donated to www.raicestexas.org.
The die-cast enclosure’s exact size is 3.68” x 4.67” x 1.547”. Power requirements are 9VDC, center negative (100mA minimum).
The use of an isolated power supply is recommended for powering all Walrus Audio Pedals. Daisy chain power supplies are not recommended. Power supply not included.
Check out both models of the EB-10 here!
Mooer Launches Tone Capture Guitar Mini Pedal
Mini-pedal specialist Mooer has announced the Tone Capture Guitar, which promises to sample the sound of any guitar.
Based on the GE300’s Tone Capture feature, the new pedal aims to create a digital guitar model using Mooer’s ‘dynamic layer’ IR technology.
It can also be used as a standalone EQ pedal, and boasts seven save slots for presets, while there are onboard controls for level, treble, mid-shift, mid and bass.
You can choose between true or buffered bypass, and the firmware can be upgraded via USB.
This could plausibly save players from bringing a rack’s worth of guitars to a gig - the results are certainly believable in the demo video above (although you might still want to bring an acoustic).
Order yours here!