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Carlisle | Cascione “Between Two Anvils” Single Released!

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The first track has been released from the long awaited collaboration between Max Carlisle and Dean Cascione!

Listen to Carlisle Cascione “Between Two Anvils” here:

These tracks are for fans of Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Paul Gilbert, Tony Macalpine, Jason Becker, Michael Angelo Batio, Joe Stump, and many more of the shred guitarists that we love!

This track is available on all major digital music platforms!


New Solo Album Successfully Funded on Kickstarter!

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A Kickstarter campaign for the new Max Carlisle Titanium Reign solo album has been successfully funded!


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3 Brothers Guitars: A New Impressive Brand!

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Locking tuners, brass block, beautiful frets, roasted neck, alder body, easy on the eyes… this is the first I’ve heard of the 3 Brothers Guitars brand, but it’s starting off on the right foot. Let’s check out this brand new guitar brand!



First Look at the Music Man Sterling SR50 Stingray!


From Sterling / Music Man, this SR50 Sting Ray combines classic looks, solid quality and affordability. How have I missed out on this brand?? The Firemist Silver finish is classy, and the little details like locking tuners and polished chrome switchplate help set this guitar apart from other mid-range price electric guitars. Let’s check it out.


Max Creates Rocket Launcher Guitar for the Harley Benton DIY Kit Challenge!

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To celebrate and promote the Thomann / Harley Benton DIY KIT Challenge, Max has built a heavily modified kit guitar that fires a rocket! This guitar is a fully functional SG style guitar, and features aluminum plating, a fret-hand heat shield, and a solid fuel rocket that can be fired from the guitar!

Solid Spruce Top Acoustic With Fishman Electronics! The Orangewood Mason Live


It doesn’t matter if it’s an electric or an acoustic guitar… I always love a good deal. With a spruce top and pau ferro back and sides, plus Fishman electronics with a built-in tuner… AND a nice quality gig bag, all for around $400, you can’t go wrong… as long as it sounds good. Let’s do a full review of this acoustic electric guitar!

Collaboration Album With Dean Cascione Coming This Year!

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A new, to-be-titled instrumental shred album will be released later this year under the banner of Cascione – Carlisle. This album is a collaboration between guitarists Dean Cascione and Max Carlisle. Below is the first promo image for this upcoming release. The album will be released on physical media as well as digital outlets, and will include music videos.

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Firefly Guitars’ New FLYING V Model!

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Firefly guitars continues to roll out new models! In this video we review the new Flying V (FFLV) model. With a mahogany body and set neck, rosewood fret-board and AMAZING fretwork… this thing rocks hard and looks good doing it. At under $300, how can you go wrong? Let’s find out.

Checking Up On Harley Benton… Quality…Shipping & More!


I have ordered a pair of guitars from Harley Benton recently and this super affordable Strat type guitar is one of them. With a silky smooth neck and pau ferro fretboard for price that you won’t believe… I’m hoping that Harley Benton is just as good of a value as I remember. I also wanted to test out the current state of shipping from Thomann. Let’s do an unboxing and full test!

How Did I Miss This? – The Bootlegger Guitars Royal

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These days, it’s rare for me to discovery a guitar brand that I’ve never heard of before… how did I miss Bootlegger Guitars? Especially considering that they’re based right here in California. The Bootlegger Guitars Royal, features a super cool triple humbucker pickup setup complete with coil splitting on all pickups. 24 frets, with a double locking trem, on a unique looking design… let’s check this out and do a full review!