Iron Maiden's Touring Gear

Adrian Smith Final Frontier Tour Photo

Over the last 35-plus years, and over 100 million records sold, Iron Maiden is arguably one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Nominated for a Grammy award for Best Metal Performance in 2011, there is no doubt the influence the band has had over a generation of bands and fans.

DiMarzio® Super Distortions™ have been a mainstay in Adrian Smith's guitars since they debuted on the market in 1972. Check out the backstage photos of Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers guitars at premier guitar


Interview with Billy Corgan on I Heart Guitar

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IHG: That takes me to my next question as a guitar geek. How did your signature Fender Stratocaster come about?

BC:  [Laughs] Here’s a great rock n’roll story. I actually approached Fender around 1993, 1994 and I wanted to do a guitar because the band was really popular, and obviously we were playing big concerts full of kids. And they basically told me to fuck off. I think they said ‘We’ll sell you guitars at cost.’ They had no interest in a signature guitar, nothing, and I was really bummed out. And so, through Ginger, the last Smashing Pumpkins bass player – who had a Fender endorsement deal – I had got to meet some of the current Fender people, and I told them the same story, and they said ‘Oh all those people are long gone – we would love to do something with you. We were under the impression you wouldn’t do anything with us. That would be amazing. We were under the impression that you wouldn’t do anything with us.’ So when we sat down to have the meeting, they said ‘Look, we’ll build you whatever you want, we’ve done that with people, but what we really want is something a normal person, any kid can walk in and buy off the wall.’ It really reminded me of when I was poor… I’d go to Guitar Center and I would stand there and look at the wall and think ‘I can’t afford this stuff.’ So they said ‘Can we build a guitar that is a reasonably-priced guitar that anyone can buy?’ And I said ‘I’ll do you one better. Lets’ build a guitar that’s not just for people who play like me. Let’s build a guitar that anybody who plays hard rock or loud alternative music will want to use because it’s a versatile instrument.’ And they said ‘That would be amazing.’ So we worked on that together. It’s not a radical redesign. My whole thing is, I want a heavy guitar that sounds like a Strat. I don’t want a Fender that sounds like a Gibson, with a humbucker dropped in it. So I worked with Steve Blucher from DiMarzio pickups and got my own custom-made pickups from him. He’s a brilliant guy. And nothing makes me happier than to have a musician walk up to me and go ‘Man, I got your guitar and I fuckin’ love it.’ And I’m really proud of it for that. We just had a meeting again and we’re gonna try to do a new-new version with some of the newer technologies that are coming out. We’re really excited about that. I’m actually right now waiting to get some prototypes of the new concepts. 

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Tony McAlpine's New Project

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From I Heart Guitar:

Tony MacAlpine is guitar royalty. From his classic early solo albums such as Edge Of Insanity to the M.A.R.S project with Tommy Alrdige, Rudy Sarzo and Rob Rock to CAB (with Bunney Brunel and Dennis Chambers) to Planet X with drummer Virgil Donati to Steve Vai’s The Breed with Billy Sheehan, Jeremy Colson and Dave Wiener, MacAlpine’s resume reads like a who’s who of virtuosity. MacAlpine and Donati have crossed paths with Mark Boals before via Boals’ Ring Of Fire projects but but they’ve now formed a new band, Seven The Hardway, a heavy-hitting, prog/metal/rock hybrid who will release their debut album on August 30 on Mascot/Provogue Records. I caught up with MacAlpine amid rehearsals for Seven The Hardway’s European tour.

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John Petrucci's Dream Team

Crunch Lab DP228

In the November 2009 issue of Guitar World Magazine, Eric Kirkland says the bottom line about John Petrucci's DiMarzio® Crunch Lab™ & LiquiFire™ pickups is this: The tones produced by these pickups are musical, harmonically deep, and well defined. Although they are best suited to shredders that want a thick and articulate sound, their magic won't be lost through a bone-clean amp. Better still for Petrucci fans, these two pickups are the quickest way to get the guitarist's formerly elusive tone.

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