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Tony Smotherman – Changing The Way The Guitar Is Played

By Andrew Catania

Tоnу Smоthеrmаn wаѕ bоrn Nоvеmbеr 1, 1979, іn Athеnѕ, Grеесе. At thе аgе оf 15, Tоnу wаѕ іntrоduсеd tо thе muѕіс оf Jоhаn Sеbаѕtіаn Bасh. Hе іmmеdіаtеlу рurсhаѕеd аll thе Bасh hе соuld gеt hіѕ hаndѕ оn. Hіѕ раѕѕіоn fоr Bасh іnѕріrеd hіm tо tаkе сlаѕѕісаl guіtаr lеѕѕоnѕ. Wіthіn fеw months, Tоnу wаѕ рrасtісіng аt lеаѕt ѕіx hоurѕ a dау. It wаѕ durіng Tоnу’ѕ ѕеnіоr уеаr thаt оnе оf hіѕ tеасhеrѕ ѕubmіttеd ѕоmе оf Tоnу’ѕ musical wоrk tо Quееn Elіzаbеth II. Thе Quееn nоt оnlу rесеіvеd hіѕ muѕіс but аlѕо ѕеnt nоtеѕ оf еnсоurаgеmеnt, dеѕсrіbіng hіѕ сlаѕѕісаl guіtаr ѕkіllѕ аѕ “hіghlу ѕорhіѕtісаtеd.”

Tоnу wаntеd to еxрlоrе a dіffеrеnt ѕіdе оf thе guіtаr аnd bоught hіѕ fіrѕt еlесtrіс. Hіѕ Eаrlу іnfluеnсеѕ wеrе Jіmі Hendrix аnd Yngwіе Mаlmѕtееn. In mіd-2000, Tоnу Smоthеrmаn bеgаn tо еxреrіmеnt wіth thе Sіtаr аnd Sаrоd, twо іmроrtаnt instruments іn Nоrthеrn Indіаn сlаѕѕісаl muѕіс. Tоnу bесаmе mоtіvаtеd tо сrеаtе hіѕ оwn muѕісаl ѕtуlе, uѕіng thе tесhnіԛuеѕ аnd vіtаl nuаnсеѕ thаt brіng thе vосаl-lіkе ԛuаlіtу оf Indіаn muѕіс tо thе еlесtrіс guіtаr but еxраndіng іntо оthеr ѕtуlеѕ.

In 2002, hе rеlеаѕеd hіѕ fіrѕt CD, Embrасіng thе Sріrіt. Thіѕ rеlеаѕе wаѕ thе bеgіnnіng оf Tоnу’ѕ muѕісаl jоurnеу and fаѕсіnаtіоn оf mаnу other muѕісаl ѕtуlеѕ оthеr thаn Rосk. In 2003, hе wаѕ аѕkеd tо соntrіbutе оnе ѕоng tо thе Fіnnіѕh Lаbеl Lіоn Muѕіс, fоr thе trіbutе аlbum “Shаwn Lаnе Rеmеmbеrеd.” After thе rеlеаѕе оf “Embrасіng thе Sріrіt,” Tоnу wаѕ hоnоrеd bу thе Hаrd Rосk Cаfе with a guіtаr dіѕрlау іn St. Thоmаѕ, Vіrgіn Iѕlаndѕ.

Cоntіnuіng to fоllоw a unіԛuе muѕісаl аррrоасh, a ѕtуlе and ѕоund аll hіѕ оwn bеgаn tо еmеrgе. Tоnу’ѕ muѕісаl wоrld іnсоrроrаtеѕ ѕtуlеѕ оf Rосk, Eаѕtеrn Muѕіс, Bluеѕ, Funk, ореn tunіngѕ аnd mоrе.
Tоnу Smоthеrmаn hаѕ ореnеd fоr аnd рlауеd wіth a vаѕt аrrау оf nаtіоnаl аnd іntеrnаtіоnаl tоurіng асtѕ іnсludіng Buddу Mіlеѕ, Rісk Dеrrіngеr, Lеоn Ruѕѕеll, Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan аnd Adrіаn Lеgg. 

Tоnу Sіgnеd a rесоrdіng dеаl іn lаtе 2006 wіth Vіѕіоn Sоund Rесоrdѕ іn Flоrіdа. Vіѕіоn Sоund Rесоrdѕ rеlеаѕеd Tоnу’ѕ 2nd CD “Thе Lіght Wіthіn” Fеbruаrу 16th, 2007. The аlbum іѕ аn еxрlоrаtіоn оf Mеlоdіс Rосk, Cоѕmіс funkу grооvеѕ, Neo-Classical еxрlоrаtіоnѕ, Wоrld muѕіс аnd іntrісаtе Aсоuѕtіс Cоmроѕіtіоnѕ. Jоіnіng Tоnу Smоthеrmаn оn this rеlеаѕе world-rеnоwnеd kеуbоаrdіѕt Dеrеk Shеrіnіаn (Ex-Drеаm Thеаtеr, Planet X, Black Country Communion) аnd Grаmmу Awаrd Wіnnіng Indіаn Slіdе Guіtаr Vіrtuоѕо, Vіѕhwа Mоhаn Bhаtt. Aссlаіmеd bаѕѕіѕt Jоn Rеѕhаrd аnd Drummеr Bruсе Rоуаl соmbіnе tо сrеаtе аn іnсrеdіblе аnd vеrѕаtіlе rhуthm ѕесtіоn.

Tony released his 3rd solo album “Universal Melody” in 2011 digitally with Steve Vai’s Label Digital Nations/Favored Nations featuring keyboardist Derek Sherinian and keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij (Artension, Trans-Siberian Orchestra).

Tоnу Smоthеrmаn hаѕ bееn a rеgulаr соntrіbutоr tо Guіtаr Plауеr аnd Guіtаr Wоrld Mаgаzіnе wіth Inѕtruсtіоnаl Cоlumnѕ аnd hаѕ аlѕо rеlеаѕеd twо іnѕtruсtіоnаl vіdеоѕ through “Chops from Hell” Vіrtuоѕо Tесhnіԛuеѕ rеlеаѕеd іn 2002 аnd Lісkѕ оf thе Abѕurd rеlеаѕеd іn mіd-2006.

Tony has released three instructional videos with “Truefire” 50 Power Pentatonic licks, World Rock Guitar, and Power Ballad Solos.  Tоnу сurrеntlу hоѕtѕ a local TV ѕhоw іn Nоrth Flоrіdа саllеd “Yоur Jаx Muѕіс “оn TVV12 Hіѕ ѕеgmеnt іѕ tіtlеd “Tесhnіԛuеѕ fоr thе Mоdеrn Guіtаrіѕt.” Tоnу соntіnuеѕ tо tоur hіѕ bаnd nаtіоnаllу аѕ wеll аѕ hоѕt hіѕ Guіtаr Clіnіс іn muѕіс ѕtоrеѕ асrоѕѕ thе еаѕt соаѕt аnd аbrоаd tіtlеd “Lісkѕ оf thе Abѕurd.”

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Swiss Picks: Taking One Guitarist At A Time From Jim Dunlop

By Andrew Catania 

Los Angeles-based guitarist Pete Punckowski always had a problem with standard, everyday guitar picks. He wanted a pick that would fit his needs as a guitarist. He tried all kinds of picks that were on the market but had no luck. Primary picks would swivel around in his hand, the kind with sandpaper like grips kept him from readjusting as he played, and they all had that much dreaded “click click” sound when played on guitars being run through high gain amps. Peter felt that if these were the only choices for guitar picks that he could use them, but he always wanted something way better, a guitar pick that was different from all the others. He dreamed of a pick that wouldn’t slide around in his fingers, click on the strings, and would allow his fingers to readjust the pick as he played.

Following the old saying of “If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself,” Peter set out to design the ultimate pick. This quest leads him to develop Swiss Picks, the picks that finally met all his needs as a guitarist. The genius behind the Swiss Pick is the unique grip area. Off center holes with raised edges allow the pick to grip to your fingers, preventing the pick from spinning around in your hand. This lets you hold the pick lighter than you would have to with a regular pick and will save your fingers energy and make playing even the hardest guitar licks less hard on your hands. To solve the string clicking issue, Peter opted to make his picks out of the finest USA made Dupont materials, this gives the pick a smoother sound (and stops it from wearing down so fast!).

 

After a while, Peter added the Sharp Cheddar model to his roster. This was similar to the original Swiss Pick; only it had a sharper edge and a thicker base. He was so proud of these picks that he sent some along to guitar virtuoso Rusty Cooley (who’s work Peter loved). Rusty fell completely in love with the ease of use of the Sharp Cheddar and quickly adopted it as his main pick. However, Rusty had one small issue with the material that the Sharp Cheddars were made out of; he found the Delrin to be too warm for his 7 and eight string guitars. Peter’s answer to this was to design Rusty the same Sharp Cheddar pick out of a firmer material named Polycarbonate. This made Rusty’s sound on the 7 and eight string guitars nice and bright and cleared up some low-end muddiness issues. This became the Rusty Cooley Edition Swiss Pick.

 

Since that time Peter has added a jazz mini model, a Rusty Cooley Edition Jazz Mini, a Rusty Cooley Edition Nuclear Cheddar pick,  a Jason Becker Jazz Pick, and an Atomic Glow in the Dark Pick to his roster. Swiss Picks has continued to stay right on the cutting edge of guitar pick design and fuels the playing of guitarists around the world.

You can find and purchase Swiss Picks online at www.swisspicks.com

Ozzy Osbourne: If Zakk Departs After The Summer Tour, Who Will Replace Him?

By Andrew Catania

Now that the Black Sabbath band has started wrapping up their music career and the final show has been locked in for February 4th, many of us will mourn not having more from the band. However, this is equally pleasing in tandem, that Ozzy Osbourne, the Madman of Black Sabbath who recently turned 68, hasn’t called it a day yet and says that he’s “currently playing around with some song ideas. I have a few things jotted down, and once Black Sabbath is off the road, I will be heading into the studio with my band to get the songs recorded. Once it’s all in the can, you can be sure to see me back on the road again.”

Sounds cool, right!

So now that the big news is out and has enthralled the crazy global fandom of Ozzy – the ultimate Prince of Darkness, apparently, this has become a topic of hot debate about who will play the guitar on his upcoming solo records.  Ozzy has stated that Zakk Wylde will be performing with him on his scheduled summer dates

Is Zakk going to continue with Ozzy after the summer tour dates?  Or would he be going back to Black Label?  Here are our top picks of potential guitarists likely to pair up with Ozzy if Zakk departs:

Rusty Cooley

Acclaimed for his aesthetic and intricately refined techniques, and rendered as one of the fastest guitarists in the US, Rusty Cooley is a virtuosic name in heavy, progressive and power metal genre. Well-known as the king of shreds, Rusty has been casting a spell through his chords since 1985 and has been associated with the Day of Reckoning, Outworld, Austrian Death Machine, the Rings of Saturn and some solos and individual performances. He has been called as the ‘Leading Light of Post-Malmsteen Shred-volution’ by the Guitar Player magazine.

Jeff Loomis

Famous and applauded for his soulful contribution to ‘Nevermore,’ Jeff Loomis is one of the top-notch names that rule the present-age metal genre. Jeff Loomis has proven his mettle as a lyricist, composer, vocalist, bassist and keyboard, drum and guitar player.

Aside from some fruitful associations with Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Fear Tech, Sanctuary, Conquering Dystopia, Experiment Fear, System, and 7 Eyes, Jeff Loomis has skillfully proved his virtuosity in some solos that make a big emblem of his unique classic arpeggios and gradually flowing nuances.

Marty Friedman

Famous for his former association with the heavy metal band Megadeth that ruled the music world for the entire decade of the mighty 90s, Marty Friedman has now become a mega music sensation in Japan.

His shredding techniques and style still carry that vibrant and signature ‘Megadeth’ essence, however, his personal preferences and music taste have drifted towards contemporary and Japanese pop. This has influenced him to evolve as an ecstatic fusion of eastern and western music, punctuated and infused with thrash metal, progressive rock, and neoclassic genres.

Vinnie Moore

Having emerged on the 80s music horizon with his incredible performances in Alice Cooper’sHey Stoopid,’ Vinnie Moore has managed to attain the stature of the most influential musicians who defined and shaped the dynamics and tending patterns of the music scene of the 80s and 90s.

Vinnie Moore has had an exciting career from 1986 to date, that is punctuated with his associated acts with UFO, Alice Cooper, Red Zone Rider, along with some hit solos records to his name. Vinnie Moore’s style stems from neoclassical metal, heavy metal, hard rock, and instrumental rock genre.

Jimi Bell

Jimi Bell, known as “The Giant On The Guitar,” was  Ozzy’s second choice to Zakk Wylde.  Jimi has had a successful career starting with his band, Joined Forces.  He’s currently the guitarist for House of Lords. Jimi’s style of hard rock, the instrumental rock genre would make him an ideal choice for Ozzy.

Rusty Cooley’s Day of Reckoning Performs in Florida

By Andrew Catania

Rusty Cooley and Day of Reckoning performed in the Orlando, Florida area last night.  DOR performed the songs from their first EP, Into The Fire Part 1, and played two songs from their forthcoming record, Into The Fire Part 2, should be released in December.

Below is some of their performance from last night’s show.

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Day of Reckoning has three headliner shows coming up:

JUL21
Corpus Christi, TX
JUL22
San Antonio, TX

For more information or ticket information, please go to www.rustycooley.com

Do You Have What It Takes To Be The Next Best Shredder?

Do you have what it takes to be the next Yngwie, Rusty Cooley, or Chris Impellitteri?  All That Shreds has teamed up with Reverbnation to find the next best shredder.  We’ll be selecting three guitarists and their respective bands monthly to be featured on All That Shreds.  Entries will be accepted until July 20th, 2017.  This isn’t for the bedroom playing YouTube type player!  Please submit your information to the URL below.  Good luck and shred on!

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https://www.reverbnation.com/submission/details?campaign_id=17946&show_s1=true 

Jacky Vincent Talks Guitars, Power Metal and Genre Elitists

By Andrew Catania

Jacky Vincent is a famous name in the present-age music industry who is receiving a constant influx of product endorsements and brand ambassadorships, has released his personal hit solo album, is equipped with his signature Dean guitar, and writes a monthly column titled ‘United Stringdom’ in the Guitar World Magazine.

All these feats combined and a roster heavily punctuated with years’ tours in advance – Jacky Vincent, at the young age of 27, has bagged more accomplished feats and accolades to his professional profile than most of his compatriots. This is a sure-tell sign that he is going places, and that the present age celebrity is a burgeoning legend of the future generations.

Jacky Vincent is the present-age music sensation that has exploded onto the musical horizon, jolting the contemporary trends through his expeditious, reverberating, and swift-sweeping playing techniques. His style stems from its core, and this is precisely what accentuates his music’s originality.

His technique is an amalgam of nuances and extremity, with blistering effects and chiming sweeps. Besides that, his true discontentment towards the common trends and humdrum techniques compels him to experiment and play his magic.

His sweep picking, infused with taps that he introduced in his solos, has received a tremendous applaud from the audience’s and the critics’ camps alike. While many of his coevals are still in their learning phase, Jacky Vincent has already mastered his signature technique and has engraved his name in the list of the most promising musicians of the present and the future.

A look back at his career is an innuendo of his extraordinary brilliance. Whatever he has been into, he has come out of it by acing it. Incepting his professional career at the platform of ‘Falling in Reverse,’ a band formed by a controversial musician, was a quite risky feat. It turned out to be just the right decision since the group gained significant prominence in the music industry.

Jacky Vincent’s association with ‘Falling in Reverse’ spans over half-a-decade, from 2008 to 2013, and is punctuated with his contribution as the lead guitarist and backup vocalist. Vincent has managed to infuse his magic that takes ‘Falling in Reverse’ from its initial striving years and landed him at a stature where its hardcore, metal, pop, punk and glam-blended music is blazing through the modern age music spheres.

Last year, the ‘Axe-Man’ of ‘Falling in Reverse’ announced that he was bidding farewell to the band on good terms and with consent, and is intending to focus more on building his solo résumé. His debut solo album, titled ‘Star X Speed Story,’ was released in 2013, under the Shrapnel Records Label.

His portfolio entails three studio albums, titled ‘The Drug in Me is You,’ ‘Fashionably Late’ and ‘Just Like You,’ under the label of ‘Falling in Reverse.’ Aside from working on his solo feats, he is also playing the guitar for the acclaimed ‘Cry Venom.’ Jacky was awarded as the ‘Guitarist of the Year’ in 2012 by the Alternative Press. Jacky Vincent, with all these feats, is a promising talent that is destined to set new milestones and raise the bar for the rest to come.  Jacky was gracious enough to sit in the Shreds lounge and answer some questions.

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When did you first pick up a guitar?  Was there a particular artist that influenced you?

I started playing around age 6 or 7 after I heard Guns N’ Roses and Joe Satriani. My dad had these albums around the house, and he is a great guitar player. My older brother too.

While growing up, did you take any lessons or were you self-taught?

I took lessons as much as I could at school and taught myself Iron Maiden songs when I got home. I was lucky enough to study at music school when I got older.

What was your first guitar? 

I had a Tiny 12 fret nylon strings acoustic kid’s guitar that my brother and sister had used before me. My first electric was a tangle wood Stratocaster. It was pretty much my best friend for many years.

What was your practice regime like? 

It’s changed a lot over the years. Right now, I split five areas into little 20 min training sessions throughout the day. I will interchange these periodically to introduce new learning material.

As you got older, who were some of your influences? 

As I’m getting older, I’m starting to love more blues style players. Andy Timmons is a big one for me lately. My core influences have remained the same. Some of my favorites are Shawn Lane, Alan Holdsworth, Greg Howe, Scott Henderson, Derryl Gabel, Rick Graham, Frank Gambale, Paul Gilbert and Jason Becker. But that list can go on for hours, so I’ll leave it there.

I know Falling in Reverse found you on Myspace, and I watched on your DVD that you were staying in contact with Ronnie while he was serving prison time.  Did you play guitar for him over the phone?

Yeah, that’s an actual story. I played some arpeggios over the phone, and he thought we were pranking him, and it wasn’t true ha-ha. I was happy about that.

When you came to the US,  Was there any cultural shock coming from England?

I came by myself. It was a huge culture shock coming from a small town to Vegas. But I love America.

You were with FIR from 2009-2015.  You have a very diverse fan base.  You have your FIR fans, and you have fans of your solo stuff.  I’ve heard people say you should be in a heavier band than FIR.  What are your feelings about that?

I joined in 2009. I think a lot of people could tell I was influenced by a lot of genres outside of that world. I don’t know about heavier, but I went on to start a fast melodic metal band, Cry Venom. I’m not really into a lot of heavy music. I like it sometimes. But I love the melodic stuff. I listen to a lot of X Japan, Galneryus, Angra, etc.

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Your solo album, Star X Speed Story, has received incredible reviews.  I haven’t seen one bad one.  I gave it 9 out of 10 stars.  How does it feel to get praise from such veterans as Joe Satriani, Michael Angelo Batio, Vinnie Moore and others?

It makes me happy when someone gets a kick out of the album. It was supposed to be a fun guitar record.

Your new band, Cry Venom, you say has more of a “power metal” sound to it than FIR.  Is this new band going to fit your style of playing better than FIR?  Or both bands fit your style?

I’ll be able to express myself a lot more in Cry Venom as I’m the primary songwriter. But my style is pretty free. I’ll jam over anything.

The stereotypes of music, does it bother you that one person might not like another genre of music you play?

In the words of Jimi Hendrix “All I’m going to do is just go on and do what I feel.” I never worried about whether someone would like my music or not. It doesn’t change what I am.

How would you describe your style of playing?

I’d say it’s like Kenny G meets neo-classical ha-ha. I try to sound almost like a futuristic saxophone/synthesizer mix. My goal is to not sound like a guitar at all. I would probably be a keyboardist if I had taken to it like I did with the guitar.

With the praise, you’ve gotten on your playing from veteran players, excellent reviews, I wrote an article calling you the next Yngwie Malmsteen of the new genre of rock/metal guitarists.  How does it feel hearing all of that?

That is very flattering! Although I don’t see myself in that league whatsoever. I am a huge lover of Yngwie’s music and playing.

Your Dean Jacky Vincent Signature Guitar, how much input did you have in the development of it?

I told them everything I wanted from scratch. I flew out to Tampa to have the neck shaved down to how I wanted it. I love super Strats, and I was going for that 80s vibe. What amazing guitars Dean makes. I am I love with my JCVX.

Will we see another solo album on Shrapnel Records from you?

The 2nd solo record is definitely in the works. I haven’t spoken to Shrapnel about it yet, but I would love to put it out with them. Being a Shrapnel artist has to be one of the greatest achievements of my life, and what a cool/ influential guy Mike Varney is. I love Shrapnel.

 

 

 

Follow Jacky at http://www.jackyvincentofficial.com/ and on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/JackyCVincent

Rusty Cooley – The Leading Light of Post Malmsteen Shredvolution

By Andrew Catania

Rusty Cooley is one of those few names of the metal shredding genre who have proven themselves as an eligible and worthy heir to the legacy of eternal metal legends such as Yngwie Malmsteen and Randy Rhoads. An honor and acclaim of this significance never come as complementary though. It should require immense talents, some exceptional command and penchant for non-conformity on a musician’s part to not just make a mark, but a breakthrough to demolish the status quo of the industry.

In the particular realm of rock and metal music sphere, many musicians have emerged since the mighty era of the 1980s, as a likely addition to the genre. Equipped with speed, techniques and making waves with their unique style, some musicians of the modern era of metal are making an encouraging reassurance that the future of the genre is in safe hands. However, among all the shred metal maestros of the modern era, Rusty Cooley’s name rests a par above the rest.

It should cost an exceptional talent, and a massive dose of efforts to a metal musician to be called as the ‘Leading Light of Post-Malmsteen Shredvolution and Rusty Cooley has proven his mettle and expertise to be rendered as worthy of the title. That is not all Rusty Cooley possesses to his claim.

The Leading Light of Post Malmsteen Shredvolution is also known as ‘The Master Shredder’ and as one of ‘The Fastest Guitarists in the World.’ All these titles and awards and that too at the age of 47 tell a lot about the strength, status and the credibility of a musician like Rusty.

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Completely owning the genre that brought him this fame, Rusty has not only contributed to the progress of the genre, he has also been imparting his acumen and expertise for the benefit of the current and coming generations of metal musicians.

Rusty playing technique is pure and highly refined. His tones are well-structured, finely articulated to the core and stands a class apart regarding the flow, speed, depth, nuances and versatility. It is interesting to note that these unique attributes that have become his signature characteristics primarily stem from his self-taught learning approach.

Rusty Cooley was never satisfied in learning from the instructors and opted instead for his high road. Plunging headlong in the pursuit of his passion, Rusty tried his hands on a variety of instruments, playing styles, techniques, and that too in a multitude of genres and sub-genres.

This extensive learning has allowed him to build a strong grasp of rock and metal music. Being well-versed with the tact and intricacies of the chords, it has become a cake walk for him to squeeze out tones, with extreme clarity, exuberant audacity and at an extreme speed.

Talking about his ideals and role models, Rusty claims to be inspired by some eminent musicians of the 1970s and 1980s decade. Some of his prime influences and inspirations include prominent names such as Vinnie Moore, Randy Rhoads, Tony McAlpine, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, and of course, Yngwie Malmsteen.

Follow Rusty @ http://rustycooley.com/

All That Shreds New Logo!

By Andrew Catania

When I was looking at changing my logo, I wanted to feature a guitar that was different and had great looks.  I choose the Dean Guitars USA Rusty Cooley Limited Edition RC8 with fanned frets.

Rusty’s dedication to the fretboard and his amazing playing had a lot to do with incorporating his guitar into my new logo.

Check out Rusty’s Signature Series Guitars from Dean.  They’re made to Rusty’s demanding specifications for superior playing.  All of Rusty’s Signature Series Guitars are made to his specifications.

All That Shreds is proud to feature the 7 and 8 string dominator Rusty Cooley’s Signature Series Guitars made by Dean in our logo.  For information on Dean Guitars and the Rusty Cooley Signature Series, please visit http://www.deanguitars.com/artist?uid=98 and http://www.deanguitars.com

 

The Hole Truth About Swiss Picks

By Andrew Catania

Los Angeles-based guitarist Pete Punckowski always had a problem with standard, everyday guitar picks. He wanted a pick that would fit his needs as a guitarist. He tried all kinds of picks that were on the market but had no luck. Primary picks would swivel around in his hand, the kind with sandpaper like grips kept him from readjusting as he played, and they all had that much dreaded “click click” sound when played on guitars being run through high gain amps. Peter felt that if these were the only choices for guitar picks that he could use them, but he always wanted something way better, a guitar pick that was different from all the others. He dreamed of a pick that wouldn’t slide around in his fingers, click on the strings, and would allow his fingers to readjust the pick as he played.

Following the old saying of “If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself,” Peter set out to design the ultimate pick. This quest leads him to develop Swiss Picks, the picks that finally met all his needs as a guitarist. The genius behind the Swiss Pick is the unique grip area. Off center holes with raised edges allow the pick to grip to your fingers, preventing the pick from spinning around in your hand. This lets you hold the pick lighter than you would have to with a regular pick and will save your fingers energy and make playing even the hardest guitar licks less hard on your hands. To solve the string clicking issue, Peter opted to make his picks out of the finest USA made Dupont materials, this gives the pick a smoother sound (and stops it from wearing down so fast!).

 

After a while, Peter added the Sharp Cheddar model to his roster. This was similar to the original Swiss Pick; only it had a sharper edge and a thicker base. He was so proud of these picks that he sent some along to guitar virtuoso Rusty Cooley (who’s work Peter loved). Rusty fell completely in love with the ease of use of the Sharp Cheddar and quickly adopted it as his main pick. However, Rusty had one small issue with the material that the Sharp Cheddars were made out of; he found the Delrin to be too warm for his 7 and eight string guitars. Peter’s answer to this was to design Rusty the same Sharp Cheddar pick out of a firmer material named Polycarbonate. This made Rusty’s sound on the 7 and eight string guitars nice and bright and cleared up some low-end muddiness issues. This became the Rusty Cooley Edition Swiss Pick.

 

Since that time Peter has added a jazz mini model, a Rusty Cooley Edition Jazz Mini, a Rusty Cooley Edition Nuclear Cheddar pick,  a Jason Becker Jazz Pick, and an Atomic Glow in the Dark Pick to his roster. Swiss Picks has continued to stay right on the cutting edge of guitar pick design and fuels the playing of guitarists around the world.

You can find and purchase Swiss Picks online at www.swisspicks.com