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Duff McKagan: Try A Little Fenderness

By | July 10th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #133Subscribe to our print edition here!

Tenderness is the new album from Duff McKagan. It’s also a great descriptor for it.

Words by Peter Hodgson.


There are several Duff McKagans. There’s Duff the Guns N’ Roses bass player; the Loaded vocalist/guitarist; the temporary Jane’s Addiction member; the Walking Papers bassist; the author; the family man… The list goes on. 

When it was announced that McKagan was about to release a new solo album called Tenderness – only his second, following 1993’s Believe In Me, but third if you count the unreleased Beautiful Disease in 1999 – it could well have been any of these Duffs that made the album.… Read the full article

Mayson Atlas E Marquis Travel

By | July 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Travel schmavel – there’s other stuff going on here. Words by Steve Henderson.

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #133Subscribe to our print edition here!


Mayson guitars are fairly new to Australia. In fact, since the company is only about a decade old, they’re pretty new to everywhere. Even so, the Mayson range is surprisingly extensive, typified by traditional shapes and sizes with stylishly clean lines. 

Tonally, these guitars are definitely up-market. This review instrument, the Atlas E Marquis Travel, is the baby of the family.… Read the full article

QUADfest Cancelled

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

This year’s annual QUADfest, which was to have been held in Germany on Saturday, September 14, 2019, has been cancelled.

Manfred Stein, the show’s organiser, released a statement that said: ‘Fate sometimes puts you too many obstacles in your path and plans must be changed. The forecasted QUADfest in September will not take place. We very much appreciate your understanding for our decision.’

He advised that anyone who has already booked travel plans is still welcome to visit during ordinary office hours at QUAD Musikwiedergabe, Brunnenstrasse 57, 56751.… Read the full article

Hasselblad Celebrates First Camera On The Moon

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Arguably the most significant photographs of the 20th century were recorded 50 years ago on a specially prepared Hasselblad camera after the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, Eagle, had successfully landed on the surface of the Moon. The date was, of course, 20 July 1969 and the camera was the Hasselblad Electric Data Camera or HEDC, specifically modified for lunar photography and based on the 500 EL motordriven 6x6cm rollfilm SLR.

The Hasselblad Electric Data camera was modified specifically for photography on the Moon.

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AG x Melbourne Guitar Show 2019: Van Larkins

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Making its way back to the Caulfield Racecourse for its fifth consecutive year, the Melbourne Guitar Show is eyeing August 2019 off like a dog eyes off its dinner. Poised to be its biggest and best jaunt yet, this year’s show – kicking off across the weekend of August 3rd and 4th – promises a (quite literally) jam-packed lineup of performers and exhibitors, with an emphasis on getting punters hands-on with the enormous array of axes on show.

In the lead-up to this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show, Australian Guitar is going full steam ahead on the hype train. … Read the full article

Australian Guitar vs. BIGSOUND 2018: The Best Of The Bands

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

With BIGSOUND 2019 on the horizon, we’re taking a look back at our highlights from last year’s jaunt.

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #XXXSubscribe to our print edition here! 

What: BIGSOUND Festival 2018
When: Tuesday, September 4th – Friday, September 7th 2018
Where: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Words: Matt Doria
Photos: Rochelle Flack

Even after 17 years, the annual BIGSOUND festival continues to evolve. As always a celebration of the innovations and revelations shaping the Australian music industry, this year’s bash posed a notable focus on audience participation.… Read the full article

Periphery: Smoke Beer & Hail Stan

By | July 6th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #133Subscribe to our print edition here!

The fourth (semi-)self-titled album from Periphery isn’t just their heaviest: it’s their most organic, authentic and – surprisingly – experimental.

Words by Matt Doria.


A few years ago, you’d be lucky to make it a week without hearing something about a new Periphery project – we’re not sure why you’d want to, either, so it worked out fine for most of us. In just over two years, the genre non- conforming djentlemen dropped close to three hours of mind-numbing metal mayhem, split between the Clear EP [2014], two gargantuan concept albums in the Juggernaut story [2015], and the third installation of their self-titled series, Periphery III: Select Difficulty [2016]. … Read the full article

Music Man JP Majesty Red Sunrise

By | July 5th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

A smooth performer with real muscle. Words by Steve Henderson.

Note #1: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #133Subscribe to our print edition here!

Note #2: This review initially went to print with images of the JP Majesty in a Tiger Eye finish – not the Red Sunrise, as shown here – which isn’t yet being shipped by Music Man. Our apologies for any confusion!


For 45 years, Music Man has held a most unusual position in the industry.… Read the full article

AG x Melbourne Guitar Show 2019: Robyn Payne

By | July 4th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Making its way back to the Caulfield Racecourse for its fifth consecutive year, the Melbourne Guitar Show is eyeing August 2019 off like a dog eyes off its dinner. Poised to be its biggest and best jaunt yet, this year’s show – kicking off across the weekend of August 3rd and 4th – promises a (quite literally) jam-packed lineup of performers and exhibitors, with an emphasis on getting punters hands-on with the enormous array of axes on show.

In the lead-up to this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show, Australian Guitar is going full steam ahead on the hype train. … Read the full article

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Australia's first connected vehicle trial hits the road

By | July 4th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Autonomous testing of the new Advanced Connected Vehicles Victoria (ACV2) platform.

Aussie drivers are set to be warned when cars are about to run red lights, or pedestrians cross the road, as Lexus and Telstra trial connected cars on Victorian roads.

Lexus has fitted two RX450h F Sport hybrid models (above) with on-dash displays, linked to optimised Telstra 4G modems in the boot, as part of a two-year $3.5 million trial in conjunction with VicRoads and the Transport Accident Commission.

The trial in central Melbourne and highways around Geelong will commence later this year, having already completed six months of trials on Lexus’ Altona test track.… Read the full article

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