** FU-TONE ARTIST & PRODUCT UPDATES! **
There are tons of new tidbits of FU-Tone.com news! First off we would like to welcome Stephen “Stef” Carpenter of DEFTONES to the FU family! Recently I started working closely with Rem Massingill (Stef’s Tech) on this monster project. It started as most of these projects do – with lots of conversations and planning before turning the first screw. I work with dozens of techs in this business and I can tell you that Rem is “one of those guys”. He really knows his stuff, is a stickler for details and most importantly he knows TONE! Little did I know what I was getting into and the first two guitars on the slab were ESP 8 String models! This was out of the normal scope of my 6 and 7 string clients… I consider the guitar and guitar tone a never-ending learning process. I am constantly looking to learn from anyone that I can on my journey. Anyone who presents themselves as a know-it-all is full of shit or trying to sell you something (usually both!). After lots of twisting, tweaking and testing we got this off the ground and I am here to tell you that the tone was massive and bone crushing all while having an insane amount of note separation and clarity! Not to mention sustain for days that would make Nigel Tufnell jealous… As I stood on stage with Stef and Rem at sound check in New York while he put the 8 String ESP through its paces, I was pleasantly surprised to hear how brutal the tone was. All of the power and growl of a monster truck with the precision and control of a Ferrari. The smile on Stef’s and Rem’s faces said it all! This was just the first hoop that we jumped through together with a bunch of stuff in the hopper for these guys. If you have not been to a Deftones show on this tour, I highly suggest going out to catch them!
FU would like to welcome new artist Orianthi to our artist family! As you know Orianthi is an amazing player and knows a thing or 2 about tone! Welcome aboard Ori! Also please welcome Zoltan Bathory of Five Finger Death Punch along with Michael Sweet & Oz Fox of Stryper, Gus G with Ozzy, Scott Shelby & Bobby Tillotson of Warbeast, Phil Demmel of Machine Head, Mille Petrozza of Kreator and Corey Beaulieu of Trivium! FU is proud to add these renowned guitarists to our elite list of world class artists. Welcome Aboard! Click Here For Other Featured Artists!NEW, HIP AND UNDER THE RADAR!
FU-Tone is very excited to welcome the amazing Zakk Wylde to our list of fine artists. Zakk, of course, needs no introduction and has a established career with Ozzy and his own band Black Label Society. Here are some photos of Zakk with Adam at a recent show with the FU equipped Dean Dimebag Razorback Vertigo guitar! Check out some of the new photos with Michael Wilton from the current Queensryche Tour with his ESP Signature model guitar featuring FU-Tone Big Block and other upgrades. Check out Nuno Bettencourt on the cover of Young Guitar Magazine with his Washbun N4 Equipped with FU Titanium saddles, 42mm Brass L Block, and EVH Dtuna! Also, FU-Tone is really excited to introduce some really cool new bridge parts and accessories for Telecaster Guitars from Vibramate and Bigsby! Enjoy!
**FU At WINTER NAMM - 2014!**
FU was non-stop work & fun at the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim
California! It was great to be back in the southern California sun with
85 degrees while freezing snow and blizzards were happening back east!
The fun started with an opening night party with Eddie Van Halen and the
launch of several new EVH Guitar models. The rest is just a blur but
here are some out-takes to enjoy, For more behind the scenes photos
check out our Facebook page!
** FU-TONE ARTIST UPDATES! **** FU-TONE IN THE NEWS! **
Wolf Hoffmann & Accept Takeover the World!
European Tour is Huge Success!
** FU-TONE ARTIST UPDATES! **
FU-TONE TITANIUM BRIDGE BIG BLOCK
a titanium sustain block, saddles, and saddle inserts, the FU-Tone
Titanium Custom Big Block bridge is the ultimate no-holds-barred bridge
upgrade for players who want nothing but the best performance and sound
from their locking tremolo guitar!** FU-TONE CONTINUES TO BUILD PRO ARTIST ROSTER! **
FU would like to welcome new artist Earl Slick to our artist family! Earl Slick has played with David Bowie for many years and on the new record "The Next Day"! Welcome aboard Ori! Also we are very pleased to welcome Bill Leverty of Firehouse, Oli Herbert of All That Remains, Jeff Schroeder with Smashing Pumpkins and Roger Fisher of Heart! Also in the news is Nick Perri's new guitar line of Perri Ink guitars and Eddie Ojeda who recently performed with Twisted Sister at the Sandy Relief Benefit!
** WELCOME NUNO BETTENCOURT **
FU is very proud to welcome NUNO BETTENCOURT to our artist family!
Nuno's playing completely groundbreaking and inspirational. His work
with Extreme, Population 1, Satellite Party, Solo Projects and Rihanna
have cemented NUNO as one of the greats. Welcome Aboard NUNO!
** RECENT FU ARTISTS **
to transform a thin-and muddy-sounding guitar, I installed a full FU
High-Performance bridge, with a brass "Big Block" sustain block,
titanium saddle inserts and stainless screws. The results were
Click here for more info....
Guitar Player Magazine Reviews The Big Block!
As loath as I am to alter anything on my beloved Van Halen replica, a
conversation with FU’s Adam Reiver made me reconsider.
“Try my Big Block,” he said. “You can install it yourself and if you
don’t think it dramatically improves your guitar’s tone, just put your
original block back in.” Kind of hard to argue with, right?
Click here for more info....
Adam Reiver & FU Acoustic Bridge Pins Featured in the Guitar World Holiday Gift - Review Guide!
Brass Bridge Pins for acoustic guitars! It looks like titanium and brass
upgrades are not just for locking tremolos (or breakfast) any more.
Take your acoustic guitar to the next level with the ultimate in
Click here for more info....
FU ACOUSTIC BRIDGE PINS Adam
Reiver and FU-Tone are well known to electric axmen looking
to squeeze the last bit of tone from their tremolo equipped guitars by
replacing key parts with precision engineered titanium and brass
components. But the world of acoustic guitarists will soon be no
stranger to Reiver’s products. His new titanium and bronze bridge pins
may cost a pretty penny compared to their plastic and wood counterparts,
but what they yield in tone, clarity, and sustain make them well worth
Click here to read the review!
hair bands? In the ’80s, virtually every hard-rock band sported ripped
spandex and hairsprayed coifs teased unmercifully, and every guitar god
wielded a pointy, Floyd Rose-equipped guitar with neon finish.
most of that has gone by the wayside, though Floyd-Rose equipped
instruments are still big sellers – and can still be big headaches. The
burgeoning Chinese-made guitar market has introduced a f lood of
inexpensive guitars, many with the infamous “Licensed Floyd Rose”
Brass “Big Block” and Titanium Sustain Blocks! RAISING THE BAR - FloydUpgrades.com
offers sustain block replacements of the highest quality brass and
titanium, and the results are definitely noticeable. Both dramatically
improve tone, sustain and response. Because they are direct replacements
for stock blocks, they’re easy to install and require no permanent
alterations to the bridge. I tried the Big Block on several guitars, and
each instrument displayed juicier and fatter midrange and remarkably
lush harmonic overtones. The improvement in tone and
sustain was nothing short of miraculous and so phenomenal that I was even able to turn off my overdrive pedal!
Click here to read the review!
Floyd Upgrades is Proud to be selected as one of Premier Guitar Magazines - Products of the Year!
The Big Block is significantly larger in
comparison to the original Floyd sustain block. Adam Reiver’s Big Block is the best upgrade
you can add to a Floyd-equipped guitar. It
improves the tone and resonance of the guitar,
and it brings out a more natural fullness you
may not have known was possible. Read The Entire Story Here...
FU was all over the 2011 NAMM Show
whether it be with our artists, doing on-the-fly installs, working with
a slew of our guitar manufacturers or just hanging with our people (the
FU hospitality room at the Hilton seemed to be ground zero for whatever
was happening). One of the biggest highlights for me was that the
JACKSON CUSTOM SHOP had featured several guitars supporting FU Bridges
and Upgrade Parts. Including the new Phil Collen model! Here are a few
pics ~ ENJOY! Adam
Jimmy Johnson - Tommy Shaw Styx
FU Back Stage Pass!
Top Canadian guitar tech Jimmy Johnson gives Matt Frost a behind-the-scenes look at Tommy Shaw’s onstage rig! Click for more detailes...
Since over the past year and a half I've become addicted to FU Big-Blocks of both the Brass and Titanium variety, one of
the questions I'm invariably asked is "What do they sound like? What are
the differences?" Well, sometimes verbal descriptions fall short;
something has to be heard to be truly appreciated, if not felt. It
wasn't enough to merely tell someone how much either of them kicked ass
over the standard, you really have to hear it and decide for yourself. Read the entire story...
Download soundclips; Standard Block * Big Block * Titanium Block
**NEW** Ibanez Edge III FU BIG BLOCK! You asked for it – you got! Check
You asked for it
– you got it! The FU Brass Big Block for Ibanez Edge III tremolos. I
think this is a cool bridge with one of the weakest blocks that I have ever
seen… Not anymore! Take your Ibanez to new tonal heights with this simple
Click here for more info...
**NEW** FU is proud to announce the
introduction of BIG BLOCKS for Fender Stratocasters! You asked for it,
you got it! Do not settle for anything but the highest grade bell-brass
BIG BLOCKS for your Strat.
** NEW ** Brass "L" Sustain Blocks now available in 32, 37 and 42 mm sizes!
Tone to the Bone! Check out our Titanium and Brass Sustain Blocks!
is selective - period! To the true tone aficionado, tone is almost
sacred. Not everybody understands this point but for those of us who do
you will know what I am talking about. When a great guitar tone makes
the hair on your arm stand up, send a tingle down your spine or (better
yet) inspire you to play something that you otherwise wouldn’t have -
that puts you in the club of "getting it"! Odds are, if you are reading
this, you are just like me - a tone chaser - a guitar geek who will try
anything to get a new sound.
NEW ITEM! FU-Tone.com is now carrying TITANIUM STRING LOCK BLOCKS! These
new titanium insert blocks are made from the highest grade titanium
available. There is another brand of titanium insert blocks out there
that are made from a very low grade of titanium with a psi rating of
40,000 lbs. FU titanium blocks are rated at 140,000 lbs! Are
you tired of your little black insert blocks cracking or expanding and
getting stuck in the saddles? For the ultimate in performance and tonal
response, this is a very easy upgrade to install.
Click here for more info...
**NEW** TURBO-TREM REPLACEMENT BARS WITH WRENCH!
you ever gone to unclamp your locking nut for a quick tune-up at the
head stock and come up empty handed when you went looking for your
little Allen wrench? NEVER AGAIN! These Floyd Rose tremolo replacement
bars have a little Allen wrench built into the short end of the unit!
Just pop your bar off and "BAM" you have a wrench right there!.
Click here for more info...
FU Would Like To Welcome DON FELDER from The Eagles To Our Artist Family! -Don is currently using our new TITANIUM BRIDGE PINS for
acoustic guitars! It looks like titanium and brass upgrades are not
just for locking tremolos any more. Take your acoustic guitar to the
next level with the ultimate in acoustic upgrades. Click here for more info...
Titanium is not entirely new to the world of guitar players but it has never been common in the world of Floyd Rose users.
Titanium is a broad term. There are many grades of titanium and even
more grades of titanium alloys. The titanium guitar parts that I have
seen in the past were usually made of the cheapest grade of titanium
just to say that they were "titanium". The titanium parts that you will
find on this site are made from the highest grade titanium alloy
available. This has two major benefits - One, the durability and
strength of these products make them INDESTRUCTIBLE! Two, the tonal
characteristics are out of this world! Imagine tone as a color - this
is an entirely new color spectrum that you have never had the chance to
paint with yet (try describing color to a blind man).
**NEW** BRASS TREMOLO STOPPERS!
The tremolo stopper is not just an efficient way to block your bridge
from floating. It plays a huge part in the overall tone of your guitar.
As the string vibrates through saddles, base plate and block – you now
have a direct contact point to the block that goes straight to the body
adding additional resonance. It is just another link in your “chain of
tone”. The brass Tremolo Stopper adds another level of warmth and
sustain in addition to stabilizing your bridge. Click for more info!
**NEW** Brass Spring Claw - FU Brass Spring Claw
The Brass Tremolo Claw is a tonal monster that replaces the cheap pot
metal claw that comes with every tremolo. The weakest link in this
chain is the spring claw! Made from the highest grade of bell brass.
Use what the pros use!
**NEW** BIG BLOCKS for IBANEZ! You
asked for it, you got it! After many requests and some spec help from
my end users (thanks Seth!), FU is proud to release our
brass BIG BLOCK for the Ibanez Edge tremolo. Made from the same high
end bell brass as our Floyd replacement blocks, this block will make
your Ibanez bridge come to life! For increased sustain, warmth, singing
highs, clear mids and nice round lows this block upgrade is for you!
Click here for more information about our Ibanez brass sustain blocks...
Boogie Bodies Official Website
Warren DeMartini cutting a solo in the studio
with his FU equipped Performance guitar!
Check out our new TECHS TO THE STARS page - a tribute to the guys behind the scenes!
Our Products Are Used (and Loved) by the Best!
Some of the world's greatest guitarists from the legendary bands rock their fans with our products...check them out!
"This thing has sustain for days! The titanium big block and titanium
saddles are the key for Michael Wilton's sound. There is never a tuning
or stability problem. it just makes everything a lot better. In a
word...BEEFY. If you have a Floyd, you must upgrade! You will not be
- Geno Bishop, Guitar Tech for Michael Wilton of Queensryche