MY RUIN has uploaded footage of guitarist Mick Murphy talking about and demonstrating his new “Triple M” guitar (aka the “Mick Murphy Model”) specially created by legendary guitar designer, Grover Jackson for GJ2 Guitars. The new signature guitar was unveiled at this year’s NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Media Preview Day which took place on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Mick Murphy, along with GJ2 partners Jon Gold and Grover Jackson, discussed and demonstrated the guitar on stage. Check out the clip below:
“The new GJ2 Mick Murphy Model is stripped-down, straight-ahead rock machine that looks and plays like a rocket. Made for the “Master of Heaviosity” and bearing a likeness of his trademark =MM= signature, it features 2 humbuckers with a hard-tail bridge, making it ideal for high-octane, tuned-down riffing. The =MM= will be offered in new colors exclusive to the model.
The design is based on the iconic collaboration between Grover Jackson and Randy Rhoads from the dawn of the ‘80s that became the original “RR” model (later evolving into the GJ2 Concorde) which first inspired Mick Murphy to take up the guitar. A longtime favorite in Mick’s guitar collection has been his vintage “RR” Jackson model made by Grover Jackson back in the ‘80s. Now he’s excited about the prospect of playing an updated version—bearing his own initials—built using modern production methods by the original designer.” – GJ2 Guitars
“My GJ2 guitars are so awesome that I no longer want to play anything else. The rock-solid tone, relentless sustain, singing clarity, and amazing feel of instruments crafted with pride by the master (Grover Jackson) make them the best guitars I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. I’m proud to be a part of the GJ2 family.” – Mick Murphy
Audio Fanzine also posted interview footage from the event, which can be seen below:
In addition to his role as lead guitarist/co-composer for D.I.Y. metal stalwarts My Ruin (fronted by wife & vocalist Tairrie B Murphy), who have released their 8th studio album “The Sacred Mood” in 2013, Mick has recently released an EP “Hangtime” for his solo instrumental rock recordings known as “Neanderthal” which are available for download on the following link: http://www.neanderthal.bandcamp.com
In 2013, Mick also began moonlighting with Chevy Metal, a ‘70s-style cover band led by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, with bassist/ vocalist Wiley Hodgden. This led to a new recording collaboration between Murphy, Hawkins, and Dave Grohl in a side project called “The Birds of Satan” whose debut EP is scheduled for release in April 2014.
Mick is also currently involved in an old school hardcore-tinged album with Corrosion Of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin called Teenage Time Killers, which features vocal performances from the likes of Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God), Neal Fallon (Clutch), Lee Ving (Fear), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Pete Stahl (Goatsnake), Aaron Beam (Red Fang), Clifford Dinsmore (Bl’ast), and Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), as well as My Ruin vocalist Tairrie B Murphy along with many others.
The album is due out in 2014.
Mick Murphy GJ2 Artist Page – http://gj2guitars.com/gj2-artists/mick-murphy/