My Ruin has uploaded footage of guitarist Mick Murphy discussing 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 the 2014 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) during the Media Preview Day event at the Anaheim Convention Center. Mick Murphy and GJ2 co-founder Jon Gold presented the guitar on stage for the assembled press. Check it out:
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 two 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 Murphyto take up the guitar. A longtime favorite in Mick’s guitar collection has been his vintage 1980s-era “RR” Jackson model made by Grover Jackson. Now he’s excited to play this updated version—bearing his own initials—made using modern production methods by the original designer himself.
Audio Fanzine also posted some cool footage from the NAMM Preview event:
“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 GJ2family.” – Mick Murphy
Mick Murphy with his signature =MM= guitar by GJ2 in satin camo at NAMM 2014. (Photo: Gary Bandfield, TourBus Live)
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 released their 8th studio album “The Sacred Mood” in 2013, Mick recently released the Neanderthal EP entitled “Hangtime,” featuring his solo instrumental rock recordings. Neanderthal tracks are available for download here: www.neanderthal.bandcamp.com
In 2013, Mick 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 on April 15, 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.