There comes a time in life where you have to make a tough decision, and this is one of those times. After 22 years with Ibanez Guitars I’m sadly saying goodbye, but the time has come to move on to a new home at Ormsby Guitars Let’s start from the beginning. During the Demanufacture world tour in 1996, Ibanez approached me about using their 7-string Universe guitar. Instantly I was hooked on the new creative cutting-edge genre-defining design of the 7-string guitar. It worked perfectly for me because I was tuning my 6-string @ESP Guitars down to B standard and lower. The string tension was so much better on the 7-string and it all just made sense to me. In 1996-97 I forced EMG Pickups to make the first 7-string active pickup. Using an active bass pickup case for a 7-string guitar pickup worked perfectly, which was named the Soapbar mount. It became the industry standard 707. Then a little while later the DC81-7. Ten years after that I helped Seymour Duncan design their first active Blackout pickup, and then later we designed my signature pickup, the Retribution. In 2014, after being with Ibanez for 17+ years I finally got my first signature guitar, the DCM100. Most people felt I deserved a signature guitar many years before that, but I was just happy I finally got one. Unfortunately in late 2017 my guitar was discontinued for legal reasons beyond all of our control. Twenty-two years is a long time to be with one brand but Ibanez has stood beside me through all my ups and downs. I want to thank Ibanez and its parent company Hoshino for all the amazing custom guitars that you’ve made me over the years. Everyone in the LA Custom Shop has been so nice and super supportive on all my endeavours. I want everyone at Ibanez to know that I appreciate all the years together. The fun, the music and the memories: Mike Orrigo, Tak Hosono, Alex Kerk, Rocky Oda, Happy Yoshida and Mike Taft, thank you. Moving on to Ormsby Guitars I became friends with Perry Ormsby a couple of years ago at NAMM and I asked him for a guitar. He sent it over right away and instantly I fell in love with it. The way I felt when I picked up that first Ibanez 7-string is the same way I felt when I picked up my first very well-crafted multiscale guitar from Ormsby. I was really blown away how easy it was to play.I’m always looking to improve and innovate, and Perry is absolutely on the same page. I look forward to collaborating with Ormsby on creating amazing signature guitars. At this years 2019 NAMM convention we will be displaying two different models at the Ormsby booth #2841 in Hall D. Come by, say hi and pick them up and try them out for yourself. - Dino Cazares
28 years of Fear Factory. Oct. 31st marks the first jam FF ever did. Ray's father loaded up his old station wagon with his gear, with Dino and me in the backseat and we drove to South Central LA where Ray had a practice room with his band Extreme Death. This is a pic of the OG Fear Factory lineup in '91. We wrote songs and rehearsed for 6 months before playing our first show. (This was probably our first show in Hollywood.) Dino and I were still living in the same 1 bedroom apartment with Robert Murray (who found the title Fear Factory on a demo tape from Sweden, while we were hanging out and drinking beer with Dave Gibney. He also contributed a few lyrics for SONM) Thanks to Rick Ferdinande for your original photograph. Jörge Castillö was here, too! #burtoncbell #dinocazares #raymondherrera #andyromero #fearfactory #HISTORYLESSON
28 years ago On this day October 31st Fear Factory was born. Thank you Robert Murray for helping Dino Cazares come up with the name. Thank you Jorge Castillo for helping us spread our tapes and our name out there to the world. Thank you to the hardworking Camp for the continual support! Scott Koenig Jhairo Echevarria and Sebastian Grotomirski Happy Halloween! 🎃👻
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Happy Birthday Dino Cazares, On this day Mexican American Guitarist Dino Cazares was born in El Centro California on September 2nd 1966. In 1984 just before his 18th birthday he bought a Greyhound bus ticket and 4 hours later he was in Los Angeles California with his guitar in one hand and a suitcase in the other. Dropped off on the famous Sunset & Vine in Hollywood, CA he had one goal in mind "To Play Guitar In A Heavy Metal Band" 5 years later he Co-founded Brujeria (1989) and Fear Factory (1990). He also started two solo projects Asesino (2001) and Divine Heresy (2005). In more then 25 + years he's released countless CDs and continues to inspire others and tour the World. Happy Birthday Dino Cazares!