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  • Equipboard.com – An artist gear database

    Guitar Noize
    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Equipboard.com is a community-built database of artists and the gear they use, it is not only limited to guitarists but obviously this was the area of the site that interested me. “Launched in late 2013, this growing community of gear-obsessed music fans have already made the connection between 13,147 products and 4,480 artists – everything from Jimi Hendrix’s guitars and amps to Aphex Twin’s arsenal of electronics.” As an example I chose a guitarist who I know has some pretty impressive vintage gear, Robben Ford: As you can see you can follow an artist board for more…
  • Bad Cat Unveils the K Master Volume Circuit

    News
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    The K Master allows for separate control of the power amp and preamp section.
  • 5 Different Ways to Tune a Guitar (& When to Use Them)

    Guitar Adventures
    Josh Summers
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Tuning a guitar is a basic skill that every guitarist begins learning the first day they pick up their guitar. It’s not really the act of tuning that’s the skill, though…it’s developing the ear for tuning. I once heard a well-known guitar luthier in Nashville, Tennessee talk about how the most trained human ear can The post 5 Different Ways to Tune a Guitar (& When to Use Them) appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Roundup of the Best Fuzz Pedals

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    Alexander
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    If dynamic overdrive and smooth distortion doesn't cut it, then the wild sound of Fuzz will get the job done. Check out this roundup of the best classic and modern fuzz pedals available today. read more
  • Spicetone 6Appeal Analog PolyFuzz. Say what?!

    Guitar Noize
    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Hexaphonic fuzz-overdrive with an active breakout box and modulation effects with full MIDI control. Ok we need to break this down as some of you may not have even heard of Hexaphonic pickups. So if you ever seen a Roland equipped MIDI guitar used usually in conjunction with their MIDI effect unit that can turn your guitar into a synth, you’ve seen a Hexaphonic pickup in action. These pickups isolate each string into its own signal so that the strings can be affected individually. What Spicetone have created is a unique Overdrive unit that takes advantage of Hexaphonic pickup loaded…
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  • S.F. Sorrow - The First Rock Opera

    Zack Urlocker
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    If you ask most people to name a rock opera, they'll probably come up with "Tommy" and not much else. Until recently, I had assumed The Who's "Tommy" was not only the definitive rock opera but also the first.  But as I learned listening to the public radio show SoundOpinions, Pete Townshend was beat out by a year with a release of the album "S.F. Sorrow" by the UK band The Pretty Things. The Pretty Things started out as a typical UK R&B band with a claim to fame of being hairier, dirtier and raunchier than The Rolling Stones. The Pretty…
  • The Cynics Interview

    Zack Urlocker
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
    It's been a few months since I saw legendary garage rock band The Cynics in Cleveland and I was reminded that I still had an interview with lead singer and songwriter Michael Kastelic in the can. So apologies for the delay, here's the interview... Q. When I listen to your back catalog, there's a significant evolution in the sound of The Cynics. What were some of your early influences? For me personally it's different than for the band. For the band, the influences were the garage 60s stuff on the back from the grave label, like the pebbles. Gregg was always a…
  • X - Live in New York City

    Zack Urlocker
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    The seminal '80s punk band X is playing 4 nights at the City Winery in New York as well as touring other major cities. I had the good fortune of being in town and catching the opening night during which they played their debut album "Los Angeles" in its entirety. Punk rock being what it is, that's a fairly short album, so they came back for another full set of songs from later periods of their career and then a final encore.   While I was a huge fan of late '70s / early '80s punk and new wave from New York and the UK, I never really got into the LA…
  • How to Chose Your First Electric Guitar

    Zack Urlocker
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    This week I've got a guest post from Paul Misko over at www.yourinstrument.com with some tips on purchasing your first electric guitar.  That's my nephew above with the first guitar I got for him, a cheapo $100 strat. At this point, he'd probably be embarassed by the photo and the guitar. Whether you’ve decided to purchase your first electric guitar or you are making the switch from an acoustic, it can be overwhelming to choose from the many guitar brands and models out there. Here are some helpful ideas to keep in mind to make sure you select the guitar…
  • Marshall Crenshaw - Live in NYC

    Zack Urlocker
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    This summer I've been traveling frequently to New York on business. Between Greenwich village and Soho there's always a ton of live music in the area. It was my good fortune to see Marshall Crenshaw and his band at City Winery in Soho last night. They played a two hour "by request" set including many of his most popular songs as well as covers of Buddy Holly, the MC5, The Who and more.  Crenshaw is somewhat of an anacrhonism with his '50s meets '80s rock 'n' roll style, but he embodies the best of those eras. Crenshaw's voice…
 
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  • A Japanese oxymoron of a guitar: Pignose 12+6 doubleneck travel guitar

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Regular Guitarz readers will know of my fascination for doublenecked guitars. They will also know of my fondness for the absurd, and when it comes to travel guitars what could be more absurd than a doubleneck guitar? This rare Pignose 12+6 Doubleneck Travel Guitar, built solely for the Japanese market, features the now legendary Pignose amp built into the guitar body plus TWO speakers. I admit that I never saw the point of a doubleneck combining 12-string and 6-string necks (realistically, how often would you want to play both on the same song?); as I have commented…
  • Gibson USA "BECK: Lucille" Modified (allegedly): see if you can make sense of the item description!

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: This Gibson Les Paul Classic with faux bullet holes in its top is currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $2,427 and with free shipping from Japan where the guitar is currently located. I tried finding out some more information about this "customised" guitar, however, the description in the eBay listing left me even more confused: Among the artists-modify our Les Paul here which is the work of a different color is: "BECK Lucille" modifier! ! I have made based on the Les Paul Gibson Co., Ltd. is a well-established long-established in about said that this…
  • Zane King plays the Jackson Steel SlideKing Bass

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: I believe that this footage is currently going viral in guitar-related blogs and Facebook pages, but unlike a lot of the viral nonsense, it is worth viewing. Although the Jackson Steel SlideKing Bass looks like a slide guitar or a console guitar (seeing as it's on legs), it really falls under the category of pedal steel as it has four pedals to change the pitch of the strings. The SlideKing Bass retails for $1,995.00 + $250 for a case (apparently they won't ship it without a case, so I don't know why they have separate pricing as if it's an option). G L Wilson© 2014,…
  • The Banning TeleBacker - If Rickenbacker built a Telecaster...

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: ...it would look like this, the TeleBacker, made in the USA by Banning Guitars custom shop.The example in the photographs reproduced here is currently listed for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of US $1,899.99.G L Wilson© 2014, Guitarz - The Original Guitar Blog - the blog that goes all the way to 11!Please read our photo and content policy.{{ Guitarz - guitarz.blogspot.com }}
  • 1991 Westone Dan Armstrong Signature Series "Shark" prototype - 1 of 5 made

    12 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Here's an intriguing prototype guitar, the result of a collaboration between Dan Armstrong and Westone Guitars. It's a Westone Dan Armstrong Signature Series "Shark" prototype from 1991. The guitar features a licensed Floyd Rose tremolo, Dan Armstrong Mini humbucker and Dan Armstrong Monster triple-coiled pickups mounted on a body that is somewhere between a Stratocaster and a Mustang in design. For more information please see: www.danarmstrong.org/westone.html, www.vintagesilvertones.com/forsale_westone_dan_armstrong.html and www.westone.info/danarmstrong.html.
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  • Equipboard.com – An artist gear database

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Equipboard.com is a community-built database of artists and the gear they use, it is not only limited to guitarists but obviously this was the area of the site that interested me. “Launched in late 2013, this growing community of gear-obsessed music fans have already made the connection between 13,147 products and 4,480 artists – everything from Jimi Hendrix’s guitars and amps to Aphex Twin’s arsenal of electronics.” As an example I chose a guitarist who I know has some pretty impressive vintage gear, Robben Ford: As you can see you can follow an artist board for more…
  • Andy McKee’s Musicarium Camp

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I’ve reported on these music camps with top guitar players from around the world quite often, it definitely seems like a good source of income for the musicians and amazing experience for the attendees to get up close for a few days with masters of their craft and absorb as much as possible. This is the first acoustic camp I’ve seen and it features some incredible talent, Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour, Stephen Bennett. These guys are true innovators of modern acoustic fingerstyle music. Press Release Internationally renowned master acoustic guitarist Andy McKee has created “Andy…
  • Review: Positive Grid BIAS Desktop

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    When Positive Grid released BIAS for iPad I, and to be honest I think anyone that tried it, was blown away. While I’m sure amp modelling software companies had tools like this internally to tweak their amp models, never before had the public had access to such an amazing piece of software to create and share your own creations. Not only does BIAS sound great it looks great too, that’s the beauty of the app it looks like you are really inside the amp tweaking settings and swapping tubes. The only issue with having an app as iOS only is that it isn’t the most convenient when…
  • Fender & Hurley collaborate for Waves For Water Auction

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Press release LOS ANGELES (October 15, 2014) – Through a unique blend of artists and musicians – including Donald Edward Hardy, Brandon Boyd, Thomas Campbell, Johnny Marr and Shawn Stussy – Hurley and Fender will recognize the unparalleled heritage of the world’s most popular guitar on its 60th anniversary. Twenty American-made, hand-painted Stratocaster guitars will be auctioned off to raise money for Waves For Water, which in turn will save lives through water-based initiatives. STRAT: 60 Years of the Stratocaster is a collaboration between the two unique brands and pays homage to…
  • Spicetone 6Appeal Analog PolyFuzz. Say what?!

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Hexaphonic fuzz-overdrive with an active breakout box and modulation effects with full MIDI control. Ok we need to break this down as some of you may not have even heard of Hexaphonic pickups. So if you ever seen a Roland equipped MIDI guitar used usually in conjunction with their MIDI effect unit that can turn your guitar into a synth, you’ve seen a Hexaphonic pickup in action. These pickups isolate each string into its own signal so that the strings can be affected individually. What Spicetone have created is a unique Overdrive unit that takes advantage of Hexaphonic pickup loaded…
 
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  • Charitybuzz "Rocktober" Auction

    Alexander
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Bid to meet your favorite rock stars, or take home signed merchandise at the Charitybuzz Rocktober Auction, with the proceeds going to various cause-oriented groups. read more
  • Squier Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster

    Alexander
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Fender Squier introduces the Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster guitar, featuring a longer 30" scale length.read more
  • Ibanez RGKP6 with Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2S

    Alexander
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    The Ibanez RGKP6 is a guitar with built-in electronic music effects courtesy of the top-mounted Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2S.read more
  • Positive Grid Bias Desktop Now Available

    Alexander
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Positive Grid Bias for desktop now available, along with it comes the much anticipated "Amp Matching" technology.read more
  • Roundup of the Best Fuzz Pedals

    Alexander
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    If dynamic overdrive and smooth distortion doesn't cut it, then the wild sound of Fuzz will get the job done. Check out this roundup of the best classic and modern fuzz pedals available today. read more
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  • Albert Collins Style Lesson Preview

    John W. Tuggle
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    In the next installment of my Solos Series, I’ll be showing how to play a 36 Bar Slow Blues Solo in the style of Albert Collins. He’s always been one of my favorite guitar players and I’ve tried to capture a few different elements of his extremely dynamic and staccato blues guitar style. Albert is known for his strange tuning and used of the capo, but I thought it would be more useful to learn elements of his style and then apply them to standard tuning. This Solo is played finger style and if you are not familiar with this technique you would need to go through my Blues…
  • Duane Allman Style Lesson Now Available

    John W. Tuggle
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    [ Update ] This Lesson is now available. Duane Allman Style Lesson In the next Premium Lesson I’ll be releasing a Duane Allman style solo lesson where you will learn how to play a solo similar to “Not My Cross To Bear” by the Allman Brothers Band. I think this will be a great addition to my Premium Lessons and will introduce a new category of lessons to the site. In this new category I will be releasing solos in the style of artists such as Duane Allman, Freddie King, Albert King, Albert Collins and many more. These new Premium Lessons will be for sale as a Download only at…
  • What is the Tone Lab?

    John W. Tuggle
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    Recently I’ve added a new section to the website called the Tone Lab. I think it’s a great way to demonstrate many different combinations of gear to show you what they sound like. Also, it’s a great way for me to document and be able to recall all of my gear settings and tones that I find along the way. Many times when I find a certain sound that I am looking for, I’ll never write down the exact settings that I used to get it. Then, it’s essentially lost forever. With this new Tone Lab system, I can always go back and see exactly what gear I used to get the tones…
  • Fender 1979 Twin Reverb Makeover

    John W. Tuggle
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    That old Fender Twin Reverb that I have has been sitting in a corner for years now not being used. It’s a great amp with unbelievable headroom. It is a 1979 after further investigation. I originally thought that it was a 1976 or 1974. Looking up the serial number determined this for me. This site is where I found out the year. Serial Number Lookup When I pulled out the twin, plugged it in and started playing, I realized that it sure did have a really great sound that was completely different from the Vibrolux and Avatar 45. Nice and clean is what a Twin is for with hardly any breakup at…
  • The Scumback J75 Speaker Upgrade

    John W. Tuggle
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Lately I’ve been trying to get my Avatar 45 to sound much better than what it has been. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great amp for sure, but there has just been something that irks me about the tone I have been getting with it. I thought that getting some different speakers for the 2 X 12 Avatar Cabinet could be the solution. I have been using two Celestion speakers in the 2 X 12 Avatar cabinet. A G12H 30 and a G12M 25 Greenback. Now these speakers are supposed to be great, but I just don’t really like them for what I am looking for. To me, the mids have a cardboard…
 
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  • Aguilar Amplification Announces Chorusaurus Bass Chorus Pedal

    Kevin Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Aguilar is expanding their effects lineup with the introduction of the Chorusaurus Bass Chorus. The pedal, which employs analog bucket-brigade technology, offers stereo or mono signal outputs. The Chorusaurus has a four knob layout with Blend, Rate, Intensity, and Width controls to dial in your tone from subtle swirling to extreme chorusing. Other features include...
  • Cainã Cavalcante and Michael Pipoquinha: Rei Arthur

    Kevin Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Four years ago, we posted a video of a 13-year old Brazilian bassist named Pipoquinha performing his original song, “Rei Arthur.” His playing blew everyone away, to say the least. We’re once again featuring Michael Pipoquinha, who is now 17, performing the same song but this time accompanied by guitarist Cainã Cavalcante. It’s incredible to...
  • Jerry Garcia Band’s Only New Year’s Eve Gig Released

    News Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Even though it would seem impossible, this year you can celebrate on New Year’s Eve with the Jerry Garcia Band. Sort of. At the very least, you can play a recording of the only New Year’s Eve show the band played. The 1975 performance is captured on . The recording, featuring the late John Kahn,...
  • Orion Guitar Gear Debuts Pink Panther Guitar Strap to Benefit Susan G Komen Foundation

    Kevin Johnson
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Orion Guitar Gear has introduced a new guitar strap to raise money for the Susan G Komen Foundation of Greater New York City. The Pink Panther strap is made of pink leather – in honor of the official color for breast cancer awareness – with a another layer of thick black leather on the back...
  • Bass Review: Fender American Standard Dimension Bass IV HH

    Kevin Johnson
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Fender took a leap last year by introducing a new model apart from their genre-defining Precision and Jazz basses. The Dimension Bass started as a model in their Modern Player Series before branching into their Deluxe and American Deluxe series. But now the double humbucker model has been cemented into the brand’s lineup with an...
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  • I'm With This Guy

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    It's about time somebody stood up and said something. 7 Obnoxious Behaviors That Should Be Punishable By Death http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-obnoxious-behaviors-that-should-be-punishable-by-death/#ixzz3H0FZJ5sP These are the highlights: #6. People Who Create Gaps In Lines Ever been in a long line behind someone who feels the need to create a three to five foot buffer between themselves and the people in front of them? No one likes waiting in long... I'm With This Guy
  • I was offered a job in NYC today.

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    i was down in NYC yesterday and today for a quick business trip. While I was there, I spent some time with the Regional VP. He and I have worked closely for the past three years on various things. During the course of the conversation this afternoon, he asked about my career goals and that fueled a discussion which led to him saying "well, you know I have a position available. Would you be interested?" I told him it was a lot to think about; particularly having a family with two young... I was offered a job in NYC today.
  • We seriously haven't had a thread about Star Goats yet?

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
  • Why do so many people hate blue guitars?

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    I'm curious. How did blue ever hurt anyone?
  • NPD...meet the MONSTER.

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    So, usually I buy amps that look like this. View attachment 16572 Once in a blue moon. I'll buy one that looks like this. View attachment 16573 The KISS theory generally applies to my pedals as well, like this. View attachment 16574 But last week, I decided to take things up a notch. This arrived last night. And it's ridiculous. View attachment 16575 Not only is it insanely complex, it's also GIANT. And brown! There's no way for me to competently tell you... NPD...meet the MONSTER.
 
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  • Brooklyn Blues Guitar Lesson: Sliding Double Stops

    Zach
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    TrueFire Educator Jeff McErlain has just launched his first installment of his new weekly video blog called Jeff McErlain’s Brooklyn Blues. Each week Jeff will share a free video guitar lesson, a lick, a concept, a tone tip, and more. You can check Jeff out at www.jeffmcerlain.com or see his courses here at TrueFire. About…
  • Brooklyn Blues Guitar Lesson: Quantized Bending

    Zach
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    TrueFire Educator Jeff McErlain has just launched his first installment of his new weekly video blog called Jeff McErlain’s Brooklyn Blues. Each week Jeff will share a free video guitar lesson, a lick, a concept, a tone tip, and more. You can check Jeff out at www.jeffmcerlain.com or see his courses here at TrueFire. About…
  • The Most Adorable Hard Rock Singer Ever?

    Zach
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    When you think of hard rock, probably the last adjective that comes to mind is “adorable.” However, in this case, it’s the perfect description, and you know what? We think it’s pretty awesome. This little girl is very cute, but man, she’s got some metal in her blood, too. Watch and let us know what…
  • Top 5 Reasons to Join TrueFire for Free

    Zach
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Here are the top 5 reasons why you should join TrueFire for free: 1. 22,000+ Video Guitar Lessons TrueFire has the world’s most comprehensive library of video guitar lessons, with over 22,000 available at your fingertips, including tab, notation, and jam tracks across all levels and style of play. Upon sign up, you’ll get 30…
  • This is Rock ‘n’ Roll.

    Zach
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    With Rocktoberfest in full effect this month at TrueFire, it got us thinking… what IS rock ‘n’ roll, exactly? We searched far and wide for the answer, spoke to experts in the field, professors at the greatest music schools in the world, but we still couldn’t quite put our finger on it despite those efforts.…
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  • Judas Priest Unleashes their Metal Vengeance on the Izod Center in NJ!

    Guitar International Magazine
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto When Rob Halford of Judas Priest thanked the crowd at the Izod Center in East Rutherford for allowing the band to make metal music for the last 40 years, he forgot one word;  “GREAT.” Throughout the past four decades, Judas Priest has continually produced GREAT metal songs that will live on well past the band’s career. With no real number-one songs to mention, the band has managed to influence almost every metal band around the world and inspired countless people to pick up an instrument. With so many great songs in their armamentarium they would need to put on an…
  • Tom Maxwell of HELLYEAH – Forging ahead with Blood for Blood!

    Guitar International Magazine
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Tom Maxwell After eight years and three albums, HELLYEAH has released their most powerful and boldest CD yet; Blood for Blood, with Chad Gray on vocals, Vinnie Paul on drums and Tom Maxwell on guitar. It’s a defining CD in the band’s career as a tumultuous and extensive tour cost them two members prior to its recording. The band had to redefine their vision and forge ahead as a three piece for most of the writing and all of the recording. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and the proof is self-evident on Blood for Blood. Gone is the southern rock vibe…
  • Black Veil Brides – Shooting Higher with BVB IV

    Guitar International Magazine
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto BVB vocalist Andy Biersack Black Veil Brides are constantly growing, reinventing themselves, and vowing to never make the same CD twice. For their upcoming release; BVB IV, due out on October 28th, the band has taken a mega leap forward in their musical career by enlisting producer Bob Rock of Metallica and Motley Crue fame, to assist with the band’s vision of world domination. The 11-track CD features some of the band’s most aggressive and diverse songs to date, while acknowledging their roots in classic metal. Their first single “Heart of Fire” is a melodic hard…
  • DJ Ashba of Sixx A.M. – Modern Vintage is a Celebration CD about Enjoying Life

    Guitar International Magazine
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto SIXX A.M. – photo credit: Paul Brown Sixx A.M.’s highly anticipated third CD, Modern Vintage is due out October 7, 2014. Where the band’s first two CDs focused on providing the sound track to Nikki Sixx’s book, The Heroin Diaries and a voice to his unique photos in, This is Gonna Hurt, this CD is a bit of a departure for the band. Its far more upbeat, a celebration of sorts for enjoying life. With Motley Crue’s final days approaching, Sixx A.M. will hopefully pick up and blaze a new musical trail. The band is comprised of James Michael [vocals], DJ Ashba…
  • Travis Stever of Coheed and Cambria – Playing Every Note of IKSSE: 3 Brings up Great Memories!

    Guitar International Magazine
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto In 2003, Coheed and Cambria released their sophomore CD, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. At the time they were a band on the verge to becoming a leading purveyors of imaginative modern rock with Claudio Sanchez’s at to the helm, featuring his incredible voice and guitar playing. To date IKSSE: 3 has received a RIAA gold certification for U.S. sales in excess of 500,000 with 1 million sales worldwide. A little over 10 years later, the band has decided to reissue In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 and celebrate with a major North American tour dubbed Neverender…
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  • New Ibanez RG721RWL Premium Left Handed Guitar

    Neal
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    So I was sitting in the office this morning, minding my own business when BOOM…this little beauty landed on my desk. It’s from Ibanez, it isn’t an entry level model, and it isn’t gloss black….wait, what?! This is the first time in a long while that a left handed offering from the Japanese giant has got me interested. The model in question is the new, limited edition Ibanez RG721RWL-CNF from the Premium Series. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s stunning… Ibanez RG721RWL-CNF Left Handed Guitar Built with the hard working pro in mind, the…
  • PureSalem Fall Blowout Guitar Sale

    Neal
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    From October 17th until next Sunday October 26th our friends over at PureSalem Guitars are having a sale on all of their models. Every single guitar has been reduced to $499 and every single guitar is available left handed! Hit the button below to check out this time limited sale!
  • 13 EVIL Halloween Themed Guitars

    Neal
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    With Halloween fast approaching I thought it would be a fun idea to take a look at some of the most ghastly, freakishly EVIL custom guitars out there.  Here are 13 of the most vile creations I could find… This list isn’t ranked by order of EVIL, but I’ve certainly left the most gruesome and disturbing of all til last.  You may want to steer clear of the end of page because what appears there truly is the stuff of nightmares – evil incarnate some might say! ESP LTD Devil Girl This guitar was made in 2002 and features a plastic composite body in the shape of a female…
  • Newbie Series : The Ultimate Guide For New Guitarists

    Neal
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    So you want to learn to play guitar or bass but are unsure of where to start?  You’ve come to the right place my friend! This eight-part guide will clue you in on everything you need to know when starting out with your new hobby. I am periodically adding to this guide, so keep checking back for updated information. Everything in this series will also apply to our right handed friends so tell them to check out the information out as well. Part One : Tips Before You Buy Part Two : Beginner Electric Guitars Part Three : Beginner Acoustic Guitars Part Four : Beginner Bass Guitars Part Five :…
  • Prestige : Left Handed Guitars

    Neal
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Prestige Guitars are a relatively new company, having only been launched back in 2003.  They are based in Vancouver, Canada and produce some absolutely fantastic looking hand-crafted electric and acoustic guitars. Unfortunately Prestige only produce 3 of their guitars in a left handed version.  But the good news is that they are all stunning looking instruments!  Prestige dealers are located almost exclusively within the USA and Canada, so international buyers might find it a bit tricky to get their hands on one. Left Handed Prestige Guitars From left to right : Standard SB QM, Elite SB…
 
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  • Maxon Releases OD808X Overdrive Extreme

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Based on the classic “808” circuit that Maxon invented over 30 years ago, the OD808X offers a wider frequency response with an extended hi-frequency range. This added tonal range has been carefully tuned to provide additional clarity without becoming harsh, and will also accentuate high-gain settings.The Overdrive Extreme also offers more gain and harder clipping than the standard OD808, creating amp-like distortion with excellent note definition. An increased output level allows the OD808X to be used as a semi-dirty booster to drive an amp.Additional Features of the OD808X Overdrive…
  • Hurley And Fender Present “STRAT: 60 Years Of The Stratocaster”

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Through a unique blend of artists and musicians – including Donald Edward Hardy, Brandon Boyd, Thomas Campbell, Johnny Marr and Shawn Stussy – Hurley and Fender will recognize the unparalleled heritage of the world’s most popular guitar on its 60th anniversary. Twenty American-made, hand-painted Stratocaster guitars will be auctioned off to raise money for Waves For Water, which in turn will save lives through water-based initiatives.STRAT: 60 Years of the Stratocaster is a collaboration between the two unique brands and pays homage to the iconic Fender Stratocaster guitar as it embarks…
  • AC/DC Are Back! But Why Do They Get A Free Pass?

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Legendary acts are savaged by critics and dumped by fans for failing to change with the times, but...
  • The Verdict: Foo Fighters – “Something For Nothing”

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    Guitar Planet weigh in on the Foo Fighters’ Chicago inspired comeback single.
  • Ex Hex - Rips Review

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Wild Flag are no more, but that hasn't stopped Mary Timony, she's back with a new 70s tinged band...
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  • The 3 Biggest Problems With Your Strumming, And How You Can Fix Them!

    Paul Bright
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Why Focus on Strumming?I don’t think there’s a single guitarist that doesn’t strum sometimes. It’s very common for guitarists to learn the CAGED chords, and some simple strumming patterns, as the first thing they ever do with the instrument! Strumming just means holding a chord and moving a pick or fingers across the strings, right? It’s a very simple idea.But you might be doing something wrong!Everyone can improve; it doesn’t mean you’re bad if a tip helps you! I look for hints and tips constantly myself, and I have a trio up my sleeve for any strummers reading this. I’ve…
  • Ask Me Anything: 10 Answers to Your Questions About Learning & Playing Guitar

    paul@beginnerguitaristacademy.com
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:24 am
    Question: How Long Should I Practice Each Day?Answer: There’s a trick to this question. More is pretty much always better, but it’s also better to have a little bit of practice every day than to cram one day a week. My suggestion, if you’re looking for a minimum, is half an hour each day. If you can do more on one of the days, that’s fantastic! But the “every day” part is what really counts.Question: Should I take lessons?Answer: It’s probably a good idea, but only if the teacher you go to has people to vouch for them – happy students. It can also be hit and miss, even with a…
  • 5 Acoustic Guitarists You Need to Check Out

    Paul Bright
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Why do you have a passion for guitar? Odds are that you didn’t just see a guitar and want to play it. You probably heard someone playing one: a relative, a friend, at a show, on the radio, or on TV. Before you’ve started playing, it doesn’t take too much to excite you! Just seeing someone strum a couple of chords can blow your mind.How do you keep that inspiration coming once you’re more experienced, though? How do you get surprised when you’re only coming across things you’ve already learned yourself? You have to seek out people who are far above your skill level. That’s what…
  • Why Are There So Many Shredders?

    Paul Bright
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Why are there so many shredders?The standards for being called a “fast” guitar player are incredibly high, and the bar is constantly rising. The top speed demons can clock in at playing sixteen or more note in a second. I don’t know about you, but I can’t even think that fast – let alone think about those notes and play them at the same time!It’s no joke though. Just search for players like Rusty Cooley, or Shawn Lane – their alternate picking is unbelievable. Truly, literally unbelievable; it’s not rare to see accusations of videos being fake! From firsthand experience,…
  • Playing Slide with Style

    Paul Bright
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Playing Slide with StylePlaying with a slide looks pretty easy at first glance. For starters, even though you might be using heavier strings, you aren’t pressing down on them as you would normally need to; there’s no real fretting involved, for the most part. Even the interaction with the strings is through the slide, you’d think it’s really soft on your hands. Plus, you can afford to be much less accurate with a slide, right? Slide players just wiggle their hands around?I’ve got some bad news if you were expecting an easy time! Playing slide is an art in itself.What Makes Slide…
 
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  • Learning the B7 Guitar Chord in 5 Easy Steps

    Bobby Kittleberger
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Isn't the B7 chord just intimidating?Checkout JamPlay's B7 chord chart: Nearly every chord looks monstrously difficult to learn - especially to the raw beginner.That is, all but two.Of the 12 voicings, two are decidedly easier to comprehend. One is called the "three-string" voicing and the other I'll call the "barre" voicing. Together, they give us a cozy corner to start learning our B7 chords.We'll break the three-string voicing down to an even easier version that, I guarantee, you can play now. Eventually, we'll build it back into the full, formal version of the B7 guitar chord.The barre…
  • Fretboard Notes Infographics and Cheat Sheets

    Bobby Kittleberger
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Learning the fretboard notes will make your life as a guitar player far easier.It's foundational knowledge that you desperately need.Because if you don't know the fretboard notes, you'll be at a significant disadvantage when compared to the musicians who do and you'll have a developmental handicap when moving onto more difficult and dynamic guitar playing.So yeah, it's boring. But if you don't learn it now, you're going to have a harder time learning the more interesting and difficult things moving forward.Put in the "boring practice time" early and get it out of the way.To help you do that,…
  • Boss ML-2 Metal Core Distortion Review and Buying Guide

    Bobby Kittleberger
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    To follow up with our first ever product review of the Boss DS-1 distortion pedal, I'm rolling out my take on the Boss ML-2 Metal Core, which is a heavier and more modern distortion than the DS-1.So if you're looking for classic rock, head over to the DS-1 review and read up.If you want a more modern distortion pedal, the ML-2 should fit the bill almost perfectly. Its sound, controls and marketing niche are all geared towards the modern metal and hard rock guitar player.What about it's value?It's more expensive than the DS-1, so will the starving metal guitarist be happy with their purchase,…
  • Popular Electric Guitars: Best Seller and Rankings List (Updated October 2014)

    Bobby Kittleberger
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    I've routinely touted Amazon, not just because I use their affiliate links, but because I've known them to often have the best prices on just about anything you could want to buy.That would include, popular electric guitars.Their electric guitar best seller list is a reliable look at what our community is shopping for and what fellow guitarists (or aspiring guitarists) are purchasing. If you're looking to buy a new guitar, it's a good idea to look at what your peers are already purchasing, and to go from there.We'll highlight this list (updated monthly) and talk a little bit about each…
  • Wes Borland's Greatest Riffs: Learning Some Memorable Limp Bizkit Tabs

    Bobby Kittleberger
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    At the time of writing this, Fred Durst is (was) 44 years old.Since I was growing up (riding my bike and look forward to a learner's permit) right around their hay day, it's hard to image that his "gig" is still appealing to Durst.I mean, the guy has got to be exhausted.Then again, Limp Bizkit has paid the bills in the Durst, Borland, Rivers, Otto and Lethal households for a long time. Why stop now?"Wes, we appreciate your contributions to the arts, your weird costumes and aggressive inspiration."Personally, I think their best work is behind them and maybe that's not news or even…
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  • 5 Different Ways to Tune a Guitar (& When to Use Them)

    Josh Summers
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Tuning a guitar is a basic skill that every guitarist begins learning the first day they pick up their guitar. It’s not really the act of tuning that’s the skill, though…it’s developing the ear for tuning. I once heard a well-known guitar luthier in Nashville, Tennessee talk about how the most trained human ear can The post 5 Different Ways to Tune a Guitar (& When to Use Them) appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • What Should my Budget be for a New Guitar?

    Josh Summers
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you think about it, the phrase “budget guitar” is actually quite confusing. Whose budget are we talking about here? What you consider “budget” may feel like a fortune to me…or vice-a-versa. This idea of a budget guitar also doesn’t really take into consideration what you really need. Is this a guitar you need to The post What Should my Budget be for a New Guitar? appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Washburn C40 Review | Entry-Level Classical Guitar

    Josh Summers
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Unlike most people, I began my “guitar career” on a classical guitar…and I don’t regret it. In fact, I now highly recommend beginner guitarists at least give it a try before they settle on an acoustic or electric guitar. The Washburn name isn’t the first thing that come to mind when anybody starts talking about classical The post Washburn C40 Review | Entry-Level Classical Guitar appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • 5 Exciting Ways to Display Your Guitar

    Josh Summers
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    The way in which you display your guitar tells a lot about how much you value it. Some of my friends creatively hang their guitars on a wall with a dedicated spotlight as if it were the Lombardi trophy. Others I know just lean their guitar on the nearest couch. Don’t be the latter of the two The post 5 Exciting Ways to Display Your Guitar appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Taylor 300 Series Review | Why I Bring it Everywhere

    Josh Summers
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been playing my Taylor 310ce for almost 15 years now. I remember mowing hundreds of lawns back in high school, saving up every penny possible to get the best I could afford. It has traveled with me all across the U.S., to Mexico and even out to China. It looks great and sounds better now The post Taylor 300 Series Review | Why I Bring it Everywhere appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
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  • How to Play Guitar Chords?

    LearnGuitarToday
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Chords are important instrument without which none can play guitar. Therefore a person must have the clear understandings about the proper use of chords in a guitar. People sometimes do not have clear understandings of how to play guitar chords therefore different online sites and now a days several experts helps a person to know how to play guitar chords. In some cases it may be tear off from the guitar but nothing to worry that it is available in every guitar shop. However several online tutorials help a person to properly use the chord to make a good sound from the guitar and can have…
  • Guitar Lessons

    LearnGuitarToday
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    A beginner or else you can learn different types of lessons of a guitar from different experts in different online sites. It is somewhat difficult to gather knowledge about a guitar by yourself so expert’s advice is very much important in this case. Even in sometimes you can have the idea about the instruments of a guitar but to play it properly you need expert’s advice to learn guitar lesson properly. One of the most important lessons in a guitar lesson is to get proper knowledge about the chord and string properly. You need to develop a proper idea about how to hold the guitar. Some…
  • Guitar Lessons Online

    LearnGuitarToday
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Guitar lesson online facility is mainly provided through different online sites. Through using these sites beginners or guitarist get different information regarding guitar. Now a days demands for guitar lessons online is on the peak and very much popular and widespread. As it is somewhat difficult to get good expert to learn guitar from them but now anyone can learn it from guitar lessons online services through which they can directly get help from different experts. They can participate in different online classes. It helps them to learn it practically. Beginners mostly get help from such…
  • Guitar Lessons for Beginners

    LearnGuitarToday
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Beginners should start with a clear understanding about how to operate guitar. There are several lessons conducted by different online site so that beginners may become enrich with different knowledge about guitar and can play it properly. In that respect guitar lessons for beginners is very much important for an individual to operate it properly. Now a days beginners also get helped from those sites which offer different tutorials so that people do not get only bookish knowledge but also broaden their idea by practicing it practically. What is required in this case is only internet option, a…
  • Guitar for Beginners

    LearnGuitarToday
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Guitar for a beginners create so much fun on the mind of the guitarist. It needs to understand the music and become relax while learning guitar for the first time. Learning with exercise is also very much important. In that case several lessons need to follow to become a successful guitar for beginners. There are several online courses which offer different lessons of guitar for beginners. First it teaches the beginners about how to handle and pick the guitar properly, identify with the instruments associated with that guitar as well as it also helps a person to know about the scale, chords…
 
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  • Unorthodox Guitar: Allan Holdsworth Style

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    One of my all-time favorite guitar players and possibly the single biggest influence on my playing over the years has been Allan Holdsworth. I was largely self-taught for the first 7 or so years I played guitar, besides having a really hard time learning theory, scales and so forth. So much so that I began to look for alternative methods and ideas in order to somehow get my head around it all. I saw Allan’s REH (See How to Play like Allan Holdsworth) Video somewhere and ordered it immediately. When the videotape (yes, you read that correctly) arrived I watched it over and over, trying…
  • Troubleshoot Your Guitar Soloing

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    A quick look at some of the most common guitar soloing problems and a few handy solutions.Problem: My soloing sounds like scalesCause: The most likely cause of scalar-sounding solos is running up and down scale patterns when you know already know where the notes are. Once you know where the notes of the scale are, running the scale becomes a technical exercise i.e. your focus is now on technique as oppose to the sound of what you’re playing.Solution: When practicing scales (you already know) try to come up with stuff you might actually play live instead of running the pattern. You could…
  • What You Can Learn from Mike Stern

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
  • The Law of Attraction for Guitarists (Part 2)

    27 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    As I mentioned in Part 1 I’ve wanted to do another Law of Attraction experiment for some time but I’d been purposely putting it off until I decided on the thing I actually wanted. So today I had a flash of inspiration and it turns out that I have (and have had for many years) the burning to desire to own a Gibson ES 335. Yes, the thing I want is a Gibson ES 335. I want one bad. How do you know what you want? I suggest taking your time over this one. You could write a list of things you want; they can also be experiences. You may need to write a fairly hefty list before you arrive…
  • 10 Quick Tips About Improvisation

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    10 quick tips and a couple of videos about the legendary art of improvising on guitar. 1. Play music, don’t play scales If you’re still thinking in terms of scale patterns, try transferring your focus to the actual notes you’re playing. The pattern should always be a means to make music, not the music itself. 2. Information is only truly useful when it becomes second nature Ne’er a truer word said. If I ask you to play me some licks in A minor pentatonic you could probably do it without thinking; but if I ask you to play some runs using the Lydian b7 scale in Eb then…
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