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Saints and Sinners: 60 Iconic Albums That Defined 1974

Ah, memories. We've glanced at the albums that defined 1984. Then we checked in with 50 albums that characterized 1994, followed by the big discs of a decade ago, 2004. Now it's 1974's turn!...

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Betcha Can't Play This: Nita Strauss' Descending Legato Lick — Video

Here's a brand-new edition of Betcha Can't Play This featuring Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, who visited Guitar World HQ just last month. Try your hand at her new "Descending Legato Lick" below!...

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Reverend Guitars Releases Charger 290 Limited Edition

Each fall, Reverend Guitars takes one of its models and turns up the volume a bit to make a limited-edition machine. This year, the company chose the Charger 290. The model will be released in three...

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Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 2: MXR Super Badass Distortion Vs....

GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 2! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other...

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Black Light White Light Premiere "High Like a Hurricane" Music Video and Gold...

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "High Like a Hurricane" the new "in the studio" music video by Black Light White Light. The song is from the Danish trio's latest album, Gold...

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Mike Cerna Premieres New Song, "Soul In Motion"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the premiere of "Soul In Motion," a new song by guitarist Mike Cerna. The track is from Starbound, Cerna’s instrumental guitar debut. The new release features homages to...

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Secrets of Shred with Sammy Boller: A Guide to Pentatonic Slides

In this lesson, I’ll be demonstrating one of the best ways to transition up and down the neck on the fly. I frequently utilize this technique because it’s easy to play fast and expand into many complex...

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Early Metallica: Live at the Agora in Cleveland, December 1983 — Listen

It seems a bit of super-early Metallica—audio, at least—has turned up on the interwebs. It's a recording of the band performing December 18, 1983, at Cleveland's Agora—almost a year away from Ride the...

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Steel Panther's Satchel Demos Yamaha THR10X Amp, Plays AC/DC Riffs and More —...

In the video below, Steel Panther's Satchel discusses some of his influences, plays a few of his favorite riffs (including a fair amount of AC/DC) and, most importantly, demos the Yamaha THR10X guitar...

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JJ Grey and Mofro Announce the Release of 'Ol' Glory' on March 3

Celebrated soulful ensemble JJ Grey & Mofro will release their newest recording Ol’ Glory on March 3rd. This album marks their debut on Provogue Records, which is part of the Mascot Label Group....

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Knaggs Guitars to Introduce Steve Stevens Signature Model at 2015 Winter NAMM...

Longtime Billy Idol collaborator Steve Stevens and Knaggs Guitars have announced the Steve Stevens Signature model SS2. Tailored to Stevens’ specs and preferences, it will accompany the guitarist on...

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Guitarist Phil X Demos Yamaha THR10C Amp — Video

In the video below, guitarist Phil X demos and discusses why he likes low-gain, boutique amps—like the ones modeled by the Yamaha THR10C. From the company: THR10C takes the personal-amp concept to a...

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Lesson: Using Pull-offs With Open Chords

In a previous lesson we talked about hammer-ons. Now we’ll build on that discussion and explore another playing device that can be used to spice up a strumming or picking pattern, the pull-off. As you...

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Larkin Poe’s Megan Lovell Lap Steel Video and Exclusive Interview

I went to see a band play the other day. I had no expectations…just a fun night out. But hoo-yeah, this band kicked ass around the corner and back. It was the sister-lead Larkin Poe, a band that...

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Session Guitar: Improve Your Mixes with These 15 Simple Steps

Hello! Since this is a "session" blog, I thought we'd better review a few mixing basics. We all do a certain amount of home recording, and this crucial step might just save your sound! By following...

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Take the "Crazy Hard Guitar Trivia" Quiz!

Everyone loves a good guitar quiz! Check out this quiz, dubbed "Crazy Hard Guitar Trivia," which was posted by Reverb.com over the weekend. Guitar World's Paul Riario scored 16 out of 18 this morning....

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Rhiannon Giddens Announces Solo Debut Album 'Tomorrow Is My Turn,' Due...

Rhiannon Giddens, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with Tomorrow Is My Turn, due out...

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Guitar Wizards: Learn Insider Tips from Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Derek Trucks...

In the new Guitar Legends: Play Like a Guitar Wizard, guitar legend Steve Vai checks in from Eastern Europe to provide some insider tips on becoming the ultimate guitar wizard. Other features include:...

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Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 2: MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Vs....

GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 2! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other...

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Utopia's Kasim Sulton Performs "Clocks All Stopped,""Libertine" and...

Utopia's Kasim Sulton recently stopped by the Guitar World studio in New York City to play songs from his new album, 3, which was released last month, plus a few classics from his Utopia days. Below,...

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