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Grateful Dead Celebrate 50th Anniversary with '30 Trips Around the Sun' Box...

The Grateful Dead played 2,318 live shows, more than any other band in the history of music. For 30 years, the band's live performances were constantly morphing and evolving, making every show a unique...

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Bad Moon Rising: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1985

Nineteen hundred and eighty-five was an endlessly intriguing year for music. Hair/glam metal was on the cusp of world domination, with Mötley Crüe exploring the sounds that would make them, and the...

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Whitesnake's David Coverdale and Reb Beach Discuss New Deep Purple Tribute Album

Nobody expected Whitesnake to release an album of songs originally recorded by Deep Purple—not even David Coverdale, who fronted Purple between 1973 and ’76. “It was certainly not part of my agenda,...

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Richard Thompson Talks New Album, 'Still,' and Working with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy

Richard Thompson has made a career of shaking things up with his voice and his guitar. It started with British folk rockers Fairport Convention. Around the late Sixties, a teenaged Thompson began...

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Turn Up the Heat in Your Solos in Five Easy Steps

Variety is the spice of life. Musically speaking, I think “spice” translates to a certain amount of dissonance. Dissonance is a tension resulting from the lack of harmony among musical notes. In this...

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Lefty Eric Gales Shreds in Latest Episode of 'Dunlop Sessions'— Video

Just how good a player is lefty Eric Gales? Check out this brand-new episode of Dunlop Sessions, which was posted to Dunlop's YouTube channel June 1. In the clip, Gales, a mighty lefty, throws down...

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Mark Holcomb's Signature Seymour Duncan Alpha/Omega Pickups Are Available Now...

Back in February, we told you that Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb was getting his own signature set of Seymour Duncan Alpha/Omega pickups. Well, we're happy to announce that the sets are available...

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The Rolling Stones Premiere "Brown Sugar" Outtake Featuring Eric Clapton on...

The Rolling Stones have released a mesmerizing outtake of "Brown Sugar," featuring none other than Eric Clapton on slide guitar. It will appear on the upcoming reissue of the band's legendary 1971...

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Led Zeppelin Announce 'Presence,''In Through the Out Door' and 'Coda' Reissue...

Led Zeppelin have announced deluxe reissues of 1976's Presence, 1979's In Through the Out Door and 1982's Coda. The three reissues are due for a July 31 release, and, like the reissues of the band's...

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Review: Eventide H9 Max Harmonizer/Effect Processor — Video

PLATINUM AWARD WINNER The Eventide H9 is a revolutionary pedal that packs a ton of processing power and professional quality effects into a compact stomp box format. Of course, the most powerful...

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PRS Guitars Introduces Revamped McCarty Model — Video

PRS Guitars has announced the release of a revamped version of its McCarty model. The model is named for Ted McCarty, president of Gibson from 1950 to 1966 and a consultant for PRS Guitars in the late...

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PRS Guitars Introduces P245 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

PRS Guitars has announced the release of its new P245 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar. The Paul Reed Smith P245 Semi-Hollow is a vintage-inspired single-cutaway guitar designed for players who prefer...

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Kerry King Talks New Slayer Album and Adjusting to Life Without Jeff Hanneman

“This has been the most adverse between-records session that Slayer’s ever had,” says Slayer guitarist Kerry King of the six long years since 2009’s World Painted Blood. It has indeed been a grueling...

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The Top 10 Talk Box Moments in Rock

The goal of any musician is to sing through his chosen instrument. And thankfully, advances in technology have made that possible—literally. In the 1970s, someone had the bright idea to take an amp's...

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The DIY Musician: How I Started a Guitar Museum (and Justified My G.A.S.)

I’ve been building, playing and collecting cigar box guitars and homemade instruments for more than two decades. Like many guitarists, my Guitar Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S.) is a chronic and...

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Jimi Hendrix Blooper Reel: Laughter and Clowning from 'Third Stone from the...

Surely even you casual fans of classic guitar rock have heard the garbled, slowed-down talking in the hidden corners of Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone from the Sun," a super-psychedelic track from his...

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How Making Mistakes Makes You a Better Guitar Player

My young son is already a little perfectionist. If he's drawing and he messes up a letter, it's like it's the end of his little world. He gets either angry, frustrated or heartbroken. He hasn't started...

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Meet ACPAD, the First Wireless MIDI Controller for Acoustic Guitar — Video

Below, behold a video—published to YouTube June 3—that shows the ACPAD in action. The ACPAD is being billed as the world's first MIDI controller for acoustic guitars. And while we don't yet know a...

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi to Appear on New British Talent Show, 'Guitar...

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is set to appear as a mentor on Guitar Star, a new U.K. talent show that focuses on guitarists. The show, which will feature Iommi alongside other six-string masters...

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Guitar Strength: How to Play the "Other" Hendrix Chord

Of the myriad contributions Jimi Hendrix has made to the lexicon of modern guitar, one of the most enduring is the legendary “Hendrix chord." The chord, an E7#9, was definitely nothing new when Hendrix...

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