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Review: Rivera Metal Shaman Pedal

In ancient Mayan civilization, a shaman was an individual who could pass through a portal into another world. The Rivera Metal Shaman distortion pedal does a similar thing by allowing guitarists to go...

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Metal Mike: The Creativity Myth Dispelled — a Sure-Fire Way to Get Inspired

Today I’m going to talk about something that should hit close to home for us creative people: inspiration — and how we, as humans, relate and perceive it. As musicians, we often wait for the golden...

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Monster Licks: A Different Spin on the Pentatonic Scale — Create Arpeggios...

In this Monster Lick, I'm using the E major 3rd pentatonic scale. What I actually do with this scale is add the major 3rd, but I don't substitute it for the minor 3rd. I keep the minor 3rd in the...

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Guitar World Magazine Covers Gallery: Every Issue from 2008 to 2014

Below, check out the latest photo gallery of Guitar World magazine covers. This time, we "cover" 2008 through the present — 2014. Because we're in a "completist" mood, this photo gallery also includes...

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Guitar World Girls: Meet Hali Aleese!

Hali is the latest addition to our Girls of Guitar World Gallery. Photos by Glenn Fricker, spectremedia.ca Scroll down to see the complete photo gallery! If you think you have what it takes to be a...

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Cassandra Lynn Hensley, Playboy Playmate and Guitar World Review Guide Model,...

Model Cassandra Lynn Hensley, who was best known as Playboy magazine's Miss February 2006, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at age 34. Hensley also was featured in Guitar World magazine's Holiday 2007...

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Eight Tips for On-the-Road Guitar and Gear Maintenance from Northlane’s Josh...

Having worked as a tech on and off tour, as well as touring with my band, I’ve seen how bands use, care for and abuse their gear at all levels. I often get asked by friends what they should take with...

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Video Lesson: Play It Now! John Butler Teaches Us to Play “Spring To Come”

I had the privilege of sitting down with John Butler recently as he went through the fingering and technique for his new song “Spring to Come” off the upcoming album Flesh and Blood. John’s guitar is...

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SongTown USA: A Day Of Practice Songwriting

One day, my friend Danny Wells and I wrote a song. We were really excited about it, so Danny wanted to play it for his publisher. We went in the man's office and Danny played it live. I could tell as...

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Exclusive Album Premiere: Wild Adriatic — 'Big Suspicious'

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of Big Suspicious, the new album by Saratoga Springs, New York-based Wild Adriatic. The album will be released January 21. The guitar-driven trio,...

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Tab Book: Learn the Trademark Riffs and Techniques of The Who's Pete Townshend

Learn the trademark riffs and rhythm guitar mastery of one of rock's greatest pioneers with The Who: A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Guitar Styles and Techniques of Pete Townshend! This second edition...

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Exclusive Video: Reverend Horton Heat's Jim “The Rev” Heath Demos and...

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents "The Rev's Guitar," an exclusive behind-the-scenes video featuring Jim “The Rev” Heath of Reverend Horton Heat and his signature-model Gretsch G6120RHH guitar. In the...

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Video Exclusive: 15-Year-Old Guitarist Sarah Command Performs Andy McKee and...

I recently came across the talented Command Sisters, and these young ladies kind of blew my mind. Yes, they sing in lovely harmonies. Yes, they are talented songwriters and performers. But what really...

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NAMM 2014: New Decibel Eleven Loop Expander Adds Programmable Guitar Effects...

Decibel Eleven has introduced a new Loop Expander that easily increases guitar rig effects switching capabilities. The Decibel Eleven Loop Expander is a true bypass audio switcher that adds...

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NAMM 2014: Electra Guitars Introduces Invicta, Phoenix and Talon Series

Electra Guitars has added several new models to its 2014 guitar and bass lineup. The all-new Invicta, Phoenix and Talon series will be available in February; they join the popular Omega and Omega Prime...

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Video Feature: Discovering the Edgier Side of Ukulele

This year, I returned from my annual holiday trip to my hometown with a fun new toy - a ukulele. It’s a casual instrument that most people can learn the basics of in a day or two, and if you play...

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Vintage Video: Dimebag Darrell Hosts Clinic and Q&A Session in 1993

Below, check out a video of a complete Dimebag Darrell clinic that took place June 3, 1993, in Arlington, Texas. The Randall Amplifiers-sponsored clinic, which is basically a Q&A session (where...

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NAMM 2014: Tronical Introduces TronicalTune, a Retrofit Robo-Tuning Device...

Just in time for the 2014 NAMM Show, Tronical has introduced its new TronicalTune device. The following info is from the company: The TronicalTune is a retrofit robo-tuning device that tunes your...

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Til Death Do Us Part: Tony West Discusses Life, Death and Blacklist Union

Blacklist Union’s Tony West has seen more than his share of tragedy over the course of his lifetime. After an abusive childhood and a move to Hollywood at age 13, West had to overcome personal...

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Exclusive Song Premiere: Intervals — "The Escape"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "The Escape," the second single off Intervals' debut album, A Voice Within. Pre-orders are now available at districtlines.com. Fans who...

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