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When Jimi Hendrix Got Fired Halfway Through His First Gig

Monday, February 29th, 2016

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And while you’re trying again, think about Jimi Hendrix, who made it halfway through his first guitar gig before being fired on Feb. 20, 1959. The show was a bit of an odd fit from the start. Hendrix, 16 years old and living in Seattle at the time,...

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The Palladium Gain Stage effects

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

The Palladium Gain Stage effects pedal is the first stompbox that actually captures the feel and responsiveness of a high gain tube amp. By focusing beyond just the tonal characteristics of Palladium, we designed an innovative architecture that captures the full-bodied depth and character previously...

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RIFFS, TUBES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE POWER AMP IN GUITAR TONE

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Like tube amps? Super – us too! But there’s one big problem. Tubes sound best when they’re being cranked to 11, and that can be LOUD! This is an issue that most senior writers have contended with for decades, so here are some thoughts on cranked power amps, digital replacements, and how modern...

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Squier’s new Vintage Modified Jaguar

Friday, February 26th, 2016

An authentically styled Jaguar now joins the Vintage Modified family, with present-day touches including sharp, clear Duncan Designed pickups and a modern fingerboard radius. Squier’s new Vintage Modified Jaguar rocks the model’s distinctive hallmarks, too – such as the 24” scale, dual-circuit...

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high-gain dream machines for mobile guitarists

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

IK Multimedia is proud to debut the release of AmpliTube® MESA/Boogie® for iPhone and iPad. Based on the popular desktop tone software, the AmpliTube MESA/Boogie app is a close collaboration between IK Multimedia and the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering that lets musicians process their guitar or...

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The Rumble Seat: A Bass Groove Toolbox

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

In the world of improvising, I’ve found that it’s incredibly handy to have tons of sonic and rhythmic bases to draw from. From my days with Wayne Krantz and drummer Keith Carlock, I was able to develop a sound that was unique while drawing from funk, electronica, jazz, avant-garde, rock, metal—you...

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Luther Dickinson: “Hurry Up Sunrise” Video Premiere

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

On the front porch of hill country blues and fife-and-drum legend Othar Turner’s home in Senatobia, Mississippi, is where Luther Dickinson found inspiration as a young guitarist in the 1990s. “Mississippi Fred McDowell was my favorite guitar player, and I’ve been studying his music for many,...

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Throw your hat into the ring and sign up before this sweepstakes ends.

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

It started with blues legend Albert King, caught Jimi’s eyes and ears a few years later, and today it symbolizes all that’s metal. The Flying V was born over 50 years ago with a seemingly futuristic style. Now, even after all these years, the guitar still holds a modern look and a timeless quality.

Disc...

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EMG’s classic J pickups are now available

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

EMG’s classic J pickups are now available in a completely solderless system that includes everything you’ll need to swap your Jazz Bass pickups with no hassle. We’ve mounted and wired everything to your new control plate – volume, volume and tone pot. Drop in the pickups, plug in the solderless...

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The new EMG T-System

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

The new EMG T-System is a completely solderless replacement for your existing Tele style guitar. This pickup system comes with our original EMG T Set for a tone that is brilliant, responsive, and whisper quiet. We’ve mounted and wired the switch, volume and tone pots to your new control plate for...

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John Petrucci: my top 5 tips for guitarists

Friday, February 19th, 2016

This February sees Dream Theater set up inside London’s historic, Grade II-listed Palladium for two nights of progressive metal majesty. They’ll be performing new album The Astonishing in its entirety – that’s all 34 tracks spanning over 130 minutes – and who knows, probably a whole lot...

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February music facts.

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

06th February 1958 George Harrison joined the Quarrymen, the group named after John Lennon’s Quarry Bank School. Also in the group were Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.

05th February 1970 David Bowie recorded four songs for John Peel’s Sunday Concert Radio 1 show....

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Jimi Hendrix Tribute Act Need A Bass Player

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Jimi Hendrix tribute act Purple Jimi are looking for a new Noel Redding to play bass for them. They are based in Norwich, so preferably they would want someone from the local area, making rehearsals etc easier. They have several festivals...

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Tributes paid to UK band Viola Beach after fatal crash

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Members of the British band Viola Beach have been killed in a car accident in Sweden. It’s reported the car in which they were travelling hit a roadside barrier andplunged into a canal. The BBC Introducing act appeared in session with Radio 1’s Huw Stephens last November. They were...

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Jimi Hendrix house retuned for future

Monday, February 15th, 2016

They’re two properties side-by-side in one of London’s most exclusive districts. By coincidence each address housed a famous name in music – though Handel lived in Brook Street, Mayfair 240 years before ’60s rock god Jimi Hendrix. Now the adjoining buildings have become a...

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