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Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special Humbuckers

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The Saturday Night Special humbucker set uses Alnico 4 magnets to deliver that authentic 70s sound. Unlike traditional humbuckers, the Saturday Night Special humbuckers are voiced to be a little hotter and fatter in the bridge position, and a little clearer and less “wooly” in the neck. They’re...

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Eric Clapton to appear on new Rolling Stones album

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Guitarist Eric Clapton will appear on the Rolling Stones’ blues-inspired new album, Keith Richards has confirmed. The musician “dropped by for a couple of numbers”, Richards told BBC 6 Music, adding the recording sessions had been “like old times down in Richmond”.

Both...

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50 Years Ago: John Mayall Enlists a New Member for ‘Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton’

Friday, July 29th, 2016

John Mayall and Eric Clapton were both relatively well known when they joined up for an album in July 1966. But Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton took both artists’ careers to new levels and set them on their paths to their respective futures.  Clapton was fresh from the Yardbirds, the blues band...

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New DR Strings K3 coated range

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

DR Strings’ new offerings are suitable for electric, acoustic and bass guitar. The comprehensive range of the American string company’s K3 coated strings have landed in the UK, both in the form of complete sets, as well as single strings.  Suitable for electric, acoustic and bass guitar, the...

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Peavey 6505 Piranha micro head

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Peavey UK’s new 6505 Piranha micro head guitar amp lands in the UK.  Following its launch at NAMM in January, the latest powerful and portable addition to the esteemed Peavey 6505 guitar amp range is now available to UK customers for the first time.

Following in the footsteps of the hugely...

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Guns N’ Roses: Up to 30 arrested at New Jersey show

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Up to 30 people were arrested at a Guns N’ Roses concert in New Jersey, according to local reports. Police told New Jersey 105.1 radio that at least 11 people were arrested for solicitation at the show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Saturday. Other offences included disorderly...

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New Lace SC7 and SC8 passive single coil pickups

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Lace Music has launched new pickups within its Alumitone range. The new SC7 and SC8 single could pickups are designed specifically for 7 and 8 string extended-range guitars. The new Lace pickups are based on the ‘wide range acceptance’ of the company’s patented Alumitone Technology, designed...

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Limited Edition Pete Townsent Stratocaster

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Known for his pummeling guitar work with The Who, Pete Townshend introduced a new sonic and visual vocabulary to rock ‘n’ roll with his masterful playing, inspiring countless guitarists to pick up their guitars and play. His innovative songwriting powered The Who’s rise to the forefront of the...

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Bonnie Raitt’s tips for guitarists

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

“Early on, I knew if I could keep my act together, not die from taking drugs or drinking too much, then I might have some hope of a long career. All the people I looked up to, like Muddy [Waters] or jazz players, they’d all been in it for the long haul – that’s what I wanted.”

Now...

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Keith Richards reveals the one guitar he couldn’t live without

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Over his five-and-a-half decade career with The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards has built up a fair old collection of guitars, but as part of his Ask Keith video series, the guitar icon has revealed which is his absolute fave. The answer is, of course, his Fender Telecaster, “just because I...

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VOX Pathfinder 10 Denim, Limited Edition

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

As if Vox amps aren’t iconic enough, with the arrival of the Pathfinder 10 Denim we’ve raised the coolness stakes even higher. The result of a collaboration with the revered Iron Heart denim company, when you see this limited edition Pathfinder in the flesh (or rather in the denim) you...

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Orange Amplification Introduces The Crush Bass Combo Range

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Orange has redesigned their entire entry-level bass combo range with the introduction of the Orange Crush Bass Series. Key upgrades include a parametric EQ circuit across the series, inspired by the Orange 4 Stroke series bass amps, allowing bassists to fine tune these amps to any musical style with...

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On The Road

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Your gig takes up 25% of your day, don’t waste the rest of it.  Have a set of acoustic versions of your songs rehearsed and ready. For each town where you’ve booked an evening gig, contact local coffee houses and record shops and ask if you can do a daytime performance free...

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Win an Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Les Paul

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Epiphone, the world leader in affordable, professional instruments, is giving away a new Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Inspired by “1955” Les Paul Custom Outfit Featuring Gibson USA Soapbar P-90 pickups and a vintage style hard case during the month of July 2016. The contest is open to residents...

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John Petrucci talks ‘Images and Words’ on it’s 24th anniversary

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

On July 7th, 1992, Dream Theater released their sophomore album, Images and Words. Their debut for Atco Records and first album with James LaBrie on vocals, there were modest expectations for the album, even though the progressive metal band was proud of the album. However, buoyed by the success...

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