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The legendary Strawberry Studios

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
 When I was 19 I was asked to do a session for the BBC at the legendary Strawberry Studios in Stockport, the home of 10cc. So I turned up with my trusty Fender Pro Reverb Amp, my 1962 Fender Strat and my Yamaha FG 180 Accoustic. Then in walked Mike MGeer (Paul McCartneys brother) and the other...

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Epiphone PRO-1 Performance Packs with Rocksmith

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Epiphone’s innovative PRO-1 Performance Packs with Rocksmith are the ultimate all-in-one packs for new players. Featuring the PRO-1 Les Paul Jr. and the PRO-1 Explorer, every PRO-1 Performance Pack come with all the PRO-1 Series’ innovative features including an EZ-PRO C-shaped Neck, Ultra-Light...

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Sunday, August 28th, 2016

This versatile studio-grade compressor is a must have for any bass player looking to maximize their sound, with a range of tones from subtle to super-squashed. One of the secrets to the Studio Bass’s power is its 3-position mini-toggle and blend knob, which give you near limitless control over your...

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An Invitation From Steve

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

“Friends and fellow guitarists, welcome to the third year of Vai Academy… It feels great to say that! I’m so excited that this has been as successful as it’s been, and it seems to become more interesting every year. If you’re new to the program, we’re excited to...

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The Truth about the Steve Vai Jem Double Neck guitar

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

The JEM double neck guitar was built in 1988 as a prototype for Steve Vai by Long Island,NY luthier..Joe Despagni…who formed a partnership with Steve Vai to make the Steve Vai “JEM” model guitars…until...

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Cog Effects has produced The Smallest Analogue Octave Pedal in the world

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The T-47 features two independent octave channels, each with level controls for clean signal and one octave down, as well as an adjustable Filter control on each channel to shape the tone of the octave down signal from hairy all the way through to heavily-filtered sub-only tones. With one footswitch...

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Line 6 Helix

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

The culmination of all that tone-chasing brainpower can be found in the stunning creation you see before you: the Line 6 Helix is much more than a guitar processor, the Helix is more like the command center for all of your gigging and recording needs. If you’re willing to get to know the Helix,...

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Billy Duffy on first guitars, Gretsch and being a “two-trick pony”

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

As The Cult return with 10th album, Hidden City, Billy Duffy talks bad gear, tight trousers and why Manchester produces the best players. “My first guitar was a black Les Paul Custom copy made by a Japanese firm called Columbus. It had a bolt-on neck  that’s how bad it was  and it cost...

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Playing In A Tribute Band

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Playing guitar in a tribute band is about more than memorizing parts note for note. Especially when the band is Pink Floyd, and the guitarist is David Gilmour. You’ve got to be able to master the tones, the moods, the spaced-out massiveness of the legendary solos  and the Floyd nerds who know every...

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London Acoustic Show 2016

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The 2016 show is shaping up to be the best yet – be prepared to drool over, try out and buy all the acoustic gear you could wish for. Big name brands Taylor, Lowden, Yamaha, Takamine and Martin have all confirmed their presence at the 2016 show, so what are you...

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Faith Venus guitar signed by Cambridge Folk Festival performers

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Faith Guitars has donated a Venus guitar, autographed by Mary Chapin Carpenter and many other performers at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival, to national charity Youth Music. The guitar will be auctioned to raise funds in support of Youth Music’s work with children in challenging circumstances....

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Metallica’s guitar legend on a legendary guitar

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

It’s unusual for an instrument to become as famous as the players who have made music with it. In that respect, Peter Green’s Les Paul is in an extremely select group. Originally seen on stage with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the guitar has a singular aura around it as well as an amazing tone.


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Bassist Pete Way Has Heart Attack

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Pete Way is in the midst of another health crisis. The 65-year-old former bassist for UFO has suffered a heart attack.  His wife issued the following statement. “My husband Pete Way has collapsed after a short business trip to Germany and is currently in hospital being treated by cardiologists....

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Jimi Hendrix’s First Band of Gypsys Show Scheduled for Release

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

A new Jimi Hendrix album will document the late legend’s first-ever concert with Band of Gypsys. Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 will be released on Sept. 30.  This isn’t the first time some of this material has been issued. The Band of Gypsys performed two New Year’s Eve...

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New Nickel Bronze acoustic string sets from D’Addario

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

D’Addario has extended its brand new Nickel Bronze premium uncoated acoustic string line.  The range is now available in two additional sets as well as a full line of singles.  Nickel Bronze is a result of the innovative combination of phosphor bronze and nickel. With a great feel and a warm sound,...

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