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Gregg Allman dies

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Allman died peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia, according to a statement posted on his website. No cause of death was immediately given, but the statement said he had “struggled with many health issues over the past several years”. Allman battled for years with heroin addiction...

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Jon Lawhon on playing ‘lead bass

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Kentucky, home to head-spinning bourbon, speedy horses and Southern rock juggernauts Black Stone Cherry: for over 15 years, these good ol’ boys from the bluegrass state have smashed down the typical boundaries that surround contemporary American country rock. Instead of wailing about trucks, blue...

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Hall Of Fame 2 reverb pedal

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

TC Electronic had been on the teasing warpath for its new MASH technology, and it’s now announced the Hall Of Fame 2 Reverb as the first beneficiary. MASH refers to the pedal’s pressure-sensitive footswitch, which allows players to adjust the intensity of the effect by how hard they push...

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Larrivée Silver Oak O3 Series

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Priced identically to standard 03 models, these special editions feature free of charge upgrades to stunning solid Silver Oak back and sides, a Premium solid Sitka Spruce top (as used in Larrivée’s 10 Series) and black stripe body binding (from Larrivée’s 09 Series). Personally selected by...

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Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2017

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Orange Amplification is excited to announce their Ambassadors Mastodon are headlining the 2017 Metal Hammer Golden Gods. They will be joined by fellow Ambassadors, Clutch and Orange Goblin. The 15th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards will take place at The Indigo at The O2, London on Monday 12th...

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DigiTech CabDryVR pedal

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The CabDryVR features seven guitar and seven bass cabinets for a total of 14 high-quality speaker emulations that provide enhanced and inspired tones, all in a streamlined stompbox. The pedal’s robust feature set enables players to customise and perform with great tones on stage and in studio. CabDryVR...

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Erica Synths Fusionbox

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Erica Synths Fusionbox is distinct multifunctional analogue effects unit that combines BBD chip based effects – delay, flanger, chorus – with tube overdrive in the delay output and feedback path for extra thickness of sound. For more flexibility, lowpass filtering is fully adjustable from none...

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AC2 RhythmVOX mini and Adio Air amps

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

VOX has unveiled a number of new amplification solutions, including the AC2 RhythmVOX, which comes in two models, one for guitar and one for bass. The popular AC1 Rhythm VOX series of miniature amps has been recharged. It has returned as the AC2 RhythmVOX for guitar and the AC2 RhythmVOX Bass for...

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John Myung shares his knowledge

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

It’s early afternoon and we’re at Dream Theater’s chosen hotel, just a stone’s throw away from Birmingham Symphony Hall, the venue for the latest stop on the tour promoting 2016’s acclaimed The Astonishing album.
It’s around two hours away from the band’s soundcheck and we’re...

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Magnatone amp and guitars up for auction

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Up for auction on 15th June 2017 is a 1960 Magnatone amplifier (pictured), formerly owned and used in the studio by legendary Irish blues guitarist Rory Gallagher. There will also be a 1969 Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar, formerly owned by legendary guitarist Greg Lake, up for grabs. The...

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Learning Guitar Theory

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

There are many different skills that we go through life wishing that we had learned. For some it is the ability to cook from scratch, other wish they had a better aptitude for watercolours. For many, it is the ability to play a musical instrument. Guitar playing is one of the top hobbies for those...

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Jerry Horton on lessons learned and his evolving sound

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Believe it or not, but it is a whopping 17 years since Papa Roach dropped smash album Infest. The record, the follow-up to the band’s 1997 debut, immediately struck a chord within the then red-hot nu-metal scene. In the two decades that have followed, many of their peers within the scene have...

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Replicator Junior Tape Echo pedal

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

T-Rex’s Replicator provided a new approach to tape echo when it launched last year, and now the Danish effects firm has shrunk the pedal to become the Replicator Junior. Besides the dramatically downsized chassis, the Junior differs in its use of a single playback head (rather than the original’s...

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HDV 820 headphone amplifier

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Building on the accomplishments of the audio specialist’s first-ever digital headphone amplifier, the acclaimed HDVD 800, the new HDV 820’s enhanced, higher resolution and ultra-low distortion components open up a whole new listening experience for the most demanding audiophiles. The HDV 820...

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Erupter fuzz pedal

Friday, May 12th, 2017

The Erupter is described as ‘the distillation of EarthQuaker president Jamie Stillman’s unabashed love for fuzz’. The pedal’s creation was two years in the making, and promises the ultimate, classic fuzz tone. Offering crushing yet defined low-end and a smooth yet present top-end, the Erupter...

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