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A Pain in the Neck—The Difficulties of Neck Replacement

By Flip Scipio The traditional x-braced six-string flattop guitar design has remained in constant use since it was introduced on gut string guitars in the middle of the 19th century. Even though the x-brace pattern was modified circa 1928 to better withstand the increased tension of steel strings, an almost unavoidable feature of most x-braced guitars is that the top gradually changes shape as it slowly fol ...

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Guitarist Searches for Tabs When Someone Requests a Steve Vai Song

By Damian Fanelli Guitarist David Smash—whose YouTube moniker is Dovydas—was performing a solo gig at a brewery in Bradenton, Florida, one Tuesday night this summer. Besides the fact that it was a slow night (his audience consisted of five people, which happens to the best of us), everything was going along just fine—until someone threw him a curve ball and requested a Steve Vai song. The song in question i ...

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New Book Explores How Marshall, Hiwatt and Vox Amps Changed the Sound of Music

Backbeat Books has announced a new tome by amp expert Dave Hunter. The British Amp Invasion: How Marshall, Hiwatt, Vox and More Changed the Sound of Music chronicles how what seemed at first like a minor also-ran offshore industry turned quickly into a true world leader. The book features backstage histories, compelling behind-the-scenes stories and liberal use of period imagery. British guitarists were pri ...

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Third Man Announces Chess Records Reissue Series

Jack White’s Third Man Records has announced a new series of reissues, honoring the catalog of Chess Records. The first of these reissues are a trio of Muddy Waters 7″ vinyl singles: “Rollin Stone” b/w “Walkin’ Blues,” “She’s All Right” b/w “Sad, Sad Day,” and “Mannish Boy” b/w “Young Fashioned Ways.” Third Man will also reissue Waters’ 1968 album, Electric Mud, in the coming months. The first Third Man Che ...

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Fender Unveils California Coast Series Ukeleles

Fender has announced the launch of its new California Coast Series ukuleles, celebrating the brand’s California roots. All five, diverse soprano, concert and tenor models are named after beaches along the coast of California—from Los Angeles to picturesque Santa Barbara, capturing the spirit of California beach culture and the lifestyle it has to offer year-round. All models from the California Coast Series ...

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Ian Gillan on One-Off Reunion With Ritchie Blackmore: “It’s Not Gonna Happen”

By Jackson Maxwell                                                   Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images In July, former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore told RocknRoll Reporter that he’d be willing to play a “single show” with his former bandmates. Today, Ian Gillan—the band’s frontman—shot down this possibility in no uncertain terms, saying “it’s not gonna happen.” Speaking to The Vinyl Guide podcast, G ...

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Watch Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen Play “I Saw Her Standing There” at Madison Square Garden

Friday night, September 15, Paul McCartney played the first of his two scheduled concerts at New York City’s Madison Square Garden—as part of his larger four-venue, eight-show run in New York City. That night, he surprised and delighted the crowd by welcoming Bruce Springsteen and his right-hand man—Steven Van Zandt—for a performance of The Beatles classic, “I Saw Her Standing There.” McCartney and Springst ...

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Joe Satriani Announces New Album, ‘What Happens Next,’ G3 Tour With John Petrucci, Phil Collen

By Jackson Maxwell                                                                   Photo: Joseph Cutlice Joe Satriani is back in the game. The legendary guitarist has announced his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, and the 2018 iteration of his G3 Tour, which will feature Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen. What Happens Next was recorded with a remarkable power trio: Satriani on ...

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Watch Slash and Edgar Winter Tear Up Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” in 2006

On February 8, 2006, some of the world’s greatest guitarists came together in Los Angeles to pay tribute to the one and only Les Paul. The performances that took place that night at what was then the Gibson Amphitheatre were filmed, but many haven’t seen the light of day until now. One of these performances came courtesy of Slash and Edgar Winter, who teamed up for a sizzling cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Super ...

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Gene Simmons Announces $2,000, 38-Pound Box Set

By Jackson Maxwell                                Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has announced a $2,000, 38-pound box set called The Vault. And yes, it’s quite literally a vault. The Vault is comprised of 10 discs of solo material, 150 unreleased tracks, a leather-bound photo book, a Gene Simmons action figure and an “In Gene We Trust” gold medallion. With “The Gene Simmons ...

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