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Prisma Accardo: A Boutique Beauty Built from Hard Rock Maple Skate Decks

This is a feature from the March/April 2017 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine. For this complete story and more photos, plus features on the making of Martin’s one-of-a-kind two-millionth guitar, Ricky Gervais and the return of his guitar-playing alter ego David Brent, plus GA’s annual motoring section, including features on the Doobie Brothers’ Pat Simmons and his antique Harley-Davidsons, John Oates and ...

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Hear Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Isolated Guitar Track from “Pride and Joy”

By Christopher Scapelliti Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm playing was as strong as his lead work, a fact that is evident on “Pride and Joy,” the first single from Texas Flood, his 1983 debut album with Double Trouble. “Pride and Joy” is a classic Texas shuffle written in a 12-bar blues arrangement. Vaughan performs the song in E with his guitar tuned a half step lower to sound in the key of E flat. Throughout t ...

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Floyd Rose Launches Rail Tail Tremolo for Strat-Style Guitars

Floyd Rose has announced its new Rail Tail tremolo, a full-contact, dive-only tremolo designed to retrofit your existing Strat-style six-point tremolo with no modifications to your guitar. From the company: The Rail Tail is based on a clever design that merges the feel and reliability of a hardtail bridge with the flexibility of a tremolo system. Computer designed and precision-machined, the Rail Tail achie ...

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No, Jimmy Page Was Not the First to Play Bowed Guitar

By Damian Fanelli We’ve all seen the classic, grainy clips of Jimmy Page dragging a violin bow across the strings of his Telecaster or Les Paul to produce eerie, evil, previously unimaginable sounds. He did it frequently in the twilight years of the Yardbirds and whipped it out again (the bow, of course) in the early days of Led Zeppelin. Given the fact that violins, cellos, violas and other bowed instrumen ...

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That Time Chuck Berry Punched Keith Richards in the Face

By Damian Fanelli It’s no secret that the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards is one of the late Chuck Berry’s biggest—or at least most famous—fans. Richards, who based his initial guitar style on Berry’s, has been recording his own versions of Berry’s tunes since the Stones covered “Carol,” “Around and Around” and “You Can’t Catch Me” in 1964. Richards also inducted Berry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in ...

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See Robert Plant’s First “Kashmir” Performance Without Jimmy Page

By Christopher Scapelliti Robert Plant performed Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” for the first time without former bandmate Jimmy Page on Tuesday, March 14. The performance took place when Plant made an appearance at violinist Nigel Kennedy’s concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The gala event was billed as Nigel Kennedy and Friends and featured classical performers, making Plant’s appearance a peculiar, but wel ...

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Glen Campbell’s Wife Says He Can No Longer Play Guitar

By Damian Fanelli Glen Campbell’s wife says Alzheimer’s disease has finally robbed Glen—who turns 81 next month—of his ability to play guitar. Kim Campbell, speaking to The Tennessean, says her husband still occasionally breaks into a “kind of fun” air-guitar routine. She adds that Glen continues to sing, although the words are gibberish and, “it’s not a melody that we recognize, but you can tell that it’s ...

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Hear New Chuck Berry Track “Big Boys” Featuring Tom Morello

With the passing of rock and roll legend Chuck Berry, his label has released a single from Berry’s forthcoming album, Chuck. The track, “Big Boys,” features Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello and Nathaniel Rateliff of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. It’s a classic-sounding Chuck Berry rock and roll tune, and you can hear it below. Dualtone says it will release Chuck on June 16. The record will ...

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Eric Clapton Performs “Crossroads” and “Sunshine of Your Love” and at the Garden

By Damian Fanelli Sunday night, Eric Clapton kicked off a two-night stand at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Below, you can check out three clips from the show, which also featured appearances by Jimmie Vaughan (who turned 66 this week) and Gary Clark Jr. In the top clip, Clapton performs Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” launching into a blistering solo at 2:26. He tackles Cream’s cover of Robert Joh ...

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Line 6 Introduces Echo Farm 3.0 64-Bit AAX Native Plug-In

Line 6 has introduced Echo Farm 3.0 64-Bit AAX Native plug-in with updated 64-bit performance for Pro Tools 11 and higher. From the company: Line 6, Inc. has introduced Echo Farm 3.0 plug-in, offering a legendary collection of vintage echo and delay effects in an updated 64-bit AAX Native format for Pro Tools 11 and higher. Each modeled effect delivers the detailed sonic properties of tubes, tape and vintag ...

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