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Gear Review: Fret-King Elise GG MKII Guitar

There’s something special about having an acoustic guitar rattle your entire midsection when you strum a chord. Why should we lose that connection when we play an electric guitar? Gibson was the first to offer this two-fer in 1938 with the birth of the ES line. Since then, Gibson and many others have refined the semi-hollowbody electric. Today we're checking out a fine specimen—the Elise GG MKII by Fret-Kin ...

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Hear Rex Brown's New Song, "Crossing Lines"

Rex Brown—he of Pantera, Down and Kill Devil Hill fame—has premiered a new song over at Loudwire. You can check out the tune, "Crossing Lines," below. The song is from Brown's upcoming album, Smoke on This, which will be released June 28 via eOne. “My motto these days is ‘Shake some shit up,'” Brown says about the album. “I’ve had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true ...

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Damon Johnson Talks New Black Star Riders Album, 'Heavy Fire'

While continuing to pay homage to their Thin Lizzy legacy, Black Star Riders’ third album, Heavy Fire, also represents a major turning point for the band. From the immediate riffs of “When the Night Comes In” to the dirty bass groove of “Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed” and the familiar, trademark dual guitars of Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson on “Testify Or Say Goodbye,” Heavy Fire takes the band ou ...

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Jason Richardson Tries to Break Ernie Ball’s New Paradigm Strings

Ernie Ball claims its newest guitar strings—Paradigm—are the most durable and unbreakable strings to ever hit the market. Below, you can watch shredder Jason Richardson put Paradigm strings to the test. The strings are the first to come with a fully backed guarantee: If they break or rust within 90 days of purchase, Ernie Ball will replace them for free. The strings feature a combination of Ernie Ball’s pro ...

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How to Create Heavenly Chord Progressions

Have you ever seen those cartoons of little angels in the clouds, plucking their harps majestically without a care in the world? That’s the feeling we’re going for when we float into the "heavenly" guitar style. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to convert you to a new religion–unless you want to talk about our lord and savior, the major ninth interval. Yes, this magical sound is the secret to extracting more ser ...

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Gary Moore's Son Plays His Father's Gibson Guitar in New Tribute Video

Inspired by his late father's would-be 65th birthday earlier this month (April 4), Gary Moore's son, Jack Moore, recently got together with guitarist Danny Young to record and film a touching tribute to his father. Jack even plays one of Gary's guitars—a Turquoise Gibson Firebird III—in the clip, which was posted to Facebook late last night, April 20. Gary Moore can be seen playing the axe on this fan page ...

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Magnatone Adds New Lyric Amplifier to Its Studio Collection

Magnatone today announced the newly redesigned Lyric amplifier as part of the company's Studio Collection. From the company: Built in the tradition of the great modest amps of the Fifties and Sixties, the Studio Collection offers vintage American tones, with improved power and versatility for the modern player. Studio players love the Lyric for its fat, honest tone and responsive natural overdrive. With a n ...

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This DIY Leslie Speaker Was Made from a Cup, Cigar Box and Computer Fan

Michael Steffen of St. Louis recently posted this quick video of a homemade rotating speaker cabinet, leaving many of us saying, “Why didn’t I think of that!?” The simple setup uses a larger Undercrown cigar box as the speaker cabinet and a small 2.5-inch speaker facing upward. Steffan created the rotating “Leslie” effect by mounting a Styrofoam cup onto a top-mounted computer fan, placing a baffle hole in ...

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Stevie Ray Vaughan

It’s been almost 35 years since Stevie Ray Vaughan burst onto the world stage, becoming the meanest thing to come out of Texas since J.R. Ewing. Vaughan—devoid of light shows, dry ice, fog and lasers—refocused attention back to the essentials—guitar, bass and drums in a basic 12-bar format. Think you know everything there is to know about the late, great SRV? Check out the story below to test your Vaughan k ...

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Zakk Wylde and Zakk Sabbath Premiere "War Pigs" Music Video

Zakk Wylde and his Black Sabbath cover band, Zakk Sabbath, have premiered a new music video, and you can check it out below. It's a pro-shot clip of the band (directed by Justin Reich) performing Sabbath's "War Pigs." The recording is from the band's new limited-edition album, Live in Detroit, which is slated for a June 16 release via Southern Lord Recordings. The album's three—that's right, three—tracks we ...

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