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Ormsby Unveils GTR Headless Multiscale Guitar

Ormsby GTR Headless Multiscale six-, seven- and eight-string modelsOrmsby Guitars has unveiled its new GTR Headless Multiscale guitar. The guitar's headless design reduces its weight and length, while its chambered body adds a pleasant mid-range, weight relief and acoustic resonance. The guitar also features a multiscale fret system, which is designed to improve ergonomics and intonation. The GTR Headless M ...

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How to Construct Classic Eighties-Style Metal Guitar Parts

Back in the Eighties, during the heyday of metal, bands like Van Halen, Judas Priest and the Scorpions were releasing incredible, killer albums packed with amazing guitar playing. Today, I feel that the majority of metal is more focused on rhythmic parts with less harmonic movement than what I think of as the approach representative of Eighties-style metal. Back in the Eighties, during the heyday of metal, ...

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Squirrel Nut Zippers Premiere New Song, "Karnival Joe (from Kokomo)"

The Squirrel Nut Zippers are back!Today we've gotten together with the Squirrel Nut Zippers—the ultra-creative, ultra-bizarre jazz/blues/swing/klezmer band you know and love—to premiere a new song, "Karnival Joe (from Kokomo)." The track is from Beasts of Burgundy, the band's first studio album in 18 years. It'll be released March 23 via Southern Broadcasting.“It’s not a reunion, it’s a revival,” says longt ...

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Dead & Company Announce Summer Tour

Deadheads have a lot to look forward to in 2018. Last month, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh announced that—in the spring—they would embark on their first ever tour as a duo, playing back-to-back sets of acoustic and electric versions of Grateful Dead classics. Now, Dead & Company—the Grateful Dead offshoot comprised of Weir, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge and keybo ...

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Ethan Brosh Announces New Album, 'Conspiracy'

Veteran guitarist (and occasional Guitar World columnist) Ethan Brosh has announced a new album, Conspiracy. The album—Brosh's third—is set for a February 16 release and will contain 14 hard-rocking instrumentals. Conspiracy was mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth, Bad Company) and mastered by Brad Blackwood (Alison Krauss). It also features a guest appearance by Steel Panther's Satchel on "Tomb of ...

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Electro-Harmonix Announces New 95000 Performance Loop Laboratory

Electro-Harmonix has unveiled its new 95000 Performance Loop Laboratory. The company's most advanced looper to date, it features six mono tracks and one stereo mixdown track per loop. It can record up to 375 minutes and 100 loops with a 16GB Micro SD card.The 95000 is housed in an aluminum, all-metal chassis with a control layout that's been optimized for use as a tabletop and foot-pedal unit. It also featu ...

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How to Hear Music in Context

Ear training is one of my favorite topics to work on with my students, and many of the best guitar players of all time learned to play through listening. I once heard a guitarist say “if you can hear what’s happening, that unlocks the mystery of music.” Here is a lesson that explores how to listen to music in context, complete with two exercises to get you started. The exercises in this lesson are the first ...

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Milkman Sound Unveils its New "Amp"

Milkman Sound has unveiled its newest guitar amplifier. The name of the 50-watt creation? Well, it's simply called "The Amp." The Amp comes with a preamp based around a single 12AX7 running at high voltage in a discrete Class A circuit, and features on-board reverb and tremolo effects, so it can be used as a grab-and-go amp. It also features built-in foot switches, a Class D power section that delivers 50 w ...

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Yo La Tengo Premiere Four Songs from Their New Album, 'There's a Riot Going On'

Yo La Tengo (from left): Georgia Hubley, James McNew and Ira Kaplan.Yo La Tengo unleashed a handful of new songs today. The four tunes—"You Are Here,” “Shades of Blue,” “She May, She Might” and “Out of the Pool”—are from their upcoming album, There’s a Riot Going On, which'll be released March 16 via Matador Records.We can already tell it'll be a warm, ambitious disc, a striking self-produced creation from ...

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JD McPherson Premieres "On the Lips" Music Video

JD McPherson with his custom TK Smith guitar.JD McPherson has premiered a new music video, and—you guessed it—you can watch it below. The Karkwa-esque song, "On the Lips," is from the retro rocker's monster 2017 album, Undivided Heart & Soul, which was named one of Guitar World's 10 Best Roots Albums of the Year.The ethereal, Radiohead-meets-Duane-Eddy shimmy of "On the Lips" is indicative of the more c ...

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