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A musical revolutionary, his emergence was jarring, even for the most youthful and open-minded. Supremely talented on several instruments, guitar was an early and obvious love. Plus, guitarists recall the impact Prince had on them. ...

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Guitarist/Band Leader Jay Geils Passes

John Warren Geils, Jr., known professionally as J. Geils and Jay Geils, was found dead April 11 at his home in Groton, Massachusetts. He was 71 and officials believe he died of natural causes. After learning to play jazz on the trumpet, he switched to playing guitar in high school and by the mid 1960s ... ...

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Blues Guitarist/Singer Lonnie Brooks Passes

Blues guitarist/singer Lonnie Brooks died April 1 in Chicago. He was 83. Born Lee Baker, Jr., he was one of 12 children in the family and left school after the seventh grade to work in sugar cane and cotton fields near their home in Dubuisson, Louisiana. He learned about music from his grandfather, who played banjo, and in the ... ...

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LsL Instruments’ Soledad

Based out of Santa Clarita, California, LsL Instruments was founded by Lance and Lisa Lerman in 2008 after many years in the furniture-manufacturing business as well as guitar building. Today, the crew at LsL utilizes a mix of CNC machining and handwork to produce a variety of electric guitars and basses, as well as most ... ...

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Fender Bassbreaker 45 Combo

Fender’s new nine-product Bassbreaker series combines popular traditional amplifiers with modern technology. Classic tones and flexibility are the name of the game, which means a plethora of wattages and sizes providing the kinds of tonal succulence guitarists have come to know and love. The Bassbreaker 45 Combo is the series flagship, and it has a ... ...

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Mojotone ’58 Quiet Coil Strat Pickups

Players love that single-coil sound but hate the noise and hum that generally come with them. For the most part, “noiseless” pickups, whether stacked coils, side-by-side coils, or other designs, have meant something of a compromise between tone and hum-free operation. The new Mojotone ’58 Quiet Coil Strat Pickups use traditional side-by-side coils with blade ... ...

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