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Six Modern Effect Pedals Inspired by Classic Albums

On June 1, one of my bands is performing the Beatles' White Album—officially known as The Beatles—in its entirety at a beautiful historic theater in Staten Island, New York. After all, the classic album, which was released November 22, 1968, turns 50 this year. I've been learning a few White Album tunes every weekend so I'm not stunned when actual rehearsals start up in April. It's helped me appreciate a fe ...

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10 Things You Need to Know About Your Fretboard

Ever feel a little out of touch or just plain lost on certain parts of the guitar fingerboard? You’re certainly not alone. Consider this: A standard-tuned, 6-string guitar with a 22-fret ’board has a range just shy of four octaves and contains five middle Cs, while a full-size piano keyboard covers over seven octaves yet it has only one middle C. What’s up with that?!? It’s simply the nature of the instrume ...

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Pat Torpey, Drummer, Founding Member of Mr. Big, Dies at 64

Pat Torpey—the longtime drummer, and a founding member of Mr. Big—has died at the age of 64, the band confirmed on Twitter. He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease. "With breaking hearts we tell you that our brother, friend, drummer and founding member, Pat, passed away Wednesday, February 7 from complications of Parkinson’s disease," the band wrote. "Family, band and management request privacy at th ...

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New gear from Traveler Guitar, ZVEX, TUSQ, Mooer, and TC Electronic

Traveler Guitar Pro-Series Deluxe $499 streetThe Deluxe offers a number of upgrades to the Pro-Series line, including a hybrid piezo/humbucker pickup arrangement (so you can play full-on electric and acoustic sounds), an ebony fretboard, abalone inlays, locking tuners, and gold hardware. Gig bag included.travelerguitar.comZVEX Fuzz Factory Vertical $199 streetThe Vertical offers the same fuzz controls as th ...

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NAMM 2018: Line 6

Line 6 has unveiled its new HX Effects pedal and Variax Limited Edition Onyx Guitar.HX EffectsHX Effects features 100+ effects taken from the award-winning Helix hardware and software processors, all in a compact, pedalboard-friendly format, and up to nine effects can be run simultaneously. In addition, legacy effects from the Line 6 M-Series and Stompbox Modeler pedals are also included. Edit effects using ...

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Bill Frisell Announces 'Music IS,' His First Solo Guitar Album in 18 Years

The ridiculously prolific Bill Frisell—a guitarist known for his impressive jazz, surf, fusion, roots, Americana and folk-jazz chops—has released a slew of albums in recent years, including 2014's Guitar in the Space Age! and 2017's Small Town. What he hasn't done in a while, however, is release a full album of solo-guitar music. That, however, is about to change. Frisell has announced a new—truly solo—disc ...

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Former GP Editor and Industry Icon Tom Wheeler Dies

Photo courtesy of University of OregonUnbelievably sad news...Tom Wheeler—arguably the most recognizable and beloved editor of Guitar Player magazine—passed away on Saturday, February 10, at 70 years old.Juan-Carlos Molleda, Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon—where Wheeler worked as a professor of journalism—announced Wheeler’s passing in an email today. Other tha ...

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AC/DC Co-Founder Malcolm Young Dies

Malcolm Mitchell Young, co-founder of the Australian hard-rock band AC/DC, died November 18. He was 64 and had battled dementia. As the rhythm guitarist in AC/DC, he was a force of nature whose career spanned four decades with 17 studio albums and four live albums. A rock-steady rhythm player with a powerful right hand, he ... ...

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AC/DC Co-Founder Malcolm Young Dies

Malcolm Mitchell Young, co-founder of the Australian hard-rock band AC/DC, died November 18. He was 64 and had battled dementia. As the rhythm guitarist in AC/DC, he was a force of nature whose career spanned four decades with 17 studio albums and four live albums. A rock-steady rhythm player with a powerful right hand, he ... ...

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