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Is This Strange 19th-Century Guitar Cursed?

The six-string guitar—made in Pisa, Italy, by Ferdinando Bottari in 1815 or 1816—is in generally good condition, though not in playing order.England's Bodleian Library—the main research library at the University of Oxford and one of the oldest libraries in Europe—is home to a rather unique guitar. The instrument, which is displayed alongside an eerie coffin-shaped guitar case, is linked to Frankenstein auth ...

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Historic Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Prince, Tom Petty, Johnny Winter Guitars Up for Auction December 2

Guernsey's auction house will offer up a remarkable group of historic guitars on December 2 at the Boehmian National Hall in New York City. The group includes two guitars owned by Jimi Hendrix—a sticker-covered Guild that he played at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival and a 1963 Stratocaster that was one of the first Strats Hendrix owned—a gold 1953 Gibson Les Paul once owned by Paul McCartney, a custom gold "Lov ...

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The Beauty of Used Modeling Amps

With the rise of good-sounding, low-priced digital modeling amps, those of us with GAS have a unique opportunity and challenges in buying. Modeling technology is improving rapidly, so do you buy new or used?Unfortunately, the same paralysis that affects us when it comes to choosing a new computer or smartphone can take over when choosing among the current crop of modeling amps. It’s always a choice of buyin ...

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Prestige Reveals New Troubadour RS Guitar

Prestige Guitars has revealed the new Troubadour RS guitar, the single pickup counterpart to its Troubadour model, which launched in 2015. The Troubadour RS is the first addition to Prestige's 2018 lineup and the newest guitar to be launched in its Prestige Custom Series, which features solid and semi-hollow body guitars with hot-rodded custom designs, finishes and components. The Troubadour RS is a single ...

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Watch Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and Albert Collins Play "Texas Flood"

From left, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and bassist Tommy Shannon perform April 22, 1988, at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival  The 2015 passing of B.B. King has—over time—inspired a host of casual blues fans to dig deep into their record collections—or into the depths of their iTunes (or Apple Music) libraries—to take a quick refresher course on exactly what made King so special ...

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Are These the Top 10 Hardest Rock Songs to Play on Guitar?

Slash performs with Guns N' Roses at the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts FestivalWatchMojo.com posts top-10 "list" videos about just about everything. They've done lists about spaceships, explosions, deaths you didn't see coming, theme parks, good robots, evil robots, robots that die and make you sad, skyscrapers, zombies, sexy aliens ... you get the idea. They do a lot of lists! Sometimes, they even ...

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How to Unlock the Fretboard Using Shapes

If you’re looking for ways to increase your understanding of the fretboard, a good place to start is by looking at the shapes your fingers create as you play scales and chords. If you’re looking for ways to increase your understanding of the fretboard, a good place to start is by looking at the shapes your fingers create as you play scales and chords. In this video, Sean Daniel explores the fretboard using ...

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Bob Dylan's Historic 1963 Martin Goes on Sale

A historic 1963 Martin that Bob Dylan played for over a decade—including his full set at George Harrison's legendary Concert for Bangladesh in 1971—is going on sale. The auction for the guitar is being held by Heritage Auctions, and will take place on November 11 in Dallas. Only the second known Dylan guitar to ever go to auction, it is expected to fetch at least $300,000. Dylan sold the guitar to his longt ...

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Unraveling the Mystery of a Disassembled 1966 Teisco Spectrum 5

Unlike my first-ever sighting of a Wandré Rock Oval guitar, I can't remember where I first became aware of the 1966 Teisco Spectrum 5. I do recall that I noticed a blue one in Les Blank’s film of Ry Cooder's Moula Banda Rhythm Aces, recorded at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. That guitar had its primary-color switch leitmotif swapped for something apparently more useful, but it was a Spectrum 5 nonetheless. Sle ...

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