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Morley Releases Limited Edition Chrome Cliff Burton Power Fuzz Wah

Morley, makers of pedals, switches and Ebtech audio solutions, in collaboration with Ray Burton (late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton’s father) has released the Limited Edition Power Fuzz Wah in Chrome. In 2015, Morley released the Cliff Burton Tribute Power Fuzz Wah, which became one of the most sought-after Morley pedals in the history of the company. This combination Wah and fuzz has separate Wah level co ...

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How to Sound Better Without Practicing? Distortion and Delay!

Since the dawn of mankind, humans have been searching for shortcuts. The quickest way to the top has always been an elusive path to discover, but I’m here to light the way–at least as far as guitar is concerned. That’s right, friends. Have you ever found yourself muttering under your breath, “Dammit, why don’t I sound good?” If so, read on. You see, the key to sounding better on guitar has nothing to do wit ...

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Watch Steve Vai Demo DiMarzio’s New Dark Matter Pickups

By Damian Fanelli In this brand-new clip, which was posted over the holiday weekend, guitar legend Steve Vai demos and discusses his new Dark Matter 2 Neck, Middle and Bridge pickups from DiMarzio. The Dark Matter humbuckers feature a custom pickup grill with a host of gear patterns that are reminiscent of a clock; the design is cut all the way through the satin nickelcover, allowing the pickup bobbins belo ...

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The Ultimate Sustain Contest: The Gibson Les Paul vs. All Challengers

PHOTO: Blondinrikard Fröberg | Flickr Creative Commons (cropped) By Christopher Scapelliti The Gibson Les Paul is celebrated for many reasons, including its rich singing sustain. This quality is the result of many factors, including the density of its maple-capped mahogany body as well as its arched top, angled headstock and set neck. But after 64 years and countless new guitar models, does the Gibson Les P ...

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Eric Clapton’s Guitars Up for Sale—Gruhn Guitars Offers 29 Owned and Played by Him

Gruhn Guitars in Nashville is offering a collection of 29 guitars owned and used by Eric Clapton. The collection, described as “wide-ranging,” includes both vintage and modern guitars, from the 1941 Martin 000-45, shown above, that Clapton purchased from Gruhn in 2005—offered for $150,000—to a two-tone sunburst finish 2014 Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster, shown below, that was one of his main guitars in 201 ...

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Review: Jackson Guitars Monarkh Pro Series SC and X Series SCX7

GOLD AWARD When guitarists hear the name “Jackson,” the first instruments they probably think of are the company’s super strats like the Dinky, San Dimas, and Soloist or their more radical-shaped axes like the Kelly, King V, Rhoads, or Warrior. Probably the last style of guitar they’d imagine would be a curvaceous single-cutaway model, but that’s exactly what Jackson has added to its impressive stable with ...

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Prestige Heritage Premier P90 FM NAT

Approach longtime players with a (yet another) single-cut/single-coil solidbody, and you may find it tough to get their attention. But, the Prestige Heritage Premier P90 does just that. Founded in 2003, Prestige Guitars now offers 14 electric and acoustic models with four variations of each. The company makes about 1,200 guitars a year, and after ... ...

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Blackstar Fly 3

While listening to AC/DC’s Back in Black on a small, audiophile-grade table radio, Blackstar Amplification CEO Ian Robinson had an epiphany: small amps don’t have to sound crappy. Previously, there had been a number of discussions at Blackstar about entering the sub-$100 market. After a year of development, they introduced the Fly 3 battery-powered amp ... ...

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Novax Sweet Annie

Remember chuckling at the Rick 481 slant-fret guitar? Or wondering about those fret intervals on Joni Mitchell’s dulcimer, or the flying frets on Ravi Shankar’s sitar? Ralph Novak did. But he took it all a step further, patenting his Fanned-Fret design in 1989. To celebrate, Novax Guitars has introduced their 25th anniversary Sweet Annie electric ... ...

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