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The Top 10 Guitar and Gear Trends for 2017

By Christopher Scapelliti If your head is still reeling from last week’s NAMM show, you’re not alone. As usual, there was such an overwhelming amount of gear that it’s hard to sort it all out. Phillip McKnight has come to the rescue. A dedicated gear head, Phillip has identified 10 trends that he anticipates for 2017 based on what he saw at the show. The trends include faded paint finishes, weird headstocks ...

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Oscar Schmidt Guitars Debuts Two New Models

Oscar Schmidt Guitars announced two new models at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show. From the company: There’s the new Oscar Schmidt Flag Guitar (OG10CEFLAG), which was designed to let players express their U.S. patriotism. This concert-sized, cutaway guitar is a special-edition model that features a graphic of the U.S. flag. The acoustic/electric Flag Guitar includes Barcus Berry 4-band EQ with a built-in tuner an ...

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The Top Five Weirdest Guitar Effects Ever

PHOTO: Stefan W. | Flickr Creative Commons Guitar Nerds is back with another top-five countdown. This time out, Mark is looking at the top-five most bizarre guitar effects ever made, including one used by David Gilmour during his early Pink Floyd days. See if your favorite made the list, or there’s something here that you’ve never heard of before. Visit Guitar Nerds’ YouTube channel for more of their videos ...

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Meet Fret Zeppelin, an LED-Based Learning System for Standard Guitars

By Damian Fanelli Earlier this month, DC-based Edge Tech Labs launched a Kickstarter campaign for a little something called Fret Zeppelin. Right off the bat, the device—which was designed “to transform guitar learning methods”—has nothing to do with Led Zeppelin. It just as easily could’ve been called Fret Sabbath, Fret Purple, Fret Leppard or Frettie King. Although, we admit, “Fret Zeppelin” has a nice rin ...

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Elixir Unveils Optiweb Natural-Feel Coated Electric Strings

Elixir Strings has announced a new addition to its lineup of electric guitar strings. Optiweb Coating is a new, innovative lightweight coating that sounds indistinguishable from uncoated strings, but with the long lasting tone life of Elixir Strings. From the company: “Guitarists who choose uncoated strings for their natural feel and tone used to have to compromise on tone life,” said Jason Zambotti, produc ...

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Stronger Than Petrucci: Ernie Ball Introduces Paradigm Guitar Strings

Ernie Ball presented its revolutionary new Paradigm guitar strings at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show. Paradigm represents the most advanced string technology ever created—and the first-ever to come with a fully backed guarantee: If Paradigm strings break or rust within 90 days of purchase, Ernie Ball will replace them free of charge. Retailing for $14.99, Paradigm strings feature superior break-resistance and un ...

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Gretsch Announces Custom Shop Malcolm Young “Salute” Jet

This year, Gretsch honors legendary rock icon Malcolm Young with the Gretsch G6131MY-CS Custom Shop Malcolm Young “Salute” Jet. Malcolm Young is, without question, one of the greatest guitarists in rock n’ roll history. For more than 40 years his riffs have inspired generations of rock and metal guitarists. “Malcolm Young is the best rhythm guitar player in the world of rock…period. His contribution to thos ...

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