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Bret Michaels Band Guitarist Pete Evick Is Also a Rock-and-Roll Candle Maker

As the guitarist and musical director for the Bret Michaels Band, Pete Evick plays upwards of 200 shows a year to rock and roll fans all over the world. But on the rare day when he’s not performing onstage, Evick spends his time pursuing a much different endeavor—creating and selling scented candles with his Shining Sol Candle Company. Evick founded the operation in 2012 and offers candles in various sizes ...

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Line 6 Launches New Spider V Amp Series

Line 6 has announced its new Spider V guitar amp series. From the company: The amps offer upgraded amp and effects modeling, artist-designed presets and an intuitive, easy-to-use design. Spider V features a specialized full-range speaker system that delivers outstanding sound quality and versatility for electric guitars, acoustics and even music. Select models even come wireless-ready, with an internal wire ...

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Boss Introduces Its New Katana Amp Lineup

Boss has announced a new lineup for its Katana amp series featuring refined rock tones and built-in Boss effects.  From the company: Born of the development process behind the acclaimed Waza amplifier, the Katana series embodies Boss’s determined pursuit of the ultimate rock sound. Offering class-defying tone, touch response, and presence, Katana amps are perfect for gigging guitarists, and also excel for r ...

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Why Do Experienced Musicians Make Mistakes?

I spoke to Paul Jackson Jr. at a recent Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The talented Jackson used to be the guitarist in the American Idol house band. “It blows my mind that you never make mistakes,” I told him. “I couldn’t do your job.” “Nah, don’t say that,” Jackson said. “You could do it. I make mistakes; it’s just that no one can tell—unless I’m playing something like ‘Reeling in the Years,’ be ...

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Todd Sharp Amplifiers Announces JOAT 45RT

Todd Sharp Amplifiers has announced its new JOAT 45RT. The amp expands upon the award-winning JOAT 20RT and the company's most recent model, the JOAT 30RT. The JOAT 45RT will be unveiled October 1 at the LA Amp Show in Van Nuys, California.  The new amp offers a major kick in drive and output power, as compared to its lower-powered 20- and 30-watt brethren. The 45RT mirrors the front-end preamp and tonal sh ...

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Michael Kelly Guitars Unveils Custom Collection 50 Deluxe with 12 Sonic Options

Why settle for just any tone when you can choose among 12? That’s the opportunity Michael Kelly Guitars presents with its new Custom Collection 50 Deluxe (CC50DLX) electric guitar. From the company: The perfect tone is just a click, pull or push away with a four-way switch that drastically expands sonic options. Combining cutting-edge electronics with the classic look of Michael Kelly’s 1950s Series, the ve ...

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The Top Five Guitarist Jokes

Some guitar jokes are overused, and some guitar jokes are just plain dumb. The great thing about making videos, however, is that you can put a new spin on the tired, clichéd thigh-slappers that pretty much every guitar player has heard before.  Sure, we all know pop stars play hardly any notes for massive audiences, while jazz cats are stuck in the dingy dive bars playing their hearts out for a handful of l ...

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AC/DC’s Cliff Williams Appears to Change His Reason for Leaving the Band

AC/DC’s official YouTube channel has just released a video statement from Cliff Williams explaining why he’s leaving the group. “It’s just my time,” he says. “I’m happy. I just need family time now. Just chill out and not do this.” The longtime AC/DC bassist announced this past July that he would be retiring from the band at the end of its Rock or Bust tour. At that time, Williams said his decision was infl ...

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Here’s What Happens When You Combine the World's Two Craziest Stomp Boxes

What happens when you run your guitar into an effect chain consisting of what are arguably the two strangest pedals currently in existence? We are referring, of course, to Earthquaker Devices’ Rainbow Machine and Korg’s Miku Stomp. A guitarist who goes by the name Taoiseach decided to find out, and the results of his experiment have been duly posted on his YouTube channel, Mr.Sunshine1.618. For those of you ...

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What If Metallica Played a Whole Step Down?

How can you make Metallica sound heavier? Try dropping the tuning. The Paranormal Guitar Channel has gifted us with a demonstration of how five classic Metallica tunes would sound in D standard tuning—though it should be noted that some of the group’s songs, such as “The Thing That Should Not Be” and “Sad but True,” are in either drop D or D standard. The five tracks featured in the video hail from Metallic ...

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