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The 10 Greatest Guitar Melodies

What constitutes a truly memorable guitar melody?  Is it the note selection, the melodic rhythm, or the guitar tone itself? It’s probably a combination of all those ingredients and more, but one thing that is certain is that the greatest melodies can be sung by anyone, no vocal skills required. While any top 10 list is subjective, I think everyone can agree with at least a couple of the selections I’ve offe ...

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Cooper Carter Demos Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass HSS Guitar

Ernie Ball Music Man recently introduced the Cutlass model in a HSS pickup configuration, and below, guitarist Cooper Carter demos the guitar in a new video. Aside from the bridge pickup, the HSS Cutlass retains all of the familiar elements of the original, including an alder body, oversized four-over-two headstock and super smooth modern tremolo. The bridge pickup in the HSS is a custom-wound Music Man cer ...

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'Metalocalypse' Warrior Brendon Small Unleashes Second Galaktikon Album

When Brendon Small released his first Galaktikon album in April 2012, he was frantically writing music and dialogue for his Adult Swim cartoon series, Metalocalypse. Back then, Galaktikon was a welcome distraction, a melodic prog-death metal side project to blow off steam. Then in March 2015, the network pulled the plug on the program and neutered Dethklok since Adult Swim owned the rights to the name. “The ...

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Sons of Apollo, Featuring Ex-Members of Dream Theater, Guns N’ Roses and Journey, Announce Debut Album

For the past few months, rumors have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. With the announcement of the debut album from Sons of Apollo, a brand-new supergroup featuring Portnoy, Sherinian and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yng ...

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Def Leppard Release Part 1 of their Mini-Docu Series "Step Inside: Hysteria at 30"

Def Leppard are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal album Hysteria with the mini documentary, Step Inside: Hysteria at 30. This week, the band released the first part of the mini-documentary on YouTube. The documentary gives fans an inside look at the making of Hysteria, the band's commercial pinnacle and one of the best-selling rock albums of all time. Its release coincides with that of Hyste ...

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Watch Mike Bloomfield Electrify the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967

Below, check out some high-quality footage of late guitar legend Mike Bloomfield performing with the Electric Flag at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967. The clip—which represents Bloomfield's debut gig with his new band (which followed his tenure in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band)—is from a fairly recent documentary, Sweet Blues: A Film About Michael Bloomfield, which combines vintage audio interviews ...

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Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney Reunite for "We're On the Road Again"

Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, the two surviving former members of The Beatles, have reunited for the Starr solo single, "We're On the Road Again." What's amazing about the song, the new single from Starr's upcoming solo LP, Give More Love, is the fact that the two surviving Beatles aren't the only noteworthy musicians to play on the song. Edgar Winter, Joe Walsh and Steve Lukather all join the Fab Four rh ...

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The Latest from Mezzabarba Custom Amplification at the 2017 Summer NAMM Show

Mezzabarba Custom Amplification appeared at the Summer NAMM show this year to debut their line of amps in the US. In the clip below, we chat with company representative JP Cervoni to get a run-down on these handmade Italian amplifiers. “The Mezzabarba line is a point-to-point, top-quality, easy-to-use amplifier line,” he shares. Cervoni gives us some details on a few Mezzabarba models including the Z35 head ...

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Carlos Santana Teams with the Isley Brothers to Celebrate the 'Power of Peace'

Carlos Santana and the Isley Brothers…come again? Both are musical legends with long careers marked by relentless innovation. And neither act is exactly a stranger to the power of the almighty groove. They’ve just released an album together, Power of Peace. But at first blush, the pairing might seem a little strange. Is there really a common ground there? Those in attendance at the Las Vegas House of Blues ...

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Motörhead Announce 'Under Cöver' Compilation

Motörhead has announced Under Cöver, a compilation of covers the band recorded between 1992 and 2015. The album, which features the trio's takes on songs by everyone from Metallica to Ted Nugent, will be released on September 1 via Motörhead Music. You can watch a trailer for it below. Under Cöver also features the band's previously unreleased interpretation of David Bowie's "Heroes." Recorded during the se ...

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