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NAMM 2017: ENGL Amps Announces Marty Friedman Inferno Signature 100 Head

ENGL has announced its new Marty Friedman Inferno Signature 100 head. It's a two-channel (Clean, Lead), 100-watt, tube head with four EL34 power amp tubes and four ECC 83 pre-amp tubes. From the company: There’s a gain boost switch for both channels plus a bright switch for the clean channel. Each channel has its own gain, volume and EQ controls. The head also has a noise gate with threshold adjust for the ...

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NAMM 2017: PRS and John Mayer Announce J-MOD 100 Signature Amp

After more than a year of close collaboration, PRS Guitars and John Mayer are proud to announce the addition of the J-MOD 100 amplifier to PRS’s amplifier lineup. From the company: The J-MOD 100 amplifier was intimately designed by Paul Reed Smith, Doug Sewell, and John Mayer to not only handle Mayer’s live work with Dead & Company, but to also move seamlessly into recording and performing his solo mate ...

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Metallica, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck Jam at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009

In early 2009, rock fans got to see a particularly extraordinary assemblage of iconic musicians on one stage. I'm talking about that special night in April when Metallica, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Ronnie Wood, Flea and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted performed "Train Kept A-Rollin'" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Metallica and Beck were among the evening's honorees. (Is it j ...

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Jimmy Page: “Four Guitarists and One Record Label That Inspired Me to Play Guitar”

Uncut recently posted an archived interview with Jimmy Page. The story consists of Page answering questions posted by the magazine’s readers. In response to the question “Who inspired you to play guitar?” Page said the following: “Lonnie Donegan inspired everyone because he made it look as though it was possible to do. But who really moved it out of just playing acoustic to electric was all those people tha ...

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Three Fingerpicking Patterns Every Guitarist Should Know

Fingerpicking is an essential guitar technique, but unless you’ve had some formal training on the instrument, you might not know where to start with it. In this video, Darrell Braun gives you the perfect reason to start playing fingerstyle by showing you three fingerpicking patterns every guitar player should know. Darrell demonstrates three patterns, complete with TAB included in the video, and indicates w ...

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Pieta Brown and Mark Knopfler Team Up for "Street Tracker"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Street Tracker," a new song by Pieta Brown. Brown's new album, Postcards, features a bevy of interesting collaborations—one for each track, in fact—all of which are based around the concept of "musical postcards." "Street Tracker" happens to feature Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler. "The spark for 'Street Tracker' was a photograph I saw of a motorc ...

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Cliff Gallup’s Smooth, Lyrical Ballad-Playing Style

Last time, we examined the high-energy style of Cliff Gallup, whose innovative solos with rockabilly icons Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps set a new standard for sound, technique and imagination. Below, we’ll look at how Gallup explored the opposite end of the musical universe—romantic ballads—with an equally successful balance of skill and attitude. While best known for sweat-soaked rockers, Vincent filled ...

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NAMM 2017: BluGuitar Amp1 System Now Available in the U.S.

BluGuitar has announced that the complete BluGuitar Amp1 System is now available in the U.S. BluGuitar will be showcasing Amp1—"the solution for modern guitar players, guaranteeing total tonal integrity"—at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show. From the company: The BluGuitar Amp1 System consists of the BluGuitar AMP1 4-channel 100-watt tube tone power pedal amp, the Remote1 remote control, Looperkit for four discrete ...

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Shaping Up: Dominant Double Stops for Guitar

When learning how to play jazz guitar, we often spend time working out scales, arpeggios and single-note riffs, as well as chord shapes and common progressions. But what about those sounds in the middle of these two sonic poles—double stops? Double stops are a great way to add a new texture to your jazz guitar chord soloing ideas, to dominant 7th chords (as in this lesson), or to any harmony you are explori ...

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The 10 Most Expensive Guitars in the World

We’ve written about the most valuable guitars sold at auction before on our sister site, GuitarPlayer.com. You can see our story about those guitars right here. A new video from Blend Guitar has gathered together the top 10 most expensive guitars ever sold, whether through an auction or a private sale. (Though for some reason they’ve overlooked John Lennon's 1964 Rose-Morris Rickenbacker 1996, which sold fo ...

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