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Hammer Jammer Key-Hammering Device for Guitars Available for Preorder — Video

Gear lovers might might remember when we posted a story (with a video) about a device called the Hammer Jammer. The Hammer Jammer is unique key-hammering percussive device that fits onto electric or acoustic six-string guitars, producing a different-sounding attack—something in the ballpark of a hammer dulcimer on speed. Our story and its video went viral, which led Ohio-based Big Walnut Productions, maker ...

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Guitarist Arrested for Performing in NYC Subway — Video

Here’s a video that’s recently caused an uproar around the internet, especially among musicians. Watch as New York City musician Andrew Kalleen is arrested for busking in the NYC Subway. According to section 1050.6(c) of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s rules of conduct, “artistic performances, including the acceptance of donations” are permitted. Even after reading this section aloud, the office ...

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Carlos Santana and Son Perform National Anthem at World Series Game 4 — Video

Last Saturday, October 25, Carlos Santana performed the national anthem prior to Game 4 of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco. For the performance, Santana was joined by another successful Santana — his Grammy-winning, keyboard-playing song, Salvador, who happens to be a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan. By the way, the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals that night, 11-4. What do you t ...

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Eric Clapton’s Favorite R&B Guitar Solo — Duane Allman Guests on Wilson Pickett's Cover of "Hey Jude"

"I remember hearing 'Hey Jude' by Wilson Pickett and calling either Ahmet Ertegun or Tom Dowd and saying, 'Who's that guitar player?'" says Eric Clapton in the top video below. It turns out that guitar player was a 22-year-old guitarist named Duane Allman, aka "Skydog." "I just filed it away," Clapton adds. "To this day, I've never heard better rock guitar playing on an R&B record. It's the best." In No ...

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Playback: The War On Drugs — 'Lost in the Dream'

With Gene Simmons (and so many other stars) discussing rock's demise, you might be thinking all these naysayers have a point. In 2014, where else can the guitar be taken? Where can rock go? Well, for any of you guitar players who find yourself constantly saying "There just isn't any good music anymore," I'd ask you to give this a listen. Lost in the Dream, the third full-length from Philadelphia's the War o ...

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PRS Guitars Adds Three All-Mahogany “S2 Standard” Models to Lineup

Weeks before announcing its 2015 lineup, PRS Guitars has introducing three new all-mahogany S2 Series guitars: the S2 Standard 24, S2 Standard 22 and S2 Singlecut Standard. From the company: The original PRS Standard, introduced in 1987, evolved from Paul Reed Smith’s Pre-Factory all-mahogany instruments. Reimagined for the S2 Series, these guitars feature the subtle aesthetic of mahogany and pickguard-moun ...

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Reverend Guitars and Monster Music Collaborate on Exclusive Sensei HB FM

Reverend Guitars and Monster Music have collaborated on an exclusive Sensei HB FM model. From Reverend: The Reverend Sensei HB FM is a Flame Maple Gloss Rock Machine with raw, midrange warmth for authentic rockers. The Monster Music Exclusive is a Gloss Turquoise Burst with an ebony fretboard. A double-cutaway outfitted with Reverend’s own Classic H Humbuckers, the iconoclastic Korina body is capped with a ...

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Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 1: MXR Micro Chorus Vs. MXR Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato

It's time to compare the mettle of Jim Dunlop pedals! In GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll — the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown — we're pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Yes, we're pulling out all the stomps! Thirty-two stompboxes will go head to head — or toe to toe, if you prefer — culminating with the crowning of the king of Dunl ...

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Book Review: Joe Perry’s 'Rocks' — Yes, It Does

There’s something to be said for the fact that by the time you reach the last page of Joe Perry’s new autobiography, Rocks, you still like the guy. Heck, you respect him, even. I mean, this is after darn near 400 pages’ worth of the good, the bad and the really, really ugly side of Perry’s 64 years on this planet (more than 40 of them as a founding member of Aerosmith). You’re left realizing that the man ha ...

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Devon Allman: 'Ragged & Dirty' and Loving It

On one hand, you can say Devon Allman comes by his musical talents naturally, being Gregg Allman’s son. But the fact of the matter is, Devon’s parents were divorced when he was a baby—and he was brought up in a world that was well-insulated from the savage highs, lows, glories and turmoils of the Allman Brothers Band. As you’ll read below, Devon’s musical interests developed organically. Translating his pas ...

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