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Vince Gill Named Ambassador for Songbirds Guitars Museum

Country superpicker Vince Gill has been named an ambassador for the Songbirds Guitar Museum, which will open a 7,500-square-foot facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, early in 2017. The museum boasts a collection of more than 1,700 instruments and accessories, including a prototype 1950 Fender Broadcaster, early Stratocasters, a pre-war Martin D-45, 34 Gibson Les Paul Standards ... ...

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The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones’ first album of new material since 2005, “Blue & Lonesome,” drops today. Here’s a review by VG Music Editor Michael Dregni. Mick Jagger’s famous 1968 statement – “What’s the point in listening to us doing ‘I’m A King Bee’ when you can hear Slim Harpo do it?” – has been a (sometimes) ... ...

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Jim Kelley Reverb Model

Jim Kelley began making his highly acclaimed guitar amplifiers 1978. His big revelation came while he was still doing mods and repairs. A customer brought in an Ampeg SB12 for service. Seems his girlfriend had overwatered a fern that was sitting on the amp and decided to turn it on to see if she had ... ...

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Mack Atomsmasher DB-40

What do you get when you have a rockin’ pair of 12AX7 tubes and a pair of EL34 power tubes? You get the tonal core of the new Mack tube head, the Atomsmasher DB-40. Bearing the initials of Canadian rocker David Barrett, this mid-power boutique head is built to deliver tone and responsiveness. The DB-40 ... ...

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Strobel Rambler Travel Bass

As a rule, travel guitars and basses are intended to help one keep up their chops while on the road for work or vacation. But Florida-based Strobel Guitars strives for something a bit more on the professional end of the spectrum – a travel bass that easily breaks down to fit into carry-on luggage, yet ... ...

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Gruhn Offers Clapton Guitars

Gruhn Guitars, the renowned instrument dealer in Nashville, recently began offering for sale nearly 30 instruments owned and used by Eric Clapton The collection includes two pre-war Martins, Custom Shop/Masterbuilt Fender Stratocasters, recent-issue Gretsch, Roland, and Gibson solidbody and hollowbody guitars, archtops including vintage and modern D’Angelicos, a resonator, classicals, flat-tops, a fretless ...

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Pat Metheny

Despite his 20 Grammy awards and crossover popularity, with loyal fans dating back 40 years, Pat Metheny’s career path should read “Do not try at home” for fledgling guitarists. Growing up in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, a small suburb of Kansas City, he took up guitar at 13. By his senior year of high school, he ... ...

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Ray Cummins – Guitar Tutorial #3

Ray Cummins – Guitar Tutorial #3 For his latest tutorial, Ray Cummins plays his Gibson Country Gentleman plugged into a late-’80s Boss DD 2 delay and a Lexicon reverb through his ’89 Roland JC 77 amp running direct to the console. At the end, he plays a bit of “Finger-Flying with Ray.” Keep up with Ray at www.raycummins.com. See more ... ...

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Tom Feldmann: Son House – “Death Letter Blues” Riff

Tom Feldmann: Son House – “Death Letter Blues” Riff Using his concert-sized 1930s Stella Decalcomania with mother-of-toilet-seat (MOTS) fretboard,Tom Feldmann shows you how to play the main riff from Son House’s classic “Death Letter Blues.” Check out Tom’s “Guitar of Son House” at www.guitarvideos.com Submit riff lesson requests at tom@tomfeldmann.com See more lessons, we are ... ...

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Strobel Introduces Rambler Strobelcaster

Strobel Guitars’ Rambler Strobelcaster travel guitar uses the company’s detachable neck with three single-coil pickups, a five-way selector, Master Tone and Volume controls, and a side-mount jack. It is available in white (with tortoiseshell pickguard and rosewood fretboard) or black body (white pickguard, maple fretboard). Options include Kent Armstrong or the company’s Zexcoil pickups, locking ... ...

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