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August 2011

The Gibson Thunderbird—One of the Greatest!

July 19, 2011
The Gibson Thunderbird is the crazy drunk chick you won’t bring home to meet your mama.
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Acoustic Amplification, Pt. 1

July 19, 2011
A quick look at today’s guitar market shows that acoustic guitars are still outselling electric guitars, and that roughly half of the acoustics being sold have pickup systems already installed by the manufacturer.
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Tell Me A Story

July 19, 2011
In my experience, designers can sometimes take a myopic view of their creation and overlook small aspects that could take the design from good to great
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Bridge Work On A ’74 Gibson Flattop

July 19, 2011
I was concerned that the wafer-thin bridge would develop cracks between each bridge-pin hole—and also possibly bust out at the front.
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CD Review: Fountains of Wayne - "Sky Full of Holes"

July 19, 2011
With their first new release since 2007’s Traffic and Weather, Fountains of Wayne carries on its critically acclaimed brand of shimmery pop.
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T. Hiles Cigar-Box Guitar

July 19, 2011
For inexplicable reasons, I’ve been bitten by the cigar-box guitar bug.
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Fretboard Workshop: Connecting Chords

July 19, 2011
As chords move from one to the next in vocal music, the music flows most naturally when each singer sings a smooth melodic line, connecting the notes without awkward leaps.
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Builder Profile: Ken Parker Archtops

July 19, 2011
Though he shook up the industry in 1993 with the Fly—the most unique solidbody design the electric world had seen in years—for more than 30 years now his primary passion has been advancing the art and science of archtop luthiery.
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Playing Buzzword Bingo

July 19, 2011
Marketing to trends is like shooting at a moving target—by the time you get there, the opportunity is gone. Fads move quickly, so it’s important to develop a good sense of detecting if something is just a flavor-of-the-month in order to stay away from hanging your career on it.
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CD Review: Various Artists - "The New Universe Music Festival 2010"

July 19, 2011
Last November, in a theater in North Carolina, some of the greatest jazz/rock musicians alive came together for the inaugural New Universe Music Festival.
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CD Review: 311 - "Univeral Pulse"

July 19, 2011
Universal Pulse—311’s tenth studio release—is rife with their signature tasty-waves-and-a-cool-buzz vibe.
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Instant Capture

July 19, 2011
How many times have you come up with a great idea for a lick, riff, or song and said, “I’ve got to remember that,” but then promptly forgot it?
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Reverend Justice and Thundergun Bass Reviews

July 19, 2011
Reverend basses are back, but are now being produced in a high-end Korean factory rather than their US headquarters.
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Fernandes Guitars V-Hawk Deluxe Electric Guitar Review

July 19, 2011
The new V-Hawk Deluxe is built to give metal players aggressive tones, fast playability, and radical styling in a quality package that won’t break the bank.
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Beyond Blues: The Bends

July 19, 2011
Bending strings is one of the coolest guitar techniques, and when it comes to playing blues, bends are essential.
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