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February 2011

Adventures in Amplification: Don’t Overlook the Cables

February 8, 2011
Cables, whether used for power, for linking pedals, connecting amplifier to speaker, or in the internal connections of an amplifier, offer different tonal qualities that will enhance, decrease, or be transparent to your tone
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Groupings and Accents

January 17, 2011
What is the best way to increase picking speed when you seem to have hit the velocity ceiling?
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Manson Guitars E-bass John Paul Jones Signature Bass Review

January 17, 2011
The JPJ is a 4-string bass with straightforward controls whose only concessions to the unorthodox are an eye-catching body and a Hipshot D-Tuner.
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Interview: Pierre Bensusan

January 17, 2011
The world-renowned fingerstyle guru talks about his new album, Vividly, breaking his effects addiction, and why he made DADGAD his go-to tuning more than 30 years ago.
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CD Review: Bob Marley & the Wailers - "Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, PIttsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980"

January 17, 2011
Recently released for the first time, Live Forever is a two-disc set that documents Bob Marley’s last concert before cancer took his life eight months later.
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Old Dog, New Tricks

January 17, 2011
Over the past few months, I’ve discovered quite a few things, thus proving the old adage that you’re never too old to learn
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The Pinkburst Project

January 17, 2011
Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French commissions a who’s-who of guitar and bass manufacturers to create 25 custom “pinkburst” guitars and amps to benefit research into uveitis—a disease responsible for 10 percent of blindness in the US.
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Boomerang Musical Products Boomerang III Phrase Sampler Pedal Review

January 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Lead over looped section, which is switched to reverse and then Octave-down function in the fadeout. Clip recorded with Fender Jaguar and Vox Pathfinder. A looper
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Video Review: "Lemmy: The Movie"

January 17, 2011
Lemmy: The Movie Damage Case Films & Distribution At 64 years old, Motörhead frontman Ian Fraser Kilmister has had a career that most rockers could only dream of. Known to
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Triad Pairs

January 17, 2011
Using triad pairs is simply an intervallic approach to improvisation. When used correctly, the technique can generate some very interesting sounds.
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Super Locrian Improv: Jazz-Rock Fusion Applications for this Mode of the Melodic Minor Scale

January 17, 2011
A useful mode of the melodic minor is known as Super Locrian. This is the seventh mode of melodic minor.
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1952 Gibson Goldtop Les Paul

January 17, 2011
A fully-gold Goldtop in impeccable shape from the latter half of 1952
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Brainstorms From NAMM's Budget Basement

January 17, 2011
What is a company to do when musicians present it with exuberant, youthful input that runs counter to that company’s current course? Should it dive headlong into uncharted waters or
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Alan Parsons' "Art and Science of Sound Recording"

January 17, 2011
If it doesn’t sound right to the human ear, it’s not going to sound right to the microphone,” notes Alan Parsons on his Art & Science of Sound Recording
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The Right Mic, Pt. 2

January 17, 2011
Let’s discuss a few other important microphone characteristics and how they affect the sound the mic captures.
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Social Distortion: Punk At The Wheel

January 17, 2011
Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness and co-guitarist Jonny Wickersham talk about P-90 addiction, Ness’ knack for engrossing lyrics, and what it was like for the Les Paul Deluxe-loving leader of the veteran punk band to sit in the producer’s chair for Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.
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Eastwood Guitars Warren Ellis Signature Tenor Guitar Review

January 17, 2011
Warren Ellis'' signature Eastwood is a 4-string tenor electric that opens sonic frontiers typically ignored by 6-string acolytes.
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Builder Profile: David Myka Custom Guitars

January 17, 2011
When David Myka says he’s ready to take on any project, no matter how out-there or customized, you know he means it: He built his first guitars out of throwaway parts—including radio guts and nut-and-bolt tuning keys—and wound his first pickups out of reclaimed transformer wire and 6-penny nails.
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Mesa/Boogie Mark IIB Combo Amp

January 17, 2011
An early 1980s Boogie Mark amp
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Encounters With The Mad Professor

January 17, 2011
It’s amazing how unusual circumstances can connect players with great guitar equipment.
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