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February 2011

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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Hybrid Picking: Examples and Exercises for Attacking the Strings With a Combo of Pick and Fingers

January 17, 2011
Hybrid picking incorporates the pick along with one or more right hand fingers, resulting in a hybrid of pickstyle and fingerstyle.
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Brian Ray: 10 Years (And Counting) On a Magical Mystery Tour

January 17, 2011
Paul McCartney sideman Brian Ray talks about the decade he’s spent backing a Beatle—including his one-song audition in front of 80,000 football fans—as well as the smorgasbord of vintage gear he used to track his latest solo album, This Way Up.
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CD Review: Jinx Jones - "Rip and Run"

January 17, 2011
Jinx Jones Rip and Run Jinx Jones If you’re into rockabilly and honky-tonk, you already know it can be pretty tough to track down new albums with a satisfying, authentic
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First-Time Amp Restoration, Pt. 2

January 17, 2011
Continuing the overhaul of a mid- to late-1950s Supro combo
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Guide-Tone Arpeggios

January 17, 2011
Exploring ways to focus our single-note lines and interject some cool voice-leading ideas into our vanilla arpeggios.
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Nolatone Ampworks Rotten Johnny Combo Amp Review

January 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Les Paul dirty rock rhythm tone Download Example 2 Clean Blackface Strat tone Download Example 3 P-90 thick solo tone Clips recorded with an SM57 off-axis
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Tips on Soloing

January 17, 2011
It’s well and fine to have a bag of tricky, fast licks that will impress other guitarists (and, of course, the ladies), but it’s a whole other deal to use that flash and technique while playing something people actually want to hear.
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Hand Guitars

January 17, 2011
Hand guitars use polymer clay and other alternative materials to create psychedelic designs
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Teye Guitars La Pirata Custom Plus Electric Guitar Review

January 17, 2011
A single-pickup, metal-faced guitar with an unexpectedly wide range of tones
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