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January 2011

The Fender Cumberland River Floodwater Lucite Esquire

December 21, 2010
A lucite Esquire filled with floodwater from the Cumberland river built by Fender''s R&D team for a charity auction
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Mesa/Boogie M3 Carbine Bass Amp Head Review

December 21, 2010
The 300-watt/4-ohm, solid-state/ tube hybrid M3 is the latest addition to the company’s Carbine series, which includes the 600- watt M6 and the 900-watt M9.
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Squier Stratocaster Guitar and Rock Band Controller Review

December 21, 2010
Will this generation''s plastic-button “guitarists” ever transform into genuine wood-and-steel heroes of the next generation—and what can the game do to make that happen?
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Chord-Melody Improvisation: Solo Jazz Guitar Arrangement Over the Chord Changes of "Indiana"

December 21, 2010
Solo Jazz Guitar Arrangement Over the Chord Changes of "Indiana"
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OCD About An OMC

December 21, 2010
The email exchange below offers a glimpse into the boutique builder’s reality.
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1964 Guild Capri CE-100D

December 21, 2010
The 1964 Guild Capri CE-100D featured here is a great example of one of Guild’s earliest archtop incarnations, and the first to feature a Florentine-style cutaway.
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Wechter Pathmaker PM-7352 Electric Guitar Review

December 21, 2010
The PM-7352 is designed to deliver studio-quality acoustic tones through the use of the Graph Tech Ghost Acousti-Phonic system, and endless pickup options using Seymour Duncan Triple Shot system
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CD Review: Pierre Bensusan - "Vividly"

December 21, 2010
On Vividly, Pierre Bensusan defends his title as the all-time king of DADGAD tuning.
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CD Review: Social Distortion - "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes"

December 21, 2010
For the avid Social Distortion listener, most of the tried-and-true elements are still there—gritty guitars through overdriven tube amps, Ness’ storytelling lyrics, and high-octane rhythms—but they’re more refined and polished.
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New Year's Gear Resolutions 2011

December 21, 2010
The new year is perhaps as good a time as any for us gearheads to evaluate our current setup, see what works and what doesn’t, and decide what we want to do about it.
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Alternate Pentatonics

December 21, 2010
Take a simple pentatonic scale and really turn it upside down by changing the harmonic context in which we use it.
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1960 Gibson ES-335 And 1959 Model 5F8A Fender Twin

December 21, 2010
The first offshoot of the popular ES-335 was the ES-355, which was intended to be the pinnacle of Gibson’s new thinline electric series.
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Electroplex Rocket 22 Amp Review

December 21, 2010
Electroplex has jumped back into the fray with the Rocket 22—a 2-channel amp powered by a pair of 6V6 tubes
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Dating A '70s Les Paul

December 21, 2010
There’s no question that dating Gibson guitars is challenging—and sometimes downright impossible.
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Vox HDC-77 Electric Guitar Review

December 21, 2010
Capitalizing on the success of the Virage line, Vox recently introduced the less expensive, but equally cool Virage II series of guitars.
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CD Review: Joanne Shaw Taylor - "Diamonds in the Dirt"

December 21, 2010
With her second album, Diamonds in the Dirt, Taylor brings a new authority to her playing, songwriting, and smoky vocals.
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Caring For Your Hands, Part 1

December 21, 2010
Proper fretting hand placement and care for bassists
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CD Review: Duran Duran - "All You Need Is Now"

December 21, 2010
All You Need Is Now is a return to the sound that put the band on the New Wave map.
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Hermida Audio Technology Tiki Drive Pedal Review

December 21, 2010
The Tiki Drive was designed with input from the Cars’ Elliot Easton and was built to satisfy his desire to color an essentially clean amp with multiple shades of overdrive and distortion.
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