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Musicians Institute Announces Joe Bonamassa Torch Bearer Scholarship

June 5, 2015
The winner will receive $35,000 in tuition assistance.
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John Lennon’s Gibson J-160E Hits the Auction Block

June 5, 2015
The guitar has been lost for over 50 years and represents a rare and significant guitar to John Lennon’s history.
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Sonny Landreth's Album Premiere

June 4, 2015
The slide phenom returns to his roots on Bound by the Blues.
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David Torn: Alone at Last

June 4, 2015
The sonic adventurer and Bowie collaborator happily dissects his first album of solo-guitar material, a genre-defying, fuzz- and reverb-soaked mix of free-form expression—but don’t call it “experimental”!
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Rig Rundown: Exodus' Gary Holt [2015]

June 3, 2015
The thrash-metal legend keeps things simple with signature ESP guitars, and a mix of analog and digital gear.
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Soaring Aloft: Psych Fest 2015

June 2, 2015
Austin’s Levitation, aka “Psych Fest,” celebrates the resurgence of adventurous, guitar-infused outlier tunage.
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The Word: The Long-Awaited Return of a Roots-Rock Supergroup

May 28, 2015
Slide masters Robert Randolph and Luther Dickinson discuss Soul Food, the Word’s first release in 14 years.
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Rig Rundown: Death Cab for Cutie

May 27, 2015
The Pacific Northwest alt rockers talk short-scale Fenders and Lakeland Ps.
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Dwight Yoakam: Seconds of Pleasure

May 26, 2015
The hillbilly rocker riffs on songwriting, reckless recording, and the integrity of musical imperfection.
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James Blackshaw: Best Hand Forward

May 25, 2015
On his new album, the British fingerstylist embraces nylon strings, songcraft, and vocals.
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My Morning Jacket: Childlike Wonder

May 21, 2015
Sonic shaman Jim James and guitar scientist Carl Broemel plunge into deep musical currents on The Waterfall.
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Rig Rundown: Slipknot

May 20, 2015
We get the scoop on the gear behind Mick Thomson’s and Jim Root’s brutal sound thanks to their signature guitars and 100-watt rock-boxes.
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Being Bumblefoot: The Many Faces of Ron Thal

May 19, 2015
Face-melting shredder, studio mastermind, technical innovator, and Guns N’ Roses hired hand.
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B.B. King: 1925-2015

May 15, 2015
Senior Editor Andy Ellis pays homage to the blues legend and shares audio from a never-before-heard interview where King discussed Hendrix, Clapton, and SRV, as well as what he listened for from other guitarists.
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Raw Gems: John McCauley of Diamond Rugs

May 14, 2015
Deer Tick’s guitarist/frontman discusses Cosmetics, the new album from his all-star second band.
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Violent Invention: The Creatively Aggressive Guitar Work of Mackenzie “Torres” Scott

May 12, 2015
The woman known as Torres is a singer, songwriter, and 6-string sound designer.
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Faith No More: Resurrection

May 7, 2015
Billy Gould and Jon Hudson discuss the band’s reunion and colorful past.
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Sweetwater Announces GearFest 2015

May 6, 2015
Guests include Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Glenn Hughes, Mike Stern, Nathan East, and more.
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Rig Rundown: The Offspring’s Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman

May 6, 2015
The punk-rock vet likes it both simple and high-tech, with signature Ibanez axes and an Axe-Fx combining to create a consistently brutal sonic punch.
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