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Yamaha THR10 Amp Review

September 11, 2012
As home recording—and the space constraints most home recordists have to deal with—becomes more common, an amp that can do as much as possible is worth a lot.
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Providence Silky Drive Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
In the weird world of overdrive pedals, the terms “classic” and “vintage” are used pretty loosely. What is classic overdrive, anyway—the sound of an ’80s Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer?
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Mad Professor Electric Blue Chorus Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Despite the fact that the sounds of the ’80s are everywhere again, the chorus pedal remains a rather unfairly maligned member of stompbox society. But that doesn’t mean chorus
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Album Review: Steve Vai - "The Story of Light"

July 9, 2012
Steve Vai The Story of Light Favored Nations Entertainment Steve Vai continues the convoluted narratives found on 2005’s Real Illusions: Reflection with his new concept album, The Story of Light—
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Cort Sunset 1 Electric Guitar Review

July 9, 2012
Though not exactly a household name, Cort is one of the biggest guitar manufacturers in the world—building axes under its own name and working as an original equipment manufacturer
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Interview: Steve Hackett and Chris Squire In Harmony With Squackett

May 30, 2012
With their new prog-rock duo, Steve Hackett and Chris Squire discover the joys of retro harmony in A Life Within a Day.
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Def Leppard: Lep Alive!

August 16, 2011
Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell talk about the unusual necks on their favorite axes, the brutal process of writing new Def Leppard material, and "Mirror Ball: Live & More"—the ’80s juggernaut’s first-ever live album.
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CD Review: Tony MacAlpine - "Tony MacAlpine"

August 16, 2011
This self-produced new release is the heaviest thing he’s ever done, and it’s full of jaw-dropping shred, soothing classical flourishes, skull-bludgeoning rhythms, and epic 8-string guitar action.
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Interview: Kenny Wayne Shepherd - How He Goes

August 2, 2011
Blues-rocker Kenny Wayne Shepherd shares details on his rig, becoming a father, and how he’ll probably never get away from the comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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Interview: George Lynch - Kill All Control

July 12, 2011
Extreme multi-tasker George Lynch talks recording, playing live, and fearless approach to building guitars with poisonous wood.
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Builder Profile: Jackson Custom Shop

June 14, 2011
Master builder Mike Shannon talks about his path from building furniture to working on Randy Rhoads’ custom Concorde V. Plus, headbanging heroes Chris Broderick and David Ellefson of Megadeth discuss their Jackson signature models.
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CD Review: Joe Bonamassa - "Dust Bowl"

March 15, 2011
Joe Bonamassa Dust Bowl J&R Adventures Joe Bonamassa has appropriated a genre of music born from slavery and black blues musicians, and mutated it to big-screen proportions. Dust Bowl is
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CD Review: Motörhead - "The World Is Yours"

February 15, 2011
Motörhead''s latest is a tough and ballsy biker record that sticks to the Motörhead formula but with a renewed sense of vitality and mean intensity.
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CD Review: Mr. Big - "What If"

February 15, 2011
The classic Mr. Big line up reunites after a sixteen year hiatus with an energetic album of new songs.
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Interview: Lance Lopez - Salvation From Sundown

February 3, 2011
Texas blues-rocker Lance Lopez gets back to his straight-blues roots after facing his demons
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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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5 Funk Guitarists You Should Know

January 17, 2011
Meet the players who’ve done more than any other to set heads a-bobbing, hips a-swaying, and dance floors afire around the globe.
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All That Remains: Against the Wind

December 21, 2010
Oli Herbert and Mike Martin of All That Remains talk about their new album, "For We Are Many," how John Mayer and the blues figure into their band dynamic, and how they couldn’t care less what orthodox headbangers think of their melodic metal.
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Majik Box Paul Gilbert Fuzz Universe Pedal Review

December 16, 2010
The new pedal channels the tones used on Paul Gilbert''s 2010 album.
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Magnificent Seven: The Sideman Roundtable, Part 2

November 12, 2010
Peter Thorn, Lyle Workman, Eric Schermerhorn, Jon Button, Frank Simes, Brian Ray, and Steve Stevens gather in L.A. to discuss the art of being a great sideman
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