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Articles by Joe Coffey

Book Review: "Diary of a Player" By Brad Paisley and David Wild

October 18, 2011
Brad Paisley knows a thing or two about writing hooks for general music fans while still throwing in enough guitar pyrotechnics to keep his guitar-playing audience happy, if not slightly stunned.
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CD Review: Vince Gill - "Guitar Slinger"

September 20, 2011
Guitar Slinger is not a self-indulgent guitar-nut record, which will make sense to long-time fans drawn to Gill’s reserved style.
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Gibson Responds to Raid by Feds

August 25, 2011
Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz addresses the media in Nashville.  Photo by Andy Ellis Nashville, TN (August 25, 2011) — Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz addressed the media in a rare
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Book Review: "Flying V, Explorer, Firebird" by Tony Bacon

August 16, 2011
Gear author Tony Bacon’s latest book explores the history of these provocative instruments and explains how they’ve impacted nearly every nontraditional solidbody shape that has come along since.
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CD Review: The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - "How I Go"

July 19, 2011
Some Kenny Wayne Shepherd fans have been waiting for this album since the ’90s.
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CD Review: Matt Schofield - "Anything But Time"

June 14, 2011
On the majority of these 10 tracks, which are mostly co-written originals, Schofield uses just a touch less grit than most blues players rely on these days.
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CD Review: Neil Young - "A Treasure"

May 17, 2011
Neil Young A Treasure Reprise A few explanations are in order to understand what’s going on with this new live album. It contains material from Young’s ’84- ’85 tour with
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Book Review: "Rockin’ Your Stage Sound: A Musician’s Guide to Professional Live Audio" By Rob Gainey

April 19, 2011
Either as a front-to-back read or a handy guide explaining what to do when tricky situations arise, Rockin’ Your Stage Sound is an important book that gigging musicians and engineers should check out.
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CD Review: Various Artists - "SIN-atra"

March 29, 2011
Glenn Hughes, Devin Townsend, Ripper Owens, and Dee Snider take on Sinatra classics
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Interview: Ramblin’ Down the Road with Todd Snider

March 23, 2011
Armed with some good stories and a J-200, Americana’s favorite troubadour keeps a storied tradition alive.
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DVD Review: "Alfred’s Pro Audio Series: Modern Live Sound"

March 15, 2011
Alfred’s Pro Audio Series: Modern Live Sound Alfred Many guitarists believe that analog is infinitely better than digital. Professional live sound, however, is not dictated by this mentality. Modern Live
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Book Review: "Q on Producing" By Quincy Jones with Bill Gibson

February 15, 2011
The 302-page book offers plenty of practical Q wisdom through his own words, those of co-writer Bill Gibson and those of a long list of notable collaborators like Phil Ramone and Paul Jackson, Jr.
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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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How to Hide New Gear from Your Significant Other

January 17, 2011
Some of the telltale signs of intercohabitative gear smuggling
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GALLERY: Ernie Ball Music Man Factory Tour

December 22, 2010
See how guitars and basses are made at Ernie Ball Music Man, and some of the historic instruments in their possession.
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The Guitarist’s Guide to Jam Sessions

December 21, 2010
Here are some of the more common types of players I’ve run into at a jam.
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Builder Profile: Ernie Ball Music Man

December 21, 2010
From its humble 1960s beginnings with Slinky strings to its paradigm-changing StingRay bass to its current stance as a respected manufacturer of guitars and basses that walk the fine line between tradition and innovation, Ernie Ball Music Man is a true American success story.
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Book Review: "Life" By Keith Richards with James Fox

December 21, 2010
Few autobiographies by guitarists have been—or will be—as important as this tome by the lead guitarist of one of the most significant rock bands ever.
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DVD Review: "Leo Fender's Telecaster - The Original Twang"

November 16, 2010
A documentary on the Telecaster and its impact on modern music
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Shure SM27 Microphone Review

November 16, 2010
Will the SM27 replace the trusty 57?
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