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Shawn Hammond

Shawn Hammond

Shawn Hammond became a guitar nut at the age of six, when he heard the debut of Ed Van Halen’s “Eruption”—though he didn’t start playing till he was 12. As you’d expect, he went through a “must-have-a-Floyd-Rose” phase, but he’s since become a Bigsby addict. He lives with his wife, three boys, Evey the Great Dane, and Viktor the cat in Cedar Rapids, IA.

ARTICLES

Tuning Up: Doing It Wrong Feels So Right

September 15, 2014
Why challenging conventional guitar wisdom is our last true frontier.
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The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner: Ripping in the Darkness Wild

September 12, 2014
The garage-surf mastermind dissects his assbackward pedalboard and talks about how Z-Boys and Pearl Harbor inspired the irresistible fuzzed-out melodies on the Danish duo’s new album, Pe’ahi.
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Dot Hacker: Psychic Friends Network

August 25, 2014
Red Hot Chili Pepper Josh Klinghoffer and former Gnarls Barkley guitarist Clint Walsh talk about their chance meeting and the toys/tools used to create the gaze-prog fever dreams on their two new Dot Hacker albums, How’s Your Process (Work) and How’s Your Process (Play).
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Summer NAMM '14 - Big Ear N.Y.C. Chaka Octave Fuzz Demo

August 14, 2014
See and hear pedal builder Grant Wilson's newest LED-based fuzzbox.
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Summer NAMM '14 - Decibel Eleven Dirt Clod Demo

August 13, 2014
The pedal-switching masters throw their hat into the ring with their first ever stompbox--an overdrive/distortion unit.
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Brian Setzer: Songbirds & Vinyl

August 12, 2014
The Twin Cities twangmeister reveals how blasting Zeppelin LPs with his daughter inspired Rockabilly Riot! All Original—a prototypical rave-up with fun, beautiful twists.
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Summer NAMM '14 - JHS Pedals Emperor Analog Chorus/Vibrato and Colour Box Demos

August 12, 2014
The boutique pedal brand shows and demos two of their newest stomps.
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Quick Hit: Danelectro 59 M-NOS

August 7, 2014
A new 6-string inspired by a cache of 15-year-old pickups.
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Tuning Up: Jedi Solace for the Tortured Artist?

August 4, 2014
George Lucas brain scans and interviews with legendary novelists and Nobel-winning scientists are proving creativity junkies really do suffer for their art.
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Summer NAMM '14 - Roland Blues Cube Artist & Stage Demos

July 31, 2014
The father of the JC-120 adds two more versatile combos to their amp lineup.
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