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Articles by Shawn Hammond

GALLERY: Musikmesse 2015 - Amps, Effects & Accessories

April 21, 2015
Read about the heads, combos, stomps, and gizmos that filled the hall's of Musikmesse.
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GALLERY: Musikmesse 2015 - Guitars & Basses

April 20, 2015
The most interesting and unusual axes from Europe's biggest gear show.
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Quick Hit: Zeppelin Design Labs Percolator

April 12, 2015
A 2-watt head that conjures a variety of rootsy tones via an unusual NOS tube
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Mod Scientist: BilT Guitars’ Tim Thelen

April 9, 2015
A luthier’s willingness to bastardize a Tele with onboard effects spawned a company that’s grabbed the attention of adventurous players like Brent Hinds, Nels Cline, and Buzz Osborne.
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Rig Rundown: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

April 8, 2015
The influential “riot grrl” Rock and Roll Hall of Famer keeps it simple, but that doesn’t mean she’s not picky about her Gibson Melody Makers, Red Rhodes Velvet Hammer pickups, and Music Man amps.
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Tuning Up: Shatner, Cat Parasites, and the Quest for Mastery

April 6, 2015
How science nerdery makes you a better musician than guitar-god worship.
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Rig Rundown: Heart

April 1, 2015
We get the lowdown on the guitars and basses used by Nancy and Ann Wilson, Craig Bartock, and Dan Rothchild.
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Tuning Up: Kill Your “Killer” Vibrato

March 5, 2015
Conventional wisdom about warble technique makes you boring, not badass.
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Quick Hit: Ibanez RGKP6

March 1, 2015
Far from a gimmick for shredders, multi-effect nuts, or Muse fans, a “Kaoss Pad axe” is one of the most fertile new fields for sonic exploration.
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NAMM '15 - Dunlop Cry Baby Mini, Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face, Sub Machine, Blue Hippo, Saucy Box, and Saffron Squeeze Demos

February 19, 2015
Bob Cedro and Tal Morris explain and demonstrate the 2015 pedal offerings from Dunlop, MXR, and Way Huge.
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