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Xylem Handmade Basses and Guitars

April 6, 2012
“I’m always looking for new and better building methods, and ways to make my instruments easier to play, lighter, better sounding, easier to adjust, and more affordable.”
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Album Review: The Cult - "Choice of Weapon"

April 6, 2012
Choice of Weapon will likely have Cult devotees—and newbies alike—in disbelief that it’s been almost 30 years since the band broke onto the scene.
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Modern Builder Vault: Fibernare Guitars

March 9, 2012
Growing up in Hungary during the Iron Curtain-era in the ’80s left little room for musically inclined youngsters to get their hands on, or even see, a Gibson or Fender
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HeliArc Guitars

February 10, 2012
Handcrafted while utilizing high-tech manufacturing methods and the input from multi-platinum artists, HeliArc uses aircraft-grade aluminum to create its instruments.
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Album Review: Imperial Teen - "Feel the Sound"

February 10, 2012
In true Imperial Teen fashion, they deliver just about the perfect blend of bubblegum fuzz with shimmery guitar, melodic synth, danceable beats, and happier-than-thou harmonies.
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Dudley Custom Guitars

January 10, 2012
Dudley acquired the attitude and confidence that he could build anything he could imagine—at the highest level of craft and artistry—and invent new techniques to solve any aesthetic goals.
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Album Review: Guided by Voices - "Let's Go Eat the Factory"

January 10, 2012
With no softening around the edges, the 21-song Let’s Go Eat the Factory represents the true essence of Guided by Voices.
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Mark Evans: Power Load

January 10, 2012
Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans discusses his new tell-all book—Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC— and gives us the lowdown on what it was like to take over 4-string duties from Malcolm Young and lay down the low end on some of the most raging rock tunes ever recorded.
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Dismal Ax Guitars

December 16, 2011
Downing has a very unique building style and methodology, drawing inspiration from nature in the surrounding hills of central Tennessee.
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GALLERY: Vince Gill’s Touring Gear

November 30, 2011
The vintage axes and boutique amps Gill relies on live.
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