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May 2014

ARTICLES

Rodrigo y Gabriela's "9 Dead Alive" Album Review

April 14, 2014
By blending Spanish, classical, blues, metal—even Celtic—sounds, the amazing duo celebrates the 6-string’s history with their spirited music.
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ISP Theta Preamp Review

April 11, 2014
Formidable distortion/preamp/noise suppressor combo that’s flexible, practical, and explosively potent.
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Warwick RockBass Star Bass Review

April 9, 2014
A vintage-flavored semi-hollowbody 4-string with some modern charm.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Douglas T-Style

April 8, 2014
This budget T-style sounds good and offers unusual flexibility by letting you string it up two ways.
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No Rest for the Wylde

April 7, 2014
Black Label Society and their bearded leader unleash their first album in four years.
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Black Cat OD-Boost Review

April 7, 2014
This boost/overdrive combo generates myriad tones, from near clean to distorted.
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Acoustic Soundboard: CNC Technology in Guitar Making

April 4, 2014
Mark Dalton explains why the CNC machine is the most important tool in his small operation.
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Aristides 070 Review

April 3, 2014
Unparalleled playability and rugged stability from a sweet-sounding, boldly styled composite 7-string.
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The Nels Cline Singers "MACROSCOPE" Album Review

April 2, 2014
The Wilco lead guitarist's latest album is a deep exploration into free-from, improvised music but with a more textural, melodic slant.
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Dr. J D53 Sparrow Driver and DI Review

April 1, 2014
A compact and affordable DI/driver pedal for bassists that can aid in tone sculpting and be a best friend in an amp crisis.
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Tone Tips: Guitarists—Be Yourself

April 1, 2014
Is being a jack-of-all-trades guitarist really going to get you where you want to be?
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DiPinto Melody Mach IV Review

March 31, 2014
This sexy synthesis of vintage Gibson and Mosrite is punky and rocking, yet surprisingly civilized.
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Tuning Up: Slacker Science—The Case for Laziness

March 30, 2014
Forget snake oil and junk science—bask in the benefits of not giving a $#!*.
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Guitar Shop 101: The Guitarist’s Essential Toolkit

March 28, 2014
Here’s a description of the tools you need to handle routine maintenance tasks.
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Black Label Society's "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" Album Review

March 28, 2014
Wylde believes in the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach and his band's ninth album doesn’t venture into uncharted territory—it’s business as usual, kicking major ass.
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Metal and Hardcore in 2014: Council of Steel, Blood & Bone

March 27, 2014
Guitarists from six of the hottest metal and hardcore bands on the planet—including Dillinger Escape Plan, Baroness, and Funeral for a Friend—sit down with Premier Guitar to discuss the state of metal and hardcore in 2014.
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TC Electronic Ditto X2 Review

March 27, 2014
The new, bigger looper is even easier to use than its predecessor and now includes effects.
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Rodrigo Amarante's "Cavalo" Album Review

March 26, 2014
Brazilian multi-instrumentalist debut solo record manages to mix in indie flavor and more creating an entertaining listen.
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The Codependent Guitarist: The Art of Being a Sideman

March 25, 2014
Seasoned players explain how to succeed as a supporting guitarist.
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On Bass: Covering Your Basses

March 25, 2014
If you’re serious about playing bass for a living, it’s important to be intimately familiar with a number of different musical styles.
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