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Videos

Axes & Artifacts: Albert King's Tom Holmes THC Flying V

June 11, 2018
John Bohlinger shreds on one of the late blues god's most unique instruments while Gruhn Guitars' Greg Voros reveals the fascinating backstory.
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First Look: Walrus Audio Emissary Parallel Boost

June 11, 2018
John Bohlinger grabs his '50s Les Paul Custom, PRS DGT, and a 1967 Fender Telecaster to test out the juice box's two voicings and tonal oomph.
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Taylor Builder’s Edition K14ce Review

June 11, 2018
This Grand Auditorium-sized flattop boasts a new bracing system with instantly perceptible sonic consequences.
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Riff Rundown: Tommy Emmanuel's "One Mint Julep"

June 10, 2018
The Certified Guitar Player confesses to some "petty theft" and demostrates tricks he's taken from Chet Atkins and Robert Johnson and applies it to the classic Clovers song.
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Rig Rundown: Red Fang

June 6, 2018
Witness how 5-string Krautsters, solid-state Sunn heads, and pitch shifters provide the stoner-metal band’s foundation for brute-force tones.
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Hartke HD500 Review

June 4, 2018
For a 35-pound lightweight, Hartke’s new 2x10 combo can throw some air—with 500 watts under the hood and a smart command central.
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First Look: Stacks FX Thsee Anomaly

June 4, 2018
Watch John Bohlinger use his lap steel and dual P-90 singlecut to warp sounds, bend time, and enter new tonal dimensions with this delay.
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Two-Rock Bloomfield Drive Review

June 1, 2018
An impressive modern take on a Dumble.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Schorr Guitars Owl & Neptune Demos

May 31, 2018
Nicolai Schorr shows off two convention-defying solidbodies with things like clever neck-adjustment mechanisms, movable pickups, and externally mounted components.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Buendia Guitars Modified Dreadnought Demo

May 31, 2018
Oakland-based Argentine builder Leonardo Buendia demos a modified dreadnought with some of the most eye-poppingly figured “tortoiseshell” mahogany we’ve ever seen.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Lorita Basses Majesty Demo

May 31, 2018
Barcelona luthier Xavier Lorita demos a headturning 5-string with impressive active/passive circuitry and a lovely, highly unusual 5-bolt neck joint.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Ergon Guitars Coimbra JR & Lisboa Demos

May 30, 2018
Portuguese luthier and former Anthrax and Ozzy Osbourne guitar tech Adriano Sérgio shows off two of the most mind-bogglingly gorgeous and unique electrics at the Berlin show.
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Rig Rundown: Stone Sour

May 30, 2018
Guitarists Josh Rand and Christian Martucci, as well as bassist Johny Chow, provide the dirt on how a revamped lineup of axes (with passive pickups), no bass amps, and a fresh pile of pedals have reenergized the band’s hard-rock sound.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Turnstone Guitars TG & TS Demos

May 30, 2018
British luthier Rosie Heydenrych demos a pair of lovely flattops that use uniquely figured English woods exclusively.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Skervesen Guitars 4MDB: Tomáš Raclavský Signature Prototype Demo

May 30, 2018
The Polish guitar outfit demos an 8-string signature axe for Modern Day Babylon guitarist Tomáš Raclavský.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Zucali Guitars Santone 54 17 & Crossover Demos

May 29, 2018
Austrian luthier Daniel Zucali demos an acoustic-electric classical, and a modern recreation of a 19th-century Viennese contraguitar with six standard strings and nine bass strings.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - M-Tone Guitars Custom Flight Risk Demos

May 29, 2018
Portland, Oregon, luthier Matt Proctor joins the Berlin gala with a pair of bespoke electrics boasting a head-turning array of metalwork.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - TLL Guitars Marvin & Deckard Demos

May 29, 2018
Luthier Tobias Lund Lindberg drives 13 hours from Stockholm to Berlin to show off two understatedly suave, art-deco-inspired electrics.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Stankevicius Guitars Vytautas & Queen Amber Archtop Demos

May 28, 2018
Lithuanian luthier Vadim Stankevičius demos his own modernized jazz manouche design, as well as a restored archtop with an amber-mosaic motif.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Albor Guitars Orpheus VI Demo

May 28, 2018
Mexico City luthier Lizet Albor shows off a pair of handcarved solidbodies, one with a 7-piece neck and stone fretboard inlays, and one featuring traditional Huichol-style beadwork.
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