AWOLNATION's Zach Irons on Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir"

The indie-rock sideman honors his "first favorite song off all time" and admits to confusing the mighty Zep with another bluesy British quartet.

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Brit post-punk guitarists Anton Pearson and Louis Borlase take minimalism to the max on their band's debut album.

"There's a certain magic, or trance-like quality, that you get from pushing repetition to the extremes," says Anton Pearson, one of two guitarists in Squid, a U.K.-based post-punk quintet that draws its power from a minimalist aesthetic. "It is definitely a big part of how we write things. We'll keep going with ideas and lose ourselves in them." So, hypnotic, repetitive guitar figures—often edging towards dissonance and played with a warm, fuzzy tone—are, naturally, a prominent feature on Bright Green Field, Squid's debut full-length release.

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Breedlove Eco Collection Rainforest Series - PG Gear Spotlight

Watch an in-depth demo of a brand-new series of mid-priced acoustics that use sustainable tonewoods.

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An articulate, immaculately constructed Annapolis native that speaks in many voices.

An extremely well-made guitar boasting easy playability, stand-out looks, and super-impressive sonic versatility.

It's pricey. You'll want to ensure you're onboard with the Narrowfield voice before you invest.

$4,660 with 10 Top, as reviewed ($4,000 with standard top)

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Even among a stable of instruments known for their versatility, PRS's Studio model is arguably one of the company's most sonically and stylistically malleable instruments. Reintroduced to the U.S.-made Core lineup for 2021 after first appearing in 2011, this new Studio is hyper-flexible, configured with a distinctive humbucker set and modified switching that takes that versatility up a notch.

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An amateur builder-in-the-making headed online to source parts and, with the help of YouTube and guitar forums, taught himself how to build a Thinline-inspired beauty.

Name: Vinny Eadicicco
Location: Staten Island, New York
Guitar: Leslie 56
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Even though the Marleaux Consat Soprano bass, shown on the bottom, has a 22.44" micro scale, it feels surprisingly familiar. The Consat Signature, at left, has a 34" scale length.

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Our columnist debunks some of the many myths surrounding Leo Fender's P-bass design.

Why is it that the majority of today's basses have a 34" scale? The quick answer would be: Because the popular Fender Precision bass had a 34" scale, and most manufacturers simply followed this layout. Then, the question becomes, why did the original Precision—introduced in October 1951—come with a 34" scale? There are lots of speculations on why it ended up with this specific scale and many of these are conflicting. Most of them have questionable and hard to verify sources but unveil lots of creativity.

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