Ernie Ball is celebrating 25 years of owning the Music Man brand, and they've debuted a 25th Anniversary model to celebrate. And what a debut it is... the guitar was named "Best in Show" at Winter NAMM 2009.?The guitar builds upon Ernie Ball's standard Axis shape with an arm contour, updated electronics, adjustable pickups and chrome hardware. The guitar also incorporates a 5-way switch that allows for interesting combinations of the two humbuckers. The guitar also features a combination of a mahogany tone block and unique chambering system for increased sustain and resonance.



Ernie Ball is celebrating 25 years of owning the Music Man brand, and they've debuted a 25th Anniversary model to celebrate. And what a debut it is... the guitar was named "Best in Show" at Winter NAMM 2009.?The guitar builds upon Ernie Ball's standard Axis shape with an arm contour, updated electronics, adjustable pickups and chrome hardware. The guitar also incorporates a 5-way switch that allows for interesting combinations of the two humbuckers. The guitar also features a combination of a mahogany tone block and unique chambering system for increased sustain and resonance.

It’s not difficult to replace the wiring in your pickups, but it takes some finesse. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. After numerous requests, this month we’ll have a closer look at changing wires on a single-coil pickup. As our guinea pig for this, I chose a standard Stratocaster single-coil, but it’s basically the same on all single-coil pickups and easy to transfer. It’s not complicated but it is a delicate task to not destroy your pickup during this process, and there are some things you should keep in mind.

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The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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