Torres' Mackenzie Scott - The Big 5

Rumours love, overdue "M-word" attention, and a whole lot of Muse-ing … our sit-down with the Tele-thrashing indie-rocker.

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This vintage Leslie-designed cabinet is one of the first—and still among the finest—modulation effects built for guitar.

It's time to discuss the Fender Vibratone—Fender's "Leslie" guitar speaker. The Leslie cabinet is famously known for making the swirling sound of the Hammond organ, which everyone has heard in classic soul, gospel, and blues recordings. But the Leslie is also great for guitars. I try to be a natural-tone idealist, eschewing most effects, but Leslie-style modulation is my guilty pleasure.

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"Dusty plays with his fingers—he uses all four, and he will also pop with his thumb, then brush/strum with his fingers," Dusty Hill's longtime bass tech, Ken "TJ" Gordon, told us in 2013.

Photo by Ken Settle

ZZ Top's legendary bassist dies at 72 after more than a half century as the steward of Texas Boogie.

When Dusty Hill passed away on July 28, 2021, the world lost an icon of American music. It's hard to encapsulate the enormity of ZZ Top's impact on the canon of American rock music, but there's a moment in the 2019 Banger Films documentary, ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas, where the band's early producer, Robin Brians, perhaps puts it best: "ZZ Top plays the blues, but they don't sing the blues. They turned blues into party music."

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Snarky Puppy's Mark Lettieri digs into the opening track of 5150 and describes his reaction to EVH's new sound.

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Don't miss your chance to get loud with these amps!

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Rig Rundown - The Dead Daisies' Doug Aldrich & Glenn Hughes

Classic-rock warriors Doug Aldrich and Glenn Hughes show us their latest touring setups.

The Dead Daisies play classic rock—a catalog of songs practically etched in the granite of popular music history.

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