Check out the latest and greatest gear from the third day of the 2014 Winter NAMM show.

Line 6 brought the new AMPLIFi Bluetooth- and iOS-enabled amps to NAMM. Available in 75- and 150-watt (shown) models, the amps draw from an ever-increasing library of tones (7,000 and counting) that are matched to songs you stream to the amp from your iTunes library. You can also customize your tones with tons of amp, cabinet, and effect models that are represented in the app by instantly identifiable icons.

Styled for a sleeker, more living-room friendly look, the amps also feature a custom Celestion guitar speaker (12" for the 150-watter, 7" for the 75 water), two concentric tweeter-like speakers for guitar effects, and a full-range speaker for the streaming songs. The AMPLIFi 150 goes for $499 street, while the 75 is $399.

Guitar store staff have better things to do than clean your instrument, so a well-loved but unsoiled 6-string like this is going to command a higher trade-in value than one that comes in covered in years of residue.

Believe it or not, you can boost the value of your instrument by making everyone's life a little easier … and cleaner!

There's an overwhelming amount of activity in the guitar market these days, and the sheer amount of demand has left some manufacturers struggling to keep up. But rather than wait around for stores to re-stock, more and more customers are shopping for used and vintage guitars. You might wonder, where do all those used guitars come from?

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"'If I fall and somehow my career ends on that particular day, then so be it," Joe Bonamassa says of his new hobby, bicycling. "If it's over, it's over. You've got to enjoy your life."

Photo by Steve Trager

For his stylistically diverse new album, the fiery guitar hero steps back from his gear obsession and focuses on a deep pool of influences and styles.

Twenty years ago, Joe Bonamassa was a struggling musician living in New York City. He survived on a diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ramen noodles that he procured from the corner bodega at Columbus Avenue and 83rd Street. Like many dreamers waiting for their day in the sun, Joe also played "Win for Life" every week. It was, in his words, "literally my ticket out of this hideous business." While the lottery tickets never brought in the millions, Joe's smokin' guitar playing on a quartet of albums from 2002 to 2006—So, It's Like That, Blues Deluxe, Had to Cry Today, and You & Me—did get the win, transforming Joe into a guitar megastar.

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