After four exhausting days of scouring the halls of NAMM, we present you with a collection of gear that stood out from the pack.

Suhr Hombre


Boss SY-1000 Guitar Synthesizer


Falbo Guitars Intuition Bass


Chase Bliss Audio CXM 1978 Automatone


ET Guitars Avenger Multiscale

Pigtronix Infinity 2 Looper


Gamechanger Audio Light Pedal


Rick Turner & Santa Cruz Legends in Lutherie Collection


Tsakalis Audio Molecular Boost


Orange Terror Stamp

Soldano SLO30


Jackson Audio Joey Landreth Golden Boy


Vox Bobcat


Crazy Tube Circuits Killer V


Harmony Juno

Martin SC-13E

Jam Pedals Delay Llama Xtreme

On Black Midi's Cavalcade, Geordie Greep’s fretwork is an example of the 6-string as a capable component as much as a solo instrument, never completely stealing the show.

Popular music and mainstream tastes may be more fractured than ever, but the guitar continues to thrive.

As we soft launch into the new year, I’m not waiting for the requisite guitar obituary in the news. It’s not going to happen again anytime soon. Why? Because as far as the mainstream media is concerned, our beloved instrument is not only dead, it's irrelevant to the point of not even being an afterthought. When the New York Times published their most recent albums of the year list, there was barely a guitar-based recording to be found. Still, there is not only hope, but also cause for jubilation.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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