The Swedish metal masters eschew cabs for a mix of high-powered amps, some digital modeling, and 8-string axes.

Fredrik Thordendal’s newest addition to his arsenal is this 2016 Ibanez LACS (Los Angeles Custom Shop) Stoneman with three Lundgren M8 pickups and a push/pull coil-split option. This Stoneman, like all of Thordendal’s axes, is strung with DR Tight Fit (.009-.072) strings and is tuned F–Bb–Eb–Ab–Db–Gb–Bb–Eb.

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  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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Playing in the pocket is the most important thing in music. Just think about how we talk about great music: It's "grooving" or "swinging" or "rocking." Nobody ever says, "I really enjoyed their use of inverted suspended triads," or "their application of large-interval pentatonic sequences was fascinating." So, whether you're playing live or recording, time is everyone's responsibility, and you must develop your ability to play in the pocket.
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We've reviewed a ton of cool gear over the past 12 months, but these stood above the rest and won our coveted Premier Gear Award.

This year more than 40 guitars, basses, effects, and amps from a diverse group of gear makers earned the coveted Premier Gear Award from our discerning editors. Here is our gear of the year.

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