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Dig into the details of a pile of new gear from Martin, Revv, Walrus, Dunable, Jam, and more!

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A band of brothers: Van Halen during the OU812/Monsters of Rock era.

How I’ll always remember Edward.

One memory often triggers another, so, while writing about my experiences with Metallica over a crucial decade in their career for this issue, I kept flashing back on my sole encounter with Van Halen—the man and the band. It was during 1988’s Monsters of Rock, and I was on assignment for the tour’s two-day stand in Akron’s Rubber Bowl, a decrepit concrete pit turned convection oven by the summer heat, to interview all the guitarists on the tour: Kingdom Come’s Danny Stag, Dokken’s George Lynch, Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs of Scorpions, and, of course, Edward.

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Maybach Guitars Baron Demo | NAMM 2023

Simplicity and craftsmanship meet in this one-pickup rocker.

Seymour Duncan HyperSwitch Bluetooth 5-Way Switch Demo | NAMM 2023

With one simple mod you can now access nearly any wiring setup you can dream up.

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Prestige Guitars Custom Shop | NAMM 2023

Over 20 years in development, the company’s new custom shop offers an impressive array of options.