Week #1 Winners

Gary Stauffer JHS Pedals Ruby Red, Butch Walker Signature Overdrive
Jim Sutton Red Panda Context
Masato Tachi Seymour Duncan Forza Overdrive
Stephane Raineault ThroBak Pedals Overdrive Boost
Aaron Rasband ThroBak Pedals Stone Bender MKII
Christopher Garcia TWA WAH ROCKER

Week #2 Winners

Steven Kellogg Aclam Guitars SMART TRACK S2 Pedalboard
Carlo Barbara Empress Effects Reverb
Tyson Brinacombe Keeley Electronics Dark Side
Stephen Clark Nux Effects Octave Loop
Julian Nuss Red Witch Factotum
Martin Wisckol Sinvertek Electronic Co., Ltd. Distortion No.5
Lanny Gilbert Sinvertek Electronic Co., Ltd. Fluid Time MK I

Week #3 Winners

Bradley Jackson Electro-Harmonix Mel9 Tape Replay Machine
Edward  Basiul Fishman ToneDEQ Acoustic Instrument Preamp/DI with Effects
Kevin Fanning Gator Cases GPB-XBAK-GR
Brian Walker Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Micro
Jose Jara Source Audio Nemesis Delay
James Heap Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Signature Fly Rig®

Week #4 Winners

Alex Konstantine Alexander Pedals Equilibrium Deluxe
Rabi Shook Daredevil Pedals Premium Overdrive
Ignacio Arias Greer Amps Super Hornet
Scott Ferguson Peterson Strobe Tuners Stomp Classic
John Hamnett Boss ES-5
James Heap Wren & Cuff Elephant Skin
Luke Jackman George L's Solderless Effects Kit
Jakob Brooks George L's Solderless Effects Kit
Jeff Haddad George L's Solderless Effects Kit
Todd Lambert George L's Solderless Effects Kit
Kyle Knappenberger George L's Solderless Effects Kit

Week #5 Winners

Mitchell Weissman Henretta Engineering Chord Blaster
Nick Buckley MXR Double Double Overdrive
Jeff Provost One Control Purple Plexifier-
John A Beavers ISP Technologies, LLC Theta Preamp
Pedro Rodriguez RAT Distortion FAT RAT

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.



• 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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