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Riffs: Buddy Guy, The Danny Devito Approach, Hank Sr.'s Steel Player

RS Features Buddy Guy from Rolling Stone Continuing with their Secrets of the Guitar Heroes series, Rolling Stone is featuring Buddy Guy with an interview, an essential album guide and a playlist.

Buddy Guy

RS Features Buddy Guy

from Rolling Stone


Continuing with their Secrets of the Guitar Heroes series, Rolling Stone is featuring Buddy Guy with an interview, an essential album guide and a playlist.
Danny Devito

The Danny Devito Approach to Playing

from Guitar Player Zen


Danny Devito can help you turn the corner and find yourself as a guitarist. No, really.
Don Helms

Hank''s Steel Player Still at it

from a CMT blog


He''s 81 and he''s still gigging. Don Helms, the man who played the steel intros for "Your Cheatin'' Heart" and "Cold, Cold, Heart" has a monthly gig on Broadway in Nashville. This blogger has the skinny.

Featuring FET instrument inputs, "Enhance" switch, and innovative input stage, this pedal is designed to solve challenges like poor feel, setting levels, and ease of use.

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Ted’s to-go kits: the silver box and the Big Black Bag.

Traveling with a collection of spare essentials—from guitar and mic cables to extension cords, capos, tuners, and maybe even a mini-amp—can be the difference between a show and a night of no-go.

Anyone who’s seen a spy flick or caper movie knows about go bags—the always-packed-and-ready duffles or attachés filled with passports, a few weapons, and cash that’s ready to grab and run with when the hellhounds are on your trail. As guitar players, we also need go bags, but their contents are less dramatic, unless, maybe, you’re playing a Corleone-family wedding.

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Firebirds came stock with a solid G-logo tailpiece, although Bigsby vibratos were often added.

Photo by George Aslaender

The author’s PX-6131 model is an example of vintage-guitar evolution that offers nostalgic appeal in the modern world—and echoes of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young.

An old catchphrase among vintage dealers used to run: “All Gretsches are transition models.” While their near-constant evolution was considered confusing, today their development history is better understood. This guitar however is a true transition model, built just as the Jet line was undergoing major changes in late 1961.

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DØVYDAS & John Bohlinger Busk in Downtown Nashville
DØVYDAS & Bohlinger Busk in Downtown Nashville Before We Give Takamine Guitar & Fishman Amp to Local

Then we give a Takamine guitar & Fishman amp to an up-and-coming Nashville musician.

Music City is always swirling with top-notch musicians performing anywhere they can, so Takamine and Fishman challenged PG's John Bohlinger to take his talents downtown to—gig on the street—where he ran into YouTube sensation DØVYDAS and hands over his gear to rising star Tera Lynne Fister.

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