Coachella Update from Rolling Stone Here''s a wrap-up of Day One from Coachella. Rolling Stone recaps performances from Battles, the Black Kids, Dan Deacon, the Breeders, Tegan and Sara,


Coachella Update

from Rolling Stone


Here''s a wrap-up of Day One from Coachella. Rolling Stone recaps performances from Battles, the Black Kids, Dan Deacon, the Breeders, Tegan and Sara, Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, Diplo, the Raconteurs, the Verve, Serj Tankian, the Black Lips and Jack Johnson.

Solidbodies DVD

from Washington Times


Here''s an article that delves into the Guitar Cold War known as Fender vs. Gibson, and the documentary on the subject: Solidbodies: The 50 year Guitar War.

Les Paul Podcast

from UALR Public Radio


Here''s a 51 minute PRI podcast of Les Paul interviewed on "Bob Edwards Weekend." Edwards interviews the legend and tours the Gibson guitar factory with him.

Plus, the Fontaines D.C. axeman explains why he’s reticent to fix the microphonic pickup in his ’66 Fender Coronado.

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The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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