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Riffs: Cursed Guitar, Guitar Donations, Classical Guitar

Brit Band Uses Cursed Guitar from National Post Jason Pierce, leader of the British space rock band Spritualized, discovered a strange guitar: a 1929 Gibson L-00, just like the one

Brit Band Uses Cursed Guitar

from National Post


Jason Pierce, leader of the British space rock band Spritualized, discovered a strange guitar: a 1929 Gibson L-00, just like the one Robert Johnson had been photographed with. It''s a great sounding guitar but the question is - is it cursed? Here''s the story.

Guitars For New Orleans Kids

from The Times-Picayune


The New Orleans Musician''s Relief Fund was founded by and for musicians displaced by hurricane Katrina. Through the charity, two Chicago families recently donated guitars and accessories to fourteen young New Orleans rockers.

Symphony For Six Strings

from The New York Times


Here''s some love for the classical players among us -- Oscar Ghiglia, a classical Italian guitarist, recently taught and performed at the New York Guitar Seminar. Here''s a review of the recital.

With a team of experts on hand, we look at six workhorse vintage amps you can still find for around $1,000 or less.

If you survey the gear that shows up on stages and studios for long enough, you’ll spot some patterns in the kinds of guitar amplification players are using. There’s the rotating cast of backline badasses that do the bulk of the work cranking it out every day and night—we’re all looking at you, ’65 Deluxe Reverb reissue.

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A technicolor swirl of distortion, drive, boost, and ferocious fuzz.

Summons a wealth of engaging, and often unique, boost, drive, distortion, and fuzz tones that deviate from common templates. Interactive controls.

Finding just-right tones, while rewarding, might demand patience from less assured and experienced drive-pedal users. Tone control could be more nuanced.

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Danelectro Nichols 1966
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The Danelectro Nichols 1966, in spite of its simplicity, feels and sounds like a stompbox people will use in about a million different ways. Its creator, Steve Ridinger, who built the first version as an industrious Angeleno teen in 1966, modestly calls the China-made Nichols 1966 a cross between a fuzz and a distortion. And, at many settings, it is most certainly that.

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The author standing next to a Richardson gunstock lathe purchased from Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory. It was used to make six necks at a time at Gibson in the 1950s and 1960s.

Keep your head down and put in the work if you want to succeed in the gear-building business.

The accelerated commodification of musical instruments during the late 20th century conjures up visions of massive factories churning out violins, pianos, and, of course, fretted instruments. Even the venerable builders of the so-called “golden age” were not exactly the boutique luthier shops of our imagination.

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