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Riffs: Daddy's Guitar, Paul Jackson Jr., Foo Zeppelin

My Daddy''s Guitar from some Appalachian blogger Here''s a riff for you sentimental bluegrass pickers. The song, "My Daddy''s Guitar,"  written by Paul Wilson, is blogged about by Wilson''s


My Daddy''s Guitar

from some Appalachian blogger


Here''s a riff for you sentimental bluegrass pickers. The song, "My Daddy''s Guitar,"  written by Paul Wilson, is blogged about by Wilson''s brother here.

Bonus: music player with bluegrass goodness.


Paul Jackson Jr.

from the Arizona Daily Star


Jazz phenom-turned-Idol-rocking guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. is so good we give him a pass for having played on Backstreet Boys recordings. Here''s a profile that gives you a little more insight into the PRS slinger who does his thing on one of the most-watched shows in American history.

Bonus: tidbits like this: as a child actor, Jackson made appearances on Good Time
s and Mayberry R.F.D. Dyn-o-mite!

Page/Jones rock with foo fighters

from the Telegraph (UK)


Okay, scoring tickets to a Foo Fighters show is cool enough, now imagine being there when Grohl busts out some guest musicians with, oh, pretty good chops: Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. The Telegraph has the story.

Bittersweet Bonus: Page suggested the Zep reunion tour might not happen until the fall of ''09.
Slash Talks About His New Album and Tour, and the Gear He’s Playing on the Road
Full Slash Interview on New Blues Album, S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Festival, Guitar Gear, Pedal Steel & More

The guitar icon shares what went into making his chart-topping blues album and what gear fans can expect to see at the S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Blues Festival tour.


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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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Blackstar's Class A, single-ended, 1x12 tube combo that pays homage to classic American amplifiers.

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