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Riffs: Famous Guitars Unveiled, Baby Boomers Rock, Lincoln Album, The Black Keys

Famous Guitars to See Light from After years of isolation in a climate-controlled vault in California, four famous guitars will see the light. Check out this article to


Famous Guitars to See Light


After years of isolation in a climate-controlled vault in California, four famous guitars will see the light. Check out this article to see details behind the Roseville, Minnesota, unveiling of guitars played by Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Edge of U2.
Rocking Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers Rock

from The Modesto Bee

Despite moving from incense and magical brownies to knee replacements and retirement plans, Baby Boomers are still keeping music alive. This article discusses how the Woodstock Generation continues to perform thanks to music programs like New Horizons.

Vallillo with acoustic

An Album About Lincoln

from International Business Times

How did you celebrate President''s Day? We spent the day listening to Chris Vallillo''s Abraham Lincoln in Song. The album, inspired by Lincoln, is supposedly a great for both history and acoustic guitar lovers.

Black Keys,

The Black Keys

The Black Keys is a blues/rock band from Akron, Ohio. Less is definitely more with this two-member band (Dan Auerbach on guitar/vocals and Patrick Carney on the drums) whose sound dominates some of their larger peers. Check out this video of The Black Keys playing "Stack Shot Billy" on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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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Amazon Prime Day is here (July 16-17). Whether you're a veteran player or just picking up your first guitar, these are some bargains you don't want to miss. Check out more deals here!

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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.


Danelectro Nichols 1966


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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