Heineken Joins Boutique Elite? from Gearfuse.com While most rock stars polish off and then leave the Heineken backstage, here''s a reason to keep those empty cans. If recycling or

Heineken Joins Boutique Elite?

from Gearfuse.com


While most rock stars polish off and then leave the Heineken backstage, here''s a reason to keep those empty cans. If recycling or collecting the deposit isn''t enough motivation, eBay seller k_hessler is auctioning off a Heineken mini-keg, 20W amplifier for $119.99. We wonder if he''s slamming the Heineken just to build these amps?!

Pink Floyd''s Richard Wright Dies at 65

from BBC.com


Pink Floyd keyboard player and founding member Richard Wright has died from cancer. Wright appeared on the group''s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967 alongside lead guitarist Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason. .

A List of Shredders

from Gibson.com


Hopefully, the folks can at Gibson can put an end to the ongoing debate here at PG - who are the best shredders to ever pick up the instrument? Then again, their list might add fuel to the fire. Either way, it''s fun going through their "8 of the Fastest Shredders" list, which has corresponding videos for each guitarist.

R.E.M. Should Join Screaming Stone

from Helsingin Sanomat


After playing at Finnair Stadium in Helsinki, Finland, R.E.M.''s Peter Buck had his Rickenbacker stolen right from the stage. While we feel Peter''s pain, as the guitar has been a loyal member of the band for over 25 years, we can only suggest he should join the Screaming Stone network featured in October''s "Hot Links." Screaming Stone is a social networking site for the music community created to help relocate lost and stolen instruments.

A bone nut being back-filed for proper string placement and correct action height.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to change your acoustic guitar’s tone and playability.

In my early days, all the guitars I played (which all happened to be pre-1950s) used bone nuts and saddles. I took this for granted, and so did my musician friends. With the exception of the ebony nuts on some turn-of-the-century parlors and the occasional use of ivory, the use of bone was a simple fact of our guitar playing lives, and alternative materials were simply uncommon to us.

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While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

Photo by Chad Kelco

Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

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