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Riffs: Metallica Album to Debut on Game, Best Buy Music Launch, Gibson Second Life

Metallica''s Album to Debut on Guitar Hero from The Associated Press Metallica''s much-hyped new album will now debut for download on Guitar Hero the same day as it comes

Metallica''s Album to Debut on Guitar Hero

from The Associated Press


Metallica''s much-hyped new album will now debut for download on Guitar Hero the same day as it comes out in stores. The announcement was made at the video game industry''s version of NAMM, E3.

Best Buy Guitar Section Launches

from Naperville Sun


We told you some time ago about Best Buy carrying musical instruments. Well, they''re kicking off the launch of their Chicago-area stores with a bang. The launch party features Buddy Guy and Jim Peterik. Are we going to Best Buy to buy our next guitar? Um no.

Gibson Island in Second Life

from Market Watch


If you''re not nerdy enough to know what Second Life is, you might just want to stop reading now. For those of you still with me, Gibson has launched their own island in the game for virtual guitarists. The island will feature real performances by acts like Bob Welch, along with exclusive virtual guitar models so your avatar can have GAS too.
The Return of Johnny Cash—John Carter Cash Interview
The Return of Johnny Cash—John Carter Cash Interview on Johnny’s New Songwriter Album

The Man in Black returns with the unreleased Songwriter album. John Carter Cash tells us the story.

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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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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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