NPR''s Brian May Astrophysics Report from NPR We told you about Brian May''s life outside of Queen before, but had to share this coverage from NPR. You can listen

NPR''s Brian May Astrophysics Report

from NPR

We told you about Brian May''s life outside of Queen before, but had to share this coverage from NPR. You can listen to the 7-minute radio broadcast, read the article and even read an excerpt from Brian May''s book, Bang! The Complete History of the Universe.

One Guitar Connects Canada


The Six String Nation guitar aims to connect stories across Canada with more than sixty pieces representing different traditions and icons from the country, including a piece of Wayne Gretzky''s hockey stick. Read more about the guitar''s journey here.

University of Arkansas Reclaims Razorback

from Arkansas Democrat Gazette

The University of Arkansas'' teams have long been known as the Razorbacks. Recently, they sued Dean Guitars for copyright infringement for their Dimebag Darrell tribute Razorback guitars. The case has settled out of court and the university now controls the marketing of the guitars. We''re looking into the story, so check back for more coverage in the coming weeks.

It’s not difficult to replace the wiring in your pickups, but it takes some finesse. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. After numerous requests, this month we’ll have a closer look at changing wires on a single-coil pickup. As our guinea pig for this, I chose a standard Stratocaster single-coil, but it’s basically the same on all single-coil pickups and easy to transfer. It’s not complicated but it is a delicate task to not destroy your pickup during this process, and there are some things you should keep in mind.

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The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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