Relic''d Acoustics Next? from Strat-O-Blogster Glen Hansard took home an Academy Award last night for best song, but the buzz isn''t about his Oscar, but instead his beat-up acoustic.

Relic''d Acoustics Next?

from Strat-O-Blogster


Glen Hansard took home an Academy Award last night for best song, but the buzz isn''t about his Oscar, but instead his beat-up acoustic. New trend or just a movie prop? We''re not too keen on sanding holes in our guitars, so we''re hoping its the latter.

Mustaine Must Solo

from Guitar Flame


Pissing off rhythm guitarists everywhere, Dave Mustaine proclaims that you can''t be an accomplished guitarist if you don''t solo. Has he been drinking too much of his own coffee? Actually, the whole story isn''t as bad as it originally sounded...

Ergonomics for Our Fretless Friends

from Building the Ergonomic Guitar


Apparently someone out there thinks that the tried-and-true guitar design just isn''t cutting it comfort-wise. We''ve seen a lot of ergonomic models lately; here''s another. This guy explains his thought process as well.

Equipped with noise reduction and noise gate modes, the Integrated Gate has a signal monitoring function that constantly monitors the input signal.

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A modern take on Fullerton shapes and a blend of Fender and Gibson attributes strikes a sweet middle ground.

A stylish alternative to classic Fender profiles that delivers sonic versatility. Great playability.

Split-coil sounds are a little on the thin side. Be sure to place it on the stand carefully!

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Fender Player Plus Meteora HH
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After many decades of sticking with flagship body shapes, Fender spent the last several years getting more playful via their Parallel Universe collection. The Meteora, however, is one of the more significant departures from those vintage profiles. The offset, more-angular profile was created by Fender designer Josh Hurst and first saw light of day as part of the Parallel Universe Collection in 2018. Since then, it has headed in both upscale and affordable directions within the Fender lineup—reaching the heights of master-built Custom Shop quality in the hands of Ron Thorn, and now in this much more egalitarian guise as the Player Plus Meteora HH.

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A blind horse wouldn’t be impressed, but this beautiful, double-horned instrument with one-of-a-kind engravings helped make luthier Tony Zemaitis famous.

Though they never reached the commercial success of some of their peers, the Faces have no doubt earned a place as one of the seminal rock ’n’ roll bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Combining influences as varied as instrumental funk à la the Meters, traditional folk music, and a heavy dose of rhythm and blues, the Faces brand of rock ’n’ roll can be heard in some way or another in the music of countless bands that followed. After the Faces folded in 1975, all five members went on to continue making great music, but their chemistry together was undeniable.

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