Gibson''s Robot Guitar Receives Tech Award from Ultimate Guitar Gibson was awarded the "Best Music Hardware Award" at the Roundhouse in London on October 1st. The Gibson Robot is

Gibson''s Robot Guitar Receives Tech Award

from Ultimate Guitar


Gibson was awarded the "Best Music Hardware Award" at the Roundhouse in London on October 1st. The Gibson Robot is the world''s first guitar with robotic technology. 

In case you missed it, they''ve also now released the Robot in Flying V and X-plorer models.

Yngwie Malmsteen Releases New Album

from Top40-charts.com


Legendary guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen is to release his first new album in three years, titled Perpetual Flame, in mid October. The albums will be the first of Malmsteen''s to be released by Rising Force Records.

Dean Signs Michael Amott

from Dean Guitars


Guitarist Michael Amott of Arch Enemy and Carcass has signed with Dean Guitars. Dean plans to work closely with him to design his dream guitar.  That will likely be one mean Dean!


John D''Addario Jr. Recieves Doctorate

from D''Addario


John D''Addario Jr. is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the State University of New York, which is presented by SUNY Potsdam. D''Addario Jr. is the eighth generation in the family involved the the music string business.

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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