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Riffs: Ron Asheton Tribute, Zep Done for Good, Fender Ukes, Garage Band Featuring Lessons

Tribute: The Stooges'' Ron Asheton from Rolling Stone You''ve probably already heard the news. Rolling Stone has a nice tribute. Page''s Manager: Zep Done for Good from Gibson For

Tribute: The Stooges' Ron Asheton

from Rolling Stone

You've probably already heard the news. Rolling Stone has a nice tribute.

Page's Manager: Zep Done for Good

from Gibson

For those of you still holding your breath, it's time to exhale. Seriously, let go, once and for all. Gibson has the details.

Fender's Bringing Back the Ukelele

from Guitar Player Gear Guide

There are people out there who want Ukeleles, right? Well, Fender's hoping so. They're going to have a line coming out soon. Oh, and if you're too cool to admit that ukes are amazing instruments in the right hands, we submit exhibit A: Jake

Sting Teaches Guitar in Garage Band

from The Industry Standard

News from MacWorld: in Mac's iLife 09, the latest version of Garage Band features basic guitar lessons from guys like Sting. But wait.. they cost $4.99 a pop, which is either a rip or an awesome deal, depending on how much you love the Police.
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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This 1968 Epiphone Al Caiola Standard came stocked with P-90s and a 5-switch Tone Expressor system.

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (

The session ace’s signature model offers a wide range of tones at the flip of a switch … or five.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. Not long ago, I came home late from a band rehearsal, still overly excited about the new songs we played. I got myself a coffee (I know, it's a crazy procedure to calm down) and turned on the TV. I ended up with an old Bonanza episode from the ’60s, the mother of all Western TV series. Hearing the theme after a long time instantly reminded me of the great Al Caiola, who is the prolific session guitarist who plays on the song. With him in mind, I looked up the ’60s Epiphone “Al Caiola” model and decided I want to talk about the Epiphone/Gibson Tone Expressor system that was used in this guitar.

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Slinky playability, snappy sounds, and elegant, comfortable proportions distinguish an affordable 0-bodied flattop.

Satisfying, slinky playability. Nice string-to-string balance. Beautiful, comfortable proportions.

Cocobolo-patterned HPL back looks plasticky.


Martin 0-X2E


Embracing the idea of an acoustic flattop made with anything other than wood can, understandably, be tricky stuff. There’s a lot of precedent for excellent-sounding acoustics built with alternative materials, though. Carbon-fiber flattops can sound amazing and I’ve been hooked by the sound and playability of Ovation and Adamas instruments many times.

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The GibsonES Supreme Collection (L-R) in Seafoam Green, Bourbon Burst, and Blueberry Burst.

The new Gibson ES Supreme offers AAA-grade figured maple tops, Super Split Block inlays, push/pull volume controls, and Burstbucker pickups.

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