Showmanship vs. Craft from IG Blog This blog debates when showmanship in guitar playing became as important, if not more important, than skill. Their argument is that it started


Showmanship vs. Craft

from IG Blog


This blog debates when showmanship in guitar playing became as important, if not more important, than skill. Their argument is that it started with Chuck Berry. An added plus - there''s a cool old video of Berry included.

Man of 140 Gibsons

from Gibson


Gibson has found the ultimate Gibson collector -- 170 guitars, 140 of which are Gibsons. Included in this article is an interview with the collector and a gallery of his collection.

Keith Richards Still Smokin''

from Sify.com


In honor of 4/20, we had to share this story. Keith Richards claims to have given up all drugs, besides the Wacky Tobaccy. According to the story Keith says, "I smoke my head off." Perhaps we should rename the 20th of April, Keith Richards day.

Plus, the Fontaines D.C. axeman explains why he’s reticent to fix the microphonic pickup in his ’66 Fender Coronado.

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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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