Molly Miller on JJ Cale's "After Midnight" | Hooked

It wasn't her first guitar memory, but a late introduction from drummer Joey Bellerose has continued to school Jason Mraz's lead-guitar foil in confident, clear playing with plenty of "dance moves."

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Formed in 1986, Darkthrone have been a duo consisting of Fenriz (left) and Nocturno Culto (right) since the release of 1994's Transilvanian Hunger.

Photo by Ester Segarra

Using Metallica and ZZ Top as signposts, and moving from their condemned bomb shelter studio to a pro room, the wicked progenitors of Norwegian black metal give off major throwback vibes on their new Eternal Hails.

Norwegian extreme metal band Darkthrone have been shrouded in mystique ever since their 1986 inception. The band's second, third, and fourth albums, A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Under a Funeral Moon, and Transilvanian Hunger—released in 1992, 1993, and 1994, respectively—are commonly regarded as the unholy trinity of black metal. But the band no longer consider themselves purely black metal, and it's questionable as to whether they ever did. They've arguably jumped around stylistically for their entire career—from death metal to doom metal to black metal, and even crust punk, as evidenced on 2006's The Cult Is Alive. They never tour or perform live (their last performance was in 1996), which defines their sound just about as much as any musical influence, as they've long chosen to focus their creative energy on crafting albums in their own makeshift studio, which was located in an old bomb shelter in their hometown, Kolbotn.

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Why I Built This: M-Tone Guitars’ Matt Proctor

Watch the Portland luthier demo his intricate axes and explain how Dry Cleaning and a five-story block of marble factor into his creative dreams.

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Another FIVE winners will be chosen from Crazy Tube Circuits, Ernie Ball, Ibanez, Tech 21, and Valco FX.

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A Leslie West devotee turned an '80s "pointy" guitar into a more playable companion with a hand-painted homage to his hero.

Name: Mike Murphy
Hometown: Tavares, Florida
Guitar: Flying Star

I've been building/modifying guitars for over 50 years. With the recent passing of guitar legend Leslie West (of Mountain fame), who was one of my greatest influences, I thought this might be of interest to your readers.

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Pigtronix is proud to announce the launch of Echolution 3. Following the success of its sought-after predecessors, Echolution and Echolution 2, the all-new Echolution 3 offers a streamlined user interface, remarkably hi-fidelity audio, and more selective sound design options than ever before.

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