Enter here for your chance to WIN an Amptweaker Tight Rock! Giveaway Ends October 25, 2021.

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The Supro Lexington sports one volume dial and two tone knobs, plus a complex series of "tone-shading" switches.

The circuit design on this Supro Lexington is among Valco's strange but adventurous experiments.

The old Valco company holds a real fascination for me. Back in the day, the U.S. had major guitar companies like Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, and Rickenbacker. And then there was the slightly odder, slightly weirder Valco, which set out to compete with the higher-profile brands, but always approached the endeavor with a really strange game plan.

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Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Develop a stronger fingerstyle technique.
  • Understand the elements of counterpoint.
  • Impress your friends with your classical chops.
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Steve Morse is one of the most prolific and fascinating guitarists in the business. There's a reason why so many high-level players including John Petrucci, Jimmy Herring, Joel Hoekstra, and Andy Timmons list Steve as a major influence and inspiration. A deeper dive into his playing and songs will reveal a very refined technical and compositional approach steeped in classical studies.

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The Darkness' Dan Hawkins | The Big 5

One of Britain's proudest purveyors of camp reveals his secret "finger protector," as well as how Casino life changed him forever.

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Fig. 1

One of the top producers/engineers at one of the world's top tracking havens, Nashville's famed Blackbird Studios, shares tips and tricks on how to Introduce these classic effects to your mixes.

Hello and welcome to another Dojo. This time I'll discuss the differences between phasing and flanging and offer some advice on how better to use these effects in your recording and mixes.

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Although he's become a leading figure in both jazz and blues guitar, Robben Ford's first instrument was saxophone. He switched to guitar at 14 and was fronting the Charles Ford Blues Band—named after his father—and supporting blues greats Charlie Musselwhite and Jimmy Witherspoon by age 18.

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The jazz and blues virtuoso changed his tone palette on the new all-instrumental album, Pure, stepping way from his legendary 100-watt Dumble. After 36 years playing the same rig, the transition was not easy.

"I consider it a real blessing having learned the guitar through the blues medium," says Robben Ford. "I then developed a great love for jazz and, in particular, the tenor saxophone. Those guys—or the guys that I like, I should say—are all very vocal players. They're singers. Miles Davis's trumpet as well is the most brilliant example of a trumpet player using his horn as a voice. It's very much related to speech. Sometimes you speak softly. Sometimes you just groove along. Sometimes you yell. You're always trying to say something as opposed to play something."

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