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Win Five Accessories Every Guitarist Needs!

Win Five Accessories Every Guitarist Needs!

You could WIN a Guitarist Essentials Prize Package featuring gear from D'Addario, DMI Guitar Labs, Dunlop, Shubb Capos, Taylor Guitars, and Xvive! Giveaway ends in 30 days.

D'addario Backline Gear Transport Pack Solo

The D'Addario Backline gear transport solo pack provides a rugged yet ergonomic solution for transporting your essential gear between gigs. Designed with serious musicians in mind, this purpose-built pack features six specialized compartments to securely organize your laptop, cables, pedals, microphones, merchandise and more. Its heavy-duty construction and padded straps keep your equipment protected and your shoulders comfortable during transit. Multiple compartments provide dedicated space for your laptop, cables, pedals, mics and whatever else you need to bring to a show. Padded dividers keep items securely in place and prevent scratches. A large front pocket is perfect for smaller accessories like guitar picks or drum keys. There's even a padded laptop sleeve to keep your computer safe during travel.

DMI Guitar Labs Cleaning Kit



Fret Butter hydrates the wood and removes grime and oxidation from your frets in one simple application. The result is a clean hydrated fingerboard with shiny frets and a satin smooth finish protecting against sweat, acids, metal corrosion, and string abrasion.

Easily clean your finger-board with the Fret Butter all-in-one cloth
Prevent cracking and splitting of your finger-board
Bring back like-new luster to your frets
Fret Butter contains no harmful chemicals, is prop65 compliant, cruelty free and vegan. It is air-travel safe world-wide and ships to 169 countries. Fret Butter only contains food grade products and is free of lemon oil.

DMI Guitar Labs

Dunlop System 65 Complete Guitar and Bass Setup Tool Kit

System 65 Complete Gtr/Bass Setup Tool Kit

Shubb C8b Partial Capo for Drop-D Tuning - Brass

C8b Partial Drop-D Tuning Capo - Brass

Taylor Beacon Digital Clip-on Tuner - Black

That’s why Taylor’s new Beacon is the perfect accessory for any guitar player. This convenient, USB-chargeable multi-tool includes five essential functions to cover any musical situation:

  • Clip-on tuner
  • Metronome
  • Timer
  • Countdown
  • Flashlight

With its easy-to-use design and compact, versatile functionality, the Beacon represents the latest step in Taylor’s mission to make it easier for you to make music.


Xvive G1 Butterfly Guitar Stand Black

The Xvive G1 butterfly guitar stand provides a sturdy and lightweight home for your guitar. Thoughtfully designed in Germany, the Xvive G1 accommodates electric guitars, acoustic guitars, basses and other stringed instruments. With its smart, space-saving design, you can set it up in seconds and fold it down into a compact accessory. The Xvive G1's two-tiered cradle and backrest are lined with soft silicone that prevents your instrument from slipping and getting scratched. The stand has two points of contact with the body and two with the neck for a completely secure hold. Its silicone feet stop it from sliding across slick surfaces. The Xvive G1 has a small footprint that takes up minimal space when open, yet stores away in tight quarters. Its stylish perforated design looks sharp on stage as well as in your home studio or practice space. Any musician will appreciate how the Xvive G1 protects their instrument while disappearing when not in use. Whether you need an ultra-portable stand for gigging or a permanent home for your ax in your studio, the Xvive G1 butterfly guitar stand offers protection and stability in a lightweight, space-saving package.

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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