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Celebrating Canada Day: Canada’s Top 10 Guitarists

Michael Leonard
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07.01.2014

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As you would expect from the world’s second-largest country, Canada has produced its share of great guitarists. From Newfoundland to The Yukon, it’s impossible to pinpoint a “Canadian” music style – just as it is with the U.S. – but from blues to folk to hard rock, there are certainly some great players, often legends in their native country but undervalued outside.
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Worst Rock Band Double Bills — Ever!

Ted Drozdowski
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06.30.2014

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Rock ‘n’ roll has a history of tragic mispairings — like in 1967 when the Jimi Hendrix Experience opened a tour for the Monkees, or when ABBA and KISS toured in the ’70s, and the more recent double-bill of the Scissor Sisters and Limp Bizkit.
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If Looks Could Kill: How Gibson Guitars Get that World-Class Finish

Ted Drozdowski
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06.27.2014

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New car smell is nice, but nothing beats the look and smell of a new Gibson guitar. Or, for that matter, a Gibson that’s aged into a gorgeous work of highly playable art. Walking through a guitar shop, the colors — enhanced and shining thanks to the classic Gibson application of nitrocellulose — gleam and invite. And on stage, they catch footlights and spotlights the way a silent sea captures moonbeams. The Gibson look is visual poetry.
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The Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Slash Humbucker

Peter Hodgson
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06.27.2014

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When Guns N' Roses first hit the big time, hard rock players generally favored pointy guitars with Floyd Roses and bright, flashy paint jobs. In contrast, Slash adopted more of a 'classic rock' vibe with his choice of Les Pauls and earthy, Marshall-driven tones.
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Lessons I’ve Learned from the Guitar Greats

Peter Hodgson
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06.26.2014

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As far as I see it, I have the best job in the world. As a music journalist I get to ask all sorts of artists all sorts of questions about what makes them tick, and I’m then able to selfishly take that inspiration back with me to my own music. But the real joy of doing this stuff is getting to share those lessons with others through the articles I write.
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Hendrix's Gibson Guitars

Daniel Eriksson
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06.25.2014

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Jimi Hendrix played a variety of guitars throughout his career, and among them were many Gibson models. Hendrix would often use a white SG Custom for "Red House," and towards the end of his life he would often be seen with a custom made left-handed Gibson Flying V.
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World Cup Special! The Ultimate Soccer/Rocker Team

Michael Leonard
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06.25.2014

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You may have noticed it’s the 2014 World Cup in Brasil. Soccer. Football. Whatever you call it. Many musicians want to be sports stars, and many sports stars fancy themselves as musicians. So here’s our outstanding 11-strong World Cup team selection with a mix of both.
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The Guitar Genius of Jeff Beck

Michael Leonard
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06.24.2014

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Of the prime “Surrey Delta” players of 1960s U.K. blues – Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck – it’s Beck who is the connoisseur's choice. Although hardly a household name like EC and Page, Beck is rightly considered by those in-the-known as one of the most unique guitar stylists ever.
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Smashing Guitars — Top 5 Guitar Vandals

Daniel Eriksson
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06.24.2014

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Ever since Pete Townshend made it his trademark move, smashing guitars has been copied by numerous acts on more or less expensive guitars. Sometimes it's been out of frustration rather than showmanship, like when Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill smashed his beautiful Gibson ES-325 onstage during a gig in the UK.
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Five Great Chicken Pickers

Ted Drozdowski
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06.23.2014

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When it comes to the six-string art of chicken pickin’, the “buk-buk-buk” stops here, with five of the hottest chicken pickers alive. Although the technique is seemingly simple — a matter of plucking a note downward and outward while muted, the hitting it again with an upstroke — it is difficult to master. But these guys are today’s undisputed masters of the most fowl playing style ever.
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