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Lou Reed’s 5 Coolest Guitar Performances: A Birthday Tribute

Ted Drozdowski
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02.24.2014

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Make no mistake about it — although Lou Reed hired extraordinary six-string sidemen including the angular giant Robert Quine and the extraordinary rock tag-team of Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter, his own playing was always the most compelling on his albums, perfectly balancing light and dark, mood and texture.
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Ten Great U2 Songs You Didn’t Know

Daniel Eriksson
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02.23.2014

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As most of you probably know by now, U2 are busy finishing up their next album, and in the wake of that there will be a new world tour. Bono has said that he wants to play indoor venues this time around, since he finds that format will work best for the new material.
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Ten Tips For Better Guitar Overdubs

Ted Drozdowski
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02.22.2014

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Overdubbing is an art form with compositional options as complex as the act of songwriting itself. And the electric guitar is the perfect instrument for creative overdubs thanks to its melodic reach and huge sonic palette.
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The Melody Goes On: The Evolution of the Melody Maker

Peter Hodgson
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02.22.2014

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The Melody Maker occupies a very special place in Gibson history. Arising from the company’s late1950s and early 1960s “Golden Era,” the Melody Maker proudly boasts a unique distinction: it was Gibson’s best-selling guitar during its most historic era. Introduced in 1959, the Melody Maker was designed with humble aspirations, but, as is often the case with rock music, it’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for.
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Nashville Tuning: The 12-String That Isn't

Peter Hodgson
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02.21.2014

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The twelve-string guitar is one of the unsung heroes of the recording studio. It might not always take center stage as the primary focus of the song - although when it does that the results can be pretty spectacular - but it can add a really spectacular kind of magic to a track when used at the right moment.
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Gibson Legend George Thorogood Talks Guitars

Ted Drozdowski
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02.21.2014

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When George Thorogood’s worn shoe leather voice and snarling rottweiler six-string first busted out of FM radios in 1977, it was like nothing else on the airwaves. Disco, new wave and corporate rock were in a bloody fistfight for the hearts of listeners — or, in disco’s case, dancers — and blues was at a low ebb of popularity.
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Double Up! Gibson 12-String Electrics

Michael Leonard
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02.20.2014

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Acoustic 12-string guitars go back to the delta blues era, but electric 12-strings have also been around for 60 years now. 12-strings give you a natural “chorus” sound that still can’t be exactly reproduced via electronic chorus pedals or amps, and for some players there is simply no substitute to a genuine 12. You’ll find the sound of electric 12-strings on numerous studio and live recordings by The Who, Guns N’Roses, Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Smiths, The Beatles, The Byrds, Tom Petty, and many others.
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Ten Melody Maker Monsters

Ted Drozdowski
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02.19.2014

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The guitar was simple from the start. All the electronics were mounted on a single plate that was popped in place at Gibson Guitar’s original Kalamazoo factory, and the body was a single, thin slab of mahogany with a wraparound tailpiece and the trademark Gibson beveled headstock. It was a no-nonsense plug-and-play machine with a pair of P-90 pickups ready to dial up monster tone.
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It Might Get Loud: The 10 Loudest Rock Bands of All Time

Ted Drozdowski
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02.18.2014

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Volume can be a musician’s friend or foe.
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10 Great Female Rock Bass Players

Anne Erickson
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02.18.2014

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When it comes to bass players, there’s no denying the presence of fantastic female musicians in rock ‘n’ roll over the years. These women brought new philosophies and styles of playing to rock, alternative and metal, offering their own way to make the bass guitar sing and scream.
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