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Top 10 Guitars That Don’t Sound Like Guitars

Peter Hodgson
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12.07.2013

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The guitar is so suitable for rock for the simple reason that guitar itself sounds great, but it can also be much more than that. In the right hands, it can be a string instrument, an organ, or even a zoo full of animals. Here are the 10 best examples of guitars that were not afraid to share their identity crisis with the rest of us.
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How ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ Made The Beatles Superstars

Ted Drozdowski
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12.06.2013

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The Beatles were a hard-working, scrappy rock band for little more than a year when their tuneful sensibility and gift for hooks led Paul McCartney and John Lennon to write “Love Me Do.” Their first single, the song propelled them to the forefront of the British pop scene. But it was “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” which was first released in the U.K. on November 29, 1963, that created the initial wave of international “Beatlemania” and made them superstars, changing the field of rock songwriting in the process.
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Boston’s Tom Scholz: His 10 Essential Albums

Russell Hall
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12.06.2013

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Boston’s Tom Scholz has always followed a simple premise: if something works, don’t change it. Since releasing Boston’s classic debut album in 1976, the veteran guitarist has sometimes frustrated fans with his legendary perfectionism, but the long stretches between albums have always been worth the wait. Boston’s latest LP—Life, Hope and Love—is no exception. Roiled in 2007 by the tragic death of vocalist Brad Delp, Scholz elected not to replace the singer, but instead took a “vocalist by committee” approach for the new disc. Just as important, Scholz’s trademark guitar sound—rife with beautiful tone and soaring sustain—remains a thing of wonder.
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Jason Hook, Eisley and Manchester Orchestra on Rocking KRK Systems Monitors

Anne Erickson
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12.05.2013

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KRK Systems is a leading provider of accurate and reliable monitors and control room solutions. Founded in 1986, KRK has remained true to its mission of providing and developing products that meet the needs of its customers. KRK’s studio monitors, subwoofers, headphones and accessories are also synonymous with quality design and unparalleled performance.
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The Guitar Style Of Randy Rhoads

Peter Hodgson
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12.04.2013

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It’s hard to fathom, but Randy Rhoads built his entire legacy on, essentially, two studio albums with Ozzy Osbourne. Sure, there were the Quiet Riot albums released in Japan before Randy hooked up with Ozzy, and there was the posthumous live album Tribute, but by the time he recorded Blizzard of Ozz, Randy had already created and defined an entire style.
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Turn It Up: The Virtues Of Playing Loud

Ted Drozdowski
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12.03.2013

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I’ve written several articles at Gibson.com explaining the advantages of playing at moderate stage volume. There are plenty of basic benefits to that strategy, including allowing all the players on stage to hear, creating a tight sonic mesh that best represents the band and not drowning out the singer. But there are also advantages to playing loud and proud — especially if guitar is the main instrumental voice on stage.
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Ozzy Osbourne at 65

Michael Leonard
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12.02.2013

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Ozzy Osbourne is 65 years old on December 3. Old enough to qualify for a free bus pass in his native U.K, but still rebellious enough to be a rock hero to millions.
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How Speaker Cabinets Influence Your Guitar’s Sound

Ted Drozdowski
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12.01.2013

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When it comes to defining the voice of your guitar, amp selection is absolutely crucial. Characteristics like tubes, gain, wattage, channel switching, reverb, tremolo, master volume and speaker construction typically dominate the conversation. But another absolutely essential factor is often overlooked: whether the back of the cabinet containing the speaker or speakers you use is open or closed.
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The Great Album The Beatles Nearly Made

Russell Hall
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11.30.2013

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For many Beatles fans, 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band represents the pinnacle of the Fab Four’s achievements. Densely textured, sublimely arranged and packed with some of Lennon and McCartney’s best songs, the disc remains a touchstone for every pop band that puts a premium on melody and craftsmanship. Incredibly, however, as writer Philip Norman and even Sir George Martin have pointed out, The Beatles’ psychedelic masterpiece might have been even better, had some grievous missteps not occurred.
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Come Together: The Night Lennon and McCartney Reunited

Russell Hall
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11.29.2013

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“Valiant Paul McCartney, I presume?” said John Lennon. “Sir Jasper Lennon, I presume,” responded Paul McCartney.
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