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Coated Strings: Longer Life, Better Tone, Silky Feel

08.14.2014

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The 2014 model year guitars ship with coated strings—but we’re not talking about the funky plastic sheaths you might think of when you hear “coated strings.”
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Get the Maximum Out of Your First Electric Guitar

Ted Drozdowski
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08.13.2014

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If you’re an acoustic guitar player, going electric is a way to muscle up your game in a host of interesting ways. Plugging in opens up the sonic universe and grants a license to rock — and hard! If you’ve never played an electric guitar before, here are a few pointers to get you rolling down the “Highway To Hell” like a “Dazed and Confused” “Voodoo Child” in a “Purple Haze.”
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In Search of the Perfect Tonewood

Russell Hall
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08.12.2014

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For some, combing the forest in search of the perfect tonewood is akin to a mystical experience. That’s certainly the case for Lorenzo Pellegrini, a master tree picker who’s been working the forest for more than 70 years. Profiled last year by BBC News, Pellegrini, now 84, was introduced to Switzerland’s Risoud Forest a half-century ago. He’s lived there ever since.
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Own the Tone: Choosing the Right Humbucking and Single-Coil Pickups

Ted Drozdowski
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08.11.2014

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The biggest factor in purchasing a guitar is often the way it sounds. And when it’s an electric guitar, the most important component of that sonic allure is the pickups — the magnetic devices that are mounted in the guitar’s face beneath the strings. They turn the vibrations of those strings into electrical impulses that ultimately make awesome tones pop out of an amp’s speaker cones.
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Ronnie Wood: How to Play Like The Rolling Stones Legend

Ted Drozdowski
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08.11.2014

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Like many other members of British blues royalty, Ron Wood started playing guitar attempting to emulate his American idols. In Wood’s case, he has specifically cited the music of country bluesmen Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy, as well as Chuck Berry. Later, his reference points also included the Beatles, which whom he sought to compete as a member of the Faces.
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Dave Grohl's Gibson Guitars

Daniel Eriksson
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08.09.2014

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Foo Fighter Dave Grohl has been playing Gibson guitars for most of his career as a frontman. Here we’ll take a look at some of the different Gibson guitars that Dave Grohl has used on stage and in the studio throughout his career.
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1961 Humbucker: A Classic Reborn

08.08.2014

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The 1961 Humbucker is part of the Burstbucker family, which features offset coils—of the two humbucker coils, one has more windings than the other. With typical Burstbuckers the slug coil has a few hundred more turns than the screw coil, so the slug coil sound tends to dominate; this gives a bit more of a single coil character.
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Top 40 Metal

Daniel Eriksson
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08.08.2014

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A cover song is usually easily recognizable, since they tend to sound pretty much exactly like the original. But a great cover is when a band takes a song and reworks it in their own style. But you could also take it a step further, and cover something that is from a completely different genre. There are some really great examples of heavy metal and rock bands who have done covers that are completely out of left field, and made them their own, with some even scoring a bigger hit than the original artist. Let’s take a look at a few really cool metal and rock covers of some of the biggest pop hits since the sixties!
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The Joy Of PLEKs

Peter Hodgson
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08.07.2014

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The fretboard is where a heck of a lot of our guitaristic expression occurs. It’s where our fingers contact the strings to sound specific notes (of course), and that means that it’s an intersection between the physical and conceptual aspects of our playing. It’s where the strings get pushed, bent, tapped, hammered, pulled, flicked and otherwise harassed in the name of art.
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10 Great Grunge Bands

Anne Erickson
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08.07.2014

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Grunge bloomed from the mid-to-late ‘80s Seattle music scene with fuzzy, distorted electric guitars, angst-y vocals and a general rebellion against the establishment. After the mainstream breakthrough of Nirvana’s Nevermind album in 1991, the genre became the most popular style of rock music in the ‘90s.
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