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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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Dismemberment Plan? 5 Ridiculous Band Names and the Stories Behind Them

Russell Hall
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06.23.2014

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Oftentimes the logic behind a band name is clear—The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath are all based in logic we understand—but some names leave us scratching our heads.
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GuitArcheology: Vintage Gibson Print Ads

Michael Leonard
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06.22.2014

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In 2013’s social media world of texting, Tweeting, Facebook-liking and general online sharing, marketing guitars is now a rich process. Back in the day, guitarists were not so well served. If you wanted to see a new guitar model, you’d have to go to your local music store. And, if you bought a guitar magazine – as we’re sure, most guitarists still like to do – you’d see a print ad. But even after that, you’d go to your music store. So, what about those classic print ads?
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First Dates: When Was My Vintage Les Paul Manufactured?

Russell Hall
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06.21.2014

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Ascribing production-date information to any musical instrument is a tricky proposition, but it’s especially true with electric guitars.
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Slowpen: Eric Clapton’s Songwriting

Ted Drozdowski
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06.21.2014

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Most of us would be content playing guitar as well as Eric Clapton during his Cream years. But Clapton was yearning for more as an artist. He left Cream in search of his creative destiny, and while he failed to find it in Blind Faith, he felt the right path beneath his feet when he struck up a friendship with Mississippi native Delaney Bramlett and joined Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.
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