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The EMG Retro Active Fat 55 humbucker set | My Guitar Lessons

Fat 55 humbucker set was inspired by the ingenuity, tone, and feel of the original PAF.

Check Out Rock Band VR’s First MR Trailer, Now Arriving ‘Early 2017’

Harmonix has confirmed that the upcoming Rock Band VR is now set to release in early 2017, and released the first trailer for the game.

How to Use Your Whammy Bar Within a Riff

This month, I’d like to demonstrate some ways in which I like to utilize my guitar’s whammy bar in the music of Revocation. I often use the bar to “color” chord patterns and to give single-note lines different and unusual textures.

The rock guitarist ‘better’ than Hendrix

Members of the veteran rock band Chicago remember their late guitarist Terry Kath and how the great Jimi Hendrix said Kath was "better" than him.

Playing the Sickest Guitar Pedal the World Has Never Heard

Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein," Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like an Eagle," and the freaking voice of R2D2! Each of the YouTube links above features the ARP 2600 synthesizer, an iconic and freakish instrument first introduced in 1971.

How to Sound Like The Beatles Using Modern Guitar Gear

Late last week, the gang at Reverb.com posted their latest "Potent Pairings" video. The series shows guitarists how to sound like their favorite bands using various modern pedals—pedals that, in most cases, were never used by the bands themselves. This time around, Potent Pairings checked in with the Beatles.

THE MOST DURABLE GUITAR PEDAL!?!! #1

First episode in a series where I am going to put the Boss pedals to the test! This has been done before, but Im gonna take it way to far. Thank you fo

Li-Sa-X, Marty Friedman and the Power of Prodigy

Li-Sa-X is an 11-year-old Japanese guitar phenomenon whose YouTube covers of virtuoso rock guitar classics, includung Racer X's "Scarified," have racked up seven-figure viewcounts. Just as often as her performances inspire deserved wonder, they also spark equally impassioned comment-section warnings of the evils of aggressive parenting.

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies in Spain aged 68

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died ion hospital in Spain, his manager has said. The veteran musician, 68, was taken into hospital in Marbella on Thursday evening due to complications with a pre-existing shoulder injury. He died there at lunchtime on Saturday, his manager and family said in a statement. The statement said: "We are truly devastated to have to announce that Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has passed away at lunchtime today.

Electro Harmonix Micro Synth – an in-depth look at just what it can do

If you've never come across the Electro Harmonix Micro Synth before and you're open to new sounds then make sure you watch this in depth video review.

St. Vincent Talks New Album and Why She Wore a “Bikini” on Her Guitar...

The following excerpt is from the February 2017 issue of Guitar World. Annie Clark is officially one step ahead of us. We've always suspected as much, but this fact was confirmed the moment she emerged from hair and makeup for her inaugural Guitar World cover shoot holding a guitar...and wearing a dress that featured a print of a bikini body, just like the kind you'd find hanging in the window of a kitschy beach shop.

Spoon confirm release of 2017 album, announce live comeback

The band's ninth studio album is due out this March through Matador Records.

Digital Vintage – Mercuriall SPARK amp sim

After a vintage Marshall sound? Can't afford thousands on the used market? Give this plugin a serious look! Check it out here

Review: Jackson Guitars Monarkh Pro Series SC and X Series SCX7

GOLD AWARD When guitarists hear the name “Jackson,” the first instruments they probably think of are the company’s super strats like the Dinky, San Dimas, and Soloist or their more radical-shaped axes like the Kelly, King V, Rhoads, or Warrior. Probably the last style of guitar they’d imagine would be a curvaceous single-cutaway model, but that’s exactly what Jackson has added to its impressive stable with the introduction of several new Monarkh models.

Paul Riario Unboxes and Demos New Line 6 Spider V 120 Amp

This week, Guitar World Tech Editor Paul Riario said farewell to his trusty old Line 6 Spider III amp. I don't know how long it's been under his desk, but I know it was there when I first stumbled into GW six years ago.

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