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Olson Guitarworks Pulls Back Curtain on 17-String Guitar

Internet guitar guy Jared Dines—who has, on numerous occasions, been featured on this very website—recently commissioned a guitar from Olson Guitarworks. This guitar, though, was not—by any stretch—your typical custom job.

Hear John 5's Cover of Metallica's "Enter Sandman"

Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 has premiered a cover of the Metallica classic, "Enter Sandman."

The guitarist recorded the cover with his band, The Creatures—Ian Ross on bass and Rodger Carter on drums. You can check it out below.

Arch Enemy Premiere "The Race" Music Video

Arch Enemy—featuring guitarists Michael Amott and Jeff Loomis—have premiered a new music video for their song, "The Race."

Tech 21 Unveils Acoustic Fly Rig

Tech 21 has again expanded its line of Fly Rigs to now offer an acoustic version.

The Acoustic Fly Rig features the all-analog SansAmp with sweepable, semi-parametric active EQ, independent boost, a com- pressor, tap tempo delay, dedicated reverb, chromatic tuner, headphone capability and XLR output. Just over 20 oz. and 12.5 inches long, you can be ready for any gig at a moment’s notice.

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Jericho Guitars Announces First Line of Basses

Jericho Guitars is proud to announce their first ever line of electric bass guitars, the Alpha series.

The Alpha models are geared specifically for the live and studio professional.

From the scale to the finish and everything in between, Alpha is all about utility.

Features:

• 35” Scale
• Lightly Carved Solid Ash Body
• Hipshot Bridge & Tuners
• Tuned EADG // BEAD // F#BEA
• Single Piece Maple Neck
• Semi-Gloss Black Finish
• Macassar Ebony or Maple Fretboard
• Your Choice of Black or Blacker
• 4 String Only

A Perfect Circle Unveil New Song, "The Doomed"

A Perfect Circle—the group consisting of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel, Matt McJunkins, Jeff Friedl, and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha—have returned with “The Doomed,” their first new song in four years.

A new album from the band—their first in 14 years—will arrive next year, according to a press release.

Hear Metallica's 1985 Demo of "Master of Puppets"

Back in August, Metallica announced a truly gargantuan reissue of their landmark 1986 album, Master of Puppets.

Multiple editions of the reissue feature entire discs of demos, live recordings and other previously unreleased material. Now, you can hear the latest nugget from the reissue, an early demo of the album's title track.

Anthrax, Killswitch Engage Announce 'KillThrax II' Tour

Anthrax and Killswitch Engage have announced another co-headlining KillThrax tour.

Kicking off in late January and lasting through early March, the tour will take the bands throughout the United States and Canada. The bands will be joined by Havok, who will serve as the opening act for every show on the tour.

"After playing so many amazing shows last year with our friends Killswitch Engage, I'm psyched for round two of KillThrax, and we're adding Havok to the heaviness!" said Anthrax bassist Frank Bello.

A Fresh Batch of Technically Challenging Exercises to Keep Your Chops Fired Up

Way back in the Holiday 2012 issue, I compared guitar playing to being like a winter sport.

In the summer, we tend to put away our guitars while we engage in outdoor summer activities.

Practice Tips from Joe Satriani

Check out these handy practice tips from Joe Satriani! They were originally published in the July 2004 issue of Guitar World.

1. Don’t spend more than an hour on any one thing.
The brain can only hold so much new information before it says “enough.” Scientists have studied the changes that occur to the brain when a person learns something new.

They’ve found it takes a while for the brain to recover before it can process new information. So limit yourself to one hour a day on anything that is new or especially challenging.

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