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Thoughts on Downsizing Your Gear

Some days I feel like a multinational corporation in cargo pants. In the past decade, I’ve set up shop four times: twice in the U.S. and twice in England.

As far as running my business is concerned, this was fairly easy; I’m a writer, so my camera and laptop are about my only physical corporate assets. But as part of the process of relocating back and forth between countries, I’ve had to re-prioritize the things I could move with me, liquidate as needed and generally downsize my holdings—all very conglomerate-like.

Thoughts on Caring for the Elderly (Guitar)

What’s brown and sticky? Nope. Also nope.

It’s a 60-year-old fretboard. Assuming we hang around long enough, we all get old and a bit funky; we break down and require more delicate handling and more trips to the doctor to get one part mended and another part replaced.  

We need more care as we age. It should be no surprise then that our guitars, amps, and pedals are the same way. Some results of equipment getting older are inevitable: wood dries out, so do capacitors, while oxygen gets into tubes. It’s OK, Simba; this is all part of the circle of life.

Joe Satriani's Guide to Building Chords from “Stacked” Fourths

If someone had mentioned the term “stacked fourths” to me years ago, I would have had no idea what they were talking about.

But I later learned that it is really quite simple and represents a cool approach to constructing chords. In this lesson, I’d like to show you some interesting things you can do with stacked fourths. In music theory, every note in a chord can be assigned an intervallic number. Typically, we’re dealing with scales built from five to eight notes, and each note is given a number to represent its placement within the given scale.

Gojira Premiere New Song and Music Video, “Silvera”

French metal act Gojira have premiered its new song and music video, “Silvera.” Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

The band will release its new album Magma–which was recorded at the band’s own Silver Cord Studio in Queens, New York–June 17 via Roadrunner Records.


Review: Prestige Guitars Troubadour


There is no shortage of dual humbucker, carved maple top, mahogany body, single-cutaway solidbody guitars out there these days.

With its Troubadour model, Canada’s Prestige Guitars makes a solid case for consideration, not by doing anything outrageously different, but rather by doing everything particularly well and for a sensible price, to boot.

Review: Electro-Harmonix Lester G Deluxe Rotary Speaker Pedal


Hundreds of classic guitar tracks featuring a genuine Leslie rotating speaker cabinet were recorded during the Sixties and Seventies.

Some of my personal favorites include recordings by the James Gang (“The Bomber”), Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon), Peter Frampton (almost all of Frampton Comes Alive), Pat Travers (most of Go for What You Know), and various tracks by the Beatles and Led Zeppelin.

Sepultura Studio Diary: Andreas Kisser and Jens Bogren Talk Rhythm Guitar

Today, presents an exclusive studio diary video from Brazilian metallers Sepultura. The new clip, which you can check out below, features Andreas Kisser and Jens Bogren, who discuss the rhythm guitar sessions for the band's upcoming album, which is scheduled to be released later this year.
Sepultura are in the studio as we speak—and they're shooting more studio updates like this one, so stay tuned for more!

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'I Still Do' Blues: Eric Clapton Talks Robert Johnson's "Stones in My Passway"

Like his last two studio releases, 2013’s Old Sock and 2014’s The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, Clapton's new album—I Still Do—finds the guitarist in a reflective mood, looking back at the artists and songs that inspired him as a young man, connecting with old friends—including producer Glyn Johns—and honoring family memories. And it all starts with the title.

“I Still Do is a tribute, a quote from my aunt, who passed away the year before last,” Clapton tells us.

Review: Gretsch G2655T Streamliner Center-Block Jr. Double Cutaway with Bigsby


Playing a Gretsch guitar is a transformative experience. Its renowned combination of archtop construction and wide-open sound immediately inspires you to play a little outside your comfort zone and aim to be as technically proficient as Gretsch devotee Brian Setzer and as rhythmically textural as the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell.

Review: Fender The Edge Strat and The Edge Deluxe Amp


When U2 guitarist The Edge joined FMIC’s board of directors in May of 2014, industry observers speculated that his new relationship with Fender would lead to a signature model guitar even though The Edge’s role with the company was more ambitious and involved than the typical artist endorsement.

It turns out that the observers were only half right—the relationship actually led to this year’s announcement of the Fender The Edge Strat guitar and the Fender The Edge Deluxe guitar amp.