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Megadeth Play Acoustic Set in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Yesterday, Megadeth played a brief acoustic set for a handful of lucky fans outside the Four Seasons hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. You can watch most of the set—including a full performance of "She Wolf"—in the three clips below.

Besides guitarists Dave Mustaine and Kiko Loureiro and bassist David Ellefson, Megadeth now features drummer Dirk Verbeuren, formerly of Swedish metal band Soilwork.

Megadeth will kick off the North American leg of their "Dystopia" world tour September 20 in Casper, Wyoming. The trek will take them to 16 states.

How to Become a Shred God

Do you want your name etched in stone among the other various shred lords like Jason Becker, John Petrucci, Vinnie Moore, Marty Friedman and Yngwie Malmsteen?

Well, this lesson is your first step to harnessing the power of shred and using it to ascend beyond the limitations of humanity. That’s right—you can become a shred god. Put your meanest guitar face on, and let’s get to work.

How to Shift Pentatonic Licks to Create "Outside" Sounds

Almost every rock guitarist knows his minor pentatonic scales inside and out, as they are the backbone of rock and blues soloing, song structures and chord progressions. This month, I’d like to demonstrate some simple ways to twist standard pentatonic licks to create unusual “outside” sounds.

Paul Riario Demos the Relish Guitars Mary

In this new clip, Guitar World’s Paul Riario demos the Mary from Relish Guitars.

With its triple layer ”floating sandwich construction,” this guitar looks and sounds incredibly unique. The middle layer, whch is made of alder, is separated from the front and back with rubber rings, allowing it to vibrate more freely.

The Swiss-made Mary features a bamboo fretboard, 24 medium jumbo stainless-steel frets, fretwire Gotoh tuners and a hardtail bridge. The guitar comes loaded with great-sounding Relish Bucker XV pickups.

Maroon 5's James Valentine Talks Ernie Ball Music Man Signature Guitar

When Guitar World catches up with James Valentine, the Maroon 5 guitarist is relaxing in a hotel room in London.

“I went to Stonehenge yesterday!” he says excitedly. Valentine’s pilgrimage to the Spinal Tap–ian landmark was a side trip during Maroon 5’s current European tour, on which they’ve been playing everywhere from Spain and France to Romania.

Mitchell Debuts Line of Premium Electric Guitars and Basses

Mitchell Guitars has entered the high-performance gear market in a big way, introducing a complete line of electric guitars and basses.

These best-in-class instruments introduce fresh designs, inspired by classic styles, for every type of player. Available in a variety of colors and finishes, all Mitchell electric guitars feature top-tier components, outstanding build quality, and exceptional playability.

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Hear Metallica’s “Moth into Flame” Snippet in New ‘Hardwired...to Self-Destruct’ Trailer

Metallica’s teaser for their new album contains a snippet of an as-yet-unreleased song.

Titled “Moth into Flame,” the tune can be heard at the 2:08 mark in the trailer for Hardwired ... to Self-Destruct, below.

The song begins with a driving riff as James Hetfield sings “Blacked out, pop queen, amphetamine. / The screams crashed in the silence.”

Freddie King Lesson: Going In Deep with a Blues Guitar Legend

Freddie King is among the triumvirate of the greatest and most influential electric blues guitarists ever, revered with equal respect alongside the legendary blues gods B.B. King and Albert King.

Together, they are often referred to as "The Three Kings"—all complete masters of their craft and essential subjects of study for any inspiring blues guitar enthusiast.

In this edition of In Deep, we'll examine a few of the trademark Freddie King-isms that have earned him his rightful place as the forefront of electric blues guitar.

How to Break In a New Amp Speaker

Ever notice how a new amp sounds a bit too new—too harsh and stiff? That’s because the speaker is still factory fresh and needs a workout to loosen up. That only way to do that is to play through the amp for several hours to get the speaker moving and break it in.

There’s another method, though, one that you can do while you’re off working, shopping or doing whatever else you do with your day. 

St. Vincent Plays “The Star-Spangled Banner” for NFL Commercial

Here’s a new clip of Ernie Ball Music Man signature artist St. Vincent performing her own guitar-based version of the National Anthem in an NFL ad. If you watched the Olympics, you might've already seen the commercial. 

St. Vincent—aka Annie Clark—shares, “So I decided to do a version that was a little bit bendy, and a little bit manic, or off-kilter to represent the idea of what it means to be American, and how we’re going to be the best version of ourselves in the future in the kind of turbulent times in which we live.”

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