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Four Ways to Mix Distortion and Modulation Without Sounding Like Mud

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Modulation is a pristine effect. It’s subtle, not overly aggressive and best employed when it doesn’t substantially alter your raw guitar tone.

Distortion is different.

While often loud and aggressive, distortion warps your signal, completely changing the demeanor of your sound.

Black Cat Announces Monster K-Fuzz Pedal

Black Cat Pedals is pleased to announce the Monster K-Fuzz stompbox, the latest edition of the veteran pedal maker's uniquely hotrodded version of the Sixties Kay Fuzztone. 

The new Monster K-Fuzz stompbox boasts all the bells and whistles and features of previous versions in a pedalboard-friendly enclosure—and at a more affordable price.

D’Angelico Unveils One-of-a-Kind Dead & Company Guitars

Fans attending Dead & Company concerts this summer have a chance to take home unique, hand-painted guitars signed by the entire band, commemorating historic venues on their tour. 

The collection was created by New York City-based guitar brand D’Angelico Guitars and will be auctioned to raise funds for over a dozen charities.

The Secrets of Jimi Hendrix's Guitar Setup: Interview with Roger Mayer

Nobody knows the ins and outs of Jimi Hendrix's guitar sound like Roger Mayer.

Mayer had already worked with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck and produced a number of different fuzz boxes by the time he met Hendrix at a gig at the Bag Of Nails pub in London. The two hit it off and Mayer showed Hendrix his Octavia, a unit that added an octave overtone to the original note. Hendrix loved the sound and used it on the solo to "Purple Haze."

The Best Blues-Ready Guitars, Amps and Effects on the Market

Got the blues but not the gear?

Cheer up with this excellent assortment of blues-ready guitars, amps, effects and more!



Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino With Bigsby


New Converse All Wah Sneaker Has a Built-In Wah Pedal

Converse has unveiled the final version of a new Chuck Taylor sneaker with something special built into it just for guitarists.

Dubbed the All Wah, the sneaker features a built-in wah pedal. Yes, you read that right. 

A prototype of the shoe first appeared in 2013, and now the finished product is here. 


How to Create Guitar Solos That Convey Melodic Continuity

The most memorable guitar solos are those that follow the old adage of creating the impression of a “composition within a composition,” in that the solo sounds like a song of its own and establishes its own musical integrity within the larger piece of music.

Robert Plant Testifies About Writing “Stairway to Heaven”: “Jimmy Page and I Sat by the Fire”

Like the final scene in a mystery where all is revealed, Robert Plant provided some of the most illuminating testimony yet in the plagiarism trial over Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.”

The singer took the stand Tuesday, June 21, at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Los Angeles, becoming the last surviving member of Led Zeppelin to testify in the trial to determine whether the band plagiarized the 1968 Spirit song “Taurus.” 

Top Five Things Every Intermediate Guitarist Should Know

Below, we present a recently posted (August 2015) video by guitar instructor Erich Andreas of—"Top Five Things Every Intermediate Guitar Player Should Know."

Bearing in mind that Andreas is assuming you already know the basics of guitar—how to play some basic chords, simple melodies, a few scales, etc., these are tips that will help get you to the next level.

Todd Rundgren Talks Eric Clapton's 'The Fool' SG, Utopia and Almost Producing The Who

He’s a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer who’s had his own hits and worked with such artists as Cheap Trick, Sean Cassidy and Meat Loaf, but what Guitar World readers really want to know is…

A lot of what I’ve heard of your new album, Global, is heavily electronic, like your last album, State. Are you moving away from the guitar with your new music? — Craig Williams