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Historic Eric Clapton Strat: “The Heir to Blackie” Goes on Sale

In 2004, when Eric Clapton’s coveted black Fender Stratocaster, "Blackie," sold at Christies at a then-record-breaking price of $959,500, the guitar world was astounded. That Strat was Clapton’s favorite “sidekick” for more than 15 years and was adored—and heard—by guitar fans around the world.In the years since, major guitars have sold into the millions of dollars, but the sale of Blackie at... …

October 16, 1992: Eric Clapton Turns a Bob Dylan Tune Into a Blues Guitar Tour de Force

Twenty-five years ago today (October 16, 1992), a truly ridiculous amount of talent packed into New York City's Madison Square Garden to honor Bob Dylan's then-30-year-old recording career.The concert, which was called the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, featured top talent of the day (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, John Cougar Mellencamp, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready),... …

George Harrison and Paul Simon Play "Here Comes the Sun"

On April 24, 1976, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels appeared on SNL, which was still in its infancy, and offered the Beatles the whopping (and completely ludicrous) sum of $3,000 to regroup and perform three songs.“‘She Loves You,’ yeah, yeah, yeah—that’s $1,000 right there," Michaels said. "You know the words. It’ll be easy. Like I said, this is made out to ‘The Beatles.’ You [can]... …

Watch an 18-Year-Old Dimebag Darrell Shred in 1984

The shadowy figure in the video below is none other than an 18-year-old Dimebag (aka Diamond) Darrell, who can be seen working his way through a nearly seven-minute-long guitar solo with his trusty Dean ML.In the clip, the young Dime makes noticeable references to several key six-string influences, especially Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen, with a touch of Yngwie Malmsteen thrown in (and... …

Top Five Things Every Intermediate Guitarist Should Know

Below, we present a somewhat recently posted (August 2015) video by guitar instructor Erich Andreas of YourGuitarSage.com—"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.Andreas'... …

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