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New Book Explores How Marshall, Hiwatt and Vox Amps Changed the Sound of Music

UYJBHJBackbeat Books has announced a new tome by amp expert Dave Hunter. The British Amp Invasion: How Marshall, Hiwatt, Vox and More Changed the Sound of Music chronicles how what seemed at first like a minor also-ran offshore industry turned quickly into a true world leader.The book features backstage histories, compelling behind-the-scenes stories and liberal use of period imagery. British... …

How to Use Rhythm to Play Better Solos

If you're trying to create more interesting solos, you've probably been exploring some new scales and techniques. Have you thought about rhythm though?If not, have no fear, for guitar instructor Steve "Samurai Guitarist" Onotera has a video that perfectly fits your needs. In the clip, Onotera gives tips on how to "funkify" your solos with rhythm.In the clip, Onotera says to:1. Use a variety of... …

Fender Releases California Coast Series Ukeleles

Fender has announced the launch of its new California Coast Series ukuleles, celebrating the brand’s California roots.All five, diverse soprano, concert and tenor models are named after beaches along the coast of California—from Los Angeles to picturesque Santa Barbara, capturing the spirit of California beach culture and the lifestyle it has to offer year-round.All models from the California... …

Electro-Harmonix Unveils Superego+ Synth Engine/Multi-Effect Pedal

Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the Superego+, a new pedal that builds on the synthesis platform of the Superego Synth Engine and adds an array of new features.From the company: The Superego+ springboards off the Superego’s ability to create synth effects, sound layers, glissandos, infinite sustain and more with the addition of a complete effects section featuring 11 effect types, an EXP input... …

Picks with Pluck: 11 Guitar Picks That Dare to Be Different

Looking for a plectrum that dares to be different?From Dunlop to Sik Pik to Planet Waves and beyond, Guitar World presents an assortment.Take your pick!1. Dava Grip Tips DelrinDava Grip Tips are the only picks with an over-molded rubber grip. The gripping area provides a comfortable nonslip surface that gives players more secure control. The pick’s tip is made of Delrin, which gives a smooth,... …

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