Archive for January, 2009

Guitar World’s 50 Greatest Guitar Solos

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Guitar World has published a list of the 50 Greatest Guitar Solos.  While we believe this may just be an attempt to incite mass interweb arguments in guitar forums everywhere, the list does contain some great quotes and excerpts from the guitar players themselves as they describe the genesis and inspiration for the solos.  It’s a list only a magazine like Guitar World could bring – it looks like a lot of the interview excerpts are taken from the extensive back catalog of magazine published over the years.

Spoiler Alert! – We list the top 10 greatest guitar solos from the Guitar World list after the jump.   Full Story…

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Barre Chord Playing Tip

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Part of the challenge in playing barre chords is that the tension in the string makes it hard to effectively fret so many strings with one finger.  With less tension on the strings, fretting is much easier.  There is a great solution to help lower the tension and improve your barre chord playing.  Full Story.

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Man Imitates Electric Guitar With Voice (w/ Video)

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

In a video that will surely make Michael Winslow smile, we present to you a man that can imitate the sound of an electric guitar solo with just his voice.  The video is of a vocal group called Naturally 7 who do their own music as well as covers.

Apparently all of the group members are capable of sounding like different instruments and they get together to do what they call ‘vocal play’ which is what we have here for you… (video after the jump)

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Recording King ROS-626: Acoustic Guitar Magazine Likes It Too

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

We’re big fants of Recording King’s new Century line of guitars.  We find them to be very reasonably priced for all solid wood guitars that seem very well made.  In fact, we’re such big fans that we gave them a glowing review last October and also earlier this month.  So you can imagine how excited we were to open up our latest issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and learn that they share our enthusiasm for these fine small-bodied guitars.  Full Story.

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Alvarez Adds A Dozen(!) New Guitar Models

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Between now and April 2009 Alvarez will be offering no less than a dozen new guitar models, infusing its product line with new choices from top to bottom.  They are also expanding wood options in some guitars.  Someone at Alvarez must be saying, “Yes, we can.”  Full Story.

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Stefano Barone: Another Incredible Guitarist You’ve Never Heard Of

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Today we’ve stumbled upon yet another incredible guitarist we’ve never heard of before (and we’re just gonna assume you’ve never heard him before either).  Stefano Barone is shaping up to be another one of those really talented musicians who end up getting discovered through YouTube videos.  Full Story with Video.

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Poll: Is “Relic” Gear a Fad?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

We just noticed that you can get “relic” effects pedals now.  Fender, at the recent winter NAMM show, announced a new line up of “Road Worn” Strats, Teles and bass guitars for the masses. For years the Fender Custom Shop has offered pricey relic’d models.  A man named Tom Murphy, who works with Gibson, has perfected a technique to make your brand new guitar look 20 years old and it only costs an extra grand.  If you’re the DIY-type, just search the web and you’ll find tons of tips, suggestions and techniques to age your guitar.  Full Story.

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The GarageBand Lesson Store – The Next Revolution in Music?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Today TechCrunch published an excellent story suggesting that the new Lesson Store built into Apple’s GarageBand (which is part of iLife ’09) could be the next big revolution in music.  (We have shared our excitement about this product in a previous article.)  As the article points out, the current solutions for getting tablature or sheet music aren’t that good (they are usually either illegal or overpriced – and in both cases pretty inaccurate).  Full Story.

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Million Dollar Les Paul – A Steal

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Our good friends at Guitar Lifestyle just posted an  excellent review of the new book Million Dollar Les Paul:  In Search of the Most Valuable Guitar in the World.  As the folks at Guitar Lifestyle point out, the Gibson Les Pauls produced from 1958 to 1960 are considered by many to be the “holy grail” of guitars and currently sell for prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Full Story.

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Blackbird Guitars’ New “Super OM” Guitar

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Blackbird Guitars unveiled its new carbon-fiber Blackbird Super-OM guitar, their first full-size acoustic, at the recent 2009 NAMM Show.  

Hollow throughout the body, neck, and headstock, at 3.75 pounds it is one of the lightest acoustics ever.  Light weight allows string energy to vibrate a guitar more strongly, which in turn results in a louder guitar.  Also, the soundhole has been moved to where the “waist” on the bass side of the guitar would normally be, in order to allow for greater resonating area on the top plate of the guitar.  With high-gloss carbon fiber finish, it will be available in March 2009 for a MSRP of $1899 or $2039 with electronics.  This may be the acoustic guitar of the future!

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