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1. Gear Review: Sonic Pipe Elbow 3-Watt Practice Amp (11/21/2014)
Like some other rock-star accessories, the Sonic Pipe practice amp looks like something you probably wouldn't be able to take on a plane. It turns out it's a unique U.S.-made practice amp for under $50. I had to learn more. The E-3.1 is part of ...
 
2. Betcha Can't Play This: Nita Strauss Solo Lick from Alice Cooper Tour (11/21/2014)
Here's a brand-new edition of Betcha Can't Play This featuring Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, who visited Guitar World HQ last month. Last time, she played a Descending Legato Lick. This time, she demonstrates a lick from her solo spotligh...
 
3. Celebrate the Holidays with 'The Ultimate Christmas Guitar Songbook' (11/21/2014)
The Ultimate Christmas Guitar Songbook is available now a the Guitar World Online Store for $19.95. The book features 100 songs in a variety of notation styles, from easy guitar and classical guitar arrangements to note-for-note guitar tab trans...
 
4. 'The Turn': Live Guitarist Chad Taylor Discusses New Album, Guitars and ‘Throwing Copper’ (11/21/2014)
It was a turning point when the band Live took a self-imposed hiatus in 2009. Lead singer Ed Kowalczyk wanted to focus on a solo career while the band wanted to return to a more ensemble-based format. Unable to resolve their impasse, the band a...
 
5. 'Ouroboros': The New Orleans Suspects’ Funkified Masterpiece (11/21/2014)
You could apply the term “supergroup” to the New Orleans Suspects, and it wouldn't be hyperbole. These cats have been there, done that and have the chops to prove it. Saxophonist Jeff Watkins’ career includes a dozen years leading James Brown’s ...
 
6. iRig HD-A brings Mic/Instrument input to Android (11/21/2014)
Read more about iRig HD-A brings Mic/Instrument input to Android at MusicRadar.com The recent releases of iRig HD-A and iRig Mic HD-A bring guitar and microphone input to Android users, tipping the scales – at least a little – from the dominant ...
 
7. Guitarist Eva Vergilova Covers Prince's "Purple Rain" — Video (11/21/2014)
Every now and then—more like every 12 seconds—there's a video that suddenly clicks with the universe and racks up an untold number of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter shares, views and comments. Below, we present one such video. It's a homemade ...
 
8. Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 3: Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Vs. Way Huge Angry Troll Boost (11/21/2014)
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 3! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the compet...
 
9. John Petrucci play tests Mesa/Boogie Mark Five: 25 mini amp (11/21/2014)
Read more about John Petrucci play tests Mesa/Boogie Mark Five: 25 mini amp at MusicRadar.com The guitar world erupted with excitement at the news that Mesa/Boogie had been beavering away on a 25-watt mini head version of its legendary Mar
 
10. Me in my studio: Vashti Bunyan (11/21/2014)
Read more about Me in my studio: Vashti Bunyan at MusicRadar.com UK singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan released her first alb
 
11. In the studio: Sylosis (11/21/2014)
Read more about In the studio: Sylosis at MusicRadar.com In these times of dwindling record sales and watered-down melodic metallers filling arenas, you can perhaps forgive hard-working Brit bands for trying to make their sound more accessible a...
 
12. Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 2: Cry Baby Classic Wah Wah Vs. Cry Baby Multi-Wah (11/20/2014)
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 2! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the compet...
 
13. Gus G talks star-studded Metal All Stars show (11/20/2014)
Read more about Gus G talks star-studded Metal All Stars show at MusicRadar.com The metal show of the year? "Without a doubt," says Gus G. "And not only because my greatness is part of it, but because of all of the other fine fellows, you don't ...
 
14. Hear Stevie Ray Vaughan Perform at the Soap Creek Saloon in Austin in 1975 (11/19/2014)
A lot of super-vintage Stevie Ray Vaughan recordings—including a few videos—have been turning up on YouTube in recent weeks. Below, you can check out the latest (posted November 17). It's a recording of Paul Ray & The Cobras at the Soap Cree...
 
15. Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 2: MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay Vs. Way Huge Echo-Puss Delay (11/19/2014)
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 2! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the compet...
 
16. Rhiannon Giddens Announces Solo Debut Album 'Tomorrow Is My Turn,' Due February 10 — Listen Now! (11/19/2014)
Rhiannon Giddens, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with Tomorrow Is My Turn, due out February 10 on Nonesuch Records (vinyl to come Ma...
 
17. Session Guitar: Improve Your Mixes with These 15 Simple Steps (11/19/2014)
Hello! Since this is a "session" blog, I thought we'd better review a few mixing basics. We all do a certain amount of home recording, and this crucial step might just save your sound! By following some basic steps used by most professional mix...
 
18. Gibson launches Explorer Blackout and '59 ES-225 TD (11/19/2014)
Read more about Gibson launches Explorer Blackout and '59 ES-225 TD at MusicRadar.com Gibson has unveiled its new Explorer Blackout and 1959 ES-225 TD guitars.ES-225The ES-225 was initially introduced in 1956 as a close relative of the ES-125, t...
 
19. How to make it big on YouTube with your music (11/19/2014)
Read more about How to make it big on YouTube with your music at MusicRadar.com So far in this series we've shown you how to take advantage of GoPro cameras and GoPro's Studio software to create awesome video edits for promoting your music. Whe...
 
20. On the radar: Nothing More (11/19/2014)
Read more about On the radar: Nothing More at MusicRadar.com It should be writ large in every band's handbook: 'back thyself.' "We'd approached labels before and it was always 'What can we do with it?'," says Mark Vollelunga, guitarist with San ...
 
21. MIA Awards 2014: best guitar, tech and drum gear revealed (11/19/2014)
Read more about MIA Awards 2014: best guitar, tech and drum gear revealed at MusicRadar.com Designed to cel
 
22. Knaggs Guitars to Introduce Steve Stevens Signature Model at 2015 Winter NAMM Show (11/18/2014)
Longtime Billy Idol collaborator Steve Stevens and Knaggs Guitars have announced the Steve Stevens Signature model SS2. Tailored to Stevens’ specs and preferences, it will accompany the guitarist on Idol’s 2015 world tour. Limited to 100 instru...
 
23. Breedlove Announces Updates to the Studio Series for 2015 (11/18/2014)
Breedlove Stringed Instruments is proud to present the 2015 Stage Series – designed and quality checked in Bend, Oregon. Designed for recorded acoustic guitar performances, the Studio series captures all the sparkling detail and nuance of your ...
 
24. JJ Grey and Mofro Announce the Release of 'Ol' Glory' on March 3 (11/18/2014)
Celebrated soulful ensemble JJ Grey & Mofro will release their newest recording Ol’ Glory on March 3rd. This album marks their debut on Provogue Records, which is part of the Mascot Label Group. Ol’ Glory contains 12 new songs that feature...
 
25. Early Metallica: Live at the Agora in Cleveland, December 1983 — Listen (11/18/2014)
It seems a bit of super-early Metallica—audio, at least—has turned up on the interwebs. It's a recording of the band performing December 18, 1983, at Cleveland's Agora—almost a year away from Ride the Lightning. Setlist: The Ecstasy of Gold (Enn...
 
26. Secrets of Shred with Sammy Boller: A Guide to Pentatonic Slides (11/18/2014)
In this lesson, I’ll be demonstrating one of the best ways to transition up and down the neck on the fly. I frequently utilize this technique because it’s easy to play fast and expand into many complex riffs and ideas. The premise of this less...
 
27. Mike Cerna Premieres New Song, "Soul In Motion" (11/18/2014)
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the premiere of "Soul In Motion," a new song by guitarist Mike Cerna. The track is from Starbound, Cerna’s instrumental guitar debut. The new release features homages to instrumental genres of yesterday and today....
 
28. Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 2: MXR Super Badass Distortion Vs. MXR Distortion+ (11/18/2014)
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 2! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the compet...
 
29. The Next Bend: 10 Essential B-Bender Guitar Songs (11/18/2014)
Welcome to "The Next Bend," GuitarWorld.com's new column dedicated to B-bending guitarists, guitars, gear, news, licks, songs and more. For the uninitiated, a B-bender is a contraption (the perfect word for it) that lives in- or outside your gui...
 
30. SongTown: How To Record Effective Home Demos (11/18/2014)
People often ask me if they have to do full-production demos to present songs to publishers or major artist? I do a fair amount of full demos, but I also have had about half of my cuts from pitching home demos done on a very basic set-up on my m...
 
31. Victory launches V40 The Duchess amp (11/18/2014)
Read more about Victory launches V40 The Duchess amp at MusicRadar.com British amplifier manufacturer Victory Amps has unveiled the new 40-watt single-channel Duchess head, and we've got an exclusive first look at it being put through its paces....
 
32. Reverend Guitars Releases Charger 290 Limited Edition (11/17/2014)
Each fall, Reverend Guitars takes one of its models and turns up the volume a bit to make a limited-edition machine. This year, the company chose the Charger 290. The model will be released in three colors: Metallic Alpine Green, Metallic Red ...
 
33. Saints and Sinners: 60 Iconic Albums That Defined 1974 (11/17/2014)
Ah, memories. We've glanced at the albums that defined 1984. Then we checked in with 50 albums that characterized 1994, followed by the big discs of a decade ago, 2004. Now it's 1974's turn! Seventy-four was one of ro
 
34. MXR announces Il Torino Overdrive pedal (11/17/2014)
Read more about MXR announces Il Torino Overdrive pedal at MusicRadar.com Obsessive tonal tweakers will be keen to check out MXR's new Il Torino Overdrive CSP033, the latest entry in the brand's line of Custom Shop stompboxes.The Il Torino is de...
 
35. Breakthrough: Overview of New Boss Effect Pedals and Amps for 2014 (11/17/2014)
Below, check out an overview of Boss' new products for 2014. From the company: Boss has always been about helping musicians make killer music. But stability is overrated, and brand boredom is the kiss of death. That's why we're completely revamp...
 
36. Betcha Can't Play This: Frantic Lydian Arpeggios by Elliot Klein (11/17/2014)
Here's a brand-new edition of Betcha Can't Play This featuring New York City guitarist Elliott Klein. Try your hand at his "Frantic Lydian Arpeggios" (our title) lick below! As with the other new-for-2014 "Betcha Can't Play This" videos, this is...
 
37. Colbie Caillat to be Honored at 2015 She Rocks Awards (11/17/2014)
Today the Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) announced that it will honor Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum artist Colbie Caillat with a Video of the Year award for her song “Try” at the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Recognizing women w...
 
38. Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown, Round 2: Way Huge Angry Troll Boost Vs. Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini Silicon (11/17/2014)
GuitarWorld.com's latest readers poll—the first annual Jim Dunlop Effect Pedal Throwdown—has reached Round 2! For the past month, we've been pitting Dunlop, MXR and Way Huge pedals against each other in a no-holds-barred shootout. Now the compet...
 
39. 27 of the best budget acoustic guitars in the world today (11/17/2014)
Read more about 27 of the best budget acoustic guitars in the world today at MusicRadar.com
 
40. Guitar Capo Poll — Player's Pick (11/16/2014)
Thanks for checking out Acoustic Nation Players’ Pick –– a new poll series designed to let YOU decide what gear is deserving of our award. This time we’re checking out one of our favorite accessories — the capo. A good capo is a truly useful too...