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Breedlove Announces Discovery Series


Breedlove Stringed Instruments Discovery Series guitars were, the company says, created to support newcomers to the instrument. They have a radiused fretboard, slimmer neck profile, and pinless bridge and are available in dreadnought and concert-style bodies with no cutaway or electronics, or with cutaway and Fishman ISYS-T electronics. The Concert is designed for the fingerstylist […]

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Wishbone Ash Releases Album, Sets U.S. Tour


Wishbone Ash recently released its 24th studio album, Blue Horizon. In its 45th year, the band’s stronghold is England and Europe, but founder Andy Powell believes it’s time for a tour of the U.S., including locales where the band hasn’t performed in years. “We hope our long-lost fans will check out what we’ve been doing,” said Powell. […]

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Seymour Duncan Offers Expands Black Winter Pickup Line


Seymour Duncan’s Black Winter pickup, created for metal players looking for more aggression without sacrificing definition and clarity, is now available for six-, seven-, and eight-string guitars. It has a black bottom plate, black pole pieces and screws, blood-red wire, and the Duncan logo in Old English font. It is wound in bridge and neck […]

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Reunion Blues Intros RBX Series


Reunion Blues’ RBX Series bags are lightweight and include backpack straps, integrated subway grips, Zero-G handles, a  pocket and the RBX Protection System, a lightweight foam surround with strategically placed impact panels, a  foam neck cradle, and endpin rest. Visit

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Lanikai, Shimabukuro Team Up for Four Strings Foundation


Lanikai Ukuleles has partnered with ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro’s Four Strings Foundation. The non-profit, founded by Shimabukuro and Chicago educator Polly Yukevich in 2013, seeks to curate music education workshops nationwide. Lanikai, one of the world’s largest ukulele brands, remains committed to music education and will provide their patented TunaUke ukuleles to schools and […]

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Knaggs Guitars Offers “Double Purfling” finish


Joe Knaggs has devised a method to stain different finishes on solidbody guitars. Called double purfling, the finish involves splitting the guitar’s top into sections by inserting channels. For more, go to

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Zelinsky Granted Patent for Z-Glide Neck


Dean Zelinsky, CEO of Dean Zelinsky Private Label Guitars, has been granted a patent for a new guitar neck design that  textures the backside. The design is marketed as the Z-Glide Reduced Friction Neck, which Zelinksy says improves playability and feel while addressing the undesirable tacky neck feel when a sweaty palm meets a conventional […]

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Fender CEO Thomas to Retire


Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has announced the upcoming retirement of CEO Larry Thomas. Thomas was appointed to the FMIC Board of Directors in 2009 and became CEO on August 1, 2010. Interim COO Scott Gilbertson will assume the role of interim CEO until the company completes its search for a successor for Thomas, whose retirement […]

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Ana Popovic

Memphis via Belgrade

Ana Popovic was but a toddler when she started to absorb major musical mojo through her father’s love of the blues, classic rock, and most importantly, thanks to the rec-room jams he would stage with buddies. By the time she was 14, the Serbia-born-and-raised Popovic was taking private lessons on classical guitar, but, “After a […]

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Johnny Marr

Brit Gets a Git

When pop-music fans in the U.K. talk about guitar heroes, they tend to put more stake in the way a player’s work fits, contextually, into that of his band. To wit, in a 2006 poll, BBC listeners were asked to choose the best guitarist to emerge since 1980, and many of the 30,000 who responded […]

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