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Dunlop Offers John Petrucci Signature Cry Baby


The Dunlop JP95 John Petrucci Signature Cry Baby Wah has capabilities based on Petrucci’s rack wah settings. It has controls for Volume, Q (which shapes the width of the effect), and a six-band internal EQ to shape tone from 100Hz to 3.2KHz. Its housing (more…)

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Neil Giraldo

Road Routine
Neil Giraldo Home Main

The hard-driving husband-and-wife rock act that hits the stage as Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo is responsible for more than a handful of stalwart classic-rock jams. For the past 15 years, Benatar and husband/guitarist/producer/co-writer Giraldo have spent many of their summers touring, then scratching (more…)

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Perfect Curves

Fender’s Stratocaster Turns 60
Perfect Curves Fender’s Stratocaster Turns 60

Sixty years down the road since its creation, the Fender Stratocaster is the default image of the electric guitar for nearly all the human race. From early adopters like Buddy Holly to pioneering masterminds like Jim Hendrix and living legends like Eric Clapton, it has been a stalwart, always at hand for superstars, bedroom pickers, […]

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Babicz Offers Z Series Bass Bridge


Babicz Full Contact Hardware’s Z Series Bass Bridge has aluminum eCAM saddles, a bent-steel base plate, and allows the player to adjust action as high or low as desired while maintaining maximum string transference. It works as a direct replacement for Precision- and Jazz-style bridges. (more…)

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Stanley Clarke

Godfather of Bass
Stanley Clarke

Despite being widely credited for pushing the electric bass past its status as a rear-of-the-stage device intended to simply help drummers provide rhythmic backing, and in turn influencing two generations of players, Stanley Clarke remains deferential and unassuming. In the decade and a half before his (more…)

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Banger Films Slates ZZ Top Documentary, Asks Fans to Contribute


Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, is set to produce a feature-length documentary on ZZ Top. Filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn are asking fans to contribute or help find rare photos, videos, and audio to tell the story. Banger produced Rush: Beyond The Lighted (more…)

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Wichita Museums Host Guitar Exhibits


The guitar and its many uses are the subject of new exhibits at two museums in Wichita, Kansas. Exploration Place is hosting a traveling exhibit called “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World,” while the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is opening “The Electric Guitar: Wichita’s Instrument,” an exhibit of valuable vintage guitars inspired by one-time Wichita […]

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John 5 and the Creatures Prep Album, Tour


Guitarist John 5 and his bandmates in the Creatures, Ian Ross and Rodger Carter, have slated a tour set to begin in March. They’ve also produced a video for the single, “Behind the Nut Love” which they recorded for the upcoming album Guitars, T!ts, and Monsters. (more…)

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PureSalem, 323 Offer SalemFuzz Effects


PureSalem Guitars and 323 Effects are teaming up to offer limited-run effects pedals in a series called the SalemFuzz Project. First in line are the PinkBeard high-gain/transistor fuzz, the Honey Bunny ’90s-style fuzz, and the Attack Captain ’60s-style fuzz. All are made in the U.S. with true-bypass switching, an aluminum enclosure with screen-printed graphics and fluted […]

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TV Jones Offers Spectra Sonic Standard, New T-Style Pickups


TV Jones’ Spectra Sonic Standard guitar has a chambered alder body with maple top finished in a matte-black urethane with off-white binding and a matching single-ply pickguard. Its neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard and a 24.625″ scale, ABR-1 bridge with TV Jones Model 10 stop tailpiece or optional Bigsby B-12 vibrato, nickel hardware, and TV Jones’ new single-coil […]

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