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Star Board: Bruce Kulick

Bruce Kulick

Bruce Kulick played lead guitar in Kiss for more than a decade, and today stays busy as a solo performer and tours as a member of Grand Funk Railroad. Speaking of, here’s his primary pedalboard setup for that gig. “It’s simple and old-school,” he said. “I (more…)

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Dickerson Hosts Tribute to New Orleans Music


VG contributor Deke Dickerson organized and served as master of ceremonies at “Deke Dickerson’s Tribute To New Orleans Music,” February 19 at Joe’s Great American, in Burbank. With backing from Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band from “Conan,” Dickerson welcomed several artists to perform tunes with ties to the Crescent City. Among them was Guitar Shorty, […]

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John 5 Releases Video, Starts Tour


Guitarist John 5 has released a new music video for the single “Making Monsters.” The video utilizes stop motion animation giving life to action-figure-style monsters that form John’s band. It was produced and directed by Jonny Coffin, with animation/editing by Thomas Yagodinski, while Matt Zane directed and edited the live footage. John 5 kicks off his Behind the Nut Love […]

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Grammy Museum Mississippi Set For Grand Opening


Grammy Museum Mississippi, a new 28,000-square-foot facility, will open its doors this weekend in Cleveland, Mississippi. Festivities begin with an event hosted by The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter and culminate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 5. Built and operated by the Cleveland Music Foundation, the (more…)

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Taurus Launches Stomp-Head 5 Custom Edition


The Taurus Guitar Amplifiers’ Stomp-Head 5.CE (Custom Edition) has three channels and produces 90 watts output using 12AX7 tubes. Its footswitches control channel selection, Boost, and Mute, and all three channels have adjustable Gain, EQ, and Bright/Dark functions. Other features include speaker-impedance auto detection, a Line Output with speaker (more…)

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Zvex Effects Offers Candela Vibrophase


The Zvex Candela VibroPhase is a candle-powered guitar effect the company calls a “highly adjustable take on the Univibe.” It uses two gear ratios on a Stirling engine that covers a 20:1 speed range when used with its eddy current brake, which is a (more…)

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John 5

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Since ditching his spot backing alternative-metal singer Marilyn Manson 10 years ago, superhuman guitarist John 5 has used his skills to not only spread the gospel of guitar far and wide, but along the way, he has artfully dodged the pigeonhole of “rock (more…)

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JHS Launches Cavern Club, Marquee Club Accessories


John Hornby Skewes & Co. (JHS) is offering a licensed line of straps and plectra adorned with artwork of the Beatles, Who, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and others that appeared at the Cavern Club and Marquee Club over the decades, as well as (more…)

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Scott Walker Guitars Launches Katana Model


The Scott Walker Katana has a one-piece mahogany body, one-piece cocobolo neck machined from a single piece of wood and requires no truss rod, glue, or screws in its mounting/construction. Other features include a Lollar Johnny Smith neck pickup, steel tailpiece, pickguard, and jackplate, (more…)

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Throback Offers Colin Cripps Signature Strings


Throback’s Colin Cripps Signature Custom Medium guitar strings are nickel-wound with a hex core and wound to Cripps’ specs, gauged .011-.054 with an unwound (.020) G. Cripps plays guitar for Blue Rodeo and the Jim Cuddy Band, and has recorded with Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan, (more…)

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