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The History of the Tube Screamer

The History of the Tube Screamer

From SRV and John Mayer to Kirk Hammett and John Frusciante, the Tube Screamer has been used by countless greats throughout the years.
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The History of Acoustic-Electric Guitars

Going Electric: The History of Acoustic-Electric Guitars

Acoustic-electric guitars are an essential these days, but where did they come from? How did we go from acoustics with no electronics to acoustics that have built-in pickups, tone controls, ...
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Sonic Youth Alternate Tunings

The Alternate Tunings of Sonic Youth: A Primer

Sonic Youth has used dozens upon dozens of different tunings over the years. In this article, we look at five of the most well-known.
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The Top 8 Two Handed Tappers

Two Handed Tapping: Our Top 8 Tappers of All Time

From Eddie Van Halen to Victor Wooten, here are our top 8 Two Handed Tapping practitioners of all time, on both guitar & bass.
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The Great STRING PACKAGING SURVEY (1280 × 1280 px) (45)

Are These the 10 Most Popular Guitar Pedals of All Time?

From wahs and fuzz to tuners, there are some expected and unexpected entries on our best-guess list of the 10 most popular guitar pedals of all time. 
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Can Sweep Picking be tasteful? You Bet.

Can Sweep Picking be Tasteful? You Bet.

From jazz to country, sweep picking is a more varied and useful technique than you might think at first glance. 
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Santa standing on a Stratocaster Guitar

Holiday Gifts for Guitarists 2023

It’s that time of the year again, and present buying is in full swing. Whether you need a gift for the guitar player in your life or you want to ...
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We cover what diminished chords are, how to play them, and most importantly—how to use them.

Diminished Chords for Guitar: The Ultimate Guide

We cover what diminished chords are, how to play them, and most importantly—how to use them.
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The History of C. F. Martin Guitars

The History of C. F. Martin Guitars

The C. F. Martin & Company & its world-famous guitars have a long and storied history, filled with ups and downs.
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The 10 Weirdest Fender Guitars Ever Made

The Top 10 Weirdest Fender Guitars Ever Made

Fender has made tons of offbeat, unique, and surprising guitars over the years. Here are the 10 most surprising Fender guitars ever made. 
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Marshall Tube Amp Wattage

Tube Amp Wattage: How to Pick the Right Amp for You

There's nothing like cranking up a tube amp. But how many watts for a tube amp is enough for you? Find out in our guide to tube amp wattage.
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Mixing Console

10 Guitarists Who Don’t Use Amps

Long before modelers came into vogue, there were still guitarists who were eschewing the status quo and forgoing their amps. 
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American vs. British Tube Amps: What's the Difference?

American vs. British Tube Amps: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to tube amps, there are typically two categories: Amercain Amps and British Amps. But what is it that makes them different?
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10 Guitarists That Don't Use Pedals

10 Guitarists That Don’t Use Pedals

Sometimes you get tired of twiddling knobs, setting up pedalboards, and constantly tinkering to get the right sound.
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Fender Wide Range Humbuckers

Fender’s Wide Range Humbucker: An Under-Appreciated Classic

Wide Range Humbuckers don’t get as much attention as Fender’s single coils or Gibson’s PAFs, they have carved out a place in guitar history.
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