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The Guitars of The Edge

The Guitars of The Edge

Throughout his lengthy career with U2, the Edge has used numerous different guitars. Gibson, Fenders, Rickenbackers, and more.
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Fender Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop: The History of the Dream Factory

Since 1987, the Fender Custom Shop has built the best Strats, Teles, P & J Basses in the world. Here's the history behind the "Dream ...
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The Guitars of Kevin Shields

The Guitars of Kevin Shields

Though Kevin Shields is most known for his large pedalboards and Jazzmasters, he’s utilized a wide variety of guitars over his career.
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Baritone Acoustic Guitar History

The History of Baritone Acoustic Guitars

Baritone acoustic guitars are incredible instruments that have been tragically under utilized in music. Let's dive into their history.
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The Guitars of Stevie Ray Vaughan

The Guitars of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan played numerous guitars throughout his career—and not all just Stratocasters like many might assume.
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The History of Orange Amps

The History of Orange Amps

Though nearly everyone knows about Orange amps these days, fewer know about the story behind these iconic amps.
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Jimmy Page Les Paul

The Guitars of Jimmy Page

From cheap acoustics to high-end electrics, the guitars of Jimmy Page are as multifaceted as the man himself.
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What Was the Lawsuit Era?

What Was the Lawsuit Era of Guitars?

But what’s the real story behind the infamous “lawsuit” guitars? How did they come about? Are they really as good as some people claim?
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The Best Strings for Fingerstyle

The Best Guitar Strings for Fingerstyle Playing: Acoustic and Electric

What guitar strings should you use for fingerstyle playing on electric or acoustic? Here's how to find the best strings for fingerpicking.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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