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It Takes Two Baby

The White Stripes paved the way for the duo as a fully-fledged rock band. They were by no means first, White himself has said that he was inspired by the psychobilly two-piece the Flat Duo Jets. But The White Stripes certainly made it clear that this type of stripped down band sound can achieve mainstream success. The Black Keys is the band that first come to mind as the Stripes’ successors, but who are some of the other rock duos out there? Here’s…
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Jimi Hendrix’s Gibson Guitars

Jimi Hendrix played a variety of guitars throughout his career, and among them were many Gibson models. Hendrix would often use a white SG Custom for “Red House,” and towards the end of his life he would often be seen with a custom made left-handed Gibson Flying V. For a brief period Hendrix was seen using a Les Paul Custom, and he has been photographed with a Les Paul Special. It seems as though he favored using his Gibson guitars for bluesy…
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Billy Morrison – Les Paul Guitarist and Stanton DJ

While you may not know Billy Morrison by name, chances are you’ve seen him on stage with some of the biggest rock stars out there, including the likes of Steven Tyler, and Slash. Although having been playing guitar professionally since the mid-eighties, Morrison found fame when he packed up and moved to Los Angeles on a whim, and was lucky enough to secure the job as touring bassist with The Cult. That was in 2001, and since then Billy has gone on to form the …
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Jack White’s Blues

Guitarist and all-around musician / producer / songwriter Jack White is responsible for shining a light on old delta blues masters that had long been forgotten by the general public. His band The White Stripes covered songs by the likes of Robert Johnson, Son House, and Blind Willie McTell, as well as Captain Beefheart who represent the second generation of experimental blues acts. What’s so great about White’s cover songs is that they don’t …
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10 Tours To Look Forward To in 2014

It’s a new year, and with that comes a whole bunch of great tours to look forward to during the next twelve months. Veterans like Metallica, and Aerosmith will be on the road, as well as more current acts like Paramore and Halestorm. Since U2 will be coming out with a new album later this year, can we also assume a new tour is in the works? Wishful thinking, I know. Instead let’s take a look at some of the cool tours that have been confirmed for 2014 so far! Please let us…
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Slash’s Best Instrumentals

Slash is a Gibson Les Paul man through-and-through. He has a trademark sound that’s easy to recognize, and he is a role model for many up and coming guitarists. His latest project is the horror movieNothing Left To Fear, which is the first release from his production company Slasher Films. With it comes a soundtrack which contains a couple of Slash originals including “Welcome to Stull,” which is an instrumental. This got me thinking about the other instrumentals that Slash has …
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SoCal Rocks – Ten Best Rockers from Southern California

Ever since the Beach Boys started singing about surfing and California, the rest of the world has had a fascination with “the golden coast.” Many bands have followed in the wake of Brian Wilson and his bandmates. Here’s an eclectic top ten of some of the best rockers to emerge from the SoCal area over the years, from legends like The Doors, to newer bands like Switchfoot – enjoy and add your own in the comments! Guns N’ Roses. With the release of Appetite For Destruction…
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Top Ten Kings of Leon Riffs

Kings of Leon are getting ready to release their sixth album on September 24. Judging from the two songs that have already been released from Mechanical Bull, “Supersoaker,” and “Wait For Me,” it sounds like the Followill’s won’t disappoint this time around either. Both songs continue down the same path as their last three albums, with big choruses and big guitars. Gibson guitars figure prominently on stage at Kings of Leon shows. Guitarist Matthew Followill often plays a Gibson ES-137…
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Sammy Hagar: “The Les Paul’s like a Muscle Car”

Aside from being a successful solo artist, Sammy Hagar, aka the Red Rocker, has surrounded himself with some of the world’s best guitar players as a member of Montrose, Van Halen, and Chickenfoot. But Hagar himself is no slouch when it comes to playing killer riffs and soloing. Sammy says that he is self-taught, and that he’s picked up quite a few tips and tricks along the way from guys like Ronnie Montrose, and Eddie Van Halen. Gibson guitars have always been a part of Hagar’s …
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Classic Track: Aerosmith – “Sweet Emotion”

If you’re in a band with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, you’re pretty much doomed to a life in the shadows. During Aerosmith’s initial run in the seventies, almost all songs were written by Tyler/Perry. But just like with the Beatles, where George Harrison would sneak in the occasional gem on the albums, so did the other three members of Aerosmith. Drummer Joey Kramer has a writing credit on “Pandora’s Box,” and rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford is responsible for two of the best Aerosmith tunes ever …
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Top 10 Greatest Rocking Bass Riffs

Bass riffs might not be the first thing that comes to mind when listening to rock music, since so much of a rock song is centered around the guitar. But if you stop and think about it for a while, you’ll discover that there are quite a few bass riffs that also serve as the driving force behind a song, and surely some that you didn’t even realize were bass riffs to begin with. We’ve previously done Top 10 lists of the best rock bassists, but now it’s time to take a look at the best bass riffs. Some of the entries…
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Jack White on the Art of Playing Guitar

Jack White has a minimalistic approach to guitar playing. When it comes to music equipment Jack goes for a “less is more” approach. But the vintage fanatic White does make use of modern technology when it comes to effects like pitch shifters. Here we take a look at some of White’s ideas and influences behind his guitar playing style, as well as some insight in how he achieves his very unique sound. 1. Jack White’s guitar playing is often characterized by a very raw sound, and an intense delivery…
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The Guitar World According to Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher has made a name for himself by writing catchy rock songs. With Oasis’ first two albums, it seemed he could do nothing wrong. Every song released became a massive hit for the band. After a disappointing third album, and struggling fourth one, Oasis came back strong with Heathen Chemistry, and it seems that Gallagher really has found his stride since. His first solo release Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds was a success both critically as well as with the fans. Here…
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The Guitar World of Richie Sambora

Richie Sambora is responsible for writing some of the best-known rock songs of the past thirty years, together with Jon Bon Jovi. Sambora’s fast bluesy solos and infectious riffing is half the fun at a Bon Jovi show. Richie, who is attending to a private matter, won’t be on stage with Jon and the boys when Bon Jovi tour Europe this month. Here we present some interesting thoughts from Sambora on guitar playing, song writing, and music in general. In an interview with Guitar.com in 2000, around the…
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How The Edge Created a Classic Guitar Sound

Not many people can boast about being in the same band for thirty-five years, with the same three guys you met in school. But that is the case for Dave Evans, or The Edge as he is more commonly known. The U2 guitarist started playing with Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton while at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, Ireland. The four pretty much learned to play their instruments after forming the band. The Edge and his brother Dick, who initially played with the band, had actually built their own guitar that they would…
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