Words of Wisdom: James Taylor

Words of Wisdom: James Taylor

James Taylor is probably the definitive singer-songwriter of his generation.  His confessional lyrics are some of the most affecting in popular music. And, given his way with words, it’s hardly surprising that Taylor is a great interview subject.

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Pete Townshend: The Psyche of a Guitar Smasher

Pete Townshend: The Psyche of a Guitar Smasher

For many of us, it’s hard to imagine smashing a precious instrument. The Who’s Pete Townshend isn’t like you or I, though. Back in the day, smashing guitars was par for the course for him.

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Jimmy Page: Three Guitar Techniques

Jimmy Page: Three Guitar Techniques

If you’re playing electric guitar in 2019, you owe a debt to Jimmy Page.

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The Quotable Keith Richards

The Quotable Keith Richards

The man is an icon. Along with Mick Jagger, he’s the heart of the Rolling Stones and one of the most important figures in rock ‘n’ roll history. Without Keef, popular music would be a very different place.
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The Genius of Hendrix: Embellished Chords and “Little Wing”

The Genius of Hendrix: Embellished Chords and “Little Wing”

Jimi Hendrix was a guitar genius.  How’s that for an obvious statement to start a guitar article?  Sometimes though, the most obvious points bear repeating, and this is definitely the case with Jimi.

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Tony McManus: “The Guitarman’s Guitarist”

Tony McManus: “The Guitarman’s Guitarist”

Tony McManus has been described as the “guitarman’s guitarist.” In today’s article, I’m diving into McManus’s story; how he gravitated towards the six string, and what makes him such a unique force in fingerstyle guitar playing.
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Know Your Acoustic Body: Jumbo

Know Your Acoustic Body: Jumbo

In this edition, we’re getting to grips with what is perhaps the largest model in the acoustic guitar realm; the aptly named Jumbo.
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Know Your Acoustic Body: Dreadnought

Know Your Acoustic Body: Dreadnought

Today, we’re diving in with an iconic and enduring type: the Dreadnought. Given the nautical origins of this instrument’s name, “diving in” is entirely appropriate!
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Gibson ES-335 Legends

Gibson ES-335 Legends

Today, in celebration of the great 335, I’m running through a handful of legendary players that adopted the instrument, and its variations, as their signature axe.
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The Guitars that Made… Jimmy Page

The Guitars that Made… Jimmy Page

The Dragon isn’t Page’s first signature guitar. In fact, he’s had several. With that in mind, I thought it’d be fun to tell the stories of some of Page’s more noteworthy instruments. 
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Legendary Guitars: Gibson ES-335

Legendary Guitars: Gibson ES-335

Today, we’re taking a look into the history of the 335 and the big problem in the guitar market that it addressed.
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Words of Wisdom: Thurston Moore

Words of Wisdom: Thurston Moore

As I noted in a recent article, the Fender Jazzmaster is a guitar for those who dare to be different. Thurston Moore, the former Sonic Youth guitarist, continues to push the boundaries of guitar-based music, and has influenced a generation of players in the process.
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Iconic Guitars: Fender Jazzmaster

Iconic Guitars: Fender Jazzmaster

Today we’re taking a look at the Fender Jazzmaster; a truly unique instrument for those who dare to be different.
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3 MORE Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

3 MORE Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

We’re back with three more bona fide classic songs that feature guitars played with capos!
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Iconic Guitars: Gibson Explorer

Iconic Guitars: Gibson Explorer

A striking departure from Fender’s Stratocaster or Gibson’s own Les Paul, the Explorer was suppose to be the guitar of the future.......

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Eddie Van Halen: Words of Wisdom

Eddie Van Halen: Words of Wisdom

Van Halen’s words of wisdom when it comes to guitar playing.
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Eric Clapton: Six Decades, Six Songs

Eric Clapton: Six Decades, Six Songs

He’s been slinging his guitar for the better part of six decades now. And, as far as we’re concerned, Eric Clapton is still god.
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Hawaiian Koa:  Thalia's New Mission

Hawaiian Koa: Thalia's New Mission

Thalia Capos was founded when Thalia dreamed of making a capo that would complement the Hawaiian Koa in the Taylor Guitar held by Taylor Swift on the cover of Rolling Stone. Today, we are announcing our new mission to play a meaningful role in the reforestation of Koa in Hawaii over the coming decade while also promoting the use of sustainably grown Hawaiian Koa from 2nd & 3rd growth forests.
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3 Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

3 Capo Classics Every Guitarist Should Know

When it comes to writing great songs, a capo is a seriously useful tool...we’re running through three bona fide classics that feature guitars played with capos. And, because these are songs that every guitarist should have in their arsenal, we’re including guitar tab links as well. 
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Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 4)

Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 4)

Here it is, the fourth and final installment of our interview with the legendary Tommy Emmanuel. Read on for Tommy’s thoughts on pushing the limits live, his preference for one-take recording, and what young guitarists need to do to be the next Tommy Emmanuel.
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Iconic Guitars: The Gibson SG

Iconic Guitars: The Gibson SG

There’s something magical about a Gibson SG. That distinctive horned design screams rock and roll. It’s unmistakably devilish, and it’s the “Highway to Hell” guitar for a reason.

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Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 3)

Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 3)

Part three of our interview with Tommy.  Read on to hear his thoughts on YouTube success, the importance of old school leg-work and guitar practice routines.
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Gretsch White Falcon

Iconic Guitars: the Story of the Gretsch White Falcon

Plenty of electric guitars get described as “gorgeous.” But, in the looks department, you don’t get much prettier than the Gretsch White Falcon. With that striking white finish, distinctive headstock, and luscious gold appointments, it’s certainly a head turner.
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Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 2)

Tommy Emmanuel Interview (Part 2)

Part two of our interview with Tommy.  Read on to hear about what he is listening to now, his thoughts on electric vs. acoustic and more.

 

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