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by John Kindred – Publisher — AmpliTube, a guitar and bass amp and effects modeling software, offers guitarists and bassists virtual guitar amps and cabinets that create and customize their sound on PCs or MACs. AmpliTube can be downloaded and installed for free and features a few free [...]
IK Multimedia and Mesa Engineering proudly announce that 
AmpliTube MESA/Boogie for Mac/PC is available now Now players can inject high-gain magic and mayhem into their recordings with ease with AmpliTube MESA/Boogie for Mac & PC — the ultimate official digital collection of MESA/Boogie [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Sinister Guitar Picks made its product line debut at the 2015 Winter NAMM convention. At the trade show, Sinister Guitar Picks showcased its latest product line of metal-edged guitar plectrums. The company continues to make strides, creatively delivering [...]
Dialtone Pickups have hit retail shelves at JAMS Music in Dublin, Calif., ( and Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Mich., ( Dialtone Pickups’ new, ground-breaking technology allows guitarists to continually adjust tone by using finger-friendly [...]
by Kathy Kindred – Editor in Chief — The NAMM experience is a complete immersion into sensory overload. Yes, all five senses. Each year, the National Association of Music Merchants hosts the four-day Winter NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. This year, NAMM [...]
by Alissa Ordabai – Senior Columnist — According to the National Association of Music Merchants, NAMM, The 2015 Winter NAMM Show was the largest event in its 114-year history. The number of this year’s participating exhib-itors reached a record-setting 1,621, which is a 6 percent [...]
by John Kindred – Senior Columnist — January 24, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. — Day 3: Day 3 began by visiting the booths associated with recording, DJ mixing and digital pianos and keyboards. Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson was hanging out chatting with [...]
by John Kindred – Senior Columnist — January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. — Day 2: Highlights of the day began with Mad Hatter Guitar Products who offer solderless guitar component kits. Meeting face to face with Jospeh Fortmuller owner of Sinister [...]
by John Kindred – Senior Columnist — January 22, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. — Day 1: Winter NAMM 2015 takes place in Anaheim, California from January 22-25 2015. Easily the most important event in the music-making industry calendar, the NAMM show brings [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Senior Photojournalist — Andy Alt introduces A Little Thunder™ – a revolutionary humbucker pickup that adds a bass signal to electric guitars. The addition of the bass feature comes at no physical modifications to your beloved guitar: no drilling, routing, [...]
The solid-body Les Paul Standard and semi-acoustic ES-335 are the two most influential electric guitars ever to hit their respective genres. Now Gibson brings them together in the ES-Les Paul, a stunning “meeting of minds” that blends the most important aspects of form and function from [...]
To celebrate the company’s 120th anniversary, Gibson has unveiled a set of new guitar models. The new models include two new Les Pauls in the form of the Light Flame Top and the Traditional Flame Top, a pair of Flying Vs, an SG and an Explorer. In the sprit of Gibson’s philosophy, these [...]
Do You Want Your Own Signature Series Guitar? Most electric guitar manufacturers release Signature Series models to honor pickers they believe have merit. This is an arbitrary process with very few people getting that recognition. The really talented pickers are totally ignored by the major [...]
by John Kindred – Publisher — Of all the tools in a guitarist arsenal, the pick may be the most overlooked. The guitar pick, or plectrum, typically is made of plastic, nylon or tortoiseshell but also can be made from rubber, wood, glass or stone. What may not be obvious is that these [...]
by Chris A. – Senior Photojournalist — I play guitar and like most people who play guitar, I’m just an average player. I’m not a regular gigging musician or a performer but I am genuinely in love with the guitar. I’m a gear head. I love guitars and guitar gadgets and I [...]
Just released – A new upgrade for all Fender 2-pickup Select Series Jazz Bass instruments that contains AweSome Musical Instruments Pickup Switch UpgradeTM product. This drop-in product instantly gives you 100 percent more pickup tones on your instrument to let you find your elusive Signature [...]
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