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[26 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Lick Library Brings The Angus Young | 5,555 views]
Lick Library Brings The Angus Young

I’ve been an AC/DC fan forever.  The first riff I ever learned was The Jack.  I’ve been listening to Angus and the boys for so long that it’s sometimes a surprise when I’m reminded just how popular they are with, you know, normal people.
Let me explain a little.  Many of the bands I grew up rocking to haven’t gained the widespread acceptance, and even love, that AC/DC have.  Everybody loves AC/DC.  And if you don’t, why don’t you?  If you’re a guitarist, you’d better have a good reason.
Or, you could …

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[25 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Good Times: Johnny Marr’s Stolen Guitar Returned | 6,048 views]
Good Times: Johnny Marr’s Stolen Guitar Returned

Johnny Marr’s Gibson SG, which was stolen ten years ago, has been returned.
After a gig in Scala nightclub, Kings Cross, in 2000 the guitar was stolen by a fan.  The ‘fan’ apparently came across the guitar backstage and noticed it was unattended.  On a “spur of the moment decision”, he picked it up and walked out a fire escape.
The guitar, a 1964 SG in cherry red would normally be worth around UK £6,000 but the prosecutor in this case forwarded an estimated value of £30,000 because of the link with …

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[17 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Guitar Nation Festival 2010 | 5,913 views]
Guitar Nation Festival 2010

Clapton may have his Crossroads Festival but Toyota Park in Chicago is a long way from Eric’s native Surrey.
If you’re from the non-Toyota Park side of the pond, you might find the Guitar Nation Festival worth some consideration instead.
Guitar Nation is a two day music festival of performances, demonstrations, seminars and debates and it will take place in London Earl’s Court Olympia on May 8th and 9th, 2010.
The festival’s mission is to empower musicians and to help them make a living from their music as well as to improve their …

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[7 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Rotosound Rotos Strings – Now Twice As Nice | 3,547 views]
Rotosound Rotos Strings – Now Twice As Nice

How do you make a good thing better?
By doubling it.
Rotosound are now offering their best-selling R9 and R10 Rotos nickel-on-steel guitar strings in twin set packaging.  Rotosound are calling these packs, Double Deckers.
By doing this, Rotosound can reduce packaging by around 70% compared to buying two separate packs of strings.  This means savings to you too.  If you buy your strings in a Double Decker pack you’ll get them up to 20% cheaper than two individual packs.
The new Double Decker packs are coded R9-2 and R10-2 and represent Rotosound’s Rotos …

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[21 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Win Tickets to Clapton And Beck In London | 3,215 views]
Win Tickets to Clapton And Beck In London

Fancy a chance to see Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck perform in the O2 in London?  ‘Course you do.  You’re not mental, are you?
Well you can win one of two tickets to see Clapton and Beck as they play one of only two shows in London.  Enter the Lick Library competition and keep the 13th of February free just in case.
Wondering what body-part you’re going to have to lop off for this?  Actually, it’s far less gruesome (and a lot more fun).
To be in with a chance to win, all …

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[8 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on The Stuff Of Dreams: Polyphonic Guitar Tuner | 6,730 views]
The Stuff Of Dreams: Polyphonic Guitar Tuner

They can put a man on the moon but you still need to tune your guitar one string at a time. What’s with that?  What is this, the middle-ages?
Polyphonic tuning, or sounding each string simultaneously so you can easily identify if a particular string – or strings – is out of tune would make life much easier than having to check each, one at a time.
It’s not that easy though.  Isolating each string amongst the harmonic overtones of the others isn’t easy to do.  Until now… Possibly.
This Danish software engineer …

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[18 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on dbTwang – Social Networking For Guitarists | 2,914 views]
dbTwang – Social Networking For Guitarists

A new website, which aims to be – among other things – a social network for guitar-lovers and collectors has just gone live.
dbTwang hopes to become the world’s largest online guitar database, allowing its users to store information on their guitars and browse other’s guitars.
You will be able to view profiles of individual guitars, see images and read information about their history.  You can even ‘follow’ a particular guitar to track it and you can interact with its owner.
One of the aims of dbTwang is to record the ‘provenance’ of …

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[7 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on 7 Calendars For Guitar Geeks | 2,671 views]
7 Calendars For Guitar Geeks

It’s getting towards that time of year again.  Out with the old, in with the new and all that.  And, as a discerning, guitar-geek, you need something to record important dates – gigs, rehearsals, Yngwie Malsteem’s birthday, that sort of thing.
You could make do with that calendar that your significant-other has bought – the one full of pictures of weird, fluffy kittens looking terrified because a photographer has glued them into a boot for the purposes of a shot that makes a certain person say ‘awwwww’ but makes most people …

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[4 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Guitar 101: Necking Part 1 – Scale Length And Compensation | 30,112 views]
Guitar 101: Necking Part 1 – Scale Length And Compensation

Today, in Guitar 101, we’re looking at the guitar neck.  And, this time, we’re taking considering scale length and string compensation.
Scale length
Scale length is, effectively, the ‘sounding’ length of the string – i.e. the bit that actually ‘sounds’ (or vibrates – it’s the same thing) when plucked.  This means that we’re only considering the length of string between the nut and saddle (see our article on Guitar Anatomy if you need a refresher on these terms).

Some of the common scale lengths of popular guitars and basses are:

Many Gibson Guitars, Les Paul, SG, …

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[30 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Guitar 101: Anatomy – The Basics | 64,546 views]
Guitar 101: Anatomy – The Basics

While there is a massive chunk of the this site’s audience already very familiar with what each bit of a guitar is, this article is really aimed at those who might be just starting their guitar journey (or even just thinking about it).
This first article in Guitar 101 is a primer (or a refresher if you want to do a little revision) to ensure we all know the basics before we start moving on to look, in more detail, at all of the bits of a guitar.  For that reason, …

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