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jamstik Smart Guitar Review

 jamstik Smart Guitar for iOS – $259 (by Zivix) PROS: good learning tool. CONS: limited sounds from app, tracking is lacking (with the app), no Android support. MIDI and guitars don’t often mix well; jamstik has a way of blending the essentials of synth and guitar, in a small, mobile package. Design wise, it looks like an ’80s […]Read More »

MY FAVORITE AXE With Dan Hawkins of The Darkness

Dan Hawkins of The Darkness shares his favorite Axe with Performer Magazine Summer 2015 sees the return of multi-award winning UK supergroup that is The Darkness.  The band’s fourth album Last of Our Kind – due out June 2nd - is bursting with exhilarating riffs, magnificent melodies and very high voices – as you would expect of these rock mega-gods. […]Read More »

The Critical Difference Between Gain and Volume

Let’s say you’re at a show or rehearsal and you turn to your amp, or perhaps your mixer, and you need to make something louder. You’ll more than likely be confronted by a set of knobs or maybe even a fader that might have any of the following labels: gain, trim, level, volume, master, or […]Read More »

FLASHBACK: The 1964 Fender Jaguar

FLASHBACK 1964 Blonde Fender Jaguar Smells Like Teen Surfers… BACKGROUND First released in 1962, the Jaguar was the ultimate surfer’s guitar. Just picture the Beach Boys cruising down the highway with these in hand. WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. Need we say more? NOTABLE PLAYERS Kurt Cobain brought it back […]Read More »

Natalie Denise Sperl Opens Up About Her Favorite Axe

MY FAVORITE AXE with Natalie Denise Sperl (Kill My Coquette) Natalie Denise Sperl is the front woman of Kill My Coquette, whose self-titled debut EP is out now.  Kill My Coquette is armed with attitude and boasts vital rock and punk with a twist of designer blues. MAKE & MODEL 2014 Gibson SGJ. Slim profile […]Read More »

Behind-The-Scenes with Dr. Z, America’s Premier Boutique Amp Builder

The Doctor Is In!  What’s an electric guitar without an amp? Let’s be honest, rock wouldn’t have been birthed until some crusty bluesman cranked his tiny tube amp to 12 so he could be heard over the blaring horns and drums. The amp is almost as paramount to a player’s tone and style as his […]Read More »

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