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B.C. Rich Mockingbird Contour Deluxe Guitar Review

B.C. Rich Mockingbird Contour Deluxe PROS: Great sounds, excellent playability, quality construction. CONS: None. PRICE: $449 In the 1980s B.C. Rich was one of the standard hair metal, day glow, go-to guitar companies. Most don’t know that in the 1970s they offered a high quality custom instrument that was an excellent alternative to the standard […]Read More »

FLASHBACK: 1969 Fender Mustang

1969 Fender Mustang Ready for the competition… HISTORY The Mustang was introduced just before CBS originally took over Fender as part of the “student level” guitar line, but at a higher level of sophistication than initially given to most low level guitars. 1969 was the first year of “competition” finishes with racing stripes. Makes the […]Read More »

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 »

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