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Guitars & Amps

Looking Back at the 1972 Marshall Metal Face 100w Amp

The Beast That Launched a Thousand Riffs… BACKGROUND Marshall introduced the “metal face” era in 1969 and it lasted through 1976. 1972 is when Marshall began shipping amps with 6550 power tubes instead of EL-34s because they were breaking inside the warranty. I got this amp from a friend who loved his ’80s metal and […]Read More »

My Favorite Axe with Steve Morse

Like Steve Morse needs an introduction? He started the Dixie Dregs in 1970, the Steve Morse Band in the early ’80s, joined Kansas in 1986, joined Deep Purple 1993 and continues to perform with them to this day. This month, you can meet Steve and Joe Perry at Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp at Foxwoods […]Read More »

The Best Value Guitar of 2014: Chapman Guitars ML1

Chapman Guitars ML1 Guitar PROS: Sounds amazing, tons of tonal options, impeccable fit and finish. CONS: None. PRICE: $499 Let’s get this out of the way: the Chapman ML1 is quite simply the best value in the guitar market today. At a ludicrously low $499 USD, you get the equivalent of a professional-grade instrument that […]Read More »

PHRED Ernesto VH3 Guitar Review

PHRED Instruments Ernesto VH3 Guitar PROS: Versatile, great tonal options, looks fantastic. CONS: Effects loop may take some getting used to. PRICE: $589 Let’s get this bit out of the way. Yes, it looks like Trey Anastasio’s guitar, which was made by Phish’s soundman/guitar guru Paul Languedoc. Yes, you can get one made by Paul, […]Read More »

VINTAGE GUITAR FLASHBACK: 1966 Epiphone Wilshire

Classic Solidbody Played by Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen BACKGROUND Designed as a low-cost alternative to the higher-end model, the Crestwood, it was produced from 1959-1970. WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE Boasting two P90 pickups it is praised as “perfect for old-school rock” – it has an almost acoustic quality for resonance and sustain. It’s super […]Read More »

MY FAVORITE AXE: 2014 DiDomenico Guitars Custom Acoustic with Sarah Blacker

‘Female Performer of the Year’ in the New England Music Awards (2012), Boston-bred and based Sarah Blacker plays ukulele, guitar and sings a unique version of singer/songwriter pop called “Sundress Rock.”  Her music has been placed on MTV as well as in Subaru and Align CreditUnion TV commercials. MAKE & MODEL 2014 DiDomenico Guitars custom […]Read More »

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