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Guitar merchandise: “Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years”

Preorders For New Book Begin April 1, 2012! “Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years”, a new book from QUIET RIOT‘s personal photographer/lighting director Ron Sobol, will be available for pre-order starting around April 1 from GuitarWorld.com. Enhanced by a rich collection of Ron Sobol‘s … Continue reading

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Jim Marshall 1923-2012: musicians pay tribute

The music world woke up to the news that Jim Marshall, the founder of Marshall Amplification, whose inventions and innovations not only changed the sound of rock music but the look of it as well. With heartfelt love and appreciation, … Continue reading

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Gear advice: Ibanez releases a limited edition Tubescreamer pedal – the TS930TH

The best selling overdrive pedal of all time celebrates its 30th birthday the same way almost everyone else does: by dressing up fancy and getting lit. Luckily there will be no regrets in the morning. This TS9′s illumination is caused … Continue reading

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Gear advice: A comparison of the Ibanez Tubescreamer TS9 and a Maxon OD9

This is a good little video comparison of two different pedal brand versions of one great pedal tone. The classic Ibanez Tubescreamer TS9 and a Maxon OD9. Both sound very close, but the OD9 appears to be a little brighter. … Continue reading

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Gear advice: what’s the difference between glued in and bolt-on necks?

The quick answer is that glued in necks represent the traditional way of building an instrument and can be seen as a throwback from the violin building industry, which dates back a few hundred years. Bolt-on necks represent a relatively … Continue reading

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The Allmighty Riff: Suggestions for Stimulating Musical Creativity

Every great rock song has a great riff, be it a single-note melody or a chordal-based sequence, and that’s probably what makes it a great song. Like a great frontman, a really good rock riff should have a hypnotic, star … Continue reading

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Welcome to Fast Guitar Techniques!

Welcome to Fast Guitar Techniques, the free and useful guide for learning to play the guitar. We are a couple of keen guitar players who wish to share what we have learnt over the years of playing in a simple … Continue reading

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