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Hi Watt Amplification


 

Guitarists and music fans worldwide have a special fondness for the legendary HiWatt Amplifier, one of the cornerstones of great classic and contemporary Rock sounds. Starting in the late 1960s, together with Marshall and Vox amps, this company continues to represent a major force is defining the so-called “British sound” that has thrilled audiences around the world. Over the years, HiWatt gear has been used by cool artists such as The Who, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, The Killers, The Hives, Kid Rock,… Read More

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Great Venues: House of Blues – Los Angeles

The House of Blues operates some 12 venues in several different cities around the country. However the HOB on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood is perhaps the crown jewel of the chain. The HOB Sunset is massively large for a club venue. The high ceiling and vast amount of open space in front of the stage give the club the acoustics of a medieval church. The club’s rustic wooden interior and engineered sound system means the… Read More

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Great Venues: Rockwood Music Hall – NYC

Rockwood Music Hall is a cozy, intimate venue known for great acoustic and semi-acoustic sets from some of New York’s best not-yet-discovered musical artists. Think Norah Jones and you’ll get the vibe. It’s hushed, with rough brick walls and melting candles on little tables adding to the ambiance. Speaking of Jones, you might run into her here, or actors Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Owner Ken Rockwood is a veteran indie music guy who carefully chooses artists who fit the club perfectly. You may not… Read More

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Derek Trucks: Smokin’ Solo on Government Mule’s “Rockin’ Horse” Recorded “Live At The Beacon Theatre”

“Live At The Beacon Theatre” in New York City has become an annual jam tradition for Gov’t Mule and they bring out the big guns, like The Allman Brothers‘ guitarist Derek Trucks. Here Trucks solos at length on “Rockin’ Horse.” Trucks starts out quiet with some gentle blues-y picking before reaching into his pocket… Read More

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Chicago Venues: Buddy Guy’s Legends


 

Nothing says blues like a dark smoky lounge. Buddy Guy’s Legends is just that: A no-frills, seedy blues joint located among the dorms and fast food restaurants of the South Loop. At this blues club (among Chicago’s best), it’s obvious that the most important thing is the music. How could it not be, with an owner like the legendary Buddy Guy, himself.

 

Plush furniture and expensive decor give way to a slew of cafeteria-style tables here, joined by chairs in the dining area and a… Read More

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Gear Profile: Specimen Products & The Chicago School of Guitar Making – Part 1

Specimen Products is a unique custom guitar and amp shop located on Chicago’s West Side. Specimen founder Ian Schneller shows Guitar Shop TV a guitar he calls “the Marmite ‘caster,” made of two-by-fours and masonite. The guitar has a “subcutaneous” P-90 pickup set underneath the pick guard with just the pole pieces sticking up. According to Schneller, this gives the neck pickup a much warmer sound than the traditional Tele neck pickup has. He also talks about why he took a blow torch to all the chrome on the guitar.

 

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