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Eastwood Guitars California Rebel

Retro surf rock classic reintroduced with a few modern touches


One of the first guitars to catch our eye this year is Eastwood Guitars‘ new California Rebel. The Rebel is a replica of the ultra-rare 1967 Domino Californian Rebel; an iconic guitar that was widely used during the hey-day of SoCal surf rock in the early Sixties.


The Domino Rebel was a kind of hybrid… Read More

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Perri Ink Custom Guitars Introduces Mojave and Capistrano

American custom guitar co. unleashes a pair of stripped-down rockers


Perri Ink Custom Guitars has released a pair of stripped-down, rocking new axes: the Mojave, and the Capistrano.


The Mojave is a signature model built for guitarist Noah Engh. It has an alder body and a gold top finish and  comes equipped with a single Bare Knuckle Nantucket Read More

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Fender Introduces Guitar-Themed Wine

Fender introduces its own line of guitar-themed wine


Fender Guitars has partnered with the Armida Winery to launch its own line of guitar-themed wines.


Fender’s selection of vino includes a Strat-themed Cabernet Sauvignon, a Thinline Telecaster Pinot Noir, and a Jazzmaster Chardonnay. There’s also a more high-end Telecaster Zinfandel that goes for $500 a bottle.


This isn’t the first time Fender has extended its brand into the lifestyle… Read More

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Smooth Hound Smith

A foot stompin’ folk blues duo from Los Angeles by way of Nashville, Smooth Hound Smith is comprised of singer/guitarist Zack Smith and vocalist/percussionist Caitlyn Doyle. Together the duo produce a surprisingly big sound that infuses simple foot percussion with fuzzed guitars and artful jazz-like arrangements with the blues and folk that are the band’s bread and butter. Smooth Hound Smith can certainly do a lot with a little as you’ll see in this charmingly simple video for “California Sway.”

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Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49

Founding member of influential thrash band succumbs to liver failure


By Alex Baker


Slayer guitarist and founding band member Jeff Hanneman died yesterday at the age of 49. Hanneman, who co-founded Slayer with Kerry King in 1981, suffered from liver failure and passed away at a hospital near his California home.


The band issued an official statement, saying “Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman passed away at about… Read More

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Pushing the Sun

Pushing the Sun are a melodic hard rock outfit from San Francisco that was formed in 2012 by guitarist Billy Connally. Connally had previously released an instrumental album on Steve Vai’s Digital Nation label but longed to return to a classic rock format with a lead singer, bassist and drummer. To that end, he recruited vocalist Andrew Saman, drummer A.J. Curtis, and bassist Larry Smith. Having spent the last year gigging around SF and Northern California, the band are currently hard at work on recording their debut full-length album. Check… Read More

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