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Takamine G Series Acoustic Bass

Takamine adds two new solid-top acoustic bass guitars to their G Series lineup, the GB72CE and GB30CE.

More Black Friday Deals from Sweetwater

Here are more tempting Black Friday deals from Sweetwater, this time we look at guitars, amps and a guitar stand.

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 DVD

Relive the best performances of Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 with the recently released DVD, CD and Blu-Ray sets.

Taylor T5z - Hybrid Electric-Acoustic Guitar

Taylor unveils the T5z, a hybrid hollow body guitar that plays and feels like electric, while carrying acoustic sounds.

Dean Thoroughbred Stealth Black Satin

The Thoroughbred series are classic-inspired guitars that feature modern playability and tone, the Stealth model comes in elegant black satin finish.

Roadie - Automatic Mechanical Tuner

Band Industries' Roadie is a mechanical tuner that pairs with an iOS/Android app to automatically tune your instrument.

Sweetwater's Black Friday Deals on Music Gear

Sweetwater gave us the go signal to tell you about their Black Friday special deals where you can save up to 83%!

Icestand from D&A Guitar Gear

D&A Guitar Gear introduces the Icestand, a portable guitar stand that looks like it was carved from ice.

EHX Nano Big Muff Pi

Electro-Harmonix introduces the Nano Big Muff Pi, a smaller pedalboard-friendly version of their popular fuzz pedal.

Larrivée Guitars Move to the US

Larrivée is set to shut down their Canada-based facility as they move their entire production line to California, USA.

Takamine G Series Classical

Takamine Guitars expand their G series yet again, unveiling three new classical and three classical-cutaway models.

MXR Custom Shop Phase 99

MXR Custom Shop unveils the limited edition Phase 99, featuring two Phase 90 circuits in one pedal.

Positive Grid BIAS - Amp Modeling App

Positive Grid enters the iOS amp modeling arena with the new BIAS app, an amp modeler, designer and processor in one.

ESP USA Guitars - Coming Soon!

ESP Guitars announce the upcoming opening of their first-ever USA-based factory at North Hollywood, CA.

EXCLUSIVE: Jon Gomm Rig

Jon Gomm is the guitar world's version of a 'triple threat' - he is a brilliant Guitarist, Composer, and most importantly he's an amazing Live Performer.

Rolling Stones Gear by Backbeat Books

Backbeat Books introduce the Rolling Stones Gear, a book that provides a detailed look at all the instruments used by the Stones.

Fender Kingman Pro Custom Bolt-On

Fender expands their high-end acoustic line with the new Kingman Pro Custom Bolt-On, a modern version of the '60s era Kingman dreadnought.

Henretta Engineering No-Knobber Pedals

Henretta Engineering launches eight new "No-Knobber" pedals, micro-sized handmade effects that have... no knobs!

Perri Ink Mojave and Capistrano

Perri Ink unveils the Mojave and Capistrano, single-pickup custom guitars designed to rock while keeping it simple.

Visual Sound VS-XO Dual Overdrive

Visual Sound expands their line of stompboxes with the new VS-XO, featuring two separate Overdrive effects in one unit.

Graham Coxon Telecaster

The Graham Coxon Telecaster is back in production, featuring the same design as approved by the guitarist that is popularly known for his work with Blur.

JHS Panther Cub Delay Pedal

JHS introduces the new Panther Cub Delay, featuring eight Bucket Brigade chips with up to 1.1 seconds of delay time.

Mesa Boogie Recto-Verb 25

Mesa Boogie introduces the new Recto-Verb 25 guitar amp, a 2-channel combo/head tube amp with built-in reverb.

Reverend Tricky Gomez LE

Reverend announces the availability of the Tricky Gomez LE, the limited edition version of their retro-looking semi-hollow guitar with Bigsby tremolo.

Fender Vintage Hot Rod '50s Telecaster

Another standout from Fender's latest batch of guitars is the Vintage Hot Rod '50s Telecaster, combining vintage design with modern modifications.

DigiTech RP-360 Multi-Effect Pedal

Digitech is now set to release the RP-360, an affordable and compact multi-effect pedal for electric guitars.

EVH Wolfgang Custom Deluxe

EVH Gear announces the new USA made Wolfgang Custom Deluxe, featuring modern design with classic feel and looks.

Maestro Double Top Series Acoustics

Singapore based guitar manufacturer Maestro Guitars introduce 7 new models that feature "double top" construction.

20th Anniversary 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue

As the 20th year of Gibson Custom draws to close, they introduce an accurate reissue of the 1959 Les Paul Standard.

Seymour Duncan Dirty Deed Distortion

Seymour Duncan unveils the Dirty Deed Distortion, a wide-range dirt pedal that covers distortion, fuzz and overdrive.

Avril Lavigne Newporter Acoustic

Fender introduces the Avril Lavigne Newporter, an acoustic guitar that matches the artist's punk and pop charm.

Wampler Ace Thirty

Wampler Pedals introduce the Ace Thirty, a stompbox with sounds based on the popular Vox AC-30 amplifier.

Tone Max Titanium Guitar Picks

Tone Max starts a Kickstarter campaign to fund their upcoming Titanium Guitar Picks that feature different styles.

Fender Pawn Shop Special Ramparte

Fender expands their unique looking Pawn Shop Special amps with the release of the new 9 Watt tube amp "Ramparte".

Eastwood Airline Map in Sunburst Finish

Eastwood Guitars release limited run Airline Map electric guitars in Sunburst finish, with only 16 made in production.

Fender Vintage Hot Rod '60s Stratocaster

Fender introduces the Vintage Hot Rod '60s Stratocaster, a US-made electric guitar that combines vintage aesthetics and modern modifications.

Strymon BigSky Reverb Pedal

Strymon unveils the BigSky pedal, featuring twelve studio-quality reverb effects produced via SHARC DSP.

Fender Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster

Fender updates the Deluxe Lone Star Stratocaster, featuring Texas special single coils and a Twin Head humbucker.

Rocksmith 2014 and Epiphone Guitar Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Rocksmith 2014, they have teamed up with Epiphone for a year long raffle with monthly prizes.

MXR La Machine Fuzz Pedal

MXR announces a new Custom Shop pedal, the La Machine, a fuzz pedal that reproduces '70s era fuzz tones.

Fender CD-140S VA Folding Guitar

Fender introduces the CD-140S VA acoustic guitar, featuring a hinged neck that lets you fold the guitar for easy storage.

Ernie Ball MVP Volume Pedal

Ernie Ball announces the worldwide availability of the Most Valuable Pedal (MVP), an active volume pedal with 20dB Boost.

Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute

Gibson introduces 1961 Les Paul Tribute, a guitar based on the first iteration of the SG.

Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Center Block

Gretsch expands their thinline series with the new G5620T-CB Electromatic, featuring a solid spruce center block.

The Best Guitar Tuner Apps

Tune your guitar using your phone or tablet with our selection of powerful and convenient guitar tuner apps.

EHX Slammi Pitch Shifter

Electro-Haronix expand their zero-moving-parts Next Step series with the new Slammi polyphonic pitch shifter pedal.

Kauer Acadian Thinline Electric Guitar

Kauer Guitars is planning to release new guitars at the coming NAMM show, and the new Acadian thinline jazz guitar caught our attention.

Roundup of Cheap Electric Guitar Pickups

You don't have to spend big bucks to improve your tone, check out these impressive electric guitar pickups that you can get reasonably cheap.

Gibson Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom

Gibson unveils the new Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom Signature guitar, featuring a unique asymmetrical shape.

Effectrode Helios Vaccum Tube Fuzz Pedal

Effectrode is now selling the new Helios Fuzz pedal, featuring tube gain stages followed by a crystal diode circuit.

Beggars Banquet Telecaster

Fender releases the limited edition Beggars Banquet Telecaster with Rolling Stones imagery, only available from Amazon.com.

MXR Super Badass Distortion

The MXR Super Badass Distortion is a versatile wide gain range distortion unit designed for creating personalized tones.

iRig BlueBoard - Wireless MIDI Pedalboard

IK Multimedia introduces the iRig BlueBoard, a wireless MIDI controller pedalboard for iOS devices and Mac.

Empress Effects Nebulus Pedal

Empress Effects introduces the Nebulus pedal, a 4.5 by 3.5 inch pedal that features vibrato, flanger and chorus effects.

Bogner Helios Amplifier

In line with their 25th anniversary celebration, Bogner releases the Helios amplifier, featuring modified "Plexi" tones.

Fender '68 Custom Amplifiers

Fender welcomes three new "Silverface" remakes, the ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb, ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb and the ’68 Custom Twin Reverb.

Gibson Slash Signature Vermillion Les Paul

Just a few months after releasing the Rosso Corsa Les Paul, Slash gets another signature guitar - the Vermillion Les Paul.

Electro-Harmonix Crying Bass

Electro-Harmonix expands Next Step Effects line with the new Crying Bass, a wah pedal with fuzz effect for bassists.

TC Electronic TonePrint Editor 2.0

TC Electronic updates the TonePrint Editor software to version 2.0, featuring improved preset management.

Squier '51 is Back

Fender brings back the Squier '51, featuring the same affordable price and design that helped attract its cult following.

Moog Minifooger Pedals

Moog Music Inc. launched the new Minifooger effects series, five compact stomp boxes that use 100% analog circuitry.

New Reverend Kingbolt Finishes

Reverend Guitars add two new finish options to their contoured bolt-on electric guitar, the Kingbolt.

Electro-Harmonix OD Glove Pedal

EHX unveils the OD Glove pedal, a compact MOSFET-based overdrive/distortion pedal that features a wide gain range.

J-Tones by Jay Turser Guitars

Jay Turser Guitars introduces three new '60s era inspired guitars, featuring vintage surf and garage rock designs.

Gretsch G5135CVT-PS Patrick Stump Signature

Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump demos the latest white incarnation of his signature model Stump-O-Matic G5135CVT-PS.

Gibson M-III

The M-III guitar, Gibson's take on the sharp and shred-friendly design trend of the '90s, is now back in production.

Gibson Custom 20th Anniversary 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty

Gibson Custom continues its 20th Anniversary celebration, this time featuring a triple humbucker remake of the 1957 Les Paul Black Beauty.

Railhammer Gnarly 90 Pickup

Railhammer expands their humbucker pickup series with the new Gnarly 90 pickup, based on P90 pickups.

Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo

Gibson introduces the Midtown Kalamazoo, a modern recreation of the '50s era Byrdland guitar, featuring "split-coil".

7 String Chord Building - B minor

For the benefit of all those newcomers who are concerned that they are merely playing the mighty 7 like their old 6 and that they feel they ought to be doing more 7-specific work...

Gifts for Guitar Players

It's getting around to that time of year again, so we have taken it upon ourselves to inform the wider community about the best gift ideas for guitar players

108 Rock Star Guitars - Photo Book

Photographer and author Lisa S. Johnson releases 108 Rock Star Guitars, a book for guitar and photography fans that feature intimate portraits of guitars owned by iconic players.

Soundblox 2 OFD Guitar microModeler

Source Audio introduces the Soundblox 2 OFD Guitar microModeler pedal, featuring a collection of O.F.D. effects - Overdrive, Fuzz and Distortion.

Vox Mark III and Mark V

Vox brings back their odd shaped classic electric guitar - the teardrop shaped Mark III and the pentagon shaped Mark V.

Reverend Pete Anderson Signature Silver

Continuing their metal flake trend, Reverend releases limited run Silver Metal Flake Pete Anderson Signature guitars.

PRS David Grissom Custom Amplifiers and Cabinet

After three years of development and testing, PRS and David Grissom introduce the DG Custom 30, DG Custom 50 and DG Custom 2x12 cabinet.

Line 6 POD HD Pro X

Line 6 introduces the POD HD Pro X rack-mountable amp & effects modeler, featuring upgraded DSP.

Martin Guitars at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

C.F. Martin & Co. continue their hotel and resort partnerships, featuring a new venture with Ace Hotel London Shoreditch.

7 String Major Scale Modes

I read Mike Overly's bit about modes in an earlier edition of GNW. I thought my 7 string major scale modes template might be of some interest to those privileged few that wield 7 strings.

Spider Tapping

There are so many great techniques that have been invented on the guitar over the past 35 years that some of them just fall through the cracks and nobody really thinks about them anymore.

DigiTech Element Multi-Effects Pedals

DigiTech introduces its latest compact and affordable guitar multi-effects pedals, the Element and Element XP.

Gibson Brands Intend to Acquire Cakewalk

Gibson Brands continue to roll out their expansion plans, this time setting their eyes on Cakewalk Inc.

Bohemian Gravity by Timothy Blais

Here's one for the geeks in the house...

Fender Modern Player Coronado

Fender expands their affordable Modern Player series with another classic remake - the Coronado.

DiMarzio John Petrucci Signature Illuminator Pickups

DiMarzio and John Petrucci introduce the new Illuminator humbucking pickups for 6-string and 7-string electric guitars.

Orange Amps Blog

Orange Amplification launches their own blog, featuring gig reports, artist news, gear information and more.

Peavey DW-3 Acoustic Electric Guitar

Peavey introduces a new line of affordable acoustic electric guitars, with the DW-3 as its flagship model.

New Fender Dimension Bass Guitars

Fender expands their Dimension series bass guitars with new models, featuring new pickup design and electronics.

D'Addario Foundation Feature Young Classical Guitar Prodigies

Two young classical guitar prodigies, Junhong Kuang and Celil Refik Kaya, are set to perform at the Carnegie Hall.

Tips for Beginning With Slide Guitar

If you're having trouble getting into slide guitar then these tips will prove useful...

Eastwood Marksman 5

Eastwood Guitars releases the Marksman 5, a tribute to the now rare Paul Bigsby designed 1957 Magnatone Mark V.

7 Strings Good, 6 Strings Bad

I'm sure most axe wielders have given the 7-string guitar some thought. Certainly there is no shortage of opinion from artists in the press.

Epiphone 140th Anniversary Video

In this video, Gibson shares some interesting stories about the celebrant, as part of Epiphone's 140th Anniversary celebration.

DigiTech brings back 2 DOD pedals

DigiTech brings back two pedals from the Harman acquired DOD pedal line - the Overdrive Preamp 250 and Phasor 201.

AMI S3 Electric Guitar

AweSome Musical Instruments, known for their Pickup Switch Upgrade product, releases the S3 Electric Guitar.

Trem King TKS Vibrato

Trem King introduces the TKS Vibrato, featuring re-designed interior for smoother operation and improved stabiltiy.

Pick and Choose

So much emphasis is placed on playing well with your fingering hand that often our rhythm hand technique falls behind the curve.

Fender Modern Player Starcaster

Fender expands its affordable Modern Player series by bringing back the offset semi-hollow Starcaster design.

Controlling Feedback on an Acoustic Guitar

Advice on how to control feedback when you play an acoustic guitar through an amplifier.

Solid Top or Laminated?

When shopping for an acoustic guitar, one faces a dilemma: should I get a solid top or laminated top guitar?

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