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  • Choosing Your First Drum Set

    Published Nov 20 by Sam Werk

    Whether the drums are for you or someone else, we help you look for the right things and choose the kit that fits.

  • Demystifying the Laptop: A Look at the World's Most Popular DJ Software

    Published Nov 18 by Lech Szczepaniak

    These days, if you go to a show at an arena, the gear on stage sits behind a stackable table, with endless knobs, dials and wires flowing from every direction. And in the center of all the gadgets, floating above the table as the only device in plain view, lies the brain of it all, a glowing Laptop. Today, we're going to help demystify the laptop and understand its function within a DJ setup

  • ES-335 Alternatives: Thirteen Under $1300

    Published Nov 17 by Peter Schu

    There's good reason why the Gibson ES-335 is widely imitated. It's an icon, a triumph of design and financially out of reach for many players. See what alternatives we picked, from Japanese vintage to modern day, and which ones defied our expectations. Remember, 335 purists: imitation is the highest form of flattery.

  • Gifts for Beginner Drummers

    Published Nov 14 by Ben Scholz

    Need to find a gift for a young percussionist? We've got you covered with tips on great stocking stuffers and more.

  • Crazy Hard Guitar Trivia

    Published Nov 13

    We're done toying around. It's time to really put your guitar knowledge to the test. Take this quiz to see where you stand as a true guitar guru.

  • Tips for Buying Used Pickups: The Experts Weigh In

    Published Nov 12 by James M. Brill

    Pickups offer so much potential when looking to mod your electric guitar. They are relatively easy to replace, and from studying the specs of various models, you can have a reasonable expectation of the tone that you are going to achieve. To get a good set of tips on what to think about when buying used pickups, we interviewed two true experts: Lindy Fralin and Frank Falbo.

  • How'd They Get That Sound? Studio Tricks on 6 Famous Records

    Published Nov 10 by Brandon Seyferth

    Whether it's cutting up the speaker in a guitar amp, using a cassette recorder to make an acoustic guitar sound electric, or slamming a mixing console almost to the point of explosion, musicians have long used and abused their gear in creative ways in order to find distinctive and unconventional sounds. Even on some of the most famous recordings of all time, there may be a lot more going on than meets the ear. Here are some examples that may just give you some ideas on what to incorporate into your next project.

  • Iconic Guitars on Iconic Album Covers

    Published Nov 06 by Dan Orkin

    There are a lot of iconic guitars out there, and a lot of iconic album covers. Sometimes, the two collide. Take a look at these famous albums and get the back story on the guitars that grace their covers.

  • This is Fuzzrocious: Know Your Pedal Smith

    Published Nov 06

    Fuzzrocious represents everything we love about handmade, boutique guitar gear. Each pedal is made with a dedication to the craft of pedal making and a passion for the music it helps create. We've partnered with AltarTV for a film that profiles Ryan from Fuzzrocious and his family pedal-making business. Watch it here.

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