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  • Beyond the Damper: 10 Essential Effect Pedals for Keyboards

    Stompboxes provide a unique challenge to keyboard users. While most pedals are designed for guitarists, there are still a ton of boutique and unique pedals that can bring sensational new sounds to your playing. Read more...

    Published Oct 22 by Stephen Porter

  • 6 Things to Do When You’re Sick of Practicing

    Even for the most committed musicians, finding the motivation to practice can be tough. Here are six useful tactics to deploy for when you get sick of practicing. Read more...

    Published Oct 20 by Brandon Waardenburg

  • Arlington Guitar Show's Coolest Guitars

    The Arlington Guitar Show is a Texas-sized affair in every sense. This is the big kahuna of guitar events, bringing together axe slingers from all over the world for a weekend of buying and trading. Here are just some of the amazing, and coolest guitars we've seen. Read more...

    Published Oct 18 by Dan Orkin

  • Reverb Soundcheck: Steve Gunn

    Since releasing his self-titled debut album in 2007, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Steve Gunn has been a busy musician, lending his talents to The Violators supporting Kurt Vile and blazing his own trail as a solo artist. We had a chance to sit down with Steve before a recent show at Schuba's in Chicago, catching up on what gear he uses to recreate his lush studio sounds in a live setting. Read more...

    Published Oct 17 by Jim Tuerk

  • John Mayer Announces Split with Fender

    John Mayer turned 37 yesterday, but it seems he won't be celebrating with a new Fender guitar this year. The virtuosic bluesman behind such hits as Your Body Is a Wonderland announced via twitter this week that his relationship with Fender had come to an end. Read more...

    Published Oct 17 by Dan Orkin

  • The Gear of Rudderless

    Most of us at Reverb do what we do because we recognize the nourishing and restorative power of making music. William H. Macy's new film Rudderless, out October 17, explores this phenomenon with a story of loss, discovery and catharsis, helped along by a strong original soundtrack and some well-chosen gear. See what was used and hear from Ben Kweller about what it was like to work on a film that is sure to take a place alongside other song-driven classics like Once, Crazy Heart and Inside Llewyn Davis. Read more...

    Published Oct 15 by Peter Schu

  • Reverb Interview: Bill Cardwell of C&C Custom Drums

    If you have ears and enjoy music going into said ears (you’re on Reverb.com so I think we’re on the same page), there’s an astronomical chance you’ve heard a C&C Custom Drum kit played. We recently spoke to the man behind C&C about making custom drums and his influences as a percussion craftsman. Read more...

    Published Oct 14 by Matt Biancardi

  • Reverb Run-Through: Kala U-Bass

    It's hard to imagine that an instrument as small as the Kala U-Bass can churn out such convincing bass tones. These Ukulele-sized basses give players a whole new way to get down with acoustic, electric and acoustic-electric variations. In this demo, our pal Rob Scallon plucks, slaps and taps his way all up and down the Kala U-Bass and shows us what this little package has in store. Read more...

    Published Oct 14

  • Alcohol and the Loud Bassist: A Cautionary Tale

    Like James Jamerson jamming on What's Going On, alcohol and bass playing have a rich relationship. Turns out there's a scientifically proven relationship between drinking and your ability to hear low frequencies. Read more on how this can affect your next gig. Read more...

    Published Oct 13 by Eric Garland

  • 7 Pedal Builders You Should Know About

    Over the past five years, musicians have been spoiled with the amount of new companies producing high-quality effects. Today we're looking at 7 of the best builders, all of which are participating in the current Auctions for Andy fundraiser. Read more...

    Published Oct 08 by Michael Powers

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