Godsmack Smack Attack

Who says you need a big budget, a hotshot producer or a fancy, gazillion-track studio to make a hit record? Not Godsmack, a Boston-based band that sounds more like Seattle (their name actually comes from […]


Jenson P10R Speaker Review

If one of your guitar-playing buddies walks up to you and says, “I’ve got the blues,” it could mean one of three things: he just found out his girlfriend’s nick-name is “Back Door Bertha,” he’s […]

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The Allman Brothers Band

“He knew how to bring out the best in people,” says Gregg Allman of his late brother Duane, legendary guitarist and founder of the band which bears their surname. ”He knew which buttons to push.” […]

Hartke Kickback HS 1200 Bass Combo Review

Hartke Kickback HS 1200 Bass Combo Review

Among rock musicians, bass players have always had the simplest choice when it comes to gear: buy a Fender Precision and a “refrigerator” (Ampeg SVT recommended), plug the former into the latter and start shaking […]

Tech Ed

What’s Tremolo and how does it work?

Tremolo suffers from an acute identity crisis. Thanks to various descriptive errors made in the Fifties, tremolo is frequently mistaken for vibrato. For the record, tremolo is a rhythmic pulse produced by a change in […]


Dimebag Darrell’s 1981 ML Dean

“The Blue Dean’s got a cool story, man.” crows Dimebag Darrell. But what else would you expect from Pantera’s, late great, red-hot cowboy from hell? “My dad bought me my first Dean for Christmas,” explains […]

Mesa Boogie Nomad 55 Guitar Amplifier

Mesa / Boogie Nomad 55 Amplifier Review

On specs alone, the Mesa Boogie Nomad 55 is a majestic package. That Mesa was able to pack three totally independent and uniquely voiced preamps, each with their own specialized and selectable dual gain structures, […]