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PRS J-MOD 100 John Mayer Signature 100-watt Tube Head Playthrough

Don Carr here, putting the PRS J-MOD 100 to work! I wrote and recorded this piece of music specifically for the J-MOD and it's the only amp on the track, along with a nice variety of guitars and pedals. Seven... Read more »

Remembering Roy Orbison

Rock legend Roy Orbison would've been 81 today. To give Roy our best on his birthday, we're going to take a look at the one song that many consider to be his best — "Oh, Pretty Woman."   In the early days of... Read more »

Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy

  Glen Campbell is one of the most important musicians to ever make an impact on the great American songbook. With an enviable catalog of A-list credits as an LA studio session guitarist, more than 50 years of... Read more »

PRS J-MOD 100 John Mayer Signature 100-watt Tube Head Playthrough

Don Carr here, putting the PRS J-MOD 100 to work! I wrote and recorded this piece of music specifically for the J-MOD and it's the only amp on the track, along with a nice variety of guitars and pedals. Seven... Read more »

Hamer Standard Electric Guitar Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Hamer Standard solidbody electric guitar. True to the Hamer name, the Standard solidbody electric guitar is highly playable and offers an impressive tonal range. A pair of Duncan... Read more »

Interview: Dream Theater’s John Petrucci

At Sweetwater, we try to get to know every one of our customers personally. It turns out some of them are a pretty big deal in the music industry. They're also some of the coolest we know. Do you want to meet some... Read more »

Vocalists: Bring Your Own Mic to the Gig

As a vocalist singing with bands (and that includes instrumentalists who sing backups as well as lead singers), it's possible to get by without owning your own vocal microphone. Often the person in the band who owns... Read more »

ESP LTD EC-1000QM Piezo Electric Guitar Demo

Chris Cannella from ESP Guitars presents the LTD EC-1000QM Piezo electric guitar. The Eclipse's set-neck design keeps it resonating longer than bolt-on designs. And with Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups, you've got... Read more »

Allan Holdsworth: One Step Beyond

Eddie Van Halen on Allan Holdsworth: "...the best in the books. Holdsworth is so damned good that I can't cop anything. I can't understand what he's doing." Steve Vai on Allan Holdsworth: "Allan Holdsworth's unique... Read more »

Are Coil-tapped Humbuckers Still Noise Cancelling?

These days, a lot of guitars equipped with humbuckers offer a switch or push/pull knob that lets you get a single-coil style sound from your pickup, making your guitar more versatile. But does getting that... Read more »

Blackstar ID:Core 40 V2 Stereo Combo Amp Review

Nick Bowcott presents the Blackstar ID:Core 40 V2 combo amp. It might be the ultimate practice amplifier for beginning guitarists. Choose from six inspiring amp voices that run the gamut from classic clean to... Read more »

Peace of Mind: Uninterruptable Power Supply

Many people use an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) battery back-up power unit for their computer — basically a UPS is a battery that provides power when the AC from the wall is cut. With a UPS there's... Read more »

Trace Elliot Transit A Acoustic Preamp Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the Trace Elliot Transit A acoustic preamp pedal. Plugging your acoustic-electric guitar directly into the PA is convenient. But you're at the mercy of the engineer. That's why Trace Elliot created... Read more »

BOSS LS-2 Line Selector Pedal Review

Nick Bowcott presents the BOSS LS-2 line selector pedal. This pedal allows you to switch easily between several different effects and route input and output signals flexibly. The LS-2 can also supply 9V DC power to... Read more »

Mix Tip: Subtle Movement Using Tremolo

Tremolo is usually used as an intense effect. Whether a classic surf pulsing or a choppy, almost techno effect, when most people reach for tremolo it's to create something in your face. But tremolo can also be used... Read more »

Seymour Duncan PowerStage 700 Guitar Amp Head Review

Don Carr presents the Seymour Duncan PowerStage 700 guitar amplifier. This miniature power amplifier is engineered to attain the best tone and performance from your pedal-based electric guitar rig. Small enough to... Read more »

J. Geils Passes Away at 71

Anyone with a pulse and a high school diploma from the '80s remembers the J. Geils Band. Who hasn't sung "Love Stinks" at the top of their lungs or pulled into school with "Centerfold" blaring through the blown... Read more »

Gibson Les Paul Tribute 2017 HP Electric Guitar Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Gibson Les Paul Tribute 2017 HP guitar. The guitar features all the design elements that have made the Les Paul an industry-standard guitar. The comfortable, weight-relieved mahogany... Read more »

Gibson Les Paul Standard 2017 T Electric Guitar Review

Nick Bowcott presents the Gibson Les Paul Standard 2017 T guitar. It's hard to beat the Gibson Les Paul Standard T solidbody electric guitar for iconic tone with uncompromising playability. You'll love the Les Paul... Read more »

Do I Need to Put my Guitar Amp on a Stand?

Many players prefer to raise their combo amp up off of the floor, and a dedicated amp stand is often more convenient and stable way to do this versus using a chair. There are several reasons to raise a guitar amp... Read more »

Best Mics and Preamps for Acoustic Guitar

There are many ways to record acoustic guitars — and all are correct. Some engineers like small-diaphragm condenser microphones on acoustics while others prefer to use large-diaphragm condensers — and in some... Read more »

Get Your Free Copy of Band:Smart

Want to know everything about everything related to bands and making it in the music business? Then you must check out Martin Atkins' acclaimed Band:Smart book — and we've got it for you completely FREE of... Read more »

6 Hacks for Keeping Your Guitar in Tune

Guitar tuning is an important part of guitar playing. Getting and keeping your guitar in tune requires consistent attention, so minimizing the time and effort spent tuning allows you to spend more time playing. Many... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Breaking In A Speaker and Speaker Breakup?

Don't confuse speaker breakup with "breaking in" a new speaker — they're completely different things! Often when you buy a new speaker that hasn't had audio pushed through it yet, the cone will be stiff... Read more »