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Keep Swinging: The Fight Against ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive disease, striking slowly and then with increasing ferocity. It is an all out assault on the motor neurons, the nerve cells in the central nervous system that... Read more »

Best Strings for Ukuleles

So you've picked out your favorite ukulele, and you've been playing it for a while now. But you notice that the strings are starting to sound a little dull and lifeless. It's probably time to replace them. So you... Read more »

BOSS DS-1 Distortion Pedal Review

Nick Bowcott presents the BOSS DS-1 distortion pedal. Simply put, the BOSS DS-1 distortion pedal is a modern classic. For the better part of 30 years, you've heard this orange box put through its paces on countless... Read more »

Best Ukuleles for Beginners

There's something about the ukulele (properly pronounced in the Hawaiian style: oo-koo-lay-lay) that just brings people together. Maybe it's the ukulele's youthful, childlike voice that dreamily pulls us in. Or it... Read more »

Willie, Trigger, and a gypsy named Django

Today is Willie Nelson's 84th birthday. What do you get the man who seems to have everything? How about the chance to play side by side with his boyhood hero and musical idol, legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django... Read more »

Behind the Brand: JHS Pedals

Sweetwater proudly represents hundreds of the music industry's top brands. Sometimes it's easy to forget that every brand is powered by people who share our passion for music. These are people worth knowing. People... Read more »

AmpliTube for iOS Adds New Free Emulations In All Versions

With the latest update of IK Multimedia's AmpliTube for iOS, version 4.4 includes more free gear with every version. AmpliTube CS has been increased to three amps and seven stompboxes, AmpliTube LE now offers three... Read more »

Friedman Pink Taco Mini Combo Amplifier Review

Nick Bowcott presents the Friedman Pink Taco Mini Combo. Pulling from Friedman's years of amp modding and repair experience, the Pink Taco Mini Combo all-tube, single-channel amplifier brings you the best of classic... 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 »

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 »

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 »